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  1. Updates on Monday, 25 July 2016
  2. Latest on trial of man accused of murdering India Chipchase
  3. Calls for fewer takeaways in Northampton

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By Pete Cooper

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Live updates for Northamptonshire have now finished. Thanks for joining us.

    Here you can read more on the trial of the man accused of murdering 20-year-old India Chipchase.

    Tomorrow we'll be looking a new buildings, new statues and the future of the run-down former Hawkins shoe factory in Northampton.

    Hawkins shoe factory

    We'll see you at 08:00 tomorrow.

  2. Weather: Dry with sunny spells, but some showers possible

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    This evening there'll be some sunny spells and a few isolated, light showers but tonight will be dry, with the skies clearing at times, and lows of about 13C (55F).


    Tuesday is looking a similar day to today with sunny spells and a few light showers, although many of us are likely to stay dry. Highs of 23C (73F).

    There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

  3. Hospital hoping to recruit volunteers for dementia patients

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Northampton General Hospital wants to recruit more so-called "Dementia Buddies". They're people who volunteer to make friends with patients suffering from the disease.

    They do things such as sitting, talking and playing cards with patients, helping take some of the pressure off relatives who my find prolonged care stressful.

    Northampton General Hospital
    Quote Message: It is quite challenging, but with the right approach people can engage in all kinds of activities." from Helen Crawford Northamptonshire branch of the Alzheimers' Society
    Helen CrawfordNorthamptonshire branch of the Alzheimers' Society
  4. India Chipchase: Accused was 'meticulous', says his landlord

    Sally Chidzoy

    BBC Look East home affairs correspondent

    Back at Birmingham Crown Court, the jury in the trial of the man accused of raping and murdering India Chipchase has been hearing from Alan Freeman - the owner and landlord of the Stanley Road house in Northampton where the victim was found dead.

    Mr Freeman described tenant Edward Tenniswood, 52, as a loner. The jury heard he would frequently wear latex-style gloves and was "meticulous".

    Stanley Road

    Mr Freeman said the defendant would talk a great deal and he had difficulty "getting away from him sometimes, in a nice way".

    The landlord said he had been trying to sell the property at the time the accused was living in the house.

    The jury was also shown all Miss Chipchase's clothing in court.

    The defence begins tomorrow.

  5. Steel band entertain Kettering-by-the-Sea revellers

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Today, sun-seekers have been enjoying Kettering-by-the-Sea on the town's market place.

    Those in their deckchairs on the sand have been entertained by a steel band...

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    The song, if you're wondering, is Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne's "(No Place I'd) Rather Be" - makes sense.

  6. Duckett scores second highest ever List A innings in England

    But forget the football, what a day for Ben Duckett...

    The England Lions cricketers finished on 425 for one in their 50 overs against Sri Lanka A in Canterbury. It featured a staggering unbeaten innings from the Northants' batsman...

    220 Ben Duckett innings is the second highest ever List A score in England

    His partnership with Daniel Bell-Drummond of 367 is also a record for any wicket in List A cricket in England.

    The highest List A score in England was 268 by Ali Brown for Surrey against Glamorgan in 2002.    

  7. Cobblers' McCourt doesn't need shoulder surgery

    Alex Winter

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    I've been to see Northampton Town manager Rob Page, who told me midfielder Jak McCourt's shoulder injury has improved quickly and he now will not need surgery.

    Jak McCourt

    The 21-year-old injured himself in a pre-season friendly against Nuneaton. He joined the League One side on a two-year contract this summer following his release by Barnsley.

  8. Foxhill Manor care home: Did CQC rating mean it had to close?

    Laurence Cawley

    BBC News

    Shut in 2014 following a damning Care Quality Commission report, Foxhill Manor in West Haddon offered "placements of last resort" to dementia and mental health patients. 

    Could it have been saved, and what does the Foxhill story tell us about the state of modern care?  

    You can read more here.

    Foxhill Manor Nursing Home
  9. India Chipchase: Accused had 'beer and coffee' in hotel while woman dead in house

    Sally Chidzoy

    BBC Look East home affairs correspondent

    PC Steven Knight, of Northamptonshire Police, has also given evidence at Birmingham Crown Court. He was among several officers who went to the house in Stanley Road on 31 January.

    He told the jury officers forced their way through the front door. He described running upstairs and finding India Chipchase's body on a mattress covered by a sheet. 

    He said he initially shook her saying "wake up, wake up it's the police", but Miss Chipchase was already dead.


    Jurors also heard that while the victim was already probably lying dead in Edward Tenniswood's rented terraced home in Stanley Road, Northampton, he went to a nearby Ibis hotel.

    They heard hotel staff served him three pints of lager and coffees, from 20.30 on Saturday until his arrest in the lounge the following day on 31 January.

    Receptionist Viktoria Salitova said she noticed the man "had dirty hands" and sat in the same place all through her shift. Meanwhile, fellow receptionist Vincente Mendez said in a statement the accused had hung around the hotel lobby all Sunday morning and left the hotel about two or three times.

    PC Ian Bailis told jurors the accused was arrested at the Ibis at 18:48 on 31 January. He also described a search of Mr Tenniswood's rucksack. In it was a kitchen knife, a pair of "rubbery, hospital-type" gloves and paperwork.

    Mr Tenniswood denies murder and rape, and the case continues.

  10. India Chipchase: Accused 'trained to kill', says neighbour

    Sally Chidzoy

    BBC Look East home affairs correspondent

    Now back to Birmingham Crown Court, where the trial of Edward Tenniswood is taking place.

    It's heard the 52-year-old, accused of raping and murdering India Chipchase (pictured), told a neighbour he was "trained to kill" with his bare hands.

    Mr Tenniswood allegedly told neighbour Douglas Killeya - giving evidence - how he had served in the Army and suffered post-traumatic stress disorder, during a conversation on the witness' doorstep in June 2015.

    India Chipchase

    Mr Killeya said Mr Tenniswood had knocked on his door unannounced at about midday asking to go for a drink. The neighbour, a former counsellor, said: "My assessment was he was already drunk." 

    He said: "He [Mr Tenniswood] suddenly put his hands out in front towards my neck area. 

    "He put his hands around my neck as if to strangle me, but didn't apply any pressure. Edward said he'd been in the Army and had been trained to kill people with his bare hands."

    Mr Killeya added the defendant always had the curtains of his house drawn and there was only ever one light on in his house - in an upstairs room.

    More follows...

  11. Police still searching for ram-raiders who caused 'carnage' in Wollaston

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Northamptonshire Police have told me officers are still looking for the offenders who stole a cash machine in a ram-raid at a Co-Op in Wollaston in the early hours of Saturday.

    A telehandler machine was used to smash the shutters and wall of the food store.

    ram raid

    The cash machine was then lifted onto a stolen Mitsubishi L200 pick-up truck and driven away.

    Sgt Darron Bishop posted photos of the scene on Twitter, describing the aftermath as "carnage".

    Anyone with information is being asked to contact police.

  12. India Chipchase: Witness denies drinking large amounts of alcohol prior to alleged sex attack

    Sally Chidzoy

    BBC Look East home affairs correspondent

    Under cross-examination, the witness who told Birmingham Crown Court Edward Tenniswood pinned her up against a wall and kissed her denied she was trying to make him angry.

    Samuel Stein QC, for the defence, asked her if she had drunk a large amount of alcohol at the time. She said she had not. She also denied a suggestion the accused kissed her on the cheek. "That's definitely not what happened", she replied.

    She said she never told the police or her GP about the alleged incident and confirmed she only recently made a statement about it.

    Birmingham Crown Court

    Judge John Saunders, QC, told the jury of six men and six women it was for them to determine the truth of the woman's accusation, and whether to consider it as part of the separate rape and murder allegation against Mr Tenniswood.

    Throughout her testimony, Mr Tenniswood shook his head as he listened to the woman's account from the dock.

    The trial continues.

  13. India Chipchase: Court hears from another woman who claims accused 'pinned her up against a wall'

    Sally Chidzoy

    BBC Look East home affairs correspondent

    I'm at Birmingham Crown Court for the trial of Edward Tenniswood, who denies raping and murdering 20-year-old India Chipchase in Northampton earlier this year.

    India Chipchase

    The jury has been hearing from a woman who claims when she was a teenager, the defendant, 52, of Stanley Road, Northampton, pinned her up against a wall by her throat and kissed her.  

    Giving an account via video link, the woman said: "He just ran at me and pushed me against the wall. Then he put his hands around my throat. Both hands.

    "He was holding really tightly and then he tried to kiss me on the mouth." 

    The woman told the court the alleged incident lasted "about 20 seconds" when they were both alone, with Mr Tenniswood then releasing his grip and apologising.

    More follows...

  14. Prince Harry 'regrets not speaking about Princess Diana's death'

    BBC News UK

    Prince Harry has spoken of his regret that he did not speak about how the death of his mother, Princess Diana, affected him until three years ago.

    Prince Harry, 31, was speaking as he hosted an event for the mental health charity, Heads Together, which was attended by a number of sports stars, including footballer Rio Ferdinand.

    He made his comments about his mother, who is from Althorp and is buried at the stately home, as he talked to Ferdinand, saying: "You know, I really regret not ever talking about it."

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    Video caption: Harry 'didn't speak about Diana's death'
  15. Chronicle & Echo: Former parcel depot reopens as trampoline centre in Northampton

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    The Northampton Chronicle & Echo reports a trampoline centre in Northampton has opened, taking over the former City Link depot at Riverside Retail Park.

    Delivery firm City Link closed in December 2014 with 47 jobs going in Northampton. According to the paper, the trampoline centre, Boost Northampton, has created 80 new jobs.

    city link

    It appears the centres are proving popular - one of the two schemes proposed for the Greyfriars site in Northampton also includes the possibility of a "Family Entertainment Centre with trampolining".

  16. Limiting the number of takeaways on Wellingborough Road is 'nanny state'

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    You've been contacting us with your thoughts on whether the number of takeaways, especially on the Wellingborough Road in Northampton, should be limited.

    Matt tweeted to say if they were limited, "then you'd have to limit microwave convenience food in supermarkets - where does it stop? Education is what is needed!" John on Twitter described it as "nanny state", adding "at what point do we let people make their own decisions?" Martin tweeted to say: "It's nice to have a choice, I am split, there are too many yes but would those shops be empty."

    You can get in touch by tweeting us or emailing us.  

  17. Takeaways on Wellingborough Road 'trying to make that area good'

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Bread and Pullet, a restaurant on the Wellingborough Road in Northampton, has responded to calls to limit the number of takeaways in the area.

    It said in a series of tweets: "So many great independent businesses and people trying to make that area good to visit again and all people do is criticise - why not support these small independent places. There are far more worst problems with town like all the empty units in the town centre."

    Labour councillor for the area, Danielle Stone, says there should be a limit on the number of takeaways on Wellingborough Road in Northampton. She also disagrees with the number of betting shops and believes there should not be any adult shops on the road either.