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  1. Updates on Friday, 6 May 2016
  2. Stephen Mold is the new police and crime commissioner for Northamptonshire
  3. The Conservatives lost one seat to Labour, but have retained a large majority in Daventry
  4. New owners of Rainsbrook secure training centre must deal with 'too frequent' violence
  5. Updates resume at 08:00 on Monday

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 Monday from 08:00 with all the news, weather, sport and travel for Northamptonshire.

    For updates over the weekend do keep an eye on our Twitter feed.

  2. Weather: Dry tonight, warm tomorrow - but with a chance of thunderstorms

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    It will stay largely dry through the rest of tonight, with clear spells and areas of high cloud at times. Lowest temperatures: 7C (45F).


    There is a chance of an isolated thunderstorm in Northamptonshire on Saturday, but apart from that it will be very warm with sunny spells. Temperatures reaching highs of 24C (75F).

  3. Headlines: Stephen Mold is new PCC... Police investigating Tory expenses

    Sarah Foster

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Here are our top stories this evening:

    • Conservative Stephen Mold has been elected as Northamptonshire's new police and crime commissioner
    • At least eight police forces, including Northamptonshire, are investigating whether election expenses for Conservative MPs were filed illegally at last year's General Election
    • England captain Dylan Hartley is on the bench for Northampton Saints, for their final match of the Premiership season
  4. 'A donkey' with a Tory rosette could have won PCC election, says defeated UKIP candidate

    Sam Read

    BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

    It seems UKIP's police and crime commissioner candidate Sam Watts isn't that impressed with Tory rival Stephen Mold's win. 

    Sam Watts

    He finished third in the race behind Mr Mold and Labour's Kevin McKeever, but said the Conservative Party has such a core support in Northamptonshire it would have won "even if a donkey with a rosette had turned up".

    He did row back slightly on his comments by adding that Mr Mold is a "very nice chap" and that a good turnout showed people "were engaged" with the election.

  5. New PCC: It's 'surreal.' but it will soon be 'time to get to work'

    Sam Read

    BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

    Stephen Mold, Northamptonshire's new police and crime commissioner, said it is "a bit surreal" he's been elected.

    Stephen Mold

    Conservative Mr Mold told BBC Radio Northampton: "I genuinely think I can make a positive contribution and next week we get to work."

  6. Final figures for Northamptonshire PCC election

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    We've had a clarification on the number of votes won by police and crime commissioner winner, Stephen Mold.

    Ballot boxes

    It was earlier announced that he polled 58,452 votes, but that figure has now been revised to 58,175 - 54% of the vote.

    It's still a solid victory, with nearest rival Kevin McKeever getting 49,161 votes after the second preference count - while 8,099 ballot papers were rejected during the second count.

  7. Losing Labour PCC candidate 'proud' of the share vote his party achieved

    Sam Read

    BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

    Labour's Kevin McKeever, who came second to Conservative Stephen Mold in the police and crime commissioner election, told me he was "very pleased how the vote was spread".

    Kevin McKeever

    Mr McKeever said the result was "at the top end of expectations" for his party and he was "proud" of what they had achieved.

    He added that Northamptonshire was not quite a "true blue as some people think".

  8. 'Red Lippy Day' earns celebrity endorsement

    Jules Osmany, from Northampton, started 'Red Lippy Day' to raise money and awareness for Dementia UK.

    She thought up the event a year ago because her mother Gloria has advanced vascular dementia.

    Thanks to the power of social media the event has grown and was even endorsed by University of Northampton Vice-Chancellor Nick Petford, model Holly Matthews, and former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips...

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  9. Tory election expenses 'all above board,' says Sir Eric Pickles

    The Government's Anti-corruption Tsar, Sir Eric Pickles, says he is confident a police investigation into whether election expenses for Conservative MPs were filed illegally at last year's General Election won't find any wrong-doing.

    Sir Eric Pickles

    Northamptonshire Police is one of eight forces looking into allegations about overnight accommodation for the Conservative Party's "battle buses".

    The Tories didn't file the hotel costs and say it was an administrative error. Sir Eric said he's been told the party "will successful demonstrate everything is above board".

  10. Friends of Northampton Castle launch 'Virtual Reality' tour

    John Griff

    BBC Radio Northampton

    It was a rather interesting experience this afternoon as I took a tour of Northampton's former Castle without leaving the studio.

    VR heatset

    The Friends of Northampton Castle have launched a Virtual Reality tour of the site which uses the latest technology, including a mobile phone and a headset.

  11. Police investigating 'battle bus' expenses from 2015 General Election

    Daniel Sandford

    Home Affairs Correspondent

    Northamptonshire is one of eight police forces investigating Conservative election expenses from the 2015 General Election.

    Michael Ellis

    The allegation is that hotel bills for the party's 'battle bus' activists, who were boosting campaigns in target seats, were not filed in as election expenses.

    The forces will not say which constituencies they are investigating, but the claims which were first raised by the Daily Mirror and Channel 4 News named the Northampton North constituency won by Conservative Michael Ellis.

  12. New PCC: 'I might make mistakes, but the aim is to make Northants safer'

    Sam Read

    BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

    Northamptonshire's new police and crime commissioner, Conservative Stephen Mold, said he "may not always get it right, but it won't be for the want of trying".

    Stephen Mold

    Mr Mold, who succeeds Adam Simmonds, said he takes the "trust" placed in him by the people of Northamptonshire "seriously," adding that he want to make the county "safer".

  13. New PCC Stephen Mold 'humbled and honoured' by election victory

    Stuart Ratcliffe

    BBC Look East

    Stephen Mold, the new police and crime commissioner for Northamptonshire, said he is "truly humbled and honoured" by his election victory.

    Conservative Mr Mold beat Labour's Kevin McKeever, with 57.5% of the vote (58,452), after the second preference votes of UKIP Sam Watts were counted.

    Update: The number of votes for Mr Mold was later adjusted to 58,175.

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  14. UKIP PCC candidate 'positive' despite third place

    Sam Read

    BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

    UKIP police and crime commissioner candidate Sam Watts said his 24% of the vote was "very positive" despite it meaning he finished third behind Conservative Stephen Mold and Labour's Kevin McKeever.

    Sam Watts

    Mr Watts said he was hampered by "minuscule resources," adding that if it had gone to second preference votes he "had most of those" from what he could see.

  15. Chief constable 'looking forward' to working with new PCC

    Within moments of Conservative Stephen Mold becoming the new police and crime commissioner, the chief constable of Northamptonshire Police tweeted his congratulations...

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  16. BreakingConservative Stephen Mold wins PCC election

    Stephen Mold, Conservative, has been elected at the new police and crime commissioner for Northamptonshire.

  17. PCC election on to second preference but how to does the vote work?

    The police and crime commissioner election has gone to the second preference vote after none of the candidate secured the 50% required.

    Conservative Stephen Mold came first with 40.5%, while Labour's Kevin McKeever had 35.5%, with UKIP's Sam Watts third with 24%.

    But how does the vote now work? This video from the Electoral Commission explains all...

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