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  1. Weather: Clear, dry and cold

    BBC Weather

    Tonight will be clear, dry and cold with light winds.

    A few shallow mist or fog patches may develop, but where it remains clear, a frost is possible.

    Lows of 2C.

    Video content

    Video caption: A fine and dry afternoon with sunny spells and some patchy cloud. Highs of 12C.

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  2. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire northbound severe accident, from J12 for A5 to J13 for A449.

    M6 Staffordshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M6 northbound from J12, A5 (Gailey) 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 accident: M6 Cheshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cheshire southbound severe accident, from J18 for A54 Middlewich Road Middlewich to J17 for A534 Old Mill Road Sandbach.

    M6 Cheshire - One lane closed on M6 southbound from J18, A54 (Middlewich) to J17, A534 (Sandbach), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

  4. M6 £265m upgrade opens in Cheshire

    A £265m project to upgrade a stretch of the M6 to a smart motorway between Crewe and Knutsford has been completed.

    M6 motorway

    A fourth lane has been built in each direction with new signage, traffic sensors and CCTV cameras to help tackle congestion for the 120,000 drivers who use it each day, Highways England said.

    Smart motorways operate variable speed limits to improve journey times.

    Highways England said it was "the biggest upgrade to the M6 since it opened in Cheshire about 60 years ago".

  5. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, from J12 for A5 to J13 for A449.

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound from J12, A5 (Gailey) to 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

  6. North West weather: Fine and dry with sunny spells

    BBC Weather

    It will be a fine and dry afternoon with sunny spells and some patchy cloud. Expect gentle north-westerly winds and highs of 12C.

    Video content

    Video caption: A fine and dry afternoon with sunny spells and some patchy cloud. Highs of 12C.

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  7. Your photos: Spring sunshine

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Our local BBC Weather Watchers have been out today enjoying the spring sunshine.

    These three are from users Dammo in Selly Park, Birmingham, Jon in Barlaston, Staffordshire and Liam Ball in Horsehay, Shropshire:

    Selly Park
    Barlaston
    Horsehay
  8. Video content

    Video caption: Marvel Fantastic Four comics auctioned in Lichfield

    The collection's current owner kept the comics locked in a bank vault after two burglaries.

  9. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire northbound severe accident, from J16 for A500 Stoke-On-Trent to J17 for A534 Old Mill Road Sandbach.

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound from J16, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) to J17, A534 (Sandbach), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

  10. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire southbound severe accident, at J15 for A500 D Road.

    M6 Staffordshire - M6 exit slip road partially blocked and heavy traffic southbound at J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent), because of an accident.

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

  11. Wildlife centre 'devastated' after animals die in fire

    Jennie Aitken

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    The owner of a Staffordshire wildlife centre says staff there are "devastated" after a number of animals died in a fire.

    Remains at the centre after the fire

    Three giant tortoises, a meerkat and a colony of fruit bats were all killed at Gentleshaw Wildlife Centre, Eccleshall, in the blaze this morning.

    Staffordshire Fire Service said it believed the fire at the small sanctuary had been started by accident.

    Jenny Morgan, from the centre, says they're "so grateful" to a person who called the blaze in promptly as, if left to develop, it "could have been much worse".

    Ms Morgan said the centre would remain closed today and it was hoped to reopen the site on Wednesday.

  12. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, from J14 for A34 to J15 for A500 D Road.

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound from J14, A34 (Stafford North) to J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  13. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, from J14 for A34 to J13 for A449.

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound from J14, A34 (Stafford North) to J13, A449 (Stafford South), because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

    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, from J15 for A500 D Road to J14 for A34.

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 southbound from J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) to J14, A34 (Stafford North), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  15. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M6 Cheshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cheshire southbound severe accident, from J17 for A534 Old Mill Road Sandbach to J16 for A500 Stoke-On-Trent.

    M6 Cheshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M6 southbound from J17, A534 (Sandbach) to J16, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent), because of an accident.

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