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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 28 July 2017
  2. Ex-Northamptonshire PCC Adam Simmonds will not face retrial
  3. First Rushden Lakes stores open to the public
  4. The development off the A45 at Rushden will feature 43 units ranging from shops to cafes
  5. Multi-million pound Daventry canal plan approved by council
  6. Statue of Northampton rugby and war hero Edgar Mobbs to be Grade II listed
  7. Mermaids gather in Northampton to compete for UK title
  8. Northampton Town sign Burnley striker Chris Long on loan
  9. Northampton Saints reveal 2017-18 away kit

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  2. Silverstone Classic weekend to get under way

    If you want to buy a Ferrari once owned by Sir Elton John, see Nigel Mansell's championship-winning Formula 1 Williams or look around some of the rarest cars on the planet, then the Silverstone Classic is the place to be this weekend.

    More than 100,000 people are expected at the event - one of the biggest classic car meetings in the world.

    And it's not hard to see why, with barely a scrap of land in the grounds not occupied by a rare or classic car.

    Other highlights include the Celebrity Challenge Trophy, where stars including Take That's Howard Donald, cyclist Jason Kenny and boxer Carl Froch will all be armed with equally-matched Austin A30s and A35s.

    The Classic started this morning, and finishes on Sunday.

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    Video caption: Take That star Howard Donald set for Silverstone Classic
  3. Ex-police and crime commissioner on leaks and three years of 'anxiety'

    Northamptonshire's former police and crime commissioner Adam Simmonds has released a statement after being formally cleared of sharing confidential information about a criminal investigation.

    Last week, his trial ended when the jury at Southwark Crown Court failed to reach a verdict.

    In a hearing at the same court today, the judge said there would be no retrial and he directed there should be a not guilty verdict.

    The case followed allegations that he had shared information about an investigation into Wellingborough MP Peter Bone - an investigation which was later dropped.

    Mr Simmonds said the not guilty verdict brought to an end "nearly three years of considerable anxiety for me and those I love".

    He said: "I have no need to express any more emotion about this trial and its content or indeed cast of characters beyond saying this - I never at any point set out to hurt or to harm anyone.

    "I hope that in particular Peter Bone MP accepts my fulsome apology for any hurt that I unintentionally inflicted or was responsible for.

    "In February of 2014, Peter suffered intense media interest in his life.

    "This interest was sparked by leaks. Peter is aware who is responsible for this invasion into his life and it is for him to take that forward. I am sure that he will.

    "For me the matters pertaining to me in this case, are now at an end."

  4. Northamptonshire go to Derbyshire in T20 Blast

    Less than 24 hours after a seven-wicket victory over Worcestershire, Northamptonshire Steelbacks go to Derbyshire in the T20 Blast this evening.

    The Steelbacks are second in the North Group, but could go top if they win and other results go their way.

    However, the weather forecast is ominous for the 18:30 start...

    Derbyshire weather graphic

    If play does go ahead, BBC Radio will have ball-by-ball commentary available here.

  5. Edgar Mobbs: Former Saints captain looks at life of his predecessor and war hero

    In 2014, as part of the BBC's commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One, the former Northampton Saints captain Tim Rodber looked into the history of club legend Edgar Mobbs.

    His statue in Northampton has achieved grade II listed status today.

    He died while charging a German machine gun during the battle of Passchendale on 31 July 1917

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    Video caption: The life and death of a Northampton legend
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    Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe disruption, at J18 for A5.

    M1 Northamptonshire - M1 exit slip road blocked and queuing traffic southbound at J18, A5 (Rugby).

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

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    Severe accident: A6003 Northamptonshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A6003 Northamptonshire both ways severe accident, between A427 Cottingham Road and A6116 Rockingham Road.

    A6003 Northamptonshire - A6003 Uppingham Road in Corby closed and queuing traffic in both directions between Fourways and Rockingham Castle roundabout, because of an accident involving a lorry and two cars.

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

  8. BreakingEx-Northamptonshire PCC will not face retrial

    The former Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire, Adam Simmonds, will not face a retrial after being accused of sharing confidential information about a criminal investigation.

    Last week, at Southwark Crown Court, a jury was discharged after failing to reach a verdict in the trial of Mr Simmonds, who was alleged to have discussed a fraud investigation into the Wellingborough MP, Peter Bone, with other Tory politicians, including local MPs.

    The case concerning Mr Bone was dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

    Adam Simmonds

    Today at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, the judge said the CPS had considered the position very carefully and, for a number of reasons, determined it is not in the public interest to proceed to a retrial.

    He added that he was happy to order and direct a not guilty verdict in the circumstances of this case.

  9. Afternoon weather: Heavy rain possible

    The skies will start to cloud over Northamptonshire and outbreaks of rain will then arrive through the rest of the afternoon.

    Some of these wil be heavy with strengthening winds.

    The high is 19C (66F)

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    Take a look at BBC Weather for a more detailed forecast for where you are.

  10. Statue of Northampton rugby and war hero Edgar Mobbs to be Grade II listed

    It has been announced that the Edgar Mobbs memorial in Northampton town centre is to be Grade II listed.

    The statue was erected in 1921 in the Market Square, but was later moved to its position on Abington Square.

    Edgar Mobbs

    Before World War One, Mobbs was one of the town’s most recognisable figures, as captain of Northampton Saints RUFC from 1907 to 1913. He also captained England.

    During WW1, Mobbs rose through the ranks to command the 7th Northamptonshire Regiment (known as “The Mobbs Own”).

    He was wounded three times during the war, was twice mentioned in dispatches and received the distinguished service order (DSO) in January 1917.

    Edgar Mobbs
    Edgar Mobbs

    He was killed on the first day of the Battle of Passchendaele in July 1917 while leading a charge on a machine gun position.

    The listing means the statue will receive special protection from English Heritage.

  11. Cobblers sign Burnley striker Long on loan

    BBC Sport

    League One club Northampton Town have signed Burnley striker Chris Long on a season-long loan deal.

    The 22-year-old, who was a former England youth international, started his career at Everton before joining Burnley in 2015.

    Chris Long

    Long had loan spells at both Fleetwood Town and Bolton Wanderers in League One last season.

    "He is a quality striker and possesses real pace which frightens defenders," said Town manager Justin Edinburgh.

  12. Cobblers tease new signing

    Northampton Town are set to sign their 12th new player of the summer transfer window.

    They'll release details of who it is at 15:00, and we'll bring you the news as soon as we are able to...

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  13. Daventry canal arm: 'Business plan' to evaluate costs before work begins

    Conservative politicians in Daventry say they won't support the plan for a canal into the town if an evaluation into the project concludes that it's not financially viable.

    They voted last night to set aside £8.7m for the first phase of the project - a 1,200 metre section which would require outside investment if it is to connect to the main waterway network on the Grand Union Canal.

    Investors will then be sought to complete the scheme.

    Canal

    Discussing the business plan which will evaluate the costs of the project, Colin Poole, who holds the regeneration portfolio on Daventry District Council, said: "It will cover the economics, the benefits as a facility and a tourist attraction.

    "If the business plan comes out that it is not viable, then I will not vote for it and I will walk away."

    Full planning permission for the canal was granted in January this year - and the permission is valid for three years - however a timescale for the business plan, which the council say they will spend up to £300,000 on, has not been disclosed.

  14. Cobblers to conclude pre-season schedule

    Northampton Town wrap up their pre-season programme tomorrow.

    The Cobblers entertain Newport County at Sixfields, with kick-off at 15:00.

    League Two Newport were managed by current Cobblers boss Justin Edinburgh between 2011 and 2015.

    Justin Edinburgh

    Town start their new League One campaign in just over a week, with a trip to Shrewsbury Town on 5 August.

  15. Multi-million pound Daventry canal plan approved by council

    Martin Heath

    BBC Radio Northampton

    A plan to build a 1,200 metre long mini-canal in Daventry has been approved, although there's going to be a full evaluation of the whole canal project.

    The Conservative-controlled district council agreed that nearly £9m should be set aside to fund the scheme.

    It was a long and, at times, acrimonious meeting last night with Conservative councillors accusing Labour members of wanting nothing to happen in Daventry, and Labour asking how £2m has already been spent on a project that hasn't really started yet.

    Daventry canal map
    Image caption: The proposed 1.2km stretch would cover roughly half the distance from the iCon roundabout (bottom right) to the Grand Union Canal (top left), leaving around a mile of canal needing to be built to link the two waterways

    The proposed "canal arm" would run from the iCon roundabout to the southern edge of Daventry Country Park.

    The long-term aim is to extend it all the way to the Grand Union Canal (roughly another mile), while there are also further, and yet to be approved, plans for a marina on the Eastern Way playing fields on the other side of the iCon roundabout.

    As the main debate got under way, the ruling Tories proposed an amendment to the original motion calling for a full evaluation of the plan for an extension of the Grand Union Canal into Daventry.

    The motion still included agreeing a budget of £8.7m for the 1,200 metre stretch.

    That amended proposal was passed - with the three Labour councillors voting against and Conservative politicians saying the project wouldn't go ahead if the evaluation was negative.

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    Video caption: Rushden Lakes shopping complex linked to nature reserve

    Rushden Lakes in Northamptonshire has been six years in the planning and cost £140m.

  17. Rushden Lakes: Timeline of East Northamptonshire retail development

    4 November 2011: Developer LXB Retail properties put their plans for a new out-of-town retail park in Rushden on public display in the town

    25 May 2012: Kettering Borough Council claim the planned retail park would cause "irreparable harm to other town centres"

    2 October 2012: Plans for Rushden Lakes are recommended for approval by planning officials at East Northamptonshire District Council, despite objections from other local councils

    Rushden Lakes before building work

    25 June 2013: A two-week public inquiry into the Rushden Lakes development begins

    12 July 2013: Legal & General, the owner of the Grosvenor Centre shopping complex in Northampton town centre, claim that the Rushden Lakes project will damage jobs in the county town

    11 February 2014: A government decision on the Rushden Lakes plans is delayed, with then Communities Secretary Eric Pickles still considering the application

    Rushden Lakes under construction

    27 April 2014: A councillor warns that continuing delays over a decision on the Rushden Lakes development could allow in "speculative housing plans"

    12 June 2014: Rushden Lakes retail park gets government approval

    2 September 2015: The developer behind plans for the £140m shopping and leisure complex puts forward plans to increase retail space at the site, which are then approved

    Rushden Lakes

    21 April 2016: A cinema and bowling alley are to be added to plans for Rushden Lakes, despite further objections by local councils

    28 July 2017: The first shops at the development open to the public, ahead of an official opening planned for September.

  18. Rush to Rushden Lakes part two...well, kind of...

    It looks as though the opening of Rushden Lakes has caught the attention of shoppers, with all routes towards the site off the A45 now very busy according to Google's traffic flow map:

    Google Map
  19. T20 Blast: Northamptonshire Steelbacks ease past Worcestershire

    BBC Sport

    Northamptonshire Steelbacks easily passed Worcestershire's 158 all out to earn a seven-wicket win at Wantage Road in the T20 Blast last night.

    Brett D'Oliveira (52) was the mainstay of a below-par Rapids total, in which seven players failed to reach double figures, with Richard Gleeson (3-12) and Rory Kleinveldt (3-25) doing damage with the ball for the hosts.

    Northamptonshire

    Reigning T20 champions Northants scored 160-3 to earn a third win in four matches and go second in the North Group.

    Openers Richard Levi (47) and Adam Rossington (42) ensured a blistering start and Alex Wakely's unbeaten 46 got the Steelbacks over the line with 14 balls left.