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  1. A pro-Brexit speech by Nigel Farage in Northampton town centre has been cancelled following protests against UKIP
  2. Hundreds of people have travelled to Wellingborough for a fundraising event for a new Hindu temple for Northampton
  3. Updates on Tuesday, 31 May 2016
  4. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Wednesday at 08:00

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That's it folks from the Northamptonshire Live team. 

We hope you've enjoyed our coverage today. 

We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow. Have a great evening. 

Weather: Cloudy with some heavy and persistent rain

BBC Weather

Further outbreaks of rain are expected through the night and there may be some heavy bursts at times. Lows of 10C (50F).


Tomorrow will remain cloudy, with outbreaks of patchy rain.

BBC Weather has more details.

Travel: A43 Silverstone blocked

BBC Travel

There are severe delays on the A43 at Dadford Road, Silverstone affecting traffic in both directions near the racetrack because of an overturned car.

Cricket: Northamptonshire saved by rain

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

The match between Northamptonshire and Essex was declared a draw after play was abandoned due to rain.

Northamptonshire's cricketers lost an early wicket to fall 75-5 before the bad weather hit on the final morning.

It means Northants get 11 points from the game. 

Farage: I listen to people I don't agree with like Cameron and Mandelson

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has told me he didn't think protestors in Northampton Market Square would have been happy to listen to him.

He had been planning to give a pro-Brexit speech, but it had to be cancelled.

Anti-UKIP protest

Mr Farage said he doesn't agree with people like David Cameron and Peter Mandelson, but he still listens to what they have to say.

The protest earlier, which involved about 30 people, had been pretty rowdy but there was no violence.

They told me they were not stopping Mr Farage from coming, but there wasn't a big police presence so you can see why there was a concern the situation could have escalated.

Nigel Farage says he 'probably couldn't' have engaged with protestors

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

I've been to speak to UKIP leader Nigel Farage, after a planned speech from a bus was cancelled following protests in Northampton's Market Square.

Police speak to people at anti-UKIP protest

It is not clear if Mr Farage or his supporters called the event off, or if it was down to the police. The police press office has not yet returned our call on the matter.

Talking at the Red Lion in Blisworth, I asked Mr Farage if he could have engaged with the protestors, but he told me: "Probably not. They weren't the kind of people you can engage with."

Watch: Farage heads for village pub after Northampton trip cancelled following protest

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

The UKIP leader Nigel Farage has headed for a village pub after his Northampton trip was cancelled when protestors took to the streets in support of immigration.

Mr Farage was due to speak on the merits of leaving the European Union as part of the party's Brexit campaign.

Weather: Northants remains drab and dreary

It's been a dull and often wet day so far across the county as these pictures - taken in Corby and Daventry - from our Weather Watchers Blue Shoes 42 and Sherpa Si show.

Unfortunately, it's unlikely to get much better soon...

Weather Watchers/Blue Shoes 42
Weather Watchers/Sherpa Si

Farage heads for pub after visit cancelled

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

As we told you a short while ago Nigel Farage has had to cancel a planned bus visit to Northampton town centre because of protestors.


Protesters and Leave supporters argued in the street as they waited for the UKIP leader to arrive.

Mr Farage was diverted and so never actually attended. He is understood to be visiting a pub in a nearby village.

‘I wish I could make this not true’: family tributes to man who died after nightclub fall

"A lovely big brother, a wonderful uncle and loving son".

The family of a Saints steward and hospital porter who died at a nightclub at the weekend have been paying tribute to him in an emotive article in the Northampton Chronicle.

Anti-Farage protestors wore Anonymous masks

Craig Lewis

BBC News

I was at the anti-UKIP protest in Northampton's Market Square today, where a group of campaigners waved a banner, wore Anonymous masks and sang songs against the party.

One protestor had a megaphone to address the crowd, which included a number of Brexit campaigners and UKIP supporters.

The situation was far from out of control, but there was a police presence as members of the two camps argued among themselves.

Anti-UKIP protest

Farage speech cancelled due to protestors

Craig Lewis

BBC News

A planned visit by Nigel Farage to Northampton town centre has been cancelled after around 30 protestors turned up at the venue.

Anti-UKIP protest in Northampton

The UKIP leader was due to give a speech from a bus in the town in support of the leave EU campaign.

Earlier today a Labour activist in Birmingham challenged Mr Farage over his attendance record at the European Parliament and accused him of blaming immigrants for the mistakes of bankers during an otherwise well-received walk through a market.

Cricket: Still raining at Wantage Road

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

It's a grim scene at Wantage Road, with heavy rain continuing to prevent play on the final day between Northamptonshire and Essex.

The home side won't mind - they only have five second-innings wickets left and are still 121 runs behind. The weather could yet help them escape with a draw.

Northamptonshire cricket ground

Training for bar staff to identify vulnerable

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Staff from pubs, clubs and bars across Northampton have received training to help them identify and deal with vulnerable people on nights out.

Training room
Northants BC

Organised by Northampton Community Safety Partnership, the training helps bar staff spot early signs of vulnerability and take appropriate action to ensure people enjoy their night out safely.

The training has been delivered to 24 bar staff from across the town from 15 different pubs, clubs and bars.

Cricket: Northants could be saved by the rain

The rain has put proceedings to an end in the cricket at Wantage Road - and it's pouring down now.

Northants are currently 75-5, 121 runs behind opponents Essex.

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Appeal for witnesses after motorbike death

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

A motorcyclist has died following a collision on the A413, near Silverstone, on Saturday afternoon.

The motorbike collided with a car and the rider, a 51-year-old man, died at the scene. 

Police want to hear from anyone who saw what happened.

Big Lottery Fund gives £600,000 to help victims of domestic abuse

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

I've just spotted this on Twitter - a really important story from the Daventry Express.

The paper is reporting on how a new initiative, involving the University of Northampton, supporting women and children who have faced domestic abuse, has won £600,000 from The Big Lottery Fund.

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One-in-five teens coerced into sexual behaviour

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

The county's police and crime commissioner says 20% of teenagers in a relationship are being "pressurised" into doing something they'd rather not do.

Children in school

Stephen Mold is supporting a week long social media campaign - #NoConsentNoSex - which aims to change attitudes and behaviours that lead to sexual violence.

The recent teens relationships consultation revealed that one in five 16-18 year olds in Northamptonshire have been pressured in to doing something they didn’t want to do while in a relationship."

Stephen MoldNorthamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner

'More draconian measures' will help tackle obesity

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Earlier we told you about calls from Northampton chef and food critic, William Sitwell, to introduce rationing to tackle Britain's growing problem with obesity.


Dietician Dr Mabel Blades said rationing is unlikely, but more government intervention is needed.

I think we saw with smoking that a little more draconian measures have to be taken to get people to change habits."

Dr Mabel BladesDietician

Weather Watchers: Rain hits the county

BBC Weather Watchers

The rain has arrived in Northamptonshire, including in Roade... thanks to this image from Weather Watcher dugjay72.

Rain in Roade
Weather Watcher

Rugby: Burrell to join England on Australia tour

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

England have called up Northampton Saints star Luther Burrell to replace injured Manu Tuilagi for next month's tour of Australia.

Luther Burrell
Press Association

Burrell, 28, was overlooked by head coach Eddie Jones for this year's Six Nations, but scored a try in Sunday's 27-13 win over Wales at Twickenham.

The back has been selected ahead of Bath centre Ollie Devoto, who won his first cap on Sunday.

It's a great opportunity for Luther, who I thought played really well yesterday. He carried the ball well, defended with aggression and scored an excellent try."

Eddie JonesEngland coach

Watch your speed - Passenham van on the lookout

police camera van has been on the lookout for speeding motorists this morning - with some having reached 54mph in a 30mph limit.

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Cricket: Play about to get underway

The weatheris  staying dry so far for today's cricket against Essex at Wantage Road...

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Northants cricketers face uphill task after early evening collapse

A late evening collapse has left Northamptonshire up against it in their county championship clash with Essex at Wantage Road.

The county side first saw Ryan ten Doeschate and James Foster hit centuries to propel their opponents to a first innings total of 640, before they were reduced to 56-4.

They will resume at 11:00 with Adam Rossington and Ben Sanderson at the crease - still 140 runs behind.

Northamptonshire county cricket ground
Geograph/John Sutton

Week long social media campaign to tackle sexual violence

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

A new social media campaign has been launched by Northamptonshire Police to help prevent sexual violence among people in the county.

Woman protecting herself
Science Photo Library

Messages targetting mostly young people are being posted on websites like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. They will use the hashtag #NoConsentNoSex and include messages like "walking somebody home isn't a crime... rape is".

Polcie say the idea is to create an environment where sexual violence is prevented and challenged rather than being accepted.

Food critic calls for rationing to tackle obesity

A Northamptonshire food critic has called for a return to food rationing to deal with the country's growing obesity problem.


William Sitwell, who's also an author and broadcaster, said Britain was at its healthiest post-war after the Minister of Food strictly controlled the nation's diet.

He claims while the rich ate less, poorer people ate more healthily, adding that adopting this way of consumption could help fix the nation's obesity crisis.

Prayers continue for new Hindu temple

Andrew Radd

BBC Radio Northampton

Hundreds of people from across the country have been travelling to Wellingborough to take part in a fundraising event for a new Hindu temple for Northampton.

Hindu gods
Alys Tomlinson

Known as a Katha, the event involves prayers - which have been taking place for the last six days - to bless plans for the new temple, as well as to raise money for it.

The fundraiser is being held in Wellingborough because there wasn't a venue big enough in Northampton to cater for all the people attending.

First ever girls Cobblers Cup

Northampton Town will host the first ever girl's Cobblers Cup this morning. Get down to Sixfields for the action.

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Weather: Rain spreading westwards

BBC Weather

It will be a mostly grey day and, although it's dry at the moment, you'll notice the rain is picking up across Northamptonshire.

That means one thing, the rain is on its way. We're likely to get plenty as the day goes on.

Top temperature: 13C (55F). BBC Weather has more details.

Welcome to local live for Northamptonshire

Craig Lewis

BBC News

Good morning and welcome to local live for Northamptonshire. We'll be bringing you the latest news for the area until 18:00.

It's fine and dry at the moment, but we're expecting the rain at some point today so make sure you take a brolly out with you.