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By Martin Heath

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Live coverage through the day

That's it for our regular updates throughout the day.

We've been reporting on a court order requiring travellers to leave a site in Daventry, and the build up to Northamptonshire's appearance in the T20 finals day at Egbaston tomorrow.

We've also been following golfer Charley Hull's progress in the third round of the Olympic women's competition.

We'll be back with more regular updates from 08:00 on Monday. Have a good weekend.

Travellers will be forced off Daventry site if they don't go by Monday

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

Recovery vehicles will be used to remove motorhomes from a site in Daventry if a group of travellers haven't left by Monday morning, according to a senior police officer.

A court order requiring them to vacate the playing fields was granted by magistrates earlier today, but police have said there'll be no enforcement action until Monday. The travellers have said they will leave of their own accord on Sunday evening.

They've told police they've been on holiday in Daventry and are returning to London where their children are at school.

They've apologised for disturbances in the town on Tuesday night.

Travellers in playing fields

Daventry travellers say they'll leave by Sunday evening

The district sergeant for Daventry, Sam Dobbs, says a group of travellers camped on Eastern Way playing fields have indicated they'll vacate the site "of their own accord" by Sunday evening.

If they don't, officials will move in on Monday to enforce a court order requiring them to go.

Travellers in Daventry

There were incidents of anti-social behaviour in the town centre on Tuesday night which the police described as "disgraceful and unacceptable", but Sgt Dobbs says the travellers are now being co-operative and are allowing officers to patrol the site.  

He said: "They've now been quite rueful and apologetic for the disturbance they now know they caused on Tuesday night. They've said they'll clear their rubbish and they have been compliant since Tuesday."

Josh Cobb signs new County Ground contract

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northamptonshire batsman Josh Cobb has signed a new three-year deal on the eve of T20 finals day.

He's in his second season at the County Ground after joining from Leicestershire, and was out of contract in the winter. 

Cobb and his team-mates are in action at Edgbaston tomorrow, playing Nottinghamshire at 11:00.

Josh Cobb

T20 success due to support from fans, says Northants chief exec

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

T20 finals day is fast approaching, with Northamptonshire having the advantage of being the only team involved on the day who've won the competition before.

They face Notts Outlaws in the first semi-final at Egbaston. If they make it through, they'll meet Yorkshire or Durham.


Northamptonshire defied the odds to win the tournament in 2013 and almost repeated that success last year against Lancashire.

Chief executive, Ray Payne, said "this year, our fortunes are turning around - thank goodness - it's really been due to the support we've had.

"People have seen some great cricket in both formats and it really has put some new life into the club."

Steven Crook

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Weather: Wind and showers to come

Weather watcher captkremen has captured this taste of things to come from his windscreen in Desborough, where he recorded a temperature of 20C (68F) in the rain.

Wet road in Desborough

Winds are forecast to increase overnight, with a few showers possible towards the end of the night and a minimum of 14C (57F).

Tomorrow will start dry, but winds will strengthen and scattered blustery showers are expected by the end of the day.

Get the full forecast on the BBC weather website.

Dashcam captures shocking near-miss in Finedon - newspaper report

The Daily Mail

The Daily Mail is reporting a delivery van driver apparently fell asleep at the wheel and drifted across a busy road in Finedon, narrowly avoiding oncoming traffic.

The incident was captured on a "dashcam" by a motorist driving in the opposite direction along the A6.

The motorist claims a passenger in the van had to shake the driver to wake him up.

Police say they can't find a record of the incident being reported, but the delivery company has confirmed it's investigating the allegation.

A6 reopens after fatal crash

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

The A6 at Rothwell has reopened following a serious accident in which a man died.

The incident involved a recovery truck and happened at around 02:00.

The road was closed for several hours between the A14 junction and the Braybrooke Road roundabout.

A6 at Rothwell

Northampton paedophile who downloaded images of children jailed

Elinor Cross

BBC Radio Northampton

A Northampton man who downloaded videos and pictures of children being abused has been jailed at Northampton Crown Court.

Michael Moffat, 56, from Welford Road in the town, had his home raided by police in July.

The high-tech crime unit at Northants Police found a 41 minute video of young children being abused on his computer, as well as more than 40 indecent images of children.

The court heard he had also taken pictures of young children at a bus stop outside his home.

Moffat pleaded guilty to six counts of downloading indecent images of children and was sentenced to eight months imprisonment and a sexual harm prevention order that will remain in place for ten years.

Daventry travellers court order granted

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

A court order has been handed down requiring a group of travellers on playing fields in Daventry to leave within 24 hours.

The police say action's unlikely to be taken until Monday to enforce the order if the travellers don't leave voluntarily.

Daventry travellers site

Members of the group have indicated they're planning to return to their base in London on Sunday.

The police say some of them are "apologetic" about their actions on Tuesday evening, when there were several incidents of anti-social behaviour in the town centre.

The group has been told to collect and bag any rubbish on the site and to stop using the hedgerows as a toilet.

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Balloons grounded at Festival

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

There's disappointment this morning for balloon fans in Northampton.

Organisers of the annual Balloon Festival at Billing Aquadrome say there'll be no flying today because of the adverse weather conditions.

They've assured visitors other activities, including the funfair, falconry displays and kite flying will be going ahead.

Some balloons have been inflated for press photographs.

Balloons on ground
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Weather: A drier afternoon ahead

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to weatherwatcherwill who photographed this tranquil scene in East Haddon, where the skies were cloudy and the temperature was 12C (57F).

Field in East Haddon

The forecasters say there could be outbreaks of rain for the rest of the morning and into the afternoon, but it will get drier with a few late sunny spells.

It'll feel quite breezy with a top temperature of 18C (64F).

Get the full forecast from the BBC weather website.

Exam grades estimated after papers stolen

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

History students from a school in Northampton have had their grades estimated by their exam board because their papers were stolen.

Twenty pupils at Caroline Chisholm School have been told their scripts went missing after an examiner's bag was taken from the train he was travelling on.

Their grades have been estimated using coursework and grades recorded in other exams.

One of the students, Lauren Jellis, said: "The exam board haven't properly apologised - it's really been a justification of what they've done and why it's fair, but it isn't fair."

Caroline Chisholm school

It's not our fault, we did everything they asked and we're the one's getting punished. We'll have to live with these grades for the rest of our lives."

Lauren JellisStudent

Daventry travellers court hearing due shortly

A court hearing to decide whether a group of travellers should be evicted from a site in Daventry is due to take place this morning.

They were given notice to leave the site by 09:30 yesterday, but the encampment of around 30 vehicles is still on the Eastern Way playing fields.

Saracens Head

The travellers arrived last weekend after being told to leave a site in Crick, a few miles down the road.

Several incidents of anti-social behaviour in the town centre were reported on Tuesday night, including food being thrown around supermarkets and fights in the streets. Residents said the trouble "kicked off" in the Saracen's Head pub in the High Street and spread to other pubs and a chip shop.

The town centre is reported to have been quiet on Wednesday and Thursday.

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Sangakkara genius denies Northants despite thrilling comeback

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Sometimes in cricket you just have to put up your hands and say you've been beaten by something - or someone - special.

That's what happened yesterday as Sri Lankan genius Kumar Sangakkara hit a brilliant, unbeaten 130 to guide Surrey to victory over the Steelbacks in the Royal London One-Day Cup quarter final.

But Alex Wakely's Northants didn't go down without a fight, as a tumble of lower order wickets and some tight bowling left the visitors needing 27 off the last 14 balls.

Sanga bought that equation down to 12 off the last over, before playing an incredible scoop shot of the third delivery - an Azharullah full toss - to fine leg for six.

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Surrey were eventually left needing two off the last ball, which their overseas star struck to the boundary.

All this came after he had been dropped on just seven, before going on to register his 37th career List A century.

Northants had earlier looked set to finish well below par after slumping to 227-9, but seven fours and three sixes in all-rounder Kleinveldt's 62-ball knock rescued them in a last-wicket stand alongside Azharullah.

Opener Josh Cobb (66) also caught the eye with an innings which included seven fours.

Northamptonshire out of One-Day-Cup

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northamptonshire are out of the Royal London One-Day-Cup after a thrilling quarter-final at Wantage road yesterday.

The Steelbacks lost to Surrey by one wicket, with Kumar Sangakkara scoring the winning runs off the last ball of the game.

Northants can take solace in a trip to the Twenty20 finals at Edgbaston tomorrow.

Mohammad Azharullah consoled by wicketkeeper Adam Rossington
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Charley Hull in bronze medal position

BBC Sport

Charley Hull is tied third, two shots off the lead, after two rounds of the women's Olympic golf.

The Northamptonshire player, who competes at Woburn Gold Club, shot a five-under round of 66 to move to eight under, two adrift of South Korean leader Inbee Park.

American Stacy Lewis produced the best round of the day - an eight-under-par 63. She is one shot behind Park at the halfway stage.

Charley Hull
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Wind warning for the next couple of days

Court hearing due this morning on Daventry travellers

Police have described the group of travellers who've set up on a piece of grassland in Daventry as "disgraceful and unacceptable" following outbreaks of disorder in the town centre. 

A hearing before magistrates later this morning will decide if they will be forced to leave.   

The BBC has contacted some of the travellers. They wouldn't be interviewed but did say they were planning to move on Monday. 

Travellers in Daventry

Final day for Daventry travellers to leave site

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A court hearing is set to start at 10:00 to see if a group of travellers will have leave a piece of grassland in Daventry. 

About 20 caravans are currently on the site next to Eastern Way, after they arrived last week.  

If the order is given it means they will have to leave within 24 hours. 


Weather: Cloudy with outbreaks of rain

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

Today will start cloudy, with outbreaks of rain throughout the day. These will ease off towards evening with some brighter spells possible. 

It'll be breezier than of late. 

Maximum Temperature: 19C (66F). 

BBC Weather has a more detailed forecast where you live.  

Welcome back

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Good morning and welcome back to regular, sport, travel and weather updates from Northamptonshire. 

We'll be live today from now till 18:00. 

In a moment we'll have a full weather report but the story we'll be looking at first is how a court hearing is due this morning to see if a group of travellers will have to leave grassland in Daventry. 

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Our live coverage across the day

That's it for our regular updates for Northamptonshire, but any breaking news stories will appear here overnight.

Tomorrow we'll be looking ahead to a huge day for cricket fans when Northants take part in the T20 finals day, and we'll meet a group of residents who love their park so much they've created a play about it.

We'll be back with regular updates from 08:00 tomorrow... but before we go, a few happy faces from across the East region following this morning's A-level results.

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A record breaking day for students in the East of England securing university places on the back of their A-level results

Overnight weather: Clear spells at first, with increasing cloud later

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

This evening will be fine and warm, and it'll stay dry overnight turning cloudier from the west later. Lows of 13C (55F).

Friday's weather map

Friday will start dry and bright, but there'll be outbreaks of mainly light and patchy rain developing, which may be heavy in places. Top temperature: 20C (68F).

BBC Weather has a more detailed forecast where you live.

Charley Hull drives up the leaderboard at Rio

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

Burton Latimer's Charley Hull is just two shots behind the clubhouse leader in the second round of the women's golf.

Hull birdied the first for the second day running. She bogied the second, but scored further birdies on the sixth and seventh to leave her five under par.

Charley Hull

Northants all out for 276

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northamptonshire have closed their innings on 276 in their One-Day Cup quarter final match against Surrey at the County Ground.

Rory Kleinvelt was the last man standing on 76.

Rory Kleinveldt

Jade Dernbach took four of the wickets.

You can follow commentary on the BBC website.

'Estimated marks' for A-level students after bag theft, newspaper reports

The Northampton Chronicle and Echo is also reporting this afternoon that 20 students from Caroline Chisholm School have been told their A-level history grades were estimated after papers were stolen from an examiner on a train.

The school told the paper all the pupils got university places following the release of their results, but some will not be going to their preferred institution.

Tomato plant

A 'mystery' gardener brightening up a town centre street by planting flowers and vegetables says she is doing it to "add cheer and provide free food".

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Local papers: A-level success across Northamptonshire

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

The Northampton Chronicle and Echo is highlighting particularly impressive results at local schools.

All six PE students at Kingthorpe College were awarded a distinction, and more than half of the grades given to Northampton High School pupils were A* or A.

The Evening Telegraph reports that East Northamptonshire College has recorded its highest-ever pass rate and celebrates the achievement of Emma Johnson at Lodge Park Academy, whose distinctions earned her a place on a fashion design course.

The Daventry Express says there was a "very stressful anticipation" for the first-ever A-level results at Daventry UTC, but all seven sixth-formers got the results they needed to move into careers or further education.

Legal action likely over traveller encampment in Daventry

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

About 30 motorhomes are still on the Eastern Way playing fields in Daventry, even though the local council served a notice to quit by 09:30 this morning.

The police say they'll try to get a court order at a hearing tomorrow to compel the travellers to leave the site.

Some of the travellers have suggested to the BBC that they plan to stay until Monday.

A number of residents I've spoken to say they'd be glad to see them leave, although others say the visitors haven't affected them at all.

Northants struggling against Surrey

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northamptonshire are making slow progress in their One-Day cup quarter-final match against Surrey.

Josh Cobb amassed 66 runs for the hosts at Wantage Road before being bowled by Tom Curran, and his younger brother Sam dispatched Alex Wakely for 45.

With 42 overs gone, Northants were 220 for 8.

You can follow the commentary on the BBC website.

John Griff at County Ground

Hundreds of students chasing University of Northampton places

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

The University of Northampton has taken hundreds of calls already today from students who've received their A-level results, but haven't been offered places on degree programmes.

They're being matched with vacancies on courses in a process known as "clearing".

Tutors are available for prospective students to talk to about their options.

Antony Bounds in clearing hub

Antony Bounds, the university's head of admissions, said: "We're hoping to fill about 350 to 400 places.

"It's been a really positive recruitment drive for the institution."

Mystery of 'guerilla gardener' solved

Helen Burchell

BBC News

The mysterious vegetable plotter of old Northampton town has revealed her true identity.

Yesterday we told you about flowers and vegetables sprouting along Stimpson Avenue in Abington, but no-one we asked seemed to know who was using their green fingers to brighten up the road.

Zoe Smith with a vegetable plot
Zoe Smith

Now Zoe Smith, a Labour borough councillor, has come forward. She told us she wanted to "add a bit of cheer" and thought it would be "fun to create a mini free food resource" for residents. 

She buys the plants from a nearby garden centre and tends the flowers, tomatoes, runner beans and beetroot in her spare time.

Flowers on Stimpson Avenue in Northampton

"I was surprised to see I was 'a mystery'," she said. "But it's lovely that it's getting people talking to each other."   

Teenagers robbed at knife-point in Northampton

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

Three teenagers have been attacked and robbed in Danes Camp in Northampton, with one having a knife held to his stomach.

It happened on Monday evening in an alleyway at the back of the Trilogy Gym.

The victims, who were in their late teens, were walking towards Sandhurst Close when they were approached from behind by a group of six to eight men, aged from 15 to 20.

Sandhurst Close alleyway

All three teenagers were assaulted and it's believed one of the attackers may have had a knuckle-duster. Bags and phones were also taken.

The suspects are described as black or mixed race and wearing hooded tops and bandanas.

Sport: Sir Curtly Ambrose delivers timely T20 advice for Northants

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Former Northants and West Indies fast bowler Sir Curtly Ambrose is in the county today, to pass on valuable tips ahead of T20 finals day on Saturday.

Sir Curtly Ambrose

He took a wicket with his first ball when he joined the county in 1989, and went on to get 28 first-class wickets in nine games that season.

He says the team has always had a good record in one-day cricket, but struggles with the longer form of the game. 

"We've been to a few one-day finals, we've won the Natwest one time, but, in the Championship, something was missing.

"I don't think the guys generally believe enough in themselves."