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M1 Southbound closed, queueing traffic due to accident, three lorries and a car involved between J15 A45 / A508 (Northampton) and J14 A509 (Milton Keynes), congestion to J16 A45 / A4500 (Daventry)

The Highways Agency has advised all drivers to leave the M1 southbound at J15 and follow the circle symbol via the A508 and A5 southbound towards Milton Keynes. Take the A509 eastbound through Milton Keynes to rejoin the M1 at J14.

Two Northampton men charged with murder

Two men charged with murder and attempted murder after a man died in Northampton Credit: ITV News

Two men have been charged with murder and attempted murder after a man died in Northampton on Friday.

Olegs Sergejevs who was 38, was airlifted to hospital from an address in Cliftonville Court but later died.

Vladlens Ignashko, who is 39 and Igors Kolkunovs, 27 - both of Cliftonville Court - are in custody and will appear before Magistrates today.

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Police urge shoppers to show 'tough love' to beggars in Northampton

Police and homeless charities in Northampton have a hard-hitting message for shoppers, telling them they are "killing with kindness" by giving money to beggars.

The campaign, launched in Northampton town centre, hopes to raise awareness that much of the money given to people on the street is used to fund drink or drug habits. They say money should be given to homeless charities rather than individuals.

Click below to watch a report by Stuart Leithes:

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Northampton man in court accused of climbing on roof of Palace of Westminster

Palace of Westminster Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A man from Northampton has appeared in court accused of climbing on to the roof of the Palace of Westminster.

Braydon Anderson allegedly caused £20,000 of damage by breaking a stained glass window, 11 other windows, an ornamental crown and a CCTV camera.

A security alert was sparked when a man was spotted on the roof of the Houses of Parliament late on March 7. He engaged police in an eight-hour stand-off before being arrested at 5.15am the following day.

Anderson, 23, of Portland Place in Northampton, is charged with criminal damage and trespass on a protected site.

Dressed in a grey tracksuit he appeared at London's Southwark Crown Court and spoke only to confirm his name.

Anderson was remanded in custody and is next due to appear in court on June 2 for a plea hearing.

Police release CCTV footage after knifepoint robbery

Police have released CCTV footage of a man they want to speak to in connection with a knifepoint robbery in Northampton.

At about 7.30pm on February 3, a man was walking along Mill Lane in Kingsthorpe towards the Cock Hotel.

He was approached by two strangers who threatened him with a knife and demanded that he hand over his bank cards and PIN numbers.

The two men then ran away.

The cards stolen from the man's wallet were later used at the nearby Asda store in Thornton Road, Kingsthorpe, to buy a number of expensive electrical products.

Alan Carr bids farewell to Greyfriars bus station

Comedian Alan Carr has been taking a sardonic stance on the demise of Northampton's Greyfriars bus station this morning.

Carr - who grew up in Northampton - marked the occasion with a series of funny tweets.

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