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Severe accident: M5 West Midlands southbound

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M5 West Midlands southbound severe accident, from J2 for A4123 Wolverhampton Road Oldbury to J3 for A456 Quinton Expressway Halesowen.

M5 West Midlands - Temporary closure and queues on M5 southbound from J2, A4123 (Oldbury) to J3, A456 (Halesowen), because of an accident involving two lorries.

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

Severe disruption: A38(M) West Midlands both ways

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A38(M) West Midlands both ways severe disruption, between Spaghetti Junction and A38 Corporation Street.

A38(M) West Midlands - Centre tidal lane not in operation on A38(M) Aston Expressway in both directions between Spaghetti Junction and A38, Dartmouth Circus.

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

Call to name Birmingham field hospital after Crimean nurse

Caroline Gall

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Mary Seacole

A petition to name Birmingham’s temporary field hospital after Crimean War nurse Mary Seacole has passed 1,000 signatures.

The National Exhibition Centre (NEC) is to be be transformed to treat coronavirus patients, it was announced on Friday.

Similar plans have been confirmed for the ExCeL site in London, which has been named NHS Nightingale after Florence Nightingale.

Activist Patrick Vernon, who is behind the petition, said he had been fighting for years to get black Britons recognised for their contributions, adding that naming the hospital after Seacole would act as a “beacon of hope and diversity for the country”.

“Despite being rejected by Florence Nightingale to join her band of nurses, she travelled to the front line of the war in Crimea. She was so widely loved for her healing powers, the soldiers nicknamed her ‘Mother Seacole’.”

Patrick Vernon