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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    That's all for our live updates this week - we'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday.

    Have a great weekend.

  2. Our live coverage across the day

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    That's it from all of the team here at the Local Live news feed for Northamptonshire for this week.

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

    Keep your fingers crossed the weather conditions are favourable enough for some flying during the 28th Northampton Balloon Festival over the weekend.

    Ballooons on the ground
  3. Weather: Thundery showers overnight

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    There will be further showers moving eastwards this evening and these could be heavy and thundery, but there’ll be some sunshine too.

    A band of rain following in behind later tonight and this could produce some heavy and possibly thundery downpours, with the winds possibly gusting to 40mph for a time.

    By morning it should be dry everywhere and temperatures, for many places, staying in double figures.

    Weather map

    Saturday is looking a blustery day of sunshine and a few scattered showers. There’ll be a moderate to fresh westerly wind and highs around 20C (68F).

    Sunday should also be largely dry with some sunshine. Cloud is eventually expected to increase but, at the moment, rain isn’t expected to arrive in the west until early evening.

    There's a more detailed forecast for where you are at BBC Weather.

  4. Motorists fined for blocking pavements

    Emma Baugh

    BBC Look East

    Earlier we brought you a report that police were carrying out special patrols with prams and wheelchairs to highlight the problems bad parking can cause for pedestrians.

    Operation pram

    Well today I went out to Bishop Stortford to see how Operation Pram is going.

    Operation pram

    Today officers decided to use a wheelchair for their patrol.

    Operation pram

    As you can see, several tickets were handed out - each carrying a £30 fine.

    Operation pram
    Operation pram
  5. 'Complete performance' needed by Steelbacks

    Graham McKechnie

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    Northamptonshire Steelbacks captain Alex Wakely says they have to "put in a complete performance" tonight, if they're to qualify for the T20 quarter finals.

    They face Durham at Wantage Road in their last North Group game and need to win, after the defeat at Yorkshire last night.

    Wakely says: "We've just got to go out there and win the game, we can't worry about other results, we've just got to focus on our game."

    Alex Wakely

    Full commentary from Wantage Road gets under way on BBC Radio Northampton from 19:00, with all the build up from 18:00.

  6. 'Huge' chihuahua festival comes to MK

    Hundreds of chihuahua's from across the UK are set to descend on Milton Keynes tomorrow to take part in the first ever ChihuahuaTown Festival.

    There are red carpet events and the UK's first Chihuahua Beauty Pageant.

    Organiser Kerry Brooks, who doesn't actually own one of the breed, says she's doing it because she "loves them".


    "We decided to do a small event for maybe 150 local people, but we were out voted by the entire chihuahua community and they all decided they wanted to come - it's now huge."

    The event takes place between 11:00 and 17:00 at Bradville Hall and Sports Fields.

  7. Balloon flights cancelled for tonights festival

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    We've had it confirmed there will be no balloon flights over Billing Aquadrome tonight for the 28th Northampton Balloon Festival.

    Flights couldn't take place this morning because of the wrong weather conditions. A warning of heavy thundery showers means no balloons will go up this evening.

    There's still a chance to hopefully see some flights over the weekend though as the event continues until Sunday.

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  8. Watch: The moment Cook gets his double century

    BBC Sport

    This is the moment that Alastair Cook got his fourth Test double century.

    The teams are now taking lunch, and England are on 449-4.

  9. Cricket: 200 for Cook

    BBC Sport

    Yes, he's gone and done it - Bedfordshire's Alistair Cook has just got the fourth double hundred of his Test career.

    It's his second at Edgbaston, scored against The West Indies on day two of the Day/Night Test.

    He's still going and is on 213.

    England are currently 449-4.

    Alistair Cook
  10. Travel: A605 re-opens after fatal accident

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    The A605 has fully re-opened after a fatal accident this morning in which a man from Peterborough died.

    A section of the road between the A1(M) junction 17 and the B671 at Elton had been closed for most of the day.

    Police are investigating after two vehicles, a Ford Focus and a Scania lorry, collided just over a mile west of the Haddon services at about 00:37.

  11. Cook closing in on his double century

    BBC Sport

    Bedfordshire's Alistair Cook has got England to over 400 runs, as he's back at Edgbasten on day two of the Day/Night Test against the West Indies.

    England resumed on 348-3, the latest score is 422-3.

    This is the moment it happened.

    Cook is currently on 197.

  12. Tips for a special parkrun weekend


    It's a special weekend in parks around the country.

    This Saturday, those who take part in their local parkrun might find themselves jogging alongside some of the country's sporting stars.

    It's all part of campaign for National Lottery funded athletes to give back and say thank you.

    And, if you've never heard of, or done a parkrun - it's really easy to get involved. Here's Team GB rowing legend Katherine Grainger to give you the low down in five simple steps.

    Video content

    Video caption: Katherine Grainger's 5 steps to Parkrun

    For more information on how to get into running, check out the BBC Get Inspired guide.

  13. Weather grounds balloons at town festival

    Tom Percival

    BBC Radio Northampton

    The 28th Northampton Balloon Festival has got under way in the town today.

    More than 30 hot air balloons are expected to take to the skies today, tomorrow, and Sunday from the festival's Billing Aquadrome site, but only if the weather permits.

    Sadly no balloons took to the skies this morning due to the conditions - last year not one got off the ground, again because of the weather.

    Balloons on the ground

    Wendy Rousell, one of the event organisers, says the uncertainty can make things difficult but told me "we ask people to sympathise with us a little bit as we really want to fly, but there are just times that we are unable to because of the weather".

    Balloons are set to take off at about 18:00 tonight, so fingers crossed for then.

    Balloons on the ground
  14. Cricket: White to stay at Northants

    Graham McKechnie

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    Northamptonshire cricketer Graeme White as extended his contract with the club until the end of 2019.

    The 30-year-old left arm spinner has been suffering with a shoulder injury, which has forced him to miss a large part of this season.

    Head coach, David Ripley, says: "Graeme continues to improve, he is a real modern day cricketer who can bowl, bat and field and we are delighted he continues to see his future here."

    Graeme White

    Tonight the Steelbacks face Durham at Wantage Road in the final T20 North Group game.

    They have to win to have a chance of qualifying for the last eight.

  15. Greg jumps at chance to take part in Parkrun

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    A rather famous face will be taking part in the Willen Lake Parkrun tomorrow.

    Olympic gold medallist and Strictly star Greg Rutherford, from Milton Keynes, will be attending as a tail walker, to help those at the back of the pack.

    It's part of a national drive involving Olympic and Paralympic competitors to encourage people to get involved in the event.

    Greg Rutherford

    Greg says: "I’ve always been a strong advocate for getting people involved in fitness and health and Parkrun is a really nice way to start that."

  16. Knife amnesty creating "safer Cambridgeshire"

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    What you can see below are just some of the knives handed into Cambridgeshire Police after a week long knife amnesty.

    In total more than 80 knives, including seven machetes, were left in special bins in police stations across the county.

    It's the third knife amnesty that's taken place this year, with 300 knives recovered so far.

    Recovered knives

    Insp Ben Newton says: "Taking weapons off the streets is part of creating a safer Cambridgeshire.

    Recovered knives

    "Those who carry knives not only put lives at risk, but also face a lengthy prison sentence and a hefty fine."

  17. Fatal accident closes A605

    Sam Edwards

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    I've been given more information about the fatal accident that happened on the A605 this morning, close to Peterborough.

    The East of England Ambulance Service say they were called to reports of an accident on the A605 near Haddon at around 00:45.

    They say two ambulances, two ambulance cars, an ambulance officer, and a critical care team attended.

    The driver of one of the cars was pronounced dead at scene. Police say he was from the Peterborough area.

    The road remains closed between the A1(M) junction 17 Peterborough services to the B671 Elton.

  18. Airline shares lead FTSE 100 lower

    BBC Business News

    Shares in airlines fell in early trade as investors worried about the impact of the Barcelona terror attack on tourism.

    British Airways owner IAG and Luton-based EasyJet were both down by more than 2%, making them the biggest fallers on the FTSE 100 index.

    The UK's benchmark share index fell 51.40 points, or 0.7%, to 7,336.47.

    easyJet wing
  19. 'Operation pram' leads to other arrests

    Justin Dealey

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Police in East Hertfordshire have launched "Operation Pram", where they've been using a pram or wheelchair to see if motorists are obstructing the pavement.

    In some incidents motorists have been given a £30 fine, but East Herts Ch Insp Gerry McDonald says it's all "about education" and they want to "highlight" the issue.

    He added that talking to members of the public during the operation resulted in a number of arrests for drug related crimes.


    Today the team will be out in Bishop Stortford.

  20. Motorcyclist killed in Hertfordshire

    Carol Abercrombie

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A man in his 30s has died after his motorbike hit a lamp post in Hitchin last night.

    Police say it happened on Woolgrove Road at about 19:15.

    They're currently investigating the incident.

    Woolgrove Road