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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 16 December 2016
  2. Jonathan Ollivier: Dance project in memory of dancer in Northampton
  3. Williams open to Valtteri Bottas joining Mercedes
  4. A5 still closed and M1 problems

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  1. That's it from us

    Live updates for Northamptonshire have now finished.

    You can follow Northampton Saints' trip to Dublin to face Leinster on the BBC Sport website and on BBC Radio Northampton.

    But we'll be back on Monday from 08:00 with all you need to know in Northamptonshire, as it happens.

    Have a good weekend.

    Warmington
  2. Weather: Fog forming overnight and lingering tomorrow

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    It'll be a dry night with some clear spells across the eastern region with mist and fog forming quite extensively, there's an expected minimum temperature of 5C (41F).

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    The mist and fog will gradually clear tomorrow morning, although it may linger in some parts into the afternoon, with temperatures likely to reach 9C (48F).

    There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

  3. Former Northampton coach Alex King joins Wales staff for Six Nations

    BBC Sport

    Alex King has joined Wales' coaching staff for the 2017 Six Nations.

    The 41-year-old former Northampton Saints and Clermont Auvergne man will take over as attack coach in interim chief Rob Howley's team.

    Alex King

    It is a role normally held by Howley, who is in charge of Wales while head coach Warren Gatland is on British and Irish Lions duty.

    Former England fly-half King was Howley's half-back partner at Wasps.

    King was Northampton's attack coach when they won the Premiership title in 2014, but left the club earlier this year and is set to take up a position at Montpellier next season.

  4. Council gives RAF Croughton extension go-ahead

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    South Northamptonshire Council has approved plans to double the size of RAF Croughton. 

    Last year the United States Air Force, which occupies the site, announced it would be consolidating three of its UK bases at Croughton.

    RAF Croughton

    The application given the go-ahead allows more operational facilities and improvements of accommodation on the site, an administration building and a warehouse.

    The application also includes "outline" permission for a new dormitory block, a retail unit and extension to several facilities already on site.

    The expanded site will cater for an additional 1,300 service personnel, doubling the numbers on the site by 2022.

    The authority said improvements will be made to roundabouts on the A43 to cope with the increased numbers.

  5. Could Rev Richard Coles be the next 'Glitter Balls'?

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Ed Balls, who has been one of the stars of this year's Strictly Come Dancing, has suggested Northamptonshire's own Rev Richard Coles as a future contestant.

    And there's definitely some support for the idea of the broadcaster and vicar of Finedon taking to the dancefloor.

    The woman who chooses celebrities to appear on the show, Vinnie Shergill, told the Guardian: "I do love him, he's fantastic. It's something to think about."

    But is the former Communards popstar up for it? I'm not sure...

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    Richard is no stranger to learning a new skill on the BBC though, having taken part in Celebrity MasterChef...

    Rev Richard Coles

    Watch this space.

  6. Saints hoping to turn things around against Leinster tomorrow

    Graham McKechnie

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    Northampton Saints are targeting a much improved performance and result tomorrow evening after a difficult few weeks.

    The Saints travel to Leinster in the European Champions Cup following a big home defeat against against the same opponents a week ago.

    Northampton Saints

    The team is also struggling in the Premiership and have lost the services of England captain Dylan Hartley, following his red card in last week's game.

    There is no doubt there are problems at the club and Tom Wood's impassioned interview last week showed things aren't right.

    But the club will be hoping that any issues have come to a head and now things are going change.

  7. Your pictures: Foggy Northamptonshire

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Hello, are you out there?

    It's a bit of a "pea-souper" today and this has been the scene around the county.

    Dennethorpe
    Dodford
    Northampton
  8. Weather: Dry, mild and cloudy

    BBC Weather

    Northamptonshire will stay mild, dry and mostly cloudy this afternoon. However, there will be some bright or sunny intervals developing at times, with a high of 9C (48F).

    Yelvertoft

    There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

  9. Merger might mean 'better' college for Wellingborough, says town's MP

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Even though Tresham College has cancelled its new campus at Wellingborough, the town's MP Pete Bone said whatever finally goes on the site will be "better than what we've got at the moment".

    Yesterday Tresham said it would continue with the demolition of the current campus (below), but would not build the planned new £12.4m building.

    Tresham College, Wellingborough

    The Conservative MP said the "government were very concerned about Tresham, and a merger would be better in the long term".

  10. Merged college would be 'strong', says Northampton principal

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    The principal of Northampton College described a possible merger with Tresham College as "a real opportunity to secure post-16 education across the county".

    Yesterday Tresham announced it was discussing a possible merger with either Northampton or Bedford College.

    northampton college

    Northampton College has two campuses in Northampton and one in Daventry, while Tresham has campuses in Kettering, Corby and Silverstone.

    Pat Brennan-Barrett, from Northampton College, said a merger would "create a strong college for the whole of Northamptonshire".

    Tresham said it would decide who to merge with in the Spring, with the aim of completing the merger by August.

  11. Can F1 champ Rosberg change a flat tyre?

    BBC Sport

    Newly-crowned Formula 1 world champion Nico Rosberg reveals to BBC Sport whether he washes his own car, can change a tyre or has ever had a speeding ticket. 

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    Video caption: Nico Rosberg's real car problems
  12. A5 still closed and M1 problems

    BBC Travel

    The A5 is still closed in both directions closed due to spillage of several hundred litres of diesel.

    A lorry hit some metal just after 01:00, which ripped open its fuel tank near White Park Services.

    Meanwhile, two lanes are closed on the M1 northbound between junction 15A and junction 16 because of a crash involving three lorries.

    This was the scene an hour ago...

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  13. George Pisi captains a much-changed Saints side

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Northampton Saints have made 10 changes to their starting side to face Leinster in Dublin.

    George Pisi comes into the centre to captain the side, while England flanker Teimana Harrison plays at number eight in place of France's Louis Picamoles.

    The Saint lost to Leinster at Franklin's Gardens a week ago 37-10.

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  14. Your photos: Morning fog over the water

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Thanks to Billie's View who uploaded this photo from a very foggy doggy walk in Market Harborough this morning...

    Market Harborough
  15. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

    BBC Travel

    M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe accident, between J15A for A43 and J16 for A45.

    M1 Northamptonshire - Heavy traffic on M1 northbound between J15a, A43 (Northampton Services) and J16, A45 (Daventry), because of an accident involving three lorries earlier on. In the roadworks area. All lanes have been re-opened.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  16. Williams open to Valtteri Bottas joining Mercedes

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    Williams are prepared to release Valtteri Bottas to become Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes team-mate in 2017.

    Brackley-based Mercedes want the Finn, 27, to replace Nico Rosberg, who retired after winning the world title last month.

    Deputy team principal Claire Williams told BBC Sport the team would let Bottas leave "if an experienced, credible alternative was available".

    Valtteri Bottas

    Williams suggested Felipe Massa could return, despite retiring at the end of this season.

    "I'm delighted to see that a team like Mercedes lists Valtteri as a potential replacement for Nico," Williams said.

    "We have always known Valtteri is one of the sport's key talents and are proud that the championship leaders recognise this."

  17. A Project for Jonny is a 'brilliant' legacy for dancer

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    The New Adventures dancers working with young people on A Project for Jonny have been explaining how they put the piece together.

    A Project for Jonny

    Alan Vincent told me they thought of the theme of aspirations and ambition and then sat down with all of the participants, talked about it and "it just formed".

    His colleague Sophia Hurdley said: "We got them all to write their aspirations and dreams down and then we all spoke about it collectively.

    "Then we did the reverse of what is stopping you from achieving these things and that's what made it interesting.

    "That's what's good about dance, it's a medium where people can open up and feel comfortable to say what they feel."

    Vincent said he thought it was a "brilliant" legacy for the dancer.

    "I think he'd love it, he's probably looking down going, 'yeah!'"

    A Project for Jonny is taking place at the Royal theatre in Northampton tonight as a curtain raiser to the venue's Christmas show, Peter and the Starcatcher.

  18. A Project for Jonny: 'Grasp every opportunity'

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    Today we've been telling you about A Project for Jonny – a project in memory of dancer Jonathan Ollivier who died ahead of the final show of Matthew Bourne's The Car Man, at London's Sadler's Wells in August 2015.

    The youngsters taking part have spoken about why it's taking place.

    A Project for Jonny

    Lewis Simpson said: "We focussed a lot on dreams and just being yourself which is fundamentally what Jonny was all about."

    Laura Lyman said: "[Jonny] was all about grasping the opportunities in life and I think we've really all learnt that from this project, that you have to grasp every opportunity you can."

  19. A Project for Jonny: 'If you put work in you can achieve'

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    A Project for Jonny has involved young people from all over Northampton – many with little or no dance training – but whatever their previous experience, they now feel they have formed a company and have all learned from the experience.

    Lewis Simpson, 14, said: "The thing I'll take away is that dance isn't easy, that working with other people isn't easy, but if you put a lot of hard work into it you can get something really special from it and it's something that I'll remember for the rest of my life," he said.

    A project for Jonny

    Laura Lyman, 21, said she went through a rough patch this year but taking part in the project has helped her turn things around.

    "It's changed me completely, it's really brought me out of my shell again and I feel more myself," she said.

    "I've learnt about performing but I've also learnt more about myself, being able to achieve so much and to always trudge through, to be positive and just enjoy every moment."