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Police reassure public over oil plant incident

Cheshire Police are seeking to reassure the public after receiving reports of an incident at the Essar plant in Ellesmere Port.

A power cut there resulted in a controlled flare that is expected to continue burning for the next few hours, police said.

Sirens also sounded following the power cut.

Traffic light fault at M6 junction 'until tomorrow night'

BBC News Travel

Drivers are being urged to allow more time for their journeys for the next 24 hours if it involves using J16 of the M6.

The traffic lights on the roundabout under the motorway junction are currently only staying green for between seven and 10 seconds, Highways England's said.

The fault's led to congestion, especially at rush hour, on the A500 in both directions, near to Crewe and Stoke-on-Trent.

Highways England says it'll take until tomorrow night for it to complete repairs.

Confidence high for Crewe goalkeeper after penalty save

Graham McGarry

Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Crewe Alexandra goalkeeper Dave Richards says saving a penalty in their win over Grimsby has given him a huge boost in confidence.

Dave Richards
Getty Images

The home side would have taken the lead in the first half if the spot kick hadn't been saved.

The Alex then took the lead almost immediately after half-time through Tom Lowery and Charlie Kirk added a second in stoppage time.

It boosts your confidence no end and all the boys appreciate it but you still need to focus then for the rest of the game."

Dave RichardsCrewe Alexandra goalkeeper

Your photos: Wet start to working week

BBC Weather Watchers

Wet, grey and miserable - pretty much sums up the weather this morning but that hasn't stopped our local BBC Weather Watchers getting out and taking photos.

These three autumnal scenes are from users Dawn Treader in Congleton, Cheshire, Step Counter in Hereford and Les at Large in Wolverhampton:

Congleton
Dawn Treader
Hereford
Step Counter
Wolverhampton
Les at Large

BreakingM6 junction gridlocked by traffic light problems

BBC News Travel

Drivers are facing delays getting on and off the M6 at J16, near Crewe, this morning due to issues with the traffic lights on the junction's roundabout.

Highways England said it was trying to sort out a problem with the sequencing which has caused gridlock on the roundabout.

There's congestion on the A500 back to the Talke junction and the Weston Gate roundabout due to the issue.

Woman 'hit hard' after 'losing everything' in Crewe fire

Jennie Aitken

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

A woman who lost her home in a fire at a retirement complex has had a "really difficult" month since the blaze, her daughter's said.

The fire
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service

The apartments at Beechmere, Crewe, were destroyed in a blaze which swept through the building on 8 August.

Claire Bagnall's mum Norma was a resident and she said she's trying not to focus on what was lost in the fire.

"The worst thing is some photographs and my dad's wedding ring and her sister's jewellery. They were the things that have hit her hardest," she said.

Cheshire Fire Service said the cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

Lanes shut on M6 as potholes repaired

BBC News Travel

Two lanes are shut on the M6 in Cheshire this morning as potholes are being repaired.

The closure's on the southbound side between J17 and J16, for Crewe, Highways England's said.

Rebel MP: 'You have to do what is right'

Sophie Calvert

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

Cheshire MP Antoinette Sandbach said rebelling against Boris Johnson was hard but "there are critical times when you have to do what is right".

The Eddisbury MP was one of 21 Tory MPs who voted against the government last nightin a move designed to rule out a no-deal Brexit.

It means another vote today that could force the prime minister to seek a delay to Brexit and the latest 31 October deadline.

MP Antoinette Sandbach
BBC

Following the result, Ms Sandbach tweeted that the whip had been taken away from her, effectively expelling her from the parliamentary party.

She added she had rebelled "no matter what the personal consequences" and "most of my constituents would have supported a "soft" Brexit however they voted not a no deal".

Brexit: Tory MPs rebel against PM over no-deal vote

BBC Politics

MPs Margot James and Antoinette Sandbach have been effectively expelled from the Conservative Party after rebelling against Boris Johnson.

Boris Johnson during yesterday's Commons session
EPA

The prime minister lost his first vote as PM as the Commons voted 328 to 301 to take control of the agenda over a no-deal Brexit.

It allows them now to bring a bill requesting a delay.You can follow coverage of that on the BBC Politics live page.

Stourbridge MP and former minister Margot James has been highly critical of no deal on social media while Eddisbury MP Antoinette Sandbach said it was "important to act" to stop any chance of no deal.

Both MPs also rebelled against the government in July in a vote designed to block a shutdown of Parliament.

Downing Street said the 21 Tory MPs who rebelled in Tuesday's vote would have the whip removed, effectively expelling them from the parliamentary party and meaning they could not stand as Conservative candidates in the election.

Brexit: Cheshire voters' views on potential early election
Voters in Cheshire give their views on the prospect of an early election and a possible no-deal Brexit.

'Ferocious' M6 lorry fire 'burned for four hours'

Resurfacing work needs to be carried out on the M6 in Staffordshire after an earlier lorry fire.

M6
BBC

The northbound carriageway remains closed from J14 to J16 after the fire started at about 03:15.

Frank Bird from Highways England said the lorry was burning for nearly four hours before being put out.

"There was a lot of heat damage so it's very likely that some of the surface may need to be ripped up and then resurfaced during the day," he said.

The load of empty plastic bottles and cans made for a "ferocious" blaze, he added.

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Lorry fire causing long delays

Traffic trapped on the M6 in Staffordshire has been released after an earlier lorry fire.

However the northbound carriageway is still closed between J14 and J16 at this time, Highways England said.

Scene of lorry fire
Staffordshire Fire Service

There are serious delays in the area with six miles of queuing traffic before J13 with southbound traffic also slow.

The A449 Moss Pit is also busy as traffic attempts to divert through Stafford.

Fire scene
Staffordshire Fire Service

Work is continuing to damp down the scene and await recovery, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue said.

M6 reopens but long delays remain

There's six miles of queuing traffic on the M6 in Staffordshire after an earlier lorry fire.

Lorry fire
Staffordshire Fire service

Congestion is before J13 with traffic on the southbound carriageway also slow.

The A449 Moss Pit is also busy as traffic attempts to divert through Stafford.

The northbound motorway has just reopened after being shut since the early hours although work continues to dampen down the lorry and affected area.

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Lorry fire closes M6 northbound

A lorry fire has closed the northbound carriageway of the M6 in Staffordshire.

The road from Stafford through Crewe is expected to remain closed throughout the morning.

Lorry fire
Staffordshire Fire Service

The fire is deep seated in the trailer of the lorry, said the fire service, and crews are using a digger to remove goods from it.

The northbound closure, which started at about 03:30, is from J14 through to 16 with all surrounding routes congested.