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Dozens protest against plans to build on a park in Rugby

Dozens of people in Rugby turned out to protest against plans to build more than 60 new homes on a recreational site and park.

Protesters at Oakfield Recreation Ground site Credit: ITV News Central

Families with children and dogs joined together at Oakfield Recreation Ground site this morning to show their strength of feeling.

Residents say they are concerned about the impact a housing development would have on traffic and schools, and say it's the only place for their children to play.

In a statement Heart of England Co-operative Society, who own the land, say they are acutely aware of the strength of feeling amongst local residents and say discussions are continuing and, as yet, no planning application has been submitted.

England Women's rugby team awarded Freedom of Rugby Borough

England Women's rugby team have been awarded the Freedom of Rugby Borough today in recognition for winning the 2014 Rugby World Cup.

A special ceremony was held at Rugby town hall to honour the team, followed by a civic reception.

England beat Canada 21-9 in the final earlier this year.

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England Women's rugby team to be awarded Freedom of Rugby Borough

England beat Canada 21-9 in the final in Paris Credit: hristian Liewig/ABACAPRESS.COM

England Women's rugby team will be awarded the Freedom of Rugby Borough today in recognition for winning the 2014 Rugby World Cup.

A special ceremony will be held at Rugby town hall today to honour the team, followed by a civic reception.

England beat Canada 21-9 in the final.

The team will also unveil a special plaque to commemorate their achievement.

The England men's rugby team were awarded the honour in 2004 following their 2003 World Cup triumph.

The development of the women's game has been incredible to watch, culminating in winning the world cup and turning professional earlier this year.

As the birthplace of the game this is an achievement that we want to recognise and honour, and the highest award that we can give is the Freedom of the Borough of Rugby.

– Cllr Michael Stokes, Leader of Rugby Borough Council

Dramatic picture of cheese lorry fire on M1

The moment a lorry carrying cheese caught fire on the M1 Credit: @MaxEarey

This dramatic picture shows the moment a lorry carrying cheese caught fire on the M1.

The section of tarmac was so badly damaged that it has had to be resurfaced.

There are still delays of around an hour and a half on the M1 southbound between junctions 20 and 18.

ROADS: Major queues on M1 Southbound - Northamptonshire

The main carriageway of the M1 Southbound is closed after a lorry full of cheese caught fire there last night, damaging the tarmac.

Resurfacing work is continuing at J18 A5 / A428 (Rugby), causing congestion on the M1 to J20 A4303 / A4304 (Lutterworth).

The road is unlikely to reopen before 8am. There are also queues on the bottom of the M6.

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