Family and friends have said farewell to a colourful character at the Santa Pod race track in Wellingborough.
Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service is continuing to deal with a major fire at a recycling plant.
MP Peter Bone insists he is "totally innocent" of allegations of benefit fraud, after his home was raided by police.
Rutland was hit by its strongest earthquake in 13 years this morning.
The 3.2-magnitude earthquake, powered from a depth of 2.5 miles, struck the Oakham area at 7.07am.
– Davie Galloway, British Geological Survey seismologist.
"There was a 4.1 in Melton Mowbray in October 2001 - so this is the biggest in the region for 13 years.
"It was quite widely felt but we probably get about three of these at this size somewhere in the UK each year.
"We record about 200 earthquakes and it is to do with the earth's dynamic plates moving, probably about the pace of the growth of a fingernail.
"The most common reports we have had is that houses shook, windows rattled for quite a few seconds, people were quite alarmed.
"We do not get the big earthquakes like they would get in places like Japan."
It was felt up to 28 miles (45 km) away from the epicentre of the earthquake near Wellingborough but most reports have come in from people who are within 15 miles (25km) of Oakham. Residents in parts of Stamford, Kettering and Oakham went online to say they felt the earthquake.
The UK's most powerful earthquake was the 5.4 magnitude tremor which hit the Lleyn peninsula in north Wales in July 1984 and in 2008 a quake centred on Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, was measured at 5.2.
Conservative councillor Jim Bass has been named as the new Mayor of Wellingborough.
Mr Bass, who had a long career in the engineering industry, wants to use his year as mayor to develop relationships with industry and educational facilities.
Cllr Bass said: “It is a great honour to be appointed as mayor by my peers. The borough is changing and growing, and we’re excited to become a part of new communities that will be developing throughout this year and beyond."
Jim Bass has been a councillor for Ecton, Mears Ashby and Sywell for seven years. He takes office as mayor on Thursday 29 May.
Structural engineers are to check the stability of buildings which were damaged in a major fire at a recycling plant on the Leyland Trading Estate in Wellingborough.
Last week more than 60 firefighters were called to the blaze.
Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service monitored the site over the weekend and crews are still attending every four to six hours to conduct after fire inspections and to monitor the remaining hot spots and structure.
The area around the fire has now re-opened and experts say there is now a minimal risk for residents from the smoke and therefore the advice to close doors and windows and stay indoors has been relaxed
More than sixty firefighters have spent much of the day dealing with a large blaze at a recycling plant in Northamptonshire.
The fire at the Leyland Industrial Estate in Wellingborough started at around 8 o'clock this morning.
People living nearby were told to keep their windows and doors shut.
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14 fire engines and 60 firefighters are still trying to bring a major fire under control at a recycling plant in Wellingborough.
Police are warning people to stay indoors and several roads have been closed.
Several roads have been closed as a result of a major fire at a recycling plant in Wellingborough.
Northamptonshire Police are assisting firefighters to bring the blaze under control at the Leyland Industrial Estate.
The Senwick Road junction with Irthlingborough Road is closed to all traffic in the direction of Irthlingborough and the Leyland Trading Estate.
The Sidegate Lane junction with Irthlingborough Road is also closed to all traffic in the direction of Wellingborough.
Police also say that those living near the fire should keep their windows and doors closed.
Leyland industrial estate, Wellingborough closed folks due to a fire at a unit. http://t.co/07X9fkXDQb
Substantial fire at Leyland industrial estate, Wellingborough. Avoid the area folks. 12 fire engines in attendance.