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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday, 20 July 2016
  2. University of Northampton student shot dead by father
  3. Report says improvements needed at Kettering General Hospital
  4. Friends of India Chipchase recall night she went missing
  5. Eight teenagers arrested after couple assaulted in Northampton
  6. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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Martin Borley

BBC Northampton

We've now finished our regular updates for Northamptonshire. Thanks for joining us.

Tomorrow we will see the continuation of the trial of the man accused of murdering India Chipchase.

Plus, the warm weather is set to continue - although it won't be as hot as today.

Please join us from 08:00 for more news, sport, travel and weather for the county.

Weather: More sunshine tomorrow but not quite as hot

BBC Weather Watchers

Skies over Great Doddington
BBC Weather Watcher / Wappet

BBC Weather Watcher 'Wappet' has posted this picture of clouds over Great Doddington.

It's been another roasting day and the forecast is for more sunshine tomorrow. However, a few showers may develop through the afternoon.

It'll be cooler with a top temperature of 23C (73F).

Charlotte Hart a 'lovely young woman'

Martin Borley

BBC Northampton

The University of Northampton has paid tribute to midwifery student Charlotte Hart, who was shot dead by her father in Lincolnshire yesterday.

The scene of the killings in Spalding
EPA

Charlotte's mother Claire was also killed near a swimming pool in Spalding. Her father, Lance, then took his own life.

Mary Huntley, senior lecturer of midwifery at the University of Northampton, said: "Charlotte was a lovely young woman, whose quiet friendly manner served her well with her academic studies at university and during her clinical placement with Kettering General Hospital.

"Charlotte was well liked and extremely hard working throughout her studies, as well as when she was playing for the University of Northampton Students' Union lacrosse team."

Mary HuntleySenior lecturer, University of Northampton

Travel: A361 at Charwelton closed in both directions

BBC Travel

There are severe delays on the A361 in Charwelton, near Daventry.

The High Street is closed in both directions at the Church Street junction.

It follows a serious crash involving two cars.

Teenager shot dead in Lincolnshire was student at University of Northampton

Martin Borley

BBC Northampton

A teenager shot dead by her father near a swimming pool in Spalding, Lincolnshire, was a student at the University of Northampton.

Charlotte Hart with her mother Claire.
Facebook

Charlotte Hart, 19, and her mother Claire, 50, were killed yesterday. Her father Lance, 57, then took his own life.

Charlotte was studying midwifery at Northampton.

India Chipchase murder trial: Man describes young woman being led into house by older man

Martin Borley

BBC Northampton

The trial into the alleged rape and murder of India Chipchase has heard from a man who claims to have seen a couple in the street where her body was found.

A tribute to India following her death
South Beds News Agency

Patrick Francis told Birmingham Crown Court that he was having a cigarette in Stanley Road, Northampton, when he saw an older man and a younger woman cross the road.

He said: "She seemed as if she was drunk because she was holding onto the railing, and the guy with her was by her side."

Mr Francis said the man had taken her arm and guided her inside a house along the street.

Two days later he saw a news appeal for information about Miss Chipchase, 20.

When police broke down the door of the house on 31 January they found the body of Miss Chipchase, who was on a mattress in the upstairs front bedroom, covered by a sheet.

Edward Tenniswood, 52, from Stanley Road in Northampton denies raping and murdering Miss Chipchase.

India Chipchase's disappearance 'out of character'

Martin Borley

BBC Northampton

A trial has been hearing how friends of India Chipchase searched for her when she went missing during a night out.

The police murder enquiry after India Chipchase's body was found
BBC

The 20-year-old Northampton woman had been with a group of friends at NB's nightclub in Northampton on 29 January. It was in the early hours of Saturday that the group noticed she was gone.

Harry Moylan told Birmingham Crown Court that he had just bought a round of drinks: "When I turned around, India wasn't there."

After about 10 to 15 minutes, he and another friend decided to look for her.

"It's out of character for her to leave without saying anything," he said. "We looked everywhere for her but we couldn't find her."

Mr Moylan said they thought she'd gone home or met up with other friends.

Edward Tenniswood, 52, from Stanley Road in Northampton denies the charges of murder and rape. The trial continues.

India Chipchase 'was crying about troubled relationship'

Martin Borley

BBC Northampton

India Chipchase, a 20-year-old Northampton woman who was allegedly raped and murdered by a stranger after a night out, was earlier crying about a troubled relationship, a court has heard.

India Chipchase
SBNA

Birmingham Crown Court was told that Miss Chipchase had a "30-second outburst" about the romance with a man. One of her friends, Alice Lewis, told the court: "She just told me they weren't speaking much any more. She was upset."

Miss Chipchase showed Ms Lewis marks on both her forearms and was "just crying about everything".

Edward Tenniswood, 52, from Stanley Road in Northampton denies the charges.

India Chipchase murder trial: Friends describe 'drunken' night out

Martin Borley

BBC Northampton

Friends of a Northampton woman who was allegedly raped and murdered by a stranger after a night out have been telling a court they looked everywhere for her, but assumed she'd gone home after drinking too much.

India Chipchase
Northamptonshire Police

The body of 20-year-old India Chipchase was found at a house in Northampton on 31 January.  Edward Tenniswood, 52, of Stanley Road in the St James area of Northampton, denies the charges.

Birmingham Crown Court has today been told that Miss Chipchase and a group of friends went to NB's nightclub in Northampton on 29 January.

One of the group, Brandon Allford, recalled how he pulled her leg about her being "steaming" drunk.

Hospital says improvements are being made following inspectors' report

Martin Borley

BBC Northampton

Managers at Kettering General Hospital say improvements are being made to its accident and emergency department.

It follows a report from inspectors, who say some changes are still needed to improve patient care.

Leanne Hackshall
BBC

In a statement, Leanne Hackshall, Kettering's director of nursing and quality, said the issues raised by the Care Quality Commission inspectors had been addressed.

They recognised that we are a very busy organisation and that, during the winter, we have had to open escalation capacity to meet an increasing year-on-year demand for A&E and hospital beds."

Leanne HackshallDirector of nursing and quality, Kettering General Hospital

Weather: Hot and humid, but look out for thundery showers

BBC Weather Watchers

A field in Lilbourne
BBC Weather Watchers / WeatherWatcherWill

Are you enjoying the sunshine? WeatherWatcherWill has posted this rural scene from Lilbourne in the west of Northamptonshire.

The forecasters say it'll be a hot and humid afternoon with some hazy sunshine. The temperature will get as high as 29C (84F).

But isolated heavy and thundery showers are possible this afternoon and evening.

Cricket: Steelbacks look ahead to quarter-finals

Andrew Radd

BBC Radio Northampton

Having secured their place in the quarter-finals of the Twenty20 competition, the Steelbacks will now be chasing a home tie in the last eight.

Last night at Wantage Road, the Steelbacks beat the Birmingham Bears by 74 runs.

Steelbacks v Birmingham Bears
Peter Short

They have two group matches left this month - home and away to Yorkshire. The first is at Headingley on Friday night.

The Steelbacks have secured a quarter-final berth with two games to go and know that if they win those, they'll be at Wantage Road for the first knockout round.

Inspectors highlight required improvements at Kettering General

Martin Borley

BBC Northampton

Hospital inspectors from the Care Quality Commission have published their latest report on Kettering General, highlighting areas within its accident and emergency department which require improvement.

Kettering General Hospital
BBC

The key findings affecting the department include:

  • Patients requiring emergency treatment were not always identified in a timely way, leading to delays in care
  • Patient records within the paediatric area of the emergency department were not always stored securely and were accessible to anyone who entered
  • Patients’ privacy and dignity were not always respected whilst being cared for in the corridor of the emergency department

The inspectors pointed out that staff were caring and considerate towards patients and their families.

Bats halt work on block of flats

Martin Borley

BBC Northampton

The Northants Herald & Post reports that refurbishment work on a block of housing association flats in Northampton has been halted because of bats.

A pipistrelle bat
PA

It might not be until September, after the breeding season, that work will restart at Melbourne House in the St James area.  

Huge warehouses will destroy 'green buffer' with Northamptonshire village, say residents

Northampton Chronicle & Echo

A massive dual warehouse plan on the edge of Northampton will erode the last bit of green land between a village and an industrial estate, its residents fear.  

Eight arrests following Northampton assault

Martin Borley

BBC Northampton

Eight teenagers have been arrested after an assault on a couple in the Blackthorn area of Northampton on Monday night.

Police said a woman injured in the attack was in a "critical condition" in hospital.

A man, who was also attacked, received hospital treatment but was discharged yesterday.

Harefield Road, Northampton
Google

The incident happened in Harefield Road sometime between 22:00 and 23:30 on Monday. The teenagers arrested are all male and live locally.

The police are appealing for witnesses.

Today's weather: Still hot

Phew, what a scorcher, as they say in some of the red tops. I'll just say it was hot yesterday and today it's looking to be more of the same, with the chance of some thundery showers later.

Maximum temperature 29C (84F).

Kate Kinsella has the outlook for the East of England on Wednesday, 20 July 2016

India Chipchase death: Mapping the events

India Chipchase was last seen leaving a nightclub on Bridge Street, Northampton. Her body was found less than a mile away, in Stanley Road.

India Chipchase map
BBC

India Chipchase death: Pictures from the scene

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

India Chipchase's body was found by police officers at Edward Tenniswood's terraced property in Stanley Road in the St James area of Northampton on 31 January and cordoned off.

Flowers were left outside The Collingtree pub and restaurant where Miss Chipcase worked.

Stanley Road scene
South Beds News Agency
Stanley Road scene
South Beds News Agency
Flowers at The Collingtree pub
South Beds News Agency
Flowers at The Collingtree pub
South Beds News Agency

India Chipchase death: A timeline

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Here are the events leading up to the trial of Edward Tenniswood for the rape and murder of India Chipchase, as heard in court yesterday.

  • Mr Tenniswood, 52, of Stanley Road, Northampton, turned up outside NB's cocktail bar in Northampton in the early hours of 30 January and was overheard by others saying to Miss Chipchase, 20, he'd "get her home safe"
  • Mr Tenniswood checked into the Ibis Hotel in Mare Fare at about 21:30 GMT on 30 January  
  • Miss Chipchase's body was discovered inside his home at about 15:30 on 31 January
  • He was arrested three hours later
  • Mr Tenniswood appeared before magistrates on 2 February charged with her murder. His trial started yesterday
  • He denies the charges

India Chipchase murder trial: Artist's impressions from the court

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

These artist's impressions are our first sight of the man accused of the rape and murder of India Chipchase, from the start of his trial yesterday.

Artist's impression of Edward Tenniswood
BBC
Artist's impression of Edward Tenniswood
BBC
Artist's impression of Edward Tenniswood at trial
BBC

India Chipchase murder trial: What we heard yesterday

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

The prosecution in the case of a man from Northampton accused of the rape and murder of India Chipchase will continue outlining its case today.

India Chipchase
Northamptonshire Police

The body of the 20-year-old was found at a house in the town after she disappeared during a night-out in January. Edward Tenniswood, 52, of Stanley Road in St James has denied the charges.

Yesterday, Birmingham Crown Court heard Mr Tenniswood "raped and throttled" her at his home in the early hours of 30 January after he was heard telling the young barmaid outside NB's cocktail bar "I'll get you home safe".

The jury was told that after she died, Mr Tenniswood set about tidying up - "re-clothed her, covered her in a sheet and left her".

He checked into a hotel at about 21:30 GMT and Miss Chipchase's body was discovered inside his home at about 15:30 the next day. He was arrested three hours later.

Welcome to Local Live for Northamptonshire

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Welcome to the live page for the county, where we'll bring you the day's news, sport and travel until 18:00 - plus a full weather forecast where we'll see if temperatures are set to reach the dizzy heights of yesterday.

But we'll start by looking at what we've heard so far at the trial of the man accused of the rape and murder of India Chipchase.