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M6 blocked after crash between motorcycle and car

The M6 Southbound is blocked between J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway Spaghetti Junction and J5 A452 (Castle Bromwich) because of a crash between a car and a motorcycle. It happened at around 7am this morning.

There is congestion back to J7 A34 (Great Barr).

Traffic has been stopped to allow an air ambulance to land.

Fire crews called to gas explosion in Great Barr

The explosion happened in Great Barr Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

Two fire crews were called to the scene of a gas explosion in Great Barr this morning.

West Midlands fire service received a 999 call reporting the sound of an explosion just before 09:30am this morning.

Eight firefighters from West Bromwich went to the scene, where there was a small fire which was already out on arrival. Evidence suggests it was the result of a gas explosion at the semi-detached property.

The gas and electricity has been isolated and an ambulance called for precautionary checkups, although there is no suggestion that anyone has been injured at this stage.

A structural engineer has also been called to check the property.


Men bailed after child abduction arrests

Three men have been bailed after being arrested on suspicion of child abduction.

They were arrested after a people in a van were seen acting suspiciously near schools in Great Barr.

The men, aged between 22-41 years old were arrested in Sterndale Road on 23 January and have been bailed with strict conditions until 14 February.

Three arrested over 'suspicious activity' near West Midlands schools

Police investigating reports of a van acting suspiciously near schools in Great Barr have arrested three men.

A teacher at Perry Beaches School raised concerns after parents reported a van cruising the area.

Officers detained the men, aged between 22 and 41, after stopping a white Ford transit van, which was collecting scrap metal, as it travelled along Sterndale Road, Great Barr at 8:50am this morning (Thursday 23 January).

Police say they were also called by a concerned member of the public who said they had seen a van approach a schoolgirl at a bus stop at the junction of Hamstead Road and Newton Road.

It happened twenty minutes before the arrests took place, the girl managed to run away unharmed.

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