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  1. Updates from Monday 23 April to Sunday 28 April
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  1. Cab drivers in fifth 'go slow' clean air protest

    Black cab drivers are to stage their latest protest against proposed clean air zone charges in Birmingham.

    Protest

    Motorists with high-polluting cars will have to pay £8 to enter the city centre after the government approved the city's clean air zone (CAZ) plan.

    But taxi drivers are upset at a £5,000 offer from the council to upgrade their cabs and want further talks.

    The council has pledged £15m to help them.

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    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, from J14 for A34 to J15 for A500 D Road.

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M6 northbound from J14, A34 (Stafford North) to J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent), because of a broken down vehicle. In the roadworks area.

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

  3. Dear Zoo touring theatre truck stolen

    Performances of a children's play have been cancelled after a tour van containing staging, props and costumes was stolen.

    Dear Zoo

    Dear Zoo, based on the books by Rod Campbell, had been touring theatres all over the UK and was due in Worcestershire on Sunday.

    Producer Chris Davis said the Mercedes truck containing £50,000 worth of goods was stolen in Peterborough on Saturday morning.

    Performances of the play at the Atrix Arts Centre, Bromsgrove on 28 and 29 April have been cancelled, the venue said.

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    Severe disruption: A449 Worcestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A449 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, from Lavender Road to Northwick Road.

    A449 Worcestershire - A449 Ombersley Road in Worcester closed and very slow traffic outbound from the Lavender Road junction to the Northwick Road junction, because of a gas leak and emergency repairs.

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

  5. Hotel evacuated after 'gas' incident

    Part of a Birmingham hotel had to be evacuated on Sunday after a incident involving swimming pool chemicals.

    Guests staying on the ground floor at the Marriott Hotel in the city were asked to leave the building whilst fire crews dealt with a "small amount of gas".

    Crews were called to the scene shortly before 16:00 and visitors were allowed back into the Hagley Road premises at about 18:50.

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    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, from J14 for A34 to J13 for A449.

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound from J14, A34 (Stafford North) to J13, A449 (Stafford South), because of debris on the road.

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

  7. Vaisakhi celebrated by thousands

    Thousands of people spent Sunday at the Vaisakhi celebrations in Birmingham.

    Vaisakhi

    Processions made their way from Smethwick and Hockley to Handsworth Park where a free community event was held.

    Vaisakhi

    The gathering included Sikh cultural activities, a children's play area and arts and crafts exhibitions.

    Vaisakhi

    The event celebrating the birth of Sikh Khalsa had an area for worship, Darbar, that was open to all communities to visit and understand the Sikh faith.

    Food was prepared by various Gurdwaras from across Birmingham and the Black Country.

  8. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Alex Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    Any early fog should lift to leave a mostly dry day with sunny spells and highs of 16C (61F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
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    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, from J8 for M50 to J7 for A44 Worcester.

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound from J8 M50 to J7, A44 (Worcester), because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

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

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    Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, from J5 for A452 to J6 for A38.

    M6 West Midlands - One lane closed on M6 northbound from J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich) to J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway Spaghetti Junction, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

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    Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, at J4 for M42 J7.

    M6 Warwickshire - M6 lane closed on entry slip road northbound at J4, M42 J7 (Coleshill), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

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    Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands both ways

    BBC News Travel

    M6 West Midlands both ways severe disruption, from J5 for A452 to J6 for A38.

    M6 West Midlands - Stationary traffic on M6 in both directions from J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich) to J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway Spaghetti Junction, because of a broken down horsebox and all traffic being temporarily held.

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

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    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, from J14 for A34 to J15 for A500 D Road.

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound from J14, A34 (Stafford North) to J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent).

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

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    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, from J15 for A500 D Road to J14 for A34.

    M6 Staffordshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M6 southbound from J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) to J14, A34 (Stafford North), because of an overturned vehicle.

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

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    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, from J4 for A38 Halesowen Road Bromsgrove to J3 for A456 Quinton Expressway Halesowen.

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound from J4, A38 (Bromsgrove) to 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