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Summary

  1. Some Northamptonshire councils will have to pay millions of pounds to support the government's extended 'Right to Buy' scheme, according to Shelter
  2. George North rules out playing in the Rugby Sevens at the Rio Olympics
  3. Updates for Wednesday, 4 May 2016
  4. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Thursday at 08:00

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Tom Percival

    BBC Radio Northampton

    That's it from the Local Live page for Northamptonshire for today. We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00.

    Meanwhile, please email us your photos and stories. We love to hear from you.

  2. Weather: Chilly and clear

    BBC Weather

    This evening will be dry across Northamptonshire, with some good sunny spells before dusk.

    It will be a dry, chilly night with clear skies. Minimum temperature: 4C (39F).

    Weather
  3. Olympic sailor pays tribute to Northampton Sailing Club

    Tom Percival

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Dylan Fletcher, who was learning to sail at Pitsford reservoir at the age of 12, said the sailing club there was where he "bit the bug" for the sport.

    Fletcher, and his partner, Alain Sign, will sail in the 49er class at Rio. He said: "A really nice group of people [at Pitsford] got me involved, got me keen, got me racing."

    Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign

    Fletcher added making Olympic selection was a weight off their shoulders: "It was a huge relief. It's been a long road to get here... Going to the Olympics and representing GB is such a great honour."

  4. Northamptonshire against Derbyshire ends in a draw

    Alex Winter

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    Derbyshire have confidently fended off any hopes of a Northamptonshire win by batting out the day at Wantage Road for the loss of only one second innings wicket.

    Chesney Hughes led the way for the visitors with an unbeaten 109, as the match was drawn in balmy Northamptonshire sunshine.

    Next up for the county is Grace Road on Sunday and a four day match against Leicestershire.

  5. Headlines: Two men stabbed in Corby... Daventry district goes to the Polls

    Sarah Foster

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Good afternoon, here are the latest headlines:

    • Two men have suffered stab wounds and needed hospital treatment after they were attacked in a pub car park in Corby
    • Politicians from across the political divide are urging people in Daventry district to use their vote tomorrow
    • Northamptonshire Sailor Dylan Fletcher has been named in the Team GB squad for the Rio Olympics this summer
  6. Pitsford sailor selected for Team GB's Olympic squad

    Kris Holland

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Dylan Fletcher, who trained at Pitsford with Northampton Sailing Club, will represent Team GB at the Rio Olympics.

    Dylan Fletcher

    Fletcher and his partner Alain Sign - who he has been sailing with for nearly ten years - will compete in the 49er class at this summer's games, the Royal Yachting Association announced earlier.

    He said: "We are best mates, so to be going to the Olympic Games with him is really special. He is the best crew in the world and when we are on our day we are untouchable."

  7. Careers day for armed forces members

    Stuart Ratcliffe

    BBC Look East

    Current and former members of the armed forces have been at Franklin's Gardens today, home of Northampton Saints, to hear how Northamptonshire can offer them a career in civilian life.

    The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers has been working with businesses in the automotive and high technology sectors, as well as emphasising the affordability of property in Northamptonshire.  

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    Video caption: Current and former members of the armed forces hear about new careers in civilian life.
  8. Saints' George North rules out Rio

    Graham McKechnie

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    George North has ruled out competing in the Rugby Sevens at the Olympics this summer, following speculation he'd be on the plane to Rio.

    "In the grand scheme of things I'm a 15s player," he said. "It'd be awesome to play in Rio, but it's a big old ask after this season being so long... I think for the longevity of my career it'd be better to take a few weeks away, rest up and get ready for next season."

    George North

    North also told me he's excited to be playing in from of a noisy Kingsholm crowd this weekend, as Saints look to round off an inconsistent season with a win at Gloucester.

  9. Kids of Steel triathlon comes to Corby

    Martin Borley

    BBC Radio Northampton

    The annual Kids of Steel triathlon took place in Corby today, with hundreds of eight to 13-year-olds swimming, cycling and running in the town.

    It was the tenth year the event, organised by Tata Steel, has been held.

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    Video caption: The annual Kids of Steel triathlon took place in Corby today.
  10. Saints' captain relishing final day battle at Kingsholm

    Graham McKechnie

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    After an up and down season, Saints travel to Gloucester this weekend looking to wrap up a top six finish and qualification for the European Champions Cup - and it's a fixture Lee Dickson is looking forward to.

    Lee Dickson

    "Gloucester's brilliant, similar to here," he said. "They've got very loyal fans who want the best. They're in a similar boat to us, not had the best season... we both need to win."

  11. Leicester City win Premier League: The greatest sporting story - or Northampton Town?

    Craig Lewis

    BBC News

    The BBC's chief sports writer, Tom Fordyce, has been debating where Leicester City's incredible Premier League triumph stands among the most remarkable sports stories. But what about Northampton Town's incredible League Two victory this season?

    Great sporting shocks

    The club were bottom of the football league ladder when Chris Wilder took over as manager in 2014. And in early November last year they were only in fifth place, seven points off then leaders Plymouth - and more importantly just days from ceasing to exist.

    The rest is history...

  12. 'Kick up the backside' helped Dickson refocus

    Graham McKechnie

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    Northampton Saints' captain Lee Dickson has spoken candidly about the impact of being left out of the world cup squad on his early season form.

    "At the start of the season I was probably a little bit bitter and trying to do too much, trying to be someone I wasn't. Then I had a good chat with Jim [Mallinder], a kick up the backside which everyone needs... I refocused."

    Lee Dickson

    Saints - and Dickson - stuttered early on and have been playing catch-up in the Premiership ever since. They wrap up their season away to Gloucester this weekend.

  13. Kids of Steel a sunny success

    Martin Borley

    BBC Radio Northampton

    I've been in Corby for the annual 'Kids of Steel' triathlon - and the weather couldn't have been better.

    Kids of Steel

    The event is replicated in steel towns around the country and while it isn't a competitive event, you can tell how hard some of the children are pushing in the swim, bike and run event.

  14. Spring has (finally) sprung

    Tom Percival

    BBC Radio Northampton

    BBC Weather Watcher "Tire View" sent us this photo of East Haddon, this morning. What a day in Northamptonshire...

    East Haddon

    This afternoon will remain dry with plenty of sunshine and just a little cloud building. Maximum Temperature: 16C (61F).

  15. Do you get your phone out at the dinner table?

    Tom Percival

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Trains have quiet carriages where mobile phones are banned, but do we need the same for restaurants?

    In a survey, 83% of people told a restaurant reservation service they'd welcome a "no phone zone" - and in January a restaurant in Leamington Spa banned diners from using mobile phones.  

    Food phone

    But Dan Coshan, the manager of the Tap & Kitchen at Oundle, is more relaxed: "People talking on their phones can be considered a bit rude. People using social media could be communicating about the restaurant and we see a benefit in that."

  16. Headlines: Man assaulted on popular footpath... Right to buy in Northampton 'may cost millions'

    Sarah Foster

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Hello, we hope you're enjoying the sunshine! Here are the lunchtime headlines:

    • An 18-year-old man was assaulted and had his phone and wallet stolen close to the Brampton Halt pub in the Brampton Valley Way on Sunday night
    • Housing charity Shelter claims Northampton Borough Council would have to sell council housing worth £22m every year to fund discounts given to housing association tenants seeking to take advantage of a proposed new right to buy scheme
    • Northamptonshire were all out for 470 on the final day of their county championship match against Derbyshire
  17. Kettering's Easter egg hunt winner

    Tom Percival

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Four-year-old Freya McGuinness was the happiest girl in Kettering this Easter, after she won the town's egg and word hunt.

    Kettering Borough Council

    Two hundred and fifty children took part in the hunt for 16 eggs hidden in shops around Kettering. Each egg had a word on it, which then had to be found in a word search.