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  1. Updates on Wednesday, 24 May 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel, and weather updates from 08:00 on Wednesday
  3. There were more than 14,000 cases of domestic abuse dealt with by Northamptonshire Police last year
  4. Nicky Adams has left Northampton Town for Carlisle

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  1. Goodbye from Nicky Adams - and from me...

    Tom Percival

    BBC Radio Northampton

    As Nicky Adams bids farewell to the Cobblers, that's it from Local Live for today. Here's hoping there won't be more departures from Sixfields.Enjoy your evening.

  2. Weather: A bright end to a sunny day

    BBC Weather

    Weather Watcher Will in Badby had a glorious view this morning - and with the evening set to remain dry, it's a good time to get out and enjoy the county.


    It'll stay generally fine and dry overnight with clear spells initially and a minimum temperature of 7C (45F).

    Tomorrow will be rather cloudy with an increasing chance of rain. Not quite so warm as today as temperatures peak at 11C (52F).

  3. Fire Brigades Union says reform isn't possible without new members

    Annabel Amos

    BBC Radio Northampton

    I've been speaking to Sheldon Fenning, the Brigade Secretary for the FBU in Northamptonshire, after Theresa May told fire services to become less overwhelmingly white and male.

    Fire vehicle

    Sheldon told me that if we want to make the fire service more diverse, there's only one way to do it:

    "Northamptonshire has lost 800 thousand pounds out of its budget and firefighters have to work to a later age. That's why we're not recruiting. Recruitment is the only way to get new blood into the fire service, but if we're shrinking, we're not going to recruit."  

  4. Firefighters in Northamptonshire criticise May reform plans

    Annabel Amos

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Plans announced by the Home Secretary Theresa May for reform of the service have been criticised as "unrealistic".

    Northamptonshire firefighters tackle a blaze in Corby last year

    The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) in Northamptonshire said a record number of jobs, engines and stations have been cut across the country making any added inspection or reform difficult.

    Mrs May said she wants a new system of inspections, partly to address cultures of bullying and harrassment, adding that fire brigades are "96 per cent white and 95 per cent male" and need to stamp out bullying and harrassment.

  5. Safeguarding week: One in four women suffer from domestic violence

    Northamptonshire Safeguarding Week is concentrating on domestic violence today.

    And the figures around it make harrowing reading...

    14,439 cases of domestic violence dealt with by Northamptonshire Police in the last year
  6. Safeguarding week: Support for domestic abuse victims

    Domestic violence is the subject of today's Northamptonshire Safeguarding Week.

    PC Beth Warren has offered this advice to victims...

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  7. Northamptonshire struggle despite Prasanna success

    Alex Winter

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    A good morning became a second afternoon of toil for Northamptonshire in the field as a ninth wicket partnership of 76 helped Gloucestershire to 418 all out and a first-innings lead of 242.

    Northants have not batted well away from home this season and will need to bat out four sessions left in this game to salvage a draw - but they may be without Adam Rossington, who suffered a suspected dislocated finger yesterday and hasn't kept wicket since taking the blow.

    And the county haven't started well - they are currently 47-2.

    There was at least a bright point to the afternoon with Seekugge Prasanna - the Sri Lankan legspinner - taking 5-97 on his Championship debut. It's his 37th five-wicket haul of his career.

  8. Adams vs Holmes in their promotion season

    Joe Townsend

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    Adams vs Holmes
  9. Adams' departure a significant blow

    Joe Townsend

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    Nicky Adams' departure will come as a major bolt from the blue to Cobblers, especially given that it's to a League Two club.

    Nicky Adams

    His first - and now only - season at Sixfields can be split into three distinct sections. 

    An excellent opening third, a mid-section where he ran out of steam, before he came on strong to help push Northampton Town over the line and to promotion, specifically with the opening goal against Bristol Rovers on that fateful day back in mid-April

  10. Adams will be tricky to replace

    Joe Townsend

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    Statistically, 29-year-old Nicky Adams was the most creative player in the Northampton Town squad last year, providing a staggering 17 assists in 45 games - as well as three goals.

    Nicky Adams holds the League Two trophy

    But ultimately, the time spent away from his wife and young family has proved too much, with Adams moving to Cumbria specifically with the aim of being closer to his Bolton home.

    For Cobblers fans, hopefully this isn't the start of a summer exodus. Spare a thought for new manager Rob Page, who now needs to another player to his shopping list.

  11. BreakingNicky Adams to leave Sixfields

    Joe Townsend

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    Nicky Adams
  12. Safeguarding week: The pain of emotional abuse

    Craig Lewis

    BBC News

    Domestic violence can take the form of both physical and emotional abuse - and the latter can often be harder to crack.

    Lucy Westley, from the Sunflower Centre, told me while victims who are physically abused will know they have been mis-treated, emotional abuse can be a creeping malady,

    Talking as part of Northamptonshire Safeguarding Week, she said: "Victims can start to believe it is the norm. It can be very hard to kick that belief."

  13. Safeguarding week: Why domestic abuse can be such a hard crime to crack

    Craig Lewis

    BBC News

    Domestic abuse can be one of the hardest crimes to deal with as it involves "intimate or familial relationships".

    That's according to Sunflower Centre service manager, Lucy Westley. The centre offers support to victims through civil and criminal cases, as well as advice on issues such as whether it is safe to remain in the home with an abuser.

    Domestic abuse victim
    Quote Message: Domestic abuse is never usually a straight forward crime." from Lucy Westley Sunflower Centre service manager
    Lucy WestleySunflower Centre service manager
  14. Peake performance: Studfall cyclists take up Tim's challenge

    Tom Percival

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Children at Studfall Junior School in Corby have been in the saddle today - trying to rack up the 400km between earth and the International Space Station.

    Tim Peake challenged schools all over the country to have a go, whether on foot, bike, trike, handstands, or any other means necessary.

    The astronaut is currently circling the earth every 90 minutes, travelling at more than 17 thousand miles per hour but there's a cardboard version of him, at Studfall...

  15. Handbags and glad rags as University of Northampton makes waves internationally

    Tom Percival

    BBC Radio Northampton

    New York's Fashion Institute of Technology ranked the University of Northampton at number 67 in the top 100 fashion schools in the world - to the delight of its Head of Fashion, Dr Julie King.

    Fashion show
  16. Another pre-season friendly for the cobblers

    Joe Townsend

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    After confirming earlier this morning they'll travel to Eastleigh in pre-season, Northampton Town have announced they'll also take on Nuneaton Town in July, as part of their for life in League One.

    Joel Byrom and Nicky Adams

    The National League North side are managed by ex-Cobblers boss Kevin Wilson, while former Town defender Sam Warburton is in their squad.

    The match at Liberty Way will be played at 7:30pm on Tuesday, 12 July. Ticket details are yet to be announced.

  17. Safeguarding week: Domestic abuse a 'hidden crime' despite 14,000 cases last year

    Craig Lewis

    BBC News

    14,439. The number of domestic abuse cases reported to Northamptonshire Police last year.

    And yet Lucy Westley, the service manager at support group the Sunflower Centre, said it remains a "quite a hidden crime".

    That's why police and support groups are keen to raise awareness of the problem.

    Anyone experiencing domestic abuse or who suspects someone may be a victim can call the Sunflower Centre on 01604 888211 or Women's Aid on 0845 123 2311.

  18. Door open for Burrell?

    Graham McKechnie

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    With the news Manu Tuilagi is out of England's tour to Australia, could the way be open for Luther Burrell to return to the England squad?

    Luther Burrell

    England's head coach Eddie Jones said Burrell was one of two men in the frame as potential replacements for Tuilagi:

    "Either Luther Burrell or Ollie Devoto [will join the squad] and give us four great options at number 12," he said.

  19. Northampton Town's pre-season takes shape

    Joe Townsend

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    After announcing their first warm up match against Wolves, the Cobblers have confirmed they'll also travel to Eastleigh in their preparations for life in League One.

    Rob Page's team will travel on Saturday, 30 July, The club says ticket details will be announced in due course.