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Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, from J12 for to J13 for .

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound from J12, Gailey to J13, 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

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, from Stafford Services.

M6 Staffordshire - M6 lane closed on entry slip road southbound from Stafford Services, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire northbound severe disruption, from J17 for A534 Old Mill Road Sandbach to J18 for A54 Middlewich Road Middlewich.

M6 Cheshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M6 northbound from J17, A534 (Sandbach) to J18, A54 (Middlewich), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, at J13 for A449.

M6 Staffordshire - M6 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic northbound at J13, A449 (Stafford South), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe accident, from J14 for A5013 to J13 for A449.

M6 Staffordshire - Stationary traffic on M6 southbound from J14, A5013 (Stafford North) to J13, A449 (Stafford South), because of all traffic being temporarily held and a serious accident.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, from J14 for A5013 to J15 for A500.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound from J14, A5013 (Stafford North) to J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, from J13 for A449 to J12 for A5.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 southbound from J13, A449 (Stafford South) to 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

Severe congestion: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe congestion, at J13 for A449.

M6 Staffordshire - Queuing traffic on M6 southbound at J13, A449 (Stafford South). All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe accident, at J13 for A449.

M6 Staffordshire - M6 entry slip road blocked and slow traffic southbound at J13, A449 (Stafford South), because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, at J11 for A460.

M6 Staffordshire - M6 lane blocked on exit slip road and slow traffic southbound at J11, A460 (Cannock), because of a vehicle fire.

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

James Chester

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Aston Villa have rejected a £5m bid for defender James Chester from Championship rivals Stoke City.

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Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire northbound severe disruption, between J16 for A500 Stoke-On-Trent and J17 for A534 Old Mill Road Sandbach.

M6 Cheshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J16, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) 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

'Too tall' house 'could be altered'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Herbert Soden

A family told to tear down its new home or spend £200,000 on a new roof found to be 30 inches too tall is in talks about alterations.

Asif Naseem moved into the property in Lightwood, Staffordshire, earlier this year with his wife and five children.

The house
BBC

Stoke-on-Trent City Council turned down two retrospective planning applications for the £500,000 house following complaints over the height and dormer windows.

In May, the family said it had nowhere else to go, and no funds for a new roof.

It has been given three months for talks and, with the plans up for debate next Wednesday, the council's planners are recommending another deferral as Mr Naseem's talking with an architect about roof alterations.

Rain today but here's how the weekend's looking

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

The rain's finally arrived today for parts of the West Midlands after the long heatwave - here's how your weekend is looking:

Rebecca Wood

If you want to get a latest forecast for your area at any other time, head to the BBC Weather website.

Severe accident: M6 Cheshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire southbound severe accident, between J16 for A500 Stoke-On-Trent and J15 for A500.

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

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

Your say: Fabricant tweet - 'No wonder we're in a mess'

Facebook

You've been having your say after Tory MP Michael Fabricant has been accused of Islamophobia over a now-deleted tweet he posted about Sadiq Khan.

The MP for Lichfield has apologised after he posted a cartoon showing the Mayor of London's head on an inflatable balloon, engaged in a sex act with a pig.

Michael Fabricant and Sadiq Khan
Getty Images

On the BBC Midlands Facebook page, Sue Fletcher posted: "To think these idiots are running our country, no wonder we're in a mess. A group of school children would do a better job."

But Diane Sharrard retorted: "The mayor doesn't like retaliation - bit of hard luck isn't it."

Andrew Yates wrote: "If he would never do it, why even think about it then? The thought would never cross most peoples minds."

While Steve Slater typed: "I live in Lichfield and I’m ashamed this idiot is supposed to represent us."

North West weather: Showers will ease for dry and clear night

BBC Weather

A risk of showers continues into this evening, but in general they will tend to die away leaving mainly dry and clear periods tonight.

There could be some areas of mist and fog forming.

Saturday will be mainly dry and fine with any early areas of mist and fog lifting to leave long spells of sunshine.

More from BBC Weather

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, from J13 for A449 to J12 for A5.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 southbound from J13, A449 (Stafford South) to 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

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 car. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe accident, from J10A for M54 to J10 for A454 Wolverhampton.

M6 Staffordshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M6 southbound from J10a M54 to J10, A454 (Wolverhampton), because of an accident involving a lorry and a van. Travel time is 20 minutes.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, between J15 for A500 and Stafford Services.

M6 Staffordshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M6 southbound between J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and Stafford Services, because of an overturned vehicle. Travel time is 20 minutes.

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

Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe accident, from J15 for A500 to J14 for A5013.

M6 Staffordshire - Two lanes closed on M6 southbound from J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) to J14, A5013 (Stafford North), because of an accident involving an overturned car. Traffic is coping well.

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

Delays ease after car destroyed in M6 blaze

Allen Cook

BBC News

Car fire
North West Motorway Police

Delays have eased on the M6 northbound in Cheshire this afternoon following this morning's car fire.

Police say the driver managed to escape unhurt as his vehicle was completely destroyed by the blaze between J17 and J18.

It took the fire service around an hour to put it out.

The car after fire
North West Motorway Police

North West weather: Brightening up and staying warm

BBC Weather

Sunny spells this afternoon but also the risk of some showers breaking out.

The showers could be locally heavy and potentially thundery, although not everywhere will catch a shower.

More from BBC Weather.

Tractors used to rescue stuck cow from river

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

A cow's been rescued after getting stuck in a river.

Tractors at the site where the cow's stuck
BBC

Fire crews were called at around 08:00 to the land off Oakwood Road near Rudyard, Staffordshire.

Tractors were used to hoist the animal out.

Wild plants 'boosted by grazing cows'

Plants and local wildlife are benefiting from two years of cows grazing on a local nature reserve, a council's claimed.

Snake’s head fritillaries
Tamworth Borough Council

Cattle are about to move on to the Broad Meadow in Tamworth for a third summer.

The cows are allowed to graze until winter when they return to their farm before the ground turns too wet.

The borough council says, after two years, there are more snake’s head fritillaries (pictured) in the area than any time this century.

'Wholehearted' apology from suspended police chief

Phil McCann

Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News

A chief constable of Cheshire Police says he “wholeheartedly” apologises to people who were “affected” by their time working with him.

Simon Byrne, who was suspended from Cheshire Constabulary last year, is accused of bullying and humiliating staff between May 2014 and March 2017.

He denies the allegations and an accusation of gross misconduct.

Simon Byrne
BBC

He accepted yesterday that some people who worked with him had been upset and worried by his actions, but he said that was never his intention.

This morning he gave an apology, but said other events may have contributed to the feelings of those who’ve complained about his conduct.

He also denied knowing that senior officers at his former force were in “morbid terror” of him and he defended having high standards, and occasionally being abrupt, brusque and blunt.

The hearing is due to end today.

BreakingMore Poundworld stores to close

BBC Business News

Six Poundworld stores in the West Midlands are among another 80 branches which will be closed, the company's administrators have said.

The latest announcement means that 105 of the company's 335 stores are now earmarked for closure, including the one in Crewe, Cheshire.

Poundworld
PA

The closures in this region include two in both Coventry and Shrewsbury and one in Burton upon Trent and Bloxwich, resulting in 85 job losses.

They're set to shut by 22 July.

Poundworld went into administration last month after failing to cope with rising costs, fewer shoppers and greater competition.

Driver 'safe and sound' after M6 car fire

Police have shared dramatic pictures of the car fire that shut lanes on the M6 in Cheshire earlier this morning.

View more on twitter

DRAFT North West weather:

BBC Weather

Sunny spells this afternoon but also the risk of some showers breaking out.

The showers could be locally heavy and potentially thundery, although not everywhere will catch a shower.

More from BBC Weather

Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire southbound severe disruption, between J18 for A54 Middlewich and J17 for A534 Old Mill Road Sandbach.

M6 Cheshire - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M6 southbound between J18, A54 (Middlewich) and J17, A534 (Sandbach), because of a broken down car. In the roadworks area.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, from J15 for A500 to J14 for A5013.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M6 southbound from J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) to J14, A5013 (Stafford North), because of a broken down vehicle. In the roadworks area.

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

Your photos: Rain arrives after long dry spell

BBC Weather Watchers

The forecast rain's arrived in parts of Staffordshire and Cheshire already this morning.

These photos are from BBC Weather Watchers Videoman in Leek and Dawn Treader in Congleton:

Leek
Videoman
Congleton
Dawn Treader

Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire northbound severe disruption, from J16 for to J17 for A534 Old Mill Road Sandbach.

M6 Cheshire - Queuing traffic on M6 northbound from J16, / (Stoke-On-Trent) to J17, A534 (Sandbach), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. In the roadworks area. Travel time is around 30 minutes. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Yellow weather warning for risk of floods across parts of North West

There is the potential for heavy showers and thunderstorms today, following the dry spell.

Isolated intense storms come with a flooding risk, the Met Office advises, as it issues a yellow "be aware" warning across Greater Manchester and Cheshire up to 20:00 tonight.

weather map
Met Office