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By Alex Pope

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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.

  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."

  9. Plans to build 'smart' motorway picking up speed

    The final public exhibition to find out about plans to upgrade the M1 between junction 13 for Bedford and junction 16 for Northampton is taking place tomorrow.

    Highways England is behind the project to turn the 23.6-mile (38km) route into a "smart" motorway.

    It hopes it will "reduce congestion and improve journey times" with the road at times being four lanes instead of three, but at the loss of the hard shoulder.

    It will take place between 11:00 and 15:00 at Collingtree Village Room on the High Street.

    Smart motorway
    Image caption: A smart motorway already built

    The work is set to start in March and due to be completed by June 2021. It will cost £349m.

    The M1 is already a "smart" motorway between junctions 9 and 13 and work is under way to upgrade it between junctions 16 and 19.

  10. Today's weather: A chilly, sunny start

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    BBC Look East weather

    It's a rather chilly start, but there will be lots of blue sky and sunshine around today and the winds will be lighter than yesterday.

    It is due to stay dry, so should also feel very pleasant in the sunny spells.

    Maximum temperature: 15C (59F).

  11. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A45 Northamptonshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A45 Northamptonshire southbound severe accident, around Watering Lane.

    A45 Northamptonshire - A45 in Collingtree blocked and queuing traffic southbound around Collingtree Park Turn Off, because of an accident.

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

  12. Weather: A colder night...

    A fine sunny end to the day across the BBC East region, but isolated showers are possible, particularly in north east Norfolk.

    It'll be clear overnight with the risk of a touch of ground frost in sheltered spots as it dips to 5C (41F).

    Friday will have a cold start followed by sunny spells and the risk of showers feeding in across eastern parts of Norfolk and Suffolk.

    The temperature will peak at 14C (57F).

    BBC East weather map
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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.

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  15. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A43 Northamptonshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A43 Northamptonshire both ways severe accident, around Broad Lane.

    A43 Northamptonshire - A43 in Brackley blocked in both directions around Evenley Roundabout, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

  16. Sales takes full-time post at Northants CCC

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Northamptonshire have appointed former captain David Sales as the club's full-time batting coach.

    Sales made more than 500 appearances for the county in all competitions between 1994 and 2014 and scored more than 22,000 runs.

    He joined the coaching staff on a part-time basis earlier this year.

    David Sales

    Head coach, David Ripley, said: "We are delighted that the role has grown into a full-time post.

    "David obviously has a lot of invaluable experience and will oversee the batsmen from the first team right down through the age groups."

  17. Air quality in Northampton to be improved

    The air quality in some places in Northampton is illegally poor.

    A report by Northampton Borough Council found the areas around Northgate Bus Station, the Drapery, Abington Square, Wellingborough Road and St Edmund's Street have all been identified as exceeding nationally-set air quality objectives.

    A single air quality management area for the town centre was approved by the council, to deal with the problem.

    Wellingborough Road, Northampton

    Mike Hallam, councillor from the ruling Conservative group, said it was going to be a "long term focus for the council".

    One of the solutions is to "build new roads" he added, as "standing traffic, rather than traffic, actually causes the issue".