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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 6 October 2017
  2. Crisis' warning over homeless addicts admitted to hospital
  3. Plans to build 'smart' motorway picking up speed

Live Reporting

By Alex Pope

All times stated are UK

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  1. Weather: Clear spells tonight, cloudy and breezy tomorrow

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    It will be a fine end to today with sunny spells.

    There will be some clear spells overnight, but generally it will remain rather cloudy with the chance of rain by the end of the night. Lows of 7C (45F).

    Weather map

    Saturday will be cloudy and breezy with outbreaks of rain - some heavy - but it will become brighter later. Highs of 16C (43F).

    Get more where you live at BBC Weather.

  2. In-form Saints head to Gloucester on the back of four wins

    Northampton Saints' wing George North says some "brutal honesty" in team meetings is what's put them back on track this season.

    They go to Gloucester tomorrow afternoon in the Premiership top of the table after four wins in a row.

    George North

    Piers Francis will make his debut at Kingsholm; there's a first start for scrum-half Cobus Reinach; and the England captain Dylan Hartley returns from injury.

    North (above) starts once more on the right wing.

    BBC Radio Northampton is live from Kingsholm tomorrow afternoon - Gloucester v Saints kicks off at 15:00, on 104.2FM.

  3. Pharmacist jailed for showing beheading video to child

    A man who showed a beheading video to a child has been jailed for six years.

    Pharmacist Zameer Ghumra, of Leicester, tried to brainwash primary school-age children into supporting the so-called Islamic State.

    Ghumra, 38, who told boys they should kill people who insulted Islam, was convicted at Nottingham Crown Court of disseminating "terrorist propaganda".

    Judge Gregory Dickinson QC said it was a "determined effort" to radicalise children and turn them into terrorists.

    Zameer Ghumra

    During his trial the court heard he had been working as a pharmacist in Oundle and told a customer members of the so-called Islamic State were "not bad people, they're only defending themselves".

  4. World championships 'struggling' to find enough conkers

    Fingers are crossed that there will be enough conkers at this year's World Conker Championships in Southwick.

    Organiser St John Burkett says they're "struggling a bit" to find enough as "fruit everywhere did very well this year and conkers have fallen early off the trees, so we're hoping we have enough".

    He added that if anyone has any spare they could bring them to the village today, as 3,000 are needed for Sunday's event.

    About 230 competitors have signed up to compete from 14 different countries, meaning the event is now full.

    Conkers
  5. Strictly: Rev Richard Coles has sole

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Finedon's very own reverend Richard Coles is sticking with his Northamptonshire roots and favouring a good old pair of classic men's shoes to practice his Strictly routine in.

    His welted footwear of choice appears to be a pair of brogues, although there is some debate on social media as some believe they are Oxfords.

    I think he's done it to prove he's got plenty of "sole".

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    Video caption: Cat missing in Dubai returns home to the UK

    Dinky goes home to the UK after 'escaping' from Dubai Airport.

  7. Japanese Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton top in wet second practice

    Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer in Singaore

    Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton was fastest in a rain-hit second practice session at the Japanese Grand Prix, in which only five drivers set a lap time.

    The Briton, driving for Brackley-based Mercedes, was 0.799 seconds quicker than Force India's Esteban Ocon.

    The Frenchman's team-mate Sergio Perez was third fastest ahead of Williams drivers Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll.

    Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was fastest in the dry morning session, ahead of Hamilton and Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo.

    Lewis Hamilton
  8. 'Crisis' warning over homeless addicts admitted to hospital

    Craig Lewis

    BBC Northampton Politics Reporter

    The number of homeless people admitted to Northampton General Hospital with problems relating to drink and drugs has doubled over the past three years.

    A Freedom of Information request by the BBC found that in 2014, 20 people were seen with drug issues, but by 2016 that number had risen to 39.

    When it comes to alcohol, in 2014 it was 13 and then increased to 28 in 2016.

    Kettering General Hospital didn't reply to the request.

    Homeless man and dog

    The government says: "Tackling homelessness is a complex issue with no single solution, but we're determined to create a country that works for everyone."

    "Figures show that drug and alcohol abuse is falling - but we will not be complacent.

    "To help local authorities, we are giving them £16bn over the current spending period to deliver these services and reduce health inequalities."