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  1. Hunt for 'psychopath' animal killer spreads to Bedfordshire

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    An investigation is under way in Bedfordshire following the deaths of three pet animals in the past six months.

    Police have promised they would be "keeping tabs on your tabby" under a new probe - Operation Cosmic.

    The force has been contacted by people concerned about fatal attacks on cats and other pets around the M25.

    Rusty
    Image caption: Rusty, a one-year-old cat, was mutilated and left on the doorstep of its owner's home in Northampton

    The so-called M25 cat killer is believed to have slaughtered around 400 cats and small animals, leaving their bodies in plain sight in order to "horrify" people.

    Police said they were hunting a "psychopath" who kills the animals with a blunt force before mutilating them.

    Operation Cosmic will investigate links between the deaths of two cats and a rabbit across Bedfordshire.

    Taz
    Image caption: The death of Taz, whose body was found in his owner's Hertfordshire garden, is one of many linked to the same killer

    Other forces - in London, Hertfordshire and Northamptonshire - have their own operations related to the killing of pets.

  2. Surgery after stomach stabbing

    A man needed surgery after he was stabbed in the stomach following a row on a Northampton town centre bus.

    Police have released CCTV footage in a bid to track down two men wanted in connection with the stabbing outside Steffans Jewellers between 20:45 and 21:05 on Tuesday.

    CCTV image

    The 25-year-old victim is believed to have been in some sort of altercation with two other men while travelling into town on the Number 1 bus from the east of Northampton.

    When he got off the bus, he was followed and a further verbal row ensued after which he was stabbed in the stomach.

    The offenders then ran back up Wellingborough Road.

    CCTV image
    CCTV image

    The first offender, who is believed to have stabbed the victim, was white, in his early 20s, slim and about 5ft 7in. He was wearing a light-coloured top with the hood up under a black jumper and black trousers.

    The second man was white, in his early 20s, about 5ft 8in with short dark hair. He was wearing a black jumper and light-coloured joggers.

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    Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M1 southbound between J17, M45 (Dunchurch) and J16, A45 (Daventry), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

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    Video caption: The nine-month-old school teacher improving behaviour

    Babies are being taken into schools to try to improve pupil behaviour and reduce bullying.

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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 - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J19, M6 (Catthorpe Interchange) 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

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    Severe accident: A428 Northamptonshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A428 Northamptonshire both ways severe accident, between A4500 St James' Road and A4500 Spencer Bridge Road.

    A428 Northamptonshire - A428 Harlestone Road in Northampton blocked and heavy traffic in both directions between the A4500 St James' Road junction and the A4500 Spencer Bridge Road junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles and a spillage of petrol on the road.

    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, at J16 for A45 affecting J14 for A509.

    M1 Northamptonshire - Queuing traffic on M1 northbound at J16, A45 (Daventry), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J14, A509 (Milton Keynes).

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

  8. Burglar jailed over car boot kidnaps

    A man has been jailed after a series of burglaries during which he and two fellow thieves shut people in the boots of their cars.

    James Connors

    The crime spree began in Ware in Hertfordshire at about 10:00 on 3 January when the trio forced open the rear patio doors to a property and stole £1,725 of jewellery.

    After trying to trick an elderly woman in Saffron Walden in Essex, they ended up at the home of a disabled man in Hertford Heath where they stole thousands of pounds in cash.

    In Baldock in Hertfordshire, they threatened a man in his home and shut him in the boot of his car which they then used as a getaway vehicle. Swapping cars again in Old Welwyn, they shut a woman in her boot and drove off.

    Both cars were abandoned and the victims escaped.

    James Connors, 49, of no fixed address, was eventually stopped behind the wheel of a car as it made its way towards Northampton.

    He was jailed for nine years at St Albans Crown Court after pleading guilty to conspiring to burgle, two offences of kidnap and dangerous driving. The other members of the gang remain at large.

  9. Gold Medal - Eleanor Robinson (England)

    Women's S7 50m Butterfly

    16-year-old Eleanor Robinson from Northampton is the Commonwealth champion! Sarah Mehain of Canada finishes in second and there is no bronze medal awarded as only four swimmers competed.

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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 closed and queuing traffic on M1 northbound between J14, A509 (Milton Keynes) and J15, A45 (Northampton), because of a vehicle fire and an accident involving a car and a lorry.

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

  11. Oundle crash death man named

    Craig Lewis

    BBC Online East

    A man who died following a collision in Oundle, Northamptonshire has been named as 23-year-old Stuart Randall.

    Mr Randall, from Bourne in Lincolnshire, died following the crash on Monday, 2 April.

    The incident took place on the A605 when the silver Ford Fiesta driven by Mr Randall, which was travelling north, collided with a silver Renault Scenic and a grey Honda CRV travelling in the opposite direction.

    Five occupants of the Honda CRV were taken to Peterborough Hospital with serious injuries. The two occupants of the Renault Scenic were not injured.

  12. St Edmunds retirement village work to start

    Craig Lewis

    BBC Online East

    Work to redevelop the old St Edmunds Hospital site in Northampton is set to get under way.

    The current building has stood empty for 20 years and has changed ownership several times.

    St Edmunds Hospital

    Rochmills Group, which took ownership of the Wellingborough Road-based listed building in 2016, says it will be converted into a 130 apartment retirement village and a 62-bed specialist care home.

    It is expected the work will take two years to complete.

    Councillor Tim Hadland said it was terrific news, adding: "Making the area look more alive is bound to be good."

  13. Chris Jones

    BBC Radio 5 live rugby reporter

    Premiership trophy in Times Square, New York

    Chris Jones

    BBC Radio 5 live rugby reporter

    Global insurance brokers Gallagher are close to signing a long-term deal as the Premiership's new title sponsors.

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    Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, between J18 for A5 and J19 for M6.

    M1 Northamptonshire - Queuing traffic on M1 northbound between J18, A5 (Rugby) and J19, M6 (Catthorpe Interchange), because of all traffic being temporarily held and an overturned vehicle.

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