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  1. Updates on Monday, 9 May 2016
  2. Northampton Town have confirmed manager Chris Wilder has been given permission to speak to League One rivals Charlton Athletic
  3. A campaign group that tried to stop the sale of the Ancient Egyptian statue Sekhemka has announced it is winding up
  4. Northants' cricketers struggle in the County Championship against Leicestershire
  5. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Tuesday

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Two Saints players nominated in Premiership Discovery of the Season award

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Northampton Saints' youngsters Paul Hill and Harry Mallinder are two of six players nominated for the Premiership Rugby Discovery of the Season award.

Paul Hill
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Prop Hill (pictured), 21, has had quite a stunning rise this season, culminating in getting his first cap for England and being part of England's Six Nations-winning squad.

Mallinder, the 19-year-old son of Saints' director of rugby Jim Mallinder, has also had a breakthrough season, becoming a regular at full-back or centre.

The pair will be up against Jack Clifford of Harlequins, Maro Itoje of Saracens, Sam James of Sale Sharks and Leicester's Harry Thacker, with the winner announced on 18 May.

Weather: Showers arriving which could be heavy

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Tonight it will be turning cloudier with a few showers, which could turn heavy and thundery in places with a low of 13C (55F).


Sunny intervals tomorrow and the odd shower through the morning, but with some more prolonged rainfall later in the day again could turn heavy and thundery in places. Highs of 17C (63F).

Village calls public meeting over plans to change bus route in Northamptonshire

Daventry Express

Campaigners in a Northamptonshire village are holding a public meeting against plans to drop a bus service.

Fear and loathing in county cricket: the grim financial realities of the domestic game

The Daily Telegraph

"Put it this way, we’re counting every loo roll," says Gavin Warren, the chairman of Northamptonshire, as he contemplates the financial realities of life at the sharp end of county cricket.   

Princess Diana island redesign for anniversary of death

Laura Devlin

BBC News

The island where Diana, Princess of Wales, was laid to rest is to undergo an "extensive remodelling" in time for the 20th anniversary of her death. 

Diana's grave is at the centre of Oval Lake at the Spencer family's estate at Althorp.


The estate said it should be completed by August 2017. Althorp opens to the public during the summer, but does not allow access to the island at the centre of the 13,000-acre estate.  

Headlines: Wilder to talk to Charlton... Seven interested in buying Tata Steel

Sarah Foster

BBC Radio Northampton

Here are your evening headlines:

Seven interested in buying Tata Steel's UK business

John Moylan

BBC industry & employment correspondent

Tata Steel confirmed it has received seven expressions of interest in buying its UK operations, and they have been immediately taken forward to the next stage of the sale process.

In addition, Tata Steel Europe is clarifying outstanding points with a number of other parties who have submitted an expression of interest. 

Tata Steel

Tata Steel says its intention is to sell the whole of its UK business, including its plant in Corby, rather than break it up, and says the seven expressions of interest being immediately taken forward are on this basis.

A428 re-opens after lorry gets stuck

The A428 has now re-opened between Harlestone and East Haddon after a lorry struck a bridge near Althorp.

The road was closed for about four hours to remove the vehicle.

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Northants all out for just 151

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

It's been a very poor batting display from Northants.

They slumped with to 151 all out and trail by 181, with an afternoon collapse of six wickets for just 25 runs.

Leicestershire have not enforced the follow-on and you can listen online or via the BBC Sport app.

Saints captain gives 'special mention' to flanker Harrison on England call-up

Northampton Saints' flanker Teimana Harrison has been selected in an England training squad for the first time along with five of his Saints team-mates.

The selection has pleased Saints' captain, scrum-half Lee Dickson.

(By the way... Harrison's Twitter handle is @rasta_dreadlock, as he used to have dreadlocks).

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Who are Charlton and why might Wilder go there?

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

It was as recently as 2007 that Charlton Athletic were in the Premier League and still have an impressive infrastructure, with their stadium The Valley and its 27,111 capacity.

However, last month Charlton were relegated to League One - the same league Northampton Town were promoted to, making the clubs direct rivals.

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Belgian businessman Roland Duchatelet took over Charlton as owner in January 2014 and fans have criticised his running of the club, even staging a protest at Saturday's final game of the season.

Jose Riga resigned after that game - the fifth manager since Duchatelet took over.

'Charlton is a big club and if it's right he'll go' - ex-Cobblers' keeper Lee Harper

Lee Harper

Former Northampton Town goalkeeper

If Chris Wilder is going to talk to Charlton and get certain promises he's going to get what he wants to improve the football club, then he could possibly take it.

Chris Wilder
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Charlton is big club, with a big stadium and a big following. I don't want him to go, because I want Northampton Town to go as high as possible, but my gut feeling is that if it's right, he's going to go.

Northampton Town chairman wants 'quick decision' over Wilder's future

Northampton Town chairman Kelvin Thomas has told both Chris Wilder and Charlton he wants a "quick decision" over whether Wilder will leave the Cobblers for their League One rivals.

Chris Wilder
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The Cobblers have given Wilder and assistant Alan Knill permission to speak to Charlton, and Thomas said if they do go the successor will take over "a very strong, stable club with an excellent group of players", describing it as "a very attractive job".

Cobblers can't match Charlton's budget, admits Northampton chairman

Northampton Town chairman Kelvin Thomas said he would be "very sad" to see Chris Wilder and Alan Knill go, but admitted the Cobblers "would not be able to match both the salary and the playing budget" of Charlton.

Chris Wilder
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Mr Thomas continued: "We have already turned down some interest from other clubs, but after discussions this morning I respect their decision to meet Charlton."

Decision to speak to Charlton 'difficult', says Wilder

"My relationship with the chairman and the fans is going to make this a very difficult decision, but I do feel at this stage of my career it is one I need to explore," said 48-year-old Wilder, on the decision to speak to Charlton about the vacant managerial role.

Chris Wilder
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Jose Riga resigned as Addicks boss after their relegation to League One.

Wilder's assistant Alan Knill has also been given permission to speak to Charlton after a clause in his contract was also triggered.

Wilder set for Charlton Athletic talks

Northampton Town boss Chris Wilder is set for talks with Charlton Athletic.

Wilder, who yesterday joined the team on an open-top bus parade through the town as they celebrated the League Two title, joined the Cobblers in January 2014.

Northampton Town confirmed Wilder had been given permission to enter talks with the newly-relegated London side.

Chris Wilder
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BreakingCobblers boss given green light for Charlton Athletic talks

Northampton Town have confirmed manager Chris Wilder has been given permission to speak to League One rivals Charlton Athletic. 

Day of sunshine causing high pollen levels

BBC Weather

While temperatures are set to hit 22C (72C) today with bright sunshine in Northamptonshire, if you suffer from hayfever then, we're afraid, you might want to take some medication...

pollen levels

Headlines: Cobblers parade enjoyed in Northampton... A428 closed after lorry hits bridge

Sarah Foster

BBC Radio Northampton

Here are your lunchtimes headlines:

Weather: Sunny and warm

BBC Weather Watchers

A few wispy clouds in the sky, but plenty of sunshine in Northamptonshire. This is Crick from BBC Weather Watcher 'kris'.


The dry and sunny weather will continue through the rest of today. The sunshine will turn hazy into this afternoon, with temperatures reaching 22C (72F).

More details on the BBC Weather website.

Wickets tumble in morning session in Northants' County Championship match

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northants are 73 for 3 at lunch against Leicestershire, leaving the county trailing by 259 runs.

Grace Road

The wickets have been tumbling here at Grace Road with eight in the morning session.

What will the afternoon have in store? You can find out with full commentary online or via the BBC Sport app.

Recover of lorry stuck under bridge near Althorp begins

Northamptonshire Police say the fire service has begun recovery work to remove the lorry stuck under the low bridge near Althorp.

They say the road is currently closed between Harlestone and East Haddon and are advising motorists to take an alternative route.

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Northampton Town 'smashed it' says Wilder

James Burridge

BBC Look East

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder told me the club "smashed it" in its title-winning season.

Wilder made the remarks during Sunday's open-top bus parade through the town, where chairman Kelvin Thomas also described the League Two title as a "fairytale".

Picture: A428 blocked after lorry hits bridge

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The A428 is blocked in both directions near Althorp and the Great Brington turn and you can see why...

Lorry hits bridge
Alan Taylor

If there are any updates we'll bring them to you.

Fears mini supermarket near to Northampton homeless centre could lead to street drinking rise

Northampton Chronicle & Echo

Plans to open a mini-supermarket near a homeless centre in Northampton have been hit with objections, after fears it will lead to an increase in street drinking.

A428 closed in East Haddon

BBC Travel

The A428 in East Haddon is closed in both directions between the Great Brington Turn and Church Lane because of a vehicle hitting a bridge.

Captain Wakely not fielding but OK to bat for Northants

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northants were poor in the field yesterday, especially with the first new ball, and they leaked a mighty 60 extras.

But they've started well on this glorious morning with four early wickets, with Leicestershire on 323-9 at Grace Road.

Grace Road

Captain Alex Wakely dislocated a finger dropping a catch yesterday. He hasn't taken the field this morning but he's fine after a scan and hopes to bat. 

There's full commentary online or via the BBC Sport app.

World boxing champion Anthony Joshua visits Northampton and raises £20k for charity

Northants Herald & Post

A boxing champion was the star guest of an event in Northampton last week which raised thousands of pounds for a charity set up in the memory of a girl who died from cancer.

Uncapped Harrison among six Saints players in England squad

BBC Sport

Northampton Saints' flanker Teimana Harrison is in the England squad for the first time, alongside five of his Saints team-mates.

Teimana Harrison
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England host Wales at the end of the month and play a three-match Test series in Australia in June.

Harrison is joined by fellow Saints Dylan Hartley, Paul Hill, Kieran Brookes, Courtney Lawes and Luther Burrell.

Save Sekhemka group winding up, but will offer support to others

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

The campaign group that tried to stop the sale of ancient Egyptian statue Sekhemka has announced it's now winding itself up.


Despite much controversy the statue was sold by Northampton Borough Council for £15.76m to an anonymous buyer in 2014. The government recently lifted an export ban, meaning it can now leave the country.

The Save Sekhemka Action Group says although it's now ceasing its campaign, it will offer advice and support to any group wanting to stop UK museums selling exhibits.

Northampton Town: Oxford United claims 'embarrassing' - Buchanan

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Michael Appleton's claim that his second-placed Oxford side have been the best team in League Two are "embarrassing", says Northampton defender David Buchanan.  

David Buchanan

"If you look through all the leagues from the Premier League right down to League Two, the biggest margin of victory [13 points] is Northampton Town's," he said.

He also told BBC Radio Northampton: "How people come out and say they're the best team in the league is a bit disrespectful to ourselves."

Northants suffer 'tough' day as Leicestershire pile on the runs

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

On day one of their County Championship game against Leicestershire, Northants opted to field first and enjoyed an early breakthrough when in-form Paul Horton was trapped lbw.

But after that, Leicestershire's batsmen prospered and guided them to 311-5 at stumps.

Captain Alex Wakely said it was "tough"...

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There is full commentary, with me, online from 11:00.

Oxford boss Appleton stands by 'best team' comments

Last night at their end of season awards, Oxford United manager Michael Appleton stood by his comments that his side, who finished runners-up to Northampton Town by 13 points, were the best team in League Two.

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What do you think? Is it friendly banter, or is he genuinely misguided?

Let us know via emailtweet us or join in the discussion on Facebook.

Northampton MP enjoys Cobblers parade

The MP for Northampton North, Michael Ellis, was at the open-top parade yesterday.

He was at the Guildhall where county council chairman Phil Larratt presented a ceremonial scroll to the club as part of a civic reception...

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One lane blocked on M1 southbound before junction 16

BBC Travel

The M1 has one lane closed just before junction 16 (Daventry) because of an accident involving two lorries.

Wilder hails 'second best celebrations' following Oxford comments

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

After Oxford United manager Michael Appleton said his team were the "best in League Two", Northampton Town's Chris Wilder hit back at the parade yesterday, saying it was the "second best open-top bus parade in the league".

As predicted, the comments also cheesed off a fair few Cobblers supporters. Watch as this chorus of "Are you watching Appleton?" broke out...

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Oxford United boss hails his team as 'the best in League Two' despite finishing runners-up

Now, what do you think of this Cobblers fans...?

Oxford United manager Michael Appleton says HIS side were "the best team" in League Two this season, despite finishing second by a 13-point margin.

Michael Appleton

Appleton told BBC Radio Oxford: "This will cheese off a few Northampton fans... but I think we have been the best team in the division."

Sour grapes, perhaps?

A14 blocked westbound at junction 10

BBC Travel

The A14 is partially blocked westbound at junction 10 (Burton Latimer) because of an accident involving two lorries and a van.

Were you among the thousands in Northampton yesterday?

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

These were the scenes in Northampton town centre yesterday during the Cobblers' open-top bus parade. Were you there? Can you spot yourself?

Cobblers parade
Cobblers parade
Cobblers parade
Cobblers parade