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  1. Updates on Wednesday, 20 January 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Martin Borley

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Thansk for joining us today. We'll be back with more Local Live news, sport and leisure updates from 08:00 tomorrow

    See you then...

  2. Fall in Northants jobseeker's allowance claimaints

    Martin Borley

    BBC Northampton

    Over the last 12 months there's been a drop in the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) in Northamptonshire.

    Graphic showing numbers of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance

    Figures from the Office for National Statistics show 1,231 fewer people claimed JSA in December 2015 compared to December 2014.

  3. Burglary at Northampton shop

    Martin Borley

    BBC Northampton

    Northamptonshire Police have revealed that a large number of electrical items were stolen from a Northampton shop last week.

    Eleven iPhone 6 mobile phones, five MacBook Pro laptops, three Xbox Ones and four Apple iPads were taken during the burglary at The Phone Centre on St Peter’s Walk. 

    The burglary took place sometime between 01:15 and 01:45 last Thursday.  

  4. Rail disruption: Northampton to Rugby line reopens

    Martin Borley

    BBC Northampton

    London Midland trains say the line between Northampton and Rugby has reopened following repairs to the overhead power lines.

    Engineers working on overhead power lines

    Engineers had to repair 12m (40 ft) of cables after damage was caused overnight.

    A bus replacement service has been operating all day.

  5. Rail disruption: Work on overhead wires between Northampton and Rugby 'completed by 16:30'

    London Midland is now predicting repairs to overhead wires between Northampton and Rugby will be completed by 16:30.

    Services have been cancelled all day, with replacement bus services running, while engineers from Network Rail fixed 12m (40ft) of cables.

    It had been hoped the line would be fixed by 16:00.

  6. Sports clubs object to Nene Park development plans

    Martin Borley

    BBC Northampton

    A proposal to redevelop Nene Park in Irthlingborough has drawn objections from local sports clubs, including AFC Rushden & Diamonds.

    Video content

    Video caption: AFC Rushden & Diamonds are among sports clubs to object to plans to redevelop Nene Park.

    Plans to demolish the existing stadium and replace it with a cinema, hotel, shops and a community football facility have been submitted after similar plans were withdrawn last March.

    Vice chairman of AFC Rushden & Diamonds, John Ward, says the proposals "don't look adequate".

  7. Weather: Cold, but some sunshine possible

    BBC Weather

    Any cloud still around is likely to dissipate as we head further into the afternoon, with some sunshine likely. Maximum temperature 2C (32F).


    Tonight will be dry, but it'll quickly turn frosty during the evening. Some freezing fog patches are likely to develop later. Temperatures will be dipping to -2 (28F).

  8. Poppies 'still looking' for a permanent home

    Martin Borley

    BBC Northampton

    A director of Kettering Town Football Club says the club is still looking for a permanent home ground.

    The Poppies have been playing their matches at Latimer Park in Burton Latimer after leaving their long-time home at Rockingham Road in Kettering, and then having a spell at Nene Park in Irthlingborough.

    Ken Samuel says a return to Rockingham Road is an option: "We will talk to anyone who will put us in touch with a facility we can use".

  9. Headlines: Sports clubs object to Nene Park re-development... Villagers' joy at 'saving' pub

    Sarah Foster

    BBC Radio Northampton

    • A proposal to re-develop Nene Park in Irthlingborough has been objected to by sports clubs, including AFC Rushden & Diamonds
    • Network Rail engineers are repairing 40ft (12m) of overhead power lines between Northampton and Rugby which have been damaged 
    • People from Ashley near Corby say they're delighted a plan to turn the only remaining village pub into housing has been refused
  10. Delight at village pub decision

    Carroll Weston

    BBC Radio Northampton

    People living in the village of Ashley, near Corby, say they're delighted that a plan to turn their only remaining pub into housing has been refused.

    Villagers campaign to save the pub

    The George closed over a year ago after being sold. The owner's application to convert the pub into two properties has now been refused by Kettering Borough Council.

    Parish councillor Stephen Castens is cautious about the future telling BBC Radio Northampton: "We have won the battle, but we haven't won the war".

  11. Man who died in Nene had recently left hospital

    Martin Borley

    BBC Northampton

    Police say a man whose body was found in the River Nene on Monday had attended Northampton Hospital hours earlier.

    Aleksys Straksys, 50, had left the hospital at 01:00, but was not seen again until he was discovered in the water at 09:00.

    Police say they are not treating his death as suspicious, but they want to speak to anyone who may have seen him after he left the hospital.

  12. Football: Cobblers' manager remains positive despite FA Cup loss

    Graham McKechnie

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    Northampton Town might have lost 3-0 against MK Dons in their FA Cup game last night, but manager Chris Wilder is remaining positive.

    It could have been different if a Cobblers 'goal' had been allowed to stand after Dons goalkeeper David Martin appeared to carry it over his own line.

    MK Dons v Northampton Town

    But Wilder said fans have shown "staggering support" for the club: "It shows this club is really alive and kicking. We've had an unbelievable up and down year, but the club is going forward."

  13. Travel: Accident on A508 at Northampton

    BBC Travel

    There's been an accident between two cars on the A508 Harborough Road in Northampton at the Chalcombe Road junction.

    There are delays in both directions.

  14. Rail disruption: Cause of power lines damage not known

    Martin Borley

    BBC Northampton

    Network Rail say it's not yet known what caused damage to overhead power lines between Northampton and Rugby.

    Engineers are repairing 12m (40ft) of cables. A freight train has also been damaged.

    Area director for Network Rail, Mark Killick, said: "We are doing all we can to safely complete the repairs and reopen the railway as quickly as possible."

  15. Rail disruption: Network Rail repairing overhead power lines

    Martin Borley

    BBC Northampton

    Network Rail says it is repairing 40ft (12m) of cable that has been damaged between Northampton and Rugby.

    Engineers working on overhead power lines

    Engineers were on site at 03:00 after reports of faulty electric wires.

    London Midland says rail repairs are expected to take until 16:00.

  16. Body recovered from River Nene is identified

    Martin Borley

    BBC Radio Northampton

    A man found dead in the River Nene at Northampton has been named by the police.

    Aleksas Straksys

    The body of 50-year-old Lithuanian man Aleksas Straksys was recovered from the river between Carlsberg and B&Q on Monday morning.

    The police believe his death was a "tragic accident".

  17. Latest headlines: No train services between Northampton and Rugby... Objections to Nene Park development

    Andrew Radd

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Here are the top stories we're looking at this morning:

    • There are no train services between Northampton and Rugby this morning due to overhead line problems
    • A proposal to redevelop Nene Park in Irthlingorough has been objected to by local sports clubs
    • Northampton Town are out of the FA Cup after losing 3-0 to the MK Dons