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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 13 October 2017
  2. Met officer cleared of first-date rape
  3. Sentinel launches to track air quality
  4. Diesel spill closes entrance to services
  5. Financial pressures lead to cuts to IVF treatment

Live Reporting

By Alex Pope

All times stated are UK

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  2. Motorway sliproad to remain closed until tomorrow

    We have just been told by Moto, the company that runs Toddington services on the M1, that the slip road to the southbound services will remain closed until lunchtime on Saturday.

    A lorry hit a raised curb on the way in on the slip road, cracking the fuel tank.

    It left 600L (132 gallons) of fuel over the road all the way through the station before re-joining the motorway.

    The contaminated area is extensive and a clean-up operation is under way.

    Diesel spillage

    The slip road has been closed to traffic all day, meaning no one can access the site from the motorway.

  3. The weekend weather: Warm, with sunny intervals

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    A dry and cloudy night, with some clear intervals.

    Feeling warm and humid for the time of the year, with temperatures only falling to 13C (55F).

    Saturday will be mostly dry with a fair amount of cloud, but there should be some bright or sunny intervals.

    The moderate SW wind should eventually fall light, and temperatures should reach around 20C (68F).

    Weather graphic for 05:00 Saturday

    Another dry day for Sunday, with more in the way of sunshine - although high cloud may turn it hazy at times.

    Temperatures could climb to 24C (75F).

    Looking ahead to Mnoday - it's expected to remain largely dry and warm, with sunny spells. There's some uncertainty as to when a cold front will push in from the west, bringing the risk of a few showers and cooler air.

  4. M1 to close tonight for 'investigative' work

    Parts of the M1 will be closed in Bedfordshire this evening for a second night, so emergency gantry work can get under way.

    The northbound carriageway will be shut between Junction 11 for Luton and Junction 13 for Bedford between 22:00 on Friday night and 05:00 on Saturday morning.

    Highways England says the work is being carried out after "routine maintenance, highlighted a potential concern" and they "need to investigate as quickly as possible."

    Diversions will be in place.

    M1
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    Severe disruption: M40 Buckinghamshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M40 Buckinghamshire southbound severe disruption, at J5 for A40.

    M40 Buckinghamshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M40 London-bound at J5, A40 (Stokenchurch), because of an overturned caravan. Travel time is 50 minutes. Congestion to J8, M40 (Oxford).

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

  6. Strictly: I Believe in a Thing Called Conley

    The star shaped paddle boards have been put away for another year, after a wonderful movie week on Strictly Come Dancing.

    So it's business as normal on Saturday night for Watford's Brian Conley.

    He'll be doing his best bullfighter impression as he attempts a Paso Doble to I Believe in a Thing Called Love by The Darkness.

    Ole!

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    Severe disruption: M25 Greater London anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Greater London anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J25 for A10 and J24 for A111.

    M25 Greater London - Delays on M25 anticlockwise between J25, A10 (Enfield) in London and J24, A111 (Potters Bar) in Hertfordshire, because of an earlier car fire. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey).

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

  8. Arrests made after High Wycombe arson

    Five men have been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life, after a fire was started deliberately in a flat in High Wycombe on Monday.

    A man needed hospital treatment from smoke inhalation, after an arson attack on a flat in Simmons Court, Lindsay Avenue.

    He was woken by a smoke detector and escaped through a window.

    Lindsay Avenue

    All the men have been released under investigation.

  9. Six hundreds litres of fuel spilt at service station

    Usman Azad

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Highways England has just confirmed that 600L (132gallons) of fuel was spilt at Toddington Services this morning.

    Oil spill at Toddington
    Oil spill at Toddington

    It means the slip-road to the southbound services between junctions 12 and 11a on the M1 is closed, as the incident has been ongoing since about 07:00.

    Emergency vehicles at Toddington

    A clean-up crew are currently at the scene and the surface is being assessed for damage.

    Oil spill at Toddington
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    Severe disruption: M25 Greater London clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Greater London clockwise severe disruption, between J25 for A10 and J26 for A121.

    M25 Greater London - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M25 clockwise between J25, A10 (Enfield) and J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey), because of a broken down van.

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

  12. BreakingMet Police officer cleared of rape

    A Metropolitan Police officer accused of rape has been cleared at Luton Crown Court.

    Carl Blood, 37, from Luton in Bedfordshire, was alleged to have raped the woman on a first date.

    He was also cleared of sexually assaulting another woman in June 2016.

  13. Girl in serious condition after being hit by van

    A nine-year-old girl remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital after being hit by a van as she crossed a road in Northchurch, near Berkhamstead, in Hertfordshire.

    Police are keen to view any dash cam footage of the incident which happened on Wednesday at about 19:30 on the High Street.

    They say the girl, was crossing the road by the George and Dragon pub when she was "in a collision with a VW Transporter van".

    Her injuries are described as serious.

    Northchurch High Street
  14. Clean up crew at scene of motorway services diesel spill

    Usman Azad

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    I've been to the southbound Toddington services to see for myself the impact a diesel spillage has had.

    It happened at about 07:00, when a lorry hit a kerb and ruptured it's fuel tank, pouring diesel along the road.

    The spillage is currently being assessed by a clean up crew.

    While this takes place, the slip road leading to the services on the M1 remains closed, meaning no one can get in, but I was able to access it by going to the northbound services and walking over the bridge to the other side.

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