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  1. Updates for Friday, 18 November 2016
  2. MP received mocked-up photo of son 'executed'
  3. Man killed in Carlsberg gas leak named
  4. BBC Children in Need today

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Sixfields Stadium and Northampton Town FC crest

The story so far of what happened to £10.25m of council money given to Northampton Town Football Club that seemingly vanished.

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Ged Scott

BBC Sport

Stephen Myler kicks six penalties as Northampton come from behind at Sixways to beat Worcester Warriors.

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That's all from us

Thanks for joining us today. We'll be back on Monday from 08:00.

Northampton Saints are in action tonight and you can follow their progress via the BBC Sport website or BBC Radio Northampton.

And there will be three Saints players taking the Twickenham field for England against Fiji tomorrow, with coverage on BBC Sport.

Also tonight is BBC Children in Need on BBC One. Today Pudsey has been visiting money-raising events across the county and even popped into Northampton central library to help out at their storytelling event.

Goodbye from us, and from Pudsey...


Weather: Isolated showers and widespread frost

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

A largely dry night with isolated showers and a fairly widespread frost, but a warning that some icy patches could develop as temperatures in some spots fall to freezing.

Weather chart

Saturday will be another cold day with sunny spells and perhaps an odd shower. 

It'll be less windy than today with the temperature peaking at 6C (43F).

More details from BBC Weather:

A Saint on the Somme: William West

Former Northampton Saints rugby player William West, who died days after being hurt on the last day of the Battle of the Somme, has been remembered a century on. 

Events across Europe have marked the 100th anniversary of the final day of the battle, which saw millions of people killed during the 141-day World War One offensive. 

In this tribute, former Saints rugby player Lennie Newman visits William West's grave and tells the story of the shoemaker who never made it back home.

Battle of the Somme: The story of Northampton Saints' William West

BreakingCarlsberg death: Family pays tribute to 'lovely, happy family man'

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The family of the man who died after an ammonia leak at Northampton's Carlsberg brewery has released a tribute to him.

David Chandler, 45, from Bridgnorth in Shropshire, was working at the plant in Northampton on 9 November when the leak happened.

David Chandler
Northamptonshire Police

In a statement issued through Northamptonshire Police, his wife of six years Laura and daughters Ava, aged five, and Isabella, nearly two, say Mr Chandler was "a really lovely, happy family man", who was "always happy, funny and bright".

"He always had a smile on his face," the statement continued.

"This is such a massive thing, this will take a long time to move on from."

The statement says his two sisters have also been "left devastated and heartbroken".

Police officers are still at the scene and are working with the Health and Safety Executive to establish what happened. Production at the brewery has ceased since the incident.

Cricket: Northants' Cobb comes home early from Bangladesh Premier League

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northamptonshire all-rounder Josh Cobb is returning home early from the Bangladesh Premier League with a knee injury.

Cobb was playing for the Barisal Bulls in Bangladesh's T20 competition but suffered a cartilage tear in his right knee after just one appearance.

Josh Cobb
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Issue with the same knee forced Cobb to miss the end of the 2016 season with Northants and he subsequently had surgery. He will now aim to recover in time for the start of next season.

Football: Northampton take on Peterborough looking to avenge 3-0 loss

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northampton midfielder Sam Hoskins is looking forward to tomorrow's Nene derby against Peterborough at Sixfields.

It was only a month ago when the Cobblers lost 3-0 at Peterborough and Hoskins says they are out for revenge...  

Sam Hoskins
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Everyone was disappointed with the result but we are ready to go and get revenge. We need a big performance in front of home fans."

Sam HoskinsNorthampton Town midfielder

The Apprentice: Spoilers over


Our look at The Apprentice is now over - so you can look again now...

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The Apprentice: Karthik and his memorable monobrow

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Despite his exit at week seven, it's fair to say Kettering IT consultant Karthik Nagesan made quite and impression on The Apprentice.

BBC Two's The Apprentice: You're Fired had this unique take on Karthik's signature monobrow...

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the jacuzzi...

You suspect we haven't seen the last of Mr Nagesan...

The Apprentice: 'Diabolical project manager' Karthik gets fired

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

It was the end of the line for Kettering IT consultant Karthik Nagesan in The Apprentice.

The candidates had to take a product to a boat show and Karthik's team only ended up making £188.40, compared to the rival team's £40,480.

Yes, you read that right - and the inevitable happened...

Karthik fired

Lord Sugar told Karthik: "You've been a diabolical project manager. I don't trust you to bring anyone back into this boardroom."

On his exit Karthik said: "I'll just have to go on and make the billion dollar unicorn company that I want to make without him."

Good luck Karthik!

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


We are about to discuss the outcome of last night's The Apprentice and whether Kettering IT consultant Karith Nagesan made it through.

If you don't want to know, then look away for the next few updates.

Karthik Nagasen

Art to be projected onto walls of buildings

Martin Borley

BBC Radio Northampton

Digital art, puppetry and music will feature in the latest Made In Corby event on Saturday evening.

Images will be projected onto the walls of buildings in Queen's Square.

Meet some of those who've made the pictures and created the music...

Digital art will be projected onto the walls of buildings in Corby.

Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC Travel

M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe accident, between J15 for A45 and J15A for A43.

M1 Northamptonshire - Queuing traffic on M1 northbound between J15, A45 (Northampton) and J15a, A43 (Northampton Services), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC Travel

M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, between J15A for A43 and J16 for A45.

M1 Northamptonshire - Heavy traffic on M1 northbound between J15a, A43 (Northampton Services) and J16, A45 (Daventry), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened.

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MP says Twitter abuse 'vile'

Laura Cook

BBC Radio Northampton

Peter Bone, MP for Wellingborough, told the Commons: "I doubt if there's a member in this House who in the last few years hasn't been threatened.

"We've seen the terrible death of a colleague. We've seen other colleagues attacked. I myself only recently has had death threats. My wife has had death threats. The police have intervened.

"The vile stuff we get on Twitter is unbelievable."

Peter bone

Mr Bone continued: "We have to put up with all that and we have to have contact with our constituents. 

"And I wouldn't change any of that, and some of us will be getting enhanced security and [the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority] is doing its best to help with that.

"We have to deal with that sort of stuff."

Peter Bone reveals he's received death threats and mocked-up photo of son 'executed' by terrorists

Laura Cook

BBC Radio Northampton

A Northamptonshire MP has revealed the death threats levelled against him and his family - including a mocked-up photograph of his youngest son being "executed" by so-called Islamic State terrorists.

Peter Bone, MP for Wellingborough, told the House of Commons he dialled 999 once over safety fears in his first 11 years as an MP, compared with three times since June's EU referendum.

He added the police have also intervened recently after both he and his wife Jennie received death threats. 

Peter Bone

Mr Bone said other incidents included "two bullet holes" - caused by air pellets - in a constituency office window and an attack on his house.

He described the mocked-up photograph of his son via social media as "one of the worst things" he has faced. 

Weather: Cold and breezy with some showers

BBC Weather

A colder day than yesterday. One or two showers are possible, but many places will be dry with frequent sunny spells, with a high of just 6C (43F).


There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

Train companies pay more than £1m in compensation for delays

East Midlands Trains, which operates through Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough, paid out £767,000 in compensation to delayed passengers in the past year.

Press Association analysis of Department for Transport (DfT) and Network Rail data shows the operator received £9.5m from Network Rail for unplanned disruption.

East Midlands Trains

Meanwhile, London Midland, which runs through Northampton and Long Buckby, paid out £588,000 in compensation and received £1m from Network Rail.

Chiltern Trains, which runs through King's Sutton, paid out £237,000 in compensation and received just £18,891 from Network Rail for unplanned disruption.

Rail regulator the Office of Rail and Road said "more needs to be done" to raise awareness of passengers' right to claim compensation.

Last year consumer group Which? lodged a "super complaint", claiming that the system for obtaining compensation for delayed journeys was too complicated.

Appeal for information after cat's strangled body found in Northampton

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Chica, a female cat aged about eight, was found by a man in his garden in Trentham Close, East Hunsbury, on Saturday. It is thought her body was thrown into the garden from an alleyway that runs behind it.

The tabby and white cat had green-coloured string around her neck and appeared to have been strangled, the RSPCA said.


RSPCA inspector Susan Haywood said: "Chica was microchipped and so we were able to trace her owners, who live not far from where she was found. Understandably, they are absolutely devastated.

"It does appear that Chica has been strangled and we cannot rule out the possibility that this was done deliberately."

Severe accident: A6003 Northamptonshire both ways

BBC Travel

A6003 Northamptonshire both ways severe accident, between A427 Cottingham Road and Danesholme Road.

A6003 Northamptonshire - A6003 Uppingham Road in Corby closed in both directions between Fourways and the Danesholme Road junction, because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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BBC Children in Need: Pyjama day at Silverstone

Children in Need

Staff at Silverstone Circuit have joined in the Children in Need fun by coming into work in their pyjamas today.

That is quite an array of onesies...

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Wilson beats O'Sullivan to make Northern Ireland Open quarter-finals

Andrew Radd

BBC Radio Northampton

Kettering's Kyren Wilson has beaten Ronnie O'Sullivan in their first-ever tournament meeting.

Wilson won by four frames to three at the Northern Ireland Open.

Kyren Wilson

"I was sat there at three-all and thinking I haven't done much wrong here," Wilson told Eurosport. "I was just glad I managed to bring the best out of him and that was a bit of a feather in my cap.

"You are the underdog against Ronnie and you are expected to lose by everybody, so I was on a win-win really."

Wilson, 24, will now face Mark Williams in the last eight.

BBC Children in Need: Standens Barn Primary pupils look the part

Children in Need

It's BBC Children in Need day and lots of people are getting in on the act, including these pupils at Standens Barn Primary School in Northampton...

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Send us videos and photos of what you're getting up to today via email, Facebook or Twitter.

Rugby: Harrison comes in for Saints' team-mate Wood in England back row

BBC Sport

Saints' Teimana Harrison has replaced his Northampton team-mate Tom Wood at open-side flanker for England's match against Fiji tomorrow.

Teimana Harrison

He'll be joined by fellow Saints' forwards Courtney Lawes and Dylan Hartley, who once again captains the side that has won 11 straight matches.

Former Saints player one of more than a million killed at the Somme

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Ceremonies are being held in Britain and France to mark the 100th anniversary of the final day of the Battle of the Somme during World War One.

More than a million British, French and German soldiers were killed or wounded in the Allied offensive, which lasted 141 days.

One of the men killed was William West, a Northamptonshire shoe-maker and Northampton Saints player...

William West

West emigrated to Canada, but he came back to fight in the war with the Canadian Infantry and was to be involved in the fighting on the last day of the Somme.

West was hit in the chest and both legs and died five days later from his wounds.

We'll have more on his story throughout today.

Cricket: Duckett's innings short-lived

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The face says it all...

Ben Duckett

Ben Duckett's chance to shine once again in an England shirt has gone in a flash, as the 22-year-old is out for just five runs in the first innings of the second test against India.  

Ex-England skipper Michael Vaughan said on Test Match Special that Duckett's "mind is going to be frazzled now" and that "England are going to have to iron out very quickly" his problems facing off-spinners.

You can follow the game on the BBC Sport website and on Test Match Special.

Northamptonshire MEP denies UKIP group misspent EU funds

BBC Politics

UKIP MEP for the East Midlands, Roger Helmer (left), says an audit leaked to Sky News, which claims the party misspent EU funds, was "revenge for Brexit".

It's suggested that the Alliance for Direct Democracy in Europe, which is dominated by UKIP MEPs, broke rules because its funding must be spent on European Parliament business, but the audit claims it was used on UK campaigns. 

Roger Helmer/Nigel Farage
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The leaked audit says more than 500,615 euros (£430,486) had been misspent - much of it in the UK ahead of parliamentary elections in UKIP target seats, including Thanet South where leader Nigel Farage (right) stood. 

Mr Helmer likened the actions of the European Parliament authorities to a witch-hunt. "They are absolutely determined to close down Eurosceptic groups. It isn't just our group it's other Eurosceptic groups in the parliament. They have been planning it for a long time," he said.

Cricket: Duckett ready to bat for England

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

England are under way in their first innings against India, in the second test in Visakhapatnam.

India scored 455 all out in their first innings and the tourist will be looking to get as close at they can to that total.

Ben Duckett

It looks like Northamptonshire's Ben Duckett (left) will have to produce the kind of innings that got him into the side as England captain Alistair Cook is already out for two.

You can follow the test match on BBC Sport and Test Match Special, and we'll bring you highlights of Duckett's innings (hopefully) through the day.

Weather: Mainly dry with sunny spells, but chilly

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

Largely dry through the day with only isolated showers and sunny spells.

Watch my full regional forecast:

Mainly dry with sunny spells, isolated showers and a chilly breeze

However, it'll feel colder than yesterday in light south westerly winds. 

Maximum temperature: 6C (43F). There's more at BBC Weather.

Welcome back to live updates

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Good morning.

It's Friday and it's BBC Children in Need day. Today we'll be bringing you a flavour of some of the events going on around Northamptonshire.

Plus, we've got the rest of the day's news and we'll be building up to a busy weekend of sport featuring rugby, football and cricket.

If you want to get in touch then please email us, tweet us or head to Facebook.

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Nineteen academy schools are to be investigated for "flouting" rules on transparency following a BBC investigation.

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That's all from us

Live updates for Northamptonshire have now finished for the day.

Tomorrow is BBC Children in Need, and we'll be bringing you some of the events going on around the county.

Plus, after England coach Eddie Jones delayed naming his side for Saturday's match against Fiji, we'll bring you the news of any Saints players in the side which will again be led by Northampton's Dylan Hartley (complete with moustache).

We'll see you tomorrow from 08:00.

Dylan Hartley
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Northamptonshire low funding in school 'may benefit in the long term' says head teacher

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

The headteacher of a Northampton secondary school says she is not "unduly worried" about any funding pressures in the county.

The NUT says static budgets but rising prices mean the county's schools face a £40m shortfall by 2020.

But Maureen Raine headteacher of Duston School says they may get better funding as a result.

Maureen Raine

Because we in one of the lowest funded authorities, in the long term we could actually benefit, and we are not unduly worried.

You can see more on this on Look East tonight at 18:30 including what Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn thanks about the state of funding in Northamptonshire schools.

Weather: Cold with the risk of frost

BBC Weather

Brrr! Most places will feel much colder and there's the risk of frost and icy patches as clear spells develop overnight. 

Southern counties may also get the odd shower. Temperatures dropping to 0C (32F).

Weather map

Tomorrow will start frosty in places but it will be a mainly dry and bright day. Cold though with temperatures of 7C (45F). 

BBC Weather has more local forecasts.  

BreakingMan killed in Carlsberg gas leak named by police

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

A man who died following an ammonia leak at the Carlsberg factory in Northampton last week has been formally identified as 45-year-old, David Chandler from Bridgnorth, Shropshire.

A post-mortem examination was carried out at Leicester Royal Infirmary and the cause of death was given as inhalation of ammonia.


A 51-year-old man who was in critical condition is improving and remains in hospital.

Police are still on location and are working with the Health and Safety Executive at the scene of the incident.

School funding pressure mean 'there will be staff cuts' says union

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) says there will have to be staff cuts in Northamptonshire's school unless the government ease the funding pressure over the coming years.

The NUT have produced figures which say schools across the county will see a real-terms cut in funding of over £40m, but the government says the union is scaremongering and using figures from a funding formula that's not being used.

But Gordon White, from the NUT in Northamptonshire, says because school spend most of their budget on staff that is what will be affected.

Gordon White

There will have to be staff cuts or there will be more non-qualified staff or teaching assistants

Gordon WhiteNorthamptonshire NUT

NUT claim of schools funding cut is 'irresponsible scaremongering' say Department for Education

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

The Department for Education (DfE) say that the National Union of Teachers claim that by 2020 Northamptonshire schools will see a real terms cut in funding of £40m is "irresponsible scaremongering".

The DfE go to say that this is "based on figures that are entirely speculative"

"As the NUT and ATL's own report admits, they do not even reflect the government's proposed fairer funding formula for schools, which is yet to be published," said a spokesman.

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A government spokesman said: "In reality, the schools budget has been protected and in 2016-17 totals over £40billion, the highest ever on record. 

"The government's fairer funding proposals will ensure that areas with the highest need attract the most funding and end the historic unfairness in the system."

Brad Inman could return to Peterborough squad for Cobblers clash

Nick Fairbairn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

Midfielder Brad Inman is in contention to be included in the Peterborough United squad for the local derby at Northampton on Saturday.

The summer signing from Crewe, who broke his leg in pre-season, featured for the reserves against Bournemouth in midweek.

Brad Inman
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Boss Grant McCann told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: "It was great to see Brad back, he's still a bit tentative going into tackles but he felt good in the game. He's in contention for the squad for this weekend."