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    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, near Stafford Services.

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and queues on M6 southbound near Stafford Services, because of a break down.

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

  2. Memorial garden opened after four children killed in blaze

    Jennie Aitken

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    A garden in memory of four children who died in a house fire has been officially opened today.

    The memorial garden

    Riley Holt, eight, Keegan Unitt, six, Tilly Rose Unitt, four, and Olly Unitt, three, died in a blaze at their family home in Stafford on 5 February.

    The memorial has been built in the grounds of Castlechurch Primary, where the children went to school.

    Quote Message: Five months on from the tragedy, the dust has begun to settle a little bit and I think it's just wonderful that we've got this opportunity now to have a permanent memorial, a permanent reminder of these four special children." from Philip Sowerbutts Vicar, Castle Church, Stafford
    Philip SowerbuttsVicar, Castle Church, Stafford
  3. Knife crime 'nearly doubles' in county in eight years

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Joe Burn

    Knife crime's nearly doubled in eight years in Staffordshire, latest police figures have revealed.

    Knives seized in a recent knife amnesty

    The number of recorded cases have jumped from 367 in 2010-11 to 709 in 2018-19.

    They also reveal Stoke-on-Trent accounts for 42% of all stop and searches related to knives, the most of any area in the county.

    Responding to the figures, Chief Constable Gareth Morgan said nearly a quarter of the county's knife crime was domestic-related.

    But he told a public police performance meeting that he believed visible policing with stop and searches, combined with following up on crimes, was needed to bring the figures down.

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    Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire southbound severe accident, between J15 for A500 D Road and Stafford Services.

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and Stafford Services, because of an accident.

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

  5. Taxi driver robbed at knife-point

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    A taxi driver has been threatened with a knife and cash stolen in a robbery.

    Clough Hall Road, Kidsgrove

    Staffordshire Police said it happened on Clough Hall Road, Kidsgrove, early on Saturday.

    Two boys, both aged 16, and a girl and a boy, both 14, have all been arrested on suspicion of robbery and released on bail.

  6. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Rich Davis

    BBC Weather presenter

    It will be a cloudy night with the chance of a few showers and lows of 12C (54F).

    Video content

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

    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, between J15 for A500 D Road and Stafford Services.

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and it's slow on M6 southbound between J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and Stafford Services, because of a break down.

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

  8. Constitution change urged in row over ex-BNP deputy mayor

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Joe Burn

    Stoke-on-Trent City Council is being urged to change its constitution in ongoing protests over a former British National Party (BNP) councillor being named deputy mayor.

    Melanie Baddeley

    Already more than 21,000 people have signed a petition calling for Melanie Baddeley to step down due to her previous connections to the right-wing party.

    She had previously served the BNP between 2008 and 2011 and is now an independent councillor.

    Councillor Baddeley has previously said she was "naive and made a mistake" joining the party, renounced its views four years ago and continues to do so.

    Now, with the deputy mayor usually becoming mayor the following year, a second petition's been started on the council's website.

    It calls for the authority to amend its constitution so any future mayor or deputy “does not have a history that would embarrass the queen, and our city”.

  9. 'Regularly cars in hedges' - villagers want speed cameras

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    Speed cameras are being demanded by people in a village in Cheshire as they claim it's a hotspot for high speeds and crashes.

    The A530 in Bradfield Green

    The A530 drops from 50mph to 30mph as it goes through Bradfield Green, near Crewe.

    But villagers have told BBC Radio Stoke of cars flouting the limit and repeatedly coming off the road in recent months.

    Last month, Cheshire Police caught a driver going at 94mph in the 30 zone.

    The force said it carries out speed checks on local roads every week and use the data to identify hot spots, which it uses with Cheshire East Council and the fire service to find long-term solutions.

    Quote Message: We've had accidents that have closed the road for up to four, six hours, were we've had to park away from the house in a car. There are regularly cars in hedges that just seem to get pulled out and towed away." from Louise Colenso Local business owner
    Louise ColensoLocal business owner
  10. BreakingMurder arrest after elderly man found stabbed to death

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    A man's been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of an 80-year-old man.

    Desmond Wooding

    Desmond Wooding was discovered stabbed to death in his own home in Vines Lane, Droitwich, last month.

    West Mercia Police said the 32-year-old man, from Droitwich, was in custody and would be questioned by detectives.

    A 55-year-old man, from Tibberton, has also been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and is also still in custody.

  11. In the papers: Firefighter saves brother in M6 crash

    Stoke-on-Trent Live

    The Stoke-on-Trent Live page's top stories today include:

  12. North West weather on Monday 8 July

    A cloudy and overcast start to the week.

    Video content

    Video caption: Cloudy and overcast start to the week

    There are also chances of patchy light rain and drizzle heading into the evening with temperatures reaching 20C.

  13. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Rich Davis

    BBC Weather presenter

    It will be a mainly dry day with some brightness but the odd chance of showers with highs of 20C (68F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  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 and it's slow on M6 southbound from J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) to J14, A34 (Stafford North), because of a break down. In the roadworks area.

    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 J13 for A449 to J12 for A5.

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 southbound from J13, A449 (Stafford South) to J12, A5 (Gailey), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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