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  1. Updates for Friday, 14 October 2016
  2. Premiership-winning backs coach Alex King leaves Northampton Saints
  3. Hospital parking charge one of the highest in England
  4. Northants Ben Duckett chance to impress in Bangladesh washed out

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  1. That's all from us

    We'll be back on Monday morning with all the news, weather, sport and travel for Northamptonshire.

    All that remains is to wish best of luck to Northampton's Lesley Joseph tomorrow in Strictly Come Dancing, but also happy birthday as the Birds of Feather actress is 71 today. Let's hope it's one to remember.

    Lesley Joseph and Anton Du Beke dance the Waltz to 'What’ll I Do?'
  2. Weather: Rain around, but also sunny spells

    Chris Bell

    BBC Look East weather

    Tonight will be rather cloudy with outbreaks of patchy rain spreading across eastern parts of the region. Staying drier across the west, with lows around 9-11C (48-52F).


    Tomorrow there may be a few light showers at first, but otherwise it will be a largely dry day with sunny spells - especially during the early afternoon. Highs of around 16-17C (61-63F).

    There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

  3. Repair work on viaduct to put in second Corby to Kettering line

    Mike Cartwright

    BBC Look East

    I've been with engineers at Network Rail as they work on putting in a second line between Kettering and Corby.

    The line is due to open on 24 October and requires several bridges and viaducts to be repaired and strengthened, including the Harpers Brook viaduct where I have been...

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    You can see more tonight on BBC Look East, on BBC One at 18:30.

  4. Saints now need 'a strong character' following King's departure, says Ian Hunter

    Ian Hunter

    Former Northampton Saints and England wing

    The Saints have struggled with consistency of play in their back line for a number of seasons now. Last week's woeful performance against Harlequins looks to of been the final nail in the coffin for Alex King at Northampton Saints.

    Alex King

    Is it the right decision for King to go? Yes and No. Yes, because he's ultimately failed to get the best out of the players he has at his disposal. And no, because he's a part of a bigger decision-making team that influences recruitment, player selection and style of plays.

    One thing's for sure. Whoever comes in needs a strong character and total conviction in the way they want to do things. Shrinking violets need not apply.

  5. Local news site round-up: Businesses rates, bomb squad and bike races

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Elsewhere in Northamptonshire today:

    women's tour
  6. Hastings prepares for 950th anniversary of historic battle

    Thousands of people are expected to descend on East Sussex to mark the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings.

    Battle Abbey, widely accepted as the site of one of the most famous events in British history, is the focus for a weekend of events.

    The battle, between William of Normandy and Anglo-Saxon King Harold II, resulted in the English king's death.

    William the Conqueror then ordered the construction of Rockingham Castle near Corby, with the castle becoming an important seat of government; the Great Council of Rockingham being held there in 1095.

    Rockingham Castle
  7. Surprise and criticism over King leaving Saints

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Many in rugby have expressed their surprised at backs coach Alex King leaving the Saints today.

    Commentator Alastair Eykyn wrote on Twitter: "Sad news. Great man, outstanding coach. Saints needing a head on a stick for ropy start to the season? That's two very high quality backs coaches out of the door at the Gardens in recent years. Not too many smarter than [Paul] Grayson & King."

    Meanwhile, former England fly-half Andy Goode said King was a "quality coach"...

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    There has also been criticism about how Northampton Saints released the news, with Northampton Chronicle and Echo rugby reporter Tom Vickers tweeting: "Saints announced news of King's exit by putting it at bottom of team news article. Hardly a fitting tribute to a man who helped win Prem."

    The Times sports writer Alex Lowe also commented that the news was "buried"...

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    Northampton Saints said King was a "valued member of the coaching staff" and that he "leaves with our thanks and best wishes for the future".

  8. Weather: Dry and sunny

    BBC Weather

    It will be dry this afternoon with a few sunny spells and a high of 13C (55F).


    There are more details on BBC Weather website.

  9. Saints say 'time is right to move on' as coach King leaves club

    Graham McKechnie

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    Back coach Alex King has left Northampton Saints with immediate effect "by mutual consent", the club has said.

    King, who joined from from Clermont Auvergne in 2013, said: "Helping Saints win the Premiership in 2014 is one of my career highlights, and I wish the club all the success for the coming season."

    Alex King

    Saints' chief executive Allan Robson thanked King for his contribution to the team's successes over the past few years.

    "Alex has been a valued member of the coaching staff," he said.

    "He played a big role in our Premiership and Challenge Cup titles and finishing top of the table in 2015. However, we feel that the time is right to move on."

  10. Cox keen for your Unsung Hero nominations


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    Video caption: Cox wants your Unsung Hero nominations

    Rio Paralympics gold medallist Kadeena Cox has become the latest sports star to call for your BBC Unsung Hero nominations.

    You've got just over a week to get your nominations in (the deadline is Sunday, 23 October) and you can find out how to here.

  11. Premiership-winning backs coach Alex King leaves Northampton Saints

    Graham McKechnie

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    Northampton Saints have parted company with their backs coach Alex King, after four seasons at the Gardens.

    alex king

    The former Wasps and England fly-half was part of the coaching team that saw them win the European Challenge Cup and Premiership double in the 2013/14 season.

  12. Saints coach Alex King sacked

    Alex King
  13. Nico Hulkenberg: Force India driver to join Renault for 2017

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    Nico Hulkenberg is to join Renault next season after agreeing a release from his contract with Force India.

    The German has been chosen to lead Renault's team as they build-up to competitiveness following their return to F1 as a factory entry this year.

    nico hulkenberg

    Silverstone-based Force India, for whom Hulkenberg has driven for five years, said they "respected his decision to explore fresh opportunities".

    Team boss Vijay Mallya said: "It would be wrong to stand in his way."

  14. The Apprentice: Spoilers over

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    You can look again now, as we'll move on from The Apprentice.

    Claude Littner
  15. The Apprentice: 'Loose cannon' Karthik survives Lord Sugar's finger

    BBC One

    Despite being left by his team-mates in the boardroom and facing the possibility of being fired, Kettering IT consultant Karthik Nagesan made it through to the next stage of The Apprentice.

    But it was a close one, after Lord Sugar told him he "can't put up with loose cannons" following their task to advertise Japanese jeans.

    While Lord Sugar hasn't quite warmed to Karthik's charms, he's proving popular with viewers.

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    Beauty salon owner Natalie Hughes from Glasgow was fired.

  16. The Apprentice: Did Northamptonshire's Karthik Nagesan make it through?

    BBC One

    We are going to talk about what happened in last night's The Apprentice, and the fate of Kettering IT consultant Karthik Nagesan.

    So if you don't want to know the result please look away now...

    Karthik Nagesan
  17. If pub becomes a shop it will set a 'terrible precedent', says councillor

    Tom Percival

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Keith Holland-Delamere (left) from the Rectory Farm Residents' Association told me "there were other options on the table" for the former Barn Owl pub, other than turning it into a convenience store.

    He said the association had proposed splitting the building "in two", to create a smaller pub and a space for the community.

    barn owl

    The ruling Conservatives on Northampton Borough Council say they will consider the arguments to keep or remove the covenant at a meeting next week.

    However, the borough councillor for the area, James Hill (right), a Conservative, said if the covenant is overturned it would "set a terrible precedent throughout the town" and the issue is "bigger than the pub in Rectory Farm".

    The developer, Hawthorn Developments, says an existing nearby store has a monopoly which breaches competition law. It also says it has agreed to "provide a room within the building for community uses at no charge".

  18. Council could drop covenant on pub for £30,000

    Tom Percival

    BBC Radio Northampton

    A former pub in the Rectory Farm area of Northampton could be turned into a shop if the borough council decides to drop a covenant, preventing the building from being anything other than a pub.

    The council says the covenant on The Barn Owl is legally enforceable, but the developer says it isn't.

    The council is confident it would win if this went to court, but says it can't afford to take the risk of losing - which could, potentially, cost it as much as £200,000.

    barn owl

    So, it's decided on a third way. It says it would be happy to drop the covenant if the developer pays £30,000 to the council and agrees to include a room for community use in its plans, but residents aren't happy about it.

    The plan will be discussed at a council meeting next Wednesday.