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Detectives investigating sexual assault of 13 year old girl

Police are appealing for potential CCTV footage after a 13-year-old girl was sexually assaulted near Kettering.

The victim, who was wearing school uniform, was walking home from Greys Park Field in Barton Seagrave after visiting friends. She walked along Polwell Lane before entering an alleyway which leads into Henleys Close, off Gotch Road.

As she entered the alleyway, a man who was loitering in the area, asked her to remove her clothing before following her down the alleyway and then grabbing her shoulder. The victim managed to escape.

Police say details of the incident which happened on Thursday, July 20, between 6.45pm and 7pm, have only just been brought to the attention


Work to revamp Northampton market begins

Work will take place on non-market days. Credit: ITV Anglia.

Work to revamp Northampton market has begun.

It involves replacing current stall coverings as well as widening one of the aisles.

The changes come following suggestions and consultations with traders and a National Association of British Market Authorities review, which supported ideas to brighten the area.

They hope it will open up the centre of the market and make it a more attractive environment for traders and shoppers.

We’re really proud of our town’s market, which is why we are investing in improvements to make it an attractive environment to trade and shop in. We consulted with traders before the works began to enable them to input their ideas, and to ensure that anyone being relocated as part of the works is happy with the position of their stall within the new market design.

– Cllr Phil Larratt, Deputy Leader of the Council

They are hoping the work will be done by mid-October.

Highly corrosive substance caused M1 chaos

Police say a highly corrosive substance led to the M1 closure

Thames Valley Police are appealing for information after a highly corrosive substance was left on the M1 near Newport Pagnell forcing the closure of the road for most of yesterday.

Hundreds of cars and lorries were trapped on the motorway while the bomb squad investigated a container filled with acid-like liquid found under a bridge near Newport Pagnell.

There is no suggestion the incident was terrorist related but the police want to know how it got there.

We are appealing to anyone who knows why or how this object was left under a bridge about two miles past the Newport Pagnell services on the southbound carriageway of the M1. The object Is a 5 litre container in a large black refuse bag which found at about 7.30am yesterday.

The object has now been removed from the scene in a secure container but is still being analysed, however, we do know the substance it is a highly corrosive material, possibly hydrochloric acid, which has reacted with another substance causing it to discharge onto lane one and lane two of the southbound carriageway.

We are keeping an open mind as to how the object was left at the scene but at this stage we are investigating the incident to see if it was placed there with intent to cause danger to other road users.

Anyone with any information about the incident, including any motorists who may have dash cam footage of the object being left at the scene, are urged to contact Thames Valley Police by calling 101

– Insp Scott Long, Thames Valley Police


M1 northbound reopens after more than eight hours

Parts of the M1 have been deserted all day Credit: ITV Anglia

The M1 northbound has finally reopened after more than eight hours.

It was closed while police and emergency services investigated a suspicious object under a bridge at Newport Pagnell.

The object was discovered not to contain explosives.

Thousands of drivers were stationary in queues for hours. The southbound carriageway is still closed.

Drivers find time for football on M1

Bored drivers had games of football on the opposite carriageway Credit: @ChampBubblee

Frustrated travellers played football, frisbee and touch rugby on the M1 after police closed the motorway for hours.

Thousands sat in gridlock from at least 8am, when Thames Valley Police closed the three-lane motorway between junctions 14 and 15 because of a "suspicious object".

Liz Searle, chief executive at the Keech Hospice in Luton, said she had been impressed by the good humour of everyone trapped on the side of the road.

"Everybody was being so helpful and chatty and high-spirited," she said, "which is lovely to see despite the circumstances."

Mrs Searle escaped the gridlock when police began to turn traffic around.

A spokesman for Highways England said the amount of traffic trapped was "down to about three or four kilometres" from a previous high of six kilometres, but could not comment on the details of the "suspicious object".

One driver's hoody had an appropriate message Credit: @ChampBubblee
Bored drivers had games of football on the opposite carriageway Credit: @ChampBubblee
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