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  1. Updates for Tuesday, 5 April 2015
  2. Corby's MP and council leader will meet management and staff at the town's Tata Steel plant later this week
  3. Northampton Town midfielder John-Joe O'Toole is nominated for player of the month for March
  4. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Pete Cooper

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Our live coverage through the day

Local Live is finished for today but we'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 with all the latest news, weather, sport and travel for Northamptonshire.

You can catch up on the day's local news by scrolling down our Tuesday live page.

Have a good evening.

Weather: Dry tonight but rain on the way

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

A dry end to the day with further spells of sunshine and lows of 4C (41F).

Weather map

Tomorrow will be cloudy with outbreaks of rain, but brightening up for the afternoon with sunshine and showers and highs of 11C (52F).

More details on the BBC Weather website.

Former England and Northants batsman Lamb says club tried to sign Panesar last year

Kris Holland

BBC Radio Northampton

Allan Lamb, the former Northamptonshire and England batsman, says the the cricket club tried to sign Monty Panesar last year and thinks his inclusion in the Northants squad is a boost for the team:

Two lanes of M1 in Northamptonshire shut after six-car crash

BBC Travel

There are long delays on the M1 after a crash involving six vehicles between junction 14 and 15 northbound.

Cobblers chairman calls for patience

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northampton chairman Kelvin Thomas calls for patience ahead of the game against promotion rivals Bristol Rovers.  

After consecutive draws, Northampton sit 14 points clear of second-placed Oxford and 16 clear of third-placed Bristol.  

Kelvin Thomas
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"We have to be patient and we feel it will come," Thomas told BBC Radio Northampton.

"It just feels like the line has been there a long time and we just want to get over it."

Headlines: Tata steel talks continue... 'No estimate' to end of disruption on the trains

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton

Here are the evening headlines:

East Midlands Ambulance Service staff 'can't take breaks'

BBC News England

East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) has overspent by almost £12m - with staff reported to be under pressure and unable to take scheduled breaks.  

East Midlands Ambulance

EMAS said calls had "significantly" increased and handover delays at hospitals had incurred extra costs.  

Regional organiser for the GMB union, Colin Todd, said staff often "completely miss" their window for breaks in a shift because of these delays.

Route of final stage of Women's Tour revealed

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

The fifth and final stage of the Women's Tour is in Northamptonshire and this the finalised route...

women's tour route

Weather: Sunny across the county

BBC Weather Watchers

It's sunny across Northamptonshire as you can see from BBC Weather Watcher 'Tyncat' and their picture of Grendon.


Those sunny spells will continue this afternoon with a high of 13C (55F).

BBC Weather has more on the detailed forecast where you live.

Why the railway line is closed between Birmingham and Coventry

Elizabeth Glinka

BBC Midlands Today

Liam Sumpter from Network Rail explains the damage that has been caused to overhead cables near Birmingham International resulting in train chaos for travellers:

No estimate for when trains will run in and out of Birmingham say Network Rail

BBC Travel

Network Rail say there is currently "no estimate" for when the line between Northampton and Birmingham will reopen following damage to overhead wires between Birmingham and Coventry.

They also say the cause of the incident isn't known, but engineers are on site repairing the damage.

Replacement bus are running and tickets are being accepted on alternative routes.

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Northamptonshire farmer says being 'proactive' is key to increasing exports

Martin Borley

BBC Radio Northampton

Businesses in the county are being encouraged to export their products as part of a government campaign with a UK Trade and Investment roadshow in Corby.

The government is trying to boost the number of businesses which trade overseas by 100,000 within the next four years.

Ducan Farrington, of Farrington Oils, is one of the speaker today...

If we can be proactive, rather than wait for people to come to us, we should increase our exports - Duncan Farrington

Clothes recycling to start in Kettering borough

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Kettering Borough Council is the latest authority in Northamptonshire to start a clothes recycling scheme...

Clothes and textile recycling. Kerbside collections in Kettering borough start this month. 4% of landfill waste are textiles which could have been recycled. 2 collections a year - one in Spring and one in Autumn. 2 councils do not collect textiles - Corby borough and East Northants.

Rugby: Madejski Stadium to host European semi

BBC Sport

The Madejski Stadium in Reading will host the all-English semi-final of this season's European Champions Cup.

Madejski Stadium
Getty Images

The home ground of London Irish will host the last-four tie, featuring the winners of the Wasps v Exeter and Saracens v Northampton quarter-finals, on Saturday 23 April.  

East Midlands Ambulance Service almost £12m in debt

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) which runs Northamptonshire's ambulance service has been forced to apply for a loan after going £11.9m into debt.

Ambulance Service

EMAS said however it had achieved its savings target of £6.4m this year and recruited 300 more frontline staff.

Richard Wheeler, director of finance at EMAS, said £9m had also been spent on new vehicles.

Other neighbouring ambulance services have either balanced their books or ended the financial year with a surplus.

Northampton expat living in Gibraltar is made coach of national football team

Northants Herald & Post

A Northampton expat living in Gibraltar has been made a coach of the country's national football team - after impressing them with a string of successes at local football clubs.

How important is steel to Corby?

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Tata is looking to sell its UK steel business. It has operations in Port Talbot, Trostre, Shotton, Llanwern and Newport in Wales, Rotherham and Corby in England.

Steel has been part of Corby industrial landscape for more than 100 years - so how important is steel to the town?

Northamptonshire rapeseed oil company encourage exports at roadshow

Martin Borley

BBC Radio Northampton

I've been at The Export Hub outside the Corby Cube.  It's a big truck being used as a conference facility to encourage businesses to sell their products overseas.

Duncan Farrington

Duncan Farrington, a local farmer who makes rapeseed oil products, is telling fellow businessmen how he is planning to increase exports to Denmark, Finland, Norway... and Barbados.

Women's Tour launched in Northampton today

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

The final stage of the Women's Tour of Britain has been officially launched in Northampton today.

car and bike

The final stage is on 19 June and will start in Northampton and finish in Kettering.

Headlines: Business secretary to meet potential Tata buyer... Ambulance service takes out loan

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton

Here are your lunchtime headlines:

  • Business Secretary Sajid Javid is to travel to India where he'll meet the chairman of Tata as part of efforts to find a buyer for its UK plants including Port Talbot and Corby
  • The trust which runs Northamptonshire's ambulance service has been forced to apply for a loan
  • Problems with train services affecting passengers from Northampton and Long Buckby are likely to last until late afternoon according to Network Rail

Passengers warned of rail travel chaos

BBC News England

Thousands of rail passengers are facing delays and cancellations across much of the country after a problem with overheard electric wires in the Midlands.

Queues at Coventry train station

Francis White, from London Midland, said there was also an empty stock train trapped between Birmingham New Street and Coventry.

Bus replacement services have been operating between Rugby, Northampton and Coventry; and Chiltern Railways and Arriva Trains are both accepting London Midland and Virgin tickets.

Get the latest updates from BBC Travel.

Cobblers midfielder O'Toole up for player of the month award

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northampton Town midfielder John-Joe O'Toole has been nominated for League Two's player of the month for March.

John-Joe O'Toole
Getty Images

The 27-year-old scored four goals in March and is now a vital part of Chris Wilder's table topping side. Not bad for a player who started the season on the transfer list.

Problems Northampton trains until the evening now

BBC Travel

There are no trains from Long Buckby and Northampton to Birmingham due to overhead wire problems. This is also have a knock -on affect on trains to London.

Network Rail have now said the problems will last until the evening...

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Potential Tata Steel UK buyer says it's 'early days'


The businessman who's expressed interest in buying Tata Steel's UK plants, including the tube works in Corby, says he's confident mass redundancies could be avoided.

Sanjeev Gupta

Sanjeev Gupta the head of commodities firm Liberty House will meet Business Secretary Sajid Javid later. 

Mr Gupta says it's "early days" in the negotiations.

Man from Hemel wanted over burglaries

A man wanted in connection with a number of burglaries may be in Hemel, Bedfordshire or Northamptonshire, police say.

Kevin Wood
Hertfordshire Police

Kevin Wood, 37, is being linked to break-ins at Kings Langley and Hemel Hempstead, along with a burglary at a garage in Hemel.

Police say Mr Wood, from Hemel, has links to Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire.

Terminally ill Northampton woman denied benefits to have case reviewed by the government

Northampton Chronicle & Echo

A terminally ill cancer patient from Northampton who was refused a disability benefit is to have her case reviewed by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Northants opener Duckett 'looking forward' to cricket season starting

Northamptonshire have their opening first class match of the season against Oxford University later.

Alex Wakely captains the side with Adam Rossington keeping wicket and there is another opportunity for seamers Ben Sanderson and Richard Gleeson.

Opener Ben Duckett seem excited to start playing...

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Corby's MP and borough council leader to meet Tata staff this week

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

Corby's Conservative MP Tom Pursglove and Labour borough council leader Tom Beattie will go to the Tata steel plant on Thursday to meet management, unions and workers.

Corby steelman

Business Secretary Sajid Javid is due to fly to India later to discuss the sale process with Tata's chairman.

Beforehand he is due to meet union representatives, when he will be urged to back their plan for the future of the Tata sites.

Disruption on trains from Long Buckby and Northampton to last until this afternoon

BBC Travel

Currently there are no trains from Long Buckby and Northampton to Birmingham due to overhead wire problems. This is also have a knock on affect on trains to London.

Network Rail now say it'll last until this afternoon...

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Headlines: MP and council leader to meet Tata staff... Clothes recycling in Kettering to start

Andrew Radd

BBC Radio Northampton

Here are our top stories:

  • Corby's MP and the leader of Corby Borough Council will meet management and staff at the town's Tata Steel plant later this week to discuss the ongoing crisis
  • Clothes and textile recycling starts in Kettering Borough this month
  • A roadshow encouraging exporting is in Corby today

Trains from Long Buckby and Northampton to London now also disrupted

BBC Travel

The problem on overhead wires between Birmingham and Coventry is now affecting some trains heading to London from Long Buckby and Northampton, with delays and cancellations.

London Midland has arranged replacements buses for passengers heading to Coventry and Birmingham.

Network Rail say disruption is now expected until 10:00.

Weather: Bright and dry

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

Any rain this morning will clear and it'll be drier and brighter into this afternoon, with some decent sunny spells and highs of 13C (55F).

There are more details on the BBC Weather website or watch my full forecast below...

No trains from Northampton and Long Buckby to Birmingham

BBC Travel

Due to damage to overhead wires between Birmingham New Street and Coventry the lines are currently blocked.

London Midland say tickets are being accepted on other routes to Birmingham and there are replacement buses.

The disruption is likely to last until 08:30.

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Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

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