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Summary

  1. By-election call after MP's fund probe
  2. Hull in Women's British Open second round
  3. India Chipchase murder trial set to continue
  4. Updates on Friday, 29 July 2016
  5. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Pete Cooper

All times stated are UK

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That's all from us.

Scroll down to read the latest in the India Chipchase murder trial.

Burton Latimer's Charley Hull is well in contention in the Women's British Open. There is coverage on BBC TV and on the BBC Sport website.

Plus, Brackley-based Mercedes look like they will dominate again at the German Grand Prix, with qualifying tomorrow and the race on Sunday at Hockenheim.

Don't forget, Northants host Yorkshire at Wantage Road tonight, with full coverage on BBC Radio Northampton.

See you again at 08:00 on Monday.

Overnight weather: Scattered showers perhaps locally heavy

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

Some clear spells, but often cloudy tonight with a few scattered showers, perhaps locally heavy. Temperatures will dip to 13C (55F).

Overnight weather map
BBC

Early showers will fade and there'll be breaks in the cloud tomorrow to give some good sunny spells. There will still be a risk of a few isolated but locally heavy showers developing during the afternoon and evening. Top temperature: 23C (73F) inland.

BBC Weather has more detail.

Northants aiming for home quarter-final with win over Yorkshire

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

It's the final group game for Northants in the T20 Blast tonight. 

They are already guaranteed a quarter-final place, but a win over Yorkshire or even a narrow loss will mean they'll be at home in the knock-out stages.

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The weather is set to be fair at Wantage Road and there is full commentary tonight with me on BBC Radio Northampton.

Lewis Hamilton trails Nico Rosberg at German Grand Prix

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer in Hockenheim

Lewis Hamilton trailed team-mate Nico Rosberg as Brackley-based Mercedes dominated the second practice session at the German Grand Prix.  

Nico Rosberg
EPA

Hamilton was 0.394 seconds adrift of the German after a messy lap simulating qualifying, and 0.2 secs clear of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in third.  

Potential restoration of Overston Hall moves closer

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Progress is being made in the potential redevelopment of the Victorian Grade II-listed Overstone Hall.

Daventry District Council has agreed to a scheme whereby planning permission will be granted in the area, when normally it might not be, to allow the hall's owners to sell land, or build developments, to raise funds to pay for its restoration.

Ovserstone Hall
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The council will work with the new owners, Barry Howard Homes, on the restoration of the hall, which badly damaged by fire in 2001.

The development company, previously involved with the restoration of 18th Century Coton House in Churchover, Rugby, purchased Overstone Hall this summer from previous owners, the New Testament Church of God.

Cobblers sign Swansea winger on loan

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northampton today have signed Kenji Gorre from Swansea on loan until 21 January.

Kanji Gorre
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The 21-year-old winger, who was born in the Netherlands, is a former Manchester United trainee and has made one senior appearance for The Swans.

Women's British Open: Pressure easing at home major after first round - Charley Hull

BBC Sport

Burton Latimer's Charley Hull feels "more comfortable" with supporter expectation after a second round score of 70 put her five-under-par at the Women's British Open at Woburn.

Pressure easing at home major - Charley Hull

Women's British Open: Hull in contention after second round

BBC Sport

Charley Hull has finished at five-under-par, six shots behind South Korea's Mirim Lee.

Charley Hull
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The 21-year-old from Burton Latimer bogeyed the 16th which halted her momentum after 5 birdies in 6 holes been 7 and 12, but she's firmly in contention heading into the weekend.

Children's mental health provision may be cut by county council

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

Children's services is another area to face cuts at the county council, after it said some of its £65m-worth of savings wouldn't be met.

These areas are to be reviewed:

  • Children's Services Mental Health provision
  • Remodelling of Youth Offending Service
  • Make a more focused and joined-up Children's Disability Service
county council
BBC

The fact is you can't make cuts on the scale the county council is proposing today without job losses. But as it stands, it's just not clear which posts are at risk or how many. That means a time of uncertainty.  

Day Services, Rehabilitation Team and Hospital Discharge Teams all to be reviewed

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

Adult social care will take a big share of the new cuts at Northamptonshire County Council.

Adult social care
PA

Here are the areas to be reviewed:

  • Day Services
  • Specialist Care Centre beds
  • Short Term Assessment and Rehabilitation Team
  • Crisis Response Team in hospitals
  • Council Health Partnership and Hospital Discharge Teams

Council to look at new children's services and social care cuts as £65m savings plan stalls

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

Northamptonshire County Council is to consider millions of pounds of new cuts to adult social care and children's services.

It's because the authority now says more than half of the £65m in savings announced earlier this year may not be achieved. 

It still has to save the same amount of money, but the ways it wanted to save the money are not going to be achievable, so it's seeing if it can cut back in other areas.

The authority will carry out a review of Mental Health provision and the Youth Offending Service as part of its plans.

It says the cuts are likely to mean job losses, but it is not clear which posts are under threat or how many.

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BBC

Northampton Chronicle & Echo: Mosque open day aims to tackle recent abuse

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Yesterday we told you about the racist abuse that Northampton Borough councillor Muna Cali had suffered in Northampton.

Ms Cali, a Muslim woman who wears a hijab, told BBC Radio Northampton she had been spat at as someone tried to remove her headscarf and then verbally abuse her.

Now, the Northampton Chronicle & Echo reports that she, along with fellow Labour councillor Enam Haque, are organising an open day tomorrow at Northampton Islamic Centre in Clare Street.

Mr Haque told the paper: "The committee want to encourage Muslims and non-Muslims to come along and view the inside of the mosque to see what activities we do."

Cycle ride in memory of son who died aged two days

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

The parents of a Northamptonshire boy who died aged two days old are preparing for a gruelling bike ride, to raise money for the hospitals who tried to save him.

Stacy Howarth (pictured) and Karl Aran's son, Matthew, was born in the Horton Hospital in Banbury, but then transferred to Southampton General for heart surgery.

Stacy Howarth
BBC

The couple, who live in Silverstone, will be leading a team tomorrow that's cycling the 90 miles (145km) between Banbury and Southampton.

Trespassers in Wellingborough during Flying Scotsman trip sought by police

Stuart Ratcliffe

BBC Look East

British Transport Police has released pictures of railway trespassers caught on camera while the Flying Scotsman made a journey between Bedford and Kettering on 4 June.

Wellingborough Rail tresspasser
BTP

Ch Insp David Oram said: "Despite our advice and numerous warnings over the past few weeks, people have put themselves at risk by standing too close to the rail lines, giving little thought to the potential dangers and any offences they might be committing. 

"Not only is this extremely dangerous, but it has resulted in the train being delayed."

Anyone with any information is being asked to contact British Transport Police.

Double rainbow pictured in Northamptonshire

BBC Weather Watchers

There is cloud around Northamptonshire today, but yesterday there was an amazing double rainbow. Here BBC Weather Watcher 'Wappet' captured it in Great Doddington.

Double rainbow
BBC

This afternoon will be rather cloudy with perhaps the odd shower at times, but there will also be some brighter spells too, with a high of 21C (70F).

More details on the BBC Weather website.

India Chipcase: PC says woman 'appeared to be asleep'

Sally Chidzoy

BBC Look East home affairs correspondent

PC Steven Knight was asked by prosecutor Christopher Donnellan QC, what he did after he discovered India Chipchase's body covered by a blanket. 

He said he took the corner of the blanket or sheet and pulled it down slightly so he could see India's face. He said he tried speaking to India: "I was saying can you hear me, words to that effect."

India chipchase
Northamptonshire Police

In the police video played to the jury, officers could be seen running into the house shouting. 

Later an officer is heard calling "can you get a paramedic now". One officer could be heard saying "she's gone, she's gone, sweetheart, wake up... wake up sweetheart, can you wake up... she's gone".

Mr Knight said she appeared to be asleep.   

The trial has heard Edward Tenniswood, 52, came across India Chipchase outside NB's club in Northampton. She was drunk and he took her back to his house in a cab.

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

India Chipchase: PC recalls finding 20-year-old dead

Sally Chidzoy

BBC Look East home affairs correspondent

A Northamptonshire police constable has described to a court how he found a 20-year-old woman dead on a mattress at a Northampton house, with her hair displayed like a halo.

The trial of Edward Tenniswood, 52, who's accused of the rape and murder of India Chipchase at his home address on Stanley Road, has resumed at Birmingham Crown Court.

Body-worn camera images of the police search for India inside the terraced house have been played to the jurors.  

India Chipchase crime scene
South Beds News Agency

PC Steven Knight told the court as soon as officers forced open the door, he went straight upstairs to the landing and headed for the front bedroom.

"As I got to the doorway I could see a mattress to the front of me with a blanket on top... I could see the shape of a figure," he said.

"The first thing I noticed was the hair at the top of the mattress. Initially I thought it was fur. The hair was displayed instead of being down, it was pulled up and around, sort of a halo."

More follows.

James Hunt celebrated at Silverstone Classic 40 years on from Grand Prix win

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

The 40th anniversary of James Hunt's British Grand Prix victory is one of the centrepieces of the Silverstone Classic this weekend.

Hunt was a giant of British motor racing and this weekend you can see the cars he owned and raced all gathered together.

james hunt exhibition
BBC
james hunt exhibition
BBC
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In pictures: Silverstone Classic

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

There are hundreds of cars at the Silverstone Classic weekend. Here's just a few of them...

Silverstone Classic
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Silverstone Classic
BBC
Silverstone classic
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Silverstone classic
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Silverstone classic
BBC

Organiser 'proud' of 'fun' Silverstone Classic

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

The organiser of the Silverstone Classic has told me the three things he wants the event to be are "British, classic and fun".

Silverstone classic
BBC

Nick Wigley said he and other organisers were "very proud" of the three-day event, which will attract 100,000 spectators to Silverstone, adding he is "glad that it come through that it is fun".

So far today I've seen sports cars from pre-1961, historic touring cars, Formula 1 cars from the era when the engine noise made your chest vibrate.

Then there's a classic car auction and owners clubs for just about every legendary make of car you can think of.

And many don't just sit there to be admired. Drivers get the chance to race around the Silverstone Circuit, meaning there aren't just car owners, but also mechanics, engineers and racing car enthusiasts at the event.

'Biggest' classic car racing event gets under way at Silverstone

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

The Silverstone Classic gets under way today with up to 100,000 spectators expected at the south Northamptonshire circuit.

The annual event features hundreds of cars over the three days which - organisers claim - is the biggest classic car racing event anywhere in the world...

View more on twitter

I'm here at the circuit and we'll bring you plenty from the event through the day.

Airfield remains closed after crash

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Turweston Aerodrome on the Buckinghamshire-Northamptonshire border remains closed today following a light aircraft crash yesterday morning in which the pilot was killed.

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

Accident investigators are trying to determine the cause of the crash.

Turweston map
BBC

India Chipchase: Trial of man accused of rape and murder continues today

Sally Chidzoy

BBC Look East home affairs correspondent

The trial of the man accused of raping and murdering 20-year-old India Chipchase continues today.

The prosecution will continue their cross-examination of Edward Tenniswood, 52, of Stanley Road of Northampton.

Yesterday Mr Tenniswood told a jury his "over-eagerness" to satisfy Miss Chipchase in bed caused her death.

He denies all the charges, and we'll bring in you what happens in Birmingham Crown Court later.

Edward Tenniswood
HMCS

Women's British Open: Hull leading British golfer, but seven shots off the lead

BBC Sport

Charley Hull, playing on her home course, is tied 11th on three under par after the first round of the Women's British Open at Woburn.

charley hull
Getty Images

Hull is the leading home player but she is seven shots off the lead after South Korea's Mirim Lee shot a course-record 10-under-par 62.

Hull is already back out in her second round. You can see the latest on the full leaderboard.

Women's British Open: Charley Hull 'happy' with first round

BBC Sport

Burton Latimer's Charley Hull says she is "happy" with her first round performance at the Women's British Open at Woburn, finishing day one 11th at three under.  

Charley Hull interview

Lib Dems group leader 'delighted' police investigating donations to MP's election fund

Tom Barton

BBC Look East political reporter

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

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

The Conservative Party has told the BBC it has "no comment" on the investigation.

The leader of the Lib Dems on the borough council told me she is "delighted" the investigation is taking place.

I'm delighted the police are doing this, we've been asking for a long time, these question need to be answered - Sally Beardsworth
BBC

Calls for by-election in Northampton following police investigation into donations

Andrew Radd

BBC Radio Northampton

Labour is calling for a by-election in Northampton South after it was revealed yesterday that donations to the general election fund of the constituency's MP, Conservative David Mackintosh, are being investigated by police.

David Mackintosh
BBC

It follows a BBC investigation into donations of £30,000 made to the Northampton South Conservative Association.

Mr Mackintosh has said he'd "welcome" any investigation and would "co-operate fully", if asked.

Weather: Rather cloudy, but turning brighter later

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It'll be a cloudy start to the day with a few drizzly outbreaks of rain, but it will become brighter later with a high of 21C (70F).

Here's my full forecast...

East of England weather on Friday

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

Live updates for Northamptonshire

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Hello, it's Friday and we're here again until 18:00 tonight with the latest updates for the county.

Today we'll bring you news about calls for a by-election in Northampton South, potential new powers in Kettering to stop dog fouling and the build-up to Northants' crucial T20 Blast match against Yorkshire.

There will be our full weather forecast and any travel news you need.

Plus, we'll bring you the latest on the Women's British Open and Northamptonshire's Charley Hull.

Charley Hull
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