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  1. M1 crash 'rubberneckers' shouted abuse at police

    Emergency crews dealing with the aftermath of a crash on the M1 in Northamptonshire were verbally abused by "rubberneckers", a police officer has claimed.

    The eight-vehicle crash between junctions 15a and 16 caused delays on the northbound carriageway on Wednesday.

    PC Dave Lee tweeted that "rubberneckers" on the southbound carriageway were shouting abuse and "giving us the middle finger".

    "Disgraceful behaviour. Shame on you", he said.

    Northamptonshire Police said officers were too busy to take any details of offenders. No-one was seriously hurt in the crash.

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  2. Arrest made after Dunstable rape

    A teenager has been arrested after a woman was raped in Dunstable last week.

    Bedfordshire Police say it happened at about 04:00 on 1 December, when the woman was approached by a man who took her through an alleyway to a bin area behind The Crown pub.

    The 17-year-old boy from Dunstable has been arrested on suspicion of rape and released under investigation.

    The Crown in Dunstable
  3. Weather: Snow expected

    There's a warning that snow could fall in the Eastern region this weekend.

    In Northamptonshire, it's expected tonight.

    The Met Office says snow may fall in Norfolk and Northants on Saturday, as "one or two snow showers are possible in the west."

    On Sunday snow is predicted for the rest of the East.

  4. Fenland woman dies after being struck by lightning

    Peterborough Telegraph

    A Fenland woman has died after being struck by lightning while playing golf with her husband on a romantic holiday in Turkey.

  5. Cambridge Folk Festival 2018 headliners announced

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    American singer, visual artist and "punk poet laureate" Patti Smith (pictured) and country/folk singer-songwriter John Prine are headlining the Cambridge Folk Festival, it has been announced.

    Patti Smith

    The event at Cherry Hinton Hall, which attracts thousands of music fans from around the country, is taking place between 2 August and 5 August 2018.

    Other artistes announced include Janis Ian, who topped the US charts in the 1970s with her song At Seventeen, country singer Rosanne Cash, English folk music royalty Eliza Carthy and the Wayward Band (pictured) and blues legend Eric Bibb.

    Eliza Carthy and the Wayward Band
    John Prine
  6. No injuries reported in A14 crash

    Police say no-one was injured in an accident earlier on the A14 near Bar Hill between a lorry and a van.

    However, motorists are still being warned of long delays on the eastbound carriageway.

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  7. 'Unexplained death' in MK

    Thames Valley Police say they are currently dealing with an "unexplained death" in Milton Keynes.

    They say they were called to Newport Road, at about 14:40 on Thursday.

    Officers are still at the scene and are expected to be there for the rest of the day.

    We'll bring you more as we have it.

    Newport Road, Milton Keynes
  8. Crash causing long delays

    Motorists are facing delays of about more than an hour on the A14 after a crash near Bar Hill.

    Police said the accident happened at about 13:15 on the eastbound carriageway.

    There are no further details at this time.

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  9. Nascot Lawn: Families set to launch fresh legal fight

    The families of children who go to a respite centre in Watford are starting a new legal fight to save it, following another decision by the NHS to stop funding care at Nascot Lawn Respite Centre.

    Nascot Lawn Respite Centre

    A legal challenge in the High Court was postponed earlier this year, when the NHS said it would review the decision to withdraw funding. But health bosses have once again decided to withdraw the money, putting the centre back at risk of closure.

    Lawyers for the families say the NHS is breaching its duty under the National Health Services Act and the Equality Act, and that it had failed to lawfully consult with families.

    Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group said it could no longer fully fund services at the centre.

    The CCG said its "serious financial situation" meant that it had to "focus spending on health services that we have a legal duty to provide".

  10. Shakin' Stevens endorses fire service message

    The Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service in Hemel Hempstead have put together their own road safety video to a Christmas classic - which has been endorsed by the original artist.

    Green Watch has changed the words to the Shakin Stevens 1991 classic, Merry Christmas Everyone, but rather than filling you with festive cheer, it is dealing with the important matter of warning people not to drink and drive or use mobile phones behind the wheel.

    Shaky himself has got behind the message by tweeting "well done guys".

    The service said that in five seconds of looking at your phone while driving at 30mph you will miss 70m of road and about 20% of road deaths can be attributed to mobile phone use.

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  11. He's behind you! Grove Theatre panto gets under way in Dunstable

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Pantomime season is officially apon us..... oh yes it is!

    This evening the curtain will rise on The Grove Theatre's production of Sleeping Beauty in Dunstable.

    So far the theatre will not say how much water is needed for the bathroom scene, as they haven't had time to measure it yet.

    Cast of Cinderalla

    They have revealed some stage secrets and say there are about 200 costumes, the shortest costume change is less than a minute and 23 bottles of carbon dioxide is needed for the 15ft fire-breathing dragon.

  12. Councils invest £90m in property

    Laura Devlin

    BBC News

    Northamptonshire's councils are bringing in almost £7m each year through a portfolio of external properties worth more than £90m, figures obtained by the BBC have revealed.

    The eight local authorities have invested £30m in sites across the county in the last three years alone.

    This includes £21m spent by Corby Borough Council on an industrial unit in Curver Way, which brings a return of £1.6m a year to spend on local services.

    Labour MP Meg Hillier, chairman of the public accounts committee, said external investment was not without risk.

    "The question is, have they got the skills and understanding to do a good job? Where is the oversight and how expert is that oversight? That's a real challenge, both for local councils and government," she said.

  13. Pupils protest at Chalk Hills Academy in Luton

    Luton News

    Parents say children have been suspended from Chalk Hills Academy after protesting against the treatment of a teacher.

  14. Cooker caused tower block fire in Bletchley

    More than 30 firefighters were called to a blaze on the 13th floor of a Bletchley tower block last night.

    Crews from Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to the 18-storey Mellish Court just after 21:45 following a cooker fire in a flat.

    The fire was out on arrival, but a woman was treated for the effects of smoke inhalation.

    Mellish Court, Bletchley
  15. Security guards to patrol Peterborough taxi ranks

    Security marshals will be guarding taxi ranks in parts of Peterborough in the run-up to Christmas in a bid to stem anti-social behaviour.

    Two Security Industry Authority (SIA)-registered marshals will patrol the Broadway and Northminster ranks each weekend between now and New Year's Eve.

    They will carry body-worn cameras and radios which will give them access to CCTV and the police.

    Taxi rank in Broadway, Peterborough

    The scheme's been developed by the Safer Peterborough Partnership, Cambridgeshire Police and the city council, and aims to prevent alcohol-fuelled anti-social behaviour and ensure passengers can get taxis quickly and safely.

  16. St Albans cathedral dig uncovers late burial ground

    After news archaeologists St Albans Cathedral have uncovered the lost grave of Abbot Wheathampstead, we can tell you a little bit more about what has been found at the site.

    St Albans Cathedral dig

    Archaeologists have been excavating a burial ground dating from 1750 to 1850.

    Records suggest the remains of 170 people were interred here and so far 80 have been excavated.

    "Here we have a whole demographic of people buried – children, teenagers, adults and the older generation all in one graveyard often in family plots," he said.

    "The bone preservation is excellent which allows us to get very good data on this population so we’ll be able to tell the ages of the individuals, when they died and if they suffered from any diseases that would affect the bones."

  17. Passengers leave stricken train at Helpston

    Here are the latest images of relieved passengers finally leaving a train that was stuck near Peterborough after hitting an object on the track at about 10:30.

    Train passengers

    The Hull Trains service from London King's Cross came to a halt at Helpston after sustaining what the company described as "catastrophic engine failure".

    Engineers checking train at Helpston

    Passengers were stuck on board for more than four hours, many complaining of no water or working toilets, while the fuel leak was cleared and a rescue train organised.

    They have now been moved from the stricken train, but passengers using services between London and the north east are still being warned about delays.

    Train at Helpston
  18. Reports of man forcing woman into car in Woburn Sands

    Police are appealing for witnesses following reports of a woman being forced into a car by a man in Woburn Sands near Milton Keynes.

    Police said it was reported to have happened at about 14:45 on Sunday on Bow Brickhill Road and involved a grey or silver Vauxhall.

    The man is described as white, of large build with brown hair. The woman is described as white, in her late 20s and wearing a white jumper.

    Det Sgt Adam Billingham said: "It is believed that two other cars stopped to try and help, however so far the occupants are yet to come forward."