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Summary

  1. Fatal house fire
  2. Forty years since Abba played Brum
  3. Man who swallowed 100 packets of cocaine jailed
  4. Lego builds towards attraction in city
  5. Updates from Friday 10 February 2017

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Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe accident, between J10A for M54 and J10 for A454 affecting J11 for A460.

M6 Staffordshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M6 southbound between J10a M54 and J10, A454 (Wolverhampton), because of an accident. Congestion to J11, A460 (Cannock).

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Jonathan Gibson

BBC Inside Out West Midlands

The supermarket giant promises to check prices at over 3,500 shops following a BBC investigation.

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Severe disruption: A4540 West Midlands northbound

BBC Travel

A4540 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between A4540 Bordesley Middleway and Great Barr Street affecting B4132 Vauxhall Road.

A4540 West Midlands - One lane closed and slow traffic on A4540 Watery Lane Middleway northbound in Birmingham between Bordesley Circus and Garrison Circus. In the roadworks area. Congestion to Curzon Circus.

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Severe accident: M5 West Midlands northbound

BBC Travel

M5 West Midlands northbound severe accident, at link road to M6 South carriageway.

M5 West Midlands - Queuing traffic, slow traffic and one lane closed on M5 northbound at link road to M6 South carriageway, because of an accident.

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Severe accident: M5 West Midlands southbound

BBC Travel

M5 West Midlands southbound severe accident, between M6 J8 and M6 J8.

M5 West Midlands - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M5 southbound between M6 J8 and M6 J8, because of an accident.

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Severe accident: A4101 West Midlands both ways

BBC Travel

A4101 West Midlands both ways severe accident, between Dreadnought Road and Pensnett Road.

A4101 West Midlands - A4101 High Street in Dudley closed in both directions between the Dreadnought Road junction and the Pensnett Road junction, because of an accident.

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Severe accident: A41 West Midlands both ways

BBC Travel

A41 West Midlands both ways severe accident, at A4040 Stockfield Road.

A41 West Midlands - A41 Warwick Road in Tyseley closed in both directions at the A4040 Stockfield Road junction, because of an accident.

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Severe disruption: A461 West Midlands both ways

BBC Travel

A461 West Midlands both ways severe disruption, near St John's Close.

A461 West Midlands - A461 High Street in Walsall Wood closed in both directions near the St John's Close junction, because of a building fire. Diversion in operation - for bus route 10 along Boatman's Lane, Coppice Lane and Northgate back to a normal route of service.

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Cartoon image of person in uniform holding up Sorry sign

After one force blows up a "suspicious" car parked by its own officers, BBC News looks at other unfortunate police mistakes.

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West Brom boss Tony Pulis

West Brom boss Tony Pulis describes Stoke's claim that he called Potters defender Ryan Shawcross a "loser" as "disgraceful".

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Aleksandar Mitrovic

Josh Hunt

BBC Sport

Aleksandar Mitrovic scores the only goal as Newcastle reclaim top spot in the Championship with victory at Wolves.

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Gareth McAuley

Tim Oscroft

BBC Sport

Gareth McAuley's injury-time equaliser earns West Brom a dramatic draw at West Ham.

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Football

Bolton register a convincing first league win of 2017 despite Erhun Oztumer scoring a spectacular opener for Walsall.

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Emyr Huws

Emyr Huws' late goal gives Ipswich Town a dramatic victory at Aston Villa to end their five-match Championship winless run.

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Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

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M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, at J8 for M5.

M6 West Midlands - Slow traffic on M6 northbound at J8 M5, because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened.

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Kenichi Phillips

Kenichi Phillips was shot as he sat in a parked car in what is described as a drugs turf war.

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Severe accident: M40 Warwickshire southbound

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M40 Warwickshire southbound severe accident, between J16 for A3400 and J15 for A46.

M40 Warwickshire - Stationary traffic on M40 southbound between J16, A3400 (Henley In Arden) and J15, A46 (Longbridge Island), because of an accident earlier on and a fuel spillage.

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Tony Pulis

West Brom boss Tony Pulis angers Stoke manager Mark Hughes by calling his captain Ryan Shawcross a "loser".

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Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe accident, between J12 for A5 and J11A for M6 Toll.

M6 Staffordshire - Two lanes closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound between J12, A5 (Gailey) and J11a M6 Toll, because of an accident.

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Jordan Rhodes

Tom Garry

BBC Sport

Sheffield Wednesday beat Birmingham City 3-0 in the Championship to strengthen their place in the top six.

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Severe congestion: M6 West Midlands southbound

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M6 West Midlands southbound severe congestion, between J8 for M5 and J7 for A34.

M6 West Midlands - Heavy traffic on M6 southbound between J8 M5 and J7, A34 (Great Barr). In the roadworks area.

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Severe congestion: M6 West Midlands northbound

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M6 West Midlands northbound severe congestion, before A38.

M6 West Midlands - Very slow traffic on M6 northbound before A38(M) Aston Expressway. In the roadworks area.

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Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

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M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, between J12 for A5 and J13 for A449.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M6 northbound between J12, A5 (Gailey) and J13, A449 (Stafford South), because of a broken down vehicle.

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Our coverage across the day

That's it from us on Friday.

Whatever you're doing, have a lovely weekend and keep warm.

We'll be back on Monday from 08:00. 

Football: Wolverhampton Wanderers v Newcastle United

BBC Sport

January signing Ben Marshall could make his full Wolves debut against his old club after coming on in last week's late 1-0 defeat at Burton Albion.

Wolves' 2-0 win against Newcastle in September was their first over the Magpies in the league since April 1993. 

With Newcastle flying high at the top of the table, Paul Lambert's side might be in for a difficult evening. 

Feed your Peaky Blinders appetite at themed charity event

Monica Rimmer

Journalist, BBC Online

We told you earlier that the new series of Brummie-based Peaky Blinders won't be on our screens until the end of 2017 - at the earliest. 

But if you can't wait until then - and it seems many people can't - there's a Peaky Blinders charity evening in which you can get involved to feed your Peaky appetite. 

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Coming up on Midlands Today: Thank You For The Music

BBC Midlands Today

What were you doing 40 years ago today? 

There's a chance you might have been part of a bit of musical history as Abba took to the stage of the Birmingham Odeon to play their first live concert in the UK. 

Abba
BBC

Demand for tickets was huge, with more than 50,000 fans clamoring for just over 2,000 seats.

Our reporter Ben Sidwell has more on BBC1 from 18:30

Woman, 80, has £3,000 stolen by 'fake fence repairers'

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

Two men tricked an 80-year-old woman and stolen more than £3,000 from her house by posing as fence repairers, police say.

Officers say they knocked at the victim's door on Oakdene Avenue, Burntwood on Wednesday morning.

E-fit of suspects
Staffordshire Police

One of them looked at the fence and made her an offer to repair it, watching her go to a cupboard to collect cash. 

They say he then asked her to open a door and stole £3,100 before the pair left.

Fatal house fire latest

City Road in Birmingham will remain closed until at least 20:00 following a fatal house fire, West Midlands Fire Service says as it continues its investigations into the blaze. 

Emergency services were called to City Road in the Edgbaston area at about 04.40.  

Fire
Jemma Graham/West Midlands Fire

A spokesman said firefighters were battling a fire affecting two properties.  

A 75-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Fire
Jemma Graham/West Midlands Fire

Severe accident: M42 Warwickshire northbound

BBC Travel

M42 Warwickshire northbound severe accident, between J8 for M6 and J9 for M6 Toll affecting J5 for A41.

M42 Warwickshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M42 northbound between J8 M6 and J9, M6 Toll (Curdworth), because of an accident. Congestion to J5, A41 (Solihull).

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Barnt Green train death: Victim travelled from Ireland

The 29-year-old woman who died at Barnt Green railway station yesterday was from Dublin and had travelled from Ireland, British Transport Police say.

Police say the woman, who hasn't yet been named, arrived on a ferry from Ireland into Holyhead in the early hours of yesterday, before getting a coach to Birmingham.

Barnt Green railway station
Google

Police say she was then spotted on CCTV at New Street station with a man at around 05:30. 

The pair are understood to have been trying to get to Worcester and boarded a Redditch-bound service shortly before 06:00, getting off at Barnt Green, where they tried to walk across the line to another platform.

She was hit by a train at around 06:55 - police have now released a CCTV image of the man who was with her, who they say is a "key witness".

Man in red jacket
British Transport Police
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