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Live Reporting

Trystan Jones

All times stated are UK

  1. Two taken to hospital after crash

    A man suffered a cardiac arrest after a two-car crash in Walsall last night.

    The ambulance service said paramedics treated the man, in his 50s, for serious injuries after the incident on Wednesbury Road at 21:45.

    The driver of a second car, a woman in her 40s, was also taken to hospital.

  2. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A452 West Midlands both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A452 West Midlands both ways severe disruption, between B4152 Lindon Road and B5011 Ogley Road.

    A452 West Midlands - A452 Chester Road in Brownhills closed in both directions between the B4152 Lindon Road junction and the B5011 Ogley Road junction, because of a car fire.

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

  3. Two hurt after car smashed into house as family watched TV

    Tim Race

    Producer, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    A man says it's nothing short of a miracle that he and his family are still alive after a car ploughed into his house as they sat in the living room.

    The car smashed through the house's wall

    Robert Beattie, his wife Mel and teenage daughter Tash were watching TV on Friday night when the car came crashing through the front of the house in Battenhall Rise, Worcester, missing Robert by inches.

    He told BBC Hereford and Worcester that Mel and Tash suffered broken bones and are recovering in hospital.

    West Mercia Police arrested a 26-year-old man from Worcester on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and he's been released under investigation.

    Quote Message: I got my wife out into the kitchen area as best I could, she was very dazed and confused. I then had to go back outside, through the opening, to rescue my daughter from the other side of the car who was again shocked and confused and I carried her back round to the kitchen." from Robert Beattie Homeowner
    Robert BeattieHomeowner
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    Severe accident: M6 Warwickshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Warwickshire northbound severe accident, between J4 for M42 and J5 for A452.

    M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M6 northbound between J4, M42 (Coleshill) and J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich), because of an accident.

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

  5. In photos: Spring arrives at last

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Spring looks to have well and truly arrived from the photos uploaded by our BBC Weather Watcher volunteers.

    These are from users Raineyjane in Great Alne, Snow Crystals in Newcastle under Lyme and Frodo Baggins in Bromyard:

    Great Alne
    Newcastle under Lyme
  6. Pothole repair: Councils awarded funding

    An extra £100m is being shared among councils to fund repairs to roads damaged by recent storms, the transport secretary has announced.

    Chris Grayling said the money would help patch up nearly two million potholes and protect roads from future severe weather conditions.


    Staffordshire was among the areas awarded the most with £2.2m funding.

    Warwickshire will receive £1.4m and Herefordshire £1.2m.

    Transport for the West Midlands has also been awarded £1.7m funding for road conditions monitoring innovations.

  7. Crime commissioner takes over fire service

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    Staffordshire's police and crime commissioner (PCC) is to take on responsibility for the county's fire and rescue service too.

    Staffordshire fire engine

    PCC Matthew Ellis proposed the move last year claiming that by collaborating they could save £2m a year.

    The plans were opposed by Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Staffordshire County Council and members of the fire authority but the Home Office has approved the move.

    It says the changeover, with the abolition of the current fire authority, will happen "over the coming weeks and months".

    Last year, Essex became the first place in the UK to combine responsibility for the county's police and fire services under their PCC.

  8. Murder charge over Paddy Power stabbing

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    A man's been charged with murder after a fatal stabbing at a Paddy Power betting shop.

    Khalid Yousef

    Khalid Yousef, 28, from Handsworth was pronounced dead at the scene on Rookery Road, Handsworth on 4 January.

    Mustafa Hassan, 35, has this morning been charged with his murder and appeared at Birmingham Crown Court.

    He's been remanded into custody and will next appear there in May.

  9. BreakingMurder investigation launched after man's death

    A murder investigation has been launched after a man found seriously injured later died.

    Copland Place

    Officers were called to reports of a disturbance in Copland Place, Tile Hill, at 23:15 yesterday.

    A man in his 30s was found with injuries to his chest and died at the scene.

    The area remains cordoned off for forensic examinations.

  10. Car crash leaves five with 'serious injuries'

    A car crash on the A512 near Ashby-de-la-Zouch left five people with serious injuries, East Midlands Ambulance Service has said.

    The two-car collision happened at around 16.07 on the A512 yesterday. Four air ambulances and four ambulances were sent to the scene.

    Two patients were taken to Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre, while another two - including a woman in her 40s with "multiple injuries" - were taken to University Hospital Coventry.

    A further patient was taken to North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary by air ambulance.

    Air ambulance
  11. Telford 'can't move on' without child abuse inquiry

    BBC Shropshire

    The Labour MP for Rotherham says Telford can't move on unless an inquiry's held into child sex abuse in the town.


    Sarah Champion's been outspoken on grooming in her constituency and says politics should be put aside for the good of the borough.

    In Rotherham, the 2014 Jay report found at least 1,400 children had been abused in the town between 1997 and 2013.

    Both Telford's Conservative MP Lucy Allan and the Labour-run council agree the issue in their area needs investigating but they differ on who should do it.

    It comes after a Sunday Mirror report on "groups of mainly Asian men" targeting vulnerable white teenagers in the town since the 1980s.

    Quote Message: This is about justice, this is about serving people, this is about getting the truth out there and we actually all need to work together to make sure we get that. For me, I would say Rotherham could not have moved on without the inquiry." from Sarah Champion Labour MP for Rotherham
    Sarah ChampionLabour MP for Rotherham
  12. Video content

    Video caption: Max Stainton wants to be the first disabled person to reach Everest base camp on horseback
  13. What will Brexit mean for the North West?

    Kevin Fitzpatrick

    BBC North West political editor

    In little more than a year's time, the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union.

    European flag and the Houses of Parliament

    Across the North West, of the 3.67m people who cast their vote in the June 2016 referendum, 53.7% backed Brexit.

    People living in the big cities of Liverpool and Manchester were more sympathetic to the EU, though, with 58.2% and 60.4% support respectively for the UK remaining in the bloc.

    However, both Remainers and Leavers have one thing in common - they both want to see the North West thrive in the years ahead.

    Read more here.