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Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

That's it from all of us on the Local Live news feed for Beds, Herts and Bucks this week.

We'll be back on Monday from 08:00 with more news, sport, travel and weather. 

Whatever you're doing this weekend, whether you're going to be a busy bee, or just take it easy, have a good one. 

Bee on a flower

That's all from us

Live updates for Northamptonshire have now finished.

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

If you want to follow Northampton Town's trip to Rochdale tomorrow afternoon then head to our Twitter feed , and if you want to keep up with the snooker and Charley Hull in the ANA Inspiration head to the  BBC Sport website .

We'll see you on Monday from 08:00. Have a great weekend.


Our live coverage for the week

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

That wraps up our live coverage for today and for the week.

We'll be back on Monday from 08:00.

Stay tuned to the BBC Cambridgeshire website over the weekend for breaking news and match reports, with both Cambridge United and Peterborough United in action.

Have a great weekend.

BreakingSnowdonia helicopter victims named by police

The five victims from the Milton Keynes area who died in a helicopter crash in Snowdonia on Wednesday have been named by police in Wales.

Kevin and Ruth Burke, aged 56 and 49; Donald and Sharon Burke, aged 55 and 48; and 51-year-old Barry Burke died after the crash in the Rhinog mountains.

North Wales Police said the recovery all of the bodies had been completed with the help of local mountain rescue teams and the coastguard.

Ch Insp Richie Green said: "Now all the bodies have been recovered the joint investigation with the Air Accident Investigation Board will begin in earnest to establish how this accident happened.

"Our thoughts remain with the extended family and their friends."

Carters Get Rich... in Milton Keynes

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Apparently celebrating your 50th birthday just isn't enough for Milton Keynes. 

The new town will feature on a brand new TV show tonight at 20:00. 

Carters Get Rich is on Sky 1 and features Hollywood star James Van Der Beek (he's the one who used to be in Dawson's Creek). 

The show is a rags-to-riches story following the antics of the Carter family, who find themselves overnight millionaires when the youngest member of the family invents an app in the shed of his back garden in MK. 

You can listen to James explaining the show on  Steve Wright In The Afternoon .

Cast of Carters Get Rich
Sky 1

Cleverley to stay at Watford

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Watford have announced midfielder Tom Cleverley's loan spell from Everton will be made into a permanent transfer.

The former Manchester United 27-year-old has signed a five-year deal with the Hornets.

Watford boss Walter Mazzarri said: "I'm very happy that he has signed, because since he arrived he has showed to be a great professional; very serious in training; great technique and personality."

Tomm Cleverley
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Your pictures: Sunshine across the county

After my weather app told me there was a 60% chance of rain this morning, I'm rather delighted to say it's been another nice day across the county.

Here are some of the best shots captured by our BBC Weather Watchers .


Man bailed in Bedford rape investigation

A man arrested on suspicion of rape has been bailed after a woman was attacked in Bedford in the early hours of Thursday.

Police say it happened on Mill Street at about 01:15. 

They're appealing for witnesses to come forward and would like to speak to a group of men who were in the area at the time, and could be vital witnesses.

They say a student night was taking place at the nearby Empire nightclub and witnesses may have heard and seen something. 

Mill Street in Bedford

Cambridge women prepare for Boat Race battle

Sue Dougan

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Meanwhile, Cambridge's women are preparing for a tough battle in this Sunday's Boat Race as they look to overturn the misfortune of 2016 when their boat nearly sank.

The drama at Barnes Bridge in windy conditions led to Oxford winning the 71st women's race comfortably. 

One of Cambridge's crew, Claire Lambe, made the final of the lightweight double sculls at Rio 2016.

"The events themselves are on very different scales," she said.

Boat Races: Cambridge women prepare for battle

"The history, prestige, sponsorship and media coverage of the Boat Race is massive and feels like it's on a bigger scale than the Olympics.

"Before the hooter you're full of adrenaline and ready to give everything."

Cambridge's women have only won twice in 10 years, but still lead overall by 41 wins to Oxford's 30.    

The Boat Races: William Warr set to face ex-Cambridge team-mates

BBC Sport

There are supposed to be only two options. In or out. Cambridge or Oxford. You can't be both.

In the long history of one of sport's most enduring rivalries, just two men had crossed the line.

You can now make that three.

When the 163rd Boat Race gets under way on the River Thames on Sunday, William Warr will be going up against his old Cambridge team-mates, rowing for Oxford.

William Warr and Ben Ruble
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Warr (left) was part of the Cambridge team that lost the 2015 race to Oxford, alongside Ben Ruble (right)

"It hasn't been easy. It was a decision I had to make, but guys I was really close with now barely speak to me any more," he told BBC Sport.

"Some have said they really hope I lose, that they completely disagree with what I'm doing, which I understand. It is a very strong bond.

"But life does go on. You need to think about your career - we are students, sometimes people forget that - and the research I am doing can help save lives, so to not go and do that because of some old rivalry would be selfish."

You can read more on this story here.

Luton road re-opens after shooting

Police are no longer at the scene of a shooting in Luton and have told us that Dallow Road has re-opened. 

The road was closed after they were called to the area at about 21:20 on Thursday, following reports a man had been shot.

He was taken to hospital with serious, but not life-threatening injuries.

An arrested man is continuing to be questioned. 

Dallow Road

Kyren Wilson beats Ding Junhui to set up China Open semi

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Kettering's Kyren Wilson is through to the semi-finals of the China Open.

He beat last year's snooker world championship runner-up Ding Junhui 5-1.

Kyren Wilson
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The 25-year-old now faces world champion Mark Selby. It's Wilson's third ranking semi-final this season.

Harmit Bahra race case: Bedfordshire Police 'will not tolerate discrimination'

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

Bedfordshire Police says it "will not tolerate any type of discrimination" after it was announced that 15 officers and staff were being investigated in a racism case.

Deputy chief constable Mike Colbourne made the comments after the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said it was widening its probe into the case of former officer, Harmit Bahra , who won a £200,000 payout for suffering racial discrimination. 

He said: "We celebrate diversity at Bedfordshire Police and are committed to building a workforce which is more reflective of the communities we serve."

Deputy chief constable Mike Colbourne

Hulcote 'in shock' over villagers' helicopter deaths in Snowdonia

The Bedfordshire village that was home to a couple killed in a helicopter crash in Snowdonia has been left stunned by the deaths, according to a local councillor.

Kevin and Ruth Burke from Hulcote, near Milton Keynes, have been named locally as two of the five members of the same family who died in the crash on Wednesday.

Efforts to recover their bodies and the aircraft wreckage from the Rhinog Mountains have been hampered by both the weather and the remote location.

Richard Mann, who is a councillor in the Burkes' home village, described the sombre mood in the community.

Northamptonshire baker ceases trading after 'running out of cash'

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The insolvency company working with Oliver Adams has told us that the business has ceased trading and is planning to enter voluntary liquidation next month.

Ian Cooke, from BRI Business Recovery and Insolvency, said a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) with creditors that was agreed last year failed, because "effectively [Oliver Adams] has run out of cash".

Now the company's 110 employees have been made redundant.  

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Mr Cooke said another company had been appointed to handle the liquidation and the asset would be sold.

Mr Cooke said having "lived in Northampton all my life" he went to see "about 100 of the employees" to explain the situation, along with officials from the Department for Work and Pensions and the Jobcentre to help the company's employees.

He said the employees were "disappointed and angry", but said efforts to save the company "just hadn't worked".

Shopping centre boss moves down the road

Tom Horn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

There's been an interesting transfer in the retail industry in Cambridge.

The manager of the Grand Arcade has left to become the new boss of the Grafton Centre.

The Grafton is currently in the middle of an multimillion-pound renovation, which is due to be completed next year.

Artists impression of Grand Arcade revamp
Corstorphine Wright

John O'Shea said the shopping centre "won't be going head-to-head" with the Grand Arcade.

"The Grafton Centre will be a shopping centre for local people," he told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

"£18.5m is exactly the right amount of money to be spending.

"You have to have a combinations of retail, you have to have restaurants and you have to have a leisure offer."

Local news round-up: Father raising money, special cinema screening and 'Astro Bowls'

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Elsewhere in Northamptonshire:

Northampton town centre car park to re-open after year and a half

Andrew Radd

BBC Radio Northampton

The Midsummer Meadow car park in Northampton is set to re-open this weekend.

It was closed in July 2015 as part of the widening of Bedford Road and the building work on the University of Northampton's new Waterside Campus. 

Waterside Campus

The site has now been handed back to Northampton Borough Council and will open again as a car park tomorrow.

What the former Shredded Wheat factory site will look like

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Over the next few years the site of the former Shredded Wheat factory in Welwyn will be transformed. 

The land is currently owned by Tesco and the work is being completed by Spen Hill, the development brand of the company. 

This is what it will look like...

Broadwater Road artists impression
Spen Hill
Broadwater Road artists impression
Spen Hill
Broadwater Road artists impression
Spen Hill

Shredded Wheat's Art Deco factory buildings to stay

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The Grade II-listed Art Deco buildings at the former Shredded Wheat factory site in Welwyn will be be kept and restored, despite hundreds of homes being built there.

It means the 1920s silos (pictured below) will stay along with the production hall, grain store and boiler house. 

Silos at Shredded Wheat factory
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Former Shredded Wheat factory
Christopher Hilton/Geograph

The developers of the site, Spen Hill, will spend about £8.5m on improvements to local infrastructure, with £4.2m going on highway works – including a new roundabout at the Broadwater Road junction and footbridge to the station. 

Former Shredded Wheat factory
Nigel Cox/Geograph

About £3m will also be spent on moving Peartree Primary School to a different site and increasing its capacity.

Homes to be built on former Shredded Wheat factory site

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

For years the former Shredded Wheat factory in Welwyn Garden City has stood empty, but the site is set to be redeveloped.

Former Shredded Wheat factory
Christine Johnstone/Geograph

In 2008 the factory shut down and since then the buildings have gradually fallen into disrepair.  

At a packed meeting, councillors from Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council approved planning permission to redevelop the site on Broadwater Road.

Shredded Wheat factory taken in 2007
John Partridge/Geograph

It means 850 homes will be built on the site along with office, leisure and retail space.

However, parts of the factory are due to stay...

GP practice to shut as Northampton healthcare contracts end

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

Virgin Care says its contract to run two GP practices in Northampton will finish today.

The Kings Heath and Lings Brook practices have been run by the firm since October 2010. 

The BBC understands that while Kings Heath will remain open, Lings Brook (pictured) will close.

Lings Brook

In a statement, Virgin Care says it's "working with commissioners" to make sure patient care isn't affected by the decision.

It's not clear why the decision was made. Contracts like this are confidential, despite public money being involved, and quality of care doesn't seem to be a factor - the last inspection rated Lings Brook "good".

Lings will close after today and its patients will be registered with other practices in the same building. 

While we're told Kings Heath will remain open and a new provider found, patients I've spoken to say they don't yet feel fully reassured.

Northampton Saints forward James Craig signs new deal along with academy players

BBC Sport

Northampton Saints forward James Craig has signed a new contract with the Premiership club, with 10 academy players also agreeing extended deals.

Second row Craig, 28, broke into the Saints side in the 2011-12 campaign and has made 65 appearances.

"He's a talented player with a good rugby brain and has played well this season," said boss Jim Mallinder.

James Craig
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Alex Mitchell and James Grayson, who helped England Under-20s  win the Six Nations,  are among the others to sign.

The length of the deals have not been disclosed by the club.

Half-backs Mitchell and Grayson have featured in the Northampton first team this season along with fellow academy players James Fish, Alex Moon and Devante Onojaife, who have also agreed contracts.

Josh Peters, Tom Emery, George Furbank and props Ehren Painter and Toby Trinder are the others to commit their futures to the 2014 Premiership champions.

Bedfordshire police officers and staff being investigated by watchdog

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

In total, 15 officers and staff are now being investigated by the IPCC. 

Ten have retired or are no longer serving with a police force, two are working for other forces and three remain at Bedfordshire Police. 

The IPCC said of the 11 police officers all but one held a rank higher than inspector. 

IPCC associate commissioner Guido Liguori said: "This has been a complex and resource-intensive investigation that has now reached a critical and significant stage. 

"This case raises serious allegations against a large number of officers and staff throughout Bedfordshire Police.

Bedfordshire Police Headquarters

“We have now notified 15 individuals that their conduct is under investigation and will be working hard to bring this investigation to a close and provide our report to the appropriate police forces to determine next steps."

Investigation into racial discrimination at police force widens

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

A gross misconduct investigation at Bedfordshire Police in the case of an officer who suffered racial discrimination has been widened.

Five more officers and staff members are being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) in the case of  Harmit Bahra , who won a £200,000 payout from the force.

It takes the total to 11 Bedfordshire officers and four staff members who are under scrutiny. They will now be interviewed by the IPCC.

Bedfordshire Police Headquarters

Cambridge amateur photographer wins selfie prize

An amateur photographer from Cambridge has won Saatchi Gallery's selfie competition with her photo "The Substitute (holiday)".

The Substitute (holiday)
Dawn Woolley 2017

Dawn Woolley's winning image was selected from over 14,000 entries by judges including artist Tracey Emin.

However, one thing that viewers may notice is that Ms Woolley does not appear in the photo - instead a cardboard cut-out of her does.

The Cambridge artist described her entry as an untraditional self-portrait. 

Her picture beat nine others in the contest.

Woolley said: "Primarily my artwork is self-portraiture, but not in the traditional sense.

"By creating artwork that establishes me as an object, it could be argued that I produce photographs that reinforce stereotypical images of the female body, but with apparent exhibitionism I create a substitute that renders my real body invisible."

The image, which shows a man holding her two-dimensional self as they lie on a lawn, is part of a series of pictures she has taken across Europe, including Cardiff, London, Malta and Paris, since 2008.

The finished collection will open at the Saatchi Gallery in London today, featuring all 14,000 entries to the competition.

Weather: Warm but not as warm as yesterday

BBC Weather Watchers

Sadly today isn't quiet as nice as yesterday - we've had a bit of a cloudy day, as this BBC Weather Watcher picture shows

Grey skies

The good news is that the cloud should break up to reveal some spells of sunshine and the odd chance of a shower.   

Bird in a bird box

Maximum Temperature: 16C (61F).   

Weather: Mostly bright and warm, though not as warm as yesterday

BBC Weather

It will be another sunny and pleasantly warm afternoon across Northamptonshire.

A few brief showers are likely for some of us, most likely around Corby and the east with a high of a 16C (61F).


There are more details on the BBC Weather website .

Lunchtime weather: Sunny with some showers

BBC Weather

After a bright start a band of cloud and patchy rain will move east.

Becoming brighter this afternoon with some sunny intervals but also one or two showers.

Temperatures a little down on those of Thursday.

Highs of 16C (61F)

Weather outlook

Man who admitted attacking woman avoids jail

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

A man from Bedford who admitted hitting a woman with a wheel-brace has avoided jail.

John Kinsella has been given a 15-month sentence for actual bodily harm, suspended for one and half years.

His victim had written to the judge to say he wasn't guilty and she wanted to marry him.

Kinsella, 44, of Crown Quay, Prebend Street, Bedford, pleaded guilty at Luton Crown Court on 6 March to causing actual bodily harm, but sentencing was delayed because the judge wanted to find out why she said he was not guilty.

He also admitted having an offensive weapon and driving with no insurance.  

The court heard police were alerted to the attack by someone who saw him hitting his victim in a black Mercedes.

The witness could see the woman being punched and covered in blood, but when officers went to Kinsella's home a woman told them she hadn't been assaulted.

When officers viewed CCTV from the scene they realised the woman they had spoken to was not the one who had been assaulted.

The Mercedes was stopped by the police later that night and the woman on the CCTV was in the passenger seat. 

Blood was coming from a wound on her head, she had a reddening to the bridge of her nose and bruising around her eyes, prosecutor Sean Smith told the court. 

The victim did not make a statement to police, but later wrote the letter to the judge.

Church changes 'necessary' says diocese

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Earlier we brought you news that Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson criticised plans to modernise a church in the region.

St Botolph's church in Longthorpe is looking to bring in a new altar and pulpit and remove the pews.

Mr Jackson told the Commons the "architectural heritage" of the 700-year-old church was at stake.   

St Botolph's Church
Richard Humphrey/Geograph

Reacting to Mr Jackson's comments, a spokesperson for the Diocese of Peterborough said: "Space is tight in the church building and difficulties arise at weddings, funerals and in normal Sunday worship. 

"The current proposals for the internal reordering of the worship space have been the subject of painstaking consultations, and the proposals have been amended in the light of feedback from the heritage community. 

"The proposed changes are necessary in order to improve access, enhance worship and to provide new opportunities for mission."

Brian Green, church warden at St Botolph, said: "The whole idea was to make it accessible for the wheelchair user, and to make the space more friendly and useful as well."

MP pleased 'vital service' of Corby Urgent Care Centre continuing

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Yesterday it was announced the Corby Urgent Care Centre would stay open until at least the end of September, which Corby's MP Tom Pursglove described as a "very positive step forward".

The contract between Corby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Lakeside Plus, which runs the centre, was due to expire today.

After a dispute about funding, Lakeside Plus said the centre would close, while the CCG vowed to keep it open. But the two sides have now come to an agreement.

Corby Urgent Care Centre

Mr Pusglove said the centre, which helps relieve pressure on Kettering's A&E, was "such a vital service" that represented "best practice" in the NHS.

He added: "I'm not concerned about who provides the service, but that the service is provided, because it is a model that works".

Boat Races: A potted history

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

As we've been mentioning, Cambridge and Oxford go head-to-head in the 163rd men's and 72nd women's annual Boat Races on Sunday.

Cambridge's men will be looking to build on their win last year, while the women's team will be hoping for better fortune after their boat almost sank.

Here's some of the most memorable moments in its history.

1829:  After Cambridge challenged Oxford to a race, the event was born. The first race took place at Henley-on-Thames on 10 June 1829 in front of a relatively impressive crowd of 20,000.

Oxford sealed a comfortable victory, which the official record says came by 14 minutes and 30 seconds.

First ever boat race
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First ever boat race in 1829

1877: This year saw the race's one and only tie amid much controversy.

Among broken oars and high waves, Oxford believed they had been victorious, only for the race to be declared a dead heat.

The race sparked the introduction of finishing posts and the selection of a former 'Blue' as an umpire.

Boat race in 1877 sees dead heat
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Race in 1877 sees dead heat

1987 : An Oxford men's team, largely made up of reserves, beat Cambridge in a year when several American members of the squad quit after coach Dan Topolski replaced their fellow American Chris Clark.

Oxford celebrate boat race win
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Oxford celebrate race win in 1987

2012:  The 2012 race saw what is deemed as probably the most controversial moment in its history.

The race was stopped halfway through when protester Trenton Oldfield swam in front of the boats. 

Cambridge went on to win the re-run by four and a quarter lengths.  

Protester in the water of boat race
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Protester in the water of the men's race

2015:  This was the year the women's race took place on the same day as the men's, in what was seen as a long-overdue triumph for gender equality.

The first women's race took place in 1927, but it did not become an annual event until 1964.

Oxford women celebrate win
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Oxford women celebrate winning in 2015

What will 2017 bring?

MK50: Celebrating until the cows come home

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

You can't celebrate the 50th anniversary of Milton Keynes without milking the story of their concrete cows.

MK Cow

The Herd About MK project, which has just been unveiled at Centre:MK, looks to raise funds for three local charities - Willen Hospice, MK Community Foundation and MK Dons SET.

Fifty organisations have sponsored a cow, which they beefed up and decorated as they saw fit.

Don't they look udderly brilliant!

MK Cow
MK Cow
MK Cow

All of them will be mooooved around the city throughout the year, with a number of showcases planned at different landmark sites.

You can hoof down to Middleton Hall this weekend, where you can see all the creations. 

In the summer holidays eight or nine cows will be hidden in the town each weekend. The cows' sponsors will provide a series of clues to help the public find them.

Recovery resumes at Snowdonia helicopter crash site

North Wales police have released a statement saying the recovery of the bodies of the five family members killers in a helicopter crash in Snowdonia has resumed. 

Feared to be among the dead are Milton Keynes businessman Kevin Burke and his wife Ruth, who are from the Bedfordshire village of Hulcote - near junction 13 of the M1. 

Police say weather conditions are still "very poor" and the area is "very challenging", with "hazardous terrain and under-foot conditions".

Emergency services at the scene

They say because of this the recovery is expected to take some time. 

Work had to be suspended last night due to poor weather conditions. 

Uncertainty over future of bakers in Northamptonshire

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The Northampton Chronicle and Echo is reporting that Northampton bakery firm Oliver Adams has stopped production.

The paper says staff are currently in a meeting about the future of the business and branches are closed today across the county.

This sign was on the door on J Lawrences on St Giles Street, which is owned by Oliver Adams...


This sign was also in the window...


However, when I went to the branch on Mercers Row it was open.

The staff there told me they didn't know what was happening with the company and didn't know if they were going to stay open. 

They said when they arrived at the shop this morning they were able to open as normal.

We have attempted to contact Oliver Adams, but have been unable to.

We'll bring you more when we get it.

'Violence' leads to Bedford nightclub licence being suspended

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The licence of a Bedford nightclub has been suspended after a number of violent incidents were reported to police.

They include a man being stabbed at Vibe, on St Peter's Street, at the weekend. 

The Bedfordshire Police licensing team said a full review hearing would take place next month.

Vibe nightclub

Charley Hull forced off at first major of the year after high winds

BBC Sport

Burton Latimer's Charley Hull got off to a pretty good start at the first women's major of the year .

The 21-year-old was two under after seven holes at the ANA Inspiration when high winds stopped play.

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Gusts of 35mph were blowing when the players were taken off - after being allowed to finish their holes - at the event in California.

Play will resume at 15:30 BST, with almost half the field yet to complete their first rounds at Mission Hills Country Club.

Hapless horse stuck in the mud given lucky reprieve by rescuers

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

Animal rescue specialists were called to retrieve a horse stuck in deep mud and silt in Buckinghamshire yesterday.

Horse stuck in mud
Bucks and MK Fire

It was found on Old Rectory Lane in Denham in the Colne Valley.

Horse stuck in mud
Bucks and MK Fire

Firefighters were also called and they managed to prise it out, give it a brush down and left it in the care of a local vet.

No Northampton bid for Wales' fly-half Dan Biggar, say Ospreys

BBC Sport

Ospreys say they have received no contact from Northampton about the potential transfer of Wales' fly-half Dan Biggar.

The 27-year-old is on a  national dual contract  with Ospreys and the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU).

Biggar's deal expires at the end of next season and he has been linked with a move to the Saints in 2018.

Dan Biggar
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"Northampton have not been in touch," Ospreys managing director Andrew Millward told BBC Wales Sport.

"Being on an NDC [national dual contract], I'm not aware that Northampton have gone to the WRU.

"I picked it [the speculation] up on Twitter last week and apparently the signing was imminent. The reality of the situation is Dan's not come to us and said he's signed."