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  1. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A45 Northamptonshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A45 Northamptonshire southbound severe accident, between A508 and M1 J15 affecting A428 Bedford Road.

    A45 Northamptonshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on A45 southbound in Northampton between Queen Eleanor roundabout and Northampton, because of an accident involving motorbike. Congestion to Barnes Meadow Interchange.

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

  2. Watford pet rabbit death 'linked to Croydon cat killer'

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    An animal charity helping police investigate the violent killing of hundreds of cats and rabbits across the UK has said the death of a rabbit in Watford is being linked to the case.

    The animal was mutilated and its body left in a garden in Silver Dell on Monday or Tuesday. Hertfordshire Police said its possible link to the wider investigation is a line of enquiry.

    Tony Jenkins from charity Snarl said: "It is clear these animals were killed by a human" but added it was difficult to say how many people were responsible for the attacks and whether they were working together.

    Other recent incidents considered to be linked include the deaths of a cat and another rabbit in Hertfordshire as well as two cats in Northampton.

  3. BreakingMissing Scarborough teenagers could be in London

    A missing teenage girl from Scarborough is with a 15-year-old boy and they could be in London police say.

    Missing teens

    Annabelle Addison, 15, is missing with 15-year-old Michael Moore, they haven't been seen since 4 November and don't have any money available to them.

    Officers say they left Scarborough by train and they are currently in the Cambridge or London areas but they also have links in Leicester, Northampton, the West Midlands, Merseyside and Norfolk.

    North Yorkshire Police say that anyone with any possible sightings of Annabelle and Michael should "get in touch without delay".

  4. Decision delayed on 'bite dog' Muppet's future

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    A decision on whether a dog will be destroyed for biting four people after it escaped from a garden during Storm Doris has been delayed until the New Year.

    Northamptonshire Police applied for a Civil Destruction Order for Muppet - seized from Ingleborough Way, Duston, Northampton, on 23 February.

    The force announced the move on its Facebook page and has had 420 comments to date, most attacking the decision.

    Muppet the dog.

    The dog's owner refused to sign a destruction order and a hearing due at Wellingborough Magistrates' Court on 10 October was adjourned.

    A Northamptonshire Police spokeswoman said: "We haven't been given a date for the next hearing but believe it could be in January or early next year."

  5. Number of rough sleepers 'vastly underestimated'

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    The number of people sleeping rough in Northamptonshire is "vastly underestimated", according to the manager of a homeless shelter in Wellingborough.

    Last year 39 people were recorded as sleeping on the streets in Northamptonshire, but Paul Adams from the Daylight Centre said the true number could be more than 10 times that.

    "The way that it's counted is at a specific time, once a year, and the reality is likely to be a very different picture," he said.

    Rough sleeper in Northampton.

    Local authorities are required to submit an annual number of rough sleepers to the government and a count happened across Northamptonshire last night.

    This data will be combined with information from external agencies, such as homeless centres and the police, to arrive at a figure.

  6. Rushden Lakes congestion to be discussed

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    A meeting will be held later to discuss traffic problems around Rushden Lakes.

    Cars arriving at the shopping centre often have to queue to get off the A45 at peak times.

    Developers LXB announced plans on Wednesday for a new access road.

    Waitrose is hosting today's forum, which will involve representatives from Highways England, LXB, Stagecoach buses and local councillors.

    They'll be talking about how traffic flows can be improved and how the impact of nearby roadworks can be reduced.

  7. Air ambulance called to Northampton gym

    An air ambulance was called to a gym in Northampton town centre this morning after a man collapsed, reports the Northampton Chronicle and Echo.

    The helicopter landed inside the purple hoardings on Marefair, off Horsemarket, at about 09:40, the paper reports.

  8. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, between J19 for M6 and J18 for A5 affecting J20 for A4303.

    M1 Leicestershire - Two lanes closed, queuing traffic and long delays on M1 southbound between J19, M6 (Catthorpe Interchange) and J18, A5 (Rugby), because of emergency repairs. Travel time is around 30 minutes. Congestion to J20, A4303 (Lutterworth).

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

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    Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, between J19 for M6 and J18 for A5.

    M1 Leicestershire - Stationary traffic on M1 southbound between J19, M6 (Catthorpe Interchange) and J18, A5 (Rugby), because of a rolling road-block and emergency repairs.

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

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    Severe disruption: M40 Warwickshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M40 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, between J12 for B4451 and J11 for A361.

    M40 Warwickshire - Lane closed and slow traffic on M40 northbound between J12, B4451 (Gaydon) and J11, A361 (Banbury), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

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    Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe disruption, between J11 for A361 and J12 for B4451.

    M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed on M40 northbound between J11, A361 (Banbury) and J12, B4451 (Gaydon), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

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    Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, after J16 for A45.

    M1 Northamptonshire - Very slow traffic on M1 northbound after J16, A45 (Daventry), because of a rolling road-block.

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

  13. Sex attack on girl, aged 13, in Corby

    Detectives in Corby are investigating a sexual assault on a 13-year-old girl.

    Officers say she was assaulted on Saturday between 09:30 and 23:00 in Fawcett Way between the Corby International Pool and the Boating Lake.

    Three men, aged 49, 26 and 25, have been arrested and released under investigation. Any witnesses or anyone with information is being asked to contact the police.

  14. Northamptonshire Police praised by watchdog

    Craig Lewis

    BBC Northampton Politics Reporter

    Northamptonshire Police has been rated as good for keeping people safe and reducing crime.

    Police

    It follows an assessment by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services.

    This latest report assesses the force on its effectiveness and efficiency.

    It says Northamptonshire has a better understanding of the demands placed on it and how to meet that demand in the future.

    It will provide a boost for Chief Constable Simon Edens and Police & Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold following a critical report in March.

    Back then the force was rated as requiring improvement, with criticism of the way it tackled gangs and dealt with vulnerable victims.

  15. Northamptonshire recruits South African social workers

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Northamptonshire County Council is to recruit social workers from South Africa as part of proposals to save almost £10m.

    Northamptonshire County Council

    The authority is currently consulting on a range of proposed cuts to services, including libraries, and bus subsidies.

    A report going before councillors on Monday says the authority aims to employ 10 full time social workers from South Africa from April 2018.

    The move would save £310,000 by cutting the use of agency staff.