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  1. Murdered toddler serious case review delayed
  2. Hole opens in road in Longton
  3. JCB boss backs EU Leave campaign, although PM describes his views as 'an exception'
  4. Cancer drug campaigners fear prospect of postcode lottery
  5. Updates on Thursday 9 June 2016

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Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire southbound

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M6 Staffordshire southbound severe accident, 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 an accident.

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

Four arrested in attempted murder probe

Four youths have been arrested in connection with an incident in Tamworth that left an 18-year-old man with serious head injuries.

One of them, a 15-year-old boy from Stafford, is being held on suspicion of attempted murder.

Two 16-year-old boys from Tamworth, and another, who was 17, were arrested on suspicion of assault causing grievous bodily harm.

The two 16-year-olds were also arrested on suspicion of possession of cannabis with intent to supply.

Staffordshire Police earlier cordoned off an area around the McDonald's restaurant on Beauchamp Industrial Park after the man was found unconscious.

Insta-battle for City of Culture pair

Chanise Evans

BBC Online

Instagrammers from Coventry and Stoke-on-Trent have been showcasing their best pictures of the cities in their battle to become City of Culture 2021.

Photographers have been highlighting their favourite City of Culture snaps.
Photographers have been highlighting their favourite City of Culture snaps.
Photographers have been highlighting their favourite City of Culture snaps of Coventry and Stoke-on-Trent.

Wading birds to get £100k habitat

A £100,000 habitat for wading birds is being created near Upper Hulme, using money from the National Lottery and local fundraisers.

The Staffordshire Wildlife Trust says that area of the Staffordshire Moorlands could become important for birds such as Curlew, Lapwing and Snipes.

Lapwing
RSPB

110 years of Uttoxeter Racecourse marked

Uttoxeter Racecourse in Staffordshire is marking its 110th birthday today.

It's first meeting was held in May 1907, with the second taking place on 17 and 18 October that year.

Uttoxeter racecourse
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Today, there are six races, starting at 14:30.

Estate cordoned-off after Tamworth stabbing

An area of the Beauchamp Industrial Estate, in Tamworth remains cordoned-off says Staffordshire Police, after a man was stabbed in the neck last night.

Investigations are being carried out at the scene after emergency services were called shortly after midnight.

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Burton Albion boss Nigel Clough says he would still consider managing Nottingham Forest at some stage in his career.

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BreakingMan stabbed in the neck in Tamworth

A man's being treated in hospital after being stabbed in the neck on a Tamworth industrial estate, the ambulance service says.

Ambulance crews were called to reports of an unconscious man close to McDonalds in Watling Street shortly after midnight.

We'll bring you more on this story as we get it.

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 - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M6 northbound between J16, A500 (Crewe) and J17, A534 (Sandbach), because of a broken down car. In the roadworks area.

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

Trust buys 30-acre site of moorland

Thirty acres of land in the Moorlands has been bought by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust with the aim of making it a hotspot for wading birds.

Staffordshire Moorlands
Staffordshire Wildlife Trust

The site, which the trust says is a crucial upland habitat for waders, is near Upper Hulme.

More than £100,000 has been raised to buy it with funds coming from both the public and the National Lottery.

Arriva North West bus drivers strike

Bus passengers in Crewe and Nantwich are being affected by industrial action by Arriva North West drivers today.

Arriva North West bus
Arriva North West

The drivers say the strike is in response to a "pitiful" pay offer from Arriva bosses.

Members of the Unite and GMB unions are involved in the 24-hour strike which began at 03:30 and will continue until Friday.

Arriva North West said it wanted to wholeheartedly apologise to customers for the "unnecessary" strike.

Residents meeting called after two die in flat fire

Residents at a block of flats in Stoke-on-Trent where a girl and her mum died in a fire are to meet police, fire and council representatives tonight.

Scene of fire
BBC

Zainab Adam and her six year-old daughter Tafaoul Fadoul died after the blaze at the property on Ringland Close in Northwood earlier this month.

A baby girl remains critically ill.

Investigators said the fire involved a wall-mounted electric storage heater which was close to clothing.

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, between J12 for A5 and J11A for M6 Toll.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J12, A5 (Gailey) and J11a M6 Toll, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe disruption: M42 Warwickshire southbound

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

M42 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M42 southbound between J10, A5 (Tamworth) and J9, M6 Toll (Curdworth), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

Disruption on the rails

An earlier incident is causing disruption between Aston and Lichfield.

London Midland advises tickets can be used on National Express West Midlands Buses on routes 4, 4H, 4M, 7, 11A, 11C, 14, 16, 45, 51, 65, 67, 301, 302, X3, X4, X5, X14, X51.

Road transport is running on the following routes:

  • Lichfield City - Sutton Coldfield
  • Lichfield City - Lichfield Trent Valley
  • Longbridge - Redditch

The disruption is expected to last until 19:00

In the papers: Lorry crashes into power line

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Here are some of the stories making the headlines today:

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, at J13 for A449.

M6 Staffordshire - M6 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J13, A449 (Stafford South), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Could libraries become self-service?

Staffordshire libraries could be made "self-service" if new proposals are given the go-ahead by the council, in a bid to save more than £1m over four years.

The county council says it is looking at a number of options, including local communities taking over the running of some libraries, as well as remodelling its mobile service.

Inside Stafford Library
BBC

Training sessions could be offered to people showing them how they could use technology and gain access to the building at times of the day when staff aren’t on duty.

More than 20 libraries have already been transferred or due to be taken over by the community across the county, including Gnosall, Loggerheads and Hednesford.

A three-month consultation on the idea will begin in the new year. Read the full council proposal online.

World record for armed forces Christmas card

A giant Christmas card sent to UK servicemen and women signed by thousands of people has officially broken the world record for most signatures.

The card, measuring 2.1m (7ft) high by 4.5m (15ft) wide, included 21,000 signatures and 800 images captured at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

Signatures were gathered from across the UK, starting in Staffordshire. It visited BBC Birmingham in November 2016 to allow people to add their names, as the video below, shot at the time, shows.

The giant Christmas card visits Birmingham in 2016

Will they be attempting to break the record again this year?

Well, no word yet but the staff at the Arboretum have promised a host of Christmas events, including a candle lit carol service, a gift fair, and holly wreath making workshops.

Severe disruption: M6 Toll Staffordshire both ways

BBC News Travel

M6 Toll Staffordshire both ways severe disruption, at JT8 A460.

M6 Toll Staffordshire - Queuing traffic on M6 Toll in both directions at JT8, Cannock, because of a rolling road-block and emergency repairs.

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

BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker gets a lift

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Something to make you smile today... The moment Stoke-on-Trent's Eddie Hall listed Dan Walker over his head.

The world's strongest man bench pressed the BBC Breakfast presenter live on air this morning.

World's strongest man Eddie Hall shows off his strength

Two cities in the West Midlands to host WWI poppies

Two cities in the West Midlands will showcase the ceramic poppies created for the 100th anniversary of the start of World War one.

Hereford Cathedral will host the poppies between March and April next year, before they move on to Stoke-on-Trent later in the summer.

The cathedral says: "Such a privilege to be involved in this with all our partners - a great accolade for the cathedral, the city and the county".

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Time for some breakfast? Oh Eddie has just folded our pan

BBC Breakfast

He's known as The Beast. He eats 10,000 kcals a day and is officially the world's strongest man. Meet Eddie Hall.

Eddie, from Stoke-on-Trent is the first British man to take the title in more than 20 years.

Eddie Hall folding up an aluminium frying pan
BBC

To become the world's strongest man though takes guts - even he himself describes his jaw-dropping 500kg deadlift as "one of the most dangerous lifts" he's ever done.

So how does one take the title? He said training as a youth swimmer and watching the competition as a five-year-old set him up for life and "always knew" he would try to become the world's strongest man.

Eddie Hall deadlifting 500kg
BBC

People don't realise the health implications. I couldn't see properly for a couple of days afterwards. I had concussion. I had a nervous breakdown and depression. There is no long term implications, I didn't break my back. I really do channel some dark places to do these lifts to get these supernatural strengths."

Eddie HallWorld's strongest man

As Eddie prepared to take the title to become the world's strongest man he said: "I was eating 12,500 kcals a day. Every hour of the day I had food or drink in my hand. I have the same diet as about four people."

Walk of Fame: City celebrates its heroes

The first people to feature on Stoke-on-Trent's walk of fame have been revealed.

The shortlist includes singer Robbie Williams and the ceramic manufacturer Emma Bridgewater.

Walk of Fame 2018 in Stoke on Trent
SOT2021 / BBC

The city council plans to create a series of trails of shoes to follow in Tontine Square, Hanley in 2018.

Canary Girls head to London to meet PM

Nicola Goodwin

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Canary Girls Nancy Billings, Nancy Preece and Elizabeth Cox are heading down to London this morning to meet Prime Minister Theresa May.

Canary Girls Nancy Billings, Nancy Preece and Elizabeth Cox
BBC

Two women from Swynnerton in Stoke-on-Trent are also travelling down as Mrs May officially recognises the role they played in both world wars.

BBC Hereford & Worcester's campaign to remember them was launched back in January and this summer Rotherwas workers were given special commemorative medals at the Herefordshire Country Fair.

In the papers: Iconic poppies coming to Stoke-on-Trent

The Sentinel

Here are some of the stories making the headlines in The Sentinel this morning:

Eddie Hall lifts BBC Breakfast presenter 'like a feather'

BBC Breakfast

This morning the world's strongest man lifted BBC presenter Dan Walker above his head live on-air, making it look rather easy.

Dan also seems to be enjoying it.

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Or as Dan puts it "14.5 stone lifted like a feather".

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I guess it is light compared with Eddie's 500kg (78 stones) deadlift that bagged him the title which is roughly five Dan Walkers!

Queuing traffic

Spilt fuel, emergency repairs and a burning lorry cost millions in wasted time and money.

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BBC presenter bench pressed by strongest man in the world

Stephanie Barnard

BBC News

Here's the best photo you will probably see today.

Stoke-on-Trent's Eddie Hall has just been chatting to BBC Breakfast's Dan Walker this morning. And then he bench pressed him.

Dan Walker being bench pressed by Eddie Hall
BBC

Hospital waiting times: 'Extra beds investment' for trust

Jack Dowling

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

The trust running Royal Stoke and Stafford's County Hospital says it's working hard after it was revealed waiting time targets for A&E, cancer treatments and planned operations have been missed over the past year.

It's one of 12 NHS Trusts across England that's failed to meet any of the targets at any point in that time.

Stafford's County Hospital and Royal Stoke
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University Hospitals of North Midlands Trust says it's one of the busiest, but is working hard to meet targets, including adding 45 extra beds in Stoke, and looking to move more elective surgery to Stafford to protect it from cancellations.

Our local health and social care economy faces real challenges in improving the flow of patients through the whole NHS in the North Midlands, from admission to discharge, with many patients who are medically fit waiting in a hospital bed to go to their next place of care. This impacts on waiting times in A&E and causes delayed operations for patients as surgical beds are used to cope with emergency pressures."

Paula ClarkChief executive, University Hospitals of North Midlands Trust

Traffic jams: UK's worst motorway disruption revealed

Three of the worst traffic jams in the UK in the last year were on the M6, new figures reveal.

Traffic firm Inrix analysed statistics between September 2016 and August 2017. It said drivers and businesses had lost millions of pounds in wasted fuel and time.

Broken-down vehicles including a lorry caused eight hours of jams on the M6 in south Cheshire on 25 August.

A fuel spill, broken down vehicles and an emergency viaduct repair were behind the most severe delays over the last year.

Traffic
BBC

Canary Girls recognised for their WWII efforts

Nicola Beckford

Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

Five women who worked in the munitions factories in Hereford and Stoke-on-Trent during World War Two are travelling to London today to meet the prime minister.

It's part of a campaign calling for thousands of former munitions workers to receive national recognition.

Canary Girls posters
HULTON ARCHIVE

They became known as the Canary Girls, as exposure to toxic chemicals turned their skin and hair yellow.

Read more about the Canary Girls on BBC News.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire southbound severe disruption, between J18 for A54 Middlewich and J17 for A534 Sandbach.

M6 Cheshire - Very slow traffic and one lane blocked on M6 southbound between J18, A54 (Middlewich) and J17, A534 (Sandbach), because of a broken down vehicle. In the roadworks area.

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

Billericay Town

Big-spending Billericay Town progress to the first round of the FA Cup after a 2-1 win at sixth-tier Brackley Town.

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