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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday, 13 April 2016
  2. Councillors to decide on "fighting fund" against a new rail freight terminal
  3. More than one review into the future of local government in Northamptonshire would be "stupid", says county council's deputy-leader
  4. Royal Mail apology after some Police and Crime Commissioner campaign literature was delivered inside the Government's EU referendum leaflet
  5. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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Mobbs Memorial match at Northampton Saints tonight

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northampton Saints forwards coach Dorian West told me that it's "crucial" that current players have an understanding of the club's history and past players such as Edgar Mobbs (holding the ball).

England team captained by Edgar Mobbs
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The Mobbs Memorial Match takes places this evening at Franklin's Gardens, with Saints taking on the British Army.

The match has been played since 1917, in memory of Saints and England captain Mobbs, who was killed at the Battle of Passchendaele while commanding the 7th Battalion of the Northamptonshire Regiment.

Weather: Showers tonight but fine tomorrow

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Lots of fine weather this evening but the risk of a few showers and isolated thunderstorms and lows of 4C (39F).

weather
BBC

Early mist clearing to sunny spells and highs of 17C (62F).

Corby MP and Grassroots Out founder says they will not challenge decision over official leave campaign

Leave.EU, a group backed by UKIP donor Arron Banks, which supported Grassroots Out, said it was planning to seek a judicial review of the Electoral Commission's decision to designate Vote Leave the official leave campaign in June's EU referendum.

However, Corby MP, Conservative Tom Pursglove, who was one of the founders of Grassroots Out, which also lost out on official designation, says there will be no challenge from them...

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Headlines: Grassroots Out loses out on official designation...Decision due on rail freight fighting fund

Sarah Foster

BBC Radio Northampton

If you are catching up...

  • The Vote Leave group is to head the campaign for Britain to exit the European Union in the referendum on 23 June ahead of a group founded by three Northamptonshire MP
  • A decision's due in the next few hours on a proposal to spend £100,000 of council money on fighting a plan for a rail freight terminal in the south of the county
  • The Mobbs Memorial Match takes places this evening at Franklin's Gardens, with Northampton Saints taking on the British Army

Leave group backed by three county MP not named as a lead EU referendum campaign

BBC Politics

Vote Leave and Britain Stronger in Europe have been designated as the official Leave and Remain campaigns in June's EU referendum.

Vote Leave - backed by Boris Johnson and Michael Gove - saw off a challenge from a rival campaign Grassroots Out, backed by UKIP leader Nigel Farage (middle) and Wellingborough MP Peter Bone (right), Corby MP Tom Pursglove (left) and Kettering MP Philip Hollobone (not pictured).

UKIP leader Nigel Farage (middle) and Wellingborough MP Peter Bone (right), Corby MP Tom Pursglove (left)
AP

The campaigns will be allowed to spend up to £7m, get a free mailshot, TV broadcasts and £600,000 public funds.

The Electoral Commission made the decision.

Weather: Sunshine and showers this afternoon

BBC Weather Watchers

There has been lots of sunshine across Northamptonshire, as you can from this picture of Irhlingborough by BBC Weather Watcher 'coleole'.

Irthlingborough
BBC

Scattered showers will develop this afternoon but there may be some sunshine which will make it feel quite pleasant with a high of 15C (59F).

Deadline for voter registration for May's elections approaching

BBC News England

Elections for a third of Daventry District Council seats and for Northamptonshire's Police and Crime Commissioner take place on 5 May but you will only be able to vote if you have registered to do so – and the deadline is next Monday.

Ballot Box
BBC

If you are not already registered, you can do so by by clicking here.

And if you want to find out more about the elections you can visit the voter information site or the BBC News elections homepage.

Edgar Mobbs Hall of Fame cap loan to the Saints for memorial match

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

The World Rugby Hall of Fame cap awarded to Edgar Mobbs will be loaned to Northampton Saints this evening ahead of their Mobbs Memorial match against the British Army at Franklin's Gardens.

Philip Mobbs (centre) receives Edgar Mobbs' Hall of Fame cap from Bernard Lapasset (r) and Malcolm Hawker (l)
World Rugby

Mobbs became the first Saints player in the Hall of Fame when he was inducted into it last September.

He made 234 appearances for the club, captained England and was killed in World War One, commanding the 7th Battalion of the Northamptonshire Regiment.

Ex-firefighter criticises Northants Fire over use of initial response vehicles

Daventry Express

A retired fire officer has criticised Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service’s response to road accidents.

Press were right not to publish Whittingdale stories, says Corby MP

BBC News Channel

Newspapers were right not to publish stories about Culture Secretary John Whittingdale's private life, according to Corby's Conservative MP Tom Pursglove.

John Whittingdale
AFP

"This is exactly the sort of story that all of us were saying, and the public were saying, shouldn't be appearing in newspapers," he said.

Mr Pursglove said the culture secretary probably had "more experience than anyone else in government" on press regulation, adding: "I think we need that expertise."

Rail freight terminal 'very concerning' says parish councillor

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

South Northamptonshire Council will decide tonight whether to put £100,000 into a fighting fund against a new rail freight terminal between Milton Malsor and Blisworth.

The developers say it would create 9,000 jobs, but people who live nearby are worried about the impact it will have.

A lot of agricultural land and village walks will disappear. It's very concerning. - Shaun Hope, Parish Councillor in Milton Malsor
BBC

Northampton community loses battle to save pub...but might be offered a meeting room upstairs

Northampton Chronicle & Echo

A lengthy bid to save a Northampton pub from being turned into a shop was finally defeated last night - though its soon-to-be tenants might offer residents a room upstairs to meet in.

Northants captain Wakely 'frustrated' by abandoned game

No play was possible on day four of the Division Two game between Northamptonshire and Sussex, which ended as a draw after heavy overnight rain.

The abandonment left Northants opener Ben Duckett stranded on 282 not out, 49 short of the county's record score.

But the county's captain says there will be more opportunities for the opener...

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Headlines: Council could set up fund against rail freight terminal... Mobbs cap loaned to the Saints

Sarah Foster

BBC Radio Northampton

Here are your lunchtime headlines:

  • South Northamptonshire councillors will decide later whether to set up a fighting fund against a new rail freight terminal
  • The World Rugby Hall of Fame cap awarded to Edgar Mobbs will be loaned to the Saints tahead of their Mobbs Memorial match tonight
  • No play was possible on day four of the Division Two game between Northamptonshire and Sussex, which ended as a draw

Football club wants protection for former ground

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Kettering Town have nominated their former ground of Rockingham Road in the town as a "asset of community value" to Kettering Borough Council.

Rockingham Road
Pete Norton/Getty Images

An asset of community value is subject to additional protection from development. A decision on the nomination is expected within eight weeks.

Kettering left the ground in 2011 after financial issues and it remained empty since but the club hopes to return to the ground in the future.

Northamptonshire's Duckett 'gutted' after rain means no chance of triple century

Northamptonshire's opening County Championship match of the season at Wantage Road has been abandoned, due to overnight rain causing the outfield to be too wet for play.

It leaves 21-year-old opener Ben Duckett on 282 not out in the first innings against Sussex and frustrated with a lack of play over the last two days.

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Deadline for buying Tata UK steel business is end of May, says potential buyer

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The deadline for bids for Tata Steel's UK business, which includes the plant at Corby, is the end of May, according to Sanjeev Gupta, executive chairman of Liberty House, one of the companies that has previously spoken of its interest in taking on the business.

Tata Steel
BBC

Yesterday, Business Secretary Sajid Javid said the government was prepared to "co-invest" with potential buyers of Tata's remaining business.

Northampton pick young side to face Army in Mobbs Memorial match

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

The Saints face the Army tonight in the Mobbs Memorial match and they have picked a very young side.

The stand-out selection is at fly-half where 17-year-old James Grayson follows in the footsteps of his father, former Saint and England fly-half Paul Grayson.

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Royal Mail apologises after EU and police and crime commissioner leaflet mix-up

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

Royal Mail has apologised after some police and crime commissioner campaign literature was delivered inside a government EU referendum leaflet.

UKIP candidate Sam Watts says residents have told him campaign leaflets for the Conservative Stephen Mold were delivered within a much-talked about government EU referendum leaflet which, he claims, could give the impression Mr Mold has government endorsement.

EU referendum leaflet
Getty Images

Mr Mold says he was not aware they would be delivered on the same day and Royal Mail says this should not have happened and that staff have been spoken to.

The other candidate in May's election is Labour's Kevin McKeever.

Council admits there are 'some issues' with planters in town centre

Stuart Linnell

BBC Radio Northampton

Planters on Abington Street in Northampton, where some rather sorry-looking grass surrounds the trees, have been attracting some criticism.

Abington Street planter
BBC

Northampton Borough Council told me: "We have established that there are some issues with the irrigation of the four planters close to the library and we are working with the manufacturer to rectify this so that the planters can be filled."

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Northamptonshire's match abandoned in County Championship

Andrew Radd

BBC Radio Northampton

The match at Wantage Road between Northamptonshire and Sussex has been abandoned, with no play possible today, the fourth and final day, due to a rain-soaked outfield.

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It means Northamptonshire opener Ben Duckett will be left stranded on 282 not out. 

County council says their could be more than one unitary authorities but only one study

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

Northamptonshire county council's deputy leader Heather Smith has said that councils should wait for an independent review into the county's local government make-up and see whether they suggest one, two or even three unitary authorities.

county council
BBC

Previously, the county council had said there should be only one authority for the whole county but, although Mr Smith appears more receptive to the idea of more than one unitary authority, she said more than one review into county's local government would be "stupid".

The county's borough and district councils had discussed holding a separate study to that of the county council.

Councillors could use public money to fight rail freight terminal

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

Councillors in south Northamptonshire will decide later whether to use £100,000 of public money to establish a fighting fund against a new rail freight terminal.

rail central
BBC

Rail Central proposals would see a rail depot the size of 100 football pitches built between the villages of Milton Malsor and Blisworth.

Plans for the new interchange were first revealed back in January although a planning application hasn't yet been submitted.

Duckett wants rain to 'stay away' to continue his innings

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

No play at all yesterday at Wantage Road, so Ben Duckett is still left their hanging on 282 not out.

But it seems Duckett isn't too hopefully of play today...

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If  they do get under way in the County Championship match against Sussex, Northants are 481 for 7 - still in their first innings.

It's the fourth and final day of the match today.

Weather: Sunny spells but showers later

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

It should be a dry morning with some sunny spells but a cloudier afternoon with scattered showers and a high of 15C (59F)

You can see my full forecast below...

There more details on the BBC Weather website.

Headlines: Council could set up fund against rail freight terminal...One than one review into local government 'stupid'

Andrew Radd

BBC Radio Northampton

Here are our top stories:

  • South Northamptonshire councillors will decide later whether to set up a fighting fund against a new rail freight terminal
  • The idea of more than one review into the future of local government in Northamptonshire would be "stupid" according to the county council's deputy-leader
  • Royal Mail has apologised after some Police and Crime Commissioner campaign literature was delivered inside the Government's EU referendum leaflet

Good morning and welcome to Local Live for Northamptonshire

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

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