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Summary

  1. The government is considering making changes to pensions in an effort to solve the Tata Steel crises
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Friday

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By Pete Cooper

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Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Live updates have finished for today.

We've covered a lot across the day from the Monaco Grand Prix, to the Tata Steel pensions and more.

To finish here's a picture of Monte Carlo, which I'm sure you'll agree is just like Northamptonshire...

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Weather: Dry tonight, sunny start tomorrow

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

It will be a dry and bright end to the day. Lows of 8C (46F).

Weather map
BBC

Tomorrow will be dry with sunny spells, turning cloudy with the risk of an isolated shower and highs of 17C (63F).

Homeless increase in Kettering down to landlords taking advantages of fast-rising rents

Martin Borley

BBC Radio Northampton

"A perfect storm developing" - those are the words of Kettering's head of housing John Conway on the 90% increase in applications by people wanting to be registered homeless in the borough.

According to the borough council, the increase is due largely to private landlords taking advantage of fast-rising rents by evicting tenants on low incomes or welfare benefits.

Kettering saw applications to be registered homeless rise from 121 to 230. The borough council says it's largely a result of private landlords terminating tenancies. Homelessness applications from households in the private rented sector have risen from 28 per cent to 47 per cent. There are also increases in the numbers of people being placed in temporary accommodation such as Bed & Breakfast.. Last year, 20 households were placed in temporary accommodation in Kettering. This year it's 50 households
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Man who left two young girls paralysed facing prison, says judge

A driver who crashed into another car leaving two young girls paralysed has been told he will be sent to prison.

A judge at Northampton Crown Court ruled Andrew Nay, 39, from Harrier House, Corby.

Nay, who'd worked as a driving instructor for Land Rover, had been chasing the other car near Wellingborough.

He will be sentenced tomorrow.

WARNING: This footage shows potentially upsetting images of the moment of the collision.  

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Logistics company says EU makes it 'tougher to compete'

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

The owner of a Northampton logistics company says leaving the European Union would help make the sector more competitive.

Elaine Harries, from Action Express, said: “There are so many rules and regulations coming out of Brussels, it is becoming tougher and tougher to compete."

EU cuts 'red tape and paperwork,' says haulage firm

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

A director at Northampton based haulage firm E.M. Rogers says it is “definitely much more beneficial” for the company if the UK remains in the EU.

Sarah Boyson said before the EU there was "much more paperwork and red tape"...

Almost two third of logistics industry support EU membership

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

All this week BBC Look East have asked political reporters from our region's radio stations to look at one aspect of the EU referendum.

Today it's my turn in the Look East EU car - yes really - and I'm looking at logistics and here's why...

One in seven jobs in Northamptonshire is linked to the logistics industry A poll by the Institute of Transport and Logistics, based in Corby, suggests 65% of it’s members believe the industry has a “stronger future” inside the EU.
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Some businesses say the free movement across the EU makes business easier – and cheaper.

But others say some EU regulations increase costs. I've been to see some of those business to see what they say about the European Union.

Tata Steel crises: Pension changes 'to prevent cuts'

Smaller increases in steel pensions would avoid the risk of collapse and cuts, according to the chairman of the scheme's trustees.

Allan Johnston said changes can prevent 'significant' cuts.

His comments come after the government launched a consultation on the pension scheme's future, with a 485m pension deterring potential buyers of Tata Steel's UK business.

The government has been warned the plan could take ministers down a "dangerous path".

Northampton Hospital among worst for bed blocking

BBC News England

For every 100 beds in Northampton General Hospital, more than eight days are lost through bed-blocking.

Northampton general hospital
BBC

Delays in discharging patients who are medically well, but can't leave hospital for some other reason - most commonly because they are waiting for a nursing home or home care - vary widely, according to the National Audit Office.

Ricciardo sets Monaco practice pace

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer in Monaco

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo springs a surprise by comfortably heading the Brackley-based Mercedes drivers in second practice at the Monaco GP.

Daniel Ricciardo
Dan Istitene

The Australian was 0.606 seconds quicker than Lewis Hamilton, who had so impressed in setting the pace in first practice earlier in the day.

Hamilton's team-mate Nico Rosberg was third, a further 0.293secs adrift.

Monty Panesar: England spinner was in denial about depression

BBC Sport

England spinner Monty Panesar has opened up about needing medication to combat his mental health problems of anxiety and paranoia.

This video comes courtesy of the Professional Cricketers' Association.

Derelict Open Hearth could be knocked down for housing

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

I've been scouring the local papers - which have their publication date today - and came across this story in the Northamptonshire Telegraph.

It sounds like the Open Hearth pub, the first new pub to be built in Northamptonshire after the second world war, looks likely to be converted to housing.

The Telegraph call it as a "sad end" for the Corby building, which has been derelict for two years.

University 'saddened' by death of former student in car crash

The University of Northampton has paid tribute on Twitter to former student, Nicoletta Tocco, who was one of four festival-goers killed in a head-on car crash in Oxfordshire.

Festival organisers earlier described the four victims as "wonderful people" in a tribute on Facebook.

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Northamptonshire name unchanged side for tomorrow's T20 games

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

The T20 Blast started last week and Northamptonshire have their first home game tomorrow.

They have announced an unchanged squad despite injury worries around wicket-keeper Adam Rossington, and bowlers Rory Kleinveldt and Olly Stone...

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Weather: Cloud clearing for sunny spells

BBC Weather Watchers

It's dry, but there is cloud around Northamptonshire as this picture from BBC Weather Watcher 'captkremen'.

Walgrave
BBC

That cloud should break up allowing sunny periods to develop with a high of 17C (63F).

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

Council struggling to find Anthony Cardoza, Chron reports

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Council officials chasing the £10.25m loaned to Northampton Town are set to "serve" former owner David Cardoza's father Anthony with civil proceedings - but his whereabouts remain a mystery

It's a story local media have been following for some time now and Paul Lynch at the Northampton Chronicle & Echo has the latest installment.

It follows a court ruling that solicitors are to keep half the proceeds of any sale of David Cardoza's £1.2m family home in case of further legal action.

Tatal Steel pensions: 'Time is of the essence,' says Sajid Javid

BBC Politics

It's "not up to the government to pick winners" - but "time is of the essence".

That's the message Business Secretary Sajid Javid has just given to the House of Commons over Tata Steel.

Sjod Javid
HOC

Mr Javid told MPs there would be a consultation on changes to the British Steel pension scheme. He emphasised the suggestion to adapt the scheme came from the scheme's trustees, not the government.

Northampton Town to host QPR at Sixfields in July

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The football season may have finished - for Northampton Town at least - but football, so the saying goes, never sleeps.

And away from a new head of recruitment and touring the League Two trophy, the Cobblers have announced another pre-season friendly.

Marc Richards
Getty Images

Northampton Town will host Championship side Queen's Park Rangers on Tuesday, 19 July at 19.30.

Northampton assistant referee gets his hand on silverware thanks to Cobblers

Northampton Town have again been out with the League Two trophy, visiting Barclaycard...

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And bumping into assistant referee Peter Kirkup...

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Where will it be tomorrow?

Former Wales defender made Cobblers head of recruitment

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Northampton Town have been busy getting their backroom staff 'on the same Page'.

New boss Rob Page has been joined by former Wales team mate, Andy Melville, who will take charge of recruitment at the Cobblers.

Andy Melville
Getty Images/Pete Norton

The ex-international defender - who was assistant manager at Oxford United under Chris Wilder - has worked in recruitment at Birmingham City, Blackpool, Portsmouth and Brighton.  

Chairman Kelvin Thomas said the club is looking at players and "the next six to eight weeks are a key".

Head-on crash victim 'a happy, loving person,' say family

The family of Sam Kay, from Northampton, who died in a car crash in Oxfordshire on Sunday have said "there are no words to express the hurt we are feeling at the loss of Sam".

Sam Kay
Thames Valley Police

In a statement issued through Thames Valley Police, his father Stuart, mother Debra and Sister Nicole said he was "a happy, loving person that lived life, not only to the fullest, but in his own way".

The police have also confirmed the identity of another victim as Sam Jones.

A4500 Spencer Bridge Road in Northampton closed

BBC Travel

The A4500 Spencer Bridge Road in Northampton has been closed westbound between Four Fishes and the Gladstone Road.

Drivers are warned to avoid the area if they can.

HS2 is a vanity project, says professor

Roger Harrabin

BBC environment analyst

One the transport experts who've branded HS2 "over-priced", Professor James Croll of UCL, slammed the project, saying: "It is just vanity for the UK to have faster trains than the usual high-speed trains."

HS2
HS2

He said Britain is "too small geographically to need an ultra-high speed network."

The decision to design for 240mph has led to a succession of needlessly expensive knock-on effects in construction which will be saddling taxpayers with huge bills for a generation."

Professor James CrollUniversity College London

HS2 rail link slammed as an 'over priced, gold-plated project'

Roger Harrabin

BBC environment analyst

HS2 is an over-priced, gold-plated project and will fail in many of its objectives, a group of transport experts has warned.

The academics support high-speed rail overall, but say HS2 - which will cut through south Northamptonshire - is five times more expensive than its French equivalent.

HS2
HS2

They argue the project's benefits can be achieved much more cheaply, with lower CO2 emissions, and want their analysis examined by government.

An HS2 spokesman said options for bringing down costs were being studied.

Steel workers prepare to march towards the Houses of Parliament on May 25, 2016 in London

The government is warned that a proposal to cut pension benefits to help save Tata Steel's UK operations could have implications "well beyond the industry".

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Lewis Hamilton: 'No tension' with Nico Rosberg after Spanish GP crash

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

Triple world champion Lewis Hamilton says he feels no tension towards team-mate at Brackley-based Mercedes, Nico Rosberg, despite their crash in Spain.

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton
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Rosberg leads the championship with 100 points after winning four of the first five races, with Hamilton 43 points adrift of the German in third place.

In the past, there would have been tension, but there was just pure respect."

Lewis Hamilton

Monaco Grand Prix: Fast cars & fashion on the French Riviera

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

As a Formula 1 event the Monaco Grand Prix remains in a league of its own and things are getting underway this weekend.

Brackley-based Mercedes are there...

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As are Silverstone-based Force India...

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There is coverage of today's practice on the BBC Sport website.

Tata Steel: Workers 'pragmatic' over pension changes

BBC Breakfast

The government is considering changing the measure used for British Steel pension increases to cut its liabilities.

John Park, from Corby, who is the assistant general secretary of the Community Union, says Tata Steel workers are "pragmatic" over pension changes... 

Steel pension changes 'would be very controversial'

Simon Jack

BBC Business Editor

The pension fund and its deficit have been a source of unease for current owners Tata and a deal-breaker for would-be buyers.

Reducing its burden will make a sale easier and may even convince Tata to hang on to its UK steel business. Any such change would be very controversial and some would see it as a dangerous precedent.

The move is evidence of the business secretary's sense of urgency to resolve an industrial crisis which has put 10,000 steel workers' jobs in imminent danger.

The BBC understands union leaders have accepted this proposal is a better deal than seeing the pension scheme shunted into the lifeboat of the Pensions Protection Fund, which can see some members lose 10% of their payout immediately and see lower increments in future years.

Steel pension scheme which may be changed has 130,000 members

BBC News UK

The British Steel pension scheme has 130,000 members, but it is not clear how many of those would be affected by plans to change the scheme.

Further details are likely to emerge later when the government announces a consultation on the proposals in a written statement to the House of Commons.

Tata Steel
BBC

Former Lib Dem pensions minister Steve Webb said: "The government is going down a very dangerous path."

And Owen Smith, the shadow work and pensions secretary, said steel workers' pensions "must be protected".

Tata Steel: Government considering cutting British Steel pensions

BBC News UK

Ministers are considering changing the measure used for British Steel pension increases to cut its liabilities.

A £485m pension deficit has been deterring potential buyers of Tata, which includes the plant in Corby.

Steel protest
BBC

Ministers are considering changing the measure used for British Steel pension increases to cut its liabilities.

The government is expected to propose basing the scheme's annual increase on the Consumer Price inflation measure, which is usually below the current Retail Price measure.

Weather: A cloudy start, but brighter later

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

We'll see a cloudy start today, but the cloud will break around midday with sunny periods and highs of 17C (63F).

You can see my full forecast below...

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

Victims of head-on car crash 'wonderful people'

BBC News England

Although Brogan Warren, 21, is the only one of the four festival-goers killed in a head-on car crash to have been officially identified, it is understood the other victims travelling with her from Bristol's vegan festival VegFest were Sam Kay, Nicoletta Tocco and Krop Jones, also all from Northampton.  

VegFest
Neil Owen

Festival organisers described the four victims as "wonderful people" in a tribute on Facebook.

"We are so sorry to hear such sad news after such an uplifting event," they said.

Northampton woman killed in head on crash 'gave such joy' says partner

BBC News England

The partner of Brogan Warren from Northampton, one of the four who was killed in head-on crash on Sunday evening, says she "gave the world such joy".

Borgan Warren and Grant Brooks
Thames Valley Police

Grant Brooks said the 21-year-old "showed us all that the world has magic".

Tributes to festival-goer from Northampton killed in Oxfordshire crash

BBC News England

Tributes have been paid to one of four festival-goers killed in a head-on car crash in Oxfordshire.

Brogan Warren, 21, from Northampton, died after the Citroen Saxo she was travelling in crashed on the Shrivenham Bypass, near Swindon, on Sunday night.

Brogan Warren
Thames Valley Police

Ms Warren's mother Deborah Bryne said: "My heart and soul have been torn away and it hurts so much I can barely breathe."

Welcome to Local Live in Northamptonshire

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Good morning, I'll be bringing you the days news, sport, travel and weather until 18:00.

We've got updates on Tata Steel's sale of their UK business to come, plus cricket, football, golf and the start of the Monaco Grand Prix weekend.

Mercedes
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