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That's it for this week

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Thanks for joining us this week. It's been quite a day with all the fall-out from David Mackintosh's decision not to stand again in his Northampton South seat.

Have a great bank holiday weekend and we'll be back again on Tuesday.

David Mackintosh

Our live coverage for the week

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

So that's it from all of us at the Local Live team for Beds, Herts and Bucks for this week. 

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

So what ever you're doing, we hope you have a good one and the rain stays away, if anyone is planning a BBQ or other outdoor fun. 

I'm hoping to go out and see some beautiful bluebells as spotted by Honeybee, one of our BBC Weather Watchers

Bluebells in Bedford

Our live coverage for the week

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

That's it for us for today and indeed this week. Live updates return from 08:00 on Tuesday.

Scroll back through today's feed for anything you may have missed, including...

  • The air ambulance doctor who is "scared of heights" - and who is about to skydive
  • The local museum in the running for a national title
  • An array of weapons found in a seized car

Have a great extended Bank Holiday weekend.

Cyclist seriously injured

Alex Harris

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A cyclist has been seriously injured on Long Causeway in Peterborough.

Cambridgeshire Police were called to reports of a collision between a cyclist and a pedestrian at 22:30 last night.

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and a woman arrested on suspicion of theft in an incident which followed the collision.

The cyclist, a man in his 50s, was taken to Peterborough City Hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

Weapons seized by police

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Both a knife and a firearm were seized by British Transport Police officers in Cambridge earlier today.

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Weather: Mostly dry overnight with small chance of rain

BBC Weather

It will be mostly dry overnight with variable amounts of cloud and just the small chance of an isolated light shower.

There will be light winds, and it is likely to turn chilly in any clearer periods.  


The picture was taken by BBC Weather Watcher 'summermonth' and shows Brixworth.

For a full forecast visit BBC Weather.

Joshua & Klitschko face off ahead of showdown

Luke Reddy

BBC Sport boxing reporter

This is the moment that Watford's Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko faced off at the weigh-in ahead of Saturday's heavyweight boxing showdown.

Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko face-off ahead of Saturday's heavyweight showdown

The Hertfordshire sporting star is hoping to bring the Ukrainian down in front of a 90,000-strong audience at Wembley Stadium tomorrow night.   

He says he'll go as far as he needs to go. 

Anthony Joshua says he is ready to dig deep to get the win against Wladimir Klitschko

Derry says Us need to win by any possible means

Peter Swan

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

With two games of the season left, Cambridge United manager Shaun Derry says his side must find a way to win this weekend "by hook or by crook".

The U's are hosting Crawley in League Two tomorrow and they're three points off the promotion play-off places.

Strikers Uche Ikpeazu, Barry Corr and Adam McGurk are all sidelined owing to injury.

Shaun Derry
Getty Images

After a poor start to the season when United failed to win in their opening eight matches, Derry feels the campaign should be considered a success - whatever happens over the next week.

He said: "To still be in and around a chance of getting into the top seven, considering where this football club ended in its first season back as a league club, I think everybody would've taken that as largely successful."

Stevenage boss calls Wycombe boss a 'liar' over play off claims

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Stevenage boss Darren Sarll has laughed off suggestions from Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth that it's better to be just outside the League Two play-offs and chasing rather than being in them.

The Boro currently occupy the final play-off place with Wycombe a point behind.

Ainsworth said: "It's always better being the chaser than the one being chased. The pressure ramps up."

Sarll responded: “He’s a big liar! Gareth wishes he was in the play-offs. But if Gareth wants to chase, Gareth can chase!”

Darren Sarll
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'Two hours later and I would have died'

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

A 22-year-old from Benwick near March has been recounting her harrowing ordeal as she contracted bacterial meningitis earlier this year, and has thanked the doctors who saved her life.

Hollie Jackson, of Lilyholt Road, collapsed at Stansted Airport on 4 January, minutes before boarding a plane for a work trip.

After being assessed in hospital, she was discharged as all her test results had come back clear.

However, Miss Jackson's condition deteriorated rapidly when she arrived home, with her left side going completely numb. She was vomiting and developed a rash all over her body.

An ambulance was later sent to her aid at about 04:00 as she said: "My vision started to go and the pain in my head was unbearable.

"It felt like a kettle was being brought to the boil in my skull."

Greg Sage with Hollie Jackson
East of England Ambulance Service

When paramedics Greg Sage and Matt Bafico arrived they knew immediately something wasn’t right.

"She ticked all the boxes for meningitis," Mr Sage said.

The paramedics gave her penicillin, which doctors later said kept Miss Jackson alive.

And yesterday she was able to thank Mr Sage in person at Peterborough ambulance station.

"It was lovely to meet Greg under much happier circumstances and thank him," she said.

"The doctors said that if I had left it two hours later I would have died, which took a few weeks to sink in.

"It is clear to see that the choices both he and Matt made on that day saved my life."

Hollie has since gone on to make a good recovery and recently raised almost £1,500 in a charity sky dive for the Meningitis Now charity.

O'Toole signs new Cobblers contract

Caroline Densley

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northampton Town midfielder, John-Joe O'Toole, has signed a new two-year contract with the club. 

He joined the Cobblers in summer 2014, has scored 26 goals in just over 100 starts for the club and was named player of the year during their League Two-winning season.

John Joe O'Toole

O'Toole's had surgery to sort out his groin injury and is recovering ahead of pre-season. 

He said: "I'm delighted to sign. I think it's a good club and it's heading in the right direction. 

"I've got a good relationship with the fans and I'm glad it's done now so that I can look ahead to next season."

Manager Justin Edinburgh said: "We knew there would be a lot of interest in him so we were very keen to get John-Joe's future secured early and we are delighted to have done just that.

"Goalscoring midfielders are very hard to come by and John-Joe won us some big matches this season with some very important goals.

"His all-round game was also very impressive and I have been delighted with his attitude and commitment to the club."

Hamilton fourth quickest in Russian GP practice

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer in Bahrain

Sebastian Vettel led a Ferrari one-two in second practice at the Russian Grand Prix as title rivals Mercedes appeared to struggle for pace.

The four-time champion was 0.263 seconds clear of team-mate Kimi Raikkonen while Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas was 0.670 seconds off the pace.

Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton, seven points behind Vettel in the championship, was fourth quickest - 0.039secs off his Ferrari team-mate. 

Hamilton appeared to be struggling with his car throughout the day - he aborted his first two attempts at a fast lap, made a series of mistakes and was slower than Bottas in both sessions.

The Milton Keynes-based Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo were fifth and sixth, but 1.4 seconds off Vettel's pace, and the Dutchman ground to a halt with an engine problem midway through the session.

Lewis Hamilton
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David ready for half marathon despite motor neurone disease

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

A man from Northampton, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2015, will take part in the Milton Keynes half marathon this Bank Holiday Monday. 

David Solomon will be pushed in his wheelchair by a team from Northampton Road Runners, where he remains a member.

David Solomon
Cynthia Spencer Hospice Charity

Motor neurone disease attacks cells in the brain and severely affects speech and mobility.

David and his team are raising money for Cynthia Spencer Hospice, which supports him.

He said: "My attitude towards the disease hasn't changed. I can't beat it, but I'm not going to let it beat me. 

"My outlook is to do what you can, while you can, when you can and have a bit of fun and enjoy it."

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mayoral Election 2017: James Palmer

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Come Friday, 5 May, we will know which candidate has succeeded in becoming Cambridgeshire's first directly elected mayor for the whole county.

Seven men and women are in the running for the job, which comes with a multi-million pound budget and powers over housing and transport.

The Conservative candidate, James Palmer, used to run a dairy business and says he wants to be a "mayor for everyone".

The Conservative nominee is in the hot seat as the BBC speaks to those vying to be mayor.

The full list of candidates:

  • Paul Bullen - UKIP
  • Rod Cantrill - Liberal Democrats
  • Peter Dawe - Independent
  • Stephen Goldspink - English Democrats
  • Julie Howell - Green Party
  • James Palmer - Conservative
  • Kevin Price - Labour    

Man's eye sockets fractured in 'violent and unprovoked attack'

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

This rather graphic image of a man's injured face has been released by Hertfordshire Police

The man in his 50s, who only wants to be known as Gavin, suffered fractures to his eye sockets, cuts and bruising.   

He was walking along Nicholas Place in Stevenage on Wednesday at about 23:30 when a red car drove past. 

He shouted for them to slow down, the motorist pulled over and two men got out. 

Facial injuries
Hertfordshire Police

One then held back Gavin's friend and the other punched Gavin. When he fell to the ground he was kicked in the head several times. 

Poice say it was a "violent and unprovoked attack". 

They believe a woman was driving the car and they are appealing for her to come forward. 

Gavin Samuels: 'Bravery and courage' of his victims praised

The courage of Gavin Samuel's three victims has been praised today by both the police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

After the 26-year-old from Melford Drive, Linslade, was sentenced to 14 and a half years in jail at Luton Crown Court, Det Con Ben Stone said: "I’d like to thank them for their incredible bravery in coming forward to reveal this abuse. 

"I hope that it gives others the confidence in knowing that they do not have to suffer in silence – we will support them, and justice will be done. 

Bill Khindey, from the CPS, said: "It is only due to the courage of the victims that the disgraceful behaviour of this man has been exposed. 

"I would like to pay tribute to them all for their strength and tenacity in coming forward and providing evidence for the prosecution." 

Gavin Samuels: 'I'm proud to have stood up against sexual abuse' says one of his victims

A victim statement was read out at Luton Crown Court from one of the girls that Gavin Samuels, 26, from Melford Drive, Linslade, abused. 

It explained that she was initially too scared to speak out. 

"I was afraid to tell others because of what they might think of me. I didn’t know how to tell anyone for a long while so I kept it to myself," she said. 

"Following this experience, I feel reassured that he will no longer abuse any more girls and I feel proud of myself and the others involved for having the courage to stand up to sexual abuse," she added. 

Gavin Samuels: 'Predatory and manipulative'

Former golf professional Gavin Samuels abused three girls between 2006 and 2014, at a Bedfordshire golf club. 

His first victim was about 12 when he started abusing her, when he was aged between 15 and 16.

She was 13 when he first raped her, Luton Crown Court heard.  

The other offences happened when the girls were aged between 14 and 15, and Samuels urged them not to tell anyone. 

Judge Lynn Tayton QC described the 26-year-old as "predatory and manipulative." 

She said: "I have been told that golf was your life but you were not deterred that you could lose your career. You were in a position of trust.

"There is evidence of a long history of your interest in young girls which manifested itself when you were 15 and continued until you were reported to police."

Golfer sentenced for raping teenage girl

A former golf professional who raped a teenage girl and sexually assaulted two others has been given a lengthy prison sentence. 

Gavin Samuels, 26, from Melford Drive, Linslade, has been jailed for 14 and a half years and given a five year extension to his licence period. 

He was convicted following two trials at Luton Crown Court in August 2016 and February this year, after being found guilty of 10 sexual offences, including four of rape. 

Gavin Samuels
Bedfordshire Police

Two birds of prey found dead - at least one was shot

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Two buzzards have been found dead in Hertfordshire.

Their bodies were discovered by a member of the public south of Beningfield Drive in London Colney on Sunday - one of them had "clearly been shot" by an air gun.  

Jenny Shelton from the RSPB says they're "angry and saddened" by the deaths.

"April and May is an important time for buzzards - it’s when they start pairing up and laying eggs," she said.

"Buzzards mate for life, and males perform a ‘roller-coaster’ flight to impress their partners – a spectacular sight if you’re lucky enough to see it." 

Bill Boaden/Geograph

The charity is offering a £1,000 reward for any information which leads to a successful conviction.  

The birds are protected under The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.   

Parties react to UKIP election deal with Kettering MP

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

As we reported earlier, UKIP won't be fielding a candidate in Kettering for the general election in June after agreeing a deal with the current Conservative MP, Philip Hollobone.

UKIP and Philip Hollobone memorandum of understanding
UKIP/Philip Hollobone

Here's the reaction from Labour and the Liberal Democrats:

I think Philip Hollobone's and UKIP's policies have been close for a while so it's no surprise they've decided to unite. It gives voters a clear choice between one person who'd like a hard Brexit and a candidate who'd prefer to stay in the single market."

Suzanna AustinLiberal Democrat candidate, Kettering

It's a strange one, really. I think a lot of people voted UKIP not because they were looking to come out of the EU, but because they wanted a change and were fed up of being told what to do by politicians. And now UKIP are telling people who to vote for."

Rob ReevesGreen Party candidate, Kettering

I can't help but be pleased because it's going to benefit Labour. A lot of Labour voters had previously voted for UKIP and possibly won't be too keen on voting Conservative, so we're hoping they can come back to us."

Mick ScrimsawLeader of the Labour group on Kettering Borough Council

Air ambulance doctor 'scared of heights' to skydive

John Devine

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A helicopter doctor is about to embark on a charity feat which will see him skydiving from 13,000ft (4,000m) for MAGPAS - the air ambulance charity.

However, there's a problem... he's scared of heights.

Dr Saad Jawaid

Dr Saad Jawaid, who has been a doctor with the charity based at RAF Wyton for the past few months, says he doesn't let his fear impede his job.

"As long as I'm tightly secured, I'm ok," he said.

"It's only when I look down I feel tingly and dizzy."

So why would a man who is scared of heights want to skydive?

"It's a bit crazy, but fundraising is vital for air ambulance charities, even if it means facing your fear and going extreme.

Dr Saad Jawaid

"MAGPAS as a charity prepares you mentally and makes you feel that the limit is only in your mind and you can do stuff that you previously thought you couldn't do.

"I can safely say that with MAGPAS I've been in situations which were dangerous and more stressful than a skydive would be."

Dr Jawaid will complete the jump on 8 July.

'Long wait' expected at hospitals this bank holiday weekend

Carol Abercrombie

BBC Three Counties Radio

NHS bosses in Hertfordshire are warning that accident and emergency services are under pressure ahead of the bank holiday weekend. 

Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group says people going to Watford General with a minor complaint are likely to face an extremely long wait. 

Bedford Hospital has also warned that they are very busy and are advising that, if anyone is unwell, "your local pharmacist could help". 

Watford General Hospital
West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Cobblers boss ready for trip to former club

Caroline Densley

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northampton Town manager, Justin Edinburgh, admits they've not had to do much homework on Sunday's opposition, as they welcome Gillingham to Sixfields.

The Gills are just above the League One relegation zone, and have a better goal difference than Port Vale, who are fourth from bottom and just a point below them, but it's all to play for going into the last game of the season.

Sixfields stadium in Northampton.

Edinburgh knows what to expect from the Kent side, having managed them until January. 

He said: "No doubt they'll be professional and focused on the job whether or not they're safe.

"We're fully aware of what the opposition threats are on Sunday.

"We're quite privileged that we don't have to do much research."

Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko - A step to greatness or can Wlad turn back the clock?

Luke Reddy

BBC Sport boxing reporter

Watford's IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua believes he will take "another step towards greatness" when he meets Wladimir Klitschko in the richest bout in British boxing history.

Joshua, 27, will defend his title and bid for the vacant WBA strap in front of a post-war record boxing crowd of 90,000 at Wembley Stadium in just his 19th professional fight.

Ukrainian Klitschko, 41, was unbeaten in 11 years prior to defeat to Tyson Fury in his last fight in November 2015 and says he is "obsessed" with overcoming the Briton.

Anthony Joshua has left 'no stone unturned' ahead of his showdown Wladimir Klitschko

Saints boss optimistic ahead of 'toughest' tie

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northampton Saints have their last away trip of the season tomorrow afternoon, and it's one of the longest. 

They're in Devon to face Exeter - one of the most formidable challenges of the season. 

Exeter are second in the table and have won their last five matches with bonus points. 

Sandy Park, Exeter
Getty Images

Saints, who are sixth, are likely to be without George North, Louis Picamoles and Stephen Myler.

Director of rugby, Jim Mallinder, said: "It's one of the toughest places to go and play.

"It's a big open pitch, often quite windy, and they play a particular type of game where they like to play with width and with a bit of a pod system.

"They've been scoring tries and they're a difficult team to beat, but we go down there in good spirits and full of optimism."

Joshua heavier after weigh-in

Luke Reddy

BBC Sport boxing reporter at Manchester Arena

Anthony Joshua and Wladamir Klitschko have just weighed-in ahead of tomorrow night's fight at Wembley Stadium.

Klitschko is 17st 2lb (109kg), while Watford's Joshua is 10lbs heavier at 17st 12lbs (113kg).

Anthony Joshua
Getty Images

The bout starts at 22:00 and you can listen to live commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live from 21:00 and text updates on the BBC Sport website and app from 20:00.     

'Average, if i'm being brutally honest'

Nick Fairbairn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

Peterborough United boss Grant McCann has been reflecting on this mid-table season's trials and tribulations, ahead of their final League One game away to Bolton on Sunday.

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Reaction to David Mackintosh MP standing down

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

We reported earlier that the Conservative MP for Northampton South, David Mackintosh, has ruled himself out of June's general election.

Here's how the other major parties have reacted to the news.

David Mackintosh MP.

We look forward to engaging with whichever candidate goes forward from the Conservatives. The branch itself feels like this should help UKIP to increase its vote in Northampton South but we haven't selected a candidate yet."

Rose GibbinsChair, UKIP Northampton

Nobody but the Liberal Democrats can take this seat and, as far as Labour are concerned, they've simply lost their way under Corbyn. We are the proper opposition to the Tories and I'd love to do that on behalf of the people of Northampton."

Jill HopeLiberal Democrat candidate, Northampton South

Let's not pretend he did it of his own accord. He jumped before he was pushed and it's a shame the electorate can't give their verdict on his performance. We're pushing on with our own campaign about public services and the Tories' impact on the standard of living."

Kevin McKeeverLikely Labour candidate, Northampton South:

The Conservative Party probably knew it would have been very difficult to defend the seat had David Mackintosh been the candidate. We'll be selecting a candidate next week, hoping for someone who is able to speak out about green issues and influence the contest."

Steve MillerCoordinator and secretary, Northamptonshire Green Party

A look at the papers

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Elsewhere in Northamptonshire:

Lewis Hamilton 'affected' by British teenager's crash

Matt Davis

BBC Sport

Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton says he was "affected" by British teenager Billy Monger, who had to have both his legs amputated after a Formula 4 crash.

Formula 1 teams and drivers are showing their support at this weekend's Russian Grand Prix with #BillyWhizz stickers on their cars and helmets.

An online fundraisier for the 17-year-old has raised more than £760,000.

"It really hit home," said Hamilton. "Just to see a kid, I've been there, been in that position of racing."

Billy Monger
Jakob Ebrey

The three-time world champion added: "He was doing well -  fighting to get to Formula One and then such a horrific incident.

"I think I was affected more by Billy's incident than I probably have been by most, with the exception of what happened in Formula One."

Monger hit the back of another car on 16 April during the Formula 4 British Championship at Donington Park in Leicestershire and had to be airlifted to hospital.

Infamy, infamy... the Latin graffiti 'effect'

Helen Burchell

BBC News

Daubing houses with Latin graffiti in an apparent protest against house prices in Cambridge did not dent the popularity of the vandalised luxury development, it seems.

Four out of the five riverside homes in Chesterton were splashed with the words Locus in Domos Loci Populum on 4 April.

It's thought the vandals meant the phrase to mean "local homes for local people".

That was then:

Latin graffiti on houses in Cambridge
Richard Taylor

And this is now:

Latin Graffiti on houses in Cambridge

Three-and-a-half weeks later, you can still make out some of the words on the £1.25m homes.

But, after a £4,000 cleaning bill, the paint's completely gone from the windows, frames and brickwork. It's just the cladding that's proving stubborn.

Paul Ursell, from developer HC Moss (Builders) Ltd, told me they never really expected to be able to get rid of it all.

New paint has been ordered from a specialist supplier and the cladding is expected to be like new again by the end of next week, he said. 

Latin graffiti in Cambridge

The homes gained infamy after the classically-inspired graffiti hit the media, and have been cordoned off for a fortnight after concerns about a planned protest by a national anarchist group.

Although that was called off, the police said "about eight people and a dog" gathered outside King's College, about two miles away, and a small march did take place.

Latin graffiti on houses in Cambridge

None of this put off buyers, though. 

Three out of the four were already under offer, and since then, they've all sold.

Selling agent Bidwells told us: "We had a steady flow of people viewing the properties before the incident and following it. 

"Those who visited after... were aware of what happened, but we did not find that it put anyone off." 

So, "infamy, infamy.." Fans of those well-known words uttered by Kenneth Williams as Julius Caesar in Roman romp Carry On Cleo, can finish this sentence for themselves. 

Afternoon weather: Cloudy but mostly dry

BBC Weather

Cloud will tend to increase across Northamptonshire through the afternoon, but most places should stay dry.

Highs of 11C (52F).

Weather forecast for Northampton, Friday afternoon.

Looking ahead to the bank holiday weekend, Saturday will be another mostly dry day with sunny spells developing and just the odd light shower possible.

Sunday will be bright and breezy to start with, but with a chance of rain later.

Rather cloudy on Monday with some rain for a time, though winds will ease.

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Lunchtime weather: Dry, although some possibility of showers

BBC Weather

Mainly dry across Cambridgeshire today and into tomorrow.

There will be some spells of sunshine this afternoon and most places will stay dry.

The odd light shower is possible though with highs of 12C (54F). 

Weather outlook

Man in serious condition after car hits bridge

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

A 50-year-old man has been airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after a car hit a bridge in Great Missenden near High Wycombe this morning. 

The A413 remains closed in both directions between London Road and the B485 Frith Hill. 

South Central Ambulance Service were called at 10:33 and they used hydraulic rescue equipment to release the driver, who was trapped.

He was then flown to John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford with serious chest and head injuries. 


Your pictures: A mostly cloudy Friday in Northamptonshire

BBC Weather Watchers

The sun made a bit of an appearance early doors, but it's been rather cloudy since. Our BBC Weather Watchers have, as usual, been busy capturing the county in all its glory:

Sunrise over a canal in Northampton.
Sunrise over a field in Irthlingborough.
Cloudy skies over a field in Pattishall.
Cloudy skies over parkland in Brixworth.

For a full forecast, visit BBC Weather.

Take note

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

You can't beat a good quiz and it seems like neither can East Herts Rural Police. 

They've posted a picture on Twitter asking: "Can anyone tell us what is wrong with these £20 notes. 1st person to guess correctly will win something."

Then the answers came flooding in:

  • The same serial number. 
  • Pound sign the wrong way round. 
  • The paper looks wrong. 
  • Can't see a security mark. 
  • Too many security silver dashes across the middle of the note. 

£20 notes
East Herts Rural Police

Sadly you'll have to wait for the correct answer(s), as they've revealed the winner will be announced on Tuesday, but only after they've had a few days to sort a gift out!

Lord Sugar splits from Peterborough Apprentice winner

BBC Entertainment and Arts

Apprentice winner Joseph Valente, from Peterborough, has split from Lord Sugar two years after winning the show.

Lord Sugar invested £250,000 into Valente's plumbing business in 2015.

Lord Sugar with Joseph Valente

They've now announced that Valente will take full control of ImpraGas - but they're parting on friendly terms.

Lord Sugar said: "I'll still be on hand to offer any help and advice required. I wish Joseph and ImpraGas all the very best for the future and will follow their progress with much affection."

Lord Sugar will now divest himself of his interest in the company, with Valente acquiring his shareholding and taking full control of the business.

Valente added: "I am so grateful for everything Lord Sugar has done for me and I could not have asked for a better partner in the early stages of my business career.

"I owe him a great deal. I am confident that with the winning business model we created together, I can continue to grow the business successfully."

Find out more about who's still with, and not with, Lord Sugar here.

Northants head coach reflects on 'disappointing performance'

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

It was a poor start for Northamptonshire in the Royal London Cup yesterday. 

They were thrashed in their opening match of the 50-over competition, losing to Warwickshire by ten wickets in a group match cut to 30 overs a side. 

Rob Keogh made 69 not out as Northamptonshire were all out for 151. 

Warwickshire openers William Porterfield and Sam Hain knocked them off with four overs to spare. 

Wantage Road cricket ground in Northampton

Head coach, David Ripley, concedes that his side's performance wasn't good enough.

He said: "We just haven't come out the blocks at all though we've had the sharp end of the conditions. 

"We would liked to have bowled first and obviously we had to stop-start through our innings and we were never quite able to build any partnerships.

"We would have preferred to have had it the other way round but the level of our performance was way down from where we expect it to be and that has been reflected in being very well beaten."

They're next in action on Sunday afternoon in the Royal London Cup when they face Derbyshire at Derby.

I'll be bringing you full commentary on the BBC Sport website.

Former Northampton South MP to stand again 'if wanted'

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Brian Binley, the previous MP for Northampton South, has said he would run for office again if asked by the Conservative Party.

It's after current MP, David Mackintosh, announced he would not be standing in June's general election.

Former Northampton South MP, Brian Binley.

Mr Binley held the Northampton South seat for 10 years before retiring in 2015.

He said: "I will stand if I'm wanted, if I can be of any help, if the party thinks that I can help them to win this seat and give Theresa May as strong a base as possible for the Brexit negotiations.

"I'm not looking for it, but if my party thinks it is useful for me to stand then I am happy to answer the call."