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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!

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!

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!

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.

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.

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
Paul Farr

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.

Fed up of roadworks on the A10?

It looks like your misery around the Kingsmead Viaduct at Ware is finally coming to an end after weeks of delays...

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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
John Moore

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
John Moore

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."

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."

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
University of Hertfordshire

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."

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
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".

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."

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."

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
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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.

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.

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
South Beds News Agency

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.

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
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'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
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.

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.

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
Anglia Ruskin University
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
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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.

Welwyn-based Tesco fined £8m over spilled fuel

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Welwyn Garden City-based Tesco has today been ordered to pay more than £8m in fines and costs after pleading guilty at Preston Crown Court to a pollution incident.

Between 2 and 3 July 2014 approximately 23,500 litres (5,169 gallons) of petrol escaped from a station filling tank in Haslingden, Lancashire.

Tesco store
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The Environment Agency's joint investigation with partners found the incident resulted from Tesco's failure to address a known issue with part of the fuel delivery system. There was also an inadequate alarm system and poor emergency procedures, the agency said.

A Tesco spokesperson said: "We sincerely regret the fuel spillage incident at our petrol station in Haslingden and we're sorry for the impact it had on the local environment, our customers and the community.

"This was a deeply unfortunate isolated incident and one for which we have taken full responsibility.

"Following the incident, we have inspected all relevant petrol stations, introduced a new real-time monitoring system and made a number of further improvements to protect against similar incidents happening again."

Sentimental MG 'burned in arson'

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

A classic car that was the only thing a Cambridge man had left from his late father has been almost entirely destroyed in an arson attack, according to his wife.

Burnt of MG
Elizabeth McRae

Elizabeth McRae said thieves tried to steal the 1964 British Racing Green MG from a garage on Mortlock Avenue, Chesterton, early yesterday morning.

However, they couldn't start the engine so set fire to it, she said.

Burnt of MG
Elizabeth McRae

Ms McRae, who's the wife of the car's owner, Charles Thomson, said "it's a horrible thing to do".

"My husband is not [feeling] great," she said.

"After restoring the car, it's been happily living in a rented garage for a couple of years until yesterday morning.

"It's a real mess. We're not sure if it can be restored.

"It was so shiny. I used to complain about how long he'd spend polishing it.

"There's no green left. It's got no tyres and the bonnet and side panels have been 'disformed'."

Police say they were called by the fire service at 03:20 and believe it was a deliberate act. Investigations are ongoing.

'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.

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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.

Two stabbed at Matalan car park

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Two men have been stabbed in the Matalan car park in Bletchley.

Thames Valley Police was called to the attack on Watling Street shortly after midnight.

Matalan at Bletchley

Two men, both in their 20s, suffered facial injuries and were taken to hospital by ambulance.

They have since been discharged. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, said police.

No arrests have yet been made.

EFL Cup: Local sides learn first-round opponents

The draw for the first-round of the EFL Cup has just been made.

MK Dons will travel to newly-promoted League Two club Forest Green Rovers, while Stevenage go to Championship side Millwall - who won the League One play-off final last month.

Elsewhere, Luton Town will host Championship side Ipswich.

The ties will be played in the week beginning Monday, 7 August.

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EFL Cup: Posh host Barnet, U's to go to Bristol Rovers

The draw for the first-round of the EFL Cup has just been made.

Peterborough United will host League Two side Barnet, while Cambridge United will travel to League One club Bristol Rovers.

The ties will be played in the week beginning Monday, 7 August.

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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.

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Your pictures: June sun before hot weekend

BBC Weather Watchers

Earlier I said it was going to be scorchio today. By the looks of the weather so far, it appears I lied a little.

However, that hasn't stopped our BBC Weather Watchers capturing these beautiful shots of the county...


Man in court accused of murdering teen Koy Bentley

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A 21-year-old man appeared at St Albans Crown Court today accused of the murder of teenager Koy Bentley in Watford.

Abdi Ali, 21, of Boundfield Road in Lewisham, has also been charged with perverting the course of justice and conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

Koy Bentley
Hertfordshire Police

He was remanded in custody by Judge Andrew Bright QC.

Koy Bentley (pictured), who was 15, died from a fatal stab wound to the chest inside a flat on Water Lane, Watford, on 5 June.

On Wednesday a 15-year-old boy from Willesden, north London, who was earlier charged with Koy's murder, was also remanded in custody when he appeared at the crown court.

A plea hearing has been set for 13 July. A trial date was set for 13 November with a two to three week estimate.

A 24-year-old man from Greenwich, who was arrested on suspicion of murder, has been bailed until 4 July.

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.


Families head to Hamerton

Lara Rostron

BBC Look East

I'm a Hamerton Zoo Park, which reopened this morning three weeks after a keeper was killed by a tiger.

Rosa King (below), 33, died when the animal entered the enclosure she was in.

Rosa King
Hamerton Zoo entrance

Ali Harris (below), 28, from Cambridge, is one of the people attending today with her six-year-old son Jack, to celebrate their birthdays.

Ali Harris with son Jack.

She says the incident hasn't worried her - she still feels safe as the attack happened in the pen - and they're looking forward to a day out.

Rebekha Dunstan (below), 25, from Chatteris, is also here with two-year-old William.

She says she's been here before and the attack was "not an issue" as the tiger didn't escape.

Rebekha Dunstan

It's the first time Jess Harris (below), 24, from Cambridge, has visited the zoo.

She said she's sad about what happened but not worried about her safety.

Jess Harris

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.

Fundraising call to convert pop stars' bus into homeless shelter

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A campaign to convert a double-decker bus used by pop royalty into a shelter for homeless people in Milton Keynes is launching a campaign to raise £20,000.

The Bus Shelter MK, which has 16 bunks, was previously used on tours by stars including Robbie Williams and Rod Stewart.

Thomas Davis and the bus
The Bus Shelter MK

The charity has already raised £10,000 to purchase the former band bus and Bus Shelter MK must now find an additional £20,000 to complete the project and welcome their first residents.

Thomas Davis (pictured), who started the project, said: "Sleep is just the beginning.

"All that many homeless people want is a chance to turn their life around and build a better future.

Inside the bus
The Bus Shelter MK

"It's hard to find a job when you don't have the right advice, professional support or even a postal address - the Bus Shelter MK will provide all of this."

The bus will provide a warm and safe place for people to sleep that will be open every day of the year.

A separate bathroom and laundry unit will be parked alongside and residents will be given a mailing address so they can access medical services and apply for work.

Woman driver dies after three-vehicle crash on A1

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A woman has died after her car hit a van and a lorry on the A1 near Borehamwood.

The crash happened on the northbound carriageway just before 11:10 on Wednesday.

Police said a Ford KA struck a Mercedes Sprinter van and a Daf 44-tonne lorry, both of which were parked in a layby south of Rowley Lane.

The driver of the KA, a woman in her 40s, suffered serious injuries and was taken to St George's Hospital in London for treatment, but died later that day.

The driver of the van suffered minor injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment. The lorry driver was unhurt.

The northbound carriageway remained shut for almost five hours to allow the emergency services to investigate the circumstances.

PC Jackie Lister said: "I am appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision, or the events leading up to it, to please contact me."

Decision on Corr future soon

Nick Fairbairn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

Cambridge United will make a decision on the future of striker Barry Corr before the start of pre-season.

The 32-year-old, who has struggled with injuries over the past two campaigns, is out of contract this summer.

Barry Corr
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The U's have been monitoring his recovery and will check on his fitness before deciding whether to offer him a new deal.

Chief executive Jez George said a fit and firing Corr would be an asset, but admits they can't risk a repeat of last season.

"He's started one game in the past 12 months and as a football club at this level we can't take these types of risks if it's going to be a similar situation moving forward," George said.

"The situation with Barry is that we have a duty of care to him to bring him back to full fitness. He's under contract with us until 30 June. We can't sign Barry on an extended term or offer him an extended contract if he's not fit."

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.

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

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
Thrapston Town
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.

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.

New leader of Labour group on Peterborough council

Hannah Olsson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

Ed Murphy has been appointed as the new leader of the Labour group on Peterborough City Council.

Mr Murphy represents Ravensthorpe and replaces Mohammed Jamil.

Labour has 15 of the 60 seats on the council, which following a recent by-election has no overall control.

The Conservatives are the biggest party, with 29 seats.

Hamerton Zoo Park reopens today

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Hamerton Zoo Park reopens today, nearly three weeks after a keeper was killed by a tiger.

Rosa King, 33, died when the animal entered the enclosure she was in.

Rosa King

The decision was taken in consultation with police, staff and Rosa's family.

Huntingdonshire District Council carried out an inspection of the park and approved it for reopening.

At a media call yesterday, Hamerton director Andrew Swales read a statement honouring Rosa King as the "the life and soul" of the zoo.

He talked about her passion for working with big cats and her "incredible knowledge and passion for wildlife".

Mr Swales also released previously unknown detail about the animal involved, saying the tiger was a rare Malayan male called Cicip. He confirmed the cat wouldn't be put down.

A fundraising page has been set up for a memorial of Rosa at the zoo. It has raised £550 of the £1,800 required so far.

Good morning

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Welcome back to live updates for Beds, Herts and Bucks on Friday, 16 June.

We'll be here until 18:00 keeping you up-to-date with the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

It looks like it could be scorchio today.

Welwyn Garden City

A full forecast for the day is on the way shortly.

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