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Summary

  1. Police and crime commissioner Adam Simmonds plans to introduce more mobile speed cameras in Northamptonshire
  2. A man is due in court charged with possession of a firearm and obstructing a police officer
  3. Wellingborough Prison may be re-opened and expanded, according to the town's MP
  4. Updates for Wednesday, 3 February 2016

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By Tom Percival

All times stated are UK

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  2. Hundreds breathalysed and seven arrested for drink-driving

    Annabel Amos

    BBC Radio Northampton

    The figures for the county's Christmas drink-drive campaign for 2015 have been released - and show just seven people were arrested for drink-driving out of 540 who were breath-tested.

    Drink drive checkpoint

    During the same period. 10 people were arrested for drug-driving. Police officers have been given new kit to test drivers for the levels of drugs in their system.

    PC Dave Lee told me drivers had "got away" with driving under the influence of drugs for so long that now police could enforce the law, it shocked many.

  3. Weather: Cloudy and cool

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    BBC Weather

    It'll be increasingly cloudy this evening, with occasional outbreaks of rain spreading from Daventry and the west overnight, but with much of the county becoming dry again by Thursday morning.

    Weather
  4. Lighter fuel inquest verdict: Parents say vulnerable daughter should have been sectioned for her own safety

    Elinor Cross

    BBC Radio Northampton

    A coroner today recorded a narrative verdict in the case of Pippa Lee Davis, 33, of Bugbrooke. She was found dead on 15 July 2015 at her home in Bugbrooke with the cause of death found to be lighter fuel abuse.

    Her parents said Northampton General Hospital (NGH) let her down by releasing her from its care, adding that the psychiatric team should have realised she should have been sectioned.

    In a statement, the hospital said Miss Davis' treatment had included help from the acute liaison mental health team, which is based at the A&E department. 

    "Miss Davis was assessed by the mental health team and a treatment plan was agreed,” it said.

  5. Lighter fuel inquest verdict: Hospital released vulnerable woman in early hours of morning

    Elinor Cross

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Parents of a vulnerable mentally ill woman found dead shortly after being released from hospital say she should have been sectioned.

    Pippa Lee Davis, 33, of Bugbrooke, was found dead on 15 July 2015 at her home in Bugbrooke. The cause of death was found to be lighter fuel abuse.  

    An inquest into her death at Northampton Hospital found that in the months before her death Ms Davis had been admitted to hospital with depression and suicidal intentions in January, but her mother said she was released from hospital at 03:00 without any money in her purse.

    The coroner recorded a narrative verdict.

  6. Former Northampton student joins writing team at Holby City

    Tom Percival

    BBC Radio Northampton

    More than four million people tune in for the BBC drama Holby City - and a University of Northampton graduate in Creative Writing and Drama will soon be helping to shape what happens on screen.

    Gemma Copping

    Gemma Copping will be planning future plot lines and fleshing them out, before handing them on to script writers.

    “Any of my achievements, whether they be personal, academic or professional, are a direct result of my time spent at the University of Northampton,” she said.

  7. 'George would come straight to me if he had any problems'

    Graham McKechnie

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    Northampton Saints' backs coach Alex King has told me that if wing George North had an issue with how Saints were playing, he would come and speak to him about it.

    North was quoted earlier this week as saying Northampton's style of play was "not helping my game".

    Alex King

    North - and Saints as a team - have struggled to score tries this season and currently sit sixth in the premiership table. King, though, says North goes into the Six Nations "full of confidence" and that if he had a problem, he'd speak to King, not the media.

  8. Headlines: Wellingborough man in court charged with drugs and firearms offences... Corby could get town centre post office again

    Sarah Foster

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Good afternoon, here are the headlines from BBC Radio Northampton:

    • Dominic Williams-Pearce, from Wellingborough, is due in court charged with possessing class A drugs with intent to supply, possessing a firearm and obstructing a police officer
    • Two weeks after its old post office closed, there's a proposal to open a new one in Corby, in a retail unit on New Post Office Square
    • The number of mobile speed camera vans in Northamptonshire is to double from four to eight
  9. Police issue pointers to staying safe on a night out after India Chipchase death

    Tom Percival

    BBC Radio Northampton

    A week after the death of India Chipchase, Northamptonshire Police is reminding people about the importance of keeping yourself safe on a night out.

    Bridge Street

    Supt Chris Hillery says the investigation into what happened to India is ongoing and that such incidents are incredibly rare.

    He added that drinking responsibly, sticking together and using a licensed cab, taxi or a lift with a friend to get home are all helpful to ensuring personal safety.

  10. Extra police patrols in Northampton this weekend after India Chipchase death

    Tom Percival

    BBC Radio Northampton

    A week after the death of India Chipchase, extra Northamptonshire Police officers will be on duty this weekend in Northampton town centre.

    Police car

    Superintendent Chris Hillery said: “India went missing while on a night out last weekend in what was an incredibly rare incident in Northampton.

    “There will be extra officers in the town centre on Friday and Saturday night to provide a visible reassurance, but also to be on hand to speak to anyone who may have any concerns or information that will assist the investigation.”

  11. PCC's speeding plan: Camera vans will operate at night

    Part of a new plan to crackdown on speeding drivers across the county will involve introducing new camera vans equipped with night-time enforcement systems.

    Speed camera

    Police and crime commissioner Adam Simmonds' proposal also involves investment in mobile average speed camera systems.

    Mr Simmonds said he formulated the plan after visiting 100 different villages in the county: "The number one concern raised was the problem of speeding on our roads."

  12. PCC's speeding plan: Rural communities 'frightened to walk along their own streets'

    Sam Read

    BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

    Motorists have become "complacent" about a range of bad behaviour, including mobile phone use and speeding, according to Northamtponshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Adam Simmonds.

    He's announced the number of mobile speed camera vans in Northamptonshire will double from four to eight - paid for using speeding fines.

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    Video caption: 'Attitudes need to change' as number of speed camera vans set to double under PCC plan.
  13. Decision yet to be made on Wellingborough Prison site

    Sam Read

    BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

    I've been speaking to the Ministry of Justice about the reports that they may be considering re-opening Wellingborough prison.

    Wellingborough Prison

    In a statement, they've told me: "We are closing down ageing and ineffective prisons and investing £1.3 billion in a modern prison estate, which provides better opportunities for rehabilitation and redemption.

    "Absolutely no decisions have been made and we are naturally exploring more sites than we will actually need, in order to ensure we choose the best possible locations."

  14. Lord Lucan death certificate: Peer's link to Weston?

    Tom Percival

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Lord Lucan's son has welcomed the decision by the High Court to issue a death certificate for his father, whose disappearance in 1974 fascinated the nation.

    Lord Lucan

    Legend has it - so the pub claims - the Crown Inn in Weston was the last place he was seen alive.

    Lucan has also been 'spotted' over the years everywhere from San Francisco working as a waiter, to an Indian hippy commune living under the moniker "Jungle Barry".

  15. Organisers hope Women's Tour 'won't cost us anything'

    Graham McKechnie

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    The county councillor at the centre of bringing the Women's Tour back to Northamptonshire says the authority's aim is that hosting it won't cost any public money.

    Women's Tour

    Heather Smith says a combination of goodwill and sponsorship should cover the costs.

    She said the international reputation of the race brings extra benefit for Northamptonshire, attracting budding cyclists from around the country.

  16. Weather: Bright but chilly

    BBC Weather

    This is the view which greeted BBC Weather Watcher "Tire View" this morning in East Haddon. You can join them at the BBC Weather Watcher website.

    East Haddon

    There will be plenty of winter sunshine this afternoon, but it will feel a little chilly in a light westerly breeze. Maximum Temperature: 7C (45F).

  17. 'Great asset' donated to controversial local museum

    Tom Percival

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Northampton Museum and Art Gallery says it is still able to attract significant local donations, despite being stripped of its Arts Council England accreditation over the sale of Sekhemka, in 2014.

    Earthworks 2 by Roberta Booth

    "Earthworks 2" by Roberta Booth was given to the museum by Roberta's sister and neice. It is based on photos taken of a plough in Royston, on the Cambridgeshire/Hertfordshire border.

  18. New Air Cadets swell ranks in Wellingborough

    Tom Percival

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Wellingborough’s 378 (Mannock) Squadron Air Training Corps has enrolled 20 new members.

    Wellingborough 378 Squadron

    Sqn Ldr Mark Richards (centre left) and Wg Cdr Nigel Dickinson OBE (centre right) welcomed the recruits; the product of a successful campaign to reach new members.

  19. Artwork donated to discredited museum

    Tom Percival

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Northampton Museum and Art Gallery, which was stripped of its accreditation by Arts Council England over the sale of Sekhemka, has been donated a painting by a major local artist.

    (l-r) Cllr. Brandon Eldred, Norma Dunville and Rachel Krate

    "Earthworks 2" by Roberta Booth was handed over by Roberta's sister, Norma Dunville and neice, Rachel Krate, both local to Northampton.

    Ms Dunville said: "We are big supporters of the museum and gallery and what they do here is fantastic.. as a family, we think Earthworks 2 will be a great asset."