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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 22 April 2016
  2. Two Northamptonshire MPs have been criticised for paying themselves £40,000 for running a campaign to leave the EU
  3. The number of young people being home-schooled across the region is on the rise
  4. An apprenticeship roadshow is taking place in Northampton today at the Royal and Derngate Theatre
  5. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Monday

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By Pete Cooper

All times stated are UK

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Weather: Chilly with a frost overnight

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

It will be rather cloudy this evening with any remaining patchy rain soon clearing, but a cold night to come with frost in places - and a low of 2C (36F).

Weather map
BBC

A bright and frosty start tomorrow with sunny spells for most, though it'll feel chilly with a high of 10C (50F).

There's a more detailed forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Three Cobblers players in PFA League Two team of the year

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

The Professional Footballers Association (PFA) has published its League Two team of the year - and three Northampton players have made the XI.

Adam Smith
Getty Images

Midfielder John-Joe O'Toole, winger Ricky Holmes and goalkeeper Adam Smith (pictured) all make the team.

But is there another Cobblers player who should have made the line-up? Let us know via Twitter.

Ministers at apprenticeship roadshow in Northampton

Tom Barton

BBC Look East political reporter

A large apprenticeship roadshow took place at the Royal and Derngate Theatre in Northampton today.

Michael Ellis and Nicky Morgan
BBC

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan (centre), Northampton North MP Michael Ellis (left) and the Minister for Apprentices Nick Boles attended along with 35 businesses with apprenticeship vacancies.

A14 disruption at Catthorpe

BBC Travel

There are problems in all directions at the Catthorpe Interchange for the M6/M1/A14 because of broken down vehicle on the M6...

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Three parties interested in Wellingborough's Castle Theatre say administrators

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Administrators trying to save Wellingborough's Castle Theatre have confirmed to the BBC they're talking to three parties interested in running the venue.

Castle Theatre
Castle Theatre

It's been under threat since the borough council withdrew funding from the company which ran it a month ago. PBC Business Recovery and Insolvency has now been appointed to oversee its future.

Last night local people met for the first time to formulate a plan to help save it.

Headlines: MPs criticised for EU campaign pay... Parties interested in Castle Theatre

Sarah Foster

BBC Radio Northampton

Here are the evening headlines:

  • Two Northamptonshire MPs have been criticised for paying themselves £40,000 for running a campaign to leave the EU
  • Administrators trying to save Wellingborough's Castle Theatre say they're talking to three parties interested in running the venue
  • An apprenticeship roadshow has been taking place in Northampton today at the Royal and Derngate Theatre

Thousands of pounds worth of computer games stolen from parked lorry

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Police have released details of thousands of pounds worth of Nintendo games stolen from a lorry parked overnight at the A14 Thrapston Services.

Lorry
Northamptonshire Police

The theft happened between 21:00 on 13 April and 07:00 on 14 April when the side curtain of the lorry was cut while the driver was asleep.

Right-back Moloney faces fitness test ahead of Yeovil trip for Cobblers

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder hopes to have Brendan Moloney (pictured) back available for tomorrow's trip to Yeovil, with the Irishman missing the midweek win over Crawley.

Brendan Moloney
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Wilder told me: "We will see how Brendan is today and tomorrow, but if he's not right then Josh Lelan will start, as I thought he was excellent [deputising] on Tuesday night."

Children will remember Queen beacon lighting 'forever'

Marsha Ramroop

BBC Radio Northampton

The Deputy Lord-Lieutenant of Northamptonshire says children will remember the beacon lighting for the Queen's 90th birthday for the rest of their lives.

Beacons were lit across the UK on Thursday night to mark Her Majesty's birthday. Sir John Robinson told me the Queen was a symbol of "unity".

Northampton Town club shop to be refurbished

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The running of the club shop at Northampton Town's Sixfields Stadium is being handed to an outside company.

Kelvin Thomas
Getty Images

Chairman Kelvin Thomas said the shop was "an area we have been looking to improve since arriving", adding it will undergo a refurbishment from the end of May. The current staff will keep their jobs.

The club has also announced a new kit deal with sportswear brand Nike.

Home-schooling mother says school 'failed' her children

Elinor Cross

BBC Radio Northampton

Home-schooling mother Samantha Allington, from Northampton, explained to me why she educates her four children at home.

She told me it started when she discovered one of her children had dyslexia, while another was classed as "gifted" but she felt neither was getting the education she wanted for them.

Northamptonshire has seen a 27% rise in home-schooling in the last five years. Ms Allington said school "failed" her children...

Wilson going to be 'best player in the world', says five time champion

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Ronnie O'Sullivan, the five time World Snooker Champion, tweeted that Kettering's Kyren Wilson "is going to be the best player in the world one day" following the 24-year-old's victory over Cambridgeshire's Joe Perry. 

Kyren Wilson
PA

Wilson will now face the world number seven, Mark Allen, next. The second round is best of 25 frames and will be played on Sunday and Monday.

Weather: Cloudier and cooler today with patchy rain at times

BBC Weather Watchers

It's a cloudier day in Northamptonshire today, as you can see from this picture of East Haddon from BBC Weather Watcher 'Tire View'...

East Haddon
BBC

There may be some patchy rain later with a high of 10C (50F).

You can get more details on the BBC Weather website.

Headlines: MPs criticised for EU campaign pay... Home-schooling on the rise

Sarah Foster

BBC Radio Northampton

Here are your lunchtime headlines:

  • Two Northamptonshire MPs have been criticised for paying themselves £40,000 for running a campaign to leave the EU
  • The number of young people being home-schooled across the region is on the rise
  • An apprenticeship roadshow is taking place in Northampton today at the Royal and Derngate Theatre

Newport Gwent Dragons sign Northampton Saints' Pat Howard

BBC Sport

Northampton Saints' South African utility back Pat Howard will join Newport Gwent Dragons for the 2016-17 season.  

Pat Howard
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Howard, who can play on the wing or at centre, joined Saints from Western Province in April 2015.  

Wilson has a 'massive future', says defeated Perry

Joe Perry, the world number 10 from Cambridgeshire who lost 10-9 to Kettering's Kyren Wilson, has had some kind words to say about his opponent...

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Panesar 'getting closer' to making return to Northamptonshire team

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northamptonshire head coach David Ripley told me the one Second XI game that Monty Panesar played was "not enough" for him to be considered for next week's County Championship match against Essex in Chelmsford.

Monty Panesar
Getty Images

But Ripley said the 34-year-old former England spinner was "getting closer" to making his comeback and "is about where we hoped he would be".

EU Referendum: Arron Banks anger at Peter Bone and Tom Pursglove payments

BBC Politics

Two Northamptonshire Conservative MPs have come under fire for paying themselves a total of £40,000 for running a not-for-profit campaign for a Leave vote in the EU referendum.

Donor Arron Banks said he was "extremely shocked and disappointed" that Wellingborough MP Peter Bone (left) and Corby MP Tom Pursglove (right) had profited from Grassroots Out.

Peter Bone and Tom Pursglove
Getty Images

He called on them to pay the money to a "smaller Brexit" campaign. But in a joint statement, the MPs said employing them was "clearly the most cost-effective way" of campaigning. 

Future of education to be discussed at public event in Daventry

Daventry Express

Leading figures from education will be in Daventry next week to discuss the future of schools.

Twenty vehicles recovered as part of illegal road use operation in Wellingborough

Northamptonshire Telegraph

Twenty vehicles were recovered as part of an operation to tackle people using the roads illegally in Wellingborough last Saturday.

Cobblers looking for club record tomorrow

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Tomorrow Northampton Town travel to Yeovil hoping to set a new club record...

21 games unbeaten for Northampton Town equality the club record
Getty Images

The Cobblers are already champions of League Two, but are aiming to win their last three games to secure 100 points for the season.

World Snooker Championship: 'Stunning' Kyren Wilson beats Joe Perry

BBC Sport

Kettering's Kyren Wilson beats Joe Perry 10-9 in the first round after a "stunning" performance in the World Snooker Championship at the Crucible.

Here are the highlights...

Campaigners hoping to save Castle Theatre meet

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Campaigners met last night to try and save Wellingborough's Castle Theatre, after its operators were put into administration earlier this month.

Castle Theatre
BBC

More than 2,000 people have joined an online group to find a way of keeping the theatre doors open.

The group discussed ways to help protect the venue in the future, with administrators saying all current scheduled performances will continue.

Weedon Road in Northampton blocked westbound

BBC Travel

The A4500 Weedon Road in Northampton is blocked westbound between Sixfields roundabout and the Sandy Lane junction because of a crash involving two cars.

Number of home-schooled children in Northamptonshire rises by 27% in five years

Elinor Cross

BBC Radio Northampton

The number of young people being home-schooled across the region is on the rise.

data pic - home schooling in Northamptonshire
PA

Parents of home-schooled youngsters told BBC Radio Northampton they were removing their children for a number of reasons, but most commonly it was because they were being bullied or because they felt their children's disability was not being catered for.  

Weather: Cloudier and cooler today with patchy rain at times

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Cloudier and cooler across the area today with some patchy rain at times and a top temperature of 10C (50F).

You can see my full forecast below...

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

Headlines: Home-schooling rise...Castle Theatre meeting tonight

Andrew Radd

BBC Radio Northampton

Here are this mornings top stories:

  • The number of young people being home-schooled in Northamptonshire is on the rise
  • Campaigners trying to save the Castle Theatre in Wellingborough met last night to discuss ways to help protect the venue in the future
  • A leading family doctor in the county says GPs are "concerned" that next week's junior doctors' strike will put pressure on their service

Sport headlines: Kyren Wilson in last frame thriller...Cobbler looking for club record

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Here are your top sport stories:

  • Kettering's Kyren Wilson won a last frame thriller to beat Joe Perry 10-9 in the first round of the World Snooker Championship
  • Northampton Town will be aiming for a club record 22 matches unbeaten tomorrow at Yeovil
  • Nothamptonshire head coach David Ripley says that Monty Panesar won't be in the team for the trip to Essex in the county championship next week

Good morning and welcome to Local Live for Northamptonshire

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

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