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  1. 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.

  2. Stop the press! Armed robbers no match for news stand

    Armed robbery in Northampton

    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.

  3. JFK murder tip-off to the Cambridge News? Really?

    David Keller

    BBC News

    I know!

    Many of you no doubt had exactly the same reaction when you read this story first thing this morning.


    Us and many other media organisations have since been in touch with the Cambridge News to stand up the claim that emerged from the declassified documents around the ex-US president's death.

    And from the looks of things, it's even bamboozled the paper's existing and former staff.

    You couldn't hold on to a scoop and half like that, could you?

    A fascinating read.

  4. Praise for fans as Peterborough Panthers take trophy

    Team manager Carl Johnson has issued a public thank you to everyone who played a part in Peterborough speedway's double-winning season.

    The Panthers lifted the SGB Championship Knock-out Cup last night after a 92-88 aggregate triumph against East Anglian rivals Ipswich.

    Carl Johnson

    It's a second piece of silverware to follow up the Fours triumph back in August.

    Johnson told the team's website: "Picking up two major trophies in the same season is a huge achievement from everyone involved.

    "I want to place on record my thanks to our riders, mechanics, management and fantastic supporters, as it wouldn't have been possible without them.

    "Ipswich certainly didn't deserve to lose the way they did after seeing Rory Schlein and Danny King get hurt during the final.

    "But, on the other hand, I feel we deserved the trophy for our fantastic form in the last part of the season."

  5. Cyclist in hospital after crash with lorry

    A male cyclist has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after being struck by a lorry in Peterborough.

    It happened on the A15 Bourges Boulevard at just after 11:30.

    The road has recently reopened, but long queues remain in the area.

  6. 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.

    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.

  7. Blue Planet II films with British Antarctic Survey

    BBC nature documentary Blue Planet makes a return to our screens this weekend.

    One of the episodes will feature the work of Cambridge-based British Antarctic Survey (BAS) on the UK overseas territory of Bird Island in South Georgia.

    The final episode of the series focuses on the people studying our oceans and the wildlife that depend on it and features Lucy Quinn, a former zoological field assistant at BAS.

    Blue Planet

    The island contains diverse populations of seabirds and is home to four species of albatross, 50,000 breeding pairs of penguins and 65,000 fur seals.

    Athena Dinar from the organisation said: "The BBC wanted to film albatrosses but they also filmed one of our bird biologists doing her work and especially how we collect plastic from around the albatrosses' nests.

    "What's interesting is that Bird Island is very far away from the cruise ships and a lot of society and yet still a lot of plastic is being found by the albatrosses and is coming back into the food chain.

    "Sir David Attenborough himself highlights that plastic is really a problem that we have to deal with."

    David Attenborough

    Speaking of the filming, Sir David said: "There's a shot of the young being fed fish and what comes out of the mouth of the beak of the adult? Not sand eels, not fish, not squid - which is what they mostly feed on. It's plastic, and it's heartbreaking."

    Blue Planet II begins on Sunday at 20:00 on BBC One.

  8. 'Burning bodies' to mark the Reformation

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    They'll be burning bodies in Cambridge tomorrow...

    But don't be alarmed - not real ones, but facsimiles of people.

    It's part of an event at the Church of Great St Mary's to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

    As historian and author Matthew Ward explains, the Reformation of 1517, which changed Catholicism, had its groundings here in Cambridgeshire.

    The Reformation came about when Martin Luther, dissatisfied with the way the church was being run, nailed his 95 Theses - or criticisms - to the door of Wittenberg Church, Germany.

    Statue of Martin Luther in Wittenberg

    "This lit the blue touch paper beneath the Reformation", explains Matthew.

    "It spread like wild fire across Europe, straight here to Cambridge... and the Reformation was very much made in Cambridge by Cambridge people... it's our very own story," he says.

    Luther's ideas and some of his followers came to Cambridge, with one becoming Professor of Divinity.

    They shared their ideas, including with Thomas Cranmer - who became the Archbishop of Canterbury and wrote the Book of Common Prayer.

    Memorial plaque to Thomas Cranmer, in Jesus College
    Image caption: Memorial plaque to Thomas Cranmer in Jesus College

    Along with other Bishops, they promoted the idea of reforming the Catholic religion into a more Protestant form.

    "Amazing events took place at the Church of Great St Mary's, in the heart of Cambridge... tomorrow we're going to be recreating those events with a family activity day, and a play in the evening," says Matthew.

    The church of Great St Mary's in Cambridge
    Quote Message: We'll have Martin Luther nailing his Theses to the door. We've got a Henry VIII - he's the size of Henry VIII, so you'll get to meet him and see what an imposing figure he was... he was a giant of a man." from Matthew Ward Historian
    Matthew WardHistorian
  9. Large straw fire allowed to burn out

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    Firefighters have spent the night checking on a stack of baled straw which caught light yesterday.

    Two crews were called to Great Stukeley, near Huntingdon, at 14:00 where a stack - measuring about 30m by 30m (98ft by 98ft) - was on fire.

    They managed to stop it spreading further and carried out regular checks while it was allowed to burn itself out.

    Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said the cause of the fire was accidental.

    Stack fire in Great Stukeley.
  10. NHS 'sorry' for Private Ambulance Service failings

    The NHS in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire has apologised to non-emergency patients for the poor service in transporting them to hospitals by the Private Ambulance Service.

    Private Ambulance Service

    The Essex-based company stopped trading at the beginning of this month - just over half way through its year-long contract.

    There were countless complaints from patients about the level of service they received, such as having to wait hours to be picked up and sometimes they did not turn up at all.

    Chair of the Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Dr Alvin Low, said: "This is not an acceptable service and I do apologise to our patients and public who were affected.

    "This is not the service that we had intended for them, but as soon as we were aware of the problems we then invoked the management processes...

    "I'm unable to predict the future, what I can say is that going forward we've learnt a lot of lessons in terms of how we would manage this differently and we will be looking at a much more robust process of selecting a provider."

    Unison's regional secretary in Luton, Chris Jenkinson, said: "'Sorrys' don't pay the mortgage do they, and they don't pay people's rent.

    "We were saying from the outset that this company are not up to it, they didn't have the capacity to be able to run this contract, they didn't have the experience."

  11. 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.

    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.

  12. 'No attacks using acid' during fairground incident

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    There have been "no reports of an acid attack" at a Milton Keynes funfair, claim police, despite rumours circulating on social media.

    Officers dealt with "an altercation between a large group of people" at Campbell Park last night, Thames Valley Police said.

    Two 15-year-old boys have been arrested, one on suspicion of GBH and the other on suspicion of a public order offence.

    One person was taken to hospital with a hand injury.

    Campbell Park in Milton Keynes.

    A statement from the funfair organisers said: "The Keith Emmett and Sons Funfair closed early on Thursday 26th October due to a large group of teens causing conflict at the fair.

    "Public safety is paramount to Keith Emmett and Sons, and so the fair was closed and the area cleared quickly without any injury or incident.

    "No serious injuries occurred and contrary to rumour there was no attacks using acid."

  13. Planning laws 'ignored' over Aylesbury housing, claim campaigners

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    Protesters say they won't give up the fight against the building of 3,000 new homes on the outskirts of Aylesbury.

    They're worried about the environmental impact of building the Hampden Fields development on green belt land and the extra road traffic it will bring.

    Aylesbury Vale District Council approved the plans despite 5,000 letters of objection and only three in favour.

    Phil Yerby has been campaigning for seven years against the development and said: "It's not just the weight of objection, it's the specific nature of the objections.

    "I think they're well founded on planning law and that's being ignored."

    Protest against Hampden fields.

    Cabinet member for growth strategy at Aylesbury Vale District Council, Carol Paternoster, said: "Housing growth, wherever you put it, is always going to be contentious, but what we have to do is try and mitigate the impact of that.

    "When the application came in it was just for a single carriageway road through the development, but that has been worked on and now it's a 40mph dual carriageway."

  14. 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.

    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."

  15. 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.

    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."

  16. Historic England: Mill could be taken off 'at risk' list

    One of the oldest and most important windmills in England could soon come off Historic England's "at risk register".

    The Mill in Great Gransden near St Neots, which dates back to the early 17th Century, still features on the Historic England 2017 list, published today, along with over 5,000 sites around the UK.

    But the government agency hopes it will soon be removed when its sails are re-installed.

    The Mill in Great Gransden
    Image caption: Gransden Mill, pictured in 2015

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

    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."

  17. 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

    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

    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."

  18. Anglian Water make £100k donation after St Ives sewage leak

    A water company has donated £100,000 to the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire after sewage leaked into a brook in Cambridgeshire.

    An enforcement undertaking (EU) has been agreed with Anglian Water after the company polluted about 635m of Houghton Brook with sewage in September 2014.

    Houghton Meadows Nature Reserve
    Image caption: The Houghton Meadows Nature Reserve is known for its summer wild flowers

    Around 150 fish died when sewage from Ilex Road Pumping Station in St Ives was pumped into the water system for 10 hours via the emergency overflow.

    The overflow was mainly caused by excessive levels of un-flushable material blocking the pump, which was a known issue at the works, though a second pump being out of service and the failure of an alarm were also identified as issues.

    Anglian Water - which also paid the Environment Agency's costs - has since replaced equipment at the pumping station including a pump that can better cope with high levels of rag.

  19. Stevenage £50m homes development being topped out

    A new £50m private residential and retail development in Stevenage will by visited by the town's MP later.

    Stephen McPartland (Conservative) is due to attend the "topping out" of Park Place, which will comprise over 200 apartments, at lunchtime.

    "I want to see the town become a 21st Century destination," the MP told BBC Three Counties Radio.

    "It is going to be transformational. Stevenage is such a vibrant place; from next year we are going to have direct rail links to Gatwick and Brighton; we're only 19 minutes from Kings Cross.

    "We have thousands of commuters moving into the town and there's a real buzz."

    Park Place will officially open in early 2018.

    Park Place
    Image caption: Artist's impression of Park Place
  20. Letchworth woman padlocks car wing mirrors after thefts

    The Comet

    The Comet report's that a Letchworth woman has decided to place padlocks on the wing mirrors of her Mini Cooper after thieves reportedly stole them on as many as six occasions.