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  1. Updates on Thursday 19 May 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Friday

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

Watch: Foreign criminals targeted by region's police

Tom Turrell

BBC Midlands Today

Police officers from across Europe are in the Midlands this week, as part of a major crackdown on foreign criminals.

Operation Trivium involves teams from Holland, Romania and Lithuania, helping to track people with criminal records.

I'll have more on Midlands Today on BBC One from 18:30.

Watch: War veterans back bid to recognise armed forces in next census

Nigel Dolman

Reporter, BBC Shropshire

Two former soldiers, one from Staffordshire, have backed a campaign to recognise veterans in the next census, due in 2021.

Jeff Foxall, from Bridgnorth, and Les Bill from Stafford, who has just been awarded the Ambassador for Peace Medal 63 years after serving in the Korean War, said it was important to remember the role veterans have played.

The Royal British Legion says there are believed to be between 6.5 and 6.7 million members of the Armed Forces community living in the UK.

Despite that, the legion says the group has been ignored in past versions of the census, which means we know more about those who claim their Jedi as their religion.

Watch: Hospital wants more clinical trial recruits

Laura Mcmullan

Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

In the last year the Royal Stoke University Hospital has recruited almost 4,000 people to take part in clinical trials.  

Now the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, along with many others, is taking part in an international day to encourage more patients to get involved.  

Bentley set for 'new generation' of luxury cars in Crewe

Lamont Howie

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

Car maker Bentley says having its plans for a new research and development centre in Crewe approved means it can produce a new generation of luxury cars. 

Bentley Motors Insignia taken at Headquarters HQ in Crewe, Cheshire
BBC

It took under 10 minutes for the Pyms Lane proposals to be passed by Cheshire East councillors yesterday. 

The firm says driving more investment into its Crewe headquarters and attracting talent is key to its continued success.

Men jailed for string of robberies and burglaries

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

Fourteen men have been jailed for their parts in a series of robberies and burglaries across Staffordshire and beyond, police say. 

Stafford Crown Court
BBC

Staffordshire Police say nine were sentenced at Stafford Crown Court today with five given prison terms at previous hearings. 

The force says they'd played roles in several conspiracies which led to more than £1m in cash, property and vehicles being stolen.

Cheshire Police granted extra time to investigate general election expenses fraud claims

Phil McCann

Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News

Cheshire Police has been granted an extra 12 months to investigate claims of fraud over candidates' expenses in last year's general election.

Ballot box
BBC

The force revealed earlier this month that it was looking into whether illegal returns were filed in the Weaver Vale constituency after questions over whether some of the campaigns in 2015 spent more than they're allowed to. 

The force has also confirmed it is now focusing on the Chester constituency, as well as Weaver Vale.

Runners prepare for Staffordshire's 'Killer Mile'

Lamont Howie

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

Around 1,000 runners are expected to run the Mow Cop Killer Mile tonight.

Part of Killer Mile route in Mow Cop
Google

Billed as one of the toughest road races in the world, they'll climb 550ft (168m) to the summit in one mile (1.6km).

The first of six staggered races starts at 17:50.

Latest: Northampton swoop for Port Vale's Page; police force swapping helmets for caps; suspected bomb turns out to be water tank

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

This evening's headlines include

- Northampton Town have appointed Port Vale manager Rob Page as their new boss on a three-year contract

- Cheshire Police says it is going to swap its police officers' traditional helmets for hard caps

- A suspected unexploded bomb in Newcastle-under-Lyme has turned out to be an old water tank, police say  

New headgear for Cheshire Police

Lamont Howie

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

Cheshire Police says it is going to swap its police officers' traditional helmets for hard caps. 

Hard cap
Cheshire Police

The force says the change follows successful trials and that most frontline staff are happy because they're more practical to wear day-to-day.

It says the materials they're made out of include a special plastic layer, foam pads and cotton.

Cheshire Police say they believe they're the only police force in the UK to have equipped officers with hard caps.  

BBC Weather Watcher pictures: Rugeley and Kidsgrove

Monica Rimmer

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

The pictures from our team of BBC Weather Watchers are often fantastic and here are two of them from Paulus in Rugeley and Harriseahead_meteo in Kidsgrove.

You can become one of the Weather Watchers by heading to the website to sign up.

Rugeley
Paulus
Clouds over Kidsgrove
Harriseahead_meteo

Watch: Tonight and tomorrow's weather for Stoke and Staffordshire

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

You can also get a latest weather forecast for your part of Staffordshire or Cheshire at any time from the BBC website.

Junior doctors' row: BMA fears 'uphill struggle' to sell deal

Nick Triggle

Health Correspondent

Junior doctors' leaders fear they could face an "uphill struggle" to convince the profession to accept the new contract agreed with ministers.

It was announced on Wednesday that the two sides had reached a deal after talks at conciliation service Acas.

The England-wide deal will now be put to a vote of more than 40,000 BMA members in June.

Protest
PA

There are fears at the union that the profession could reject the deal despite it believing it is the "best and final" way out of the row.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt called it a "historic agreement" and a "win-win" for the government and junior doctors.

Man seriously hurt in Hanley attack

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

A man's been left with a serious stomach wound after an attack in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent. 

Stafford Street, Hanley
Google

Staffordshire Police say it happened last night on Stafford Street.

The 39-year-old from Newcastle-under-Lyme is said to be in a "satisfactory condition" in hospital.  

Football: Port Vale chairman says search already on for Rob Page successor

Lee Blakeman

Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Port Vale's chairman Norman Smurthwaite has been quick to praise his former manager Rob Page as he's departed to take up the role at Northampton Town. 

Rob Page
Port Vale FC

In a statement, Mr Smurthwaite says he is disappointed at him leaving but "would like to thank him for his hard work over the last 20 months".

He adds that they are already searching for a new manager and "will do our utmost to ensure the best candidate for the job is appointed".

The club says Performance Coach John Harbin has also left to join up with Rob Page while midfielder Michael Brown's been added to the Vale's coaching staff and will "assist the chairman in the process of appointing a new manager".

Latest: Northampton appoint Vale boss Page; man suffers serious wound in attack; suspect device turns out to be water tank

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

This afternoon's main headlines include:

- Northampton Town have appointed Port Vale manager Rob Page as their new boss on a three-year contract  

- A man's been left with a serious stomach wound after an attack in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent

 - A suspected unexploded bomb in Newcastle-under-Lyme has turned out to be an old water tank, police say

Suspect device in Staffordshire 'not a bomb' but old water tank

Jack Dowling

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

A suspected unexploded bomb in Newcastle-under-Lyme has turned out to be an old water tank, police say. 

St George's Church in Newcastle-under-Lyme
Google

Staffordshire Police put a 30m (98ft) cordon around St George's Church, after getting a report. 

They say they called in bomb disposal experts and a few minutes later the force confirmed it there was nothing to fear.

Football: Northampton Town appoint Port Vale manager

Lee Blakeman

Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Northampton Town have appointed Port Vale manager Rob Page as their new boss on a three-year contract.  

Rob Page
Getty Images

The 41-year-old former Wales defender had been in charge of Vale since October 2014 and led them to a 12th-placed finish in League One this term.

The Cobblers have agreed compensation with Page's former club and he replaces Chris Wilder, who left last week.

BreakingFootball: Port Vale boss confirmed as new Northampton Town manager

It's been confirmed Port Vale manager Rob Page has been named as the new boss of Northampton Town.

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Football: Chairman says Stoke City had 'pretty good season'

Matt Sandoz

Stoke City commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

The Stoke City chairman Peter Coates says he's satisfied with this season's ninth-place finish in the Premier League.

General view of Stoke City stadium this year
Getty Images

It's the third season in a row that the Potters have ended the season in that position. 

Think we were disappointed obviously because we were in a nice position and we wanted to move on, kick on and do better but if you look at the injury list I think we've had a pretty good season."

Peter CoatesStoke City chairman

BBC Radio Stoke: EU Referendum Radio Debate

James Bovill

Staffordshire Political Reporter, BBC News

BBC Radio Stoke is holding a live EU Referendum radio debate at 19:00 on Wednesday 15 June at our studios in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent.  

EU debate
BBC

There will be an expert panel putting both sides of the argument and you can be part of the audience too. 

To register an interest, call 01782 208 008 or email reception.stoke@bbc.co.uk

Football: Northampton get 'the absolute best' from Port Vale boss

Lee Blakeman

Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Northampton Town are getting the absolute best. I could not choose anyone better to work with than Rob Page, he is so highly regarded.  

Rob Page
Getty Images

You just wonder, for somebody so new to management and looking at how well he's done in that short time, how much his personality and the way he comes across has helped him get the job as the Cobblers boss. 

Weather: Rain heading in from the west

Jerry Chester

BBC News Online

Looking at the Met Office radar picture it should stay dry over lunchtime.  

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On Midlands Today this lunchtime: Hospital wants more clinical trial reruits

Laura Mcmullan

Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

In the last year the Royal Stoke University Hospital has recruited almost 4,000 people to take part in clinical trials. 

Now the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, along with many others, is taking part in an international day to encourage more patients to get involved. 

Doctor with patient
BBC

I've been to the hospital to meet a doctor who's hoping his own story can help inspire others and you'll see my report on Midlands Today on BBC One from 13:30.

Council denies u-turn over taxi plans

James Bovill

Staffordshire Political Reporter, BBC News

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has denied that it's made a u-turn, by dropping plans to only allow people with clean licences to drive taxis.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council's Civic Centre
BBC

The authority had suggested new applicants needed to be free of any points on their licence.

However it faced opposition from many drivers and had to concede it could have faced a legal challenge.

I don't think it's fair to say that we've gone back on everything we wanted to do. You come up with ideas and solutions for problems, then you consult on them, then you come out like today, after having a good discussion and a vote, with the final solution. "

Councillor Joy GarnerMember of Stoke-on-Trent City Council's Licensing Committee

News: Northampton set to appoint Port Vale boss; cat shot in Staffordshire; Bentley boost from plan approval

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

This afternoon's top stories include:

- Port Vale manager Rob Page is expected to be appointed as Northampton Town's new manager at a press conference this afternoon

- A cat has been shot with a pellet gun in the Madeley area of Staffordshire, police have revealed today  

Car maker Bentley says having its plans for a new research and development centre in Crewe approved means it can produce a new generation of luxury cars

Cat shot in Staffordshire

Alice Bentley

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

A cat has been shot with a pellet gun in the Madeley area of Staffordshire, police have revealed today. 

Morningside, Madeley
Google

Staffordshire Police say it happened on Morningside on 7 May, when the animal came in from the back garden limping. 

The force says it had clearly been shot in the leg and needed treatment from a vet to remove the pellets. 

Football: Announcement expected this afternoon on Port Vale manager's move

Lee Blakeman

Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Back now to our coverage of the future of Port Vale's manager Rob Page - Northampton Town have called a press conference at Sixfields for 14:30.

Rob Page
Getty Images

We're expecting this is when Rob Page, the current Port Vale manager, will be confirmed at the new boss at the Cobblers.

We'll bring you live coverage of what happens this afternoon.

Watch: This afternoon's Stoke and Staffordshire weather forecast

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

If you want a weather forecast at any other time you can get one from the BBC website.

Watch: Port Vale players in 'limbo' over manager change

Max Mallen

Presenter, BBC Radio Stoke

Port Vale's players are in "limbo" says club defender Adam Yates over the news that manager Rob Page is expected to join Northampton Town.  

Page, 41, has been in charge of Vale since October 2014.  

Your pictures: Shugborough daffodils and scenic Rudyard

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

Some late daffodils pictured in this photo from Shugborough, Staffordshire which Janet Taylor has sent in.

Shugborough daffodils
Janet Taylor

While Derek Knapper took this photo of Rudyard Lake in Staffordshire.

It's great when you take the time to share pictures of Staffordshire or Cheshire with me - you can do that on email, tweet @BBCRadioStoke or use Instagram, tagging #bbcstoke.

Rudyard Lake
Derek Knapper

Watch: Bus station reopens after 'suspect bag' report

Sarah Robertson

Producer, BBC Radio Stoke

This was the scene in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent this morning, as the bus station was reopened after Staffordshire Police investigated a "suspect bag" report.  

Tamworth crash driver left hanging over canal

BBC News UK

A driver who crashed through a bridge over a canal leaving her car hanging "precariously at a 40 degree angle" has escaped injury.  

Car hanging over canal
West Midlands Ambulance Service

Her car only avoided ending up in the water in Tamworth when part of the bodywork hooked on to the bridge railing, West Midlands Ambulance Service said.

Emergency crews were called to Glascote Road at about 16:20 on Wednesday.

The driver - a woman in her 50s - climbed out through the back window.