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Severe accident: M5 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 West Midlands northbound severe accident, at J3 for A456 Quinton Expressway Halesowen.

M5 West Midlands - One lane blocked and queues on M5 northbound at J3, A456 (Halesowen), because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M5 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, at J3 for A456 Quinton Expressway Halesowen.

M5 West Midlands - One lane closed and it's slow on M5 southbound at J3, A456 (Halesowen), because of a lorry that's broken down.

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

Scan reveals oldest known record of amphibian tracks in UK

The oldest known record of amphibian tracks in the UK has been discovered in a sandstone fossil.

A block of sandstone from the base of Hardraw Force Waterfall in Wensleydale
PA Media

New research has revealed an ancient trackway, found imprinted on a block of sandstone from the base of Hardraw Force Waterfall, in Wensleydale, North Yorkshire.

Dating back 340 million years, it is the oldest record of amphibian tracks in the UK.

The tracks belong to the earliest relatives of modern amphibians, called temnospondyls, specifically the edopoids, or "glutton-faced animals".

In order to see it in further detail, the trace fossil, currently on display at the Natural History Museum, was 3D scanned.

This was done as part of a research project by a previous undergraduate student from the University of Birmingham, Hannah Bird, who said: "We used scanning and photography to make a 3D digital model, allowing us to better visualise and identify the footprints and invertebrate traces."

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, from J5 for A38 Droitwich to J4A for M42.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound from J5, A38 (Droitwich) to J4a M42, because of a break down.

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

Weather: Some rain forecast tomorrow

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

There could be some rain about tomorrow.

Here's your forecast:

Weather forecast for the West Midlands

Severe disruption: M5 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, at J3 for A456 Quinton Expressway Halesowen.

M5 West Midlands - One lane closed and queues on M5 northbound at J3, A456 (Halesowen), because of a break down. In the roadworks area.

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

Man apologises for vandalising Christmas lights

A man who was filmed vandalising Christmas tree lights in Hagley at the start of the month has written a letter of apology and paid to repair the damage.

Footage of the attack on the tree, outside a business in the town, was shared on social media and West Mercia Police said officers had now been able to identify one of those involved.

Insp Mark Chappell, from West Mercia Police, said while it was "a relatively small incident", the force decided to try "a proactive but proportionate approach to identifying the man involved and, we hope, returning some Christmas cheer to the village”.

Severe disruption: M5 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, at J3 for A456 Quinton Expressway Halesowen.

M5 West Midlands - One lane closed and queues on M5 northbound at J3, A456 (Halesowen), because of a lorry that's broken down. Congestion to Frankley Services. In the roadworks area.

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

Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire southbound severe accident, from J4A for M42 to J5 for A38 Droitwich.

M5 Worcestershire - Lane closed and it's slow on M5 southbound from J4a M42 to J5, A38 (Droitwich), because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M5 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, from J3 for A456 Quinton Expressway Halesowen to J4 for A38 Halesowen Road Bromsgrove.

M5 West Midlands - Lane closed on M5 southbound from J3, A456 (Halesowen) to J4, A38 (Bromsgrove), because of Medical Incident. Traffic is coping well.

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Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, at J4 for A38 Halesowen Road Bromsgrove.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound at J4, A38 (Bromsgrove), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, from J4 for A38 Halesowen Road Bromsgrove to J4A for M42.

M5 Worcestershire - Two lanes closed on M5 southbound from J4, A38 (Bromsgrove) to J4a M42, because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Celebrity hats set for brain tumour charity auction

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Hats worn by people such as Sir Chris Hoy, Cillian Murphy and Coldplay are going to be auctioned today in Birmingham by a woman with an incurable brain tumour.

Celebrity hats set for charity auction

Katie Smith, 33, from Stourbridge in the West Midlands, was told she might not make it to 40 a few weeks after returning from her honeymoon in 2015.

She has since raised tens of thousands of pounds for Brain Tumour Research and has been asking celebrities to send her signed hats.

Katie and her husband Luke
Katie Smith

The auction will be held at Villa Park this evening and Mrs Smith said she'd be "chuffed to bits" if it helped her raise £45,000 by the end of this year.

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, from J4 for A38 Halesowen Road Bromsgrove to Frankley Services.

M5 Worcestershire - M5 partially blocked and it's slow northbound from J4, A38 (Bromsgrove) to Frankley Services, because of a broken down low loader.

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

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

After a wet start it will be a mainly dry morning with a few bright spells and highs of 12C (54F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire southbound severe accident, at J4 for A38 Halesowen Road Bromsgrove.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound at J4, A38 (Bromsgrove), because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire southbound severe accident, from J4A for M42 to J5 for A38 Droitwich.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound from J4a M42 to J5, A38 (Droitwich), because of an accident.

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

Showers ahead tonight

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

The weather's continuing to be unsettled tonight as it's set to be cloudy and windy with blustery showers:

Rebecca Wood

You can get a latest forecast for your area at any other time by going to the BBC Weather website.

'I would sell a kidney for the Baby Yoda toy'

BBC Business News

"I want a Baby Yoda toy so badly that I'd consider selling a kidney," jokes Star Wars fan and Instagram influencer Jessica Allsop, 26.

Ms Allsopp, from Rubery, fell in love with the character of "the Child" - affectionately known as "Baby Yoda" on social media - in the Disney+ TV show The Mandalorian as soon as she watched the first episode.

Jessica Allsop
Jessica Allsop

She then scoured the internet looking for merchandise from the Star Wars spin-off series, and says she is willing to pay up to £200 for an accurate replica of the Child.

She's not alone. Since The Mandalorian was released on 12 November in the US on Disney's new streaming service, the character has gone viral, and not just in America - the only place you can officially watch the show for now - but all over the world.

It has generated thousands of memes as fans discuss how cute the Child is and speculate about what will happen next in the series.

Read more on the frenzy for merchandise here on the BBC website.

Collapsed sewer closes road

BBC News Travel

Part of the one-way system in Lye, in the Black Country, is closed to traffic for emergency work to fix a collapsed sewer.

The A458 High Street is closed westbound after the Talbot Street junction.

Buses are being diverted away from the area.

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Warning issued over foggy roads

BBC News Travel

There's some thick fog around this morning, with motorists being advised to take care.

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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

After a chilly start it will be a cloudy day with the odd shower and highs of 9C (48F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Severe disruption: A458 West Midlands both ways

BBC News Travel

A458 West Midlands both ways severe disruption, between Talbot Street and Vicarage Road South.

A458 West Midlands - A458 High Street in Lye closed in both directions between the Talbot Street junction and the Vicarage Road South junction, because of emergency repairs. Diversion in operation - from Windmill Hill in Cradley, a signed route is in place via Two Gates Lane, Oldnall Road, Wollescote Road, A4036 Grange Lane / Pedmore Road towards Lye Cross.

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

Staying dry into tonight

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

There could be some patches of fog around tonight but it'll be mainly dry:

Rebecca Wood

You can stay up-to-date with the weather in your area by going to the BBC Weather website at any other time.

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 - One lane closed and queues on M5 northbound at J2, A4123 (Oldbury), because of a break down.

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

Man charged with attempted murder

A man has been charged with attempted murder after an attack on Villiers Road in Bromsgrove on Sunday.

West Mercia Police said the 21-year-old appeared before Kidderminster magistrates yesterday.

'Overwhelming response' to new budget food club

BBC WM

A volunteer food club where people pay £4 a week to fill their cupboards has had an "overwhelming response" since it launched, organisers say.

The pantry
Manna House Pantry

Bethel Church set up the Manna House Pantry on Vicarage Road, Halesowen.

The "social supermarket" gets food donated by local churches and supermarkets and members can then buy it at a fraction of the price in shops.

The pantry launched on 2 December and organisers said they'd reached membership capacity just a day later, forcing them to stop accepting new applications for the time being.

Food at the pantry
Manna House Pantry

A wrap up warm day

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Cold, dry and cloudy to start today and but sunny spells later.

Rich Davis

You can get a latest update for the forecast for your area at any other time by heading to the BBC Weather website.

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, from J4 for A38 Halesowen Road Bromsgrove to J3 for A456 Quinton Expressway Halesowen.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound from J4, A38 (Bromsgrove) to J3, A456 (Halesowen), because of a break down.

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

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, between J4 for A38 Halesowen Road Bromsgrove and J3 for A456 Quinton Expressway Halesowen.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J4, A38 (Bromsgrove) and J3, A456 (Halesowen), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Signalling problems causing rail disruption

BBC News Travel

A fault with the signalling system in the Kings Norton area is causing rail disruption between Birmingham New Street and Bromsgrove / Cheltenham Spa.

Tickets are being accepted on local bus services with disruption expected until 16:00.

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Thousands of children in temporary accommodation

Fourteen children become homeless every day across the region, the charity Shelter says.

Child
BBC

It said 7,370 children in the West Midlands are homeless and living in temporary accommodation.

The report looked at the impact of temporary accommodation like hostels and emergency bed and breakfasts (B&Bs) on families.

The charity's findings also suggest that homelessness is at its highest rate since 2006.

Shelter's findings only represent some of the children in Great Britain who are homeless. In England, there are thought to be a further 4470 homeless families who have found their own temporary accommodation.

Lagging for customers in pipe 'hotspot' areas

Severn Trent Water is to bring in extra resources to help repair leaks and burst pipes this winter.

Severn Trent sign
BBC

The company is providing free pipe lagging in areas of the region that it says are "hotspots" for leaky pipes.

It's also advising people to wrap pipework, fittings and storage tanks that are kept in unheated areas of the home .

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

After a misty start in some areas it will be a dry day with bright spells and highs of 7C (45F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

It will be a dry, cold night with some mist and fog with lows of 0C (32F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Your photos: Frosty views

BBC Weather Watchers

A very crisp, frosty morning today and our BBC Weather Watchers have been snapping views of the West Midlands for us.

Here's three from Matthew in Stone, Staffordshire, PeakyBeaky in Pershore and Trish in Belbroughton, Worcestershire:

Stone
Matthew
Pershore
PeakyBeaky
Belbroughton
Trish

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

After a cold start it will be a dry and bright day with highs of 7C (45F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, from J5 for A38 Droitwich to J4A for M42.

M5 Worcestershire - Lane closed and it's slow on M5 northbound from J5, A38 (Droitwich) to J4a M42, because of a break down.

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