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    Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J6 for A38 and J7 for A34 Birmingham Road.

    M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and it's heavy on M6 northbound between J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway Spaghetti Junction and J7, A34 (Great Barr), because of a break down.

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

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    Severe accident: M6 West Midlands southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 West Midlands southbound severe accident, between J9 for A461 Wood Green Road and J8 for M5.

    M6 West Midlands - Three lanes closed and queues on M6 southbound between J9, A461 (Wednesbury) and J8 M5, because of an accident.

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

  3. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Rich Davis

    BBC Weather presenter

    It will be a cloudy night with the chance of a few showers and lows of 12C (54F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  4. Club to keep licence after man's death

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Carl Jackson

    A Birmingham night club is to keep its operating licence following a man’s death last month, as councillors were told it is not one of Birmingham’s "drug clubs".

    Bambu

    At a full review of Bambu, on Wrottesley Street earlier councillors heard there had been a "significant turnaround" in the running of the club.

    It was also explained to councillors sitting on the licensing sub-committee that "drug consumption is changing" making it harder to detect.

    Whilst at the scene of the death on 10 June, police discovered extensive evidence of drug-taking, including bags of white powder, empty "dealer bags", and an empty box which had contained nitrous oxide canisters.

    The council initially suspended Bambu’s licence only to lift the sanction at a subsequent hearing when a raft of new temporary measures were proposed including stepping up security, staff training, drug checks and installing a defibrillator.

    Today’s decision means they can continue to trade with the interim measures now made permanent.

  5. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, at J7 for A34 Birmingham Road.

    M6 West Midlands - M6 lane closed on entry slip road northbound at J7, A34 (Great Barr), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

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    Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, at J10 for A454 Wolverhampton Road Wolverhampton.

    M6 West Midlands - M6 lane closed on exit slip road southbound at J10, A454 (Wolverhampton), because of a break down.

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

  7. Sikh Youth UK: Two released on police bail

    Two people arrested over the alleged misuse of donated charitable funds at a national anti-grooming organisation have been released on police bail.

    Money

    Sikh Youth UK is being investigated over its "receipt and use of charitable funds" which has raised "a number of regulatory concerns", the Charity Commission said.

    A 38-year-old man and a 49-year-old woman were arrested in Birmingham in connection with alleged fraud offences, West Midlands Police said.

    West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit made the arrests after examining items taken during property searches in September.

  8. Food bank initiative to combat 'school holiday' hunger

    A new summer food bank appeal has been launched today to try and tackle hunger over the school summer holidays.

    Food

    According to new figures, more than 280,000 children across the West Midlands are currently living in child poverty.

    Birmingham has one of the highest rates in the country, with 41% of children living in poverty, recent research by Loughborough University found.

    Food banks often see a rise in demand during summer holidays from families who see the safety net of free school meals removed.

    Central England Co-op will host special collection points in all of its local stores and is encouraging customers to donate items.

  9. Town centre flats plan

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Gurdip Thandi

    Planners are set to give the green light to plans to create 12 apartments in three Walsall town centre buildings.

    Site set for development

    The council’s planning committee will meet and discuss the application at a meeting on Thursday.

    The development would see the conversion of an empty shop on Freer Street into seven flats, while a warehouse connected to the property will be demolished and replaced with a two-storey building featuring two apartments.

    The existing buildings fall within the Bridge Street Conservation Area and the developer says only a small amount of work will be carried out to the outside of the Freer Street property.

  10. Door halts fire

    A fire at a property in Smethwick on Sunday was confined to one room on the ground floor - thanks mainly to a closed door, said the fire service.

    Crews were called to the blaze on Cheshire Road shortly before 16:30.

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    About 90% of the room, where the fire started, was damaged, said West Midlands Fire Service, but little outside.

  11. Your photos: Roses and cycling

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Our BBC Weather Watchers have been sending us photos today of the sights of the West Midlands, from flowers to cycling.

    These three are from users Margrose in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, Laura and Glenn in Delph, Dudley and Liam Ball in Dawley, Shropshire:

    Bromsgrove
    Delph
    Dawley
  12. Video content

    Video caption: 'Netball made me the person I was before depression'

    Shaharun Nessa took up netball after suffering postnatal depression and now runs a group for women.

  13. Referendum held on neighbourhood development plan

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    David Irwin

    Thousands of villagers will have the chance to vote on plans that could help shape development in a large part of rural Solihull.

    Bear at Berkswell pub

    The borough council has confirmed that a referendum on the Berkswell Neighbourhood Development Plan is now scheduled for Thursday, 18 July.

    If a majority of eligible voters support the document – which offers a blueprint for future development in Berkswell parish – then it will be formally adopted.

    Over 18s who lives in Berkswell parish, which covers the village itself and part of neighbouring Balsall Common, are entitled to have their say – although residents must be registered to vote.