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Driver dies after lorry overturns and catches fire

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A lorry driver has died after their vehicle overturned and caught fire on the motorway.

Emergency services were called to the M42, near to the link with the M5, shortly before 11.50am.

Once the fire had been brought under control, crews were able to get to the driver but he was confirmed dead at the scene.

Traffic is still queuing as the exit slip road is closed due to the incident on the M42 Southbound in Worcestershire.

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Weekend Picks: The Big Castle Bird Watch

Kidderminster: Worcestershire Museum, Hartlebury Castle, Sunday 11am-4pm

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The RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch is an initiative encouraging people all around the UK to give at least an hour to discover the bird life in their area.

This weekend, you can take part in the project alongside other budding wildlife watchers by joining the Hartlebury Castle Big Bird Watch.

Use binoculars to see which birds you can identify, try the bird quiz, create your own Bird Blow Darts game and make an Apple Bird Feeder to take home.

The project has been taking place since 1979 and allows the charity to monitor trends and understand how birds are doing. Don't forget to register online for your free big bird watch pack.


The link road from M42 southbound to M5 southbound at J4a near Bromsgrove is closed this afternoon because of a serious HGV collision incident.

The link road is expected to remain closed for the rest of the day after the lorry overturned and caught fire.


Appeal after suspected arson at flat in Redditch

High Trees Close, Redditch Credit: Google Street View

Officers in Redditch are appealing for witnesses after a suspected arson in the town.

It happened at a flat in High Trees Close around 5.30pm on Saturday (January 14).

No-one was home or injured at the time of the blaze. It is believed a person or persons may have deliberately set alight the contents of a bin store, which was located next to the front door of the property.

Officers are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the fire or who saw people acting suspiciously in the area at the time of the incident.

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