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Very slow traffic due to earlier accident on M42 Southbound between J10 A5 (Tamworth) and J9 M6 Toll / A446 (Curdworth / Coleshill). All lanes have been re-opened.
More than fifty firefighters are dealing with a major factory fire at a building on Lichfield Road Industrial Estate in Tamworth.
The report was received at around 10.10am today, Wednesday 11 March.
There are no reported injuries but a number of nearby business premises have been evacuated as a safety precaution. Residents living nearby have been asked to stay indoors and to keep their windows and doors closed to avoid smoke inhalation.
Anyone who begins to suffer from breathing difficulties or irritation is advised to contact paramedics.
Unemployment has fallen in the region - and it's taken a sharp dip in the town of Tamworth in Staffordshire. There are 350 jobseekers at the moment compared to 900 at the start of last year.
Nationally, unemployment fell by 32,000 in the final quarter of last year, according to the Office of National Statistics.
Very slow traffic, Main carriageway closed and long delays on M42 Northbound at J10 A5 (Tamworth), congestion on M42 to J9 M6 Toll / A446 (Curdworth / Coleshill). Travel time is 30 minutes.