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  1. India Chipchase murder trial hears of '30 fresh injuries'
  2. African charity closes after 26 years
  3. Cobblers make Posh signing
  4. Weather: Sunny but feeling fresher, with a high of 23C (73F)
  5. Updates on Thursday, 21 July 2016

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By Pete Cooper

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Live updates have finished for Northamptonshire.

You can read more on the continuing trial of the man accused of murdering India Chipchase.

Our sports team has covered the signing of Harry Beautyman for Northampton Town from local rivals Peterborough.

Tomorrow we'll be looking at the future of the Silverstone Circuit and an "unexceptional" car show, which will feature cars such as the Hillman Imp...

Hillman Imp

See you at 08:00.

'Starved' bulldog regained weight within a month at RSPCA centre

Northamptonshire's RSPCA branch said an American bulldog called Chunky had been "starved" by its owner and weighed 50lb (23kg) when he came into their care:


After a month, the RSPCA said he gained 22lb (10kg) and was a "healthy" 73lb (33kg):


The animal welfare charity is looking to re-home him, but said it has had a record number of bull-type breeds, which were not popular with customers.

India Chipchase: Accused had scratch marks on neck and forearm says pathologist

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

Back at the trial of Edward Tenniswood, who denies raping and murdering India Chipchase in Northampton, the jury has heard more from the pathologist about the injuries found on Mr Tenniswood.

These included marks on his neck and forearm which have been described as consistent with those commonly caused by fingernails.

Birmingham Crown Court

Under cross-examination at Birmingham Crown Court, Dr Michael Biggs said it was difficult to be sure how old some of the injuries were.

He also agreed that some of Ms Chipchase's scars could have been self-inflicted as they were "consistent with" the use of scissors, but he could not say for sure.

Mr Tenniswood, 52, of Stanley Road, Northampton, denies the charges.

The trial continues.

Plain clothes police officer patrol to try and catch Daventry tyre slasher

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The district commander for Daventry has written a lengthy open letter to residents about the "recent trend of criminal damage to car tyres" in the town and happening "especially on Southbrook".

Daventry police station

Sgt Sam Dobbs wrote that "since 21 May 2016, there have been 51 offences of tyre damage reported", which included 38 on Southbrook.

Sgt Dobbs also says "a member of staff here at the police station had to report late for work last week having had all four tyres ruined, without the kind of ready access to funds to replace them."

He goes on to say the police will be stopping uniformed officer patrols in Daventry and instead "will be deploying plain clothes officers on bicycles and in cars overnight".

Weather: Dry tonight with a chance of shower tomorrow

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

A mostly fine end to the day with sunny spells and staying dry overnight with lows of 16C (61F).


Dry start with sunny spells but cloud building through the day to bring scattered showers with highs of 24C (75F)

More details on the BBC Weather website.

Peterborough have 'sell on' clause in Beautyman transfer says Posh owner

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The owner of Peterborough United, Darragh MacAnthony, has taken to Twitter about the sale of Harry Beautyman to Northampton Town.

The 24-year-old midfielder signed a two-year deal with The Cobblers for an undisclosed fee, but MacAnthony has indicated it is more than they paid Welling for him in 2014 and that, should he be sold on from the Cobblers, Peterborough would get a cut.

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Beautyman 'creates things and makes things happen' says Cobblers' boss Page

Phil Shepka

BBC Sport

Northampton Town manager Rob Page said new signing Harry Beautyman from Peterborough "is a very good addition".

HArry Beaumont
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Page continued: "He is a lively character and a player who has a decent amount of experience in League One. He is also a good age [24], who will get better and better, and I think we are signing him at a good time.

"He is a box-to-box midfielder who creates things, makes things happen and can score a goal or two so he will add to our attacking options."

Cobblers sign midfielder Beautyman from Peterborough

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northampton Town have signed midfielder Harry Beautyman from fellow League One side Peterborough United for an undisclosed fee.

Harry Beautyman
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The 24-year-old has scored five goals in 45 appearances since joining Posh from Welling in November 2014.

He was not in new boss Grant McCann's plans and becomes the second player to swap Posh for Cobblers this summer, following defender Gabriel Zakuani.

Saints say Wood and Lawes will be back for start of season but Calum Clark still out

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

As well as the earlier new contract for captain Tom Wood (pictured), Northampton RUFC have said he will be fit for the start of the Premiership season in September following neck surgery.

Tom Wood
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The club said England second row Courtney Lawes will also be back for September after ankle surgery, as will prop Ethan Waller (toe) and back Tom Stephenson (foot).

While, wing George North should also be back for the opening match against Bath following his hamstring injury sustain playing for Wales against New Zealand.

However, it's bad news for flanker Calum Clark, who has been out for over a year with a complex shoulder injury, and the club say although he is training no immediate date has been set for a return.

Former Rothwell Mayor and top ten singer passes away

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Tributes have been paid to former Mayor of Rothwell Alan Mills, who has passed away.

He was a Kettering Borough Councillor and Town Councillor and also heavily involved in the Rowell Fair, acting as chairman and bailiff of the Rowell Fair Society in May.

alan mills

He also sang on the 1980 hit (Do) The Hucklebuck by Northamptonshire band Coast To Coast.

Summer pictures: Daventry country park

Helen Blaby

BBC Radio Northampton

BBC Radio Northampton's Lunch Show came from Daventry Country Park today so this was my studio...

Daventry Country Park

You can send us your pictures on email or by tweeting us.

Duckett hoping to continue form for Lions on home ground

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

England Lions take on Sri Lanka A in 50-over match at Wantage Road today. It's part of the England second string's tri-series which also includes Pakistan A.

Ben Duckett
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In the first match of the series, Northamptonshire opener Ben Duckett scored 163 not out, securing victory for the Lions over Pakistan A.

The 21-year-old will be hoping for a similar display at his home ground. The game has just got under way.

Wellingborough Town and AFC Rushden & Diamond 'likely' to leave ground next season

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

AFC Rushden & Diamonds say the club and Wellingborough Town "will likely vacate" the Dog & Duck Stadium at the end of the 2016/17 season.

Diamonds and Wellingborough
AFC Rushden & Diamonds

In a statement, Diamonds say the ground's landlord has "invoked a clause in the club’s lease which will force them to leave the site by 31 May 2017".

They say both clubs are "especially disappointed with this given the hard work which has been put into upgrading facilities".

Diamonds said they were looking for a ground share elsewhere, while Wellingborough Town said leaving the ground will be put the club's existence in doubt.

Equalities minister praises Kettering council over hate crime motion

Andrew Radd

BBC Radio Northampton

The government has praised Kettering Borough Council for condemning hate crime. The issue - was raised in the Commons this morning by the town's Conservative MP, Philip Hollobone:

Kettering Borough Council passed a motion condemning hate crime. I am proud to be a member of the borough council - Hollobone

The new Equalities Minister Justine Greening applauded the council:

The steps that Kettering Borough Council have taken are particularly welcome and I hope other councils follow suit. - Greening

Crossroads at school bus crash site need 'urgent review' says MP

The MP for Corby and East Northants MP Tom Pursglove has raised the issue of last week's Oundle School bus crash in the House of Commons.

Nine children were taken to hospital after the vehicle tipped onto its side on Cotterstock Road in Oundle - all have subsequently returned home.

Mr Pusglove, a Conservative, said the crossroads require "urgent review" by Northamptonshire County Council.

He also praised the emergency services.

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Weather: Cooler than the start of the week, but still warm

BBC Weather Watchers

Here is Kettering from BBC Weather Watcher 'Louise':


The forecast is mostly dry and bright, but not as warm as the last few days with a high of 23C (73F).

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

BBC archive: African charity's work

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

As the Northamptonshire-based Riders for Health charity closes, here's a look at some of the work they have done.

Riders for Health

This 2010 BBC story, related to Alvin Hall's Good Guide To Business television programme, looked at how motorcyclists aimed to improve the speed of testing for various diseases in Zambia.  

India Chipchase: Bruises around neck from 'pressure being applied' says pathologist

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

The jury at the trial of Edward Tenniswood, the man accused of murdering 20-year-old India Chipchase in Northampton earlier this year, has been hearing evidence from Home Office pathologist Dr Michael Biggs.

He described more than thirty fresh injuries including abrasions and bruises on Ms Chipchase. 

Dr Biggs said some may have been caused by the victim falling over after consuming alcohol, but the bruises around the neck were consistent with pressure being applied.

A post-mortem examination concluded the cause of death was pressure on the neck.

Dr Biggs also the amount of alcohol in her blood was about three times drink drive limit.

Mr Tenniswood, 52, of Stanley Road, denies rape and murder and the trial continues.

India Chipcase: Trial of man accused of rape and murder continues

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

I'm at Birmingham Crown Court today for the trial of Edward Tenniswood, 52, of Stanley Road, Northampton, who accused of raping and murder 20-year-old India Chipchase in Northampton earlier this year.

India Chipcashe
Northamptonshire Police

Yesterday the jury was told by a witness that Miss Chipchase was seen stumbling and being led by her arm into a house in which she was killed.

Mr Tenniswood denies the charges.

Mercedes 'optimistic' Nico Rosberg will not face Hungarian Grand Prix grid penalty

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

Brackley-based Mercedes say they are "optimistic" Nico Rosberg will avoid a grid penalty after the gearbox problem that afflicted him at the recent British Grand Prix.

Nico Rosberg

If the team had to change the gearbox as a result of damage it received at Silverstone, Rosberg would be hit with a five-place grid penalty in Hungary this weekend.

Mercedes said Rosberg would run the gearbox in practice on Friday at the Hungaroring "to make sure it is OK".

A spokesman added: "We are optimistic that it will be."

Formula 1 teams in Hungary for the next Grand Prix

This weekend is the Hungarian Grand Prix and Brackley-based Mercedes at ready at the Hungaroring...

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Silverstone circuit looking to increase capacity say Autosport magazine

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Autosport is reporting that Silverstone plans to increase its seating capacity by a further 25,000 over the next three years to keep pace with rising Formula 1 costs.

Getty Images

In an interview with the magazine, circuit managing director Patrick Allen also reveals planning for a combined sporting ticket for events including the British Grand Prix and Wimbledon and also that he met several other Formula 1 circuit chief executives about "escalating F1 costs".

Behind the scenes at Celebrity Masterchef

Finedon vicar Rev Richard Coles is currently in BBC One's Celebrity Masterchef and he's been having some fun with comedian Tommy Cannon...

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African health projects 'can't be run from Northamptonshire forever'

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Barry Coleman, who founded Riders for Health with his wife Andrea, says the African health organisations they work with were "chomping at the bit to become independent, to continue their growth".

riders for health
Getty Images

Mr Coleman, who established Riders for Health with the aim of providing reliable motorbikes for health workers in Africa, said: "You can't run things in Malawi or Nigeria from Northamptonshire forever."

Even though the charity has closed, the Colemans have set up a new organisation to help with fundraising.

Watch: Riders for Health charity as work in Malawi

This BBC report from 2014 shows the work of the Daventry-based Riders for Health charity in Malawi, Africa. 

The charity's aim was to overcome transport challenges and reach remote communities to promote schemes such as educational work to help stop newborn babies becoming infected with HIV:

Charity's health work in Malawi

Riders for Health charity to close

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

One of Northamptonshire's best-known charities has closed. 

Riders for Health, which was based in the Daventry district for nearly 30 years, most recently in Pitsford, provided motorbikes for health workers in Africa.

Riders for Health
Getty Images

It was well known for organising the Day of Champions event during the Moto GP at Silverstone.

In a statement on their website they say: "The past two years have been difficult financially for Riders for Health UK and we have been unable to secure enough income to cover our operating costs."

Its projects will now be run in their individual countries.

Six Northampton Saints players sign new contracts

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Some good news to start the day for Saints fans, as captain Tom Wood is one of six players to have signed new contracts with the club. 

(Top l-r) Tom Wood, Jamie Gibson, Teimana Harrison, (bottom l-r) Paul Hill, Adam Parkins, Ben Nutley
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(Top l-r) Tom Wood, Jamie Gibson, Teimana Harrison, (bottom l-r) Paul Hill, Adam Parkins, Ben Nutley

England internationals Teimana Harrison and Paul Hill, plus Jamie Gibson, Ben Nutley, and Adam Parkins have also agreed fresh deals.

Weather: Sunny spells but feeling fresher

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It will be mostly dry and bright, with sunny spells across Northamptonshire. It will be pleasantly warm in the sunshine, with highs of 23C (73F).

More details on the BBC Weather website.

Good morning and welcome to Thursday

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

It's set to be another lovely summer's day across Northamptonshire.

Most of the schools in county have broken up, so please send us your summer holiday pictures from around the county.

Plus, expect plenty of this...


This is Norton, from BBC Weather Watcher 'WeatherWatcherWill'.