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Summary

  1. Updates for Monday, 18 April 2016
  2. The Cobblers are champions of League Two following their 0-0 draw at Exeter City on Saturday
  3. Northamptonshire Police is taking advice from former gang members on how to deal with a growing gang culture
  4. The general election bid of Northampton South's MP got donations from a firm at the centre of an inquiry into the disappearance of millions of pounds of taxpayers' money
  5. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Pete Cooper

All times stated are UK

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Weather: Clear tonight and fine tomorrow

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

It will be a largely cloudy evening across the county with a low of 4C (39F).

weather
BBC

A fine day tomorrow, feeling fairly warm in the sunshine with a high of 13C (55F).

George Osborne defends Treasury's gloomy EU exit forecast, but Leadsom is critical

BBC Politics

Chancellor George Osborne has defended claims an EU exit would cost households an average £4,300 a year - after Leave campaigners said it was "absurd".

A Treasury analysis says the UK economy would be 6% smaller if it left the EU than it would otherwise be by 2030.

Andrea Leadsom
BBC

Energy Minister and South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom, a Vote Leave supporter, said: "A much fairer way to present this argument would be to also look at the impact if we remain in on further migration, further pressure on public services, the impact on security and so on."

But Mr Osborne told BBC Radio 4's Today: "The conclusions could not be clearer. Britain would be permanently poorer if we left the EU".

Bedfordshire death crash victim named

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

A man who died yesterday in a crash on the A421 in Bedfordshire has been named as Jamie Bradley from Northampton.

Jamie Bradley
Bedfordshire Police

The 27-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene of a two-vehicle collision on the westbound carriageway between Elstow and Cardington.

Mr Bradley's family say they "are absolutely broken" and "cannot imagine a life without him". They described him as "a much-loved son and a great friend to many".

Cobblers' O'Toole 'rescued' from fans by chairman

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northampton Town midfielder John-Joe O'Toole had to be "rescued" from fans that swarmed onto the pitch following the club's League Two title win.

A 0-0 draw away to Exeter at the weekend was enough for Northampton to be crowned champions.Watch as chairman Kelvin Thomas salvaged a bedraggled O'Toole from the crowd to lead him down the tunnel.     

Headlines: Police taking advice from former gang members... MP's election bid funded by 'missing millions' firm

Sarah Foster

BBC Radio Northampton

If you are catching up:

  • Former London gang members are helping Northamptonshire police target a growing gang culture in the east of the county
  • The general election bid of Northampton South MP David Mackintosh got donations from a firm at the centre of an inquiry into the disappearance of millions of pounds of taxpayers' money
  • Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder has refused to be drawn on links to the Bolton Wanderers job

Man slashed in face in Corby altercation

Northamptonshire Telegraph

A man sustained a slash to his face during an argument which took place in Corby in the early hours of yesterday morning.

China commits to cutting steel production, says Javid

BBC News UK

China has vowed to reduce the amount of steel it makes, Business Secretary Sajid Javid said.

He spoke after attending a crisis meeting in Brussels about the global steel glut.  

Corby steel
BBC

Tata Steel cited China "dumping" steel on the global market as one of the reasons for wanting to sell its UK business, including its plant in Corby. 

Mr Javid said China had "absolutely recognised that it is a problem of overcapacity in their country" that has caused the glut, adding: "They're committing to do something about it and I think that's a very positive step forward."

Mallinder rules out top four spot after Leicester loss

BBC Sport

Northampton boss Jim Mallinder accepts the game is pretty much up for Saints' Premiership play-off hopes this season after losing 30-24 to East Midlands rivals Leicester.

Leicester Tigers v Northampton Saints
Getty Images

"I think, realistically, that's the top four out of reach this season," Mallinder said.

"We always keep fighting, but today summed up our season a little bit. We just weren't quite good enough."

Man killed in A421 crash

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

A man in his 20s was killed in a collision on the A421 in Bedfordshire yesterday.

A421
Google

Emergency services were called to the westbound carriageway between the A603 at Cardington and the A6 at Elstow where a 27-year-old man from Northampton was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash happened at about 05:15. Officers believe that a silver Volkswagen Up was travelling east, on the wrong side of the road, before colliding with a lorry.

Is Panesar ready to bowl for Northants?

It looks like ex-England spinner Monty Panesar is getting ready to take to the field for Northants this season, after re-signing for the club earlier this month.

The county's next game is away to his former side Essex, who could have England captain Alistair Cook in the side.

Northants captain Alex Wakely posted this image on Twitter earlier today...

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Police hoping local community will help tackle gangs in Wellingborough

Elinor Cross

BBC Radio Northampton

Northamptonshire Police say they are "only one small part" towards tackling gangs in areas such as Wellingborough.

Police HQ
BBC

Cherie Johnson, a former London gang member, is helping police by talking to community leaders in Wellingborough about gang culture and how to spot it.

Lara Alexander-Lloyd, Wellingborough's sector commander for Northamptonshire Police, hopes that will in-turn lead to information from the public as "they'll understand what's going on in the areas they live".

Government 'doing all it can' for UK steel industry, says business secretary

BBC News UK

A crisis meeting about the global steel glut is being held in Brussels today, attended by UK Business Secretary Sajid Javid.

In a written statement to the Commons, Mr Javid said: "We have secured assurances from Tata that they will be responsible sellers of their remaining UK steel operations and will allow reasonable time to find a buyer."

Corby steel
BBC

He added that EY had been appointed as the government's financial advisers and said the government was "committed to doing all it can to ensure a sustainable future for the UK steel industry".

Among the plants being sold by Tata is the one at Corby, which employs 578 people.

Lewis Hamilton 'has no more jokers available' after Chinese GP

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

Lewis Hamilton says he cannot afford any more bad luck if he is to beat Brackley-based Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to the world title.

Lewis Hamilton
Getty Images

The German, who finished runner-up to Hamilton last year, is 36 points ahead after winning the Chinese Grand Prix.

Hamilton, who was seventh in Shanghai, said: "There is a long way to go, but I've no more jokers available."

Cobblers' David Buchanan says he'll 'never forget' winning League Two title

Tim Oglethorpe

BBC Radio Northampton Cobblers commentator

Northampton Town - who nearly went out of business in the autumn - have won their first league title since 1987, with four games to spare.

Defender David Buchanan says he'll "never forget" the winning moment...

Weather: Cloudy but dry

BBC Weather Watchers

It is cloudy across Northamptonshire, as you can see from this picture of Staverton from BBC Weather Watcher 'Charlie67'.

Steverton
BBC

Despite that cloud it should stay dry this afternoon, with a top temperature of 10C (50F).

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

Headlines: Wellingborough man admits manslaughter of hairdresser... MP's election bid funded by 'missing millions' firm

Sarah Foster

BBC Radio Northampton

Here are your lunchtime headlines:

  • The general election bid of Northampton South MP David Mackintosh got donations from a firm at the centre of an inquiry into the disappearance of millions of pounds of taxpayers' money
  • A teenage boy has been sexually assaulted while waiting to cross a road in Brackley

Milton Keynes killing: Accused may have used rope to escape fire

Abseil ropes were seen hanging from the window of the flat where the body of Ashley Gillard was found after a fire, but it's not known if these were used by his killer to escape.

Black rope hanging from the window of Ashley Gillard's flat
BBC

Thomas White, 26, from Bilbury Close,  Wellingborough, has today pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Mr Gillard after originally being charged with his murder, which he denied. The prosecution have accepted a guilty plea for manslaughter by gross negligence and will not proceed with the murder charge.

At the time, police refused to confirm or deny whether a black rope hanging from the flat window in Trevithick Court, Wolverton had been used by Mr White to abseil to safety.

Milton Keynes killing: Accused pleads guilty to manslaughter

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

A man standing trial charged with the murder of a Milton Keynes hairdresser last June has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Murder scene in Wolverton
Thames Valley Police

Thomas White, 26, from Wellingborough, denies murder but pleaded guilty to other charges, including arson, theft, fraud and possession of class B and C drugs at Luton Crown Court.

The body of hairdresser Ashley Gillard, 31, was found by firefighters in his third-floor flat at Wolverton after a fire had broken out.  

Wilder: There has been no approach from Bolton over manager's job

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Last week it was reported Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder was Bolton's preferred choice to be their next manager, but he told me there's been no approach from the Lancashire club.

Chris Wilder
Getty Images

He said it was "inevitable" a successful club such as the Cobblers will get approaches, but all Northampton Town's management and players are under contract.

More than 90% of children get first choice primary school place

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Today parents across the county find out whether their children have got into the primary school of their choice.

Datapic - 8,200 children (90.5%) will go to their first choice primary school in Northamptonshire
PA

The county council says the number of children who have been allocated a place at their preferred primary school has increased this year, up from 7,950 last year – despite an unprecedented number of applications.

Teenager, 13, sexually assaulted in Brackley

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

A 13-year-old boy was sexually assaulted while waiting to cross the High Street in Brackley last Wednesday.

It happened between 10:00 and 10:15 when he was approached by a man who assaulted him when walking past.

High Street Brackley
Google

The offender was white, aged in his 30s or 40s, about 5ft 10in tall and of muscular build. He had grey-white hair which was slicked back and had stubble. 

He was also wearing a green fleece jumper with grey trousers and grey walking boots with brown laces. Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward.

Northampton Town: Marc Richards praises 'motivator' Chris Wilder

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northampton Town striker Marc Richards (right) has praised "first-class" manager Chris Wilder (left) after the Cobblers won the League Two title.

Chris Wilder and Marc Richards
Getty Images

"He's a very down-to-earth guy, he's a motivator and certainly gets us going for games," said Richards.

"It's loud in the dressing room, put it that way."

Lewis Hamilton battles back as Rosberg wins Chinese Grand Prix

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

Nico Rosberg took his third straight win of 2016 as his team-mate at Brackley-based Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton, fought back to seventh in a hectic Chinese Grand Prix.

Nico Rosberg
EPA

World champion Hamilton started from the back, suffered a broken front wing on lap one and did five pit stops.

He now faces the prospect of trying to overhaul a 36-point deficit in the remaining 18 races of the season.

WIlder and Smith recognised at Football League Awards

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Last night in Manchester the Football League gave out its annual awards, and Northampton Town, the newly-crowned League Two champions, were recognised in the team of the year.

Adam Smith
Pete Norton/Getty Images

Goalkeeper Adam Smith (pictured) was named in the Football League team of year, made up from all the players across the Championship and Leagues One and Two, and Chris Wilder was named as the team's manager.

Northampton Town winger Ricky Holmes lost out on League Two player of the season to Oxford United's Kemar Roofe.

Largest unsigned acts festival 'in the world' on the way to Northants in June

Northampton Chronicle & Echo

Thousands of revellers are expected to descend on Billing Aquadrome as a £10 three-day festival heads to Northamptonshire for the first time.

Northampton South MP's election bid funded by 'missing millions' firm

The general election bid of Northampton South MP David Mackintosh (pictured) got donations from a firm at the centre of an inquiry into the disappearance of millions of pounds of taxpayers' money.  

David Mackintosh
BBC

A total of £30,000 was sent to the Tory MP's Fighting Fund from 1st Land Ltd. It received council loan money intended to rebuild the town's football ground.

Mr Mackintosh, who signed off the loan when he was Northampton Borough Council leader, told the BBC he welcomed all the investigations currently under way. 

In a statement, the owner of 1st Land Ltd, Howard Grossman, said it would not be appropriate to comment "while official investigations are taking place".

Business secretary attends steel crisis talks in Brussels

Alex Forsyth

Political correspondent

The business secretary is to join ministers from around the world at a meeting to discuss a global glut of steel that has pushed British production to the brink of collapse.

Sajid Javid will hold talks in Brussels with counterparts from China and India and 27 other nations to "seek solutions to the overcapacity crisis".

Sajid Javid
BBC

Tata Steel announced in March it was putting its UK assets, including the plant in Corby, up for sale after prices were hit by China "dumping" steel on the global market. 

Northampton secure title with four games to spare

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northampton Town were crowned champions of League Two despite being held to a goalless draw at Exeter City on Saturday.

Northampton Town champions
PA

Rivals Oxford lost at home to Luton Town and Accrington Stanley drew with Morecambe to hand the Cobblers their first title since the 1986-87 season.  

Gangs have been in Wellingborough for at least five years, says ex-gang member helping police

Elinor Cross

BBC Radio Northampton

Ex-London gang members are helping Northamptonshire Police target a growing gang culture in the east of the county.

Guns
Northamptonshire Police

It comes as the force has seen a rise in the number of class A drugs and firearms in the county, seizing more than 2,700 guns since 2011.

Cherie Johnson, a former London gang member helping the police, said gangs have been in place in Wellingborough for at least five years.

Headlines: Police taking advice from former gang member... Cobblers crowned champions of League Two

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton

Here are our top stories:

  • Northamptonshire Police is taking advice from former gang members on how to deal with a growing gang culture in areas including Wellingborough
  • The Cobblers are champions of League Two following their 0-0 draw at Exeter City on Saturday

Weather: Cloud but staying dry

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

For much of the day there will be a good deal of cloud though many places will stay dry, with a top temperature of 10C (50F).

You can see my full forecast below...

There are 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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