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  1. Our live coverage through the day

    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!

  2. Our live coverage through the day

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    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 Cambridgeshire at 08:00 on Monday.

    Enjoy the weekend, and remember the sun cream!

  3. Our live coverage through the day

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    That's it for our live coverage for today - thanks for joining us. Updates will resume on Monday from 08:00.

    Scroll back through today's feed for anything you may have missed and we'll see you again soon!

  4. Couple moving back to Poland after drop in pound

    Mike Cartwright

    BBC Look East

    With Brexit negotiations set to begin on Monday, one family from Cambridge has decided to move back to Poland.

    Michal and Marta Golek say the recent drop in the value of the pound means it is now cheaper to live back in their home country.

    The family have two young sons.

    Michal and Marta Golek

    Mr Golek, who's a computer programmer, said it's "mainly because of the currency difference".

    "Two years ago you could get 20-50% more [money] compared to the situation after the EU vote," he said.

    "We can afford a bigger house in Poland. We can afford to buy a home, which is impossible in Cambridge.

    "Even though it's my home company, I don't want to go. I've got friends, work and family here."

    See their story on BBC Look East tonight, from 18:30 on BBC One.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

    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.

  7. Put on your best chainmail... Heritage Festival begins tomorrow

    Ben Stevenson

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Thousands of people are expected in Peterborough this weekend for the city's Heritage Festival.

    Peterborough Heritage Festival

    Up to 40,000 visitors will take part in the free event, which spans 3,500 years of history.

    More the 300 re-enactors will also be on show to make real a slice of the past.

    This year's the festival will mostly be marking the 375th anniversary of the start of the English Civil War.

    Peterborough Heritage Festival

    Rachel Walmsley - one of the organisers - says "there's definitely something for everyone".

    "We've got everything from sword schools and magic shows for children, to the real nitty-gritty of history," she told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

    "Some real grizzly facts that our re-enactors will definitely go into detail about.

    "The absolute must-see is the Civil War siege of Woodcroft Castle. The Civil War soldiers will be 'sieging' the Guildhall, which will be transformed for the weekend."

  8. Mars robot prototype lands at Hertfordshire school

    Continuing the space theme, budding young scientists and engineers from across the region got the chance to meet a Mars robot prototype, as they took part in a schools competition.

    The UK Mars Rover prototype called Bridget, created by Airbus Defence and Space in Stevenage, was put on display at Haileybury, a co-educational school near Hertford.

    Bridget on display

    It's been developed as part of a programme to send a robot to the Red Planet to look for signs of life.

    She was the star of Haileybury's STEM Challenge 2017 - a space-themed competition which saw Year 5 children from 16 schools in Hertfordshire and beyond competing in science, technology, engineering and maths challenges.

    The winner of the competition was Charlotte House Prep School in Rickmansworth.

    Arthur Kattavenos, head of science at Haileybury, said: "We are thrilled and honoured that Bridget has visited Haileybury. She has really brought science to life and I am sure has amazed and inspired a new generation of scientists."

  9. Inflatable planetarium goes on show in Letchworth

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    The University of Hertfordshire's new inflatable planetarium has gone on show at the Letchworth Festival, which runs until Sunday.

    The planetarium, which is normally on show at the university's Bayfordbury Observatory, is the biggest of its kind in the UK.

    The 6m-high (20ft) dome is used to educate people about the wonders of the universe, offering a guided tour of the solar system, the Milky Way and beyond.

    The portable planetarium

    Inside the planetarium is a High Definition (HD) projector that beams galaxies and stars across its dome, as well as a 360-degree sound system.

    It's primarily used as a cosmic teaching tool for schools, but is fully portable and can be used anywhere including parks and festivals.

    Based at Broadway Gardens, the planetarium will include public shows with Hertfordshire astronomers and will run on the hour from 12:00 to 19:00.

    Dr Mark Gallaway from the School of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics at the university, said: "The planetarium is an excellent and exciting way to explore the solar system and beyond.

    "Rather than people having to visit the observatory, we can now bring the solar system and galaxy to them."

  10. 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
    Image caption: 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".

  11. Tribute paid after death of former Bedfordshire chief constable

    Bedfordshire Police has issued a statement following the death of its former chief constable, Alf Hitchcock, this morning.

    A spokesman said: "Alf was a hugely popular chief constable throughout the force, across partnerships, and many organisations that he became involved with across Bedfordshire.

    "We are liaising closely with the Ministry of Defence Police where Alf was serving as the chief constable, and our condolences and thoughts are very much with his wife and their two daughters.

    "Our force flags are being flown at half-mast as a mark of respect, and a book of condolence will be opened in due course."

  12. Deaf musician backs centre that 'focuses on listening'

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Dame Evelyn Glennie, a Cambridgeshire-based deaf percussionist, is planning to open a centre which focuses on sound and communication.

    The musician, who was made a Companion of Honour at an investiture ceremony held at Buckingham Palace, explained how she wanted to encourage people to listen and interact more in a digital world.

    Dame Evelyn Glennie

    Ms Glennie, who taught herself to hear with parts of her body other than her ears, wants to help people come together through sound.

    Some of the artist's 2,000 instruments will be held at the centre, giving visitors the chance to use them. It will also be a place where people can learn about communication and listening techniques.

    "My real aim is to create a centre that will focus on listening, although I'm a musician, my vision is not for a music centre," she said.

    "My vision is to create a space where people can go if they're interested in instruments, or if they're interested in certain aspects of listening and want to attend a lecture.

    "My doors are open for everyone from tiny infants all the way through to the elderly. I want it to be an all inclusive place, no matter who you are."

  13. From the Archives: Parachutist on wings at Henlow

    Eighty six years ago this month, a photographer captured two parachutists standing on the wings of an RAF Vickers Vimy at Henlow Air Pageant in Bedfordshire.

    Two parachutists stand on the wings of an RAF Vickers Vimy at Henlow Air Pageant, Henlow, Bedfordshire
  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Former Bedfordshire chief constable dies

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    The former chief constable of Bedfordshire Police - Alf Hitchcock - has died, it has been announced.

    Chief Constable Alf Hitchcock

    Mr Hitchcock, who served in Bedfordshire from 2011 until 2013 when he became chief constable of the Ministry of Defence Police, "passed away this morning following a short illness", said the MoD.

    Mr Hitchcock was made a CBE in the New Year Honours list for services to policing.

    He had also served at the Metropolitan Police, the Lancashire force and for the National Policing Improvement Agency. He was in his late 50s.

  17. From the Archives: Baby Chinese Water Deer at Whipsnade in 1959

    Fifty eight years ago this month Whipsnade Zoo worker Jennifer Foyle was photographed releasing a baby Chinese Water Deer that had to be hand-reared after its mother deserted it.

    Whipsnade Zoo worker Jennifer Foyle was photographed releasing a baby Chinese Water Deer
  18. 'Heartbroken' boy ends 37-year wait to see The Skids

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News

    Cambridge resident and artist Andy Dakin has sent us this heart-warming tale of how he finally got to see his favourite band from 1980 - Dunfermline's The Skids - who played a stormer at the city's Junction last night.

    Skids at Cambridge Junction
    Image caption: Skids at the Junction (l-r): Jamie Watson, Mike Baillie, Bruce Watson, Richard Jobson, Willie Simpson

    It starts when he was an 11-year-old punk and new wave fan in St Neots...

    Andy writes: "While our record collections expanded my late-teenage sister Lyn had been racking up the gigs at the Cambridge Corn Exchange.

    "I watched on in envy as she dressed up and headed off to the likes of The Ruts, The Stranglers, The Undertones, The Clash, SLF – so near, but so far for me - and The Skids were definitely our favourites.

    "And then the disappointment. When they toured their third album The Absolute Game in 1980, they decided to play nearby Norwich and not Cambridge. Now 12, I still wasn't allowed to go with her!

    "I was genuinely heartbroken (I think I may have cried). 'What if they split up?' I clearly remember saying to my mum - and soon after they did.

    Image caption: Skids c.1980: (l-r) Russell Webb, Mike Baillie, Stuart Adamson, Richard Jobson

    "While I saw spin-off bands the Armoury Show (featuring singer Richard Jobson) and Big Country (featuring late guitarist Stuart Adamson) several times in following years, my heart still belonged to the band I never got to see.

    "Jump forward no less than something like 37 years, and who'd have thunk it?

    "The Skids played at the Cambridge Junction with an original-members band now sadly missing Adamson, but replaced by Big Country's Bruce Watson and son – how he would approve.

    "With a set bursting with as much energy and passion as you would have hoped, I'm in the very civilised mosh of old geezers like myself, Lyn and her friend Claire at the front and centre, and I'm staggered by just how much I enjoy every moment.

    "Circus Games, Charles, Scared to Dance - I never thought I would ever see these songs live and watching on I remember the unique Jobson from those precious Top of the Pops appearances.

    "Did I understand what the songs were about back then? No, and I still don't, but I've rarely enjoyed myself so much.

    "It was a long, long time coming, but truly it was worth it."

    Audience at Cambridge Junction

    Richard Rose also ended a long wait to see The Skids in Cambridge - he missed out in 1979 - and has written a review of The Junction gig for Repeat fanzine.

  19. Anglia Ruskin celebrates 25 years

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Today marks 25 years since Anglia Ruskin officially became a university.

    Since 16 June 1992 more than 140,000 people have achieved a higher education qualification, studying a range of courses from architecture to zoology.

    Construction of Cambridge campus
    Image caption: Construction of Cambridge campus

    With campuses in Cambridge, Peterborough and Chelmsford, it's also trained more than 10,000 nurses and midwives, along with social workers and other healthcare professionals.

    In 2016 it was ranked in the top 350 institutions in the Times Higher Education world university rankings.

    Anglia Ruskin University

    Prof Iain Martin, vice chancellor, said today was "a milestone in a history that started in 1858 with John Ruskin's inaugural address at the opening of the Cambridge School of Art".

    "The transformational power of education, widening participation and innovation became part of our institutional DNA from that day onwards," he said.