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  1. Updates for Friday, 22 July 2016
  2. Witness saw murder victim 'stumbling and distressed'
  3. Pair in court charged with 100 sex and drugs offences
  4. Hamilton crashes during F1 practice in Hungary
  5. Charley Hull helps England top golf pool
  6. Lib Dems win Westone by-election in Northampton
  7. Lord criticised Leadsom's suitability for Environment Secretary

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By Pete Cooper

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our coverage throughout the day

    Live updates for Northamptonshire have now finished.

    You can read more on the trial of the man accused of the murder of India Chipchase in Northampton.


    There is also full coverage of the Hungarian Grand Prix on the BBC Sport website.

    And tonight Northamptonshire's cricketers face Yorkshire in the T20 Blast, with full coverage on BBC Radio Northampton, and Headingley looks lovely.

    We'll see you on Monday from 08:00.

  2. Weather: Dry with sunny intervals tomorrow

    BBC Weather

    After a sunny evening, we'll get a dry night across the region with a low of 15C (59F).


    Tomorrow we'll see a dry start tomorrow, with some sunny periods and it'll still feel warm with a high of 26C (79F).

    More details on the BBC Weather website.

  3. India Chipchase: Fingerprints consistent with 'lingering' or standing in kitchen and bathroom

    The trial has also been hearing about fingerprint evidence from the Stanley Road property where India Chipchase's body was found. 

    Ms Chipchase's palm and fingerprints were discovered on doorways in and out of the downstairs kitchen and bathroom of the house.

    Stanley Road

    Prints expert Alan Gore said the pressure was "less consistent" with Ms Chipchase moving, and more likely showed she was "lingering" or standing still when she touched both door jambs.

    Edward Tenniswood, 52, of Stanley Road in Northampton denies rape and murder.  

    The trial at Birmingham Crown Court continues.

  4. India Chipchase: 20-year-old's DNA found on cigarette butts

    Jurors at the trial of Edward Tenniswood also heard about DNA evidence from examinations of his rented terraced house in Stanley Road, Northampton, where India Chipchase's body was found.

    Laboratory tests on a cigarette butt discovered in a cup in the kitchen bin found DNA matching only that of Ms Chipchase. 

    Stanley Road

    A cigarette butt found in a bath contained DNA from Ms Chipchase and also Tenniswood, but there was no conclusive reason for how both DNA profiles got there, the jury was told.

  5. India Chipchase: Older man who approach 20-year-old was being 'ignored'

    Mr Christon added that he saw an older man wearing a parka-type jacket and a rucksack get "all the way up" to Ms Chipchase and "put his arm around her".

    He said: "He asked if she was OK. He put his arm around her and said 'We'll make sure we'll get you home in a taxi, safely'."

    He was concerned enough to tell his wife to keep watching, but added it did not appear to him that Ms Chipchase responded to the older man in any way during a 20-minute period.

  6. India Chipchase: Witness says 20-year-old seemed 'distressed'

    The jury in the trial of the man accused of raping and murdering 20-year-old India Chipchase in Northampton has been hearing from a witness who says he saw her the night before she was found dead by police.

    India Chipchase

    Christopher Christon said he was waiting for a lift home with his wife Jacqueline near NB's club in Northampton at about 01:00 on Saturday, 30 January when he saw Ms Chipchase on her phone and "stumbling" across the road.

    He said: "She seemed quite distressed. I think she was trying to get through to someone.

    "It seemed like she was crying."

    Edward Tenniswood, 52, of Stanley Road in Northampton, denies rape and murder at Birmingham Crown Court.

  7. Hungarian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton crashes

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    Hertfordshire's Lewis Hamilton crashed early in second practice as team-mate Nico Rosberg underlined Mercedes' pace at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

    Hamilton lost control at Turn 11 and slid into the barriers on his fourth lap. He limped back to the pits but could not run again, ending up fifth.

    Rosberg was 0.595 seconds quicker than Milton Keynes-based Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo in second.

    Lewis Hamilton in Mercedes racing car
  8. More than 30,000 hospital days 'lost' last year

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Northamptonshire has one of the poorest records for so-called "bed-blocking" in the whole country.

    A new report from the Commons Public Accounts Committee says delays in discharging patients from hospital is bad for their health and for the efficient running of the National Health Service.

    A league table of poorly-performing hospitals shows Northampton General and Kettering General having some of the worst figures in England...

    "Bed-blocking"/delayed discharge from care
  9. Northamptonshire health commissioners rated as 'requiring improrement'

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Both of the county's NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCG) - which are responsible for planning and commissioning of health care services - have been rated as "requiring improvement" in the annual assessment by NHS England.


    NHS Corby CCG have been found to require improvement in all areas, while NHS Nene CCG requires improvement in all areas except finance, where they were rated 'good'.

  10. Pair appear in court over drugs and rape charges

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News

    A man and woman from Northampton have been remanded in custody after being charged with more than 100 drug and sexual offences between them.

    Appearing before magistrates in the town, Nick Taylor, 47, of no fixed abode, was facing 71 charges, while Joan Taylor, 43, of Lorne Road, is accused of 34 charges.

    The offences, which include rape and the supply of class A substances, are alleged to have taken place in the town.

    They are due next due to appear at Northampton Crown Court on 19 August.

  11. Re-homing of abused or abandoned dogs slowing

    The RSPCA said the number of dogs in its Northamptonshire kennels which had been found new owners was down:

    • Jan-June 2015: 42 dogs re-homed
    • Jan-June 2016: 33 dogs re-homed
  12. RSPCA kennels see a rise in 'bad press' dog breeds

    Yesterday, we brought you the story of an American Bulldog called Chunky (pictured when he arrived and when he put 10kg back on) which the RSPCA was having trouble re-homing.

    The animal charity's Northamptonshire branch says it's part of a wider pattern of bull-type breeds coming into their care.

    Chunky, American Bulldog

    The branch's Emma Markham said they have seven kennels and of the 10 dogs currently there, seven are bull breeds.

    She said: "As bull breeds get bad press, it is becoming increasing difficult to re-home them."

  13. Weather: Sunshine and showers

    BBC Weather Watchers

    The sunshine is pocking out from behind the clouds as you can see from BBC Weather Watcher 'Bob G' in his picture of Denton...


    There could be scattered and slow-moving thundery showers, but there will also be warm, sunny intervals with a high 24C (75F).

    There are more details, including of the yellow weather warning for rain, on the BBC Weather website.

  14. Three churches have 'thousands of pounds' worth of lead stolen

    Martin Borley

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Lead has been stolen from the roofs of three churches in east Northamptonshire in the past two weeks according to police.

    The first incident happened on Saturday 9 July at St Mary’s Church in Ringstead, where the offenders were disturbed when the alarm was activated.


    The second theft is believed to have happened sometime between Wednesday, 29 June and Wednesday, 13 July at St Andrew’s Church in Cotterstock (pictured), when a large amount of lead was found to be missing from the roof after it started to leak. 

    Thousands of pounds worth of lead was also stolen from the roof of St Mary’s Church in Luddington, sometime between Sunday, 10 July and Monday, 18 July.

  15. Andrea Leadsom 'disappointed' to be prevented from speaking on HS2

    Sam Read

    BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

    The MP for South Northamptonshire, Andrea Leadsom, says she is "disappointed for my constituents" after she and seven other MPs were denied the chance to appear before the House of Lords' HS2 Select Committee.

    Andrea Leadsom

    However, the new environment secretary went on to say in a statement: "Should any of my constituents, who are directly and specially affected, wish to call me as a witness for their own hearing, I should be most happy to appear before the Lords Select Committee to support them."

    The HS2 high speed rail link is due to run from Birmginham to London and cut through south Northamptonshire.

  16. Candidate's record and Cobblers loan factor in Lib Dem Westone win

    Sam Read

    BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

    I've been looking at what led to the big swing from the Conservatives to the Liberal Democrats in the Westone ward by-election at Northampton Borough Council.

    The victor, Brian Markham, had held the seat for almost two decades up to 2011 and says people knew him and were voting on his record.

    But both Brian and the Conservative candidate Greg Lunn have told me a £10m loan to Northampton Town that has not been repaid was a factor on the doorstep.

  17. Charley Hull stars as England golf pairs beat hosts US

    BBC Sport

    England twice beat hosts United States to top pool B on day one of the UL International Crown in Chicago.

    Holly Clyburn and Jodi Ewart Shadoff defeated Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson - the world number four - 2&1.

    Charley Hull

    Then Burton Latimer's Charley Hull and Melissa Reid beat Gerina Piller and world number eight Stacy Lewis by the same score in the eight-team tournament.

    "I just love playing in this kind of environment, especially when you are a bit of an underdog," Hull said.

  18. Hungarian Grand Prix: Hamilton heads Rosberg as Mercedes dominate

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer in Hungary

    Lewis Hamilton heads team-mate Nico Rosberg as Brackley-based Mercedes dominate first practice at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

    Mercedes F1 driver Lewis Hamilton

    Hamilton was 0.237 seconds quicker than Rosberg, who has signed a new two-year contract with Mercedes, and 1.644 seconds ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.  

  19. Rosberg signs new deal with Mercedes (literally)

    Ahead of this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix, Nico Rosberg has signed a new deal with Brackley-based Mercedes to keep him at the team until the end of 2018 season.

    The manufacturer posted this video of the German driver signing the contract with team principal Toto Wolff:

    View more on twitter
  20. Yellow warning of rain for Northamptonshire

    BBC Weather

    The Met Office have issued a yellow warning of rain for Northamptonshire. They say heavy showers and thunderstorms will break out during the late morning and afternoon before slowly fading this evening. 

    Whilst some places will miss the heaviest showers, where showers do occur they are likely to be prolonged allowing some large amounts of rain to fall.

    The warning is in place from 11:10 until 22:00.