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  1. Updates on Monday, 14 March 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Pete Cooper

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage through the day

    Local Live is finished for today but we'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 with the latest news, weather, sport and travel for Northamptonshire.

  2. Weather: Chilly night but sunny tomorrow

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    Skies will be clear this evening and for much of the night. It will feel chilly with lows of 3C (37F).


    Tomorrow will be dry with some occasional bright spells, with temperatures reaching 11C (52F).

  3. Workers laid off by Tata in Corby will be given support, says government

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    The government says it is helping 30 steelworkers whose jobs are going at Tata Steel in Corby, following a question in the Commons by the town's MP Tom Pursglove.

    Tom Pursglove

    Employment Minister Priti Patel said Tata Steel was offered help through the "rapid response team" and those who have been made redundant would be given "guidance on job applications and training" from the Department of Work and Pensions.

  4. Cobblers' top scorer Richards could be back this Saturday

    Alex Winter

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder has confirmed club captain and top scorer Marc Richards will be back in full training this week.

    Marc Richards

    Wilder said Richards, 33, who has scored 18 goals for the League Two leaders, could be in contention for some involvement on Saturday for the trip to Stevenage.

    Richards has been out since February because of an achilles injury.

  5. Headlines: Update on Cobblers loan investigation tonight... Government supporting steel workers

    Sarah Foster

    BBC Radio Northampton

    If you're catching up:

    • An update will be presented tonight on one of the investigations into a £10m public loan made to Northampton Town Football Club
    • The government says it is helping 30 steelworkers whose jobs are going at Tata Steel in Corby
    • A farmer in Northamptonshire has saved a newly-born lamb's life by blow drying it with a hairdryer
  6. Lamb nursed back to health with a hairdryer

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    A day-and-a-half-old lamb has been nursed back to health with a hairdryer after being found "sodden and very close to death" in a bucket of cold water.

    First reported in the Northamptonshire Telegraph, it climbed into the bucket on Saturday night and was discovered "very poorly" the next morning, according to West Lodge Farm Park in Desborough.

    Farmer Ed Dee brought the lamb home and used his wife Mo's hairdryer to warm it up again. It was later return to its mother.

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    Video caption: A lamb is nursed back to health with a hairdryer after being found in a bucket of water.

    Video courtesy of West Lodge Farm Park.  

  7. Driver suffers serious head injury in crash on A43

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    A man has been seriously hurt in a crash between two cars on the A43 yesterday morning.


    It happened near the Hardwick turn between Northampton and Kettering.

    One of the drivers, a 30-year-old man, was taken to hospital in Coventry with a serious head injury. The other driver suffered minor injuries. 

  8. Budget 2016: Share your views in BBC video project

    BBC News England

    BBC News is looking for people to take part in a social media video project for the Budget on Wednesday.

    Budget graphic

    To take part email your name, age and Twitter handle to

    Chancellor George Osborne has warned the UK has to "act now rather than pay later" ahead of the Budget, with further spending cuts planned

  9. Formula 1 2016: Mercedes 'remarkable' but Ferrari are closer - McNish

    Allan McNish

    BBC Radio 5 live analyst

    The Formula 1 season starts this weekend with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. There are 21 races this year - the longest season ever - and so reliability will be paramount

    Mercedes F1

    The mileage current world champions, Brackley-based Mercedes, achieved in pre-season testing was nothing short of remarkable. They basically did an entire grand prix season in eight days in Barcelona - the same mileage as they managed last winter in 12 days. 

    That was 31% more than main rivals Ferrari. Which means they have 31% more data to work from going into the championship, but the signs are that Ferrari are closer this year.

  10. England captain and coach celebrate championship a handshake

    BBC Sport

    England coach Eddie Jones admits he didn't know what to do when he saw captain, Northampton's Dylan Hartley, after his side secured the Six Nations championship. 

    Eddie Jones and Dylan Hartley

    England clinched the title following Scotland's 29-18 victory over France yesterday and Jones said afterwards the pair "didn't know whether to shake hands, hug or just get on with business". 

    "We decided to shake hands and get on with it," he said.

  11. Teenager sexually assaulted near Northampton community centre

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    A 19-year-old woman was sexually assaulted near the Pastures Community Centre in Kingsthorpe on Friday evening.

    The victim got off a bus in Acre Lane and walked towards the community centre. As she went to go in at some time between 18:35 and 19:00, a man stopped her, put his hand over her mouth and pulled her around the corner before carrying out the attack. 

    The woman started to scream and the offender ran off, possibly over the fields. Police have appealed for witnesses and posted a description of the offender on their website.

  12. England all-rounder Willey bowls hat-trick against England

    Andrew Radd

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Northampton-born all-rounder David Willey claimed a hat-trick today bowling against England in a warm-up match ahead of the World T20 in India.

    David Willey

    Guesting for the Mumbai Cricket Association, the former Northamptonshire player dismissed team-mates Joe Root, Moeen Ali and Chris Jordan - with the last three balls of the England innings.

    However, Willey was on the losing side as England won by 14 runs.

  13. Football and cricket club post condolences to double cancer sufferer Zac Forskitt

    Tributes continue to come in for Zac Forskitt, who lost his battle with two forms of cancer yesterday evening.

    Zac and his family and friends had spent many months raising money to support his ongoing treatment in Nottingham.

    The 20-year-old's favourite rugby team, Northampton Saints, were involved in fundraising, as were other local sports clubs who've posted their condolences...

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  14. Rucksacks of food and bedding provided for rough sleepers in Northampton

    Northants Herald & Post

    A charitable organisation has provided rucksacks full of food, bedding and toiletries to equip 60 rough sleepers in Northampton.

  15. Top 25 finish for golfer Boyd in True Thailand Classic

    BBC Sport

    Silverstone golfer Gary Boyd finished joint 25th in the European PGA tournament the True Thailand Classic. He ended the tournament on 7-under-par, 11 shots behind the winner, Australia's Scott Hend.

    Gary Boyd

    As well as finishing in the top 25, Boyd was also the second-placed Englishman behind Robert Dinwiddie.

  16. Headlines: Cancer sufferer and campaigner dies... Update into Cobblers loan due tonight

    Sarah Foster

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Here are your lunchtime headlines:

    • Zac Forskitt, from Northampton, whose fight against two unrelated cancers prompted a major awareness and fundraising campaign has died
    • An update will be presented tonight on one of the investigations into a £10m public loan made to Northampton Town Football Club
    • A driver has been seriously injured following a crash on the A43 between Northampton and Kettering yesterday
  17. Northampton campigner and fundraiser was one of only two people in the world with his medical condition

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Zac Forskitt, who passed away yesterday, was studying journalism at Nottingham Trent University when he was diagnosed last September with cancerous tumours in his chest and a rare form of Leukaemia.

    Doctors treating the 20-year-old rugby fan, from Northampton, at Nottingham's City Hospital said they could only find one other person in the world who had both cancers at same time.

    Zac Forskitt

    Following the diagnosis, Zac and his friends and family began raising awareness of the condition with charity Anthony Nolan and a "BacZac" campaign was started. 

    Thousands of pounds were raised for good causes including Macmillan Cancer Care and many fundraising events were organised, including at Franklin's Gardens and Northampton School for Boys.

    His fundraising even made international headlines after he received support from rugby legend Jonah Lomu just before he died.

  18. Investigation update into Cobblers loan tonight, but conclusion some time off

    Sam Read

    BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

    An organisation carrying out one of the investigations into a £10m public loan made to Northampton Town Football Club will give a progress update tonight.


    PricewaterhouseCoopers is Northampton Borough Council's internal auditor and is looking at whether the authority followed its own rules and processes when it gave the go-ahead to the multimillion-pound loan. 

    But I'm told we shouldn't expect anything significant in tonight's update to the audit committee, with conclusions still some time off.

  19. Accident and signals 'demolished' at St Peters Roundabout in Northampton

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    There are reports of an accident on the St Peters Roundabout in Northampton... we'll bring you more details when we have them.

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