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Live updates for the West Midlands

Andy Giddings

BBC News

Good morning, we'll bring you all the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates between now and 18:00.

And we'll be covering Birmingham and the Black Country, Coventry and Warwickshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire and south Cheshire.

If you'd like to get in touch to comment or share your photos, visit our BBC Midlands Facebook page, email us, or tweet @BBCMTD.

Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M6 Cheshire - Stationary traffic on M6 southbound between J18, A54 (Middlewich) and J17, A534 (Sandbach), because of a rolling road-block and a vehicle fire.

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 J10A for M54 and J10 for A454.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J10a M54 and J10, A454 (Wolverhampton), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Football

Defender Nathan Smith scores the only goal of the game as Port Vale beat promotion-chasing Coventry 1-0 at Vale Park.

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Football

Crewe move six points clear of the League Two relegation zone with a 2-0 win over fellow strugglers Chesterfield.

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Kemar Roofe

Kemar Roofe scores the winner as Leeds United continue their excellent run of form by coming from behind to beat Burton.

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Will Grigg has scored 10 goals for Wigan Athletic this season

Will Grigg's hat-trick, mixed prospects at the bottom, hero boss moved on by steward and other things you may have missed in the EFL.

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Tony Walsh, who spoke at the Manchester attack vigil, looks ahead after a difficult year.
Tony Walsh, who spoke at the Manchester bombing vigil, looks ahead after a difficult year.
Football

A Marcus Harness header earns Port Vale a draw at Colchester to continue their improved form under manager Neil Aspin.

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Football

First-half goals from Kaiyne Woolery, Amine Linganzi and Luke Norris saw Swindon beat Crewe to end a run of three defeats.

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Burton's players celebrate victory over Reading

A freak Tom Naylor winner earns Burton Albion victory over Reading and lifts them out of the relegation zone.

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Burton's players celebrate victory over Reading

A freak Tom Naylor winner earns Burton Albion victory over Reading and lifts them out of the relegation zone.

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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 and queuing 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, at J11A for M6 Toll.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 southbound at J11a M6 Toll, 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 Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, between J15 for A500 and J16 for A500 Crewe.

M6 Staffordshire - Slow traffic on M6 northbound between J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and J16, A500 (Crewe), because of a broken down 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 J11 for A460 and J10 for A454.

M6 Staffordshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M6 southbound between J11, A460 (Cannock) and J10, A454 (Wolverhampton), because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M6 Staffordshire - Slow traffic on M6 northbound between J12, A5 (Gailey) and J13, A449 (Stafford South), because of an accident earlier on.

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

Severe accident: A500 Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A500 Staffordshire northbound severe accident, at M6 J15 affecting M6 J15.

A500 Staffordshire - A500 D Road in Hanchurch partially blocked and queuing traffic northbound at the M6 J15 junction, because of an accident. Congestion to Stoke-On-Trent.

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

Back-to-back wins hunt for Crewe Alexandra

Graham McGarry

Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Crewe Alexandra are looking tomorrow to make it back-to-back wins for the first time since August.

Crewe Alexandra badge
Getty Images

The Alex host a Swindon side who have lost their last five games and go into the match after only their second win in eight attempts.

I'm sure Swindon will come here knowing that they're going to get a game but we've got to make sure we face those challenges head on and go into the game with the confidence that Saturday's performance and results gave us."

David ArtellCrewe Alexandra manager

In the papers: Renewed appeal over historic murder

Allen Cook

BBC News

Cheshire East Council 'whistleblower' in bullying claim

Phil McCann

Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News

A trading standards officer who says he blew the whistle on "a cover-up of theft from the public purse" was "bullied and harassed", an employment tribunal has heard.

Cheshire East council HQ
Google

Robert Edwardson said he was "treated differently" after reporting alleged criminality at Cheshire East Council.

Mr Edwardson took the local authority to an employment tribunal after leaving earlier this year.

Cheshire East rejected his claims as a "wild conspiracy theory".

The tribunal was adjourned until January.

Stoke City boss says club's owners backing him

BBC Sport

The Stoke City manager says he believes he's in a stronger position with the club because the owner Peter Coates is heavily involved on a day-to-day basis.

Mark Hughes
PA

Mark Hughes is under pressure as the Potters are 16th in the Premier League with just one win in eight games.

They are preparing to host West Brom and Hughes goes into the match odds-on favourite to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post.

The owners and everyone connected with the club are fully informed. They come to the game themselves. They are here every week. They are not in some far-off land watching on TV. They are around the club every single day. They are at the coal face. They would sense if something needs to change. It doesn't."

Mark HughesStoke City manager

Christmas Eve disruption for trains

Allen Cook

BBC News

Train passengers planning to use services which will run between Rugeley and Birmingham on Christmas Eve are being warned of disruption.

West Midlands Railway
BBC

West Midlands Railway says there'll be engineering work on the line between Birmingham New Street and Tame Bridge Parkway.

The operator says that'll mean buses replacing trains between Walsall/Rugeley, Trent Valley and Birmingham.

Sick girl 'really happy' to go home for Christmas
Millie Turner from Stafford has a rare genetic disorder and was facing Christmas in a hospital bed.

Travel: All lanes reopen on M6 in Staffordshire

BBC News Travel

The lorry fire on the M6 in Staffordshire's now been cleared, Highways England says:

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Weather: Staying mild with patchy drizzle

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy and mild with some patchy drizzle at times. Lows of 7C.

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£80k fine for fire safety breach at hotel

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

A firm running a hotel has been fined £80,000 for breaching fire safety regulations.

Hospitality First Two Ltd, which runs Crewe Arms Hotel on Nantwich Road, pleaded guilty to five charges on Thursday at Liverpool Magistrates Court.

Crewe Arms Hotel
Google

Cheshire Fire Service said the issues were discovered in 2015 and included an insufficient number of smoke detectors and inadequate escape routes.

The site closed for two-and-a-half months for works which the fire service called significant.

The BBC has approached Hospitality First Two Ltd for comment.

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, between J15 for A500 and Stafford Services.

M6 Staffordshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M6 southbound between J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and Stafford Services, because of a car fire.

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

Travel: Lorry fire brings M6 to standstill near Stafford

BBC News Travel

A lorry fire's brought traffic to a halt on the M6 in Staffordshire this evening.

Highways England says it's on the southbound side between junctions 15 for Stoke-on-Trent and 14 for Stafford.

In photos: Lighting up Christmas

BBC Weather Watchers

As it's the Friday before Christmas, here are a couple of festive photos from our BBC Weather Watchers today.

Thanks to Jon in Barlaston and Paulus in Birmingham:

Barlaston
Jon
Birmingham
Paulus

Surprise by-election among BBC review of political year

BBC Politics

BBC Politics has been looking back at another year of startling news, including a surprise by-election in Stoke-on-Trent.

The shock came because Tristram Hunt, who started the year as the Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent, announced he was quitting to become the director of London's Victoria and Albert Museum.

Tristram Hunt on leaving Labour seat and his new job at the V&A

At the time, that fed into the ongoing divisions in the Labour Party which were supposed to have been laid to rest by Mr Corbyn's re-election to the leadership.

In the by-election in February, Labour held the seat, with Gareth Snell succeeding Mr Hunt and then defending it in June's surprise general election.

M6 in Staffordshire set to be 'incredibly busy'

BBC News England

The M6 between Staffordshire and Merseyside is expected to be "incredibly busy" this evening as many people begin their Christmas getaway.

An estimated 1.3m Christmas travellers are adding to the usual traffic, with the RAC urging people to avoid long trips on "frantic Friday".

Cars in traffic
Maxiphoto

Traffic is expected to peak between 16:00 and 20:00 GMT, according to the RAC.

Traffic data company Inrix said it would be one of the busiest days of the year, with "incredibly severe" jams.

In the papers: Witchcraft claims over attack

The Sentinel

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

Nurses give clothes to homeless patients

Matt Lee

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

Nurses at the Royal Stoke University Hospital have been giving their old clothes away to homeless patients when they're discharged.

The trust running the site says it's because some patients treated on the short stay unit only have the set of clothes they're wearing when admitted.

Royal Stoke University Hospital
BBC

The trust says the garments are often dirty or unsuitable for cold weather.

[My son's] got that many clothes, I thought 'he doesn't need this', so they were in a bag and a gentleman had them and he started crying when I gave them to him."

Julie LomasNurse on hospital's short stay unit

1917: The last Christmas of WW1

BBC Radio 5 live

One hundred years ago, a solider from Tamworth said he was preparing for a "really nice Christmas" on the Western Front during World War One.

The Staffordshire man, 2nd Lieutenant Harold Ridsdale of the 76th Field Company, the Royal Engineers, wrote home to his family and his letter's been voiced by the BBC to mark the anniversary of the conflict's last Christmas.

1917: The Last Christmas - 2nd Lieutenant Harold Ridsdale

He was born in Tamworth in 1889 and writes back about killing pigs, buying beer and that the officers have a turkey and "about 14 Christmas puddings".

Lt Ridsdale survived the war and went on to became the director of a colliery. He died in 1960.

Cheshire East Council headquarters

Phil McCann

Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News

A trading standards officer says he suffered after reporting a cover-up of theft at a council.

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