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  1. Updates on Friday 13 May 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Monday

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By Jennifer Meierhans

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

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

ABBA's Bjorn says he will vote for Stoke-on-Trent Eurovision hopeful

BBC Radio Stoke

A member of the Eurovision winning band Abba has got behind the UK act to be winners of the contest this year. 

Joe Woolford and Jake Shakeshaft - who's from Newcastle-under-Lyme - will take to the stage tomorrow night. 

Bjorn Ulvaeus was taking part in an interview about his views on the EU referendum but was asked about who he was supporting in the competition. 

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Latest: Joe and Jake gear up for Eurovision; discoloured tap water investigated

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

Here are some of the stories we have been looking at in Staffordshireand Cheshire this afternoon:

- Joe and Jake gear up for Eurovision Song Contest

- Discoloured tap water investigated

- Stoke midfielder breaks his leg

Watch: Latest weather for Staffordshire and Cheshire

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

A dry night to come, cloudy for much of it, but with clearer skies moving down from the north later. 

Cooler than recent nights, with a chilly northerly breeze.  

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Animal rescue masks donated to fire service

Pets need rescuing from fires as well.

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Watch: Eurovision Joe and Jake represent the UK

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Saturday night marks the 61st Eurovision song contest. 

Joe and Jake are hoping to woo the crowds for the UK with their song You're Not Alone.

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You can watch the show live on BBC One at 20:00.

Travel: Recovery underway after crash partially blocks Stoke-on-Trent road

BBC Travel

The road is still partially blocked on the A5007 King Street by the Strand junction but recovery work is underway.

Severn Trent investigates discoloured water in Stoke-on-Trent

BBC Radio Stoke

Severn Trent says it is taking samples in the ST2 area of Stoke-on-Trent after reports of discoloured water. 

The company says discolouration is normally caused by main pipes being disturbed, and is advising people to run a tap for at least 20 minutes to help solve the problem. 


Dad of Eurovision hopeful struggling to take it all in

BBC Midlands Today

The father of one of the UK's Eurovision hopefuls, Jake Shakeshaft,  from Stoke-on-Trent, says he's still struggling to take it all in.

George Shakeshaft is anxiously awaiting his son's performance in the competition in Sweden on Saturday. Jake is one half of a duo alongside friend Joe Woolford. 

The pair were selected after competing on the TV talent show 'The Voice'.

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Latest: Stoke midfielder breaks leg; two arrested after police chase

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

Here are some of the top stories in Staffordshire and Cheshire this afternoon:

- Stoke midfielder breaks leg

- Two arrested after police chase through Stoke-on-Trent

- Staffordshire Hillsborough victim posthumously awarded the Freedom of Liverpool

Staffordshire firefighters ride to Monaco for charity

BBC Radio Stoke

The Ride2Monaco will cover 850 miles (1.400km) in eight days and climb over 59,000ft (18,000m).

Starting with a lap of Silverstone Circuit, the route will take them across England and France, taking on four famous Alps climbs along the way. 

It will be a mammoth task, cycling between 90 and 117 miles ( 145 - 188km) per day.  

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Football: Stoke City v West Ham United

Stoke will be without Stephen Ireland after the midfielder suffered a broken leg in training this week.

Jack Butland, Shay Given and Ibrahim Afellay remain sidelined, while Glen Johnson and Marc Wilson are nursing knee injuries and aren't expected to feature on Sunday.

Stoke manager Mark Hughes
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Two arrested after police chase through Stoke-on-Trent

James Watt

Presenter, BBC Radio Stoke

Two men in their twenties have been arrested on suspicion of supplying drugs after a police chase through Stoke-on-Trent, police say.

Two cars collided on the A34 Newcastle Road near Jubilee Workingmen's Club in Trent Vale around 14:30 yesterday after one was pursued along the A500.

Staffordshire Police say a 58-year-old man from Stone was taken to hospital with whiplash injuries, and two men aged 23 and 24 were arrested. They've been bailed as investigations continue.

A34 Newcastle Road

Nantwich kick-boxing juniors triumph at British Championships

Nantwich News

A Nantwich kick-boxing gym is celebrating after young fighters scooped honours at the British Championships.  

Juniors from Beastmaster gym
Nantwich News

Staffordshire Hillsborough victim among 96 posthumously awarded the Freedom of Liverpool

BBC News Channel

The 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster and former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish are to be awarded the Freedom of Liverpool.  

Among the victims was Paul Murray, from Meir, Staffordshire who was 14.

Paul Murray

Premier League darts: Stoke's Adrian Lewis clinches final play-off place

BBC Sport

Adrian Lewis claimed the final Premier League play-off place as Dutch favourite, Michael van Gerwen, clinched top spot in the table in Rotterdam.

Double world champion Lewis, from Stoke-on-Trent, defeated Gary Anderson 7-2 to take the last top-four spot ahead of Peter Wright.

Adrian Lewis
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Latest: Bus crashes into shelter; two arrested after police chase

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

Here are some of the stories making the headlines in Staffordshire and Cheshire this afternoon:

- Bus crashes into shelter in Nantwich

- Two men arrested after a police chase

- NHS whistleblower 'treated unfairly' 

Watch: Stoke City defender Andy Wilkinson on the day his career ended

Ian Winter

BBC Midlands Today Sport

During Stoke City's FA Cup fifth round defeat by Blackburn at Ewood Park in February 2014, long-serving defender Andy Wilkinson was hit full in the face by a fiercely-struck shot.  

It left him with blurred vision, dizzy spells and then to being diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome.  

After 192 appearances in his 14 years on the books at Stoke, the tough-tackling full-back's career is now over, at 31.  

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Watch: Weather forecast for Staffordshire and Cheshire

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Some sunny intervals expected this afternoon with highs of 16C (60F).  

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61st Eurovision: Do you remember 1998?

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Saturday night marks the 61st Eurovision song contest. Joe and Jake are hoping to woo the crowds for the UK with their song You're Not Alone.

Go back 18 years - the last time the UK hosted the contest was in 1998 at Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena.

Ulrika Jonsson and Terry Wogan hosted the 43rd contest after Katrina and the Waves, Love Shine A Light won in the previous year.

Eurovision in Birmingham

It was the last year that a live orchestra was used but more importantly Dana International won with Diva... Here she is performing at the BBC Greatest Hits events last year.  

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Don't miss it on Saturday from 20:00 on BBC One.

Passengers injured after bus smashes shelter at Nantwich bus station

Nantwich News

Two elderly bus passengers had a lucky escape when a bus hit and destroyed a glass shelter they were in at Nantwich bus station.  

Bus station
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Travel: Slow traffic on the A53 in Staffordshire

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic through roadworks on the A53 in Staffordshire in Baldwin's Gate at the Common Lane junction.

NHS whistleblower from Stafford 'treated unfairly'

Andrew Dawkins

BBC News Online

A whistleblower at a health trust was "not treated fairly," an independent inquiry for the NHS has found.

Head of clinical coding and data quality, Sandra Haynes-Kirkbright, who raised concerns about hospital records and finances, was suspended by the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust.

Sandra Haynes-Kirkbright

The trust said it acknowledged the report's findings, "none of which" relate to issues around patient safety.

Ms Haynes-Kirkbright, from Stafford, said she hoped her reputation would now be repaired.

Latest: NHS whistleblower 'treated unfairly' inquiry finds; drug drive charges in Staffordshire almost doubled last year

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

Here are some of the stories we are looking at in Staffordshire and Cheshire this morning:

- NHS whistleblower 'treated unfairly' inquiry finds

- Drug-driving charges in Staffordshire almost doubled last year

- Car crash man left hanging upside down for 45 minutes

Eurovision: Good luck Joe and Jake

Monica Rimmer

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

Joe Woolford and Jake Shakeshaft, who's from Newcastle-under-Lyme, will represent the UK in the Eurovision song contest tomorrow night.

And the people of Jake's home town are sending the pair good luck wishes.

Drug-driving charges nearly double in Staffordshire in a year

The number of people charged with drug driving in Staffordshire almost doubled last year. 

Police charged 44 motorists in 2015 - a rise of 83% on the previous 12 months. 

Matt Lloyd, a motoring expert who produced the research, says a lot of people don't realise that some prescription drugs can give a positive test. 

He said more people should read medication advice leaflets. 

Relatively few understand that mixing some over-the-counter medication with driving, could pose a great hazard."

Matt Lloyd

Crash man upside down for 45 minutes

A man was left hanging upside down by his seatbelt for nearly an hour after the van he was in collided with a car.  

The man, who was cut free, suffered arm and chest injuries in the collision at the junction of Penkridge Bank and Broadhurst Green.  

The van
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Latest: Drug-driving convictions rise; Korean War medals presented; new rollercoaster restaurant opens

Lee Blakeman

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

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

- The number of people charged with drug-driving in Staffordshire almost doubled last year

- Veterans of the Korean War say they're honoured a navy captain from Seoul has visited Staffordshire to award bravery medals

- A new rollercoaster restaurant opens at Alton Towers today

Latest weather forecast for Staffordshire and Cheshire

BBC Weather

After a rather dull start, the cloud will tend to break up to allow some warm sunny spells.

However, the odd shower may develop in the south later, whilst it will turn noticeably fresher and cloudier in the north - highs of 20C (68F).

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Travel: Wylde Green delays warning

BBC Travel

There is slow traffic on the A452 Chester Road in Wylde Green at the B4142 Boldmere Road junction in the roadworks area, drivers are warned.

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