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Summary

  1. Fourth person charged over David Miller death
  2. Lorry driver jailed for killing cyclist
  3. Residents call for Desborough Town Council members to stand down
  4. Women's Tour in Northamptonshire this weekend
  5. Updates on Friday, 17 June 2016

Live Reporting

By Pete Cooper

All times stated are UK

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Live updates have finished for Northamptonshire

That's all for today and this week. Thanks for joining us.

We'll be back on Monday from 08:00, with reaction to the closing stage of the Women's Tour, plus the rest of the county's news, weather, sport and travel.

Have a great weekend.

Weather: Rain possible but also dry spells

Chris Bell

BBC Look East weather

Tonight there will be a few heavy showers at first with some clear intervals, with low temperatures about 9-11C (near 50F).

weather
BBC

It will be cloudy with patchy rain tomorrow morning. Drier into the afternoon, although staying rather cloudy with highs of 16-17C (63F).

For more, head to BBC Weather.

Watch where the best cyclists in the world will be riding

On Sunday the Women's Tour finishes in Northamptonshire. It features cyclists such as world champion Lizzie Armistead and Olympic gold medalist Marianne Vos.

Here you can watch the route they will take from Northampton to Kettering...

Women's Tour finishes in Northamptonshire on Sunday

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Tens of thousands of people are expected to line the route of the Women's Tour cycle race on Sunday when its final stage runs from Northampton to Kettering.

Northamptonshire is the only county to have hosted a stage in each of the event's three editions to date.

It starts at 11.30, with riders expected in Kettering at 14:00. There will be rolling road closures.

Here is the route....

women's tour route
BBC

Four appear in court accused of David Miller murder, with fifth person now arrested

Elinor Cross

BBC Radio Northampton

Four people have appeared via videolink at Northampton Crown Court charged with the murder of David Miller in Northampton.

David Miller, 56, died at his house on Patterdale Walk, Northampton, in the early hours of Tuesday morning. He was stabbed to death.

Ian Cuthbertson, 49; Michael Hallett, 37; Zena Kane, 35; and Joseph Catlin, 30, all of no fixed address, were remanded in custody.

Boothville
BBC

Meanwhile, a fifth person has been arrested today on suspicion of murder. The woman, 39, of no fixed address, was arrested this afternoon in Northampton.

She is being held in police custody for questioning.

Hamilton dominates Azerbaijan practice

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer in Baku, Azerbaijan

Lewis Hamilton set a stunning pace to head second practice at the inaugural European Grand Prix in Azerbaijan, from team-mate Nico Rosberg.  

hamilton
Getty Images

Hamilton was 0.69 seconds clear as Brackley-based Mercedes appeared in a race of their own, with Ferrari off the pace.  

Alex Ward: 'I've maxed out credit cards to play tennis'

James Burridge

BBC Look East

Northampton tennis player Alex Ward, who has been handed a wildcard for Wimbledon, told me what life is like on the Futures Tour.

The 26-year-old told me that he's got into debt just to play the sport professionally...

Cricketers hoping rain stays away ahead of T20 tonight

Tonight Northants take on Durham in the T20 competition.

After yesterday's torrential rain at Old Trafford (it is the north after all...), things are looking better at Wantage Road.

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Lorry driver jailed for six months for killing cyclist

Elinor Cross

BBC Radio Northampton

A lorry driver been jailed after killing a cyclist on the A361 between Banbury and Daventry.

Vincent Taylor, 35, of Denford Road, Ringstead, was driving a lorry filled with five tonnes of cement when he hit Michael Bloom, 74, who was trying to turn right at the junction on the way to Aston-Le-Walls on 30 June.

Mr Bloom, who was an experienced cyclist, was taken to hospital by the air ambulance but suffered "massive pelvic injuries" which led to organ failure, and his death days later.

Taylor pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving at Northampton Crown Court.  

He was sentenced to six months imprisonment and disqualified from driving for 27 months.

Sentencing him, the judge said the cyclist was entitled to turn right where he did and said Taylor should have slowed down to allow the turn.  

Residents say they 'can do better' at running council

Anna Todd

BBC Look East

Some residents in Desborough say they now want to stand for election at the town council.

But its chairman, Allan Matthews, says those in the council now are the right people the run the authority.

Desborough Town Council 'should stand down'

Anna Todd

BBC Look East

I went to Desborough last night for the first town council meeting after residents passed a vote of no confidence in the authority.

It's after it increased the annual tax levy from £19.10 to £96.98 - a rise of 400%.

Residents were not happy...

MP apologises for leaflet delivered during EU referendum campaign suspension

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

The Grassroots Out campaign has apologised after EU referendum campaign leaflets were delivered in Wellingborough this morning.

Both sides have suspended campaigning after the death of MP Jo Cox.

Peter Bone
BBC

Wellingborough MP Peter Bone, who was a founder of GO, told me campaigning had been suspended but one volunteer had not got the message.

He apologised for any distress caused and said thoughts were with Jo Cox's friends and family.

Funeral of Karaoke Karen takes place in Wellingborough

David Keller

BBC News

It's been a rather rough year for celebrity deaths so far, hasn't it?

In terms of local celebrities, the death of Wellingborough street entertainer Karaoke Karen last week would have brought just as big a shock to the town as anyone who made it big in the charts.

Karaoke Karen
YouTube

A regular feature outside the Arndale, or if you're a bit younger the Swansgate Centre, her quirky dancing, complete with cheesy music tape and a boombox, entertained thousands of shoppers during the 1990s and 2000s.

The Northamptonshire Telegraph today has pictures of her funeral procession as it made its way through the town centre.

The paper says hundreds of people lined the streets to pay their respects.

New chief fire officer appointed for Northamptonshire

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Long-serving firefighter Darren Dovey has been appointed the new chief fire officer for Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Darren Dovey
Northamptonshire County Council

Darren, who first became a firefighter in 1987, takes on the role as head of the county's fire service following the retirement of his predecessor Martyn Emberson last July.

Adrian Davis, who was acting chief fire officer for nine months until he retired earlier this year, saying rows over funding cuts played a part in his decision to leave.

Northamptonshire Telegraph: More retailers sign up for Rushden Lakes scheme

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The much-discussed Rushden Lakes development continues to add more retailers.

The Northamptonshire Telegraph has details of the latest to sign up and includes those already heading to the former Skew Bridge site, just off the A45 at Rushden.

The paper also says a revised planning application for phase three is due to be submitted later this year.

Weather: Sunshine and showers

BBC Weather Watchers

There's a lot of cloud around, as you can see from BBC Weather Watcher "dugjay72" and his picture of Roade...

roade
BBC

Sunshine and showers will continue across the county this afternoon, with some showers turning heavy and thundery, particularly over Northampton. Top temperature today of 18C (64F).

Wood says he's 'excited' to become captain of Saints

Yesterday it was announced Tom Wood replaced fellow England international Lee Dickson as captain of Northampton Saints.

This morning the 29-year-old flanker tweeted thanks to the fans... 

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Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg gets up close and personal with Tom Clarkson

BBC Sport

Nico Hulkenberg who drives for Force India, based in Silverstone, talks sporting heroes, Euro 2016, louder cars and his best race so far, with BBC 5 Live F1 reporter Tom Clarkson.    

Hamilton tops first Azerbaijan practice

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer in Baku, Azerbaijan

Lewis Hamilton is in impressive form as he sets the pace in first practice at the inaugural European Grand Prix in Azerbaijan.

Lewis Hamilton
AFP

The world champion headed Brackley-based Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg by 0.377 seconds, but Hamilton also brushed the wall twice at turn three on the slippery street track.

Dedicated training base for Cobblers 'unrealistic', says chairman

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Kelvin Thomas, chairman of Northampton Town, said it looked at a lot of facilities around Northamptonshire as it was a "little unrealistic to think we could develop something for ourselves to be ready for this pre-season".

Moulton College
Northampton Town FC

Mr Thomas said the club had a "great relationship" with Moulton College, but needed to make investment in its facilities because bad weather last season "made things very difficult as the pitches tended to hold water and were not usable for too long".

As well as the Cobblers paying for improved drainage and maintenance, the college is investing in a new 3G pitch.

Northampton Town sign deal to train at Moulton College

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The Cobblers have agreed a deal with Moulton College to use their facilities as the club's formal training base.

Moulton College
Northampton Town FC

Northampton Town will have primary use of some of the pitches at Moulton and will make an investment to improve the drainage, plus work on additional maintenance of the pitches throughout the year.

Chairman Kelvin Thomas described the facilities as "first-class".

European Grand Prix: Nico Rosberg criticises Baku track

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer in Baku, Azerbaijan

Leading Formula 1 drivers have questioned the safety of the new Baku street circuit that will host Sunday's European Grand Prix.

Brackley-based Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg said parts of the track in the Azerbaijani capital were "really not looking good".

Baku
AP

Rosberg hoped governing body the FIA had stuck to the safety guidelines that govern tracks, but added: "I'm doubting it a little because of those corners."

The FIA has yet to answer BBC Sport's request for a response.  

Prasanna features in Sri Lanka win over Ireland

BBC Sport

One Northants cricketer, however, did get some action yesterday.

Seekkuge Prasanna was in the Sri Lanka side that secured a 76-run victory over Ireland in the first one-day international at Malahide.

Seekkuge Prasanna
Getty Images

Prasanna took one wicket but scored a duck in the Sri Lanka innings.

The two sides meet again at the same venue on Saturday, before Sri Lanka return to England for a five-match ODI series.

Wash out for Northamptonshire at Old Trafford

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northamptonshire's T20 match against Lancashire yesterday was abandoned without a ball bowled last night. 

And you can see why...

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Man re-sentenced over British tourist murder in US

A man has been re-sentenced for murdering two British tourists in Florida five years ago.

Shawn Tyson was found guilty of killing James Cooper (left), 25, from Warwickshire, and James Kouzaris (right), 24, from Northampton, in April 2011.

ames Cooper, 25, from Warwickshire, and James Kouzaris, 24, from Northampton
Family

Circuit Judge Charles E Roberts told the Florida court Tyson "killed in cold blood two men who posed no threat".

Tyson's earlier conviction was thrown out in 2014 because he was 16 when the crime was committed.

Sentencing Tyson to two life terms at Lynn N Silvertooth Judicial Center on 8 June, Mr Roberts said: "The defendant's motive was robbery, but when he realised he would not get what he wanted, he made the conscious decision to kill both victims."  

MP David Mackintosh alerted to missing cash fears

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

A council leader - now a Conservative MP - was warned his authority's money may have been misused two months before winning a seat in the General Election.

But Northampton Borough Council says it can find no record whistleblower concerns were passed on to them by David Mackintosh (pictured).

David Mackintosh
BBC

The MP says this is "incorrect" and the printed emails were "immediately passed to senior officers".

He added: "The officers were also aware of these emails."

Mr Mackintosh said the emails "had been published on an internet blog at the same time resulting in press queries to the borough council".

Weather: Showers which could be heavy

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

There will be sunny spells and isolated showers today, some of which will turn heavy with the risk of thunder at times. Highs of 18C (64F).

Here's my forecast...

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

Fourth person charged with murder over David Miller death

Andrew Radd

BBC Radio Northampton

A fourth person has appeared in court charged with the murder of David Miller in Northampton.

Joseph Catlin, 30, of no fixed address, was remanded in custody at Northampton Magistrates' Court yesterday and will appear at the crown court today with two other men and a woman.

Boothville
BBC

Mr Miller, 56, was found dead at his home in Patterdale Walk in the town in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

BBC's EU referendum debate in Northampton postponed

Following the death of Yorkshire MP Jo Cox, campaigning in the EU referendum has been suspended.

Because of this a debate on the EU, which was due to be recorded in Northampton yesterday by BBC Radio Northampton, was cancelled.

We'll let you know when it's been rearranged.

MPs react to 'senseless death' of MP Jo Cox

West Yorkshire Labour MP Jo Cox died yesterday after being shot and stabbed in a street in Birstall, near Leeds.

Many of her colleagues on both sides of the House of Commons have paid tribute to her.

Kettering MP Philip Hollbone said Jo Cox was someone who was an MP "for the right reasons" and that she "campaigned passionately".

The MP of Northampton North, Michael Ellis, and the MP for South Northamptonshire, Andrea Leadsom, posted tributes on Twitter.

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Welcome to live updates for Northamptonshire

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Good morning.

Today we'll be building up to the final stage of the Women's Tour which finishes in Northamptonshire on Sunday.

Plus we've got plenty of early news to bring you, but we'll start with tributes from the county to the death of Yorkshire MP Jo Cox.