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Summary

  1. Social care cuts being proposed after NHS withdraws £15m
  2. Man attacked outside Uttoxeter pub
  3. New drug testing kit for annual drink drive crackdown
  4. Updates on Monday 6 June 2016

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By Allen Cook

All times stated are UK

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Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

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M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, between J13 for A449 and J12 for A5.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M6 southbound between J13, A449 (Stafford South) and J12, A5 (Gailey), because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Michael Tindall filmed working while claiming £53k benefits
Michael Tindall is sentenced after being filmed at work despite receiving £53k in incapacity benefits.

Pudsey visits children at hospital

Children in Need

Pudsey bear is all over the region today, taking part in fundraising for the BBC's Children in Need appeal.

Earlier he was at the Royal Stoke University Hospital.

Pudsey bear visits hospital in Stoke-on-Trent

Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire northbound severe disruption, between J16 for A500 Crewe and J17 for A534 Sandbach.

M6 Cheshire - Very slow traffic and one lane blocked on M6 northbound between J16, A500 (Crewe) and J17, A534 (Sandbach), because of a broken down car.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

'More support needed' for homeless

Plans to introduce tough new sanctions for rough sleepers in Stoke-on-Trent come almost a year after the closure of the BAC O'Connor rehabilitation centre in nearby Newcastle-under-Lyme.

The centre, which helped people struggling with alcohol and drug dependency, shut just before Christmas after Staffordshire County Council announced it would halve its budget for addiction treatments in the face of wider cuts.

The Public Space Protection Order proposed by Stoke-on-Trent City Council and police is designed to cut down on anti-social behaviour, but some groups have called for more support for those sleeping rough in the city.

BAC O'Connor Centre in Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire
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BAC O'Connor still operates a rehabilitation centre in Burton upon Trent.

Rough sleepers plan 'no solution' to people's problems

The chairman of a residents group in Hanley says plans for strict controls on rough sleepers and aggressive beggars in the street are a good, but more needs to be done to support homeless people in the area.

Proposals have been put forward by the police and city council to introduce a Public Space Protection Order that will cover the centre of Hanley, Hanley Park and Festival Park (see map below).

Map of area covered
Stoke-on-Trent City Council

Ian Brayshaw from the Hanley One Residents Association said many of those people living on the streets had limited options.

I would say in one sense it's no solution at all. It's treating a symptom and actually the problem is to do with services for the homeless, drug and alcohol services, people who've got themselves into very difficult situations."

Ian BrayshawHanley One Residents Association

'Where will rough sleepers go?'

The chair of the Stoke-on-Trent homeless forum says she is not against the idea of tighter controls on homeless people who are sleeping rough in Hanley.

Wendy Hocking said the proposed ban on aggressive begging, putting up unauthorised tents and drinking in public was about making the area "a better place for other residents".

Hanley
BBC

But, she said the important thing was that "there needs to be something behind it" to help those homeless people affected by the order and said the question that needed to be asked was "where would they go?"

She also said the forum was working on a lot of projects to help rough sleepers and that she was confident that police enforcing the order would take advice from the local rough sleeping team.

Hanley
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'Aggressive' beggars could be fined £1,000

Plans for a ban on begging, drinking in public and sleeping rough around the centre of Hanley are being put forward by Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

According to the planned Public Space Protection Order anyone found to be "persistently or aggressively begging", or putting up a tent in an unauthorised area could be fined up to £1,000.

rough sleeper
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The three-year ban would cover the centre of Hanley, the Potteries shopping centre, Hanley park and Festival park.

People in the area are being asked for their views on the proposal, which is aimed at cutting down on anti-social behaviour.

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, between J10A for M54 and J10 for A454.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound between J10a M54 and J10, A454 (Wolverhampton), because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: A520 Staffordshire both ways

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A520 Staffordshire both ways severe accident, between A52 Kingsley Road and Malthouse Lane.

A520 Staffordshire - A520 Leek Road in Cellarhead blocked and queuing traffic in both directions between Cellarhead Cross Roads and the Malthouse Lane junction, because of an accident involving three vehicles.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

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M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, between J15 for A500 and J16 for A500 Crewe.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and J16, A500 (Crewe), because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Kelly-Anne Carter and son Lucas

An inquest hears Kelly-Anne Carter killed herself two weeks after her son Lucas died in a house fire.

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In the papers: Robber records audition video from prison

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Nigel Clough

Preview followed by live coverage of Friday's Championship game between Burton Albion and Sheffield United.

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Strike action threat for Virgin trains in West Midlands

Virgin rail services across the West Midland could be disrupted by a strike by RMT members working on the West Coast line.

The union voted 9-1 to take industrial action, including strike action, in a dispute over pay.

Virgin train
Virgin

The RMT said it wanted a "suitable and equal" pay offer, but Virgin said it had offered an above-average increase already and that it was open to continuing talks.

Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire northbound severe disruption, at J16 for A500 Crewe.

M6 Cheshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound at J16, A500 (Crewe), because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, between J13 for A449 and J12 for A5.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J13, A449 (Stafford South) and J12, A5 (Gailey), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

BreakingAircraft crashes after overshooting runway

Two men have escaped with only minor injuries after their light aircraft overshot the runway, went through two hedges and over a road.

It happened at Halfpenny Green Airport at Bobbington at about 11:40.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said airport firefighters were at the scene "almost immediately".

Aircraft crash
West Midlands Ambulance Service

The crash ripped off the left side wing of the aircraft as it came to rest in a field.

Both men managed to get out of the aircraft and one was taken to hospital after suffering cuts and bruises plus a laceration to his head.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said their escape was all the more remarkable "considering what had happened to the aircraft".

Aircraft crash
West Midlands Ambulance Service

University increases security after stabbings

Staffordshire University says it has increased security following two stabbings in Shelton area of Stoke-on-Trent in the last month.

Some students and local residents have said they feel unsafe, claiming that thefts and break-ins are also common in the area around the campus.

Staffordshire University
BBC

Security staff from the university are offering to walk students home and Staffordshire Police have also increased patrols in the area, to provide reassurance.

Our community police officer is on campus to talk to them about how to be safe and what to, so we would just urge them to come and talk if they're feeling insecure of if they've got anxieties. And we've also arranged that we will do walking buses to take students home."

Sue ReeceStaffordshire University

Extra police to deal with 'street gangs'

More police are on the streets in part of Stoke-on-Trent following two stabbings in the last month.

They happened in Shelton, on Boughey Road, and Ashford Street, near to Staffordshire University.

Staffordshire Police car
Staffordshire Police

Mark Hardern, from Staffordshire Police, said there were "small pockets of youth, who for whatever reason decide to take the law into their own hands".

Mr Hardern, who works as a youth violence coordinator for the force, also said there were street gangs in the area, but didn't want to give the impression it was a widespread problem in Stoke-on-Trent.

Severe accident: M42 Warwickshire southbound

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M42 Warwickshire southbound severe accident, between J10 for A5 and J9 for M6 Toll.

M42 Warwickshire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M42 southbound between J10, A5 (Tamworth) and J9, M6 Toll (Curdworth), because of an accident involving three vehicles.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Dashcam appeal over M42 body find

An investigation has begun into the death of a man whose body was found on the M42 near Tamworth during the rush hour last night, police say.

They say it's too early to say if the death is suspicious or how he came to be there.

M42
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Officers were called to the southbound carriage way, between junctions 10 and nine, at about 17:20.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene, West Midlands Ambulance Service said.

Emergency services also found a red Mazda that's believed to have collided with the safety barrier.

Police are asking anyone with dashcam footage of the area at that time to come forward.

Man charged with stealing poppy collection box

A man's been charged after a poppy appeal charity box was stolen from a butcher's shop in Wombourne, Staffordshire, police say.

The 35-year-old is also charged with attempting to steal another from the local Co-op store.

Council gets to keep NHS money after 'tough negotiations'

An agreement has been reached to allow Staffordshire County Council to keep £20m it gets from NHS England.

The health body had threatened to withdraw the money after the council failed to meet targets to help get patients out of hospital.

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But, the council says that after "tough negotiations" those so-called bed-blocking targets have now been changed.

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M42 reopens after 'body in road' investigation

The M42 southbound has reopened between junctions 10 and 9 near Tamworth.

M42
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It was shut through the night as Warwickshire Police investigated the discovery of a body on the carriageway late yesterday afternoon.

The closure meant some drivers were at a standstill for more than five hours while many lorries were forced to spend the night at the roadside.

Severe disruption: M42 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, between J9 for M6 Toll and J10 for A5.

M42 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M42 northbound between J9, M6 Toll (Curdworth) and J10, A5 (Tamworth), because of barrier repairs.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

M42 closure expected to last several hours

BBC News Travel

Warwickshire Police say the M42 remains closed southbound between junctions 10 and 9, while officers investigate reports of a body on the road.

Traffic is moving slowly northbound.

The closure is expected to be in place for several hours and drivers are asked to avoid the area.

'There's money left at the end of the month'

Carol and Tommy McMillan had resigned themselves to a lifetime in rented accommodation.

But a scheme in Stoke-on-Trent allowing them to buy a house for £1 has transformed their lives "dramatically", they said.

The second phase of the council-run scheme is now being rolled out.

Carol McMillan
BBC

"There's money left at the end of the month," said Mrs McMillan.

"We were renting a property at £450 a month. The payback on the £30,000 grant on this house is £298 so straight away we were £150 better off."

She said the local area was slowly turning itself around and described it as "up and coming".

House in Cobridge
BBC

People encouraged to use 'noisy dog' app

Being bothered by a noisy dog? There's an app for that - and people with complaints in the Newcastle-under-Lyme area are being encouraged to download it to record evidence of disturbances.

Newcastle Borough Council says the recordings can be used in court, if necessary, or to settle a dispute informally.

Barking terrier
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The council says it is much more useful than relying on people's "noise diaries".

(We) play some recordings back to the noise-maker if needed and it helps them to understand the problems they are causing, and in some cases that has helped to remedy the problem informally."

Darren WaltersNewcastle Borough Council

BreakingReports of body on motorway

Part of the M42 motorway is closed this evening, while police investigate reports of a body on the road.

West Mercia Police said officers were called to the area between junctions 10 for Tamworth and 9 for the M6 Toll at 17:20.

Severe accident: A50 Staffordshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A50 Staffordshire eastbound severe accident, at A5007 Victoria Place Fenton Heron Cross affecting A527 Porthill Road.

A50 Staffordshire - A50 in Longton closed and queuing traffic eastbound at Heron Cross, because of an accident involving two vehicles. Congestion on A500 D Road to Porthill Bank.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Marc Albrighton puts his Peaky knowledge to the test

BBC Sport

Tamworth-born Leicester City star Marc Albrighton is a big fan of television series Peaky Blinders, so BBC Sport decided to put his knowledge to the test.

Peaky Blinders: How well does Marc Albrighton know his favourite show?

The new series of Peaky Blinders starts tonight at 21:00 on BBC Two.

Cuts to buses to affect half a million journeys

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

Half a million bus journeys a year in Staffordshire could go after the county council approved £1.4m of cuts to its subsidised services.

It's estimated 2,500 people will be affected by the changes which will come into effect next April and campaigners say it will isolate people in rural areas.

Bus stop
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The council says the cuts affect just 3% of all bus journeys, and it will work with commercial operators, voluntary groups and taxi firms to see if they can replace any of the affected routes.