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Multiple pile-up on M1 leaves woman dead and several injured

A woman has been killed in a six-vehicle crash that caused chaos on the M1 in Bedfordshire for much of the day.

Several other people were injured - some seriously - in the crash involving five cars and a motorbike.

The crash, near junction 12, closed the motorway heading north for ten hours and led to long delays stretching back to Hertfordshire and as far north as Milton Keynes.


M1 re-opens after six-vehicle crash

The M1 in Luton has re-opened ten hours after a six-vehicle crash which killed a woman and injured several other people.

The Highways Agency said: A multi-vehicle collision caused the northbound carriageway of the motorway to close at junction 11. We have worked hard to have the road open as quickly as possible, but there are still minor delays in the area."

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.


Drugs charges dropped against former England footballer

Former England and Chelsea footballer Kerry Dixon pictured in 2008. Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

Drugs charges against ex-Chelsea and England footballer Kerry Dixon have been dropped. Mr Dixon, 52, was arrested in May 2014 and charged with possessing cocaine.

Police officers armed with a search warrant had gone to an address in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, where they had arrested Mr Dixon and a woman.

Luton Crown Court was told that the woman who had also been charged with possessing the cocaine had subsequently accepted responsibility for it.

The prosecutor said that, as a result, there would be "little prospect of a conviction" as far as Mr Dixon was concerned.

Outside the court a delighted Mr Dixon said "I always knew the charge would be dropped."

Kerry Dixon played more than 400 games for Chelsea and scored 193 goals, making him the club's third highest goal scorer. He won eight caps for England and was in the 1986 World Cup squad in Mexico.

CCTV of man sought by police after assault

CCTV of a man police want to speak to Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Bedfordshire Police have released CCTV images of a man that they would like to speak to following an assault outside a bar in Dunstable on Sunday August 10.

It happened between 10pm and 10.30pm as the 23 year old male victim left the HQ Sports Bar in Grove Park, Dunstable.

He was approached by two men who knocked him to the floor and then continued to punch and kick him. The victim managed to break free and made his way home before calling the police.

CCTV of a man police want to speak to Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Police appeal after teenager assaulted with knife

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 18 year old man was assaulted with a knife in a Dunstable car park in the early hours of Saturday morning. (May 3rd)

The assault took place around 2am after the victim left the Crown in High Street North and was in the car park at the back of the pub.

He was approached from behind by another man who pulled a Stanley Knife from his pocket.

The offender tried to slash the victim across his chest but the teenager managed to defend himself with his hands and arms but sustained extensive bleeding.

Detectives are in the process of checking local CCTV but are keen to speak with members

of the public who were in the area and may have seen the assault taking place.

The offender is described as being an Asian man, in his late 20s, around 6ft 2ins tall and of skinny build.

This was an extremely violent attack in which a young man, who was enjoying a night out with friends, sustained some very nasty injuries. I would urge anyone who was in the area in the early hours of Saturday morning and may have witnessed the incident to get in contact with Bedfordshire Police.”

– Detective Constable Jo Barkat
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