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Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

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M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe accident, at J15A for A5123 Towcester.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M1 northbound at J15a, A5123 (Towcester), because of an accident involving two vans and two cars.

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

Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

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M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe accident, after J15 for A508.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M1 southbound after J15, A508 (Northampton), because of an accident.

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

Crufts contenders compete at Rockingham agility festival
More than 3,000 hopeful hounds from all over the world are taking part in the agility competition.

When storm meets sunset

There was a riot of colour in the skies over Northampton last night.

Stormy rain clouds combined with the setting sun to produce a pastel artist's dream above the county town.

Thanks to Lynsey Dalziel who emailed us this picture from the Five Rivers Pub on Barrack Road.

Red sky at night
Lynsey Dalziel
Hard times newspaper

As a crisis meeting at Northamptonshire County Council approved swingeing cuts in an attempt to save £70m, BBC Have Your Say opened its comments board to the public.

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Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

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M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, from J16 for A4500 to J17 for M45 Dunchurch.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound from J16, A4500 (Daventry) to J17, M45 (Dunchurch), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

About 20 people gathered outside County Hall to protest against cuts.

Phil Shepka

BBC News

"Weak" budget control, low council tax and a failed initiative have all contributed to the problems.

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Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe accident, from J16 for A4500 to J17 for M45 Dunchurch.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 northbound from J16, A4500 (Daventry) to J17, M45 (Dunchurch), because of an accident involving caravan.

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

Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe accident, from J16 for A4500 to J17 for M45 Dunchurch.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound from J16, A4500 (Daventry) to J17, M45 (Dunchurch), because of an accident involving caravan. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe accident, between J16 for A4500 and J17 for M45 Dunchurch.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J16, A4500 (Daventry) and J17, M45 (Dunchurch), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Scheme to restore lakes back to 'beauty spots' approved

James Averill

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A scheme to restore three Northampton lakes to their former glory has been approved by councillors.

Lottery-funded organisation Growing Together Northampton submitted a planning application to Northampton Borough Council to save the beauty spots at the Billing Brook Lakes.

Billing Brook Lake
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Kingfisher Lake, Cygnet Lake and Dragonfly Lake have in recent years been polluted by lorry oil and brake fluid being dripped accidentally by lorries parked by the side of the road.

Sediment traps and sloped bank edges will be created to improve free flowing water and safer banks, as in some places these are quite steep and have been identified as a safety hazard.

Councillors approved the scheme, of which the Environment Agency was a partner, at a meeting in July.

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

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M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe disruption, from J18 for A428 to J17 for M45 Dunchurch.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane blocked on M1 southbound from J18, A428 (Rugby) to 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

Nathan Rimmington in action for Durham

Durham beat Leicestershire to go top of the North Group, while Somerset triumph and Northants earn a first win.

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Work on Northampton's Eleanor Cross yet to begin

A summer repair plan for a 13th Century monument, erected by King Edward I in memory of his wife, has yet to get under way.

The Eleanor Cross on London Road in Northampton, one of 12 such monuments, has fallen into a poor state and was added to Historic England's At Risk register in May.

Northampton's Eleanor Cross
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However, work has not started, despite funding being in place. The council said a contractor was yet to be appointed.

A Northampton Borough Council statement said: "A lead professional advisor has been selected and is currently in the process of assessing what work is appropriate.

"Once that initial assessment is complete, they will commission a contractor. As soon as we are able to offer a further update, we will do so."

'Smart motorway' works begin on M1

Work starts today to create a £373m section of "smart motorway" on the M1 through Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire.

Variable speed limits will be introduced along a 23-mile stretch from junction 13 (near Milton Keynes) to 16 (Northampton). The hard shoulder will also be converted into a fourth lane, but 38 new emergency areas will be built in its place.

Narrow lanes will be in place during construction work with a 50mph speed limit to "ensure the safety of motorists and the workforce", Highways England said.

Work is expected to finish in early 2022.

A smart motorway
Highways England

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, from J16 for A4500 to J17 for M45 Dunchurch.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound from J16, A4500 (Daventry) to 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

Swimmer 'refuses to leave site of drowning'

People are still swimming in a pool where a 17-year-old boy died, including one person who refused to leave the water after being warned of the dangers.

Warwickshire Police said they were called to Blue Pool, near Bishops Itchington, twice at the weekend to reports of people swimming in the open water.

Blue Pool
Paul Evans

Luke Murphy, from Daventry, disappeared at the pool on Thursday 26 July. His body was found a day later.

A pre-inquest hearing heard the teenager had suffered a head injury caused by hitting something as he went into the water or in the water.

The force, along with Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service, has issued a warning to people to "think carefully" before attempting to swim in lakes, quarries or open water.

Reservoir levels in Anglian region 'still good'

Hosepipe bans are in place in the Isle of Man and parts of the Republic of Ireland, but Anglian Water, which covers the east of England, Rutland and parts of Lincolnshire, says water levels in its reservoirs are still looking healthy, despite the long heatwave.

The company has been measuring supplies in its reservoirs at Alton Water in Suffolk, Ardleigh reservoir near Colchester, Covenham in Lincolnshire, Grafham Water in Cambridgshire; Hollowell, Pitsford Water and Ravensthorpe Resevoir in Northamptonshire, and Rutland Water and says levels are "still good for the time of year".

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Alton near Ipswich is at the bottom of the table at just shy of 80% capacity, while Covenham tops the table with 96%.

However, the company is still asking customers not to be complacent and to make sure they are using water wisely.

Severe disruption: A5123 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A5123 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, from Saint Edmund's Road to A5123.

A5123 Northamptonshire - A5123 York Road in Northampton closed northbound from the Saint Edmund's Road junction to Abington Square, because of safety reasons.

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School gets 12-month extension to stay at temporary home

James Averill

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A Northampton school has been granted a 12-month extension to stay at its temporary home due to delays in delivering a new site.

The Spires Academy is currently based at the former council depot in Station Close, Great Billing, and temporary planning permission for use of the site had been due to expire next February.

The Education and Skills Funding Agency had applied for a variation to that planning permission, which would allow the school and its 39 pupils a 12-month extension at the council-owned building.

The application was discussed by Northampton Borough Council's planning committee on 31 July due to a delay in the delivery of a permanent site at Northgate House on Sheep Street, which was approved in June last year.

The Academy caters for pupils with behavioural difficulties, those who have been permanently excluded from other schools and children who cannot sustain a place in mainstream education.

Northampton cafe combats cost of school holiday food
A cafe lends a hand to families who struggle to pay for children's meals during the school holiday.

Severe accident: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

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M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe accident, at J11 for A422.

M40 Oxfordshire - M40 exit slip road closed and delays southbound at J11, A422 (Banbury), because of an accident.

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

Town residents to start receiving new recycling bins

Households in Northampton have started to receive new recycling bins from today.

The roll out of the new all-in-one bins will continue on a weekly basis until Friday, 14 September.

Use of the bins can start as soon as they arrive but the change in service officially begins on Monday, 17 September, when the bins will be collected on a fortnightly basis.

In June, the town's litter problem was compared to being like a scene from post-apocalyptic horror film I Am Legend.

Veolia has since taken charge of Northampton Borough Council's environmental services contract and will look after recycling, waste collections, street cleaning and grass cutting in the town for the next 10 years.

Severe disruption: M45 Warwickshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M45 Warwickshire eastbound severe disruption, from A45 Daventry Road to M1 J17 Dunchurch.

M45 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M45 eastbound from A45 Daventry Road to M1 J17, 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: M45 Warwickshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M45 Warwickshire eastbound severe disruption, from A45 Daventry Road to M1 J17 Dunchurch.

M45 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M45 eastbound from A45 Daventry Road to M1 J17, 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 accident: A428 Northamptonshire both ways

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A428 Northamptonshire both ways severe accident, from High Street to Billing Road.

A428 Northamptonshire - A428 Bedford Road in Little Houghton closed in both directions from Great Houghton to Lower End, because of an accident.

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

Chris Woakes

Chris Woakes' brilliant fifty helps Birmingham Bears beat Northants in the T20 Blast, while Somerset go top of the South Group.

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Severe disruption: A14 Northamptonshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A14 Northamptonshire eastbound severe disruption, from J10 A6 Burton Latimer Bypass to J11 A510.

A14 Northamptonshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on A14 eastbound from J10, A6 (Burton Latimer) to J11, A510 (Finedon), because of a car fire.

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

Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

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M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe accident, from J15 for A508 to J14 for A509.

M1 Northamptonshire - Stationary traffic on M1 southbound from J15, A508 (Northampton) to J14, A509 (Milton Keynes), because of all traffic being temporarily held and an accident.

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, at J15A for A5123 Towcester.

M1 Northamptonshire - M1 lane closed on exit slip road southbound at J15a, A5123 (Towcester), because of a broken down vehicle.

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