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Serious accident on M1 in Bedfordshire

The M1 northbound near junction 11 is closed. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Bedfordshire Police has confirmed that part of the northbound M1 will be closed for most of the morning following a serious accident.

A diversion is currently in place at Junction 9 following the multi-vehicle crash earlier this morning.

A number of people are reported to have serious injuries.

Better service promised as new rail operator takes charge

Govia Thameslink is taking over from First Capital Connect Credit: ITV News Anglia

A new rail operator is promising investment, more carriages and fewer delays as it takes control of some of our regions busiest rail routes today.

Govia Thameslink Railway has a 7-year deal to run services from stations including Bedford, Cambridge, Peterborough, Luton and King's Lynn.

They have taken over the franchise from First Capital Connect.

Man found dead after woman murdered in Bedford hotel

A woman's been murdered in a hotel in Bedford.

Officers were called to the Premier Inn at Kempston just after 9am on Saturday and found a woman in her early 40s from Milton Keynes dead in one of the rooms.

Police began an inquiry but on Saturday evening they discovered the man they'd been looking for had died on a railway line in Nuneton. He's believed to the partner of the dead woman.

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Police release image of man they're trying to trace after train sex attack

Police have issued an image of a man they want to speak to in connection with a sex attack on a train. Credit: British Transport Police

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they are trying to trace in connection with a sexual assault on a woman on a train passing through Bedfordshire.

A 25-year-old woman fell asleep on the 6.49pm train from Euston to Birmingham on 13 August. She was awoken as the train passed through Leighton Buzzard by a man sexually assaulting her.

The woman left the train at Milton Keynes and alerted police. Officers met the train at Rugby, but the man was not on the train.

“Since our initial appeal for information on this incident, we have been able to isolate a CCTV image of a man who I am confident can help with our investigation."

– Sgt Mark Summerfield, British Transport Police

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 405040. Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police searching for Porsche driver following serious crash

The crash happened on the A6 south of Bedford at Wixams. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police in Bedfordshire are searching for the driver of a Porsche car after it was involved in a serious crash near Bedford on Saturday evening.

The Porsche 911 was in collision with an Audi at Wixams on the A6 but the driver left the scene before police officers arrived. The driver of the Audi was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

The incident happened at about 5.50pm and the police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision or can help locate the Porsche driver to contact them urgently on 101.

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