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  1. Sting in Northampton as Last Ship prepares to sail into Royal & Derngate

    A musical featuring songs by Sting is due to come to Northampton.

    The Last Ship will play at the Royal & Derngate from April 24 to 28, and The Police singer attended the launch at the Errol Flynn Filmhouse today.

    Sting at the Royal & Derngate

    He said the show is "about the town I was raised in" and was inspired by his 1991 album The Soul Cages.

    It tells the story of a community during the demise of the shipbuilding industry in Tyne and Wear.

    Sting said: "I was born within spitting distance of a shipyard where they built the biggest ships in the world.

    "The whole town was very proud of that fact and the shipyard closed down so the town was mortally wounded in a way."

  2. Tory Jason Smithers wins Higham Ferrers by-election

    Craig Lewis

    BBC Online East

    Conservative Jason Smithers won yesterday's Higham Ferrers by-election to became part of the "worst run" council in the country.

    Kettering MP Philip Hollobone gave that description to Northamptonshire County Council after the authority was hit with a notice banning all new expenditure.

    The Higham Ferrers by-election count

    One of Mr Smithers' first decisions will be whether to back his under fire leader Heather Smith - a statement signed by 21 of his new backbench colleagues recently called for the council to be run by government commissioners.

    Mr Smithers polled 1,414 of the 2,503 votes cast, with Labour's Gary Day finishing second with 557 votes. The turnout was 26.04%.

    The seat was left vacant following the death of Glenn Harwood in November.

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