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Severe delays after closure of M6

The M6 has been closed Credit: ITV News Central

There are severe delays today because of emergency bridge repairs on M6 in both directions.

The closure is expected to remain in place throughout the afternoon.

The road is closed between J14 A34 / A5013 Creswell Grove (Stafford North) and J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent), with congestion on M6 to J13 A449 (Stafford South).

Roadworks overnight on the A51 found a defect in the bridge over the motorway so the M6 has had to be closed.

A diversion is in place, Highways England are advising people to follow the hollow triangle symbol Northbound and hollow square signs Southbound using the A500 and A34 past Stone.

Appeal to trace family of Stafford man after death

The man died on Sunday (19 March) Credit: PA

Her Majesty’s Coroner’s Office in Stoke-on-Trent is appealing for help to trace the family of a man who has died at the Royal Stoke University Hospital.

52-year-old David John Wheatley, who lived in Stafford, died on Sunday 19 March. His death is not being treated as suspicious.

HM Coroner for Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire needs to trace Mr Wheatley’s next of kin.

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Emergency bridge repairs force M6 closures

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The M6 is closed in both directions at Staffordshire this morning.

Traffic is now queueing between J14 A34 / A5013 at Creswell Grove (Stafford North) and J15 A500 at Stoke-On-Trent.

During scheduled roadworks on the A51, a defect was identified on the bridge over the M6 forcing it to close for emergency repairs.

Diversions are in place.

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Primary school 'devastated' after 1930s lanterns disappear

Credit: Chancel Primary School

Staff at a Staffordshire primary school have pleaded for information after two 80 year old lanterns disappeared from the school's walls.

The Art Deco lanterns have been on the building at Chancel Primary School since it was built in the 1930s, the school says.

They say that the two lanterns were taken on Tuesday 7 March - and that the loss of the original features has devastated the school community.

They've asked for any information from members of the public which could help them find the lanterns.

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