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Kris Holland

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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. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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".

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. '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.


    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.

  8. 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.

    View more on twitter
  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

    View more on twitter

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

  12. 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
    Image caption: 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.

    Image caption: 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.