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Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe disruption, from J18 for A5 to J17 for M45 Dunchurch.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound from J18, A5 (Rugby) to J17, M45 (Dunchurch), because of a break down.

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

Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire northbound severe accident, from J12 for A5 to J13 for A449.

M6 Staffordshire - M6 partially blocked and one lane closed northbound from J12, A5 (Gailey) to J13, A449 (Stafford South), because of an accident.

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

Birmingham LGBT school row: Labour MP makes emotional plea
A clearly emotional Angela Eagle urges fellow MPs to take action over protests outside a Birmingham school at LGBT teaching.

Aldi increases market share

BBC Business News

Aldi has extended its market share among Britain's supermarkets after attracting 883,000 more shoppers into its stores over the last quarter, according to data from analysts Nielsen.

The budget chain, which has its UK headquarters in Atherstone, Warwickshire, now has a market share of 7.9% - a rise of 0.5 percentage points on last year.

Aldi
PA

Its rival Lidl saw its sales go up by 7.5% and its market share reach 5.7% in the same period.

Online grocer Ocado was the UK's fastest growing supermarket, with sales growth of 11.3%, despite only 3% of British shoppers currently using it.

Your photos: Rain brings visitors out of their shell

BBC Weather Watchers

The wet weather seems to be bringing out the snails and the BBC Weather Watchers have been sharing their photos of them, creeping about in the puddles.

These pictures were taken in Knowle and Telford.

Slug in Knowle
Silverlady
Snail in Dawley
Liam Ball

Breaking'Police restraint contributed to death'

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Police officers' restraint of a man contributed to his death, an inquest has found.

Darren Cumberbatch died in hospital nine days after police tasered, punched and hit him with a baton at a bail hostel in Nuneaton in July 2017.

Police were called to the site following reports Mr Cumberbatch was behaving irrationally there.

He was restrained after being punched by officers between 10 and 15 times, the proceedings were told.

Darren Cumberbatch
Family photo

The jury at Warwickshire Justice Centre found some of the restraints used by the officers were excessive and may have been avoidable.

Jurors also found police attempts to de-escalate the situation were inadequate and offices failed to have a plan for dealing with Mr Cumberbatch before approaching him.

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, at J20 for A4304 Lutterworth Road.

M1 Leicestershire - M1 lane closed on exit slip road and it's slow southbound at J20, A4304 (Lutterworth), because of a break down.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, from J16 for A4500 to J17 for M45 Dunchurch.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound from J16, A4500 (Daventry) to J17, M45 (Dunchurch), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Nine arrests after break-in reports

Nine people were arrested in south Staffordshire last night following reports of attempted break-ins and theft.

Staffordshire Police said two 16-year-olds, a 15-year-old and an 18-year old, all from Dudley, were arrested after reports of people in gardens in Womborne at 01:00.

Police car
Staffordshire Police

Later, at 02:45, officers arrested four more teenagers and a 20-year-old man on suspicion of stealing a motor vehicle, after stopping a car in Featherstone.

All nine are in custody while inquiries are carried out.

Men jailed for care company scam

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Two fraudsters convicted of stealing about £250,000 from a Derbyshire care company have been jailed.

David Draycott,52, and David Ward, 53, both of Bosworth Way, Anstey, Leicester, were involved in a two-year scam that ended in 2012.

It also involved a third man, Robert Farrell, who was the managing director of Your Health Limited, police said.

Your Health Limited
Google

Officers said Farrell employed Draycott and Ward to carry out work and allowed them to charge "exorbitantly inflated rates" and for work that was never needed. The three then split the profits.

They all denied the charges but on the day a jury was due to consider its verdict after a trial at Derby Crown Court, Robert Farrell killed himself.

The other two men were later found guilty and yesterday Draycott was jailed for four years and Ward for 18 months.

The crimes of these individuals were based on pure greed and dishonesty and we welcome the sentences today, Farrell in particular was in a huge position of trust, which he just exploited at every opportunity."

David ShawYour Health Limited, Director

Severe disruption: M5 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M5 West Midlands - One lane closed and queues on M5 southbound at J2, A4123 (Oldbury), because of a break down. In the roadworks area.

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

Severe disruption: M42 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M42 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, at J5 for A41 Solihull By-Pass Solihull.

M42 West Midlands - M42 lane closed on exit slip road and it's slow northbound at J5, A41 (Solihull), because of a broken down van.

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

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 on M6 northbound between J13, A449 (Stafford South) and J14, A34 (Stafford North), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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, between J1 for A41 Birmingham Road West Bromwich and J2 for A4123 Wolverhampton Road Oldbury.

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

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

Severe disruption: M42 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M42 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, at J5 for A41 Solihull By-Pass Solihull.

M42 West Midlands - M42 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J5, A41 (Solihull), because of a broken down van. Traffic is coping well.

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, between J5 for A452 and J6 for A38.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich) and J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway Spaghetti Junction, because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Drugged driver who fled police at 120mph is jailed

A driver who was chased across North Cumbria at speeds of up to 120mph has been jailed for 10 months for dangerous driving.

Rory Williams, 20, now living at Northleach Close in Redditch but originally from Carlisle, fled police who had smelled cannabis near his vehicle..

He travelled through Carlisle at up to 60mph, hit 100mph as he neared the M6, and then 120mph weaving through traffic on the motorway.

Williams, who was found hiding behind a wall near Plumpton, was not insured, had only a provisional licence, and had used cannabis.

He admitted dangerous driving and Recorder Tom Gilbart added a two-year driving ban with an extended test.

This was a shocking and quite appalling piece of driving."

Recorder Tom Gilbart

Woman arrested after man dies in crash

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after a fatal crash in Worcestershire earlier.

Police said a man in his 50s was out of his car and tending to the vehicle when he was struck on the A46 Cheltenham Road, near Beckford, at about 06:45. He was declared dead at the scene.

Road closures are still in place at the island for the A46/B4077 by Long Carrant camping site.

The woman, 23, from Coventry, remains in police custody.

E-fit image released in hunt for sex attacker

Officers investigating a sexual assault on a woman in Stourbridge have issued an e-fit image of a man they wish to trace.

E-fit
West Midlands Police

The woman was attacked in the early hours of 9 June in Norton Road, close to Mary Stevens Park, as she was walking home from work.

A bald-headed man, believed to be in his 30s, made off in a black car with tinted windows and alloy wheels, said West Midlands Police.

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, between J6 for A4538 Pershore Lane and J5 for A38 Droitwich.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J6, A4538 (Worcester) and J5, A38 (Droitwich), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: A456 West Midlands westbound

BBC News Travel

A456 West Midlands westbound severe disruption, before A459 Grange Road.

A456 West Midlands - One lane closed and it's slow on A456 Manor Way westbound in Halesowen before the A459 Grange Road junction, because of a break down.

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

Severe accident: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe accident, 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 an accident.

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

The bin that asks whether you like Batman

Smokers in Worcestershire are being invited to take part in a poll when they bin their butts.

It's hoped the questions will encourage smokers to avoid dropping cigarette ends on the street, cutting the littering by half.

Wyre Forest District Council has installed six yellow bins around Stourport, Bewdley and Kidderminster, asking people to cast their vote by leaving butts in one of two slots, depending on their answer.

But what do you do if you don't like superheroes?

Butt bin
BBC
What do smokers do when they vote for none of the above?

The receptacles cost £1,500, although the questions can be easily changed.

Nine treated for chlorine exposure at school

BBC Radio Derby

A school sports centre has been evacuated after chlorine leaked into the swimming pool plant room.

Repton School
Google

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service and East Midlands Ambulance Service were called to the chemical leak at Repton School earlier.

Nine people were treated by ambulance staff for potential signs of exposure to chlorine. The school has said no pupils or members of the public have been exposed to any danger.

Coventry Blaze complete revamp of defence

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Coventry Blaze say the revamp of their defence is complete with the addition of 23-year-old American Chris Pohlkamp.

The right-hander joins from the College side Bowling Green State University and head coach Danny Stewart says he is "gritty, blocks shots and comes to work every night".

Dave Reginek
Dave Reginek

The club has also confirmed three players from last season, Kevin Noble, Chris Joyaux and Ivan Puzic, won't be returning.

Defenceman Nicolai Bryhnisveen has already left, joining Stavanger Oilers in Norway.

Leaving Coventry players
Scott Wiggins

Severe accident: M42 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Warwickshire southbound severe accident, between J10 for A5 Watling Street and J9 for A4097 Kingsbury Road Curdworth.

M42 Warwickshire - One lane closed and queues on M42 southbound between J10, A5 (Tamworth) in Staffordshire and J9, A4097 (Curdworth) in Warwickshire, because of an accident.

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

Factory closure: Union's warning over job prospects

The union Unite says it will "leave no stone unturned" to find new jobs for workers affected by the closure of the Kerry Foods factory in Burton-upon-Trent, but warns "there are not that many well paid jobs in Burton and the vicinity".

Kerry Foods announced the closure on Monday, with 900 jobs set to go.

Kerry factory
BBC

Unite, which describes the closure as "the end of an era", says there will be a meeting with management on Friday to discuss redundancy package for its members.

Two injured in M40 crash

Two men have been taken to hospital following a crash on the M40 in Warwickshire.

Their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening, the ambulance service says.

M40 crash
Warwickshire Police

A van which overturned is still blocking one lane of the northbound carriageway between J15 and J16.

Severe accident: M6 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire northbound severe accident, between Corley Services and J3A for M6 Toll.

M6 Warwickshire - It's slow on M6 northbound between Corley Services and J3a M6 Toll, because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Your photos: A grey and wet start to the day

BBC Weather Watchers

It's a grey and wet day across the West Midlands that the BBC Weather Watchers have been recording.

This one was taken in Kings Norton...

Kings Norton
KarenJ

And oh the glamour, this was the scene in Hednesford earlier. It's definitely "bin" a wet one...

Hednesford
Angus and Me

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, between J16 for A4500 and J17 for M45 Dunchurch.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane blocked on M1 northbound between J16, A4500 (Daventry) and J17, M45 (Dunchurch), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: A42 Leicestershire both ways

BBC News Travel

A42 Leicestershire both ways severe disruption, from M1 J23A Derby to J13 A511 Ashby-De-La-Zouch.

A42 Leicestershire - One lane closed and queues on A42 from Derby to J13, A511 (Ashby-De-La-Zouch), because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

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, from J5 for A38 Droitwich to J4A for M42.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed and it's slow on M5 northbound from J5, A38 (Droitwich) to J4a M42, because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

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

Construction vehicle attack on Co-op 'like a film'

Thieves used a construction vehicle to rip the front off a Co-op store so they could take the cash machine inside.

Digger
Debbie Williams

Debbie Williams, who works at the shop in Fenny Compton, Warwickshire, said she was woken at about 02:30 by a large bang, and then watched as a wall was demolished before thieves loaded the cash machine into the back of a truck.

She said they "were brazen as anything - it was like a film, you just couldn't believe it".

Shop
Debbie Williams

Ms Williams said: "To stand outside and see that in the heart of the village is just so tragic."