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M5 blocked and long delays after multi-vehicle accident

The M5 northbound carriageway is blocked after a car spun into the central barrier in the West Midlands, causing a multi-car pile-up.

Credit: Highways England

The smash happened on Sunday evening between J2 A4123 (Oldbury / Birmingham) and J1 A41 / A4252 / Birmingham Road (West Bromwich / Birmingham).

One lane has also been closed on the southbound carriageway due to debris on the road, with police warning of delays as people "slow down to look at the accident".

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Weekend Picks: Arts Festival

Sandwell Arts Festival: Sat 13th - Sun 14th Aug (Various locations, Sandwell & West Bromwich)

1,000 ceramic flowers will be on display Credit: Creative Black Country

West Bromwich town centre will come alive this weekend with performances, cinema, photography and giant Bumble bees.

Creative Black Country, in partnership with Sandwell Council and West Bromwich BID, have put together a programme of events for the Sandwell Arts Festival to transform the town.

As part of the project, more than 500 people from community groups across the region have helped the artistic team to make a stunning ceramic garden of over 1,000 flowers.

Birmingham’s Flatpack heads to the Black Country with a day of films at the Odeon and Town Hall.

Sandwell Arts Festival is the perfect opportunity to present the amazing work of our partners across the Black Country.

From the giant bees that buzz with our friends from Fab Lab; to storytelling and performance with Black Country Touring; film screenings with Flatpack; and photography with Multistory we’re bringing an international wealth of talent to West Bromwich.”

– Creative Black Country Artistic Director Parminder Dosanjh

For times, listings and more information visit: www.creativeblackcountry.co.uk

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West Brom move for striker Sakho called off

Diafra Sakho is staying put. Credit: PA

West Brom's club record move for West Ham striker Diafra Sakho has fallen through.

The 26-year-old had been expected to complete a switch to The Hawthorns on Thursday but the transfer has collapsed as he will not be fit for the start of the season.

Albion were prepared to pay around £15million for Sakho but, while he has not failed a medical, the Baggies were reluctant to spend the significant sum without any guarantees he would be ready when they needed him.

Woman seriously injured in collision outside the Hawthorns

A pedestrian has been seriously injured following a collision with a car outside West Bromwich Albion Football Club this morning.

Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Halfords Lane in West Bromwich just after 7.25am and sent two ambulances and a paramedic officer to the scene.

The Derbyshire and Rutland Air Ambulance also attended, landing in the car park of the East Stand car park.

Crews arrived to find a woman lying in the road and a car that had suffered significant damage in the collision.

The woman, who is believed to be in her 30s, remained conscious throughout but was treated for fractures to both legs, a pelvic injury and a minor head injury.

Once crews had stabilised her condition she was immobilised and given pain relief at the scene before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham by land ambulance.

The driver of the car, a woman, was not injured in the collision.

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

Teen who scared off burglar wins PCC award

A 15-year-old who scared a burglar from her home has won the Outstanding Young Citizen Award.

Millie Dee from West Bromwich came face-to-face with a crook armed with a bag of tools on the stairs of her home.

She scared him off after screaming 'Get out of my house!' at the top of her voice when she saw him coming up the stairs.

Brave teen:'You don't think... you just know your priorities'

A brave teen who ran an armed burglar out of home has described the moment she came face-to-face with the crook.

Millie Dee from West Bromwich's quick thinking has been recognised by the police, who have nominated her for the Police and Crime Commissioner's Outstanding Young Citizen award.

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