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Northampton Saints are in action tonight and you can follow their progress via the BBC Sport website or BBC Radio Northampton.

And there will be three Saints players taking the Twickenham field for England against Fiji tomorrow, with coverage on BBC Sport.

Also tonight is BBC Children in Need on BBC One. Today Pudsey has been visiting money-raising events across the county and even popped into Northampton central library to help out at their storytelling event.

Goodbye from us, and from Pudsey...


BreakingCarlsberg death: Family pays tribute to 'lovely, happy family man'

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The family of the man who died after an ammonia leak at Northampton's Carlsberg brewery has released a tribute to him.

David Chandler, 45, from Bridgnorth in Shropshire, was working at the plant in Northampton on 9 November when the leak happened.

David Chandler
Northamptonshire Police

In a statement issued through Northamptonshire Police, his wife of six years Laura and daughters Ava, aged five, and Isabella, nearly two, say Mr Chandler was "a really lovely, happy family man", who was "always happy, funny and bright".

"He always had a smile on his face," the statement continued.

"This is such a massive thing, this will take a long time to move on from."

The statement says his two sisters have also been "left devastated and heartbroken".

Police officers are still at the scene and are working with the Health and Safety Executive to establish what happened. Production at the brewery has ceased since the incident.

Strictly: Greg 'hopeful' for good dance in Blackpool

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

It was worrying times for MK's Greg Rutherford on Sunday night, as he was in his first dance-off on Strictly Come Dancing

Hopefully he's put that all behind him as he gets ready for Blackpool.

Pulling it out of the bag for Blackpool. There's no stopping our seven remaining couples!

CiN canoe challenge: Crew crosses the finish line

BBC Three Counties Radio presenter Andy Collins and his crew have completed their BBC Children in Need challenge!

Following 70-odd miles over five days, the Collins Canoes the Canals team finally passed the finish line earlier at Wolverton.

Cue the party poppers!

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Widow's 'heartbreak' at pizza delivery man's death

Emma Baugh

BBC Look East

Fawzia Qasemi read a victim impact sentence to the court in which she said: "The fact our baby won't be able to see him to hold his hand breaks my heart."

Mr Qasemi was a refugee who fled the war in Afghanistan and the couple had two older sons aged seven and 11.

Mrs Qasemi described him as the "backbone" of the family and added: "I will never overcome the pain and hurt of losing him in such a tragic way."

She said her husband's attackers were "pure evil".  

Mrs Qasemi watched Lintott and Lawson being sentenced over a video link from another room in Cambridge Crown Court, because she was accompanied by her eight-week-old baby.

Pizza driver's killers 'robbed' family of 'hard-working and much-loved man'

Emma Baugh

BBC Look East

Now back to the sentencing of two men from Cambridgeshire and Norfolk for killing a pizza delivery driver in Peterborough

When judge David Farrell, sitting at Cambridge Crown Court, jailed Mark Lintott and Joel Lawson, he said: "Neither of you showed an ounce of concern for the welfare of the man you had been party to knocking to the ground.

"You both ate the pizzas, laughed and joked about what had just gone on."

He then told the killers the "deliberately planned robbery" had robbed a family "of a hard-working and much-loved man".

Suspected drugs den shut in Luton

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

Police in Luton have closed down a suspected drugs den. 

Two men aged 19 and 37 were arrested as they shut the flat in Ruthin Close. 

It follows an application to magistrates about anti-social behaviour.

Map of Luton

Council starts petition to save railway service

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

A petition to save a railway route in Hertfordshire has been set up by Hertfordshire County Council.

It says the service between Watton-at-Stone and Stevenage is a vital link. 

Govia Thameslink is proposing replacing trains on that route with a shuttle bus for six years while a fifth platform is built at Stevenage railway station.

Watton-At-Stone railway station

Cricket: Northants' Cobb comes home early from Bangladesh Premier League

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northamptonshire all-rounder Josh Cobb is returning home early from the Bangladesh Premier League with a knee injury.

Cobb was playing for the Barisal Bulls in Bangladesh's T20 competition but suffered a cartilage tear in his right knee after just one appearance.

Josh Cobb
Getty Images

Issue with the same knee forced Cobb to miss the end of the 2016 season with Northants and he subsequently had surgery. He will now aim to recover in time for the start of next season.

CiN Rickshaw Challenge: London calling

Children in Need

It's time to say goodbye to Hertfordshire and hello to London, as the CiN Rickshaw Challenge moves out of the shires and into the big smoke. 

Matt Baker and his team of six young riders have pedalled all day and are due at The One Show studios tonight. 

It's been a pleasure having you in our part of the world and keep going, you're doing an amazing job!

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Football: Northampton take on Peterborough looking to avenge 3-0 loss

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northampton midfielder Sam Hoskins is looking forward to tomorrow's Nene derby against Peterborough at Sixfields.

It was only a month ago when the Cobblers lost 3-0 at Peterborough and Hoskins says they are out for revenge...  

Sam Hoskins
Getty Images

Everyone was disappointed with the result but we are ready to go and get revenge. We need a big performance in front of home fans."

Sam HoskinsNorthampton Town midfielder

Luton Town fans raise funds to pay club's fine

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Luton Town supporters have set up a crowdfunding page to pay a £15,000 fine posed on the club for fielding understrength teams in the EFL trophy. 

The Hatters argue the entire point of the trophy, which includes under-21 sides from the Premier League, is to give younger players the chance to play full games. 

So far supporters have raised about £3,000. 

Luton Town Football Club
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The Apprentice: Spoilers over


Our look at The Apprentice is now over - so you can look again now...

Claude litner

The Apprentice: Karthik and his memorable monobrow

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Despite his exit at week seven, it's fair to say Kettering IT consultant Karthik Nagesan made quite and impression on The Apprentice.

BBC Two's The Apprentice: You're Fired had this unique take on Karthik's signature monobrow...

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the jacuzzi...

You suspect we haven't seen the last of Mr Nagesan...

The Apprentice: 'Diabolical project manager' Karthik gets fired

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

It was the end of the line for Kettering IT consultant Karthik Nagesan in The Apprentice.

The candidates had to take a product to a boat show and Karthik's team only ended up making £188.40, compared to the rival team's £40,480.

Yes, you read that right - and the inevitable happened...

Karthik fired

Lord Sugar told Karthik: "You've been a diabolical project manager. I don't trust you to bring anyone back into this boardroom."

On his exit Karthik said: "I'll just have to go on and make the billion dollar unicorn company that I want to make without him."

Good luck Karthik!

The Apprentice: Did Northamptonshire's Karthik Nagesan make it through?


We are about to discuss the outcome of last night's The Apprentice and whether Kettering IT consultant Karith Nagesan made it through.

If you don't want to know, then look away for the next few updates.

Karthik Nagasen

Children in Need: Earith Primary School tries the 'mannequin challenge'

Sue Marchant

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Pudsey's also been challenging the children of Earith Primary School to do the latest social media phenomenon - the "mannequin challenge".

It turns out small children struggle to stay still...

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Children in Need: Pudsey's school tour

Sue Marchant

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

And Pudsey's also been out all week, dropping in on schools...

Cottenham Primary School with Pudsey
Fulbridge Academy Primary School with Pudsey
Highlees Primary School and Pudsey
William Westley Primary School and Pudsey

He's asked us to say thank you very much indeed for inviting him for a visit!

Art to be projected onto walls of buildings

Martin Borley

BBC Radio Northampton

Digital art, puppetry and music will feature in the latest Made In Corby event on Saturday evening.

Images will be projected onto the walls of buildings in Queen's Square.

Meet some of those who've made the pictures and created the music...

Digital art will be projected onto the walls of buildings in Corby.

Children in Need: Pudsey spotted in Cambridge

Sue Marchant

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

As you might expect on Children in Need day, it's been a busy one for Pudsey.

He nipped down to Lion Yard in Cambridge earlier, where he met these fundraisers... 

Children in Need event, Lion Yard, Cambridge

Weather: Sunny and cold

Katy Prickett

BBC News

What a difference a day makes. Yesterday we were lashed with rain - today it's glorious sunshine on autumn leaves in Barrington, from BBC Weather Watcher "MaggieMay".

BBC Weather Watcher/MaggieMay

But there's still the risk of the odd shower in a chilly wind and highs of 6C (42F). For a more up-to-date weather forecast where you live, go to BBC Weather.

Tesco warns global suppliers over price rises

BBC Business News

The chief executive of Hertfordshire-based Tesco, Dave Lewis, has warned global suppliers not to artificially inflate their prices because of the fall in the pound.

It is his first public comments since supplier Unilever tried to raise the cost of popular items, such as Marmite, due to a weaker currency.

It meant the UK's biggest retailer briefly halted online sales of Unilever's goods.

Mr Lewis said price rises needed to be "justified".

Jars on Marmite on a supermarket shelf

CiN Rickshaw Challenge: Ware oh Ware are they now?

Children in Need

Another team making its way through our region is the CiN Rickshaw Challenge riders, being led by The One Show's Matt Baker. 

Earlier they came to Ware and the crowds came out in force to cheer them on. 

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They've gone through Cheshunt and are now on their way to London. 

MP says Twitter abuse 'vile'

Laura Cook

BBC Radio Northampton

Peter Bone, MP for Wellingborough, told the Commons: "I doubt if there's a member in this House who in the last few years hasn't been threatened.

"We've seen the terrible death of a colleague. We've seen other colleagues attacked. I myself only recently has had death threats. My wife has had death threats. The police have intervened.

"The vile stuff we get on Twitter is unbelievable."

Peter bone

Mr Bone continued: "We have to put up with all that and we have to have contact with our constituents. 

"And I wouldn't change any of that, and some of us will be getting enhanced security and [the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority] is doing its best to help with that.

"We have to deal with that sort of stuff."

CiN canoe challenge: Up stream with a paddle

Children in Need

It's a tall task, but Andy Collins and his team of merry men need to paddle 16 miles on the final leg of their Collins Canoes the Canals challenge

They were already behind schedule, but the good news is they have finally caught up and look to be back on track to finish in Wolverton today at about 15:30... well, we hope anyway...

Andy Collins and Danny Fullbrook in a canoe

So far today they've gone through Simpson, Woolstone and by Willen Lake. 

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CiN canoe challenge: 'The water is your enemy'

Children in Need

What do you get if you put grown men in a canoe and tell them they have to paddle 16 miles today? 

Apparently a lot of winging!

So Sean Dyche, the former Watford manager, decided to give radio presenter Andy Collins and his crew for Collins Canoes the Canals a bit of a pep talk.

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Peter Bone reveals he's received death threats and mocked-up photo of son 'executed' by terrorists

Laura Cook

BBC Radio Northampton

A Northamptonshire MP has revealed the death threats levelled against him and his family - including a mocked-up photograph of his youngest son being "executed" by so-called Islamic State terrorists.

Peter Bone, MP for Wellingborough, told the House of Commons he dialled 999 once over safety fears in his first 11 years as an MP, compared with three times since June's EU referendum.

He added the police have also intervened recently after both he and his wife Jennie received death threats. 

Peter Bone

Mr Bone said other incidents included "two bullet holes" - caused by air pellets - in a constituency office window and an attack on his house.

He described the mocked-up photograph of his son via social media as "one of the worst things" he has faced. 

Gas being restored in Clophill

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

Finally the good news people in Clophill have been waiting three days for.  

National Grid has started restoring gas supplies to the village after it was cut off on Tuesday when a builder severed a pipe in Ampthill. 

The process must be done in stages, and each of the 6,000 properties previously cut off now needs to be revisited so the gas can be turned back on. 

Once Clophill has gas again, engineers will then go to Maulden, then finishing off in Ampthill. 

Gas pipe in ground

National Grid is warning people not to switch on their own gas supplies, but wait for an engineer. 

It's hoped everyone will be reconnected over the weekend. 

Gas should be slowly turned back on in Clophill later today

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

I've just had it confirmed from James Harrison, from the National Grid, that there are 35 homes that engineers haven't been able to access to turn the gas off. 

So what they have done is gone to court this morning to get warrants to enter those properties with a locksmith to isolate the gas. 

No smoking sign

When this has been done, workers can then start turning the gas back on to the 6,000 buildings affected, and they will do Clophill first. 

He explained it's a complicated and slow process as they have to get the "sequence right" for safety purposes. 

Weather: Cold and breezy with some showers

BBC Weather

A colder day than yesterday. One or two showers are possible, but many places will be dry with frequent sunny spells, with a high of just 6C (43F).


There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

Train companies pay more than £1m in compensation for delays

East Midlands Trains, which operates through Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough, paid out £767,000 in compensation to delayed passengers in the past year.

Press Association analysis of Department for Transport (DfT) and Network Rail data shows the operator received £9.5m from Network Rail for unplanned disruption.

East Midlands Trains

Meanwhile, London Midland, which runs through Northampton and Long Buckby, paid out £588,000 in compensation and received £1m from Network Rail.

Chiltern Trains, which runs through King's Sutton, paid out £237,000 in compensation and received just £18,891 from Network Rail for unplanned disruption.

Rail regulator the Office of Rail and Road said "more needs to be done" to raise awareness of passengers' right to claim compensation.

Last year consumer group Which? lodged a "super complaint", claiming that the system for obtaining compensation for delayed journeys was too complicated.

Ali Qasemi: The 'devoted husband' killed for the price of three pizzas

Emma Baugh

BBC Look East

Ali Qasemi's wife Fawzia was pregnant with their third child when he was killed. 

The 45-year-old was delivering three pizzas costing just over £50 when he was attacked.

Speaking after last month's trial, Det Insp Lucy Thomson, from Cambridgeshire Police, described it as a "sickening, senseless crime" that had "devastated" the Qasemi family.

"They have lost a loving, devoted husband and father, devastating their close-knit family, all for the price of three pizzas," she said.

Following Mr Qasemi's death, his employer Pizza Hut UK said it had reviewed its training methods for drivers. 

BreakingPair jailed for killing driver for pizzas

Emma Baugh

BBC Look East

Two men who killed a takeaway delivery driver in a "snatch and grab" robbery for three pizzas have been jailed.

Pizza Hut worker Ali Qasemi, 45, died in May, two days after he was punched and left dying on the pavement in Peterborough.

Ali Qasemi
Via Cambs Police

Mark Lintott (left), 29, of Peterborough, who was found guilty of robbery and manslaughter at a trial last month, was jailed for 13 years at Cambridge Crown Court.

Joel Lawson (right), 25, of Norwich, who earlier admitted both charges, was jailed for nine years.  

Mark Lintott (l) and Joel Lawson
Cambs Police

During Lintott's trial in Peterborough, the court heard he and Lawson had been drinking with friends when they came up with their plan to take the food from the driver without paying. 

Northstowe: A 10,000-home new town

Katy Prickett

BBC News

Up to 25,000 people are eventually expected to live in Northstowe and it's hoped the first residents will move in next year.

Developer Gallagher Estates has promised a £73m investment in community facilities including a town centre, two primary schools and a secondary school. 

Guided busway at Northstowe
Hugh Venables/Geograph

Phase 2 is expected to start in 2019, but one of its planning conditions is that no resident can move into this part of the development until the A14 is upgraded - work is now under way on that.

Of course, one of the initial conditions of the Northstowe development was there should also be a public transport alternative for Cambridge commuters. The guided busway (see above) has been ready for the new town's residents since 2011.

Northstowe is about five miles (8km) north-east of Cambridge and will have nearly 10,000 homes on completion.

Dorries: 'I'm an MP and not a gas engineer'

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

When I spoke to Nadine Dorries, the MP for Mid Bedfordshire, she was rather defensive when I questioned why she hadn't come sooner to talk to her constituents, who've been without gas since Tuesday afternoon. 

She told me her job is "an MP and not a gas engineer" and she didn't want to "hold up these guys" to get information. She said as everything is getting ready today to turn the gas back on, she felt it was the right time to come. 

She said her job was to "ensure everything was in place - I did that".

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Northstowe: Fewer 'affordable' rented homes in new proposal

Katy Prickett

BBC News

While the Homes and Community Agency proposal looks like good news for people hoping to get on the housing ladder, it's not such good news for the 1,800 people looking to get off South Cambridgeshire's housing waiting list.

Under the new Phase 2 plan, 10% of the units will be available to "local people on housing waiting lists" - which is the equivalent of 350 homes.

But the previous Phase 2 plan was for 420 homes to be available at an "affordable" rent.

Former RAF Oakington site, which is where Northstowe is being built
Hugh Venables/Geograph

South Cambridgeshire councillor Tim Wotherspoon said: "Everyone knows there is a pressing demand for more housing in the area to help people on all incomes, whether they are looking to rent or buy."  

The council is keen to hear what its residents think about the proposal.

Appeal for information after cat's strangled body found in Northampton

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Chica, a female cat aged about eight, was found by a man in his garden in Trentham Close, East Hunsbury, on Saturday. It is thought her body was thrown into the garden from an alleyway that runs behind it.

The tabby and white cat had green-coloured string around her neck and appeared to have been strangled, the RSPCA said.


RSPCA inspector Susan Haywood said: "Chica was microchipped and so we were able to trace her owners, who live not far from where she was found. Understandably, they are absolutely devastated.

"It does appear that Chica has been strangled and we cannot rule out the possibility that this was done deliberately."

BBC Children in Need: Pyjama day at Silverstone

Children in Need

Staff at Silverstone Circuit have joined in the Children in Need fun by coming into work in their pyjamas today.

That is quite an array of onesies...

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Steven Gerrard: Eagerly awaiting news

Luke Ashmead

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Clearly there is no smoke without fire and the possibility of Steven Gerrard being MK Dons manager is going to be big news. 

It is important to get things into perspective though. 

Nothing will happen on this front over the weekend and in truth Richie Barker is highly likely to be in charge for the next two games at least. 

Steven Gerrard becoming MK Dons manager will make all the headlines, but I think it's important fans don't pin their hopes on the former England captain ending up at Stadium:MK. 

I expect something to happen before they play Coventry away on 26 November, but it might take longer than that, especially if Gerrard decides his future lies elsewhere. 

Steven Gerrard
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'You've got to start somewhere' says Dyche on Gerrard's possible move to MK Dons

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

Speculation is still swirling around whether former Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard will come to MK Dons to fill the vacant manager's job. 

It's thought further discussions are to take place between Gerrard and Dons chairman Pete Winkleman. 

Burnley and former Watford manager Sean Dyche told BBC Three Counties the move "could be an interesting one", adding "you've got to start somewhere". 

He said he should be given a chance and "it's fair to say he's certainly earned his spurs as a player without a doubt", but "whether he can take that into management is yet to be seen".

Andy Collins and Sean Dyche