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Severe disruption: M5 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, at J2 for A4123 Wolverhampton Road Oldbury.

M5 West Midlands - M5 lane blocked on entry slip road and it's slow northbound at J2, A4123 (Oldbury), because of a car that's broken down.

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

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

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M6 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, at J7 for A34 Birmingham Road.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and it's heavy on M6 southbound at J7, A34 (Great Barr), because of a break down.

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

Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire northbound

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

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and queues on M6 northbound from J14, A34 (Stafford North) to J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent), because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire southbound

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

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed and queues on M5 southbound from J5, A38 (Droitwich) to J6, A4538 (Worcester), because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire northbound

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M6 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, at J3 for A444 Bedworth Bypass Nuneaton.

M6 Warwickshire - M6 lane closed on exit slip road and it's heavy northbound at J3, A444 (Nuneaton), because of a break down.

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

Severe accident: M40 Warwickshire northbound

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

M40 Warwickshire - M40 partially blocked and it's slow northbound from J15, A46 (Warwick) to J16, A3400 (Henley In Arden), because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M40 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M40 Warwickshire - One lane closed and it's very slow on M40 northbound between J15, A46 (Warwick) and J16, A3400 (Henley In Arden), because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

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

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound from J13, A449 (Stafford South) to J14, A34 (Stafford North), because of a break down.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

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

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

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

Severe accident: M6 Warwickshire southbound

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M6 Warwickshire southbound severe accident, from J2 for M69 to J1 for A426 Rugby.

M6 Warwickshire - Two lanes closed and queues on M6 southbound from J2, M69 (Coventry) to J1, A426 (Rugby), because of an accident.

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

Wesley

Steve Sutcliffe

BBC Sport

Aston Villa collect their first Premier League points of the season as goals from Wesley and Anwar El Ghazi give them victory over Everton.

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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.

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

Severe accident: M40 Warwickshire northbound

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M40 Warwickshire northbound severe accident, from J12 for B4451 to J14 for A452.

M40 Warwickshire - One lane closed and queues on M40 northbound from J12, B4451 (Gaydon) to J14, A452 (Royal Leamington Spa), because of an accident.

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

Here's the weather for the start of the bank holiday

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

The sunshine is set to lead to a dry night with long, clear spells - here's the full forecast for the next 24 hours:

Rebecca Wood

You can stay up-to-date on the weather for your area by going to the BBC Weather website.

The Fratellis and Skunk Anansie headline Camper Calling

BBC Midlands Today

Thousands of camper vans and caravans are expected to descend on Warwickshire this weekend for the Camper Calling music and family festival.

Tony Christie (pictured) is performing alongside Skunk Anansie, The Fratellis, Ash and The Feeling.

Tony Christie
BBC

Based at Ragley Hall, near Alcester, it now attracts about 18,000 people.

Severe accident: M6 West Midlands northbound

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M6 West Midlands northbound severe accident, at J5 for A452.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and it's slow on M6 northbound at J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich), because of an accident.

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

Your photos: Blue sky dominates

BBC Weather Watchers

Lots of lovely blue sky around the West Midlands this afternoon so we thought we'd share some of the many photos coming in from our BBC Weather Watchers.

We have two from Warwickshire, users Graham H in Ansty and Graham's Vista in Shuttington along with Mrs_Strivzy in Kinnersley, Herefordshire:

Kinnersley
Mrs_Strivzy
Ansty
Graham H
Shuttington
Graham's Vista

Appeal after man injured in hit-and-run crash

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was seriously injured in an apparent hit-and-run crash.

The 49-year-old was getting into his car on Kenrick Way, in West Bromwich, at about 22:30 on Wednesday when he was hit by another car, officers say.

He remains in hospital.

The offending car would have significant damage to its front and we need to speak to anyone that has noticed anything unusual about a neighbour’s car or who has dash-cam footage leading up to, during or after the incident."

PC Amratpal Singh

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, between J13 for A449 and J14 for A34.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and it's slow on M6 northbound between J13, A449 (Stafford South) and J14, A34 (Stafford North), because of a break down.

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

Severe disruption: M69 Leicestershire southbound

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M69 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, from J1 for A5 Hinckley to M6 J2.

M69 Leicestershire - One lane closed on M69 southbound from J1, A5 (Hinckley) to M6 J2, Coventry, because of a vehicle on fire. Traffic is coping well.

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

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.

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

Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire northbound

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M5 Worcestershire northbound severe accident, at J8 for M50.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed and queues on M5 northbound at J8 M50, because of an accident.

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

Huge fire sends smoke across city

Here are some more photos from the huge garage fire that sent plumes of smoke that could be seen across much of Birmingham.

West Midlands Fire Service said it started at about 14:20 on Cherrywood Road in Bordesley Green, but no injuries have been reported.

Fire
Karl Ensor

Up to 35 firefighters are at the scene from stations across Birmingham.

The fire service said it received about 20 emergency calls from members of the public and added the smoke could be seen from its own control room.

Fire scene
Karl Ensor

Severe accident: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe accident, after J8 for M5.

M6 West Midlands - One lane blocked on M6 southbound after J8 M5, because of an accident.

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

Cyclist badly hurt in A34 crash

A cyclist is in a serious condition in hospital after a crash this morning.

The A34 near the Greyhound Inn
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The collision involved another vehicle on the A34 near the Greyhound Inn, Yarlet, between Stafford and Stone, police said.

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

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M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, between J11A for M6 Toll and J12 for A5.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and queues on M6 northbound between J11a M6 Toll and J12, A5 (Gailey), because of a break down.

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

Severe accident: M42 Warwickshire northbound

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M42 Warwickshire northbound severe accident, at J10 for A5 Watling Street.

M42 Warwickshire - M42 in Staffordshire lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J10, A5 (Tamworth), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

BreakingStreet sealed off as man seriously injured

A street in Wolverhampton has been cordoned off as emergency services treat a man for serious injuries.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said it was called by police at 15:05 to Dudley Street.

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and Midlands Air Ambulance have been at the scene.

Severe disruption: M42 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, from J3A for M40 to J4 for A3400 Stratford Road Shirley.

M42 Warwickshire - Two lanes closed and it's very slow on M42 northbound from J3a M40 to J4, A3400 (Shirley), because of a break down.

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

Long delays on M6 after crash

BBC News Travel

Drivers are being warned of long delays on the M6 northbound in Staffordshire this afternoon after a crash had forced the closure of three lanes.

Two of them have since reopened between J12 and J13, near Stafford, but Highways England said there still were delays of almost an hour with around four miles of queuing traffic.

Severe accident: M42 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Warwickshire northbound severe accident, from J9 for A4097 Kingsbury Road Curdworth to J10 for A5 Watling Street.

M42 Warwickshire - One lane closed and it's slow on M42 northbound from J9, A4097 (Curdworth) to J10, A5 (Tamworth), because of an accident.

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

T20 local derby this evening

The Birmingham Bears and Worcestershire Rapids meet in the Vitality Blast at Edgbaston this evening.

Moeen Ali
PA Media

It's a match the Bears need to win to keep alive any hopes of making the quarter-finals.

Hamish Rutherford is named in a 14-man Worcestershire squad and Moeen Ali (pictured) will captain the side.

New Zealander Martin Guptill will play his final T20 game in the group stages this evening, but another New Zealander has arrived - Hamish Rutherford should figure today, after he came in to replace Callum Ferguson, who's had to return home to Australia.

Play is due to begin at 19:00 and there will be commentary on BBC WM DAB digital radio, on BBC Hereford & Worcester on 738AM and via online.

The boys will be looking forward to it. I think we've performed really well over the last couple of years, certainly in white-ball cricket so we have got some confidence in T20."

Alan RichardsonWorcestershire assistant coach

Bullring bull 'extended member of the Shelby family'

Peaky Blinders is back, with season five starting at 21:00 on Sunday on BBC One. And the second episode will air the following night at 21:30 on the bank holiday.

Meanwhile, Bullring & Grand Central says it has "dressed its famous bull from horn to hoof as an extended member of the Shelby family".

A "giant pocket watch" added the "finishing touch to the quintessential Peaky Blinders look".

It took Kate Unwin, who has designed and made costumes for large sculptures for six years, just three days to assemble - adding the finishing touches through the night.

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Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, at J12 for A5.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed, long delays and queues on M6 northbound at J12, A5 (Gailey), because of a break down. Congestion to J10A (M54 interchange). Travel time is 40 minutes.

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

Severe disruption: M42 West Midlands northbound

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M42 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J4 for A3400 Stratford Road Shirley and J5 for A41 Solihull By-Pass Solihull.

M42 West Midlands - One lane closed and queues on M42 northbound between J4, A3400 (Shirley) and J5, A41 (Solihull), because of a break down. Congestion to J3A (M40 interchange). Travel time is 20 minutes.

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

Huge smoke plume from severe garage fire

Dozens of firefighters have been called to a huge fire at a garage this afternoon.

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Six fire engines were sent to Cherrywood Road, Bordesley Green, Birmingham, just before 14:30, West Midlands Fire Service said.

They add that no injuries have been reported.

Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, between J3 for A444 Bedworth Bypass Nuneaton and J3A for M6 Toll.

M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed and it's heavy on M6 northbound between J3, A444 (Nuneaton) and J3a M6 Toll, because of a break down.

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

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

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M6 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, between J7 for A34 Birmingham Road and J6 for A38.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and it's slow on M6 southbound between J7, A34 (Great Barr) and J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway Spaghetti Junction, because of a break down.

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