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  1. Updates on Friday 6 May 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Monday

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That's all for now. There will be more news, weather, sport and travel updates from 08:00 on Monday. Have a good weekend. 

Watch: BBC Midlands Today

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

On the programme this evening:

- Conservative Matthew Ellis has been re-elected as the police and crime commissioner for Staffordshire

- A major rescue operation has been taking place at a Shropshire warehouse near the Staffordshire border after a worker was trapped beneath hundreds of thousands of kilos of cheese

- Burton Albion will be fighting it out with Walsall for the second automatic promotion spot in League One this weekend

Join me for BBC Midlands Today at 18:30 on BBC One.  

Family cat shot by air rifle

An air rifle has been used to shoot and injure a cat in the Birches Head area of Stoke-on-Trent, police say. 

Staffordshire Police was called at 13:00 on Thursday to Campbell Terrace by the owner of the cat, who had already been taken to a vet who confirmed the pet had been shot by an air rifle. 

Beth Tweddle able to take neck collar off

BBC Radio Stoke

Cheshire gymnast Beth Tweddle has been able to take her neck collar off for the first time. 

Beth Tweddle - archive image
@bethtweddlenews

She injured her neck during Channel 4's The Jump.

The Olympian shared the news via social media, saying "one step at a time".  

Weather: Latest weather forecast for Staffordshire and Cheshire

BBC Weather

It will be a fine end to the evening with some late hazy sunshine across Staffordshire. Overnight there will be patchy cloud at times but staying dry with a light breeze. Lows of 9C (48F). 

Hospital support charity plans to be discussed

BBC Radio Stoke

Plans to set up a charity to support Stafford's County Hospital are due to be discussed later. 

County Hospital site - archive image
PA

Local health campaigners said they have invited a guest speaker who has helped raise millions for equipment and improvements to a hospital in Bedfordshire.

The meeting is being held at 19:00 at Stafford's Salvation Army centre on Faraday Road.

Bojan could miss Palace game

BBC Sport

Stoke City manager, Mark Hughes, could be without Bojan for their penultimate Barclays Premier League game of the season against Crystal Palace tomorrow

Bojan
Empics

The 25-year-old forward banged his foot in training yesterday and will face a late fitness test.

But Glen Johnson will be unavailable as he recovers from a knee injury despite returning to training this week. 

Marc Wilson has been ruled out for the last two games due to a knee problem.

Latest: Matthew Ellis wins police chief poll; suspected stabbing; children with cerebral palsy in football team first

BBC Radio Stoke

Here are some of the headlines today:

- The Conservative candidate Matthew Ellis remains as police and crime commissioner following the election 

- Police are searching for three men after a suspected stabbing this afternoon in Stoke-on-Trent

- A team of children with cerebral palsy will play their first competitive football match tomorrow at Staffordshire's St George's Park

Matthew Ellis voted back in as police chief

The Conservative candidate, Matthew Ellis, has won in Staffordshire and remains as Police and Crime Commissioner. 

Scene
BBC

Football team for children with cerebral palsy

BBC Radio Stoke

A few months ago on BBC Radio Stoke we brought you the story of a young lad from Staffordshire who was trying to start a football team for other children like him who have cerebral palsy.   

Squad
BBC

Seven-year-old Jude Liversage, from Swynnerton, has now achieved his wish. 

The squad are training in Stafford and have their first competitive match tomorrow against a children's disabled team from Manchester. 

Suspected stabbing in Stoke-on-Trent

BBC Radio Stoke

Police are searching for three men after a suspected stabbing this afternoon in Stoke-on-Trent.

It happened in Norton at about 13:00 on Barks Drive.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said it treated a man at the scene for superficial injuries before he was taken to hospital.

Travel: Train fault hits Lichfield service

A train fault is affecting the 17:25 New Street to Lichfield Trent Valley service.

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Driver gets 200 hours community service after causing death of cyclist colleague

The Sentinel

A motorist killed a 20-year-old cyclist on the A34, the Sentinel reported.  

Cheshire PCC election counting under way

BBC Radio Stoke

Counting has begun in the Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner election. 

Scene
BBC

The turnout in Cheshire East is 20.52% and the turnout for Cheshire as a whole is 23.85%.    

Latest: Family tribute after man dies on A500; First round PCC election result revealed; assault in bus station

BBC Radio Stoke

Here are some of the headlines today:

- The family of a 20-year-old man killed on the A500 have paid tribute to him 

- Conservative Matthew Ellis polls the most votes in the first round in the election for the Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner 

- A woman was assaulted last night in Hanley Bus Station

Winning end to Crewe season 'would be great'

BBC Radio Stoke Sport

Crewe manager, Steve Davis, is looking for his players to end the season with a win. 

Steve Davis
Empics

Davis takes his team to Fleetwood on Sunday for their final fixture as a League One club, having managed only seven wins from their 45 games this season.

If we can finish the season with two wins, that would be great going into next season. That gives us a boost and a little bit of momentum."

Steve DavisCrewe manager

Result of first round of voting for police chief announced

Here are the results in the first round of the election for a new police and crime commissioner.

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Family pay tribute to young Shavington man killed on A500 bypass

Nantwich News

The family of a 20-year-old Shavington man killed on the A500 bypass near Nantwich have paid tribute to him.  

Kieran Barker
Cheshire Constabulary

Travel: Accident closes one lane on the M6

BBC Travel

One lane is closed and there is queueing traffic on the M6 northbound between J17 (Sandbach) and J18 (Middlewich) after an accident. More from BBC Travel.

Council apologises to man over graves

BBC Radio Stoke

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has apologised to a man after staff from the authority accidentally damaged his family's graves. 

Smashed vase and (right) tyre tracks over graves
Paul Marsh

Paul Marsh found tyre tracks and a broken vase when he went to visit the cemetery at Hartshill. 

Martyn Brindley, from the council, said there had not been any deliberate damage but this was a chance to "sort out the actions that we need to take to put things right". 

Mr Marsh said he was "very, very pleased with the way that [Mr Brindley] had personally dealt with things" and accepted his apology.

Police cordon off area outside Hanley bus station

The Stoke Sentinel

Police have cordoned off a large area outside a bus station following reports of an assault.

Vale may have biggest gate at weekend

Lee Blakeman

Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Port Vale could play in front of their biggest home crowd of the season on Sunday. 

Vale Park - archive image
Tony Marshall/Getty Images

Opponents Walsall have sold more than 3,000 tickets, as they could be promoted from League One if they win and Burton lose at Doncaster. 

Meanwhile, four of Vale's first team players will be working in the club shop between 16:00 and 18:00 this afternoon. 

It's part of the club's latest promotion event to boost the number of season ticket sold for the next campaign. 

How to make sausage rolls at Wrights Pies

Emma Thomas

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

Learn how to make sausage rolls at BBC Radio Stoke's workplace of the week, Wrights Pies.

The bakery is celebrating its 90th birthday, and was featured on Morgan in the Morning on the radio earlier.  

Latest: Man denies raping student; PCC election turnout revealed; council apology over graves

BBC Radio Stoke

Here are some of the stories we are looking at today:

- A man has denied raping a Keele University student who took her own life

- Just over a fifth of people living in Staffordshire voted in this year's police and crime commissioner election 

- Stoke-on-Trent City Council has apologised to a man after staff from the authority accidentally damaged his family's graves

Labour 'able to work with partners'

BBC Radio Stoke

The Labour leader on Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council says it can still get things done, despite falling short of an overall majority in yesterday's elections. 

Keele Hall
BBC

Labour gained two seats to retain its place as the biggest party, but that still leaves it four short of outright control. 

Labour leader, Elizabeth Shenton, says it has managed well for the last 12 months. 

We've been able to work with partners in the chamber by convincing them the things that we want to do are the best things for Newcastle and we will look to continue to do that."

Elizabeth ShentonLabour leader

Watch: The weather for Staffordshire and Cheshire

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

It will remain fine and dry into this afternoon with plenty of hazy sunshine, and will feel rather warm, with a gentle easterly breeze. Highs of 20C (68F). 

Arnautovic 'summer decision'

BBC Radio Stoke Sport

Stoke City manager, Mark Hughes, says top scorer Marko Arnautovic will have a big decision to make over his future this summer. 

Marko Arnautovic of Stoke City (right) and Jack Cork of Swansea City
ALLSPORT/Getty Images

Hughes says the Austrian international is enjoying life at the Britannia Stadium, there's "a lot of mutual respect on both sides" and a move away may be a gamble at this stage of his career.    

I think Marko's fully aware of what we've got here and if a situation rolls where he had to make a choice, it'd be a difficult decision for him because it's a good club, it's a club that's helped him and vice versa - he's helped us obviously."

Mark HughesStoke City manager

Man denies sex offences against student

Emma Thomas

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

A man has pleaded not guilty to sexual offences against a Keele University student who took her own life.

Hannah Stubbs
Amanda Patricia Stubbs

Elgan Varney, 32, from Wye Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, denies three charges, including two of rape. 

Hannah Stubbs (pictured above) took her own life in August last year.

A trial at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court is expected in October.  

The Chronicle front page: Road death driver sent to jail

The Chronicle

The Chronicle in its Sandbach and Middlewich edition says a driver has been given a "16-month term for ploughing into pensioner's car". 

Windfall for Haughton support group is music to the ears of dementia patients and their loved ones

Staffordshire Newsletter

A monthly social event for people with dementia and Alzheimer's disease and their carers and loved ones has been given a grand boost.  

Lorry driver trapped for 50 minutes on M6

A man who was trapped in the cab of his lorry for 50 minutes after a collision with an HGV "miraculously walked away with just minor injuries" according to the ambulance service.   

Crashed lorry
West Midlands Ambulance Service

The crash happened on the M6 between junctions 14 and 13 near Stafford at about midnight.

The man in his 40s was trapped in a lorry which had "significant" front end damage, the ambulance service said.

He was taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital. 

'Concern over' no overall council

BBC Radio Stoke

The Conservative group leader on Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council says it's a concern that no party has overall control after yesterday's elections. 

'Count staff' at Keele Hall
BBC

Labour retained its position as the biggest party and gained two seats, but is still four short of an overall majority. 

It means major decisions will still have to be agreed on a vote-by-vote basis with other parties.

It's not an effective way when they've got such a small majority and they’ve had to cobble together a coalition with various other groups."

Stephen SweeneyConservative group leader

Latest: Labour miss majority control in Newcastle; PCC election results due later; sex offence outside bus station

Lee Blakeman

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

Here are some of the stories we are looking at today:

- Labour have fallen short of an overall majority on Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council 

- The results of Staffordshire's Police and Crime Commissioner election are expected to be announced this afternoon

- Police are investigating reports of a sexual offence outside a bus station in Stoke-on-Trent

Police chief vote results to be announced this afternoon

The results of Staffordshire's Police and Crime Commissioner election are expected to be announced this afternoon. 

Only 11.5% of voters in the county turned out for the first PCC elections in November 2012, the lowest in England.

PCC election graphic
BBC

Police seal off an area outside bus station

Police are investigating reports of a sexual offence outside Hanley bus station. 

A section of footpath at the station is closed and officers are at the scene.

Stoke bus station
Google

North Staffordshire hospitals face losing 100 beds

The Sentinel

The number of beds at North Staffordshire's community hospitals is set to be slashed by 100.

Latest: Labour miss majority control in Newcastle; police seal off area outside bus station; welcome for Stoke jobs

Lee Blakeman

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

Here are some of the main stories we are looking at in Stoke and Staffordshire:

- Labour fall short of an overall majority on Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council 

- Police have closed off a section of footpath outside Hanley bus station

- Businesses in Stoke-on-Trent have been welcoming news that up to 400 jobs are moving to the city centre

Watch: Latest weather for Staffordshire and Cheshire

BBC Weather

It will be another fine and dry day and although it will be cloudier than Thursday, there will be plenty of hazy sunshine. Highs of 19C (66F).