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Cobus Reinach of Northampton off loads the ball during the Premiership match between Leicester Tiger

Northampton inflict a heavy blow on Leicester's Premiership play-off hopes with a dramatic win at Welford Road.

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Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

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M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe accident, between J17 for M45 Dunchurch and J16 for A45.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J17, M45 (Dunchurch) and J16, A45 (Daventry), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

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M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe disruption, between J17 for M45 Dunchurch and J16 for A45.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane blocked on M1 southbound between J17, M45 (Dunchurch) and J16, A45 (Daventry), because of a broken down caravan. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

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M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, at J15 for A45.

M1 Northamptonshire - M1 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at 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

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, at J17 for M45 Dunchurch.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane blocked on M1 northbound at J17, M45 (Dunchurch), because of a broken down van. Traffic is coping well.

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

Jamie Gibson: Northampton Saints flanker turns up heat before Leicester derby
Northampton's cooking connoisseur Jamie Gibson cooks up a storm for BBC Look East before returning to Leicester for Saturday's East Midlands derby.

Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

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M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe disruption, between J10 for A43 Brackley and J11 for A361.

M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed on M40 northbound between J10, A43 (Brackley) and J11, A361 (Banbury), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

Drugs are 'pants' - just say 'no'

A suspected drug dealer learnt the true meaning of "stop and search" when he was stopped - and searched - and police pulled a load of drugs out of his pants.

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Officers from Northamptonshire Police stopped a car in Judith Road, Kettering, at about 19:00 on Wednesday.

There were three people in the vehicle and one of them - a 17-year-old male - was arrested on suspicion of possession of Class A drugs.

Officers tweeted a photograph of the drugs saying they were found in the teenager's underwear following a stop and search operation.

He is still in custody being interviewed.

Tom Wood in action for Northampton Saints

Northampton Saints flanker Tom Wood says winning the Premiership in 2014 was "probably the worst thing to happen" to the club.

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Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

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M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, at Watford Gap Services.

M1 Northamptonshire - M1 entry slip road closed northbound at Watford Gap Services, because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

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M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, between J16 for A45 and J17 for M45 Dunchurch.

M1 Northamptonshire - Speed restriction of 30 mph, a lane blocked and slow traffic on M1 northbound between J16, A45 (Daventry) and J17, M45 (Dunchurch), because of an obstruction on the road.

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

Northamptonshire Police chief to retire

The Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police, Simon Edens, has announced he will retire from the force at the end of October.

Simon Edens has been a police officer for 37 years and became Chief Constable of the county's force in July 2015.

Chief Constable Simon Edens
Northants Police

Mr Edens began his career in 1981 as a constable and sergeant with the Royal Ulster Constabulary before moving to Cambridgeshire Constabulary in 1991 where he served for 17 years, rising to the rank of chief superintendent. In 2008 he became assistant chief constable at West Mercia Police and then deputy chief constable of the Leicestershire force in 2012.

"It has been a huge privilege and an honour to serve as Chief Constable for Northamptonshire and to have worked alongside colleagues from across the Force who do so much to protect people from harm every day," Mr Edens said.

"However, I believe the time is now right for me to hand over the reins to a new chief who will take the force forward over the next five years."

His last day at work will be 28 October.

Northampton 1998 floods remembered with special poem
Stories of the 1998 Northamptonshire floods have been turned into verse by poet G K Kingsley.

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, between J17 for M45 Dunchurch and J18 for A5.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J17, M45 (Dunchurch) and J18, A5 (Rugby), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

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M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, between J19 for M6 and J18 for A5.

M1 Leicestershire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M1 southbound between J19, M6 (Catthorpe Interchange) and J18, A5 (Rugby), because of a broken down car.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, between J19 for M6 and J18 for A5.

M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 southbound between J19, M6 (Catthorpe Interchange) and J18, A5 (Rugby), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Football

Blackpool heap more pressure on struggling Northampton with a convincing win at Bloomfield Road.

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Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe disruption, between J17 for M45 Dunchurch and J16 for A45.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J17, M45 (Dunchurch) and J16, A45 (Daventry), because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

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M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, between J19 for M6 and J18 for A5.

M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J19, M6 (Catthorpe Interchange) and J18, A5 (Rugby), because of a broken down van. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, between J16 for A45 and J17 for M45 Dunchurch.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J16, A45 (Daventry) and J17, M45 (Dunchurch), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

New £3.5m food and drink academy to open

A £3.5m academy offering training for students wanting to get into the food and drink industry will be the first of its kind in Northamptonshire.

Moulton College
Google

Producers and manufacturers will also use the Food and Drink Innovation Centre at Moulton College to develop new products.

The further education college's vice-principal, Gerald Davies, said the next nearest centre is in Cheshire, meaning food producers will not have to travel so far to do development work in the future.

Walter Tull

Richard Conway and David Lockwood

BBC Sport in Shanghai

The incredible story of Walter Tull, a football pioneer and war hero who died on the battlefields of World War One.

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Rail plans to close road for seven months

A busy road linking Irchester with Rushden will be closed for seven months from today.

The B569 Station Road will be shut as part of Network Rail plans to electrify the line to Corby and install an additional track between Bedford and Kettering.

The closure will be in place until November.

Jeremy Hunt praises county council service for disabled adults

Craig Lewis

BBC Online East

The health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has sent his personal congratulations to Northamptonshire County Council after the authority's Shared Lives service was rated as "outstanding".

The service, which provides long- and short-term support in a family home environment for adults with disabilities, was praised by the Care Quality Commission in January.

Jeremy Hunt
BBC

In a letter, Mr Hunt said he knew the "immense amount of hard work" behind the rating "cannot be underestimated".

Elizabeth Bowen, county council cabinet member for adult social care, said the letter "is much-deserved praise for the brilliant work" of staff and carers.

County council 'inventing' unitary plan 'as we go along'

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

Northamptonshire County Council will back plans for two new unitary authorities for the county, according to a leaked email.

In it, the county councillor responsible for local government re-organisation, Andy Mercer, said there will be a "light touch" consultation adding the Conservative-run authority was "inventing a lot of this stuff as we go along".

Northamptonshire County Council's One Angel Square
BBC

Last month a government-appointed inspector recommended scrapping Northamptonshire's county, borough and district councils and replacing them with two unitary authorities.

In the email, Mr Mercer said he strongly believes there will be local consensus on the plans.

Mr Mercer told the BBC when he referred to a light touch consultation he simply meant there would not be a referendum.

Hoodies attack man with metal poles in Northampton

A gang in hoodies armed with metal poles attacked a man in a car park at a Northampton supermarket.

The Co-op on Fieldmill Road, Bellinge
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The 25-year-old victim was walking through the car park outside the Co-op on Fieldmill Road, Bellinge between 21:45 and 22:00 on Saturday when he was set upon by up to 10 masked people.

He suffered head injuries and a broken hand, Northamptonshire Police said.

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, between J16 for A45 and J18 for A5.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane blocked on M1 northbound between J16, A45 (Daventry) and J18, A5 (Rugby), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Biker death: Widow's mission to change fatal junction
Louise Souza wants the speed limit lowered at the rural crossroads where her biker husband died.