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Summary

  1. Legionnaires' deaths: JTF admits health and safety breach
  2. MP to 'bang heads together' over replacing closed sports centre
  3. 'Dirty' cafe fined after customer 'became ill' eating there
  4. Updates on Friday 30 June 2017

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By Allen Cook

All times stated are UK

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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J10 for A454 and J11 for A460.

    M6 West Midlands - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J10, A454 (Wolverhampton) and J11, A460 (Cannock), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  2. 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 traffic congestion 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

  3. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire both ways severe disruption, at J15 for A500.

    M6 Staffordshire - M6 exit slip road blocked at J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent), 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 disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M6 Staffordshire - Two lanes blocked and slow traffic on M6 northbound between J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and J16, A500 (Crewe), because of debris on the road.

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

  5. Envelope update

    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 - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound between J18, A54 (Middlewich) and J17, A534 (Sandbach).

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

  6. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire southbound severe accident, between J10A for M54 and J10 for A454.

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M6 southbound between J10a M54 and J10, A454 (Wolverhampton), because of an accident.

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

  7. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A530 Cheshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A530 Cheshire both ways severe accident, between Slaughterhouse Lane and Cock Lane.

    A530 Cheshire - A530 Whitchurch Road in Sound closed in both directions between the Slaughterhouse Lane junction and the Cock Lane junction, because of a serious accident. Diversion in operation - Local diversions in place, however these are unsuitable for HGVs, which are asked to avoid the area. Traffic is coping well.

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

  8. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M6 Cheshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M6 Cheshire - Very slow traffic on M6 southbound between J18, A54 (Middlewich) and J17, A534 (Sandbach), because of an accident earlier on.

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

  9. 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.

  10. 'Near misses and speeding' prompt pedestrianised crackdown

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    Drivers ignoring pedestrianised rules in Stafford town centre are facing a crackdown after reports of near misses and speeding.

    Stafford's Gaolgate Street

    Staffordshire Police says vehicles are using Gaolgate Street, Greengate Street and Martin Street, as well as surrounding roads, despite them being marked as pedestrian only.

    The force says they'll start the clampdown in "the coming days", adding that drivers are only allowed for loading and unloading goods.

  11. Thousands expect for dirty charity race

    John Acres

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    Thousands are due to take part this weekend in one of the dirtiest charity runs in Staffordshire. It's the sixth annual JCB Mud Run in Rocester.

    The NSPCC is again named as their chosen charity with £55,000 raised for them in 2016.

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    Video caption: Thousands of runners are expected for this year's JCB Mud Run.
  12. On Midlands Today from 18:30: The social media hunt for sheep rustlers

    Louisa Currie, BBC Midlands Today

    We'll have more on the news that a Staffordshire farmer, who's had more than 200 ewes and lambs stolen in the last month, is offering a reward to help catch the thieves who took them.

    Some of the remaining sheep

    Furious after the latest raid, Lorna Sidebottom took to Facebook to warn other farms about the rustlers and news soon spread around the country.

    I've been speaking to her and I'll bring you my report from 18:30 on BBC One.

  13. MP to 'bang heads together' over replacing closed sports centre

    John Acres

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    The MP for Kidsgrove says she'll do whatever she can to get a new sports centre for the town.

    Video content

    Video caption: MP to 'bang heads together' over replacing closed Kidsgrove Sports Centre.

    The current site is now closed after Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council said it couldn't afford to run the Staffordshire County Council-owned building.

    Protestors gathered outside the centre today after it was shut a day early by the authority over what it called fears of people acting in an unsafe manner.

    The Stoke North Labour MP Ruth Smeeth told the rally she would "bang many heads together" to get a replacement facility.

  14. Watch: Your weekend weather forecast for the West Midlands

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    Here's how your weekend's going to start in the West Midlands on the weather front.

    Keep yourself updated over the next two days with the BBC Weather website.

    Video content

    Video caption: Rebecca Wood has your weekend forecast
  15. Police station attacked with 'metal bar'

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    A man's been arrested after a window at Longton police station was damaged with a metal bar last night.

    Staffordshire Police says a 34-year-old is still in custody on suspicion of causing criminal damage and being in possession of an offensive weapon.

  16. Football: George Ray urged to reach 'full potential' after new Crewe deal

    Graham McGarry

    Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Crewe Alexandra's assistant manager Kenny Lunt says the club want to see defender George Ray reach his full potential.

    George Ray signing yesterday

    The 23-year-old signed a new two-year deal yesterday and Lunt says Ray can now focus on getting on with his job.

    Quote Message: We've been waiting for him to sign, it's been a bit of a drag, but we got to where we wanted to in the end. We're happy, he's happy and we can move on and concentrate on the football side of it now." from Kenny Lunt Crewe Alexandra's assistant manager
    Kenny LuntCrewe Alexandra's assistant manager
  17. 'Dirty' cafe fined after customer 'became ill' eating there

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    A café near Stafford has been fined for being dirty after an investigation was launched when a customer who ate there said it made them ill.

    The cafe on Airfield Industrial Estate in Hixon

    Stafford Borough Council says it found issues including dirty chopping boards and a mouldy fridge at the café on the Airfield Industrial Estate in Hixon.

    Owner Jacqueline Hall, 54, admitted three offences at North Staffordshire Justice Centre relating to the cleanliness of the premises and equipment and was fined a total of £1,900.