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Summary

  1. Man jailed for 'child-like' sex doll import bid
  2. Crewe crane collapse: Killed men identified
  3. Hugh Grant offers £1,000 for return of WW2 veteran's medals
  4. World Transplant Games competitor 'didn't expect to be here'
  5. Updates from Friday 23 June 2017

Live Reporting

By Allen Cook

All times stated are UK

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  1. Watch: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Lucy Martin

    BBC Weather

    A dry, bright day with some sunny intervals and highs of 21C (70F).

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

    Severe accident: M6 Cheshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cheshire southbound severe accident, between J16 for A500 Crewe and J15 for A500.

    M6 Cheshire - One lane blocked on M6 southbound between J16, A500 (Crewe) and J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent), because of an accident.

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

  3. 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 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

  4. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M6 Toll Warwickshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Toll Warwickshire northbound severe accident, between J3T for A38 Tamworth and J4T for A5.

    M6 Toll Warwickshire - Two lanes closed and slow traffic on M6 Toll northbound between J3t, A38 (Tamworth) and J4t, A5 (Weeford Island), because of an accident involving an overturned vehicle.

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

  5. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A34 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A34 Staffordshire northbound severe accident, between A51 and Tittensor Road.

    A34 Staffordshire - A34 in Barlaston closed and slow traffic northbound between Darlaston Island and the Tittensor Road junction, because of an accident involving a abnormal load.

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

  6. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A50 Derbyshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A50 Derbyshire eastbound severe accident, between A515 and J6 A511 Scropton.

    A50 Derbyshire - A50 in Sudbury closed eastbound between Sudbury Roundabout and J6, A511 (Scropton), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

  7. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M6 Cheshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cheshire northbound severe accident, between J17 for A534 Sandbach and J18 for A54 Middlewich.

    M6 Cheshire - Two lanes closed and very slow traffic on M6 northbound between J17, A534 (Sandbach) and J18, A54 (Middlewich), because of an accident.

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

  8. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

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

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

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

  9. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J12, A5 (Gailey) and J13, A449 (Stafford South), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  10. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M6 Cheshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cheshire southbound severe accident, 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 an accident. Traffic is coping well. In the roadworks area.

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

  11. 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.

  12. No Staffordshire high-rises 'thought to have similar cladding to Grenfell Tower'

    BBC Radio Stoke

    There aren't thought to be any tower blocks in Staffordshire with cladding similar to that used in Grenfell Tower, according to the fire service today.

    The charred remains inside a flat at the Grenfell Tower

    A national operation has been under way following the fatal blaze on 14 June to identify buildings that raise safety concerns.

    Today, councils, housing associations and the fire service in Staffordshire met to discuss high-rise blocks in the county.

    Tests are being carried out on around 600 tower blocks across England but Staffordshire Fire Service says it doesn't believed any in the county have similar cladding to the Grenfell Tower.

  13. Fatal crane collapse: Fundraising for teenager memorial

    Jennifer Harby

    BBC News Online

    A fundraising campaign has been launched to pay for a memorial bench in memory of a teenager who died in Wednesday's fatal crane collapse.

    Flowers in Crewe at crane collapse site

    Rhys Barker, 18, from Castleford was named alongside David Newall, 36, from Bradford as the two building site workers who died on Dunwoody Way on Wednesday.

    Mr Barker's former school's principal said one of his friends was fundraising for money for a memorial bench in the school grounds and students had organised a balloon release in his memory.

  14. On Midlands Today from 18:30: A jet-powered scooter

    Ben Sidwell

    BBC Midlands Today

    This evening on BBC Midlands Today, something you won't see everyday - a jet-powered mobility scooter.

    The scooter in action

    It's been built by Staffordshire inventor Tom Bagnall in his garage in Cheadle and it's being featured in a BBC TV programme tonight.

    I'll be with this mighty machine in our programme from 18:30 on BBC One.

  15. Search for two men after 'suspicious incident' at school

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    Two men are being hunted after police were called this afternoon to reports of them "acting suspiciously" outside a school.

    Staffordshire Police says the men had arrived at Trentham High School just before 15:00 in a blue Ford Fiesta with the numberplate taped over.

    Trentham High School

    They say the pair, thought to be aged around 17, were wearing hooded tops with the hoods up and the vehicle was then spotted heading from Allerton Road towards New Inn Lane.

    Officers have checked the surrounding area and say they're still at the school to reassure parents, staff and pupils.

  16. Small business owners' homes burgled in Tamworth, police say

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    Masked men are thought to be behind a string of burglaries in Tamworth which have seen jewellery and large amounts of cash stolen.

    Skye Close, Wilnecote

    The group of men, Staffordshire Police says, have targeted the homes of small business owners in several roads between 16 June and 21 June.

    In all cases, the force says they've worn face coverings or balaclavas, got in through doors and windows and then escaped in a white Audi.

  17. Watch: Your weekend weather forecast

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    After a mainly cloudy day, here's what's in store for the start of this weekend across the West Midlands.

    You can stay updated over the next couple of days through the BBC Weather website.

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    Video caption: Rebecca Wood