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  1. Updates on Friday, 16 June 2017
  2. Funeral of teenage footballer to take place
  3. England name Saints duo in starting XV for second Argentina Test
  4. Suspects shouted 'shoot him again' after attacking man with air pistol

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By Kris Holland

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Kris Holland

BBC Radio Northampton

That's it for today and indeed this week. Thanks for joining us.

You can scroll through today's feed for anything you may have missed, and we'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel for Northamptonshire at 08:00 on Monday.

Enjoy the weekend, and remember the sun cream!

Weekend weather: Hot, hot, hot!

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Best get your suntan ready if you're heading to the beach or having a barbie...

Tonight will see a dry night with variable amounts of cloud and some clear spells. Feeling warm with light winds.

Then Saturday will be fine and dry with spells of sunshine and temperatures inland around 28C (82F). It'll be a few degrees cooler on the coast with an on-shore wind.

Then Sunday will be even hotter, with a possible high of 30C (86F). The sea breezes will make it more comfortable on the beach where temperatures will again be a few degrees lower.

Weather forecast

And if you think it was finished there, Monday will be hotter still!

With inland highs of 32C (90F), there could be a few isolated thundery showers too.

Find the weather where you live on the BBC Weather website.

Cyclists given opportunity to ride Tour course

Did you witness the Women's Tour through the county earlier this month and think, 'I fancy trying that'?

Well, you can this weekend.

Tour Ride Northamptonshire celebrates the first stage of this year's Tour and allows cyclists the chance to take on one of three routes, including key climbs tackled by the world's best.

Women's Tour in Finedon
Paul Farr

The options are:

  • A "painstaking" 80-mile (129km) challenge starting and finishing at the beautiful Delapre Abbey
  • If you're not that hardcore, a 40-mile (64km) route loops out and back to Daventry from Northampton, along the route the female cyclists took
  • Or there's a 10-mile (16km) family ride, leaving and returning to Delapre Abbey off-road alongside the canal paths

More information can be found on the Tour Ride website.

Leadsom defends PM's fire response

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

The leader of the House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom, has told me the prime minister has been "totally affected" by the Grenfell Tower disaster.

As we mentioned earlier, the South Northamptonshire MP visited the site this morning and received an angry response from some residents.

The prime minister visited survivors in hospital today, but had faced criticism for not meeting residents at the scene of the blaze yesterday.

Andrea Leadsom told me Theresa May has been "totally affected" by the fire and had "absolutely prioritised making sure that we are doing everything we possibly can to help".

Andrea Leadsom
Andrea Leadsom visited the site of the fire earlier today.

The MP described the reception she had from local people as "mixed" and said "quite understandably some people are angry".

She said it was "truly heartbreaking to see what has happened" and MPs were "absolutely resolved" to "support people in the short term and the long term".

Afternoon weather: Warm and sunny

BBC Weather

It's been another warm and sunny day across the county today.

There's a gentle westerly breeze, too.

The high is 20C (68F).


For a fuller forecast where you are, visit BBC Weather.

Rushden Lakes: Councillor says towns must 'work with the future' as development prepares to open

A local councillor says Northampton town centre needs to "work with the future" as a major new retail park prepares to open in the county next month.

The Rushden Lakes development was strongly opposed by councils in Northampton, Kettering and Corby. They claimed the retail park could damage existing town centres already suffering from a number of empty shop units.

Rushden Lakes

But in July the first shops - including Marks and Spencer, House of Fraser and Next - will open.

"It's right that we did campaign against Rushden Lakes," Tim Hadland, the councillor for regeneration in Northampton, told the BBC.

"It's government policy to encourage town centres, ironically, and then the government gave permission for Rushden Lakes. But that is now history and we've got to work with the future.

"The nature of towns and town centres is changing. Who would have thought 20 years ago that we could drink so much coffee, or eat so many meals?"

Earlier this week it was confirmed that skate and ski company Two Seasons will close its two Northampton stores, with the chain re-locating to Rushden Lakes instead.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Michael Carrick

Sunderland will travel to Bury in the EFL Cup first round following their relegation from the Premier League.

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'Stung' suspect sought after beehive stolen

Police are looking for someone that "may have been stung by a number of bees recently" after a beehive was stolen from a Northamptonshire village.

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Thieves took the hive from Everdon, near Daventry, at some time between 11:00 on 10 June and 18:00 on 12 June.

Beekeeping equipment including a smock, brood boxes and a bee travel box were also taken.

Northamptonshire Police is asking that anyone who knows of beekeeping equipment being sold in suspicious circumstances contacts the force.

Cobblers travel to QPR in EFL Cup

Northampton Town have been drawn away at Championship club Queens Park Rangers in the first-round of the EFL Cup.

The tie will be played in the week beginning Monday, 7 August.

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Andrea Leadsom confronted by residents at Grenfell Tower

Andrea Leadsom, leader of the House of Commons and MP for South Northamptonshire, has been answering heated questions from local residents during a visit to the area near Grenfell Tower.

She told Sky News "it is absolutely vital" to get answers on what happened, adding she totally understands the anger felt by people in the community.


Suspects shouted 'shoot him again' after attacking man with air pistol

A man has been shot in the foot with an air pistol in Northampton.

It happened at some point between 12:00 and 13:00 yesterday in a car park behind Subway on Wellingborough Road.

Subway, Northampton

The victim described being attacked by two men, who spoke in Russian, who then said "go on, shoot him again", but he managed to escape with a superficial wound.

The suspects were described as slim white men who wore dark clothing, and one had a dark beard. The weapon was a black handheld air pistol.

Police are asking for anyone with information to contact them.

England name Saints duo in starting XV for second Argentina Test

England have named Northampton Saints players Dylan Hartley and Piers Francis in their starting XV to face Argentina in Santa Fe tomorrow.

Hooker Hartley captains the side, while new signing Francis is set to feature at inside centre.

Last weekend England won a thrilling first Test 38-34, and they will look to complete a 2-0 series victory on Saturday.

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The match is live on BBC Two, with coverage starting at 20:05.

Ben Walker: Funeral of teenage footballer to take place

The funeral of a Thrapston teenager who died after collapsing during a football match takes place today.

Ben Walker, who attended Prince William School in Oundle, collapsed while playing for Thrapston Town Juniors on 28 April. He was an aspiring footballer and keen supporter of Aston Villa.

Thrapston Town juniors
Thrapston Town
Ben Walker, front row far left, played for Thrapston Town Juniors

Villa supporters held a minute's applause in his memory at their match against Brighton last month.

"People will remember him," Nick Price from Thrapston Town, told BBC Radio Northampton.

"Because he was so young, he hadn't really started his life. It [the funeral] is remembering the short life he had, but what he did in that short life and how he touched so many people in that time."

A fundraising page set up to raise money for a memorial to Ben and to support his family has now raised more than £24,000.

People who knew Ben Walker left flowers and football shirts as tributes at the club's Chancery Lane home

"He had a great sense of humour," added Steve Harvey, head of school at Prince William School.

"He was a peacemaker and somebody that was always out and about making sure people were happy and jolly around the school."

The boy's family have asked those attending the funeral to wear sport-related tops in his honour.

Forecast: Sunny and bad news for hayfever sufferers

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

Today will be sunny across the BBC East region with temperatures reaching 21C (70F), although it will feel cooler on the coast.

There will also be high pollen and UV levels.

It's be followed by another warm night with temperatures dipping to 16C (61F).

For a fuller forecast where you are, visit BBC Weather.

Good morning

Kris Holland

BBC Radio Northampton

Welcome to live updates for Northamptonshire on Friday, 16 June.

We'll be here until 18:00 keeping you up-to-date with the latest news, sport, weather and travel as it happens.


Don't forget that you can get in touch with the team by email, Twitter and Facebook.

Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe disruption, between J11 for A361 and J10 for A43 Brackley.

M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed on M40 southbound between J11, A361 (Banbury) and J10, A43 (Brackley), because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, between J16 for A45 and J17 for M45 Dunchurch.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 northbound between J16, A45 (Daventry) and J17, M45 (Dunchurch), because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Our live coverage across the day

Our live updates have finished for the day and will resume at 08:00 on Friday.

Scroll down for today's coverage, the highlight of which has been the unveiling of a BBC Music Day plaque for Sandy Denny - the folk-rock singer who played her last gig in a Northamptonshire village after a career working with Fairport Convention, The Strawbs... and Led Zeppelin.

Overnight weather: Dry with light winds

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

It'll be a dry night with light to moderate westerly winds.

Temperatures mainly remaining in double figures, although in some spots could drop to 9C (48F).

Overnight weather map

Friday will be fine and dry with spells of sunshine, a light to moderate west to north-westerly wind and highs of around 21C (70F).

Get a full forecast where you live, from BBC Weather.

Severe disruption: M1 Buckinghamshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Buckinghamshire northbound severe disruption, between J14 for A509 and J15 for A45.

M1 Buckinghamshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M1 northbound between J14, A509 (Milton Keynes) and J15, A45 (Northampton), because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Suspect in moped hit-and-run released under investigation

A man, who was arrested in connection with a moped crash which seriously injured a three-year-old boy in Northampton, has been released on police bail.

Derwent Drive

The child, who has not been named, was playing in a grassy area of Derwent Drive when he was hit by a moped which had left the road at about 16:25 on Monday.

The boy was taken to Northampton General Hospital, where he was treated for serious head and facial injuries.

The moped rider, who was not wearing a helmet, reportedly failed to stop at the scene, but on Tuesday police confirmed that they had arrested a man in connection with the incident.

New attractions for Irchester Country Park thanks to grant

Carroll Weston

BBC Radio Northampton

Visitors to Irchester Country Park can now experience the history of ironstone quarrying in the area.

It's part of a new heritage project highlighting geological finds that date back millions of years.

The £120,000 initiative has been paid for by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Irchester Country Park

"I am delighted with the wonderful range of new features we are able to offer at Irchester Country Park as a result of the Heritage Lottery Fund grant." said Chris Haines, the countryside services manager for Northamptonshire County Council.

"Lots of people have been involved in the project and thousands of visitors will learn about the park’s heritage and enjoy the variety of activities available through this project for years to come."

The new attractions include a viewing platform, which is shaped like one of the old dragline diggers, showing the history of ironstone quarrying in the area in the 1920s and 30s.

Irchester Country Park

"The Council’s parks attract two million visitors a year collectively," added Sylvia Hughes, the cabinet member for Public Health and Wellbeing in Northamptonshire.

"This new project will provide visitors with historical insight, educational features and interactive opportunities for young and old across the county to enjoy, in addition to supporting the long term sustainability of the park”.

Cobblers midfielder Beautyman joins Stevenage

Northampton Town midfielder Harry Beautyman has joined League Two side Stevenage on a free transfer.

Beautyman, 25, joined the Cobblers from Peterborough United last summer and made 13 starts and 11 substitute appearances at Sixfields.

However, he was transfer listed at the end of the 2016-17 campaign.

Harry Beautyman
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"I know Harry was looking to play first team football and this is a good move for him," Northampton manager Justin Edinburgh told the club's website.

"He didn't play as much here as he would have liked last season, so we spoke at the end of the season.

"We were honest in saying he may have found that his opportunities remained limited here moving forwards and so we made him available for transfer.

"This move works for all parties. He goes with our best wishes, his attitude here was first class and we wish him every success with his new club."

Man stabbed on Northampton's Racecourse

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was stabbed in the stomach on The Racecourse in Northampton last weekend.


The incident happened on Saturday between 02:15 and 02:30.

The victim was approached by a man and a woman who became abusive before attacking him. He later received treatment from an ambulance crew.

Police are asking for anyone with information to contact them.

Afternoon weather: Bright and breezy

It's been a glorious sunny day so far.

This afternoon it will continue to be breezy with some warm sunny spells, although it will feel a little fresher than yesterday.

The high will be 21C (70F).


BBC Weather has more local details.

BBC Music Day: Unveiling Sandy Denny plaque 'an honour', says Bob Stanley

The late Sandy Denny's contribution to music has been recognised with the unveiling of a blue plaque in the Northamptonshire village where she played her final show.

Denny was a key part of the '60s and '70s folk rock movement, singing with the Strawbs, Fotheringhay and Fairport Convention.

Unveiling the plaque, Bob Stanley, best known as a member of English pop group Saint Etienne, said: "It's a great honour for me to unveil this blue plaque on BBC Music Day.

"For the writer of the wonderful Who Knows Where The Time Goes? and a singer with an uncommonly beautiful voice," he said.

The singer-songwriter was living in Byfield, near Daventry, and played her last gig there before she died in 1978, aged just 31.

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Moldovan police officers visit Northamptonshire

A group of police officers from Moldova is visiting Northamptonshire Police this week.

The visit, which has been organised by human rights organisation the Soros Foundation - Moldova is designed to help the Moldovan officers learn about the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) and what it means for British policing.

Simon Edens with visitors from Moldova
Northamptonshire Police

"The Police and Criminal Evidence Act is well regarded across the world as including best practice for the police," said Northamptonshire's Chief Constable Simon Edens.

“Moldova is a relatively young country where the government is in the process of reforming the police, and we hope we have been able to fairly demonstrate the work that forces across the UK do during the group’s visit.”

The group are also learning how the force use standard operating procedures such as stop and search, use of force and how police custody areas are managed.

The visitors from Moldova, which emerged as an independent republic following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, include the deputy chief of the General Police Inspectorate, the Deputy Chief of CID and a defence attorney.

Plaque for folk-rock legend Sandy Denny unveiled

BBC Music Day plaque to Sandy Denny

The BBC Music Day blue plaque in honour of the late Sandy Denny has been unveiled in the village of Byfield, where she gave her last public performance before her death in 1978.

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BBC Music Day: Facebook Live for unveiling of Sandy Denny Plaque

BBC Radio Northampton

Earlier we mentioned that we would bring you a Facebook Live broadcast of the unveiling of a blue plaque for folk music legend Sandy Denny in Byfield near Daventry.

You can watch it here...

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New Northampton South MP says it's 'very different' to past public office experience

The newly elected MP for Northampton South, Andrew Lewer, has told BBC Radio Northampton that he's excited by the prospect of representing his new constituency at parliament.

Mr Lewer was voted in with a majority of 1,159 (2,634 votes down on outgoing Conservative MP David Mackintosh)

He has previously served as the leader of Derbyshire County Council, and more recently as an MEP for the East Midlands.

Northampton South

"It's very different," he said. "It's a sort of a combination in a way of my time as a county council leader, and as an MEP.

"The council was purely executive; the European Parliament was purely legislative. The Westminster parliament is actually a bit of both."

Earlier this week, Mr Lewer attended a meeting of the party's backbench 1922 Committee, where Prime Minister Theresa May was pressed for more details on talks with the DUP.

Andrew Lewer

The committee is made up of all Conservative backbenchers - the name is taken from the year in which its original members were elected.

Mr Lewer added that the meeting was "more lively and raucous" than such meetings are in Brussels, but added that "the Prime Minister got a very warm welcome and set out quite firmly her intention to govern".

Tim Farron quits: Local Lib Dem says 'philosophical issues' troubled outgoing leader

The Liberal Democrat candidate for Northampton South at the general election says outgoing party leader Tim Farron "knew when he ought to resign".

Mr Farron, who had led the Lib Dems since July 2015, resigned from his position yesterday citing that he became "torn" between his Christian faith and his duties as leader of a political party.

"It's very difficult for him as a committed Christian to deal with some of the philosophical issues that come up in elections," said Jill Hope, who polled 3.4% of the votes in the seat won by Andrew Lewer of the Conservatives.

Jill Hope

"But remember that Tim Farron did vote in favour of gay marriage. It's a difficult issue and he's wrestled with it for many years."

In a statement last night, Mr Farron said he should have dealt "more wisely" with questions relating to his faith during the election campaign, including his views on gay sex.

Church leaders praised Mr Farron. The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said he was "honourable and decent".

"Give Tim his due," Hope added. "As a party leader he made a decision and he knew when he ought to resign.

"I wish some of the other party leaders would come to the same conclusion."

Possible successors for the leadership include former ministers Sir Vince Cable, Jo Swinson, Sir Ed Davey and Norman Lamb.

BBC Music Day 2017: Scene set for Sandy Denny plaque unveiling

Remembering Saints player killed in war

It is 100 years to the day since former Northampton Saints player Lewis Brown was killed in action during World War One.

Brown, who lived in Alma Street close to the club's Franklin's Gardens home, enlisted in October 1915.

BBC Northampton have been looking back at his life...

Lewis Brown: Northampton Saints player killed in war

Severe roadworks: A427 Northamptonshire westbound

BBC News Travel

A427 Northamptonshire westbound severe roadworks, between A6086 Lloyd's Road and B6481 Station Road.

A427 Northamptonshire - A427 Weldon Road in Corby closed westbound between the A6086 Lloyd's Road junction and the B6481 Station Road junction, because of resurfacing work.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, between J19 for M6 and J18 for A5.

M1 Leicestershire - M1 partially blocked and very slow traffic southbound between J19, M6 (Catthorpe Interchange) in Catthorpe and J18, A5 (Rugby) in Northamptonshire, because of lorry mud guard in the road.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Cobblers reveal 2017-18 away kit

Northampton Town Football Club have unveiled their new away kit for the 2017-18 season.

The black shirt features white sleeve panels and cuffs, alongside a white v-neck design.

Cobblers kit
Northampton Town Football Club

The League One club say they will announce details of a new home shirt at a later date.

Next Wednesday (21 June), Cobblers fans will find out when they will be able to see the new away kit in action, as the 2017-18 EFL fixtures are released.

Saints' wing North named in Lions squad for Maori All Blacks match

Northampton Saints and Wales wing George North will be handed his second start of the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand, on Saturday.

In the fifth game of their 10-match tour of the country, the Lions face the Maori All Blacks in Rotorua.

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North's Northampton Saints team-mate Courtney Lawes came off injured in Tuesday's defeat against the Highlanders and is not expected to feature at the weekend.