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  1. Updates for Friday, 15 April 2016
  2. A woman is found guilty of manslaughter over the death of a man in Northampton
  3. Child tooth decay could "spiral out of control" in Northamptonshire and nationwide, according to a new report from the Local Government Association
  4. The number of people seeking help from food banks in Northamptonshire has risen sharply
  5. The University of Northampton says it benefited the county's economy last year to the tune of £289m
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Monday

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By Pete Cooper

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Local Live is finished for today, but we'll be back on Monday from 18:00.

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Weather: Rain and sleet clearing to scattered showers tomorrow

Chris Bell

BBC Look East weather

It'll be cloudy overnight with outbreaks of rain. The rain will possibly be heavy in places and falling increasingly as sleet with a low of 2C (36F).

weather map

It will feel chilly tomorrow with rain and sleet clearing, leaving sunny intervals and scattered showers. A top temperature of 7C (45F).

Harry Mallinder: Family 'fed up' of rugby talk over dinner

James Burridge

BBC Look East

Northampton Saints' Harry Mallinder says his mother and sister are "fed up" with rugby talk over dinner between him and his father Jim, the club's director of rugby.

He also revealed to me he travels home from games separately to his father and he hopes be a bit more "helpful" in interviews than Mallinder senior.


Two cheese-makers shortlisted for award

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Two of Northamptonshire's cheese-makers have been shortlisted in the first ever national Artisan Cheese awards

Getty Images

Hamm Tun Fine Foods in Northampton and the Neneview Dairy at Redlands Farm in Stanwick will both have their cheeses judged.

The awards will be handed out in Melton Mowbray later this month.

'Disappointment' for 'fantastic' Richard after injury ends his season

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Chris Wilder says it's "disappointing" that captain Marc Richards (pictured) is out for the rest of the season after an operation on his achilles on Monday.

Marc Richards
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Wilder says the 33-year-old top scorer is a "fantastic part of the group", but is the only injury absentee along with long-term injured midfielder Paul Corry ahead of tomorrow's away game at Exeter.

Company that runs prison near Daventry fined more £1m over five years

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

The company that runs Rye Hill has been fined more than £1m between 2010 and 2015 for breaching its contract to run the prison near Daventry, according to figures obtained by the Labour Party.

Rye Hill

Fines for breaches of contract can range from an escape, to a door being unsecured for two minutes or poor hygiene.

Many of the fines occurred before a move to only house sex offenders at the prison.

Operator G4S said the fines don't reflect the current state of the prison and points to a recent government inspection that found overall the prison was performing "very well".

Headlines: Woman guilty of manslaughter in Northampton... Daventry prison firm fined more than £1m

Sarah Foster

BBC Radio Northampton

If you're catching up:

  • A woman has been found guilty of manslaughter following the death of a man in Northampton
  • The company that runs Rye Hill prison near Daventry has been fined more than £1m over five years for breaching its contract
  • Northampton Saints face a defining day in their season tomorrow with a must-win game against Leicester at Franklin's Gardens

'Act of kindness was a fatal mistake' says lead officer on Robert Chester murder case

Elinor Cross

BBC Radio Northampton

Det Insp Louise Hemingway, who led the murder investigation of Robert Chester in Northampton, said: "Robert was known by his neighbours to be a quiet man who never caused any issues or harmed anyone."

Rothersthorpe Road

She said Mr Chester offered to take in Cash and Pound so they didn't have to spend the night on the street, adding: "It appears that an act of kindness by Robert was a fatal mistake."

Woman denied being involved in murder in Northampton but found guilty of manslaughter

Elinor Cross

BBC Radio Northampton

Mary Cash (right) told Northampton Crown Court she played no part in the killing of Robert Chester or of setting the fire at his house.

She told police she was frightened of Karl Pound (left), adding he had struck her.

Karl Pound and Mary Cash
Northamptonshire Police

However, prosecutors said Cash was either involved in a physical attack on Mr Chester or she encouraged or assisted Karl Pound to do it. The jury agreed and found her guilty of manslaughter.

Pound had already pleaded guilty to murder part way through the trial.

Woman guilty of manslaughter took more than 13 hours to sober up to be questioned by police

Elinor Cross

BBC Radio Northampton

Northampton Crown Court heard Mary Cash took more than 13 hours after being arrested to be sober enough for a police interview.

During the trial, the court heard from eyewitnesses who saw Cash leave Robert Chester's house along with murderer Karl Pound on the day he was found dead.

There was CCTV footage of the pair in the area that showed Cash was clearly drunk.

Cash denied any involvement with Mr Chester's murder but the jury found her guilty of manslaughter. The pair will be sentenced at a later date.

Woman found guilty of manslaughter over Robert Chester death

Elinor Cross

BBC Radio Northampton

A woman has been found guilty of the manslaughter of Robert Chester, who was found dead in his home on Rothersthorpe Road in Northampton.

The body of the 54-year-old was found on 8 October. He had been stabbed to death and his house set on fire.  


Mary Cash, 39, of no fixed abode, has this afternoon been found guilty by a jury at Northampton Crown Court after just a few hours of deliberation.

Her co-accused Karl Pound, 51, of Hunsbarrow Road, Briar Hill, Northampton, pleaded guilty to murder part way into his trial.

BreakingWoman found guilty of manslaughter after man found dead in Northampton house fire

Mary Cash, 39, of no fixed abode, has been found guilty at Northampton Crown Court of the manslaughter of Robert Chester, who was found stabbed to death in his home in Rothersthorpe Road which was then set on fire.

Successful county helps attract 'impressive, intelligent students'

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The University of Northampton says it is "enormously important" that Northamptonshire improves both socially and economically.

University of Northampton
University of Northampton

It says it benefited the county's economy last year to the tune of £289m and contributed £800,000-worth of student volunteering.

Prof Simon Denny says a successful county allows the university to attract "impressive, intelligent students from here and abroad".

Academic says government will need to invest in steel industry to stop 'loss of livelihoods'

Roger Harrabin

BBC environment analyst

Cambridge professor Julian Allwood said if Tata Steel's UK plants, such as Corby, were to close then "the loss of jobs, income and livelihoods will reverberate throughout the UK steel supply chain".

Corby steel plant

Prof Allwood has conducted a six-year study on the steel sector and suggested greater investment in new technologies.

He said: "This would allow UK innovation ahead of any other large player", but said the cost of investment would need to come from the government in one form or another.

Fawsley Hall hotel manager spared jail after giving back money conned out of wedding couple

Elinor Cross

BBC Radio Northampton

A woman who conned a couple out of their £9,000 wedding deposit was spared jail after returning the money.

Jayne Harper, 55, was working as a business development manager at Fawsley Hall, near Daventry, when she took the deposit and banked it in her personal account to pay for her gambling addiction, Northampton Crown Court was told.

Fawsley Hall

Harper, of Main Street, Holcot, pleaded guilty to two charges of fraud after being reported to police by the couple.

She was was given a 12-month suspended sentence and ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.

Weather: Showery rain through the day

BBC Weather Watchers

There are showers in parts of Northamptonshire, as you can from this pictures from BBC Weather Watcher 'Bev@Foxgloves' in Spratton...


Those outbreaks of rain will continue but there could be sunny spells in-between, with a top temperature of 10C (50F).

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

Headlines: Jury out in murder trial... Child tooth decay concerns

Sarah Foster

BBC Radio Northampton

Here are your lunchtime headlines:

  • The jury has gone out in the trial of a woman accused of murdering a man in Northampton
  • Children as young as two are having teeth extracted in hospital here in Northamptonshire
  • Two of the county's cheese-makers have been shortlisted for a new national cheese award

Food banks 'working to stop crises occurring'

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Dave Goddard from the independently-run St Jude food bank in Kettering says it doesn't just distribute food, but also passes their users onto debt advice services and works closely with social services.

Food bank
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Figures from the Trussell Trust, which runs other food banks in Northamptonshire, show a sharp increase in the number of people using the banks.

Mr Goddard told BBC Radio Northampton that food banks are "working to stop crises occurring" that cause people to visit and offer help with budgeting, which he described as a "responsible approach".

Wood and Brookes return to pack for Tigers

Flanker Tom Wood returns to the Saints side to face Leicester tomorrow and will captain the team.

England prop Kieran Brookes also starts while Tom Kessell comes in at scrum-half.

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Child tooth decay down to 'lifestyle choices' which 'need to change'

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The Local Government Association has raised concerns about the number of children having rotten teeth removed.

The NHS in Northamptonshire told BBC Radio Northampton this is a long-term problem.

Tooth decay
Science Photo Library

Deborah Manger, clinical leader for NHS dentistry in the county, said the families of the children who have teeth removed "have made lifestyle choices in terms of food and drink which is not going to change and unless we can get them to change their children's future, adult teeth will be similarly affected [by tooth decay]".

Jury goes out in Northampton murder trial

Elinor Cross

BBC Radio Northampton

The jury has gone out in the trial of a woman accused of murdering a man in his Northampton home.

Robert Chester was found dead at his home on Rothersthorpe Road on 8 October last year. He had been stabbed to death and his house set on fire.

Rothersthorpe Road

Karl Pound, 51, of Hunsbarrow Road, Briar Hill, Northampton, admitted murder part way into his trial at Northampton Crown Court. But co-accused Mary Cash, 39, of no fixed abode, denies murder.

The jury will now have three options - finding her guilty of murder, guilty of manslaughter or not guilty.

Wellingborough charity forced to reduce opening hours due to funding issues

Northamptonshire Telegraph

A centre which supports vulnerable people is appealing for help after being forced to reduce its opening hours.

Steel jobs 'can be saved by tech', says energy researcher

Roger Harrabin

BBC environment analyst

The UK steel industry is doomed unless it embraces cutting-edge technology, a Cambridge professor has warned.

Prof Julian Allwood said the only way to save steel jobs was to make high-value products for industries in which the UK leads the world.

Corby steel

New methods could scrub impurities from recycled steel to make products for the aerospace and car industries, he said.

The announcement by Tata that it is to sell its UK business, including its plant in Corby, is seen as the latest blow to an industry that has seen a succession of job cuts.

University says it has an 'impact' of almost £300m on Northamptonshire's economy

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The University of Northampton says it's making a huge contribution to the local economy.

As it approaches its 10th anniversary, the university has released its 2015 Economic Impact report and, for the first time, a Social Impact report in volunteering and social enterprise.

Here's a summary of its findings...

University has released its 2015 Economic Impact report stating that it creates a total impact of £244million in Northampton, with a further £45million in the rest of Northamptonshire - £289million in all.

Chinese Grand Prix: Kimi Raikkonen top as Ferrari beat Mercedes

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel beat Brackley-based Mercedes' Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton in the Chinese Grand Prix second practice.

Kimi Raikkonen
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Raikkonen was 0.109 seconds clear of his team-mate, with Rosberg 0.237 seconds off the pace as Ferrari hinted they may offer a threat to Mercedes in Shanghai.

Hamilton, with a five-place grid penalty as a result of a gearbox change, was 0.433 seconds off the pace.

Use of food banks rising in Northamptonshire, according to provider

Carroll Weston

BBC Radio Northampton

The number of people seeking help from food banks in Northamptonshire has risen sharply, according to figures from the Trussell Trust.

Food bank

The charity, which represents about half the food banks in the county, says just over 8,000 people asked for help last year compared to just under 5,000 the year before.

Its data also suggests that delays and changes to benefits remain the biggest cause of food bank use.

Rise in child tooth decay in Northamptonshire

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Child tooth decay could "spiral out of control" in Northamptonshire and nationwide, according to a new report from the Local Government Association.

The LGA says "tough new measures" are needed to cut children's sugar intake.

Data pic - Tooth decay in Northamptonshire

Sport headlines: Crucial East Midlands rugby derby... Cobblers hoping to secure title

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Here are the top sport stories:

  • The Saints take on Leicester tomorrow in a crucial East Midlands derby at Franklin's Gardens, with Northampton in fifth and the Tigers in fourth

Headlines: Child tooth decay 'out of control'... Food banks use rises

Andrew Radd

BBC Radio Northampton

Here are our top stories this morning:

  • Child tooth decay could "spiral out of control" in Northamptonshire and nationwide, according to a new report from the Local Government Association
  • The number of people seeking help from food banks in Northamptonshire has risen sharply
  • The University of Northampton says it benefited the county's economy last year to the tune of £289m

Weather: Cloudy with showery rain

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

A cloudy day with outbreaks of showery rain, which are likely to be heavy and thundery at times, with a high of 10C (50F).

You can see my full forecast below...

There more details on the BBC Weather website.

Good morning and welcome to Local Live for Northamptonshire

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

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