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  1. Updates on Thursday, 12 May 2016
  2. Chris Wilder leaves Northampton Town to become Sheffield United's new manager
  3. Wilder's move to Sheffield United was "too good to turn down", says Cobblers' chairman Kelvin Thomas
  4. Heather Smith has been selected as the new leader of Northamptonshire County Council
  5. A Northamptonshire stalking victim says she 'lived in fear' for 18 months
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Friday

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By Pete Cooper

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage through the day

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Thanks for joining us on the day it was confirmed manager Chris Wilder will be leaving Northampton Town for Sheffield United.

    I'm afraid that's now it for Local Live today, but we'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow with the latest Cobblers news, including who's in the running to take the vacant seat at Sixfields. 

    We'll also bring you live updates on the rest of the county's news, sport, weather and travel. Will see you then.

  2. Weather: Dry tonight and tomorrow

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    There will be good spells of sunshine to end the day but it will turn increasingly cloudy overnight, with a low of 10C (50F).

    Weather map

    It will be a cloudy start to tomorrow but there will be some bright or sunny breaks, with a top temperature of 16C (61F).

  3. Wilder won close to half his game at Northampton Town

    Chris Wilder had almost a 50% win ratio with Northampton Town, better than his 38% at Halifax and 45% at Oxford.

    48% win percentage

    Sheffield United are hoping his win percentage continues its upward trend.

  4. Wilder returns as manager to the club he made his league debut with

    Chris Wilder made over 100 appearances for Sheffield United in two spells. 

    Of the 11 clubs he played for in his career, he only played more games for Rotherham United (132).

    He also made his league debut with The Blades...

    1986 when Chris Wilder first joined Sheffield United
  5. Wilder at Northampton Town: Short but sweet

    He may have won League Two and before that saved the Cobblers from relegation, but Chris Wilder actually spent more time at Oxford Town (269 games) and Halifax Town (312 games) as a manager...

    126 games at the Cobblers, his shortest managerial spell - Chris Wilder

    He now moves on to Sheffield United, initially on a three-year contract.

  6. Wilder to Sheffield United: A 'major coup'

    BBC Sports Editor Dan Roan says Wilder leaving Northampton Town for Sheffield United is a "major coup" and recalls the impassioned speech away at Notts County in November last year, before Kelvin Thomas took over the club...

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  7. Hard for Wilder to turn down his boyhood club

    Joe Townsend

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    I think many Northampton Town fans will genuinely wish Chris Wilder well at Sheffield United. They know it is his boyhood team in the city he still lives, and you can't begrudge that.

    Chris Wilder

    Given the success Chris Wilder has had with the Cobblers, it was inevitable clubs would be interested. 

    Bolton and Charlton have both been turned down and there were even rumours of Nottingham Forest being interested today, but there wasn't much chance of Wilder turning down Sheffield United.

    Many Cobblers fans won't just remember this wonderful season, but also his impassioned speech at the Notts County game which seemed to spur on the Kelvin Thomas takeover and the securing of the club's future.

  8. Watch Wilder on the bus parade four days ago

    James Burridge

    BBC Look East

    Chris Wilder's last public act as Northampton Town manager was a memorable one - celebrating with the team on an open-top bus tour of Northampton, with thousands of people cheering the champions.

    He was clearly in a good mood, telling me the club had "smashed" it...

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    Video caption: Cobblers boss Chris Wilder says the club "smashed it" in its title-winning season.
  9. Wilder signs three-year deal at Sheffield United

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Chris Wilder and assistant Alan Knill have signed three-year deals at Bramall Lane and will leave Northampton Town with immediate effect, the club said.

    Chris Wilder

    United said Wilder's appointment was "not sentimental" despite his strong connections to the club.

    He will meet the media tomorrow.

  10. Wilder and Knill 'most successful management team for a long time' - Kelvin Thomas

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Cobblers' chairman Kelvin Thomas says departing manager Chris Wilder and his assistant Alan Knill were the "most successful management team at this club for a long time".

    Chris wilder and Alan Knill

    Chris Wilder joined the Cobblers in January 2014, saving the club from relegation. 

    This season he went on to lead the team to the League Two title with four games to spare. They were also unbeaten in the league in 2016.

  11. Cobblers chairman has already met with four potential managers

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    With Chris Wilder now at Sheffield United, the search starts for a new Northampton Town manager...

    Cobblers chairman Kelvin Thomas (pictured) says he has "met four potential managers as part of the initial search".

    Kelvin Thomas

    He said he also has a "list of targets" he wants to speak to and will also wait for applications to come in, adding he was looking for the "right type of manager" to lead Northampton Town.

  12. Wilder to Sheffield United 'too good to turn down', says Cobblers chairman

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Northampton Town chairman Kelvin Thomas said he is "disappointed" Chris Wilder has left the club, but admitted Sheffield United was an "opportunity just too good to turn down".

    Chris Wilder

    Wilder is a former Sheffield United player and captain, and has spoken about his affection for the club describing himself a "fan".

    Thomas said he wished Wilder and assistant Alan Knill "all the best" at the Cobblers' League One rivals, but added only "for 44 of the 46 games next season".

  13. Northampton Town lose Chris Wilder to Sheffield United

    Joe Townsend

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    Chris Wilder, who guided Northampton Town to the League Two title, has left the club to join Sheffield United as their new manager.

    Chris Wilder

    Earlier today the League One side sacked manager Nigel Adkins and the Cobblers confirmed they accepted an approach from The Blades.

    Wilder, assistant Alan Knill and head of sports science Matt Prestridge, will all make the journey up north.

  14. BreakingChris Wilder moves to Sheffield United

    Chris Wilder has left Northampton Town to become Sheffield United's new manager.

  15. Local government shake-up 'not kicked into long grass' but there's other priorities, says new county council leader

    Sam Read

    BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

    For weeks now there's been heated discussions about how many councils are needed to run services in Northamptonshire.

    County hall

    Today, on her first day as leader of the county council, Heather Smith said a study into all this shouldn't happen until internal restructure and budgetary problems are sorted out.

    She told me she was "not kicking [the issue] into the long grass". But those who want changes will be disappointed.

  16. Social media means people can be stalked 'remotely'

    Elinor Cross

    BBC Radio Northampton

    The Sunflower Centre in Northampton, which supports victims of stalking, says it is seeing an increase in people being stalked through social media.


    Centre manager Lucy Westley says there is a "lot more access to stuff which can be used to stalk someone remotely or put fear into someone from a distance".

  17. Daventry MP praises BBC Radio Northampton in the Commons

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Chris Heaton-Harris, the Conservative MP for Daventry, spoke during a debate on the BBC white paper in the Commons, saying "in Northamptonshire the standard of BBC local radio is of the highest quality".

    Chris Heaton-Harris

    He went on to thank the staff of BBC Radio Northampton for "the service they provide".

    In delivering his plans overhauling the way the BBC is run, Culture Secretary John Whittingdale said local radio was "fundamental" to the corporation's public service remit.

  18. Wellingborough MP welcomes BBC overhaul but wants the end of the licence fee

    BBC News Channel

    Peter Bone, Conservative MP for Wellingborough, says the major overhaul of the BBC announced by Culture Secretary John Whittingdale has "moved things forward, but it wasn't the radical reform that people had been expecting".

    Peter Bone

    Mr Bone, a well-known critic of the corporation, said he "welcomed the white paper" but was "disappointed it didn't deal with long-term funding".

    He added he wants to "move away from the licence fee", describing it as a "false tax on people who want to watch television".

  19. Northamptonshire Police has best court arrest warrant record in the country

    Craig Lewis

    BBC News

    As we reported yesterday, more than 400 people in Northamptonshire who skipped bail while facing, or having been convicted of, criminal charges are on the run - among more than 13,000 across England.

    But despite the pressure, Northamptonshire Police has one of the best records in the country - with warrants being executed within an average of five days.

    That's the fastest level in England, and much better than the national average of 20 days.

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    Video caption: Northants Police take an average of five days to execute warrants issued through courts.