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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday 13 June 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Allen Cook

All times stated are UK

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Alton Towers starts to see recovery in trade

Trade has started to recover at Alton Towers following a crash on its Smiler rollercoaster last year.

Its owners, Merlin Entertainments, said visitor numbers had picked up over summer, but that overall numbers "still remain some way below the 2014 level".

On Tuesday, the company was fined £5m for the incident, for which it has apologised.

Sixteen people were injured in June 2015, including including two teenage girls who needed leg amputations.

Chanda Chauhan, from Wednesbury, was among the victims. She had surgery to her stomach and treatment for a damaged liver and blood clots.

Chanda Chauhan
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Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire both ways

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M6 Staffordshire both ways severe accident, at J15 for A500.

M6 Staffordshire - M6 lane blocked on exit slip road at J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent), because of an accident.

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Severe accident: A533 Cheshire both ways

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A533 Cheshire both ways severe accident, at Love Lane.

A533 Cheshire - A533 Cappers Lane in Hassall closed and queuing traffic in both directions at the Love Lane junction, because of an accident. Police directing traffic.

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Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire northbound

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M6 Staffordshire northbound severe accident, between J14 for A34 and J15 for A500.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J14, A34 (Stafford North) and J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent), because of an accident.

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Bells on Sunday

The bells of St Mary and St Chad, Brewood in Staffordshire.
A wildlife expert captures deers and a stag running through a reservoir
A wildlife expert captures deer and a stag running through a reservoir at the start of their mating ritual.

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We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 tomorrow, but keep an eye out here for more updates this evening and into the morning.

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

BBC Travel

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

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

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Watch: Police catch HGV driver on mobile

The driver of a 44-tonne truck was among motorists caught using their mobile phone as the BBC joined Central Motorway Police on patrol. 

It comes as data shows the number of motorists stopped across the country has almost halved in five years.

The National Police Federation said the drop was due to fewer traffic officers.

Under new rules expected to come in next year, drivers will get six points on their licence and face a £200 fine.  

Driver of 44-tonne truck caught using mobile

Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire northbound

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M6 Cheshire northbound severe disruption, between J17 for A534 Sandbach and J18 for A54 Middlewich affecting J16 for A500 Crewe.

M6 Cheshire - One lane blocked on M6 northbound between J17, A534 (Sandbach) and J18, A54 (Middlewich), because of a broken down vehicle. Congestion to J16, A500 (Crewe).

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Arrest over filmed assault on teenage girl

A 15-year-old girl has been arrested in connection with the assault of a girl in Amington, Tamworth.

The 13-year-old victim, who police say was treated in hospital for minor injuries, was injured on Monday.

Staffordshire Police has said "distressing" footage of the attack is in circulation on social media and should not be shared.

Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

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M6 Cheshire southbound severe disruption, between J18 for A54 Middlewich and J17 for A534 Sandbach.

M6 Cheshire - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M6 southbound between J18, A54 (Middlewich) and J17, A534 (Sandbach), because of a broken down lorry.

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John Brayford

Burton Albion defender John Brayford will be out for up to three weeks with a groin injury he suffered against Norwich.

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Your pictures: An amazing sunset

John Bray

BBC Midlands Today

Thanks to our viewers for sharing their pictures of last night's sunset with us - we'll have more of your pictures on Midlands Today at 13:30.

Sunset over Tittensor
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Sunset over Evesham
Jan Knurek
Sunset over Shrewsbury
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Sunset over Birmingham
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Sunset over Barford
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Severe accident: A531 Staffordshire both ways

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A531 Staffordshire both ways severe accident, at Bowsey Wood Road.

A531 Staffordshire - A531 Main Road in Madeley Heath closed and heavy traffic at the Bowsey Wood Road junction, because of an accident involving car and motorbike.

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Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

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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 car.

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Football

Scott Kashket marks his home debut with two goals as struggling Wycombe Wanderers thrash play-off chasing Crewe.

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Football

Alex Jones' early goal helps Port Vale on their way to a comfortable win against Millwall.

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Queens Park Rangers

Sebastian Polter scores QPR's first goal from open play in the Championship this season to earn a draw at Burton.

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Calls for M6 to be taken into public ownership

Kathryn Stanczyszyn

Political Reporter, BBC WM

The question of a free M6 toll has been resurrected - this time in a city a little further north.

Labour's candidate for the West Midlands metro mayor, MEP Sion Simon, has told delegates at the party's conference in Liverpool that he can't see why it shouldn't be taken into public ownership for the benefit of the region.

M6 Sign
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Of course we know the possibility of making the road free was being discussed in the very early days of a devolution deal for the West Midlands, a move that unsurprisingly didn't make the final George Osborne cut.

But many have spoken about a possibly £2bn benefit to the local economy if the congestion through the M6 bottleneck could be eased. And now a certain toll road happens to be up for sale.

It looks like the subject could be back on the table as we head towards a metro mayoral election next May.

Alton Towers Smiler fine of £5m 'means nothing' says victim
A woman who was seriously injured in the Smiler crash at Alton Towers has said the £5m fine imposed on the company means nothing.
Alton Towers chief: 'We let people down' over Smiler crash
Alton Towers operator Merlin has admitted they 'let people down with devastating consequences', after they were fined £5m for the Smiler rollercoaster crash.
Smiler crash victims: 'Money will never replace limbs'
Alton Towers operator Merlin has been fined £5m for the crash on the Smiler rollercoaster which left two teenage girls needing leg amputations.

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

BBC Travel

M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, at J15 for A500.

M6 Staffordshire - M6 lane blocked on exit slip road northbound at J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent), because of a broken down vehicle.

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Watch: Latest weather for the West Midlands

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A mainly dull, cloudy and overcast day with some light spots of drizzle possible before something a little brighter towards the end of the afternoon. Highs of 19C (66F). 

Latest weather for the West Midlands
CCTV shows the moment the Smiler crashed at Alton Towers
CCTV footage has been released of the moment the Smiler ride crashed at Alton Towers, leaving two teenagers needing leg amputations.

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

BBC Travel

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

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

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Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

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M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, after J10A for M54.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane blocked on M6 southbound after J10a M54, because of a broken down vehicle.

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Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, at J14 for A34.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M6 southbound at J14, A34 (Stafford North), because of a broken down vehicle.

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Football

Ryan Lowe scores his fifth goal of the season as Crewe battle back to draw 1-1 with Blackpool in League Two.

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