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  1. Former Northamptonshire County Council leader leaves party

    The former leader of Northamptonshire County Council has resigned from the Conservative Party.

    Announcing her resignation on Twitter, councillor Heather Smith called it a "sad day", but said she could not "cope with continuing unfair quotes from new councillors".

    Councillor Heather Smith

    She had been a Conservative councillor for 11 years, representing the Oundle ward, and was leader between May 2016 and March this year.

    Councillor Smith has not responded to a BBC request for interview, but in an expletive-laden interview with the Local Government Chronicle said she had become a "scapegoat".

    The Conservative group on the council confirmed news that her resignation "had been tendered", but did not comment further.

  2. Northamptonshire Police chief constable retires

    Laura Cook

    BBC Radio Northampton

    The Chief Constable of Northamptonshire, Simon Edens, retires from the police force this weekend.

    Mr Edens, who has been chief constable since 2015, has spent a 37 years as a police officer.

    Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold (left) pictured with outgoing police chief constable Simon Edens
    Image caption: Mr Edens (right) has been chief constable at Northamptonshire Police since 2015

    He began his career in 1981 serving as a constable and sergeant with the Royal Ulster Constabulary before moving to Cambridgeshire in 1991 where he served for 17 years, rising to the rank of chief superintendent.

    In 2008, he became assistant chief constable at West Mercia Police and then deputy chief constable at Leicestershire in 2012.

    His successor Nick Adderley joins Northamptonshire Police as Chief Constable on Monday.

  3. Cobblers to start life in League Two

    The new Football League season kicks off on Saturday, with Northampton Town opening their League Two campaign at home to Lincoln City (15:00 KO).

    The Cobblers were relegated from League One at the end of the 2017-18 season, but are being tipped for promotion this time around by bookmakers.

    Northampton Town footballers celebrate a goal scored against Oldham Athletic on 5 May 2018

    During the summer, the club has appointed caretaker manager Dean Austin as their full-time boss, while a sponsorship deal has seen Northampton's Sixfields Stadium renamed as the PTS Academy Stadium.

    After opening against fellow promotion hopefuls Lincoln, Town travel to Carlisle United on Saturday, 11 August.

  4. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, from J18 for A428 to A14.

    M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound from J18, A428 (Rugby) to A14, Catthorpe Interchange, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  5. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe disruption, from J11 for A422 to J12 for B4451.

    M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M40 northbound from J11, A422 (Banbury) to J12, B4451 (Gaydon), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  6. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe disruption, from J18 for A428 to J16 for A4500.

    M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound from J18, A428 (Rugby) to J16, A4500 (Daventry), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  7. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe accident, from J11 for A422 to J12 for B4451.

    M40 Oxfordshire - Two lanes closed and heavy traffic on M40 northbound from J11, A422 (Banbury) to J12, B4451 (Gaydon), because of an accident.

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

  8. Envelope update

    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 and heavy traffic on M1 northbound between J16, A4500 (Daventry) and J17, M45 (Dunchurch), because of an accident involving.

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