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  1. Updates on Friday, 7 April 2017
  2. Boy, 12, had nine inch knife confiscated
  3. Northants on top in County Championship opener
  4. County council paid out £60,000 to injured pupils

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By Craig Lewis

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Jimmy Gopperth converts Matt Mullan's last-minute try to earn Premiership leaders Wasps victory over Northampton.

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Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

That's it from all the team here at Local Live for Northamptonshire for this week. 

From 08:00 on Monday we'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather. 

Whatever you're doing this weekend, we hope you have a good one and enjoy the sun that's expected this weekend.

Now, where did I put my sunglasses? 

Weather: Get ready for a warm weekend

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

It will be a dry night with long clear spells. There may be some patchy mist and fog and a touch of ground frost in places. 

Minimum temperature: 2C (36F). 

Weather map

It will be a cold start to Saturday, but any mist and fog should quickly clear to leave a largely sunny day. 

There may be a bit more patchy cloud in the east for a time. Light winds and highs inland of 18C (64F). 

Patchy mist and fog should clear very quickly on Sunday to leave another fine, dry and very warm day, with temperatures about 22C (72F). 

Much cooler and cloudier on Monday, with a few showers.

BBC Weather has more.

Cricket update: Northants 156 for five

BBC Sport

In the closing stages of the first day of the new season at Wantage Road, Northants are 156 for five in their first innings against Glamorgan.

Earlier they bowled out the Welsh side in the County Championship tie for just 101.

Get the latest at BBC Sport .

Picture perfect

BBC Weather Watchers

The sun has had his hat on today in Northamptonshire, so to mark the sunshine, here's a pick of some of our best BBC Weather Watcher pictures .


Woman 'loses consciousness' in Northampton attack

A woman was assaulted and had her handbag stolen on Barrack Road, Northampton, last night. 

It happened at about 18:40 after the woman got off a bus. 

A man approached her and following a conversation he punched her in the face, causing her to lose consciousness for a short time. 

A member of the public helped her up and another man returned her handbag, saying he had got it back from the offender.

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

'Northants looking to take complete control'

Northants 120-4 v Glamorgan 101

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northamptonshire are now in the lead and have wickets in hand to try and take complete control of this game.

The skies have cleared as the day has gone on and with a good forecast over the next two days, Northants will be looking for a good first-innings lead. The second new ball is a long way away so a great chance for them here.

Alex Wakely talked about eliminating the soft dismissals earlier in the week but he's been very guilty here of just that - top-edging a pull. 

It's his stand with Adam Rossington that has built a good platform, the Northants lower middle-order now need to take over.

Removed phone box looking to be reinstated by council

A council says it will look to get a village's red telephone box back after a communication error saw it wrongly removed.

Telephone box being removed
Jo Walker

The box, pictured above, was removed from the village of Castor, near Peterborough, on Wednesday.

BT said a notice of its removal was posted on the kiosk in September, asking people to get in touch with Peterborough City Council with their responses in 90 days.

The company said a letter signifying the intention to remove the kiosk was also posted to the council.

The telecoms giant said the authority received and signed for the letter on 10 October and it received no news or objections back, so went ahead with the removal.

The council could neither confirm nor deny the letter was received.  

Patch where telephone box used to be
Jo Walker

A council spokesman said: "BT confirmed a letter was sent, however no-one in the council's planning department has knowledge of receiving it.

"We will endeavour to work with BT and the parish council to get the red telephone box reinstated in Castor. 

"In addition, we've now also objected to the removal of some other phone boxes including in Southorpe, Wansford and Ufford."

The council will now look to take ownership of the remaining boxes, using the  Adopt a Kiosk  scheme.

BT confirmed no calls were made from the Castor box in the 12 months leading up to last September.

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, at J15 for A45.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M1 northbound at J15, A45 (Northampton), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

New Errol Flynn screen will 'increase numbers, revenue and income'

Samuel Boyle

BBC Radio Northamptonshire

Northampton's newest cinema has opened its doors this afternoon. 

A second screen at the Erroll Flynn Filmhouse in the Royal and Derngate has begun showing movies.

The screen sits 83 people and comes after months of development work building the new site. 

The site's operational director, Richard Clinton, said he was "very excited" about the opening, which would allow the Erroll Flynn to "further increase numbers, revenue and income".

He said the opening of the first screen had been a "brilliant success", adding "we took a risk with that which has paid off".

Mr Clinton added the new screen would bring greater capacity and allow the cinema to devote a whole week to popular titles.

Kick-start your career with street cricket


As the County Cricket season gets underway today,  England opener Haseeb Hameed gives his support to a different form of the game....

Street Cricket: From tape balls to playing at the highest level

If you want to find out more about how to get into cricket, take a look at the Get Inspired guide.

Museum to commemorate The Shoemakers

Abington Park Museum is hosting a memorial service and evening of talks on 19 April to remember the men of the 4th Territorial Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment, known as The Shoemakers.

The majority of the battalion were shoe and leather workers from Northampton. This year marks the 100th anniversary of their fall during battle in Gaza.

The public memorial service will take place at 15:00. The talks start at 19:30, with tickets costing £10.

'It could not have gone better for Northants'

Northants 25-1 v Glamorgan 101

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

It's now a very pleasant day at Wantage Road and Northamptonshire will be delighted with the sun coming out as they begin their reply.

It could not have gone better for the home side having lost the toss. Rory Kleinveldt, Ben Sanderson and Nathan Buck gave nothing away and there was enough movement with the new ball to whittle through the Glamorgan order. 

Now, if the visitors aren't careful, the could be well behind the game by this evening.

But all eyes at the moment are on Ben Duckett, who made 1,338 runs last season, propelling him to international honours. His winter, for all manner of teams across all formats, did not go to plan and he's back to prove again what a fine player he is.

Northants have just lost Rob Newton for 10, with Duckett unbeaten on 12.

Wantage Road
BBC Sport

Edinburgh hopes to send 'fantastic' Wilder packing

Caroline Densley

BBC Radio Northampton Sport

Tomorrow sees the return of former Cobblers manager Chris Wilder (pictured) to Sixfields.

Wilder's new side, Sheffield United, are in with a chance of promotion to the Championship when they come to Northampton.

Chris Wilder
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He was instrumental in Northampton Town's League Two title win last season and current boss Justin Edinburgh says Wilder will "be welcomed back with open arms".

"I've got a lot of time for Chris," Edinburgh said. "He did a fantastic job under difficult circumstances."

But the ex-Tottenham Hotspur defender says his team won't be lying down: "Hopefully we will send Chris off packing to find some points elsewhere."

East Midlands Ambulance Service reveals bizarre 999 calls

A sick cat, dandruff and someone asking for help with their shopping are among some of the strange calls received by East Midlands Ambulance Service.

The service, which covers Northamptonshire, said it also received a call from a man who was kicked out of a club after a night out but had no money to get home.

The service said it wanted to remind people to only call 999 in a genuine emergency.

Man calls 999 for his cat

Glamorgan skittled for 101 in County Championship opener

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northants have rattled through opponents Glamorgan's top order to dismiss them for 101 .

Rory Kleinveldt, Ben Sanderson and Nathan Buck took three wickets apiece on the opening day of the County Championship at Wantage Road.

Referral made to Youth Offending Service after 12-year-old found with nine-inch knife

Craig Lewis

BBC News

I've got some more information on the story we mentioned earlier regarding a 12-year-boy who had a nine-inch knife confiscated by Corby police.

The news was originally revealed by the @corbypolice Twitter account .

Northamptonshire Police told me officers were called to Beanfield Avenue in Corby at 12:40 yesterday.

Once there they stopped a 12-year-old who was found in possession of a knife. 

He was taken home and has since been voluntarily interviewed about the incident. 

The knife was confiscated and a referral has been made to the Youth Offending Service, which looks to prevent crime.

Nathan Buck in the wickets in Northants' County Championship opener

Northamptonshire have raced out of the blocks in the County Championship.

In their Division Two clash against Glamorgan at Wantage Road, the county have reduced the visitors to 60-6.

Nathan Buck has picked up three wickets and Rory Kleinveldt took two. At one point Glamorgan were 26-6.

The  latest score can be seen on the BBC Sport website .

Nathan Buck

Errol Flynn Filmhouse to open new screen today

A second screen at the Errol Flynn Filmhouse will be opened today.

The Errol Flynn Filmhouse

The cinema, adjacent to the Royal and Derngate Theatre in Northampton, opened its doors in June 2013.

The first film shown on the new screen - which will seat about 80 people - will be 'The Time of Their Lives', starring Joan Collins.

More than 170,000 people have attended the original filmhouse since it opened four years ago.

Northants start cricket season with 'three winnable games'

Northants' cricketers have a great chance to get off to a positive start this season, according to the club's chairman.

Ben Duckett
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Gavin Warren said Northants' County Championship fixtures "suit as well" as the county side has "three winnable games that could give us a nice start to the championship before we concentrate on the white ball [matches]".

Northants start the Division Two season at home against Glamorgan today, before travelling to Derbyshire and Worcestershire.

Nine-inch knife taken from 12-year-old in Corby

Corby police have tweeted this somewhat frightening picture of a nine-inch knife that was confiscated from a 12-year-old boy yesterday.

Officers say the boy was "brandishing" the weapon in the street.

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County council paid out £60,000 to injured pupils in three years

Northamptonshire County Council's insurers have paid out nearly £60,000 in the last three years as compensation to school pupils who have suffered injuries.

Injured school girl
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A BBC investigation has found  more than £7m has been paid out by councils nationally .

In one incident, £20,000 was paid out after a child was struck on the head by a cricket ball.

Northants must risk losing in order to challenge for cricket championship

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton Sport

Northants' cricket captain Alex Wakely says "there is a lot of expectation" around his side as they prepare to take on Glamorgan today in Division Two of the County Championship.

Wantage Road
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The game at Wantage Road marks the start of the season and Wakely says the county have "talked a lot" about four-day cricket.

"We really believe we have a side that can be competing in that competition," he said.

"For me it is all about winning games, not drawing them. If you look at the way the points are split up it is so much more beneficial to win, but to do that you have to be prepared to lose."

Weather: Warm and sunny with blue skies

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

After a chilly start temperatures will rise steadily through the morning bringing warm sunshine and blue skies lasting well into the afternoon but light cloud may appear during the middle of the day.

Temperatures will fall to single figures overnight with some cloud lingering in places.

Maximum Temperature 17C (64F)

More details from BBC Weather :

Welcome back to our live feed for Northamptonshire

Craig Lewis

BBC News

Square this circle for me sports fans.

The forecast for the next few days is for plenty of sun and fine weather - and yet this morning sees the start of the county championship cricket season.

Tradition, surely, dictates it should be gloomy and wet?

In any case, Northamptonshire's season starts today at Wantage Road against Glamorgan.

We'll be bringing you updates from that game throughout the day, along with our usual mix of news, sport, leisure and weather throughout the day.

Alex Wakely
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Severe accident: A47 Cambridgeshire westbound

BBC News Travel

A47 Cambridgeshire westbound severe accident, between J15 A1260 Nene Parkway and A1 Great North Road.

A47 Cambridgeshire - A47 closed and heavy traffic westbound between J15 A1260 Nene Parkway in Longthorpe and the A1 Great North Road junction in Wansford, because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, between J15 for A45 and J15A for A43.

M1 Northamptonshire - Two lanes closed and very slow traffic on M1 northbound between J15, A45 (Northampton) and J15a, A43 (Northampton Services), because of a vehicle fire.

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

Goodnight Northamptonshire

Thanks for joining us today. 

The stories we led with include:

  • A drastic drop in the number of Northamptonshire Police's special constables 
  • A new prison will be built at HMP Wellingborough 
  • And a new signing for Bedford rugby club - former England scrum-half Lee Dickson

You can scroll down to read more.

If something breaks later or overnight you'll still find it here, but otherwise we'll back with all the latest news, weather, sport and travel for Northamptonshire from 08:00 tomorrow.  

Weather: Touch of frost expected tonight

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Staying fine and dry this evening across the BBC East region, with patchy cloud moving in from the north during the night.

It'll stay clear - but watch out - temperatures will drop to 2c (35F) and may even be low enough for a touch of ground frost.

Tomorrow will be another fine, dry day with sunny spells. Light winds - and highs of 13C (55F).


Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, between J18 for A5 and J19 for M6.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 northbound between J18, A5 (Rugby) and J19, M6 (Catthorpe Interchange), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Special constables are 'unhappy, unsupported and rarely valued'

Craig Lewis

BBC News

Earlier we brought you news the number of special constables in Northamptonshire had  dropped by nearly 50%  since May.

Well, I've been speaking to one of the volunteer police officers who told me "the lack of help and support for the special constables is mind boggling".

The special, who wanted to remain anonymous, added: "There are so many unhappy and unsupported and rarely valued officers.

"Regulars give you so little help. Who would want to stay and volunteer in an organisation that shows no respect or helps their volunteers?"

Northamptonshire needs another 223 special constables to reach the police and crime commissioner's target of 600.

'Small victory' in campaign for new swimming pool

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Kettering has moved 'a step closer' to getting a new swimming pool, according to borough councillor Mick Scrimshaw. 

The council's research and development committee has decided to set up a "working party" to investigate the idea further, which will involve visiting other towns which have built new pools. 

Swimming pool.
Getty Images

It will then make a decision on whether it is worth spending £50,000 to £100,000 on a formal feasibility study for a new £5m pool, when there are question marks over the council's ability to fund it. 

So, it's still a long way off, but Mr Scrimshaw, who's leader of the Labour group on the council, said it's a step in the right direction.

"We're happy about this small victory," he said. "If this pool were to go ahead it would be a massive boost for the town centre and residents."

Ben Duckett

Ben Duckett says he let social media comments get under his skin after struggling for runs for England during the winter.

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Just the ticket for Toby!

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

A six-year-old boy from Duston is on a 12-hour bus trip around Northamptonshire today, raising money for charity.

Toby Somers has a rare bowel condition called Hirschsprung's disease, which affects about 1 in 5,000 people, and is fundraising to help others with it. 

Toby Somers
Lucy Somers

Toby is a bus enthusiast and has planned-out the entire day himself with the help of Stagecoach, which have given him and his family free tickets.

He said: "I'm going to Kettering, Milton Keynes, Bedford, Rushden and Daventry. I'm more excited than I can actually get!" 

Toby Somers
Lucy Somers

Toby's mum, Lucy, said: "He's had a passion for buses since he was about two and first got the idea that he wanted to do this about a year ago. 

"In the past couple of months he's been looking at lots of timetables.

"He's had problems because of his condition throughout his life but he just ploughs through it."

Local paper round-up: Teenager assaulted, A6 crash and anti-gang campaign success

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Elsewhere in the county:

Lunchtime weather: Dry and bright

BBC Weather

We've had plenty of sunshine so far today and, although it'll turn cloudier this afternoon, it should stay dry with some bright or sunny spells.

The winds will be mainly light and it will feel warm in any sunshine.

A top temperature today of 13C (39F).

Weather forecast

Bedford Blues sign Northampton Saints' Lee Dickson

Sarah Jenkins

BBC Local Live

Bedford rugby club have signed former England scrum-half Lee Dickson.

The 32-year-old joins the Blues after nine years and 250 games at Northampton Saints.

Only Stephen Myler and Dylan Hartley have made more first team appearances for the Saints out of the current squad.

Dickson will take on a player-coach role at Goldington Road next season.

Lee Dickson
Bedford Rugby

Blues director of rugby Mike Rayer said: "To be able to sign a player of Lee's quality is a real coup for the club and everybody is excited to welcome him and his experience to Goldington Road."

Despite the move, Dickson says he will always think fondly of the Saints.

"Northampton will always be in my heart as it is a club I've played for for nine years but this is professional rugby and you have to look to the future rather than the past,"  he said. 

"I'm looking forward to the next chapter of my life with Bedford Blues."

Dylan Hartley

England captain Dylan Hartley says he is pleased to be playing his part for Northampton again after a frustrating 18 months.

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