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  1. Motorway sliproad to remain closed until tomorrow

    We have just been told by Moto, the company that runs Toddington services on the M1, that the slip road to the southbound services will remain closed until lunchtime on Saturday.

    A lorry hit a raised curb on the way in on the slip road, cracking the fuel tank.

    It left 600L (132 gallons) of fuel over the road all the way through the station before re-joining the motorway.

    The contaminated area is extensive and a clean-up operation is under way.

    Diesel spillage

    The slip road has been closed to traffic all day, meaning no one can access the site from the motorway.

  2. M1 to close tonight for 'investigative' work

    Parts of the M1 will be closed in Bedfordshire this evening for a second night, so emergency gantry work can get under way.

    The northbound carriageway will be shut between Junction 11 for Luton and Junction 13 for Bedford between 22:00 on Friday night and 05:00 on Saturday morning.

    Highways England says the work is being carried out after "routine maintenance, highlighted a potential concern" and they "need to investigate as quickly as possible."

    Diversions will be in place.

  3. Strictly: I Believe in a Thing Called Conley

    The star shaped paddle boards have been put away for another year, after a wonderful movie week on Strictly Come Dancing.

    So it's business as normal on Saturday night for Watford's Brian Conley.

    He'll be doing his best bullfighter impression as he attempts a Paso Doble to I Believe in a Thing Called Love by The Darkness.


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  4. Strictly: Smooth, smooth, quick, quick, smooth


    The star shaped paddle boards have been put away for another year, after a wonderful movie week on Strictly Come Dancing.

    So it's business as normal on Saturday night with Cambridgeshire's very own Aston Merrygold and Jonnie Peacock.

    Aston will be attempting a Quickstep to Mr Blue Sky by ELO while Jonnie is getting all American Smooth, to Cry Me a River by Michael Bublé.

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  5. Police crackdown on illegal motorists

    A day of action by Northamptonshire police has resulted in 28 different offences being recorded in a seven-hour period.

    In total seven vehicles were taken off the road, including one that was allegedly using red fuel and pulling a precarious stack of pallets.

    Other offences included defective tyres, expired MOTs and driving without insurance.

    Car pulling pallets
  6. 'Concerns growing' for missing teenager

    Police say they're "growing increasingly concerned" for the welfare of a missing 13-year-old Dullingham teenager.

    Tyler Parmar-Andrews was last seen on Monday, at the Abbey Swimming Pool, in Pool Way, Cambridge.

    There have been reported sightings of him around the Grafton Centre of Cambridge, but he's yet to be found.

    Tyler Parmar-Andrews

    He's 5'1" and was wearing a blue Puffa style jacket, a black t-shirt with "Santa Cruz" on it, light grey jogging bottoms and red Nike trainers.

    It's thought he might be in the Cambridge and Newmarket areas.

  7. Arrests made after High Wycombe arson

    Five men have been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life, after a fire was started deliberately in a flat in High Wycombe on Monday.

    A man needed hospital treatment from smoke inhalation, after an arson attack on a flat in Simmons Court, Lindsay Avenue.

    He was woken by a smoke detector and escaped through a window.

    Lindsay Avenue

    All the men have been released under investigation.

  8. Thieves plunder 100 pumpkins in Hallowe'en heist

    Cambridge News

    Cambridge News are reporting this afternoon that green-fingered criminals have carved out a plan to ruin Halloween in Cambridgeshire, by stealing 100 pumpkins from a field.

    They say a bumper crop was taken from a field off Long Drove in Ramsey Forty Foot sometime between 5 October and 9 October.

  9. Man arrested on suspicion of rape after Peterborough attack

    An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of rape, robbery and sexual assault after police say they're linking two attacks in Peterborough.

    A woman in her 20's was sexually assaulted close to the Rhubarb Bridge on 30 September and a woman was grabbed and had her handbag stolen, also by Rhubarb Bridge on 6 October.

    Map of Peterborough

    Police are keen to hear from anyone who saw anything, and want to locate any dash-cam footage.

    Map of Peterborough

    The teenager has been released under investigation.

  10. Six hundreds litres of fuel spilt at service station

    Usman Azad

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Highways England has just confirmed that 600L (132gallons) of fuel was spilt at Toddington Services this morning.

    Oil spill at Toddington
    Oil spill at Toddington

    It means the slip-road to the southbound services between junctions 12 and 11a on the M1 is closed, as the incident has been ongoing since about 07:00.

    Emergency vehicles at Toddington

    A clean-up crew are currently at the scene and the surface is being assessed for damage.

    Oil spill at Toddington
  11. Road reopens after two women killed in crash

    Puddock Road between Ramsey Hollow and Forty Foot Bank has just reopened after an earlier accident that left two women dead.

    They were in the back of a car, when it left the road and ended up in water-filed ditch.

    The road has been closed since about 07:00.

    Two men, who were also in the car, are recovering in hospital.

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  12. Voting open for Northants Sports Personality of year

    You have exactly one week to get your vote in for the Northamptonshire Sports Personality 2017.

    Nine people are nominated in sports ranging from golf, swimming, football, rugby to bowls.

    The full list is below:

    • Michael Smallwood (triathlon)
    • Jamie Walker (bowls)
    • Meghan MacLaren (golf)
    • Courtney Lawes (rugby)
    • Richard Levi (cricket)
    • Rob Newton (cricket)
    • Zander Diamond (football)
    • Eleanor Robinson (swimming)
    • Kyren Wilson (snooker)
    Northants sports personality of the year nominations

    You can vote online, the winner will be announced at the Northamptonshire Sports Awards on 9 November.

  13. Art on display

    At this very moment, one of the largest pieces of community art is being put up at Ely Cathedral.

    The Great Community Mural will be on display this weekend to mark their Harvest Festival.

    It features creative artwork submitted by churches from all over the country and has previously been on display at St Paul's Cathedral (pictured below) and is 10m by 3m (33ft by 10ft).

    The Great Community Mural

    As well as the artwork, vintage farm machinery is also being moved into place.

    Tractor in Ely Cathedral
  14. Two women killed on Puddock Road

    More information has just been released by Cambridgeshire Police, after two women were killed in a crash on Puddock Road, Ramsey Forty Foot this morning.

    They were in the back of a silver Mazda 6, which left the road and went into a water-filled ditch at about 07:18.

    Two men, who were in the front of the car, got out and were taken to Hinchingbrooke Hospital with minor injuries.

    The road is set to re-open within the hour.

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  15. BreakingMet Police officer cleared of rape

    A Metropolitan Police officer accused of rape has been cleared at Luton Crown Court.

    Carl Blood, 37, from Luton in Bedfordshire, was alleged to have raped the woman on a first date.

    He was also cleared of sexually assaulting another woman in June 2016.

  16. Girl in serious condition after being hit by van

    A nine-year-old girl remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital after being hit by a van as she crossed a road in Northchurch, near Berkhamstead, in Hertfordshire.

    Police are keen to view any dash cam footage of the incident which happened on Wednesday at about 19:30 on the High Street.

    They say the girl, was crossing the road by the George and Dragon pub when she was "in a collision with a VW Transporter van".

    Her injuries are described as serious.

    Northchurch High Street
  17. Clean up crew at scene of motorway services diesel spill

    Usman Azad

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    I've been to the southbound Toddington services to see for myself the impact a diesel spillage has had.

    It happened at about 07:00, when a lorry hit a kerb and ruptured it's fuel tank, pouring diesel along the road.

    The spillage is currently being assessed by a clean up crew.

    While this takes place, the slip road leading to the services on the M1 remains closed, meaning no one can get in, but I was able to access it by going to the northbound services and walking over the bridge to the other side.

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  18. Don't let fireworks off 'willy-nilly' says councillor

    Calls are being made in Peterborough for fireworks to mainly be used at specially organised events.

    Ed Murphy, the Labour Group Leader at Peterborough City Council raised the issue at a full council meeting, which received council backing.

    He believes that "fireworks should be used primarily at controlled events and that the further restriction of sale and use benefit public safety, community cohesion, reduce casualties and such a policy receives support from the Fire Service, animal welfare charities and the NHS".


    He says he brought the action as he just wants people to "stay safe".

    He added it's "not about banning people but about encouraging people to go to organised events and not let them off willy-nilly".

  19. Entry slip-road still closed to M1 services

    The entry slip-road that leads into Toddington services on the M1 southtbound, still remains closed this morning.

    It's after an earlier "significant" diesel spill, according to Highways England.

    Cones and signage are in place, to stop anyone driving off the M1 between junctions 12 and 11a.

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