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  1. A new school aimed at helping teenagers at risk of exclusion is in doubt because of cuts at Northamptonshire County Council
  2. Wellingborough MP Peter Bone says he has 'spoken to ministers' as part of a cross-party anti-EU campaign
  3. Towcester racecourse boss, Kevin Ackerman, has been upheld
  4. Updates for Thursday, 7 January 2016

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By Pete Cooper

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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 for Northamptonshire.

  2. Weather: Frosty overnight, bright tomorrow

    BBC Weather

    It'll remain largely dry this evening with frosty conditions overnight and lows of 2C (36F).


    The odd shower tomorrow morning but it will brighten up in the afternoon with a high of 7C (45F).

  3. Saints' Gibson says some people were 'angry' over move from Leicester

    Graham McKechnie

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    Northampton Saints flanker Jamie Gibson is expecting to be singled out for some special treatment at Welford Road this weekend.

    It's the first time he's been back to Leicester in Saints colours since moving between the two East Midlands rivals over the summer...

    When I came down here there was quite a mixed reaction, some people angry, some saying 'good luck', but the important thing is getting on the pitch." Jamie Gibson Saints Flanker
  4. Commuters still parking on verges despite bigger car park

    Martin Heath

    BBC Radio Northampton

    A new, bigger car park has opened this week at Long Buckby Station in an effort to stop people parking on nearby roads and grass verges, but rail passenger have criticised the new £4 charge.

    commuters parking on verges

    Indeed, as you can see from this picture, many have still decided to park on the verges despite the presence of yellow lines.

  5. Headlines: MPs launch campaign to leave EU... Sheep killed and butchered

    Sarah Foster

    BBC Radio Northampton

    If you're catching up, here are the stop stories:

  6. Kettering stroke unit move 'not about cost cutting'

    Martin Borley

    BBC Radio Northampton

    The director of nursing and quality at Kettering Hospital said the move of the Stroke Unit won't mean any services, like therapy beds, will be lost, and is about "increasing bed capacity".

    Leanne Hackshall

    There had been fears from volunteers and staff that the move would mean a reduction in the service, but Leanne Hackshall said it was "absolutely not" about cost cutting.

    She also told me the move was due to happen this weekend, but has been postponed to address any concerns from staff.

  7. New campaign to leave EU 'first time Labour, UKIP and Conservatives have worked together at the grassroots'

    The Daily Politics

    Conservative MP for Wellingborough, Peter Bone, and UKIP's Nigel Farage have launched a new campaign to leave the EU called 'Grassroots Out'...

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  8. New parking charges at Long Buckby station mean nearby street will be 'worse than ever'

    Martin Heath

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Rail passengers and residents say a new car park charge at Long Buckby Station is too expensive.

    Parking at the station used to be free, but places were usually occupied by 08:00. Neighbouring landowners have built a new car park with more spaces, but have introduced a daily fee of £4.

    Long Buckby station car park

    Theresa Watson, who lives on a street nearby, says parking is already bad, but will be "worse than ever" with more cars parking on the pavement.

  9. Wilder 'doesn't want to lose anybody' in the transfer window

    Joe Townsend

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder says there has been interest in some of his players.

    The Cobblers sit second in League Two going into this weekend's FA Cup third round game with MK Dons.

    With the transfer window open, Wilder does want his squad not to be broken up...

    We've had enquiries but nothing concrete. We don't want to lose anybody but we've got assets. I'm expecting it to get more lively as it hots up." - Chris Wilder
  10. Richardson win World Youth Darts Championship

    Phil Cartwright

    BBC Sport

    Rushden's Josh Richardson has won the British Darts Organisation (BDO) World Youth Championship at Lakeside.

    josh richardson

    Richardson, 17, beat 16-year-old Jordan Boyce from the Republic of Ireland in a deciding set to win the title and collect the £5,000 first prize.

  11. Sheep butchered in Northamptonshire field

    Annabel Amos

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Police are investigating a series of cases in which sheep have been butchered - and probably sold for meat.

    Officers say there have been a number of similar cases over the last 18 months, highlighting two cases that took place towards the end of 2015 in Crick and Denton.

    The meat was cut away from the animals, some of which were pregnant, and fleeces left in fields.

  12. Royal & Derngate current and former bosses in most 100 influential people in theatre

    Willy Gilder

    BBC Northampton

    The Stage magazine has published it's list of the 100 most influential people in theatre and the Royal and Derngate's chief executive, Martin Sutherland, and artistic director, James Dacre, are joint 89th in the list.

    Royal & Derngate

    However, the Royal & Derngate's fingerprints are elsewhere in the list. Previous artistic director Laurie Sanson is at number 40, artistic director between 2000 and 2005 Rupert Goold sits at number 10, while former Royal Theatre boss and now co-managing director of Cameron Mackintosh Ltd, Nick Allott, is flying high at number 3.

  13. All games on council pitches in Corby cancelled for the weekend

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Corby Borough Council has said that due to the persistent rain all football games across the borough due to be held on council pitches this weekend have been cancelled.

    Priors Hall Golf Course will also be closed to the public today and tomorrow. The closure will be reviewed on Saturday morning.

  14. Corby MP Pursglove joins forces with Farage to pen anti-EU article

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    In today's Daily Telegraph there is an article explaining why Britain should leave the EU, jointly written by UKIP leader Nigel Farage, Labour MP Kate Hoey and the Conservative MP for Corby Tom Pursglove.

    Tom Pursglove

    In the article they say "the issue of European Union membership is the most important political question of our lifetime".

    It also says there will be a "cross-party public meeting" with all three, plus Wellingborough MP Peter Bone, Kettering MP Philip Hollobone, and Northamptonshire's UKIP MEP Margot Parker.

  15. Youth organisation contract cut proposed due to 'profound' budget savings

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    The chief executive of Northamptonshire County Council says a proposal to end a contract with youth organisation Youthworks "shows the real dilemmas we face" drawing up a budget.

    Youthworks had planned to build a new school to help Northamptonshire teenagers at risk of exclusion, but now says the move is in doubt.

    Paul Blantern said the authority is talking to Youthworks, but the upcoming £84.5m cut from its budget is "profound".

  16. Peter Bone says new cross-party campaign to leave EU is 'talking to ministers'

    The Daily Politics

    Appearing alongside UKIP leader Nigel Farage, Conservative MP for Wellingborough Peter Bone said the pair are talking to minsters, but refused to say who, about their new cross-party campaign for the UK to leave the EU.

    Nigel Farage and Pete Bone

    Nigel Farage said they wanted Boris Johnson to join, along with other high profile figures, and even joked about David Cameron maybe becoming an out campaigner.

    Mr Bone said that when asked, the prime minister had said he would "consider" joining after he finishes the negotiation.

  17. Manslaughter accused 'drove into crowd of people,' court hears

    Elinor Cross

    BBC Radio Northampton

    The trial of Mohamed Hirsi, accused of manslaughter, is continuing at Northampton Crown Court.

    Today, we heard from a witness, Joshua Crawley, who told the court he saw Mr Hirsi drive into a crowd of people as he was leaving a party in Rushden last September - before driving off.

    He said Mr Hirsi’s car hit Lorenzo Gallucci, who suffered fatal injuries. Mr Hirsi has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter.

    We are expecting more witnesses this afternoon. The case continues.