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  1. Updates on Friday, 13 May 2016
  2. Northampton Town launch search for new manager following Chris Wilder's departure to Sheffield United
  3. People in Desborough have "no confidence" vote after town council rises council tax precept by 400%
  4. Annual Waendal Walk around Wellingborough begins today and continues over the weekend
  5. 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 08:00 with all the news, sport, travel and weather you need.

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Weather: Cold overnight, with sunny intervals tomorrow

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

It will be a chilly night tonight with a low of 5C (41F).

weather map

Tomorrow will be mainly dry with some sunny spells, although an isolated shower is possible with a high of just 12C (54F).

More details on the BBC Weather website.

Police say: 'We need your help to tackle motorcycle nuisance in Wellingborough'

Northamptonshire Telegraph

Police are appealing for the public's help to tackle motorcycle nuisance in Wellingborough and the surrounding villages.

Council tax increase of 400% for a 'wonderful future for Desborough'

Elinor Cross

BBC Radio Northampton

Desborough Town Council has published a long statement defending its decision to increase its part of the council tax by 400%.

It says the funds will be a "safeguard for the future" and it is needed to invest in projects like improved parking and a skate park.


It reads: "Change is the law of life. If you only look to the past you’re going to miss the future. And we are at the dawn of a truly wonderful future for Desborough. But, for that future to be realised, Desborough has to overcome her fear, because fear stifles our thinking and actions."  

Headlines: Calls for 'no confidence' vote in Desborough... Cobblers look for new manager

Sarah Foster

BBC Radio Northampton

Here are the evening headlines:

  • Residents in Desborough have called for vote of "no confidence" over a 400% tax precept rise from the town council
  • Northampton Town have launched a search for a new manager
  • Nico Rosberg, driving for Brackley-based Mercedes, topped second practice ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend

Town's campaign against council tax increase 'gathering momentum'

Elinor Cross

BBC Radio Northampton

Desborough resident Kevin O'Brien, who proposed the motion for a vote of "no confidence" in the town council, said all those who attended last night's meeting were furious at its 400% rise in taxation.

Kettering Borough Council

He said: "Everybody in the room wants a vote of 'no confidence' in the town council to go ahead - I asked for a show of hands for who wants the poll to go ahead, and everyone put their hands up.

"I know it is only 250 people in a town of 11,000, but it is gathering momentum."

The group will now seek for Kettering Borough Council to grant permission for the vote.

Lewis Hamilton beaten by Nico Rosberg on Spanish GP practice

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer at the Circuit de Catalunya

Nico Rosberg set the pace in second practice in the Spanish Grand Prix as Brackley-based Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton could manage only the third-best time.  

Nico rosberg

Hamilton was held up by a slower car on his best lap - but was already 0.2 seconds down on Rosberg's lap before the delay.

The world champion ended up 0.719secs slower than Rosberg and behind Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen.

South Northamptonshire MP vows to defend right to speak out over HS2 rail link

Northampton Chronicle & Echo

South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom has vowed to speak out at a House of Lords Select Committee hearing over HS2 despite a bid to stop her.

Residents call for vote of 'no confidence' over 400% tax precept rise

Elinor Cross

BBC Radio Northampton

Hundreds of residents in Desborough have called for a vote of "no confidence" in their town council following a meeting last night, after its council tax precept rose by 400% this year.

Desborough meeting
Kevin O'Brien

The town council sparked anger when it increased the council tax it levies from £19.10 to £96.98 a year.

More than 250 residents have backed calls for the vote of "no confidence", which if passed would not have any specific result, but may influence some councillors to consider their futures.

Councillors argue the money is needed to fund a "truly wonderful future for Desborough".

'High-calibre names' will be interested in Cobblers manager job

Lee Harper

Former Northampton Town goalkeeper

From my experience there will be big names wanting the job.

Northampton Town
Getty Images

It is League One football and there aren't that many jobs in the Football League, and when they come up people make themselves available.

I just hope the club chose the right man.

Hard for the next Cobblers manager to 'match the success and personality' of Chris Wilder

Tim Oglethorpe

BBC Radio Northampton Cobblers commentator

Whoever is the next manager of Northampton Town has to stamp their authority on the club straight away.

They'll be under huge pressure because it'll be very hard to match the success of the last 12 months.

Chris Wilder
Getty Images

It'll also be very hard to match the personality of Chris Wilder, because he was a larger than life character who was adored by the fans.

I, like everyone, will just have to wait and see who chairman Kelvin Thomas brings into the club.

Chris Wilder: Ex-Northampton boss relishing 'dream job' at The Blades

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Former Cobblers' manager Chris Wilder has told a press conference today that taking the Sheffield United job was "a complete no-brainer".

Wilder (pictured) left Northampton yesterday to sign a three-year deal at Bramall Lane to replace Nigel Adkins.

Chris Wilder
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The former Oxford boss, who guided Northampton to the League Two title, began his playing career with the Blades.

"Of course this is my dream job. Hopefully it will be a great period of my footballing career," he told BBC Radio Sheffield.

"I'm determined to get the club going forward and I understand the responsibility and the history.

"I'm ready for the challenge. As soon as this club made the telephone call it was a complete no-brainer. I wouldn't have been able to sleep at night if I had turned this down."

Sad to see you go, Chris...

Your suggestions for the next Northampton Town manager

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Away from the front-runners tipped to take the Cobblers' managerial hot seat, you've been sending us your suggestions of who you would like to see in the Sixfields dugout.

You've suggested former Nottingham Forest and Derby County manager Billy Davies, Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman and even Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez.

Meanwhile, football journalist Jefferson Lake says departing Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores should take the vacant job.

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Who would you like to see in the Sixfields hotseat? Email or tweet us.

First female leader of Northamptonshire County Council 'proud' of role

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Heather Smith, who became the leader of county council yesterday, said she is very "proud" and "privileged" to take up the role.

County Hall

The Conservative councillor is the first female leader in the authority's 127-year history, and said it showed "how far things had come" in that time.

Weather: More cloud and fresher

BBC Weather Watchers

It's certainly a cloudy day today as you can see from this picture of Higham Ferrers from BBC Weather Watcher 'ele'...

Higham Ferrers

It will be cloudy during the afternoon as much fresher conditions filter down from the north, with a high 17C (63F).

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.  

New county council leader 'needed to move people about' in cabinet

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The new Tory leader of the county council, Heather Smith, said she "needed to refresh the team" after announcing a new cabinet.

It doesn't include Michael Clarke, who was in charge of transport.

Heather Smith

Ms Smith, who took charge yesterday after Jim Harker stood down, said she was "fond" of Mr Clarke and said he "worked hard", but she needed to "move people about". Mr Clarke declined to comment to the BBC.

Headlines: County council leader 'proud' to be first woman in charge... Northampton Town looking for new manager

Sarah Foster

BBC Radio Northampton

Here are our top stories:

  • The new leader of Northamptonshire County Council says she's "proud" to be the first woman ever to lead the authority
  • The search is on to find a new manager for Northampton Town
  • Ferrari were ahead of Brackley-based Mercedes in first practice at the Spanish Grand Prix

Ferrari ahead of Brackley-based Mercedes in Spanish GP practice

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer at the Circuit de Catalunya

Sebastian Vettel headed Kimi Raikkonen in a Ferrari one-two in first practice at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Ferrari were the only team to run the soft tyre, which is about a second a lap faster than the medium used by Brackley-based Mercedes.


Nico Rosberg was third fastest, 0.503 seconds slower than Vettel, with Lewis Hamilton a further 0.157 seconds adrift.

Northamptonshire's former PCC spent £2m more than neighbouring Cambridgeshire

Earlier this week we brought you details of how much outgoing Police and Crime Commissioner Adam Simmonds spent while in office.

But how does that spending compare to another similar sized force?

Northamptonshire police spending data pic

Mr Simmonds told the BBC he had not been expensive, adding: "You've got to say I've added value and protected my front line."

Chairman of Northants Police Federation, Gez Jackson, said Northamptonshire felt "a little bit like a guinea pig" for plans that might roll-out nationally.

Some of Mr Simmonds' plans included recruiting 900 specials and looking at a merger between the county's police and fire services.

Student launches own fashion label after graduating from University of Northampton

Northants Herald & Post

Less than a year after graduating from the University of Northampton, Ngoni Chikwenengere has already launched her own brand-new fashion label and took the opportunity to showcase her debut collection at London Fashion Week.

Police HQ in Northampton could have been sold for £6m if it had been auctioned for housing development

Northampton Chronicle & Echo

The Northamptonshire Police headquarters site could have been sold for £6 million if it had been auctioned to a housing developer rather than being used as a school, sale documents have revealed.

Offers may come for players, but Cobblers' chairman 'not concerned' about player exodus

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Northampton Town chairman Kelvin Thomas is reassuring fans there won't be a player exodus from Sixfields and is not "overly concerned" Chris Wilder will take players to Sheffield United with him.

Chris Wilder
Getty Images

However, he told BBC Radio Northampton it's a "reality" that offers may come in for players, but said no-one would leave Northampton Town without "proper compensation".

Next Northampton Town manager contenders: The others

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Some fans have suggested Colin Calderwood (far left) could return to the Cobblers. The 51-year-old lead Northampton Town to League One in 2006 but then left for Nottingham Forest. He's currently assistant manager at Brighton.

Chris Hargreaves (second left) could be a strong contender, having played over 150 games for the Cobblers and worked with chairman Kelvin Thomas as a player at Oxford and manager at Torquay.

Colin Calderwood, Chris Hargreaves, Rob Page, Marc Richards
Getty Images

The bookies' second favourite is current Port Vale manager Rob Page (second from right). It's his first managerial role having only taken over in 2014.

Finally some fans have been wondering whether club captain Marc Richards (far right) may make the step up to management. Although 33, Richards hasn't yet indicated whether he wants a career in coaching, but could be persuaded?

Have we missed anyone off? Let us know via email, or tweet us.

Next Northampton Town manager contenders: Steve Cotterill - the experienced boss

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Many fans have been saying they would like Steve Cotterill to take over at Sixfields, and he was one of the first names on many people's lists to become Chris Wilder's successor.

Steve Cotterill
Getty Images

Cotterill has had a long and varied coaching and managerial career, having been in charge of Cheltenham Town, Stoke City, Burnley, Notts County, Portsmouth and Nottingham Forest. He's also coached in Ireland and the US.

Last season the 51-year-old guided Bristol City to the League One title, but in January this year he was sacked.

Next Northampton Town manager contenders: Gareth Ainsworth - the name in the frame

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

When Chris Wilder first looked as if he would be leaving Sixfields, one of the first names mentioned as a possible replacement was current Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth.

Gareth Ainsworth
Getty Images

He played over 140 games for Queen's Park Rangers and also had spells at Preston North End and Lincoln City.

He then played over 100 times for Wycombe Wanderers before becoming their manager in November 2012.

He may be tempted to leave Wycombe as he admitted earlier in the season the club is in a precarious financial position.

Next Northampton Town manager contenders: Ashley Westwood - the pundits' pick

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Both former Northampton Town winger Martin Smith and BBC Radio Northampton's Cobblers commentator Tim Oglethorpe picked out Ashley Westwood as a contender to take over at Sixfields.

Ashley Westwood
Getty Images

Westwood played for Northampton Town in two spells and also played twice for Kettering.

After spells coaching at Portsmouth, Blackpool and Blackburn, the 39-year-old is currently manager of Bengaluru FC in the Indian I-League, winning two titles and one cup with the club.

Next Northampton Town manager contenders: Gary Bowyer - the bookies' favourite

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Topping the odds to become Chris Wilder's successor as Northampton Town is former Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer.

Gary Bowyer
Getty Images

Bowyer, 44, only played 50 professional games for Hereford and Rotherham and began coaching at Derby's academy before moving to a similar role at Blackburn.

He then had two spells as caretaker manager at the latter before becoming permanent manager in May 2013. He was sacked in November last year after a poor start to the season, and is currently not in management.

Who might take over at Sixfields after Wilder's departure?

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Northampton Town chairman Kelvin Thomas says he has already met four potential managers, informally, since Monday, when initially it looked like Chris Wilder would leave for Charlton rather than Sheffield United.

Northampton Town

But he said he would be meeting more people and seeing what applications come in for the position...

So, through the day we'll take a look at some of the leading contenders for the vacant manager position.

Cobblers Supporters' Trust say 'thank you' to Chris Wilder

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

In a statement on their website, the Northampton Town Supporters' Trust say they "would like to place on record its huge thanks to Chris Wilder, Alan Knill and Matt Prestridge [head of sport science] for their time at Sixfields".

Chris Wilder and Alan Knill
Getty Images

The trust goes on to say they are "disappointed", but admit it is "hard to begrudge Chris a move to his boyhood club".

They also thank the management team for "the wonderful memories" and for bringing Kelvin Thomas, who took over last November, to the club.

Cobblers chairman hoping search for new manager doesn't 'drag on'

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Northampton Town chairman Kelvin Thomas says the club wants a new manager "sooner, rather than later".

Kelvin thomas
Getty Images

Chris Wilder and his assistant Alan Knill left the club yesterday for Sheffield United.

Thomas told BBC Radio Northampton he wanted replacements to be at the club before pre-season training, but said the process had to be "thorough and professional".

Headlines: Search for new Cobblers manager begins... Desborough 'no confidence' vote after council tax precept rises 400%

Andrew Radd

BBC Radio Northampton

Here are our top stories this morning:

  • Northampton Town have launched their search for a new manager following the departure of Chris Wilder to Sheffield United
  • People in Desborough have a vote of "no confidence" in the town council after it rose its part of the council tax by 400%
  • The annual Waendal Walk around Wellingborough begins today and continues over the weekend  

Weather: Cloudy start, sunny later

BBC Weather

There's plenty of cloud across Northamptonshire this morning. Here's Kilsby from 'WeatherWatcherWill'.


But this early cloud will break up to leave a largely fine morning with some sunny spells, with a high of 17C (63F).

You can find more details on the BBC Weather website.

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Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

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