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Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, at J10 for A454 Wolverhampton Road Wolverhampton.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed on M6 southbound at J10, A454 (Wolverhampton), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Market town £2m revamp gets green light

BBC Midlands Today

Plans to restore the historic centre of Wednesbury in the Black Country are set to go ahead.

Wednesbury
BBC

Sandwell Council has been given a £2m government grant to improve the Market Place area, restore buildings and boost economic growth.

The bid, which was made through Historic England, will part-finance a four-year programme of improvements.

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, at J10 for A454 Wolverhampton Road Wolverhampton.

M6 West Midlands - Three lanes closed and queues on M6 southbound at J10, A454 (Wolverhampton), because of a vehicle on fire.

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

Severe accident: A4124 West Midlands both ways

BBC News Travel

A4124 West Midlands both ways severe accident, between Deans Road and Woden Road.

A4124 West Midlands - A4124 Wolverhampton Road in Heath Town closed and queues in both directions between the Deans Road junction and the Woden Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: A461 West Midlands both ways

BBC News Travel

A461 West Midlands both ways severe accident, between Junction 9 Shopping Centre and Myvod Road.

A461 West Midlands - A461 Wood Green Road in Wednesbury closed and queues in both directions between the Junction 9 Shopping Centre and the Myvod Road junction, because of an accident involving car and lorry.

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

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Early fog and mist will disappear leaving a dry day with sunny periods and highs of 22C (72F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Police chief warns of criminal record delays after Brexit

Local Democracy Reporting Service

European criminal record checks could take 11 times as long after Brexit, West Midlands Ch Supt Richard Baker has warned.

He told a Strategic Policing and Crime Board the process of checking on the criminal history of a European national takes about six days at the moment, but that could take as long as 66 days in future.

Police control room
BBC

Ch Supt Baker said: "There will be an increase in potential risk that we are carrying because we are unaware of their previous criminal history.”

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, at J10 for A454 Wolverhampton Road Wolverhampton.

M6 West Midlands - M6 lane closed on entry slip road and it's slow northbound at J10, A454 (Wolverhampton), because of a break down.

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

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, from J8 for M5 to J9 for A461 Wood Green Road.

M6 West Midlands - Lane closed and it's heavy on M6 northbound from J8 M5 to J9, A461 (Wednesbury), because of a break down.

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

Severe disruption: M54 Staffordshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M54 Staffordshire westbound severe disruption, from J2 for A449 Stafford Road to J3 for A41 Newport Road.

M54 Staffordshire - One lane closed and queues on M54 westbound from J2, A449 (Wolverhampton) in West Midlands to J3, A41 (Albrighton) in Shropshire, because of a break down.

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

Severe accident: M54 Staffordshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M54 Staffordshire westbound severe accident, from J2 for A4510 to J3 for A41 Newport Road.

M54 Staffordshire - M54 partially blocked and queues westbound from J2, A4510 (Wolverhampton) in West Midlands to J3, A41 (Albrighton) in Shropshire, because of an accident.

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

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Early mist and fog patches will clear, leaving a dry day with highs of 17C (63F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, at J9 for A461 Wood Green Road.

M6 West Midlands - M6 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J9, A461 (Wednesbury), because of a break down.

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

Walsall pushes 'climate emergency' target back by 20 years

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Walsall's target of becoming a carbon-neutral town has been pushed back 20 years, to 2050.

The Labour group on Walsall Council had asked for a "climate emergency" target of getting there by 2030, but the ruling Conservative group managed to get that amended.

Walsall Council
BBC

The Conservative council leader, Mike Bird, said he wanted to ensure there was an achievable plan in place.

Earlier this year, the West Midlands Combined Authority called for the region to have net-zero emissions "no later than 2041".

The UK as a whole is targeting net-zero emissions by 2050.

Chilly night ahead

John Hammond

Weather forecaster

After a fine, dry day, we're in for a more cloudy night with clear spells:

John Hammond

You can keep up-to-date with the latest weather forecast for your area by going to the BBC Weather website at any other time.

Tourism plan aims to build on Peaky Blinders effect

BBC Midlands Today

An action plan's been launched to try and capitalise on the tourism benefits for the West Midlands from the TV show Peaky Blinder and the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

Still from Peaky Blinders
BBC

The West Midlands Growth Company says its strategy aims to generate 19,000 new jobs in the region and raise the value of tourism to £13.7bn.

Its plans include promoting the area to overseas markets and making the most of events such as Coventry being UK City of Culture in 2021 and Birmingham's Commonwealth Games in 2022.

Plenty of sunshine forecast today

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

After the cold start to Wednesday, a dry, fine day with plenty of sunshine:

Rich Davis

Keep up-to-date with the latest weather forecasts for your area by going to the BBC Weather website at any other time.

Wider roll-out of bleed control kits for stab victims

New specialist first aid kits which could help save the lives of stabbing victims have been announced for the West Midlands.

Anti-bleed kit
Police and Crime Commissioner

Funding for the anti-bleed kits has been announced by West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson.

Fifty units were rolled out in Birmingham in June, with 350 more to be made available in Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull and Coventry.

Bleed control kits scheme launched in Birmingham pubs and bars

The move follows a campaign by Lynne Baird after her son, Daniel Baird, 26, was stabbed to death in the city in 2017.

If the roll out of these kits can help just one person, they will have proved a resounding success."

David JamiesonWest Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner

Retired train to be used for cutting-edge research

Peter Plisner

BBC Midlands Today

A 40-year-old train has become the centrepiece of a cutting-edge railway research project, pioneered by the University of Birmingham.

Train
BBC

The recently-retired high-speed model is being used to find new ways of modernising the railway, including moves to do away with diesel-powered engines.

Alex Burrows from the university said the train would allow research to be carried out in a "real-life test environment".

He said the research would primarily be around the decarbonisation of the railway system such as hydrogen fuel cells and battery technology.

"Our research is world-leading," he added. "We are one of the largest specialist railway research and innovation centres, and what we're doing is going to shape the railways of the future."

Driver in fatal crash named

The family of a driver killed in a crash in Walsall on Monday say he will "always be in our hearts".

Liam Ryan
West Midlands Police

It's believed 19-year-old Liam Ryan lost control of his car before hitting a wall on Essington Road, Willenhall, at 04:15, police said.

He suffered serious injuries and died at the scene.

A family statement said: “We are all shocked at the sudden loss of a son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and loving boyfriend."

PC run over with police car released from hospital

Allen Cook

BBC News

A police officer who was seriously hurt when he was run over by a stolen police car has been released from hospital after more than a month of treatment.

PC Gareth Phillips with dog
West Midlands Police

PC Gareth Phillips suffered potentially life-changing injuries when he was punched to the ground and hit by the car in Moseley, Birmingham, last month.

On Tuesday, West Midlands Police tweeted to say he would be recovering at home, adding "he’s still got a long battle ahead of him, and our thoughts remain with him and his family".

Earlier this month, Mubashar Hussain, 29, of no fixed address, admitted causing grievous bodily harm and was remanded in custody ahead of sentencing set for 15 October.

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Sara Thornton

BBC Weather

It will be a chilly but dry night with clear skies and lows of 7C (45F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Birmingham and Midlands Velo event brought forward

The date of next year's 100-mile bike ride across the West Midlands has been brought forward.

Event organisers of the Velo Birmingham and Midlands said the 21 June date was to accommodate the professional road cycling racing calendar in 2020.

Velo
Velo Birmingham and Midlands

Thousands of cyclists took part in the route in May which started in Digbeth, Birmingham, taking in Solihull, Bedworth, Coventry and Sandwell.

The event also brought out big crowds, but also attracted criticism from numerous residents about widespread road closures with some saying they felt trapped in their homes.

Velo Birmingham and Midlands
Velo Birmingham and Midlands

A spokesperson said: "Whilst there is no guarantee we will be successful in our bid to host a pro race in 2020, we have taken the early decision to move the date in order to align with the UCI calendar and deliver on our vision."

Entries will open on 1 October to previous participants and on 3 October to everyone who has pre-registered.

Dancers perform suspended from Coventry University building
A team of dancers put on a show in Coventry suspended about 80ft in the air.

Knife bins installed at police stations

Knife bins are being installed at four Warwickshire Police stations as part of a nationwide crackdown on knife crime.

Knife crime poster
Warwickshire Police

There were 272 knife-related incidents in the county in the 12 months to March this year as knife crime rose 8% across England and Wales.

West Midlands Police has used a convicted murderer to front its latest anti-knife campaign.

Man dies in crash

A man has died in a crash in Wolverhampton in the early hours of today.

The man was confirmed dead at the scene on Essington Road, Willenhall shortly after 04:10, said the ambulance service.

The road is likely to remain closed through the morning.

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and it's slow on M6 southbound from J10a M54 to J10, A454 (Wolverhampton), because of a break down.

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

Serious crash closes road

A serious crash has also closed Essington Road, Willenhall in both directions.

The crash happened shortly after 04:15, police said.

The road between Lichfield Road and Milestone Way is likely to remain closed throughout the morning for investigations.

Severe disruption: A462 West Midlands both ways

BBC News Travel

A462 West Midlands both ways severe disruption, between Milestone Way and A4124 Lichfield Road.

A462 West Midlands - A462 Essington Road in Essington closed in both directions between the Milestone Way junction and New Invention Island, because of a police investigation.

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

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

After a dull morning with patchy rain it will be a cloudy day with highs of 17C (63F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Severe accident: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe accident, at J9 for A461 Wood Green Road.

M6 West Midlands - Temporary closure on M6 northbound at J9, A461 (Wednesbury), because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe accident, at J9 for A461 Wood Green Road.

M6 West Midlands - M6 exit slip road closed northbound at J9, A461 (Wednesbury), because of an accident.

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