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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday, 25 February 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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

  2. Weather: Chilly tonight and dry tomorrow

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    A dry evening and night with clear spells with risk of a widespread frost and some icy patches lows could get down to -4C.

    Weather

    A cold start to the day with some sunny spells and patchy cloud and highs of 7C.

    There are more details for tonight and the next four days on the BBC Weather website.

  3. Wilder says 'everybody's sick and tired' of the empty East Stand at Sixfields

    Kris Holland

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder told me that the fact that work was going to resume on the East Stand at Sixfields was "good news for everybody".

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    Video caption: Chris Wilder says "everybody's sick and tired" of the empty East Stand at Sixfields
  4. Headlines: India Chipchase inquest opened and adjourned...'Super council'

    Sarah Foster

    BBC Radio Northampton

    If you're catching up:

    • The inquest into the death of 20-year-old India Chipchase from Northampton has been opened and adjourned at Kettering Magistrates' Court today
    • Plans are being drawn up for a new "super council" covering both South Northamptonshire and part of Oxfordshire
    • Manager Chris Wilder says it's "good news for everyone" that work is due to restart on the East Stand at Sixfields
  5. South Northamptonshire Council looking to join up with new Oxfordshire authority

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    A devolution deal for Oxfordshire includes a proposal for four new unitary authorities - one of which would include South Northamptonshire Council.

    South Northamptonshire Council

    What is proposed is a Cherwell-South Northants Unitary Authority covering the area currently administered by Cherwell District Council and South Northamptonshire Council.

    The proposal has been sent to government.

  6. Driver pulled free from car in A14 crash

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Five people were injured in a crash involving five cars and two lorries on the westbound A14, about two miles before Catthorpe, this morning.

    A14 crash

    A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The driver of a Volvo had been pulled free by members of the public." He was flown to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

    Two other people were taken there, one by another air ambulance, while two men were taken to Kettering General Hospital.

  7. M1 partially blocked northbound at junction 15

    BBC Travel

    The M1 northbound is partially blocked at junction 15 (Northampton) because of an accident.

  8. Wilder says midfield O'Toole should be back for Hartlepool trip

    Kris Holland

    BBC Radio Northampton

    I spoke to Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder this morning and he told me midfielder John Joe O'Toole should be back for the trip to Hartlepool on Saturday after missing the 2-1 victory over York with a thigh strain.

    John Joe O'Toole

    Wilder, whose Cobblers team are 12 points clear at the top of League Two, said he had no fresh injury worries following the York game.

  9. Sixfields work 'beginning' of finishing East Stand but completion 'will take some time'

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Work set to resume on the East Stand at Northampton Town's Sixfields stadium will see 1,924 seats installed before the end of the season.

    But the club have said that "some legal issues that still need to be taken care of" before the stand is completely finished.

    Sixfields East Stand

    Chairman Kelvin Thomas discussions were ongoing in relation to the next phases of the development, which include a concourse and a possible conference centre.

  10. Hospital has plans to open two new wards to reduce cancelled operations

    Willy Gilder

    BBC Northampton

    Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust has said it had to cancel operations because of "extreme pressure" when it had "more patients than available beds".

    Northampton General Hospital

    BBC research shows that in January, 75 operations at Northampton's hospital were cancelled the day before they were due to take place, which means they do not count towards the NHS "last-minute" cancellation figures.

    Deborah Needham, chief operating officer of Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust, said the hospital was hoping to build two new wards, with 60 additional beds. If funding can be secured, these will be open before the end of the year.

  11. Weather: Winter sunshine

    BBC Weather Watchers

    There is plenty of winter sunshine around today - as you can see from this picture from BBC Weather Watcher Allypally in Daventry.

    Daventry

    It should stay dry this afternoon, with sunny spells. It'll remain cold with a high of 5C (41F).

    There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

  12. Headlines: India Chipchase inquest opened and adjourned...Sixfields redevelopment to restart

    Sarah Foster

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Here are your lunchtime headlines:

  13. A14 open eastbound at Catthorpe but still closed westbound

    BBC Travel

    The eastbound carriageway on the A14 between junction 1 and the Catthorpe interchange has now fully reopened.

    However, westbound between junction 2 and Catthorpe is still closed for barrier repair following an accident this morning, with congestion back to junction 4.

  14. Northampton MP says he will be voting for the UK to remain in the EU

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Up until this morning Northampton South's Conservative MP David Mackintosh was the only one of the county's MPs not to say whether he was voting to stay in the EU or not in this year's referendum...

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    He joins Michael Ellis (Northampton North) in voting to remain in the EU.

    Daventry MP Chris Heaton-Harris, Corby MP Tom Prusglove, Wellingborough's Peter Bone, Kettering's Philip Hollobone and South Northants' Andrea Leadsom will all be voting to leave the EU.

  15. India Chipchase inquest opened and adjourned

    Mike Cartwright

    BBC Look East

    The inquest into the death of 20-year-old India Chipchase, from Northampton, has opened and adjourned - with the coroner saying the cause of death was pressure to the neck.

    India Chipchase

    Opening the hearing at Kettering Magistrates' Court, senior coroner Anne Pember said Miss Chipchase's body was found on 31 January at an address in Stanley Road, Northampton.

    The inquest was adjourned until 17 August.

  16. Cobblers 'fed up' with 'challenging' East Stand

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Kelvin Thomas, the Northampton Town chairman, has said that "everyone at the club is just fed up with looking at that empty stand", as he announced work was going to restart on the East Stand.

    East Stand

    The club will once again be working with the Buckingham Group, which had already carried out much of the previous work, for which it was largely unpaid.

    Mr Thomas, who took over the club in November, said the East Stand had been "more challenging than we would have hoped" but said the capacity would be increased to just under 8,000 before the end of the season.