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ROAD: A500 closed north of Stoke-on-Trent due to fire

20 tonnes of hay caught fire on the lorry
20 tonnes of hay caught fire on the lorry Credit: Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service

The A500 is closed in both directions north of Stoke-on-Trent, after a lorry carrying hay bales caught fire.

The exact location is on the Shavington Bypass at the junction with the A5020 old Park Road and A531 Newcastle Road in Cheshire.

The road is still closed
The road is still closed Credit: Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service

It happened shortly after 2pm, and five fire engines are on the scene. The road is still closed.

Motorists travelling north-west out of Staffordshire are advised to avoid the area.

Stoke City sign Barcelona's Bojan Krkic

Barcelona winger Bojan Krkic has signed a four-year deal to join Stoke City, the club has announced.

Bojan Krkic has been signed by Stoke City
Bojan Krkic has been signed by Stoke City Credit: Tony Marshall/EMPICS

The 23-year-old left the Spanish team after 15 years, having started out at the club's La Masia Academy before going on to make 162 first team appearances.

He's the second FC Barcelona player to be snapped up by the Potters, who also signed Marc Muniesa last year.

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Revealed: The top 10 worst excuses for stopping on the hard shoulder

The Highways Agency has revealed its top 10 worst excuses for parking up on the hard shoulder.

  • One motorist pulled over because they saw fire” on their dashboard display, it later turned out it was the name of the Adele track they were listening to.
  • One motorist parked up and fell asleep on the M6.
  • People stopping to read a map or check their sat navs.
  • Two car owners halfway through the selling and buying process for one of the cars.
  • One driver realised their car insurance policy was up for renewal – they were ringing around for quotes to renew.
  • A group of motorcyclists parked on the hard shoulder on the M1 to review their route and have a drink.
  • Taxi drivers waiting on the hard shoulder around airports for their client's flights to arrive.
  • A mobile phone operator, stopping at regular intervals in their private car carrying out signal tests on the hard shoulder.
  • A driver who stopped to pick flowers.
  • A couple who wanted to take pictures of their new born grandchild in their open top sports car, as it was "a lovely day".

It comes as figures revealed more than 400 drivers in the West Midlands had broken the by stopping in the restricted lane, despite there not being an emergency.

Hundreds of drivers stopping illegally on hard shoulder

Salesmen trading cars, people picking flowers, and stopping to take a pretty picture are among just some of the excuses used by drivers for stopping illegally on motorway hard shoulders in the West Midlands.

Official records show hundreds of people across the region stopped on the hard shoulder when there was no emergency in just three months last year.

It is illegal to stop on the hard shoulder unless there is an emergency or if it is opened as part of a 'managed motorways' scheme
It is illegal to stop on the hard shoulder unless there is an emergency or if it is opened as part of a 'managed motorways' scheme Credit: PA

One man even told officers from the Highways Agency that he thought the word 'Fire' flashing up on his dashboard meant his car was ablaze - apparently not realising that was the name of the Adele hit he was listening to.

A total of 418 drivers in the West Midlands broke the law between July and September last year - and motorway police are now urging people to make sure they use the hard shoulder properly.

It is illegal to stop on the hard shoulder unless there is an emergency or if it is opened as part of a 'managed motorways' scheme.

AMAZING VIDEO: Lightning striking BT tower and storm pictures

Viewers have been sending in their photos of this weekends wild weather.

A combination of sunny spells and severe storms made up the conditions across the Midlands.

The BT Tower in Birmingham was hit by lightning and a petrol station roof collapsed in Leicestershire following the torrential weather.

Here are just a few of the moments you captured on camera...

Four Oaks
Four Oaks Credit: Rachel Slater
Petrol station roof collapses on two cars in Leicestershire
Petrol station roof collapses on two cars in Leicestershire Credit: Caters news agency
Taken in the early hours in Leicester
Taken in the early hours in Leicester Credit: Brendan harris

PHOTOS: More flashes of lightning from last night's thunderstorm

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Lightning strikes Dudley last night Credit: Demi-Leigh Freeman
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A bolt of lightning in Newcastle-under-Lyme Credit: Robert J McLaughlin
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This was captured over Birmingham in the early hours of this morning Credit: Paul Johnson
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The sky was red with danger as lightning struck Kinghurst in Birmingham Credit: Linz Carter
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The sky above a housing estate in the West Midlands Credit: Rachel Slater
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