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  1. Updates on Tuesday, 7 June 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Thursday at 08:00

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Live updates for Northamptonshire have now finished

We have finished the live update for today, but if you want to follow the cricket you can do so online.

Tomorrow we'll bring you the outcome of various matters due to discussed at Northampton Borough Council's cabinet meeting and a look at the air ambulance service as it approaches its 25,000th mission.

Northants set Lancashire target of 288 in one-day cup match at Wantage Road

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northamptonshire have posted 287-7 in their 50 overs in the one-day cup match at Wantage Road.

It feels a touch light on a good wicket. Lancashire chipped away well at the Northants batsman and will now have to try and chase down that target.

There is full coverage with me online and via the BBC Sport app.

Northamptonshire's Prasanna called into Sri Lanka one-day squad

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Sri Lankan leg-spinner Seekkuge Prasanna, who is currently playing for Northamptonshire in the one-day cup this afternoon against Lancashire, has been called up to the Sri Lanka one-day squad.

Seekkuge Prasanna
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Sri Lanka take on England in the final test at Lord's on Thursday, hoping to avoid a 3-0 defeat.

They will then move to Dublin for two one-dayers against Ireland, before returning to England for a five-match ODI series against the hosts to be followed by a Twenty20 International on July 5.

PMQs: David Cameron rejects Peter Bone for Andrew Marr

BBC Politics

David Cameron has rejected an offer to meet Wellingborough MP Peter Bone when he takes part in an anti-EU campaign in the PM's Witney seat.

But the leader suggested a pub the Tory MP could visit while there - with Mr Cameron adding that he will not be there because he is on BBC One's Andrew Marr Show.

BreakingBorough council withdraws waste to energy plant plan from Cabinet agenda

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

It's what the protesters pictured below wanted, sort of...

Northampton Borough Council will now no longer be discussing the option to lease land at Westbridge in St James, Northampton to a developer wanting to build a waste-to-energy plant.

The Cabinet has decided the potential developers, Rolton Kilbride, have not carried out a sufficient public consultation to allow for any discussion to take place.

The authority say "no land deal will be discussed until [the developers] can show that they have carried out a sufficient level of consultation".

Protesters against Northampton power plant gather at Guildhall

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

There are around 15 protesters at Northampton Borough Council, opposed to the St James waste to energy plant plans, which are due to be discussed tonight at the authority's Cabinet meeting.

Here are some of them...


Duckett goes short of century as Northamptonshire try to set big target

Northamptonshire are attempting to post a big target for Lancashire in the Royal London one-day cup at Wantage Road this afternoon.

But they have lost Ben Duckett just short of his century...

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Northampton Chronicle speaks to the residents association leader who says a planned power plant is a 'woeful' idea

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Ahead of tonight's Northampton Borough Council Cabinet meeting the Northampton Chronicle and Echo says a residents’ association chairman has described the consultation for a new power plant in Northampton as “woeful” in an open letter to the borough council leader.

It's essential reading ahead of the debate about the plan tonight.

Protest planned ahead of decision over Northampton power plant

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

The new rough sleeping strategy Craig has been telling you about isn't the only item being discussed at a Northampton Borough Council Cabinet meeting tonight.

The authority will also decide whether to grant a two-year option to develop the Westbridge Depot into a waste-to-energy plant to the company Rolton Kibride.


However, there are objections to the plan from residents and there is expected to be a protest outside Northampton's Guildhall ahead of the meeting.

Homeless strategy for Northampton to be discussed tonight

Craig Lewis

BBC News

The inquest into the death of homeless Mark Pettifer came on the same day Northampton Borough Council's Cabinet will discuss a new rough sleeping strategy.

Fifty-five year old Mr Pettifer's body was found by the River Nene in November last year. He had been homeless since July. An open verdict was recorded at the inquest.

Homeless people in Northampton

The new strategy, to be discussed this evening, includes a plan to convert the former British Rail Sports & Social Club in St Andrew’s Road into a “temporary night shelter” to add to the 48 beds currently available at Oasis House.

It also claimed an established number of people are choosing to sleep rough as a "lifestyle choice".

Man found dead by the Nene had been sleeping in bushes, coroner hears

Craig Lewis

BBC News

A homeless man found dead in bushes by the banks of the River Nene in November last year had been staying at the Hope Centre during the day and sleeping outside in a hedge at night.

A statement by Mark Pettifer's former wife, read out at Northampton Coroner's Court this morning, said he had moved in with a friend in Northampton in May 2015, but had ended up on the streets.

In July, he was labelled a missing person and by November his body was being identified via DNA found on his toothbrush.

Coroner Anne Pember recorded an open verdict.

Homeless man found dead in bushes had been mother's only carer

Craig Lewis

BBC News

Homeless Mark Pettifer, 55, suffered no skull fracture and no penetrating injuries, Northampton Coroner's Court heard this morning.

The former butcher and warehouse operative, who had been the full time carer for his mother since 2012, was found dead in bushes near Nunn Mills Road in November last year.

He had been living on the streets since July 2015.

Coroner Anne Pember recorded an open verdict.

Open verdict in inquest of homeless man found on the banks of the Nene

Craig Lewis

BBC News

I went to the inquest of homeless man, Mark Pettifer, this morning.

Mark Pettifer
Northamptonshire Police

The 55-year-old's body had been found in a state of advanced decomposition by the side of the River Nene in November last year.

Northampton coroner Anne Pember recorded an open verdict into the cause of his death.

More 'should be done' to help people dispose of rubbish, says action group

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Tonight, Northampton Borough Council will set a maximum fine of £400 for fly-tipping.

Sue Armstrong, who runs Action Support in Northampton, which raises funds by carrying out house clearances and doing garden maintenance, say fining people is not enough...

There should be more done to enable people to dispose of waste responsibly - Sue Armstrong

How do thunderstorms form?

BBC Weather

There were thunderstorms across Northamptonshire yesterday and there is a yellow weather warning issued by the Met Office for heavy rain.

But what conditions do you need for a thunderstorm? BBC Weather's Darren Bett explains...

Weather: Sun, cloud and possible heavy rain

BBC Weather Watchers

There is cloud around, as you can see from the this BBC Weather Watcher picture...


There are also sunny spells. leading to highs of 24C (75F), but on top of that a yellow weather warning for rain has been issued from the Met Office.

For more details head to the BBC Weather website.

Molly-Mae Wotherspoon: Killed by an illegal dog

The American pit bull which killed Molly-Mae is banned under the 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act.

The six-month-old suffered severe blood loss from head wounds. 

The dog, called Bruiser, was put down at the scene.

Daventry dog death: Molly-Mae's grandmother admits guilt

Molly-Mae Wotherspoon was attacked at her mother Claire Riley's home in Daventry, by an American pit bull on 3 October, 2014. She died in hospital.

Morning Star Road, Daventry

Northamptonshire Police previously said the baby's grandmother, Susan Aucott, had been looking after Molly-Mae at the home in Morning Star Road and that she was injured while trying to protect her.

Claire Riley, 23, denies being the owner of a dangerously out of control dog which caused injury, resulting in death. Her trial begins at Northampton Crown Court on Monday.

Molly-Mae Wotherspoon: Grandmother Susan Aucott pleads guilty

The grandmother of a six-month-old girl killed by an American pit bull dog has admitted her guilt.

General view of Morning Star Road

Susan Aucott, 55, from Alfred Street in Northampton, was looking after Molly-Mae Wotherspoon when the dog attacked in October.

She pleaded guilty to being in charge of a dangerously out of control dog leading to injury and resulting in death at Northampton Crown Court. She'll be sentenced at a later date.

BreakingGuilty plea in Molly-Mae Wotherspoon case

A grandmother has admitted being in charge of an American pit bull dog which killed her six-month-old baby granddaughter.

Newton and Prasanna in for Levi and Kleinvedt for Northamptonshire

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

As expected both Richard Levi and Rory Kleinvedt, who were injured against Nottinghamshire aren't fit to face Lancashire this afternoon.

In their place come Rob Newton and Seekuge Prasanna, while Richard Gleeson is in for Ben Sanderson.

Northants are batting first at Wantage Road, and a few moments ago were 18-1. Full coverage is available online.

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Northamptonshire to face Lancashire in one-day cup this afternoon

BBC Sport

Is there any way Northamptonshire could be involved in anything more unbelievable than their last Royal London cup game?

The match at Trent Bridge against Nottinghamshire set a new record for most runs scored in a 50-over fixture in England.

Rory Kleinveldt
Getty Images

Although Northants finished 21 short of victory, it was incredible effort to get so close to Notts' 445. It included a maiden one-day ton for Rory Kleinveldt, who hit 128 off 63 balls, with nine sixes.

Lancashire are the visitors to Wantage Road this afternoon. The match has just got under way and full coverage is available online.

Lib Dem councillor says 'whole system need looking at' regarding fly-tipping

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Northampton Borough Council is due to set a fine of £400 for fly-tipping at a meeting tonight.

However, one opposition councillor says fining people isn't enough...

The whole system needs looking at. Why do people drive down a country lane and offload their rubbish? - Sally Beardsworth, Liberal Democrat councillor for Kingsthorpe

Fly-tippers in Northampton could face £400 fine

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

People could be fined hundreds of pounds if they're caught fly-tipping in Northampton.

The borough council's cabinet will meet tonight to set the level of a fixed penalty notice.

£400 fine for flytipping
Getty Images

Saints Brookes starts for England Saxons against South Africa A

England's second string, the Saxons, take on South Africa A on Friday in Bloemfontein and Northampton Saints prop Kieran Brookes will start.

Saints' Alan Dickens is also part of the side coaching team.

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Northamptonshire Telegraph: Pantomime show looks set to go on despite Castle uncertainty

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The show will go on... hopefully.

The Northamptonshire Telegraph is today reporting that Wellingborough Pantomime Society’s 50th anniversary performance will continue with a ‘lavish’ production of Cinderella at the Castle despite uncertainty over the theatre’s future.

Castle theatre
Castle Theatre

Just over a week ago, the borough council held an extraordinary meeting where they said they were looking for a solution to The Castle's on-going problems, after it went into administration.

Weather warning issued for rain in Northamptonshire

BBC Weather

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the county for scattered heavy, perhaps thundery, showers between 12:00 and 20:00 today.

They say there is a risk of localised flooding and lightning strikes.

Medical research continues in Crick's name

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

He was born 100 years ago today in Northampton, and won his Nobel Prize over 50 years ago, but scientific innovations continue in Francis Crick's name.

This large and impressive building opposite St Pancras Station in London is the new home of the Francis Crick Institute.

Crick institute

The project, which is a partnership between six biomedical research organisations, was launched in 2007 - and renamed after Crick in 2011.

It has already become one of the leading biomedical research facilities in Europe.

Crick's legacy marked at journalism award at University of Northampton

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The best science journalists around are honoured in Farncis Crick's name every year at the University of Northampton.

The Crick Science Journalism Award is given to "a journalist who makes an important scientific issue clear and understandable to a general audience".

Tulip Mazumdar

This year it went to BBC Global Health correspondent, Tulip Mazumdar (pictured), for her work on Ebola, while last year Tom Clarke, the Science Editor at Channel 4 News, won the award for his work covering global warming.

Crick remembered with town centre statue in Northampton

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Many people will have seen this statue in Northampton town centre - but how many know it commemorates Francis Crick and his co-discovery of the structure of DNA.

DNA statue

The two people at the top of the crossing metal stands represent the "double helix" form of DNA, which Francis Crick and James Watson found.

There is plaque explaining the story behind statue on the ground. It was moved down Abington Street due to the de-pedestrianising of the street.

Co-discoverer of DNA structure born 100 year ago today

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Francis Crick was born on on this day in 1916 in Northampton, the son of a shoe factory owner.

Francis Crick
Getty Images

Along with American colleague James Watson, while working at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge, he began studying the structure of DNA.

The story goes that on 28 February 1953, he walked into the Eagle pub in Cambridge and announced they "had found the secret of life"

In 1962, the pair were awarded the Nobel Prize. He later moved to America, and died aged 88 in 2004 in San Diego.

Chron reveals parish council concerns over classrooms planned for Wootton Hall

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Increased traffic and the loss of sports pitches are worrying a parish council concerned about plans to build temporary classrooms on the police headquarters site at Wootton Hall.

Northampton Chronicle and Echo reporter Callum Jones has been looking at the issue raised by East Hunsbury Parish Council - his full report can be found on the newspapers' website.

Wootton Hall Park

In March, the previous police and crime commissioner Adam Simmonds announced part of the Wootton Hall Park site had been acquired by the the Education Funding Agency for a new free school.

Wellingborough students walking coast to coast for charity

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

A group of five 14-year-old girls from Wrenn Academy in Wellingborough are about to attempt a coast to coast walk covering 190 miles in 11 days from the west coast to the east coast of England.

Poppy Jones, Felicity Johnstone, Tanesha Patel, Maya Lees and Katie Myler (pictured left to right) are raising money for leukaemia research and Cerebral Palsy Northamptonshire.

They are charities close to the girls hearts as Poppy has a close family friend with leukaemia and Tanesha's sister has cerebral palsy.

The charity helped so much and we understand how beneficial the money will be to the charities - Tanesha Patel (centre), Wrenn Academy student

The girls hope to raise £2,000 and set off at the end of July.

Antibiotic resistance 'the next big problem'

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Third-year University of Northampton student Adam Gregory has been awarded £2,500 to carry out research into why bacteria can become resistant to common antibiotics.

He says antibiotic resistance is "the next big problem".

Gemma Marsden, a senior lecturer at the University and researcher on the project, said the problem was first identified by the discoverer of antibiotics, Alexander Fleming...

Do we make the 'superbug' problem worse?

BBC iWonder

Dr Jonathan Ireland, of the Northamptonshire Local Medical Committee, said agriculture and the disposal of antibiotics could be among the causes of the increased resistance to antibiotics.

BBC iWonder has taken a look at what could be causing the rise in "superbugs"...

BBC iWonder map

Doctors giving out antibiotics 'not the whole answer' to increased resistance

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Dr Jonathan Ireland, the chairman of the board which represents Northamptonshire's GPs, says it is not just the prescribing of antibiotics which is leading to the increased resistance.

The use of antibiotics in medicine is not the whole answer to increasing resistance. There is concern about agriculture and how factories dispose of antibiotics. - Dr Jonathan Ireland, Chairman, Northamptonshire Local Medical Committee

What is a superbug?

James Gallagher

BBC News Website, Health Editor

University of Northampton student Adam Gregory is about to start researching why bacteria become resistant to antibiotics.

It's a big problem and has given rise to so-called "superbugs"...

University of Northampton student looks at superbugs

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

A student from the University of Northampton has been given money to look into antibiotics resistance.

Currently superbugs, resistant to antimicrobials, are estimated to account for 700,000 deaths each year, but health experts predict this could increase rapdily.


Third-year student Adam Gregory has been awarded £2,500 to carry out research into why bacteria can become resistant to common antibiotics.

Pollen levels could be very high today

BBC Weather

As well as temperature's getting up to 24C (75F), pollen levels will be high to very high today in Northamptonshire.

Sorry hayfever sufferers...

Pollen levls

Weather: Sunny again, but the odd shower

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

Today will be another fine and mostly sunny day, but there may be the odd shower, with a high of 24C (75F).

You can see my full forecast below...

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.