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By Pete Cooper

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Our live coverage through the day

Live updates for Northamptonshire have now finished. Thanks for following us today.

You can head to our Twitter feed and Facebook page for more updates on the Greenbelt Festival at Boughton House this weekend.

Plus the BBC Sport website has full coverage of the Belgian Grand Prix.

Enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend and we'll see you on Tuesday at 08:00.

Weather: Staying dry this evening, possible thunderstorms tonight

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

Tonight will start dry with clear spells allowing a few mist or fog patches to form, but cloud will increase from the south with one or two thunderstorms possible later. 

A fresher night for sleeping, with temperatures down to 11C (52F).

Weather map for the East of England

There will be some hazy sunshine in places on Saturday, but showers and thunderstorms will tend to merge into longer spells of rain, giving the risk of some local flooding. 

Feeling quite humid, with temperatures potentially as high as 25C (77F).

Get your local Bank Holiday forecast at BBC Weather.

Greenbelt Festival: Day one

The Greenbelt Festival near Kettering is under way and the sun has been shining.

Between eight and nine thousand people are expected to attend the "faith, arts and justice" event over the bank holiday weekend.

Here are a few photos from this afternoon. BBC Radio Northampton will be there across the weekend. 

people next to a tent

Page hoping Cobblers take 'confidence and momentum' from EFL Cup match

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northampton Town manager Rob Page says tomorrow's game against Coventry will be "entertaining", but admits the team has "aspects we need to work on".

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Page saw glimpses of how he wants the team to play in their EFL Cup victory against West Brom on Tuesday.

He says the win on penalties has given the Cobblers "confidence and momentum" as they head to the Ricoh Arena.

Claire Riley and family clash with media as they arrive for sentencing at Northampton Crown Court

The sentencing of a woman whose baby was killed by a banned dog is adjourned after she was taken from court by ambulance.

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Baby dog death adjournment: 'Latest twist in a tragic story'

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

The latest adjournment in the sentencing over the death of six-month-old Molly-Mae Wotherspoon is the latest twist in this tragic story, which has been playing out since October 2014.

As the family arrived at court this morning, both mother Claire Riley and grandmother Susan Aucott were hidden under umbrellas, closely guarded by a large number of friends and family members.


The scene turned into a heated scuffle, with cameras being pushed and shoved away as they made their way inside the court.

Later, Riley and her family came back outside to have a cigarette and it was then she appeared to become unwell, bent double and began leaning on the wall of the court.

An ambulance was called, she was wheeled inside it, and taken to hospital.

The hearing was later adjourned until 15 September.

On this weekend: 30 years ago Communards become number one

Stuart Linnell

BBC Radio Northampton

It was on this weekend 30 years ago that the Communards went to number one in the UK charts with their cover of Don't Leave Me This Way.

The man of the far left playing the keyboard in Northamptonshire's own Richard Coles, the man who is now vicar of Finedon.


And if you missed Celebrity MasterChef, this is what he looks like these days...

Richard Coles

Cobblers looking for win to extend unbeaten league run

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northampton Town will have to put the visit of Manchester United in the EFL Cup next month to the back of their minds as they hope to secure their first win of the season away to Coventry in League One tomorrow.

However, with four straight draws they have extended their unbeaten league run, which started in December last year.

28 games unbeaten for the Cobblers in the league
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BreakingBaby dog death mother and grandmother sentencing adjourned until September

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

The sentencing of a mother and grandmother of a baby killed by a dangerous dog has been adjourned until 15 September.

Molly-Mae Wotherspoon was attacked at her home in Daventry in October 2014 by an American pit bull, owned by her mother.

The six-month old girl was being looked after by her grandmother at a house in Morning Star Road when the she was attacked by the dog.

The American pit bull is a banned breed and in August 2015 Molly-Mae's mother, Claire Riley, 23 and the baby's grandmother, Susan Aucott, 55, pleaded guilty being in charge of a dangerously out of control dog resulting in death.

Earlier today Riley collapsed outside court and was taken to hospital by ambulance.

Archbishop of Canterbury to visit Greenbelt Festival

The Archbishop of Canterbury is one of the high-profile visitors at the Greenbelt Festival near Kettering this weekend.  

The Most Reverend Justin Welby will lead a special worship on Sunday morning, which will be free to enter.

Archbishop of Canterbury

The festival regularly attracts the biggest names of Christian music and many mainstream musicians.

Former hostage Terry Waite will also attend the event.

The previous envoy to the Archbishop of Canterbury was taken hostage in Lebanon in 1987, where he was held captive for nearly five years.

Thousands of people expected at Greenbelt Festival

The annual Greenbelt Festival starts today at Boughton House near Kettering.

Between eight and nine thousand people are expected to attend the three-day arts, faith and justice event.

The festival started in 1974 and it's the third time Boughton House has hosted it.


There will be about 300 contributors, ranging from religious speakers, bands, performance poets and comedians.

During the past year, the organisers behind Greenbelt have raised £60,000 which is then donated to projects around the world that combine arts, faith and justice.  

What's gathering us is our humanity; our excitement about the arts...I suppose our excitement about life and trying to work out what it means to live as a Christian today.

Paul NorthupCreative Director, Greenbelt Festival

Two day care centres for people with dementia could close in Northamptonshire

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

We'll return to the sentencing of the mother and grandmother of Molly-Mae Wotherspoon this afternoon but on to some other news today...

Two Northamptonshire day care centres for people with dementia could be closed to save the county council £440,000.

Drayton Centre

A consultation will now take place on shutting the Drayton Day Centre (pictured) in Northampton and Stephenson Court Day Centre in Kilsby, north of Daventry. Fifty people use the two centres - and the authority says alternative support would be found for them.  

Internal report coming 'soon' into missing Cobblers' millions

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

The first report into how £10.25m of public money was lent to the Cobblers is drafted and will be finalised "soon".

Auditors from PriceWaterhouse Cooper say fieldwork is "complete" but a meeting needs to be had with Northamptonshire Police.


For months three parallell investigations have been going on into the £10.25m Northampton Borough Council lent to the football club - much of which apparently went missing.

Internal auditor PWC has been looking at the council's internal processes, and how they work.

Newly published council papers say the report will be finalised "as soon as possible".

We don't have a date for it's publication.

Sentencing in baby dog death case adjourned to afternoon

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

Sentencing in the mother and grandmother of Molly-Mae Wotherspoon has been adjourned until 14:00 to see whether the baby's mother, Claire Riley, is out of hospital.

Riley, 23, was taking to hospital after collapsing outside court before the proceeding started.

Grandmother Susan Aucott, 55, remains at the court for the time being. The judge at the sentencing has said it is preferable to sentence them together.

Riley and Aucott pleaded guilty to owning a dangerously out of control dog, an American pit bull which attacked and killed six-month-old Molly-Mae in 2014.

Molly-Mae Wotherspoon death: A timeline of events

  • October 2014 - Six-month old Molly-Mae Wotherspoon was attacked by an American pit bull at her home in Morning Star Road, Daventry
  • August 2015 - Claire Riley (pictured) is charged with owning and Susan Aucott of being in control of a dangerously out-of-control dog, resulting in death.
  • September 2015 - Grandmother Susan Aucott appears at Northampton Magistrates' Court. Mother Claire Riley does not attend due to illness.
  • December 2015 - Susan Aucott denies the charge against her.
  • June 2016 - Both defendants admit to the charges against them. 
  • 26 August 2016 - The pair are due to be sentenced.
Woman and dog
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Update expected soon on dog death sentencing

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

We are expecting an update from Northampton Crown Court from 11:30 after the mother of Molly-Mae Wotherspoon, Claire Riley was taken away from court by ambulance moments before sentencing was due to take place. Molly-Mae's grandmother Susan Aucott remains at the court.


American pit bull terrier: One of four banned breads in the UK

Molly-Mae Wotherspoon's mother Claire Riley, 23, and grandmother, Susan Aucott, 55 are due to be sentenced today after pleading guilty to be in charge of a dangerously out of control dog resulting in death.

Molly-Mae, who was six months old, was attacked by an American pit bull in October 2014 at a house in Daventry.

The pit bull terrier is one of four banned breeds in the UK, after the 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act which was introduced to stamp out dog fighting.

The pit bull terrier, originated in England, and was bred with fighting in mind.

It was used in blood sports like bull and bear baiting - where packs of dogs were set against bigger animals in a pit.

These "sports" were made illegal in 1835.

If you own a banned dog in the UK then the police can take it off you, even if it's well behaved and no-one's complained.

However, if you can prove a dog's safe, despite it being a banned breed, then you can get a certificate of exemption.

This means you can keep it, but you have to get special insurance.

You've also got to be over 16, and keep the dog muzzled in public.

Ambulance arrives at court to take away mother due to be sentenced for baby's death

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

Here's the scene outside court where the mother of Molly-Mae Wotherspooon, who was killed by a dangerously out of control dog in 2014, has been taken away by an ambulance.


Claire Riley, 23, was due to be sentenced today, along with Molly-Mae's grandmother Susan Aucott, 55.

We are waiting to hear more on what will happen next.

BreakingMother of baby killed by dog taken away from court in ambulance

Claire Riley, who was due to sentenced over the death of her daughter in an attack by a dog, has been taken from Northampton Crown Court by ambulance.

Clashes outside court ahead of the sentencing of a mother and grandmother.
There are clashes outside Northampton Crown Court ahead of the sentencing of a mother and grandmother over the death of a baby.

Watch: Clashes ahead of dog death sentencing

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

This what happened when the mother and grandmother of six-month-old Molly-Mae Wotherspoon arrived in court a short time ago.

The baby died after being attacked by an American pit bull in October 2014 in Daventry.

Molly-Mae's mother, Claire Riley, 23, was charged with owning a dangerously out of control dog. The baby's grandmother, Susan Aucott, 55, was charged with being in charge of the dog. Both are due to be sentenced shortly.

Clashes outside court ahead of the sentencing of a mother and grandmother.

Scuffle outside court as mother and grandmother arrive for sentencing

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

Claire Riley, 23, and Susan Aucott, 55, the mother and grandmother of Molly-Mae Wotherspoon have arrived at Northampton Crown Court for their sentencing after the six-month-old was killed by a dangerously out of control American pitbull in 2014.

There was something of scuffle outside of court as the two women appeared under umbrellas...

court arrival
court arrival
Court arrival
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Mother and grandmother to be sentenced

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

I'm off to Northampton Crown Court where the mother and grandmother of a baby killed by a dangerous dog will be sentenced.

Molly-Mae Wotherspoon was attacked at her home in Daventry in October 2014 by an American pit bull, owned by her mother.

The six-month old girl was being looked after by her grandmother at a house in Morning Star Road when the she was attacked by the dog.

Morning star road

The American pit bull is a banned breed and in August 2015 Molly-Mae's mother, Claire Riley, 23, was charged with owning a dangerously out of control dog while the baby's grandmother, Susan Aucott, 55, was charged with being in charge of the dog. 

Northamptonshire Police say they've made considerable changes to procedures since the attack and a serious case review will be carried out by the force next month. 

Both women will be sentenced at Northampton Crown Court this morning.

Michael Schumacher: The story of his Formula 1 debut

Tom Clarkson

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

More on the 25th Anniversary, this weekend, of Michael Schumacher's Formula 1 debut at the Belgian Grand Prix.

I spoke to Gary Anderson who was Silverstone-based Jordan's technical director in 1991, and he told me about the first drive for the man who went on to win the World Championship seven times...

Michael Schumacher: the story of his Grand Prix debut

Belgian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton confirms Spa grid penalty

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer at Spa-Francorchamps

Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton says he will try to limit the damage to his title hopes in Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix after confirming he will take a grid penalty.

Brackley-based Mercedes said it was likely Hamilton would start from "the back of the field or very close".

Lewis Hamilton
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Hamilton has to use more than the permitted number of engine parts after problems early in the season.

"In terms of winning, that's the goal, but it will be very hard," Hamilton, who has a 19-point title lead, said.

"It is about minimising the damage of taking the penalty."

This weekend 25 years ago: How Michael Schumacher got his big break

Tom Clarkson

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

It was at the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix that seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher made his Formula 1 debut driving for the Silverstone-based Jordan team owned by Eddie Jordon.

I went to Silverstone to speak to Mark Gallagher, who was at Jordan Grand Prix at the time and announced that Michael Schumacher would be driving at the Belgian Grand Prix 25 years ago...

How Michael Schumacher got his big break with Jordan

Weather: Dry and fine with sunny spells

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Any early showers and cloud will soon clear, to leave a fine and sunny day for all with a high of 24C (75F).

Here's my full forecast...

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

Welcome back

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Morning, it's Friday and the Bank Holiday weekend is almost upon us.

We'll be looking ahead to Northampton Town's match against Coventry, it's also the last day of Northamptonshire's county championship match against Worcestershire at New Road, and the Belgian Grand Prix takes places this weekend.

Plus we'll be building up to the Greenbelt Festival which is at Boughton House this weekend.

Then there is the all important Bank Holiday travel and coming shortly weather.

Daryl Mitchell

Kalika Mehta

BBC Sport

Worcestershire skipper Daryl Mitchell completes his first ton in 13 months on a rain-hit third day against Northants.

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Our live coverage across the day

Our regular live updates for Northamptonshire on Thursday have now finished, but we'll keep you posted with any breaking news stories here overnight.

You can read more on Northampton Town's EFL Cup tie against Manchester United on the BBC Sport website.

On Friday we'll have the final day of Northamptonshire's game at Worcestershire, the build up to the Greenbelt Festival at Boughton House and much more.

See you from 08:00.

Search continues for missing girl at Notting Hill Carnival

The search for missing teenager Veronica Sbircea, from Kettering, is set to continue over the weekend with officers paying particular attention at the Notting Hill Carnival.

The street event is one of London’s biggest annual events and is thought to be of interest to the 15-year-old.

Veronica Sbircea
Northamptonshire Police

Veronica was last seen on Thursday, 28 July, at about 5.15pm, in the Brixton Road area of south London, she sometimes goes by the name of Rachel, police side. 

Described as white, 5ft, with long straight black hair and brown eyes - although missing from Kettering, she is originally from the London area.

It has been a month since Veronica left home and since we have had any real sightings of her. We are exploring every possible avenue to locate her and believe there may be a chance she will attend the carnival as it is of interest to her friends."

Det Insp Stuart HitchonNorthamptonshire Police

Overnight weather: Fine at first but heavy showers later

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

It'll be a warm and mostly fine evening, with the chance of an isolated shower. Cloud will increase later to bring some heavy, thundery showers. Lows of 16C (61F).

Friday's weather map

Friday will start cloudy, but gradually brighten up with sunny spells and highs of 26C (79F).

BBC Weather has the full forecast wherever you live.

Police release CCTV pictures of cars wanted in connection with arson

Images of a car being driven with a man on the roof have been released by the police following an arson attack on a Northamptonshire farm.

Sometime between 20:00 and 20:45 on Tuesday, 9 August, a large bale of hay was deliberately set alight at Eastlodge Farm, Ecton, Northampton - causing about £20,000 worth of damage. 

Northamptonshire Police

A silver Vauxhall Astra, with a distinctive red bumper and a man on the roof (top right), was seen to be driving in the area at the time, police said.

They would also like to speak with the owner or occupants of two other cars. A white Ford Focus (bottom left) and a dark coloured Mini Cooper (bottom right), that were also in the area.

Kettering comedian nominated for Edinburgh Comedy Award for the fifth time

BBC Entertainment and Arts

The shortlist for this year's Edinburgh Comedy Awards has been revealed.

It includes Kettering's James Acaster - nominated for the fifth year in a row - for his show, Reset.

James Acaster

The top comic will walk away with a cash prize of £10,000 after the winner is announced at the city's Dovecot Studio on Saturday night.

Sponne student gets 'whopping' A* GCSE results

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

This is James Odwell from Sponne School in Towcester and he's rather happy with his GCSE results...

James Odwell
Sponne School

James received 12 A* grades in his GCSE results today, so it's no surprise that he's smiling.

The school's deputy headteacher Catherine Underwood described James' results as a "whopping" achievement.

Manchester United visit to Northampton Town in EFL Cup to be televised

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northampton Town have announced their EFL Cup third round tie with Manchester United will be played on Wednesday 21 September at Sixfields.

Matt Taylor
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It will be a 19:45 kick-off and shown live on television, the Cobblers' second televised game in a fortnight after early September's match against MK Dons.

The club have yet to announce ticket details for United's visit and say they will do "in due course".

Facebook campaign helps girls with autism

Carroll Weston

BBC Radio Northampton

A mother from Corby, whose daughter has autism, has set up a support group on Facebook.

Different For Girls is aimed at helping young women and girls who feel they don't get the same support as boys and young men.

Support group, Autism Concern, says the condition in girls and young women is often misdiagnosed.


People from across the world have joined the Facebook page, and from all kinds of social backgrounds, but they've all got the same issues."

Maria BryanDifferent For Girls

Other problems can cloud diagnosis of autism, says charity

Carroll Weston

BBC Radio Northampton

GPs and teachers could be doing more to look out for symptoms of autism in girls, according to the Northamptonshire charity, Autism Concern. 

The condition has, traditionally, been thought to mainly affect boys. 

But support groups say they're starting to realise that many more girls have autism than previously thought.

Often autism isn't the first thing GPs and teachers think of; they tend to look for other difficulties that it could be.

Emma SibbaldAutism Concern

Autism going undetected in girls and young women

Carroll Weston

BBC Radio Northampton

An autism charity in Northamptonshire says the condition is being under-diagnosed in girls because traditionally it was thought to mainly affect boys.

father with girls

Autism affects social interaction and communication and it's estimated that about one in every 100 people in the UK has the condition. Officially, boys exceed girls by four to one. 

Emma Sibbald, from Autism Concern, says part of the problem is that "girls learn how to disguise their symptoms from an early age, making it harder to diagnose".

Northampton Town

Northampton boss Rob Page says "half the Rhondda Valley" wants tickets for his side's EFL Cup match against Manchester United.

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