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Report: Serious damage after high winds batter Midlands

High winds gusting at speeds of up to 84 miles an hour have battered the Midlands damaging homes and disrupting road and rail travel.

Shropshire and Staffordshire were the worst affected parts of our region. Our reporter Melissa Wright has been to Meir in Stoke on Trent where tonight a community is clearing up the aftermath.

ROADS: M6 - NORTHBOUND - STOKE-ON-TRENT

Long delays due to the main carriageway being closed. Credit: Highways England

There are severe delays on the M6 Northbound this morning due to a lorry spillage and the recovery work which is ongoing.

Long delays due to the main carriageway being closed at Junction 19 A556 (Knutsford), to Junction 16 A500 (Crewe / Stoke-on-trent).

There are currently delays of 2 and a half hours against expected traffic.

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Body found in park in Stoke on Trent

Body found Credit: Google Maps

Forensic officers are investigating after the body of a man was found in a park in Stoke on Trent.

Police officers were called to the old bowling green in Hanley Park around 7.20am. Paramedics were called but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Staffordshire Police are currently not considering the death to be suspicious and a report is being prepared for the Coroner.

Police are asking for anyone who was around the canal towpath and the bowling green area of Hanley park at around 7pm last night to get in touch.

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