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Summary

  1. Man jailed for life for housemate murder
  2. Council apologises for 'lackadaisical' mistakes over vulnerable girl's care
  3. Heroin and cocaine found in Stoke-on-Trent raid
  4. Harry Potter wannabes contest British Quidditch Cup
  5. Updates on Friday 10 March 2017

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By Allen Cook

All times stated are UK

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    Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cheshire southbound severe disruption, between J17 for A534 Sandbach and J16 for A500 Crewe.

    M6 Cheshire - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J17, A534 (Sandbach) and J16, A500 (Crewe), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

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    Severe accident: A519 Staffordshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A519 Staffordshire both ways severe accident, between Lodge Lane and Fernhill Road.

    A519 Staffordshire - A519 in Woodseaves closed and heavy traffic in both directions between the Lodge Lane junction and the Fernhill Road junction, because of an accident involving 2 vehicles.

    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, at J12 for A5.

    M6 Staffordshire - M6 entry slip road partially blocked northbound at J12, A5 (Gailey), because of a broken down van. Traffic is coping well.

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

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    BBC Sport

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    BBC Sport

    Strange red cards, a penalty hero and Burton breaking new ground - BBC Sport rounds up Saturday's Football League action.

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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 on M6 northbound between J13, A449 (Stafford South) and J14, A34 (Stafford North), 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 accident: M6 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M6 Staffordshire - Queuing traffic on M6 northbound between J12, A5 (Gailey) and J13, A449 (Stafford South), because of a rolling road-block and an accident.

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

  7. Envelope update

    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 heavy 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

  8. Our live coverage across the day

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

  9. Football: Kightly could return for Burton's first-time hosting Nottingham Forest

    BBC Sport

    Burton Albion could have  on-loan Burnley winger Michael Kightly  back for this weekend's game with Nottingham Forest.

    He's missed three of the past four games with a hamstring injury.  

    Michael Kightly

    Fellow Brewers attacker Lucas Akins is also in with a chance of featuring.  

    This will be the first ever meeting between Burton and Nottingham Forest at the Pirelli Stadium in any competition. 

    Quote Message: We have got three brilliant draws against Derby, Bristol City and Sheffield Wednesday. We are are hard to beat and hard to create chances against." from Nigel Clough Burton Albion manager
    Nigel CloughBurton Albion manager
  10. Tamworth raid finds 8,000 fake cigarettes

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    Trading standards officers have seized 8,000 illegal cigarettes and 2kg of tobacco in a raid on a Tamworth shop. 

    Staffordshire County Council say they were found yesterday and included fake Richmond and Mayfair branded cigarettes 

    The seized tobacco
  11. On Midlands Today from 18:30: West Midlands blight costing millions

    BBC Midlands Today

    We look at the blight on our landscape of fly-tipping this evening on Midlands Today.

    Fly-tipping

    It's costing councils in the West Midlands millions of pounds to clean up and looks to be getting worse. 

    On BBC One from 18:30 we'll be trying to find out how the local authorities are trying to fight back.

  12. New bells prepare to toll at village church

    John Acres

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    A Staffordshire Moorlands church has had six new bells fitted today, after five years of fundraising. 

    People in Ipstones have been raising several thousand pounds with St Leonard's Church.

    One of the bells

    The church has traditionally had just the one bell but had a tower built with the capacity for more. 

    Those involved say they want the bells to be heard for the first time on Easter Sunday.

  13. Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    Overnight it is going to remain mostly cloudy with some hill fog. However, there will also be a few cloud breaks around at times. Lows of 8C (46F).

    Find out more about the weekend ahead .

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    Video caption: Rebecca Wood has your forecast
  14. Watch: Burton praised for 'passion' for beer brewing

    Ben Sidwell

    BBC Midlands Today

    Organisers of an international beer event in Burton have praised the "passion" in the town for brewing.   

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    Video caption: Organisers of international beer event praise the "passion" in Burton for brewing.

    The International Festival of Beer 2017 is taking place on Horninglow Street at the National Brewing Centre. 

    Organiser Ruth Evans says the "one thing" that they see in Burton is a passion for the history and future of brewing.