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Two-week gun surrender starts

A two-week firearms surrender has started in the West Midlands in a bid to tackle violent crime.

guns
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During the last amnesty 250 weapons and ammunition were handed in.

The force says guns can be taken to any one of its 10 police stations.

They can be surrendered anonymously, but the history of live weapons will be checked for any evidence of criminal use.

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 - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M6 northbound between J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway and J7, A34 (Great Barr), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

What's the weather got in store today?

BBC Weather

Today will be dry with sunny spells and just a few patches of fair-weather cloud and highs of 20C (68F).

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Severe disruption: M40 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, between M42 J3A and J15 for A46.

M40 Warwickshire - M40 partially blocked southbound between M42 J3a and J15, A46 (Longbridge Island), because of a broken down vehicle. Approach with care. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, between J4 for M42 and J3 for A444.

M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J4, M42 (Coleshill) and J3, A444 (Nuneaton), because of a broken down vehicle.

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 J8 for M5 and J9 for A461.

M6 West Midlands - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M6 northbound between J8 M5 and J9, A461 (Wednesbury), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Wilfried Zaha

Jack Skelton

BBC Sport

Crystal Palace celebrate Premier League survival with a fine display to beat West Brom and ensure the already relegated visitors finish bottom.

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Winter signing Will Rhodes reached 50 for the second successive game for Warwickshire

Warwickshire's Will Rhodes hits his first century as the Division Two leaders beat Northants for a third straight win.

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Aston Villa celebrate a goal

Matt Newsum

BBC Sport

Mile Jedinak gives Aston Villa a lead going into the home leg of their Championship play-off semi-final with Middlesbrough.

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Warwickshire paceman Olly Stone

Olly Stone helps bowl Division Two leaders Warwickshire into a potentially match-winning position against former club Northants.

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Severe accident: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe accident, 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 an accident.

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).

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 J8 for M5 and J9 for A461.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J8 M5 and J9, A461 (Wednesbury), because of debris on the road. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: M6 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire southbound severe accident, between J4 for M42 and J3 for A444.

M6 Warwickshire - Slow traffic and two lanes closed on M6 southbound between J4, M42 (Coleshill) and J3, A444 (Nuneaton), because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M5 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M5 West Midlands - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J2, A4123 (Oldbury) and J1, A41 (West 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 Toll Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Toll Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, between M6 J3A and J4 for M42.

M6 Toll Warwickshire - Two lanes closed on M6 Toll southbound between M6 J3a and J4, M42 (Coleshill).

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 and slow traffic on M6 northbound between J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway and J7, A34 (Great Barr), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe disruption: M42 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M42 West Midlands - M42 lane closed on entry slip road northbound at J6, A45 (Birmingham Airport), because of a broken down vehicle.

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 J8 for M5 and J9 for A461.

M6 West Midlands - Lane closed on M6 northbound in Birmingham between J8 M5 and J9, A461 (Wednesbury), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: A460 Staffordshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A460 Staffordshire both ways severe accident, between M6 J11 and M54 J1 Wolverhampton.

A460 Staffordshire - A460 in Shareshill closed and queuing traffic in both directions between Cannock and Wolverhampton, because of an accident involving vehicle into tree.

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 J8 for M5 and J9 for A461.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M6 northbound between J8 M5 and J9, A461 (Wednesbury), because of people on the road.

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, between M6 J8 and J1 for A41.

M5 West Midlands - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M5 southbound between M6 J8 and J1, A41 (West Bromwich), because of a broken down car.

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

Fewer airport passengers blamed on airline collapse

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Passenger numbers at Birmingham Airport have dipped in the first three months of 2018, compared with the same period last year, official figures show.

A report due to be presented to the airport’s consultative committee next week says a hole was left by the high-profile collapse of Monarch in October last year.

It adds that the airline was the airport’s third largest customer, carrying around 1.5 million passengers each year.

Birmingham Airport
BBC

According to the data, the number of people arriving and departing fell by a little over 4% in January to March (2,368,315 this year, compared with 2,489,220 in the equivalent period of 2017).

Birmingham Airport
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Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound at J8 M5, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Your essential weekend weather forecast

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

We should have a fairly decent weekend weather-wise but it won't be as good as last week with temperatures peaking at around 15C (59F).

Latest West Midlands weather forecast
Farmer takes sheep into school as part of food campaign
Farmer and TV presenter Adam Henson has been encouraging students to ask about their food's origin.

Man in hospital after wooden bat brawl

Olivia Morley

Journalist, BBC WM

A man's been taken to hospital after a fight broke out involving wooden bats and metal bars.

Police were called to St Josephs Road in Ward End, Birmingham, at 20:45 last night.

The 23-year-old is being treated for head, leg and arm injuries, which aren't thought to be life threatening.

Another man suffered an arm injury.

Harry and Meghan life-sized cake is sweet wedding surprise
It took 300 eggs and an awful lot of flour, sugar and chocolate to recreate the royal couple.

Teenager found guilty of manslaughter named

A 17-year-old teenager convicted of manslaughter following the death of a man during a break-in has been named.

Brandon Phillips was convicted in January, alongside Oluwadaimlola Johnson who was found guilty of stabbing Simon Johnson - no relation - at his home in Netherton, Dudley, in August 2016.

The Express and Star newspaper reported the name earlier today, after Wolverhampton Crown Court released his name following a request.

Brandon Phillips
West Midlands Police

Phillips was sentenced to 10 years in prison after the pair broke into the home of 41-year-old to steal cannabis plants.

The 17-year-old will also serve three years on extended licence.

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Severe disruption: M5 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M5 West Midlands - One lane closed and slow traffic on M5 northbound between J2, A4123 (Oldbury) and J1, A41 (West Bromwich), because of a broken down vehicle. In the roadworks area.

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

Severe disruption: M5 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, at J3 for A456 Halesowen.

M5 West Midlands - M5 lane closed on entry slip road northbound at J3, A456 (Halesowen), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Thousands of pounds taken from newsagents

A man got away with thousands of pounds after threatening a staff member at a newsagents.

The man, wearing a child’s mask, burst into Martin’s on The Heathway in Shard End, Birmingham, armed with a knife early yesterday morning.

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Police say he jumped behind the counter and threatened the shop worker with violence if she didn't do as he say, before he made off on a bike with thousands of pounds in cash.

Armed robbery in Shard End
West Midlands Police