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  1. Updates for Friday, 22 July 2016
  2. Witness saw murder victim 'stumbling and distressed'
  3. Pair in court charged with 100 sex and drugs offences
  4. Hamilton crashes during F1 practice in Hungary
  5. Charley Hull helps England top golf pool
  6. Lib Dems win Westone by-election in Northampton
  7. Lord criticised Leadsom's suitability for Environment Secretary

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By Pete Cooper

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Live updates for Northamptonshire have now finished.

You can read more on the trial of the man accused of the murder of India Chipchase in Northampton.


There is also full coverage of the Hungarian Grand Prix on the BBC Sport website.

And tonight Northamptonshire's cricketers face Yorkshire in the T20 Blast, with full coverage on BBC Radio Northampton, and Headingley looks lovely.

We'll see you on Monday from 08:00.

Weather: Dry with sunny intervals tomorrow

BBC Weather

After a sunny evening, we'll get a dry night across the region with a low of 15C (59F).


Tomorrow we'll see a dry start tomorrow, with some sunny periods and it'll still feel warm with a high of 26C (79F).

More details on the BBC Weather website.

India Chipchase: Fingerprints consistent with 'lingering' or standing in kitchen and bathroom

The trial has also been hearing about fingerprint evidence from the Stanley Road property where India Chipchase's body was found. 

Ms Chipchase's palm and fingerprints were discovered on doorways in and out of the downstairs kitchen and bathroom of the house.

Stanley Road
South Beds News Agency

Prints expert Alan Gore said the pressure was "less consistent" with Ms Chipchase moving, and more likely showed she was "lingering" or standing still when she touched both door jambs.

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

The trial at Birmingham Crown Court continues.

India Chipchase: 20-year-old's DNA found on cigarette butts

Jurors at the trial of Edward Tenniswood also heard about DNA evidence from examinations of his rented terraced house in Stanley Road, Northampton, where India Chipchase's body was found.

Laboratory tests on a cigarette butt discovered in a cup in the kitchen bin found DNA matching only that of Ms Chipchase. 

Stanley Road

A cigarette butt found in a bath contained DNA from Ms Chipchase and also Tenniswood, but there was no conclusive reason for how both DNA profiles got there, the jury was told.

India Chipchase: Older man who approach 20-year-old was being 'ignored'

Mr Christon added that he saw an older man wearing a parka-type jacket and a rucksack get "all the way up" to Ms Chipchase and "put his arm around her".

He said: "He asked if she was OK. He put his arm around her and said 'We'll make sure we'll get you home in a taxi, safely'."

He was concerned enough to tell his wife to keep watching, but added it did not appear to him that Ms Chipchase responded to the older man in any way during a 20-minute period.

India Chipchase: Witness says 20-year-old seemed 'distressed'

The jury in the trial of the man accused of raping and murdering 20-year-old India Chipchase in Northampton has been hearing from a witness who says he saw her the night before she was found dead by police.

India Chipchase
Northamptonshire Police

Christopher Christon said he was waiting for a lift home with his wife Jacqueline near NB's club in Northampton at about 01:00 on Saturday, 30 January when he saw Ms Chipchase on her phone and "stumbling" across the road.

He said: "She seemed quite distressed. I think she was trying to get through to someone.

"It seemed like she was crying."

Edward Tenniswood, 52, of Stanley Road in Northampton, denies rape and murder at Birmingham Crown Court.

Hungarian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton crashes

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

Hertfordshire's Lewis Hamilton crashed early in second practice as team-mate Nico Rosberg underlined Mercedes' pace at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Hamilton lost control at Turn 11 and slid into the barriers on his fourth lap. He limped back to the pits but could not run again, ending up fifth.

Rosberg was 0.595 seconds quicker than Milton Keynes-based Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo in second.

Lewis Hamilton in Mercedes racing car
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More than 30,000 hospital days 'lost' last year

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Northamptonshire has one of the poorest records for so-called "bed-blocking" in the whole country.

A new report from the Commons Public Accounts Committee says delays in discharging patients from hospital is bad for their health and for the efficient running of the National Health Service.

A league table of poorly-performing hospitals shows Northampton General and Kettering General having some of the worst figures in England...

"Bed-blocking"/delayed discharge from care

Northamptonshire health commissioners rated as 'requiring improrement'

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Both of the county's NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCG) - which are responsible for planning and commissioning of health care services - have been rated as "requiring improvement" in the annual assessment by NHS England.


NHS Corby CCG have been found to require improvement in all areas, while NHS Nene CCG requires improvement in all areas except finance, where they were rated 'good'.

Pair appear in court over drugs and rape charges

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

A man and woman from Northampton have been remanded in custody after being charged with more than 100 drug and sexual offences between them.

Appearing before magistrates in the town, Nick Taylor, 47, of no fixed abode, was facing 71 charges, while Joan Taylor, 43, of Lorne Road, is accused of 34 charges.

The offences, which include rape and the supply of class A substances, are alleged to have taken place in the town.

They are due next due to appear at Northampton Crown Court on 19 August.

Re-homing of abused or abandoned dogs slowing

The RSPCA said the number of dogs in its Northamptonshire kennels which had been found new owners was down:

  • Jan-June 2015: 42 dogs re-homed
  • Jan-June 2016: 33 dogs re-homed

RSPCA kennels see a rise in 'bad press' dog breeds

Yesterday, we brought you the story of an American Bulldog called Chunky (pictured when he arrived and when he put 10kg back on) which the RSPCA was having trouble re-homing.

The animal charity's Northamptonshire branch says it's part of a wider pattern of bull-type breeds coming into their care.

Chunky, American Bulldog

The branch's Emma Markham said they have seven kennels and of the 10 dogs currently there, seven are bull breeds.

She said: "As bull breeds get bad press, it is becoming increasing difficult to re-home them."

Weather: Sunshine and showers

BBC Weather Watchers

The sunshine is pocking out from behind the clouds as you can see from BBC Weather Watcher 'Bob G' in his picture of Denton...


There could be scattered and slow-moving thundery showers, but there will also be warm, sunny intervals with a high 24C (75F).

There are more details, including of the yellow weather warning for rain, on the BBC Weather website.

Three churches have 'thousands of pounds' worth of lead stolen

Martin Borley

BBC Radio Northampton

Lead has been stolen from the roofs of three churches in east Northamptonshire in the past two weeks according to police.

The first incident happened on Saturday 9 July at St Mary’s Church in Ringstead, where the offenders were disturbed when the alarm was activated.


The second theft is believed to have happened sometime between Wednesday, 29 June and Wednesday, 13 July at St Andrew’s Church in Cotterstock (pictured), when a large amount of lead was found to be missing from the roof after it started to leak. 

Thousands of pounds worth of lead was also stolen from the roof of St Mary’s Church in Luddington, sometime between Sunday, 10 July and Monday, 18 July.

Andrea Leadsom 'disappointed' to be prevented from speaking on HS2

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

The MP for South Northamptonshire, Andrea Leadsom, says she is "disappointed for my constituents" after she and seven other MPs were denied the chance to appear before the House of Lords' HS2 Select Committee.

Andrea Leadsom

However, the new environment secretary went on to say in a statement: "Should any of my constituents, who are directly and specially affected, wish to call me as a witness for their own hearing, I should be most happy to appear before the Lords Select Committee to support them."

The HS2 high speed rail link is due to run from Birmginham to London and cut through south Northamptonshire.

Candidate's record and Cobblers loan factor in Lib Dem Westone win

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

I've been looking at what led to the big swing from the Conservatives to the Liberal Democrats in the Westone ward by-election at Northampton Borough Council.

The victor, Brian Markham, had held the seat for almost two decades up to 2011 and says people knew him and were voting on his record.

But both Brian and the Conservative candidate Greg Lunn have told me a £10m loan to Northampton Town that has not been repaid was a factor on the doorstep.

Charley Hull stars as England golf pairs beat hosts US

BBC Sport

England twice beat hosts United States to top pool B on day one of the UL International Crown in Chicago.

Holly Clyburn and Jodi Ewart Shadoff defeated Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson - the world number four - 2&1.

Charley Hull
Getty Images

Then Burton Latimer's Charley Hull and Melissa Reid beat Gerina Piller and world number eight Stacy Lewis by the same score in the eight-team tournament.

"I just love playing in this kind of environment, especially when you are a bit of an underdog," Hull said.

Hungarian Grand Prix: Hamilton heads Rosberg as Mercedes dominate

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer in Hungary

Lewis Hamilton heads team-mate Nico Rosberg as Brackley-based Mercedes dominate first practice at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Mercedes F1 driver Lewis Hamilton
Getty Images

Hamilton was 0.237 seconds quicker than Rosberg, who has signed a new two-year contract with Mercedes, and 1.644 seconds ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.  

Rosberg signs new deal with Mercedes (literally)

Ahead of this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix, Nico Rosberg has signed a new deal with Brackley-based Mercedes to keep him at the team until the end of 2018 season.

The manufacturer posted this video of the German driver signing the contract with team principal Toto Wolff:

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Yellow warning of rain for Northamptonshire

BBC Weather

The Met Office have issued a yellow warning of rain for Northamptonshire. They say heavy showers and thunderstorms will break out during the late morning and afternoon before slowly fading this evening. 

Whilst some places will miss the heaviest showers, where showers do occur they are likely to be prolonged allowing some large amounts of rain to fall.

The warning is in place from 11:10 until 22:00.

Do you remember the Hillman Imp

One of the cars at the Festival Of The Unexceptional at Whittlebury this weekend is the Hillman Imp.

Here we look at the history of the family saloon car, and see how it lost out to a British rival:

The Hillman Imp saloon car failed in the face of a number of social and economic factors

'Cars that used to be on the drives, not the bedroom walls'

Stuart Linnell

BBC Radio Northampton

A classic car show for ordinary family cars is being organised in Northamptonshire.The show at Whittlebury Park will feature Morris Marinas, Ford Cortinas and Austin Allegros (pictured).

Classic car show for "cars that used to be on the drives, not the bedroom walls".

Marcus Atkinson is one of the organisers of Saturday's Festival Of The Unexceptional event and told me that it is for "cars that used to be on the drives, not the bedroom walls".  

London Mayor and Environment Secretary meet about 'air quality'

Andrea Leadsom for her part has been getting on with her new job of environment secretary and yesterday met Labour's London Mayor Sadiq Kahn to talk about air quality in the capital.

View more on twitter

Pair face multiple drug and sex charges

BBC News England

A man and a woman have been charged with multiple historical drug and sexual assault offences, alleged to have been committed in Northampton.

Nicholas Taylor, 47, is accused of 71 offences, including supply of Class A drugs, rape and other sexual offences, police said.

Joan Taylor, 43, faces 34 charges, including supply of Class A drugs, rape, and other sexual offences.

Both defendants, from Northampton, are due to appear before magistrates on Friday.

Chronicle & Echo: Leadsom barred from taking part in HS2 Inquiry

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Northamptonshire South MP Andrea Leadsom has been blocked from speaking on the HS2 rail scheme in the House of Lords according to the Chronicle and Echo.

They say lawyers working on behalf of HS2 Limited have successfully blocked eight MPs from speaking at the House of Lords' High Speed Rail Bill select committee.

During her campaign for the Tory Party leadership she said that she would "look again" at the business case of HS2.

Andrea Leadsom

Environment secretary criticised in House of Lords

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

A member of the House of Lords has questioned Andrea Leadsom's credentials to be environment secretary.

The MP for South Northamptonshire was promoted to the cabinet after pulling out of the Conservative leadership race to allow Theresa May to be appointed prime minister.

Andrea Leadsom and Lord Thomas

The Liberal Democrat peer Lord Thomas said she's the "wrong person" for the job, citing a statement from 2007 where Mrs Leadsom said farming subsidies should be "abolished".

Lord Thomas also criticised her comments during a EU Referendum debate where she suggested "farmers with big fields do the sheep and those with hill farms do the butterflies".

Win for Lib Dems in Westone by-election still leaves them way behind other parties

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Despite the big swing to the Liberal Democrats in the Westone by-election, they still have some way to go before they can make an impact on the ruling Conservatives on Northampton Borough Council.

It takes the number of Lib Dem councillors to on the borough council to three while the Conservatives have 25.


Labour are the biggest opposition party with 17 seats on the council.

Weather: Morning cloud, afternoon scattered showers, some sunny intervals

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It'll be a rather cloudy start but the skies will brighten, allowing some sunshine, though scattered and slow-moving thundery showers will also develop, highs today of 24C (75F).

Here's my full forecast...

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

Lib Dem win by-election with huge 36% swing

Andrew Radd

BBC Radio Northampton

The Liberal Democrats have gained a seat on Northampton Borough Council, with a huge swing from the Tories and, to a lesser extent, from Labour.

Brian Markham, a former mayor of the town, won the by-election in Westone ward. The seat was left vacant by the resignation of Conservative councillor Matthew Lynch, who has moved out of the area.

View more on twitter

Good morning and welcome to live updates for Northamptonshire

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

It's Friday and we are here until 18:00 today.

We've got plenty for you including the problem of bed blocking at Northamptonshire hospitals, the work of the new Environment Secretary, South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom and the all-important weather.

Here's a picture of Kettering from BBC Weather Watcher 'thunder'...


But we'll start with yesterday's borough council by-election in Northampton.