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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 northbound between J16, A4500 (Daventry) and J17, M45 (Dunchurch), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  2. Graeme Swann's mum 'not sure' about his Strictly chances

    The former Northamptonshire and England cricketer Graeme Swann is preparing to make his Strictly Come Dancing debut this weekend.

    The 39-year-old, who was born in Northampton and went to school in Towcester, is one of 15 celebrities confirmed for the show and will find out tomorrow who his professional dancer partner is.

    Graeme Swann

    His mum Mavis said: "I'm going to watch from behind the sofa, I think.

    "He's always first on the dance floor at parties and weddings but as for formal dancing, I've never seen him do any, so I'm not sure how he'll handle that."

    Former Strictly contestant and fellow Test Match Special commentator Phil Tufnell had some advice for Swanny's big moment: "Never double dip on the spray tan and the more rhinestones the better!," he said.

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    Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe disruption, between J15 for A508 and J14 for A509.

    M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J15, A508 (Northampton) and J14, A509 (Milton Keynes), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  4. Bomb disposal experts warning to magnet fishers

    Bomb disposal experts based at RAF Wittering are warning everyone to be cautious if they go magnet fishing in Cambridgeshire rivers.

    Monty Greenway sparked an Army response when he found the device near his home in Cambridge

    The hobby involves searching for metal in rivers.

    In August, 11-year-old Monty Greenway sparked an Army response when he found a mortar shell in the River Cam near Cambridge.

    Warrant Officer Phil Hunt, from the 5131 Bomb Disposal Squadron, said: "Magnet fishing is getting more popular, but it's not an everyday occurrence [that we're called out to something].

    "Monty is a prime example of doing the right thing... if you're magnet fishing and you find something you're not sure of, contact the police immediately, leave the magnets attached to the items, don't mess around with it and let the experts deal with it."

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    Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe accident, from J15A for A5123 Towcester to J15 for A508.

    M1 Northamptonshire - Two lanes closed, long delays and queuing traffic on M1 southbound from J15a, A5123 (Towcester) to J15, A508 (Northampton), because of an accident. Travel time is 30 minutes.

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

  6. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M1 Northamptonshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M1 southbound from J15, A508 (Northampton) to J14, A509 (Milton Keynes), because of an accident.

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

  7. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

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

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

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

  8. Minister 'glad' at delay in library closures decision

    The government has welcomed a delay in deciding the fate of 21 at-risk libraries in Northamptonshire.

    The High Court ruled the county council's decision to close them was made unlawfully, and the cash-strapped Conservative-run authority said it would allow more time to speak to community groups interested in taking on their running.

    Children protest outside at Desborough Library against its potential closure.

    Conservative MP for Kettering, Philip Hollobone, asked in the House of Commons: "Will the government's libraries task force be sent in to give the county council the best advice on how these libraries might be saved, perhaps with the creation of a libraries trust?"

    In response, the culture minister and Tory MP for Northampton North, Michael Ellis said: "The matter's been passed to the secretary of state. However I do note the council recently decided to pause its proposed library changes to give further consideration to its proposals for the service and I'm glad about that."

    The judicial review ruling does not prevent the authority from ultimately closing the libraries, but means it is having to reconsider its decision.

  9. Boost for ambulance staff numbers in Northamptonshire

    Sarah Ward

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A recruitment drive is to take place to hire about 40 ambulance crew staff for Northamptonshire, an increase of 15%.

    East Midlands Ambulance NHS Trust is currently rated as "requires improvement" and is seeking to transform its service.

    An ambulance.

    Deputy director of strategy, Mark Gregory, told Northamptonshire County Council's health scrutiny committee it was the biggest recruitment drive in many years.

    He said: "For a number of years we have been in financial turnaround and are now entering into a transformative phase.

    "We want to change the way we deliver services and become a key member of the NHS and social care economy in the county."

  10. New gym given planning permission in Kettering

    Sarah Ward

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A 24-hour gym is to be built at a disused garden centre in Kettering.

    The building off Northfield Avenue, next to the Asda, will be redeveloped to be part of the Anytime Fitness chain after Kettering Borough Council granted planning permission.

    disused garden centre in Kettering.

    Planners dismissed an objection by another gym in the town which said it would have a bad impact on competitors.

    The gym will feature an outdoor "strongman" facility with activities such as pulling sleds and flipping large tyres, but there will be a ban on amplified music in this area as part of planning conditions.

  11. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe accident, between J15A for A5123 Towcester and J16 for A4500.

    M1 Northamptonshire - M1 partially blocked northbound between J15a, A5123 (Towcester) and J16, A4500 (Daventry), because of an accident involving a car and a van. Traffic is coping well.

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