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Summary

  1. Northampton Town chairman Kelvin Thomas has told a fans forum a conference centre and hotel could still be part of development plans at Sixfields
  2. Administrators for luxury boat-builders Fairline say they're still talking to interested buyers
  3. News. sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Pete Cooper

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live courage through the day

    Local Live has finished for Northamptonshire today, but we'll be back on Monday from 08:00 with all the latest news, weather, sport and travel for the county.

  2. Driver who helped alleged rape victim urgently sought

    Sarah Foster

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Police in Northampton investigating an alleged rape are appealing for a motorist who stopped to help to come forward.

    The woman, who was in a distressed state, flagged down the driver of a dark Vauxhall Astra in Upper Mounts in the early hours of yesterday morning.

    He picked the woman up at the back of the crown court building, then took her to Southbridge.

  3. Boat builder will 'look to support' Fairline workers

    Richard Bond

    BBC Look East business correspondent

    I've been to the London Boat Show to find out whether Fairline, which has gone into administration, is an isolated case or whether business is booming for their competitors.

    I spoke to Phil Popham, from boat builders Sunseeker, based in Dorset, and one of Fairline's competitors..

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    Video caption: Boat builders Sunseeker will 'look to support' Fairline workers.
  4. Weather: Dry this evening, but rain overnight

    Chris Bell

    BBC Look East weather

    Staying mainly dry, but with the small chance of a shower later in the night with lows of around 4-6C (around 40F).

    Weather map
  5. US ambassador 'asked me for a mug'

    Carroll Weston

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Earlier today the US ambassador to the UK, Matthew Barzun, was in Northampton visiting politicians, businesses and schools and answering questions on Donald Trump and gun control.

    But before his security ushered him away he pulled me aside and asked for a favour.

    US ambassador

    Apparently the ambassador is a collector of local radio stations mugs, and has asked me to send him a BBC Radio Northampton one.

    We are happy to oblige and in fact we'll send him two - one for the ambassador and one for Barack Obama.

  6. Travel: Long delays on the A45 eastbound

    BBC Travel

    There is one lane blocked and long delays on the eastbound A45 between Riverside and the Great Billing Way in Northampton because of a broken down lorry.

  7. Headlines: Police make appeal for motorist... MP to meet minister over rail freight terminal

    Sarah Foster

    BBC Radio Northampton

    If you're catching up:

    • Police investigating an alleged rape in Northampton have made an appeal for a motorist who stopped to help to come forward
    • The MP for South Northamptonshire says she has arranged to talk to the Rail Minister about the proposed rail freight terminal that could be built between Blisworth and Milton Malsor
    • The American Ambassador to the UK has been visiting Northampton as a guest of Northampton North MP Michael Ellis
  8. MP to find out how much of a 'priority' proposed rail freight terminal is

    Willy Gilder

    BBC Northampton

    The MP for South Northamptonshire, Andrea Leadsom says there are unanswered questions about plans for a rail freight terminal that could be built between Milton Malsor and Blisworth.

    People living in both villages say they are opposed to the idea, which they say would destroy the rural character of the area. Developer Ashfield say it'll create thousands of jobs and boost the economy.

    "I'm meeting the rail minister Claire Perry to find out how much of a priority this is and how vital it is it's there." - Andrea Leadson MP
  9. Archaeologists dig up 'unexpected' evidence of Iron Age life

    BBC News England

    Archaeologists who uncovered remains from an Iron Age village on land where a housing estate is being built said the discovery was "totally unexpected".

    Experts from the University of Leicester

    Experts from the University of Leicester believe the remains, in the village of Welford, date back more than 2,000 years.

    The discoveries of pottery will be shown to primary schools before going on display in a museum in Northamptonshire.  

  10. FA Cup third round is 'just a game of football' for Chris Wilder

    BBC Sport

    MK Dons visit Sixfields in the FA Cup, meaning the Cobblers will need to beat a side two divisions higher to make it through to the fourth round.

    But boss Chris Wilder says this game is no different to any other...

    It's just a game of football. It's our group of players against their group of players. It'll be as hard for them as we make it."
  11. US ambassador visits Northampton

    Matthew Barzun, the US ambassador to the UK, visited Northampton earlier today having been invited by Northampton North MP Michael Ellis.

    He met local politicians, took a tour of the town and headed to Kingsthorpe College...

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  12. Tigers match important for 'bragging rights,' says Hanrahan

    Graham McKechnie

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    Fly-half JJ Hanrahan will start for Northampton Saints tomorrow against Leicester in his first experience of the East Midlands derby.

    He told me he knows how important such local matches are from playing for Munster against Leinster in the past...

    It means for fans and the local community there's bragging rights and the same for the English players the next time they're in the England camp.
  13. Grant given to Fermyn Woods Country Park for new children's play area

    Martin Borley

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Fermyn Woods Country Park has been given a £23,000 grant to create a new children's play area, featuring climbing frames, sculptured butterfly seating, trails that contain living willow dens, stepping stones and climbing logs.

    Fermyn Woods Country Park

    The money has come from the 'Community Fund' of construction company, Mick George.

  14. Cobblers won't sell goalkeeper Smith 'cheaply'

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    With the transfer window now open, Northampton Town chairman Kelvin Thomas told fans last night that the club does not need to, and don't want to, sell any players.

    Adam Smith

    However, he admitted if a big club made an offer for goalkeeper Adam Smith (pictured) they wouldn't stand in his way, although he added "we won't sell players cheaply".

  15. 'Task force' formed to help Fairline Boats workers

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    A task force has been pulled together to ask "how can we help workers" at in administration Fairline Boats.

    Fairline Factory

    A total of 380 people were made redundant at the Corby and Oundle based company. The administrators are hopeful they can still find a buyer for the business.

    In the meantime, Jo Lappin, from Northampton Enterprise Partnership, said a task force involving the likes of Corby Borough Council and the Department of Work & Pensions would try to help workers.

  16. Weather: Mostly cloudy afternoon with a few showers

    BBC Weather

    It'll be a breezy end to the day, with the odd shower at times, but there will also be some lengthy sunny breaks.

    There were clear skies over Higham Ferrers this morning, as captured by BBC Weather Watcher 'ele'.

    higham ferrers

    Top temperature of 8C (46F).

  17. Wilder turned down 'decent job' to stay at Cobblers

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    At an open forum for Northampton Town fans last night, Cobblers chairman Kevin Thomas revealed that a week and half before he took over manager Chris Wilder turned down a "decent job".

    Chris Wilder

    Mr Thomas also said Wilder was on a rolling contract and there was "no end date for his contract".

  18. Police highlight 'big drop' in Christmas crime

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Northamptonshire Police say 'Operation Lapland' - aimed at preventing criminal activity in Northampton Town Centre over Christmas - resulted in a big drop in shoplifting...

    Northampton Town Centre Christmas Crime 25.9% reduction in shoplifting on last year 57 shoplifting offences between16 November and 3 January 19.5% drop in reported anti-social behaviour