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Summary

  1. Updates for Monday, 7 March 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Pete Cooper

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage through the day

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

  2. Weather: Mostly clear with a widespread frost

    BBC Weather Watchers

    It's been a clear day across Northamptonshire. Here's Daventry from BBC Weather watcher 'Allypally'.

    Daventry

    It'll stay dry and mostly clear tonight with temperatures falling to -2C (28F).

  3. Former Saints prop to coach with the RFU

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Former Northampton Saints and England prop Alex Corbisiero has joined the Rugby Football Union (RFU) as a part-time positional coach.

    Alex Corbiserio

    The 27-year-old said in December he would take a year out from the game and left the Saints in January after a string of injuries.

    He will support the England age-grade teams with a focus on the scrum and front row.

  4. Northampton's Inspirational Woman says her volunteer cafe is 'like a party'

    Tom Percival

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Northampton's newly-crowned Inspirational Woman is Sheena Cooper who runs Elsie's Cafe in the Mounts, Northampton.

    It's part of The Real Junk Food Project, which produces dishes using safe, edible food destined for landfill. 

    She was named the winner at an event on Saturday and says her cafe is "like a party"...

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    Video caption: Northampton's Inspirational Woman says her volunteer cafe is "like a party".
  5. Headlines: Council shake-up to be discussed... Former Saints prop takes RFU coaching role

    Sarah Foster

    BBC Radio Northampton

    If you're catching up:

    • Changes that could do away with the system of county, district and borough councils in Northamptonshire and replace them with unitary authorities will be discussed tonight
    • Former Northampton Saints and England prop Alex Corbisiero has joined the Rugby Football Union as a coach
    • A BBC investigation has found that the amount of rubbish being sent to landfill each year by households in Northamptonshire is going up
  6. Northamptonshire local government proposed shake-up: Analysis

    Sam Read

    BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

    Tonight Northampton Borough Council is discussing the idea of new unitary authorities for Northamptonshire.

    But why hasn't it happened before now?

    District councils are worried about a new authority taking on the huge financial difficulties the county council has.

    As well as services and finances, personalities and self interest on all sides have also contributed to the lack of discussion on the idea - until now.

    The borough and district councils all have varying levels of enthusiasm for this and at least one council leader told me they would press for any change in local government to need a referendum.

    Central government is keen on the idea of unitary authorities in Northamptonshire, and it is clear there is willing for compromise between the councils, but what the final look of any new authorities will be is distinctly unclear.

  7. Daventry council leader to 'look carefully' at amount of waste produced

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Chris Millar, chair of the Northamptonshire Waste Partnership and leader of Daventry District Council, says not enough people are putting recyclable waste into the right boxes and it is ending up at landfill.

    Waste figures

    He said he would "look carefully" at the BBC figures that show household waste has risen in Northamptonshire, and especially in Daventry.

    Experts are blaming "recycling apathy" and high spending since the recession.

  8. Man laughed at in council meeting 'didn't follow rules', says council leader

    Elinor Cross

    BBC Radio Northampton

    More should be done to make it easier for people to have their say at council meetings, according to Tony Banks, who was laughed at by councillors and ordered to leave the Wellingborough Council chamber last week.

    Borough Council of Wellingborough

    Mr Banks said councillors also ignored him and "played with their phones" during his question about council chief executive pay.

    Paul Bell, leader of the council, said Mr Banks didn't follow the rules on asking questions in meetings, which state they can only be about what is on the council agenda. However, the council said it would now work to make the rules clearer.

  9. Dashcam lorry 'shunt' driver charged

    BBC News England

    A lorry driver who allegedly rammed a car a number of times on a busy motorway has been charged with careless driving.

    Lorry shunt two

    Car driver Matthew Stockdale caught footage of the lorry on his dashcam as he drove along the M1 near Northampton on 11 November.

    He said the other driver repeatedly attempted to cut him up and shunted him twice.

    Northamptonshire Police said a 67-year-old lorry driver from Dunstable, Bedfordshire, had been charged.

  10. Tom Wood says Northampton Saints must 'peak at right time'

    Kris Holland

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Northampton flanker Tom Wood says the Saints must "peak at the right time" to secure a top-four finish this season.

    Tom Wood

    Saints are fifth in the Premiership after they beat leaders and reigning champions Saracens 20-15 at Allianz Park.

    "A couple of losses and we'd be almost out of it, but a couple of wins puts us right back in the fight," said Wood. "It's not about topping the table, it's about peaking at the right time."

  11. Call for action over ‘dangerous’ crossing in Daventry

    Daventry Express

    A mother is campaigning to get a proper crossing installed at the point one of the town’s major footpaths crosses a busy road.  

  12. What's in a waste expert's rubbish bin?

    Laurence Cawley

    BBC News

    I've been to see Margaret Bates, professor of sustainable waste management at the University of Northampton, to go though her rubbish at her home in East Haddon.

    Figures compiled by the BBC have shown household waste in England has risen in nearly 60% of council areas despite efforts to promote recycling.

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    Video caption: Waste expert Margaret Bates reveals what's in her bin
  13. Weather: Bright but cold

    BBC Weather Watchers

    There have been blue skies for much of Northamptonshire today, as you can see from BBC Weather Watcher 'Windy Miller' and their picture of Irthlingborough.

    Irthlingborough

    The sunshine will continue but it'll be cold with a top temperature of just 6C (43F).

    There more details on the BBC Weather website.

  14. Headlines: Unitary authorities proposal to be discussed... More needed for improve recycling

    Sarah Foster

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Here are our lunchtime headlines:

    • A proposal to do away with the system of county, borough and district councils in Northamptonshire and replace them with a number of unitary authorities will be discussed by Northampton Borough Council tonight
    • The Northampton-based Chartered Institution of Wastes Management says much more needs to be done to improve recycling
    • Former Northampton Saints and England prop Alex Corbisiero has joined the Rugby Football Union as a coach
  15. Residents' needs should be put first in unitary authority debate, says council leader

    Sam Read

    BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

    Any plans for Northamptonshire’s councils to be joined as unitary authorities should put "residents first", according to South Northamptonshire Council leader Ian McCord.

    MPs have asked for unitary authorities to be discussed, while there is already a plan for South Northamptonshire to join forces with Cherwell District Council in Oxfordshire.

    Mr McCord, Conservative, said he supports the idea…

    The state of the county council's finances mean we have to look at alternatives, but it has to be what's best for residents. It's important that it's 'residents first' - Ian McCord, leader of South Northamptonshire Council
  16. Football: John-Joe O'Toole says Northampton Town must 'keep going'

    Kris Holland

    BBC Radio Northampton

    John-Joe O'Toole says League Two leaders Northampton cannot afford to let up in their pursuit of promotion.

    The Cobblers are 21 points ahead of fourth-placed Accrington Stanley, with 11 games to play, following the 4-1 win at Carlisle United.

    John-Joe O'Toole

    O'Toole, 27, has now scored 10 goals this season following a brace against the Cumbrians. "We need to keep going, keep grinding out results," he told BBC Radio Northampton.

  17. Owner of cafe which uses discarded food winner of Northampton's Inspirational Woman

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Sheena Cooper, who runs a cafe using discarded products close to their sell by date, has been named Northampton's Inspirational Woman for 2016.

    sheena cooper

    She was crowned at an event at Northampton's Guildhall on Saturday to mark International Women's Day this Tuesday.

    Ms Cooper, who runs Elsie's Cafe in Northampton which is staffed by volunteers, said: "I'm sure that it raises our profile, it'll help us drive forward, we think we're on to a good thing."

  18. Waste rise blamed on 'recycling apathy', says University of Northampton expert

    Laurence Cawley

    BBC News

    Margaret Bates, professor of sustainable waste at the University of Northampton, said the rise in waste produced in various parts of England was partly down to people spending more again in the aftermath of the 2008 economic crisis.

    But she also said "recycling rates have plateaued", which was down to something else...

    There is some evidence that people are becoming a bit apathetic about recycling - Margaret Bates