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Severe accident: M6 Cheshire southbound

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M6 Cheshire southbound severe accident, at Sandbach Services.

M6 Cheshire - M6 exit slip road closed southbound at Sandbach Services, because of an accident.

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, at Sandbach Services affecting J18 for A54 Middlewich.

M6 Cheshire - M6 slip road from the services closed, two lanes closed and queuing traffic southbound at Sandbach Services, because of an accident. In the roadworks area. Travel time is around 1 hour and 15 minutes. Congestion to J18, A54 (Middlewich).

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

Severe accident: M6 West Midlands northbound

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

M6 West Midlands - Two lanes closed on M6 northbound between J10, A454 (Wolverhampton) and J11, A460 (Cannock), because of an accident.

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

Stolen passport on a computer screen

Jonathan Gibson

BBC Inside Out West Midlands

A police chief calls for more to be done to tackle cyber-crime on sites such as Craigslist.

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Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, between J10A for M54 and J11 for A460.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound between J10a M54 and J11, A460 (Cannock), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, between J15 for A500 and J14 for A34.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M6 southbound between J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and J14, A34 (Stafford North).

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

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M6 Staffordshire - Two lanes closed and very slow traffic on M6 northbound between J14, A34 (Stafford North) and J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent), because of an overturned vehicle.

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

Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M6 Staffordshire - Slow traffic on M6 southbound between J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and J14, A34 (Stafford North), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Severe accident: A38 Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A38 Staffordshire northbound severe accident, between M6 Toll J4T and A5206.

A38 Staffordshire - A38 in Weeford blocked northbound between Weeford Island and Swinfen Island, because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: A51 Staffordshire both ways

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A51 Staffordshire both ways severe accident, around A515 Featherbed Lane.

A51 Staffordshire - A51 closed in both directions around the A515 Featherbed Lane junction, because of an accident.

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

Football

Billy Kee and Jordan Clark are on the mark as Accrington move up to third in League Two with a win at 10-man Crewe.

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Barrie McKay

Nottingham Forest claim only their second win in eight matches as Burton fail to score for the fifth straight game.

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Football

Port Vale maintain their rise from the foot of League Two with a third straight win, at high-flying Exeter.

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Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, between J11 for A460 and J12 for A5.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J11, A460 (Cannock) and J12, A5 (Gailey), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

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 and slow traffic on M6 southbound between J13, A449 (Stafford South) and J12, A5 (Gailey), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

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 blocked on M6 southbound between J13, A449 (Stafford South) and J12, A5 (Gailey), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Car thieves caught by dropped mobile phone are jailed

Four car thieves, who were caught when one of them dropped his mobile phone, have been jailed at Stafford Crown Court.

Police say the men, who are all from Tamworth, then argued about the dropped phone on Facebook.

Adam Gould and Jimmy Cutler
Staffordshire Police

Adam Gould (above left), who is 21, and 25-year-old Jimmy Cutler (above right), who now lives in Grimsby, had both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary - they were jailed for four years and three years and four months respectively.

Philip Thompson (below left), who is 38, pleaded guilty to burglary of commercial premises and handling stolen goods and received two years and four months.

Heath Moran (below right), who is 22, was also jailed for two years and four months after pleading guilty to handling stolen goods, dangerous driving and theft of petrol. He also got a driving ban.

Philip Thompson and Heath Moran
Staffordshire Police

Staffordshire Police says they broke into homes and businesses in Staffordshire and Warwickshire to steal the keys for high-performance cars.

A fifth man, 22-year-old Zak Clark from Tamworth, also pleaded guilty, but failed to appear in court yesterday and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

These men broke into houses while the occupants slept, specifically to target high-powered cars so they could race them and strip them for parts. They were an organised, close-knit group which preyed on properties across the south of Staffordshire and into neighbouring Warwickshire."

Inspector Pete CookeStaffordshire Police

Video: Your weekend weather forecast

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

A cloudy night ahead with a band of rain moving north, which could be heavy at times and lows of 10C (50F).

The weekend is looking cloudy and windy, with blustery showers, as Storm Brian passes through.

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Storm Brian rail travel warning

BBC News Travel

Trains around the region are likely to be affected by Storm Brian tomorrow, Network Rail is warning.

It said it will have to impose speed restrictions on trains, because of the high winds, and that could mean delays.

Arriva Train
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London Midland says it is expecting to run a full service, but Arriva Trains Wales says the Cardiff to Manchester line will not operate between Crewe and Manchester Piccadilly and routes from North Wales into Birmingham will not operate between Wolverhampton and Birmingham.

Customers will be able to use Virgin, Cross Country and London Midland services instead.

New operators for market

Newcastle-under-Lyme's daily market on High Street is going to be run by a private company, for at least the next five years.

The Borough Council says the appointment of Market Place Management means it will be developed to appeal to more modern tastes.

Market stall
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The council also says a fresh look to the market, which has 55 fixed stalls, will improve the image of the town centre.

Stephen Bywater

Burton keeper Stephen Bywater signs a new contract that will keep him at the Championship club until the summer of 2019.

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Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, 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 a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Toll Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Toll Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, between JT6 A5195 Brownhills and JT7 A5 Walsall Road.

M6 Toll Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 Toll northbound between JT6, Brownhills and JT7 A5 Walsall Road, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

In the papers: £500m railway station masterplan

The Sentinel

These are some of the stories making the headlines on The Sentinel website:

The footage

Nathan Williams' own footage shows him crashing his BMW into stationary traffic on the M6.

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Nathan Williams: Driver's own dash cam films 132mph crash
Nathan Williams, 41, was arrested by Staffordshire Police after failing a roadside breath test.

Election candidate denies racial hatred charges

A woman who campaigned to be an MP in Stoke-on-Trent has appeared at the city's crown court and denied charges of stirring up racial hatred, after allegedly praising Hitler on her online blog.

Barbara Fielding-Morriss pleaded not guilty to publishing written material to stir up racial hatred and sending offensive material by public communication.

Barbara Fielding-Morriss
BBC

The 78-year-old stood as an independent in June's general election and in the Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election in February.

She is set to stand trial on 24 April 2018.

Watch: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy day with patchy outbreaks of rain, before becoming drier this evening and highs of 15C (59F).

A warning for wind has been issued for Saturday as the effects of Storm Brian are felt.

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe accident, 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 an accident.

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

Weather: Rain forecast overnight as Storm Brian approaches

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

We're forecast more wet weather overnight and Storm Brian is expected to bring high winds to the region at the weekend, but tomorrow should be drier.

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Four arrested in attempted murder probe

Four youths have been arrested in connection with an incident in Tamworth that left an 18-year-old man with serious head injuries.

One of them, a 15-year-old boy from Stafford, is being held on suspicion of attempted murder.

Two 16-year-old boys from Tamworth, and another, who was 17, were arrested on suspicion of assault causing grievous bodily harm.

The two 16-year-olds were also arrested on suspicion of possession of cannabis with intent to supply.

Staffordshire Police earlier cordoned off an area around the McDonald's restaurant on Beauchamp Industrial Park after the man was found unconscious.

Insta-battle for City of Culture pair

Chanise Evans

BBC Online

Instagrammers from Coventry and Stoke-on-Trent have been showcasing their best pictures of the cities in their battle to become City of Culture 2021.

Photographers have been highlighting their favourite City of Culture snaps.
Photographers have been highlighting their favourite City of Culture snaps.
Photographers have been highlighting their favourite City of Culture snaps of Coventry and Stoke-on-Trent.

Wading birds to get £100k habitat

A £100,000 habitat for wading birds is being created near Upper Hulme, using money from the National Lottery and local fundraisers.

The Staffordshire Wildlife Trust says that area of the Staffordshire Moorlands could become important for birds such as Curlew, Lapwing and Snipes.

Lapwing
RSPB

110 years of Uttoxeter Racecourse marked

Uttoxeter Racecourse in Staffordshire is marking its 110th birthday today.

It's first meeting was held in May 1907, with the second taking place on 17 and 18 October that year.

Uttoxeter racecourse
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Today, there are six races, starting at 14:30.