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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday, 8 June 2017
  2. Latimer Grange home 'humiliated' deafblind dementia patient
  3. Police investigate attempted child abduction in Northampton
  4. Saints to draw Clermont, Saracens and Ospreys in 2017-18 Champions Cup
  5. North to start for British and Irish Lions against Crusaders
  6. Cobblers sign Cheltenham striker Waters
  7. Weather: Dry and breezy with highs of 19C (66F)

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Kris Holland

BBC Radio Northampton

That's it for our regular updates from across Northamptonshire.

Scroll down for today's coverage which includes:

  • An attempted abduction of an 11-year-old in Northampton
  • Northampton Saints draw the cream of European rugby union in the draw for the Champions Cup pool stages
  • Justin Edinburgh's delighted with signing a striker who has "excellent potential" for Northampton Town

Our live election coverage for the county begins when polls close at 22:00.

Weather: Showers overnight and into Friday

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

Some showery rain possible across the BBC East region this evening, but this will clear eastwards to leave clear spells by the end of the night.

Southwesterly winds will ease, with temperatures falling to 10C (50F).

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Friday will start with some sunny spells, but scattered showers will develop, these heavy and locally thundery with hail, although tending to become more isolated by the end of the afternoon.

Quite breezy with a blustery southwesterly wind, with temperatures reaching 21C (70F).

Local paper round-up: Licensing hearing called, boost for Cransley Hospice, Women's Tour in pictures

Here's a look at what else is making the news around Northamptonshire:

  • A licensing hearing has been called to approve a premises licence for a former music venue in Northampton so it can specialise in Romanian weddings, report the Chronicle and Echo
  • Meanwhile the Northamptonshire Telegraph has news of a Wellingborough man who drove across Europe, raising £25,500 for the Cransley Hospice
  • And the Daventry Express has more pictures of yesterday's Grand Depart of the 2017 Women's Tour cycling event, which began in the town

Edinburgh excited by potential of Waters

Northampton Town boss Justin Edinburgh explains the thinking behind signing Billy Waters from Cheltenham:

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Waters 'buzzing' over move to Northampton Town

Striker Billy Waters has been reacting to his new three-year contract after his move to Northampton Town from Cheltenham for an undisclosed fee.

"I sort of know the area - I used to live in Silverstone," he said.

"I was in the Centre of Excellence until I was eight years old when I moved up north, so it's sort of coming back to where I started.

"With promotion last season, it just felt like the right club to come to. I trusted my gut and as soon as my agent mentioned Northampton I said 'that sounds good to me'."

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Weather Watchers: June in the gloom

Let's face it, we haven't exactly experienced the weather you'd expect for a summer month so far in June.

Heavy rain and wind were a feature earlier in the week, and today's scene - while dry - is far from inspiring either, with cloud covering the county.

Here's how some of our BBC Weather Watchers have seen the day so far:

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'Champions Cup draw couldn't be much tougher for Saints'

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

It was always going to be a very difficult draw for Saints, having gone in as the bottom seeds.

But it really couldn't be much tougher than to end up in a pool with the reigning champions Saracens and the runners-up Clermont.

They've faced both in the Champions Cup in recent seasons at the quarter-finals stage, losing both matches.

However, their record against Ospreys is better in recent seasons, beating them home and away in both 2013-14 and 2014-15.

Afternoon weather: Cloudy and dull

It's been largely cloudy day so far, and it's likely to remain that way.

There's a risk of some patchy rain later.

Highs of 17C (63F).

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Cobblers sign Cheltenham striker Waters

League One side Northampton Town have signed striker Billy Waters from Cheltenham Town for an undisclosed fee.

Billy Waters
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The 22-year-old, who scored 16 goals for the League Two Robins last season, has signed a three-year contract.

He started his career at Crewe and made 93 appearances for Cheltenham since joining them in July 2015.

Waters declined the offer of a new contract at the Gloucestershire club, where he was both player of the season and top scorer in 2016-17.

"He was a key target for us and we feel he will provide a good balance to the other strikers we have," said Northampton boss Justin Edinburgh.

Cobblers to confirm new signing at 14:00

Cobblers tease fans with news of new signing

Northampton Town have just tweeted news that they will be announcing their latest signing for the 2017-18 season this afternoon...

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We'll bring you news of the new player later on.

Attempted child abduction in Northampton

Police in Northampton say they are investigating an attempted child abduction in the town.

Officers say an 11-year-old boy was approached by a man in a white Transit-type van in Rowtree Road in East Hunsbury between 15:30 and 15:45 on Monday.

Rowtree Road
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The man driving the van told the boy to "get in". The boy ignored him, and carried on walking - pretending to call the police.

A red and white Mini Cooper, then pulled up behind the van which drove off.

The suspect is described as white, skinny, and aged about 30 with a bald head and stubble.

Police are keen to speak to the driver of the Mini - who, they believe, may be able to help their investigation.

Saints to learn Champions Cup opponents

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

It's less than two weeks since Northampton Saints confirmed a ninth successive season in European rugby's top competition - the Champions Cup - and the draw for the 2017-18 edition takes place later.

Saints, who finished seventh in the English Premiership last season had to beat Connacht and Stade Francais in play-off matches last month to earn their place.

The 20 clubs involved will compete in five pools of four teams each.

We'll bring you news of who the Saints will face when the draw gets going at about 13:00.

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Champions Cup

Prison 'inmates treated better than my dementia care home father'

Craig Lewis

BBC News

A deaf-blind dementia sufferer was made to sit in a chair soaked with his own urine by a care home manager, his daughter has claimed.

Rhona McKinlay said 84-year-old William was left "utterly humiliated" for hours at the Latimer Grange home with a circle drawn around his chair.

A dementia sufferer was made to sit in a chair soaked with his urine, his daughter says.

The ex-prison officer said she had seen inmates treated better than her father at the home, in Burton Latimer near Kettering.

Home owner Anthony Lampitt was contacted by the BBC, but a solicitor and PR firm responded on his behalf.

A spokesman for the home said it took "all allegations very seriously" and was "confident we provide a good standard of care".

Northamptonshire County Council and Northamptonshire Police are investigating.

Rugby union: Saints' George North to start for Lions against Crusaders

Northampton Saints and Wales wing George North has been named in the starting XV for the British & Irish Lions match against the Crusaders on Saturday.

The Lions, who are made up of players from the home nations, are in New Zealand as part of their quadrennial tour of the southern hemisphere.

George North
BBC

It will be North's first appearance of the 2017 tour.

His Saints team-mate, lock Courtney Lawes, is also part of the squad, but has not been named in the team for Saturday's match.

The Crusaders - who are unbeaten this season, having won all 14 games in New Zealand's Super Rugby competition - have eight All Blacks in their starting XV, including captain Sam Whitelock and Israel Dagg.

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The Lions have started their tour of the country with a narrow win over the Provincial Barbarians and a defeat against the Blues. Their first test match with New Zealand is on Saturday, 27 June.

Weather: Dry and breezy with brighter skies later

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Today will be dry and breezy but cloudy early on with skies brightening up later.

Today will be dry and breezy with brighter skies later

Some warm and sunny spells will develop.

Maximum Temperature: 19C (66F)

More details from BBC Weather.

Good morning

Kris Holland

BBC Radio Northampton

Welcome to live updates for Northamptonshire on Thursday, 8 June.

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

It's general election day in the United Kingdom, and polling stations across Northamptonshire opened at 07:00 BST; they close at 22:00 BST.

And, as ever, you can get in touch with the team by email, Twitter and Facebook.