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  1. 'Hidden payments' to MP's fund probed
  2. Charley Hull in opening round of Women's British Open
  3. Updates for Thursday, 28 July 2016
  4. Northamptonshire Live: As it happened

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That's all from us today.

You can follow how Charley Hull's score of three under matches up against the leader in the Women's British Open.

You can also read more on the trial of the man accused of raping and murdering India Chipchase.

We'll be back again at 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates for Northamptonshire. See you then.

Charley Hull: Falling squirrel interrupts interview with golfer

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

And finally... Burton Latimer's Charley Hull was being interviewed earlier when she was interrupted by some wildlife...

Charley Hull: Suicidal squirrel interrupts interview with golfer

Today she's been in the first round of the Women's British Open at Woburn, finishing on three under, six shots off the lead.  

Weather: Outbreaks of rain, some thundery downpours

BBC Weather

Cloudy with outbreaks of rain this evening, some maybe heavy or thundery. Showers will fade overnight to leave some clear spells. Lows of 12C (54F). 

Weather map

Friday will start dry and bright with sunny spells. Top temperature of 22C (72F). 

BBC Weather has more local details.

Delays between Northampton and Rugby on London Midland trains

Corby Enterprise Zone 'imperative', says RCS director

Martin Borley

BBC Radio Northampton

Bosses of a Corby logistics company have joined a campaign to have an Enterprise Zone in the town. 

At the end of last year, the government rejected Corby's bid when 26 new or extended zones were announced.

Today, local MP Tom Pursglove has been visiting RCS Logistics on the Willowbrook Industrial Estate to drum up support.

With more houses it's very important that those people have jobs so I think it's imperative that the Enterprise Zone goes ahead

Rye Hill's aging and disabled inmates putting pressure on healthcare, says report

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

The elderly and disabled population of sex offenders prison Rye Hill is continuing to put pressure on the healthcare system, says an annual report.

The prison, near Daventry, was remodelled in April 2014 and now 40% of inmates are over-50s and 33% registered disabled.

Rye Hill

The report highlights bed watches and end of life care have put "pressure on the staffing of the prison as a whole", and there is a shortage of full time carers for the disabled.

The report also reveals that bowls and armchair exercises have been introduced as use of the gym has decreased.

Rye Hill sex offenders prison healthcare still 'inadequate'

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Fresh concerns have been raised over "inadequate" health care provision at Rye Hill Prison near Daventry.

The annual Independent Monitoring Board report says it's worrying that required improvements are taking too long.

The prison, which holds about 620 sex offenders, failed a Care Quality Commission audit last year.

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 A re-inspection in April found that, despite some improvements, it still failed to meet legal requirements regarding inmate care plans and suitably trained health care staff.

However, the report does highlight that Rye Hill is now a "more settled" prison.

MP hoping for Corby Enterprise Zone to 'benefit' town

Martin Borley

BBC Radio Northampton

Corby's MP has visited a local logistics company today to call for an Enterprise Zone in the town. Last year the government rejected Corby's bid when 26 new or extended zones were announced.

RCS logicstics

But at RCS Logistics (pictured) on the Willowbrook Industrial Estate, MP Tom Pursglove says he is "keeping the momentum up" for his campaign.

Mr Pursglove says he's going to "keep making the argument that this is something that'll benefit Corby".

Enterprise Zones are created by the government offering business rates relief, superfast broadband, simplified planning and other incentives to current and new businesses in a designated area.

Fatal air crash: Turweston airfield 'closed until Saturday'

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

Map shows position of Turweston Aerodrome to Brackley

The manager of Turweston air tower has said on Facebook the airfield will be closed until Saturday morning.

A pilot has been killed after his light aircraft came down at the Buckinghamshire aerodrome this morning. Investigations are under way.

Fatal light air crash: Pilot only person on board

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

The pilot killed in the light air crash was the only person on board, police have confirmed.

Police and ambulance services were called to Turweston Aerodrome at just before 11.30.

An air crash investigation is under way.

Fatal air crash confirmed by police

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

Thames Valley Police has confirmed a man has died after a light air crash at Turweston Airfield near Brackley.

Emergency services attended the scene at about 11:30, where the pilot was pronounced dead.

Police say the death is not believed to be suspicious.

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Pilot killed in Turweston light air crash

Carol Abercrombie

BBC Three Counties Radio

A pilot has been killed in a light air crash at Turweston Aerodrome on the Buckinghamshire-Northamptonshire border.

Emergency crews were called shortly before 11:30 but the man had died at the scene. 

The Air Accident Investigation Branch is sending a team to investigate.

India Chipchase: Acussed 'wanted to please' 20-year-old

Sally Chidzoy

BBC Look East home affairs correspondent

Under cross-examination, Edward Tenniswood denied the suggestion he was scratched on his neck and arms while raping India Chipchase.

The accused told Birmingham Crown Court: "It was more masochistic on her part than aggressive." 

He demonstrated in court how his thumbs touched as he gripped her with both hands around her neck. 

Earlier he told the trial she led his hands to her neck and placed pressure on them with her hands during sex.

He said: "I'm conservative sexually, this was rather kinky... I wanted to please her... I guess I held my hands too long and caused her death... she obviously passed out after this neck pressure."

Mr Tenniswood went on: "No disrespect to her... I'm just inexpert at this mildly kinky sexual practice, so out of sheer inexperience and incompetence I just kept that pressure on too long and too firmly".

India Tenniswood

Mr Tenniswood said he hadn't "to his shame and embarrassment" realised India Chipchase had stopped breathing. In graphic detail he described in court how he dressed the naked India Chipchase and said he was unaware of her not breathing. "I was thinking she must be pretty out of it," he said.

The defendant, who previously told the court he has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, was asked why he put on vinyl gloves, which he said he had an "odd habit" of wearing. He agreed he would have put them on when he dressed India's body.

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

India Chipchase: Defendant and 20-year-old had 'consensual conscious love-making'

Sally Chidzoy

BBC Look East home affairs correspondent

Edward Tenniswood 52, said he did not believe India Chipchase, who was found dead at his house, was very drunk when she left the taxi to walk to his house with him. 

He said he was drunk, telling the jurors he "started drinking at 10 in the morning, I probably had more red wine in my body than blood".

He said he opened the front door of his rented terraced house to let her in, saying: "I'm a 'ladies first' man... I was a host, [India] was my guest".

Prosecutor Christopher Donnellan QC, said India Chipchase, 20, had needed to support herself in his house as she was drunk. "She simply could not have carried two drinks up the stairs while carrying her clutch bag, could she?"

The accused disagreed and suggested a dummy could be brought into court to illustrate the points he wished to make. He denied hiding India Chipchase's mobile in his house.

He was asked if he had hit India Chipchase and was asked to look at photographs of a number of injuries on her body. He said he was not aware she had been bleeding and that any injuries would have resulted from a fall she had from his sofa.

He was asked if he gripped India's arm during love-making. He replied he had grabbed her arm when she had fallen from the sofa.

Mr Donnellan said: "Did you have sex with her when she was unconscious?" 

Mr Tenniswood, who denies rape and murder, said: "It was completely consensual conscious love-making". 

More follows.

India Chipchase: Accused 'wanted to get home and have a drink'

Sally Chidzoy

BBC Look East home affairs correspondent

The jury at Birmingham Crown Court was shown CCTV pictures of Edward Tenniswood standing close to India Chipchase outside the club - his arm near her. He had earlier been described as closing in on her - he said he was a very tactile person.

Christopher Donnellan QC, prosecuting, said: "You have got a very drunk girl, what were you going to do when you got back to the house?"

Mr Tenniswood replied: "I hadn't actually thought forensically... I wanted to get home and have a drink... we might drink and have a few cigarettes". He denied thinking of having sex with her.

Edward Tenniswood

Mr Tenniswood was asked why he didn't give his home address to the taxi driver who dropped them off away from his house.

"You did not want the taxi driver to know where you are going with that girl," said Mr Donnellan. "It's a horrible way of interpreting events," replied Mr Tenniswood, who denies rape and murder.

More follows.

India Chipchase: Defendant says he befriended 20-year-old to 'get some more alcohol'

Sally Chidzoy

BBC Look East home affairs correspondent

Edward Tenniswood, under cross examination by Christopher Donnellan, QC, for the prosecution, said he had approached and talked to India Chipchase outside NB's club in Northampton because he was hoping she could help him get a drink, by using her contacts to get into the club or them going elsewhere. 

He described himself to the Birmingham Crown Court jury as a "pathetic alcoholic".

Birmingham Crown Court

Mr Donnellan suggested to Mr Tenniswood he was interested in India Chipchase. The accused replied: "I am an annoyingly inquisitive person, interested in most of the world, it's a gift from the gods". 

Mr Donnellan said: "And the gift from the gods for you... is a young pretty girl, is that right?".

The defendant replied: "The priority was then to get some more alcohol."

Mr Donnellan said: "What I am putting to you is that you saw a pretty young girl and that you were interested in her..."

"That is incredibly far-fetched", Mr Tenniswood replied.

More follows.

India Chipchase: Accused had 'extremely attractive girlfriends' in the past

Sally Chidzoy

BBC Look East home affairs correspondent

The man accused of raping and murdering India Chipchase in Northampton has told Birmingham Crown Court he once dated a famous model.

Edward Tenniswood, 52, said he had been "lucky enough to have had some extremely attractive girlfriends, some of whom are fashion models" despite having "not a hugely successful life".

India Chipchase
Northamptonshire Police

The court heard magazine pictures of young women were found in his rented terraced house in Stanley Road, Northampton. Images included cuttings of the girl band Little Mix, whose members he described as "quite plain".

More follows.

Chronicle & Echo: Couple reminisce England World Cup win... the day they got married

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

This Saturday makes 50 years since England won the World Cup, beating West Germany 4-2 in the final.

But, as the Northampton Chronicle & Echo reports, one couple in Northampton remember the day for another reason - it was their wedding day.

England lift the World Cup

Northants Telegraph: Family of Rothwell’s Alan Mills share their memories of the man loved by so many

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Last week we brought you news of the death of Alan Mills, the former Mayor of Rothwell.

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 as well as singing the 1980 hit (Do) The Hucklebuck by Northamptonshire band Coast To Coast.

The Northamptonshire Telegaph today features tributes to Mr Mills from his family.

alan Mills

Police recruiting 'hate crime coordinator' after 'success' in Leicestershire

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Northamptonshire Police say they now recruiting a new "hate crime coordinator" who will train all officers to deal with abuse.

The hate crime unit at the force was closed more than two years ago, but Ch Insp Gary Ashton said "all officers" would now deal with any incidents rather than a specific unit.

police hq

Mr Ashton said the idea came from the force in Leicestershire where "it has been very successful".

He also said the applications for the position close tomorrow, so the post will be filled soon.

Rise in hate crime, but it's still 'under-reported' say police

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

There's been a rise in the number of incidents of hate crime in Northamptonshire following the EU referendum, according to the latest police figures.

Northamptonshire Police say in the week following the Brexit vote there were 15 racially or religiously-motivated incidents compared with eight in the same week last year, but police say the problem could be bigger than figures suggest.

Northamptonshire police

We know that hate crime is tremendously under-reported and we would encourage any victims to come forward."

Ch Insp Gary AshtonNorthamptonshire Police

Weather: Cloudy with outbreaks of rain

BBC Weather Watchers

It is cloudy across Northamptonshire. Here is is Denton from BBC Weather Watcher 'Bob G'...


There'll be some heavy bursts of rain to come through the early part of the afternoon. The cloud is likely to break up through late afternoon with a risk of heavy, possibly thundery showers developing, with a high of 21C (70F).

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

Borough councillor 'spat at' both before and since the EU referendum

Stuart Linnell

BBC Radio Northampton

Northampton borough councillor Muna Cali says she's suffered racist abuse both before and since the EU referendum, including being "spat at" in the town.

Northamptonshire Police say there's been a rise in the number of hate crime incidents in the past month.

Ms Cali says she thought the Brexit vote might stop the abuse in the street, but it hasn't.

Borough councillor discusses racist incidents in Northampton

India Chipchase: Man accused of rape and murder taking stand again today

Yesterday, Edward Tenniswood who's accused of raping and murdering India Chipchase in Northampton claimed she placed his hands on her neck during "loving" sex at his house.

Mr Tenniswood, 52, of Stanley Road in Northampton, denies the charges and is taking the stand again today at Birmingham Crown Court under cross-examination.

We'll bring you what's heard in court today later.

Edward Tenniswood

Women's British Open: Hull admits there is 'a lot of pressure' on her

BBC Sport

Charley Hull's best finish in the Women's British Open came in 2014, when she tied for 12th at Royal Birkdale. She finished second in the ANA Inspiration in April.

"It would be great to win the British Open, especially at your home golf course," she said.

"There's going to be a lot of pressure on me and a lot of focus, so I'm not going to be thinking about it too much."

Charley Hull
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Interestingly, even though the 20-year-old from Burton Latimer is a member at Woburn, she has little experience of playing the Marquess course, which will be played for the first time in a major this year, as she usually playing the Duke's or Duchess courses.

Hull tees off at 11.59.

Women's British Open: Charley Hull targets victory at her home course Woburn

BBC Sport

England number one Charley Hull is targeting victory at her home course as the Women's British Open comes to Woburn on Thursday.

The competition is the fourth of five majors in women's golf this year, and the last before the Rio Olympics.

Charley Hull
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Hull, 20, from Burton Latimer, is a member at Woburn, which is hosting the event for the first time in 17 years.

"It's going to be special. Every tournament I'm in, I'm trying to win it, so that's my main goal," she said.

One-Day Cup quarter-final hopes revived for Northants as they beat Worcestershire

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northants beat Worcestershire by 23 runs in the One-Day Cup at New Road yesterday.

Adam Rossington (87) and in-form Ben Duckett (86) shared a stand of 99 as the visitors posted a total of 319-7.

Adam Rossington
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Worcestershire were in the hunt while Tom Kohler-Cadmore put on 125 for the second wicket with Tom Fell (54).

Kohler-Cadmore went for 119 and Richard Gleeson (5-47) took three wickets in the final over as they were all out for 296.

The victory revived Northamptonshire's quarter-final hopes following their eight-wicket loss to Warwickshire 24 hours earlier.

Weather: Turning cloudier with rain

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Cloud will thicken quickly today with outbreaks of rain by midday, but that cloud is likely to break up through late afternoon, with highs of 21C (70F).

Here's my full forecast...

East of England weather on Thursday

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

What are the 'hidden donations' the police are looking at?

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

In April, the BBC revealed the £30,000, given to Northampton South MP David Mackintosh's general election campaign, originated from a firm at the centre of an inquiry into the apparent disappearance of millions of pounds of taxpayers' money.

The firm, 1st Land Ltd, was passed most of a £10.25m loan made to Northampton Town Football Club by the Borough Council, intended to rebuild its stadium.

The police are already looking into "alleged financial irregularities" surrounding the loan, after the cash went missing

The Electoral Commission was then notified of the three donations, made between April and May 2014.


The BBC established the individuals concerned had links to developer Howard Grossman, who owned 1st Land Ltd, and they received the money from this firm shortly before making the payments.

Along with another firm, 1st Land received £8.75m of the council's money to facilitate the project at Sixfields, which was halted after contractors were not paid.

Mr Grossman did not comment on the new police inquiry when he was approached by the BBC.

Mr Mackintosh said of the payments: "I had no reason to believe that the donations were from anyone other than the named donors.".

Electoral Commission passes investigation into donations to MP's fund to police

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

Hidden payments totalling £30,000 to Northampton South MP David Mackintosh's general election campaign are being investigated by the police.  

In a statement to the BBC, Northamptonshire Police said: "Following an initial investigation into election fund donations‎ made in the Northampton South constituency, the Electoral Commission has passed the information to Northamptonshire Police to continue the investigation."

David Mackintosh

A force spokesman said specialist investigators are now assessing whether there has been a criminal breach of election law.

Police are looking at the case "alongside thousands of documents obtained in the far-reaching and independent investigation into the lending of £10.25m to Northampton Town Football Club".

Mr Mackintosh said he "will co-operate fully with police".

'Hidden payments' to Northampton South MP's fund probed

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

Hidden payments totalling £30,000 to a Tory MP's general election campaign are being investigated by the police.

David Mackintosh
Art Connaghan

The BBC has established the money for David Mackintosh's Northampton South fighting fund, in three £10,000 donations, was disguised in terms of who made them. 

The Electoral Commission has passed a file on the case to the police. 

Mr Mackintosh, ex-leader of Northampton council, welcomed the investigation and "will co-operate fully with police". 

"I had no reason to believe that the donations were from anyone other than the named donors," he said.  

Welcome to live updates for Northamptonshire

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Good morning.

The sun is shining (for the moment) and we've got plenty for you - including cricket and Northamptonshire's Charley Hull in golf's Women's British Open.

But we'll start with another twist this morning in the saga of the missing millions loaned to the Cobblers.

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