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Closures on M5 and M6 because of 'police incident'

A "police incident" has forced closures on the M6 and M5. Credit: PA

The M5 Northbound and M6 Southbound are closed near West Bromwich because of a "police incident".

  • The M5 Northbound is closed at the link road to the M6 South carriageway. There is congestion back to J1 A41 / A4252 (West Bromwich / Birmingham)
  • The M6 Southbound is blocked on the M5 Link Road at J8 M5. There is congestion to J10 A454 / B4464 (Wolverhampton / Walsall)

Jury retires in trial of woman accused of planning to take children to join father in Syria

A jury has retired to consider verdicts in the trial of a woman accused of plotting to take her three young children to Syria to join their father.

Trainee maths teacher Lorna Moore, 33, is accused of planning to take her children to Syria Credit: PA Archive/PA Images

Trainee maths teacher Lorna Moore, 33, of Walsall, is charged with failing to tell authorities her husband Sajid Aslam, 34, was poised to join Islamic State.

Her co-defendant Ayman Shaukat, 27, is accused of helping Aslam and Muslim convert Alex Nash, 22, on their way to fight.

The Old Bailey has heard how Aslam and Nash were among a group of friends from Walsall, West Midlands, who allegedly set off for the war zone in 2014. At least one of them is now dead.

Moore, of Glebe Street, denies failing to disclose information about acts of terrorism on or before August 24 2014 that might be of assistance in securing the apprehension of Aslam.

Shaukat, of Pargeter Street, Walsall, denies two counts of preparing for terrorist acts.

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Funeral home: 'No bodies in coffins shown in photos'

The Midcounties Co-operative Funeralcare. Credit: ITV News Central

The boss of a funeral home which reportedly stored coffins containing bodies in a corridor next to an old bike has said there were no bodies in the coffins shown in the photograph.

Ben Reid, the Chief Executive of the Midcounties Co-operative in Walsall, said he wanted to reassure relatives that their loved ones had always been treated with respect.

He agreed bodies were kept in the chilled corridor in coffins for a short time before being taken to the Chapel of Rest, when their families visited.

Mr Reid added that an investigation was now underway to find out how someone had access to a camera at work.

Over sixty firefighters tackle blaze at factory in Willenhall

Over sixty firefighters are at the scene of the factory fire in Willenhall. The fire started earlier this morning and it is not yet known what the cause was.

Roads have been closed while the fire is extinguished, and residents have been advised to keep doors and windows shut due to large amounts of smoke.

Credit: West Midlands Fire Service
Credit: West Midlands Fire Service
Credit: West Midlands Fire Service
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