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Cannock gas leak: emergency teams update from the scene

Emergency teams, including West Midlands Ambulance Service, are tweeting updates from the scene of a gas leak in Cannock. Locals have been told to avoid the area, after a car crashed into a sub-station, causing gas to leak.

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Cannock gas leak: latest road closures

Roads closed so far because of the gas leak exclusion zone in Cannock include:

  • A460 Eastern Way from the Orbital Way island to the Voyager Drive island

  • Orbital Way from the Eastern Way island to The Cley Road island

  • Voyager Drive from the Eastern Way island to Orbital Way

The A5, M6 and M6 Toll are unaffected, but local officers are urging people to stay away from the area until the incident is resolved.

Gas leak after car crashes into sub-station

Staffordshire Police and Fire and Rescue Service are urging people in Cannock to stay away from the Orbital Retail Park after a car crashed into a gas sub-station.

The collision, which involved a red BMW 3 series, happened around 7.10 this evening near the Sainsbury's petrol station.

A 300-metre exclusion zone has been set up around the area after gas was found to be leaking from the sub-station. People working nearby have also evacuated.

Gas engineers are on-site assessing the damage. Officers have arrested a man from the Brownhills area in connection with the incident.

Driver fined £700 for throwing cigarette butts from car

Man given £700 fine for throwing cigarette butts out of car window Credit: Clive Gee/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Paul Smith from Wolverhampton was seen throwing two cigarette butts from his car window in Cannock by a council enforcement officer.

He was issued with a fixed penalty notice but failed to pay.

Legal proceedings were then started and he was convicted and ordered to pay £200 for each cigarette, £310 in costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Cllr Carl Bennett said:

Anyone caught not disposing of cigarette ends correctly can expect to receive a Fixed Penalty Notice of £75, and the Council will bring cases before the court if they are not paid.

Notorious child killer Raymond Morris dies in prison

Notorious child killer Raymond Morris has died in prison at the age of 84, prison bosses have confirmed.

Morris, who is believed to have been responsible for killing a number of schoolgirls in the 60s, died yesterday of natural causes at HMP Preston, where he was serving a life sentence.

Raymond Morris Credit: ITV News Central

He was jailed for life in 1969 after being convicted of the abduction and murder of seven-year-old Christine Darby from a street in Walsall, and murdering her in Cannock Chase.

Christine Darby, from Walsall, was murdered by Morris in the 60s Credit: ITV News Central

He was also prime suspect in the killing of six year-old Margaret Reynolds, from Aston in Birmingham, and Bloxwich schoolgirl Diane Tift, aged five, though those cases were left on file.

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M6 body: road closures for next two hours - police

West Midlands Police says road closures on the M6 southbound will be in place for the next two hours after a body was discovered this morning.

Body found on M6 - road closures in place

A body has been found on the M6 near Walsall.

Police are investigating the death - currently being treated as unexplained - on the M6 southbound between junctions 10A for Cannock and 10 for Walsall.

Closures are in place at M6 junction southbound and junction 1 of the M54 and are expected to remain until around 12pm.

Signed diversions are in place with travellers advised to leave the M6 southbound at junction 11.

Five-year-old boy seriously injured after being hit by car

A young boy was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after being hit by a car in Staffordshire this afternoon.

The boy, aged five, was hit in Chapel Street, Norton Canes, Cannock, shortly before 3.45pm.

The child was hit in Cannock this afternoon Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

He suffered serious head, pelvic and leg injuries in the crash, and was flown to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for treatment after being anaesthetised by paramedics.

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