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  1. Updates for Friday, 20 January 2016
  2. No gas supply in Oundle until weekend
  3. A6 closed between the A14 and Desborough until Monday
  4. Saints face Montpelier in France tonight
  5. Corby gymnast Daniel Keatings retires from the sport

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By Pete Cooper

All times stated are UK

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Northampton slip to a fourth European Champions Cup defeat of the campaign as Montpellier earn a bonus-point win.

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That's all from us

Live updates have now finished for Northamptonshire.

If you want to follow Northampton Town against MK Dons tomorrow head to the BBC Sport website.

There's also coverage of Northampton Saints' trip to Montpellier on BBC Radio Northampton.

We'll see you on Monday. Have a great weekend.


Overnight weather: Dry with a widespread frost

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

It’ll be a dry night across the BBC East region with mainly clear skies, a widespread frost and some patchy mist and freezing fog.  

There’ll be light winds and temperatures in some spots could fall as low as -5C (23F).

Overnight weather map

Some mist and fog may be slow to clear Saturday morning. 

Overall it’ll be a dry day, but thicker cloud is likely to feed in from the North Sea, perhaps producing some patchy rain in north Norfolk. 

The best of any sunshine and brightness will be in the south of the region with highs around 6C (43F).

Get a full forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC Travel

M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, between J17 for M45 Dunchurch and J18 for A5.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 northbound between J17, M45 (Dunchurch) and J18, A5 (Rugby), because of a broken down vehicle.

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Northampton Town face MK Dons tomorrow

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Tomorrow Northampton Town will be making the short trip down the M1 (or A5) to MK Dons, with new striker Keshi Anderson in the squad for the match.

Northampton Town sit 16th in League, with the Dons two points and three places below them.

It's also just over a year since the Cobblers faced MK Dons at Stadium MK in an FA Cup third round reply, taking more than 7,000 fans to the game.

MK Dons
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That day MK Dons won 3-0, but Justin Edinburgh will be hoping for better in his first game in charge of the Cobblers.

Council to spend more on care

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

Northamptonshire County Council says it is going to invest more in adult social care.

A care home boss told the BBC she wouldn't consider opening a new home in the county because local authority pay rates are too low.

cvounty hall

In a statement the council said: "We work very closely with care home providers and are fully aware of the issues facing the market today."

The authority says it has increased the fees it pays providers for the last three years running and is proposing to put an extra £1.8m towards the cost of residential and nursing care in the next financial year.

Care boss 'wouldn't open' home in Northamptonshire

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

The owner of a care home chain says she wouldn't consider opening a new home in Northamptonshire because of the low rates paid by the county council.

Blanchworth Care runs nine homes but is in the process of closing its only Northamptonshire home, Culworth House.


Owner Sally Roberts says the main reason for the closure is the state of the building, but says running the home has been "extremely difficult" financially because of the low rates paid for places by Northamptonshire County Council.

She said "fee levels are not sufficient to meet the true cost of care" and are lower in Northamptonshire than in Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire, where her other homes are based. 

Ms Roberts said it had two residents who were assessed to receive the same level of support, one in Oxfordshire and one in Northamptonshire. The Oxfordshire resident was "paid £42 more per week than the resident in Northamptonshire", she said.

The county council says it's aware of the issues and is looking to invest extra money.

Fire at Northampton town centre pub

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The emergency services have been dealing with a fire at the Fox and Quill pub on St Giles Terrace in Northampton.

Several fire engines and an ambulance are at the scene and the area around the premises has been cordoned off.

The building was evacuated just after 13:00 after a fire broke out in the kitchen.

No-one has been injured, but a firefighter has been taken to hospital as a precaution.

St Giles Terrace, Dychurch Lane and Fish Street are all closed to vehicles and pedestrians.


Harborough woman fears conflict in Gambia

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

West African leaders are in Gambia to try to persuade Yahya Jammeh to cede power to his elected successor.

Yahya Jammeh
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Sharon Jervis from Market Harborough helps to run a school in Gambia and is the founder of the Gambian Children's Fund. 

She said: "All the businesses have closed, all the lines of communication are shutting down. I pray there won't be conflict, but I think there probably will be. He doesn't want to step down and he's going to fight to hold his seat." 

Weather: Bright and sunny, though rather cold

BBC Weather

Any lingering mist and fog will clear to leave a bright and sunny day with clear blue skies. It will be feeling cold though with a high of just 5C (41F).

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There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

London Midland says it has 'no intention of removing conductors' from trains

BBC News England

London Midland said the proposed changes were in reaction to feedback from staff and passengers.

A spokesman for the train operator said: "The security contractors are in addition to the senior conductors and have different duties.

"This is about safety as we have told the RMT many times. We have no intention of removing conductors from our trains."

london midland

The RMT said it had been "left with no option but to ballot" after London Midland management failed to respond to its questions and proposals.

London Midland conductors threaten strike action

BBC News England

Train conductors on London Midland have announced they will take a vote over strike action.

Rail union RMT said it was balloting its 523 members over the proposed imposition of security contractors on trains.

London Midland

The union says the company's move was made without agreement. The ballot closes on 2 February.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: "The imposition of external contractors who have no additional skills or powers of authority to remove unruly passengers or fare dodgers is something we are totally opposed to."

London Midland said it was "very disappointed" the RMT was threatening action.    

Watch: Keatings wins European gymnastics pommel horse gold

BBC Sport

As Corby gymnast Daniel Keatings announces his retirement, relive the moment in 2013 he won European Gold on the pommel horse...

Keatings delighted with golden return

Corby's gold medal gymnast Daniel Keatings retires

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Great Britain gymnast Daniel Keatings has announced his retirement from the sport

The 27-year-old from Corby, a two-time European pommel horse champion and 2014 Commonwealth gold medallist for Scotland, made the announcement on Twitter.

Daniel Keatings
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Keatings, who also won world all-around silver in 2009 and got married last year, said: "After much consideration, I have decided to call time on my gymnastics career.

"I feel really lucky to have represented Great Britain and Scotland at the highest level and I take away with me so many great memories that will stay with me for the rest of my life."

Teenage gang arrested after series of Northampton robberies and stabbings

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Three 14-year-old boys have been arrested after a series of robberies on Wednesday evening in Northampton, which left three people with stab wounds.

The five robberies happened between 17:00 and 19:00 in the Lumbertubs and Thorplands area of the town.

northampton map

The arrests were made yesterday after reports of a similar incident in Billing Brook Road, when a man in his 40s was threatened with a knife.

The three boys remain in police custody.

Northamptonshire sporting venues looking glorious in the sunshine too

It's not just Oundle that's looking pretty...

It may be a while until the British Grand Prix and the cricket season is under way, but Silverstone and Wantage Road look almost ready for action in today's sunshine...

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Upside of no gas number two - it's beautiful outside

Obviously you would rather have gas than not - and it is pretty cold today - but if you can wrap up warm then Northamptonshire is looking beautiful.

And as you can see, Oundle is rather lovely...


Upside of no gas number one - hats in the library

There is still no gas in Oundle, but it seems many places are still carrying on as usual.

Oundle School is open as normal - except the students heading into the library have been allowed a few extra layers to cope with the lack of heat...

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Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC Travel

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

M1 Northamptonshire - Two lanes closed and slow traffic on M1 northbound between J15a, A43 (Northampton Services) and J16, A45 (Daventry), because of an accident.

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Hartley, Lawes, Harrison and Wood all in England Six Nations squad

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Four Northampton Saints players have been named in England's squad for the Six Nations tournament, which starts next month.

Dylan Hartley is included despite currently serving a six-week ban for striking an opponent, which ends next week.

Also named are Courtney Lawes, Teimana Harrison and the Saints' captain Tom Wood.

Dylan Hartley, Courtney Lawes, Teimana Harrison, and Tom Wood
Dylan Hartley, Courtney Lawes, Teimana Harrison, and Tom Wood

How cold is it for you?

After a bitterly cold night, and a frosty morning, the idea of a duvet day was very tempting.

How cold was it for you?  BBC East weatherman Dan Holley's tweet may have the answer.

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UK looks for HS2 train builder

BBC Business News

The search for a company to take on the £2.75bn contract to build high speed trains for the HS2 rail network got under way on Friday.

The Department for Transport said up to 60 trains, capable of speeds of 225mph (362km/h), were needed.

The contract, which will also involve maintaining the fleet, will be awarded in 2019.

HS2 Ltd

The trains are for the first phase of the project, due to run between London and Birmingham cutting through Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire.

It is expected to reduce rail times between Birmingham and London by 32 minutes. 

Construction will begin later this year and it will open in 2026.

DJ designs music module

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Turntablism has actually been added to the music curriculum at Robert Smyth Academy in Market Harborough.

The module was designed in part by award winning DJ Mr Switch...

Students at Robert Smyth Academy

I did once try this and it was incredibly hard.

Watch: DJ lessons added to the curriculum

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Music lessons have come a long way since I was at school - these students in Market Harborough are getting turntablism lessons...

Eddie Jones set to name England Six Nations squad

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

This morning England head coach Eddie Jones will name his squad for the upcoming Six Nations.

Expected to be included, and named as captain, is Northampton Saints' Dylan Hartley, despite the 30-year-old currently serving a six-week ban for striking.

Eddie Jones and Dylan Hartley

Alongside Hartley, Northampton Saints' captain Tom Wood and his fellow back-row forward Teimana Harrison are expected to be in the squad, having been praised by Jones earlier this week.

England start their Six Nations campaign - where they are defending champions - on 4 February at Twickenham.

Closure of the A6 due to 'crumbling road foundations'

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The A6 between Rothwell and Desbough is unlikely to re-open until Monday morning at the earliest.

Engineers are examining a problem beneath the road surface.

A6 map

Rebecca Miller, from Northamptonshire Highways, said on the approaches to the bridge over the River Ise the "foundations are crumbling underneath" the road surface.

She said it is not a hole "but could become one", and engineers need to work out what is happening, why, and how the problem can be fixed.

Gas still off in Oundle, but two thirds of homes visited by engineers

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

About 2,500 homes in Oundle are still without gas supplies this morning. 

National Grid says it fixed the fault that caused the problem yesterday, but cannot return supplies until engineers have turned off everyone's gas.

They visited two thirds of homes in Oundle yesterday and started visiting the rest of the properties this morning.

Oundle Gas

National Grid also said people who were considered "vulnerable" were visited by 23:00 last night and "further assistance" was given to them.

Weather: A chilly day, but with plenty of sunshine

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

There will be some mist and fog patches around this morning, but these will clear to leave a dry and bright day with plenty of blue sky and sunshine. 

Despite this, it will feel rather chilly outside with a high of 6C (43F).

Here's my full forecast...

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

Welcome back

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Good morning.

You may get a sense of deja vu this morning, as I can tell you Oundle has no gas and the A6 is closed between the A14 and Desborough.

We'll bring you the latest soon, but away from that we'll be looking at the state of care homes in the county and building up to the Saints trip to France, and the much shorter trip for the Cobblers to MK Dons.

But first up, the full (and chilly) weather forecast.


That's all from us

Live updates for Northamptonshire have now finished.

Today we've found out the gas supply in Oundle will be off to many people until at least the weekend.

The A6 between the A14 and Desborough will be closed until Monday too due to bridge defects.


We need cheering up... this is the perfect antidote (thanks Kettering Weather Watcher Roval Scot"

Kettering from BBC Weather Watcher 'Roval Scot'

We'll hope for better news tomorrow, where we'll also be building up to a busy weekend of sport.

See you at 08:00.

'Flashing blue light' driver guilty of 14 driving offences
Footage of a driver who fitted a flashing blue light on his Vauxhall Astra has been released.

A cold and frosty night

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

It's going to be a dry night, with a lot of clear sky. 

A sharp frost will develop, with some mist and fog patches, and possibly ice in places.

Winds will be light, with temperatures falling as low as -4C (25F) in some isolated places. In cloudier places, temperatures will stay closer to freezing.

Weather graphic for 05:00
BBC Weather

Any mist and fog may be slow to clear tomorrow, but it should then become a dry and sunny day.

Temperatures expected to reach 6C (43F).

BBC Weather has more details for where you live.

Eight changes for Saints' Champions Cup game in Montpelier tomorrow

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Jim Mallinder has rung the changes for the Saints' final European Champions Cup game against Montpelier tomorrow.

However, the side still contains Wales wing George North and England forwards Paul Hill and Teimana Harrison.

Northampton are bottom of their pool and cannot qualify for the knock-out stages.

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MP makes plea for Nene Park to be saved

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The MP for Corby and East Northamptonshire has urged the owners of Nene Park to take "one last look to find a solution that retains all or part of this stadium".

Last week the owners sent notice to the council that they intended to demolish the ground.

But, speaking in the Commons, Tom Pursglove, said it was "still a fully usable football stadium".

nene park

Mr Pursglove said the owners of Nene Park, Conalgen Enterprises Ltd, should discuss the stadium's future with the local authority and AFC Rushden and Diamonds.

In response, the leader of the House of Commons, David Lidington, said the club, the council, and the owner should work together to "maintain what is clearly a much-loved community sports facility".

Oundle restaurant 'not been able to function' because of gas outage

Stuart Ratcliffe

BBC Look East

One person who has been quite badly affected by the gas outage in Oundle is Adrian Elson, of Dexters Bar and Kitchen.

"The kitchen is all gas, we're struggling to cook anything. There's a very limited menu, no heating and no hot water, we've not been able to function," he told me.


Mr Elson said he'll have to email and telephone customers who've booked tables tonight to apologise, but they are "trying to do the best we can".

Three people stabbed by teenage gang in Northampton

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Police say a teenage gang carried out a series of robberies yesterday evening in Northampton and stabbed three people.

The five incidents happened between 17:00 and 19:00 in the Lumbertubs and Thorplands area of the town.


Det Insp James Larkin said: "We are treating these incidents extremely seriously. 

"The attacks all happened in a similar area in a short period of time. All the victims were approached by a group of around five or six teenagers and threatened with violence if they did not hand over their mobile phone."

Northamptonshire Police says there will be patrols in the area through this evening.

No gas in Oundle until the weekend, but source of problem found

Stuart Ratcliffe

BBC Look East

I've been in Oundle which has been without gas since early this morning.

Darren Elsom, head of operations at National Grid, said the problem was caused by a fault with a piece of equipment that regulates gas pressure.

He told me they have fixed that problem, but because they have to turn off everyone's gas at the meter before turning it back on, it could take "a few days".


About 50 engineers from all over the country have been working to fix the fault and are now visiting properties in the the town.

It's a big job - 2,500 homes are affected.

A6 around Rothwell and Desborough closed until Monday

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The A6 is to be closed between the A14 at Rothwell and the B576 at the Harborough Road junction in Desborough, until at least Monday.

It comes after Northamptonshire Highways said there were "failings" under the road at a bridge over the River Ise.

Diversions are in place.

A6 still closed and will be all day

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The A6 between junction 3 of the A14 and Desborough is closed for emergency repairs to a bridge.

Northamptonshire Highways said the road will be completely closed in both directions for the whole day.

You can find more details on the BBC Travel page, and we'll also update you here.