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  1. Top stories on Monday, 4 April 2016
  2. Union leaders discuss the steel industry crisis in an effort to save thousands of jobs, including some in Corby
  3. Left-arm spinner Monty Panesar formally joins the Northamptonshire cricket squad this season
  4. Anyone caught dropping litter or failing to pick up their dog's mess in Northampton could now face an on-the-spot fine of £80
  5. New flood insurance scheme to cut bills for "at risk" properties by hundreds of pounds
  6. Kinky Boots - the musical based on the film about a Northampton shoe factory - wins three Olivier Awards including best new musical
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Tuesday

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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 all the latest news, weather, sport and travel.

  2. Weather: Dry tonight, sunshine tomorrow

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    Scattered showers gradually fading away tonight to leave most places dry with temperatures falling to 4C (39F).


    Much of Tuesday will be dry with sunny spells with temperatures will peaking at 14C (57F).

    More details on the BBC Weather website.

  3. Panesar 'delighted' about joining Northamptonshire

    James Burridge

    BBC Look East

    England spinner Monty Panesar has been formally included in Northamptonshire's squad for the new county season.

    The 33-year-old has been training at Wantage Road this winter while recovering from a shoulder injury.

    He told me that he is "delighted" to be joining the club

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    Video caption: Monty Panesar "delighted" to join Northamptonshire County Cricket Club
  4. New £80 fine for litter and dog fouling

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    From today anyone caught dropping litter or failing to pick up their dog's mess in Northampton could face an on-the-spot fine of £80. You've been sharing your thoughts on Facebook.

    Dog mess bin

    Marg Mears says: "Good, but won't work unless the public get involved and report."

    Carol Faulkner writes: "Would have made a fortune down the Drapery this morning already!!"

    Susan Swift posts: "I always clear up after my dog, so annoying when other people don't."

  5. Council had 'no other option' than to introduce £80 fine for litter and dog mess, says leader

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    The leader of Northampton Borough Council has said that the litter in the town is "an embarrassment and a disgrace".


    Mary Markham said they were left with "no other option" than to introduce new £80 on-the-spot fines for littering and not picking up after dog fouling, after "education did not work".

  6. Lewis Hamilton v Nico Rosberg: The battle we all wanted is brewing

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    An enticing title fight is on the cards and given the way F1 bosses are dealing with the qualifying farce, boy, does the sport need it.

    Mercedes F1 drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg

    Nico Rosberg is in a strong position after wins in both of the first two grands prix in Australia and Bahrain, thanks to Brackley-based Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton managing to convert both his pole positions into bad getaways that extinguished his victory hopes within seconds of the start of each race.

    In many ways, from a neutral's point of view, Rosberg getting a jump on Hamilton at the start of the season is exactly what F1 needed.

  7. Cyndi Lauper says she is 'chuffed' with her musical Kinky Boots' success

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Kinky Boots - the musical based on the film about a Northampton shoe factory - won three categories at last night's Olivier Awards in London.

    Cyndi Lauper, who wrote the songs for the musical, said she is "chuffed" with its success...                       

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    Video caption: Cyndi Lauper says she is "chuffed" with her musical Kinky Boots' success.
  8. Hull 'proud' of her second place at first golf major of the season

    Iain Carter

    BBC golf correspondent

    After achieving her best ever major finish of joint second place, Burton Latimer golfer Charley Hull said: "I can't wait for the next tournament. I am happy because I played some great shots on the back nine."

    Charley Hull

    The 20-year-old, who finished one shot off winner New Zealand's Lydia Ko at the ANA Inspiration in California, continued: "I feel like I know I can play well under pressure, making birdies when I'm down. I have done that today and I am proud of myself."

  9. Weather: Cloudy with a chance of rain

    BBC Weather Watchers

    It's a cloudy day across Northamptonshire, as you can see from this picture of Barnwell country park from BBC Weather Watcher 'PandA'.

    Bernwell Country Park

    It'll continue to be cloudy and that might lead to some rain later. A top temperature today of 12C (54F).

    You can find more details on the BBC Weather website.

  10. F1: Lewis Hamilton says his slow start is 'not entirely my fault'

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer in Bahrain

    Lewis Hamilton said he is "not worried" about his difficult start to the F1 season after his gifting victory to Nico Rosberg.

    Mercedes F1 driver Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton

    The triple world champion has begun badly in both races so far and trails Brackley-based Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, by 17 points.

    Hamilton said his starting problems were "not a big issue", adding: "It is something we'll fix for the next race."

  11. Headlines: Union talks on steel industry... New fine for dog mess and litter in Northampton

    Laura Cook

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Here are your early afternoon headlines:

    • Unions representing steel workers, including many based in Corby, are holding talks in London shortly in an effort to save the industry
    • From today anyone caught dropping litter or failing to pick up their dog's mess in Northampton could face an on-the-spot fine of £80
    • Kinky Boots - the musical based on the film about a Northampton shoe factory - wins three categories at the Olivier Awards including best new musical
    Cast of Kinky Boots perform for Children In Need
  12. Monty's return a 'great boost' for the county side

    Alex Winter

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    Monty Panesar returning to Wantage Road is a great boost for Northamptonshire, effectively getting a new signing without adding to their wage bill.

    The 33-year-old has secured private financial support as he seeks to get his career back on track, with his ultimate goal to play for England again.

    Monty Panesar

    If he returns close to the bowler who has played 50 Tests, Northants will have gained a quality asset for their four-day side.

  13. Cricket: Panesar returns to Northamptonshire seven years after he left

    Alex Winter

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    Monty Panesar has been formally added to Northamptonshire’s squad for this season.

    Monty Panesar

    The left-arm spinner has been at Wantage Road throughout the winter recovering from a shoulder injury.

    But now, with independent financial support in place, Panesar is set to appear in a Northants shirt once more, having last played for the club in 2009.

  14. Saints captain Dickson says he is 'ok' after head injury

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Saints club captain, scrum-half Lee Dickson, has posted a message on Twitter that he is "feeling ok" after his head injury yesterday.

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    Dickson was injured in the Saints 28-6 defeat to Wasps in the Premiership.

  15. Thousands attend free road safety event at Corby circuit

    Northamptonshire Telegraph

    More than 3,000 visitors attended a free road safety event organised by Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service in Corby.

  16. Potential Tata buyer interested in Corby but not Port Talbot

    Norman Smith

    Assistant political editor

    The front runner to buy parts of Tata - Liberty House - today said they had already held "encouraging" and "positive" talks with ministers.

    They described the response of ministers as "pro-active" and "keen to find solutions."

    Corby Steel

    However its understood Liberty House would be unlikely to buy Port Talbot's blast furnace and is primarily interested in the company's rolling mills and other steel processing plants such as Corby.

  17. Northampton lose to Wasps and slip to fifth in the table

    BBC Sport

    Rob Miller scored two tries as Wasps beat below-par Northampton 28-6 to dent the Saints chance of reaching the top four of the Premiership.

    wasps vs saints

    As well as slipping to fifth place the Saints also lost England prop Kieran Brookes and replacement scrum-half Lee Dickson to head injuries.

  18. Unions say business secretary has 'taken his eye off the ball' with Tata Steel sale

    Norman Smith

    Assistant political editor

    Trade unions representing steel workers have called on Prime Minister David Cameron to take personal charge of the talks over Tata Steel. 

    Sajid Javid

    The unions - who are holding a meeting of representatives from all the threatened Tata plants, including Corby - say they want Mr Cameron to take charge from the business secretary in securing a deal.

    They accuse Sajid Javid (pictured) of "taking his eye off the ball" and have called on Mr Cameorn "to get a grip" of the negotiations.