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Summary

  1. Two Northamptonshire MPs have defied the government and voted against HS2
  2. A charity that supports young people in Northamptonshire who live with ME is 20 years old
  3. Cobblers manager Chris Wilder says top scorer Marc Richards may return from injury tomorrow
  4. Updates on Thursday, 24 March 2016

Live Reporting

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 on Tuesday at 08:00 with the latest news, weather and travel plus all the Easter sport.

    Have a good Easter weekend.

  2. Weather: Rain tonight, dry tomorrow

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    Patchy outbreaks of rain becoming more persistent and heavy overnight, with lows of 4C (39F).

    weather

    It should quickly clear tomorrow leaving a dry day, which will see the best of the Easter weekend weather, with highs up 13C (55F).

  3. Police looking for cheap venison after 19 deer heads found in a field

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    The heads of 19 deer have been discovered in a field in Chapel Brampton, near Northampton.

    The remains, off Brampton Lane near to the A508, are possibly from fallow deer and are in varying states of decomposition.

  4. Headlines: Heads of deer discovered in a field... Woman groped on coach from Northampton

    Sarah Foster

    BBC Radio Northampton

    If you're catching up:

    • The heads of 19 deer have been discovered in a field at Chapel Brampton
    • A woman was groped on a coach from Northampton as she moved away from a couple who were being intimate with each other, police say
    • England rugby captain Dylan Hartley says it was the support of Northampton Saints that put him on the road to international success
  5. ME sufferer can't walk more than seven minutes

    Kris Holland

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Charity the Association of Young People with ME​, based in Newport Pagnell, is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

    One of the people they've helped is Skye Wheeler, aged 17 from Yardley Gobion. She told us what it's like to have ME.

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    Video caption: ME sufferer, Skye Wheeler, 17, can't walk more than seven minutes.
  6. Woman groped travelling on a coach from Northampton

    Richard Haugh

    BBC News

    A woman was groped on a coach as she moved away from a couple who were being intimate with each other, police say.

    The woman was on a number 41 Stagecoach travelling from Northampton to Bedford at about 19:00 on 15 March when she began to feel uncomfortable and moved away from the couple.

    The man who groped her is described as white, slim with short brown hair, about 6ft tall. He had five star tattoos on the left side of his face. The woman with him was white, slim with hair tied back, about 5ft 9in tall and faded tattoos on her face.

  7. Elderly couple in Northampton burgled by five men

    Sarah Foster

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Five men have forced their way into the home of an elderly couple in Northampton and stole money. They called at the house in Kingsthorpe on Tuesday evening between 20:00 and 20.45.

    When the door was opened they pushed their way in and threatened the pensioners. They were kept downstairs while the offenders searched the house and stole a large amount of cash. The men were all white and had their faces covered.

  8. Men claiming to 'from the water board' burgle two houses in the same street

    Andrew Radd

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Two householders in the same street in Northampton have been targeted in distraction burglaries.

    Both incidents happened in Dalston Walk on Tuesday night and in each case cash was taken after two men called at the property claiming to be from the water board.

    Police have appealed for witness and posted a description of one of the men on their website.

  9. Daventry hosted the only performance of Taming of the Shrew in 90 years

    Martin Heath

    BBC Radio Northampton

    To mark the 400 aniversary since Shakespeare's death next month the BBC has been looking at the Bard's link with various parts of England with Shakespeare on Tour...including Daventry...

    Shakespeare on Tour

    A British Library playbill from 1837 urges people to go along to see Shakespeare’s comedy The Taming of the Shrew on stage in the New Theatre, Daventry, even though it played second fiddle to the main entertainment of the evening "comic opera" Love in a Village.

    Hannah Manktelow from British Library supports the view that this was the only version of The Taming of the Shrew on stage in Britain and America between 1754 and 1844.

  10. Wellingborough Castle board 'disappointed and dismayed' at contract termination

    Martin Borley

    BBC Radio Northampton

    The Board of Trustees at Wellingborough The Castle theatre say they are "disappointed and dismayed at the decision" of the Borough Council of Wellingborough to terminate their contract.

    The castle wellingborough

    The authority accused The Castle Wellingborough Ltd - the charity which runs the venue - of "poor financial management".

    The board say will continue to work with council and describe the Castle Theatre as Wellingborough "creative heart".

  11. Newport tomorrow the Cobblers 'focus' despite chance of promotion on Monday

    Joe Townsend

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    Northampton Town left-back David Buchanan says they are "focused" on the game against Newport County at Sixfields tomorrow despite the chance of promotion this Easter weekend.

    David Buchanan

    The Cobblers travel to Mansfield on Monday, and if results go their way could be promoted to League One.

    Buchanan told me that they know if the get "a good points return" they'll be "really close" to promotion.

  12. Weather: Rain and wind

    BBC Weather Watchers

    It's a cloudy day and you can from BBC Weather Watcher 'captkremen' and their picture of Walgrave...

    Walgrave

    Rain will arrive this after and it'll be windy too. Top temperature today of 9C (48F).

    You can find more details on the BBC Weather website.

  13. Headlines: Two distraction burglaries in same street...ME charity celebrating 20 years

    Sarah Foster

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Here are our lunchtime headlines:

    • Two householders in the same street in Northampton have been targeted in distraction burglaries
    • A charity that supports young people in Northamptonshire who live with ME is celebrating its 20th anniversary
    • Formula 1 will no longer be shown on terrestrial television from 2019 but the Grand Prix at Silverstone will be on a "free-to-air" channel.
  14. Council delays decision on how to run the Castle Theatre to 'assimilate the situation'

    Martin Borley

    BBC Radio Northampton

    The Board of Trustees at Wellingborough The Castle theatre are still deciding how to respond to a decision to terminate its contract. 

    The borough council of Wellingborough has accused The Castle Wellingborough Ltd - the charity which runs the venue - of "poor financial management". 

    The Castle

    The council has said it will end its contract in six months - giving time to find a new way of running the theatre. 

    The castle's board met to decide a response last night. 

  15. Hartley says that lifting Six Nations trophy was like a 'drunken night'

    Graham McKechnie

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    England captain Dylan Hartley told me that lifting Six Nations trophy was like a "drunken night" after he was knocked out during the game against France...

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    Video caption: Dylan Hartley says that lifting Six Nations trophy was like a "drunken night".

    Pictures: Getty Images/PA/EPA/Reuters

  16. Donation made to Daventry hospital

    Daventry Express

    A cheque for £500 has been handed to the Friends of Danetre Hospital by Andrew Turland in memory of his mother Irene.

  17. Formula 1 to leave terrestial TV from 2019 but Silverstone GP to be on free-to-air channel.

    BBC Entertainment and Arts

    Formula 1 will no longer be shown on terrestrial television from 2019 after Sky Sports announced it had agreed an exclusive deal to broadcast the sport.

    Formula 1

    The broadcaster currently shares coverage with Channel 4, which took up showing F1 after the BBC ended its contract three years early in 2015.

    Sky Sports said the whole of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone would be broadcast on a new "free-to-air" channel.