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Summary

  1. The Labour opposition says Northampton Borough Council could have to pay £275,000 interest in one year on the £10.25m loan it gave to Northampton Town
  2. The number of people renting in Northamptonshire who are at risk of losing their home is high and rising
  3. Northamptonshire Police must improve its protection of vulnerable people, a new report says
  4. Updates for Tuesday, 15 December 2015

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By Pete Cooper

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage through the day

    Local Live is finished for today, but we'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 with all the latest news, weather, sport and travel.

  2. Weather: Cloudy with rain tonight, but dry tomorrow

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    It will be rather cloudy and misty tonight with outbreaks of rain. Temperatures initially around 9C (48F), but rising through the night.

    weather map

    Early showery rain will quickly clear on Wednesday to leave most places with a dry day with temperatures reaching up to 15C (59F).

    For the latest forecast where you live, visit BBC Weather.

  3. Corby MP asks for government help for Fairline workers

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    The MP for Corby, Tom Pursglove, has raised the issue of 380 jobs losses at Fairline Boats in the House of Commons, saying he would like the government to make sure any redundancy payments are "expedited, especially with Christmas around the corner".

    Fairline factory

    Business Secretary Sajid Javid said "it was a very difficult time" for the employees made redundant.

  4. Peter Bone says Theresa May is a 'credible candidate' for PM

    BBC Politics

    Peter Bone, the Conservative MP for Wellingborough, was on the BBC's Daily Politics Show today discussing Home Secretary Theresa May and whether should could lead the Tory Party...

    "I think she is clearly a very credible candidate to the next prime minister" Conservative MP Pete Bone
  5. Headlines: Police need to 'improve' when dealing with the vulnerable... Mallinder won't stop King joining England

    Sarah Foster

    BBC Radio Northampton

    If you are catching up:

    • The police watchdog has told Northamptonshire Police that the way it deals with vulnerable people 'requires improvement'
    • Northampton Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder won't prevent Alex King from joining the England set-up
    • Head teachers in Northamptonshrie say the decision to close the Nourish school meals service has created uncertainty and more work
  6. Saints 'won't stand in the way' if England want coach Alex King

    Joe Townsend

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Northampton Saints boss Jim Mallinder has told me that Alex King is having informal talks with England Rugby coach Eddie Jones and he "won't stand in his way" if he joins the set up.

    Alex King

    The Telegraph today reported Jones wanted Saints backs coach King to join the England coaching staff and a deal could be completed before the end of the week.

  7. Rushden youngsters have an advent with a difference

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Siblings Reece Howard, 10, Maddie Howard, seven, and Aaron Hall, 29, who has learning difficulties - all from Rushden - have been spreading some Christmas cheer with "24 days of doing something for someone we don't know".

    Fire station

    So far they have bought tea, coffee, sugar, biscuits and squash for Cransley Hospice, delivered cat litter, food and treats to Brook Farm animal sanctuary, and visited Rushden fire station with a tub of chocolate (pictured).

    They have a Facebook page chronicling their good deeds.

  8. Princess Anne opens unit named after former head of Formula 1 safety

    A new £29m rehabilitation unit - named after Professor Sid Watkins - has opened at Liverpool's specialist brain and spinal hospital, The Walton Centre.

    During his free time in the early 1960s he acted as race doctor at the Silverstone Circuit, and in the 1970s became Formula 1 Head of Safety.

    Many of his family still live in Northamptonshire, and met Princess Anne today...

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  9. Northamptonshire journalist says Han Solo and Chewbacca 'would vote UKIP'

    Freelance journalist James Delingpole, who lives near Daventry, was part of a discussion on the Daily Politics about the politics of the Star Wars films...

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    An interest theory from Mr Delingpole, although George Lucas himself originally saw the films as a protest against the Vietnam War - with America cast as the Empire.

    You can watch the whole discussion here.

  10. Vandals cause thousands of pounds worth of damage to parked car

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    A black Nissan Qashqai was parked in Kingswell Street, near Gold Street in Northampton town centre, when it was vandalised sometime between 22:00 on Friday, December 11, and 04.20 the following day.

    Vandalised car

    The vehicle had a fluid poured over it which caused extensive damage across all of the bodywork. All four of the vehicle's tyres were also burst.

  11. Gold winning boxer returns to Northampton home

    Jonathan Park

    BBC Look East sport

    One of the county's brightest hopes for Olympic success in 2016 has just taken gold in a Games test event in Rio de Janeiro.

    Northampton's Chantelle Cameron, who was one of a number of competitors invited to Brazil to test the Rio venue last week, hopes to compete in the women's boxing.

    I went to meet her...

    Video content

    Video caption: Chantelle Cameron: Rio boxer returns to Northampton
  12. Wellingborough MP predicts Home Secretary may join EU out campaign

    BBC Politics

    Conservative MP for Wellingborough Peter Bone was on the Daily Politics Show today discussing Theresa May, her time as Home Secretary and whether should could lead the Tory Party...

    View more on twitter
  13. Today's big picture: Royal Theatre

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    The main image on today's page is of Northampton Royal Theatre.

    Royal Theatre

    If you want to send us a picture then please email us.

  14. Saints captain in training for 'rematch' against Racing 92

    Northampton Saints suffered a 33-3 defeat in Paris to Racing 92, but they get a chance for a "rematch" this Friday at Franklin's Garden; a game which club captain Lee Dickson is getting ready for...

    View more on twitter
  15. Part of A14 to be closed tonight for resurfacing

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    One lane of the eastbound carriageway of the A14 between junctions 8 and 9, and the Junction 9 exit slip road, will be closed from 20:00 tonight until 08:00 tomorrow. The same time closures will be in place overnight on Wednesday.

    A14 Junction 9

    The work is part of the £42m road improvement scheme which began in 2013.

  16. Head teacher says proposed meals service closure creates 'extra work'

    Sam Read

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Northamptonshire County Council announced a plan to close the Nourish school meals service last week, as part i£77m worth of proposed budget cuts.

    Head teacher of Southfields Primary School in Brackley, Jane Carlidge, says proposed meals service closure creates 'extra work' due to the need to recruit new providers.

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    Video caption: Head of school in Brackley says proposed meals service closure creates 'extra work'.
  17. Mallinder says Racing 92 game 'invaluable' for young players

    Graham McKechnie

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    Northampton Saints Director of Rugby Jim Mallinder has been looking at the positives of his side's loss to Racing 92 in the Champions Cup.

    This Friday, Saints play the French side again - this time at Franklin's Gardens.

    There were some real positives. Some of the young lads the experience they've gained will be invaluable. Jim Mallinder
  18. Man robs off-license in Daventry armed with a kitchen knife

    A man armed with a kitchen knife robbed the Bargain Booze, in Hardwick Hall Way in Daventry, at about 19:20 on Friday 11 December.

    Daventry off license robber

    After a member of staff handed over a quantity of cash the offender left the shop and headed towards the nearby reservoir. 

    Police are appealing for witnesses.