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Summary

  1. City of Culture 2021 shortlist expected soon
  2. School minibus crash inquiry to take months
  3. Nails on the road cost almost £8k to clear up
  4. College brings in security after travellers move on to land
  5. Updates on Friday 14 July 2017

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By Stephanie Barnard

All times stated are UK

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    Severe accident: M6 Toll Staffordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Toll Staffordshire southbound severe accident, at JT8 A460.

    M6 Toll Staffordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 Toll southbound at JT8, Cannock, because of an accident.

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

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    Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cheshire northbound severe disruption, between J16 for A500 Crewe and J17 for A534 Sandbach.

    M6 Cheshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M6 northbound between J16, A500 (Crewe) and J17, A534 (Sandbach), because of emergency repairs. In the roadworks area.

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

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    Severe accident: A5272 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A5272 Staffordshire northbound severe accident, between Bluestone Avenue and Shaftesbury Avenue.

    A5272 Staffordshire - A5272 High Lane in Burslem closed northbound between the Bluestone Avenue junction and the Shaftesbury Avenue junction, because of an accident.

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

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    Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cheshire northbound severe disruption, between J16 for A500 Crewe and J17 for A534 Sandbach.

    M6 Cheshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound between J16, A500 (Crewe) and J17, A534 (Sandbach), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

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    The man was arrested following an "altercation", Staffordshire Police said.

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    Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire northbound severe accident, around J15 for A500.

    M6 Staffordshire - Slow traffic on M6 northbound in Hanchurch around J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

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    Severe accident: M6 Cheshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cheshire southbound severe accident, between J18 for A54 Middlewich and J17 for A534 Sandbach.

    M6 Cheshire - One lane blocked and very slow traffic on M6 southbound between J18, A54 (Middlewich) and J17, A534 (Sandbach), because of an accident.

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

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    We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday.

  9. City of Culture 2021 announcement: Listen to our special radio show

    Liz Ellis

    Presenter, BBC Radio Stoke

    Tonight I'm presenting a special show on BBC Radio Stoke from 22:00 ahead of the City of Culture 2021 announcement.

    We find out if Stoke-on-Trent has been shortlisted to be the 2021 UK City of Culture. The city is one of 11 town and cities vying for the title.

    Perth, Paisley, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland, Coventry, Hereford, Warrington, Portsmouth, Wells, Swansea and St Davids have been shortlisted but later we find out who makes the final five shortlist before an announcement later this year.

    The Potteries

    Last year the BBC's Nick Higham looked at whether the city famous for its pottery could be a serious contender. Read more on BBC News.

    This year Hull is enjoying the accolade after it was awarded the title in 2013.

    We are Hull as projected on the town hall
  10. Helicopter used to arrest three people on drugs offences

    Three people have been arrested on suspicion of handling drugs in Blurton.

    A 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A and class B drugs this afternoon.

    A man, aged 42, and 39-year-old woman were also arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A and class B drugs, say Staffordshire Police.

    Many people in the local area may have seen a police helicopter which was used as part of the operation.

  11. Watch: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    After a bright and dry evening with sunny spells, the region will tend to cloud over during the night. Low cloud, rain and drizzle will reach the region by morning. Lows of 14C (57F).

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    Video caption: Weather for the West Midlands.
  12. Travel: M42 crash

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    An accident on the M42 southbound is causing problems heading out of Leicestershire.

    M42

    The crash, near Tamworth, has now been cleared but lengthy tailbacks are taking a while to clear.

  13. Where is Barlaston? Residents angry over 'Stoke' sign

    John Acres

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    It's time to meet the village that doesn't want to be a part of Stoke-on-Trent.

    The people of Barlaston, south of the city, have been frustrated with a street sign declaring "Welcome to Stoke-on-Trent".

    They say, it's not in the right place and should say "Welcome to Stafford".

    The sign has already been moved once and they're still not happy.

    City of Stoke on Trent sign post
    Quote Message: I know what the sign says, but you have to walk a mile up the road to be in Trentham. We don't understand. Why we have to have a sign saying welcome to Trentham when it is quite clearly in Barlaston, I don't know. It is a sign but it is wrong. It is nowhere near. We know where the boundary is. from Gareth Jones Chairman of Barlaston Parish Council
    Gareth JonesChairman of Barlaston Parish Council

    So let's be clear - Barlaston is a borough of Stafford, not part of Stoke-on-Trent.

    Mr Jones added: "We don't want those horrible bright blue bins. They are horrible."

    Stoke-on-Trent City Council said "although the postal address may be Barlaston, some residents would need to travel into Stoke on Trent and along Stoke-on-Trent Roads to gain access to their property. This is important to distinguish these highway boundaries as to not confuse motorists when trying to report defects".

  14. We can't turn the clock back, says son of Legionnaires' sufferer

    BBC Radio Stoke

    The son of a man who was affected by a Legionnaires' disease outbreak at a Stoke-on-Trent warehouse says his family's compensation will never make up for what happened.

    Derek Cull is now in a care home, after being hospitalised due to bacteria at the JTF Warehouse in Fenton in 2012.

    JTF was fined £1m earlier this month after admitting a health and safety breach.

    JTF Warehouse in Fenton
    Quote Message: I feel a small sense of closure, in the fact that the legal arguments are over and a financial settlement has been made but that doesn't change the lifestyle that dad now has. We can't turn the clock back. He is a frail and very disappointed man. He's alive but he doesn't have much quality of life." from David Cull Derek's son
    David CullDerek's son