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Man attacked by group armed with machete

A man was attacked by a group of men armed with a machete.

Stabbing scene
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A group of about five men attacked the 34-year-old off Palmer Lane close to the KFC shop on The Burges in Coventry on Monday afternoon, leaving him with cuts to his arms and chest.

He remains in hospital where his condition is described as serious but stable.

A woman he was with also suffered minor injuries.

Police believe it was a targeted attack.

Call for gull cull over city 'epidemic'

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Worcester's former mayor is calling for a cull on seagulls in the city - describing the birds as an "epidemic".

Seagul
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Alan Amos says what he calls "vicious flying rats" had been waking people up in the early hours, "bombarding" cars with droppings, attacking pets, and forcing people to keep their windows closed.

Worcester City Council last year doubled the amount it spends on gull control to £30,000, and has agreed to spend up to £144,000 on new gull-proof bins for the city centre.

Last year, eggs were taken from nests and replaced by fake ones in a bid to control the gull population.

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

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M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, from J10 for A454 Wolverhampton Road Wolverhampton to J10A for M54.

M6 West Midlands - Lane closed on M6 northbound from J10, A454 (Wolverhampton) to J10a M54, because of a break down.

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Electric car loan guarantee agreed for JLR

BBC Business News

Jaguar Land Rover has secured a £500m loan guarantee from the UK government to encourage the carmaker to build electric cars in the country.

Jaguar XJ
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The deal was been signed off by Prime minister Theresa May, in one of her last big interventions before leaving Downing Street.

The deal will provide a big boost to the UK car industry, which has seen heavy job losses over the past year.

The move comes just over a week after the company announced a new range of electric cars will be made at it's Castle Bromwich plant.

Road reopens after petrol station shop fire

Barnes Hill in Bartley Green has fully reopened after an overnight fire at a petrol station supermarket.

Crews remain at the scene after fire broke out in a storeroom, said the fire service.

Investigations into the cause are still ongoing.

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Fire in petrol station shop investigated

A fire broke out in a shop on a petrol station forecourt overnight.

Fire scene
West Midlands Ambulance Service

More than 40 firefighters were called to the scene at Barnes Hill, Bartley Green in Birmingham after the fire broke out just after 01:00.

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Barnes Hill was closed for a time between Overfield Road and Davina Drive with residents being advised to keep doors and windows closed.

One lane remains closed.

Suspected arson attack destroys play area

A children's play area has been damaged in a suspected arson attack.

Play area
Rachel Taylor

Crews were called to the fire, at the rear of Burbage Avenue, in Stratford-upon-Avon, just before 17:30, with clouds of thick black smoke visible across the area.

Play area
Rachel Taylor

Police were also asked to attend, said Warwickshire Fire Service.

Three arrested after stab attacks

Three people have been arrested after three people were stabbed in Nuneaton.

Officers say they responded to reports of disorder at a number of sites across the town centre on Monday night, shortly after 19:00.

It's thought those involved were known to each other and wider members of the public were not targeted, said Warwickshire Police. None of the injuries are thought to be life-threatening.

There is a large police presence in the area, the force added.

Severe disruption: M5 West Midlands northbound

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M5 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, from J1 for A41 Birmingham Road West Bromwich to M6 interchange.

M5 West Midlands - One lane closed and it's slow on M5 northbound from J1, A41 (West Bromwich) to M6 interchange, because of debris on the road.

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Severe accident: M6 Warwickshire southbound

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M6 Warwickshire southbound severe accident, from J4 for M42 J7 to J3 for A444 Bedworth Bypass Nuneaton.

M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed and queues on M6 southbound from J4, M42 J7 (Coleshill) to J3, A444 (Nuneaton), because of an accident involving a car and a lorry.

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Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire southbound

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M6 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, at J4 for M42 J7.

M6 Warwickshire - M6 lane closed on entry slip road southbound at J4, M42 J7 (Coleshill), because of a break down.

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Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

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M5 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, from J5 for A38 Droitwich to J6 for A4538 Pershore Lane.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound from J5, A38 (Droitwich) to J6, A4538 (Worcester), because of a break down.

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Severe disruption: M40 Warwickshire southbound

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M40 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, from J16 for A3400 Stratford Road to J15 for A46 Warwick By Pass Warwick.

M40 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M40 southbound from J16, A3400 (Henley In Arden) to J15, A46 (Warwick), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

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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 debris on the road. Traffic is coping well.

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Video: What's the weather got in store?

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It should be a dry and clear night with lows of 7C (45F).

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Investigation after woman critically injured

A man has been arrested after a 45-year-old woman was found with serious head injuries in a rural part of Stafford.

The woman was found at about 20:00 on Saturday a short time after she was believed to have left the Bell Inn pub, Haughton, on an electric bike, police said.

The woman, who remains in hospital in a critical condition, was found injured on the Isabel Trail, off Station Road.

"Detectives are continuing to investigate the circumstances of what happened and have arrested a 50-year-old man from Stafford on suspicion of assault GBH with intent," a Staffordshire Police spokesman said.

Station Road, Haughton, Stafford
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The woman was found injured near Station Road, Stafford

Anyone with information was urged to contact the force on 101.

Man suffers 'slash injuries' in city knife attack

A man has suffered "slash injuries" to his arms in a knife attack in Coventry city centre, police say.

The man was taken to hospital in a serious condition after officers were alerted just before 16:30.

Police cordon at scene
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West Midlands Police said it was understood the attack happened off Palmer Lane, and appealed for any witnesses to come forward.

Severe disruption: M42 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M42 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J6 for A45 Coventry Road Birmingham Airport and M42 J7.

M42 West Midlands - One lane closed on M42 northbound between J6, A45 (Birmingham Airport) and M42 J7, Coleshill, because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire southbound

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M6 Staffordshire southbound severe accident, 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 an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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Sir Vince Cable in Brexit studies role

Sir Vince Cable will teach at a Centre for Brexit Studies at Birmingham City University, it has been announced.

Sir Vince, who leaves his role as the Liberal Democrat party leader next week, has joined the centre as a visiting professor.

Sir Vince Cable
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“The former business secretary has been appointed to the think tank to offer insight and analysis, and brings with him decades of experience working in frontline politics.” the university said.

He will focus on “looking at the economics and scenarios” related to Britain’s exit from the EU.

MP backs protest against flyover demolition

Kathryn Stanczyszyn

Political Reporter, BBC WM

The Labour MP for Perry Barr has threatened legal action against Labour-run Birmingham City Council over its decision to demolish the A34 flyover.

Khalid Mahmood joined protesters who say traffic in the area will be made worse and residents are not being properly consulted.

Campaigners at the scene
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More than 10,000 people have signed a petition to keep the flyover.

The council says it will be replaced with a better integrated junction system including cycle lanes and more pedestrianisation and the solution is based on detailed research.

The work is due to be completed in time for the Commonwealth Games - which some protesters claim is the main reason for the change which they call short-sighted.

But BCC says it will support its clean air strategy, improve bus reliability and leave Perry Barr with a better transport network in the future.

I will be looking into the issue on this week's Sunday Politics Midlands on BBC One at 1100.

Severe disruption: M42 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M42 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, between J6 for A45 Coventry Road Birmingham Airport and J5 for A41 Solihull By-Pass Solihull.

M42 West Midlands - One lane closed on M42 southbound between J6, A45 (Birmingham Airport) and J5, A41 (Solihull), because of a car that's broken down.

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Severe disruption: M42 West Midlands southbound

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M42 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, between J4 for A3400 Stratford Road Shirley and J3A for M40.

M42 West Midlands - Two lanes closed on M42 southbound between J4, A3400 (Shirley) and J3a M40, because of a break down.

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Amazon site set for Prime Day protests

Workers at Amazon's depot in Rugeley, Staffordshire, are expected to join protests around the world over pay and conditions at the online retailer.

In the UK, unions say week-long protests are planned to coincide with Amazon's sale where it offers discounts to its Prime service members.

Amazon in Rugeley
BBC

Mick Rix, GMB national officer, said Amazon workers want the firm's founder Jeff Bezos to know they are "people not robots".

"It's prime time for Amazon to get round the table with GMB and discuss ways to make the workplaces safer and to give their workers and independence voice," he said.

Amazon employs 29,500 people in the UK and a spokesperson said it offered industry-leading pay starting at £9.50 per hour and was the "employer of choice for thousands of people across the UK".

Playground repaired after 'mineshaft' damage

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Joe Sweeney

A playground in a Wolverhampton park has been closed after damage caused by a suspected mineshaft.

Work is being carried out to make the area in the north of Ashmore Park, Wednesfield, safe after the Coal Authority contacted the city council.

The play area in Ashmore Park, Wednesfield, Wolverhampton,
Wolverhampton City Council

Phil Bateman, Labour councillor for Wednesfield North, said the work was expected to take two weeks but it could be longer.

“At the moment the full works area is fully fenced off, which also includes the skate park, and this will all be fully reinstated upon completion of the works," he said.

The council added the work was being paid for and managed by the Coal Authority and it wanted the area made safe and restored "as soon as possible".

Severe disruption: M5 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, between J1 for A41 Birmingham Road West Bromwich and J2 for A4123 Wolverhampton Road Oldbury.

M5 West Midlands - One lane closed and queues on M5 southbound between J1, A41 (West Bromwich) and J2, A4123 (Oldbury), because of a car that's broken down. In the roadworks area.

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Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

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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 break down. Traffic is coping well.

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Moeen Ali: World Cup has 'changed cricket in our country'

Worcestershire all-rounder Moeen Ali, who featured in England's World Cup triumph, says he believes the victory will bring a new audience to the sport.

"This has changed cricket in our country," he said.

Moeen Ali
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Speaking to BBC Hereford and Worcester his father, Manir Ali, echoed the sentiment, saying school children "will all be talking about cricket today."

Mr Ali, who watched the game at Lords, said the atmosphere at the ground was "electric".

"Everyone was in tears and were jumping in the air," he said.

"It was absolutely amazing.

"The nails on my fingers have gone".

Motorcyclist dies in crash

A motorcyclist has died after his bike was involved in a crash with a car in Warwickshire.

The man in his 50s died at the scene.

The A435 near Mappleborough Green, was closed for a time after the collision, which happened shortly after 10:40 on Friday, police said.

Warwickshire Police is appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

Campaign over railway sleeper plant

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Campaigners say they will step up their campaign against a new factory in Wednesbury.

NetworkRail said it would apply for planning permission this month to build a plant on Bescot sidings to produce about 600,000 concrete railway sleepers a year.

Artist's impression of Bescot  concrete sleeper factory
Network Rail

But the 'People of Wednesbury Say No to Network Rail' group says it will lead to noise, air pollution and traffic congestion.

Carol White, of the group, says 21 schools within a one-mile radius of the proposed site could be affected by silica used in the manufacture of cement.

But Network Rail has said the factory would not produce cement which will instead be brought into the plant in sealed lorries and unloaded in an airtight area within the building so it can’t escape into the atmosphere.

It has also estimated the number of HGV vehicles coming onto the site would average 30 a day, or some 7,500 a year.

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, between J5 for A38 Droitwich and J4A for M42.

M5 Worcestershire - Two lanes closed and queues on M5 northbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and J4a M42, because of a break down.

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Severe disruption: M40 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, between J16 for A3400 Stratford Road and J15 for A46 Warwick By Pass Warwick.

M40 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M40 southbound between J16, A3400 (Henley In Arden) and J15, A46 (Warwick), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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Three-vehicle crash affecting M6 southbound

BBC News Travel

A crash involving a lorry and two cars has closed two lanes of the M6 southbound.

Traffic is affected between Stafford Services and J14 for Stafford North.

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Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire southbound

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M6 Staffordshire southbound severe accident, between Stafford Services and J14 for A34.

M6 Staffordshire - Two lanes closed on M6 southbound between Stafford Services and J14, A34 (Stafford North), because of an accident involving a lorry and two cars.

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Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

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M5 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, between J4A for M42 and J5 for A38 Droitwich.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J4a M42 and J5, A38 (Droitwich), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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Brooklyn Beckham directs Birmingham band's video

Brooklyn Beckham has made his debut as a music video director with an indie band from Birmingham.

The 20-year-old son of David and Victoria is behind the visuals for Jaws' latest single End Of The World.

Brooklyn Beckham
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Beckham, who is on an internship with photographer Rankin, approached the rock band after seeing them perform live.

He and his friend Louis Valentine Berry made the film in Coseley, West Midlands, over two days.

Partly filmed at the Roaring Tiger Karate Club, Coseley, the video is a tribute to drummer Eddy Geach's late father, who practised the martial art.

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, between J14 for A34 and Stafford Services.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and it's slow on M6 northbound between J14, A34 (Stafford North) and Stafford Services, because of a break down. In the roadworks area.

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Woman arrested after jewellery stolen

Jewellery with an estimated value of over £15,000 has been taken from an address in Essington, Wolverhampton.

Stolen Jewellery
Staffordshire Police

It's believed the items were taken from an address on Hough Way on 16 June.

A 31-year-old woman, arrested on suspicion of theft, has been released under investigation.

Severe accident: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe accident, from J10 for A454 Wolverhampton Road Wolverhampton to J9 for A461 Wood Green Road.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and it's slow on M6 southbound from J10, A454 (Wolverhampton) to J9, A461 (Wednesbury), because of an accident.

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