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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 11 August 2017
  2. Rail users group 'concerned' over franchise takeover
  3. Celebrity vicar signs up for BBC Strictly Come Dancing
  4. Mystery 'white powder' used in attempted mugging
  5. Brixham could avoid nuclear destruction, according to estate agent's spoof map

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By Alex Pope

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the week

    That's it from the Local Live team for this week, so goodbye and enjoy the weekend whatever the weather brings us.

    We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday, bringing you the news, sport, travel and weather updates as they happen.

  2. Weather: Dry night ahead

    Chris Bell

    BBC Look East weather

    The weather for this evening and tonight will be mainly dry at first across the BBC East region, but cloud thickening from the west will bring the chance of some patchy light rain.

    There will be light to moderate southwesterly winds, which will turn more westerly later.

    The temperature will dip to 13-15C (upper 50sF).

    Weather map

    Tomorrow it will mainly dry with a mixture of sunny spells and patchy cloud, but thicker cloud could bring one or two isolated showers, mainly across Norfolk.

    Highs around 20-22C (near 70F).

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    Severe accident: M1 Buckinghamshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Buckinghamshire northbound severe accident, between J14 for A509 and J15 for A45.

    M1 Buckinghamshire - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M1 northbound between J14, A509 (Milton Keynes) and J15, A45 (Northampton), because of an accident.

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

  4. Essex estate agent's 'poor taste' joke highlights Brixworth

    Jodie Halford

    BBC News

    An estate agent's bid to highlight the best spots for property "outside a nuclear impact zone" has been lambasted as being in poor taste - but what it has done is show up Brixworth near Daventry as a place of safety should the worst happen!

    Map showing nuclear impact zones

    Emoov's press release included a map of blast impact radiation radiuses around the UK in the event of a nuclear war and in doing so showed where the best places to buy property might be.

    It was labelled as "the worst press release ever", by a Times journalist.

    Russell Quirk, from Essex-based online agent eMoov, apologised for any offence, but said it was "completely tongue in cheek".

    The agent's press release referred to tensions between North Korea and the US, commenting that people might be worried about "World War Three kicking off".

    "Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un are a pair of clowns, frankly, and they're acting like jokers," Mr Quirk, of the Brentwood-based agency, said.

    "And on that basis, we thought we'd put out something tongue-in-cheek to show our satirical, humorous side."

    An assistant editor at The Times, David Byers, tweeted screenshots of the release and commented: "Genuinely in shock! Who could have imagined this press release was a good idea??"

  5. Rev Richard Coles: Kept Strictly secret for months

    Richard Smith

    BBC News

    I've had the great pleasure of talking to the Reverend Richard Coles to find out more about his love of all things sequined and fake tanned!

    The Finedon vicar revealed this morning he's to appear in the latest series of the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing and it took him just three seconds to agree.

    He said that "with great difficutly" he'd kept it a secret since March.

    He was asked by the shows bosses if he was prepared for an intense degree of interest in him, and had to undergo a medical which was "hilarious".

    He added that "most sensible people would have improved their fitness, but I'm now fatter and more knackered".

    Rev Richard Coles

    Mervyn Hemmington from Northamptonshire has come up with the best Strictly pun so far, by saying he's "looking forward to seeing his pastor doble".

    While Sally Denny says: "I can see that for the first time ever, we will be watching this religiously!!!"

  6. Man temporarily blinded by mystery white powder in Northampton knife attack

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    A man in his 20s was temporarily blinded after being threatened with a knife and covered in a white powder in Northampton last Friday at about 22:15.

    It happened when he was walking along the path of Billing Brook, Thorplands.

    He was approached by a group of six young men who accosted hime, searched him and then ran away empty-handed.

    Police said it was unclear what the powder was, but the victim did not require hospital treatment and made recovered his sight.

  7. Rev Richard Coles: Mum's 'realistic' response to Strictly moves

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Although we might be in a bit of a spin that Finedon's famous vicar, Reverend Richard Coles, will be foxtrotting his way onto Strictly this season, his mum has taken a more realistic approach to the news!

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    The Christian festival of Michaelmas is on 29 September.

    But the news has gone down well with Finedon resident, Mark Wallace, who told me "Supercolesydoingstrictleyhisfoxtrotisprecocious".

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    Video caption: The number of kitchen fires in Northamptonshire is increasing, firefighters say.

    The number of kitchen fires in Northamptonshire is on the rise, according to the county's fire and rescue service.

  9. Video weather forecast: Mainly dry, but cloudy

    Lucy Martin

    BBC Weather

    Sunshine this morning will give way to cloud and rain this evening across the BBC East region.

    The weekend will be cloudy, but dry with temperatures peaking at 20C (68F).

  10. Rev Richard Coles: 'In it to win it'

    The former Communards keyboard player said: "Cometh the hour, cometh the overweight vicar with arthritis in his knees" after it was announced on BBC Radio 2's Chris Evans Breakfast Show that he will be joining the hit show, Strictly Come Dancing.

    "A major dance talent was waiting to be discovered. I just wonder what took them so long. I'm in it to win it, as they say," he added.

    The Finedon vicar must be feeling "mighty real" about lifting that glitter ball trophy then!

    Rev Richard Coles

    Richard is a co-presenter of Saturday Live on BBC Radio 4 - so I dare say he'll be talking about his selection tomorrow morning:

    Video content

    Video caption: The cook, musician and businessman Levi Roots joins Aasmah Mir and the Rev Richard Coles.
  11. Praise be - Rev Richard Coles joins Strictly Come Dancing

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    It's that time of year again when we start to think about getting our glitter out and brushing up on our cha cha chas.

    Yes, the contestants for this year's Strictly Come Dancing are starting to be announced and we've just found out that Northamptonshire-based priest Richard Coles is set to be waltzing around his parish of Finedon and samba-ing up the aisle at St Mary's Church.

    The cleric, broadcaster and former Communards keyboard player, is the fifth celebrity to be announced and the first man of the cloth in Strictly history.

    He is also the only vicar in Britain to have had a number one hit single with The Communards - 1986's biggest-selling UK single with their cover of Don’t Leave Me This Way.

    What's the betting the programme's conductor Dave Arch has already worked out an arrangement for that?!

    Richard joins Mollie King, Davood Ghadami, Ruth Langsford and yesterday's announcement, Gemma Atkinson in the 2017 line-up.

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  12. Rail user group 'concerned' over change of operator

    A group representing train passengers in Northampton and Long Buckby has said it's "concerned" about the change of operator announced by the government.

    West Midlands Trains Ltd - a joint venture between the Dutch firm Abellio and Japanese partners - will take over the routes currently operated in Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and the capital by London Midland from December.

    The new operator is promising extra capacity with new, longer, trains, but Paul Minton from the Northampton Rail Users Group says he fears it's more about saving money.

    He said: "We're particularly concerned that Abellio may well put in a cost-cutting paper bid versus London Midland which may have some service ramifications later - recognising that the Department for Transport were probably going to go for what was the lowest cost to run the franchise.

    "We've not spotted anything which will give us a lot of faith otherwise at this stage."

  13. West Midlands Trains promise 'improvements from day one'

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    The new operators of commuter trains from Milton Keynes and Northampton into London are promising improvements.

    A West Midlands Rail train

    West Midlands Trains Ltd will takeover the service from London Midland in December.

    The franchise also includes the Bedford to Bletchley, and St Albans Abbey to Watford lines.

    Dominic Booth, from West Midlands Trains, said: "From day one we'll start to work on daily punctuality and reliability improvements... [and] compensation when we do get things wrong.

    "We're changing that mechanism so that passengers are recompensed automatically for anything longer than a 15-minute delay, so passengers will start to see benefits and our investments coming in very early in the franchise."

  14. Today's weather: Dry and bright

    BBC Weather

    It's due to be dry and sunny for most of the day, but there's a chance of it becoming cloudier later this afternoon with some patchy rain coming in from the west.

    Maximum temperature: 22C (72F).

    For a full forecast where you are, visit BBC Weather.

    Sunrise at Felixtstowe
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    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

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    Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe accident, between J16 for A45 and J17 for M45 Dunchurch.

    M1 Northamptonshire - One lane blocked on M1 northbound between J16, A45 (Daventry) and J17, M45 (Dunchurch), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

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  18. Weather: Dry overnight

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    Staying dry this evening - any cloud in the BBC East region will thin and break to bring clear spells and some chilly temperatures overnight as it dips to 8C (46F) in light westerly or south westerly winds.

    There will be a chilly start to Friday, with sunny spells and highs of 22C (72F).

    BBC East weather map

    It will gradually turn cloudier during the afternoon with patchy rain by the evening, spreading across the region overnight in light to moderate south westerly winds.

    For a more detailed forecast of where you are, visit BBC Weather.