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MP calls for night flight restrictions at Luton airport

Luton airport had 14.5 million people through the airport in 2016. Credit: London Luton Airport

Hitchin and Harpenden MP Peter Lilley has called on the Department of Transport to review the noise disturbance from night flights at Luton airport.

The Conservative MP has long been campaigning for Luton to be treated the same way as Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.

It follows a consultation launched last week to bring in tighter noise quotas and introduce quieter planes at the other London airports.

A consultation was launched last week to bring in tighter noise quotas at London airports. Credit: London Luton Airport

The noise caused by night flights from Luton is particularly distressing for those affected. As London grows, air traffic is increasing.

"There were 4,897 night flights into and out of Luton Airport between July and September 2016 - 12% more than during the same period in 2015.

"I shall be writing to the Government to ask why Luton Airport has been excluded from this consultation."

– Peter Lilley MP, Con, Hitchin and Harpenden


Police hunt for motorist who drove wrong way along dual-carriageway

Police in Hertfordshire are trying to track down a motorist after a car was driven the wrong way down the A414. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police in Hertfordshire are trying to track down a motorist after a car was driven the wrong way down the A414 between Hatfield and St Albans.

Police tried to stop the vehicle which was travelling west towards St Albans on Saturday 7 January.

The driver pulled into the Shell petrol station before driving through the forecourt and back onto the carriageway, travelling in the wrong direction.

Officers say they did not pursue the vehicle for the safety of members of the public.

“This was an extremely dangerous thing to do as it put other road users at risk of serious, or even fatal injury.

“We are working to trace the person responsible and I am appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident, or who thinks they know the identity of the driver to please get in touch.”

– PC Pete Talbot, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit

Hertfordshire Police are appealing for witnesses.


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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