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  1. Goodbye

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    That's it for another week of live updates for Northamptonshire. Thanks for joining us.

    You can scroll back here for anything you might have missed, including:

    • £4m for new children's services trust in the county
    • Daventry's 'canal to nowhere' approved
    • Man stabbed in Northampton park

    Don't forget, Northamptonshire's cricketers begin the defence of their T20 title in half an hour's time against Derbyshire. There's commentary from Wantage Road on BBC Radio Northampton.

    We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel for the county at 08:00 on Monday.

    Have a great weekend.

  2. Goodbye

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Well, that's it for yet another week on the BBC Local Live feed for Beds, Herts and Bucks.

    We'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday.

    If you've missed anything today, you can scroll through the page to find out about an attack on a horse, a large field fire in Luton and how Hertfordshire's Aljaz Bedene sadly missed out on progression at Wimbledon.

    We'll leave you with this stunning BBC Weather Watcher photo from "robbie".

    Have a great weekend everyone.

    Clouds in the skies of Amersham on the Hill
  3. Our live coverage for the day

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    That's it for live updates for today and this week.

    Scroll back through today's feed for anything you may have missed, but we'll be back again with our regular updates of news, sport, travel and weather for Cambridgeshire.

    Have a great weekend.

  4. Man U youngster on his way to the Cobblers

    Phil Shepka

    BBC Sport

    Northampton Town have signed young Manchester United defender Regan Poole on a season-long loan.

    Regan Poole

    Poole, 19, moved to Old Trafford in 2015 from Newport County, where he played under current Cobblers boss Justin Edinburgh.

    But his only United appearance to date was as a late sub in the Europa League under Louis van Gaal in February 2016.

    The Wales Under-21 man comes in as competition for Cobblers centre-backs Ash Taylor and Leon Barnett.

  5. Goalkeeper signs on the line for MK Dons following successful trial

    Phil Shepka

    BBC Sport

    MK Dons have signed Dutch goalkeeper Wieger Sietsma on a free transfer for two years, with the option of a further year.

    The 21-year-old had been on trial with the League One side after leaving Heerenveen, for whom he failed to play a league match in two seasons.

    Sietsma spent time on loan at Dutch second-tier side FC Emmen last term.

    "This is a big club in a big stadium and I'm looking forward to the season," he told the club's website.

    Wieger Sietsma
  6. A look at the papers

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    Elsewhere in Northamptonshire:

  7. David Miller murder trial: Homeless Ian Cuthbertson had gone to victim's house 'for a bath'

    Craig Lewis

    BBC News

    A homeless man accused of killing a man in his own home was "petrified" while the attack was carried out, a court has heard.

    The body of David Miller, 56, was found at his flat on Patterdale Walk in Boothville, Northampton, on 14 June 2016.

    Patterdale Walk

    Mr Miller had been stabbed multiple times and crude attempts had been made to destroy his body.

    Ian Cuthbertson, 49; Michael Hallett, 37; Joseph Catlin, 30, and Zena Kane, 35, of no fixed address, all deny murder.

    Northampton Crown Court was told Mr Cuthbertson had simply gone to the house for "a bath, a change of clothing and to watch TV" but had been caught up in a "truly horrific" crime.

    The case continues.

  8. 'Don't call 999 enquiring about your passport', say police

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    All day today Bedfordshire Police has been taking part in a "Twitterthon" to show what kind of 999 calls they get.

    Some are emergencies, but many are not.

    Here are some of the calls that were not an emergency:

    • A caller wanting some advice about a car he'd recently bought.
    • A call from a woman enquiring about her passport.
    • Calls made accidentally in people's pockets. "Please remember to lock your phones," say police.
    • A hoax call from school children. "Wasting police resources is not funny," police say.

    Calls that should have gone to 101 (non-emergency number):

    • A call about a suspected theft.
    • Two callers reporting vehicle break-ins that took place during the last 12 hours.

    Correct 999 calls:

    • To report a three to four car collision in the fast lane of the M1.
    • A caller reporting they are being attacked with a baseball bat. Officers were dispatched to the scene.

    Police have asked people to think carefully about the calls they make, as non-emergency calls clogging up 999 could stop an urgent call being picked up.

  9. Killers of vulnerable man acted like 'pack of wolves', court told

    Craig Lewis

    BBC News

    Four homeless people acted like "a pack of wolves" when they killed a vulnerable man in his own home, a court has heard.

    The partially-dismembered body of David Miller, 56, was found at his flat in Patterdale Walk, Boothville, Northampton, on 14 June 2016.

    He had been stabbed multiple times and "crude attempts" were made to destroy his body, Northampton Crown Court was told.


    Ian Cuthbertson, 49; Michael Hallett, 37; Joseph Catlin, 30, and Zena Kane, 35, of no fixed address, deny murder.

    Summing up, prosecutor Peter Joyce QC said the only possible verdicts were guilty of "murder, murder, murder, murder".

    He told the jury: "It is not argued that what happened to David Miller wasn't murder.

    "The question is whether one or all of these four defendants took part."

    He called the killing of Mr Miller "a team job", saying that was why none of the accused had given evidence during the trial.

    Mr Joyce dismissed a statement to police by Mr Cuthbertson - in which he denied he had been at the scene - as "lie, after pathetic lie, after pathetic lie".

    He also accused Ms Zane of "crocodile tears and humbug and hypocrisy".

    The case continues.

  10. Elsewhere in Cambridgeshire

    Let's take a quick look at some of the other stories being reported in Cambridgeshire today:

    • A police hunt using a sniffer dog was launched in Grantchester Meadows in Cambridge - but one man remains at large, reports the Cambridge News
    • A group of newly-graduated Cambridge students have faced a legal threatfalse from a publishing company following their plans to parody Enid Blyton's The Famous Five at the Edinburgh Fringe, says Varsity
    • Meanwhile, a Wisbech shopping centre is launching a kids club in a bid to help families enjoy their experience, writes the Fen Citizen
  11. Travel: Crash on M1 northbound

    BBC News Travel

    There are currently delays on the M1 northbound between junction 8 for Hemel Hempstead and junction 9 for Redbourn after a crash involving several cars.

    View more on twitter
  12. BreakingMan found not guilty of father-in-law's murder

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A Letchworth man who stabbed his wealthy Syrian businessman father-in-law to death has been found not guilty of his murder, after pleading guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter.

    Nicholas Daher, 85, was knifed three times by Sammi Ozone on 4 January because he allegedly resented the older man's controlling behaviour, Luton Crown Court heard.

    However, Ozone, 60, of Whitethorn Lane, was cleared by a jury today of the murder charge in just three hours.

    Judge Michael Kay QC asked the jury to specify the basis of their verdict and the forewoman said it was on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

    Whitehorn Lane

    Ozone was remanded in custody until 25 August, pending the preparation of an updated psychiatric report.

    The court heard that while in hospital with a police guard nearby, Ozone was said to have made the unprompted comments: "Is the devil alive? I didn't mean to do it. I saw the devil in front of me."

  13. Luton field fire 'accidental'

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    I've just been given more information about the large fire over two fields in Luton.

    Firefighters were called at 12:56 to a severe blaze affecting 74 acres (300,000 sq m) of crops and stubble by the A6, on the outskirts of Luton.

    More than 30 firefighters from six stations helped put it out.

    Because of its size, crews were divided to different areas of the field.

    Farm machinery was used to plough firebreaks to help control the spread of the fire. Hose reels, high pressure lances and beaters were also used and the crops were dampened down.

    The cause of the fire was accidental and no-one was hurt, but a bailing machine was completely destroyed by fire, a spokesman said.

    The blaze was put out just before 15:30.

  14. Field fire out in Luton

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    We've just had confirmation that the large field fire in Luton is now out and the A6 between Barton Le Clay and Keech Hospice Care is now open.

    View more on twitter
  15. Foal rescued from river

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    This forlorn foal had to be rescued by firefighters after falling into the river off Mill Road in Buckden.

    It went over the top of a weir before getting stuck downstream.

    Foal rescue

    The baby horse was saved using a flotation device and a harness, which guided it back on to the river bank.

    James Ball, from St Neots fire station, said the foal was "pretty lucky".

    The animal escaped largely unhurt and only had a small graze to one of his shins, he said.

  16. Austrian GP practice: Lewis Hamilton top again

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton kept up the pace and finished fastest at the end of the second free practice at the Austrian Grand Prix, with a 1:05.483.

    The Stevenage racer was 0.147secs ahead of title rival Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari.

    Then it's the second Brackley-built Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas (+0.216), followed by the Milton Keynes-based Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo, and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen in sixth.

  17. Secret mars moment in MK

    Kate Bradbrook

    BBC Look East

    A new generation of space explorers are getting specialist rover training at Open University in Milton Keynes.

    They have built a new Mars yard, simulating the surface of the Red Planet, on which students can remotely control a rover equipped with a robotic arm.

    It's a special top secret mission, that is so secret even I'm not allowed to film it.

    Computer mars mission

    Senior lecturer Manish Patel told me they'd made it as realistic as possible, including rocks, "to prepare exploring the surface of mars when we go there with our own rover".

  18. Bedene out of Wimbledon singles

    BBC Sport

    Unfortunately Britain's Wimbledon singles hopes have been reduced to three players after Wycombe's Aljaz Bedene lost in straight sets to Gilles Muller of Luxembourg.

    Muller, the 16th seed, won 7-6 (7-4) 7-5 6-4 on court two to reach the fourth round and end Bedene's hopes of a first last-16 place at a Grand Slam.

    Video content

    Video caption: Ace, ace, ace, ace - Muller hits four straight aces

    Four British players reached the third round of Wimbledon for the first time since 1997.

  19. Large fire in Luton fields

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    I've just spoken to Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, where a spokesman told me 30 firefighters were dealing with a large fire in two fields just off the A6 close to Streatley.

    The road is currently shut between Barton Le Clay and Luton, by Keech Hospice Care.

    There are seven fire vehicles there and crews from Ampthill, Biggleswade, Kempston, Stopsley, Woburn and Luton are attending.

  20. A1101 crash: Only 'slight injury' reported

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Just to update you on our post this morning...

    Fortunately only one person received "slight injury" when a lorry and a car crashed on the A1101 near Wisbech, according to police.

    They were taken to hospital to receive further treatment.

    The crash happened at about 08:45. The road has since reopened.