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Summary

  1. Live updates from Monday 19 to Sunday 25 February
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Snow and freezing temperatures to hit region

Bitterly cold temperatures and snow could cause travel delays and disruption across the West Midlands, the Met Office is warning.

weather map
Met Office

A yellow warning is in place from 14:00 today, with an amber warning in place from 04:00 tomorrow.

BBC Weather is warning of possibly hazardous conditions in southern England later in the week as a low pressure weather system moves up from the Bay of Biscay and hits the already "exceptionally cold air".

Why the UK will be so cold next week

Firefighter returns after volcano rescue

A firefighter has returned to the UK, after coordinating the rescue of a woman who fell 40 metres (131ft) into the crater of an active volcano in Bali.

John Conway
John Conway

John Conway, 33, from Birmingham leapt to the woman's aid when she fell from a viewing platform during a trek to the top of Mount Batur in Bali, Indonesia.

The firefighter spent more than six hours caring for the woman and helped carry her 1.7km (5,600ft) down the volcano.

Another M6 crash closes lane

A third crash on the M6 near Stafford has closed a lane of the motorway on the northbound carriageway, directly opposite the scene of an earlier crash between Junctions 13 and 14.

Weather: Mixture of sunny spells and snow showers

BBC Weather

It will be cold today with some sunny spells, but also a good deal of cloud with a few snow showers pushing in from the east. Highs today of just 2c.

More from BBC Weather.

M6 crashes: Heavy congestion

There's still heavy congestion on the M6 through Staffordshire and Cheshire after two separate incidents closed the southbound carriageway.

Emergency services were called to incidents involving three cars, a van and a pedestrian shortly before 23:30 between junctions 13 and 14.

M6 Traffic
BBC

Recovery work is taking place at the site of a second incident, involving two lorries, close to junction 16 which happened at around 05:45 today.

Diversions are in place and motorists are being advised to avoid the area.

Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire northbound severe accident, between J13 for A449 and J14 for A34.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound between J13, A449 (Stafford South) and J14, A34 (Stafford North), because of an accident.

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

Hunt for jewellery stolen from man beaten to death

Police are appealing for the return of jewellery stolen from a man who was badly beaten during a "violent burglary".

Arthur Gumbley
Staffordshire Police

Arthur "Bob" Gumbley, 87, was found on the floor at his home in Endwood Drive, Sutton Coldfield, on 21 November.

He died in hospital three weeks later.

Jewellery
Staffordshire Police

Staffordshire Police wants to find Mr Gumbley's rings, a watch, a bracelet, a necklace, a gold coin and a "unique" fun-shaped knife.

Corbyn to set out Brexit plan during city trip

Jeremy Corbyn will set out Labour's position on Brexit during a trip to Coventry today.

Jeremy Corbyn
Getty Images

In his speech he's exptected to say the UK should negotiate a bespoke agreement encompassing a strong new relationship with the EU single market, and membership of a customs union.

The Conservatives have already denounced his proposals - saying they would breach promises made at the last general election.

BBC political correspondent Ben Wright said the speech could force the government to change its position

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J10 for A454 and J10A for M54.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound between J10, A454 (Wolverhampton) and J10a M54, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

M6 crash involves pedestrian

BBC News Travel

Earlier we reported the M6 southbound was shut near Stafford North. The closure is now only affecting traffic J14-J13.

It's after a pedestrian was hit by a van.

The northbound carriageway was also affected for a time, but Highways England says that's now fully open.

The organisation says southbound traffic trapped on the stretch of motorway is being turned around, but the police investigation means there are "severe delays" in the area.

We'll bring you news on that incident when we get it.

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, between J7 for A34 and J6 for A38 affecting J9 for A461.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M6 southbound between J7, A34 (Great Barr) and J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway. Congestion to J9, A461 (Wednesbury).

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

Weather: More freezing temperatures ahead

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

A cold day with sunny spells, but also some cloud with the risk of a few snow showers pushing in from the east at times and highs of just -1C (30F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Crashes close parts of M6

BBC News Travel

The M6 southbound in Staffordshire is closed between junction 14, for Stafford North and junction 12 for Gailey.

Police are investigating a serious incident involving a van, three cars and a pedestrian.

There's a second collision involving two lorries which is blocking the carriageway between junction 17 and 16.

Drivers are being advised to avoid the area.

Highways England is advising drivers to avoid the area.

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, at J13 for A449.

M6 Staffordshire - M6 entry slip road closed southbound at J13, A449 (Stafford South).

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

Severe accident: M6 Cheshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire southbound severe accident, before J16 for A500 Crewe affecting J17 for A534 Sandbach.

M6 Cheshire - Very slow traffic on M6 southbound before J16, A500 (Crewe), because of an accident involving two lorries earlier on. In the roadworks area. All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is around 20 minutes. Congestion to J17, A534 (Sandbach).

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

Severe accident: M54 Shropshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M54 Shropshire westbound severe accident, at J6 for A518.

M54 Shropshire - Stationary traffic on M54 westbound at J6, A518 (Telford West), because of an accident and all traffic being temporarily held.

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

Alan Pardew

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

West Brom will stick with boss Alan Pardew for Saturday's trip to Watford, but there is serious concern about their position.

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Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J13, A449 (Stafford South) and J12, A5 (Gailey), 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: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, between J5 for A38 Droitwich and J4A for M42.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M5 northbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and J4a M42, because of a broken down vehicle.

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 J4 for M42.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound between J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich) and J4, M42 (Coleshill), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

London Irish's only previous Premiership home win this season was at Twickenham on the first weekend of the season

London Irish's first Premiership win at the Madejski Stadium this season against Worcester raises hopes of avoiding relegation.

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Severe disruption: M5 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, between J1 for A41 and J2 for A4123 Oldbury.

M5 West Midlands - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J1, A41 (West Bromwich) and J2, A4123 (Oldbury), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe accident, between J10 for A454 and J11 for A460.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J10, A454 (Wolverhampton) and J11, A460 (Cannock), because of an accident. 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, at J10 for A454.

M6 West Midlands - M6 lane closed on entry slip road northbound at J10, A454 (Wolverhampton). Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, between J5 for A38 Droitwich and J4A for M42.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and J4a M42, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

West Brom manager Alan Pardew during the defeat by Huddersfield

West Brom manager Alan Pardew says any decision over his future is not in his hands following another defeat for the Premier League's bottom club.

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Severe accident: M42 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M42 West Midlands - One lane closed on M42 southbound between J6, A45 (Birmingham Airport) and J5, A41 (Solihull), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Alan Pardew West Brom maanger

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