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    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and it's heavy on M6 northbound from J13, A449 (Stafford South) to J14, A34 (Stafford North), because of a break down.

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

  2. Weather: Dry clear night with a gentle breeze

    BBC Weather

    One or two showers are possible tonight, but in general most places should simply remain dry with clear periods. Just a gentle breeze. Lows of 11C.

    BBC Weather forecast

    Read more on BBC Weather

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    Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M6 Cheshire - Two lanes closed on M6 southbound from J18, A54 (Middlewich) to J17, A534 (Sandbach), because of a lorry that's broken down. Traffic is coping well.

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

  4. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and it's slow on M6 northbound between J13, A449 (Stafford South) and J14, A34 (Stafford North), because of emergency repairs. In the roadworks area.

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

  5. Your photos: Dry but cloudy scenes across the Midlands

    BBC Weather Watchers

    The forecast was for a drier day and we look to have got that in the West Midlands with a lot of cloud around, according to many of the photos from our local BBC Weather Watchers today.

    These three are from users Ryan Lewis in Rubery, Worcestershire, Terry Eyre in Leek, Staffordshire and Marguerite in Ellesmere, Shropshire:

    Rubery
    Leek
    Ellesmere
  6. Dry start to Wednesday night's weather

    Rich Davis

    BBC Weather presenter

    We should get a dry start to tonight with clear spells. Here's the full forecast, including for Thursday in the West Midlands:

    Video content

    Video caption: Rich Davis

    Keep up-to-date with the weather where you live by visiting the BBC Weather website at any other time.

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    Severe disruption: A53 Staffordshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A53 Staffordshire eastbound severe disruption, from A500 D Road to A50 Waterloo Road.

    A53 Staffordshire - A53 Cobridge Road in Etruria closed and it's slow eastbound from Basford Roundabout to Cobridge Traffic Lights, because of a break down.

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

  8. Brexit: Labour MPs urge Corbyn not to go 'full Remain'

    BBC Politics

    Labour MPs in Leave-supporting constituencies have written to Jeremy Corbyn to urge him not to go "full Remain" as the party considers its position on another Brexit referendum.

    Jeremy Corbyn

    They include two from Stoke-on-Trent, Ruth Smeeth and Gareth Snell, and Crewe and Nantwich's Laura Smith.

    The shadow cabinet is currently discussing whether to soften Labour's stance on a further public vote.

    Labour has promised one if it cannot get its own deal with the EU passed by MPs or if there is no general election.

    Deputy leader and MP for West Bromwich East Tom Watson says such an "ambiguous" stance is harming Labour.

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    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, at J15 for A500 D Road.

    M6 Staffordshire - M6 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent), because of a break down.

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

  10. Bookmakers pledge £100m to avoid gambling crackdown

    BBC Business News

    The UK's biggest gambling firms - including Stoke-on-Trent-based Bet365 - are offering the government a significant increase in the money they contribute to tackling problem gambling.

    Gamblers at slot machines

    They and companies including William Hill, Coral Ladbroke and Skybet, will offer to increase the voluntary levy on their gambling profits, the BBC has learnt.

    They have offered to up the levy from 0.1% to 1% over the next five years.

    The new level would eventually raise £100m per year for gambling charities.

    Last year, the voluntary levy raised £10m.

  11. Police chair apologises in LGBT lanyard row

    Phil McCann

    Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News

    A policing watchdog chairman has apologised after he criticised an officer for wearing a rainbow lanyard.

    Bob Fousert

    Bob Fousert, chair of the Cheshire police and crime panel, claimed it was political for the force's deputy chief constable to don LGBT neckwear.

    He’s been urged to resign, but said he has no intention of doing so and added he thinks he’s been vilified for asking a contentious question.

    In a letter to the panel, Mr Fousert said his question was not meant as an attack on the LGBT community and he’s sorry that it’s been made to seem that way.

  12. Officer 'lucky to be alive' after hit- and-run

    John Acres

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    A Staffordshire police officer who was hit by a car while on duty says she feels lucky to be alive.

    PC Claire Bond with BBC Radio Stoke's John Acres

    PC Claire Bond was at the Stafford 10k race in September when she was knocked down in a hit-and-run.

    Both her legs were broken in the collision and at one stage, she told BBC Radio Stoke she thought the vehicle was going to reverse over her.

    Quote Message: I looked straight at the car and I remember the reverse lights coming on and I was lying there and I couldn't move. I thought, he's going to reverse over me." from PC Claire Bond Staffordshire police officer
    PC Claire BondStaffordshire police officer

    The car's driver is due to be sentenced later this year after admitting causing grievous bodily harm with intent, dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and drugs charges.

    PC Bond said she's determined to return to front-line policing and plans to read a victim impact statement at the sentencing.

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    Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M6 Staffordshire - Three lanes closed and queues on M6 southbound from J13, A449 (Stafford South) to J12, A5 (Gailey), because of an accident.

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

  14. Officers investigate 'homophobic abuse' at Pride event

    Hazel Morgan

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    Reports of a group of teenagers making homophobic comments at the Stoke-on-Trent Pride event at the weekend are being investigated by police.

    Crowds at Saturday's Stoke-on-Trent Pride

    Staffordshire Police said they were told the group was verbally abusive to another group on Saturday and a teenager was also punched and kicked.

    The force is treating it as a hate crime.

  15. Gordon Banks: World Cup winner's contracts up for sale

    BBC News England

    Contracts signed by England's 1966 World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks are set to be auctioned today.

    The three contracts from Banks's time at Leicester and Stoke

    The Sheffield-born stopper, who played for Stoke City and Leicester City, died in February aged 81.

    Banks, regarded as one of the world's greatest goalkeepers, was best known for his wonder save from Pele during the 1970 World Cup against Brazil.

    Documents from when he played for the Foxes and The Potters are expected to sell for about £5,000 in June.

    The items are due to be auctioned at The Lichfield Auction Centre, Wood End Lane, Fradley Park, Lichfield, today.