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    Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cheshire northbound severe disruption, at J16 for A500 Crewe.

    M6 Cheshire - Stationary traffic on M6 northbound at J16, A500 (Crewe), because of a rolling road-block and emergency repairs.

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

  2. By Louise Gwilliam

    BBC Sport

    Coventry City

    League Two Coventry City pull off an FA Cup shock by beating Premier League strugglers Stoke City to reach the fourth round of the FA Cup.

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    Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J10 for A454 and J11 for A460.

    M6 West Midlands - Two lanes closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound between J10, A454 (Wolverhampton) and J11, A460 (Cannock), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

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    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, between J12 for A5 and J13 for A449.

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J12, A5 (Gailey) and J13, A449 (Stafford South), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

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    Severe disruption: A50 Staffordshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A50 Staffordshire both ways severe disruption, around A521 Uttoxeter Road.

    A50 Staffordshire - Very slow traffic and one lane closed on A50 Meir Tunnel in Blythe Bridge around Tesco Roundabout, because of a collapsed manhole.

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

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    Andy Giddings

    BBC News

    We'll be back with the latest updates from 07:00 on Monday.

  7. Review of rubbish collections because of complaints

    The waste and recycling service in Newcastle is going to be reviewed by the borough council, because of complaints.

    A new system was brought in 18 months ago, but the council says people are still having problems with their collections.

    Poor weather and reduced services over the festive season mean the bin lorries haven't been able to get to all streets, causing people to complain of rubbish blocking the roads.

    Newcastle bins

    The authority said at one point there were around 45,000 outstanding collections and it is working to clear them.

    A task group will at how best to run the service in future.

  8. Cold weather alert issued

    A cold weather alert has been issued for the West Midlands, warning of a prolonged period of low temperatures starting tomorrow until 18:00 on Tuesday 9 January.

    The Met Office said colder conditions would spread south across much of the country during Saturday, with widespread frosts expected during Sunday.

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    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, at J11 for A460.

    M6 Staffordshire - M6 entry slip road closed and slow traffic southbound at J11, A460 (Cannock), because of emergency repairs.

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

  10. Mystery of meat cleaver which crossed the Atlantic

    A meat cleaver that turned up in a USA antiques store more than 100 years after it was presented as a prize to a Stoke-on-Trent market stall has been returned to Staffordshire.

    George Short from New Hampshire, who paid $100 for the cleaver, said he wanted to send it back to its rightful home.

    Meat cleaver

    But the city council, which runs Longton Market, is hoping to shed some light on the cleaver's past and is especially keen to find out how it headed across the Atlantic.


    An inscription on the blade reads: "Presented by David Shemilt Esq for cleanest and best dressed stall of meat in Longton Market, awarded to Thomas Rushton, Fulford."

    Quote Message: How it arrived in the United States remains a mystery, but Mr Rushton’s cleaver belongs in Longton Market." from George Short Owner of meat cleaver
    George ShortOwner of meat cleaver
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    Video caption: Three people have been hurt when a 300-year-old oak fell down in Staffordshire
  12. Armed robbers jailed after hotel staff tip off police

    A pair of armed robbers who were caught when they tried to check into a hotel with 12 bin bags full of stolen cigarettes, cash and spirits have been jailed.

    Gavin Milgate and Scott Stretton, both 34 and from Stafford, had both pleaded guilty to robbery and possessing a bladed weapon, following a raid on the Tesco Express on Stone Road in the town on 4 October last year.

    Gavin Milgate and Scott Stretton

    Milgate was jailed for five years and three months and Stretton for six years.

    Stretton's offence included five months for an attempted burglary in the town in August.

    Robbery CCTV

    Staffordshire Police said they had taken cash and goods worth more than £17,000 and had tried to hide some of the stolen money in suitcases buried in the undergrowth.

    Staff at the hotel called the police and they were arrested when they returned.

    Quote Message: This was a very frightening experience for the members of staff involved so we’re pleased the work of our detectives has resulted in successful convictions for these men." from Det Insp John Quilty Staffordshire Police
    Det Insp John QuiltyStaffordshire Police
  13. Teenagers arrested for drug and knife offences

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    Four teenagers have been arrested after police stopped a car in Hanley and found knives and drugs inside.

    The vehicle was stopped on Lichfield Street at 19:55 and officers discovered a lock knife, kitchen knife and a small quantity of cannabis.

    Staffordshire Police car

    A 19-year-old and a 16-year-old from Trent Vale were detained on suspicion of having a knife in a public place and being involved in drug supply, and have been released under investigation.

    Two other 16-year-olds were released without further action.