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More than a million suspected illicit cigarettes were seized during an operation across Sandwell and Birmingham in an attempt to disrupt the sale and supply of illegal tobacco.

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Market traders facing a rent increase say they were not given reasonable notice from the council that they would have to pay a higher rate this year.

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Severe delays on the M6 this afternoon after an earlier accident.

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Here's one of today's top stories: Over 20 hospital campaigners in Stafford will stand in the borough council local elections in May, it was announced today.

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Update - Mayor of Mexico City says one woman has died after explosion outside maternity & children's hospital injuring dozens of people.

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Information from Travel Tom following the accident on the M6

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Sky to launch mobile phone service

Sky has been in talks for some time to use the O2 network to operate a mobile service

Sky is to enter the mobile phone sector next year in a partnership with O2 operator Telefonica, in the latest of a series of deals and takeovers shaking up the industry.

Monarch on course for profit return

Monarch Airways is in the process of turning itself into a short-haul airline

European airline Monarch said it is on course to return to profit this year following a rescue package of more than £100 million and hundreds of redundancies.

Energy profit 'up to £114 per home'

The estimated profit is 9% of the average dual-fuel bill

Energy companies stand to increase their profits to £114 per household over the next year, even after cutting tariffs in response to dramatic falls in wholesale prices.

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