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Trial to begin for pair charged with 131 offences

The trial will be heard at Leicester Crown Court. Credit: PA

The trial of a man and woman charged with more than 100 offences - including multiple counts of historical drug and sexual assault offences - is due to begin today.

Northamptonshire Police said 47-year-old Nicholas Taylor, from Northampton, had been charged with 96 counts, including supply of Class A drugs, rape and other sexual offences.

43-year-old Joan Taylor, also from Northampton, is facing 35 charges, including supply of Class A drugs, rape, other sexual offences and being in possession of indecent images.

The trial is due to be heard in front of Judge Nicholas Dean at Leicester Crown Court.

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Man found dead on the M1 near Daventry is named by police

M1 near Daventry Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man whose body was found on the M1 near Daventry has been named as 46-year-old Ashley Hayes from Shepherd's Bush, London.

The northbound carriageway was closed for a number of hours while forensic teams examined the scene.

“We believe that Mr Hayes may have been in the Toddington Services area, in Bedfordshire, at around 1.30am this morning.

"He may have been given a lift from there, or may have hidden himself in a lorry, to enable him to get to where we discovered him.

"We need anyone who was there are the time and may have seen him or witnessed anything suspicious to contact us.”

– Det Sgt Tony Hopkins

"This may have been an accident or something more serious" say police. Adding they need to determine the circumstances which led to his death.

Officers are appealing for lorry drivers and other motorists who may have driven on this stretch of road between junction 16 and 18 to come forward.

Police describe scene of M1 body discovery as 'catastrophic'

The M1 near Daventry was closed for most of Tuesday. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police say the body of a man found dead on the M1 in Northamptonshire had been run over several times.

A stretch of the motorway near Daventry was closed for most of the day with officers describing the scene as "catastrophic".

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Sarah Cooper

M1 re-opens to traffic after body found near Daventry

The M1 has now been cleared and has re-opened to traffic Credit: ITV News Anglia

The M1 near Daventry has re-opened to traffic after the body of a man was found on the northbound carriageway in the early hours of today (10th Jan).

Northamptonshire police say the man was hit several times.

Highways England say the road has now been cleared and all lanes are re-opened. It was affecting traffic between Junction 16 and 18.

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