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Overnight closures on the M1 for urgent safety checks

The M1 will be closed overnight on October 12 and 13 Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/PA Images

The M1 motorway will be closed for two nights as Highways England urgently investigate what they describe as a potential concern.

Routine maintenance highlighted the issues with the gantries over the motorway and the work has been planned at short notice as a safety precaution.

The section affected stretches from junction 13 at Milton Keynes to junction 11 at Luton. The work will take place between 10 pm and 5 am with the southbound route affected on October 12 and the northbound route on October 13. Diversions will be in place during the closures.

During the work older, out-of-use speed cameras will be inspected and removed from overhead gantries.


Major Norfolk road closed after crash

The A47 in Norfolk has been blocked by a crash just outside Norwich

Four vehicles have been involved in a crash that's blocked the A47 just outside Norwich.

It's happened between the A11 Thickthorn Roundabout and the junction with the A140 Ipswich Road.

Queues are back as far as the B1108 Watton Road.

Long delays are expected to continue while recovery work takes place with motorists being advised to avoid the area.


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Huge differences in speeding convictions across East Anglia

Figures show the huge differences in the number of motorists caught speeding in the Anglia region. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Remarkable figures show the huge differences in the number of motorists caught speeding in the Anglia region.

In Essex and Norfolk there has been a big increase in those breaking the law yet in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk, there have been significant reductions in the amount of drivers being prosecuted.

In Norfolk the number of people caught speeding is up 32% to more than 51,000. It's also up in Essex by 30% to more than 74,000.

However the figures fell in Suffolk by 30% and by almost a half in Cambridgeshire.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Robertson

Speed rise in drivers caught speeding in Essex and Norfolk

There's been a steep rise in the number of drivers caught speeding in Essex and Norfolk while in other counties the figures are declining.

It's raised questions about how different police forces deal with the offence.

Speed cameras have caught 30% more drivers in Norfolk and Essex. Credit: ITV News Anglia / Tony Aldous
  • Norfolk - speeding offences up 32%
  • Essex - up 30%
  • Suffolk - down 30%
  • Cambridgeshire - down 46%

There has been some criticism from drivers that speed cameras are just a way of making money from fines and speed awareness courses.

Iain Temperton, Norfolk's Casualty Reduction Officer, says speed awareness course are a valuable way of refreshing drivers' skills many years after they have taken their tests.

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