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Five people die in serious collision on M6

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Five people have died and one is critically injured after a collision on the M6.

The incident happened at around 4.30 this morning (24 May), on the southbound stretch of the M6 between J15 (Stoke South) and J14 (Stafford North).

The road is likely to remain closed through morning rush hour and motorists are being urged to avoid surrounding routes.

Trapped traffic is being turned around, using a lane of the northbound carriageway.

Staffordshire Police said in a statement:

As a result of the collision that stretch of the motorway is closed and will be for some considerable time. A detailed investigation into the incident has begun.

– Staffordshire Police statement

ROADS: M6 - SOUTHBOUND - STAFFORDSHIRE

There is very slow traffic on the M6 Southbound between J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and J14 A34 / A5013 / A5013 Creswell Grove (Stafford North).

One lane has been closed due to accident.

The congestion runs to J16 A500 (Crewe / Stoke-on-trent) and travel time is 20 minutes.

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People urged to keep doors & windows closed after fire

People living in Cobridge and the surrounding areas of Stoke-on-Trent are being advised to keep their doors and windows closed this morning.

The advice comes after a fire which broke out at a Freshways wholesale food store on Portland Street.

It's believed nobody was on site at the time of the incident which was reported to Staffordshire Police at around 2.05am.

There is currently a cordon in place for safety reasons.

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UKIP leader Paul Nuttall to stand in General Election

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Ukip leader Paul Nuttall has confirmed he will stand for Parliament in the General Election.

His announcement ends speculation about whether or not he would run for a Commons seat.

Mr Nuttall said he would be "leading the party into battle" in the June 8 contest, adding he will reveal which seat he will be running for in 48 hours.

"As the leader of the party I will be, obviously, leading the party into battle as I have done many times in the past," he said.

Mr Nuttall failed in his previous bid to become an MP, losing the Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election in February.

Teenage girl hit by car air-lifted to hospital

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A 14-year-old girl has been airlifted to hospital after she was hit by a car in Longton, Stoke-On-Trent.

Witnesses said the incident took place around 3pm yesterday (22nd April) on Oakwood Road.

Staffordshire Police said the girl appears to have suffered a severe leg fracture following the collision and was taken to Birmingham Children's Hospital.

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Referee takes players off at Port Vale v Bolton

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The referee in the League One clash between Port Vale and Bolton Wanderers has taken the players off the pitch following fan clashes.

Carl Boyeson decided to take the players off when opposing fans clashed on the pitch after Bolton fans celebrated their opener from David Wheater which could send them into the Championship.

Visiting supporters invaded the Vale Park pitch but were quickly greeted by home fans, with clashes ensuing.

The players were brought back on after the stoppage.

Overturned lorry cause delays in Staffordshire

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The A50 in Staffordshire is closed eastbound between the A500 (Stoke-on-Trent) and the B5490 while Staffordshire Police deal with an overturned lorry and a shed load of empty plastic bottles.

The A500 southbound exit to the A50 is also closed.

Road users are advised to plan ahead, leaving plenty of extra travelling time and to consider alternative routes where possible.

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