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Summary

  1. New HQ for county council, Project Angel, is topped out in a ceremony
  2. Liberty House to submit bid for Tata Steel's UK business, including its plant in Corby
  3. Police and Crime Commissioner candidates take part in a live debate on BBC Radio Northampton
  4. Updates on Tuesday, 3 May 2016

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By Pete Cooper

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage though the day

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

Kleinveldt's big hitting help Northants take lead

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

At tea, Northamptonshire trailed by 70 but 7.2 overs later and they have a lead.

That's thanks to Rory Kleinveldt who smashed 50 in just 20 balls, including 24 from an Andy Carter over.

Rory Kleinveldt
Getty Images

Suddenly, Northants can revert back to Plan A - which was build large lead and put Derbyshire under pressure tomorrow.

There are clear skies above Wantage Road and you can listen to commentary online.

Weather: Chilly overnight, sunny tomorrow

BBC Weather

The clear skies this evening mean it will be chilly tonight with a low of 4C (39F).

weather
BBC

Sunny periods tomorrow will allow temperatures to rise a little higher than today, with a high of 16C (61F).

More details on the BBC Weather website.

Tata Steel UK management buyout team 'can turn business around'

BBC News UK

The head of a management buyout team from Tata Steel's UK operations said he is "confident we can turn the business around and sustain profitable steel-making in the United Kingdom".

Corby Tata steel
BBC

Stuart Wilkie, CEO of newly-formed Excalibur Steel UK Limited and previously the hub director of Tata Steel's strip products, said it has formally told Tata it intends to bid for its UK steel assets, including the plant in Corby.

Metals group Liberty House is also due to submit a bid to Tata today.

Mallinder 'shocked' by Young Player of the Year nomination

Harry Mallinder, Northampton Saints' 19-year-old centre, says he is "shocked" by the nomination for the Rugby Players' Association Young Player of the Year award...

View more on twitter

The winner will be announced on 11 May.

Headlines: Bids in for Tata Steel's UK business... Parking will be available at new HQ says county council

Sarah Foster

BBC Radio Northampton

If you're catching up, here are the headlines:

  • Liberty House is expected to submit a formal bid for Tata Steel's UK assets including the Corby plant, while a management buyout team have also registered their interest in the business
  • The county council says there will be adequate parking for their new headquarters in Northampton despite fears from some councillors
  • Northants have taken a first innings lead in their county championship match against Derbyshire at Wantage Road

1,500 space car park planned near new council HQ, but not solely for council staff

Martin Borley

BBC Radio Northampton

County council leader Jim Harker said the authority is having discussions about building a new 1,500 space car park "not far" from their new Northampton headquarters.

Project angel
BBC

But he said this would be ready in "12 months time" - after the first batch of 2,000 staff move into the building in January.

And the car park would not be solely for county council staff, but also for other people visiting Northampton.

Woman flown to hospital after being kicked by cow in field near Daventry

Daventry Express

A woman who was kicked by a cow while in a field near Daventry was flown to hospital by air ambulance.

Matfield praises 'special player' Mallinder

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Veteran South African Victor Matfield has been heaping praise on Saints' centre Harry Mallinder, saying he is a "really special player". 

Harry Mallinder
Getty Images

The 38-year-old lock forward said Mallinder, who has just been nominated for the Rugby Players' Association Young Player of the Year award, has "got fantastic hands" and said along with Luther Burrell "can be a very good midfield".

Apologies from NGH chief as victims of pay error reimbursed

Northampton Chronicle & Echo

Staff at NGH affected by a large-scale payroll error will be paid outstanding amounts by the beginning of next week.

Council leader allays parking fears for new headquarters

Martin Borley

BBC Radio Northampton

The leader of Northamptonshire County Council told me there will be a new car park at the Project Angel site, the new HQ for the authority, as he tried to allay fears from opposition councillors that 2,000 staff could struggle to get to work.

Project Angel
BBC

Jim Harker (pictured) took part in a topping out ceremony at the building in the centre of Northampton earlier.

He told me it would be offering staff a park and ride scheme, as well on-site car parking and parking in the town's existing car parks. It's planned the first staff will move to the site in January.

Police and Crime Commissioner election: Views in Northampton

Mark Easton

Home editor

This Thursday people will elect their next Police and Crime Commissioner.

I've been to Northampton to see whether people are looking forward to the chance to vote for the person who oversees the county's police force...

Leicester are not the only champions in England!

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

While the world is enjoying Leicester City winning the Premier League, a week ago we were rejoicing Northampton Town becoming League Two champions - and we have a big card that's going round the town for people to sign.

Big card
BBC

It's currently outside the Grosvenor Centre, having already visited the Wantage Road cricket ground and the Crockett & Jones shoe factory today.

The Cobblers also have an open-top bus parade planned for Sunday.

A43 closed in both direction at Broughton

BBC Travel

The A43 has been closed in both directions at the junction at Broughton because of a serious crash involving two cars.

County looking for a lead on a good pitch this afternoon

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northants are looking to work their way into the lead later this afternoon, but work to be done before then - still over 100 runs in arrears of Derbyshire's first innings of 324.

Wantage Road
BBC

But it's a good pitch to bat on and plenty of runs are out there.

Full coverage continues online.

Tributes paid to former Daventry Town goalkeeper who went on to teach hundreds of people to drive

Daventry Express

Well-known former Daventry sportsman and driving instructor Guy Gibbins has passed away at the age of 75 following a period of illness.

Celebrating 14 years of popular farmers' market in Higham Ferrers

Northamptonshire Telegraph

Customers were able to enjoy a free slice of cake in recognition of 14 years of trading for a monthly farmers' market.

Weather: Feeling pleasant today with sunny spells

BBC Weather

There are blue skies across Northamptonshire, as this picture of Kettering by BBC Weather Watcher 'Delbouy' shows.

Kettering
BBC

Those sunny spells will continue but there may be the odd shower.

Feeling pleasant, with a high of 13C (55F).

Headlines: Liberty House to bid for Tata Steel's UK business... Project Angel parking concerns

Sarah Foster

BBC Radio Northampton

Here are your lunchtime headlines:

  • Metals group Liberty House is to make its first formal bid to buy Tata Steel's UK assets
  • There is concern about where 2,000 staff will park at the new county council headquarters, Project Angel, in Northampton
  • Northants are replying to Derbyshire's 324 in their County Championship first innings at Wantage Road

Northants lose one wicket in morning session and trail Derbyshire by 188

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northants have reached 136 for 1 at lunch on day three in their County Championship game against Derbyshire, with opener Ben Duckett the man out for 60.

Northants
NCCC

But it was slow going at Wantage Road with just one run in six overs before lunch, leaving the county trailing Derbyshire by 188.

There is full coverage online.

Mallider nominated for Young Player of the Year award

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Northampton Saints centre, Harry Mallinder, has been nominated for the RPA's Young Player of the Year award.

Harry Mallinder
Getty Images

The 19-year-old, who is the son of Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder, has broken into the first team this season scoring memorable tries against Glasgow in the European Champions Cup and Harlequins in the Premiership.

He is up against Wasps' Elliot Day, Jack Clifford of Harlequins, Maro Itoje of Saracens and Leicester's Harry Thacker, with the award given out on 11 May.

Police and Crime Commissioner candidates set their number one priority

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

The candidates for Northamptonshire's Police and Crime Commissioner have been on BBC Radio Northampton debating ahead of the election on Thursday.

Labour's Kevin McKeever, Conservative Stephen Mold and UKIP's Sam Watts spoke to me and set their number one priority...

Labour worried about county council's 'vague plan' for parking for 2,000 staff

Martin Borley

BBC Radio Northampton

There's concern that less than a year before the county council's new headquarters open in Northampton there's still no decision about where the 2,000 workers will park.

Angel Street
BBC

Today a topping-out ceremony will be held at the £53m building in Angel Street, with the first staff due to move in during January 2017.

Labour councillor Danielle Stone says there is "already a shortage of car parking spaces" in Northampton, with a "vague plan" to increase the size of the nearby St John's car park.

Wilson secures prize for highest break at World Championship

BBC Sport

While Leicester's Mark Selby won the Snooker World Championship last night, Kettering's Kyren Wilson was also celebrating at the end the tournament with the highest break.

Kryen Wilson
PA

No other player beat his 143-break during his quarter-final loss to eventual champion Selby.

Wilson, 24, wins £10,000 for his effort along with £33,000 for reaching the quarter-final of the tournament.

Stormers scrum-half Groom to join Northampton

BBC Sport

South African scrum-half Nic Groom will join Northampton Saints from Super Rugby side Stormers in time for the start of next season.

Nic Groom
Getty Images

The 26-year-old has won the Currie Cup with Western Province twice and made more than 50 appearances for Stormers.

"Leaving Cape Town and the Stormers is going to be tough and a big change," Groom told the club's website.

Liberty to submit bid for Tata's UK steel business

BBC News UK

Liberty House plans to submit a formal bid to buy Tata Steel's UK assets, which includes the Corby plant.

Corby Steel
BBC

Liberty, headed by Sanjeev Gupta, was first to express an interest in the assets when they were put up for sale.

A spokesman for Liberty told the BBC the firm had put together a team of advisers and financial backers. "The formal process is to submit a letter of intent; it amounts to a bid. It will be done on Tuesday," he said.

County Championship: Ben Duckett leads solid Northants reply against Derbyshire

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Ben Duckett's unbeaten 36 helped give Northants a solid start to their reply against Derbyshire before rain curtailed day two at Wantage Road.

Ben Duckett
Getty Images

The visitors reached 324 in their first innings, but Duckett and on-loan Notts opener Jake Libby (28 not out) saw the home side to 66-0 at close, 258 behind.

Play resumes later this morning with full commentary available online.

Weather: Feeling pleasant today with sunny spells

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

It'll be a generally bright day with lengthy sunny spells for many. However, there is the chance of an odd shower with a top temperature of 13C (55F).

You can see my full forecast below...

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

Headlines: Liberty House to bid for Tata Steel's UK business... PCC candidate debate

Andrew Radd

BBC Radio Northampton

Here are our top stories:

  • Metals group Liberty House is to make its first formal bid to buy Tata Steel's UK assets, including its plant in Corby
  • The three candidates wanting to be the next Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire have been debating on BBC Radio Northampton
  • Opposition parties on the county council have been expressing concern over parking at the authority's new headquarters

Listen to the Police and Crime Commissioner debate

The debate between the three candidates who want to be the next Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire has now finished.

Stephen Mould, Sam Watts, Kevin McKeever
BBC

However, you can listen again to the last hour of the BBC Radio Northampton Breakfast Show to hear from Conservative Stephen Mold (left), UKIP's Sam Watts (centre) and Labour's Kevin McKeever (right).

We'll also bring you more views from the candidates and on the PCC elections through the day.

PCC candidates spell out how they would increase 'public access' to the police

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Labour's PCC candidate Kevin McKeever (pictured) said he would increase "public access" - the ability to get in touch with police and get problems dealt with - by having "more visible policing", increasing the "understanding" of what victims go through and making 101, the non-emergency number, less expensive.

Kevin McKeever
BBC

UKIP's Sam Watts said police shouldn't just be "dishing out crime reference numbers", and instead should be "dealing with the crime and victims".

The Conservative's Stephen Mold said police should make more use of "mobile technology" to increase public access.

Candidates for PCC differ over integration of fire and police services

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Northamptonshire is seen as a pioneer in so-called "blue-light integration" with the fire service and police working closer together, and there are suggestions the next Police and Crime Commissioner will also have responsibility for the fire service.

However, UKIP's Sam Watts (pictured) said he would not want to take over the fire service, adding current PCC Adam Simmonds has "overstepped his remit" with the current integration.

Sam watts
BBC

Labour's Kevin McKeever agreed, saying he did not believe the running of the fire service should be "collapsed into" the police, adding that Labour would oppose any legislation in parliament.

However, Stephen Mold, Conservative, thinks the integration with the fire service is a good idea, but he would would retain the role of a chief fire officer.

PCC candidates look to reduce violent crime

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

During the debate on BBC Radio Northampton between the three PCC candidates, it was asked what they would do to cut violent crime.

Conservative Stephen Mold (pictured) said he would look at "alcohol-fuelled crime" and look to reduce all-night drinking because "it goes on far too long".

Stephen Mould
BBC

Labour's Kevin McKeever said he would increase PSCOs and work with the chief constable to get more money for the force.

UKIP's Sam Watts said PCSO's weren't enough and he would increase the number of officers, saying the county needed "more feet on the beat".

Candidates for PCC differ over how to look at current commissioner's spending

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Stephen Mold, the Conservative PCC candidate, said he would be "looking carefully at every penny that's been spent", but won't be "looking back" at how much current Tory PCC Adam Simmonds (pictured) has spent in office.

Adam Simmonds
BBC

Kevin McKeever for Labour said he would "look at the previous spending" of Adam Simmonds, while UKIP's Sam Watts said he would have a "full investigation" into Mr Simmonds' spending during his time in office.

PCC candidates clash of over sale of police headquarters

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Labour's PCC candidate Kevin McKeever (pictured) said his first act in office would be to keep police headquarters at Wootton Hall, which is being sold to become a school, adding that "no decision is irreversible".

Kevin McKeever
BBC

UKIP's Sam Watts said he would have "loved" to stop the sale of Wootton Hall "but it's a done deal".

Stephen Mold, Conservative, said Wootton Hall was "not fit for purpose" and he would like to see a new headquarters "on the same site".

Local councillor, former police officer and qualified lawyer hope to become next PCC

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The three candidates hoping to become the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire have been asked what experience they have working with the police.

Conservative Stephen Mold (pictured) said it was "not a police role" and as a local councillor and school governor he has experience of "setting priorities and strategies".

Stephen Mould
BBC

Kevin McKeever for Labour said he is a qualified lawyer, so has experience of the "whole criminal justice system".

Meanwhile, Sam Watts of UKIP says he is a former police officer and a local councillor.

Two of the three PCC candidates do not fully support the role

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The three candidates for the Police and Crime Commissioner have been asked whether they agree with the position of PCC.

Sam Watts for UKIP (pictured) said that "to a degree" he agreed with PCCs, but would rather see "a committee of elected members".

Sam Watts
BBC

Kevin McKeever for Labour says he doesn't agree with the role and and "approaches the role [of PCC] from healthy cynicism".

Conservative candidate Stephen Mold said it was important to have PCCs as it was a "visible" role with a "mandate from the public".

Debate between the Police and Crime Commissioner candidates

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

BBC Radio Northampton is hosting a debate between the three candidates who want to succeed Adam Simmonds (pictured) as the next Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire.

Adam Simmonds
BBC

The candidates, Conservative Stephen Mold, UKIP's Sam Watts and Kevin McKeever for Labour, will be answering questions between now and 09:00.

We'll be bringing you some of the things they've been saying on Local Live, and there are further details on our Facebook page.