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  1. Updates for Tuesday, 29 March 2016
  2. A children's centre provider says county council should cut libraries to reduce the impact on centres
  3. Northampton Town stretched their unbeaten League Two run to 17 games as they drew 2-2 with Mansfield
  4. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Pete Cooper

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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.

    Have a good evening.

  2. Weather: Rain arriving with the risk of thunder and lightning

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    An area of heavy rain with gusty winds will move in with downpours of hail mixed in and a risk of thunder and lightning and lows of 2C.


    Fine start to tomorrow with sunny spells during the morning.  Turning cloudy into the afternoon bringing the risk of showers and highs of 12C.

  3. Shop robbed at knife-point in Northampton

    A shop worker has been threatened with a knife in Northampton.

    Weedon Road mini-market

    Three men escaped with cash and cigarettes from the store in Weedon Road in the St James area of the town on Friday night, police said.

    They're all described as white and were wearing masks, hooded tops and dark trousers.

  4. Ambulance service looking to cut calls about diabetes

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    More than 50 potentially avoidable 999 calls related to a diabetes complication are made every month in Northamptonshire, according to the East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS).

    insulin pen

    It is launching a drive to cut the number of emergency calls it receives to do with hypoglycaemia.

    EMAS says these emergency calls could be avoided if people with diabetes managed their condition better.

  5. Headlines: Tata holding steel meeting... Gas leak closes Mereway

    Sarah Foster

    BBC Radio Northampton

    If you're catching up, here are the headlines:

  6. Kettering's Wilson through to second round of China Open snooker

    BBC Sport

    Kyren Wilson, from Kettering, has made it through to the second round of the China Open beating fellow Englishman Tom Ford five frames to three.

    Kyren Wilson

    The ranking event is the last before the season-ending World Championship in Sheffield, which starts on 16 April.

  7. Weedon Road accident causing more travel problems in Northampton

    BBC Travel

    There has been a serious accident on the A4500 Weedon Road in Northampton which has partially blocked the carriageway at the Tweed Road junction.

    This is in addition to problems on Mereway which is closed due to a gas leak and is likely to remain so until 18:00.

    Also, it is first day of month of roadworks on the A508 at the Boughton roundabout which is causing delays both in and out of Northampton.

  8. County council should make an 'evaluation of libraries' rather than cut children's centres

    Sam Read

    BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

    I've been the Woodnewton children's centre in Corby to see how planned county council could potentially affect them...

    Video content

    Video caption: Council should "look at" libraries rather than children's centres, says centre head.
  9. Mereway in Northampton may not be fully open until midnight due to a gas leak

    BBC Travel

    A gas leak has closed Mereway in Northampton completely between the Tesco roundabout and the Queen Eleanor roundabout.

    The authorities say this closure will be well into the evening rush hour...

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  10. Suspected gas leak closes road in Northampton

    BBC Travel

    Mereway in Northampton has been closed according Northamptonshire Highways because of gas leak...

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  11. Weather: Cloudy with rain coming

    BBC Weather Watchers

    This photo from BBC Weather Watcher 'physics gemma' shows the grey clouds rolling into Kettering.


    Those grey clouds will turn to showers through the afternoon with a hight of 10C (50F).

    There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

  12. Sekhemka statue export bar expires today

    Sam Read

    BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

    The export bar on the Egyptian statue Sekhemka, that was sold by Northampton Borough Council in 2014 for almost £15m, expires tonight.


    It was put in place by the government to try and keep the statue in the UK.

    Earlier this month the Egyptian ambassador suggested trying to buy the statue and then loaning it to the British Museum.

  13. Headlines: Steel jobs talk under way... Sekhemka statue export bar expires tonight

    Sarah Foster

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Here are your lunchtime headlines:

  14. Council should save money from libraries not children's centre says provider

    Sam Read

    BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

    Julie Kitson, who's responsible for the Woodnewton children's centre in Corby says the county council should "look at" libraries rather than close children's centres. 

    Children with mother walking

    The county council says it needs to save £3m from the £10m children's centre budget and plans to close eight centres, move a further nine to libraries and make significant cuts to others.

    A consultation on the plan runs until 28 April - the council says it won't comment until that has finished.

  15. Two shotguns stolen from house in Orlingbury

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Two men wearing balaclavas broke into a house on Pytchley Road in Orlingbury, near Kettering, and stole two shotguns, police said.

    A van was also stolen between 19:00 on Sunday, 27 March and 08:20 on Monday, 28 March.

    Police are appealing for witnesses.

  16. No minister in India for Tata board meeting Downing Street say

    Norman Smith

    Assistant political editor

    Downing Street has confirmed no UK government minister is in India for crucial talks about the future of steel production in the UK, which could affect Corby.

    Corby Steel

    Number 10 said there had been no invitation or request for a minister to attend today's Tata board meeting.   

    A Downing Street spokeswoman said: "We want to see a strong British steel industry at the heart of our manufacturing base. We have worked hard to support the industry in Britain and will continue to work with companies like Tata."  

  17. Northamptonshire closes two mobile libraries but has large increase in volunteers

    BBC News England

    An investigation by the BBC has revealed that in the last six years some 15,500 volunteers have been recruited by UK libraries, with one of the biggest increases in Northamptonshire.

    Library closures and volunteer staff in Northampton - 1056 volunteers now, 234 volunteers in 2010, 219 paid staff now data for 2010, 2 mobile library closures