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Football coaches and players have called on councillors to kick plans to hike pitch hire costs by up to 40 per cent into touch.

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Police say they are ready to take action against any fans who cause trouble when Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion meet again tomorrow.

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The M6 car fire has now been removed but other delays are now being caused:

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WATCH: David Cameron speaks about Help to Buy after sharing anger on Stafford hospital rumours

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WATCH: This is the moment a shotgun was dumped in front of a house garden of a West Midlands home.

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Here's a further update on the M6 car fire:

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What do you think: Do gender stereotypes play a part in putting girls off maths and science?

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"The couple had made internet searches which included Will Amanda Knox be returning to Italy? They also searched for breaking news on BBC websites."

A couple accused of killing a man and dismembering his body made an internet search about convicted murderer Amanda Knox, a court heard.

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In case you missed it: 45 bags of cannabis discovered dumped in Oldbury field

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We've received reports of a car fire on the M6, junctions 14 and 13 with two lanes closed as a result.

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Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Aston Villa v West Bromwich Albion

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