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  1. Updates on Wednesday, 25 May 2016
  2. Updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday
  3. Steel workers from across the country, including Corby, have marched on Parliament over the Tata Steel crises
  4. A fox cub who got his head stuck in a jam jar has been rescued

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By Pete Cooper

All times stated are UK

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From Corby steel to fox cubs in a sticky situation: Our live coverage today

That's all from us today.

Workers for Corby have been in London today marching on Parliament. They are now back in Corby, while Tata are still considering bids for its UK business.

Steel protest

We also had a fire in Desborough which closed a few roads, but they are all now open and the cordon has been removed.

And let's not forget the fox cub with a jam jar on its head.

Find out what tomorrow has in store tomorrow from 08:00.

Tata boss: No bid shortlist yet

BBC Business Live

Koushik Chatterjee, Tata Steel's group executive director, has confirmed there is still no decision about which bidders have made the shortlist to take over its UK operations, including the plant in Corby.

BreakingTributes to festival-goer crash victim

Tributes have been paid to one of four festival-goers killed in a head-on car crash in Oxfordshire. 

Brogan Warren (pictured), 21, from Northampton, died after the Citroen Saxo she was travelling in crashed on the Shrivenham bypass, near Swindon, on Sunday night.

Brogan Warren
Thames Valley Police

It is understood the other victims travelling with her from Bristol's vegan festival VegFest were Sam Kay, Nicoletta Tocco and Krop Jones. 

Ms Warren's mother Deborah Bryne said she had a "magical soul". 

'No bids shortlisted' for Tata's UK steel assets

BBC Business Live

At a press conference in Mumbai, Tata Steel's management has said it hasn't drawn up a final shortlist of the bidders for its UK steel assets, which include the plant in Corby.

Corby steel

It said it was in the process of evaluating offers and bids that have come up.

Tata's board was in the confidential phase of the process and there would have to be time to evaluate the bids, journalists were told.

FGM is 'complex' - but a priority for Northamptonshire

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Northamptonshire is in the top ten places in the UK for incidences of female genital mutilation (FGM).

The practice is the focus of Northamptonshire Safeguarding Week today.

Dann Hannon, the chairman of Northamptonshire Flower, which supports FGM victims, says she is pleased it has been "picked up as a priority".

She described FGM as a "complex thing and it's not about just one community," adding it is important for the health service and police to "build up trust," not just with victims but the communities they live in.  


Northants hold on for a draw against Gloucestershire

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

It's been determined final day of batting from Northants to earn them a seven point draw here at Bristol against Gloucestershire.

Steven Crook
Getty Images

They were helped by fine centuries from Rob Newton and Steven Crook.

Next up for Northants is the T20 Blast, with their first home game against Derbyshire.

Weather: Cloudy and chilly

BBC Weather Watchers

There is cloud across Northamptonshire...


And if you unlucky some of it could contain a bit of drizzle. Either way, it's going to be chilly.

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

Vicar of Finedon Richard Coles leads pro-religion argument in Mirror debate

A study has revealed 48.5% of the people in England and Wales now say they have no religious beliefs, compared with 43.8% who say they are Christians.

It's led to the Daily Mirror leading a debate on whether Britain would be a better place if it was Godless?

Richrd coles

And Northamptonshire's very own Reverend Richard Coles is at the centre of things. The Vicar of Finedon and radio presenter argues "religion if done properly is a great organiser of goodness".

Among his 'opponents' is Andrew Copson, the chief of the British Humanist Association, who told the Mirror a "non-religious approach to morality is best".

Roads around fire in Desborough hope to re-open 'within the next hour'

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The fire in Desborough is at the industrial unit at Magnetic Park.

Police say it is a "small fire", which has put some cylinders containing acetylene at-risk. Nearby roads have been closed as a "precaution".

They say they hope to have the roads open again within the next hour.

Area of Desborough closed due to gas cylinder fire

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

There is a 200m cordon around a fire in Desborough on the industrial estate on Eagle Avenue.

The fire involves an acetylene gas cylinder at an engineering company.

The county council says there are no homes within the cordon.  

Breaking'Chemical incident' closes road in Desborough

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Eagle Avenue in Desborough is closed at the Bear Way junction due to what is being referred to as a "chemical incident".

We have called Northamptonshire Police and hopefully will have an update soon.

Fox cub with head stuck in jam jar rescued by RSPCA

Annabel Amos

BBC Radio Northampton

A hungry fox cub got in a rather sticky situation in Rushden last Friday - after getting his head stuck in a jam jar...

Fox with head stuck in jam jar

Animal Collection Officer Sharon Knight told me she had rescued a few cats with their heads stuck in baked bean tins, but never fox with a jam jar on its head.

She said if the RSPCA not been alerted by a member of the public the cub "could have starved to death".

The cub had no injuries so was immediately released back to his family, who were nearby.

Crook half century help Northants into lead

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

It's a moody afternoon at Bristol, but Northants continue the fight to save this game, nudging their lead up towards three figures. There are still 40 overs left in the game and more work to do to secure a draw.


Steven Crook has a second half century - and in the wider context of the season it's very important for Northants to have him fit and in form. 

You can join me and Northants captain Alex Wakely for the conclusion of the game online or via the BBC Sport app.

Balloon crash passenger ‘hopes to be released from hospital soon’

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

It was the big story of the weekend. A hot-air balloon crashed and burst into flames in a field in Earls Barton, leaving a passenger with burns injuries.

Today, the Northamptonshire Telegraph has revealed the woman in questions is recovering well and "hoping to be released from hospital very soon".

Hot air balloon crash
Eddie White

Northampton Town take League Two trophy on tour of the shops

The Cobblers have again been taking the League Two trophy on a tour of Northampton.

Today, along with Clarence the Dragon, they started in Morrisons...

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Tata Steel march: 'Steel industry must not be destroyed,' says Labour leader Corbyn

BBC Business Live

Jeremy Corbyn has joined steel workers marching through London to highlight the crisis facing the British steel industry.

Northants trail by 18 with five wickets in hand at lunch

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

It's lunch on the final day at Bristol and Northants are hanging in there against Gloucestershire at 224-5, now 18 runs behind.


Rob Newton is on 99 not out, and was helped by 39 from wicket-keeper Adam Rossington, who was clearly in discomfort regularly quickly taking his left hand off his bat.

Newton will be with all-rounder Steven Crook when we resume and you can listen to how they get on online or via the BBC Sport app.

Tata Steel march: Government 'hasn't done much,' Unions claim

Stuart Ratcliffe

BBC Look East

Steel workers from across the UK, including Corby, have arrived at Parliament having marched through London.

On the coach down to the capital, I spoke to Andy Trigg, the Community Union representative for Corby...

Tata Steel march: PM says there are 'no guarantees'

Vicki Young

Chief Political Correspondent

While Tata Steel workers and Union leaders are marching through London, David Cameron has been speaking to journalists travelling to Japan for the G7 summit.

The Prime Minister said the government was continuing to work for "a good outcome" for the steel industry.

Steel march

He said there were a number of serious companies involved in the bidding process for Tata Steel, "but there are no guarantees" of success.

Tata Steel march: Workers arrive at Houses of Parliament

Tata Steel march: Workers and union leader lead march

Tata Steel march: 'Every job is important'

Stuart Ratcliffe

BBC Look East

Workers from Corby have arrived in London to join Tata Steel colleagues on a march through London.

Earlier on the coach journey down, I spoke to Mark James, a Tata Steel employee in Corby, whose mother worked at the plant and whose two sons now work there...

Tata Steel march: Workers chant 'save our steel'

Where do Corby's workers fit into Tata Steel's UK business

Tata Steel employ thousands across the UK, mainly in Wales and northern England.

Most are in Port Talbort, but the number in Corby is still significant...

Tata jobs in England and Wales - 578 in Corby

Tata Steel march: ... And arriving in London

Stuart Ratcliffe

BBC Look East

Tata steel march: Corby workers leaving for London

This was the scene this morning in Corby as workers left for a march by employees of Tata Steel in the UK.

Tata Steel march: Corby workers leave for London protest

A coach filled with steel workers from Corby has left for London. Once there they will join workers from across the country for a march on Parliament to protest about the ongoing Tata Steel crises.

Our man Stuart Ratcliffe is on the coach with them.

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Tata Steel march: What happened to Tata Steel?

Victoria Derbyshire

Hundreds of steelworkers, including some from Corby, are set to march through central London to highlight the crisis facing the British steel industry.

The protest comes as the future of Tata Steel's British operation is discussed at the company's board meeting in Mumbai.

Here's a look back at the trouble Tata Steel has faced...

Chron reveal bus subsidy cuts proposal

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Bus users beware - the Northampton Chronicle & Echo has today revealed the county council is considering cutting £1.35m public transport subsidy.

What does that mean? Basically, as the Chron says it would see the withdrawal of all funds from bus services in Northampton.

Why? Budget pressures of course... read the full story on the paper's website.


Newton holding firm, but county will probably have to bat all day

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northants cricketers were struggling at 28-2 yesterday, but Rob Newton's unbeaten half-century left them 120-3 at stumps on day three.

Rob newton
Getty Images

They still trail Gloucestershire by 122 runs at Bristol and will most probably have to bat for most, if not all, of the day to save the match.

And it looks like the weather won't save them either. There is full commentary online from 11:00 or via the BBC Sport app.

University says it gives staff other benefits away from pay

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

The University of Northampton says it "stands by the offer" of a 1.1% increase for lecturers, which has lead to a 48-hour strike.

University Strike

A university spokesman said staff have other benefits, such a "generous annual leave," "flexible working" and " annual increments separate from the pay claim".

The university "will be very much open for business as usual during this two-day strike".

Staff and students take part in strike at university

Lecturers are striking over pay and zero hour contracts. They've been joined by students on the picket line.

And they have a catchy chant...

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Students 'supporting staff,' says University of Northampton lecturer

University of Northampton journalism lecturer Hilary Scott has tweeted this video - taken outside the Avenue Campus - of today's strike...

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Strike won't impact students now... but may in the future

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

Lecturers at the University of Northampton are currently taking part in a strike over pay and zero hours contracts.

They insist because exams are over, students will not be affected...

"It isn't hitting students yet, be if the matter isn't resolved swiftly it may well do" - Nick Cartwright

Nicky Adams says he will 'never forget' Cobblers League Two win

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Thank you. And goodbye.

That's the message from Cobblers winger Nicky Adams, who is leaving Northampton Town for Carlisle.

On his Twitter account, he said the club's League Two win was "special in so many ways and something I will never forget".

Nicky Adams
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University lecturers striking over contracts and 1.1% pay rise

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

I've been to the University of Northampton this morning where lecturers have started a 48-hour strike.

Members of the University and College Union want equal pay and an end to "zero hours" contracts.

University protest

The University says it stands by the offer of a 1.1% pay rise. There are similar strikes across the country today.

Police hunt for man who relieved himself on McDonald's till

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

This is the face of a man police are looking for after a customer "alarmed staff and customers" at McDonald's by urinating against the till area of the fast food eatery.

The incident took place in the early hours of Friday, 13 May at the branch in the Drapery in Northampton and yesterday police released this CCTV image.

Described as a white man in his twenties with ginger hair, the man was wearing a white shirt and trousers.

Man in McDonalds
Northamptonshire Police

Weather: Cloudy and feeling chilly

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

Today will be cloudy and it'll feel chilly, with some outbreaks of rain and a high of just 11C (52F).

You can see my full forecast below...

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

Tata Steel march: MP says party politics 'doesn't matter' compared to saving industry

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Corby's MP Tom Pursglove is set to meet steel workers marching through London today in protest at the ongoing Tata Steel crises.

The Conservative has been working in the cross party steel group since entering Parliament a year ago.

"I completely support the campaign. Part politics just doesn't matter comparing our steel industry - Tom Pursglove MP

Tata Steel march: Government 'can do more' to help the industry

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

One of those marching with steel workers in London today is Corby Borough Council leader, Tom Beattie.

He said Corby steel works, which employs 578 people, was "vital" to the town and the march was an attempt to get the government to support the steel industry

"I'm pleased that the government have decided to take a stake in the industry but there is more that they can do" - Tom Beattie, Corby Borough Council leader