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Summary

  1. Exploding white goods warning from regions fire services
  2. Wooden rollercoaster planned to replace Alton Towers' log flume
  3. £80,000 of farm machinery stolen in Staffordshire
  4. Updates on Friday 3 June 2016

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By Allen Cook

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We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday, but keep an eye out here for more updates this evening and into the morning.

Watch: Weather forecast for the West Midlands

If you need a weather forecast at any other time for your part of Staffordshire or Cheshire, you can get one from the BBC Weather website.  

Watch: Pink Floyd legend presents air ambulance cheque

Andrew Easton

Presenter

Nick Mason, the drummer with legendary group Pink Floyd, has presented a cheque for more than £18,000 to the Midlands Air Ambulance.  

The money comes from the Henry Surtees Foundation, a charity which supports road safety initiatives.  

I managed to get a few minutes with Mr Mason to find out what the band were up to.

BBC Weather Watcher photos: Church Eaton and Newcastle-under-Lyme

Monica Rimmer

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

The sunshine's been reflected in the BBC Weather Watcher pictures I've picked out today - from Flossspot in Church Eaton, Staffordshire and Pam in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

To become a BBC Weather Watcher and keep us updated with the weather in your area, head to the website and join up.

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Flossspot
Newcastle-under-Lyme flowers
Pam

On Midlands Today this evening: Dangers of exploding washing machines

Nick Owen

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

Washing machine and tumble driers - usually you wouldn't spare them a thought but maybe we should. 

Burnt out machine
BBC

That's because firefighters across the West Midlands are reporting a major increase in the number of household white goods exploding over the past year. 

We'll have more on Midlands Today this evening from 18:30 on BBC One - including how some of them have partially destroyed houses.

Pedestrian airlifted to hospital after 'hit by car'

Jack Dowling

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

A man's suffered serious injuries after reportedly being hit by a car near a golf club in Burton. 

Ashby Road
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West Midlands Ambulance Service say it happened at 13:00 on Ashby Road and off-duty medics initially came to help the man. 

The 44-year-old was then given treatment by ambulance staff before being airlifted to the Royal Stoke University Hospital.

In pictures: Large grass fire near Burntwood, Staffordshire

Fire crews are tackling a "large open grass fire" around Gentleshaw Common near Burntwood this afternoon, police say.

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News: Exploding washing machines warning; Alton Towers plans wooden rollercoaster; £80,000 of farm machinery stolen

Chris King

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

This evening's headlines include:

- Firefighters across the region are reporting a major increase in the number of household white goods exploding over the past year  

- A new wooden rollercoaster's set to be built at Alton Towers, under plans revealed by the theme park

Tractors and trailers worth almost £80,000 have been stolen in the Staffordshire Moorlands

Wooden rollercoaster planned to replace Alton Towers' log flume

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

A new wooden rollercoaster's set to be built at Alton Towers, under plans revealed by the theme park.

Alton Towers' Flume
Matthew Wells

The proposals have been submitted to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council and, if approved, would see the ride SW8 replace the park's log flume. 

That attraction is described as "dated" and would be demolished - the plans say the new ride would be made out of "dark stained timber" and include "themed sound tunnels".

Watch: Keyboard player and singer performs at BBC Music Day event

Max Mallen

Presenter, BBC Radio Stoke

More now from our "Take it to the Bridge" event in Stafford for BBC Music Day.

The variety of performers continued with Market Drayton keyboard player and singer Heidi Browne.  

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Exploding white goods warning from region's fire services

Ben Godfrey

BBC Midlands Today

Firefighters across the West Midlands are reporting a major increase in the number of household white goods exploding over the past year.  

In some cases houses have been partially destroyed by tumble driers and washing machines over-heating. 

Last year in Staffordshire the county's fire service revealed dozens of blazes had been caused by white goods catching fire.  

Paramedic makes shark out of medical glove for magician on way to hospital

Burton Mail

A balloon artist from Burton who is preparing to build his biggest creation yet was treated to his very own balloon animal by a paramedic – in the back of an ambulance on his way to hospital.

Paul Brown with the balloon
Burton Mail

Football: Crewe chairman pledges to talk more with fans

Graham McGarry

Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Crewe Alexandra chairman John Bowler says he's fully aware that the club has to build better relationships with its fans. 

John Bowler
crewealex.net

Despite being relegated to League Two, the club has already sold more than 1500 season tickets. 

Bowler told BBC Radio Stoke he hopes becoming more accessible to fans will benefit everyone.

At the end of the day I think they're quite right - you get more by face-to-face discussion and maybe we didn't concentrate or give enough attention to actual face-to-face supporters evenings as we should have done."

John BowlerCrewe Alexandra chairman

Watch: Stoke and Staffordshire's weekend weather forecast

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

If you need a weather forecast at any other time for your part of Staffordshire or Cheshire, you can get one from the BBC Weather website.

£80,000 of farm machinery stolen in Staffordshire

Ros Chimes

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

Tractors and trailers worth almost £80,000 have been stolen in the Staffordshire Moorlands  

One of the stolen tractors and one of the stolen trailers
Staffordshire Police

Staffordshire Police say the vehicles were taken from Midland Biomass in Cheadle at some point on Friday night or early Saturday morning.

They say the two trailers include a skip trailer and a tree shredder.

News: Exploding washing machines warning; £80,000 of farm machinery stolen; Stafford hosts BBC Music Day event

Chris King

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

This afternoon's headlines include:

- Firefighters across the region are reporting a major increase in the number of household white goods exploding over the past year

- Tractors and trailers worth almost £80,000 have been stolen in the Staffordshire Moorlands

- Choirs, a ukulele player and bands have performed in Stafford as part of BBC Music Day's Take It To The Bridge event  

Cannock couple banned from keeping animals after causing suffering to dog

Cannock Mercury

A pair of dog owners from Cannock have been banned from keeping animals for 10 years after being convicted of causing suffering to a dog.  

RSPCA sign, inset, and Cannock Magistrates Court
Cannock Mercury

Pocket money: Boys get 13% more than girls, survey finds

BBC News England

Boys received 13% more weekly pocket money than girls in the past year, a survey suggests.

Halifax's annual pocket money survey, which involved more than 1,200 children and 575 parents, found on average children got £6.55 - the highest level since the credit crisis began in 2007.

But while parents gave boys aged between eight and 15 an average of £6.93 a week, girls got £6.16.

West Midlands children came near the bottom of the regional breakdown with £5.84; in the North West the figure is £6.68.

Watch: Ukulele player lights up BBC Music Day event in Stafford

Tim Wedgwood

BBC Local LIve

Another performer at today's BBC Music Day event in Stafford was ukulele player Peter Moss from Alsager.  

Some impressive musical skills in this video we shot!

Football: Next Port Vale manager 'huge moment' for club

Lee Blakeman

Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

The former Port Vale striker Ray Williams says the appointment of a new manager will be a huge moment for the club.

Port Vale sign
Getty Images

Rob Page's successor is expected to be announced on 21 June - with former Chelsea assistant manager Jose Morais the current favourite. 

Williams told BBC Radio Stoke that fans need to have faith in chairman Norman Smurthwaite's decision.

Norman will make sure that it is the right one. He'll give this appointment far more backing than he gave to Rob Page. I think fans will be intrigued and excited if this appointment is true."

Ray WilliamsFormer Port Vale strike

Call to restrict hours of 'chuggers' in Stafford

Emma Thomas

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

A petition's been handed to councillors in Stafford, calling for a controlled ban on charity fundraisers or "chuggers" in the town centre.

Chugger
BBC

More than 200 people have signed the petition, calling for a reduction in the hours charity workers are allowed to stop shoppers and encourage them up to sign up to direct debit donations. 

Stafford Borough Council says it's monitoring the situation and if people feel concerned they can contact the authority. 

This lunchtime on Midlands Today: Exploding washing machines and BBC Music Day

BBC Midlands Today

On Midlands Today this lunchtime we'll be talking exploding washing machines, a Premier League football management appointment and reflecting BBC Music Day. 

The aftermath of an exploding washing machine
BBC

Join us from 13:30 on BBC One for all those and your local weather forecast.

Travel: Lanes reopen on A500 in Stoke-on-Trent after crash

BBC Travel

Better news for drivers using the A500 in Stoke-on-Trent this afternoon - all lanes have reopened after the earlier accident southbound near Porthill Bank.

There's still congestion in the area - keep up to date with BBC Travel.

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Watch: Choir performs for BBC Music Day event in Stafford

Max Mallen

Presenter, BBC Radio Stoke

Here's an excerpt from the Phoenix Singers from Leek, who performed at today's BBC Music Day event in Stafford.

Latest: Motorbike deaths increase; lorry and cars crash on A500; musicians perform for BBC Music Day

Chris King

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

This afternoon's headlines include

- The number of motorcyclists being killed on Staffordshire's roads has increased in the past year, according to the county council   

- A lorry and two cars have been involved in a crash on the A500 near Porthill Bank, Stoke-on-Trent

- Choirs, a ukulele player and bands have performed in Stafford as part of BBC Music Day's Take It To The Bridge event

Aspen tree beaver attacks replicated in seed growing bid

David Gregory-Kumar

Science correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

For Springwatch I'm looking at the work of Midlands firm Forestart, which gathers the seeds of trees from all over the country to sell on to nurseries for them to grow into new plants.

The company aims to gather seeds from all sorts of different aspens, then grow a nursery of trees that can interbreed and so produce stronger, more genetically diverse saplings.

Bark strip being removed from an aspen tree
BBC

The firm is trying an experiment to encourage them produce more seeds - by imitating beavers.

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Football: Stoke City to get 'even stronger' - chairman

Matt Sandoz

Stoke City commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Stoke City's chairman Peter Coates says he thinks the club will become even stronger in the next 10 years. 

Outside Stoke City's stadium
Getty Images

It's a decade since he bought it back from the previous Icelandic owners. 

Coates told BBC Radio Stoke that one man in particular will be key to the club's progression.

My son John [vice-chairman of club] is heavily involved, he and I and Tony Scholes [chief executive], we talk regularly, we do things together, he knows all about football and has been involved all of the 10 years of success and has played a huge part in that."

Peter CoatesStoke City Chairman

Car 'ended up facing wrong way' after lorry crash on A500

Jodie Looker

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

A lorry and two cars have been involved in a crash on the A500 near Porthill Bank.

Staffordshire Police say it happened on the southbound carriageway at about 09:30 - one car overturned and ended up facing the wrong way.

A500 south near Porthill Bank
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The force says two people have been injured and the lorry driver's unhurt.

Watch: This afternoon's Stoke and Staffordshire weather forecast

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

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

Your pictures: Sunshine over Rudyard Lake and Norton

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

This gorgeous picture of Rudyard Lake's come from Kate Walker who shared it on the BBC Radio Stoke Facebook page.

Rudyard Lake
Kate Walker

While Jane Clare says this was sunny Norton in Staffordshire this week - she also shared it on the Facebook page.

You can send photos in of the area that way - or use email, Twitter and Instagram.

Sunny Norton
Jane Clare

In photos: Vehicle 'rollover' in Norton Canes, Staffordshire

Drivers heading through Norton Canes in Staffordshire are being warned that there's been a crash, according to West Midlands Ambulance Service.

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