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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, between J6 for A38 Tyburn Road and J5 for A452.

    M6 West Midlands - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J6, A38 (Spaghetti Junction) and J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich), because of a break down.

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

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    Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, at J5 for A452.

    M6 West Midlands - M6 lane closed on entry slip road southbound at J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich), because of a break down.

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

  3. Man arrested on suspicion of bogus carjacking claim

    A man who claimed to have been carjacked at gunpoint has been arrested after officers found evidence he'd invented the story.

    West Midlands Police say it could have been an attempt to cover up a drink drive crash.

    Mobile phone footage was retrieved of the crash on Alum Rock Road after officers received reports the vehicle had been stolen by three men armed with a gun.

    The video showed people fleeing the collision, including a man who was a "dead ringer" for the man claiming to have been robbed, the force said.

    A 29-year-old man from Tyseley was arrested on suspicion drink driving and remains in police custody.

  4. Former youth centre set for redevelopment

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Joe Sweeney

    Some of today's stories from the Local Democracy Reporting Service include:

    • A former youth centre in Wolverhampton looks set to be turned into a residential children’s home, despite a number of objections from neighbours.
    • A new Director of Governance has been appointed by Wolverhampton City Council, its leader announced last night – occupying a £140,000 post that has been vacant since early this year.
    • One of Wolverhampton’s longest-serving councillors has been granted special dispensation from attending committee meetings on the grounds of ill health, his colleagues have agreed.
  5. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, from J7 for A34 Birmingham Road to J6 for A38 Tyburn Road.

    M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and it's slow on M6 southbound from J7, A34 (Great Barr) to J6, A38 (Spaghetti Junction), because of a car that's broken down.

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

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    Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M6 West Midlands - M6 exit slip road blocked southbound at J8 M5, because of emergency repairs.

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

  7. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, from J8 for to J7 for A34 Birmingham Road.

    M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and queues on M6 southbound from J8, M5 interchange to J7, A34 (Great Barr), because of an overturned vehicle.

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

  8. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M6 West Midlands southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 West Midlands southbound severe accident, at J9 for A461 Wood Green Road.

    M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and queues on M6 southbound at J9, A461 (Wednesbury), because of an accident involving a car and a lorry. Congestion to J10A (M54 interchange).

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

  9. Video: Tom Watson MP stands down

    Labour's deputy leader has expressed his sadness at leaving politics.

    Tom Watson described serving the people of his constituency of West Bromwich East as "an honour".

    Video content

    Video caption: Tom Watson standing down as Labour deputy leader

    He says he will continue to campaign for the party and the decision was "personal, not political".

    Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn thanked Mr Watsonfor his service, adding: "This is not the end of our work together."

  10. German Christmas market returns for 20th year

    Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market is returning this morning for its 20th year.

    It will run until 23 December and as well as the food and gift stalls and the bars, there is an ice rink and big wheel in Centenary Square.

    German market

    The market will be open from 10:00 to 21:00 every day, apart from 10 November when it will be open from 13:00 to 21:00 as a mark of respect for Remembrance Sunday.

    West Midlands Police said officers would be on patrol, some of them in plain clothes, and warned shoppers to be aware of pickpockets.

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    Severe accident: M6 West Midlands northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 West Midlands northbound severe accident, from J5 for A452 to J6 for A38 Tyburn Road.

    M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and it's slow on M6 northbound from J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich) to J6, A38 (Spaghetti Junction), because of an accident.

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

  12. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Rich Davis

    BBC Weather presenter

    It will be a largely dry and cloudy day with highs of 8C (46F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  13. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M42 West Midlands southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M42 West Midlands southbound severe accident, at J5 for A41 Solihull By-Pass Solihull.

    M42 West Midlands - M42 entry slip road partially blocked and it's slow southbound at J5, A41 (Solihull), because of an accident.

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

  14. Man dies eight days after being hit by car

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    A man who was struck by a car while crossing a road has died in hospital.

    Himley Road, Dudley

    Francis Wright suffered serious head injuries in the collision on 28 October on Himley Road, Dudley, West Midlands Police said.

    The 76-year-old, from Dudley, died in hospital yesterday morning.

    The force said the driver of the Kia Venga involved remained at the scene at the time and was co-operating fully with officers.

  15. Golf course closure plans comes to the fore

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    Plans to close a golf course and turn it into a public park and a site for a new school and homes are going out for consultation this week.

    Brandhall Golf Course

    Sandwell Council says Brandhall Golf Course, Oldbury, costs £257,000 to run annually and needs £3m spending on it to upgrade to required standards.

    It also currently has 318 members, nearly two-thirds of whom live outside Sandwell, the authority adds.

    Six weeks of consultation on its future will start tomorrow with a decision expected in the new year.

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    Severe accident: M6 West Midlands northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 West Midlands northbound severe accident, between J8 for M5 and J9 for A461 Wood Green Road.

    M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and queues on M6 northbound between J8 M5 and J9, A461 (Wednesbury), because of an accident. Congestion to J6 (Spaghetti Junction). Travel time is 20 minutes.

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