Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.


  1. Updates for Friday, 30 December 2016
  2. Northampton A&E 'very busy' says hospital chief

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Get involved

  1. Children having 'three cubes of sugar' at breakfast

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    One in five reception-year children in Northampstonshire is overweight, rising to one in three by the age of 11, according to new figures from Public Health England.

    The organisation says it's concerned at the amount of sugar being eaten by children, especially at breakfast time.

    Sugar cubes

    Orla Hugeniot, senior campaign nutritionist at Public Health England, said children were having "too much sugar".

    She said: "Children are having roughly around 11g of sugar at breakfast time alone.

    "That's almost three cubes before they start the day".

    Last year it was revealed that children as young as two were going into hospital and having all of their teeth removed because of decay.

    The recommended daily maximum is no more than five cubes of sugar for four- to six-year-olds and no more than six cubes for seven- to 10-year-olds per day.

  2. Cobblers start New Year on back foot

    BBC Sport

    It wasn't a Happy New Year for Northampton Town, who kicked off 2017 with a 2-1 home defeat to Bradford City. 

    Both teams were hoping to get their seasons back on track after poor runs of form, but neither was able to carve out many clear-cut opportunities in a scrappy first half.

    Northampton Town vs Bradford City

    The greater threat was carried by Northampton who struck first to take a lead into half-time.

    However, City dominated the second half and eventually equalised on 73 minutes, before securing a winner to secure the their first league victory since November.

    The loss leaves Northampton 16th in League One.

  3. Weather: Sunny intervals but feeling cold in breeze

    Georgina Burnett

    BBC Weather

    After a frosty start with some icy patches possible, a dry day with more cloud around than yesterday but it will feel cold in brisk breeze.

    Video content

    Video caption: Broken cloud with sunny intervals but feeling cool in brisk winds

    Some sunny periods are also likely but it'll feel cool - although not as cold as Monday. 

    Maximum Temperature: 6C (43F) 

  4. Happy New Year

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Good morning, Happy New Year and welcome to live updates for Northamptonshire on Tuesday, 3 January 2017.

    We'll be here until 18:00 today with the latest news, sport, weather and travel for the county.

    You can get in touch with the team here by email, Twitter or on Facebook.

  5. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A43 Northamptonshire both ways

    BBC Travel

    A43 Northamptonshire both ways severe accident, between Grange Road and A6116 Brigstock Road.

    A43 Northamptonshire - A43 New Road closed in both directions between the Grange Road junction in Geddington and the A6116 Brigstock Road junction in Stanion, because of an accident.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  6. That's it from us

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Live updates for Northamptonshire have now finished.

    Head to the BBC Sport website to keep up to date with a busy New Year's sport schedule.

    We'll be back on Tuesday, 3 January 2017. That's right - 2017.

    And if you think the weather here is bad, this is Northampton, Massachusetts, in the USA, where they are having snowstorms.

    Happy New Year!

    Northampton, Mass
  7. Overnight weather: Extensive low cloud, mist and fog

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    Mostly dry tonight but with extensive low cloud, mist and fog giving poor visibility and tricky driving conditions in places. 

    Chance of a patchy frost where any clear skies develop. 

    Light southwesterly winds with temperatures locally down to -2C (28F). 

    Fog warning

    Rather grey for New Year’s Eve with mist and fog slowly lifting into low cloud, perhaps a few bright spells developing into the afternoon. 

    A freshening southwesterly breeze should allow temperatures to reach highs of 8C (46F).

    Get the full forecast where you live, from BBC Weather.

  8. Kettering free festive parking: Scheme to 'encourage people to support our local businesses'

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Kettering Borough Council told me free parking was introduced on certain days in December because the festive period was an "important time of year for both families and businesses".

    Kettering borough council

    Lesley Thurland, cabinet member for finance on the ruling Conservatives, said it wants to "encourage people to support our local businesses and the town centre and believe offering seasonal parking concessions made this easier".

    The council said parking charges in the town will be reviewed next year, while the Labour opposition has branded the charges "extortionate".

  9. Kettering's free festive parking: Cost a 'gripe', but difference 'minuscule'

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Meanwhile, Richard Boreham, from Kettering Sewing Studio, told me the difference that free festive parking made in the run-up to Christmas was "minuscule".

    Kettering town cetre

    He said the cost of parking in Kettering is the "biggest gripe" of customers, but that removing parking charges was not necessarily the answer.

    Mr Boreham said the borough council needed to "work with traders" to make the town "more friendly and improve customer service". 

    He also told me it was a "big challenge to change the behaviour" of people who are used to shopping elsewhere.

  10. Kettering's free festive parking: A help to retailers, says The Yards

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    The Yards in Kettering, which houses about 50 independent retailers, told me the free parking offered in the run-up to Christmas did help bring people to the town.

    Michaela Jones, the site's marketing manager, said she felt larger retailers benefited more, with The Yards' offering being "quite unique and a destination for people", but it had received positive comments on the free parking on its Facebook page.

    the yards

    She also said the one-off Christmas market, which it was involved in, was also positive for Kettering, adding it was looking to "collaborate" with the borough council on some future events.

  11. Did Kettering's Christmas free parking bring in the shoppers?

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    We've been finding out how much difference Kettering Borough Council's offer of free parking in the town centre on three Saturdays and Thursdays after 15:00 made in the run-up to Christmas.


    The council has drawn criticism for its parking charges, which are to be reviewed next year.

    Kettering's council-run car parks cost £1 an hour or £6 for more than three hours, with parking free on Sunday. 

    In comparison, Northampton offers two hours free on weekdays and free parking on weekends, while Wellingborough offers free parking in council car parks.

    So does having free parking in Kettering make any difference?

  12. Christmas break 'mentally recharging', says Saints' Burrell

    Graham McKechnie

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    Northampton Saints' director of rugby Jim Mallinder has named his team to face Gloucester on New Year's Day.

    Stephen Myler makes his 300th appearance for the club, starting at fly-half, with George North returning on the wing after his head injury.

    Luther Burrell lines up in midfield again alongside JJ Hanrahan.

    Burrell told me he was pleased to have four days off over Christmas...

    Luther Burrell
    Quote Message: It's mentally recharging. Going back to normality, seeing your family, it's good and now you're back ready and can dig deep." from Luther Burrell Northampton Saints' centre
    Luther BurrellNorthampton Saints' centre
  13. Saints 'finding consistency hard', says captain Tom Wood

    Graham McKechnie

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    Saints players were given four days off over Christmas after beating Sale last Friday night, but are back preparing for Sunday's fixture at Gloucester.

    The south west side are eighth in the table, but level on points with Saints who are seventh. Captain Tom Wood says "that shows what a competitive league it is".

    Tom Wood

    Wood told me it's "so hard to find consistency, a couple of occasions we've played really well and come away with nothing".

    The 30-year-old said it was "all about fine margins" and the Saints "will be aiming to get it right" on New Year's Day.