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ROADS: M42 - SOUTHBOUND - WORCESTERSHIRE

The link road from M42 southbound to M5 southbound at J4a near Bromsgrove is closed this afternoon because of a serious HGV collision incident.

The link road is expected to remain closed for the rest of the day after the lorry overturned and caught fire.

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Hundreds attend funeral for Claire Nagle

Hundreds attend Claire Nagle funeral Credit: ITV News Central

Hundreds have gathered at the funeral for mother-of-five Claire Nagle, which has begun at Derby Cathedral.

Family and friends entered to the song 'Wind Beneath My Wings', with many of them wearing purple in memory of Claire.

Derbyshire police launched a murder investigation after her body was found at her home at Borrowash in Derbyshire just weeks before Christmas.

An inquest found the 38-year-old had died from pressure to the neck.

Sion Simon launches West Midlands Mayoral bid

Sion Simon has today launched his West Midlands Mayoral bid with Tom Watson, the MP and deputy leader of the Labour Party.

He has spoken to around 150 people from across the West Midlands.

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Man dies in suspected gas explosion

The bungalow after the explosion

One man has died in a suspected gas explosion at a bungalow in Eye near Peterborough.

It happened yesterday evening in Back Lane. Five five crews were called to the scene.

The bungalow after the explosion

An investigation is already underway to find the cause and a structural engineer has been called in to help make the building safe before the body can be removed.

Watch Russell Hookey's report below

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Weekend Picks: 50 things to do before you are 11 ¾

Herefordshire Welly-Wanging: Brockhampton Park, Sat & Sun 11:00-15:30

Credit: National Trust

Dig out your wellington boots and enjoy the fresh air of the Herefordshire countryside at the National Trust Brockhampton Estate this weekend.

There are six walking routes on the estate suitable for all ages and abilities and during the winter months when the trees are bare, wildlife is more visible than at any other time of the year.
There will also be a Welly-Wanging competition.

Welly Wanging is a British folk sport requiring competitors to throw their Wellington boots as far as possible and is now a world-wide competitive phenomenon with a set of regulated rules from the World Welly Wanging Association.

You can also pick up a free copy of the '50 things to do before you are 11 ¾' booklet and see what adventures can be had at Brockhampton Estate.

Aston Villa announce Lansbury signing

Henri Lansbury Credit: PA

Aston Villa have announced the signing of midfielder Henri Lansbury.

The 26-year-old arrives at the club on a four-and-a-half-year deal from Nottingham Forest for an undisclosed fee.

Lansbury, who came through the ranks at Arsenal under Arsene Wenger, becomes Steve Bruce’s second signing of the transfer window.

He said:

I am delighted to be here at Aston Villa.

As soon as I knew Aston Villa were interested, I wanted to come here.

– Henri Lansbury
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