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  1. Father's plea over dangerous driving sentencing

    BBC WM

    A father whose daughter was killed by a dangerous driver says he wants to see much tougher sentencing for the offence.

    Georgie Evans

    Georgie Evans, from Himley, Staffordshire, died in a fatal crash on Priory Road, Dudley in October 2016.

    Kuba Oles, 25, was speeding at a minimum of 80mph (129km/h) when he hit her car splitting it in two.

    He was jailed for six years - a sentence Richard Evans says isn't enough.

    Quote Message: He left my daughter for dead. He got six years, he'll be out in four. We've got the life sentence, every day." from Richard Evans
    Richard Evans
  2. Weather: Yellow warning for snow and ice

    BBC Weather

    A cold front is moving in and is expected to bring periods of rain or snow. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for snow and ice from 20:00 until 15:00 on Tuesday. Highs of 4C.

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    Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M6 Cheshire - Stationary traffic on M6 southbound between J17, A534 (Sandbach) and J16, A500 (Crewe), because of all traffic being temporarily held and debris on the road. In the roadworks area.

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

  4. BreakingBarry Bennell: Judge instructs jury on three charges

    The jury in the trial of former Crewe coach Barry Bennell has been instructed to find him not guilty of three charges.

    The judge told them there wasn’t enough evidence to support those claims.

    Barry Bennell artists impression

    The sixty-four-year old, now known as Robert Jones, denies 48 counts relating to sexual abuse against children.

    The trial at Liverpool Crown Court continues.

  5. Weather: Temperatures set to drop

    Disruption from snow and ice could last into Wednesday morning, the Met Office is warning.

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    Yellow weather warnings for snow and ice are in place for large parts of the region.

    Forecasters said it was expected to be one of the coldest weeks of the winter so far.

    The Local Government Association said 1.5 million tonnes of salt had been was stockpiled.

  6. Homebase may close up to 40 stores

    BBC Business News

    Up to 40 Homebase stores could be closed across the country putting up to 2,000 jobs at risk.

    Wesfarmers paid £340m for the DIY chain in early 2016 and has been rebranding the stores under the Bunnings name.

    It operates more than 20 stores in the region, across the West Midlands, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and Warwickshire.

    Homebase staff generic

    But after a "disappointing" performance the Australian firm has put Homebase under review and expects it to lose £97m in the first half of 2018.

    Between 20 and 40 of its stores are performing so poorly that they might have to be closed altogether, it said.

  7. Not long left to get involved

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    FA People's Cup sign-up graphic
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    • Do you also fancy lifting a cup at Wembley during the FA Cup final?

    Well you could do BOTH of those, simply by entering the FA People's Cup - the nation's most inclusive and FREE five-a-side competition. No experience is necessary and there are 18 different categories available.

    But beware - there are less than two weeks to go to sign up! Find out all the details here.

  8. New train fleet to replace Pacers

    Rail operator Northern is replacing its 30-year-old Pacers with new trains.

    Train

    The 98-strong fleet will come into service by Christmas and are capable of travelling at 100mph (160 km/h), will be fully accessible, and have wi-fi and plug sockets.

    The first completed train is due off the production line in the coming weeks.

    Northern's managing director said it was a "landmark moment" for rail travel in the north of England.

  9. Operations cancelled after flu outbreak

    Some urgent operations have been cancelled at the Royal Stoke University Hospital due to "sustained pressure" on services, it has been revealed.

    The hospital trust says the number of people visiting the hospital with flu has been a contributing factor to some of the cancellations.

    Royal Stoke University Hospital

    A total of 635 patients have been admitted for flu since the start of November 2017, of which 95 have needed a critical care bed.

    It says it has had to cancel about 50 heart operations and 20 to 25 procedures for cancer since December.

    Quote Message: There has been a substantial increase in the number of admissions into our intensive care unit and we cannot perform major surgery without a critical care bed being available post surgery." from Dr John Oxtoby Medical Director, Royal Stoke University Hospital
    Dr John OxtobyMedical Director, Royal Stoke University Hospital
  10. Barry Bennell trial: Closing arguments to be heard

    The closing speeches at the sex abuse trial of former Crewe Alexandra football coach Barry Bennell are due to be heard today.

    The 64-year-old is accused of 48 sex abuse offences against 11 boys.

    Court sketch of Barry Bennell

    Last week, jurors were told that no evidence would be offered in his defence.

    Mr Bennell, who now goes by the name Richard Jones, denies sexually abusing the boys between 1979 and 1991.

  11. Weather: Yellow weather warning for snow and ice

    BBC Weather

    It will be cold with the chance of a few wintry showers. There will also be some sunny spells where the cloud thins and breaks. Highs of 4C.

    A yellow warning for snow and ice has been issued by the Met Office from 20:00 until 15:00 on Tuesday.

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  12. Ice Maiden team returns from Antarctica

    Six female soldiers, four of them from the Midlands, have returned to the UK after becoming the largest all-female group to ski coast-to-coast across Antarctica.

    Ice Maiden team

    A celebration is being held at Sandhurst to celebrate the team completing the 1,000-mile expedition.

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    Video caption: 'Ice Maiden' team celebrates Antarctica ski record
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    Severe congestion: A5192 Staffordshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A5192 Staffordshire both ways severe congestion, around Netherstowe.

    A5192 Staffordshire - Slow traffic on A5192 Eastern Avenue in both directions in Lichfield around the Netherstowe junction. In the roadworks area.

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

  14. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Alex Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    It’ll be cold today with the chance of showers and some snow.

    There’ll also be some sunny spells with highs of 4C (39F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
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    Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cheshire northbound severe disruption, between J17 for A534 Sandbach and J18 for A54 Middlewich.

    M6 Cheshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M6 northbound between J17, A534 (Sandbach) and J18, A54 (Middlewich), because of a broken down van.

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