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  1. Updates on Friday, 17 February 2017
  2. Council staff are told to work in libraries as new HQ is not ready
  3. Dementia support groups to close
  4. Northampton Museum prepares to close for expansion
  5. Ellie Robinson to collect MBE at Buckingham Palace

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By Stuart Bailey

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live updates through the day

    That's it for live updates for today, and indeed this week.

    We'll be back with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel on Monday from 08:00.

    Thanks for joining us, and have a great weekend.

  2. Northampton-based barrister disbarred

    A barrister has been disbarred from the profession after being convicted of harassing his partner.

    Sanjay Roy, a family lawyer at Northampton Chambers, was stripped of the right to practise at a Bar Tribunal and Adjudication Service (BTAS) hearing.

    He was handed an 18-month suspended prison sentence at Nottingham Crown Court in July after pleading guilty to putting a woman in fear of violence by harassment.

    Roy made his partner refer to him as "master" during a controlling relationship, the court heard.

    He was also said to have beaten his victim with a belt buckle, poured iced water on her head, as well as taking over her Facebook page and accessing her email and bank accounts.

    Roy is able to appeal the tribunal's decision.

  3. Overnight weather: Generally dry and cloudy

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    A few spots of drizzle around this evening and overnight but generally it will be dry and cloudy across the BBC East region.

    Where we get any breaks in the cloud we could see some mist and fog developing. 

    Light south to south-westerly winds and temperatures down to about 5C (41F).

    Overnight weather map

    A mild and cloudy start to Saturday and it could take a little while for any mist and fog to clear, although we're likely to see some sunny intervals developing eventually.

    Highs of 12C (54F) and a light southerly breeze.

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

  4. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M1 southbound between J17, M45 (Dunchurch) and J16, A45 (Daventry), because of a broken down recovery truck.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  5. Watch Ellie Robinson getting her MBE

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    And here's the moment the 15-year-old Northampton Paralympian picked up her MBE...

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  6. Ellie Robinson describes picking up MBE 'surreal'

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Northampton schoolgirl Ellie Robinson, who won gold at her first Paralympics in Rio last summer, has received her MBE at Buckingham Palace.

    Ellie Robinson with her MBE

    The 15-year-old beat her swimming hero, Ellie Simmonds, to win gold in the S6 50 metres butterfly last summer.

    Robinson said picking up the accolade was "amazing" and "quite surreal".

    "I had to try hard not to be so nervous," she said.

    "It has been a whirlwind, going from qualifying, being selected, being in with a chance of a medal and then winning."

    The swimmer, who has achondroplasia - known more commonly as dwarfism - says she is currently focusing on her GCSEs and then wants to compete at the World Championships in Mexico.

    The investiture was carried out by the Prince of Wales.

  7. A6 closure to be extended

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    An extra mile of the A6 near Desborough and Rothwell is to be closed this weekend as repairs to a damaged road bridge continue.

    Gaps were found under the road surface on both sides of the carriageway during a routine inspection on 18 January.

    Engineers decided to dig under the bridge, which crosses the River Ise, and shore up its foundations. 

    Diggers excavate on a road bridge over the River Ise on the A6.

    From 08:00 on Saturday the closure will be extended to cover the mile north of the Desborough/Braybrooke roundabout, to the B576 junction.

    Map showing the River Ise Bridge on the A6

    It's hoped this section will reopen by Monday's evening rush-hour, with the entire A6 closure lifted by the end of the month.

  8. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, between J19 for M6 and J18 for A5.

    M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M1 southbound between J19, M6 (Catthorpe Interchange) and J18, A5 (Rugby), because of a broken down car.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  9. Don't let Gary down!


    Video content

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

    Here's one from our friends at BBC Get Inspired. I dedicate it to someone very close to me who, it is fair to say, is something of a fan of Mr Lineker - and has a life-size cardboard cut-out of him that I carried across the piazza at Media City.

    Anyway, Gary would endorse the sentiment that it’s not too late to enter this year’s FA People’s Cup - as long as you do it by the deadline anyway - and that is at midnight on Sunday. 

    Entry is completely FREE, there are categories for everyone AND you can enter either as a team or an individual player. 

    Find out all the details here.

  10. Why not match these mums?


    Six months ago, many of these mums were just watching their kids play.

    Now they're getting ready to play in the FA People's Cup....

    Video content

    Video caption: FA People's Cup: Football mums show daughters how it's done

    It’s not too late to enter this year’s FA People’s Cup – the deadline to sign up is midnight on Sunday. 

    Entry is completely FREE, there are categories for everyone AND you can enter either as a team or an individual player. 

    Find out all the details here.

  11. A look at the papers

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    Elsewhere in Northamptonshire:

    • The Northamptonshire Telegraph says there have been no reports to police about alleged sexual abuse or kidnap incidents near Corby swimming pool, despite speculation on social media.
    • The Northampton Chronicle and Echo has a CCTV image of a man police want to speak to after someone reached over the counter of a shop to steal a mobile phone.
    • The creation of a local lottery to raise money for good causes in the Daventry area has moved a step closer, reports the Daventry Express.
  12. Dementia support groups to close

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    Dementia support groups across Northamptonshire are being closed because of a cut in funding by the county council.

    The Alzheimer's Society says the authority is cutting support for eight dementia cafes and three activity groups where people can share experiences and get advice.

    The groups have been running for the past six years but will close at the end of March.

    A hand next to a cofffee mug.

    Service users in Corby have told us the services are important to them...

    Quote Message: The main thing is meeting up with friends. Without that kind of place we wouldn't meet these people. When the cafe stops it'll be very sad. People don't understand the care and comfort it gives us." from Gladys Williams Uses the cafe in Corby because her husband has dementia
    Gladys WilliamsUses the cafe in Corby because her husband has dementia
    Quote Message: I go to the cafes because we get vital information and meet like-minded people. It gives us a couple of hours' break. You've got someone to tell your troubles to." from Margaret Telfer Uses the dementia cafe in Corby
    Margaret TelferUses the dementia cafe in Corby

    A spokesman for Northamptonshire County Council said it is "continuing to support people with dementia through a range of specialist residential placements, domiciliary care, respite, and information and advice services". 

    The authority suggested the Alzheimer's Society could run the cafes with financial support "from other sources or client contributions".

    But Sally Grundy, from the charity, said: "The contribution we'd need from service users would be so significant that this isn't an option."

  13. A cloudy afternoon in Northants

    BBC Weather Watchers

    It's mostly cloudy but dry this afternoon in Northamptonshire, with a top temperature of 10C (50F).

    It might not be as sunny as yesterday, but that hasn't discouraged our BBC Weather Watchers from snapping away...

    Geese in Irthlingborough
    Cloudy skies in Roade
    Cloudy skies in Corby
  14. Competition among Cobblers players 'raises performance'

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    Cobblers defender Gabby Zakuani says he's back to full fitness and is relishing competition for places, after recovering from a hamstring injury. 

    He's been away since the start of January, captaining the Congo side in the Africa Cup of Nations, but picked up the injury during their first game. 

    Northampton Town Football Club logo

    Zakuani says he'd like to be involved in Saturday's game at Southend.

    "My main focus is my fitness and I'm fit now. So it's about, when I do get the opportunity, stamping my authority again," he said.

    "Competition for places is good because it keeps everyone on their toes and I'm happy because it raises my performance levels and everyone else's."

    BBC Radio Northampton will have full commentary from Roots Hall tomorrow. The build-up starts at 14:00.

  15. Saints make two changes for Newcastle trip

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    Northampton Saints have made two changes to the side that lost at Bath for Sunday's trip to Newcastle.

    Api Ratuniyarawa and Calum Clark join the second row and back row respectively.

    Ben Nutley and Juan Pablo Estelles come onto the replacements bench. 

    Franklin's Gardens

    Fly-half Stephen Myler said Newcastle possess plenty of threats.

    "I think they're looking to play an expansive game which encompasses all the back line and the forwards," he said.

    "So we've got to prepare for that, but we've also got to put ourselves on them."

    BBC Radio Northampton will have full commentary from Kingston Park on Sunday. The build-up starts at 14.30.

  16. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe accident, between J18 for A5 and J17 for M45 Dunchurch.

    M1 Northamptonshire - Queuing traffic and two lanes blocked on M1 southbound between J18, A5 (Rugby) and J17, M45 (Dunchurch), because of a multi-vehicle accident. In the roadworks area.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  17. Museum prepares to close for expansion

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    Northampton Museum and Art Gallery is getting ready to close down for well over a year ahead of its major expansion.

    It'll be closed from Sunday, then displays will be dismantled and objects put into storage.

    The new-look museum is expected to open in autumn next year, though an exact date isn't yet known.

    Artist's impression of the new-look Northampton museum
    Image caption: Artist's impression of the new-look museum

    Once finished, the new museum will have:

    • An extension including new galleries and a glass atrium linking the buildings
    • A new temporary exhibitions gallery in the old Gaol Block
    • New shoe galleries
    • A Great Hall events space
    • Schools and activity space
    • A shop and selling gallery
    • A café

    Anna King, cabinet member for community engagement and safety at Northampton Borough Council, said: "During the extension and renovation, we will be running an appeal to expand and enhance the collection, and we have already been approached with donations linked directly with Northampton's heritage."

    Most of the work will be funded through the £8m proceeds from the controversial sale of the Sekhemka statue in 2014. 

  18. Alcohol stolen in cricket ground break-in

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    Burglars have stolen alcohol from a bar at Northamptonshire County Cricket Club.

    The break-in at the Abington Avenue ground happened in the early hours of Wednesday morning. 

    Northamptonshire County Cricket Ground

    A set of keys was also taken and a door pulled off its hinges in the terrace area.

    Police are looking for two men described as wearing hooded tops, tracksuit bottoms and trainers.