Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.


  1. Updates on Tuesday, 19 July 2016
  2. Trial begins of man accused of rape and murder of India Chipchase
  3. Man with links to Corby on UK fraud wanted list
  4. Temperatures soar across Northamptonshire
  5. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume from 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Pete Cooper

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Our live coverage across the day

Regular updates for Northamptonshire have now finished. Thanks for joining us.

Tomorrow we'll have more on the trial of the man accused of murdering 20-year-old Northampton woman India Chipchase.

We'll also bring you what happens in tonight's T20 cricket.

Plus, it is set to be another warm day (although not as hot as today), so we'll have more sunny pictures like this...


That's Northampton by BBC Weather Watcher 'duncan'.

We'll see you tomorrow from 08:00.

Weather: Warm overnight and hot tomorrow

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Hot and sunny this evening. Staying warm and humid overnight with a low of 22C (71F).


Another hot and sunny day tomorrow with temperatures reaching about 30C (86F), with a thunderstorm risk later in the day.

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

Retirement village planned for Daventry

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

Plans have been revealed for a major new retirement village in Daventry.

A consultation meeting is taking place today so local people can find out more about the proposal for the Middlemore Estate.

St Crispins

The Continuing Care Retirement Community will include an 83-bed care home and a building with nearly 80 apartments and facilities like a clinic, hairdressers, shops and a bar. It will be similar to the St Crispins Retirement Village in Northampton (pictured).

The developers say it'll employ more than 250 people and become the region's flagship retirement village. The consultation event is at Daventry Leisure Centre until 18:00.

Special constable who died in motorcycle accident 'a complete superstar'

Rushden-based special constable Amanda Wood, who died in a motorcycle accident in Spain yesterday, was also a volunteer at the Nene Wetlands.

Louise Tiffin from the wildlife group paid tribute to her saying: "Amanda Wood was a complete superstar and a truly inspirational woman to be around. 

"Amanda worked tirelessly for the good of her community and volunteered countless hours of her time to help us make a success of Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows. 

"All who knew her at the Trust are devastated by the news we have received today, and send our heartfelt thoughts to all of her friends and family."

View more on twitter

Northants Telegraph: Force in mourning after Rushden-based special constable dies in bike crash

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Northamptonshire Police has announced that one of its special constables, Amanda Wood, has died.

View more on twitter

The Northamptonshire Telegraph reports the popular woman, based in Rushden, died in a motorbike accident while riding from Portugal to Spain on holiday yesterday.

Pupils return home, but car driver remains in hospital after school bus crash

Laura Devlin

BBC News

Northamptonshire Police has confirmed all the children injured in the bus crash last week in Oundle have now returned home, but the driver of the car which collided with the bus is still in hospital.

bus crash

Nine children were taken to hospital after the school bus tipped onto its side after colliding with a car on Cotterstock Road on Thursday.

Can't make it to the seaside? Then head to the beach in Kettering

Northamptonshire's schools break up tomorrow and on Thursday "Kettering by the Sea" returns, as a giant sand pit arrives in the town's Market Place.

They couldn't have picked a better week for it!

View more on twitter

Woman suffers life-changing injuries after assault in Northampton

Sarah Foster

BBC Radio Northampton

Police say a woman has suffered life-changing injuries following an attack in the Blackthorn area of Northampton.

A man was also seriously injured in the incident, described by officers as an "isolated attack", which happened last night in Harefield Road. 

Hairfield Road

An altercation broke out between the two victims and a group of six or seven males, thought to have been in their late-teens.

The man and woman were taken to hospital in Coventry.  

How hot is it where you are?


Stuart Linnell

BBC Radio Northampton

BBC Look East is playing #heatbingo today on what could be the hottest day of the year.

Just take a snap of a thermometer wherever you are (cars are always good) and either email it to us or tweet us using the hashtag #heatbingo

Here's my dash after leaving BBC Radio Northampton...


BBC One drama star's 'dream' is performing at Northampton's Royal Theatre

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Star of BBC drama New Blood, Mark Strepan, said he got the acting bug at school at Campion in Bugbrooke, citing his "great teachers, Mr Holt and Miss Jones" who taught him drama.

He said it took him four years from leaving school to get into drama school in Oxford, in which time he worked for Northamptonshire Police, the Royal and Derngate Theatre and Northampton Borough Council.

Mark Stepan

He told BBC Radio Northampton the town is a "beautiful location" for filming and that he would try and convince writer Anthony Horowitz to write part of the next series of the London-based crime drama in Northampton.

Mark said there is a great "creative mix" in Northampton and his "dream" would be to perform on stage at The Royal Theatre, saying he went there as a boy "and can still remember the smell of it, it's a beautiful theatre".

Northampton actor says he has 'dream part' in 'awesome' BBC drama

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Mark Strepan, from Northampton, has been speaking to BBC Radio Northampton about starring in new BBC One drama New Blood.

He said when he got the script from writer Anthony Horowitz he thought it was "awesome". 

Mark Strepan

He said the character he's playing, Stefan Kowolski, is part Polish, and in real-life his mother is Polish, so he decided to "use what you've got" to get the part.  

Mark also went to say the BBC "took a risk" by using two young lead actors, but it was "a dream come true"

India Chipchase: Prosecution say friends though accused 'knew' victim

Sally Chidzoy

BBC Look East home affairs correspondent

Details were then given about India Chipcase's last known movements hours before her death. She had been with friends, had become very drunk "and could barely stand up", say the prosecution.

India Chipchase

She became separated from her friends and she ended up outside NB's night club. A doorman tried to help her into a taxi the court were told.

She left the taxi and "while in this fairly troubled state the defendant arrived outside NB's dressed in a duffel coat and carrying a rucksack: It was not long before he discovered India and went up to her, people thought he knew her". 

They heard him say to her: "Not to worry", he'd get her home safe. "He didn't," said prosecutor Mr Donnellan.

Mr Tenniswood denies rape and murder, and the trial continues.

India Chipchase: Death was 'no accident' say prosecution

Sally Chidzoy

BBC Look East home affairs correspondent

The jurors at Birmingham Crown Court were told 20-year-old India Chipchase's death "was no dreadful accident, had it been [Edward Tenniswood] would have called an ambulance or carried out CPR".

When Mr Tenniswood, 52, of Stanley Road, Northampton, was arrested police saw a scratch on his neck and other marks on his body.

After the death the court was told he made his way to the Ibis hotel in Northampton where he spent many hours before disappearing and returning to the hotel the following evening where he was found by police three hours after the discovery of her body.

Mr Tenniswood denies rape and murder.

India Chipchase: Motive was 'very likely sexual', say prosecution

Sally Chidzoy

BBC Look East home affairs correspondent

Prosecuting, Christopher Donnellan QC said: "At 6 Stanley Road [India Chipchase] was raped and throttled not long after arriving. The cause of death was pressure on the neck and that after she died [Edward Tenniswood] set about tidying up...he re-clothed her, covered her in a sheet and left her...he removed her belongings."

Stanley Road
South Beds News Agency

The court was told the defendant was fully aware of what he was doing, he had put on clear plastic vinyl gloves which were later found in a bag of rubbish.

Her blood on the outside and his partial DNA was also found on the gloves.

"He alone knows what the motive was very likely sexual. When she resisted he gripped her around the throat and squeezed...she suffered a blunt force trauma to the head and face and appeared to put up a struggle", said Mr Donnellan.

Mr Tenniswood, 52, of Stanley Road, Northampton, denies rape and murder.

India Chipchase: Trial begins of man accused of the rape and murder of 20-year-old

Sally Chidzoy

BBC Look East home affairs correspondent

The trial of a man accused of the rape and murder of India Chipchase in Northampton is under way.

Opening the case for the prosecution,  Christopher Donnellan QC told the jurors at Birmingham Crown Court that India's body had been discovered at 03:45 on January 31 this year.

India Chipchase
Northamptonshire Police

The prosecution say she had been laid out in a mattress in a sheet on the floor of an address in Stanley Road in the town. She was last seen alive between 01:30 and 02:00 the night before after being "accosted, steered or escorted" by the defendant Edward Tenniswood, 52, of Stanley Road, Northampton, outside NB's nightclub.

He denies rape and murder.

Weather: Hot and humid today

BBC Weather

Keep sending your hot weather pictures to us. This is Roade from Jay...


This afternoon will be very warm with clear skies and light southerly winds, with a high of 32C (90F).

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

What does a pig do to keep cool and do goats like the sun?

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The Lunch Show on BBC Radio Northampton is at the West Lodge Rural Centre in Desborough today, and the animals are enjoying the sunshine.

This particular pig is keeping cool the way pigs do by rolling in the mud...


Meanwhile, one goat seems to enjoy the heat, but another is seeking the shade...


Northampton Chronicle and Echo: More pressure put on contractors to tidy up a Northampton war hero cemetery

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Last month we brought you news of calls for better maintenance of Northampton's cemeteries, after complaints were made about the one in Dallington.

Now, the Northampton Chronicle and Echo reports there are further calls to get a war heroes' cemetery, this time in Kingsthorpe, tidied up, after claims an elderly man even took to cutting the grass himself with scissors.

You hot weather pictures: Raunds

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Here's a sunny Raunds from BBC Weather Watcher 'Mabel's Mum'.


Please email your hot weather pictures to us, including the current temperature on your car's dashboard.

Duckett opens for Lions against Pakistan A

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Northants' opener Bun Duckett is today making his debut for the England Lions.

Ben Duckett
Getty Images

The 21-year-old is opening the batting for the England second-string against Pakistan A today in Cheltenham.

It means he'll be missing for Northants' crucial game in the T20 Blast against Warkwickshire tonight at Wantage Road.

Proposal for Greyfriars 'a lot better' than the old bus station, says council leader

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Andrei's views that the Greyfriars site should be a replacement bus station aren't unusual. The leader of Northampton Borough Council, Mary Markham, said yesterday the most popular suggestion during their public consultation was a new bus station.

However, she said it is "never going to a bus station" and that what is a proposed is a "a lot better than what was there before".

Is it? What do you make of the plans? Let is know by emailing us.

The past...


The present...


The future?


Greyfriars development: 'Northampton needs a PROPER bus station'

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Yesterday we brought you details of the two schemes that will be competing for the development of the Greyfriars site.

You've been getting in touch about it...

Yesterday was hot... will today be hotter?

Here's BBC Look East's weatherman Dan with the scorchio scores on the doors from yesterday... it's set to get even warmer today.

View more on twitter

But will the mercury rise higher today?

Your hot weather pictures: Great Houghton

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

It is set to be the hottest day of the year and we want to see your weather pictures.

Here is Great Houghton from BBC Weather Watcher 'beeshepherd jnr'.

Great Houghton

You can sign-up to be a BBC Weather Watcher or you can email your pictures, including the temperature in your car right now, to us.

Sorry the updates haven't been showing

We've had technical problems on Local Live this morning - sorry about that.  

The live updates should start appearing again now. They've also returned below this post.

Serious accident on Great Billing Way in Northampton

BBC Travel

The A5076 Great Billing Way is closed in both directions because of a serious accident at the Blackthorn Road junction.

There are reports the air ambulance is in attendance.

Pollen levels high and UV very high

BBC Weather

With temperatures set to hit the 30s with unbroken sunshine, it's no surprise that UV levels today are very high... 

UV levels

Hayfever sufferers should also be aware that as well as being scorching hot, there's going to be high pollen levels today too across the east of England...

Pollen levels

Crime agency puts fraud losses at more than £190bn a year


Donald Toon, director of the National Crime Agency's economic crime command, says annual losses to the UK from fraud are estimated to be more than £190bn.

He said criminals have caused "distress and loss to people and businesses up and down the country".


One of people police want to speak to as part of the NCA's latest appeal is Marius Lucian Anton, who's accused of using card-skimming devices and is said to have links to Corby.

The Crime Survey of England and Wales, which is published on Thursday, is expected to show that fraud is the most prevalent crime in the UK.  

UK fraud police release wanted list


A list of 10 alleged fraudsters accused of owing £20m between them has been published by police in the UK.


It includes Marius Lucian Anton, 31, a Romanian national with links to Northamptonshire and in particular Corby, who is wanted by Cheshire Constabulary for allegedly committing multiple cash machine fraud offences across the country.

You can see the rest of the names on the list here.

Weather: A hot, sunny day

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

Hot, dry and rather humid across the region, with strong, summer sunshine persisting through the day, and a high of 32C (90F).

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

A very hot Tuesday

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

It's shaping up to be the hottest day of the year so far.

Already there is blue sky and sunshine across Northamptonshire. We'll have the full forecast in a moment, but here is Northampton at 06:00 this morning taken by BBC Weather Watcher 'H's view'...


And as always, stay with us until 18:00 as we'll bring you the rest of the day's news, sport and travel for the county.