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  1. Updates on Tuesday 3 May 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 Wednesday

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Live updates for Stoke and Staffordshire have finished for the day, but we'll be back from 08:00 Wednesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.  

Gnosall homes plan recommended for refusal

Staffordshire Newsletter

Plans to build 90 homes in a village near Stafford look set to be demolished by planners.

Birmingham-based Richborough Estates Partnership LLP has applied for outline planning permission for land at The Horseshoe in Audmore, near Gnosall.

Stolen phone helps track Werrington burglary suspects

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

Police say three people were arrested in connection with a burglary in Stoke-on-Trent after they tracked a stolen mobile phone. 

Officers say the burglary on Ash Bank Road in Werrington was reported on Friday afternoon, and the three were detained in Cannock less than three hours later. 

A 20-year-old man has been charged, a 27-year-old man has been bailed, and a 24-year-old woman released without charge. 

Four schools to become an academy trust

Chris King

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

Four Newcastle-under-Lyme schools are consulting on plans to set up a new academy trust. 

Sir Thomas Boughey High School and The Richard Heathcote Community Primary School could come together with Ravensmead and Woodlane Primaries in Bignall End. 

If the move goes ahead it would mean they'd get funding directly from the Government rather than Staffordshire County Council. 

Latest weather for Stoke and Staffordshire

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

It looks like we have a dry evening ahead with temperatures of 12C (54F) at around 18:00.

Overnight we're looking at lows of 2C (36F) in rural areas, but feeling more like 5C (41F) in built-up areas.

There's always more on the BBC Weather website.

Alex Hamilton with the weather forecast for the West Midlands

Headlines: Water companies to move to Hanley; girl arrested on suspicion of Nantwich assault; four arrested after Longton break-in

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

These are some of the main stories today in Staffordshire and Cheshire:

- Plans for Staffordshire and Cheshire's water companies to start a new joint-venture business based in Stoke-on-Trent have been approved

- A teenage girl has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting a 14-year-old boy in Nantwich at the weekend

- Four men have been arrested on suspicion of theft after a break-in at an empty building in Longton

Congestion in Endon

BBC Travel

There's congestion on the A53 in both directions in Endon this afternoon.

It's due to the roadworks around Basnett's Wood Road.

More on BBC Travel.

Map of North Staffordshire
Google

Water companies to move to Hanley

Plans for Staffordshire and Cheshire's water companies to start a new joint-venture business based in Stoke-on-Trent have been approved.

Smithfield building at dusk
BBC

United Utilities and Severn Trent's new company Water Plus will target business customers and employ about 400 people. 

Staff are moving to the Smithfield site in Hanley over the course of this year.

Girl arrested on suspicion of Nantwich assault

Lamont Howie

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

A teenage girl has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting a 14-year-old boy in Nantwich at the weekend. 

The 15-year-old from Crewe was bailed until later this month after an incident near Nantwich swimming pool on Saturday afternoon. 

Record entries for Nantwich art and handwriting contest

Nantwich News

More than 400 entries are expected from Nantwich primary schools for an art and handwriting competition.  

The contest is being run by the Rotary Club of Nantwich, and for the third year running, Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson will be presenting the prizes in Nantwich Museum.  

Four arrested after Longton break-in

Monica Rimmer

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

Four men have been arrested on suspicion of theft after a break-in at an empty building in Longton.

Officers were called to the Care Night premises on Atlas Street at 18:00 yesterday.

Police say a fifth man - aged 36 - broke both his legs after jumping, they think, from a second floor window and is in hospital recovering.

Staffordshire Police adds two of the four men, aged 45 and 36, remain in custody. Two others, aged 26 and 44, were bailed until 27 May.

Headlines: Man charged after police chase with sports car; search is on for 'huge ornamental mushroom'; Bostik strike over pensions

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

Here are some of the main stories in Staffordshire and Cheshire today:

- A police chase along the A38 in east Staffordshire only came to an end after multiple attempts to stop a sports car

- Staffordshire Police says a huge ornamental mushroom has been stolen from the garden of a house near Stafford

- Staff at Bostik in Staffordshire are on strike today, in protest against changes to their pension scheme

Baby peregrine falcons in the Roaches?

Ros Chimes

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

I've been up to the Roaches in the Staffordshire Moorlands today to check-up on the love life of a famous resident.

Rangers looking through telescope
BBC
Rangers looking through a telescope at the birds

A male peregrine falcon has found itself a new mate, but we don't yet know whether they are having any chicks.

Ian Kynaston, the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust's deputy roaches ranger, told me the female is sitting on eggs and the male is hunting and returning with food every day. Hopefully it is just a matter of time.

Man charged after police chase with sports car

Lucy King

News Editor, BBC Radio Stoke

A police chase along the A38 in east Staffordshire only came to an end after multiple attempts to stop a sports car.

The Lotus Elise was stopped by two stinger devices on Friday evening.

A 45-year-old man from Stretton has been charged with dangerous driving, driving whilst disqualified, no valid insurance and failing to provide a breath test.

He was released on bail and will appear before magistrates in Burton on 3 June.

Port Vale game becomes promotion decider

Lee Blakeman

Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Port Vale's final game of the season has become a potential automatic promotion decider for the visitors.

Walsall travel to Vale Park on Sunday needing a victory to stand any chance of reaching the Championship.

The West Midlands club will also need second-placed Burton Albion to lose at Doncaster.

Outside of Vale Park on a cloudy day
Paul Thomas / Stringer

Police search for 'huge ornamental mushroom'

Sarah Robertson

Producer, BBC Radio Stoke

Staffordshire Police say a huge ornamental mushroom has been stolen from the garden of a house near Stafford. 

It is three-foot-high and 22-inches-wide.

Officers say a vehicle was needed to take it from the property in Stowe-by-Chartley last Monday. 

Bostik strike over pensions

Phil Bowers

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

Staff at Bostik in Staffordshire are on strike today, in protest against changes to their pension scheme. 

Bostik, which employs nearly five thousand people around the world, makes glues for construction and consumer use. 

It's the first time in the firm's history that workers have taken industrial action.  

Office building behind hedge
Google
Bostik site on Common Road in Stafford

Watch: Considering the impact of extra students in Newcastle

Chris King

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

Over the next few years the population of Newcastle-under-Lyme is going to change dramatically, with a huge influx of students coming into the town.

Plenty of student accommodation is being built in and around the town at the moment.

More than a thousand rooms will be available to rent, and I've been considering the effect on the area.

Impact of Newcastle-under-Lyme's student influx

Birthday girl stuck on Alton Towers ride

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

A Shrewsbury girl's 14th birthday celebrations came to a halt when she got stuck on a rollercoaster at Alton towers.

Amelia Watkins from Shrewsbury was one of 28 people trapped for 20 minutes while lying face down during Galatica's 20m (66ft) climb.

She and a friend said they heard riders crying and shouting for help but employees at the Staffordshire theme park reassured them before helping them to safety.

Amelia Watkins
Amelia Watkins

A spokeswoman for Alton Towers said heavy rain had obscured a sensor and the ride automatically stopped. "This is a standard safety feature on this ride and the ride was working exactly as it is designed to do," she said.

Headlines: Dozens stranded on rollercoaster at Alton Towers; Staffordshire Fire selects new deputy; parents pledge to keep young children out of primary schools

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

Here are some of the headlines in Staffordshire and Cheshire today:

Dozens of people were left stranded on a rollercoaster at Alton Towers when heavy rain caused it to stop

- Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has appointed a new Deputy Chief Fire Officer

- Parents have pledged to keep young children out of primary schools today as part of a protest against exams

First Staffordshire Day takes place

Alice Bentley

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

The first Staffordshire Day has taken place to mark 1,000 years since the county was first mentioned in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle.

People looking at a statue of Josiah Wedgwood
BBC
A food and craft event has been held near the statue of Staffordshire-born potter Josiah Wedgwood

More than 50 community and arts events were held - from a concert at Stoke Minster to a tightrope walk at Rudyard Lake.

Members of the public chose 1 May for the initiative as it coincided with the day the first Wedgwood pottery factory opened in 1759.

I was out and about around Staffordshire for BBC Radio Stoke sampling the celebrations, you can listen here.

Crewe favourites to sign Ryan Lowe

Graham McGarry

Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Crewe Alexandra look to have won the race to sign the 37-year-old after he announced yesterday that he had turned down a new deal to stay at his current club Bury.

Lowe had a loan spell at Crewe earlier this season where he scored two goals in five appearances.

Last week manager Steve Davis reached a gentleman's agreement to sign a player, and I believe that player is Ryan Lowe.

Ryan Lowe celebrating for MK Dons
Pete Norton / Stringer

Gardener threatened neighbours with chainsaw in row over fence

The Sentinel

An angry man chased after his next-door neighbours with a chainsaw – after falling out with them over a garden fence.

Man in suit walking out of frame
The Sentinel
Christian Hager lost his temper over a garden fence

Children kept out of school in exams protest

Lamont Howie

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

Parents have pledged to keep young children out of primary schools today as part of a protest against exams.

New SATs have led to children labelling themselves as failures, according to parents from the Let Our Kids Be Kids campaign.

Caroline, a mum of a pupil in Nantwich, said she's not a "militant person" but the pressure on children is so great her own 11-year-old son has lost the joy of learning.

Mum and two children walking away from camera
Other

The Department of Education says taking children out of school for even one day is harmful to their education, and the new Sats tests "reflect our new, more rigorous curriculum".

Brother and sister star in TV advert

Pete Morgan

Presenter, BBC Radio Stoke

A brother and sister from Staffordshire are starring in a national television advert.

Jessica Creswell, 9, and Callum, 8, from Eccleshall worked for a leisure store.

I spoke to Jessica on my show Morgan in the Morning and she told me she had to walk a dog 64 times before the director got the shot they wanted.

You can listen back to the interview here.

Callum and Jessica mug shots.
A Little Bit of Stone

People stranded in the air as Alton Towers 'coaster stops mid-ride

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

Dozens of people were left stranded on a rollercoaster at Alton Towers when heavy rain caused it to stop.

The park's new Galactica ride, which simulates space travel using virtual reality headsets, came to a halt at the Staffordshire theme park on Monday.

Twenty-eight riders were stuck lying face down near the top of the highest drop of 20m (66ft) for 20 minutes.

Alton Towers' Galactica
Merlin Entertainments

A spokeswoman for Alton Towers said heavy rain had obscured a sensor and the ride automatically stopped.  

Staffordshire Fire Service selects new deputy

Rebecca Bradshaw

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has appointed a new Deputy Chief Fire Officer

Fire engine driving out of shot
Scott Barbour / Getty Images

Rob Barber started with the service as a firefighter in 1997 and is currently the Director of Response. 

It follows the promotion of Becci Bryant as Chief Fire Officer.

Headlines: Mum praises staff after rollercoaster stops; children kept out of school in exams protest; Crewe schools to expand

Jodie Looker

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

Here are some of today's headlines in Staffordshire and Cheshire:

- A mum's praised staff at Alton Towers for the way they helped her teenage daughter after she was stranded on a rollercoaster in mid-air

- Young children across Staffordshire and Cheshire are being kept out of primary school as part of a parent protest against exams

- Two primary schools in Crewe are going to be expanded to cope with a large number of new homes being built in the north of the town

M6 at Stoke back to normal

BBC Travel

The M6 southbound at Stoke-on-Trent has returned to normal after an earlier "multi-vehicle collision".

Highways England said it caused the closure of a lane between J15 and J14. At its worst, congestion was back to Keele Services.

More on BBC Travel.

Headlines: Children kept off school; 'multi-vehicle' collision on M6; people stranded on Alton Towers ride

Jodie Looker

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

These are some of the main stories this morning:

- Parents have pledged to keep children off school today in a protest against new exams

- A 'multi-vehicle' collision on the M6 southbound between J15 and J14 is causing long delays

- Nearly 30 people were left stranded on a rollercoaster at Alton Towers yesterday

'Multi-vehicle' collision on M6

BBC Travel

Here's more on the M6 delays we told you about earlier:

Highways England says a multi-vehicle collision, southbound, between J15 (Stoke) and J14 (Stafford), is the cause.

"Long delays" are expected and one lane has been closed. 

View more on twitter

Concern grows for Tamworth man after missed flight

Police are growing "increasingly concerned" for a man who failed to catch a planned flight a week after going missing.

John Broughton, 66, who has Parkinson's disease, was reported missing on 22 April.

Staffordshire Police said Mr Broughton, from Tamworth, was due to fly to Spain to visit to his brother on Friday, but did not turn up for the flight.

Missing man John Broughton
Staffordshire Police

Latest weather for Stoke and Staffordshire

It's a bright start across the region, with lengthy sunny spells first thing.

However, cloud will build through the day, accompanied by the odd shower. Feeling pleasant, especially in the sunshine. Top temperatures of 12C (54F).  

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Travel: Long delays as lane closed on the M6 southbound

BBC Travel

An accident has closed a lane on the M6 southbound between J15 (Stoke-on-Trent) and J14 (Stafford north).

There's congestion back to the Keele services. More from BBC Travel.

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