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  1. Headlines on Friday, 1 July 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Monday at 08:00

Live Reporting

By Pete Cooper

All times stated are UK

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  1. Live updates have finished for the week

    That's all for today.

    Don't forget there is full coverage of Northamptonshire's T20 match against Birmingham Bears on BBC Radio Northampton.

    And full coverage of the Austrian Grand Prix on the BBC Sport website.

    As for us, we'll see you on Monday at 08:00. Have a great weekend.

  2. Weather: Sunshine and showers

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    Rather cloudy and breezy with the risk of showers tonight, although they are likely to be quite isolated with lows of 9C (48F).


    A fine start with sunny spells tomorrow but cloud increasing with the risk of showers, and highs of 19C (66F).

    More details on the BBC Weather website.

  3. Top of the table clash in T20 for Northamptonshire

    Alex Winter

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    Northamptonshire's cricketers are in action at Edgbaston against Warwickshire's Birmingham Bears tonight.

    And Birmingham does look rather splendid this evening...


    The Steelbacks are top of the T20 Blast North group, with the Bears only behind them on net run-rate.

    There is full coverage from 19:00 on BBC Radio Northampton.

  4. Lindsay Lohan 'furthering her career' with Kettering Christmas lights switch-on

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    It seems Kettering comedian James Acaster has taken some umbrage at Lindsay Lohan accepting MP Philip Hollobone's offer to switch on Kettering's Christmas lights...

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    I'm sure he's joking... as James tweeted the US actress on the night of the referendum, saying he was a "big fan" and attempting to explain where Kettering was to her.

  5. More MPs endorse Andrea Leadsom for PM

    Andrea Leadsom is gaining more support for her bid to be the next leader of the Tories.

    The MP for South Northamptonshire now has 17 confirmed MPs supporting her, including John Baron, the MP for Basildon and Billericay, who himself was seen as a leadership contender.

    And it seems some MPs have used the BBC to declare their support...

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  6. New Saints signing Picamoles arrives in Northampton

    Rugby doesn't quite move as fast as football.

    It was November last year the Saints confirmed they were signing the French number eight Louis Picamoles.

    And now, finally, he's arrived in Northampton...

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  7. Nico Rosberg beats Lewis Hamilton in rain-hit Austrian GP practice

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    Nico Rosberg edges Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in a rain-interrupted second practice session at the Austrian Grand Prix.


    Rosberg set his time in the seven minutes of running at the beginning of the session before a heavy downpour.

    Hamilton recorded his lap in the final 10 minutes after the rain had abated and the sun returned.

    There was just 0.019 seconds between them, with Force India's Nico Hulkenberg third from Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

  8. Another Action Man astronaut set for space

    Helen Burchell

    BBC News

    As the #FindMajorTom campaign continues, organisers plan to launch another Action Man astronaut in the hope of gathering the footage denied to them by Major Tom's thieves.

    Action man

    The "Mercury 10" mission is the brainchild of Chris Hillcox, from Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands, and Rob Wisdom, of Essex, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Action Man's creation.

  9. Action Man astronaut still not found

    Helen Burchell

    BBC News

    Earlier this week we told you about the desperate search for an astronaut lost in the Northamptonshire countryside after plummeting to Earth from space.

    Well... a mini version.

    Action Man

    We're sad to say Action Man Major Tom has still not been found, but the good news is his "brother", Commander Tim, is in training for a repeat mission.

    Major Tom fell to Earth in Creaton on Sunday after being launched 19 miles (30km) into near space. Before the rescue team which was tracking his fall could arrive, space scavengers had made off with the vintage 1966 toy, his space capsule and on-board camera.

  10. Are Wales the Northampton Town of Euro 2016?

    Joe Townsend

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    Cobblers' boss Rob Page told me his former Wales team-mate and now manager Chris Coleman has been "exceptional", adding the Welsh side "epitomise" team spirit. 

    Rob Page

    Page, capped 41 times by Wales, said they show "togetherness and a bond" similar to that shown by Northampton Town last season, which led them to the League Two title.

    He said it was "fantastic to see and long may it continue".

    Wales face Belgium in Lille in the quarter-final of Euro 2016 tonight at 20:00.

  11. Welsh Cobblers' boss happy to talk Euro 2016 with English players

    Joe Townsend

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    Northampton Town manager Rob Page told me he'll "definitely" bring up Wales' progress in Euro 2016 during the start of pre-season training today.

    Rob Page

    Page played 41 times for Wales, captaining the side once, which he described as the "proudest moment" of his career.

    He did admit to me that England were the "better side" when they beat Wales 2-1 in the group stages, but said that was "the only positive" for England in the tournament.

  12. Union boss to be Chieftain for Corby Highland Gathering

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Roy Rickhuss, the general secretary of the Community Union which represent steel workers, will be the Chieftain for this year's 48th Corby Highland Gathering.

    roy rickhuss

    The Corby steel plant, which employs 578 people, is due to be sold as part of Tata Steel's UK business.

    The Corby Highland Gathering will take place next Sunday, 10 July, on Charter Field in Corby Old Village.

  13. Former environment secretary backs Leadsom for PM

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Owen Paterson, the former environment secretary, has backed Andrea Leadsom to be the next prime minister.

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    Mr Paterson has even written a piece for The Telegraph describing the South Northamptonshire MP as "a businesswomen, a mother and an exemplary local MP", adding "she has acquired a true understanding of the needs and aspirations of the people up and down the land".

  14. Andrea Leadsom overtakes Michael Gove to become second favourite in Tory leadership race

    The Spectator

    The bookmakers have reported that Andrea Leadsom has overtaken the Justice Secretary when it comes to betting on who will be the next Tory leader. Theresa May remains the favourite at 1/3, with Leadsom at 7/2 and Gove at 12/1.  

  15. Ceremony in Corby to mark Somme centenary

    The centenary of the Battle of the Somme has been marked across the UK. In Corby, a ceremony took place outside the Cube.

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  16. Court closes as justice moves digital, despite warning from legal profession

    Elinor Cross

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Yesterday we brought you news of the Kettering Magistrates and County Court closing and today it's the turn of Corby Magistrates' Court to shut its doors for the final time.

    Corby Magistrates Court

    Jonathan Smithers, president of the Law Society, said the courts set for closure were well used and "every citizen... should have access to justice".

    He said: "It shouldn't depend on how much money you have, whether you have your own car, whether you have to rely on public transport. Everyone should be able to use it."

    But the Ministry of Justice said: "Access to justice is not just about proximity to a court and we are investing over £700m to reform and digitise our courts and tribunal services, to deliver swifter and more certain justice."

    The plan is to use technology such as video, telephone and online conferencing for face-to-face hearings, but also use public buildings such as town halls for cases.

  17. Weather: Sunny spells but also showers

    BBC Weather Watchers

    There's patchy cloud and sunny spells at the moment around Northamptonshire. Here's Roade from BBC Weather Watcher 'dugjay72'.


    But scattered showers will develop and where the showers occur, they may well be heavy. A high today of 19C (66F).

    There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

  18. 'May the best woman win', says Leadsom supporter

    The Daily Politics

    Tim Laughton MP, who supports Andrea Leadsom to be the Conservative party leader, was asked how he thought she would do in the first ballot.

    He believes she will be one of the final two candidates...

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  19. More backing for Andrea Leadsom in Conservative Party leadership race

    Backing continues for Andrea Leadsom to be the next prime minister.

    Firstly, The Leave.EU campaign, founded by businessmen Arron Banks and Richard Tice, has pledged its support to the South Northamptonshire MP, describing her as "the breakout star of the Leave campaign".

    She has also received the backing of former Corby MP Louise Mensch...

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