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Summary

  1. Closing headlines on Wednesday, 6 January 2016
  2. A man from Raunds has been arrested in a dawn raid linked to a cold case murder
  3. Saints back coach Alex King says he had no intention of leaving the club despite England speculation
  4. Some GP surgeries in Northamptonshire say patient safety is being "put at risk" due to increasing demand
  5. More news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 on Thursday

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    That's it for today folks - we've had GP practices under pressure, ghostly apparitions in Weedon, and Saints' Alex King dismissing the speculation around a possible move to the England set up.

    We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow with more news, weather, travel and updates for Northamptonshire.

    In the meantime, if you want to get in touch, please email, tweet us or head to Facebook.

  2. Christmas drink drive arrests up slightly

    Sarah Foster

    BBC Radio Northampton

    The number of people arrested for drink-driving in Northamptonshire over Christmas and the New Year is up on the previous year.

    Police flagging over motorists during drink drive crackdown

    A total of 78 people were arrested for driving over the limit during Northamptonshire Police’s drink-drive campaign in December 2015 – two more arrests than the same period in 2014.  

    A further 10 people were arrested for drug driving.

  3. A508 congestion: Council 'regrets' delays for motorists

    Anna Bartlett

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Northamptonshire County Council says it "regrets" the long delays motorists have been experiencing on the A508 while roadworks have been in place.

    The works at the Boughton roundabout are in place to allow infrastructure for the new Buckton Fields housing development to be installed.

    map of the A508 near Boughton

    A council spokesman said: "If road users are able to stagger their journeys, or have an alternative route, we would advise them to do so until the work is completed at the end of this week."

  4. A wholesale power grab: How the UK government is handing housing over to private developers

    The Guardian

    Dr Bob Colenutt from the University of Northampton gives his view on private housing developers:

    In any sane universe, something called the Housing and Planning Bill might safely be assumed to stimulate house building and improve planning. But the bill, which receives its third and final reading in the House of Commons today, does exactly the opposite of what it says on the tin.

  5. Motorists warned of severe congestion on A508 at Boughton

    Anna Bartlett

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Temporary traffic lights and roadworks on the A508 north of Northampton - which have caused long delays for motorists this week - will continue until Saturday.

    The works, taking place near the Boughton roundabout, are in place to allow a utility company to install infrastructure for the new Buckton Fields development.

    A508, Boughton roundabout

    The four way traffic lights will now be manually operated to allow for changes in traffic flow.

  6. Christmas pudding bush in Gretton reunited with owner

    Carroll Weston

    BBC Radio Northampton

    As festive traditions go, one in the village of Gretton near Corby is quite unique - each year, two very old, round box trees are decorated to resemble Christmas puddings.

    But just before Christmas one of the one hundred-year-old bushes was stolen; ripped out of the ground with some force.

    The stolen bush

    Today residents are celebrating as the 'pudding bush' has been recovered and replanted.

  7. Saga of the lost pudding in Gretton comes to an end

    Carroll Weston

    BBC Radio Northampton

    A 100-year old box tree - which was stolen from outside a house in Gretton - has been reunited with its owners. The tree is one of two which had been decorated to look like Christmas puddings.

    The 100-year-old Christmas pudding bushes

    One of the pair went missing before Christmas, but following a Facebook appeal has been recovered after being found dumped behind a hedge in a nearby layby.

    Residents helped to retrieve it and it's now been replanted in its original spot.

  8. Norovirus: the signs and symptoms

    Anna Bartlett

    BBC Radio Northampton

    With health bosses in Northamptonshire urging people to help prevent the spread of Norovirus, just what is the bug and how can you spot the signs?

    For most people it is no worse than a short bout of diarrhoea and vomiting that should clear up within 24-72 hours. However, for the more vulnerable, it can have a more significant effect.

    Nene CCG - which delivers healthcare across Northamptonshire - has issued the following advice:

    • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water
    • Ensure toilet areas in your home are kept clean, particularly if you have been experiencing symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting
    • Wash any clothing or linen that could be contaminated
    • Disinfect any hard surfaces that could be contaminated
    • Stay away from hospitals, work, school or social gatherings until you have been free of symptoms for at least 48 hours
  9. Ghost on horseback - can you see it?

    Annabel Amos

    BBC Radio Northampton

    A photo taken by a Northampton man is all over the tabloid newspapers today - as it apparently captures a ghost on horseback in a graveyard.

    The graveyard is in Weedon - and the man who took the picture is Richard Durham.

    the graveyard in Weedon

    He told me earlier: "Some people think I've had one too many sherbets, but I can see it and so can other people - and whether people can believe in ghosts or not, it's there."

    The picture is on our Facebook page, where you can also leave your comments. 

  10. NHS bosses urge people to help prevent the spread of Norovirus

    Anna Bartlett

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Health bosses in the county are urging the public to help prevent the spread of the highly contagious winter sickness bug, Norovirus.

    The bug is very common at this time of year and outbreaks are being reported around Northamptonshire.. 

    Norovirus particles. Coloured transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of norovirus particles (purple).

    The NHS says it can be very dangerous to the elderly and sick - and is asking people who have experienced diarrhoea and vomiting to stay away from hospitals if at all possible.

  11. Indecent exposure in Northampton's Grosvenor Centre

    Police are searching for a man who indecently exposed himself to another man in the Grosvenor Centre public toilet at 17:10 on Wednesday, 30 December.

    Grosvenor Centre, Northampton

    Officers say the offender, described as white, in his early 20s, around 5ft 8ins tall, with a tall, slim or scrawny build with blonde-like hair and  a hearing aid, exposed himself to the victim before "carrying out a lewd act".

  12. Northampton firm fined after worker struck by bus

    Anna Bartlett

    BBC Radio Northampton

    A Northampton company contracted to lay a pipe across Station Road in Long Buckby in 2014 has been fined £12,000 following a serious injury to a worker.

    Station Road Long Buckby

    During the roadworks, a worker was struck by a bus and suffered injuries, including a dislocated knee and severe ligament and muscle damage.  

    Rebeck Communications Limited, of Billing Road, Northampton, pleaded guilty to breaching construction regulations at Northampton Magistrates' Court after The Health and Safety Executive said a safety zone had not been maintained.

  13. Council closes 'filthy' food business in Wellingborough

    Anna Bartlett

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Emergency hygiene powers were used by Environmental Health Officers in Wellingborough to close a newly opened food business.

    Sklep Miesny U Jasia, based on Midland Road, had no hot water supply, no hand washing facilities where raw meat and ready to eat foods were being handled, and dirty water and waste on the floor in the rear food preparation and storage areas.

    The Borough Council of Wellingborough

    Officers decided there was an imminent health risk and served a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notice upon Jadlo Spod Strzechy Limited to close it until the health risk had been removed - which was confirmed by Northampton Magistrates' Court on Tuesday, 22 December.

  14. Family-run Northampton music shop down but not out as it downsizes in battle with online shopping

    Northants Herald & Post

    An independent family-run music store in Northampton has relocated next door to a smaller premises - as it battles to cope with the boom of online shopping.

  15. Northamptonshire surgeries 'may have to close'

    Elinor Cross

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Some GP practices in Northampton have got so few GPs they may actually have to close.

    That is the view of Dr Jamie Green, from Delapre Medical Centre, who was speaking after the BBC revealed at least 100 surgeries nationally applied to stop taking on new patients in 2014/15,

    Dr Green said: "We're also seeing that some practices have got so few GPs that actually nobody wants to go and work there; and what that might mean is that rather than just closing lists you might actually see surgeries closing."

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    Video caption: Doctor warns Northants surgeries may have to close due to lack of GPs
  16. Saints Alex King says media speculation was 'frustrating'

    Graham McKechnie

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    Saints back coach Alex King says he's been frustrated by media speculation linking him to the England set-up.

    Speaking to me earlier, he confirmed his future is with Northampton Saints:

    "I think Eddie has met most of the coaches and directors of rugby in England now, to get as much information as he can about his squad, moving into the Six Nations," he said. "Just because you have a conversation with Eddie Jones, doesn't mean there's any more to it."

    Alex King
  17. Saints Alex King: "I'm staying"

    Graham McKechnie

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    Northampton Saints back coach Alex King says he was never going to be leaving the club - despite speculation linking him with England.

    Alex King

    He was very clear about his future when I spoke to him earlier, saying: "There's been a lot of unfounded speculation and I'm just glad that now I can move on and concentrate on the game (against Leicester) on Saturday."

  18. Cold case murder detectives arrest man from Raunds area

    David Keller

    BBC News

    Police in Cambridgeshire say dawn raids by officers investigating an unsolved murder, have resulted in the arrests of eight people this morning - including one from Northamptonshire.

    Andrew Bedford - who was 27 and from Huntingdon - was last seen in September 1990. Cold case detectives think he was killed with a shotgun sometime during the evening of 28 September at a garage in Ramsey.

    Detectives searched a pond in November 1992 after a tip-off Mr Bedford had been shot

    A 52-year-old man from the Raunds area was arrested this morning on suspicion of assisting an offender and conspiracy to prevent lawful burial. He has been taken to March police station in Cambridgshire for questioning.