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  1. Updates on Monday, 13 June 2016
  2. Guilty plea from mother of six-month-old killed by dangerous dog
  3. Man dies after his car hit a tree on the A45
  4. Updates resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Pete Cooper

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Thanks for joining us today. We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00.

If you venture out tonight, remember to take a brolly with you, more of the wet stuff is on its way I'm afraid.


Weather: Showers tonight and tomorrow

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

There is a risk of heavy, slow moving and possibly thundery showers continuing through this evening and overnight with lows of 11C (52F).


Tuesday is looking a similar day of sunny, or bright, intervals and further heavy and possibly thundery showers. Highs of around 19C (66F).

Wilkinson says assistant manager role at Cobblers 'too good to turn down'

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

The new Cobblers assistant manager Paul Wilkinson told me the chance to join the club as assistant manager was "too good to turn down".

The 51-year-old former Northampton Town striker was part of the Barnsley coaching staff which helped that side get promoted to the Championship last season...

Northamptonshire Telegraph: Wicksteed at War 2016 in pictures

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

This weekend saw the annual Wicksteed at War event in Kettering.

The Northamptonshire Telegraph has an extensive gallery of the event capture by photographer Alison Bagley. It's well worth a look.

Dog which killed six-month-old 'lacked stimulation and control'

Sally Chidzoy

BBC Look East home affairs correspondent

Northampton Crown Court heard a dog that caused injuries resulting in six-month-old Molly-Mae Wotherspoon's death was "jealous" and was "targetting" the baby.

Claire Riley

The illegal pitball, named Bruiser, was described by a vet as the most aggressive they had ever seen. The animal could be head barking during the 999 call, according to Prosector James Howes.

He also said the dog's cage was flimsy and not big enough, and that it "lacked stimulation and control".

Molly-Mae's mother Claire Riley, 23, of Southfields in Northampton, pleaded guilty to owning the dog and will be sentenced next month.

Mother of six-month-old killed by her dog tries to avoid cameras and journalists at court

Sally Chidzoy

BBC Look East home affairs correspondent

I was at Northampton Crown Court today, where Claire Riley - the mother of the six-month-old who was killed by a banned breed of dog - pleaded guilty to owning the animal.

She was flanked by men who were minding her and also shielding her from the cameras. When we asked her for a comment, one of the men turned on us calling us "low life".

Claire Riley

Riley, 23, from Southfields in Northampton, today changed her plea to guilty to the charge of owning the dog and will be sentenced next month.

Musician turned vicar still feels the beat

The Vicar of Finedon just can't help but feel the beat.

But when it's former Communard Richard Coles that's perhaps not a surprise...

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See the land slip still causing disruption on Corby line

The land slip near the Corby Tunnel has caused disruption on trains travelling north from Corby and some coming through the station towards London.

Although this picture is not very dramatic, Network Rail assures us it would be if they allowed trains to run over it.

Corby land slip
Network Rail

New assistant manager for the Cobblers

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northampton Town have appointed Paul Wilkinson as the club's new assistant manager.

Wilkinson has worked in coaching roles with Leeds United, Grimsby Town, Cardiff City and Norwich City, as well as being assistant manager at Sheffield Wednesday.

Paul Wilkinson

The 51-year-old had an 18 year playing career, which ended in 2000. He made over 650 senior appearances, scoring more than 150 goals and including a brief spell at Sixfields.

England trouble in Marseille recalls 1998 scenes

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

For many, the scenes in Marseille in England's opening match in Euro 2016 recalled thosethat marred the first game for the Three Lions in the 1998 World Cup in France.

England trouble
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On Friday, we brought you news that a football hooligan from Wellingborough - known as the 'Pig of Marseille' - has been barred from travelling to France for England's opening game.

James Shayler, 50, was arrested and jailed in 1998. Along with many other fans, he was expelled from France, but this time UEFA have warned it is the England football team which faces being booted out of the tournament.

Northants Herald & Post: Could number plate sale save Shopmobility?

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Could a number plate save Shopmobility?

The scheme which helps disabled people in Northampton with wheelchairs and scooters has been under threat after a cut in its funding.

Today, the Northants Herald & Post is reporting there are calls for Northampton Borough Council to sell the number plate which adorns the car for the town's mayor to help fund the service.

Mother and grandmother of baby girl killed by dog to be sentenced next month

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The mother and grandmother of a six-month-old killed by a banned breed of dog will be sentenced on 13 July.

Claire Riley, 23, from Southfields in Northampton, pleaded guilty today at Northampton Crown Court to being the owner of a dog which caused injury resulting in death while dangerously out of control.

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Last week, Susan Aucott, 55, from Alfred Street in Northampton pleaded guilty to being in charge of the dog.

Molly-Mae Wotherspoon died at a house in Daventry in October 2014 after being attacked by the American pit bull called Bruiser.

Bath confirm Fotuali'i signing

BBC Sport

It's news that has been coming for a while. Bath have confirmed the signing of Northampton Saints' Samoa scrum-half Kahn Fotuali'i for the 2016-17 Premiership season.

Kahn Fotuali'i
Rex Features

The 34-year-old, who had been with Northampton since joining from Ospreys in 2013, was part of their Premiership title-winning side in 2014.

Former head coach Mike Ford revealed to BBC Radio Bristol back in May that Fotuali'i would be added to Bath's ranks.

Dodging the downfall: Rainfall figures

It was a bit of a rain-soaked weekend, but just how much fell across the region over 24 hours? Weatherman Dan Holley has tweeted the figures:

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Weather: Cloud and showers across the county

BBC Weather Watchers

This is the cloudy scene in Towcester from BBC Weather Watcher 'Weatherbee'...


There are slow-moving, heavy and often thundery showers across Northamptonshire today and a weather warning is in place for rain.

There are more detail on the BBC Weather website.

Northamptonshire's squad woes

Injured - Rory Kelinveldt out for six weeks with a side strain
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Injured - Olly Stone out for the season with a knee injury
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Injured - Richard Levi out with shoulder injury for two weeks
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Call up - Prasanna could miss five T20s with Sri Lanka call up
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Ripley looking to boost Northampton squad numbers after injuries

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Northamptonshire coach David Ripley is looking to recruit an overseas player who can "help out" on a short-term basis due to the depleted numbers in his squad following a number of injuries.

David Ripley
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Moin Ashraf - released by Yorkshire at the end of last season - was in the T20 squad on Friday for the game against Yorkshire, but has yet to play for the 1st XI.

The reinvention of Captain Britain

Nic Rigby

BBC News

I've been looking at how Marvel comic book superhero Captain Britain might be rebooted for a 21st Century audience.

Northampton comic book legend, and creator of Watchmen, Alan Moore wrote Captain Britain in the 1980s - he was the only Marvel character Moore made stories for.

You can more about the character, his past, and his future here.

Captain Britain

Guilty plea from mother of six-month-old killed by Daventry dog

Sally Chidzoy

BBC Look East home affairs correspondent

The mother of a six month old girl killed by a banned breed of dog has pleaded guilty to being the owner of a dangerously out of control dog which caused injury, resulting in death.

At Northampton Crown Court today, Claire Riley, 23, from Southfields in Northampton, changed her plea from not guilty.

Morning star road

Her daughter, Molly-Mae Wotherspoon, died on 3 October 2014, following the dog attack at her mother's former home in Morning Star Road, Daventry.

She was rushed to hospital where she died from severe blood loss from head wounds. The dog was put down at the scene.

Last Wednesday, Molly-Mae's grandmother Susan Aucott, 55, from Alfred Street in Northampton, pleaded guilty to being in charge of the dog.

BreakingMother pleads guilty to owning dog which killed daughter in Daventry

Claire Riley - the mother of a little girl who was killed by a banned breed of dog in Daventry in 2014 - has changed her plea to guilty to owning a Pit Bull dangerously out of control.

Thieves steal Queen's 90th birthday display in Thrapston

Sarah Foster

BBC Radio Northampton

People in Thrapston spent weeks knitting and making a display for a party in the park to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday.

However, many of the items have been stolen from the Thrapston Peace Park.

They are similar to the items pictured below, which remain by the church.

Knitting in thrapston

The council say the items were stolen between midnight and 07:00 on Sunday, and have asked anyone with information to contact them.

Weather warning issued for Northamptonshire

BBC Weather

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for rain Northamptonshire.

They say scattered heavy thundery showers are expected to develop, and will once again lead to slow-moving downpours.

The warning is in force from 12:00 until 21:00 with possible localised flooding and disruption to travel predicted.

Hull rallies in last round as Brooke Henderson wins first major

BBC Sport

Northamptonshire's Charley Hull finished strongly in the Women's PGA Championship in Washington State.

Charley Hull
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The Burton Latimer golfer's final round of 68 left her nine shots off the winner Brooke Henderson of Canada, who beat Lydia Ko in a play-off.

Man dies after crash on A45 yesterday

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

A 29-year-old man has died after a crash yesterday morning at around 10:00.

He was driving a silver Vauxhall Vectra on the A45 westbound when his vehicle left the dual carriageway at the Great Billing junction. It then left the slip road and collided with a tree on the grass verge, ending up on its side.

The driver died at the scene and police are appealing for witnesses.

Lewis Hamilton dedicates his Canadian Grand Prix win to Muhammad Ali

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

Lewis Hamilton dedicated his victory in the Canadian Grand Prix to the late Muhammad Ali.

The world champion referenced one of the former heavyweight champion's famous quotes on his slowing down lap, saying: "Float like a butterfly; sting like a bee."

Lewis Hamilton

He added later: "Ali was someone who inspired me so much throughout my life.

"Obviously he passed away recently so I'd love to be able to dedicate this to him and his family."

Lewis Hamilton wins Canadian GP after tense fight with Sebastian Vettel

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

Brackley-based Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won the Canadian Grand Prix at the weekend, after a tense strategic battle with Sebastian Vettel's revived Ferrari.

Lewis Hamilton

Vettel looked in control after taking the lead from third on the grid with a blistering start.

But Ferrari surrendered the lead by pitting during a caution period, and Hamilton - doing one pit stop to Vettel's two - controlled the race. He cut his title deficit to team-mate Nico Rosberg, who was fifth, to nine points.

Organiser 'pleased' with Northampton Carnival despite route problems

Morcea Walker, from the Northampton Carnival Arts Consortium, told BBC Radio Northampton there were problems with the parade route on Saturday from Northampton's Racecourse through the town centre.

However, she said they were "pleased" with the event and the crowds were certainly entertained...

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Organiser hails Northampton's 'biggest' carnival

This year's Northampton Carnival has been the biggest ever, according to the organisers.

A total of 42 groups from Northampton and other towns and cities took part in the event despite delays with the parade setting from the Racecourse.

Here's a flavour of the event...

northampton carnival
northampton carnival
northampton carnival

There are more pictures on the BBC Northampton Facebook.

Will today's weather be as dramatic as yesterday's?

BBC Weather

The thunderstorms which hit Nothamptonshire yesterday brought some dramatic weather, including a mini-tornado in Towcester...

Keith Walding

And thunder and lighting - as captured by BBC Weather Watcher 'j1van' in Northampton...

Lightning strikes

East Midlands trains say Corby line could be closed all day

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

A landslip at Corby Tunnel between Oakham and Corby has closed the line.

East Midlands Trains say it is not expecting the line to re-open today and once Network Rail, whose engineers are on site, are able to assess the extent of the damage there will be an update on how long the line will be closed for.

Northamptonshire and Leicestershire frustrated by rain yesterday

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Given yesterday's downpours, only two overs were possible at the County Ground as Northamptonshire's One-Day Cup with Leicestershire was abandoned as a no-result.

wantage road

Only 12 balls were bowled as the hosts reached 12-0, with Josh Cobb unbeaten on three and Adam Rossington on five not out.

Both sides took a point from the game, with Northants next travelling to Yorkshire tomorrow.

Line between Corby and Oakham blocked

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

There is a landslip at Corby Tunnel between Oakham and Corby, disrupting East Midlands trains on the Corby to London St Pancras route.

At present Network Rail are on site and assessing the damage. The line is currently closed between Oakham and Corby.

All of the East Midlands trains on the route cannot run in both directions.

There are more details on which particular trains are affected on the East Midland trains website.

Weather: Cloudy with some further heavy showers

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

Today will be rather cloudy, but turning brighter with a risk of heavy thundery showers by the afternoon. Highs of 18C (64F).

You can see my full forecast below...

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

Saints and Wales wing George North ruled out of New Zealand tour

BBC Sport

George North has been ruled out of Wales' tour of New Zealand after suffering a significant hamstring tear in his side's 39-21 loss to the All Blacks on Saturday.

George North
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The British and Irish Lions wing, 24, suffered the injury tackling Waisake Naholo late on at Eden Park, where Wales led with 18 minutes remaining.

"It's unfortunate for him and it's a big loss for us as well. It's a significant tear. We're not sure whether he needs an operation," said Wales coach Warren Gatland.

England must 'keep egos in check' follow Australia win, says skipper Dylan Hartley

Chris Jones

BBC Radio 5 live rugby reporter in Australia

Speaking after England's 39-28 win over Australia in Brisbane on Saturday, Northampton Saints hooker and England captain Dylan Hartley said he was "really proud" his team could "etch their names in history".

But he warned they need to "keep our feet on the ground - our egos in check".

Dylan hartley
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"We're a grounded group, we want to win the series, [and] and all our focus and energy now can go into our second game in Melbourne," he added.

However, it was not such a great day for Hartley's Saints team-mate, centre Luther Burrell, who was taken off after just 29 minutes - a move coach Eddie Jones confirmed was for tactical reasons.

Good morning and welcome to Northamptonshire Live

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

It's the start of another week and we'll be bringing you all the day's news, weather, sport and travel.

It's been an incredibly busy weekend and we'll start be looking back on that and what was something of a mixed day for Northampton Saints players down under.

Luther Burrell
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