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  1. Updates for Friday, 4 November 2016
  2. County council staff won't get pay rise because it would cost £1m
  3. Exhibition aims to bring abuse which 'happens behind closed doors' into the open

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By Pete Cooper

All times stated are UK

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  1. Weather: Frost expected after rain clears

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    Rain clearing eastwards this evening will bring lengthy clear spells and temperatures low enough for a frost in places in parts of the eastern region as the temperature drops to a minimum of -1C (30F).

    Weather chart

    Patchy cloud will bring isolated showers across northern counties later in the night.

    Saturday outlook: A chilly start with frost in places. Some dry and bright weather but also frequent showers across northern and eastern counties. Feeling cold in a brisk northerly breeze.

    More details on BBC Weather:

  2. That's all from us

    Our live updates have now finished for the week - thanks for your company.

    Don't forget Northampton Town and Brackley Town are in the FA Cup first round tomorrow.

    And tonight Northampton actor Matt Smith (second right) is on The Graham Norton Show on BBC One.

    See you for more live news, sport, weather and travel for Northamptonshire on Monday from 08:00.

    Image caption: Graham is joined by Ben Affleck, Sir David Attenborough, Matt Smith, Claire Foy and Sting.
  3. FA Cup first round: Brackley hoping for repeat of 2013 giant-killing

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Meanwhile, Brackley Town travel to League One Gillingham away in the FA Cup tomorrow.

    The tie will bring back happy memories for the National League North side, who beat the Gills 1-0 at St James Park in a first round replay in 2013 after drawing at Gillingham 1-1.

    Brackley will be hoping for more of this...

    Brackley Town
  4. FA Cup first round: Cobblers face non-league opposition at Sixfields

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Northampton Town welcome Isthmian League Premier Division side Harrow Borough tomorrow in the first round of the FA Cup.

    Northampton will be confident, especially at home, but last year in the second round the Cobblers faced non-league Northwich Victoria (below) and needed a last-minute winner, after going 2-0 down, to progress.

    Northampton northwich
  5. Grade II-listed pub shut for 15 months could become home

    Martin Borley

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Northamptonshire could be losing another pub. 

    The Grade II-listed Woolpack in Weldon was a pub for centuries, but has been shut since August 2015. 


    Plans to turn it into a home will be considered by Corby councillors next week.  

    A council report says the village still has two other pubs and the cricket club, and evidence suggests the Woolpack is no longer viable.

    However, some locals still hope it can reopen.  

  6. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

    BBC Travel

    M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, at J15A for A43.

    M1 Northamptonshire - M1 exit slip road partially blocked northbound at J15a, A43 (Northampton Services), because of a broken down car.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  7. Ex-Eastenders star promises 'fun time' at Kettering Christmas lights switch-on, with or without Lohan

    Cheryl Fergison, who played Heather Trott in Eastenders, has confirmed that she will be turning on Kettering's Christmas lights, but Kettering Borough Council is still hopeful it can get Hollywood star Lindsay Lohan along too.

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    Fergison is starring in Kettering Lighthouse's panto this year, and the plan was always for one of the panto stars to turn on the lights.

    But after the town's MP Philip Hollobone invited Lindsay Lohan to the light switch-on at the end of the month following her EU referendum night tweet about the town, it was hoped the Mean Girls star would join them.

    A council spokesman told the Northamptonshire Telegraph: "Kettering Council has been in direct contact with Ms Lohan's representatives; her schedule is very tight but they are looking to see if they can make it work."

  8. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

    BBC Travel

    M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, between J16 for A45 and J17 for M45 Dunchurch.

    M1 Northamptonshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M1 northbound between J16, A45 (Daventry) and J17, M45 (Dunchurch), because of a broken down vehicle. In the roadworks area.

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  9. Northampton author Alan Moore on capitalism

    The World Tonight

    Alan Moore, the graphic novelist behind works including Watchmen, V for Vendetta and From Hell, has published his magnum opus Jerusalem - 614,000 words of part-Northampton chronicles, part-autobiography.

    The anti-establishment writer tells The World Tonight's Nicola Stanbridge he believes he's now pinpointed the original site of capitalism which inspires his novel.

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    Video caption: Graphic novelist Alan Moore pinpoints the bridge where capitalism started
  10. Northampton Chronicle & Echo: Fireworks guide

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Fancy heading out to some fireworks tonight? The Northampton Chronicle & Echo has a guide to all the major displays across the whole of Northamptonshire.

  11. Weather: Mostly dry and cold

    BBC Weather

    Some persistent rain is likely this afternoon in southern parts such as Brackley, but northern parts will probably stay dry and bright but rather cool, with a high of 9C (48F).


    There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

  12. Council 'poor financial management' cost staff pay rise, says union

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Kev Standishday of workers' union Unison said the 61% of Northamptonshire County Council staff rated "highly effective or exceptional" by their managers would be "something to celebrate".

    county council chamber

    The authority said this figure was higher than the 25% of staff it had budgeted to give this performance-related pay to, so it would not be able to give it to anyone.

    Mr Standishday said "hard-working staff" were denied the rise because of the council's "poor management" of finances, and pointed out a recent audit from the company KPMG said the authority did not offer "value for money" last year.

  13. Pay rise costing £1m would have meant redundancies, says council chief executive

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Northamptonshire County Council said had it paid the £1m-worth of pay "increments" to staff which were rated "highly effective or exceptional", it would have had to have made 5% of staff redundant.

    county hall

    In an email to staff, council chief executive Paul Blantern said it would now be "conducting a wholesale review of the pay and reward system".

    He also said the figure of 61% of staff being rated by their managers so highly was "too high when you compare it to the performance of the council as a whole".

  14. County council staff won't get pay rise because it would cost £1m

    Sam Read

    BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

    Pay rises worth about £1m owed to staff at Northamptonshire County Council won't be paid.

    The "increments" go to the best performing staff - but many more employees than expected were ranked in the top performance categories.

    county council

    Every other year staff at the county council who are rated in the highest categories in their appraisal get a pay rise.

    The authority thought 25% of staff would reach these targets, costing almost half a million pounds. But in fact more than 60% reached the target and the pay rises would have cost £1m - so NO-ONE will now get one.

    In an email to staff this week, the council's chief executive said he knew staff would be disappointed but pay needed to be financially viable. 

    He said managers needed to take responsibility and too many staff were being rated highly when you compare that to the performance of the authority as a whole.

  15. 'Failures' over child abuse 'should never be allowed to continue'

    Willy Gilder

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Northamptonshire's Police and Crime Commissioner says he's determined to make tackling child abuse a top priority.

    Steven Mold was at the opening of the Wall of Silence exhibition in Northampton, that looks at the stories of children who've been victims of abuse. 

    stephen mold
    Quote Message: [The exhibition] is a litany of failure of public institutions, that should never ever be allowed to continue. We've got to do something about it." from Stephen Mold Northamptonshire's Police and Crime Commissioner
    Stephen MoldNorthamptonshire's Police and Crime Commissioner
  16. Exhibition aims to bring abuse which 'happens behind closed doors' into the open

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    It's hoped teenagers in the county may be able to talk more freely about problems in their relationships as a result of taking part in a project on child abuse.

    The Wall of Silence exhibition, which features contributions from those who have suffered abuse as a child, will be at the University of Northampton for the next month.

    Wall of Silence

    Laura Knight, director of the Institute of Public Safety Crime and Justice based at the university, said it was "very difficult to talk about the abuse in intimate relationships" and the project aims to help people talk about "what happens behind closed doors".

  17. Winners of Food and Drink Awards receive accolades

    Andrew Radd

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Northamptonshire's Food and Drink Awards were presented last night.

    The Restaurant of the Year was The Palmichel in Burton Latimer, while the Top Chef accolade went to Shane Clark from 185 Watling Street in Towcester.

    The Plough in Shutlanger

    The Plough in Shutlanger was named Food Pub of the Year and Elsie's Pay-as-you-feel Cafe in Northampton was the Local Food Hero.

    You can find all the winners, runners-up and finalist on the Food and Drink Awards Facebook page.

  18. New West Coast rail franchise to run HS2 services

    BBC Business News

    A new rail franchise combining the current Intercity West Coast mainline with HS2 high-speed services has been announced by the government.


    The new franchise will be called the West Coast Partnership and is scheduled to start on 1 April 2019.

    The operator will be responsible for services on both the West Coast mainline from 2019 and running the initial HS2 services in 2026.

    Construction of the HS2 track is scheduled to begin next year.

  19. Matt Smith 'went down ravine' while riding runaway horse during The Crown filming

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Matt Smith has revealed was "so scared" as he lost control of his horse during filming for lavish Netflix drama The Crown.

    The Doctor Who actor, from Northampton, plays the Duke of Edinburgh in the costume drama. 

    Matt Smith

    He said he was riding a horse when it galloped off during filming in South Africa.   

    Smith told The Graham Norton Show: "These horses were being a bit frisky. We were meant to get on them and trot off and have this lovely love scene, which didn't even make the cut.

    "In my stupidity I got on the horse and cantered around and then it just went. I tried to grab a branch and everyone was shouting 'Oh my God, don't grab the branch!' So I went under the branch and then down a ravine.

    "I was so scared. As it galloped towards a herd of zebra, a huge man grabbed it by the reins and saved my life."