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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.

Shocking CCTV: shop worker attacked by gang

Police have released shocking CCTV of the moment a shop worker in Warwickshire was attacked with what's believed to be a wooden cane, by a gang of three men.

Warwickshire Police have released the video to appeal for help in tracing the men seen in the CCTV. The attack happened at a shop on Church Street in Rugby on Tuesday October 28th, at around 6:40pm.

Officers said one of the men attacked the 30-year old shop worker with a wooden cane, while another threw a jar at his head, causing it to crack on impact. The gang then left the scene in the direction of Railway Terrace.

The shop worker was treated at Walsgrave Hospital for serious injuries.


Protest against planning proposal on Oakfield Recreation Ground in Rugby

Credit: Save Oakfield Group

People angry at proposals to build 62 houses on Oakfield Recreation Ground in Rugby will be holding a protest today.

They will be tying yellow ribbons around oak trees and posing for a group photograph.

Around 1400 people have signed a petition against the plans, proposed by the Heart of England Cooperative Society.

They say:

"We are acutely aware of the strength of feeling amongst local residents with regard to the Oakfield Recreation Ground.....discussions are continuing and we can confirm that as yet no planning application has been submitted."

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