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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 27 October 2017
  2. Rushden Lakes road congestion 'under review'

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A45 crash leaves man dead and another injured

A man died and another was seriously hurt in a crash on the A45 at Flore.

It happened at about 07:15 yesterday between the Nether Heyford junction and the Holiday Inn.

Police said a dark blue BMW 5 series, travelling towards the M1, collided with a white Ford Focus travelling in the opposite direction.

The driver of the Focus, a 26-year-old man from Rugeley in Staffordshire, died at the scene.

The BMW driver, a 27-year-old man from Wembley, was taken by air ambulance to University Hospital Coventry with serious injuries.

Witnesses have been asked to contact police.

Stop the press! Armed robbers no match for news stand

Armed robbery in Northampton
Northamptonshire Police

A Northampton shopkeeper managed to fend off would-be robbers armed with large knives with what appears to be a news stand.

It happened at Northants News on Kettering Road at 22:30 yesterday.

Using the stand as a weapon and a shield, he also threw a bottle of wine after the culprits after they fled.

You can watch the footage on Northamptonshire Police's website. There's an appeal for witnesses.

Weekend weather forecast

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Tonight will be fine and dry with long clear spells.

With temperatures falling as low as 3C (37F), a touch of ground frost is possible in rural areas.

After a chilly start, Saturday will be fine and dry with some sunny spells.

Cloud will thicken from the north, with some outbreaks of rain and drizzle during the night.

The temperature is expected to climb to about 15C (59F).

Weather graphic for Saturday 05:00
BBC

Sunday will be mostly dry, with an odd shower likely in eastern parts of the region.

It'll feel colder, with temperatures reaching 13C (55F).

There's likely to be a widespread frost on Sunday night, with temperatures falling as low as -2C (28F) in some areas.

BBC Weather has more.

Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe accident, between J18 for A5 and J17 for M45 Dunchurch.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M1 southbound between J18, A5 (Rugby) and J17, M45 (Dunchurch), because of an accident involving a car, a van and a lorry.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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Students evacuated from flats by flooding

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Students in Northampton had to be evacuated from their accommodation last night because of flooding.

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue was called to Compton House in the town centre just before midnight.

A spokesman said students on five floors were moved to a common area on the sixth floor.

You may remember the name Compton House... that's because we featured it in an article recently, where it was revealed that students were living in a largely unfinished building due to overrunning refurbishment works.

Compton House in Northampton.
BBC

One student who lives there, but did not want to be identified, said the flood was caused by a broken pipe on a sink.

They said: "Water was pumping through on to the floor and the floors were just soaking wet.

"Then it started travelling through the floors and down the walls.

"They shut off the electricity so some floors had no power and no water.

"I missed a lecture and my laptop's got water on it."

We've contacted the University of Northampton for a response.

Severe accident: M1 Buckinghamshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Buckinghamshire northbound severe accident, between J14 for A509 and J15 for A45.

M1 Buckinghamshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M1 northbound between J14, A509 (Milton Keynes) and J15, A45 (Northampton), because of an accident involving three vehicles.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: A6013 Northamptonshire westbound

BBC News Travel

A6013 Northamptonshire westbound severe disruption, between Lake Avenue and A43.

A6013 Northamptonshire - A6013 Northampton Road in Kettering closed and slow traffic westbound between the Lake Avenue junction and Kettering, because of a fuel spillage.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Police warn about fake speeding fine email

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Northamptonshire Police has warned drivers to ignore any email that claims they were caught speeding.

The force has had reports of fake demands for payment being received in the county.

A spokesman said: "The email is believed to be an attempt to extort money from people fraudulently.

"Recipients are urged to delete the email without clicking on any links within it."

Car driving past a speed camera.
PA

If you are caught speeding in Northamptonshire, the notice will always be posted, printed on police headed paper, have a 16-digit reference number starting 034 and contain a brown return envelope.

Friday's weather: Bright and sunny after a chilly start

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

After a chilly start, any early mist patches will clear to leave a mostly dry and sunny day, feeling pleasant in light winds.

However, the odd light shower is still possible along the coast during the morning.

Top temperature: 14C (57F).

Afternoon weather chart
BBC

Remaining dry overnight with clear spells and light winds, although it will become chilly, with a grass frost forming in some rural parts and local fog patches.

Lows of 6C (43F).

Get a more detailed forecast for wherever you live, from BBC Weather.

Rushden Lakes bosses managing traffic 'as best we can'

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Up to 30,000 people per day are visiting Rushden Lakes, according to the retail park's managers, three months after the first shops there opened.

Cars are often seen queuing around the site at peak times and Highways England said congestion on the A45 was being reviewed.

Rushden Lakes from above.
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Centre manager Paul Rich said it was "managing it as best we can".

He said: "We use marshals on the exits, on the zebra crossings, to manage the foot-flow coming across so we don't get too many pinch points where traffic is delayed.

"But it's expected at peak periods which is why we're seeing customers choose their times when they come to visit us."

Rushden Lakes road congestion 'under review'

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Traffic problems at the brand new Rushden Lakes retail and leisure complex are being investigated, according to Highways England.

Phase one has 39 stores open - with another eight expected - and work is under way on the second phase, which will bring more shops, restaurants and a cinema.

But traffic congestion in the area has increased and there are often queues on the A45 at peak times.

Rushden Lakes.
Rushden Lakes

A spokesman for Highways England, which is responsible for the road, said it was hopeful the problems would ease.

He said: "The highways works associated with the development are not yet fully complete as a new link between the A5001 and Northampton Road is still under construction.

"We are aware of the congestion issues and are undertaking further review into the cause of this queuing and how it can be eliminated at source. This will include liaison with the site management, local planning authority and Northamptonshire County Council."

Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe disruption, at J11 for A361.

M40 Oxfordshire - M40 lane closed on entry slip road southbound at J11, A361 (Banbury), because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Weather: Drizzly tonight, but clearing

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Cloudy this evening with some patchy drizzle across the BBC East region.

Clear spells inland bringing temperatures down to 5C (41F), but coastal cloud will hold the temperatures to a low of 11C (52F).

Friday will see a few light showers in north east Norfolk, and elsewhere will stay fine with bright or sunny spells, but feeling colder with highs of 14C (57F) in moderate to light north and north westerly winds.

For a more detailed forecast where you are, visit BBC Weather.

Severe accident: A45 Northamptonshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A45 Northamptonshire both ways severe accident, between B663 and A605.

A45 Northamptonshire - A45 in Raunds closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the B663 junction and Thrapston, because of an accident involving car and lorry.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe accident, before J15 for A45 affecting J14 for A509.

M1 Northamptonshire - Queuing traffic on M1 northbound before J15, A45 (Northampton), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder. All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is around 25 minutes. Congestion to J14, A509 (Milton Keynes).

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Historic England: Heritage 'at risk' in Northamptonshire

One building in Northamptonshire has been added to Historic England's At Risk register, while another has been removed.

Old St John's Church in Boughton, near Northampton was added to Historic England's list because its masonry is "badly eroding" and the site is suffering from an "invasion of scrub and ivy".

The organisation has provided a grant for repairs, which will start soon.

Old St. John's, Boughton
Geograph: Richard Croft

Meanwhile, Dower House at Fawsley Park has been removed from the list.

The 16th Century hunting lodge and watchtower is the earliest brick-built structure in the county, and was added to the list following structural issues which have now been repaired thanks to a grant.

Nationally there were 328 new entries, while the future of 387 sites has been secured.

Dower House
Georgraph: Ian Rob

Historic England's chief executive Duncan Wilson said rescuing hundreds of sites had been "a huge, collective labour of love" by organisations, communities, volunteers and apprentices.

But he added: "Thousands of fascinating buildings and places full of history are still at risk and in need of rescue."

Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe accident, between J16 for A45 and J15A for A43.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M1 southbound between J16, A45 (Daventry) and J15a, A43 (Northampton Services), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: A45 Northamptonshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A45 Northamptonshire both ways severe accident, between King's Lane and M1 J16.

A45 Northamptonshire - A45 High Street in Flore closed and slow traffic between the King's Lane junction and Daventry, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Three Northampton Saints named in England squad

England have named three Northampton Saints players in their squad for the autumn internationals.

Captain Dylan Hartley, Piers Francis and Courtney Lawes are all named in Eddie Jones' 34-man squad for the Test matches with Argentina, Australia and Samoa.

On Wednesday, Hartley had a citing against him for striking Clermont Auvergne's Rabah Slimani, in the European Champions Cup defeat, thrown out by a European Professional Club Rugby disciplinary hearing.

The England squad will travel to Portugal for a training camp on 29 October before their first match against Argentina at Twickenham on 11 November.

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Leaked letter reveals Conservative council leader criticism of Tory MPs

Craig Lewis

BBC Northampton Politics Reporter

The leader of Northamptonshire County Council, Heather Smith, has criticised the county's MPs for failing to support it through a time of financial hardship.

The county council needs to find £37m of savings in next year's budget - with services such as libraries already in the firing line.

Northamptonshire County Council offices on George Row, Northampton
BBC

That prompted Michael Ellis, the MP for Northampton North MP and a fellow Conservative, to declare he has lost confidence in the authority.

The BBC has now seen a leaked letter from Councillor Smith addressing that criticism.

In it she accuses Northamptonshire's seven MPs, who are all Conservatives, of a lack of support for what she calls one of the most under-funded counties in the country.

She also says the blue-on-blue attack could play directly into the hands of political opponents, warning political infighting could make stories about the savings explode even further.

Today's weather: Mainly cloudy

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Today is due to be generally cloudy with some of it thick enough for some outbreaks of rain and drizzle across the BBC East region.

It's also going to become cooler as we move towards the weekend, but there's still a maximum temperature of 16C (61F).

Severe accident: A5 Warwickshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A5 Warwickshire both ways severe accident, between A426 Rugby Road and A428.

A5 Warwickshire - A5 closed and slow traffic in both directions between the A426 Rugby Road junction in Catthorpe and the A428 junction in Kilsby, because of a serious accident. Police directing traffic.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

World Puddle Jumping Championships held in Kettering
Children from across the UK make a splash in Northamptonshire for the fifth annual mud-fuelled event.

Weather: Clear spells but cloudy later

East of England weather map
BBC

A fine evening with clear spells overnight, but cloudy later with some patchy rain in the south of the region by the early hours of tomorrow morning with lows of 7C (45F).

Thursday will start off cloudy with some spots of light rain or drizzle in the morning but becoming drier and brighter later in a light westerly wind. Top temperature 17C (63F).

For the detailed forecast where you live, visit BBC Weather.

Making a splash at the World Puddle Jumping Championships

Puddle jumping
BBC

The fifth annual World Puddle Jumping Championships is taking place in Kettering today, with competitors coming from all over the UK to make a splash in Wicksteed Park.

A series of special puddles are being created for the challenge and scores will be given based on things such as height of jump, distance of splash and 'stickability' - the amount of mud that sticks to each competitor.

Judges will also give points for enthusiasm, but the biggest point scorer will be the size of the splash.

Puddle jumping
BBC
Puddle jumping
BBC

The event is part of a free Playday organised by Wicksteed Park to encourage people get out into the fresh air.

Severe disruption: M1 Buckinghamshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Buckinghamshire northbound severe disruption, between J14 for A509 and J15 for A45.

M1 Buckinghamshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J14, A509 (Milton Keynes) and J15, A45 (Northampton), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Repair work starts at Northampton's Eleanor Cross

Work has started on repairs to the Eleanor Cross in Northampton.

The 13th Century monument, situated at the southern end of London Road, close to Delapre Wood, marks the spot where the body of Queen Eleanor rested on a journey from Nottinghamshire to Westminster Abbey.

Eleanor Cross
BBC

The work will be carried out from the basket of a cherry picker and will involve the careful removal of plants and other work to safeguard the monument through the winter months.

In May the cross was found to be in need of repair, and although neither Northampton Borough Council and Northamptonshire County Council claimed not to own the cross, the borough has taken responsibility for its maintenance.

Of the original 12 crosses, only three survive including the ones at Northampton and Geddington, near Kettering.

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Today's weather: Mild and bright

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Another mild day is on the way. We'll see some cloud through the morning, some thick enough to produce some rain, but it will brighten up quite quickly with some good spells of sunshine developing.

Maximum temperature 17C (63F).

Weather: Cloudy overnight, brighter tomorrow

This evening will stay cloudy, mild and mostly dry with a few spots of rain possible in the west of the BBC East region later.

Temperatures falling to 13C (55F).

Weather graphic for 15:00 Wednesday
BBC

Tomorrow will start with a few outbreaks of rain, but it'll become brighter, with some sunny spells.

Temperatures reaching a high of 18C (64F).

You can find further details on BBC Weather.

Controlled explosion on Hunstanton beach

A bomb disposal team from RAF Wittering has carried out a controlled demolition of a paraflare at Old Hunstanton.

A member of the public discovered it on the beach at around 18:45 yesterday, and handed it over to someone at the RNLI, who then contacted Norfolk Police.

The bomb disposal team arrived on the beach shortly after 10:00 to collect and destroy the flare.

The RAF has this safety message for anyone who finds a flare on the beach:

  • Don't touch it
  • Don't move it
  • Always call the police

'No time for point scoring' after damning peer report, says Labour councillor

An opposition Labour councillor on Northamptonshire County Council says political differences need to be set aside after a review of the authority's finances suggested it was "running out of time".

Earlier this month, the council announced it will be consulting on almost £10m worth of cuts.

Mick Scrimshaw, a councillor in Kettering said: "I don't want to make cheap political point-scoring here, it's far too important."

Mick Scrimshaw
BBC
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He went on to call for all local MPs and councillors of all political parties to press for changes.

"I spoke to the cabinet the other day that we are at the last chance saloon and we really are," he added.

"Something has to change and it has to change quickly."

A Local Government Association report says the authority appears to operating in the hope it will be bailed out by central government.

Angel Square
BBC
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Responding to the report, the cabinet member for finance at the Conservative-controlled council, Robin Brown, said: "Since that report was published, we have fundamentally changed the way that we are looking at the budgeting of the resources for the next four years.

"In the next three months there will be a four-year plan that will demonstrate we will deliver the services that we must deliver by statute, while at the same time recognising that there is a funding crisis in two years time."

Council 'running out of time' financially

Craig Lewis

BBC Northampton Politics Reporter

A review of the financial sitaution at Northamptonshire County Council says the council "is running out of time."

The Local Government Association report says the authority appears to operating on the hope it will be bailed out by central government.

The peer review, conducted by a group of elected members and officers from across the country, is critical of the way the county council has been performing financially.

It says the authority is focused on short-term survival and that its future financial plans are built on a very optimistic basis.

The damning report comes at a time when the authority has just announced it will be consulting on almost £10m worth of cuts.

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