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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane blocked on M6 northbound between J16, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and 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

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    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, from J14 for A34 to J15 for A500 D Road.

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound from J14, A34 (Stafford North) to J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

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    Severe accident: A500 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A500 Staffordshire northbound severe accident, between A50 and A52 City Road.

    A500 Staffordshire - A500 D Road in Stoke-On-Trent blocked and stationary northbound between Sideway Roundabout and City Road Interchange, because of an accident involving two 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 J13 for A449.

    M6 Staffordshire - M6 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J13, A449 (Stafford South), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

    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, from J11 for A460 to J12 for A5.

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound from J11, A460 (Cannock) to J12, A5 (Gailey), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

  6. Champion triple jumper 'came close to quitting' the sport

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    A European Champion triple jumper who is targeting success in next summer's Tokyo Olympics says he nearly quit the sport earlier this year.

    Ben Williams in action this year

    Over the summer, Ben Williams, from Stoke-on-Trent, smashed his previous personal best to win at the the European Team Championships.

    But the 27-year-old told BBC Radio Stoke, after struggling with injuries and having surgery last year, he wasn't sure in February if he wanted to keep jumping.

    "It was coming back from injury, it was a difficult time," he said, "I wasn't able to jump and do what I wanted in training, there seemed no light at the end of the tunnel."

    However he told BBC Radio Stoke's Robin Grey, his friends and family "motivated me to get in the gym and that's what I needed at the time."

  7. Wedding caterer fined after guests poisoned by hog roast

    A wedding caterer has been ordered to pay more than £250,000 after the bridegroom and 57 guests were struck down by food poisoning after eating a hog roast at a wedding in Staffordshire.

    The Galloping Gourmet (Coulsdon) Ltd, pleaded guilty to two food safety breaches at Cannock Magistrates’ Court following an investigation by Lichfield District Council’s food safety team.

    Phil and Vicki Kemp

    The newlyweds, Phil and Vicki Kemp, were unable to go on their honeymoon to the Dominican Republic as a result of the salmonella poisoning.

    Lichfield District Council found undercooked pork had been the cause of the outbreak at the former Packington Moor in October 2017 and said it had been a "huge case to investigate".

    Quote Message: It is particularly devastating for those involved that the problems emerged on what was meant to be a memorable and very special day. The effect of what happened to Phil ensured that his and Vikki’s first few days of newlyweds, when they should have been enjoying their honeymoon, were ruined." from Irwin Mitchell solicitors
    Irwin Mitchell solicitors
  8. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, from J16 for A500 Stoke-On-Trent to J17 for A534 Old Mill Road Sandbach.

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound from J16, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) 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

  9. Weather: A mild and overcast weekend forecast

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    We could have some rain, hail and rumbles of thunder this weekend, but it should be dry and overcast for most of us.

    Here's your forecast for the weekend.

    Video content

    Video caption: Weather forecast for the West Midlands
  10. Footpath reopens after man killed by falling tree

    A footpath where a man was killed by a falling tree is going to fully reopen today after safety works were carried out.

    Fallen tree

    Neville Scattergood, 58, from Stafford, was killed on a footpath on the Isabel Trail, off Eccleshall Road, in the town, on 3 October.

    An inquest into his death's been opened and adjourned and it is also being investigated by the Health and Safety Executive.

    Staffordshire County Council said staff had inspected the trail and, while minor works would be carried out next week, barriers were being removed today.

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    Severe accident: M54 Staffordshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M54 Staffordshire eastbound severe accident, at J1 for A460 Cannock Road Wolverhampton.

    M54 Staffordshire - Temporary closure and stationary on M54 eastbound at J1, A460 (Wolverhampton), because of an accident.

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

  12. Robbie Williams Christmas album with Tyson Fury

    Heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury is to feature on a new Christmas album by Robbie Williams.

    The Christmas present

    It's called The Christmas Present and Sir Rod Stewart and Bryan Adams will also contribute to the 28-track double album, which was written in London, Los Angeles and Stoke-on-Trent.