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  1. MPs intervene in Falkland veteran's case

    Two MPs have called for an independent inquiry into the way a Falklands war veteran was discharged.

    Gus Hales from Brecon claims he was poorly treated by Combat Stress, the national veterans' charity, and has been on hunger strike outside the charity’s site in Newport.

    Now, the Wrekin MP Mark Pritchard, and Brecon and Radnorshire MP Chris Davies say they're backing Mr Hales's calls for an inquiry.

    Gus Hales

    The two MPs have written to Sue Freeth, Chief Executive of Combat Stress, and Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood asking for the inquiry to be set up as soon as possible to look into the failures in his care.

    They've also written to the chief executive of the Care Quality Commission.

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    Severe disruption: M42 Warwickshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M42 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, between J10 for and J9 for A446 Lichfield Road J10 Curdworth.

    M42 Warwickshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M42 southbound between J10, Tamworth in Freasley and J9, A446 (Curdworth) in Warwickshire, because of emergency repairs.

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

  3. Call for better education to reduce online threats

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The rising number of threats made online could be reduced through better education, a senior Staffordshire Police Officer has said.

    Figures released by the force revealed that crimes categorised as “other violence against the person” increased from 17,297 incidents to 18,955 incidents in the last 12 months, with half of that increase categorised as online threats.

    computer keyboard

    Deputy Chief Constable Nick Baker said: "Some of this is about educating and understanding that you can’t threaten people online. It's no less of an offence than threatening face to face."

  4. People asked for town rebranding ideas

    People in Crewe are going to be asked what can be done to improve the town's reputation.

    The town council is behind the consultation and says it wants to create a new brand and make people proud of the place they live in.

    Crewe
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    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, from J15 for A500 to J14 for A5013.

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound from J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) to J14, A5013 (Stafford North), because of a broken down car and recovery work.

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

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    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, from J10A for M54 to J10 for A454 Wolverhampton.

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 southbound from J10a M54 to J10, A454 (Wolverhampton), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  7. HS2 denies tunnel vibration claims

    The company behind the planned HS2 high-speed rail line says people in Crewe shouldn't be able to feel vibrations from trains passing underneath the town.

    An official report last month warned that residents would be able to feel and hear it as it goes through a tunnel under the West Coast Main Line.

    HS2

    HS2 Ltd said its own research suggested that would not be the case.

    Quote Message: There is a tremendous amount of tunneling expertise in the UK, modern technology is very effective at reducing vibration effects. We would not expect anyone to feel any noticeable vibration effects as a result of HS2 trains passing through our tunnels." from Stephen McFarlane HS2 Ltd
    Stephen McFarlaneHS2 Ltd
  8. A mixture of sunshine and showers forecast

    Alex Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    We're forecast some mixed weather across the West Midlands today, but the temperatures should be mild - up to 15C (59F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Weather forecast for the West Midlands on Wednesday 14 November
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    Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire northbound severe accident, from J10A for M54 to J11 for A460.

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound from J10a M54 to J11, A460 (Cannock), because of an accident.

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

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    Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire northbound severe accident, from J10A for M54 to J11 for A460.

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound from J10a M54 to J11, A460 (Cannock), because of an accident.

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

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    Severe disruption: A34 Staffordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A34 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, between A5035 Longton Road and A51.

    A34 Staffordshire - A34 closed southbound between the A5035 Longton Road junction in Trentham and Darlaston Island in Meaford, because of a building fire.

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

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    Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire southbound severe accident, from J14 for A5013 to J13 for A449.

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M6 southbound from J14, A5013 (Stafford North) to J13, A449 (Stafford South), because of an accident.

    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, from J14 for A5013 to J15 for A500.

    M6 Staffordshire - Stationary traffic on M6 northbound from J14, A5013 (Stafford North) to J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent), because of all traffic being temporarily held and emergency repairs.

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

  14. Travellers moved from town site

    A number of travellers have been evicted from a site in Stafford this afternoon.

    Stafford Borough Council said they had illegally set up camp on a site just off Glover Street and it was successful in getting a court order to have them evicted when they refused to go.

    The authority has earmarked the site for renovation.

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    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, between J14 for A5013 and J15 for A500.

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M6 northbound between J14, A5013 (Stafford North) and J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent), because of a broken down vehicle. In the roadworks area.

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

  16. Video: What's the weather got in store?

    Alex Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    It should be a dry night ahead with some clear spells and lows of 8C (46F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands