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  1. Updates on Thursday, 28 April 2016
  2. Northampton Borough Council's attempt to block the sale of a house belonging to Christina Cardoza has been adjourned
  3. A social worker in Northamptonshire says senior management is "out of tune" with front-line staff when it comes to children in care
  4. Updates resume at 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.

    If you missed anything, why not take a scroll through the page to catch up?  

  2. EU debate: UKIP MEP want British Parliament to be 'supreme'

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    A Northamptonshire UKIP MEP has said a vote to leave the EU would increase democracy in the UK.

    Margot Parker
    Quote Message: If you want total democracy you don't vote for the EU, so that the UK parliament is supreme." from Margot Parker UKIP East Midlands MEP
    Margot ParkerUKIP East Midlands MEP
  3. Instagram insists littergram app is renamed

    BBC News England

    Instagram has ordered the owner of a British anti-litter app, developed in the county, to change its name.


    Littergram, owned by Danny Lucas from Kent, and made by All Things Code based in Northampton, invites people to share pictures of rubbish and report the location to their council.

    Lawyers for the US photo-sharing giant, bought by Facebook for $1bn (£629m) in 2012, said the name was "not acceptable".

  4. New film enterprise Screen Northants says it has 'big plans'

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    New film enterprise, Screen Northants, aims to both bring film makers to Northamptonshire and make original community and feature films.

    The social enterprise launched at its new shop in the Grosvenor Centre in Northampton.

    Becky Adams, who is behind the project, says they have "big plans"...

  5. Headlines: Pension putting Tata buyers off... New shop launched to encourage film in the county

    Sarah Foster

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Here are your evening headlines:

    • The Government has admitted Tata Steel's £500m pension liabilities are putting off potential buyers
    • A new shop has been set up in Northampton to provide opportunities for people to get involved in the film industry
  6. Corby MP says ministers need to give update on Tata Steel's UK sale

    BBC Politics

    MP for Corby Tom Pursglove has told the Commons he wants ministers to come to Parliament and explain "exactly what is happening and [what] progress there is" with the sale of Tata Steel UK's business, including the plant in Corby.

    Tom Pursglove

    Earlier, Business Minister Sajid Javid said there are "commercial sensitivities" preventing him from giving some information in public, but Mr Pursglove said despite this he and the "steel community" deserve an update.

  7. Concerns over financial impact on groups who use Wellingborough Theatre

    Northamptonshire Telegraph

    Groups who fear they may be affected after the company running a town theatre went into administration have been told work is ongoing to secure the best resolution.

  8. Russian GP: Lewis Hamilton says he can't fall further behind Nico Rosberg

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    Lewis Hamilton says he must beat Brackley-based Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg at this weekend's Russian Grand Prix to kick-start his title defence.

    Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton

    Rosberg has won the first three races of the season to build a commanding 36-point lead in the championship.

    Hamilton said: "Of course there is an urgency. I can't really afford to fall any further back than that."

  9. Weather: Rain arriving later

    BBC Weather Watchers

    There has been rain, sleet but also sunny spells today. Here's Walgrave from BBC Weather Watcher 'Delbuoy'...


    There will be more rain arriving later and further showers by tomorrow morning. More details on the BBC Weather website.

  10. Is this Northampton most business-savvy town?

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    When you think of cutting-edge design, savvy start-ups and big money, Silicon Valley probably comes to mind – not the English countryside.

    But BBC Capital, which looks at finance and money across the world, has looked at the number of start-up businesses in Northampton and found the town is doing rather well.

    Shoemakers have been crafting leather in to shoes for generations

    They investigated a number of high-tech and digital industries run largely by twenty-somethings, as well as looking into the more traditional shoe industry.

  11. Works to begin to widen busy road in Northampton and link it to new university campus

    Northants Herald & Post

    Works will begin next week to widen a stretch of a busy road near Northampton town centre as part of the town's new university campus development.

  12. Potential UK steel buyers baulk at pension liabilities, says Javid

    BBC Business Live

    Several potential buyers of Tata Steel's British assets, including it's plant in Corby, have told the government they would not be willing to take on the company's UK pension liabilities, Business Secretary Sajid Javid said.

    Corby Steel

    "A number of the potential buyers... have said that we won't have much interest if we have to take over the current pension plan as it is," he said.

    "It's a very big plan, it's expensive compared to today's plans and it's not unreasonable for many buyers... to say 'look we're interested in the assets but this would be an issue'."

  13. Village school raises £10,000 for wheelchair for 10-year-old pupil

    Jordan Keller

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Staff and students at Mawsley Primary School have raised over £10,000 to help a pupil with a rare disease.

    Tom Dadd

    Tom Dadd, 10. from Old, has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and needs a special electric wheelchair to get about.

    In less than two months the community and school in Mawsley raised the money needed, including from a teacher writing and releasing their own song.

  14. Headlines: Tata Steel has no deadline for UK sale... Shop for those who want to be part of film industry

    Sarah Foster

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Here are your afternoon headlines:

    • Tata Steel has insisted there is no "dead-drop" deadline for the sale of its assets in the UK, but stressed it cannot "continue to bleed"
    • A new shop is opening in Northampton today providing opportunities for people to get involved in the film industry
  15. A vote for Brexit is a vote for British Parliament to be supreme - UKIP MEP

    Radio Northampton has been in Brussels debating the European Union referendum today.

    Among the guests was UKIP MEP, Margot Parker, who said if you want the "British Parliament to be supreme so the MPs you elect are there to vote in your laws" then you should vote for Brexit.

    Quote Message: If you really want total democracy then you don't vote for the EU." from Margot Parker MEP
    Margot ParkerMEP
  16. EU debate: Are we 'better together' or is Northamptonshire's voice 'lost'

    After spending the day at the European Parliament, Andrew Brown, a farmer from near Corby, said the EU is a "huge melting pot of culture" that is "better together".

    European Parliament

    Debbie Smith, a business owner from Northampton, said she had been keen to see if anyone at the EU Parliament could convince her to vote to remain - but, she added, that had not happened adding that Northamptonshire's "representation is lost" in the great EU machine.

  17. EU debate: 'We can only tinker with laws', says Tory Euro-MP

    Emma McClarkin (right), the Conservative MEP for Northamptonshire, has told BBC Radio Northampton that being an MEP is a "frustrating experience".

    Emma McClarkin

    Ms McClarkin, who is backing the Leave campaign, said MEPs can only "tinker" with laws which originate from the unelected European Commission, adding the EU is "beyond reform".