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    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 break down. Traffic is coping well.

    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, at J16 for A500 Stoke-On-Trent.

    M6 Staffordshire - M6 lane closed on exit slip road southbound at J16, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

  3. Weather: Some fine bank holiday weather on the way

    Alexandra Hamilton

    BBC weather presenter

    We've got some warm weather on the way for the bank holiday weekend and the next few days are looking cloudy, but dry.

    Video content

    Video caption: Weather forecast for the West Midlands
  4. 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 queues on M6 southbound between J14, A34 (Stafford North) and J13, A449 (Stafford South), because of a break down.

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

  5. Video content

    Video caption: HS2: Farmer slams rail project as 'totally uncoordinated'

    Robert Lockhart says land he has lost to HS2 has been wasted with too many people involved in plans.

  6. Thousands take one small step on cathedral's lunar surface

    Lichfield Cathedral says thousands of visitors have already come to see the lunar landscape being projecting on to the floor of the nave.

    It's the work of artist-in-residence Peter Walker and opened on 20 July, to mark the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

    It's going to remain there until 25 September and the cathedral said it "allows us to contemplate and observe one of the most significant journeys that humanity has taken and allows us to imagine possibilities for humankind".

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  7. Rare Alice figurine to be sold at auction

    A rare Royal Doulton prototype figurine is being sold at an auction in Staffordshire next month.

    Auctioneers Cuttlestones said the Alice in Wonderland figure, created in the early 20th Century and wearing clothing from that period, never entered production.

    Figurine

    While it is listed with a guide price of £300-£500, auctioneer, Dave Eglington said: "We’ve only been able to track down one similar prototype, which sold for £1,700 a couple of years ago. While this one carries a conservative estimate, there’s every chance it could surpass this."

  8. 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 queues on M6 southbound between J14, A34 (Stafford North) and J13, A449 (Stafford South), because of a break down.

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

  9. Pair questioned over suspected firearms offence

    BBC Radio Stoke

    Police are questioning a man and a woman arrested in Congleton this morning on suspicion of possession of a firearm.

    Armed officers were called to Woolston Avenue this morning just after 07:30 and found the pair in Rope Walk.

    Staffordshire police car
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    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 queues on M6 southbound between J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and Stafford Services, because of a break down. In the roadworks area.

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

  11. Motorcyclist seriously injured in crash

    A motorcyclist has been seriously injured after a collision with a car in Stoke-on-Trent last night.

    Staffordshire Police said officers were called to The Boulevard in Tunstall at around 21:30.

    Ambulance

    The man was taken to the Royal Stoke Hospital for treatment.

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    Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M6 Cheshire - One lane blocked on M6 southbound from J17, A534 (Sandbach) to J16, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

  13. BreakingGovernment launches HS2 review

    The government is launching a review of high-speed rail link HS2 - with a “go or no-go" decision to be made by the end of the year, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said.

    The review will consider whether and how the project should proceed, taking into account benefits, affordability and deliverability.

    A final report will be sent to the government in the autumn.

    Mr Shapps refused to rule out scrapping the project entirely.

    When asked about the £7bn already spent on HS2, he said: "Just because you've spent a lot of money on something does not mean you should plough more and more money into it."