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Summary

  1. Trains resume between London and Northampton following a fire near the line in Harrow
  2. Services were cancelled all morning but resumed at 13:00
  3. However, delays remain
  4. Updates on Friday, 15 September 2017

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By Alex Pope

All times stated are UK

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The weekend weather outlook

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Any rain should clear tonight, with showers becoming confined to the Norfolk coast.

It'll be mostly dry by morning with clear spells and a few fog patches.

With temperatures falling as low as 4C (39F) there could be a touch of grass frost in rural areas.

Weather graphic for 06:00 Saturday
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Tomorrow will be a day of sunny spells and scattered showers, which could turn heavy with hail and thunder.

Top temperature of 15C (59F).

Sunday will start cold, with a touch of frost in rural areas. Any mist and fog patches will clear to leave mainly dry conditions with sunny spells.

There's a small chance of an isolated shower, which could be heavy and thundery.

BBC Weather has more.

Toy tractor taken in workshop raid

A quad bike and a classic toy tractor were among items stolen in a burglary in Chelveston last week.

Between 22:00 on 5 September and 06:00 the day after, offenders broke into a workshop and stole items including a green Honda quad bike, a John Deere ride-on lawn mower, a Nixon pressure washer, Logic single-axle trailer and various power tools.

A John Deere ride-on toy tractor (pictured), of significant sentimental value to the owners, was also taken.

Toy tractor stolen
Northamptonshire Police

Witnesses or anyone with any information about the stolen property or those involved in the burglary are asked to contact Northamptonshire Police.

Women arrested over shooting of man in Wellingborough

Two women have been arrested after an 18-year-old man was shot in Wellingborough.

The victim was crossing Burns Road, near the junction with Ruskin Avenue, when he was shot at about 13:20.

Burns Road, Wellingborough
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He sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment.

The women, aged 23 and 27, were arrested by officers yesterday afternoon and remain in police custody.

Police would like to speak to anyone who saw a white VW Golf in the area yesterday or who has information about the attack.

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BBC Wales Sport

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Harrow fire: All lines open between London and Milton Keynes

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

We've just told you about London Euston re-opening after last night's fire in Harrow.

London Midland has confirmed that all lines have re-opened between Milton Keynes Central and London Euston, but trains in both directions may be delayed by up to 90 minutes, cancelled or revised due to trains and train crew being out of position.

Southern services are also currently suspended between Milton Keynes Central, Watford Junction and Shepherds Bush.

Harrow fire: London Euston re-opens

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

We've just heard that London Euston has re-opened.

A Network Rail spokesman said trains would run out of Euston at 13:00 with an amended timetable.

Its statement said that land next to the railway, which was badly damaged by fire overnight, had been "made safe".

Passengers should check before they travel with their train operator or visit the National Rail website for the latest travel information.

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Strictly dance reveal

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

This is the moment any Strictly Come Dancing fan looks forward to...

Today it's been announced what sizzling dance routine Rev Richard Coles will perform in the hit show when it returns next Saturday.

Sadly the Finedon vicar won't be dancing to "Don't Leave Me This Way", but the artistic team do like a religious theme.

They've gone for a Cha Cha to There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart) by the Eurythmics.

I suppose they didn't want to risk "Devil Woman".

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Harrow fire: Wall being demolished

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Work is well under way to knock down an unstable hall in Harrow after a fire destroyed it last night.

It means no trains are running on that section of the West Coast Main Line, which runs parallel to the building,

All services into London Euston railway station from Milton Keynes and Northampton are cancelled.

Disruption is expected to last for the rest of the day.

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Harrow fire: Specialist equipment arrives to fix wall

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

As specialist equipment arrives to fix the damaged wall on the West Coast Main Line, we are now turning our attention to other stories going on in the region.

All train services from Milton Keynes and Northampton into London Euston are cancelled for the rest of the day, but if anything changes we will of course keep you updated.

Specialist equipment
London Euston

Harrow fire: Damaged wall being removed

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

London Midland says work to remove the damaged wall in Harrow after last night's fire has begun.

Because it is unsafe and so close to the West Coast Main Line, all services into London Euston from Milton Keynes and Northampton are currently cancelled.

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Harrow fire: Buses running from Northampton to Wellingborough

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

At Northampton railway station buses have arrived to transport commuters to Wellingborough station so they can pick up the Midland Main Line service into London.

It seem to be rather quiet here compared to the scene in Milton Keynes...

Bus at Northampton railway station
BBC

Where the queues were much longer...

Queues of commuters at Milton Keynes railway station
South Beds News Agency

And there were more buses...

Buses at Milton Keynes railway station
South Beds News Agency

Harrow fire: Disruption expected into the weekend

Richard Westcott

Transport correspondent

This is going to cause problems on some of Britain's busiest train lines all day and possibly into the weekend.

The fire has damaged a wall right next to the track.

Engineers need to knock the wall down, but to do that they must bring in specialist kit and close the line so they can gain access to the site.

Not a quick job and that's assuming all goes to plan.

West Coast main line: Long delays after Harrow fire

If the wall damages a rail as it comes down, for example, it could delay things.

You can catch King's Cross East Coast trains to Scotland/London, but they'll be busier.

Harrow fire: Suggested alternative routes

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

If you need to get into London Euston from Northampton or Milton Keynes today, Virgin Trains has just released this map of alternative routes.

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Harrow fire: No signs of chaos in Northampton

Sam Read

BBC Look East

The scene at Northampton railway station is not that chaotic, despite the problems caused by the blaze in Harrow.

There are no queues, which suggests many travellers have decided to stay at home or have found alternative routes by now.

I've spoken to a few frustrated passengers who're not able to get a direct train into London Euston.

Most seem to understand the situation as they realise it can't be helped.

Sign at Northampton Railway station
BBC

If anyone wants to get into London from Northampton there seem to be a few options.

You either get a train to Milton Keynes and be bused to Luton, or go to Wellingborough station and pick up Midland Main Line services from there.

Harrow fire: Replacement coaches at MK station

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

Commuters are now getting on to buses at Milton Keynes railway station to take them to Luton, so they can get into London.

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Harrow fire: Travellers good humoured at MK station

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

The feeling at Milton Keynes station today is one of good humour and resignation.

No trains are running to or from London Euston on the West Coast Main Line, so if anyone wants to travel from Northampton and Milton Keynes to the capital they're having to find alternative routes.

Commuters at Milton Keynes railway station
BBC

Passengers are being advised to get on buses from MK to Luton.

Sign at railway station
BBC

Several staff from Network Rail, London Midland and Virgin are on hand to advise passengers on the best alternative routes.

Harrow fire: Network Rail 'working quickly' to fix wall by track

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

I've just spoken to Allan Spence at Milton Keynes railway station, who's the head of passenger and public safety at Network Rail.

He told me the company was working "as quick as we can", with an unsafe wall by the line at Harrow needing to be dismantled and rebuilt.

No services will run on the line "until it is safe", he said.

Alternative buses are on offer, saying it was doing its best to get people to their destination.

Milton Keynes railway station
BBC

Travellers are being advised to check the National Rail website before making their journey.

No trains running into London from MK

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

I'm at Milton Keynes railway station where no trains are going into London Euston today after a fire in Harrow.

It means this rather busy commuter route looks a little different.

Instead travellers are going by bus to Luton to pick up train services there.

Disruption is expected to last for the rest of the day and possibly into tomorrow morning.

Milton Keynes train station
BBC

'Significant disruption' on West Coast Main Line trains

Virgin Trains has released a statement after the Harrow fire, which is severely disrupting train services into the capital today from Milton Keynes and Northampton.

As things stand trains can run from Northampton to Milton Keynes, but replacement buses are now operating from MK to nearby train stations.

The company says: "Due to a fire near the railway, which is suspected to have involved gas cylinders, all lines are currently blocked between Euston and Milton Keynes, and there will be significant disruption on other parts of the route.

Harrow Fire
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"Other train operators are accepting Virgin Trains tickets so customers can travel on alternative routes, while Virgin Trains has also lifted restrictions so that customers do not have to travel on their booked trains, or can also travel tomorrow instead if they wish.

"We are sorry for the inevitable disruption and delays to journeys."

Wall to be dismantled after Harrow fire

The retaining wall beside the West Coast Main Line will need to be "dismantled and made safe", says Network Rail.

It explains that the line will be shut all day...

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'Only travel today if you have to' says train company

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

If you need to get into London today from Milton Keynes or Northampton, all the information you need has been released by London Midland trains, which you can see here.

East Midlands and Chiltern Railways are accepting London Midland and Virgin Railways tickets.

No services will run between Milton Keynes and Euston at all today, and services from Northampton into London are stopping at Milton Keynes.

Francis Thomas, from London Midland, says only "travel today if you absolutely have to".

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'Big job to fix' train line after fire

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The overnight fire at a factory and offices in north-west London will cause train disruption into London from Milton Keynes and Northampton for the rest of the day.

London Euston says the fire has "damaged the trackside retaining wall" and it is a "big job to fix".

The fire-damaged wall is in "danger of collapse and needs making safe before trains can safely run", a spokesman added.

Fire damaged wall
London Euston
Train line and fire damaged building
London Euston

Buses to take commuters to other stations

London Midland trains has just confirmed that replacement buses will now run from Milton Keynes to Luton or Bedford so commuters can get into London.

This is because no train services are running from MK into London after a fire overnight in Harrow.

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Train services affected into London all day

As no trains will be running from Milton Keynes into London today, affecting services from Northampton, Chiltern Railways says it's accepting Virgin Trains and London Midland tickets.

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'Explosion' heard in Harrow fire

More video footage has been shared online from the Harrow fire, which is affecting train services into London from Northampton and Milton Keynes.

Olivia Weetch filmed the fire last night.

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'Put your journey off' if travelling into London from Northampton or MK

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

If you are travelling into London from Northampton and Milton Keynes, you are being advised to "put your journey off".

Francis Thomas, from London Midland, says it's "not expecting any services today" along the line, after a fire broke out in a warehouse just before midnight in Harrow.

He says no services are expected to run until the "start of work tomorrow" because of how close the fire is to the railway line and concerns about a retaining wall and gas canisters.

At the moment he says they're "taking it one day at a time".

Harrow Fire
@MPSHarrow

'Big job' to make train line safe after Harrow fire

Here is the latest from Network Rail...

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Video: Harrow fire shows flames shoot into the air

Below is footage taken of the Harrow fire by Ani Naz.

Nearly 60 firefighters were called to the blaze on Chantry Place, Harrow, close to midnight on Thursday.

As a result, trains through Headstone Lane have been suspended.

London Fire Brigade says a cordon was put in place around the warehouse blaze amid fears propane cylinders might explode.

The blaze is now under control, although 12 residents were told to leave their properties as a precaution.

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Train delays after Harrow fire

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

London Midland trains say that many of their services will be affected by delays today after a fire in Harrow.

The mainline was closed at 00:30 and London Midland services will start from or terminate at Northampton or Milton Keynes.

All services on Virgin Media trains are currently suspended.

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Our live coverage across the day

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BBC Local Live

That's it for the Local Live feed for today.

The team will be back tomorrow from 08:00 bringing you news, sport, travel, weather and more.

If you want to see what we have been up to today, just scroll through the page to catch up on all the news.

See you tomorrow.

Weather: Sun and showers ahead

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Rather cloudy with scattered showers across the BBC East region this evening, with the rumble of thunder possible across Norfolk.

Showers dying away after midnight for most, with clear spells later as the temperature dips to 6C (43F), although places like Santon Downham in Suffolk and Writtle in Essex could be lower.

Friday will see a mainly dry start, but thickening cloud will bring outbreaks of rain, and then a mixture of sunshine and scattered heavy showers later.

The temperature will peak at about 14C (57F).

BBC Look East weather map
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Kettering MP warns of 'underfunded police'

There's a warning that police forces could reach breaking point because of the government's latest pay deal.

Ministers are awarding officers a 1% bonus in the coming year on top of a 1% rise.

Labour fears more cuts to police budgets will follow.

The Conservative MP for Kettering, Philip Hollobone, said: "I'm sure residents in Kettering will welcome this pay rise for the police, but can I join calls for changes to the national policing formula, because counties like Northamptonshire are clearly underfunded relative to their peers."

Police
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Petition presented to Parliament against Wellingborough sports pitch

Kris Holland

BBC News

A petition with 800 signatures has been presented to Parliament opposing plans for a 3G sports pitch in Wellingborough.

The town's Conservative MP Peter Bone handed it in on behalf of people living near to the proposed facility at Redwell Field on Barnwell Road.

People campaigning against the plans say the site is for "recreation, dog walking, wildlife, free football and cricket, running and other sports".

Plans for the pitch
Surfacing Standards Ltd

The plans have been put forward by Wellingborough Borough Council.

We have contacted them for comment, but they have yet to respond.

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M1 northbound between J18, A5 (Rugby) and J19, M6 (Catthorpe Interchange), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Women's Tour cycling could return to Daventry

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

Daventry could be bidding to stage the start of cycling's Women's Tour again next year.

Officials described this year's Grand Depart in the town as a "successful community event with economic benefits".

In total, 15,000 turned up along the High Street on 7 June to see the riders get under way, with 50,000 people coming out to see that day's stage which finished in Kettering.

Women's Tour in Daventry
Women's Tour

The Strategy Group on Daventry District Council is due to make the recommendations tonight, with the final decision going to full council.

The event is expected to cost the council £50,000, but they are hoping to raise some of the funds through sponsorship.

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