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  1. Updates for Friday, 8 December 2017

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  1. M1 crash 'rubberneckers' shouted abuse at police

    Emergency crews dealing with the aftermath of a crash on the M1 in Northamptonshire were verbally abused by "rubberneckers", a police officer has claimed.

    The eight-vehicle crash between junctions 15a and 16 caused delays on the northbound carriageway on Wednesday.

    PC Dave Lee tweeted that "rubberneckers" on the southbound carriageway were shouting abuse and "giving us the middle finger".

    "Disgraceful behaviour. Shame on you", he said.

    Northamptonshire Police said officers were too busy to take any details of offenders. No-one was seriously hurt in the crash.

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  2. Weather: Snow expected

    There's a warning that snow could fall in the Eastern region this weekend.

    In Northamptonshire, it's expected tonight.

    The Met Office says snow may fall in Norfolk and Northants on Saturday, as "one or two snow showers are possible in the west."

    On Sunday snow is predicted for the rest of the East.

  3. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe accident, between J15 for A45 and J14 for A509 affecting J15A for A43.

    M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M1 southbound between J15, A45 (Northampton) and J14, A509 (Milton Keynes), because of an accident involving car and lorry. Travel time is around 30 minutes. Congestion to J15a, A43 (Northampton Services).

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

  4. Councils invest £90m in property

    Laura Devlin

    BBC News

    Northamptonshire's councils are bringing in almost £7m each year through a portfolio of external properties worth more than £90m, figures obtained by the BBC have revealed.

    The eight local authorities have invested £30m in sites across the county in the last three years alone.

    This includes £21m spent by Corby Borough Council on an industrial unit in Curver Way, which brings a return of £1.6m a year to spend on local services.

    Labour MP Meg Hillier, chairman of the public accounts committee, said external investment was not without risk.

    "The question is, have they got the skills and understanding to do a good job? Where is the oversight and how expert is that oversight? That's a real challenge, both for local councils and government," she said.

  5. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe accident, at J15 for A45 affecting J16 for A45.

    M1 Northamptonshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M1 southbound at J15, A45 (Northampton), because of an accident involving two lorries. Travel time is 20 minutes. Congestion to J16, A45 (Daventry).

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

  6. Man charged over Northampton van wrecking spree

    Police have charged a man with drink driving and dangerous driving after a van on "three wheels" wrecked 30 cars in Northampton earlier this year.

    Police say the man is accused of stealing a van and driving it dangerously through streets in the Kingsley area on 31 August.

    Vehicles were damaged on Junction Road, Oliver Street, the A5123, Abington Avenue and St Michael's Mount.

    He will appear in court in January.

    Vans damaged in Kingsley
  7. Scrapping of Greyfriars scheme 'an opportunity'

    Craig Lewis

    BBC Northampton Politics Reporter

    Plans for a development featuring restaurants, a hotel and either a cinema or trampoline centre at Northampton's Greyfriars site have been scrapped.

    Northampton Borough Council's Cabinet last night agreed a motion to "part ways" with Carter Endurance after the developer said it couldn't deliver on promises for the housing element of the scheme.

    Greyfriars

    The old "brutalist" concrete bus station was demolished in March 2015 and the site has been unused ever since.

    Conservative council leader Jonathan Nunn said he agreed with many opponents of the original scheme, adding he had concerns over traffic issues and "a bit of risk we hadn't bottomed-out adequately".

    "I think it is an opportunity," he added. "It is a chance for a re-think."

  8. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, between J16 for A45 and J17 for M45 Dunchurch.

    M1 Northamptonshire - One lane blocked on M1 northbound between J16, A45 (Daventry) and J17, M45 (Dunchurch), because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

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

  9. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M40 Warwickshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M40 Warwickshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M40 southbound between J12, B4451 (Gaydon) and J11, A361 (Banbury).

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

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    Severe accident: M1 Leicestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M1 Leicestershire - Delays and queuing traffic on M1 southbound between J19, M6 (Catthorpe Interchange) and J18, A5 (Rugby), because of an accident involving a lorry and a van earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is 60 minutes. Congestion to J20, A4303 (Lutterworth).

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

  11. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe accident, between J17 for M45 Dunchurch and J16 for A45.

    M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 southbound between J17, M45 (Dunchurch) in Crick and J16, A45 (Daventry) in Northamptonshire, because of an accident involving two lorries.

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

  12. England's first 'garden villages' to get £3m

    More money is being earmarked for England's first "garden villages", Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has announced.

    Aerial shot of proposed garden town on the Essex-Hertfordshire border

    About £3m will be spent on 14 sites, where tens of thousands of homes are due to be built.

    The locations chosen are said to be distinct, and not part of existing developments.

    The sites are at:

    • Long Marston in Stratford-upon-Avon
    • Oxfordshire Cotswolds, West Oxfordshire
    • Deenethorpe in Northamptonshire
    • Culm in Devon
    • Welborne in Hampshire
    • West Carclaze in Cornwall
    • Dunton Hills in Essex
    • Spitalgate Heath in Lincolnshire
    • Halsnead in Merseyside
    • Longcross in Surrey
    • Bailrigg in Lancaster
    • Infinity Garden Village in Derbyshire
    • St Cuthberts in Cumbria
    • Handforth in Cheshire