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  1. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M6 West Midlands southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 West Midlands southbound severe accident, after J8 for M5.

    M6 West Midlands - One lane blocked on M6 southbound after J8 M5, because of an accident.

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

  2. Huge fire sends smoke across city

    A huge garage fire in Birmingham has caused plumes of smoke that can be seen across much of the city.

    West Midlands Fire Service said it started at about 14:20 on Cherrywood Road in Bordesley Green, but no injuries have been reported.

    Up to 35 firefighters are currently at the scene from stations across Birmingham.

    The fire service said it received about 20 emergency calls from members of the public and the smoke can be seen from its own control room.

  3. BreakingStreet sealed off as man seriously injured

    A street in Wolverhampton has been cordoned off as emergency services treat a man for serious injuries.

    West Midlands Ambulance Service said it was called by police at 15:05 to Dudley Street.

    Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and Midlands Air Ambulance have been at the scene.

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    Severe disruption: M42 Warwickshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M42 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, from J3A for M40 to J4 for A3400 Stratford Road Shirley.

    M42 Warwickshire - Two lanes closed and it's very slow on M42 northbound from J3a M40 to J4, A3400 (Shirley), because of a break down.

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

  5. Video content

    Video caption: CCTV released in new appeal over Birmingham shooting murder

    Anthony Sargeant, 33, was shot at from a car in Rickman Drive, Lee Bank, Birmingham, in August 2018.

  6. T20 local derby this evening

    The Birmingham Bears and Worcestershire Rapids meet in the Vitality Blast at Edgbaston this evening.

    Moeen Ali

    It's a match the Bears need to win to keep alive any hopes of making the quarter-finals.

    Hamish Rutherford is named in a 14-man Worcestershire squad and Moeen Ali (pictured) will captain the side.

    New Zealander Martin Guptill will play his final T20 game in the group stages this evening, but another New Zealander has arrived - Hamish Rutherford should figure today, after he came in to replace Callum Ferguson, who's had to return home to Australia.

    Play is due to begin at 19:00 and there will be commentary on BBC WM DAB digital radio, on BBC Hereford & Worcester on 738AM and via online.

    Quote Message: The boys will be looking forward to it. I think we've performed really well over the last couple of years, certainly in white-ball cricket so we have got some confidence in T20." from Alan Richardson Worcestershire assistant coach
    Alan RichardsonWorcestershire assistant coach
  7. Bullring bull 'extended member of the Shelby family'

    Peaky Blinders is back, with season five starting at 21:00 on Sunday on BBC One. And the second episode will air the following night at 21:30 on the bank holiday.

    Meanwhile, Bullring & Grand Central says it has "dressed its famous bull from horn to hoof as an extended member of the Shelby family".

    A "giant pocket watch" added the "finishing touch to the quintessential Peaky Blinders look".

    It took Kate Unwin, who has designed and made costumes for large sculptures for six years, just three days to assemble - adding the finishing touches through the night.

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    Severe disruption: M42 West Midlands northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M42 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J4 for A3400 Stratford Road Shirley and J5 for A41 Solihull By-Pass Solihull.

    M42 West Midlands - One lane closed and queues on M42 northbound between J4, A3400 (Shirley) and J5, A41 (Solihull), because of a break down. Congestion to J3A (M40 interchange). Travel time is 20 minutes.

    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, 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 a break down.

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

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    Severe accident: M5 West Midlands southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 West Midlands southbound severe accident, between J3 for A456 Quinton Expressway Halesowen and J4 for A38 Halesowen Road Bromsgrove.

    M5 West Midlands - One lane closed and it's slow on M5 southbound between J3, A456 (Halesowen) and J4, A38 (Bromsgrove), because of an accident.

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

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    Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M6 West Midlands - Two lanes closed and queues on M6 northbound between J8 M5 and J9, A461 (Wednesbury), because of a break down. Congestion to traffic is slow on the M5 back to J1 (West Bromwich / Birmingham). Travel time is 20 minutes.

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

  12. Your say: 'True inspiration' praise for farming twins

    Facebook

    Praise has poured in on the BBC Midlands Facebook page for identical twins Laura and Anna Callwood after they shared their story of overcoming challenges to land their dream jobs in dairy farming.

    Diagnosed with autism at 10 years old, they were told by a teacher "there's more to life than farming" but went on to work at farms across the Midlands.

    Laura and Anna Callwood

    On the BBC Midlands Facebook page, Alistair McMinn posted: "I've known these girls for a few years now through young farmers. They just show how much you can achieve if you are determined. A true inspiration to the future of farming."

    Mel Butler added: "My son can absolutely relate to this. He often can’t and sometimes simply wont engage with people but will happily sit making noises to animals."

    Brenda Dolphin wrote: "You go girls. Andy and Sarah will be very proud of you. And stuff the teachers who put you down. You've shown them the exact opposite."

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    Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and queues on M6 northbound between J8 M5 and J9, A461 (Wednesbury), because of a break down. Congestion to J8 (M5 interchange) which in turn is having a knock on effect onto the M5 back to J1 (West Bromwich / Birmingham). Travel time is 20 minutes.

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

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    Severe accident: M6 West Midlands northbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M6 West Midlands - Two lanes closed and queues on M6 northbound between J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway Spaghetti Junction and J7, A34 (Great Barr), because of an accident.

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

  15. Your photos: Fields of gold

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Who wants to see a field? Our local BBC Weather Watchers appear to have hit on the theme today for many of their photos.

    These three are from users Suttonwalker in Sutton Coldfield, Step Counter in Bodenham, Herefordshire and Peter Steggles in Rushbury, Shropshire:

    Sutton Coldfield
    Bodenham
    Rushbury