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  1. Updates for Tuesday, 2 February 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Pete Cooper

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage through the day

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

  2. Northampton trampoline coach 'honoured' to be leading women's team to the Olympics

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Northamptonshire Trampoline Gymnastics Academy coach Tracy Whittaker-Smith has been selected as head coach for the Great Britain trampoline team at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

    Tracy Whittaker-Smith

    She has already spent three years as GB Women's head coach, and guided them to the maximum two Olympic places.

    Whittaker-Smith, who is based at the Northampton Trampoline Centre in Moulton Park, said she was "thrilled" and "honoured" to be heading to the summer games in Brazil.

  3. New Cobblers signing Rose hopes to get club 'over the line'

    Joe Townsend

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    Northampton Town midfielder Danny Rose, who signed yesterday, has not started a league game for Oxford since October.

    The 27-year-old told me he is looking forward to getting back playing and hopes to get the Cobblers "over the line" and promoted to League One...

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    Video caption: New Cobblers signing Danny Rose hopes to get club "over the line".
  4. Weather: Cold overnight and a chance of sleet tomorrow

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    It will be a dry and breezy end to the day, with clear skies but the risk of an isolated shower and lows of 1C (33F).

    Weather map

    A band of showery rain tomorrow could have a little sleet mixed in for a time in the morning, but then becoming drier and brighter again. Highs of 7C (44F).

  5. Headlines: Man accused of murder appears in court... Ecton Brook care home to close

    Sarah Foster

    BBC Radio Northampton

    If you're catching up this evening:

    • A man has appeared in court in Northampton charged with the murder of 20 year old India Chipchase
    • A consultation is starting on plans to close Ecton Brook care home in Northampton
    • Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder has been praising new signing, midfielder Danny Rose
  6. Wilder 'surprised' he was able to sign midfielder Rose

    Joe Townsend

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    Cobblers manager told me new signing Danny Rose, from Oxford United, has filled a gap left by the long-term injury to Paul Correy.

    Wilder praised the 27-year-old midfielder and said he was 'surprised' he was able to sign him...

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    Video caption: Cobblers manager Chris Wilder was 'surprised' he was able to sign Danny Rose from Oxford.
  7. BT's broadband and phone network down in parts of UK, including Northamptonshire

    BBC News UK

    BT's broadband and phone network appears to have been suffering nationwide problems.

    The company confirmed many of its services are currently not working.

    There are reports of various parts of Northamptonshire being affected, including Northampton and Daventry...

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  8. Councillors ask for even more money for Corby Cube

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Tonight Corby councillors will make a decision on a proposal to dip into the council's reserves this evening to turn the fourth floor of the Cube into usable office space.

    It's not the first time extra money has been spent on the building...

    The Corby Cube, money spent so far
  9. Travel: M1 and A43 disruption

    BBC Travel

    There are delays on the M1 southbound between junction 16 and 17 due to an accident.

    While on the A43 northbound there are delays between Baynards Green and Juniper Hill because of a car fire.

  10. PCC 'not discounting' a role with free school on police HQ site

    Sam Read

    BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

    Northamptonshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Adam Simmonds, said he is "not discounting" a "relationship" with the new Wootton Park School, which is planned for part of Police Headquarters site.

    Adam Simmonds

    However, Mr Simmonds, who will not be seeking re-election in May, told the Police and Crime Panel he has "no plans" for a role with the school which will open in September this year.

  11. Police and Crime Commissioner defends HQ plan saying schools should be 'palaces'

    Sam Read

    BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

    Northamptonshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Adam Simmonds has told the Police and Crime Panel he would like to make a decision on the sale of Police headquarters "in February".

    Police HQ

    The public consultation on what will happen closes at midnight on 7 February.

    Part of the site has been earmarked for a free school and Mr Simmonds told the panel he is "not just there to look over the chief constable's shoulder" adding that, "our schools should be palaces". 

  12. Weather: Windy with sunshine and showers

    BBC Weather

    It is looking particularly spring-like in Spratton judging by this picture from a BBC Weather Watcher...


    Today will be another windy day with sunny spells and perhaps a few showers.

    It will feel colder than yesterday. Maximum temperature of 7C (45F).

  13. Headlines: Man accused of murder appears in court...Ecton Brook care home to close

    Sarah Foster

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Here are our latest stories:

    • A 51-year-old man has appeared at Northampton Magistrates Court charged with the murder of 20-year-old India Chipchase
    • A consultation is starting on closing the Ecton Brook care home in Northampton
    • The Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder has been praising of his latest signing midfielder Danny Rose
  14. Decision to close one county council care home rather than two 'changed last night'

    Sam Read

    BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

    The director of adult social care at Northamptonshire County Council, Carolyn Kus, says plans to close just one care home instead of two changed as recently as last night.

    It had been expected that two Olympus care homes would be closed to save £300,000, but it's been announced today that a consultation will start on closing just one, Ecton Brook.

    Thirty-four of the 46 beds at Ecton Brook are currently occupied.

  15. County council changes plans over care home closures

    Sam Read

    BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

    Northamptonshire County Council said in December it would shut two Olympus Care homes to save £300,000.

    county Hall

    But today they have announced they would only be closing one, Ecton Brook House.

  16. Northampton Town extend winger Martin's loan

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    In what was a fairly quiet January transfer window for Northampton Town.

    As well as signing Danny Rose and loaning out full-back Evan Horwood to Grimsby, the only other piece of business saw the club extend the loan spell of Millwall midfielder Lee Martin until the end of the season.

    Lee Martin

    Earlier this morning Martin praised the Cobblers fans, adding: "I'm just happy to finally get back playing football".

  17. Saints' Lawes an England doubt for Six Nations opener

    BBC Sport

    Northampton Saints second row Courtney Lawes is an injury doubt to face Scotland in England's opening Six Nations match because of a hamstring injury.

    Courtney Lawes

    Saints 20-year-old prop Paul Hill has a good chance of bring part of the game in what would be his international debut. The youngster has played only 15 games for Northampton.

  18. Northampton Town's Chris Wilder nominated for Manager of Month

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    With Northampton Town top of League Two, Chris Wilder has been nominated for Manager of the Month.

    He is up against Neal Ardley (AFC Wimbledon), Paul Tisdale (Exeter City) and Darren Way (Yeovil Town), with the winner announced on Friday.

    12 - Northampton Town took a maxmium 12 points in January and are two points clear at the top of League Two