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  1. Daventry MP Chris Heaton-Harris has criticised the standard of the EU debate as 'pretty poor'
  2. Updates on Friday, 3 June 2016

Live Reporting

By Nic Rigby

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    We've been covering the cricket, the Cobblers and the Cultural Quarter today - as well as looking at a borough council plan to tackle homelessness in Northampton.

    The authority aims to eliminate the problem by June 2017, if the proposal is approved by its cabinet on Wednesday.

    If you want to catch-up with any of these stories, just scroll down the page. Otherwise, we look forward to you joining us from 08:00 on Monday.

  2. Weather: A cloudy night, with drizzle

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    Further low cloud, mist and hill fog will bring drizzle by dawn. Minimum temperature: 12C (45F).

    But tomorrow should finally look like summer - after another dull, misty start, we should have a warmer, sunnier afternoon. Maximum temperature: 21C (70F).

    Get more on the forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

  3. 'Rare' albino python stolen from Rushden reptile shop

    A reward is being offered for the return of an albino spider royal python snake, stolen at about 10:00 on 27 May.

    Police say two youths are believed to have made off with the snake from Forest Floor Reptiles shop in the High Street in Rushden - it is worth about £300.

  4. New Cobblers' singing looking forward to working with Page

    Aaron Phillips has been talking to us about his move from Coventry City to Northampton Town.

    He says he's particularly looking forward to working with new Cobblers' boss Rob Page.

    "I remember watching Rob play for Coventry as a kid - I'm really looking forward to working for him," he said.

    "I've been at Coventry since the age of seven so it's a bit crazy (to leave), but that's life - the manager didn't want me.

    "I'm just looking forward to showing Northampton fans what I've got and give it all I can."

  5. Northants back in T20 action - a reminder how hard cricket can be...

    Northamptonshire are back in T20 action tonight against Worcestershire, looking for three wins out of three in the competition.

    But here is a reminder that cricket isn't so easy for everyone - this is how our reporter Tom Percival got on when he faced the bowling machine at the County Ground...

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    Video caption: BBC reporter Tom Percival takes on Northamptonshire's bowling machine.
  6. Phillips becomes Page's first Cobblers signing

    Right-back Aaron Phillips has become new Northampton Town manager Rob Page's first new signing.

    The 22-year-old son of former Wales international David came through Coventry's youth ranks and made 61 appearances for the Sky Blues.

    Aaron Phillips
  7. Northampton Town sign right back on three-year deal

    Northampton Town have signed right-back Aaron Phillips on a three-year deal after he was released by Coventry City.  

    More follows.

  8. Weather: Dry this afternoon, but expect drizzle tonght

    BBC Weather

    This afternoon will stay cloudy, but largely dry. As we move into the evening there will be an increasing chance of drizzle.

    Top temperature of 13C (55F).

    Weather graphic
  9. Ending 'rough sleeping' in Northampton will be a wide-ranging strategy

    A council strategy to try and eradicate the need for people to sleep rough in Northampton, due to be discussed by councillors next Wednesday, will aim to tackle the reasons people find themselves on the streets.

    People sleeping rough

    A report says the strategy will look at "rebuilding people's lives," "dealing with any addictions, addressing any physical or mental health problems," resolving rent problems and helping people find work.

    The council scheme also aims to work with hospitals, prisons, supported housing schemes and social landlords to ensure people leave hospital and prison in a planned way.

  10. The dangers of commentating at T20 cricket

    This was the moment BBC Northampton cricket commentator Alex Winter almost came a cropper at Northamptonshire's last T20 match against Derbyshire last week.

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    Video caption: BBC Northampton's Alex Winter almost comes a cropper at T20 cricket match

    Richard Levi was the batsman causing chaos as Northants chased down a Wantage Road record to beat Derbyshire.

    The county side are back in action tonight when they face Worcestershire. Alex, complete with tin hat, will be in place to bring you commentary from 18:30.

  11. Strategy to end 'rough sleeping' in Northampton

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    A strategy aiming to "end the need for people to sleep rough in Northampton", goes before the borough council's Cabinet next week.

    Northampton Borough Council

    The council is bringing together social care and health organisations, charities and faith groups to help solve the problem of the rising number of rough sleepers in the town.

    The strategy is set to include the provision of a temporary night shelter at the former British Rail Sports and Social Club in St Andrews Road, Northampton.

  12. Northampton Town not signing 'expensive' Danny Rose

    BBC Sport

    Northampton Town have confirmed they will not be signing midfielder Danny Rose.

    Danny Rose

    Chairman Kelvin Thomas said, "We offered Danny a decent deal, but we're not willing to match what he was offered elsewhere.

    "Rob hasn't seen much of Danny and taking everything into account we felt that for that kind of money we could get someone who has some League One experience."

  13. Northampton council plans to buy former Cultural Quarter hotel

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Plans for a council to buy a former hotel in the centre of Northampton for about £460,000 are being recommended for approval next week.

    9 Guildhall Road

    Northampton Borough Council's Cabinet is looking at the scheme to buy 9 Guildhall Road - presently owned by the county council.

    During the last three years it has been used by NN Contemporary Art, the Northampton arts group as exhibition and performance space. The lease is due to expire in September 2017.

    The borough council sees the property as a key part of the town's Cultural Quarter.

  14. Trespass warning over Flying Scotsman's Northamptonshire trip

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Network Rail is warning people not to trespass near the Midland Mainline tomorrow, when the historic railway locomotive The Flying Scotsman is due to travel through Northamptonshire.

    Flying Scotsman

    The engine is due to pass through Wellingborough, Kettering, and Corby. It will be the first time the famous locomotive has been seen in Northamptonshire since its 10-year refurbishment in York, which cost £4m. 

    In February the Flying Scotsman's journey from London's King's Cross to York was hindered by trespassers on the line.

  15. Funeral costs hitting more and more people

    The escalating costs of funerals and problems getting life insurance with pre-existing medical conditions need to be addressed if more people aren't to wind up unable to pay for funerals. 

    That's according to Keith Hutchings, of Little Stanion, near Corby, whose mother's body lay in a funeral directors for six weeks because he couldn't afford a funeral.


    The story was first reported in the Northamptonshire Telegraph, which revealed how Mr Hutchings had cared for his mother, Annette, for more than four years after she had suffered a series of strokes. She died from a brain tumour two months ago.

    He coiuld not afford a funeral, but more than £2,500 was donated to him by people across Corby.

  16. EU debate 'pretty poor,' says Daventry MP

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    A Northamptonshire MP says the standard of debate in the EU referendum campaign has been "pretty poor".

    Chris Heaton-Harris MP

    Head to head debates are being held in venues across the county in the run-up to the vote on 23 June.

    MP for Daventry, Chris Heaton Harris, who wants the UK to leave the EU, took part in a debate in Daventry last night. He said local events are important because the standard of the national campaign has been so low.

  17. Weather: Dull, cool and cloudy

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    BBC Look East weather

    Today will be mainly dull and cool across the county. Staying cloudy for most of the day with outbreaks of rain in places.

     The high is 14C (57F).

  18. Good morning and welcome to Northamptonshire Live

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Welcome to the BBC's local live coverage of all-things Northamptonshire.

    In the news today, we'll be looking at a Northamptonshire MP, who says the standard of debate in the EU referendum is "pretty poor," and a man living near Corby thanking people who've donated thousands of pounds to help pay for his mother's funeral.