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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
The M6 has now re-opened after a body was found this morning between junctions 10 and 10a for Walsall and Wolverhampton.
The M6 has now reopened, traffic is running between jcts 10a and 10. Have a safe journey
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.
TRAFFIC: M6 southbound at Jct 11 and Jct 1 of the M54 likely to remain closed for two hours after body found on the motorway this morning.
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.
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.
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.
A man who was killed in a two-car smash which saw his Porsche spin off the road and land in a ditch has been named by police.
George Taylor, aged 66, of Dorchester Road, Cannock, was driving his Porsche Boxster on the A460 Wolverhampton Road near junction 11 of the M6 when it crashed with a green Citroen Xsara PIcasso.
Paramedics were called to the scene shortly before 3.15pm on Friday but were unable to save Mr Taylor.
A man and a woman, both aged 23, and a baby were travelling in the Citroen and were not injured in the crash.
Police are now appealing for witnesses.