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  1. Video content

    Video caption: Catching 'county lines' drugs gangs

    Police make a record number of arrests in a week-long push to tackle so-called county lines drug gangs.

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    Severe disruption: M42 West Midlands northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M42 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J6 for A45 Coventry Road Birmingham Airport and M42 J7.

    M42 West Midlands - One lane closed and it's slow on M42 northbound between J6, A45 (Birmingham Airport) and M42 J7, Coleshill, because of a break down.

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

  3. Weather: A mild and overcast weekend forecast

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    We could have some rain, hail and rumbles of thunder this weekend, but it should be dry and overcast for most of us.

    Here's your forecast for the weekend.

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    Video caption: Weather forecast for the West Midlands
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    Severe accident: M54 Staffordshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M54 Staffordshire eastbound severe accident, at J1 for A460 Cannock Road Wolverhampton.

    M54 Staffordshire - Temporary closure and stationary on M54 eastbound at J1, A460 (Wolverhampton), because of an accident.

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

  5. 'Oh bollards' - plastic cover 'keeps ending up in bin'

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    People on a street in the West Midlands are being asked not to keep trying to recycle a road bollard.

    Bollard in bin

    Sandwell Council's tweeted to say the equipment "somehow kept making its way into someone's recycling bin".

    It hasn't revealed which street but have retrieved it from the bin as "unfortunately it can't be recycled".

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    Video caption: Hate crime victims become ambassadors to help others

    Victims of hate crime have become ambassadors of a new project aimed at calling out abuse.

  7. Children's social care services facing £10m overspend

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Carl Jackson

    Rising numbers of children needing care in Birmingham has pushed the cost of the service into a potential £10m overspend.

    General view of Birmingham City Council House

    The city council's resources committee heard the figures had increased from 1,630 youngsters last year to 1,990 as of last month, leading to spiralling costs this financial year.

    The local authority handed responsibility for social care services to Birmingham Children's Trust in April 2018.

    Councillors heard the council was working hard to balance out the budget with the trust which was already looking to find ways to cut the overspend to £6m.

  8. Series of crashes affect West Midlands

    There's been a string of crashes this morning, in West Bromwich, Coventry and Nuneaton, in some cases causing serious injury.

    These photos were taken by West Midlands Fire Service from another crash on Hodgetts Lane near Balsall Common outside Solihull.

    Crash
    Crash