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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, at J14 for A34.

    M6 Staffordshire - M6 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J14, A34 (Stafford North), because of a break down.

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

  2. 'Washing machine' blamed for house fire

    A washing machine's been blamed for a fire which has badly damaged a house today.

    Burned out inside of house

    Staffordshire Fire Service said the blaze started at about 08:20 on Primrose Grove, Newcastle-under-Lyme.

    The family-of-four who live in the house were out at the time.

    Fire crews said the blaze was thought to have started accidentally in the utility room.

  3. Listeria outbreak: Call for swift inquiry to find cause

    An investigation into a fatal outbreak of listeria's being urged to swiftly find out how the bacteria got into contaminated sandwiches supplied to hospitals across England.

    Today, the Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed eight hospitals had reported cases linked to salads and/or sandwiches supplied by the Good Food Chain, which is based in Stone, Staffordshire.

    The Good Food Chain in Stone, Staffordshire

    Stone's Conservative MP, Sir Bill Cash, told the Commons he understood the firm had been supplied with meat produced by North Country Cooked Meats.

    He urged Mr Hancock to find the exact cause and "exonerate the Good Food Chain if in fact that is the case".

    The health secretary admitted it was a supply issue and "there's a complex supply chain in operation", adding that the investigation would be "full and thorough".

    The food involved has been withdrawn and the Good Food Chain has previously said it's co-operating fully with authorities, also adding that it hoped the inquiry would be pursued with "urgency".

    It added: "The underlying cause of it remains unclear."

  4. 'Full and thorough investigation' into listeria outbreak

    A "full and thorough investigation" is being promised by the government into the outbreak of listeria which has led to the deaths of five hospital patients.

    Listeria

    The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, said there were nine confirmed cases in seven hospitals, including the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust where one person died.

    They are all linked to contaminated sandwiches from a single supplier, the Good Food Chain, based in Stone, Staffordshire, which has withdrawn products and halted production.

    Mr Hancock said there would be "severe consequences if there is any evidence of wrongdoing".

    In a statement, the Good Food Chain said it was co-operating "fully and transparently with the Food Standards Agency and other authorities" and said it hoped the inquiry would be pursued with "urgency so the wider industry can learn any lessons as soon as possible".

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    Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M6 Cheshire - One lane closed on M6 southbound from J18, A54 (Middlewich) to J17, A534 (Sandbach), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

  6. Brexit referendum aftermath sees 'rise in extremism'

    BBC Radio Manchester

    Political extremism has increased since the 2016 Brexit referendum, the head of terrorism investigations in the North West has told BBC Radio Manchester.

    Armed police officer

    Det Supt Will Chatterton said dealing with far-right extremism was a real challenge, with "open hostility" towards politicians.

    He said the unit's cases included "horrific sentiments" posted online.

    The Home Office said it was "committed to stamping out extremism in all its forms".

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    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, between J16 for A500 Stoke-On-Trent and J15 for A500 D Road.

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J16, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent), because of a fallen tree. Traffic is coping well.

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

  8. Video content

    Video caption: Flooding threatens Staffordshire farmer's potato crop

    Andrew Lockhart says consumers may end up paying the price if rain causes a potato shortage.

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    Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire northbound severe accident, from J13 for A449 to J14 for A34.

    M6 Staffordshire - Two lanes closed and queues on M6 northbound from J13, A449 (Stafford South) to J14, A34 (Stafford North), because of an accident.

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

  10. Police 'responded quickly' to cleaver-wielding man

    Laurence Reed

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Police "responded quickly" to reports of a man wielding a meat cleaver in Newquay while wearing a "Friday the 13th" style mask, a senior officer says.

    A man was reported chasing people in the Fore Street area of the town at about 04:40 on Saturday.

    Devon and Cornwall Police said they received a "number of calls" from terrified members of the public who had been threatened. No one was injured.

    A 45-year-old man from Stoke-on-Trent was arrested soon after. He was later released on bail, pending forensic investigations.

    Cleaver and mask. Pic: Newquay Police E Section Response
    Quote Message: That time of the morning we have normal patrol teams out and about. But, in addition, we were fortunate to have armed response officers and dog handlers ... I think we did act very quickly and detained him very quickly, which is good for public safety." from Insp Dave Meredith Police Inspector for Newquay, Devon and Cornwall Police
    Insp Dave MeredithPolice Inspector for Newquay, Devon and Cornwall Police
  11. Council owed £2.1m in unpaid tax

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Joe Burn

    The amount of council tax owed to Lichfield District Council's grown by almost a third in three years to £2.1m.

    Council tax bill

    But, despite the huge debt, councillors heard the overall council tax fund's working with a surplus of £46,215, which will be added to next year's budget.

    The council's finance chief, councillor Rob Strachan, told his colleagues half of the money owed was "low risk" as debtors were working with the authority's support services.

  12. Road fatalities 'cut to zero'

    The number of people dying in crashes on the A500 in Staffordshire has been reduced to zero in the last 12 months, according to new figures.

    Speed camera monitoring A500

    Staffordshire Police said no-one died in 2018-19 in a collision, compared with three the year before, and the number seriously injured fell from four to two in the same period.

    The force puts it down to the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) taking over policing the route in 18 June 2018.

    The group's made up of officers from Staffordshire and West Midlands Police and concentrates on driving issues on motorways and main roads like the A500.

    In the 12 months since they took on the A500, CMPG officers said they'd caught 1,569 motorists speeding on the route with one driver recorded at 93mph in a 50mph zone.

  13. People chased by cleaver-wielding man

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A man wearing a "Friday 13th"-style mask and brandishing a meat cleaver chased people around a seaside resort, police have said.

    The seized knife and mask

    It happened in the Fore Street area of Newquay, Cornwall, at about 04:40.

    Devon and Cornwall Police said they received a "number of calls" from terrified members of the public who had been threatened.

    Officers arrested a 45-year-old man from Stoke-on-Trent at about 05:10 and he's been released on bail. No one was injured in the incident.

  14. Families to be moved in to homes despite toxic gas fears

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Kerry Ashdown

    Dozens of families are set to be moved into affordable homes near a hazardous waste site, after concerns about toxic gas sparked delays.

    Cannock Chase District Council HQ

    Cannock Chase District Council had postponed nominating residents for 48 social housing homes on Chenet Chase, Cannock, near the site on Walkmill Lane, Bridgtown.

    They made the decision in 2017 after the waste firm's operator, currently Axil Integrated Services, found risks associated with fire and the release of toxic gas could affect the new development's residents.

    Since then, measures have been made to cut the risks including fitting a heatshield, attaching sprinklers to an apartment block and installing a hydrogen cyanide sensor.

    The council says it'll now nominate residents to the local housing association for the 48 empty homes but there will be 'full disclosure' on the risks.

  15. Weather: Bright spells break through showers

    BBC Weather

    This afternoon will have bright spells together with a few showers although these should tend to fade away later on.

    Video content

    Video caption: BBC Weather forecast in the North West of England

    Blustery, with a brisk south-westerly wind. Highs of 17C.

    Read more on BBC Weather

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    Severe disruption: M42 Leicestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M42 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, between J11 for A42 and J10 for A5 Watling Street.

    M42 Leicestershire - One lane closed on M42 southbound between J11, A42 (Burton-Upon-Trent) and J10, A5 (Tamworth), because of emergency repairs. Traffic is coping well.

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