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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.

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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.

47 year prison sentence for Romanian crime gang

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A Black Country based gang have been jailed for almost fifty years following the theft of £3m worth of jewellery from stores across the UK.

During one raid, the six Romanian men took £400,000 worth of watches from a store in Stoke-on-Trent and also struck at sites in Stratford.

Vasile Daniel Cardos, Bogdan Costel Neagu, Silvu Ioan Acatrinei, Andrei Florin Tifui, and Ioan Bucuresteanu, all of no fixed address were each jailed for conspiring to commit burglaries.

A seventh man is due to be sentenced on March 28.

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