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  1. Northamptonshire Police has confirmed it will not be investigating undeclared payments made to the local party of MP David Mackintosh
  2. Kettering Borough Council will tonight consider a proposal to host the final stage of next year's Aviva Women's Tour
  3. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Anna Bartlett

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for Northamptonshire have finished for the day, but we'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

  2. Christmas lights extravaganza in Wellingborough

    Annabel Amos

    BBC Radio Northampton

    As festive lights go, Karl Beetson from Wellingborough's efforts will take some beating. Speaking to me earlier, he said: "We start putting them up over the first weekend in October to get them all ready for the switch on at the end of November."

    He added: "There's probably about 50,000 individual bulbs, and its certainly popular. We had 150 people turn up to watch the switch on."

    Karl Beetson's festive lights display in

    Karl's annual Christmas lights display on Torrington Road in Wellingborough raises money for JDRF, the world's leading charitable funder of type 1 diabetes research.

  3. County council budget proposals: Authorities need to work better together

    Sam Read

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Northamptonshire’s eight main councils could save £80m per year if they worked better together, according to the leader of the county council.

    Conservative councillor Jim Harker said: "It’s the public's money, it’s not my money.”

    Jim Harker

    The authority’s draft budget contains a plan for a ‘combined authority’ – a legal agreement with borough and district councils – that would save £4.5m.

  4. Corby development: new tenant "can't believe" her luck

    Martin Borley

    BBC Radio Northampton

    One of the first new council house tenants at the regenerated Canada Square in Corby is Nicole Ogilvy. She’s moved in wither young son after being in rented accommodation.

    Nciole Ogilvy, one of the first new council house tenants for Canada Square in Corby

    Nicole told me she couldn’t believe her luck in getting the house after being on the waiting list: "It's so nice to be in a new build because no one else has lived in it before, it's all fresh and painted; it's lovely."  

    Eighteen council houses and 18 affordable homes are being built there.

  5. Northants bus routes 'will be largely unaffected' by proposed cuts

    Anna Bartlett

    BBC Radio Northampton

    The managing director of the county's biggest bus operator says a proposal by Northamptonshire County Council to cut £200,000 from bus subsidies next year shouldn't affect the majority of bus routes and users in the county. 

    Steve Burd from Stagecoach said: "We will work very closely with the county council to ensure the impact is minimised where possible."

    He added: "We have just under 200 vehicles running in Northamptonshire and effectively only three are funded by Northamptonshire County Council."

  6. Northampton business welcomes expected drop in fuel prices

    Annabel Amos

    BBC Radio Northampton

    A distribution company based in Northampton is welcoming a predicted drop in fuel prices this side of Christmas.

    The RAC thinks the price of petrol and diesel will drop to below a pound of litre in the next couple of weeks.

    a person using a petrol pump

    Craig Minney, from EFM Distribution in Northampton, said: "Fuel prices make a significant difference to our business, it's been a tough few years. Fuel is easily our biggest outlay."

  7. Trading Standards warning over skin lightening creams

    Anna Bartlett

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Trading Standards officers in Northamptonshire are warning people to be cautious after skin lightening products on sale in the county were found to contain a banned substance.

    The cosmetics included the ingredient hydroquinone, a substance banned from being supplied over the counter in such products.

    The products also failed to have information on their packaging about where they are from, as required by European law.

  8. Flore bypass: Link road crucial for county economy

    Martin Heath

    BBC Radio Northampton

    The new A45 Daventry link road is hugely important to the Northamptonshire economy, according to the chief operating officer of Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership.

    The sod cutting ceremony

    Sajeeda Rose said: “This project is hugely important, not only to local communities who have been campaigning a long time for the development, but to the Northamptonshire economy as a whole."  

    The new three-and-a-half mile single carriageway intends to improve transport links between Northampton and Daventry, and relieve the amount of traffic through Flore, Weedon and Upper Heyford. Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership is investing £14m towards the total building cost of £32m.

  9. Latest headlines: First sod of new Flore bypass cut... Reaction to county council budget cut proposals

    Sarah Foster

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Here are the latest headlines for Northamptonshire this afternoon:

    • A 70 year campaign for a bypass for the villages of Flore and Weedon has come to an end after work to build a new £35 million bypass started this morning
    • The Unison union has said better financial planning by the county council may have prevented the swingeing cuts proposed in next year's budget
    • The majority of bus routes in the county will be largely unaffected by proposed county council cuts to subsidies, according to the managing director of Stagecoach
  10. Home made pesto courtesy of Northampton food writer

    Rob Adcock

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Northampton food writer Carmelo Sereno Hayes showed me how to make home made pesto on BBC Radio Northampton last night.

    Pesto, made by cookery writer Carmelo Sereno Hayes

    You can do the same - watch a sped up version on how she did it here. I can confirm it tasted as delicious as it looked.

  11. Gayton conservation area reviewed

    Anna Bartlett

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Residents in and around Gayton are being asked for their views on revising the area's existing conservation area.

    A property in Gayton

    The current review by South Northamptonshire Council proposes to increase the boundary of the area to include additional buildings - and remove the middle section of Baker Street.  

    The village's conservation area was first designated in 1984, and reviewed again in 2004.

  12. Corby development: Government needs to support council to build new homes

    Martin Borley

    BBC Radio Northampton

    The Labour leader of Corby Borough Council is calling on the government to do more to help councils build new council houses.

    Tom Beattie was speaking at the regenerated Canada Square area of Kingswood, Corby. Eighteen council houses and 18 affordable homes are being built.

    Tom Beattie, leader of Corby Council

    He told me: "The government really needs to grasp the nettle in terms of support for councils like Corby in building houses like this."

  13. Corby development: 36 new homes in Kingswood area

    Martin Borley

    BBC Radio Northampton

    The latest stage of the redevelopment of Canada Square in the Kingswood area of Corby has taken place this afternoon.

    Canada Square in Corby

    Eighteen council houses and a further 18 affordable homes are being built. For the first time, Corby Borough Council will manage the affordable homes on behalf of the housing association.  

  14. Winter skies over the Grand Union

    Kyle Holmes emailed us this beautiful shot of winter skies over the Grand Union Canal between Stoke Bruerne and Grafton Regis.

    winter skies and colours over the Grand Union Canal between Stoke Bruerne and Grafton Regis.

    We love receiving your contributions, do send us yours.

  15. Twenty-four hour rowing marathon set to raise money for charity

    Anna Bartlett

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Members of the University of Northampton's rowing club are holding a 24-hour rowing marathon today to raise money for Northampton Hope Centre.

    university of Northampton rowing squad

    The group of 30 students will be taking it in turns on rowing machines in the Grosvenor Centre in Northampton - and hope to raise £5,000.

    From 18:00 the rowers will relocate to the University’s Park Campus for the night shift.

  16. Northampton woman named care home worker of the year

    Anna Bartlett

    BBC Radio Northampton

    A Northampton care home worker has won a regional award for her work.

    Sally Harris with the presenters of her award

    Sally Harris works with residents who have brain injuries and very complex needs at Christchurch View Neurological Rehabilitation Centre in Abington, Northampton.  

    She was named Care Home Worker of the Year in the East Midlands Regional Great British Care Awards.

  17. Flore bypass: Hard hats in full effect

    Stuart Ratcliffe

    BBC Look East

    Work on the long awaited A45 Daventry link road began today.

    The officialdom may be over, but the hard hats remain...

    Post sod-cutting, A45 Daventry link road