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  1. Updates on Friday, 7 July 2017
  2. £4m for new children's services trust in the county
  3. Daventry's 'canal to nowhere' approved
  4. Northants to begin T20 title defence
  5. Man stabbed in Northampton park

Live Reporting

By Stuart Bailey

All times stated are UK

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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. 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.

  3. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe disruption, between J18 for A5 and J16 for A45.

    M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 southbound between J18, A5 (Rugby) and J16, A45 (Daventry), because of a broken down car.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  4. Weather: Cloudy with possibility of sharp showers

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    Cloud will develop from the north west bringing a small chance of isolated sharp showers across the BBC East region tonight.

    But it will remain dry for many areas with clear spells later.

    Weather chart

    Light rain or drizzle is possible across western counties later as the temperature falls to 12C (54F) in places.

    Saturday will be another dry day with sunny spells and some cloud and it will be cooler on the coast.

    Maximum temperature: 23C (76F)

    More details from BBC Weather:

  5. A look at the papers

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    Elsewhere in Northamptonshire:

  6. 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.

  7. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M40 Warwickshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M40 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, between J12 for B4451 and J11 for A361.

    M40 Warwickshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M40 southbound between J12, B4451 (Gaydon) and J11, A361 (Banbury), because of vehicle tyre change.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  8. 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.

  9. Envelope update

    Severe accident: Northamptonshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    Northamptonshire both ways severe accident, at Westgate Road affecting Duston Mill Lane.

    Northamptonshire - Tollgate Way in Northampton blocked and queuing traffic at the Westgate Road junction, because of an accident involving car and motorbike. Congestion on A5076 Upton Way to the Duston Mill Lane junction and on A4500 Weedon Road to the Ross Road junction.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  10. 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.

  11. Your pictures: Blue skies

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Lots of sunshine again today in Northamptonshire.

    And it's been beautifully captured, as ever, by our BBC Weather Watchers...

    Sunshine in Irthlingborough.
    Sunshine and a dog in Pattishall.
    A bird in Burton Latimer,
    Blue skies in Roade.
  12. Afternoon weather: Turning cloudier

    BBC Weather

    A few clouds will pass over Northamptonshire this afternoon, but there will be plenty more sunny spells too.

    It will stay dry and warm, though not quite as warm as yesterday afternoon.

    A top temperature of 24C (75F).

    Forecast for Northampton.

    BBC Weather has more.

  13. Man stabbed in Northampton park

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    A man has been repeatedly stabbed as he walked home through Dallington Park.

    He was approached by a man who demanded his phone and wallet.

    As he tried to fight him off, he was approached by another man and stabbed in the neck, stomach and chest, with what the police described as a "small unknown pointed object".

    His injuries are said to be "minor". It happened between 03:30 and 04:00 on Monday.

    One of the offenders was black, about 5ft 5in tall and was wearing dark clothing. He was believed to have had a tattoo of a face or an animal on his left hand.

    Dallington Park, Northampton.
  14. New children's services trust 'a step towards privatisation' - union

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    As we've just mentioned, the government has given Northamptonshire County Council £4m to set up a new company to manage the day-to-day running of children's services.

    The authority says it will allow the department to be run in a more efficient way than if it continued to be managed directly by the council.

    But Penny Smith from the union, Unison, said: "Our children's services previously haven't been up to standard and I worry that this will alter the level of care to young people in Northamptonshire.

    "I am very concerned that eventually it'll become a private company and I've always felt that public services should be run by the public, for the public and delivered in the public interest."

    Lesley Hagger, director of children's services at Northamptonshire County Council, said: "This new company will be a public service company and wholly owned by the local authority.

    "Local government, by the nature of how it's organised, is quite bureaucratic, and this will enable us to spend more time working with children and families.

    "It gives us more freedom and flexibility to change the way we do things."

  15. £4m for new children's services trust in the county

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    Northamptonshire County Council has been given £4m from the government to help set up a new trust to run its children's services - the first of its kind in the country.

    It means it will be run day-to-day by a separate company rather than directly by the council.

    However, this company will be set-up by and wholly owned by the authority, which will monitor and remain responsible for its performance.

    Northamptonshire's children's services is a department under extreme pressure - having to help more and more children - and has had a troubled history.

    A child in the classroom.

    Inspectors from the watchdog, Ofsted, previously said it was "inadequate", but last year they moved it up a category to "requires improvement".

    The council believes this new trust will mean children's services can be run more efficiently, but the union, Unison, is concerned it's just a step towards privatisation.

    It's likely to be up and running by April 2018.

    We'll look at their arguments in more detail shortly.

  16. Saints fixtures announced

    Graham McKechnie

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    The fixtures have been announced for the forthcoming Premiership rugby season.

    It starts for Northampton Saints at Twickenham on 2 September - they're Saracens' opponents in the London Double Header.

    Then, on the back of that, they're at home to Leicester on Saturday, 9 September.

    The other East Midlands derby is at Welford Road in April.

    Saints' ground.

    The tough start to the season continues with a Friday evening game at home to Bath.

    Other matches that stand out are another trip to Twickenham to play Harlequins around New Year - they're at home to Exeter just before Christmas.

    And the regular season ends for Saints at Franklin's Gardens on 5 May against Worcester.

  17. Austrian GP practice: Lewis Hamilton top

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton set a scintillating pace in first practice at the Austrian Grand Prix as he left title rival Sebastian Vettel trailing.

    The Stevenage racer was 0.449secs quicker than Ferrari's Vettel, despite using the slowest soft tyre and Vettel the faster super-soft.

    The German was fourth fastest, behind Milton Keynes-based Red Bull's Max Verstappen and the second Brackley-built Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas.

    Lewis Hamilton racing

    Vettel is 14 points ahead of Hamilton as F1 resumes two weeks after their controversial collision in Baku.