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Summary

  1. Northampton Borough Council has reached an agreement with developers behind the St James waste-to-energy plant giving them a two-year option on Westbridge Depot
  2. The opening of the under-restoration Delapre Abbey will not be completed until February 2017, having originally been scheduled for this summer
  3. The interim head of the fire service has revealed the number of vehicles jointly manned by police and fire officers in the county is to increase to 14
  4. Updates on Thursday, 2 June 2016
  5. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Friday at 08:00

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Thanks for joining us today.

    There's been plenty going on, from a Rushden shoe company in New York, New York to plans for new joint working police and fire vehicles; delays at Delapre to discussions over the St James waste-to-energy plant.

    If you want to catch up with anything just scroll down the page. Otherwise, we'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow.

  2. Weather: Mild night in store, another cloudy day tomorrow

    A mild night ahead, especially if you happen to be in built-up areas. The odd spot of rain can't be ruled out but it should stay dry for the most part.

    Tomorrow's set to be mostly cloudy with a little showery rain spreading from the east, so if you were hoping for summer you're not in luck. Highs of 15C, that's 59F.

    You can always check the latest forecast for where you live on the BBC Weather website.

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  3. EU referendum Facebook Live: Time to ask your questions

    Our BBC East political team of Andrew Sinclair and Tom Barton will be hosting a Facebook Live event tonight, answering your questions on the EU referendum in the East from 18:45.

    You can ask questions via Facebook comments during the broadcast, but if you'd like to get in early, you can post them here.

    Facebook Live invitation
  4. Planned pathway at Delapre Abbey will take six to eight weeks to finish

    The latest stage in the work to prepare for the opening of Delapre Abbey will see a new footpath built, which will take an anticipated six to eight weeks to complete.

    It is intended the path will be able to cope with increased visitor numbers once the restoration is complete.

    Quote Message: With such an increase in numbers, we need to make sure all of the facilities are up to scratch, including approach routes." from Tim Hadland Northampton Borough Council cabinet member for regeneration
    Tim HadlandNorthampton Borough Council cabinet member for regeneration
  5. Delapre Abbey delay comes after council discovered £900,000 funding black hole

    Craig Lewis

    BBC News

    A fully-restored Delapre Abbey was scheduled to be opened by summer 2016, but by April the borough council was saying it would not be open until October this year.

    Delapre Abbey

    That delay came at the same time as the news it would cost the authority an extra £900,000 to complete the work.

    Now the date has been put back again until February 2017.

  6. Opening of restored Dealpre Abbey delayed until February 2017

    Craig Lewis

    BBC News

    The opening of Delapre Abbey has been delayed until February next year.

    Delapre Abbey

    A £6.3m Heritage Lottery-funded scheme to restore the Abbey was originally set to be completed by summer 2016, when the building was due to open for the first time in 900 years.

    But, according to the Delapre Abbey website, a "revised" date of Saturday, 11 February 2017 has now been set in order to "allow us to complete all the detailed restoration work".

  7. Watch: Shoe company makes it in New York

    Rob Adcock

    BBC News

    A shoe company has celebrated its 150th anniversary by opening its first store outside of the UK - in New York.

    Grenson shoes, of Rushden, already has several stores across the UK and says the new shop is a natural progression.

    The New York outlet is 3,500 miles (5,633km) away from Grenson's Rushden roots.

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    Video caption: A Rushden shoe company has opened its first store outside of the UK - in New York.
  8. Watch: Piles of rubbish dumped at Fishponds removed by volunteers

    Martin Heath

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Black bags full of shredded paper. Sofas and armchairs. Bike helmets. Sleeping bags.

    Just some of the items found during a "day of action", carried out by volunteers at Fishponds on the Southbrook estate in Daventry.

    I spoke to the co-ordinator of the Clean and Green project in Daventry, Angelina Farrant...

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    Video caption: Piles of rubbish dumped at Fishponds removed by volunteers
  9. Fly-tipping a major problem on Southbrook estate

    Martin Heath

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Volunteers have been busy clearing up the Fishponds area of Daventry's Southbrook estate this afternoon.

    Judging by what they have found, fly-tipping is a major issue in the area...

    Fishponds clear up
    Fishponds clear up
    Fishponds clear up
  10. Cricket: Three out of three the key for rampant Levi

    Joe Townsend

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    In-form Northamptonshire batsman Richard Levi is looking to propel the county to a third T20 victory tomorrow night.

    Richard Levi

    Speaking to me today, Levi - who smashed 61 and 58 in wins against Leicestershire and Derbyshire - said the "very supportive" Wantage Road crowd and confidence throughout the team would hopefully propel the team to three wins out of three.

    Northants take on Worcestershire at the County Ground tomorrow evening.

  11. Student goes coast to coast to create fashion design

    What do the coasts of Cornwall and New York have in common?

    They're both featured in the fashion of University of Northampton student Sean Leggett, whose final-year collection will represent the uni at this year’s Graduate Fashion Week.

    The coastal clash design

    The coastal clash design combined gold to represent Cornwall - as Sean associated it with a laid-back surfer-dude vibe - and silver for New York to represent the steel of the towering skyscrapers.

    Graduate Fashion Week takes place from 5-8 June in Shoreditch.

  12. Headstone crushed by lead thieves

    A headstone was crushed and destroyed by thieves stealing lead from a church roof.

    The incident at Middleton Cheney was one of two at churches in the county over the past week. The other took place in Thenford.

    Significant amounts of lead were taken and damage caused during the thefts.

    Destroyed head stone
  13. Hand-built model steam engine and family car stolen in Burton Latimer burglary

    A one-of-a-kind hand-built model steam engine has been stolen.

    The 1:8 scale model of an Allchin Royal Chester, serial number SH207, was taken from a house in Churchill Way, Burton Latimer at 20:40 on Tuesday.

    Steam engine model

    Police say it is of great sentimental value to its owners, adding they believe it may have been transported in a Land Rover Freelander, registration KG03 OJJ, which was also stolen from the property.  

  14. What a load of rubbish... Daventry Day of Action clean-up

    Martin Heath

    BBC Radio Northampton

    I've been out with residents on a Day of Action to clear up the Southbrook estate in Daventry - and this is just some of the rubbish found there...

    Rubbish cleaned up on the Southbrook Estate in Daventry
  15. Weather Watchers brighten up dull day across the county

    Craig Lewis

    BBC News

    It's not raining.

    That's about as positive as I can get about the weather today, but that hasn't stopped our eager Weather Watchers.

    These pictures were taken by weather watcher 66 in Wellingborough, PaulaMaria in Pattishall and Rosemary in Kettering.

    Wellingborough
    Pattishall
    Garden in Kettering
  16. St James waste-to-energy plant: Your views

    Craig Lewis

    BBC News

    We've been asking you what you think of proposals for a waste-to-energy plant in St James - after the council reached an agreement with developer Rolton Kilbride giving it a two-year option on the Westbridge Depot.

    The debate is taking place on our Facebook page.

    Facebook comments
  17. Hand-built model steam engine and family car stolen in Burton Latimer burglary

    A one-of-a-kind hand-built model steam engine has been stolen.

    The 1:8 scale model of an Allchin Royal Chester, serial number SH207, was taken from a house in Churchill Way, Burton Latimer at 20:40 on Tuesday.

    The Allchin Royal Chester model train

    Police say it is of great sentimental value to its owners, adding they believe it may have been transported in a Land Rover Freelander, registration KG03 OJJ, which was also stolen from the property.

  18. St James waste-to-energy plant: The opposition

    Craig Lewis

    BBC News

    Protesters opposing plans for a waste-to-energy plant in St James say information given to them has "constantly changed".

    Artist's impression of the new plant produced by protest group

    Chairman of St James Residents' Association, Graham Croucher, told the BBC last week that there are question marks over proposals residents will be given a share of the profits.

    The 'NoMoInNoHo' - or No Monster Incinerator in Northampton - has also raised objections over the size and environmental quality of the proposed plant. 

  19. Two-year agreement would give waste plant developers a 'degree of certainty'

    Northampton Borough Council has given developer Rolton Kilbride a two-year option on St James' Westbridge Depot.

    There is a clause in the agreement that would allow the authority to extend the option for a further period.

    Quote Message: This would allow Rolton Kilbride to proceed with its plans with a degree of certainty that, pending planning approval, the scheme could go ahead." from Tim Hadland Northampton Borough Council cabinet member for regeneration
    Tim HadlandNorthampton Borough Council cabinet member for regeneration
  20. Rolton Kilbride waste-to-energy plan would 'have to be considered carefully'

    Craig Lewis

    BBC News

    A report on the proposed St James waste-to-energy plant is due to go before Northampton Borough Council's cabinet next Wednesday.

    Waste

    If a property deal is agreed, Rolton Kilbride will have two years to submit a planning application, secure other approvals and carry out a public consultation.

    Cabinet member for regeneration, Tim Hadland, said: "This could provide the best option for the taxpayers of Northampton, but is something that will have to be considered carefully.”