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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 27 October 2017
  2. Rushden Lakes road congestion 'under review'

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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. Weekend weather forecast

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    Tonight will be fine and dry with long clear spells.

    With temperatures falling as low as 3C (37F), a touch of ground frost is possible in rural areas.

    After a chilly start, Saturday will be fine and dry with some sunny spells.

    Cloud will thicken from the north, with some outbreaks of rain and drizzle during the night.

    The temperature is expected to climb to about 15C (59F).

    Weather graphic for Saturday 05:00

    Sunday will be mostly dry, with an odd shower likely in eastern parts of the region.

    It'll feel colder, with temperatures reaching 13C (55F).

    There's likely to be a widespread frost on Sunday night, with temperatures falling as low as -2C (28F) in some areas.

    BBC Weather has more.

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    Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe accident, between J18 for A5 and J17 for M45 Dunchurch.

    M1 Northamptonshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M1 southbound between J18, A5 (Rugby) and J17, M45 (Dunchurch), because of an accident involving a car, a van and a lorry.

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

  5. Mallinder talks dogs and playing for dad

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    Video caption: Harry Mallinder: Northampton Saints back talks dogs and playing for his dad

    Northampton Saints full-back Harry Mallinder talks about life in his adopted hometown and playing for his dad.

  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.

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    Severe accident: M1 Buckinghamshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Buckinghamshire northbound severe accident, between J14 for A509 and J15 for A45.

    M1 Buckinghamshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M1 northbound between J14, A509 (Milton Keynes) and J15, A45 (Northampton), because of an accident involving three vehicles.

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

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    Severe disruption: A6013 Northamptonshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A6013 Northamptonshire westbound severe disruption, between Lake Avenue and A43.

    A6013 Northamptonshire - A6013 Northampton Road in Kettering closed and slow traffic westbound between the Lake Avenue junction and Kettering, because of a fuel spillage.

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

  9. 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.

  10. Friday's weather: Bright and sunny after a chilly start

    Lucy Martin

    BBC Weather

    After a chilly start, any early mist patches will clear to leave a mostly dry and sunny day, feeling pleasant in light winds.

    However, the odd light shower is still possible along the coast during the morning.

    Top temperature: 14C (57F).

    Afternoon weather chart

    Remaining dry overnight with clear spells and light winds, although it will become chilly, with a grass frost forming in some rural parts and local fog patches.

    Lows of 6C (43F).

    Get a more detailed forecast for wherever you live, from BBC Weather.

  11. 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."

  12. 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."

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    Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe disruption, at J11 for A361.

    M40 Oxfordshire - M40 lane closed on entry slip road southbound at J11, A361 (Banbury), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  14. Weather: Drizzly tonight, but clearing

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    Cloudy this evening with some patchy drizzle across the BBC East region.

    Clear spells inland bringing temperatures down to 5C (41F), but coastal cloud will hold the temperatures to a low of 11C (52F).

    Friday will see a few light showers in north east Norfolk, and elsewhere will stay fine with bright or sunny spells, but feeling colder with highs of 14C (57F) in moderate to light north and north westerly winds.

    For a more detailed forecast where you are, visit BBC Weather.

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    Severe accident: A45 Northamptonshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A45 Northamptonshire both ways severe accident, between B663 and A605.

    A45 Northamptonshire - A45 in Raunds closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the B663 junction and Thrapston, because of an accident involving car and lorry.

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

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    Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe accident, before J15 for A45 affecting J14 for A509.

    M1 Northamptonshire - Queuing traffic on M1 northbound before J15, A45 (Northampton), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder. All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is around 25 minutes. Congestion to J14, A509 (Milton Keynes).

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

  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."