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By Pete Cooper

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  1. Our live coverage through the day

    Live updates for Northamptonshire have now finished. Thanks for following us today.

    You can head to our Twitter feed and Facebook page for more updates on the Greenbelt Festival at Boughton House this weekend.

    Plus the BBC Sport website has full coverage of the Belgian Grand Prix.

    Enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend and we'll see you on Tuesday at 08:00.

  2. Weather: Staying dry this evening, possible thunderstorms tonight

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    Tonight will start dry with clear spells allowing a few mist or fog patches to form, but cloud will increase from the south with one or two thunderstorms possible later. 

    A fresher night for sleeping, with temperatures down to 11C (52F).

    Weather map for the East of England

    There will be some hazy sunshine in places on Saturday, but showers and thunderstorms will tend to merge into longer spells of rain, giving the risk of some local flooding. 

    Feeling quite humid, with temperatures potentially as high as 25C (77F).

    Get your local Bank Holiday forecast at BBC Weather.

  3. Greenbelt Festival: Day one

    The Greenbelt Festival near Kettering is under way and the sun has been shining.

    Between eight and nine thousand people are expected to attend the "faith, arts and justice" event over the bank holiday weekend.

    Here are a few photos from this afternoon. BBC Radio Northampton will be there across the weekend. 

    people next to a tent
  4. Page hoping Cobblers take 'confidence and momentum' from EFL Cup match

    Joe Townsend

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    Northampton Town manager Rob Page says tomorrow's game against Coventry will be "entertaining", but admits the team has "aspects we need to work on".


    Page saw glimpses of how he wants the team to play in their EFL Cup victory against West Brom on Tuesday.

    He says the win on penalties has given the Cobblers "confidence and momentum" as they head to the Ricoh Arena.

  5. Baby dog death adjournment: 'Latest twist in a tragic story'

    Kate Bradbrook

    BBC Look East

    The latest adjournment in the sentencing over the death of six-month-old Molly-Mae Wotherspoon is the latest twist in this tragic story, which has been playing out since October 2014.

    As the family arrived at court this morning, both mother Claire Riley and grandmother Susan Aucott were hidden under umbrellas, closely guarded by a large number of friends and family members.


    The scene turned into a heated scuffle, with cameras being pushed and shoved away as they made their way inside the court.

    Later, Riley and her family came back outside to have a cigarette and it was then she appeared to become unwell, bent double and began leaning on the wall of the court.

    An ambulance was called, she was wheeled inside it, and taken to hospital.

    The hearing was later adjourned until 15 September.

  6. On this weekend: 30 years ago Communards become number one

    Stuart Linnell

    BBC Radio Northampton

    It was on this weekend 30 years ago that the Communards went to number one in the UK charts with their cover of Don't Leave Me This Way.

    The man of the far left playing the keyboard in Northamptonshire's own Richard Coles, the man who is now vicar of Finedon.


    And if you missed Celebrity MasterChef, this is what he looks like these days...

    Richard Coles
  7. Cobblers looking for win to extend unbeaten league run

    Joe Townsend

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    Northampton Town will have to put the visit of Manchester United in the EFL Cup next month to the back of their minds as they hope to secure their first win of the season away to Coventry in League One tomorrow.

    However, with four straight draws they have extended their unbeaten league run, which started in December last year.

    28 games unbeaten for the Cobblers in the league
  8. BreakingBaby dog death mother and grandmother sentencing adjourned until September

    Kate Bradbrook

    BBC Look East

    The sentencing of a mother and grandmother of a baby killed by a dangerous dog has been adjourned until 15 September.

    Molly-Mae Wotherspoon was attacked at her home in Daventry in October 2014 by an American pit bull, owned by her mother.

    The six-month old girl was being looked after by her grandmother at a house in Morning Star Road when the she was attacked by the dog.

    The American pit bull is a banned breed and in August 2015 Molly-Mae's mother, Claire Riley, 23 and the baby's grandmother, Susan Aucott, 55, pleaded guilty being in charge of a dangerously out of control dog resulting in death.

    Earlier today Riley collapsed outside court and was taken to hospital by ambulance.

  9. Archbishop of Canterbury to visit Greenbelt Festival

    The Archbishop of Canterbury is one of the high-profile visitors at the Greenbelt Festival near Kettering this weekend.  

    The Most Reverend Justin Welby will lead a special worship on Sunday morning, which will be free to enter.

    Archbishop of Canterbury

    The festival regularly attracts the biggest names of Christian music and many mainstream musicians.

    Former hostage Terry Waite will also attend the event.

    The previous envoy to the Archbishop of Canterbury was taken hostage in Lebanon in 1987, where he was held captive for nearly five years.

  10. Thousands of people expected at Greenbelt Festival

    The annual Greenbelt Festival starts today at Boughton House near Kettering.

    Between eight and nine thousand people are expected to attend the three-day arts, faith and justice event.

    The festival started in 1974 and it's the third time Boughton House has hosted it.


    There will be about 300 contributors, ranging from religious speakers, bands, performance poets and comedians.

    During the past year, the organisers behind Greenbelt have raised £60,000 which is then donated to projects around the world that combine arts, faith and justice.  

    Quote Message: What's gathering us is our humanity; our excitement about the arts...I suppose our excitement about life and trying to work out what it means to live as a Christian today. from Paul Northup Creative Director, Greenbelt Festival
    Paul NorthupCreative Director, Greenbelt Festival
  11. Two day care centres for people with dementia could close in Northamptonshire

    Sam Read

    BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

    We'll return to the sentencing of the mother and grandmother of Molly-Mae Wotherspoon this afternoon but on to some other news today...

    Two Northamptonshire day care centres for people with dementia could be closed to save the county council £440,000.

    Drayton Centre

    A consultation will now take place on shutting the Drayton Day Centre (pictured) in Northampton and Stephenson Court Day Centre in Kilsby, north of Daventry. Fifty people use the two centres - and the authority says alternative support would be found for them.  

  12. Internal report coming 'soon' into missing Cobblers' millions

    Sam Read

    BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

    The first report into how £10.25m of public money was lent to the Cobblers is drafted and will be finalised "soon".

    Auditors from PriceWaterhouse Cooper say fieldwork is "complete" but a meeting needs to be had with Northamptonshire Police.


    For months three parallell investigations have been going on into the £10.25m Northampton Borough Council lent to the football club - much of which apparently went missing.

    Internal auditor PWC has been looking at the council's internal processes, and how they work.

    Newly published council papers say the report will be finalised "as soon as possible".

    We don't have a date for it's publication.

  13. Sentencing in baby dog death case adjourned to afternoon

    Kate Bradbrook

    BBC Look East

    Sentencing in the mother and grandmother of Molly-Mae Wotherspoon has been adjourned until 14:00 to see whether the baby's mother, Claire Riley, is out of hospital.

    Riley, 23, was taking to hospital after collapsing outside court before the proceeding started.

    Grandmother Susan Aucott, 55, remains at the court for the time being. The judge at the sentencing has said it is preferable to sentence them together.

    Riley and Aucott pleaded guilty to owning a dangerously out of control dog, an American pit bull which attacked and killed six-month-old Molly-Mae in 2014.

  14. Molly-Mae Wotherspoon death: A timeline of events

    • October 2014 - Six-month old Molly-Mae Wotherspoon was attacked by an American pit bull at her home in Morning Star Road, Daventry
    • August 2015 - Claire Riley (pictured) is charged with owning and Susan Aucott of being in control of a dangerously out-of-control dog, resulting in death.
    • September 2015 - Grandmother Susan Aucott appears at Northampton Magistrates' Court. Mother Claire Riley does not attend due to illness.
    • December 2015 - Susan Aucott denies the charge against her.
    • June 2016 - Both defendants admit to the charges against them. 
    • 26 August 2016 - The pair are due to be sentenced.
    Woman and dog
  15. Update expected soon on dog death sentencing

    Kate Bradbrook

    BBC Look East

    We are expecting an update from Northampton Crown Court from 11:30 after the mother of Molly-Mae Wotherspoon, Claire Riley was taken away from court by ambulance moments before sentencing was due to take place. Molly-Mae's grandmother Susan Aucott remains at the court.

  16. American pit bull terrier: One of four banned breads in the UK

    Molly-Mae Wotherspoon's mother Claire Riley, 23, and grandmother, Susan Aucott, 55 are due to be sentenced today after pleading guilty to be in charge of a dangerously out of control dog resulting in death.

    Molly-Mae, who was six months old, was attacked by an American pit bull in October 2014 at a house in Daventry.

    The pit bull terrier is one of four banned breeds in the UK, after the 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act which was introduced to stamp out dog fighting.

    The pit bull terrier, originated in England, and was bred with fighting in mind.

    It was used in blood sports like bull and bear baiting - where packs of dogs were set against bigger animals in a pit.

    These "sports" were made illegal in 1835.

    If you own a banned dog in the UK then the police can take it off you, even if it's well behaved and no-one's complained.

    However, if you can prove a dog's safe, despite it being a banned breed, then you can get a certificate of exemption.

    This means you can keep it, but you have to get special insurance.

    You've also got to be over 16, and keep the dog muzzled in public.

  17. Ambulance arrives at court to take away mother due to be sentenced for baby's death

    Kate Bradbrook

    BBC Look East

    Here's the scene outside court where the mother of Molly-Mae Wotherspooon, who was killed by a dangerously out of control dog in 2014, has been taken away by an ambulance.


    Claire Riley, 23, was due to be sentenced today, along with Molly-Mae's grandmother Susan Aucott, 55.

    We are waiting to hear more on what will happen next.

  18. BreakingMother of baby killed by dog taken away from court in ambulance

    Claire Riley, who was due to sentenced over the death of her daughter in an attack by a dog, has been taken from Northampton Crown Court by ambulance.

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    Video caption: Clashes outside court ahead of the sentencing of a mother and grandmother.

    There are clashes outside Northampton Crown Court ahead of the sentencing of a mother and grandmother over the death of a baby.