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  1. That's all from us

    Live updates have now finished for Northamptonshire.

    You can follow Northampton Town's trip to Bristol Rovers in League One and Northampton Saints hosting Bristol in rugby's Premiership on the BBC Sport website.

    We'll be back on Monday from 08:00.

    Until then have a good evening and weekend.

  2. Prof Stephen Hawking 'has made huge difference' to perception of Motor Neurone Disease

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    On Sunday Prof Stephen Hawking celebrates his 75th birthday.

    Prof Hawking is Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge, and also patron of the Northampton-based MND Association, which supports people with Motor Neurone Disease.

    prof stephen hawking
    Image caption: Stephen Hawking with Benedict Cumberbatch at a MND Association event in Buckingham Palace in 2016

    Chris James from the MND Association said Prof Hawking had  "made a huge difference to people's perception of Motor Neurone Disease" and that he raised awareness of the disease "which we wouldn't have been able to achieve without him".

    Mr James said that Prof Hawking had "achieved so much with his life and not been defined by his condition, but he is very unusual because a third of people die within a year of diagnosis and half within two years".

  3. Overnight weather: Feeling a tad warmer, with outbreaks of mainly patchy rain

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    It will be a cloudy, misty evening and night with outbreaks of generally light, patchy rain.

    Less cold air moving in behind the rain, so temperatures not dropping as low overnight.

    Minimum temperature: 3C (37F).

    Saturday's weather map

    Tomorrow rain will clear eastwards, but it'll remain rather cloudy and rather gloomy.

    Top temperature: 8C (46F).

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

  4. Police appeal for witnesses after serious sexual assault in Kettering

    Sarah Foster

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Police in Kettering say a 43-year-old woman was seriously sexually assaulted in a churchyard in the early hours of New Year's Day.

    The woman was attacked close to the entrance of St Andrew's Church on the corner of Rockingham Road and Eskdaill Street, some time between 04:30 and 05:00.

    Kettering map

    A 25-year-old man from Kettering has been arrested in connection with the offence and is currently in police custody, however, detectives would like to speak to any potential witnesses.

    Shortly before the attack, the woman is believed to have approached three men near the car park next to The Swan pub in Montagu Street and told them she was being followed.

  5. Lord Heseltine fined £5,000 for knocking cyclist off bike on Northamptonshire road

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    The former Deputy Prime Minister Lord Heseltine has been fined £5,000 by magistrates after he admitted knocking a cyclist off his bike.

    He appeared at Northampton Magistrates' Court yesterday and entered a guilty plea to a charge of careless driving.

    Lord Heseltine

    The 83-year-old, driving a green Jaguar, pulled out of a lane and into the path of the cyclist on the B4525 near Thenford on 19 June last year.

    The male cyclist was left with multiple injuries from the crash, including a broken arm, which was fractured in four places, and shattered knees which later required plates and pins.

    Lord Heseltine was ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge and £85 costs and was given five penalty points.

  6. Watch: 'The Carla we love is no longer there'

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    The family of Bedfordshire mother Carla Bramall have spoken about the anguish they go through seeing her in a care home after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's three years ago. 

    You can watch their heart-breaking story below. 

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  7. Seeing daughter with Alzheimer's is 'heart-breaking'

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    For Rita Pepper, seeing Carla Bramall every day but realising her daughter no longer recognises her is "heartbreaking". 

    Rita, who now lives in Rushden, Northamptonshire, says since her daughter was diagnosed with Alzheimer's at the age of 36 she has seen her "deteriorate so quickly".  

    Carla Bramall

    Carla, now 39, "can no longer lift her head, she can't walk or speak and needs to be fed with soft food" she said.

    Carla's children, who now live with their grandmother, no longer visit their mother as it is too upsetting for them.

    Carla Bramall and Rita Pepper

    She said: "I thought by now there’d be new treatments out there but there just isn’t anything available that can slow down the progression.

    "I’m desperate for as much research as possible to go into the disease. It might be too late for Carla but I will spend the rest of my life worrying about my grandkids, and I’m not going to be around forever.”  

  8. Win your way to the FA Cup Final


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    Video caption: Gary Lineker invites you to take part in the 2017 FA People's Cup

    Sign up to the FA People's Cup and you could win your way on to the hallowed Wembley Stadium turf at half-time during the FA Cup Final.

    Entries are now open and you can find out all the details here.

  9. Anguish for family after mother is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at 36

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    The family of a Bedfordshire mother, diagnosed with Alzheimer's in her 30s, are campaigning to raise awareness of the disease. 

    Carla Bramall, 39, from Flitwick, no longer recognises her family, including her two children, and is in a care home. 

    Carla Bramall

    The inherited form of dementia has already claimed the life of her father Barry, her grandfather and her uncle, who were all in their 40s. Her cousin, who is a similar age to her, is also in a care home. 

    Her brother Lee Bramall (pictured), from Rushden, Northamptonshire, said: "People need to recognise it happens to people in their 30s."

    Carla and Lee Bramall

    He believes Carla started getting the disease at about 27. "You think nobody at that age is going to get Alzheimer's," he said.  

  10. Local paper round-up: Toxic smell, Daventry arson, and 'Smart Corridor' U-turn

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Elsewhere in Northamptonshire:

    • Kettering Council says it is investigating reports of a toxic odour which left one Burton Latimer resident’s eyes watering, according to the Northamptonshire Telegraph.
    • The Daventry Express says a building off a country lane just outside Daventry was completely destroyed in a suspected arson attack.
    • And a controversial measure banning a left turn at a busy Northampton junction as part of a so-called Smart Corridor scheme in St James has been scrapped after a public backlash, writes the Northampton Chronicle and Echo.
  11. Midfielder D'Ath leaves Northampton to join Luton

    Caroline Densley

    BBC Radio Northampton Sport

    Northampton Town midfielder Lawson D'Ath has left the club and joined Luton Town for an undisclosed fee.

    The 24-year-old joined the Cobblers in 2014 and was part of last year's League Two championship-winning side, scoring four goals.

    Lawson D'Ath

    Northampton Town manager Rob Page said that D'Ath's opportunities club were "limited" and it "makes sense for Lawson to move on to play regular first-team football".

    D'Ath has signed a 18-month contract with the Hatters.

  12. Cobblers 'have done what they can' to bring Ivan Toney back

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Northampton Town chairman Kelvin Thomas has said the Cobblers "have done whatever we can to bring Ivan Toney back to the club and the decision is now with him".

    The 20-year-old striker had been on loan from Newcastle to League One rivals Shrewsbury for the first half of the season, but returned to his parent club earlier this month.

    Ivan toney

    Toney, born and brought up in Northampton, was sold to Newcastle United by the Cobblers in 2015, and made two appearances in the Permier League for the club, before going on loan to Barnsley and helping the club achieve promotion to the Championship.

    Toney scored six goals for Shewsbury in League One this season, including two against Northampton, in the Cobblers' 4-2 win.

  13. Saints make just one change for visit of Bristol

    Northampton Saints take on Bristol at Franklin's Gardens tomorrow in rugby's Premiership and have made just one change with Jamie Elliott coming in for Ken Pisi on the wing.

    Wales wing George North once again starts after making his comeback from his head injury in the narrow victory at Gloucester last week.

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  14. Brexit positive but 'not all good' says Oundle boat-builder

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Adam Greenwood of Oundle-based English Harbour Yachts says that the impact from the Brexit vote has been "good but not all good" on the company.

    As the firm was preparing to its exhibition at the London Boat Show, he said the fall in the pound's value had meant that parts, including motors, sourced from Europe had become more expensive.

    English Harbour Yachts

    However, Mr Greenwood said since the vote "the interest we are getting in Europe has significantly improved".

    The fall in the value of the pound has helped exporters, with a £2bn rise in exports in October, according to the Office for National Statistics.

  15. From 'not existing' to the London Boat Show in under a year for Fairline

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    The managing director of Fairline Yachts has said that exhibiting at the London Boat Show from today is a remarkable turnaround for the company.

    Russell Currie said that this time last year "...we were not at London Boat Show, we had no staff - we didn't exist".


    In December 2015 Oundle-based Fairline Boats went into administration with 374 jobs lost. Its Corby factory eventually closed, but just over a month later, the company was taken over by two Russian investors and re-established at Fairline Yachts.

    Mr Currie said it now had 227 staff at its Oundle site and "every single one of them" felt like they had a stake in the company's success.

  16. Re-launched Fairline Yachts exhibits at London Boat Show

    Martin Borley

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Northamptonshire companies, including Oundle's Fairline Yachts, are exhibiting at the London Boat Show, which starts today.

    Fairline celebrates its 50th birthday this year but it was touch-and-go whether the luxury boat-builder would ever see its half-century.

    Following a series of job losses and restructurings, the company went into administration at the end of 2015 with 400 people were made redundant. Some were rehired when the company was bought and reborn as Fairline Yachts.


    At the London Boat Show, Fairline is exhibiting its range of yachts. A new model is due to be launched later this month in Germany.

    Another Oundle-based company, English Harbour Yachts, is reporting renewed interest from overseas buyers since the fall in the value of the pound after the Brexit vote.