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Live Reporting

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  1. In photos: Spring arrives at last

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Spring looks to have well and truly arrived from the photos uploaded by our BBC Weather Watcher volunteers.

    These are from users Raineyjane in Great Alne, Snow Crystals in Newcastle under Lyme and Frodo Baggins in Bromyard:

    Great Alne
    Newcastle under Lyme
    Bromyard
  2. Pothole repair: Councils awarded funding

    An extra £100m is being shared among councils to fund repairs to roads damaged by recent storms, the transport secretary has announced.

    Chris Grayling said the money would help patch up nearly two million potholes and protect roads from future severe weather conditions.

    pothole

    Staffordshire was among the areas awarded the most with £2.2m funding.

    Warwickshire will receive £1.4m and Herefordshire £1.2m.

    Transport for the West Midlands has also been awarded £1.7m funding for road conditions monitoring innovations.

  3. Crime commissioner takes over fire service

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    Staffordshire's police and crime commissioner (PCC) is to take on responsibility for the county's fire and rescue service too.

    Staffordshire fire engine

    PCC Matthew Ellis proposed the move last year claiming that by collaborating they could save £2m a year.

    The plans were opposed by Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Staffordshire County Council and members of the fire authority but the Home Office has approved the move.

    It says the changeover, with the abolition of the current fire authority, will happen "over the coming weeks and months".

    Last year, Essex became the first place in the UK to combine responsibility for the county's police and fire services under their PCC.

  4. What will Brexit mean for the North West?

    Kevin Fitzpatrick

    BBC North West political editor

    In little more than a year's time, the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union.

    European flag and the Houses of Parliament

    Across the North West, of the 3.67m people who cast their vote in the June 2016 referendum, 53.7% backed Brexit.

    People living in the big cities of Liverpool and Manchester were more sympathetic to the EU, though, with 58.2% and 60.4% support respectively for the UK remaining in the bloc.

    However, both Remainers and Leavers have one thing in common - they both want to see the North West thrive in the years ahead.

    Read more here.

  5. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M6 Toll Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Toll Staffordshire northbound severe accident, at J8T for A460.

    M6 Toll Staffordshire - Queuing traffic and one lane closed on M6 Toll northbound at J8t, A460 (Cannock), because of an accident.

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

  6. Northern children 'too often left behind'

    BBC News Education

    Too many children growing up in the north of England are facing the double disadvantage of entrenched deprivation and poor schools, a report warns.

    Girls running

    England's Children's Commissioner Anne Longfield says children from poorer homes face an education gap that starts before school and widens over time.

    She calls for greater investment for struggling families and a scheme to boost teacher recruitment in the North.

    The government says it has committed £70m to improve schools in the region.

    The commissioners' report - Growing Up North, Look North: A generation of children await the powerhouse promise - is based on 12 months of research and conversations with children, schools, businesses, councils, health professionals and charities.

    It says that while many children growing up in the North are thriving, there are huge gaps between the poorest children in the North and the poorest in London.

    The commissioner's research also finds:

    • too many children start school far behind where they should be, often with special educational needs that have not been picked up
    • more than half of the secondary schools serving the North's most deprived communities are judged to be less than good
    • large numbers of children drop out of education before they reach the age of 18
    • there is a lack of confidence among children that economic regeneration will mean more jobs or opportunities
  7. Envelope update

    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 - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J10, A454 (Wolverhampton) and J11, A460 (Cannock), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  8. Envelope update

    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 - Heavy traffic and one lane blocked on M6 southbound between J17, A534 (Sandbach) and J16, A500 (Crewe), because of a broken down van. In the roadworks area.

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

  9. Weather: Mainly dry with sunny spells

    BBC Weather

    It should be a generally dry day with spells of sunshine, although the sunshine will turn hazy through the afternoon as high cloud pushes in from the west. Highs of 10C.

    Video content

    Video caption: Weather

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  10. Burst pipe closes A38

    BBC News Travel

    A burst water pipe has left the A38 northbound under water in places.

    A38

    Emergency services were called to the stretch of road between Alerewas and Barton-under-Needwood in Staffordshire during the early hours.

    Contractors are working to rectify the issue, Highways England says.

    Drivers are being advised to approach the area with care.

  11. What's the weather got in store?

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    A mainly dry day today with spells of sunshine, but a cloudier afternoon and highs of 12C (54F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  12. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Toll Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Toll Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, between J4T for A5 and J6T for A5195 Brownhills.

    M6 Toll Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 Toll northbound between J4t, A5 (Weeford Island) and J6t, A5195 (Brownhills), because of an overturned vehicle.

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

  13. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A38 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A38 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, between A513 Alrewas and B5016 Barton-Under-Needwood.

    A38 Staffordshire - A38 closed northbound between Alrewas and Barton-Under-Needwood, because of emergency repairs. Diversion in operation - following the signed diversion symbols via A513, A515 and B5016 to Barton (and vice-versa).

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

  14. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, between J14 for A34 and J13 for A449.

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound between J14, A34 (Stafford North) and J13, A449 (Stafford South), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  15. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M6 West Midlands northbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound between J10, A454 (Wolverhampton) and J11, A460 (Cannock), because of an accident.

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