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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Bedfordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Bedfordshire southbound severe disruption, at J11 for A505 Dunstable Road.

    M1 Bedfordshire - Slow traffic on M1 southbound at J11, A505 (Dunstable), because of an earlier broken down vehicle.

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

  2. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

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    M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe accident, from J21A for to J22 for A1081 St Albans.

    M25 Hertfordshire - Queuing traffic on M25 clockwise from J21a, St Albans to J22, A1081 (St Albans), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

  3. Lorry stuck under railway bridge

    A delivery lorry wedged under a railway bridge caused traffic chaos today.

    The Spar vehicle got stuck at lunchtime, forcing the A4251 London Road to close near Hemel Hempstead railway station.

    The road reopened at about 14:30.

    SPAR lorry wedged under railway bridge near Hemel Hempstead
  4. Whipsnade Zoo's 'spontaneous fire' brought 'quickly under control'

    An area of Whipsnade Zoo near Dunstable was evacuated on Thursday after a vehicle "spontaneously caught fire" outside the zebra house.

    Whipsnade fire

    On Twitter, a zoo spokesman said the area was "immediately evacuated" and the fire brigade arrived "within minutes", quickly bringing the blaze under control.

    "Thanks to the swift actions of our team no-one was hurt during the incident and the zoo is open as usual," the tweet said.

    Eyewitness Tom Baines said: "All the staff were so quick to corden it off and make sure customers were at a safe distance, they were very professional."

  5. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M4 Berkshire eastbound

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    M4 Berkshire eastbound severe accident, from J5 for A4 London Road to J4B for M25 J15.

    M4 Berkshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M4 eastbound from J5, A4 (Langley) to J4b, M25 J15 (Thorney Interchange), because of an accident. Congestion to J6 (Slough / Windsor).

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

  6. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Hertfordshire both ways severe disruption, at J24 for A111 A1005.

    M25 Hertfordshire - Two lanes blocked on M25 at J24, A111 (Potters Bar), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  7. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M4 Berkshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Berkshire eastbound severe accident, between J5 for A4 London Road and J4B for M25 J15.

    M4 Berkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M4 eastbound between J5, A4 (Langley) and J4b, M25 J15 (Thorney Interchange), because of an accident.

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

  8. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M1 Bedfordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Bedfordshire northbound severe accident, between J12 for A5120 Harlington Road and J13 for A421 Salford Road Bedford.

    M1 Bedfordshire - Queuing traffic and one lane closed on M1 northbound between J12, A5120 (Flitwick) and J13, A421 (Bedford), because of an accident.

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

  9. Missing William Taylor sightings 'prove negative'

    A number of reported sightings of missing man William Taylor have "unfortunately proved negative", Hertfordshire Police have said.

    William Taylor search

    Mr Taylor, who has turned 70 while missing, was last seen at his home in Gosmore, near Hitchin, at about 21:00 on Sunday, 3 June.

    Earlier this month, police joined more than 100 specialist volunteers in scouring fields around his farm.

    Ch Insp Julie Wheatley said: "We are nearing the two-month anniversary of William going missing and extensive inquiries are being carried out to try and trace [him].

    "This is an incredibly worrying time for his family and we are growing more concerned for William’s welfare by the day."

  10. RSPCA urges window closure after cat falls

    The RSPCA has warned cat owners to keep their windows closed during the current heatwave after three cats fell out of them in the space of a day this week in part of Hertfordshire.

    Kara

    One of the owners, Nicole Stevens, from Hitchin, woke up on Wednesday morning to find that one of her kittens, Kara (pictured), had fallen out of her daughter’s bedroom window on the second floor. She was taken to a vet but died the next day.

    "I am shocked that an accident like this can happen and other owners need to be aware that their cats can fall from any open window," Ms Stevens said.

    Herts East Branch operations manager, Vicky Burrell, said: "We have had three incidences of kittens falling from windows in the past 24 hours, I’m sure this isn’t deliberate but kittens and cats are naturally curious so it’s an accident waiting to happen."

  11. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe disruption, at Js21,21A A405 North Orbital Road J21A.

    M25 Hertfordshire - Queuing traffic and stationary traffic on M25 clockwise at Js21,21A (St Albans), because of all traffic being temporarily held and an overturned vehicle.

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

  12. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

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    M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe accident, from Js21,21A A405 North Orbital Road J21A to J23 for A1081.

    M25 Hertfordshire - M25 closed and stationary traffic clockwise from Js21,21A (St Albans) to J23, A1081 (South Mimms), because of an accident involving a car and an overturned and recovery work.

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

  13. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M1 Buckinghamshire northbound

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    M1 Buckinghamshire northbound severe accident, between J14 for A509 and J15 for A508.

    M1 Buckinghamshire - Two lanes closed and very slow traffic on M1 northbound between J14, A509 (Milton Keynes) and J15, A508 (Northampton), because of an accident. Congestion to J13 (Bedford / Milton Keynes South).

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

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    Severe accident: M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise

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    M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise severe accident, at J23 for A1081.

    M25 Hertfordshire - One lane closed and severe delays on M25 anticlockwise at J23, A1081 (South Mimms), because of an accident involving car earlier on and recovery work. Congestion to J26 (Waltham Abbey). Travel time is around one hour and 25 minutes minutes.

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

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    Severe disruption: M25 Berkshire clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Berkshire clockwise severe disruption, at J15 for M4 J4B.

    M25 Berkshire - Queuing traffic on M25 clockwise at J15, M4 J4b (Thorney Interchange), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened.

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