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  1. Former US basketball star Shaquille O'Neal has backed Northampton Town's promotion push in a YouTube video
  2. Northampton has become a "dumping ground for old taxis" after changes to licensing rules, according to town cabbies
  3. Councillors in Kettering are to discuss the possibility of DNA profiling of dogs to reduce fouling
  4. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Mariam Issimdar

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  1. Our live coverage through the day

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

  2. Lamb slaughtered in field in Silverstone

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Police say a lamb has been slaughtered and its carcass taken from a field in Silverstone.

    It was taken some time between 11:00 yesterday and 09:30 today, and officers would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed anyone acting suspiciously in the area during that time.

    It follows several other cases of sheep being killed and butchered in the county - namely in Crick, Denton and Brafield-on-the Green.

  3. Headlines: Go-ahead for police buildings... Lamb slaughter at Silverstone

    Sarah Foster

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Headlines for this evening: 

    • The go-ahead has been given to two new police buildings between Corby and Kettering
    • Police say a lamb has been slaughtered and it's carcass taken from a field in Silverstone
    • Northampton Borough Council is defending its decision to drop age restrictions on taxis in the town
  4. Weather: Dry tonight, chilly start tomorrow with sunny spells later

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    Staying dry this evening with cloud increasing gradually from the west, so not as cold as last night, but there is still the risk of a frost as temperatures fall just below freezing with lows of -2C (28F).

    Weather map

    Tomorrow, a chilly start to the day with some bright or sunny spells and generally more cloud around with high temperatures of 5C (41F).

  5. Charity founder praises Corby women

    The founder of a charity which helps fund education in Gambia has praised two women from Corby who have been given honorary citizenship of a village for their work in schools.

    Village children

    Andrew Butler, founder of the Northampton Trustee Fund, praised Eleanor Springham and Chelsea MacFarlane, who first went to the Penyem Village about four years ago as part of a sixth trip from Kingswood School, Corby.

    Mr Butler said: "They are very brave to go and live in the village. We took a group of sixth form students to the village, and the Eleanor and Chelsea have followed it through. It is so rewarding to see them go back there."

  6. Two Corby women made honorary citizens of Gambian village

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Two young women from Corby have been made honorary citizens of Penyem Village in Gambia.

    Eleanor Springham and Chelsea MacFarlane

    Eleanor Springham and Chelsea MacFarlane lived in the village for three weeks and have visited the country on previous occasions with the Northampton Trustee Fund - a charity that raises money to help the village.

    It's provided books and furniture for the school, sponsored the children there and built a health centre.

  7. Two police buildings given go-ahead by police and crime commissioner

    Up to 350 police officers and staff are set to get two new premises, the office of the county's police and crime commissioner, Adam Simmonds, has tweeted...

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  8. It's been a sunny, crisp day across most of Northamptonshire

    There's been some glorious sunshine in much of Northamptonshire today, as we can see in this pic from BBC Weather Watcher 'ele' in Higham Ferrars...

    Sunshire in Higham Ferrars

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  9. Biomass plant plan for Daventry

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    A scheme for a biomass renewable energy generation plant in Daventry is going before Northamptonshire County Council.

    Earthworm Energy wants to convert its composting plant in Brown Road, Royal Oak, into a plant to process 30,000 tonnes of pre-shredded wood waste - to generate one megawatt of energy a year.

    The plans go before the council's development control committee on 23 February.

  10. Northamptonshire PCC approves new police buildings

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Plans for two new police buildings in Northamptonshire have been formally given the go-ahead by Police and Crime Commissioner Adam Simmonds.

    One of the new police buildings

    Work will start soon on the Police Investigation Centre and the Northern Accommodation Building off the A43 in Kettering.

    The buildings, which will be used by 350 staff, are set to be completed by spring 2017.

  11. Machete attack in Corby

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Police in Corby are asking anyone who witnessed a fight in Leighton Road to contact them, after a man was attacked with a machete.

    The victim met a friend on Thursday, 4 February, at some point between 14:00 and 15:30. 

    An unknown man attacked him, causing head, arm, hand and leg injuries. He needed medical treatment but the injuries were not life threatening.

  12. Millionaire's three nights on streets of Northampton was 'like having your soul sucked out'

    Northampton Chronicle & Echo

    A powerful video showing a millionaire businessman sleeping rough on the streets of Northampton during a freezing January weekend has raised £3,000 for one of the town’s homeless charities.

  13. Northampton councillors advised not to object to new Rushden Lakes plan

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Northampton Borough Council is not planning to object to plans for a leisure building, including a cinema, restaurant and retail units, at the Rushden Lakes development.

    Site near Rushden Lakes

    The authority will discuss its response to the application, due to be decided on by East Northamptonshire Council, at a meeting tonight.

    Borough councillors originally opposed the scheme saying it would affect Northampton's retail and leisure offering, but officers say the revised plan - which sees more leisure and less retail space - is unlikely "to represent any significant increased impacts on the vitality and viability of Northampton to the scheme already approved".

  14. Work gets underway to turn M1 into smart mortorway

    Work to turn the M1 between Northampton and the M6 into a smart motorway has just got underway.


    It means the hard shoulder will become an extra lane and variable speed limits introduced to better manage traffic.

    Highways England says the roadworks are being completed in stages to minimise delays for motorists.

  15. Kettering may endorse DNA profiling to stop dog fouling

    Councillors in Kettering may follow a village in Essex and carry out DNA profiling of dogs to try and tackle the problem of fouling.

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    Video caption: Alresford to introduce DNA testing of dog poo

    Alresford, near Brightlingsea, backed plans to carry out the DNA testing of dogs and faeces. 

    The scheme is run on a voluntary basis and councillors in Kettering are looking to do the same.

  16. Headlines: Cobblers' sponsorship deal with University of Northampton... DNA dog profiling

    Sarah Foster

    BBC Radio Northampton

    The main stories at lunch: 

    • Northampton Town's sponsorship deal with the University of Northampton has been extended for a further three years
    • An air quality campaigner says it's disappointing Northampton is removing the age limit for taxis at a time when there's growing concern over air quality nationally
    • A high tech approach to tackling dog fouling in Kettering - using DNA profiles - will be discussed by the borough council tonight
  17. DNA profiling of dogs to identify poo miscreants

    Tom Percival

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Decision makers in Kettering will tonight discuss the possibility of introducing DNA profiling of dogs in an effort to reduce incidents of fouling.

    If it receives a positive response from the research and development committee, Kettering Borough Council could look to ask the public for its views on the move.

  18. Clean air campaigners hit out at removal of age limit on taxis and cabs

    Tom Percival

    BBC Radio Northampton

    A decision to remove the upper age limit for taxis and private hire vehicles in Northampton has been criticised by drivers and clean air campaigners.

    Black cab

    Northampton Borough Council says stringent checks remain in place on any vehicle before it's given a licence, but taxi operators says the town is becoming a "dumping ground" for old vehicles.

    Andrea Lee, who campaigns for cleaner air with the environmental law organisation Client Earth, said the removal of age limits for taxis could affect air quality in the town.

  19. Cobblers' chairman says club need to get East Stand built - so Shaq has a seat

    Mariam Issimdar

    BBC Local Live

    Kelvin Thomas has been speaking about US basketball legend, Shaquille O'Neal's video supporting the Cobblers. 

    The pair know each other as they co-own an US internet radio station, and Thomas said Shaq has mentioned coming to see the club play before.

    Quote Message: Shaq is a great guy and it's just a bit of fun really, but it also shows Northampton Town in a really positive light. I said (to him) let me finish the East Stand first so he's got some where to sit." from Kelvin Thomas Chairman, Northampton Town FC
    Kelvin ThomasChairman, Northampton Town FC