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Over 40 cars on fire at a car auction in Castle Bromwich

A large fire broke out at a car auction facility in Castle Bromwich late on Tuesday night.

Fire services were at the scene a little before 1:30am with six crews dealing with the incident:

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Witness appeal after motorcyclist dies in collision with car

Police are appealing for witnesses after a motorcyclist died in Castle Bromwich.

Christopher Clarke Credit: West Midlands Police

Christopher Clarke from Yardley was travelling on a blue Yamaha which collided with a black Toyota Auris on the A452 Collector Road at around 3.50pm on Sunday.

The 32-year-old was confirmed dead at the scene of the crash near the junction with Auckland Drive. Two people in the car suffered minor injuries.

We are trying to piece together exactly what happened and would appeal for anyone with information to contact us.

Even the smallest piece of information could help us build a picture of what happened.

A man has tragically lost his life and our thoughts are with his family at this very difficult time.

– Sergeant Steve Newbury, from the Collision Investigation Unit

Collision investigators can be contacted on 101 or via independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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TRAVEL UPDATE: Delays, travel time up to 60 minutes due M6 vehicle fire

Delays, two lanes closed and very slow traffic due to earlier vehicle fire on M6 Northbound at J8 M5, congestion on M6 to J5 A452 (Castle Bromwich).

Travel time is around 60 minutes.

Lanes one and two (of three) remain shut, carriageway was completely halted at around 7am to extinguish the blaze. Queues start around halfway between J5 and J6

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