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  1. Updates for Friday, 15 April 2016
  2. A woman is found guilty of manslaughter over the death of a man in Northampton
  3. Child tooth decay could "spiral out of control" in Northamptonshire and nationwide, according to a new report from the Local Government Association
  4. The number of people seeking help from food banks in Northamptonshire has risen sharply
  5. The University of Northampton says it benefited the county's economy last year to the tune of £289m
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Monday

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By Pete Cooper

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  1. Our live coverage through the day

    Local Live is finished for today, but we'll be back on Monday from 18:00.

    You can follow news and sport updates across the weekend via our Twitter feed.

    Have a great weekend.

  2. Weather: Rain and sleet clearing to scattered showers tomorrow

    Chris Bell

    BBC Look East weather

    It'll be cloudy overnight with outbreaks of rain. The rain will possibly be heavy in places and falling increasingly as sleet with a low of 2C (36F).

    weather map

    It will feel chilly tomorrow with rain and sleet clearing, leaving sunny intervals and scattered showers. A top temperature of 7C (45F).

  3. Harry Mallinder: Family 'fed up' of rugby talk over dinner

    James Burridge

    BBC Look East

    Northampton Saints' Harry Mallinder says his mother and sister are "fed up" with rugby talk over dinner between him and his father Jim, the club's director of rugby.

    He also revealed to me he travels home from games separately to his father and he hopes be a bit more "helpful" in interviews than Mallinder senior.

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    Video caption: Saints' Harry Mallinder says his mother and sister are "fed up" with rugby talk at dinner.
  4. Two cheese-makers shortlisted for award

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Two of Northamptonshire's cheese-makers have been shortlisted in the first ever national Artisan Cheese awards


    Hamm Tun Fine Foods in Northampton and the Neneview Dairy at Redlands Farm in Stanwick will both have their cheeses judged.

    The awards will be handed out in Melton Mowbray later this month.

  5. 'Disappointment' for 'fantastic' Richard after injury ends his season

    Alex Winter

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    Chris Wilder says it's "disappointing" that captain Marc Richards (pictured) is out for the rest of the season after an operation on his achilles on Monday.

    Marc Richards

    Wilder says the 33-year-old top scorer is a "fantastic part of the group", but is the only injury absentee along with long-term injured midfielder Paul Corry ahead of tomorrow's away game at Exeter.

  6. Company that runs prison near Daventry fined more £1m over five years

    Sam Read

    BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

    The company that runs Rye Hill has been fined more than £1m between 2010 and 2015 for breaching its contract to run the prison near Daventry, according to figures obtained by the Labour Party.

    Rye Hill

    Fines for breaches of contract can range from an escape, to a door being unsecured for two minutes or poor hygiene.

    Many of the fines occurred before a move to only house sex offenders at the prison.

    Operator G4S said the fines don't reflect the current state of the prison and points to a recent government inspection that found overall the prison was performing "very well".

  7. Headlines: Woman guilty of manslaughter in Northampton... Daventry prison firm fined more than £1m

    Sarah Foster

    BBC Radio Northampton

    If you're catching up:

    • A woman has been found guilty of manslaughter following the death of a man in Northampton
    • The company that runs Rye Hill prison near Daventry has been fined more than £1m over five years for breaching its contract
    • Northampton Saints face a defining day in their season tomorrow with a must-win game against Leicester at Franklin's Gardens
  8. 'Act of kindness was a fatal mistake' says lead officer on Robert Chester murder case

    Elinor Cross

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Det Insp Louise Hemingway, who led the murder investigation of Robert Chester in Northampton, said: "Robert was known by his neighbours to be a quiet man who never caused any issues or harmed anyone."

    Rothersthorpe Road

    She said Mr Chester offered to take in Cash and Pound so they didn't have to spend the night on the street, adding: "It appears that an act of kindness by Robert was a fatal mistake."

  9. Woman denied being involved in murder in Northampton but found guilty of manslaughter

    Elinor Cross

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Mary Cash (right) told Northampton Crown Court she played no part in the killing of Robert Chester or of setting the fire at his house.

    She told police she was frightened of Karl Pound (left), adding he had struck her.

    Karl Pound and Mary Cash

    However, prosecutors said Cash was either involved in a physical attack on Mr Chester or she encouraged or assisted Karl Pound to do it. The jury agreed and found her guilty of manslaughter.

    Pound had already pleaded guilty to murder part way through the trial.

  10. Woman guilty of manslaughter took more than 13 hours to sober up to be questioned by police

    Elinor Cross

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Northampton Crown Court heard Mary Cash took more than 13 hours after being arrested to be sober enough for a police interview.

    During the trial, the court heard from eyewitnesses who saw Cash leave Robert Chester's house along with murderer Karl Pound on the day he was found dead.

    There was CCTV footage of the pair in the area that showed Cash was clearly drunk.

    Cash denied any involvement with Mr Chester's murder but the jury found her guilty of manslaughter. The pair will be sentenced at a later date.

  11. Woman found guilty of manslaughter over Robert Chester death

    Elinor Cross

    BBC Radio Northampton

    A woman has been found guilty of the manslaughter of Robert Chester, who was found dead in his home on Rothersthorpe Road in Northampton.

    The body of the 54-year-old was found on 8 October. He had been stabbed to death and his house set on fire.  


    Mary Cash, 39, of no fixed abode, has this afternoon been found guilty by a jury at Northampton Crown Court after just a few hours of deliberation.

    Her co-accused Karl Pound, 51, of Hunsbarrow Road, Briar Hill, Northampton, pleaded guilty to murder part way into his trial.

  12. BreakingWoman found guilty of manslaughter after man found dead in Northampton house fire

    Mary Cash, 39, of no fixed abode, has been found guilty at Northampton Crown Court of the manslaughter of Robert Chester, who was found stabbed to death in his home in Rothersthorpe Road which was then set on fire.

  13. Successful county helps attract 'impressive, intelligent students'

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    The University of Northampton says it is "enormously important" that Northamptonshire improves both socially and economically.

    University of Northampton

    It says it benefited the county's economy last year to the tune of £289m and contributed £800,000-worth of student volunteering.

    Prof Simon Denny says a successful county allows the university to attract "impressive, intelligent students from here and abroad".

  14. Academic says government will need to invest in steel industry to stop 'loss of livelihoods'

    Roger Harrabin

    BBC environment analyst

    Cambridge professor Julian Allwood said if Tata Steel's UK plants, such as Corby, were to close then "the loss of jobs, income and livelihoods will reverberate throughout the UK steel supply chain".

    Corby steel plant

    Prof Allwood has conducted a six-year study on the steel sector and suggested greater investment in new technologies.

    He said: "This would allow UK innovation ahead of any other large player", but said the cost of investment would need to come from the government in one form or another.

  15. Fawsley Hall hotel manager spared jail after giving back money conned out of wedding couple

    Elinor Cross

    BBC Radio Northampton

    A woman who conned a couple out of their £9,000 wedding deposit was spared jail after returning the money.

    Jayne Harper, 55, was working as a business development manager at Fawsley Hall, near Daventry, when she took the deposit and banked it in her personal account to pay for her gambling addiction, Northampton Crown Court was told.

    Fawsley Hall

    Harper, of Main Street, Holcot, pleaded guilty to two charges of fraud after being reported to police by the couple.

    She was was given a 12-month suspended sentence and ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.

  16. Weather: Showery rain through the day

    BBC Weather Watchers

    There are showers in parts of Northamptonshire, as you can from this pictures from BBC Weather Watcher 'Bev@Foxgloves' in Spratton...


    Those outbreaks of rain will continue but there could be sunny spells in-between, with a top temperature of 10C (50F).

    There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

  17. Headlines: Jury out in murder trial... Child tooth decay concerns

    Sarah Foster

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Here are your lunchtime headlines:

    • The jury has gone out in the trial of a woman accused of murdering a man in Northampton
    • Children as young as two are having teeth extracted in hospital here in Northamptonshire
    • Two of the county's cheese-makers have been shortlisted for a new national cheese award
  18. Food banks 'working to stop crises occurring'

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Dave Goddard from the independently-run St Jude food bank in Kettering says it doesn't just distribute food, but also passes their users onto debt advice services and works closely with social services.

    Food bank

    Figures from the Trussell Trust, which runs other food banks in Northamptonshire, show a sharp increase in the number of people using the banks.

    Mr Goddard told BBC Radio Northampton that food banks are "working to stop crises occurring" that cause people to visit and offer help with budgeting, which he described as a "responsible approach".

  19. Wood and Brookes return to pack for Tigers

    Flanker Tom Wood returns to the Saints side to face Leicester tomorrow and will captain the team.

    England prop Kieran Brookes also starts while Tom Kessell comes in at scrum-half.

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