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M6 reopens after massive lorry fire melts road

The aftermath of the lorry fire which closed the M6. Credit: PA

The M6 has reopened following a massive lorry fire which melted part of the road.

Drivers endured hours of misery queues after the motorway was shut for most of the day.

All three lanes were reopened shortly after 5.20pm according to Highways England, nearly 16 hours after the initial fire broke out.

A statement on its website said: "The M6 southbound between junction 13 (Stafford south) and junction 12 (Cannock) has fully re-opened after an earlier severe HGV fire and subsequent extensive resurfacing work. All lanes are now running."

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Woman accused of inciting terror on social media

A woman has been charged with inciting terrorism on social media and being a member of the terrorist group Islamic State.

The 26-year-old was held at Heathrow in February. Credit: PA Wire

The 26-year-old woman, from Burton-on-Trent in Staffordshire, is accused of sending a series of tweets encouraging others to "commit, prepare or instigate" acts of terror.

West Midlands Police said the woman had also been charged with belonging to a banned organisation, between October 2014 and January this year.

She was arrested by counter-terror officers at Heathrow Airport in February after arriving on a flight from Turkey.

She is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court today to face the charges.


Two people killed in minibus lorry crash

Two people have died in a collision involving a minibus and a lorry.

The crash happened early this morning on the A511 at Tutbury. Credit: Google Maps

Emergency crews were called to the crash on the A511 at Tutbury shortly before 7am today.

Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene near Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, West Midlands Ambulance Service said.

Six other people have been injured.

One casualty, man in his 20s, was taken to hospital in a critical condition after suffering serious head injuries, Staffordshire Police confirmed.

Cameron: Miliband 'scaremongering' over Staffordshire NHS

Ed Miliband has been accused of deliberately scaremongering and trying to frighten people about the future of the NHS in North Staffordshire by David Cameron.

The Prime Minister branded the Labour leader's behaviour a "disgraceful tactic" and criticised again his alleged use of the word weaponise in relation to the health service.

Mr Cameron was responding to a question from Labour's Joan Walley about the release of a KPMG report into the state of the Staffordshire NHS.

I know that the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust are working hard with the Trust Development Authority and other parties involved to manage a safely and timely transition of services. All parties should work together to do that.

But I have to say it is not helped by the Leader of the Opposition going to Stafford and deliberately scaremongering and trying to frighten local people.

He has said that North Stafford Hospital is on the 'road to closure'. This is what he means by weaponising the NHS. It is an absolutely disgraceful tactic. You know it's not true, he knows it is not true but he hasn't got the gumption to say so.

– David Cameron
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