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  1. Tunisia attack witness still 'waking up hearing gunshots' one year on
  2. Campaign launched to raise Female Genital Mutilation awareness after instances found in the county
  3. Lizzie Armitstead wins Women's Tour after completing final stage in Northamptonshire
  4. Brackley-based Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg dominates European F1 GP
  5. Updates for Monday, 20 June 2016
  6. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Tuesday at 08:00

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By Pete Cooper

All times stated are UK

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That's all for Northamptonshire's live updates today

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Tomorrow we'll look at the restarting of improvement works on St Giles Street in Northampton and previewing the latest series of Celebrity MasterChef, featuring a certain Northamptonshire vicar.

Plus, we'll bring you the latest news, sport, weather and travel for the county as it happens.

See you at 08:00.

Mallinder is captain for England U20s in semi-final tonight

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

England's footballers might be in action, but if you prefer your balls a little more egg-shaped you should be following England's Under 20s tonight.

They are in the World Rugby Championship semi-final against South Africa in Manchester.

Harry Mallinder
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Northampton Saints' Harry Mallinder will be in the side at fly-half and will captain the side in place of Jack Walker, who sustained concussion.

Weather: Sunshine and showers tomorrow

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

This evening the last of the heavy showers will clear and it'll be a largely dry night with clear spells. Temperatures for most of us will remain in double figures.


Tuesday is looking a largely dry day with just the small chance of a shower, with highs of 21C (70F).

Couple fighting to stop baby's life support being turned off

Mike Cartwright

BBC Look East

You may have seen this story in the Daily Mail over the weekend about a couple from Northampton intending to start legal proceedings to stop their baby's life support being turned off.

Rimari was born in April with a serious genetic condition which means he can't breathe or swallow unaided.

Northampton General Hospital has applied to the High Court to switch-off life support saying he has no quality of life.

Family photo

You can hear from the couple on BBC Look East tonight at 18:30 on BBC One.

FGM victim: 'I didn't know anything, we just went for a holiday'

Stuart Ratcliffe

BBC Look East

A campaign has been launched in Northamptonshire today to raise awareness and stop Female Genital Mutilation, known as FGM.

It's recognised as a violation of the human rights of girls and women and is illegal in the UK.

Victim Zubedm Dahir, from Northampton, said she "just went for a holiday" and "didn't know anything" before the procedure was carried out on her aged eight.

Warning - video contains graphic descriptions

Cases of FGM identified in Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire Police say there is an issue with girls being taken abroad for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), which is illegal. However, it can also occur in the county - and in either case, it's the NHS that has to deal with the consequences.

Emma Hildreth, communities manager for Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire County Council, said: "Female Genital Mutilation is extremely harmful, with devastating health consequences for girls and women."

FGM - data pic

The way data is collected for cases of FGM has changed, therefore year-on-year comparisons are not available.

Northamptonshire Women's Tour stage takes more than 1,700 calories to complete

If you wondered what it took to complete the final stage of the Women's Tour from Northampton to Kettering, here are the stats from British rider Rebecca Durrell...

Women's tour data

Northants Herald & Post: Call for council chair to resign after Northampton power plant referendum bid is thrown out

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The saga of the waste-to-energy plant planned for Northampton rumbles on.

The Northants Herald & Post reports the chairman of St James Residents' Association has accused the chair of Northamptonshire County Council of trying to "brazenly dismiss" a motion calling for a referendum on the power plant plan, and is now calling on him to resign.

You can read the latest instalment here. We've contacted the council for comment.

What is female genital mutilation?

BBC Newsbeat

Female genital mutilation, or FGM, is when a girl's genitals are either partially or totally removed for non-medical reasons.

Sometimes called female circumcision, it dates back about 2,500 years.

It affects 130m girls and young women worldwide, but there's still a lot of myths and misinformation surrounding FGM.

Police working to prevent FGM with 'early reports'

Stuart Ratcliffe

BBC Look East

Det Supt Steven Lingley, who heads safeguarding for Northamptonshire Police, told me today's launch was about "getting reports early" to protect children.

Steve Lingley

He said the police, the NHS and the county council were looking to prevent Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), but also "take positive action" where it has occurred.

He said officers are working with communities where FGM can be an issue, and said those groups are "committed" to helping the police.

Awareness campaign over FGM launched in Northamptonshire

Stuart Ratcliffe

BBC Look East

A campaign is being launched in Northamptonshire today to raise awareness of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). 

The campaign is being funded by Northamptonshire Police and is timed to coincide with the run-up to the summer holidays, when children may be at a higher risk of being taken abroad to have FGM carried out.

This is the poster police have released...

Northamptonshire FGM police poster
Northamptonshire Police

Top bosses move to back Remain ahead of EU vote

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Meanwhile, top bosses including Sir Richard Branson, the Premier League chair and car industry executives have backed Remain ahead of Thursday's EU vote.  

Mini factory

Directors at Toyota UK, Vauxhall, Jaguar Land Rover and BMW, along with component makers GKN which has a large base in Wellingborough, also voiced their support for the Remain campaign.

Wellingborough MP rules out second referendum if Remain win, but backs Leave victory

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The Conservative MP for Wellingborough, Peter Bone, one of the founders of the Grassroots Out movement, says he expects an exceptionally high turnout in Thursday's EU referendum.

Peter Bone

Despite some weekend newspaper polls suggesting a revival in the Remain camp, Mr Bone said he doesn't accept the premise that Leave will not win.

He described the race as very close, adding that if everyone votes "we will wake up on Friday as an independent sovereign United Kingdom".

If Remain wins narrowly, Mr Bone ruled out pushing for a second referendum.

Northampton Borough Council holds Jo Cox memorial

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Earlier today Northampton Borough Council held a memorial for killed MP Jo Cox.

Present were Northampton mayor Chris Malpas and Sally Keeble, the former Northampton North Labour MP.

Jo Cox memorial
Northampton Borough Council

Weather: Turning drier this afternoon, with some bright spells

BBC Weather Watchers

It's been rather wet...


That's Moulton from BBC Weather Watcher 'CDB', but the good news is the rain will slowly clear to bring a much brighter and drier afternoon, with a small risk of a heavy shower.

Top temperature: 20C (68F).

You can get more details on the BBC Weather website.

Love, battles and deities: Is the end nigh for county slogans?

Laurence Cawley

BBC News

England is a tapestry of counties whose road signs beckon us across its seams. 

While some nod a simple welcome, others carry slogans offering everything from basic lessons in history to full-on personal development proclamations. But are their days numbered?

Northamptonshire slogan
Colin Pyle/Geograph

"Let Yourself Grow - it's not really been used since I have been here," says Jo Lappin, the current head of the Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership.

"Our days of huge county signage have ended," says Lappin. "Road signs take a long time to replace and they are very expensive."

You can read more here.

Homes 'too expensive' for Help to Buy Isa scheme

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Would-be homeowners in large parts of England are being priced out of a government scheme to help first-time buyers, a BBC investigation has found.

In many areas, the average price of a starter home exceeds the maximum purchase cap of £250,000, or £450,000 in London.  


In Northamptonshire the average asking price for a two-bedroom house is £172,032, which is £77,968 below the cap for accessing the bonus with a Help to Buy Isa.

But affordability depends where you live in the county... in Brackley, the average asking price for a two-bedroom house is £250,000 - right on the cap for accessing the bonus.

You can find out if the Help to Buy Isa helps in your area here.

Orlando attack 'brings it all back', says Tunisia survivor

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Graeme Scott, from Irchester, said once the terror attack in Tunisia was over they emerged from their hiding place to see a number of dead bodies and blood. 

"It was a sight that will live with us for a long time," he said. "It's very hard still to this day."


Mr Scott explained that when he hears about other terror attacks such as in Orlando, Paris and Brussels, it "brings it all back".

A number of survivors from Sousse have stayed in touch with each other through social media. This has been a comfort and created friendships, Mr Scott said.

He will spend the anniversary with about 40 other British survivors who will meet for a private service and lunch.

'It's there every day', says Tunisia terror attack survivor one year on

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

A survivor of the attack near the Tunisian resort of Sousse which left 30 Britons dead has described how he is still affected by what happened almost one year later.

Graeme Scott, 44, from Irchester, was on holiday with his parents and cousin when the killing spree took place on 26 June last year.

Graeme Scott

He told the Press Association the family has struggled to sleep and he has been reluctant to visit some busy places because of what happened. 

"We were waking up in the middle of the night hearing gunshots and panicking," he explained.

"It took me a long time to go to the local shopping centre because you didn't know who was in front or behind you or where the escape route was.

"It's there every day. You're always thinking about the situation."   

Northampton boxer wins competition

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Over the weekend at London's Alexandra Palace, Northampton's Ben Fail, who fights out of the Far Cotton Boxing club, won in the 75kg weight division at The Haringey Box Cup - described by British World Heavyweight Anthony Joshua as "Europe's biggest amateur boxing tournament". 

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Top 10 finish in LeMans for Northamptonshire racing team

You might remember on Friday we told you about Strakka Racing - the motorsport team based in Whittlebury which was the only all-British entrant taking part in the LeMans 24-hour race.

Well, they finished eighth overall and fourth in their class, LMP2, which they seemed pretty happy with...

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Police launch campaign to raise awareness of FGM

Stuart Ratcliffe

BBC Look East

I'm off to Northamptonshire Police headquarters today, where officers are launching a campaign to raise awareness of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

Police hq

There were 25 new cases of FGM identified by Northampton General Hospital from September 2014 to February 2015, and police say more children could become victims in the county.

I'll be speaking to police and other professionals involved and hear the stories of victims, which we'll bring you later.

Weather: Cloudy and wet

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

It's a dull and wet start for most, with some heavier outbreaks of rain at times with a high of 20C (68F).

Here's my full forecast...

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

Women's Tour: 'Proud to be British' and 'a week to remember'

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Northamptonshire hosted the final stage of the Women's Tour, the only county to host a full stage every year since the Tour started three years ago.

The winner of the Tour, Lizzie Armitstead, seemed pleased with the event...

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Meanwhile, Towcester's Hannah Barnes once again got to ride in her home county...

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Women's Tour: Thousands line route for final stage through Northamptonshire

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The final stage of the Women's Tour started at Northampton's Guildhall and made its way to the Market Place in Kettering.

The thousands who lined the route watched an exciting stage, with a breakaway group vying for the stage win.

women's tour

Finland's Lotta Lepisto won the final stage in a sprint finish (below), edging out Italians Marta Bastianelli and Elena Cecchini. 

Women's tour

But it was not enough to stop Britain's Lizzie Armitstead winning the Tour for the first time. Her 14th place stage finish was enough to remain 11 seconds ahead of her closest rival overall.  

Women's Tour: Lizzie Armitstead wins race for first time

BBC Sport

Lizzie Armitstead won the Women's Tour for the first time after safely negotiating Sunday's fifth and final stage from Northampton to Kettering.  

Lizzie Armistead

The 27-year-old Briton, riding for the Boels Dolmans team, finished in the pack to preserve her 11-second lead on South Africa's Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio.  

Listen to Lewis Hamilton's struggles at European Grand Prix

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer in Baku, Azerbaijan

Lewis Hamilton says a series of technical problems afflicting him this year are making him fear for his hopes of winning the drivers' championship.

The world champion is 24 points adrift of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg after finishing fifth in the Grand Prix of Europe, which the German won.

"It's looking like a good year for Nico. But I never give up," he said.

During the race there was communication between Hamilton and the team about a problem with an engine setting. But radio restrictions meant the team could not tell him what was wrong or how to fix it... as you can hear...

Good weekend for Force India in Baku

BBC Sport

One of the beneficiaries of Lewis Hamilton's struggles at the European Grand Prix in Baku was Force India.

Sergio Perez

Sergio Perez (pictured) finished third for the Silverstone-based team, while Nico Hulkenberg finished in the points in 9th.

Lewis Hamilton has problems at European GP as Nico Rosberg dominates

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer in Baku, Azerbaijan

Nico Rosberg dominated the European Grand Prix as Brackley-based Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton struggled to fifth place.

Nico Rosberg
Getty Images

Rosberg led from the first corner and drove off into the distance, as Hamilton struggled to make up ground in the inaugural race in Azerbaijan.

The world champion started 10th and was hampered by a problem with an engine setting during the race.

He's now 24 points adrift of Rosberg in the championship.

Saints' Hartley leads England to first series win in Australia

BBC Sport

What a weekend for Northampton Saints' Dylan Hartley.

He became England's most capped hooker, with his 74th cap on Saturday against Australia...

Dylan Hartley
Getty Images

He scored the opening try in England's 23-7 win in the second Test...

Dylan Hartley
Getty Images

And led his England side to its first series win Down Under.

Dylan Hartley
Getty Images

Thumbs up all round.

Good morning and welcome to live updates for Northamptonshire

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Hello again. It's the start of another week - stay with us until 18:00 tonight as we bring you all the day's news, weather, sport and travel for Northamptonshire.

Let's start with a look at what happened in the weekend's sport...