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Two bikers killed in motorbike crash on A5

Two men have died in a motorbike crash. Credit: DARRYL DYCK/The Canadian Press/Press Association Images

Two bikers were killed in a crash which closed a seven-mile stretch of the A5.

Both men were pronounced dead at the scene after the smash close to Gailey, near Cannock.

Officers are now supporting the families of both victims, who were riding a red BMW motorbike and a white-and-blue Suzuki.

The A5 remains closed between Weston-under-Lizard and Gailey whilst a detailed examination of the scene takes place.

This includes utilising the force of a helicopter to take aerial photographs."

– police spokesman

West Midlands Ambulance: Avoid M6 accident area

West Midlands Ambulance service are advising travellers to avoid the area of the M6 where a serious road accident took place earlier this morning.

Traffic has been halted to enable an air ambulance to attend the scene between Junction 11 A460 / A462 (Cannock) and Junction 10A M54.

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Travel: Traffic halted on M6 Southbound and Northbound

M6 Southbound:

The M6 has been closed southbound with traffic currently stationary due to a serious accident involving a lorry and car. Traffic halted between J11 A460/1462 (Cannock) and J10A M54 as emergency services deal with them.

M6 Northbound:

Traffic has been stopped Northbound between J10A M54 and J11 A460/A462 (Cannock) to enable the Air Ambulance to land.

Cameron in Help to Buy Cannock visit

The Prime Minister visited Cannock this morning to see new homes built under the Government's Help To Buy Scheme.

Mr Cameron met families who have benefitted from the scheme, before touring a new housing development where homes have been built on the site of a former factory and warehouse off Watling Street.

David Cameron visited Cannock this morning Credit: ITV News Central

The Help to Buy scheme has enabled 8,266 people in the West Midlands buy a new home since it was created, new figures have revealed today.

It was created in 2013 "to support hard-working taxpayers" who could pay a mortgage, but couldn't afford the high deposits demanded by lenders in the wake of the financial crisis.

Thanks to Help to Buy, this government has helped thousands of hardworking people that otherwise would have been locked out of home ownership get the keys to their own home and enjoy the security that comes with it.

This is all part of our long-term economic plan to secure a better future for Britain – and, together with cutting income tax, lowering council tax bills and freezing fuel duty, the government is backing those who work hard and get on find the financial security they deserve.

– David Cameron, Prime minister

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M6 Toll closed due to 'serious incident'

The M6 Toll in Staffordshire is currently closed due to a 'serious incident'.

The Highways Agency say there is a total closure between T7 and T6.

There is also a closure in place from JT8 and the air ambulance is at the scene.

Snake warning after greyhound bitten by adder

Dog walkers are being warned to take care on Cannock Chase after a greyhound was bitten by an adder at the Staffordshire beauty spot.

An adder spotted in Cannock Chase Credit: ITV News Central

Animal charity PDSA says eight-year-old Cookie was rushed to its Wolverhampton branch after being bitten while out on a walk.

Almost immediately, she lay down and began to swell up - and needed emergency treatment to save her life.

An adder spotted in Cannock Chase Credit: ITV News Central

The adder is the UK's only native venomous snake.

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