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Woman 'strangled' by 6ft 8in man in Northampton street

The incident happened between 6pm and 9pm on Thursday July 23. Credit: PA

Police have asked for anyone who may have seen an alleged assault where a woman was held around her throat and 'strangled' in a Northampton street to come forward.

The incident happened between 6pm and 9pm on Thursday July 23 in St Leonard's Road, Far Cotton.

The woman was apparently approached by the man who grabbed her by the throat. A member of the public then intervened.

The man was 6ft 8in tall and had short dark hair.

Witnesses, or anyone who knows anything about this incident, are being urged to call Northamptonshire Police on 101.

Northamptonshire Police close Cyril Smith probe over lack of evidence

Cyril Smith. Credit: PA

Northamptonshire Police have dropped their investigation into claims the former MP Cyril Smith was found with child abuse images.

It's alleged the images were seized when Smith was stopped on the M1 in Northamptonshire in the 1980s, but the incident was covered up.

Northamptonshire Police said they'd found no witnesses or evidence to support the claims.

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"Huge interest" in former Greyfriars bus station site after rubble is cleared

Northampton's Greyfriars bus station was demolished but has now been cleared. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Thousands of tonnes of rubble created when Northampton's Greyfriars bus station was demolished has now been cleared.

The building was brought down in less than 9 seconds, in a controlled explosion in March.

Northampton Borough Council says the site can now be sold to a developer, for retail and leisure use.

"I already know that there's huge interest in the site.

It's four acres of really premium site, so we've got to find something that's absolutely the right thing for Northampton town."

– Jo Lappin, Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership

White coats return for doctors so patients can spot them

Northampton Hospital now has doctors in white coats so patients can can spot them. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Two out of three patients at one of the region's major hospitals say they've no idea whether or not they've seen a doctor during their visit.

It's prompted managers at Northampton General to have a rethink and turn back the clock to the days when doctors wore white coats.

They've been updated to allay fears about hospital infection rates and are being introduced alongside a new policy where staff introduce themselves to patients.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Wesley Smith

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Day of transport misery as Northamptonshire town named as best value for commuting

Traffic jams and rail delay across the region. Credit: ITV News Anglia

It's been a day of misery for commuters using road and rail links across the region after a series of incidents caused huge delays for thousands of people.

On the roads, some of the worst congestion was seen on the M1 after a crash at Milton Keynes. Problems too on the A14 near Cambridge, which also led to congestion on the M11.

Meanwhile trains stopped running between Milton Keynes and London after a person was hit by a train. And services from Cambridge and Bishop's Stortford to London were affected by problems to overhead lines.

It came on the day that a new survey named Wellingborough as the town which offers the best deal to commuters when comparing factors such as house prices and the cost and time of travelling to London.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Olivia Paterson

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11 miles of queuing traffic on M1 with delays of an hour

Long delays on the M1 near Milton Keynes with 11 miles of queuing traffic. Credit: Lee Georghiou / ITV News Anglia

The M1 near Milton Keynes has 11 miles of queuing traffic and delays of up to an hour after a multiple vehicle crash.

There is congestion between junctions 12 and 14 northbound which the Highways Agency expects to continue until lunchtime.

One lane is closed while accident investigation work continues.

Police are investigation the crash near Milton Keynes. Credit: Lee Georghiou / ITV News Anglia

Rail delays between London, Bishop's Stortford and Cambridge

There are rail delays between Cambridge, Bishop's Stortford and London Liverpool Street. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Archive

There's rail disruption on Abellio Greater Anglia trains between London Liverpool Street and Bishop's Stortford and between Liverpool Street and Cambridge due to overhead line problems at Broxbourne.

The issue is also affecting the Stansted Express serving the airport.

Services may be cancelled or delayed by 60 minutes. Disruption is expected until midday.

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