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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday, 19 May 2016
  2. Northampton Town appoint Port Vale manager Rob Page as their new boss
  3. Cobblers' chairman describes Page as an "ambitious" and "outstanding young manager"
  4. As a player Page made 550 career appearances over 18 years including Watford, Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town
  5. Updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

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By Pete Cooper

All times stated are UK

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That's all from Local Live today

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Our live updates for Northamptonshire have finished for today.

If you missed it, a 30-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a man whose body was discovered by litter-pickers in January.

You can read more on Rob Page being appointed the new Northampton Town manager.

Plus there will be more on that, and the latest on the Tata Steel plant in Corby, on BBC Look East tonight at 18.30.

We'll see you tomorrow from 08:00 where along with news, sport, weather and travel we'll build up to the start of Northants' campaign in the T20 cricket.

Weather: Showers this evening and tomorrow afternoon

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

It's going to turn cloudier tonight as a band of patchy rain and drizzle moves in, but it'll be drier later in the night with a low of 9C (48F).

Weather
BBC

A dry and bright start tomorrow, but turning cloudy with the risk of isolated showers. A high of 19C (66F).

There more details for tonight, tomorrow and the weekend, on the BBC Weather website.

New Cobblers manager has spoken to Chris Wilder

James Burridge

BBC Look East

I've been speaking to the new Northampton Town manager Rob Page, who revealed he'd already spoken to his predecessor in the job, Chris Wilder.

I asked him if he could continue the League Two-winning form...

Did the Cobblers look down the road for inspiration?

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Ever since it was announced Northampton Town were to appoint Rob Page as manager, I wondered whether they looked down the road, at Northampton Saints, and at their director of rugby Jim Mallinder...

Look pretty similar ay? Jim's on the left, by the way...

Jim Mallinder and Rob Page
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Steel worker 'confident' Tata Steel's UK business can be saved

Stuart Ratcliffe

BBC Look East

Dougie Fairbairn, a worker at the Tata plant in Corby, said to me earlier that they just have to "get on" while the sale of Tata Steel's UK business continues with seven confirmed bidders.

Corby Steel
BBC

Mr Fairbairn, who met with the General Secretary of Community Union, Roy Rickhuss, today said that he was "confident" the business could be save and the workers were "doing everything they possible can".

But he admitted there was "nervousness" at the plant as they "don't know what's round the corner".

Union leader says job losses at Tata Steel in Corby not inevitable

Stuart Ratcliffe

BBC Look East

Away from Sixfields and there has been talk about the future of steel jobs in Corby today.

The General Secretary of the Community Union told me that redundancies at the Corby Tata Steel plant are not inevitable when Tata Steel's UK business is finally sold.

Tata Steel
BBC

Roy Rickhuss has briefed the workforce in Corby about the seven bids that have been submitted to buy the UK business which was put up for sale by the Indian owners last month.

He said: "There have been a number of restructuring of steel businesses and we've coped with those reorganisations and Tata is not over staffed."

Rob Page: 'Passionate' manager hoping to continue the clubs 'great football'

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

I asked the new man in charge at Sixfield, Rob Page, what kind of manager the club was getting. He replied: "I'm a passionate man, which I've taken from my playing days".

Rob Page
NTFC

He said that he wants "every player that goes out there will give 100% for the jersey".

Already using "we" to describe the Cobblers, he said that the club played some "great football" last season and hopes to continue that in League One.

Rob Page: Chairman's 'plans' factor in coming to Northampton

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

The Cobblers' new boss Rob Page (right) told me that it was chairman Kelvin Thomas' (left) plans for the club "on the pitch and off it" which was the main reasons he decided to leave Port Vale and come to Sixfields.

Klevin Thomas and Rob Page
NTFC

He said while managing Port Vale he "couldn't help but notice" what Northampton Town were doing in League Two and the opportunity to work with the players "appealed" to him.

Rob Page: Decision to become Northampton Town manager a 'no-brainer'

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

New Northampton Town manager Rob Page told me he was '"delighted" to come to the club saying it was a "fantastic opportunity" and the decision to leave Port Vale for Sixfields was a "no-brainer".

Rob Page
BBC

The 41-year-old told me Northampton Town was a "club on on the up" and that he was looking forward to a group of players who "romped" to the League Two championship.

Former club of new Cobblers manager 'disappointed' but thank him for hard work

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Port Vale chairman Norman Smurthwaite has told his club's website they are "disappointed" that Rob Page has left the club for Northampton Town. 

Rob Page
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However he goes to to thank him for "his hard work over the last 20 months" and they wish him "the very best for the future".  

New Cobblers manager could bring 'fresh ideas'

Jonathan Park

BBC Look East sport

Rob Page (right) could be a shrewd appointment as the new manager of Northampton Town, joining today on a three-year contract.

Rob Page
NTFC

He has plenty of games in League One under his belt, nearly 100, but is still only 41 - so a lot of fresh ideas into the club.

We'll have more on BBC Look East (west) on BBC One tonight at 18:30.

Rob Page could lead Cobblers to promotion - Lee Harper

Lee Harper

Former Northampton Town goalkeeper

Rob Page is genuine, honest and an all round nice person, and he'll show the players that. If they do well for him, he'll look after them.

Rob Page
Getty Images

Burton have showed that you get promoted two seasons in a row, even if you change your manager, so their is no reason Northampton Town can't do that.

New Northampton Town manager meeting the press and photographers

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Do you want to see the obligatory picture of the new manager with the club crest? Of course you do...

Rob Page
NTFC

Page is currently being interviewed by the local press, so when we have some words from the the man himself, we'll bring them to you.

New Cobblers manager is 'energetic, young and ambitious' says chairman

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

I'm at Sixfields where Northampton Town chairman Kelvin Thomas (right) has confirmed Rob Page (left) as the new manager of the Cobblers describing him as "an outstanding young manager".

Rob Rage and Kelvin Thomas
BBC

Mr Thomas said that Page, 41, who joins from Port Vale, is "energetic, young and ambitious" and "knows what League One is all about".

Page joins on a three-year contract after compensation was greed with Port Vale.

New Cobblers' boss Rob Page 'understands players inside out'

BBC Sport

Speaking to BBC Radio Stoke earlier this week Port Vale midfielder Anthony Grant said that Rob Page has "done very well with a limited budget" at the Vale and that he "understands the players inside out".

Rob Page
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Grant, Vale's 28-year-old player of the year, said that "with a big budget, he'd be bound to do well [at another club]" and that "the players haven't got a bad word to say about him. 

"Even the ones who aren't playing. That says everything about him".

'Anger and sympathy' over Rob Page's move to Cobblers say reports in Stoke

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

We are expecting Rob Page to be confirmed as the Northampton Town manager at a press conference this afternoon and the Stoke Sentinel say fans have reacted on social media to the news with mixed views.

Rob Page
Getty Images

There was some anger and disappointment towards the manager, who is been in charge at the Vale for almost two years, but there has also been some sympathy towards the Vale boss, with some fans saying they weren't surprised at his move given the smaller budget at the club next season.

Tata steel workers in Corby to get update from union leader this afternoon

Stuart Ratcliffe

BBC Look East

General Secretary of Community Union, Roy Rickhuss, will meet Tata Steel workers in Corby this afternoon, to brief them on developments with seven bids that have been submitted for the UK business.

Tata Steel
BBC

Tata said all the bidders were interested in the whole of the loss-making business and it was not considering offers for parts of it.

Tata said it was also clarifying outstanding points with a "number of other interested parties".

Men charged after man stabbed in Peterborough

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Three men have been charged after a man was seriously hurt in a stabbing on Lincoln Road in Peterborough yesterday morning. 

Two Peterborough men in their 20s have been charged with wounding with intent and violent disorder.

A 21-year-old man from Corby, Northamptonshire, has also been charged with possession of a weapon in a public place. 

Two other men have been bailed until 15th June, while a 45-year-old man from Wisbech has been released with no further action. 

Weather: Some cloud, some sun, but dry

BBC Weather Watchers

There are blue skies in Northamptonshire, here's Irthlingborough from BBC Weather Watcher 'coleole'...

Irthlingborough
BBC

But there is also some cloud around as you can see from 'WeatherWatcherWIll' and his picture of Charwelton...

Charwelton
BBC

At least it's dry and is set to stay that way for the most of today.

Billing Brook Road murder investigation: A timeline

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Datapic: Brilling Brook Road body
South Beds News Agency

'Big Man' went missing in September 2013

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Nigerian Adeyemi Olugbuyi, was last seen in North Holme Court, Thorplands, had been involved in an "altercation" in the area, police said.

Adeyemi Olugbuyi
Northamptonshire Police

Known as "Baz" or "Big Man", he is believed to have been involved in the incident just after 08:00 on 13 September 2013.

Billing Brook Road murder investigation: The story so far in photographs

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Adeyemi Olugbuyi's body was discovered at the end of January by litter pickers on Billing Brook Road in Northampton.

Today's arrest on suspicion of murder is the third in the investigation.

Billing Brook
South Bed News Agency
Police
South Beds News Agency
police
BBC

Murder arrest over Billing Brook Road body find

Elinor Cross

BBC Radio Northampton

A 30-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of a man was found in Billing Brook Road, Northampton.

Billing Brook Road/Adeyemi Olugbuyi
SBNA/Northamptonshire Police

The body of Adeyemi Olugbuyi, who was known as "Big Man", was discovered in undergrowth in January.

Two men were previously arrested on suspicion of murder in February and remain on police bail.

BreakingArrest over Billing Brook Road body murder probe

A 30-year-old man from Northampton has been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the investigation of a body that was discovered in Billing Brook Road in the town in January.  

More follows.

New Cobblers boss Rob Page 'the absolute best'

Lee Blakeman

Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Northampton Town are getting the absolute best. I could not chose anyone better to work with than Rob Page, he is so highly regarded.

Rob Page
Getty Images

You just wonder, for somebody so new to management and looking at how well he's done in that short time, how much his personality and the way he comes across has helped him get the job as the Cobblers boss.

Rob Page the player: More than 40 internationals and a season in the Premier League

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

As a player, Rob Page was something of an uncompromising centre-half.

He won 41 caps for Wales and made 550 career appearances over 18 years at Watford, Sheffield United, Cardiff City, Coventry City, Huddersfield Town and Chesterfield.

Rob Page
Getty Images

Page started his career at Watford and under former England manager Graham Taylor played in the clubs' 1999-2000 season the Premier League.

He retired from playing in 2011 and moved into coaching. It is expected he will be confirmed as Northampton Town's new manager at a Sixfields press conference at 14:30.

Northampton Town manager announcement due this afternoon

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Back now to our coverage of Northampton Town's new manager - the club have called a press conference at Sixfields for 14:30.

Rob Page
Getty Images

We're expecting this is when Rob Page, the current Port Vale manager, will be confirmed at the new boss at the Cobblers.

We'll bring you live coverage of what happens this afternoon... coming up, a few more details about the man himself.

Northamptonshire's top 100 companies: Facts and figures

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Finally on our story about Northamptonshire's largest 100 companies and here's some facts and figures from the Grant Thornton report.

datapic - Northamptonshire's top 100 companies facts and figures
BBC

The report is being launched at Franklin's Gardens this morning and will be available later today on the Grant Thornton website.

Northamptonshire 'the place to be' for distribution business

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

One of the companies in Grant Thornton's report into the 100 largest business in Northamptonshire says that the county is an ideal location.

Logistics firm Dalepak is based in Pineham just outside Northampton...

We're four hours from 90% of the population, so it's a fantastic area to be in, and with the workforce in logistics, it's the place to be." Scott McGinley from Dalepak
Dalepak

Businesses 'reaping benefit' of investment says report author

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

More now on the report in to the growth of Northamptonshire's top 100 companies and one of its author's says that investment is the key to their growth.

Grant Thornton's fourth annual study of the county shows that turnover, profitability and employment have all increased.

A lot of those businesses invested heavily last year and I think they are reaping the benefit this year - Mike Hughes from Grant Thornton
PA

Northampton gym staff save elderly man's life after collapse sparks air ambulance call out

Northants Herald & Post

Quick-thinking Northampton gym staff saved an elderly man's life after he suffered a cardiac arrest inside the changing rooms of a leisure centre.

Weather: Fine and warm with sunshine

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Heading out today? It'll be fine morning with some warm sunshine with a high of 18C (64F).

You can see my full forecast below...

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

County's top businesses see more growth, especially property and construction

Elinor Cross

BBC Radio Northampton

We'll have more on the Rob Page story throughout the morning, but first some good news for businesses in the county as the largest 100 are growing, according to a new report.

Grant Thornton's fourth annual study of the county shows that both turnover and employment have increased...

The report showed that turnover increased by 8.6% and employment grew by 11.2% to 32,032 in the last year. The strongest sectors were Property & Construction, with the highest increase in turnover of 33.6%.
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Rob Page's managerial career: From coach, to caretaker to manager

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Northampton Town are getting a relatively inexperienced manager in Rob Page, having only managed one club, Port Vale, since September 2014.

Rob Page
Getty Images

He was brought to the Potteries by then manager Micky Adams in 2011 to work with the youth team, and then became first team coach a year later.

Then, another year later, was assistant manager and within months was in full charge of the side following Micky Adams' resignation.

In his first season in charge Port Vale finished 17th, and last season finished 12th in League One.

Page set to end five year relationship with Port Vale to join Cobblers

BBC Sport

Rob Page has been at Port Vale for five years, having first been brought in to join the Vale coaching staff in 2011 by predecessor Micky Adams.

Rob Page
Getty Images

Page took caretaker charge following Adams' resignation in September 2014 and was given the job on a full-time basis a month later, helping them avoid relegation and finish 18th in 2014-15 before a mid-table finish this campaign.

He's expected to be formally announced as the new Northampton Town boss later today.

Northampton Town set to appoint Port Vale's Rob Page as new boss

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northampton Town are set to appoint Port Vale boss Rob Page as manager to replace Chris Wilder.

Rob Page
Getty Images

Wilder left last week for Sheffield United, having guided the Cobblers to the League Two title this season.

Former Wales international Page, 41, has been in charge of Vale since October 2014 and led them to a 12th-placed finish in League One this term.

Page has a year left on his contract at Vale Park so compensation is due.

Welcome to Local Live for Northamptonshire

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Good morning, today we'll be bringing you more on the story of Rob Page who looks like his going to be appointed the new Northampton Town boss.

Rob Page
Getty Images

We'll also have the rest of the day's news, sport, travel and weather for the county as it happens.