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Summary

  1. Some Northamptonshire councils will have to pay millions of pounds to support the government's extended 'Right to Buy' scheme, according to Shelter
  2. George North rules out playing in the Rugby Sevens at the Rio Olympics
  3. Updates for Wednesday, 4 May 2016
  4. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Thursday at 08:00

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Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

That's it from the Local Live page for Northamptonshire for today. We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00.

Meanwhile, please email us your photos and stories. We love to hear from you.

Weather: Chilly and clear

BBC Weather

This evening will be dry across Northamptonshire, with some good sunny spells before dusk.

It will be a dry, chilly night with clear skies. Minimum temperature: 4C (39F).

Weather
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Olympic sailor pays tribute to Northampton Sailing Club

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

Dylan Fletcher, who was learning to sail at Pitsford reservoir at the age of 12, said the sailing club there was where he "bit the bug" for the sport.

Fletcher, and his partner, Alain Sign, will sail in the 49er class at Rio. He said: "A really nice group of people [at Pitsford] got me involved, got me keen, got me racing."

Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign
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Fletcher added making Olympic selection was a weight off their shoulders: "It was a huge relief. It's been a long road to get here... Going to the Olympics and representing GB is such a great honour."

Northamptonshire against Derbyshire ends in a draw

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Derbyshire have confidently fended off any hopes of a Northamptonshire win by batting out the day at Wantage Road for the loss of only one second innings wicket.

Chesney Hughes led the way for the visitors with an unbeaten 109, as the match was drawn in balmy Northamptonshire sunshine.

Next up for the county is Grace Road on Sunday and a four day match against Leicestershire.

Headlines: Two men stabbed in Corby... Daventry district goes to the Polls

Sarah Foster

BBC Radio Northampton

Good afternoon, here are the latest headlines:

  • Two men have suffered stab wounds and needed hospital treatment after they were attacked in a pub car park in Corby
  • Politicians from across the political divide are urging people in Daventry district to use their vote tomorrow
  • Northamptonshire Sailor Dylan Fletcher has been named in the Team GB squad for the Rio Olympics this summer

Pitsford sailor selected for Team GB's Olympic squad

Kris Holland

BBC Radio Northampton

Dylan Fletcher, who trained at Pitsford with Northampton Sailing Club, will represent Team GB at the Rio Olympics.

Dylan Fletcher
RYA

Fletcher and his partner Alain Sign - who he has been sailing with for nearly ten years - will compete in the 49er class at this summer's games, the Royal Yachting Association announced earlier.

He said: "We are best mates, so to be going to the Olympic Games with him is really special. He is the best crew in the world and when we are on our day we are untouchable."

Careers day for armed forces members

Stuart Ratcliffe

BBC Look East

Current and former members of the armed forces have been at Franklin's Gardens today, home of Northampton Saints, to hear how Northamptonshire can offer them a career in civilian life.

The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers has been working with businesses in the automotive and high technology sectors, as well as emphasising the affordability of property in Northamptonshire.  

Saints' George North rules out Rio

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

George North has ruled out competing in the Rugby Sevens at the Olympics this summer, following speculation he'd be on the plane to Rio.

"In the grand scheme of things I'm a 15s player," he said. "It'd be awesome to play in Rio, but it's a big old ask after this season being so long... I think for the longevity of my career it'd be better to take a few weeks away, rest up and get ready for next season."

George North
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North also told me he's excited to be playing in from of a noisy Kingsholm crowd this weekend, as Saints look to round off an inconsistent season with a win at Gloucester.

Kids of Steel triathlon comes to Corby

Martin Borley

BBC Radio Northampton

The annual Kids of Steel triathlon took place in Corby today, with hundreds of eight to 13-year-olds swimming, cycling and running in the town.

It was the tenth year the event, organised by Tata Steel, has been held.

Far Cotton's Carl Fail wins national title

Saints' captain relishing final day battle at Kingsholm

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

After an up and down season, Saints travel to Gloucester this weekend looking to wrap up a top six finish and qualification for the European Champions Cup - and it's a fixture Lee Dickson is looking forward to.

Lee Dickson
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"Gloucester's brilliant, similar to here," he said. "They've got very loyal fans who want the best. They're in a similar boat to us, not had the best season... we both need to win."

Leicester City win Premier League: The greatest sporting story - or Northampton Town?

Craig Lewis

BBC News

The BBC's chief sports writer, Tom Fordyce, has been debating where Leicester City's incredible Premier League triumph stands among the most remarkable sports stories. But what about Northampton Town's incredible League Two victory this season?

Great sporting shocks
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The club were bottom of the football league ladder when Chris Wilder took over as manager in 2014. And in early November last year they were only in fifth place, seven points off then leaders Plymouth - and more importantly just days from ceasing to exist.

The rest is history...

'Kick up the backside' helped Dickson refocus

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northampton Saints' captain Lee Dickson has spoken candidly about the impact of being left out of the world cup squad on his early season form.

"At the start of the season I was probably a little bit bitter and trying to do too much, trying to be someone I wasn't. Then I had a good chat with Jim [Mallinder], a kick up the backside which everyone needs... I refocused."

Lee Dickson
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Saints - and Dickson - stuttered early on and have been playing catch-up in the Premiership ever since. They wrap up their season away to Gloucester this weekend.

Kids of Steel a sunny success

Martin Borley

BBC Radio Northampton

I've been in Corby for the annual 'Kids of Steel' triathlon - and the weather couldn't have been better.

Kids of Steel
BBC

The event is replicated in steel towns around the country and while it isn't a competitive event, you can tell how hard some of the children are pushing in the swim, bike and run event.

Spring has (finally) sprung

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

BBC Weather Watcher "Tire View" sent us this photo of East Haddon, this morning. What a day in Northamptonshire...

East Haddon
Tire View / BBC Weather Watchers

This afternoon will remain dry with plenty of sunshine and just a little cloud building. Maximum Temperature: 16C (61F).

Do you get your phone out at the dinner table?

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

Trains have quiet carriages where mobile phones are banned, but do we need the same for restaurants?

In a survey, 83% of people told a restaurant reservation service they'd welcome a "no phone zone" - and in January a restaurant in Leamington Spa banned diners from using mobile phones.  

Food phone
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But Dan Coshan, the manager of the Tap & Kitchen at Oundle, is more relaxed: "People talking on their phones can be considered a bit rude. People using social media could be communicating about the restaurant and we see a benefit in that."

Headlines: Man assaulted on popular footpath... Right to buy in Northampton 'may cost millions'

Sarah Foster

BBC Radio Northampton

Hello, we hope you're enjoying the sunshine! Here are the lunchtime headlines:

  • An 18-year-old man was assaulted and had his phone and wallet stolen close to the Brampton Halt pub in the Brampton Valley Way on Sunday night
  • Housing charity Shelter claims Northampton Borough Council would have to sell council housing worth £22m every year to fund discounts given to housing association tenants seeking to take advantage of a proposed new right to buy scheme
  • Northamptonshire were all out for 470 on the final day of their county championship match against Derbyshire

Kids of Steel Triathlon in glorious weather

Kettering's Easter egg hunt winner

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

Four-year-old Freya McGuinness was the happiest girl in Kettering this Easter, after she won the town's egg and word hunt.

Kettering Borough Council
Freya and her Mum

Two hundred and fifty children took part in the hunt for 16 eggs hidden in shops around Kettering. Each egg had a word on it, which then had to be found in a word search.

Northamptonshire all out for 470

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northamptonshire have added another 32 runs on the fourth morning to move in to a lead of 146 over Derbyshire.

They now need to bowl the visitors out for a second time to have a chance for their first win of the season - 87 overs remain today.

Derbyshire day 4
BBC

Two early wickets at Wantage Road

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Azharullah (6) and White (23) are out early on the final day of Northamptonshire's against Derbyshire at the County Ground, leaving the home side at 463-9.

If the county are to pull off a somewhat unlikely victory, it doesn't mater too much - they'll be keen to put Derbyshire in soon anyway.

You can follow ball by ball commentary here.

A full final day expected at Wantage Road

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northamptonshire resumed against Derbyshire on the final day of their county championship match on 438-7; that's a lead of 114.

A victory could still be on the cards; you can hear my commentary here. I'll have the latest postion soon...

Social housing: 'The promise of one to one replacement has been nearer one to ten'

Stuart Linnell

BBC Radio Northampton

"Everybody should be concerned... the mathematics simply don't stack up" - so says Paul Calland from South Northants Homes, who has sharply criticised government proposals to expand right to buy to include housing association tenants.

Housing
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"The promise of one to one replacement [for council properties sold under right to buy] has been nearer one to ten," Paul told me.

"We haven't got enough homes and the homes we do have are too expensive for people. If the solution to that by government is to sell off, at a vast discount, a small proportion of rented homes that are affordable, how on earth can that help the crisis?"

Saints prepare for final game of the season

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

I'll be down at a sun-drenched Franklin's Gardens later, speaking to George North and Lee Dickson, ahead of the Saints' tricky final day match against Gloucester at Kingsholm.

George North
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The one-point victory at home to Bath put Saints in the driving seat for European Champions Cup qualification.

Even if they lose at Gloucester, they'll still qualify unless Harlequins and Sale both win.

Fears of a social housing sell-off

Stuart Linnell

BBC Radio Northampton

Northampton Borough Council may have to sell social housing worth as much as £22m each year if the government successfully expands right to buy to housing association tenants.

Housing
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That's according to the charity Shelter, which says as many as 150 council properties a year could be sold off in Northampton borough to subsidise the expanded scheme.

Cabinet member for housing, Stephen Hibbert, told me roughly a third of the 3,000 housing association tenants in the town might be expected to take up the new offer of right to buy.

Daventry District Council elections: 'Times are changing' insists UKIP councillor

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

The result of Daventry District Council's elections is "no longer a foregone conclusion," according to one of the authority's UKIP councillors.

Sean Connors
BBC

Whatever happens in the election the Conservatives will remain in control as they hold 31 of 36 seats on the council - with only 12 up for grabs.

But Sean Connors, whose party is only competing in four of those seats, said: "There are a lot of people here who don't feel represented and this is their opportunity to voice their concerns... times are changing."

​Meet the Luton Town fan who stayed behind after Cobblers match to watch rivals lift trophy

Northants Herald & Post

A Luton Town fan who stayed behind after the Northampton Town match to watch his rivals be crowned champions says he has been left 'overwhelmed' by the viral reaction.

Daventry District Council elections: Lib Dems look for 'more balance' on authority

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

The only LIberal Democrat on Daventry District Council is hoping tomorrow's election will see "some more oppostion members" on the authority.

It is currently dominated by Conservatives, who control 31 out of 36 seats, while Catherine Lomax is the only Lib Dem in place. Her party will contest all 12 seats up for grabs tomorrow.

It is very important to have more of a balance so it is possible to hold the administration to account."

Catherine LomaxLiberal Democrat, Daventry District Council

Daventry District Council elections: Labour 'can win authority but not straight away'

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

The leader of the opposition Labour group on Daventry District Council, Wendy Randall, says her party can change control of the authority, "but not straight away".

Labour, which currently has two seats out of 36 on the Tory dominated council, is contesting 11 of the 12 seats up for grabs at tomorrow's election.  

The council is very, very unbalanced. They can do whatever they want."

Wendy RandallLabour leader on Daventry District Council

Daventry District Council elections: Tory leader says ruling authority 'doing a good job'

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

Whatever happens at tomorrow's Daventry District Council election, the Conservatives will remain in charge. The ruling party currently controls 31 out of the authority's 36 seats, with only 12 up for grabs.

But council leader Chris Millar says his party is doing a good job and hopes people will turn out to vote.

We are always looking to the future. We want to attract inward investment for jobs and better educational facilities."

Chris MillarDaventry District Council and Conservative leader

Kleinveldt blitz sets up fascinating final day at Wantage Road

BBC Sport

There is a potentially enthralling day of cricket in store at Wantage Road today, where Northamptonshire take on Derbyshire.

Rory Kleinveldt
Getty Images

Although the most likely result remains a draw, Rory Kleinveldt's blistering 97 off 63 balls has given the county the chance to build a big lead.

They are currently 438-7 in their first innings, with a lead of 114 coming into the final day's play. Kleinveldt will be hoping to have more success later on - this time with the ball.

Daventry will remain blue whatever the outcome of tomorrow's district council election

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

People in Daventry are set to go to the polls tomorrow for the district council elections - but whatever happens they'll be finishing the week with a Conservative controlled authority.

Voting slip
BBC

That's because the Tory party has all but five seats on the council, with 31, and only a third of council members up for election this year.

Polling stations open at 07:00 tomorrow.

Headlines: Shelter critical of costly 'Right to Buy' plans... Farage positive in Northants

Andrew Radd

BBC Radio Northampton

This morning's main news stories:

  • Some Northamptonshire councils will have to pay millions of pounds to support the government's extended 'Right to Buy' scheme, according to Shelter
  • UKIP leader Nigel Farage has predicted his party will do well in tomorrow's local elections

Today's weather: Fine and sunny

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

After quite a cool start, today will be fine and sunny with temperatures getting warmer.

Maximum temperature: 17C (62F).

Get the detailed forecast where you live at BBC Weather.

Welcome to Local Live for Northamptonshire

Craig Lewis

BBC News

Hello and welcome to today's live feed for Northamptonshire. We will be bringing you the latest headlines, travel and weather, as well as reaction to the news and sport, from now until 18:00.

It looks like summer is finally on its way, so we'll bring you the full weather forecast next.