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  1. Updates for Friday, 22 January 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Monday

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By Pete Cooper

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage through the day

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

  2. Weather: Frost possible, chilly start tomorrow

    Chris Bell

    BBC Look East weather

    It will be dry with some patchy cloud this evening, with lows of 1-3C (mid 30sF). A touch of ground frost is also possible.

    Weather map

    It will be a chilly start to the day tomorrow, turning cloudy with highs around 8-10C (upper 40sF).

  3. Registration office in Northampton moves to Central Library

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    People in Northampton who need to register a birth death or marriage now need to go to the town's Central Library, rather than the Guildhall.

    Central library

    Northamptonshire County Council says the move means the Registration Office will be open on Saturdays. The new office, created in the foyer of the Library, was officially opened today.

  4. Headlines: Northampton detective accused of murdering wife gives evidence... Registration office in Northampton on the move

    Laura Cook

    BBC Radio Northampton

    • A Northamptonshire Police detective accused of murdering his wife had taped some of his rows with her one his phone, Stafford Crown Court heard this afternoon
    • People in Northampton who need to register a birth, death or marriage now need to go to the town's Central Library, rather than the Guildhall
    • A Kettering school has transformed a corridor into a Spanish street
  5. Cobblers continue promotion push as Wilder aims for half century

    Joe Townsend

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    Northampton Town host Morecambe tomorrow in League Two hoping to get over their FA Cup disappointment quickly and cement their place in the promotion spots.

    For Chris Wilder it could be a milestone with the club...

    50 wins for Chris Wilder as Cobblers boss if Northampton Town beat Morecambe at Sixfields.
  6. Council run care homes nearly full, but two proposed to close

    Sam Read

    BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

    Northamptonshire County Council is proposing to close two care homes - despite new figures showing the council run Olympus care homes in the county have been close to full over the last two years.

    96% occupancy rate over the last two years. Northamptonshire County Council is planning to close two of the six homes it runs to save £300,000 in the next financial year.

    The occupancy figure appears in a letter from the authority's director of adult social care to the relative of an Olympus resident.

  7. Sporting fathers and sons: Can junior eclipse senior?

    BBC Test Match Special

    With Jim Mallinder picking his son, 19-year-old Harry, for Northampton Saints, it seems it's the weekend for sporting father and sons because over in the test match in South Africa, the home side's debutant opener Stephen Cook has done a bit better than his father...

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  8. Sporting fathers and sons: If you're the coach how much can you pick your son?

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Harry Mallinder, the 19-year-old son of Northampton Saints director of rugby Jim is set for his first start for the club tomorrow, but how easy is it to get in the side if your dad picks it?

    Nigel and Brian Clough

    Maybe the most famous father and son, player coach, relationship was Nigel and Brian Clough.

    Nigel made 311 appearances under his father Brian at Nottingham Forest and also won 14 England caps.

  9. Adrian Goldsmith murder: Detective recorded rows with his wife

    A Northamptonshire Police detective accused of murdering his wife had taped some of his rows with her on his phone, Stafford Crown Court has heard this afternoon.

    Adrian "Otis Goldsmith," standing trial for the murder of his wife Jill, said he had made the recordings - which featured rows about drinking and paint in her trainers - to protect himself.

    Mr Goldsmith denies murder. The case continues.

  10. Sporting fathers and sons: Will the Mallinders follow in the footsteps of the Fords?

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Tomorrow Harry Mallinder, son of director of rugby Jim, will start his first game for Northampton Saints, but they are not only father and son, coach and player, combination in top level England rugby.

    George Ford and Mike Ford

    England fly-half George Ford is currently coached by his father Mike at Bath.

    Mike also has another rugby playing son Joe, who has previously played for the Saints, but is now at Sale Sharks.

  11. Launch rally in Kettering for campaign to leave EU attracts 2,500

    Sam Read

    BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

    A new group campaigning to leave the European Union says it is expecting around 2,500 people at it's launch rally at Kettering Conference Centre tomorrow.

    Nigel Farage

    Three of the county's Conservative MPs are founder members of "Grassroots Out" - Peter Bone, Philip Hollobone and Tom Pursglove.

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage (pictured) and Labour MP Kate Hoey will also speak at the cross-party event.

  12. Jim and Harry Mallinder - like father, like son?

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Northampton Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder (left) has handed his 19-year-old son, Harry (right), his first start against Scarlets tomorrow in the Champions Cup - so how similar is he to his father?

    Jim and Harry Mallinder

    Jim played full-back for Sale, and won two caps for England, while Harry plays centre and has just been called up to the England under-20 squad.

    Those who have seen Harry in action regularly predict a big future - saying he will eventually become a better player than his dad.

  13. Transformation of Kettering school into Spanish street makes students 'happier'

    Martin Borley

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Fourteen-year-old Bradley is a pupil at Buccleuch Academy, which has transformed its language area into a Spanish street.

    He thinks it’ll make it easier to learn the language, adding that it’s also great fun.

    spanish school street
    Quote Message: It makes us feel happier when we walk into the corridor from Bradley Pupil at Buccleuch Academy
    BradleyPupil at Buccleuch Academy
  14. Weather: Rain to clear leaving sunny spells

    BBC Weather

    It has been a rainy morning, as you can see from this pictures from BBC Weather Watcher 'artguru uk'.


    But that rain is going to clear to the east through this afternoon with some sunny spells following.

    Top temperature today of 10C (50F).

  15. Adrian Goldsmith murder trial: Wife went through 'throwing period,' detective tells court

    Sally Chidzoy

    BBC Look East home affairs correspondent

    Northamptonshire Police detective Adrian Goldsmith has been giving evidence at Stafford Crown Court. He is accused of murdering his wife, Jill, at their Wootton Hall Park home last March.

    Mr Goldsmith told jurors there was a "throwing period" in the couple's relationship when "anything that was to hand" including plates and bowls, was thrown by her. He said she once threw a garden fork at him.

    Under cross-examination, he denied ever being drunk or hitting his wife. He denies murder and the case continues.

  16. Sunday Times journalist says Dylan Hartley "should retire" if he messes up England chance

    BBC 5Live

    Dylan Hartley has been tipped to be named the new England captain on Monday by new head coach Eddie Jones.

    BBC 5Live's Sonja McLaughlan spoke to Sunday Times rugby correspondent Stephen Jones about whether the Northampton Saints hooker was the right man for the job...

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    Video caption: Sunday Times journalist says Dylan Hartley "should retire" if he messes up England chance.
  17. Travel: Lane closed on M1 northbound between junctions 18 and 19

    BBC Travel

    The M1 has one lane closed northbound between junction 18 (Rugby) and junction 19 (Catthorpe Interchange) due to a collision between a car and a lorry.

  18. Adrian Goldsmith murder trial: Detective says wife put a knife to his throat

    Sally Chidzoy

    BBC Look East home affairs correspondent

    Adrian 'Otis' Goldsmith, the Northamptonshire Police officer on trial accused of murdering his wife, told the jury she once put a knife to his throat.

    He told Stafford Crown Court he telephoned her parents about the problems in their relationship, and shouted at them down the phone.

    He said Mrs Goldsmith then went to see her parents and after she returned home "she went absolutely furious at me and took a knife out of the knife drawer and said, 'if you ever, ever hurt my parents again you'll get this'."

  19. Headlines: Detective accused of murdering wife giving evidence... Harry Mallinder to start for Saints

    Laura Cook

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Here are your lunchtime headlines:

    • Adrian 'Otis' Goldmsith, the Northamptonshire Police officer accused of murdering his wife, has been giving evidence in court
    • Harry Mallinder will start his first Saints game against Scarlets tomorrow
    • A Kettering school has transformed a corridor into a Spanish street