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  1. Updates for Friday, 22 December 2017

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  1. Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Exeter celebrate Will Chudley's try

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Champions Exeter run in four tries as they win at Northampton for just the second time in the Premiership.

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  2. M40 delays 'until later this evening'

    Burnt out lorry
    Image caption: The lorry was carrying bottles of Corona and Stella Artois beer

    Highways England says long delays are expected to continue until later this evening, after a lorry-load of beer caught fire.

    Two out of three lanes are still closed southbound between Cherwell Valley Services and Bicester.

    Traffic is queuing for about four miles to get past the burnt-out lorry.

  3. Queues of more than 11 miles on M40

    Burnt out lorry
    Image caption: The lorry was carrying bottles of beer

    Traffic is queuing back to Banbury after a lorry-load of beer caught fire on the M40.

    It happened between Cherwell Valley Services (junction 10) and Bicester (junction 9).

    One lane reopened southbound at about 12:40 (GMT).

  4. Lane reopens following M40 fire

    Eddie Stobart lorry on fire
    Image caption: The lorry caught fire on the M40 southbound between junction 10 and junction 9

    One lane has reopened on the M40 southbound following a lorry fire.

    It happened between Cherwell Valley Services and Bicester in Oxfordshire.

    On Twitter, Helen Smith said "Driver out but bad vehicle fire on M40. Bottles of Stella exploding! Very scary stuff.

  5. BreakingLorry fire blocks M40

    A lorry fire has blocked the M40 southbound between Bracknell and Bicester.

    Eddie Stobart lorry on fire
    Image caption: The M40 is blocked between junction 10 and junction 9
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  6. 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 closed on M1 northbound between J16, A45 (Daventry) and J17, M45 (Dunchurch), because of emergency repairs. Traffic is coping well.

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

  7. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M1 Northamptonshire - Two lanes blocked and queuing traffic on M1 southbound between J15, A45 (Northampton) and J14, A509 (Milton Keynes), because of an accident involving lorry and cars.

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

  8. Christmas with a difference for Northampton police officer

    It could be a working Christmas with a difference for a Northamptonshire Police officer.

    Det Supt Simon Blatchly has been seconded from the county force as the United Nations Police Commissioner in the West African state of Liberia.

    A presidential election is in progress there, with a second round of voting likely to take place on Boxing Day.

    "It is strange seeing Christmas trees in temperatures around 30C," he told BBC Radio Northampton.

    "It [Christmas] is an important festival here. People try and meet with their families, which will have an impact on the voting because people won't be in the areas where they would [normally be] to vote."

    Simon Blatchly
  9. Borough council budget moots parking charge increase

    Craig Lewis

    BBC Northampton Politics Reporter

    Northampton Borough Council's cabinet has met to discuss plans for next year's budget.

    The budget-setting proposal at the borough council comes against a backdrop of a funding gap of more than £11m over the next five years.

    The deficit is the result of years of reductions in government funding.

    Plans to address this included proposals to increase car parking fees in Northampton by £1 per day along with the introduction of an additional £2 charge at the weekend.

    A council tax increase of more than two per cent was also discussed.

    Northampton Guildhall
  10. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A4501 Northamptonshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A4501 Northamptonshire both ways severe accident, between Billing Road and A428 Bedford Road affecting A428 Bedford Road.

    A4501 Northamptonshire - A4501 Cliftonville Road in Northampton closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the Billing Road junction and the A428 Bedford Road junction, because of a multi-vehicle accident. Congestion on A45 Nene Valley Way to Barnes Meadow Interchange and on A428 Bedford Road to the A5123 Cheyne Walk junction.

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

  11. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M1 Northamptonshire - Two lanes closed and heavy traffic on M1 northbound between J16, A45 (Daventry) and J17, M45 (Dunchurch), because of an accident involving car.

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