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Our live coverage across the day

Kris Holland

BBC Radio Northampton

Thanks for joining us as we come to the end of another week on BBC Local Live: Northamptonshire.

We return on Tuesday with regular updates.

Have a great bank holiday weekend, and don't forget you can tune in to BBC Radio Northampton's live commentary from Franklin's Gardens for the Saints v Stade Francais clash, which is one of the many things you can read about if you scroll down this page...

Our live coverage across the day

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

That's it for the Local Live news feed for Beds, Herts and Bucks for this week.

As it's a Bank Holiday on Monday, we won't actually be back with regular updates until 08:00 on Tuesday.

We hope you all have a great long weekend, and the hot weather stays around (unless you have fields or gardens which need rain).

Not forgetting to wish good luck to Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton in Sunday's Monaco F1 grand prix...

Our live coverage for the day

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

That's it for our live coverage for today and indeed this week. Thanks for your company.

As it's a Bank Holiday weekend, we'll be back on Tuesday from 08:00.

Until then, scroll down thorugh today's page for anything you may have missed.

Have a great (hopefully sunny) weekend and see you next week.

Airlander testing could move to a new site

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The world's longest airship, The Airlander 10, could carry out some test flights from RAF Henlow later in the summer.

Currently all testing is taking place at Cardington Airfield just outside of Bedford.

Hybrid Air Vehicles, the company behind the craft, say discussions are taking place for heavy lift trials to take place there, but nothing is confirmed.

They told me it's because they need a "larger airfield" than is available at Cardington, as they need more space when the craft is heavier.

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They also also stated that they've completed a "comprehensive post-flight inspection" after their third flight and everything has "come out very positively".

There's still no news when the next flights will take place.

Teaching assistant jailed for child sex offences

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

A former teaching assistant at a school in Corby has been jailed for three years after admitting 15 sexual offences against children as young as 13.

Northampton Crown Court heard that Stuart Baker, 40, who used to work at Corby Business Academy, used a fake Facebook profile to pose as a 14-year-old girl and befriend teenage boys.

Stuart Baker
Northamptonshire Police

He persuaded five of them to send him explicit photos of themselves over a period of about 18 months.

Baker had previously pleaded guilty to 10 charges of inciting children to engage in sexual activity and a further five relating to the making and distribution of indecent images of children.

Judge Timothy Smith said: "A significant amount of planning had gone into this deception. You exploited these boys. This was a breach of trust as a high level teaching assistant."

The court was told that it had caused his victims psychological harm.

Baker was also banned from working with children and put on the sex offenders register indefinitely.

Opening of Hertfordshire splash park delayed

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

On what could be a very hot weekend, the opening of a brand new splash park in Hertfordshire has has to be delayed.

The new "tropical island" in Kings George Recreation Ground in Bushey was due to open tomorrow, but a problem with the electrical circuit board means it's now on hold.

There's no news when it will open but Hertsmere Borough Council hopes it wil be "as soon as possible".

The fault was discovered during final testing today.

Splash park
Hertsmere Borough Council

Mosque collection after terror attack

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

The region's biggest mosque is fundraising today for families of the victims of Monday's terror attack in Manchester.

People praying

The Faizan e Madina Mosque on Gladstone Street in Peterborough is expecting more than 2,000 people to attend prayers and to make a donation.

Abdul Choudhuri, chair of the mosque, says that "the hope is a fair bit of money will be collected to give to those people".

Collection outside mosque

"We want to show solidarity to the families who have lost loved ones," he said.

"We are very hurt that these people [the terrorists] are calling themselves Muslim.

"Islam is a religion of peace. They are not Muslim."

Trespassing raccoon 'friendly and inquisitive'

A raccoon, which was found in a house in Northampton after getting in through the cat flap earlier this month, is settling in to his new RSPCA home.

The animal charity believes he was an abandoned pet and it has produced a video of him at its Stapeley Grange centre in Cheshire which you can watch by clicking here.


The charity said he will be rehoused in a more specialised facilities once he is neutered and vaccinated.

Lee Stewart, Stapeley Grange manager, said: "We must stress that raccoons really don't make good pets.

"They are wild animals and we would strongly discourage people from buying or keeping one.

"They are nocturnal and need a great deal of space so their needs cannot be met in a typical domestic environment."

Drink driver who killed pedestrian is jailed

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

A drink driver who killed a pedestrian in Wisbech has been jailed for more than six years.

Michael Johnson (pictured), 51, was driving a Rover 75 when he hit 49-year-old Arturas Matuzevicius in Kirkgate Street on 21 March.

Michael Johnson
Cambridgeshire Police

Mr Matuzevicius of Lilac Close in Wisbech, died at the scene.

Johnson, of Waterlees Road in the town, was nearly four times over the drink-drive limit.

Yesterday, Johnson pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving whilst over the prescribed limit and causing death by driving whilst unlicensed at Huntingdon Crown Court.

He was sentenced to six years and six months in prison and disqualified from driving for 13 years and three months.

PC Peter Bimson said: "Johnson decided to make that journey knowing he was unlicensed and in excess of the drink-drive limited.

"He showed a complete lack of regard for his safety and that of other innocent people. Tragically that decision led to the death of Mr Matuzevicius."

Laura Kenny targets 2020 cycling medals

BBC Sport

Hertfordshire's Olympic champion Laura Kenny says she expects to be back competing in the velodrome at Tokyo 2020.

The 25-year-old is taking a break from the sport as she's expecting her first child later this summer.

"I feel like I'm almost wishing my life away, because I want it here now," said Kenny during a visit to to St Matthew's Church of England Primary School in Nechells in Birmingham.

"After that I'm going to give myself at least six weeks completely off after, get myself back going again.

"I don't want to rush into it, I want to enjoy my new life.

"It might take me a year before I race again, but yeah, Tokyo is definitely on the cards.”

Laura Kenny with school children

Saints v Stade: Team news as Wood returns as captain

BBC Sport

England back row Tom Wood returns to captain Northampton in the Saints' only change for tonight's Champions Cup play-off against Stade Francais.

The 30-year-old, who missed the play-off semi-final win over Connacht with a back injury picked up against Harlequins earlier this month, replaces Jamie Gibson at open-side flanker.

He is joined in the back row by Louis Picamoles and Teimana Harrison.

Captain Sergio Parisse will miss the match for Stade Francais.

Tom Wood
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Wood took over the captaincy from Lee Dickson, who is on the bench for Saints tonight

However, the French team are strengthened by the return of Australian scrum-half Will Genia.

France international Jules Plisson is preferred to Springbok rival Morne Steyn at fly-half, while prop Rabah Slimani is on the bench.

South African Jonathan Ross, who will join Sale at the start of next season, comes in to replace Parisse at number eight.

Victory will assure Northampton of a ninth successive season of top-flight European rugby.

Saints finished bottom of their pool, behind Leinster, Montpellier and Castres this campaign.

Manchester attack: Vigil to be held in Bedford

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A "Vigil for Manchester" is taking place in Bedford this evening.

The event, organised by the Bedford Council Of Faiths, starts at 18:00.

The Mayor of Bedford, David Hodgson, and the Bishop of Bedford, the Right Reverend Richard Atkinson, have been confirmed as speakers, as well as representatives from the Muslim faith, Friends of Refugees and the Quakers.

Anyone is welcome to come along.

Manchester bombing tributes
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Twenty two people, including a number of children, died in Monday's suicide attack at Manchester Arena.

Cobblers' Wembley win remembered in special programme

Wednesday marked 20 years since Northampton Town Football Club beat Swansea City 1-0 in the Division Three (now League Two) play-off final.

BBC Sport

John Frain's 93rd minute free-kick helped the Cobblers cap their centenary season with promotion in front of over 32,000 of their supporters under Wembley's twin towers.

Tonight from 18:00, BBC Radio Northampton presents a special programme with memories of the day from former manager Ian Atkins and captain Ray Warburton.

Several of the players, including Frain, will also feature on the show, along with the BBC Radio Northampton commentators that day, Mike Sewell and Tim Oglethorpe.

Luton Carnival will be 'safe'

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

Security has also been stepped up for the annual Luton Carnival on Sunday.

It comes after the terror attacks in Manchester on Monday and a number of stabbings that happened after the event last year.

Robin Porter from Luton Borough Council says it's a "family-friendly fun event" and he told me he's looking forward to bringing his own family.

Luton Carnival
Kobiecy Klimat

He said: "The police have done a sterling job, they have got extra resources on the ground this weekend.

"Crowds are at times scary and after the very, very shocking and sobering events of this week we are absolutely clear that this needs to be a safe event."

Northampton Saints prepare for Champions Cup showdown

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northampton Saints are in the second chance saloon as they take on French club Stade Francais in the European Rugby Champions Cup play-off final at Franklin's Gardens tonight.

Both clubs missed out on automatic qualification after they finished outside the top six in their respective domestic leagues.

Saints finished the Premiership season in seventh, and beat Irish club Connacht 21-15 in Saturday's play-off semi-final.

"We've got one more game now and it's going to be difficult," said Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder.

"We know where we are at. This is it. It's a big game, against a big team and they have got some class acts. But so have we - and the players are really looking forward to that competition."

The green, black & gold - European champions in 2000 - have competed in eight successive seasons of top-flight European rugby, but finished bottom of their pool, behind Leinster, Montpellier and Castres this campaign.

There will be increased security at Franklin's Gardens after the terrorist attack at Manchester Arena on Monday.

This was the scene at the Gardens earlier this afternoon, bathed in sunshine...

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BBC Radio Northampton has full commentary of the match, which kicks-off at 19:45, with build-up from 19:00 available here (UK Only).

Luton gets into the Carnival spirit

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

The sun is out, and preparations are well under way for the 41st Luton Carnival on Sunday.

Tens of thousands are expected to the annual event, which starts at 12:00.

About 20 floats are expected to parade around Wardown Park and I've been lucky enough to get a sneaky peak at some of the costumes.

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Video: 'My carelessness killed my dogs'

A man whose three dogs "slowly cooked" to death in a hot car has spoken about the devastating impact his actions have had.

Jonathan Theobald, 66, left his dogs Daisy, Rascal and Mitch in the car for more than four hours on 16 June 2016 while he went to a gym.

Almost a year later, speaking about what happened that day reduced him to tears.

Peterborough hot car dog death owner speaks about his 'carelessness'

"My carelessness killed them," he said in a video released by the RSPCA for its campaign "Dogs die in hot cars".

"I got it badly wrong," he said, recalling the day temperatures reached 16-19C (61-66F) with high humidity levels.

The RSPCA said that day was overcast, and would not have seemed particularly hot, but it would have been far hotter inside the vehicle.

An RSPCA spokesman said: "[They] would have overheated, they would have had fits. They may have slowly cooked, essentially."

In September 2016, Theobold admitted causing unnecessary suffering to his three dogs and was sentenced to 18 weeks in jail, suspended for two years.

He was also banned from keeping animals for 10 years.

Theobald has taken full responsibility for what happened, but said without his dogs "the house feels painfully empty".

Manchester attack: Wellingborough to hold vigil for victims

A vigil for the victims of the Manchester bombing will be held in Wellingborough tonight.

The event has been organised by the town's Inter Faith Group, and take place from 18:00 in the town centre, opposite the Hind Hotel on Sheep Street.

hind hotel in wellingborough

The organisers say they're keen to invite people of all faiths and none to come together to show solidarity with those suffering in Manchester.

Mohiuddin Choudhury, from the Shahjalal Jame Masjid mosque, said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with all the victims and their families at this time.

"This is a horrific and criminal attack on innocent human life.

"We want the perpetrators to face the toughest justice of the land and in the thereafter.

"We pay tribute to our police force, other emergency services (such as fire services, ambulance services, doctors, and nurses) and those who played such important roles to save people’s lives and rushed to assist survivors and their families."

Twenty two people, including a number of children, died in Monday's suicide attack at Manchester Arena.

'Sadistic' child abuser convicted

A "sadistic" man who repeatedly abused a six-year-old girl, making her stand naked in front of a window and subjecting her to "water boarding", has been convicted of child cruelty.

Garth Gatland, 39, of Austin Drive, Cambridge, also abused a boy, 15, making him hide drugs for him over a two-year period between 2014 and 2016.

Gatland denied two counts of child cruelty, but was found guilty at Cambridge Crown Court on Thursday.

He will be sentenced at a later date.

Cambridge Crown Court
Ben Harris/Geograph

His co-defendant Marie Maltby, 32, also of Austin Drive was found not guilty of two counts of child cruelty.

A forensic scientist found traces of cocaine in the girl's hair, suggesting she had either "ingested cocaine or been exposed to it", Cambridgeshire Police said.

Over the course of two years the girl was repeatedly hit with implements including a wooden spoon, made to stand in "stress positions" and regularly tipped out of her bed while she was sleeping, police added.

Gatland would make her run for up to four-and-a-half hours barefoot on a treadmill so she would sleep at bedtime, officers said.

The girl was covered with bruises and burns to her back, legs, feet and neck when the abuse was uncovered in October, after an acquaintance of Gatland reported it to police.

"Gatland subjected his victims to a catalogue of sadistic abuse," Det Con Chris Down said.

'Dangerous sexual predator' jailed after sexual messages found of 11-year-old's phone

Alistair Hodge, 28, was arrested after one of his 11-year-old victim’s parents discovered sexual messages sent by him to the girl.

Today at Luton Crown Court he was jailed for 11 years.

When police executed a search warrant at his home in Horace Close, Bedford, they seized a number of phones and computer devices and digital forensics officers found multiple indecent images of several children.

Investigation Officer Amanda Dickson said: 2Hodge's computer devices contained images from the most severe category of child sexual abuse and there is no doubt that he is a dangerous sexual predator, so I am pleased he has received such a lengthy sentence for these sickening crimes.

"He took advantage of a young girl, grooming her via messaging apps and intentionally inciting her to engage in sexual activity, as well as encouraging her to send indecent images of herself to him which he added to his sickening collection."

Weather Watchers: Your view of Northamptonshire's sunshine

Please don't hold me accountable if the weather turns over the weekend - but it feels like summer has arrived.

Here are some of the best shots of the day from our BBC Weather Watchers, taken around the county...

Roade garden
Great Doddington
Guildhall Road, Northampton

Injunction to stop punt touts

A Cambridge councillor says creating a new law, to ban punt operators from using a certain site in the city is necessary.

John Hipkin, an independent, says operators are a nuisance.

Cambridge City Council is to apply for an injunction from the High Court, banning punt firms from using Garrett Hostel Lane.

Garrett Hostel Lane
Keith Edkins/Geograph

The council says its land "is being used without authority or permission by unlicensed punt businesses."

"We're not going to put them in prison," said Mr Hipkin.

"We're going to seek an injunction and if they offend against that injunction, they will face the full force of the law."

Operators using the site declined to comment to the BBC.

'Vile and offensive' ambulance worker jailed for 11 years for child sex offences

An ambulance service worker has been jailed for 11 years today after admitting grooming an 11-year-old girl and making indecent images of children.

Alistair Hodge, 28, from Horace Close, Shortstown in Bedford, pleaded guilty to three offences of making indecent photographs of a child, one offence of causing a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity and one offence of inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

Alistair Hodge
Bedfordshire Police

During the hearing at Luton Crown Court, it was revealed he met the young girl on social media and encouraged her to perform sexual acts over the internet. He then recorded her, but they never met up.

Passing sentence, Judge Mensah told Hodge that the offences "were vile and offensive" and he "manipulated" a "naive" youngster.

Teenager 'got into trouble' while swimming in Hertfordshire lake

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Eye witnesses have been described what happened when a 16-year-old boy died after getting into difficulties at a Hertfordshire lake last night.

They say the teenager, who was recovered from the water at Lee Valley Park, "was trying to swim to an island and got into trouble".

Lee Valley lake
South Beds News Agency

A friend of the boy said "the two boys he was with tried to save him, but there was nothing they could do".

Lee Valley lake
South Beds News Agency

Another said "it's an old quarry and is a lot deeper than you might think".

South Beds News Agency

"It was the end of school yesterday and it was hot, so I suppose they thought it was a good idea to go for a swim, but it is very dangerous," a visitor to the park said.

Well, that's one way to take your bike around

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Blogger Richard Taylor spotted this floating along the River Cam in Cambridge this morning.

Teenager suffers 'facial and chest injuries' after Bedfordshire shooting

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A teenager is recovering in hospital with what the ambulance service called "chest and facial injuries" having been shot in Clifton last night.

An East of England Ambulance Service crew and the air ambulance were dispatched, after they were called at 20:23.

He was airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge for further care, and his condition is described as stable and not life-threatening.

Stanford Lane, Clifton, Bedfordshire

Two teenagers are currently in custody following the shooting, which happened in Stanford Lane (pictured).

Police believe an air pellet gun was used.

Two robberies at Luton hotels 'linked'

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

Robberies at two hotels in Luton are being linked.

Police have released CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to after cash was stolen from the Luton Hotel Residence in Chapel Street on Monday 15 May at about 21:00.

They're also linking it to a robbery at the Easyhotel in Guildford Street yesterday at about 06:00.

Keep cool in the big top...

BBC Weather Watchers

"The circus is in town lol" said one of our BBC Weather Watchers called Secretsunbather.

There was a clear blue sky when this picture was taken about 06:45, and the temperature in the Fenland town is due to peak at 25C (77F) according to BBC Weather.

Circus in Whittlesey

Feeling hot, hot, hot...

It seems like most of us are trying to keep cool in the heat, and that of course includes the animals at Woburn Safari Park.

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Fire service warns of dangers of swimming after teenager dies at lake

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

We've just been given more information about the death of a 16-year-old boy in a lake in Hertfordshire last night.

Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue say two crews from Cheshunt and their Water Rescue Unit were sent to Lee Valley Park by Cadmore Lane at about 19:00 to reports a "boy had got into difficulties while swimming".

They've confirmed after "an extensive bankside and water search, a body was located. Sadly he was pronounced dead at the scene".

Lee Valley Park

Chief Fire Officer Darryl Keen said: "Now that the weather is so warm it’s very tempting to cool off with a swim.

"However, even the strongest swimmer can get into difficulties and we would advise people to think carefully before swimming in unsupervised areas and look out for signs and advice about the specific dangers at the location where you are swimming."

Hospital 'first' opens in Milton Keynes

Justin Dealey

BBC Three Counties Radio

At 06:00 the new entrance to Milton Keynes Hospital was opened and I was lucky enough to be there.

It actually looks more like a hotel than a hospital and is rather magnificent.

Entrance to Milton Keynes Hospital
Milton Keynes Hospital

As you walk in you'll see a Costa Coffee and a Subway.

New entrance to Milton Keynes Hospital
Milton Keynes Hospital

I spoke to Robert Shaw, from the contractors, who told me it took five months to build, but the main building was actually put in place in just two days.

He's very proud of the work of his team and says the building is unique.

"There's not one in the UK like this, this is the first, and hopefully there will be a lot more," he said.

Collision between cyclist and lorry

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Four road closures are in place in Cambridge at the moment due to a serious incident.

Police say they attended a collision between a lorry and a car at the junction of Brooklands Avenue and Hills Road around 09:30.

The cyclists' injuries are thought to be "serious, but not life threatening", say police.

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Police arrest two on suspicion of murder after fatal crash in Northampton

Yesterday we told you that a Northampton man had died, after a collision involving the motorbike he was riding and a car.

Kingsthorpe junction

Stuart Hutchings, 22, of Southfields, died at University Hospital, Coventry on Wednesday, having sustained head injuries on Eastern Avenue North in Kingsthorpe - close to the junction with Eastern Close - at about 20:30 on Thursday, 18 May.

Now, police say that a 25-year-old man and a 28-year-old man, both from the Daventry area, are being questioned by detectives on suspicion of murder in connection with the collision.

Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses who saw the collision or either of the vehicles involved - a white motocross bike and a red Ford Fiesta.

Mercedes' Hamilton eighth, Vettel quickest, in Monaco

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer in Bahrain

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel set an impressive pace in second practice at the Monaco Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton - driving for Brackley-based Mercedes - ended the session eighth.

Formula 1 car in Monaco
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Championship leader Vettel was 0.487 seconds quicker than Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, with Stevenage's Hamilton more than a second off the pace.

Hamilton was top in the first session, but Mercedes were less competitive later, a concern for the weekend.

Final practice and qualifying in Monte Carlo takes place from 09:55 on Saturday, with the race at 13:00 on Sunday.

As ever, there'll be full coverage available on the BBC Sport website.

Survey commissioned for Northampton Castle site

Willy Gilder

BBC Radio Northampton

Archaeologists are trying to establish where Northampton Castle was built, after Northampton Borough Council commissioned a survey of the site.

Built in the 11th Century, the castle was situated on part of the current train station site and Parliament sometimes sat there between 1131 and 1380.

Castle dig
Medieval relics, believed to be linked to the castle, have been unearthed in previous digs, including during the redevelopment of the Northampton train station in 2014

The English Civil War (1642-1651) and a fire left it largely derelict by the end of the 17th Century, before part of the site was bought by London & North West Railway in 1852.

Experts believe many of the remains were destroyed over time as the railway developed.

An area presumed to encompass the north gate and part of the northern barbican (the outer defence - often a double tower above a gate or drawbridge) was surveyed by technicians from the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) at the beginning of the week.

"The events that took place there will always be an important part of our history, so it’s wonderful to have a chance to explore that heritage further." said councillor Tim Hadland.

"The results of the survey should provide us with a rough map of what may still lie beneath the surface.

"This will be very valuable for interpreting the layout of the castle for future generations."

The work is being undertaken in tandem with the Friends of Northampton Castle.

Northampton Station
It's believed that Northampton Castle stood on the site which is occupied today by Northampton railway station

Dr Marie Dickie, chairwoman of the Friends group, said it was important that places don't lose touch with their history.

"It was hugely important," she said. "It was one of the castles that the barons, when they were at war with King John, were deeply determined to keep for themselves.

"They knew that, if they had Northampton Castle, they could keep the king under control. It was of big national significance."

It's hoped that the survey will outline the castle's footprint, with plans to help visualise how it may have looked.

Boys arrested after Bedfordshire shooting

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

Two 16-year-old boys have been arrested and remain in custody after a teenager was shot in Clifton in Bedfordshire last night.

Officers believe a pellet gun was used, after they were called to Stanford Lane.

Police said the victim was airlifted to hospital for treatment, but his injuries are "not described as life-threatening".

Stanford Lane

Officers are treating it as an isolated case, but extra patrols are being made.

Overturned lorry: Lanes now open at A1/M25 junction

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Highways England have said that all lanes are now open following the overturned lorry and diesel spill on the South Mimms roundabout this morning.

Delays are "easing".

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Greg Rutherford: Great City Games can be Manchester tribute

BBC Sport

Milton Keynes athlete Greg Rutherford says Friday's Great City Games can show the world a united Manchester in the face of Monday's terror attack.

Greg Rutherford
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The event, which is staged in the city centre, was given approval to go ahead by the council and police on Tuesday.

"It will be amazing to see people come out and get behind it, not just for the sport, but to show they're not going to let terrorists win," said former Olympic champion Rutherford.

Twenty two people were killed by a suicide bomber at a concert this week.

"After such a tragic and heinous event, I think it's important that everybody comes together and shows it's not going to stop people leading a normal life," Rutherford added.

'Armed officers' expected to patrol air show

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

The 20,000 people heading to Duxford air show this weekend should expect an increased number of police officers at the event, including armed officers, organisers say.

In light of the bomb attack in Manchester on Monday night, police are warning it may take longer to gain access to the event.

The Assistant Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire, Dan Vajzovic, who is also in charge of policing airshows nationally, says armed patrols "have been stepped up".

Duxford from above
Thomas Nugent/Geograph

"We have increased the number of officers at Duxford and there may be armed officers on patrol at large events across the county," he said.

"I wouldn't be at all surprised if there were armed police at the air show, on high visibility patrol.

"I'm very content that the air show will pass off safely."

The festival at Imperial War Museum Duxford takes place on Saturday and Sunday, with increased traffic expected around Junction 10 of the M11.