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  1. Knife crime expert says police amnesty won't work
  2. Phase two for St Giles Street revamp
  3. Local Live resumes at 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Tom Percival

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Tom Percival

    BBC Radio Northampton

    That's it for today from the Local Live team; I hope you get to enjoy the warm evening - I may go in the garden for about the first time this year.

    Don't forget you can email us anything that catches your eye. We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow.

  2. Northamptonshire's squad for Sussex announced

    Northants take on Sussex in Day one of their latest County Championship match.

    The game will take place at the picturesque surrounds of Arundel Castle tomorrow...

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  3. Weather: Sunshine - at last...

    Tom Percival

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Yesterday's summer solstice didn't bring the greatest weather, but thankfully some sunshine has been dragged, kicking and screaming, into Northamptonshire today.

    WeatherWatcherWill took this in Great Brington.

    Great Brington

    Enjoy it though - cloud and showers will return overnight and stick around through Wednesday morning, but by the afternoon the sunshine should return. High temperature: 21C (70F).

  4. Appeal for vulnerable Victorian buildings

    Tom Percival

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Overstone Manor is a tumbledown former stately home, turned school, turned religious headquarters.

    Overstone Manor

    It's up for sale - but after years of neglect and a major fire, it'll need a lot of TLC.

    Overstone Manor

    In 2015, it was one of the Victorian Society's Top 10 most endangered buildings in the country. The society's now putting together its 2016 list and says it wants your help to find more of them.

    Overstone Manor

    The closing date for nominations for its Top 10 list is 1 July.

  5. Prasanna's quick-fire half century for Sri Lanka

    Tom Percival

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Steelbacks fans will be no strangers to the sight of Seekkuge Prasanna walloping white balls all over the place - and he's continued that form for his national team in the first ODI against England, at Trent Bridge.


    Prasanna was out for 59 off 28 balls, caught and bowled by Woakes. It's one of the fastest 50's ever scored in a ODI against England.

    Northamptonshire will look forward to getting him back to Wantage Road.

  6. New goalkeeper David Cornell on joining the Cobblers

    Joe Townsend

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

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    Video caption: New Northampton Town signing, goalkeeper David Cornell, on joining the Cobblers
  7. 'I haven't seem them play like that before' - New Sixfields stopper on Wales

    Joe Townsend

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    There aren't many better times to interview a new signing at Sixfields than after one of his national team's best ever performances.

    David Cornell at Swansea

    David Cornell joins the Welsh contingent at Northampton Town the day after his country topped Group B at the Euros with a 3-0 thrashing of Russia.

    The stopper told me: "It was great... I don't think many teams would have dealt with them last night, everyone on that pitch was incredible."

  8. Northampton Town snap up new goalkeeper

    Joe Townsend

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    I've been to meet Northampton Town's new goalkeeper, David Cornell, who's signed a two year contract.

    He told me he'd hoped to play more often at Oldham Athletic last season, but that he's excited to have a new opportunity.

    David Cornell

    Ryan Clarke only played four times for Northampton Town last year, thanks to the form of Adam Smith.

    Clarke's left the club today for AFC Wimbledon, but Cornell told me he's not worried: "He [Smith] had a fantastic season last year, but I'm happy enough to challenge anyone in these leagues. It should be a good competition for that shirt and I'm looking forward to it."

  9. Two young men explain why getting knives off the streets is so hard to do

    Willy Gilder

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Northamptonshire Police has a knife amnesty at the moment. But will it work? I went into Northampton town centre yesterday to ask people that exact question - and one conversation has stuck with me.

    Two young men told me they'd carried knives in the past - and told me why...

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    Video caption: Two young men explain why they've carried knives in the past

    This is what the police are up against, at least in part; people who feel they need a knife to feel safe, as opposed to going out intending to threaten or attack people.

  10. EU Referendum: When political 'purdah' seems peculiar

    Craig Lewis

    BBC News

    There have been plenty of battle lines drawn in the EU referendum - but have you heard about the 'tiny riot' banned by a local council?

    The Aftermath Dislocation Principle art installation

    As first reported in the Northampton Chronicle and Echo, a touring piece of artwork depicting the aftermath of a riot was banned from being displayed in Northampton town centre because the borough council feared it would influence how people voted.

    The council used Purdah - guidelines in place to prevent councils campaigning for one side to win - to justify its decision.

    The BBC's Bethan Bell has been looking at some other cases where the 28-day moratorium before all polls has led to some, shall we say 'interesting' decisions.

  11. Should this baby's life support be turned off?

    Baby Rimari was born in April with a serious genetic condition, meaning he cannot breathe or swallow unaided.

    Northampton Hospital has applied to the High Court to switch off his life support, saying he has no quality of life.

    His parents are opposing the move...

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    Video caption: Baby Rimari has a serious genetic condition - should his life support be turned off?
  12. Previous knife amnesty saw 200 knives handed in

    Stuart Linnell

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Northamptonshire Police says it's true that taking knives off the streets isn't enough on its own - the force has to address why people are carrying them to begin with.


    Insp Adam Ward was responding to critics who claim knife amnesties - such as the current 'Operation Scorpion' - don't work because some people see them as the equipment of their 'job"

    "We've had knives handed in by mothers who've found them in the bedrooms of their children, he said. "Each knife handed in is potentially the reduction of one opportunity for them to be involved in a serious offence."

  13. 'One moment of anger can bring a lifetime of pain'

    Stuart Linnell

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Education and awareness are vital when dealing with knife crime, according to a crime expert in Northamptonshire,

    Glen Banks came into my studio this morning to tell me that because knives are legal, you can "hand in 20 tomorrow morning then go to your house, open your kitchen drawer and pull out another".

    Knife amnesty

    This makes dealing with knives a very different prospect to guns, which were surrendered in significant numbers in an amnesty in 2014.

    Operation Scorpion will run for three months.

  14. England into fourth successive U20's final - Mallinder's first

    Graham McKechnie

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    Northampton Saints' Harry Mallinder was key - again - for England's under-20's as they beat South Africa 39-17 in Manchester to reach their fourth consecutive final.

    Harry Mallinder

    Mallinder played at fly-half and was instrumental with the boot, knocking over four out of five conversions in a dominant England first half.

    England will face Ireland in the final on Saturday evening.

  15. Work to improve St Giles Street 'misses a trick'

    Stuart Linnell

    BBC Radio Northampton

    The second phase of refurbishment on St Giles Street gets underway today - at a cost of £1.75m - replacing pavements and adding in trees down to the Guildhall.

    But one business owner told me that while the work is welcome, it could have gone even further.

    Mike Smith

    Mike Smith, from Dreams, told me Guildhall Road, just around the corner, has no kerbs, meaning a flat surface across road and pavement.   

    "That potentially would have led to some of the catering businesses being able to have outside seating," he said. "From a personal point of view, this time of year, it would have been superb."  

  16. St Giles Street 'a much more pleasant place' after improvements

    Stuart Linnell

    BBC Radio Northampton

    There's no denying that on a sunny day, the part of St Giles Street which has already been refurbished looks great.

    Today, phase two begins, running down to the Guildhall, with wider pavements, more greenery and a smarter appearance.

    St Giles Street

    Councillor Tim Hadland told me "we started with Abington Street... we've improved the Drapery. Now it's St Giles Street's turn."  

    It all takes time though. While it's starting in bright sunshine, those of us who plan ahead will be doing our Christmas shopping by the time it's done.

  17. Work to refurbish St Giles Street in Northampton 'won't benefit us at all'

    Stuart Linnell

    BBC Radio Northampton

    The second phase of work to spruce up St Giles Street in Northampton is under way - but not everyone is happy.

    St Giles Street

    Sue Dennis is Regional Manager for Save the Children, which has a shop on the street. She told me people trying to make donations will "vote with their feet" and give to other charities' shops if they aren't able to stop outside.

    She also told me she wasn't consulted about the work, but other businesses in the street say they were. It'll be finished in time for Christmas.

  18. Syresham Scarecrow Festival raises £5,000

    Helen Burchell

    BBC News

    The Syresham Scarecrow Festival, held at the village near Silverstone, has raised more than £5,000 for the village hall fund.

    Syresham Scarecrow Festival

    The event included about 120 scarecrows ranging from Robin Hood to the Wizard of Oz.

    The festival took place over the weekend.