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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.

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Northern Lights glimpsed as far south as Norfolk

The aurora borealis or Northern Lights in North Norfolk in the evening on Friday 12 September 2014. Credit: Adam Payne/Norfolk Geeks

The aurora borealis or Northern Lights have been spotted as far south as North Norfolk.

The brightly-coloured patterns in the sky are caused by highly-charged particles from the sun interacting with the Earth's atmosphere and its magnetic field.

The aurora are more commonly seen in more northern latitudes.

"Occasionally there are large explosions on the Sun and huge amounts of magnetically charged particles are thrown out into space (Coronal Mass Ejections). If these particles travel towards Earth they interact with the Earth’s magnetic field and increase global geomagnetic activity. The increased activity releases energy into the atmosphere giving off light in the process, which we call the Northern Lights or the aurora borealis."

– MET OFFICE

This week has seen two Coronal Mass Ejections from the sun; the first arrived on Thursday night with the second on Friday night.

The Met Office said the combined effect increased the chances of seeing the Northern Lights in Britain.

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