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  1. Updates for Thursday, 17 December 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

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: Rain clearing to leave a dry and mild night

    Chris Bell

    BBC Look East weather

    Patchy rain at first will quickly clear to become dry by mid-evening, with lows of 9C (48F).

    weather map

    Tomorrow will see some spells of hazy sunshine, particularly during the morning, but otherwise it will be rather cloudy with the chance of a few spots of light rain.

    Highs around 13C (55F).

  3. Worker at Rye Hill 'helps people understand' why offenders commit crimes

    Sam Read

    BBC Radio Northampton

    I’ve been inside Rye Hill Prison, which houses more than 600 serious sex offenders.

    Rehabilitation services are a key part of what is on offer there, and psychologists have to talk to prisoners in detail about serious offences.

    Treatment manager Louise Sharpe has been telling me what that means for those staff on a personal level:

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    Video caption: Rehabilitation 'key' at Rye Hill prison for sex offenders near Daventry.
  4. Town manager for Rushden will be working in a 'beautiful, little Victorian High Street'

    Martin Borley

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Retailers in Rushden and Higham Ferrers have been looking ahead to the challenges they face when the giant retail park Rushden Lakes opens in 2017.

    Rushden Lakes

    A manager is being recruited to help bolster the towns’ retail offerings.   

    Leanne Knighton, owner of Granny Bubbles sweet shop on Rushden High Street, told me: "Rushden gets a little bit of a hard press. People might see the beautiful little Victorian High Street which it really is."  

  5. Northampton veteran wins fight for compensation for fatal lung disease

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Northampton war veteran Fred Mynall has mesothelioma, a fatal lung condition caused by exposure to asbestos. He spoke to us last month in this video:

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    Video caption: An ex-serviceman can't claim compensation for fatal lung disease, mesothelioma

    His case has been raised in the Commons because previously ex-servicemen weren't eligible for compensation from the MoD.

    But the government has said that veterans diagnosed from today will have a choice of regular payments, or a one-off £140,000 payment.

  6. Headlines: Change in law for veteran with lung condition...Council funding falls

    Annabel Amos

    BBC Radio Northampton

    If you are catching up:

    • The government has said it will change the law that will see war veterans get compensation after exposure to asbestos, following the case of a Northampton man with mesothelioma was raised in the House of Commons
    • Councils across Northamptonshire will see their funding from government cut, except the county council, which has been given a rise
    • Northampton Town's players have been in the town centre to meet the club's fans before Christmas
  7. Northamptonshire double fatal accident: Driver had no licence and alcohol and cannabis in system

    Northampton Chronicle & Echo

    A driver who killed himself and his cousin after crashing into a signpost in Corby had no driving licence and alcohol and cannabis in his system, an inquest has heard.

  8. Animal charity whose volunteer died says it was a 'great shock'

    Willy Gilder

    BBC Northampton

    The Irthlingborough-based animal charity NANNA says that the death from Weil's disease of one of its volunteers has come as a great shock.

    In a statement, NANNA says that it is offering assistance to East Northamptonshire Council, which is investigating the circumstances.

    The council has ordered NANNA to clear rubbish from the site, to make sure there is robust pest control and to ensure better welfare provision for volunteers.

  9. Cobblers players and staff meet fans Christmas shopping

    Joe Townsend

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Northampton Town's players have been in the town centre to meet the club's fans ahead of Christmas.

    Clarence the dragon and kelvin thomas

    Striker Sam Hoskins and Saturday's match-winner Ricky Holmes have been at the Grosvenor shopping centre along with club Chairman Kelvin Thomas (far right) and mascot Clarence the Dragon (the dragon).

  10. Headlines: 'Shock' at volunteer's death...Councils get government funding cut

    Martin Heath

    BBC Radio Northampton

    This is what we've been looking at this afternoon:

    • The Irthlingborough-based animal charity NANNA says that the death from Weil's disease of one of its volunteers has come as a great shock
    • All of Northamptonshire's borough and district councils will see a cut of between 6% and 14% in how much they have to spend over the next four years
    • Northamptonshire Police has been told its budget will rise by 0.6% for the next financial year
  11. All Northamptonshire councils, except the county council, get government cut

    Sam Read

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Councils have been finding out how much money they will get from central government in the coming years.

    All Northamptonshire's borough and district councils will see a cut of between 6% and 14% in how much they have to spend over the next four years.

    County Hall

    The county council will see a 4.4% rise over that time but it has the biggest pressures to deal with, of adult social care and children's services.

  12. Myler returns to fly-half for Racing 92 rematch

    Northampton Saints fly-half Stephen Myler returns to the side to face Racing 92 at Franklin's Gardens tomorrow.

    Courtney Lawes returns to his more regular position of lock forward and he'll partner Victor Matfield.

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  13. Northampton man arrested over online blackmail

    BBC News UK

    Police in Northern Ireland investigating online blackmail have arrested a man in England.

    The 46-year-old was arrested in the Northampton area on Wednesday and brought to a police station in Belfast for questioning.

    Det Ch Insp Douglas Grant said the investigation began after a woman from Northern Ireland made a complaint about online exploitation.

  14. Weather: Cloudy with outbreaks of rain later

    BBC Weather

    Cloud will be increasing from the west across Northamptonshire, which will bring outbreaks of rain this afternoon.

    You can see the cloudy skies above Nether Heyford captured by BBC Weather Watcher "Sunshine Jude"

    Nether Heyford

    It will remain breezy and very mild. Rain will clear away to the east by late-afternoon.

    Top temperature of 14C (57F).

  15. Grandmother pleads not guilty of being in charge of the dog that killed baby

    Sam Read

    BBC Radio Northampton

    The grandmother of a six-month-old baby who died after being attacked by a dog in Daventry has pleaded not guilty to being in charge of the animal.

    Northampton Crown Court

    Molly-Mae Wotherspoon was attacked by an American pitbull last October and later died in hospital.

    Susan Aucott, 55, appeared at Northampton Crown Court earlier. The case against Ms Aucott and her daughter Claire Riley was adjourned until 18 January.