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  1. Man convicted of attempted murder after 50-year-old hit with car
  2. Two held on suspicion of child neglect after baby left locked in 'hot car'
  3. Proposed revamp of Sandbach market 'unlikely' says council
  4. Flying Scotsman passes through Cheshire
  5. Updates on Wednesday 8 June 2016

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A van driver who claimed a gust of wind forced his van into the path of a cyclist, killing him, is given a suspended sentenced.

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Our live coverage across the day

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

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

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

The BBC Weather website can also give you a latest weather forecast at any other time.

This evening on BBC Midlands Today: The Flying Scotsman's visit

Amy Cole

BBC Midlands Today

This evening on BBC Midlands Today we'll take a step back in time after the world famous steam locomotive, the Flying Scotsman, roared through the region. 

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It started off in Crewe before heading through Shropshire and Herefordshire. 

You'll see the vintage locomotive and the crowds it drew, on BBC One from 18:30.

Watch: Protest over 200-home plans in Staffordshire Moorlands

Ros Chimes

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

A protest march is being organised in the Staffordshire Moorlands against plans to build housing. 

The Mount, an area of greenbelt on the edge of Leek, has been identified as an area where 200 new houses could be built.

The land has been included in part of the district council's draft local housing plan - they insist it's still only at a consultation stage. 

Councillors Gail Lockett and Dani Ogden (featured in video) have organised a protest march for later this month, calling for the lane to be taken off the local plan.  

Gaps in A-level take-up revealed

Sean Coughlan

BBC News, education correspondent

The stark regional differences in the proportion of pupils studying A-levels in local state schools in England has been revealed - ranging from 2% to 74%.

In eight authorities there are less than 20% of students taking A-levels in schools in their boroughs.  


Nick Timothy of New Schools Network, which carried out the research, said it was a "glass ceiling" on ambition.  

A Department for Education spokeswoman said the figures were "misleading", because pupils could be studying A-levels in schools in other local authorities. 

Watch: Rare anoa calf born at Chester Zoo

Lamont Howie

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

A highly endangered anoa calf, a member of the world's smallest species of cattle, has been born at Chester Zoo.   

The zoo says it is estimated that there are just 2,500 left in the wild and they are sometimes referred to as the "demon of the forest". 

Football: Manchester United turned down Crewe loan bid for Marcus Rashford

Graham McGarry

Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Crewe Alexandra made a bid to sign new Manchester United star Marcus Rashford on loan last season, assistant boss James Collins has revealed.  

Marcus Rashford
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The Alex, relegated from League One, enquired about the 18-year-old but were turned down immediately.  

I spoke to (United Under-21 coach) Warren Joyce last season about taking him. They said he was needed in their 21s and a week later he makes his first-team debut and the rest is history."

James CollinsCrewe Alexandra's assistant manager

Flood alert after heavy rain in Stafford area

Emma Thomas

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

The heavy rain this afternoon's been enough to trigger a flood alert from the Environment Agency for the Rivers Sow and Penk in the Stafford area.

The alert means flooding is possible - the agency says rivers levels are "rising fast".

River Penk

Watch: Flying Scotsman heads through Shropshire from Crewe

John Bray

BBC Midlands Today

You saw earlier the Flying Scotsman at rest at the Crewe Heritage Centre as it was being serviced.

Well, it didn't hang around there all day but made its way south this afternoon, via Shropshire.

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Latest: Two held after baby 'left in hot car'; man convicted of attempted murder; people told to only use A&E if 'absolutely necessary'

Jack Dowling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

Here's our latest news headlines:

- A man and a woman from Stoke-on-Trent are arrested after a one-year-old baby was left locked in a car for 30 minutes in temperatures of over 25C

- A man's been found guilty of the attempted murder of a man in Burton

- People in Cheshire are being told only to use Macclesfield Hospital's A&E unit "if absolutely necessary"

Part of Wolstanton Retail Park

A man and woman are arrested after a toddler is left in a locked car in "dangerously high" temperatures.

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In photos: Flash flooding in Stoke-on-Trent

Monica Rimmer

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

We mentioned earlier that the bout of heavy rain this afternoon had led to some flash flooding on several Stoke-on-Trent roads.

Stephen Willett took this picture this afternoon which he says is of the road just before the A50 from Fenton.

Van in floodwater
Stephen Willett

Proposed revamp of Sandbach market 'unlikely' says council

Phil McCann

Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News

Sandbach Town Council says its proposals to overhaul the town's historic indoor market are now unlikely to go ahead as planned.  

Sandbach Market Hall

Traders claimed the proposals to remove permanent stalls and build offices could damage Sandbach's status as a market town.

Alternative plans from stallholders will now be examined instead.

Your pictures: A sleepy Trentham swan and Lichfield sunshine

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

We do get some marvellous pictures sent in of Staffordshire and Cheshire.

This one of a swan having a nap's come from Carol-Louise Bradley in Trentham. Stoke-on-Trent.

Carol-Louise Bradley

While this sunshine coming through trees in Lichfield was snapped by Phil Sutcliffe.

Have you got a photo to share? You can do it on email, tweet @BBCRadioStoke or put it, with the tag #bbcstoke, on Instagram.

Phil Sutcliffe

Watch: West Midlands EU Referendum debate

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

BBC Midlands Today has a special programme at 22:35 this Sunday night on BBC One, asking if we should leave or remain in the EU.  

Football: Delap calls for Stoke to hang on to Jon Walters

Matt Sandoz

Stoke City commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

The former Stoke City midfielder Rory Delap says it's important the current team keeps its core players as they look to progress.

Jon Walters
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The Potters have finished ninth in three consecutive seasons with players like Ryan Shawcross, Glen Whelan and Jon Walters the cornerstone to the club's success. 

Walters has been linked in some newspapers with newly promoted Middlesborough but Delap says the striker is a key part of the Stoke squad.

He's part of that core, the old boys really that instil the values of Stoke City I think and that's in the dressing room and on the pitch."

Rory DelapFormer Stoke City player

Travel: Flooding affecting several Stoke-on-Trent roads

BBC Travel

The rain appears to have eased in Stoke-on-Trent but there are several cases of roads affected by flooding in the city:

- It's affecting the A53 Werrington Road in Bucknall, at the Brookhouse Lane junction

- There's flooding on Duke Street in Fenton at the A50 junction

- Traffic is slow on the A50 both ways in Stoke-on-Trent due to flooding between the Sideaway Roundabout and Heron Cross

Two arrested for child neglect after baby left locked in 'hot car'

Jack Dowling

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

A man and a woman from Stoke-on-Trent have been arrested after a one-year-old baby was left locked in a car for 30 minutes in temperatures of over 25C,

Staffordshire Police say they had to break into the car which was parked on the Wolstanton Retail Park at around 17:50 yesterday evening.

Wolstanton Retail Park

The force says the child was "visibly distressed" and was taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital for treatment for heatstroke and dehydration. 

Officers say, despite the windows being slightly wound down, the temperature inside the car was "dangerously high" - the man, 28, and woman, 24, were arrested on suspicion of child neglect.

Latest: Man guilty of attempted murder; child neglect arrests over baby left in hot car; market revamp plans 'unlikely' in Sandbach

Jack Dowling

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

This afternoon's headlines include:

- A man's been found guilty of the attempted murder of a man in Burton

- A man and a woman from Stoke-on-Trent have been arrested after a one-year-old baby was left locked in a car for 30 minutes in temperatures of over 25C

- Sandbach Town Council says its controversial plans to overhaul the town's historic indoor market are now unlikely to go ahead as planned

Man convicted of attempted murder after 50-year-old hit with car

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

A man's been found guilty of the attempted murder of a man in Burton. 

Staffordshire Police say the victim, Mohammed Aziz, 50, remains in hospital in a coma after being "deliberately" hit by a car on 20 July 2015. 

Nadeem Akhtar (left) and Mohammed Zufeer
Staffordshire Police

Today Nadeem Akhtar, 37, of Shobnall Street, Burton, was convicted of attempted murder but found not guilty of grievous bodily harm with intent. 

A second man, Mohammed Zufeer, 27, of Horninglow Road North, Burton, was found guilty of assisting an offender - both men will be sentenced on a future date.

Inflatable bed triggers security alert in Stoke-on-Trent

Alice Bentley

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

An abandoned suitcase in bushes at the side of a Staffordshire University building triggered a security alert today.

Staffordshire University campus sign, just off Station Road

Staffordshire Police say they were called to Station Road in Shelton, Stoke-on-Trent just after 09:20.

The force says it turned out to be an inflatable bed inside the case.

People told to avoid Macclesfield A&E unless 'absolutely necessary'

Lee Thomas

News Editor, BBC Radio Stoke

People in Cheshire are being told only to use Macclesfield Hospital's A&E unit "if absolutely necessary". 

Sign for Macclesfield hospital
East Cheshire NHS Trust

East Cheshire NHS Trust says the department's very busy due to the current hot weather.  

We are asking people to save A&E for emergencies and instead consider options such as local pharmacies, GP surgeries and NHS 111 for less urgent health issues."

John WilbrahamEast Cheshire NHS Trust Chief Executive

Football: Ex-Leeds and Sheffield United midfielder in running for Port Vale job

Gary Smee

BBC Sport

Former Leeds United midfielder Bruno Ribeiro has emerged as the main challenger to Shefkfi Kuqi for the vacant manager's job at League One Port Vale, reports BBC Radio Stoke.  

Bruno Ribeiro
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The 40-year-old played for Leeds and Sheffield United in the late 1990s and former Blades teammate Michael Brown is on the coaching staff at Vale Park.

Ribeiro's last job in management was at Bulgarian side Ludogorets in 2015.

Vale have been without a manager since Rob Page joined Northampton Town.

Driver found guilty over cyclist's death given suspended jail term

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

A van driver who was found guilty of killing a cyclist in Tamworth has been given a suspended prison sentence. 

Dean Swift hit 58-year-old Paul Maguire from behind on the A5 in May, 2015. 

Mr Maguire, from Paddington, London, was cycling ahead of family and friends when the crash occurred and suffered fatal injuries. 

The westbound A5, near the slip road for the B5440 Marlborough Way

Swift, 23, of Rosewood Park, Cheslyn Hay, was convicted of causing death by careless driving last month.

Today he was sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for two years, and banned from driving for 12 months.

Stoke City players

Former Stoke City defender Rory Delap says another top-10 finish is proof of the current squad's development.

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Continue registering to vote in EU referendum, David Cameron says

BBC Politics

David Cameron has urged people to continue to register to vote after an online glitch ahead of the EU referendum registration deadline.

The prime minister tweeted a link to the sign-up page and said "urgent discussions" were taking place to ensure people who register can vote.

Ballot box

The Electoral Commission called for the registration deadline to be extended.

The problems lasted from 22:15 BST on Tuesday until after the midnight deadline.

Follow live updates on the EU Referendum.

Watch: Flying Scotsman described as 'iconic' train as it visits Crewe

John Acres

BBC Radio Stoke

The manager of the Crewe Heritage Centre has described the Flying Scotsman as an "iconic" train. 

The steam locomotive came to the site yesterday evening to be serviced and will leave this afternoon.  

Mike Lenz, the manager of the centre (featured in video), says the Flying Scotsman is the locomotive the general public always think of when they think of steam trains.

It made its return to the railway lines of Britain this year following a £4.2m restoration project, which took 10 years.  

On BBC Midlands Today this lunchtime: Region hosts Antiques Roadshow visit

Sarah Falkland

BBC Midlands Today

This lunchtime on Midlands Today, we'll see how a visit from the BBC Antiques Roadshow to part of the Midlands has drawn out hundreds of people with their treasures. 

Antiques Roadshow

Everything from watches to wardrobes and porcelain to paintings has turned up - and I'll be having a rummage through the antiques from 13:30 on BBC One.

Football: Port Vale skipper linked with Notts County move

Lee Blakeman

Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Port Vale skipper Carl Dickinson could be on his way to Notts County. 

BBC Radio Stoke understands the 29-year-old has opened talks with the club with the deal to be completed next week.

Carl Dickinson
Port Vale FC

News: Domestic abuse response 'improved' say police; Sandbach market revamp 'unlikely'; Flying Scotsman arrival draws hundreds of visitors

Jack Dowling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

This afternoon's headlines for Staffordshire and Cheshire:

- Staffordshire Police insists victims of domestic abuse can now have confidence in the force, despite an inspection finding its handling of the issue to be "inconsistent and insufficient" 

- Sandbach Town Council says its controversial plans to overhaul the town's historic indoor market are now unlikely to go ahead as planned

- Hundreds of people have turned out for the visit of the Flying Scotsman to Crewe

Staffordshire Police promise improvements for domestic abuse victims

Emma Thomas

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

Emergency calls to Staffordshire Police via 999 reporting domestic violence have reached a five-year high, the force says.

Hands held up in front of woman
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Almost 24,000 were made in the last year - a rise of 16% compared with half a decade ago. 

The force says it's retrained hundreds of officers after a report published last year described the response given to victims as "a cause for concern".

The government inspection said in December a number of officers discouraged victims reporting abuse and allegations were disbelieved.

Watch: This afternoon's Stoke and Staffordshire weather forecast

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

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

Watch: The Flying Scotsman is serviced at Crewe's railway museum

John Acres

BBC Radio Stoke

Staff at Crewe's railway museum have been servicing the Flying Scotsman train to get it ready for its next journey.  

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Hundreds of people have turned out for the visit to the Crewe Heritage Centre. 

The train will return to the site on Tuesday 14 June.  

Flooding warning for Cheshire

People in Cheshire are being warned by the Met Office that there's a chance of localised flooding this afternoon.

They say there could be scattered heavy showers this afternoon and have issued a yellow weather warning.

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