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  1. Updates on Thursday, 9 June 2016
  2. New strategy approved to tackle rough sleeping in Northampton
  3. Graeme White's 6-37 helps Northants to victory over Lancashire in the cricket One-Day Cup
  4. Updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

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By Pete Cooper

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's all from Local Live in Northamptonshire today

    Thanks for joining us. We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow, where amongst other things we will bring you the result of the parish poll in Desborough.

    Desborough polling station

    We'll also look ahead to the Northampton Carnival.  

    Plus, there will be plenty of build-up to Northamptonshire's T20 match at Worcestershire, England's first Rugby Union Test against Australia and the start of the Canadian Grand Prix weekend.

    Hope to see you then.

  2. Weather: Dry tonight and sunshine tomorrow

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    Plenty of sunshine to end the day and then a dry night, with temperatures no lower than 9C (48F).

    Weather map

    Friday is looking largely dry with spells of sunshine. Temperatures could reach 21C (70F).

    More details on the BBC Weather website.

  3. Milton Keynes flat fire: White 'did nothing in life-threatening situation'

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    A judge passing sentence on Thomas White for the manslaughter of his partner told him: "You intentionally did nothing to help a fellow human being in what was a life-threatening situation."

    Thomas White

    The 26-year-old was passed an extended sentence of 13 years and nine months at Luton Crown Court today by Judge Richard Foster, who said White posed a risk to the public of committing further serious offences.

    Judge Foster detailed to the court how White had found out hairdresser Ashley Gillard was HIV positive and he left him fitting whilst tied up in his flat.

    He later returned to burn the flat in an attempt to destroy any evidence of the killing.

  4. BreakingMilton Keynes flat fire: Ashley Gillard's partner jailed

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    A man who admitted killing his partner and then setting fire to his flat after hearing his victim was HIV positive has been jailed for more than 13 years.

    Ashley Gillard

    Thomas White, 26, of Bibury Close in Wellingborough, pleaded guilty at Luton Crown Court in April to manslaughter by gross negligence.

    Hairdresser Ashley Gillard (pictured), 31, was discovered after the blaze in the third-floor property in Wolverton, Milton Keynes on 8 June.

    Judge Richard Foster gave White an extended sentence of 13 years and nine months, and he was told he would be on licence for four years after his release.

  5. Ex-MP says council could 'miss out' after power station decision delayed

    Willy Gilder

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Northampton could be in danger of missing out on a great opportunity if the borough council doesn't agree to lease land for a proposed power station, according to ex-Northampton South MP Brian Binley.

    Mr Binley now represents the community interest company promoting the power and heat plant that could be built in St James.

    Brian Binley

    Yesterday the council said more consultation was needed before it could consider leasing land.

    Mr Binley said "the people of Northampton would benefit" but that has "been put at great risk".

  6. Waste-to-energy developer disappointed over council bumping it off cabinet agenda

    Kris Holland

    BBC Radio Northampton

    The developer behind the waste-to-energy plant planned for St James in Northampton said it is "disappointed" that a discussion about a property option was taken off the Northampton Borough Council cabinet meeting agenda last night.


    The authority postponed any decision on the plant as it believed there hadn't been a proper consultation.

    Rolton Kilbride, which is behind the development, says it will now talk to the borough council and discuss any concerns with residents.

  7. See the artwork from Banksy installation visit to Northampton

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    A shipping container at a greasy spoon cafe may not immediately strike you as unusual, but the contents of this container in Northampton today were anything but normal...

    Miniature mayhem on university campus

    An art installation that was part of Banksy's critically-acclaimed Dismaland project was displayed inside the container in the car park of the Super Sausage.

    It attracted numerous visitors, including Northampton author and comic-book writer Alan Moore.

    You can see more pictures on the Northampton Chronicle & Echo website.

  8. Formula 1 moves onto Montreal for Canadian Grand Prix

    This weekend it is the Canadian Grand Prix and it looks like a far cry from the sunshine of Monaco two weeks ago, as you can see from Silverstone-based Force India...

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    While Brackley-based Mercedes show the Montreal circuit doesn't quite have the glamour of Monte Carlo...

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  9. Development at junction 16 of the M1 given go-ahead by councillors

    Martin Heath

    BBC Radio Northampton

    News just in - villagers living near junction 16 of the M1 have lost their battle against a big industrial development being built there.

    Local councillors voted to allow the project to go-ahead despite protests from people in Harpole, and these downbeat people from Kislingbury...

    Kislingbury protestors

    The development will involve 41 acres (16.5 hectares) of warehouses and offices and will create more than 9,000 jobs, developers say.

    The plan also includes two new roundabouts on the road network near the motorway. 

  10. Mission accomplished!... almost

    Marsha Ramroop

    BBC Radio Northampton

    The air ambulance base covering the East Midlands was expecting its 25,000 mission today.

    BBC Radio Northampton's lunchtime show came live from Coventry as it waited with pilots in anticipation...

    We thought they had captured the landmark mission live on Facebook. But not long after, the team was stood down and the paramedics are still waiting... It was quite exciting to watch nonetheless.

    Radio presenter Helen Blaby met some of the team, including fundraising manager Jo Payne who told her it needed to raise £1.7m each year to fly its missions.

    Jo Payne
  11. Decision today on warehousing and office at junction 16 of M1

    Martin Heath

    BBC Radio Northampton

    I'm at South Northants Council for a decision on plans for a big industrial development by junction 16 of the M1.

    Development protest sign

    There is plenty of local opposition to the 41 acre (16.5 hectare) warehousing and office site, not least from the nearby villages of Harpole and Kislingbury.

  12. Residents of Desborough vote in parish poll

    Elinor Cross

    BBC News

    A parish which increased its share of council tax by more than 400% is facing a "no confidence" poll from residents.

    notice of poll

    The vote was called after Desborough Town Council increased its annual tax levy from £19.10 to £96.98 per year.

    The council said the money was needed to build a "wonderful Desborough", but more than 200 residents backed calls for the no confidence poll.

    Polling stations will open at 16:00 and close at 21:00 and the poll will also asks voters if they would like more consultation on tax bills.

    We'll bring you the result tomorrow.

  13. Hartley on Burrell: 'He'll grab the opportunity with both hands'

    Chris Jones

    BBC rugby reporter

    England captain Dylan Hartley told me he is "chuffed" for his Northampton Saints' team-mate Luther Burrell, after he was picked to start in Saturday's Test against Australia.

    Luther Burrell

    Burrell (pictured) wasn't selected in the recent Six Nations. Hartley said: "Like myself he's been out in the cold, he wasn't on the plane before the tour, but he's played his way back in and has got a great opportunity."

    Speaking live on the BBC 5 Live Sport Facebook page, Hartley added: "Full credit to him, he's got his chance and I'm sure he'll grab it with both hands this weekend."

  14. Northants squad getting thinner because of injury and international call-up

    Alex Winter

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    Northants are three wins from three in the T20 Blast, but tomorrow's trip to Worcester is looking tougher with Rory Kleinveldt and Richard Levi (pictured right) unlikely to play.

    Richard Levi

    With Seekkuge Prasanna's call-up to the Sri Lanka one-day squad confirmed, he could also miss five of Northants' T20s and Tuesday's One-Day Cup match.

  15. Living on the streets: Councillor says sleeping rough is 'lifestyle choice'

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Northampton Borough Council has defended its statement that some people sleep rough as a "lifestyle choice".

    Stephen Hibbert, the councillor responsible for housing, told BBC Radio Northampton: "If someone is working and living on the streets then it's got to be a lifestyle choice".

    Rough sleeping

    However, he said the authority was trying to tackle the issue of homelessness, and a new planned shelter in British Rail Sports & Social Club in St Andrew's Road wasn't just about beds but also to "communicate and engage" with rough sleepers and "help them with their problems".

  16. Living on the streets: Two thirds of county's rough sleepers are in Northampton

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Northampton Borough Council published figures on rough sleeping in the town and county as part of its new strategy to tackle homelessness.

    However, the authority admits the actual figures "may be higher" and that, for safety reasons, volunteers were unable to go into buildings such as the derelict St Edmund's Hospital where some homeless people have been staying.

    Living on the Streets - datapics
  17. Living on the streets: 'Immense set of problems' lead to homelessness

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Northampton Borough Council's new homelessness strategy says the town has "an established community of people who are choosing to sleep rough, as a lifestyle".

    But Robin Burgess, manager of the Hope Centre which takes in rough sleepers, told BBC Radio Northampton "there are normally an immense set of problems that underpin homelessness".


    Mr Burgess said he "fully supports" the council's efforts to get people off the streets, but said "we have to be careful not to assume that it'll be easy".

  18. Weather: Sunny and warm

    BBC Weather

    It is sunny day across Northamptonshire, here's Northampton this lunchtime...


    That sunshine is going to stick around and temperatures should be about 21C (70F).

    Enjoy it while it lasts, as the next few days look cloudy with potentially some rain.

  19. Living on the streets: The freezing winter

    Craig Lewis

    BBC News

    Lithuanian Kristian Olsteins has been living on the streets of Northampton for four to five months.

    Kristian Olsteins

    "Winter is cold," he said. "Now it is alright, but in winter you sometimes wake up when you are freezing."

    He told me any shelter that can be found is vital as "you need to sleep out of the rain".

  20. Living on the streets: Kristian's story

    Craig Lewis

    BBC News

    "If I want a life in music, I need to be homeless now."

    Kristian Olsteins came to Britain to live with his sister, but within two days he lost his job and his passport. He found himself on the streets of Northampton.

    Kristian Olsteins

    "I came to make a new life," he said. "I left Lithuania and my old life. I don't want to go back there."

    Now he plays guitar at a Lithuanian church, playing hymns: "I am trying to make a life from here."