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George Ford

George Ford's boot gives Bath victory at Northampton in Todd Blackadder's first league match in charge of the visitors.

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The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) found he had failed to disclose the court's findings to the council.

A social worker for children in care is cautioned after he failed to tell his employer he had been found guilty of domestic abuse.

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Our live coverage across the day

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Our regular live updates for Northamptonshire have now finished until Monday.

You can follow Northampton Saints against Bath tomorrow on BBC Radio Northampton and via the BBC Sport website, where you will so find coverage of the Italian Grand Prix.

You can read more on what financial auditors have said to Northampton Borough Council about the £10.15m loan to the Cobblers on our website.

Meanwhile, have a good weekend and let's hope the sun makes an appearance through the cloud.

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Overnight weather: Cloudy and mainly dry

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

This evening and overnight it'll be rather cloudy, but mainly dry, although there's a chance of occasional showers.

Lows of 12C (54F).

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Saturday will start bright and dry, but it'll turn cloudy later, with heavier rain in the evening and overnight. Top temperature: 20C (68F).

BBC Weather has the full forecast where you live.

Northampton Aerodrome set to get busy this weekend

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

Sywell Aerodrome will be as busy as Luton and Stansted today as owners arrive in their planes for a light aircraft show at the weekend.

It's attracted planes from all over the world, including this one from Manuel Queiroz who flew it all the way around the world, ten years ago.

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This is a microlight dressed up to look like a stealth fighter from Greece:

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And this is the Sling 4, an aircraft from South Africa. A team from South Africa and volunteers from the Light Aircraft Association are trying to build the kit, from scratch, in seven days and hope to fly it at Sywell this weekend:

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Lewis Hamilton fastest in Italian Grand Prix practice

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer at Monza

Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton set the pace ahead of Brackley-based Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg with an impressive performance in second practice at the Italian Grand Prix.

The world champion was 0.193 seconds quicker than Rosberg around Monza as the two head into the final stages of their title battle.

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Hamilton is nine points clear of Rosberg with eight races remaining.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was third but nearly half a second down on a track where margins are always tight.

Spinners Keogh and White's 20 wickets an 'unbelievable effort'

Northamptonshire captain Alex Wakely captures spinners Rob Keogh (left) and Graeme White (right) having a well-deserved beer after Northants' win over Glamorgan.

Keogh and White claimed all twenty wickets in the match, the county's second victory over the Welsh side in the County Championship.

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Northants spin their way to a three-day victory against Glamorgan

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northamptonshire wrapped up a seasonal County Championship double over Glamorgan by mid-afternoon as Graeme White (pictured) claimed a career-best haul of 6-44.

With the ball turning sharply, Glamorgan never looked likely to prolong the game into the final day with White and Rob Keogh bowling unchanged.

The home side won by 318 runs.

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Keogh finished with 13 wickets to White's seven and the victory follows a Northants win by 251 runs in last month's match in Swansea.

Northamptonshire's unusual graves: The unique memorial to Rev May

Craig Lewis

BBC News

One of the quirkier gravestones in Northamptonshire can be found at St Peter's Church in Oundle:

The graveyard at St Peter's in Oundle
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St Peter's in Oundle
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It belongs to Reverend John May, and the inscription reads: "Rev John May, d. aged 45, May 24, 1813, also Anne May, wife, d. May 1794."

It is rumoured the grave rests under a May tree.

Northamptonshire's unusual graves: Frederick Wright

Craig Lewis

BBC News

Frederick Wright, the Titanic's squash coach commemorated on a family gravestone in Great Billing, was paid the princely sum of £1 per week.

Wright not only took on all-comers, but also cleaned the court, ran the booking system and supplied passengers with squash racquets and balls.

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Graeme White

Nick Webb

BBC Wales Sport

Northamptonshire complete a 318-run win over Glamorgan with Graeme White taking 6-44 as the spinners dominate again.

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Northamptonshire's unusual graves: The Titanic's squash coach

Craig Lewis

BBC News

From the grave of the legendary Coco the Clown to that of Lawrence Washington, the great, great, great grandfather of the first US President, George.

There are plenty of unusual gravestones in Northamptonshire. This week I've been looking at a few of them.

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One of the saddest stories is that of Frederick Wright, who was the squash coach on the Titantic. He's now commemorated on a family memorial in St Andrew’s Church, Great Billing (pictured above).

As the doomed ship began to sink in August 1912, Wright met his next opponent, a chap called Colonel Archibald Gracie, who announced: “Perhaps we had better cancel our match for tomorrow morning, Mr Wright."

At the time, the Titanic's squash court was already half under water.

Northampton v Bath: Picamoles against Faletau should be a feature

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Picking Harry Mallinder (pictured) at fly-half is the surprise that Jim Mallinder has sprung going into the opening game of the new season.

Mallinder starred for England Under-20s over the summer and made several eye-catching performances last season for Saints - but at centre or full-back rather than at stand-off.

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Plus the prospect of Louis Picamoles locking horns with Bath's Taulupe Faletau, with the two number eights making their Premiership debuts, should be the feature of the match.

Hartley and Picamoles in Saints pack while Mallinder comes in at fly-half

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

England captain Dylan Hartley is in a strong starting line-up for Northampton Saints for their opening game against Bath tomorrow.

Summer arrival Louis Picamoles also comes into the side, while Harry Mallinder, son of director of rugby Jim, is in at fly-half.

England internationals Paul Hill and Teimana Harrison are only on the bench, alongside Wales wing George North.

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Dean Cox

Northampton Town boss Rob Page says he was left frustrated in his attempt to sign Dean Cox from Leyton Orient.

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Headteacher leaves 'sorting office' school days before it's due to open

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

Monday will see the Northampton International Academy welcome students for the first time, but the EMLC Academy Trust which runs the school has said the executive principal designate Andy Hardy left his position on 31 August.

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The trust say that this is a due to a change in his personal circumstances and say until a full-time principal is in place, Dr Peter Kent from Lawrence Sheriff School in will be an interim executive principal.

The school, which has taken over the former Royal Mail site on Barrack Road, will open as planned on Monday in mobile classrooms, whilst the work to convert the building continues. 

Eventually, it is planned to provide facilities for more than 2,000 pupils, which will make it the largest school in the county.

Weather: Mostly cloudy with some light rain today

BBC Weather Watchers

It's quite cloudy today...

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The afternoon will remain mostly cloudy with outbreaks of light rain and drizzle possible with a high of 19C (66F).

There is a more detailed forecast on the BBC Weather website.

Opposition on borough council say auditors Cobblers loan findings are 'devastating'

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

The Labour opposition in Northampton says the findings from KPMG accountants that the £10.25m council loan to Northampton Town Football Club lacked due diligence is "devastating".

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Councillor Elizabeth Gowen, Labour's finance spokeswoman at Northampton Borough Council, says the fact the much of the loan, made by the ruling Conservatives, remains unpaid is "still having serious repercussions to this very day" and the council "took a big gamble with taxpayers’ money".

Ms Gowen says this criticism of the council also applies to a loan to Northampton Saints, the University of Northampton and engineering firm Cosworth, but "thankfully these creditors were okay and have repaid or are repaying in full".

Council leader says she 'welcomes the feedback' after auditors say they lacked due diligence over Cobblers loan

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

The leader of Northampton Borough Council, Mary Markham, says she accepts the comments in KPMG's report that they had "an insufficiently systematic, robust, and objective due diligence process" over the £10.25m loan to Northampton Town Football Club and she "welcomes the feedback on the council's processes".

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Ms Markham says they have already put a number of improvements in place to tackle the issues raised in this report and intend to make further changes in how they do things.

KPMG's report, which is not yet published, is just one of three investigations into the loan to the football club's previous owners, which has seen millions of pounds apparently go missing and took the club to the brink of administration last year.

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Financial auditors find a council did not properly scrutinise a £10.25m loan given to Northampton Town football club.

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Council did not have "objective due diligence process" over Cobblers loan say investigators

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

There were "insufficiently systematic, robust" processes in place when Northampton Borough Council lent £10.25m to Northampton Town for the development of the Sixfields stadium.

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The council's external auditor KPMG is investigating the processes around the awarding of the loan, most of which apparently went missing, with the vast majority of the work left uncompleted.

Auditors are clear their investigation is not finished, but say there was "an insufficiently systematic, robust, and objective due diligence process" and that they cannot say the council "took properly informed decisions".

They also say the loan did not represent "value for money". 

It's not yet known when the final report will be complete.

Northampton Saints: Ice cream making with the team

James Burridge

BBC Look East

I've been ice cream sundae making with Northampton Saints players Tom Wood, Alex Waller and Mike Haywood ahead of the start of the new Premiership season.

As well as showing off their creativity with desserts, the trio and director of rugby Jim Mallinder also discuss Saints' hopes for 2016-17:

Ice cream making with Northampton Saints

Hamilton second fastest in Italian Grand Prix practice

BBC Sport

Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton was second fastest in first practice for Sunday's Italian Grand Prix in Monza this morning, behind team-mate and championship rival Nico Rosberg.

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Hamilton, who leads the drivers championship by nine points with the Brackley-based Mercedes team, has been paying tribute to Felipe Massa, who is to retire from F1 at the end of the season.

"I wish him all the best and [am] super grateful that I got to race with a great driver like him," he said. 

You can read reports from the practice session on BBC Sport.

Silverstone hosts MotoGP once again while Wales waits

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

Thousands of fans are expected at Silverstone this weekend for the British round of the Moto GP and the campsite at Hamilton Fields has already started to see them arrive.

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The Northamptonshire circuit is continuing to hold the race because the Circuit of Wales is yet to be built.  

The Circuit of Wales holds the contract until 2025 - and if they ever get the track near Merthyr Tydfil ready, it'll move there.

They insist it is going ahead, but for now Silverstone remains a high-speed, thrilling experience - with riders clinging on for dear life at more than 200 mph (320 km/h).

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With the Premiership flush with cash foreign stars have flocked to England - BBC Sport picks out the biggest overseas arrivals on show this season.

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Cricket solicitor says new ownership model 'powerful disincentive' for ground sale

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northamptonshire County Cricket Club's solicitor Doug Isles says the documentation for their change from a members' club to a limited company "does not need changing" and the ownership model has "much better protection for the County Ground than exists today".

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He said that, contrary to former Wisden editor Matthew Engel's concerns that the County Ground could theoretically become a "cheese factory", there is a provision in the new ownership that any money raised by the sale of the County Ground "must be used for cricketing purposes".

He also said investors could only take out what they put in, which he described as a "powerful disincentive" for any sale.

There is a clause in the new documentation which allows the County Ground to be used to pay off debts, but Mr Isles said that if any company doesn't trade successfully it has to look at "all its assets" to pay debts and that the club "can't keep going back and asking for money" from investors.

Northamtponshire's T20 victory saved club 'from the brink' says investor

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Gary Hoffman, who was formerly on the board of Northamptonshire County Cricket Club, and will be one of the people investing in the new limited company says that the club has only survived "because a small number of people have given money to the club".

He added that the proposed changes to the club's ownership are "all about making sure there is cricket in Northamptonshire".

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Former Wisden editor Matthew Engel has raised concerns about the new ownership structure saying there is "no protection" for the County Ground.

Mr Hoffman said he understands the concerns and promised to look at the documentation to see whether it could better "reflect the intention" to protect cricket at the ground.

Mr Hoffman went on to say the success of the last few years, such as their recent T20 Blast victory, has "saved the club from the brink" and that he and fellow investors have "Northamptonshire cricket at heart and just want to safeguard it".

Former Wisden editor warns county cricket ground could become 'cheese factory'

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

While things seem to be going well on the pitch, there is unrest off the pitch at Northamptonshire County Cricket Club as cricket journalist, Matthew Engel, who's a former Wisden editor, has concerns about plans to convert Northamptonshire County Cricket Club from a members' club to a limited company.

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The club's board of directors say the plan would ensure cricket continues to be played there. The proposal is due to be discussed by members next week.

Mr Engel said: "There is absolutely no protection for the [cricket] ground, it will entirely depend on the mysterious people who are buying the club. 

"There is nothing stopping them turning [the ground] into a cheese factory."

Keogh hopes Duckett's ton will impress England selectors

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northants all-rounder Rob Keogh told me that his career-best 9-52 has been an "interesting day" saying "things went my way". 

The county set Glamorgan a target of 451 after day two of their County Championship game.

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Keogh said opener Ben Duckett, who hit a rapid 185, is an "an unbelievable player of spin" and that he's "in the form of his life and hopefully that sort of pitch sets him up for a trip to Bangladesh [with England]".

The 24-year-old added: "Apparently there's a bit of bad weather around Saturday, but 450 behind is a lot on this wicket."

Cricket: Northants' Keogh and Duckett demolish Glamorgan

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northamptonshire set Glamorgan an improbable target of 451 after spinner Rob Keogh took a career-best 9-52 and Ben Duckett (pictured) hit 185 in their County Championship Division Two match yesterday.

Part-time bowler Keogh proved unplayable on a turning wicket on day two as Glamorgan lost all 10 wickets in the morning, collapsing to 124 all out.

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Duckett then raced to 100 off 81 balls and passed 1,000 first-class runs for the season before the hosts declared on 305-7.

Glamorgan ended on 0-0 at stumps.

We'll have full commentary online or via the BBC Sport app from 10:30.

Today's weather: Mostly cloudy

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

After yesterday's sunshine, today is due to be mostly cloudy with outbreaks of rain and a maximum temperature of 19C (66F).

Get the regional forecast from BBC Weather.

Welcome back to our live page

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Good morning. It's Friday, and it's a busy one.

We'll be bringing you the build-up to the Italian Grand Prix, the MotoGP returning to Silverstone, the start of the Premiership Rugby Union season and cricket action both on and off the pitch.

Plus, there will be all the travel you need and the latest weather.

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Rob Keogh

Nick Webb

BBC Wales Sport

Rob Keogh claims a career-best 9-52 and Ben Duckett smashes a century as Northants set Glamorgan 451 to win.

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That's it for today

Our live updates have now finished for today.

We'll be back tomorrow with all the news, weather, sport and travel you need.

In the meantime, any breaking news will appear on this page.

We'll see you from 08:00.

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg predict tight title battle in remaining eight races

BBC Sport

Lewis Hamilton says it is "game on" in the world championship battle, while Brackley-based Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg is treating every race "like a cup final".

Reigning champion Hamilton, 31, holds a nine-point lead over his German rival after Rosberg, also 31, was victorious in Belgium on Sunday.

That ended a run of four straight wins for the British driver, who had trailed by 43 points after four races.

Formula 1 heads to Italy this weekend, with eight races remaining.

Nico Rosberg
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"I'm really enjoying the battle out there right now," said Rosberg, who is attempting to emulate his father, Keke, who won the title in 1982.

"We've got several cars in the mix now, which is exciting for us and the fans. I'm taking every race like a cup final."

Weather: Sunshine this evening but rain by tomorrow

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

It will turn cloudier later, with some showery rain across the north of the region and a low of 12C (53F).

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Tomorrow it'll be rather cloudy with the chance of some showery rain, possibly turning heavy at times.

There will be a high temperature of 21C (70F).

More details on the BBC Weather website.

Ice cream making with Northampton Saints
BBC Look East goes ice cream sundae making with three Northampton Saints players ahead of the new Premiership season.

Northamptonshire's Duckett making his mark

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Northamptonshire opener Ben Duckett has scored his third County Championship century today.

The 21-year-old has also impressed for the England Lions, and of course was a vital part of Northants' T20 Blast triumph.

The Sun's cricket correspondent John Etheridge believes a full England call-up might not be far away...

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Northamptonshire Telegraph: More shops, more restaurants and more cinema screens for Rushden Lakes

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The Northamptonshire Telegraph reports that an expanded 14-screen IMAX cinema and more restaurants have been included in updated proposals for Rushden Lakes.

Developer LXB Properties has revealed plans for an extended leisure terrace, which includes two new cinema screens and three new restaurants.

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Yesterday, Northampton Borough Council chose the scheme for the development of Greyfriars, which could include an eight-screen cinema. 

Sailor Fletcher says Rio disappointment adds 'fuel to the fire' for 2020 Olympics

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

A Northamptonshire sailor says a disappointing result at the Rio Olympics has made him more determined to succeed at the next games in Tokyo.

Dylan Fletcher (right), who trains at Pitsford, finished sixth in the 49er class with his sailing partner Alain Sign.

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We pushed a little bit too hard and we capsized. We're bitterly disappointed not to come away with a medal but it just adds fuel to the fire for Tokyo."

Dylan FletcherTeam GB, 49er class sailing