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A5009 Baddeley Green Lane closed in both directions

The A5009 Baddeley Green Lane in Staffordshire is closed in both directions because of a serious crash, police say.

It occurred in the early hours of this morning. It is likely the closure will remain in force for much of this morning's peak period.

Police are asking motorists to avoid the area.

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Midland hopefuls prepare for Commonwealth Games

The Commonwealth Games opening ceremony gets underway tonight in Glasgow.

Commonwealth Games 2014 facts:

  • 71 nations and territories are taking part in the games.
  • This is the 20th Commonwealth Games.
  • The Games were originally known as the British Empire Games until a name change in 1978.
  • 3,000 volunteers from all over Scotland are taking part in the opening ceremony at Celtic Park.
  • The Queen's baton, containing a message from Her Majesty, has travelled for 250 days, visiting all of the 71 nations represented on its way to the opening ceremony.
  • Although there will be 40,000 people watching the opening ceremony at Celtic Park, the global TV audience for the curtain-raiser is expected to be a whopping 1.5 billion.

Adam Dixon from Nottingham is in the hockey team for his second Games after narrowly missing out on a medal in Delhi four years ago.

19-year-old Omar Tafail from Birmingham is taking part in the wrestling event and is hoping to come away a winner.

Click here for the latest from the Commonwealth Games.

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The New Saints FC out of Champions League

The New Saints FC failed to reach the next round of the Champions League after losing 2-0 to SK Slovan Bratislava last night.

TNS are the current Welsh Premier League champions and are based in Oswestry in Shropshire.

They lost the Second Qualifying Round by 3-0 on aggregate.

Superstore powers up on its own food waste

A West Midland branch of Sainsbury's has made history by breaking away from the National Grid and using its own food waste to power the store.

The supermarket in Voyager Drive, Cannock, sends all its waste to an anaerobic digestion plant which turns the waste into electricity - and has now installed a 1.5km cable linking it directly to the store.

The Sainsbury's store in Cannock, Staffordshire
The Sainsbury's store in Cannock, Staffordshire Credit: Google Maps

Head of sustainability at the supermarket giant, Paul Crewe, said the store already send surplus food to charity or to use in animal feed, but that still left thousands of tonnes of food waste to deal with.

Sainsbury's sends absolutely no waste to landfill and we're always looking for new ways to reuse and recycle.

We're delighted to be the first business ever to make use of this link-up technology, allowing our Cannock store to be powered entirely by our food waste.

– Paul Crewe, Sainsbury's

Cute! World's rarest big cats born at Twycross Zoo

Staff at Twycross Zoo are celebrating the pitter-patter of little paws after the birth of two of the world's most endangered big cats, the Amur leopard.

Amur leopards are the most endangered big cats in the world, with fewer than 50 left in the wild
Amur leopards are the most endangered big cats in the world, with fewer than 50 left in the wild Credit: Twycross Zoo

With fewer than 50 of the cats left in the wild, the new arrivals form part of a conservation effort to save the species from extinction.

The two new arrivals form part of a conservation effort
The two new arrivals form part of a conservation effort Credit: Twycross Zoo

Amur leopards live in China and south-eastern Russia, where they face the threat of poaching, illegal logging, forest clearance and land development - on top of the risks posed by disease and in-breeding in such a small population.

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Memorial service for late PCC Bob Jones

A memorial service in honour of the late West Midlands police and crime commissioner Bob Jones will be held today.

The memorial service will be held at the Civic Hall
The memorial service will be held at the Civic Hall Credit: ITV News Central

Mr Jones, who also served as a Wolverhampton councillor for more than 30 years, died suddenly in his sleep on July 1.

The service will be held at the Civic Hall in North Street, Wolverhampton city centre. A cortege will arrive at the centre at 12.50pm.

Cyclist badly injured after being hit by lorry

A cyclist suffered a serious leg injury after being hit by a lorry in Staffordshire this evening.

The crash happened in Rising Brook, Stafford, shortly before 5.35pm
The crash happened in Rising Brook, Stafford, shortly before 5.35pm Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

The man, in his 30s, severely fractured his lower leg in the crash, which happened near a pedestrian crossing in Rising Brook, Stafford, shortly before 5.35pm.

He was taken to the major trauma centre at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire for further treatment.

Police warning after influx of 999 'battery recharge' calls

Call operators at West Midlands Police have issued a warning after an influx of hang-up calls from youngsters to the 999 emergency line.

The callers appeared to be under the mistaken impression that dialling 999 and hanging up would recharge the batteries of their BlackBerry mobile phones.

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Several abandoned 999 calls from kids with Blackberry phones, ringing to "restore battery" this does NOT work and is a waste of our time.

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