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  1. Updates for Tuesday, 23 February 2016
  2. News, sport. travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Pete Cooper

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Updates for Northamptonshire Live have finished for today - thanks for joining us. 

    We'll be back tomorrow morning from 08:00 with the latest news for the county.

    Have a great evening. 

  2. Labour candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner questions new £1m mobile HQ

    Labour's candidate for the coming Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commisioner election says he wants to see the "business case" for a new joint command vehicle, being built for the fire and police services in the county and costing one million pounds.

    Joint Command Unit

    Kevin McKeever says there are unanswered questions: "How does the unit better prepare the police and fire service to respond to major incidents? What previous events would have had better outcomes had this unit been in use?"

    "We've seen 100 police officers cut from Northamptonshire's streets since 2010. If there are additional funds available to the force then we must ensure targeting where they'll make most difference to policing."

  3. HS2 boss apologises for how complaints handled

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    It's not been a good day at the office for Simon Kirby, the boss of HS2. A recent report by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman said his company was so bad at handling complaints from people near to the route of the line that it "constituted maladministration".

    HS2 sign

    Areas like Chipping Warden and Lower Boddington in Northamptonshire are close to the proposed route - and South Northamptonshire Action Group (SNAG), led by Andrew Bodman, has been giving voice to their concerns.

    Andrew told me: "If you've got the choice as a purchaser, you don't want to buy a house near to HS2. People who want to move away from the area for a whole stack of reasons, in many cases can't do so because they can't reach a satisfactory deal with HS2 [for compensation]."

  4. Adult social care at 'breaking point'

    Sam Read

    BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

    Local Government Assocation vice chairman Nick Forbes says councils need more money for adult social care from the government, saying "it cannot be left to council taxpayers alone to try and fix" services and warned that those services were at "breaking point".

    old person's hands

    Northamptonshire County Council raised council tax by a maximum of 2%, with that increase ring-fenced for adult social care. Any further rise would have needed to be approved by a lengthy and costly referendum.

    A Department of Communities and Local Government spokesman said that by 2020, councils would be receiving £3.5bn a year through that council tax rise and money available from a joint fund with the NHS.

  5. Weather: Clear, dry, chilly

    BBC Weather

    Temperatures will fall away sharply through this evening, leading to a clear and frosty night across the area with some isolated freezing fog patches possible along the River Nene and other prone locations. 

    The temperature could get down as low as -2C (28F).

  6. Preparing school dinners at 7am!

    Tom Percival

    BBC Radio Northampton

    The BBC School Report team at Kettering Buccleuch Academy have been hearing how staff in their school canteen start work at 07:00 to prepare lunch for pupils.

    School Report

    BBC School Report is an annual scheme to get school children involved in reporting on the stories that matter to them. You can find out more here.   

  7. Headlines: HS2 guilty of 'maladministration'... Police in Kettering hunt glass attack man

    Sarah Foster

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Good afternoon! Here are the headlines from BBC Radio Northampton:

    • HS2 Ltd, the company working on the high speed rail line which will run through south Northamptonshire, has been handling complaints from people near the proposed route so badly "that it constitutes maladministration", a report says
    • Police in Kettering are looking for a man who attacked another man in The Loft nightclub with a glass bottle
    • Northampton Town head to York City tonight, looking to further cement their place at the top of League 2
  8. World Champions Mercedes honoured by county council

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    The two Northamptonshire factories behind the success of Mercedes Formula 1 team have been honoured by Northamptonshire County Council for bringing prestige to the county.

    Cllr Phil Larratt (centre) presented Andy Cowell (right) of Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains in Brixworth and Paddy Lowe (left) of Brackley-based Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix

    Chairman of Northamptonshire County Council, Phil Larratt (centre), presented Andy Cowell (right) of Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains in Brixworth and Paddy Lowe (left) of Brackley-based Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix with certificates at a civic ceremony in Northampton.

  9. Northamptonshire Police's new vehicle thought to first of its kind in the UK

    A new Joint Command Vehicle, being built for Northamptonshire Police, will mean police commanders can be based "close to the scene" of an incident rather than potentially "miles away", Supt Chris Hillery said.

    Command vehicle

    The vehicle, costing nearly £1m, will be used by the police, fire and the local authority. 

    It is thought to be the only one of it's kind in the UK and will be ready for use in September.

  10. Northamptonshire delivery driver who groomed young girls jailed for six years

    Harborough Mail

    A man who worked as a delivery driver in Northamptonshire, who groomed five young girls on social media after he pretended to be a teenage boy, has received a six-year jail sentence.

  11. Man, 84, has wallet stolen after men asked to 'check his taps'

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    An 84-year-old man was the victim of a distraction burglary in his home after he was told there was a water leak and that his taps needed checking.

    Two men then entered his house about 19:00 on Sunday and while one kept the victim in the kitchen, the other went upstairs and searched the premises before both men then left the house with the victim’s wallet.

    Police are appealing for witnesses and posted descriptions of the offenders on their website.

  12. The garden shed telephone box in Duston

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    We've been asking whether you know about any red telephone boxes that now have alternative uses - and Laura in Duston sent us this one which is used as a shed in her garden.

    red telephone box

    Laura says they've had the telephone box for about 20 years, and said it was a "bit mucky" when they got it.

    Do you know of a red telephone box which now has another use? Get in touch.

  13. Man attacks pub with wooden pole

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    CCTV footage has been released of a man attacking the front door of a pub with a wooden pole.

    View more on youtube

    Northamptonshire Police said the man was asked to leave the Bantam Cock Public House, Abington Square, Northampton, on Sunday.

    At about 01:30 he allegedly returned with a wooden pole and hit the glass panel of the front door, causing it to smash.

  14. Weather: A fine and sunny afternoon

    BBC Weather Watchers

    There is plenty of winter sunshine today as you can see from BBC Weather Watcher 'Crazy Duck Lady' from Blisworth.


    It is going to be a fine afternoon as well with highs of 7C (45F).

    You find more weather details, including a frost tonight, on the BBC Weather website.

  15. Waste-to-energy plant in Daventry approved by county council

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Plans for the development of a waste-to-energy plant in Daventry on Brown's Road were approved unanimously by county councillors during a meeting at County Hall in Northampton this morning. 

    county hall

    The approval of the plant, to be built by Earthworm Energy, is subject to conditions around air pollution, emissions and traffic being met.

  16. Headlines: Drones used to smuggle items into prison... Daventry waste-to-energy plant approved

    Sarah Foster

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Here are your lunchtime headlines:

  17. Drone used to smuggle drugs into Northamptonshire prison

    Andrew Radd

    BBC Radio Northampton

    A prison in Northamptonshire tops the list when it comes to incidents of drones being used to smuggle in banned items.


    Figures obtained by the Press Association, under a Freedom of Information request, show four incidents, at Onley Prison between 2014 and 2015.

    On at least one of those occasions the drone was used to supply drugs to inmates.