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  1. The state of primary and secondary education in Northamptonshire has come under criticism from Ofsted's director for the East Midlands
  2. Records tumbled as Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire shared an incredible 870 runs in last night's Royal London One-Day Cup
  3. Northampton Borough Council leader Mary Markham has revealed that new plans for the Greyfriars site should be revealed in the next fortnight
  4. Updates resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Elinor Cross

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That's all from us here at Local Live for Northamptonshire today. 

We'll be back with you from 08:00 tomorrow. In the meantime, if you missed anything why not take a scroll through the page...

Handbag and wallet stolen in Kettering burglary

Elinor Cross

BBC Radio Northampton

There was a burglary in Whitby Close, Kettering at the weekend.

It’s believed the offender entered the house via a patio door and stole a handbag and wallet.

The items were recovered in a nearby field off Lindisfarne Drive, with all cash removed.

Officers would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious activity in the Whitby Close area between 10pm on Sunday and 8am on Monday.

Is this how we treat our fallen? Legion calls for clean up of Northampton’s memorial

Northampton Chronicle & Echo

Vandals and litterbugs are spoiling Northampton’s war memorial, a former tank gunner says, following a rise in graffiti there over the past nine months.

New police and crime commissioner's plans for special constables

Elinor Cross

BBC Radio Northampton

Stephen Mold, the new police and crime commissioner for Northamptonshire, said he will be focussing on integrating specials rather than recruiting new ones.

Mr Mold said there would be an emphasis on providing the volunteer constabulary with the appropriate skills and equipment to ensure they can be at their most effective while working with full-time colleagues.

Northamptonshire currently features the highest number of Special Constables to full-time officers in England and Wales, with over 700 Special Constables complementing 1,220 full-time officers.

New police and crime commissioner will not be recruiting more specials

Elinor Cross

BBC Radio Northampton

Stephen Mold, the new police and crime commissioner for Northamptonshire, will not be recruiting more special constables.

The previous commissioner, Adam Simmonds, had wanted to recruit 900 of the volunteer officers to assist the force.

Stephen Mould

But many officers felt that figure was unrealistic, and that many of the specials that were hired did not have adequate training.  

Now, the new PCC says he will stop the recruitment programme and focus instead on "better integration with full-time colleagues".

Education "not improving fast enough" in Northamptonshire

Sarah Foster

BBC Radio Northampton

The biggest concern is education in the county is not improving fast enough.

That's according to Emma Ing, from Ofsted in the East Midlands, who has been monitoring Northamptonshire for the last two years.

She said: "There are far too many children who aren't getting a good education who are not getting a good education in Northamptonshire."

Her comments follow a letter from Ofsted's director for the East Midlands, Chris Russell, in which he criticises the state of education in the county.

Carnival on the way to Northampton

Sarah Foster

BBC Radio Northampton

The countdown is on to the Northampton Carnival.

It takes place on Saturday and will be held on the Racecourse.

Getty Images

This year's theme is many continents - and carnival and community groups are busy putting the finishing touches to their costumes and floats.

Twenty-year-old man seriously assaulted in Rushden

Elinor Cross

BBC Radio Northampton

Police say a 20-year-old man has been seriously assaulted in the St Margarets Avenue area of Rushden. 

He was attacked in the early hours of this morning at about 03:45.

Been enjoying the sun? Watch out for a stormy end...

Elinor Cross

BBC Radio Northampton

There is a risk of thunderstorms later, with torrential downpours a possibility tonight.

Showers, possibly thundery, will continue into the overnight period, although they will become increasingly isolated.


Campaigners angry at plans for development at J16 of M1

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

On Thursday, South Northants Council will be deciding whether or not developers can build a warehousing area on green space near Harpole.

Developers Hampton Brook say it will create around 530 jobs locally and is well placed to meet the needs of the logistics industry in the area.

But residents of Harpole and Kislingbury are angry the development has been recommended for approval by council officers, saying it will ruin the rural community.

Carers week underway in Northamptonshire

Elinor Cross

BBC Radio Northampton

One in ten people in Northamptonshire are carers and many say caring can cause ill health, poverty and isolation.

Northamptonshire Carers' Choir
Northamptonshire Carers' Choir

All this week, a group that supports carers will are holding activities to increase awareness of work. Today they are at the entrance to Kettering Hospital.

It will end with the Northamptonshire Carers' Choir performing on Saturday at Northampton High School.

Villagers fear being 'swamped' by new development at M1 junction

A major new development next to the M1 motorway in Northamptonshire is likely to get the go-ahead later this week.

Harpole M1 junction

Work on a giant site near Harpole and Kislingbury will see the construction of warehouses, offices and other commercial buildings, as well as two new roundabouts, on a major link road to the motorway. 

People fear their communities will be "swamped" by the 40 acre (16 hectares) development - the size of more than 30 football pitches. 

Fast bowler Olly Stone injured

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northamptonshire have suffered a big blow with the news that fast bowler Olly Stone has probably been ruled out for the season.

The 21-year-old suffered cruciate ligament damage celebrating a wicket in Friday’s T20 – he now requires surgery.


Stone is an exciting prospect and one of the quickest bowlers in the country. This is a great shame for Northants and particularly Stone himself.

And they said 50 over cricket is dead...

870 runs scored by Northants and Notts yesterday

Lumb + Wessels = nightmare for Northants' bowlers

It may have been a great performance by Northants yesterday, but their bowlers were made to suffer.

Notts openers Michael Lumb and Riki Wessels piled on the pain with a 342 run opening partnership - the highest-ever stand in one-day cricket in England.

Lumb and Wessels now have the highest List A partnership in England

An extraordinary game of cricket

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

It was a truly extraordinary game at Trent Bridge yesterday as Northamptonshire lost to Nottinghamshire by 20 runs.

Records tumbled throughout the game and the most striking is perhaps that the 870 runs scored was the second-largest in a match in the history of one-day cricket, just two short of the world record.

It was a crazy, unforgettable game and despite losing, Northants can take a great deal from their fabulous effort with the bat.

It's a batsman's game now

Crash, bang, wallop! What a match!

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Smash! Bang! Wallop!

It's supposed to be T20 cricket in which sixes rain down, but Northamptonshire and Notts put on an incredible show at Trent Bridge yesterday.

The 50-over One-Day Cup thriller saw the home side pile up an incredible 445-8, before Northants came within 21 runs of a famous win on the back of Rory Kleinveldt's barnstorming 128 off 63 balls - including nine sixes.

Rory Kleinveldt

Higher-ability pupils 'not supported,' Ofsted letter says

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

Inspectors report teachers are not making sure the most able pupils are sufficiently challenged and that, as a result, they are not making sufficient progress.

At primary level, higher-ability pupils were not being supported to achieve as well as they should. 

The regional director of Ofsted says he will be writing to the schools; many of which are now academies - as well as a number of MPs to try and bring about change.

Northamptonshire pupils 'behind their peers' across the country at level 4

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

An Ofsted letter criticising education in the county said by the end of key stage 4, Northamptonshire pupils are behind their peers across the country.

Northampton's failing education system slammed by Ofsted

Only 52% of pupils achieved five GCSE grades A* to C, including English and mathematics compared with 57% nationally in 2015.

The attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and other pupils is particularly stark at key stage 4.

Details from Ofsted letter criticising Northampton's schools

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

A damning letter criticising the state of education in the county shows that at the age of 11, only 59% of pupils eligible for free school meals achieved the expected levels in reading, writing and mathematics last year compared with 66% of pupils eligible for free school meals nationally.

School scene

At key stage 2, pupils perform particularly poorly in maths and in the English grammar, punctuation and spelling test.

Only 73% of pupils achieved the average expected level in maths compared with 77% across the country. In the English grammar, punctuation and spelling test, only 70% of pupils in the county achieved the average expected level compared with 73% nationally.

'Legacy' more important than a time frame for Greyfriars site, says council leader

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

Northampton Borough Council leader Mary Markham last night told councillors it is more important to come up with a "legacy" project at the Greyfriars site, than to rush something through.

Greyfriars data picture: March 15, 2015 - The date on which the Greyfriars bus station was demolished

It has been more than a year since the old Brutalist bus station was demolished, and no plans for the area have been revealed.

But Cllr Markham said fresh plans for the site should be presented to the authority in the next two weeks.

More than a year since Greyfriars bit the dust - and no plans yet

Craig Lewis

BBC News

Last night, Northampton Borough Council leader Mary Markham revealed fresh plans for the Greyfriars site should be presented within the next fortnight.

Greyfriars being demolished

Critics would say it's about time. The old bus station building was demolished a year and three months ago - and the authority hasn't made any significant progress since.

It's not the only important project in the town that is running slowly - as this report I put together in April shows.

When Greyfriars was reduced to rubble

This was the moment Northampton's controversial 'Mouth of Hell' was demolished.

It's been more than a year since the Brutalist Greyfriars bus station was demolished in about six seconds.

Not much has happened since, but the light at the end of the tunnel may be in sight with the news fresh plans should be presented to the council in the next fortnight.

New plans for Greyfriars within fortnight, council leader reveals

Andrew Radd

BBC Radio Northampton

Fresh plans for the site of Northampton's demolished bus station and the Greyfriars shopping area should be presented to the borough council within a fortnight, it has been revealed.

Greyfriars site

The authority's leader, Mary Markham, gave the update to a meeting last night. 

Plans for the site were previously delayed because the council wasn't happy with proposals put forward by developers.

Education boss agrees school standards too low, but 'council working hard to improve'

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

A council official has replied to an open letter from an Ofsted director criticising education standards in Northamptonshire, saying work was under way to make improvements.

Primary school children

Ofsted claims too many schools in the county are not good enough and children at primary and secondary level are not achieving as they should. 

Jonathan Lewis, Northamptonshire's assistant director for learning, skills and education, said he would not argue with the contents of the letter from Ofsted regional head Chris Russell, but said: "We're working hard to raise standards."

Cricket: Northants lose, but share English record run tally

BBC Sport

Northants were defeated yesterday in their opening group stage match in the Royal London one-day competition, but shared in a record performance at Trent Bridge.

Cricket bat
Getty Images

Nottinghamshire posted 445 for eight in their 50 overs and Northants replied with 425 all out, losing by 20 runs. 

The two sides shared a record by scoring a combined 870 runs - the most ever knocked up in a one-day match in England.

Primary and secondary schools under fire from Ofsted for low standards

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

The state of primary and secondary education in Northamptonshire has come under criticism from Ofsted's director for the East Midlands.

School general view

In an open letter, Chris Russell says he has deep concerns. 

He highlights low standards of achievement across the county from early learning centres to poor GCSE results, and calls for councillors, MPs and schools to adopt a "strong political will" to change things.

Weather: Very warm, but heavy showers expected

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

A sunny start, with only limited amounts of cloud, bringing a very warm day.

Cloud will gradually build bringing the risk of one or two showers or thunderstorms later, but torrential downpours could develop in the evening. 

Maximum temperature: 24C (75F). More details at BBC Weather.

Good morning and welcome to Local Live for Northamptonshire

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

This morning we'll be looking at a stark letter from Ofsted's regional director Chris Russell that says too many schools and early year providers in the county are not good enough. 

He says young children going to primary school are not prepared for what is expected of them. He adds that both disadvantaged children and those with higher abilities aren't being properly supported.

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