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Summary

  1. Updates for Monday, 18 January 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Tuesday

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 for Northamptonshire.

    Have a good evening - it's set to be a chilly one, so you might need to leave a little extra time for defrosting the car in the morning.

  2. Police officer who turned up to work over drink drive limit dismissed

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    An officer who drank two bottles of wine the night before reporting for duty has been dismissed from Northamptonshire Police.

    police hq

    Colleagues of Wendy Bruce reported smelling alcohol on her breath as they travelled to Wellingborough police station on the morning of 21 October last year.   

    The response officer was forced to take a roadside breath test which found 48 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35. At a misconduct hearing, force solicitor David Ring called the action "seriously reckless".

  3. Former steelworker says Corby will feel the impact of job losses

    Stuart Ratcliffe

    BBC Look East

    Joe Sims, who worked at the original Corby steelworks in the 1980s, told me the 30 job losses likely to go in Corby will affect the town, even though "it might not sound a lot".

    Corby steelworks

    He said the losses would impact "wives, partners, children and people's mortgages".

  4. Weather: Temperatures could fall to -7C

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    It's becoming very cold tonight with a widespread, hard frost, and a risk of ice as temperatures fall as low as -6C or -7C (21F to19F) in some rural spots.

    weather map

    A cold, frosty but sunny start to Tuesday, with temperatures struggling up to just 3C or 4C (37C to 39F).

  5. Headlines: Jobs to go at Corby steelworks... Police officer sacked for heavy drinking night before work

    Sarah Foster

    BBC Radio Northampton

    If you're catching up:

    • Thirty jobs could go at Tata Steel in Corby as part of 1,050 jobs due to be lost across the UK
    • A Northamptonshire police officer who drank two bottles of wine the night before reporting for duty in the morning has been dismissed from the force
    • Health and social experts in Northamptonshire say there's been a rise in the number of infant deaths across the county with six deaths in just over a year
  6. Union worried about Corby steelworks' future after Tata job losses

    Stuart Ratcliffe

    BBC Look East

    Steelworkers union Community says the "steel industry is on the brink" after Tata announced 1,050 jobs losses, including what is believed to be 30 jobs in Corby. 

    Corby steel works

    The union leader at Tata in Corby, Dougie Fairbairn, told me they had "seen other plants shut" and was worried that "if the government doesn't do anything" Corby could eventually close too.

  7. Slow traffic and one lane blocked on M1 northbound

    BBC Travel

    There is one lane blocked and very slow traffic on the M1 northbound, between junction 14 for Milton Keynes and junction 15 for Northampton, due to a broken down car.

  8. Cameron wants 'strong steel industry'

    Prime Minister David Cameron says the government is doing all it can to help the steel industry as Tata announced more than 1,000 job cuts, including what is believed to be 30 jobs lost in Corby.

    Video content

    Video caption: Cameron wants 'strong steel industry'
  9. Mother of six-month-old killed by dog fails to attend court

    Elinor Cross

    BBC Radio Northampton

    The mother of a baby killed by an illegal American pitbull in Daventry has failed to attend a plea hearing.

    Molly-Mae Wotherspoon, aged six months, died as a result of blood loss from head wounds inflicted by the dog on Morning Star Road in October 2014.  

    morning star road

    Northampton Crown Court was told Claire Riley, 23, of Far Cotton in Northampton, was suffering from "anxiety disorder". She will next appear at court in May, charged with being the owner or person in charge of a dog dangerously out of control.

  10. Headlines: Jobs to go at Corby steelworks... Teen killed in crash near Church Brampton

    Sarah Foster

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Here's this afternoon's news in Northamptonshire:

    • Thirty jobs could go at Tata Steel in Corby as part of 1,050 jobs due to be lost across the UK
    • A teenage girl has died in a crash near Church Brampton
    • Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder says the players are "incredibly proud" to have 7,000 fans following them to MK Dons tomorrow
  11. Higher than average co-sleeping baby deaths spark new campaign

    Six babies in Northamptonshire have died since December 2014 due to unsafe sleeping situations, such as co-sleeping with a parent or carer.

    The Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Board has launched a "Safe Sleeping for your Baby" campaign, after the county was listed as having a higher than average death rate.

    Baby

    Information will be given to all midwives and health visitors and home visits carried out by a midwife will include safe sleeping assessments.

  12. UK steel industry needs 'urgent action' from government, says Tata Steel

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Karl Koehler, chief executive of Tata Steel's European operations, said news of job losses would be "unsettling for all those affected", but added "these tough actions are critical in the face of extremely difficult market conditions".

    Corby steel works

    The company has announced 1,050 UK job losses, which the BBC understands include 30 at the plant in Corby.

    Mr Koehler said: "The government must take urgent action to increase the competitiveness of the UK for its vital steel sector."

  13. Teen killed in crash near Church Brampton

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    A teenage girl has died in a crash near Church Brampton.

    A black Ford Fiesta left the Harlestone Road and struck the railway bridge at about 23.30 last Thursday.

    Railway bridge

    The 18-year-old front passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was taken to hospital and has since been released.

  14. Singer Morton wanted to be picked by Boy George because of his nan

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Singer Chase Morton, from Northampton, said it was "always the plan" to go on Team George if he was picked on BBC's The Voice because his nan was a "big fan" of judge Boy George.

    Chase Morton

    The 30-year-old told BBC Radio Northampton the song he impressed him with - If You Want Me to Stay by Sly And The Family Stone - was also one his nan's favourite acts.

  15. Weather: Cold, but dry

    BBC Weather

    The snow across Northamptonshire should have melted by now, as you see from this picture from BBC Weather Watcher Blue Shoes 42.

    Norse Walk

    It will still feel cold this afternoon but it will stay dry.

    Maximum temperature: 4C (39F).

  16. Football: Wilder 'proud' to have large travelling support tomorrow at MK

    Joe Townsend

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder has told me the players are "incredibly proud" to have 7,000 fans following them to MK Dons for their FA Cup replay tomorrow night and hopes it makes the difference.

    Chris Wilder

    If they beat MK Dons, the Cobblers will host Chelsea in the fourth round and Wiler says the "nitty gritty" of their 2-1 win over Dagenham & Redbridge in League Two is "the complete opposite" to tomorrow with Northampton Town needing "cool calm heads".

  17. Headlines: Jobs to go at Corby steel works... Man assaulted after confronting snowball-throwing teenagers

    Sarah Foster

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Here are you lunchtime headlines:

    • Thirty jobs could go at Tata Steel in Corby as part of 1,050 jobs due to be lost across the country
    • A man has needed hospital treatment after being attacked by a group of teenage boys in Northampton as he confronted them about throwing snowballs
    • A review into the £10.25m loan Northampton Borough Council gave to the Cobblers will be discussed later by the authority's audit committee