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Firefighters dealing with derelict factory fire in Birmingham

Firefighters are dealing with a severe fire in a derelict factory in Birmingham.

30 firefighters are at the scene. Credit: Handsworth Fire Station

West Midlands Fire Service received a call from Soho Road in Handsworth at 2:50pm this afternoon.

Fire on Soho Road. Credit: Google Maps

Babbington Road is shut to traffic and West Midlands Fire Service have advised the public to avoid the area.

Babbington Road is shut to traffic. Credit: Handsworth Fire Station
The scene of the fire. Credit: Handsworth Fire Station

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Vaisakhi Parade takes place in Smethwick

Hundreds of people have gathered in Smethwick for the Vaisakhi Parade.

The parade started on the High Street and will make its way past the Guru Nunak Gurdwara Temple before ending in Handsworth Park where festivities will continue.

The following roads in Sandwell will close on a rolling basis:

  • B4169 High Street - from its junction with St Alban's Road to its junction with High Street (A4030)
  • A4030 High Street - from its junction with High Street (B4169) to its junction with Tollhouse Way (A457)
  • A457 Tollhouse Way - from its junction with Crocketts Lane to its junction with Fenton Street)
  • B4135 Rolfe Street - from its junction with Tollhouse way (A457) to its junction with Rabone Lane (B4236)
  • B4136 Rabone Lane - from its junction with Rolfe Street (B4135) to its junction with Booth Street (B4135)
  • B4135 Booth Street - from its junction with Rabone Lane (B4135) to the borough boundary

M5 and M6 motorways closed after crashes

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Several crashes have forced the closure of carriageways on the M6 and the M5.

The M6 Northbound has been closed between J1 A426 (Rugby / Lutterworth) and J2 M69 / A46 (Coventry) since 5.30am after a serious crash involving a lorry and three cars.

Meanwhile the M5 Northbound is closed for recovery work after a vehicle overturned between J4 A38 (Bromsgrove / Stourbridge) and J3 A456 (Halesowen / Birmingham).

The M5 Southbound was briefly closed to allow the air ambulance to land.

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