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  1. Live updates from Wednesday 20 June
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Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, at J8 for M5.

M6 West Midlands - M6 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic southbound at J8 M5, because of a broken down car.

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

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

There will be some sunny spells today with patchy cloudy and feeling breezy with top temperatures of 18C (64F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, between J4A for M42 and J5 for A38 Droitwich.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M5 southbound between J4a M42 and J5, A38 (Droitwich), because of a broken down car.

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

Severe accident: M42 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Worcestershire northbound severe accident, between J1 for A38 and J2 for A441 Alvechurch.

M42 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M42 northbound between J1, A38 (Bromsgrove) and J2, A441 (Alvechurch), because of an accident.

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

Child playing with dinosaurs

John Newton

BBC News

Dippy the diplodocus is proving a huge draw on its UK-wide tour. Why are some people so fascinated with dinosaurs?

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Severe disruption: M5 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J2 for A4123 Oldbury and J1 for A41.

M5 West Midlands - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J2, A4123 (Oldbury) and J1, A41 (West Bromwich), because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

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 J12 for A5 and J13 for A449.

M6 Staffordshire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M6 northbound between J12, A5 (Gailey) and J13, A449 (Stafford South), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Ladies Clutch Bag with Spy Camera Fittings

The collection is one of the "biggest" photographic collections consultant Tim Goldsmith has seen.

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Keith Barker's bowling figures of 5-32 were his best in four years

Kent's Joe Denly and Warwickshire's Jonathan Trott both make fifties as 20 wickets fall in the day at Tunbridge Wells.

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Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, between J14 for A34 and J13 for A449.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound between J14, A34 (Stafford North) and J13, A449 (Stafford South), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Daryl Mitchell now has hit 32 first-class centuries

Lancashire falter to 86-5 in response to a Worcestershire innings dominated by Daryl Mitchell's 118 at New Road.

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Our live coverage across the day

Andy Giddings

BBC News

We'll be back with the news, sport, travel and weather from 07:00 tomorrow, but keep an eye out here for more updates this evening and into the morning.

Crowdfunding appeal to improve football club's security

Stuart George

Presenter, BBC Radio Stoke

A football club is appealing for help to raise £10,000 to improve the ground's security, after suffering thefts and rubbish dumped on its pitch.

The broken in container for the mowers
BBC

Nantwich Town FC had thousands of pounds worth of grass-cutting equipment stolen earlier this month, the second such break-in in two years.

They say they're also "plagued" by trespassers on their 3G pitch and have numerous cases of finding broken bottles, empty Prosecco bottles "and worse" on the site.

The club's started a crowdfunding webpage to raise money and says, without improved CCTV and more security measures, the future of the stadium could be at risk.

Nantwich Town ground
BBC

Gosport joins Stafford on list of NHS scandals

BBC News Health

A report published today found more than 450 patients died after being given powerful painkillers inappropriately at Gosport War Memorial Hospital.

The BBC's Nick Triggle says the scandal joins other NHS ones including the needless suffering of patients at Stafford Hospital in being etched on the public consciousness.

Sign for Stafford Hospital
PA

He says, while all the scandals are different - Stafford was an institutional failing on a mass scale - they all have similarities and he's been examining those.

You can read his full analysis here on the BBC website.

Boat set to be removed from site of canal collapse

Allen Cook

BBC News

A stranded boat is going to be removed later this week from a section of the Shropshire Union Canal which collapsed in March.

The breach
Tony Dunmore

The incident caused water to drain into the River Wheelock and the canal and towpath were closed for repair work.

Now, the Canal and River Trust says the boat at the breach is going to be lifted out on Friday so repair work can then begin on the breach.

Fire at industrial unit investigated

Firefighters are investigating a fire which broke out in the fifth floor of an industrial unit in Staffordshire this afternoon.

The building at Waterhouses is used to store machinery and around 35 firefighters were needed to bring it under control.

Fire scene
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service

Loco reshuffle at historic railway

The Severn Valley Railway has opened the doors to its Highley Engine House today, to allow a big reshuffle of the locomotives it has on display.

Among the engines taking pride of place at the museum now is the very last locomotive to run on a British railway.

Nine steam locomotives have been rearranged at the Highley engine shed.

'Floating islands' used for bird protection by fish

Two "floating islands" have been placed in waterways in Staffordshire to protect fish from birds.

The floating islands being placed in the pools
Environment Agency

The Environment Agency says anglers were concerned cormorants and goosanders were eating the fish at Wedgwood pools, Barlaston.

So it's introduced the two islands which it says come with cages underneath which fish can swim into but not the birds.

Blaze sign cup-winning Canadian defenceman

BBC Sport

Coventry Blaze have signed the Canadian defenceman Trey Lewis for their 2018-19 Elite League season.

The 25-year-old joins the club following an extremely successful junior and university career.

Trey Lewis
Getty Images

Lewis has previously played for the Halifax Mooseheads, captaining the club to their first ever Memorial Cup victory.

Grant to fund George Elliot celebration

A grant of almost £120,000 has been awarded to organisations in Nuneaton and Coventry to help celebrate the work of George Elliot.

It has been won by a partnership made up of the Nuneaton Library, the Nuneaton Museum and the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, who made a bid to the Museums Association.

George Elliot
Herbert Art Gallery and Museum

The money will pay for an 18-month project and will enable a specialist to be appointed to research the collections and arrange a series of activities.

Together the library and two museums hold the largest collection of publicly-held items originally belonging to George Elliot and her family.

The partnership believes that Eliot’s life has relevance today and that by delving into the collections, people will find that although there have been many technological advances people still share similar concerns with those who lived long ago."

Warwickshire County Council
Mark Jackson

The family of Mark Jackson, who died on 13 June, say he will be "greatly missed" by the community.

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Blanket fort world record bid for homeless charity

An attempt is being made at the University of Warwick to break the world record for the largest blanket fort - a structure draped in blankets

It's taking place at the university's Oculus Field and the people taking part have got to build one that's larger than 306 square metres.

Blanket fort
Warwick Student Union

The record is currently held by a school in London, set in 2015.

Today's record attempt is in aid of the LWS night shelter for the homeless in Leamington.

Blanket fort
Warwick Student Union

Consultation on college site closures

North Shropshire College has begun to consult about the proposed closure of its satellite centres at Shipley, Tenbury Wells and Wem.

The college says it's to focus investment at its two main campuses, at Oswestry and Walford (pictured below) and improve its financial position by closing uneconomic centres.

Walford College
BBC

The college says it's also working with students at the satellite centres to make sure they can continue their studies.

Students at Shipley have begun a petition against the move, saying they are worried about the future of the animals at the site.

Wasps get tough cup draw

Wasps have been paired with three other former European champions, Toulouse, Bath and defending champions Leinster, in the pool stages of next season's Heineken Cup.

"It’s a very difficult draw," said head coach Dai Young. "But that’s what you expect when you’re playing against the best 19 other teams in Europe.

“Toulouse, Dublin and Bath are also all really nice places for our supporters to go, so I’m sure they’ll enjoy the draw. They are big clubs with great history and tradition and big followings, so they will be great occasions, for sure.”

The Ricoh Arena has been Wasps' home since December 2014
Getty Images

Toulouse, the very first European champions in 1996, have now won it four times, as have Leinster. Bath won in 1999, while Coventry-based Wasps won it in 2004 and 2007 when they were still a London side playing their home games in High Wycombe.

Their best effort in the competition since moving to Coventry was reaching the quarter-finals in 2016.

Tonight and tomorrow's weather forecast

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

For much of the West Midlands, it's been a cloudy day with even some rain around.

Here's how tonight and tomorrow are looking:

Shefali Oza

You can also visit the BBC Weather website at any other time to get a latest forecast.

Vehicle fire spreads to grass embankment

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

The grass fire being tackled
Cheshire Fire Service

Firefighters in Cheshire had to tackle a vehicle fire this afternoon which then spread to the road's grass embankment.

The fire service says it happened on the eastbound side of the A500 at Shavington near Crewe.

The grass fire being tackled
Cheshire Fire Service

Tribute to motorcyclist after fatal crash

The family of a 54-year-old motorcyclist, who died following a crash in Coventry on 13 June, say he was "a wonderful man who always rushed to help anyone who needed him".

In a statement, they said Mark Jackson would be "greatly missed by our entire community" and that they were "devastated" by the loss.

Mark Jackson
West Midlands Police

West Midlands Police arrested a 28-year-old man on suspicion on causing death by dangerous driving after the collision and he has since been released on police bail.

Warriors draw two French teams in cup group stages

The draw has taken place for rugby union's European Challenge Cup and Worcester Warriors will face two trips to France.

They have been drawn in a group with Pau, Ospreys and Stade Francais.

Challenge cup
Getty Images

Police force told to improve performance

Local Democracy Reporting Service

West Mercia Police has been told to improve its work on serious and organised crime, as well as its overall performance.

The criticisms come in a report, by Her Majesties Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services.

It also said the force should set up better intelligence-sharing with other forces and agencies.

West Mercia Police car
BBC

The force’s Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion told councillors on the West Mercia Police and Crime Panel that the report into the force’s effectiveness was "disappointing".

Birmingham City Council House

The private hire driver had his licence revoked over the incident which has been referred to police.

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Club looking for volunteers for clean up

AFC Telford United is looking for volunteers to help with painting and ground maintenance at the Bucks Head stadium.

The club says all tools will be provided and the first session is Monday 25 June, between 10:00 and 15:00.

Bucks head
BBC

Volunteers are also wanted for the evening of 25 and 27 June and for 2 and 4 July.

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, between J15 for A500 and J14 for A34.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound between J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and J14, A34 (Stafford North), because of debris on the road. In the roadworks area.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, between J3A for M6 Toll and Corley Services.

M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound between J3a, M6 Toll (M6 Toll road) and Corley Services, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

In the papers: Judges reject Barry Bennell appeal

Crewe Chronicle

Man sought after Dudley stabbing

Police investigating a stabbing in Dudley have named a suspect they're keen to track down and question in connection with the attack.

A 33-year-old man is still recovering after suffering serious stab wounds in an attack on 8 May in Hall Street, Sedgley.

Luke Shelley
West Midlands Police

Officers say they are keen to question 23-year-old Luke Shelley.

Anyone with information is asked to contact West Midlands Police.