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Summary

  1. The future of Wellingborough's Castle Theatre remains uncertain after an extraordinary meeting of the Borough Castle of Wellingborough last night
  2. Milton Keynes Dons are moving forward with plans for a new training facility in Cosgrove
  3. Updates for Wednesday, 1 June 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Martin Borley

    BBC Northampton

    It may have been a damp start to summer, but today we've been reporting on the efforts to save Wellingborough's Castle Theatre and delays in treatment for Motor Neurone Disease patients.

    But don't forget the dancing teachers from Moulton School and the Wootton Hall ducklings.

    We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00.

  2. Art Gallery building could be bought by council

    Martin Borley

    BBC Northampton

    Northampton Borough Council is set to buy 9 Guildhall Road which is the home of the NN Contemporary Art gallery.

    9 Guildhall Road, Northampton

    Next week, the council's cabinet will decide whether to pay Northamptonshire County Council £462,000 for the building.

    Conservative councillor Tim Hadland said they want the building "used in a way that will complement the Cultural Quarter".

    He said the art gallery would continue to occupy the building.

  3. Bishop repeats call for unity over EU vote

    Martin Borley

    BBC Northampton

    The Church of England's Bishop of Peterborough, whose diocese covers Northamptonshire, has reiterated his belief the EU Referendum is unnecessary.

    The Rt Rev Donald Allister said: "We have representative democracy where people are chosen and set apart to make decisions and lead."

    The Bishop of Peterborough

    In a statement issued today, the Bishop said he would not tell people how to vote, but added there is a danger of a "disunited country".

    Quote Message: A real duty for all of us, but especially politicians, [is] to work at staying united as a nation". from Rt Rev Donald Allister Bishop of Peterborough
    Rt Rev Donald AllisterBishop of Peterborough
  4. Travel: One lane closed on M1 southbound

    BBC Travel

    One lane is closed and there is queuing traffic on the M1 southbound between J18 and J17.

    The delay, said to be severe, is due to a broken down white van.

  5. Weather Watchers: We might see the sun tomorrow...

    BBC Weather Watchers

    BBC Weather Watcher 'Ziggy's Wood' has posted this picture of this afternoon's heavy clouds -but the forecast is brighter for tomorrow.

    A field near Oundle

    The rain and drizzle should clear and by tomorrow afternoon we might even see some sunny spells. Now, where are my shades?

  6. Residents angry at Rushden homes proposal

    Martin Borley

    BBC Northampton

    Plans to demolish a house and former garage building in Rushden and replace them with nine new homes has angered residents in the town.

    Outline planning permission is being sought for the land on Northampton Road. Nine two-bedroom homes would be built.

    Worker building a house

    Rushden and Higham Ferrers town councils have objected claiming it's "over-development" and "quantity not quality".

    Councillors are due to decide whether to grant outline planning permission at a meeting this evening. East Northamptonshire Council's planning officers are recommending the plans are approved.

  7. MK Dons training ground 'would destroy an area of natural beauty'

    Milton Keynes Dons are moving forward to get a new training facility built in Cosgrove over the Northamptonshire border, but not everyone is in favour of the move.

    Site in Cosgrove

    Facebook group and petition have been started by people who want the land to stay as it is.  

    The 'Save the fields at Cosgrove' group believe the scale of the development does "not belong in the heart of the countryside" and will "completely destroy an area of natural beauty and heritage enjoyed by many".

  8. MK Dons fans 'disappointed' new training ground will be built in Northants

    New plans have been lodged by Milton Keynes Dons for a training facility in Cosgrove, with the club set to request planning permission later this year.

    Plans for Cosgrove training ground

    Tom Stewart, from MK Dons Supporters' Association, said the site is needed to develop "new talent" that the club currently needs - but added it is a "disappointment" that it won't be built in the new city.

    But not as disappointed as some Northants residents are...

  9. Cute pictures for a dull Wednesday

    Martin Borley

    BBC Northampton

    We love these photos tweeted by Northamptonshire Police of ducklings paying a visit to Wootton Hall.

    Were they released without charge?

  10. Updated plans for former Rushden shoe factory

    Martin Borley

    BBC Northampton

    Plans to turn Rushden's former Grenson shoe factory into flats are due to be discussed this evening. The turreted, Grade II listed building has been described as one of the best preserved boot and shoe factories in the town.

    The former Grenson shoe factory

    The four-storey factory on Queen Street dates from around 1890 and was in use until 2013. Plans to turn it into 16 flats were approved in 2014, despite opposition from English Heritage and the Victorian Society.

    At a meeting this evening, the developer is applying to change the planning permission so 14 flats can be created.

  11. Travel: Severe delays and fuel spillage on A1 at Wittering

    BBC Travel

    There is queuing traffic and one lane is blocked on the A1 southbound at the Wittering turn-off.

    It's because of an accident involving four vehicles and a fuel spillage.

    There is severe congestion stretching as far as Wothorpe.

  12. Corby's Core to create own Christmas show

    Martin Borley

    BBC Northampton

    Corby's Core at Corby Cube theatre is to produce its own Christmas show this year, for the first time in six years.

    Core at Corby Cube

    Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is written and directed by Gary Sefton, who previously directed the theatre's first show, Hansel and Gretel.

    In recent years, touring shows have been bought in for the Christmas period, rather than produced in-house. It will run from 8 - 31 December.

  13. The Castle: The drama continues

    Martin Borley

    BBC Northampton

    Yesterday's extraordinary meeting about The Castle Theatre is the latest act in a long-running drama.

    We've already heard from a drama group which says it's owned £14,500, and from the leader of the council, who says communication with the theatre management had broken down.

    Graphic showing timeline of events from The Castle's opening to the administrators being called in.

    All parties are said to be looking for a solution to The Castle's problems, but no one knows how this drama will end.

  14. Man taken to hospital after car hit a verge on the A43

    A man suffered serious injuries yesterday when he lost control of his car and it came off the road into a verge.

    The incident happened on the A43 northbound, near to the entry slip road at the A413, Dadford Road Junction.

    The man, who had been driving a white Nissan Skyline, was taken by ambulance to John Radcliffe Hospital.

  15. Fractured jaw after Corby kebab shop attack

    Martin Borley

    BBC Northampton

    A 22-year-old man suffered a fractured jaw after he was assaulted outside Flames kebab shop in Corby.

    The Kebab shop on George Street, Corby

    The incident happened at 02:35 on Sunday, but Northamptonshire Police have only just given details. The man was punched in the face, knocking him unconscious.

    His attacker is described as a white man, in his late 20s, with light coloured hair that was slightly receding at the front. He was wearing a grey hooded top and blue jeans that were cropped at the knees.

  16. Travel: Windmill Avenue in Kettering closed

    BBC Travel

    The A6098 Windmill Avenue in Kettering town centre is closed because of an accident between two vehicles.

    Traffic is queuing in both directions at the Deeble Road junction. Delays are said to be severe.

  17. Weather: A grey day for the start of summer

    BBC Weather Watchers

    The meteorologists say it's the first day of summer... but it doesn't feel like it.

    Trees, a lake and a grey sky at Duddington

    BBC Weather Watcher 'Alice.T' has posted this photo from Duddington.

    Forecasters say it'll remain cloudy all afternoon, with patchy light rain and drizzle at times.

  18. Northampton man says he won't give in to Motor Neurone Disease

    Tom Percival

    BBC Radio Northampton

    David Solomon, from Northampton, was a keen runner before being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.

    David Solomon and his fiancee Paula Pinney

    Pictured here with his fiancée Paula Pinney, David was talking after the Northampton-based Motor Neurone Disease Association pointed out long delays in diagnosis and treatment of MND patients.

    He says he'll remain active for as long as possible.

    Quote Message: I refuse - I absolutely refuse - to give in to it." from David Solomon Motor Neurone Disease patient
    David SolomonMotor Neurone Disease patient
  19. Travel: A14 partially blocked at Thrapston

    BBC Travel

    The A14 eastbound is partially blocked near Thrapston causing very slow traffic between J12 and J13.

    It's because of an earlier accident.