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  1. Updates for Friday, 29 December 2017

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Charlie Walker

Harlequins enjoy a festive feast at Twickenham as they run in seven tries to demolish hapless Northampton.

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Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J18, A5 (Rugby) and 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

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, between J17 for M45 Dunchurch and J18 for A5.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J17, M45 (Dunchurch) and J18, A5 (Rugby), because of emergency repairs.

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

Gordon Street, Kettering

Northamptonshire Police said officers were called to Gordon Street, Kettering, at 09:45 GMT on Thursday.

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Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

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M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, between J16 for A45 and J18 for A5.

M1 Northamptonshire - Two lanes closed and heavy traffic on M1 northbound between J16, A45 (Daventry) and J18, A5 (Rugby), because of emergency repairs.

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

Missing boy from Wales may have travelled to Northampton

Concerns are growing for a teenager from Wales who police say may have made his way to Northampton.

Leroy Hudson, 15, was last seen at his home in Whitland, Carmarthenshire, on Thursday, 14 December.

Officers say they are becoming increasing concerned for his welfare are are urging him to get in touch.

Leroy Hudson
Northamptonshire Police

Weather: Ice warning issued

The Met Office has issued a Yellow Severe Weather warning for the East of England for ice, up to 11:00.

It said icy patches developed overnight and this morning on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths, as well as where showers continued to fall washing off treatment.

Some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces are possible.

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Northampton General's one-hour parking rate one of most expensive

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

The hourly parking rate at Northampton General Hospital is one of the most expensive in the country, according to figures released this morning.

It costs £3.20 an hour to park at NGH - putting it fourth behind the Royal Surrey in Guildford (£4) Hereford County (£3.50) and Bristol Royal Infirmary, at £3.40 an hour.

Northampton General was one of 111 out of 120 NHS trusts across England to respond to a Freedom of Information request from the Press Association, which found that NHS hospitals made a record £174m in the last year from charging patients, visitors and staff for car parking.

Northampton General
BBC

A Department of Health spokesman said: "Patients and families should not have to deal with the added stress of complex and unfair parking charges.

"NHS organisations are locally responsible for the methods used to charge, and we want to see them coming up with flexible options that put patients and their families first."

Travel: Rail disruption between Rugby and Northampton

BBC News Travel

There are no trains running between Rugby and Northampton today until 12:00, due to engineering works.

Network Rail's carrying out the works and says buses will run instead until then.

Severe accident: A5 Northamptonshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A5 Northamptonshire both ways severe accident, between A43 and Richmond Road.

A5 Northamptonshire - A5 in Towcester closed in both directions between the A43 junction and the Richmond Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: A5 Northamptonshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A5 Northamptonshire both ways severe accident, between A422 and A43.

A5 Northamptonshire - A5 closed in both directions between the A422 junction in Potterspury and the A43 junction in Hulcote, because of an accident.

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, at J18 for A5.

M1 Northamptonshire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M1 northbound at J18, A5 (Rugby), because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, between J15 for A45 and J15A for A43.

M1 Northamptonshire - Slow traffic on M1 northbound between J15, A45 (Northampton) and J15a, A43 (Northampton Services), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

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M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, between J17 for M45 Dunchurch and J18 for A5.

M1 Northamptonshire - Slow traffic on M1 northbound between J17, M45 (Dunchurch) and J18, A5 (Rugby), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Motorists stuck in A14 snow 'for five hours'
A driver says vehicles have been stranded on the snow-hit A14 for more than five hours.

Motorists stuck in snow 'for five hours'

Motorists stuck in A14 snow 'for five hours'
A driver says vehicles have been stranded on the snow-hit A14 in Northamptonshire for more than five hours.

Photographer Sean Byrne is among hundreds of motorists who have been at a stand-still on the westbound carriageway since about 05:00 GMT.

Police said there were severe delays on the A14, near Kettering, due to broken down HGVs.

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, between J15A for A43 and J16 for A45.

M1 Northamptonshire - M1 partially blocked and slow traffic northbound between J15a, A43 (Northampton Services) and J16, A45 (Daventry), because of suitcase in the road. Approach with care.

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

Rail travel: Horses cause delays between Kettering and Bedford

Horses on the railway line near Wellingborough are causing disruption to trains on East Midlands Train services on the Sheffield/Nottingham/London route between Kettering and Bedford.

Network Rail is attending to them but all trains on the route will run at reduced speed between Kettering and Bedford, to allow trains to run safely past the horses. This will delay services by up to 30 minutes.

The operator said there was no estimate as to when normal train services would resume.

Heavy snow between Market Harborough and Kettering caused some delays to East Midlands Trains earlier but Network Rail has now assessed the area affected and trains are now able to run normally between these stations.

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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 and slow traffic on M1 northbound between J16, A45 (Daventry) and J17, M45 (Dunchurch), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Today's weather: Sleet and snow gradually clearing

BBC Weather

Snow is falling across much of Beds, Herts, Bucks and Northamptonshire this morning and the Met Office has a yellow weather warning in place until 11:00.

The outbreaks of rain, sleet and wet snow will gradually clear to the east and it will become drier and brighter this afternoon.

It will still feel cold in the brisk wind.

Maximum temperature: 3C (37F).

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Travel: 'Multiple collisions' near Kettering

Snow is falling across much of Northamptonshire this morning and the Met Office has a yellow weather warning in place until 11:00.

Northamptonshire Highways said its gritting crews were out on the main routes from the early hours of the morning but there are reports of problems on the roads.

Highways England said there had been "multiple collisions" on the A14 near Kettering and conditions were "challenging".

Lorry driver Simon Talbot told BBC News he had been stuck on the A14 for three hours.

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Travel: Buses halted due to weather

Stagecoach Midlands says it has not been able to send any buses out of the Corby depot this morning but will be "monitoring the road".

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Severe accident: A14 Northamptonshire westbound

BBC News Travel

A14 Northamptonshire westbound severe accident, between J3 A6 and J1 A5199.

A14 Northamptonshire - A14 closed and very slow traffic westbound between J3, A6 (Desborough) and J1, A5199 (Welford), because of an accident and snow. Diversion in operation - being diverted off at J3.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

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M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, at J16 for A45.

M1 Northamptonshire - M1 entry slip road blocked northbound at J16, A45 (Daventry), because of flooding.

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

Football

Doncaster earn consecutive League One wins for the first time this season as they comfortably see off struggling Northampton.

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Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J15, A45 (Northampton) and J14, A509 (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 southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M1 Northamptonshire - Two lanes closed on M1 southbound between J18, A5 (Rugby) and J17, M45 (Dunchurch), because of emergency repairs.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, between J17 for M45 Dunchurch and J18 for A5.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J17, M45 (Dunchurch) and J18, A5 (Rugby), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe disruption, between J11 for A361 and J10 for A43 Brackley.

M40 Oxfordshire - Two lanes closed on M40 southbound between J11, A361 (Banbury) and J10, A43 (Brackley), because of debris on the road.

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

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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