Firefighters have released photos of a serious multi vehicle incident on the M6 Northbound at Junction 10 A454 / B4464 (Wolverhampton / Walsall). Cutting equipment was used on the scene to assist those involved.
Traffic is now easing and the exit slip road has re-opened.
Nottinghamshire County Council have announced plans for a ban on employees taking smoking breaks during work time.
We ask do workers have a right to take a break for a cigarette?
Nottinghamshire County Council has insisted plans to ban smoking breaks are part of its desire to be a 'supportive employer' and that they have a 'duty of care' to the people that work for them.
Here is their full statement:
West Midlands Police have responded to claims made yesterday that the use of Vauxhall Corsa cars to deal with emergency calls means criminals are more likely to escape.
Without sirens, a vehicle is not able to break speed limits or jump traffic lights even if in pursuit of a criminal.
Responding on Twitter, West Midlands Police revealed precisely how many emergency calls the Corsa vehicles responsed to - and also included a loud demonstration of sirens on other police vehicle.
Read more on this story here.
Two people have been arrested in Birmingham today on suspicion of terrorism offences relating to Syria.
They were detained at an address in Sparkbrook by officers from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit around 7.30am this morning.
They are a 38-year-old man and 31-year-old woman who have been arrested on suspicion of preparation for Acts of Terrorism.
The arrests were pre-planned and intelligence-led and police have confirmed that there was no immediate threat to public safety.
Derby County Chairman Mel Morris has successfully bought the club from its owners, North American Derby Partners LLP, for an undisclosed sum.
Mr Morris, a life-long Rams fan and a highly successful businessman, re-invested in the club in May last year to take a 22% holding following the disappointment of the play off final against QPR.
He is now the club's sole owner.
No changes are planned in the club’s executive team who will continue to be managed by Sam Rush as Chief Executive Officer. A new board of directors is set to be announced.
Smoking breaks will be banned for thousands of council employees under new proposals.
Nottinghamshire County Council has said its 9,000 employees will be barred from smoking during work time with the ban extending to e-cigarettes, in the mooted plans.
Anyone who fails to stick to the rules could face internal disciplinary action.
The local authority said the ban, to include all council buildings, land and vehicles, was aimed at boosting its workers' health, increasing time spent working and reducing levels of sick leave.
But the largest public sector union Unison has said the stringent rules will be unenforceable and has urged the council to support smokers in quitting rather than haul wayward employees into disciplinary meetings.
The council's deputy director of public health John Tomlinson said smoking was still "public health's number one enemy" and the local authority had committed itself to action.
The council has said it will encourage staff to use alternatives like nicotine patches to kick their habit, arguing the cost to its staff would be cheaper than a packet of cigarettes.
The council has about 9,000 employees across all its departments, excluding teachers.
Employees get a short morning and afternoon break, but no smoking will be allowed during these periods under any ban.
Smoking will be allowed during lunch breaks but not in uniform or anywhere near council property, according to the union, Unison.
Unions will discuss the proposals with the council in the autumn, with the ban expected to come into force early next year.