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Summary

  1. Closing updates for Friday, 19 February 2016
  2. Loan to Northampton Town Football Club "financed other projects"
  3. Former Northampton Saints star Matt Dawson has spoken out about his son's meningitis scare

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's it for the week here at Local Live for Northamptonshire

    We'll be back on Monday at 08:00 with news, sport, travel and weather updates.

    Have a great weekend.

  2. Northampton woman with terminal cancer makes plea to Westlife star to grant dying wish

    Northampton Chronicle & Echo

    The family of a Westlife fan from Northampton who has terminal cancer is hoping one of her boyband heroes can grant a dying wish to meet with her.

  3. Weather: Cloudy, mild and some rain

    BBC Weather

    This evening it'll stay cloudy with some light rain or drizzle at times.

    Weather

    There may be a drier spell in the early part of the night, but into the small hours we'll see further light rain on and off throughout.

    Minimum Temperature: 6C (43F). 

  4. Head of Fire and Rescue service says revised cuts are "more manageable"

    Carroll Weston

    BBC Radio Northampton

    The head of Northamptonshire's Fire and Rescue service says revised cuts being imposed by Northamptonshire County Council are more manageable. 

    The service was originally expected to lose around £1.3m of funding, but the cut will now be £500,000 less than that.

    Adrian Davis, who runs the service, said he'd known for some time austerity measures would lead to a requirement to make savings, but added that he has managed to protect front line fire appliances.

  5. Policeman found guilty of murdering his wife to face misconduct hearing

    Elinor Cross

    BBC Radio Northampton

    PC Adrian Goldsmith, who was found guilty of murdering his wife, will face a misconduct investigation next week.

    Otis Goldsmith

    The officer beat Jill Goldsmith to death at their home in Northampton last year. 

    A police spokesman said the hearing is likely to be an administrative process where Goldsmith will be officially dismissed from the force.

  6. News headlines: Elderly residents being targeted by criminals... Cobblers could set new record

    Sarah Foster

    BBC Radio Northampton

    These are this afternoon's headlines:

    • Police say elderly residents are being targeted across the county with a number of robberies from Brackley to Northampton and several in Wellingborough
    • The head of Northamptonshire's Fire and Rescue service says the revised cuts being imposed by the county council are more manageable
    • The Cobblers could set a new club record at Sixfields tomorrow afternoon
  7. Warning after robberies in Brackley, Northampton and Wellingborough

    Sarah Foster

    BBC Radio Northampton

    There have been a number of robberies from Brackley to Northampton and several in Wellingborough, police say.

    Men are knocking on doors asking people to move their cars parked outside. As the residents go to close their door the men, wearing black clothing and balaclavas, force their way in demanding money.

    People are being warned not to open their door, if they're not expecting anyone. Det Insp Danny Gasson, from Northamptonshire Police, says there have been three incidents in the last 24 hours.

  8. Cobblers footballers hoping to make history

    Graham McKechnie

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    Northampton Town's footballers are hoping to make history at Sixfields tomorrow afternoon.

    Sixfields stadium

    The Cobblers are chasing their ninth successive league victory as they entertain Wycombe Wanderers.

    Tuesday night's 1-0 win at Oxford equaled a club record of eight wins set back in 1960.

  9. Electrical items and jewellery taken in Sywell burglary

    Elinor Cross

    BBC Radio Northampton

    A large quantity of items, including electrical items, jewellery and power tools have been taken during a burglary in Overstone Road, Sywell.

    Offenders broke into the property sometime between the 12 and 14 February.

    Anyone with information can contact Northamptonshire Police on 101.

  10. Hundreds take up Help to Buy scheme across Northants

    Carroll Weston

    BBC Radio Northampton

    More than 600 people in Northamptonshire have bought a house using the government's Help to Buy scheme in the past ten months.

    Help to buy image

    The scheme is open to first time buyers and existing homeowners. 

    In order to be eligible for a Help to Buy mortgage people must have a deposit of at least 5%, be looking to buy a home worth £600,000 or less, be purchasing a property they intend to live in most of the time, and not let the property or use it as a second home.

  11. EU In/Out debate: 'Why I think Britain should leave the European Union'

    Sam Read

    BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

    I've been talking to businesses in Corby about the impact of being a member of the European Union.

    Joe Garner is from electro-plating company Pyramid Laboratories. He's also chairman of UKIP in Corby and East Northamptonshire - and would like Britain to leave the EU.

    Video content

    Video caption: We've been talking to businesses in Corby about the impact of being a member of the EU.

    And if you haven't made up your mind yet, the BBC's 'All you need to know' guide to the debate could be exactly what you're after.

  12. Daughter reveals 30 year battle to bring her abusive father to justice

    Northampton Chronicle & Echo

    A Northamptonshire woman who was sexually abused by her father during her childhood has spoken of her relief after he was finally jailed 30 years after he committed his crimes.

  13. Cobblers fans complete vote on how 'fighting fund' cash should be spent

    Craig Lewis

    BBC News

    'Retaining money as a rainy day fund' has topped a vote to decide how money raised to save Northampton Town when the club faced administration should be spent.

    The cash was raised through an online fundraising website for the Cobblers when its future looked uncertain.

    In all, 157 fans responded to a survey asking how the money should be spent.

  14. EU In/Out debate: 'Why I think Britain should stay in the European Union'

    Sam Read

    BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

    As the European Union summit continues in Brussels, we've been talking to businesses in Corby about the EU.

    Teresa Auciello is the sales director at Marlec, a company which manufacture wind turbines and solar panels. She would like Britain to stay in the EU.

    Video content

    Video caption: As the European Union summit continues, we've been talking to Corby businesses about it.

    And if you haven't made up your mind yet, the BBC's 'All you need to know' guide to the debate could be exactly what you're after.

  15. Freda, 90, is finalist in Northampton Inspirational Woman award

    Elinor Cross

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Freda Gardner is 90 years old and still volunteers at least once a week at a Northampton charity shop.

    She's the fourth woman to be shortlisted as a finalist for the Northampton Inspirational Woman award.

    She's been described as a fantastic neighbour with a get up and go attitude.

  16. Taxpayers’ money meant for Sixfields could have been spent in Hertfordshire

    Julian Sturdy

    BBC Look East

    Almost £8,000 of taxpayers’ money to fund Northampton Town’s Sixfields development project may have been diverted tofinance a string of other schemes in areas including Bushey, Barnet, Borehamwood, Elstree, St Albans and Bricket Wood.

    Northampton Town

    According to planning documents submitted to Hertsmere Borough Council, architect Stuart Loxton was paid for applications submitted by Stephen Hewitt and a company owned by Marcus Grossman - both County Group employees.

    There were also a number of applications for a cemetery in Barnet on land owned by County Group.

    Mr Grossman says he does not recall the payments. 

  17. A yoga teacher in her 80s is the third finalist in Northampton Inspirational Woman award

    Elinor Cross

    BBC Radio Northampton

    A yoga teacher in her 80s is the third finalist in the Northampton Inspirational Woman award. 

    Margaret Gill has been teaching yoga for over 45 years and her classes continue to be fresh and relevant - and have been described as "an oasis of calm, relaxation and fun". 

  18. Invoices titled ‘Northampton Town’ were made out to Howard Grossman’s company

    Matt Precey

    BBC Look East

    The BBC has seen invoices totalling almost £8,000 to businessman Howard Grossman's company.

    Invoices

    They are all titled "Northampton Town" and were made out to 1st Land Ltd, which was set up to operate the football club stadium project.

    But the work, billed by architect Stuart Loxton, is for developments up to 50 miles away in Bushey, Barnet, Borehamwood, Elstree, St Albans and Bricket Wood.

    Mr Grossman said Mr Loxton was retained for the Northampton project and there was no evidence the invoices were for work carried out outside of this development.