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  1. Updates for Wednesday, 2 March 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Pete Cooper

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage through the day

    Thanks for joining us for another day of live news, sport, travel and weather for Northamptonshire.

    We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow.  In the meantime, if you have any stories or pictures you'd like to send us, you can drop us an email or send us a message on Facebook or Twitter.

  2. Weather: Showers tonight but dry and bright tomorrow

    BBC Weather

    Showers will move southwards this evening. There'll be some clear spells after midnight. Tonight's minimum temperature: 1C (34F).

    The weather at 05:00 on Thursday

    Tomorrow will start chilly with some patchy frost.  A mostly dry day is expected but with the chance of a wintry shower.  Thursday's maximum temperature: 7C (45F).

  3. Motorists 'less acquainted' with drug-driving

    Martin Borley

    BBC Northampton

    Northamptonshire Police says some motorists still do not understand the dangers of driving after taking drugs.

    A roadside breath test

    There has been a three-fold increase in arrests for drug-driving in the county - from 17 (March 2014 - March 2015) compared to 62 this year (March 2015 - March 2016).

    PC David Lee said: "People are familiar with warnings about alcohol and the effects that can have on driving, but are perhaps less acquainted with the negative impacts of drugs when behind the wheel of a car."

  4. Search for music memorabilia

    Martin Borley

    BBC Northampton

    Kettering's Manor House Museum wants your help to find local musical memorabilia.  It's for an exhibition the museum will stage between June and September.

    Richard Coles and Jimmy Somerville in he Communards on Top of the Pops in 1988

    Richard Coles of The Communards (pictured above with Jimmy Somerville), Horace Panter from The Specials and Jim Dale are local musicians who the museum would like to feature in the exhibition.

    If you have posters, programmes, autographs or other memorabilia, you can email the museum

  5. Manager of new support group says they want to 'educate children'

    Willy Gilder

    BBC Northampton

    A support group for young victims of crime, which has been launched today, is aiming to go into the community to help children and young people.

    The conference which launched the new support project

    Voice: Children and Young People has been set up by Northamptonshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Adam Simmonds.

    Jill Mack, the new scheme’s project manager, told me: "This service aims to go out into the community and educate children and young people about what a crime is, and also to provide support – some low level support if they need it, and more specialist interventions such as trauma therapy."

  6. Two men jailed after attacking a man they met on Grindr

    Katy Prickett

    BBC News

    Two men who imprisoned, beat and robbed a man they met through the social network app Grindr have been jailed.

    Tyrone Platt and Jordan Bridge-Simmons

    Tyrone Platt (pictured left) and Jordan Bridge Simmons (right), both 20 and of no fixed address, were given six-year sentences for false imprisonment and robbery.

    They lured their victim to a house in Home Farm Close, Northampton, in July last year, before locking him up and punching him. Northampton Crown Court was told the victim's car was also stolen.

  7. New support service for young people

    Martin Borley

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Northamptonshire's police and crime commissioner has launched a support service for young people.

    Adam Simmonds

    Adam Simmonds has established Voice: Children and Young People, 18 months after setting up a victim and witness support service called Voice.

    Young people are said to have higher rates of victimisation than society as a whole, but are less likely to report crimes.

  8. Increase in drug-driving arrests

    Martin Borley

    BBC Northampton

    Northamptonshire Police is reporting that three times as many drug-driving arrests have been made compared to the same time last year.

    Vehicles on a motorway

    Between March 2014 and March 2015, the force made 17 arrests. The figure for the past 12 months is 62 arrests.

    Last year, police officers were given the power to carry out roadside saliva swabs which can detect the presence of cannabis and cocaine.  

  9. Travel: One lane closed on the M1

    BBC Travel

    One lane is closed on the M1 southbound, between J17 and J16, because of a broken down vehicle.

    There are severe delays.

  10. Weather Watchers: Snow in Oundle

    BBC Weather Watchers

    This snowy picture was taken in Oundle by Weather Watcher user PandA earlier today.

    A snowy garden in Oundle

    You can join Weather Watchers and upload your own pictures.

  11. Travel: Accident blocks Rushden town centre road

    BBC Travel

    The A5028 Duck Street in Rushden has been blocked because of an accident.

    There are severe delays around the Fitzwilliam Street junction.

  12. Inquest: Man saw friend take drugs before fatal crash

    Martin Heath

    BBC Radio Northampton

    An inquest has been told that Mathew Nixon, from Daventry, was seen taking drugs shortly before crashing his motorbike on Royal Oak Way in September.

    The crash site on Royal Oak Way

    His friend Jason Whalley told the inquest that he'd been round to Mr Nixon's home on 11 September and had seen him with a line of heroin. He'd also been drinking.

    They got on Mr Nixon's bike and went to buy more beer, the inquest heard. Mr Nixon, 41, started driving very fast and collided with the roundabout barrier.

  13. Inquest: Man crashed motorbike 'after taking drugs'

    Martin Heath

    BBC Radio Northampton

    A man from Daventry died when he crashed his motorbike into a roundabout after drinking and taking heroin, an inquest has heard.

    The site of Matthew Nixon's accident

    The inquest heard how Matthew Nixon, 41, was being treated for his addiction to drugs and had been given a bus pass because it wasn't safe for him to drive.

    He was killed at Royal Oak Way in September.

  14. Refugees decision due to 'too much pressure' on departments

    Sam Read

    BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

    Northamptonshire County Council's decision not to help resettle Syrians here effectively stops families coming to the county through official channels.

    Syrian refugees

    The borough and district councils are responsible for housing, but many other services like schools are run by the county council, so its help would be needed.

    The authority says children's services and other departments are simply under too much pressure already.

  15. MP supports creation of unitary authority

    Sam Read

    BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

    South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom has come out in support of the creation of a new unitary authority.

    Andrea Leadsom MP

    The idea would see South Northamptonshire Council and Cherwell District Council, which covers part of Oxfordshire, set up a new authority.

    The idea has been criticised by both local county councils, but the Conservative MP says it "is a fantastic opportunity to continue to provide better joined-up services for local residents whilst driving down the costs for the billpayer".

  16. Teenager pleads guilty to dealing cocaine and cannabis

    Elinor Cross

    BBC Radio Northampton

    A 16-year-old boy has pleaded guilty to dealing class A drugs in Wellingborough.

    Northampton Magistrates' Court

    Police found several bags of drugs as well as two sets of weighing scales and more than £1,000 in cash at the teenager's home in Wellingborough.

    The boy, who can't be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply class A drugs, possession with intent to supply class B drugs and possession of criminal property at Northampton Youth Court. He is due to be sentenced later this month.

  17. Weather Watchers: Icy day in Corby

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Weather Watchers user Silver Beaver has sent in this photo of the icy conditions in Corby this morning.

    Snow and daffodils

    Have you seen snow yet in Northamptonshire?  There are reports of a few flakes.

  18. Headlines: Inquest hears motorcyclist crashed after taking heroin... Support group launched for young victims of crime

    Sarah Foster

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Here are the news headlines for Northamptonshire this lunchtime:

    • An inquest has been hearing how a Daventry man died when he crashed his motorbike into a roundabout after getting drunk and taking heroin
    • A support group for young victims and witnesses of crime in Northamptonshire has been launched
    • A former veterinary nurse from Northampton has claimed some animal rehoming centres are turning away too many prospective pet owners, which is inadvertently encouraging unscrupulous breeders