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Two motorists suffering 'life-threatening' injuries

The fatal M6 crash has left two people with life-threatening injuries, Cheshire Police said.

A further three motorists are being treated for serious injuries, while another seven people received minor injuries.

The southbound carriageway has been closed between junction 16 and 18 and is likely to be closed for approximately four hours while officers investigate the scene.

15 motorists involved in M6 multi-vehicle crash

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said 15 people were involved in the nine-vehicle crash that killed a motorist on the M6 southbound in Cheshire.

Fire crews released five trapped motorists after numerous vehicles collided between junctions 17 and 16, the service said.

There were seven service appliances at the scene which involved numerous vehicles including two heavy goods vehicles, two cars and one van.

The crews were engaged in extricating five casualties who were trapped. The officer at the scene summarised that a total of 15 persons and nine vehicles were involved in the collision.

– Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman

All casualties were transported to nearby hospitals.

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One killed and 10 injured in multi-vehicle M6 collision

One person has died and 10 people have been injured in a nine-vehicle collision on the M6 southbound in Cheshire.

Three of those hurt suffered serious injuries, two of which are life threatening, Cheshire Police said. The remaining seven suffered minor injuries.

All the casualties have been taken to hospital, with two flown by air ambulance.

The collision occurred late this morning at junction 16 and involved two vans, two HGVs and five cars.

The southbound carriageway has been shut between junctions 16 and 18 and is likely to be closed for approximately four hours, police said.

Independent becomes Kent Police & Crime Commissioner

An independent candidate has won the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner election:

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Ann Barnes has been elected as the new police & crime commissioner for Kent. #MyPCC #PCC

There is more coverage of the PCC election in Kent on ITV Meridian.

The Conservatives have claimed another victory - this time in Cheshire.

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John Dwyer has been elected as the new police & crime commissioner for Cheshire #MyPCC #PCC

There is more coverage on his victory at ITV Granada.

While Labour won Nottinghamshire:

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Paddy Tipping has been elected as the new police & crime commissioner for Nottinghamshire #MyPCC #PCC

For further reaction and analysis on these areas visit ITV Central.

Three cleared over robbery plot

Three men have been cleared of plotting a robbery with a father-of-two who was shot dead by police. Anthony Grainger, 26, died of a gunshot wound to the chest after the vehicle he was in was stopped in a car park in the village of Culcheth in Cheshire on March 3.

Armed officers swooped on the stolen Audi in a "pre-planned operation" as a police officer fired a bullet which passed through the windscreen and hit Mr Grainger. His associates, David Totton, 33, and Joseph Travers, 27, were arrested at the scene wearing balaclavas rolled up on their heads.

Another man, Robert Rimmer, 26, was arrested the next day. Mr Totton, of Rochdale Road, Manchester, Mr Travers, of no fixed address, and Mr Rimmer, of Ainsbrook Avenue, New Moston, were found not guilty of conspiracy to rob by a jury at Manchester Crown Court.

Shafilea's teacher 'saw bruises' on teenager

Shafilea Ahmed's teacher saw injuries which the teenager claimed were caused in a "beating" from her parents, a court heard today. The teenager's parents are accused of murdering Shafilea at home in Cheshire in September 2003.

Shafilea Ahmed's teacher 'saw bruises' on the teenager Credit: Police handout

Joanne Code said Shafilea also ran away from home and said would not go back because "they are going to marry me off in Pakistan".

Mrs Code told the jury at Chester Crown Court: "I was concerned that if she said too much it might make life difficult for her. It was a very direct question I needed to ask her, I asked whether or not I needed to be worried about her welfare - which she replied 'Yes'."

The teacher informed her father Iftikhar Ahmed that Shafilea needed to sign papers if they wanted her to leave her studies. The next day, Mrs Code said that Shafilea came in with a "bruise to her neck and a cut on her lip", claiming that her mother and father had "taken turns in beating her".

Follow Shafilea's trial at ITV Granada.

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