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  1. Updates on Monday, 25 April 2016
  2. Kettering's Kyren Wilson reaches World Snooker Championship quarter-finals
  3. No charges will be brought against Corby Borough Council staff after an investigation into the sale of land, police say
  4. High street retailer BHS, which has two stores in Northampton, has filed for administration
  5. Tresham College could end A-level courses because of a fall in demand
  6. Updates resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Pete Cooper

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

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Statue of Northamptonshire's 'Peasant Poet' to be unveiled

Andrew Radd

BBC Radio Northampton

Northamptonshire's best known poet, John Clare, is to be commemorated with a statue in the courtyard of Northampton's Guildhall on Wednesday.

John Clare

Know as "The Peasant Poet", Clare was born in the village of Helpston and died in Northampton in 1864.

The statue is the work of sculptor Richard Austin.

Multimillion-pound heritage project to open to the public

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Chester Farm near Irthlingborough, which is costing the county council £12.7m to restore, will be opening to the public from next month.

Chester Farm

The history of the site dates back more than 10,000 years and contains the west, north and east ramparts of where a Roman town once stood.

The refurbishment won't be completed until 2018, but people will be able to see what work has been done so far and what the site will offer when finished.

Northamptonshire man left living in his car away from his ill mother

Northampton Chronicle & Echo

A man who was evicted from his Daventry home along with his mother who has dementia says he has been amazed at the community response.

Weather: Wintry showers today and tomorrow

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Overnight there will be clear spells and scattered wintry showers. Feeling cold with a low of 0C (32F).


It will be windy tomorrow which will add to the cold feel. The showers will continue, with a high of 9C (48F).

Headlines: BHS in administration... No charges in Corby land sale investigation

Sarah Foster

BBC Radio Northampton

If you're catching-up, here'a the latest headlines:

  • Administrators appointed to run high street chain BHS, which has two stores in Northampton, say the retailer will continue trading while they try to find a buyer
  • Police say no charges will be brought against Corby Borough Council staff after an investigation into the sale of land
  • Kettering's Kyren Wilson is through to the quarter-finals of the World Snooker Championship after beating Mark Allen 13-9

No more play for Northants at Essex today

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

The groundsmen have pinned the sheets down here at Chelmsford and the rain is coming down quite hard.


I'm afraid that will be it for today, with only nine overs played. Day three, weather permitting, will start with Essex 351-3 in their first innings.

Wilson 'delighted' to win 'crazy, crazy game' to make quarter-finals

BBC Sport

Kettering's Kyren Wilson said his 13-9 victory over Mark Allen in the second round of the World Snooker Championships was a "crazy, crazy game".

He said it was "probably the strangest" he had played in, after he started with seven straight frames before the pair traded runs of winning four frames on the trot.

Kyren Wilson

The 24-year-old said he was "delighted to get through" and there was "no need to be scared" of his quarter-final opponent - world number one Mark Selby.

Paramedic left with broken leg after being hit by car at petrol station

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

A man has been arrested after a paramedic was struck by a car at a Northampton garage and left with a broken leg.

BP garage

It happened between 02:00 and 02:30 on Sunday at the BP garage on Harborough Road, Northampton.

Funeral for navy veteran and asbestos disease campaigner

Sarah Foster

BBC Radio Northampton

The funeral of Northampton navy veteran Fred Minall has taken place this afternoon.

He campaigned for fair treatment for service personnel suffering from Mesothelioma, after he was diagnosed with the terminal lung disease last year. He served on destroyers in the 1950s, where he regularly came into contact with asbestos. 

Fred Minall

The service took place at the Church of St Peter in Weston Favell.

BHS administration: Another big name going from Abington Street?

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Should administration mean the demise of BHS, it could see another iconic British store leave Abington Street in Northampton.


Woolworths, which was opposite BHS's entrance on Abington Street, closed in 2009. It is now a Tesco store.

Administrators will now try to find a buyer for all or part of the 88-year-old BHS business.

Wilson reaches quarter-finals of World Snooker Championship

Kris Holland

BBC Radio Northampton

Kettering's Kyren Wilson has beaten world number seven Mark Allen 13-9 to reach the World Snooker Championship quarter-finals for the first time.

Kyren Wilson

The 24-year-old held off a strong comeback from Northern Irishman Allen, but will now face world number one Mark Selby in the next round.

Couple from Daventry district village marry on 40th anniversary of the night they met

Daventry Express

A couple from a village near Daventry who have been together 40 years got married after he accepted her leap year proposal.

Play stopped in County Championship at Chelmsford

Play didn't last long - nine overs in fact - in the County Championship match between Essex and Northants at Chelmsford.

Bad light stopped play, and the signs don't look good...

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Play under way in County Championship

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

We are finally under way at Chelmsford as Essex resume their first innings against Northants, passing 350 for the loss of just 3 wickets.

Chelmsford cricket ground

You can listen live or follow text updates online.

Tresham's principal 'had no choice' but to propose cutting A-level courses

Martin Borley

BBC Radio Northampton

Tresham's principal Stuart Wesselby said the decision to possibly end offering A-level courses had "not been taken lightly".

Tresham, Corby

The move puts 22 staff jobs at risk and affects 64 current students. 

Mr Wesselby, who oversees the campuses in Kettering, Corby (pictured) and Wellingborough, said there had been a "consecutive decline in applications and enrolments in the past three years". A 30-day consultation is under way.

Weather: Cold with scattered showers

BBC Weather

There's a lot of cloud across Northamptonshire today. Here is Corby from BBC Weather Watcher 'silver beaver'...


This afternoon the cloud will bring scattered showers and feel cold, with a high of 11C (52F).

More details available on the BBC Weather website.

Headlines: No charges as police close Corby council investigation... BHS files for administration

Sarah Foster

BBC Radio Northampton

Here are your lunchtime headlines:

  • No charges will be brought against Corby Borough Council staff after an investigation into the sale of land, police say
  • BHS, which has two stores in Northampton, has filed for administration
  • Tresham College could end A-level courses because of a fall in demand

World Snooker Championship: Wilson two frames away from quarter-final

Shamoon Hafez

BBC Sport at the Crucible Theatre

Kettering's Kyren Wilson needs just two more frames to reach the quarter-finals of the World Snooker Championship after opening up a 11-5 lead over Mark Allen.

Kyren Wilson

Shanghai Masters champion Wilson took the opening session 7-1 and despite Northern Irishman Allen taking four frames on the trot closing to 7-5, Wilson took the next four himself - including the 16th on the black - to move closer to victory.

They play to a finish from 13:00, with live coverage across the BBC.

Cobblers set new club record with 1-1 draw at Yeovil

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Nicky Adams' equaliser against Yeovil meant Northampton Town set a new club record as they extended their unbeaten run...

22 games unbeaten. Last defeat was Portsmouth on 19 December 2015
Pete Norton/Getty Images

However, the 1-1 draw meant the Cobblers, already crowned champions, cannot reach 100 points for the season.

They will be presented with the League Two trophy at their home game against Luton on Saturday.

BHS administration: Could the Grosvenor Centre lose another flagship store?

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

High Street retailer BHS has filed for administration, and even though current owners Retail Acquisitions are still hoping to sell it as a going concern, it could be another blow for Northampton's Grosvenor Centre.

Grosvenor Centre

In March 2014 the House of Fraser store, previously Beatties, closed. Most of the space the store occupied is now filled by Primark and Next, but there is still part of the unit empty.

BHS in Northampton Town centre is across two floors with a restaurant. It also has another store at the St James Retail Park.

Three lambs die after Cranford dog attack

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Three lambs died and five more were hurt after a large dog attacked a flock of sheep and lambs in Cranford yesterday.

It happened in a field off St Johns Lane between 07:30 and 08:00.

Police are trying to track down the dog owner and are appealing for witnesses.

'No further action' to be taken over Corby land sale, say police

Martin Borley

BBC Radio Northampton

Police have decided no charges will be brought against Corby Borough Council staff after an investigation into the sale of land.

It follows a district auditor's report which highlighted "significant failings" in the way the council managed four major regeneration projects.

Police carried out an investigation into one those projects - the sale of land at St James in Corby, which is now the location of a Tesco store.

Tesco Extra

Although the exact nature of the police investigation wasn't known, the auditor's report said the land was sold under its market value.

In consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service, police have now decided there is insufficient evidence to justify a prosecution and no further action will be taken.

Delayed start at Chelmsford for county cricketers

Essex are in control of their County Championship match against Northants, but it looks like it's going to be the weather that's in charge today...

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County Championship: Alastair Cook helps put Essex in control over Northants

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

England captain Alastair Cook continued his fine start to the season with a half-century as Essex took control of the first day against Northants.

Captain Alex Wakely says it was "tough"...

View more on twitter

Ravi Bopora (57 not out) and Dan Lawrence (44 not out) saw Essex to 335-3 at stumps.

Northants also conceded 45 extras, including 28 no-balls. Coverage continues online from 11:00.

PFA awards: Players poke fun at programme errors on awards night

BBC Sport

The PFA's biggest night of the year offered glamour and mirth in equal measure on Sunday, as printing errors in the event's official programme were shared on social media.

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One blunder confused Cobblers' Ricky Holmes with Walsall and St Kitts and Nevis player Romaine Sawyers.

The PFA's team for League Two featured three Northampton Town players - Ricky Holmes, John-Joe O'Toole and goalkeeper Adam Smith.

Radio DJ Jo Whiley joins in celebrations for Queen's birthday at Northamptonshire school

Northampton Chronicle & Echo

Radio 2 DJ Jo Whiley was guest of honour at a Northamptonshire school for celebrations to mark the Queen's 90th birthday.

Sport headlines: Wilson close to snooker quarter finals... Cook helps put Essex in control over Northants

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Here's the top sport stories:

M1 lane closed southbound between junctions 17 and 16

BBC Travel

There is one lane on the M1 closed between junction 17 (Dunchurch) and junction 16 (Daventry) because of the recovery of a broken down vehicle.

BHS expected to file for administration today

BBC Business Live

High Street retailer BHS, which has two stores in Northampton, is due to be placed into administration today.


BHS representatives have told the BBC it will go into administration, putting almost 11,000 jobs at risk in the UK.  

It comes after sources close to the company's owners admitted that "things don't look good".

Weather: Feeling cold with scattered showers

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

Today will see a mixture of sunny spells and scattered showers, but feeling cold with a high of 11C (52F).

You can see my full forecast below...

There are more detailed forecast where you live on the BBC Weather website.

Students could be left with unfinished A-levels at Tresham College

Martin Borley

BBC Radio Northampton

Tresham College - which has campuses in Kettering (pictured), Corby and Wellingborough - is making changes to its structure which could leave more than 60 students with unfinished A-levels and 22 teaching staff facing the risk of redundancy.

Tresham College, Kettering

The college is considering plans that could mean 15 AS and A2-level courses will go in 2017, meaning that 64 students - already nearly half way through their two-year course - may have to study elsewhere for the second year.

Tresham says there's been a fall in demand for A-level courses and has started a 30-day consultation.

Headlines: Northamptonshire's hospitals prepares for junior doctors' strike... Tresham College could end A-levels

Andrew Radd

BBC Radio Northampton

Here are our top stories:

  • The 11,000 staff working for the retailer BHS - which has two stores in Northampton - are expected to be told this morning the company is being placed into administration
  • Tresham College based in Kettering, Corby and Wellingborough, could end A-level courses because of a fall in demand
  • Northamptonshire's two general hospitals are preparing for tomorrow's junior doctors' strike

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BBC Local Live

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