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Travel: Delays to rail services

BBC News Travel

Minor delays on rail services through Birmingham New Street this morning after an object had to be cleared from the overhead wires in the area.

All lines have reopened but there could be some residual delays to services.

Wolverhampton builder 'left house with leaning wall and leaks'
One couple paid more than £80,000 to the builder but claim he left their home uninhabitable.

Severe accident: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe accident, at J8 for M5.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed on M6 southbound at J8 M5, because of an accident and recovery work.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, at J10 for A454.

M6 West Midlands - Two lanes closed on M6 southbound at J10, A454 (Wolverhampton), because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe accident, at J5 for A452.

M6 West Midlands - M6 lane closed on entry slip road southbound at J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe accident, between J9 for A461 and J8 for M5 affecting J10 for A454.

M6 West Midlands - Two lanes closed and long delays on M6 southbound between J9, A461 (Wednesbury) and J8 M5, because of an accident. Congestion to J10, A454 (Wolverhampton).

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J5 for A452 and J6 for A38.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound between J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich) and J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway, because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M42 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M42 West Midlands northbound severe accident, between J5 for A41 and J6 for A45 Birmingham Airport.

M42 West Midlands - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M42 northbound between J5, A41 (Solihull) and J6, A45 (Birmingham Airport), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M5 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 West Midlands northbound severe accident, between J3 for A456 Halesowen and J2 for A4123 Oldbury.

M5 West Midlands - One lane blocked and very slow traffic on M5 northbound between J3, A456 (Halesowen) and J2, A4123 (Oldbury), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

The shops

Emergency services say they are not aware of injuries and the blaze is not being treated as suspicious.

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Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, between J4 for M42 and J5 for A452.

M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J4, M42 (Coleshill) and J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J6 for A38 and J7 for A34.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway and J7, A34 (Great Barr), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Nuno Espirito Santo

Hard work at a warm weather training camp in Spain helped Wolves, says head coach Nuno Espirito Santo after beating Ipswich.

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National League

Adi Yussuf scores twice as Solihull triumphed 3-1 at Dagenham in the National League, leaving the hosts with one win in nine matches.

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Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo

Wolves move 12 points clear at the top of the Championship with victory over Ipswich Town at Portman Road.

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Scene of explosion

Darren Stevenson survived serious burns after the Birmingham explosion, but a second man died.

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Shaun Donnellan during his time at Walsall

Yeovil Town sign West Bromwich Albion's Republic of Ireland Under-21 defender Shaun Donnellan on a free transfer

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Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe accident, between J4 for A38 Bromsgrove and J3 for A456 Halesowen.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J4, A38 (Bromsgrove) and J3, A456 (Halesowen), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Cinder Bank, Netherton

Claire Harris was found with serious injuries at their home on Cinder Bank, Netherton, Dudley.

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Severe disruption: M40 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, between J15 for A46 and J16 for A3400.

M40 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M40 northbound between J15, A46 (Longbridge Island) and J16, A3400 (Henley In Arden), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Award for sisters 'who saved baby's life'

Two sisters have been given an award for what police said was lifesaving care for a three-week-old baby.

Kady and Michelle Lowe, who are both nurses, went to the aid of the little boy at a soft play centre in Stourbridge when he began to have difficulty breathing and went limp in his mother's arms.

Two sisters
West Midlands Police

They began giving the baby CPR until an ambulance arrived and he was allowed to go home again after making a good recovery in hospital, West Midlands Police said.

They were given the Chief Contable’s Good Citizens Award.

Birmingham pub bombings: Families welcome ruling

Families of those killed in the Birmingham pub bombings have welcomed a legal ruling ordering a coroner to reconsider his decision to restrict the scope of inquests into the atrocity.

Speaking outside Birmingham Civil Justice Centre, Julie Hambleton, whose sister Maxine died in the bombings, said the ruling was a "very positive move forward".

Pub bombings campaigner praises High Court ruling

School opening 'jeopardised' by Carillion collapse

West Bromwich East MP, Tom Watson, has written to the Education Secretary expressing concerns over the completion of a school building project following the collapse of construction company Carillion.

Unfinished work on the Phoenix Collegiate in Clarkes Lane, West Bromwich, is putting the school's official opening date "in jeopardy" he said.

Phoenix Collegiate
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About 20 weeks of work is still outstanding, he claims, including the demolition of two buildings and the reinstatement of the staff car park.

There remains a "lack of clarity" as to how long the process to secure a new contractor will take, he said.

The Department for Education has been approached for a response.

Appeal following knife attack

Police have released images of four men they would like to speak to as part of an investigation into a stabbing attack in Birmingham.

West Midlands Police say a 30-year-old man was walking down Bristol Street in the early hours of Saturday 28 October when he was approached by a group of men.

There was an altercation and the man was stabbed three times before the suspects ran off, the force said.

The attack left the man with arm injuries requiring hospital treatment.

CCTV of the four men
West Midlands Police

Video: What's the weekend weather going to be like?

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

Staying dry overnight but cloudy with lows of 3C (37F).

Tomorrow will be wet and windy but remaining mild with highs of 10C (50F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Cannabis farm pair are suspected slavery victims

Allen Cook

BBC News

A "huge" cannabis factory's been found in Tipton, the contents of which, police say, could have a street value running to "hundreds of thousands of pounds".

Some of the cannabis plants
West Midlands Police

West Midlands Police says officers raided a unit on Fisher Street this morning and seized about 400 cannabis plants.

The force says officers found two men from Albania, aged 22 and 23, who are being kept safe amid suspicion they're victims of modern slavery.

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J5 for A452 and J6 for A38.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound between J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich) and J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway, because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M5 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, at J1 for A41 affecting M6 J8.

M5 West Midlands - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M5 southbound at J1, A41 (West Bromwich), because of a broken down vehicle. In the roadworks area. Congestion to M6 J8.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M42 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M42 West Midlands northbound severe accident, at J6 for A45 Birmingham Airport.

M42 West Midlands - One lane closed and slow traffic on M42 northbound at J6, A45 (Birmingham Airport), because of an accident involving three cars.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, between J5 for A452 and J4A for M42.

M6 West Midlands - Slow traffic on M6 southbound between J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich) and J4a M42, because of earlier emergency repairs. All lanes have been re-opened.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Road closes for emergency repairs

Localised flooding has closed Gate Lane in Dorridge, says Solihull Council.

The authority is having to carry out emergency repairs to the carriageway, which is likely to be closed for the next five days.

Road closure
Solihull Council

Your say: Homeless job offer - 'humanity is the best!'

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Praise has been flooding in on the BBC Midlands Facebook page after we told you about the story of a former homeless man who was offered a job by a man who saw him sitting at some traffic lights.

Kriss Wilkes, 23, said he used to beg on Stratford Road in Birmingham and was given a job by Shezad Zaman, who runs a car washing business in the city.

Birmingham beggar 'saved' by job offer

Among the many comments on the Facebook page, Hector Muhammad posted: "Doesn’t matter if you're black or white regardless of religion we in Birmingham unite."

Brett Bowers added: "I wish more employers would come forward and offer the people sleeping rough on the streets jobs, a chance at life."

Panna Sordar wrote: "Humanity is the best! Great job Shezad!"

Rik Freeman typed: "What an absolute star and inspiration Shezad is, also the lad who he gave the chance to."

Signal fault disrupting rail services

BBC News Travel

A signalling failure at Rowley Regis is disrupting services, says West Midlands Railway.

Trains running through the station may be delayed or cancelled.

Disruption is expected until 15:45.

MP 'crawling in the political gutter' says council leader

The leader of Sandwell Council has described the MP for Halesowen and Rowley Regis as a "coward... crawling around in the political gutter" after the Conservative called for him to step down.

Sandwell Council
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James Morris called the council "a stain on the reputation of the local area" in a speech made in Parliament yesterday.

Steve Eling, leader of the Labour-run council, told BBC WM he wouldn't be resigning and described the attack by the MP as the "bottom end of gutter politics".

If any of the allegations were true, he said, "why is it he has never raised any of these issues directly with the council's standards process, or produced any evidence whatsoever to support it".

He accused Mr Morris as abusing the parliamentary process and said the council would be making a complaint to the speaker to that effect.

'Lucky escape' for man who threw water on chip pan fire

Allen Cook

BBC News

A man had a "lucky escape" according to fire crews after throwing water on a burning chip pan.

Remains of chip pan after fire
West Midlands Fire Service

West Midlands Fire Service sent two fire engines to the Pleck area of Walsall at 03:46 last night.

They say the man only suffered minor burns, despite throwing the water on a "dangerous" chip pan fire.