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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 18 August 2017
  2. Football match incident treated as hate crime
  3. Weather grounds balloons at town festival
  4. White to stay at Northants

Live Reporting

By Alex Pope

All times stated are UK

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Severe accident: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

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M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe accident, from J11 for A422 to J12 for B4451.

M40 Oxfordshire - Two lanes blocked and queuing traffic on M40 northbound from J11, A422 (Banbury) to J12, B4451 (Gaydon), because of an accident involving car and lorry.

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

Severe disruption: M40 Warwickshire southbound

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M40 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, from J12 for B4451 to J11 for A422.

M40 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M40 southbound from J12, B4451 (Gaydon) to J11, A422 (Banbury), because of a broken down vehicle.

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, at J18 for A428.

M1 Northamptonshire - M1 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic southbound at J18, A428 (Rugby), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Northampton Guides celebrate century with Big Birthday bash

Northampton Chronicle & Echo

A Northampton youth group helping girls to do their best and help their communities for the last 100 years have celebrated their big birthday.

Council hands out 25 litter fines a day since January

More than 5,500 on-the-spot fines have been handed out for littering in Northampton since the end of January, the council said.

A company contracted by Northampton Borough Council has been carrying out patrols and issuing fixed penalty notices for people caught dropping things including cigarette ends and chewing gum.

The council said it operates a "zero tolerance" approach to people dropping litter.

Conservative councillor Mike Hallam, cabinet member for the environment, said he hoped increased enforcement will "show culprits that this behaviour is unacceptable and won’t be tolerated".

Horsley Road, Northampton

Northamptonshire Police says the death is "being treated as unexplained".

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Posties' parcel postbox pilot

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

The Royal Mail has launched a trial of its first ever parcel postboxes.

Small businesses and marketplace sellers will be able to post pre-paid parcels through the boxes, in the same way they would post a letter.

There will be 13 parcel postboxes in Leicester and 17 in Northampton as part of the trial which runs until 5 November.

Parcelbox
PA/Royal Mail

The Royal Mail said it will be the first major change of use for the postbox in the last 160 years .

A spokesman for Royal Mail Parcels said: "The trial is aimed at giving more flexibility to online sellers who might be running a business in their spare time and not keeping regular office hours."

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe disruption, from J18 for A428 to J16 for A4500.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound from J18, A428 (Rugby) to J16, A4500 (Daventry), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Did you miss the Wales tour Dan? 'Nah, I was by the pool in Spain!'
Fly-half Dan Biggar says he was happy for Wales to build "strength in depth" on tour without him.

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

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M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, from J18 for A428 to J19 for A14.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound from J18, A428 (Rugby) to J19, A14 (Catthorpe Interchange), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

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M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe accident, from J15 for to J14 for .

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane blocked on M1 southbound from J15, Northampton to J14, Milton Keynes, 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 both ways

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M1 Northamptonshire both ways severe disruption, at J15 for A508.

M1 Northamptonshire - Queuing traffic on M1 in both directions at J15, A508 (Northampton), because of all traffic being temporarily held and a police incident.

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

Dan Biggar urges on his Northampton team-mates against Ospreys

Northampton's ex-Osprey Dan Biggar would advise more Welsh players to "test themselves" outside the "goldfish bowl" of Wales.

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Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

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M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe accident, from J17 for M45 Dunchurch to J16 for A4500.

M1 Northamptonshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M1 southbound from J17, M45 (Dunchurch) to J16, A4500 (Daventry), because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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

Football

Carlisle United and Northampton Town share four goals to each claim a first League Two point of the season.

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Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe disruption, from J17 for M45 Dunchurch to J16 for A4500.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound from J17, M45 (Dunchurch) to J16, A4500 (Daventry), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire both ways

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M1 Northamptonshire both ways severe accident, at J18 for A428.

M1 Northamptonshire - M1 entry slip road closed and heavy traffic at J18, A428 (Rugby), because of an accident.

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

Marks and Spencer store

Seven more of the retailer's clothing shops will shut their doors for the last time on Saturday.

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Northampton woman picks litter from her mobility scooter
A woman, who has had four strokes, picks three bags of litter a day in her local park.
Callum Ferguson

Gary Smee

BBC Sport

Worcestershire Rapids and Durham Jets go through to the T20 Blast quarter-finals, while Somerset win a sixth-straight game.

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Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

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M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe accident, at J15A for A5123 Towcester.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M1 northbound at J15a, A5123 (Towcester), because of an accident involving two vans and two cars.

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

Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

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M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe accident, after J15 for A508.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M1 southbound after J15, A508 (Northampton), because of an accident.

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

Crufts contenders compete at Rockingham agility festival
More than 3,000 hopeful hounds from all over the world are taking part in the agility competition.

When storm meets sunset

There was a riot of colour in the skies over Northampton last night.

Stormy rain clouds combined with the setting sun to produce a pastel artist's dream above the county town.

Thanks to Lynsey Dalziel who emailed us this picture from the Five Rivers Pub on Barrack Road.

Red sky at night
Lynsey Dalziel

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

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M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, from J16 for A4500 to J17 for M45 Dunchurch.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound from J16, A4500 (Daventry) to J17, M45 (Dunchurch), 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

Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

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M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe accident, from J16 for A4500 to J17 for M45 Dunchurch.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 northbound from J16, A4500 (Daventry) to J17, M45 (Dunchurch), because of an accident involving caravan.

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, from J16 for A4500 to J17 for M45 Dunchurch.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound from J16, A4500 (Daventry) to J17, M45 (Dunchurch), because of an accident involving caravan. Traffic is coping well.

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, between J16 for A4500 and J17 for M45 Dunchurch.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J16, A4500 (Daventry) and J17, M45 (Dunchurch), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Scheme to restore lakes back to 'beauty spots' approved

James Averill

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A scheme to restore three Northampton lakes to their former glory has been approved by councillors.

Lottery-funded organisation Growing Together Northampton submitted a planning application to Northampton Borough Council to save the beauty spots at the Billing Brook Lakes.

Billing Brook Lake
Google

Kingfisher Lake, Cygnet Lake and Dragonfly Lake have in recent years been polluted by lorry oil and brake fluid being dripped accidentally by lorries parked by the side of the road.

Sediment traps and sloped bank edges will be created to improve free flowing water and safer banks, as in some places these are quite steep and have been identified as a safety hazard.

Councillors approved the scheme, of which the Environment Agency was a partner, at a meeting in July.

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe disruption, from J18 for A428 to J17 for M45 Dunchurch.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane blocked on M1 southbound from J18, A428 (Rugby) to 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

Nathan Rimmington in action for Durham

Durham beat Leicestershire to go top of the North Group, while Somerset triumph and Northants earn a first win.

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Work on Northampton's Eleanor Cross yet to begin

A summer repair plan for a 13th Century monument, erected by King Edward I in memory of his wife, has yet to get under way.

The Eleanor Cross on London Road in Northampton, one of 12 such monuments, has fallen into a poor state and was added to Historic England's At Risk register in May.

Northampton's Eleanor Cross
BBC

However, work has not started, despite funding being in place. The council said a contractor was yet to be appointed.

A Northampton Borough Council statement said: "A lead professional advisor has been selected and is currently in the process of assessing what work is appropriate.

"Once that initial assessment is complete, they will commission a contractor. As soon as we are able to offer a further update, we will do so."