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  1. Carl Bridgewater case: Paper boy murder evidence 'looked at' by Home Office
  2. Man dies from tree fall after 'being chased by gang'
  3. Plans for £90m Cheshire bypass passed
  4. Jackdaw with 'tweezer fetish' has tongs removed in Cheshire
  5. Updates on Wednesday 15 June 2016

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

BBC Weather Watcher Pictures: Trentham and Wybunbury

Monica Rimmer

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

There's grey skies over Staffordshire and Cheshire in the main this week, but that hasn't stopped our BBC Weather Watchers updating us on their local forecasts.

They've also kept the pictures coming - here are two, from Bourney in Trentham and Sky Watcher in Wybunbury, Cheshire.

Sky Watcher

Sex Pistol and punk poet set for Nantwich festival

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols, Eddi Reader of Fairground Attraction and punk poet John Cooper Clarke have been announced as headliners of a Nantwich festival.

Glen Matlock
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Words and Music, which is organised by local musicians. is back for a week in October. 

Work starting on new Cheshire recycling centre

Phil McCann

Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News

Work starts tomorrow on a new recycling hub for Cheshire East in Middlewich.

Artist’s impression of site when construction is complete
Cheshire East Council

The site has proved controversial with locals and it had to be checked for contamination after it emerged it used to be used for the manufacture of chemical weapons in World War One. 

Cheshire East Council says the hub, in Cledford Lane, will cut landfill waste to a minimum and will be completed next year.

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

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

The BBC Weather website also has latest forecast for Staffordshire and Cheshire.

In photos: Second Crewe visit for Flying Scotsman

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

One of the world's best known steam locomotives - the Flying Scotsman - has made a second visit to Crewe within a week.

It's been back to the Crewe Heritage Centre, arriving last night before departing today.

BBC Radio Stoke's John Acres grabbed this picture before it left this morning.

Flying Scotsman

And after it had left the heritage centre, Jonathan White took this photo of the locomotive as it headed away from the town.

Flying Scotsman steams through Crewe
Jonathan White

Plea to find owner of doll left abandoned in Tamworth

Tamworth Herald

Council officials are appealing to find the young owner of a doll which has been lost in Tamworth.

The abandoned doll
Tamworth Borough Council/Tamworth Herald

Watch: Theme park sees 10% rise in visitor numbers

BBC Midlands Today

Bosses at Drayton Manor theme park says visitor numbers have gone up by 10% in the past year.   

The theme park near Tamworth was started in 1949 and yesterday welcomed its 50 millionth customer. 

Chief executive Colin Bryan (featured in video) says the secret to success is simple for them - "attention to detail".  

On Midlands Today this evening: Getting the Midlands' mood on EU referendum

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

In just over a week, thousands of us will take to the polls to vote on whether to leave or stay in the European Union.  

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And all this week I've been taking a road trip through the heart of Britain to gauge the mood on the streets.

Find out what I've found in my latest stop on Midlands Today this evening on BBC One - at the slightly earlier time of 18:25.

Latest: Pledge over Bridgewater murder case; man dies after being 'chased by gang'; new Cheshire bypass approved

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

This evening's headlines to get you updated:

- The case of a boy's death in Staffordshire nearly 40 years ago is to be "looked at" by the government after claims emerged in a TV documentary

- A man's died in hospital following a fall from a tree in Burton-upon-Trent after reportedly being chased up it by a gang of men

- Long-awaited plans for a new bypass around the western edge of Congleton have been approved by councillors

Man dies after tree fall following 'chase by gang'

Emma Thomas

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

A man's died in hospital following a fall from a tree in Burton-upon-Trent after reportedly being chased up it by a gang of men. 

Staffordshire Police says it happened near the canal on Edward Street in the early hours of this morning. 

Edward Street, Burton

The force says the man, who has been identified as Richard Holden, 28, rang them in distress saying he was being chased by a group of men and climbed a tree.

Officers say he then fell from it and was taken to hospital where he later died.

Watch: Flying Scotsman's second visit draws more crowds

John Acres

BBC Radio Stoke

More crowds turned out for the second recent visit of one of the world's best known steam locomotives - the Flying Scotsman - to Crewe.  

It made another stopover at the town's heritage centre after visiting just a week ago for a similar stay.  

Drivers warned of worse conditions due later today

The Met Office is warning drivers to be mindful of the impact of showers that are expected later today.  

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Jackdaw with 'tweezer fetish' has tongs removed in Cheshire

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

A young jackdaw with a "tweezer fetish" has been operated on by the RSPCA in their Nantwich centre after swallowing a pair. 

The charity's vets say he'd eaten the metal tongs, which were as long as his body, and it took an hour to get them out.

An X-ray of the tweezers inside the jackdaw

The jackdaw was found in Swadlincote, Derbyshire, and the RSPCA says it thinks it was being hand fed and then tried to eat more than just the food.

He seems right as rain and has been eating well ever since. He obviously has quite the tweezer fetish though so we have to be extra careful when feeding him

Dr Bev PantoRSPCA vet

EU Referendum: Live debate on BBC Radio Stoke

James Bovill

Staffordshire Political Reporter, BBC News

BBC Radio Stoke is holding an EU referendum debate this evening. 

EU Referendum

Panellists including Stoke-on-Trent Central MP Tristram Hunt and UKIP MEP Steven Woolfe will make their case for staying in or leaving the EU - with an audience of local people asking the questions. 

It's live on the radio from 19:00 and via the BBC Radio Stoke Facebook Page. 

Football: Gradi wants Crewe to produce players for 'big money' transfers

Graham McGarry

Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Crewe Alexandra's director of football Dario Gradi says if the club is to make progress, it needs to be producing players that can command "big money" transfer fees.

Dario Gradi
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The Alex haven`t received a substantial amount of money for a player for more than three seasons. 

Gradi told BBC Radio Stoke the money they made from their last sale - Ryan Colclough to Wigan for around £300,000 - did not go far in the current transfer market.

I think the days seem to have gone when you could get Geoff Thomas and David Platt in on frees or pay £5,000 for a few others. I think we offered £50-60,000 for Jamie Vardy at one stage to Halifax and they wanted £100,000.

Dario GradiCrewe Alexandra's director of football

'No government cash to plug £15m social care shortfall'

James Bovill

Staffordshire Political Reporter, BBC News

The government won't plug a £15m shortfall in Staffordshire County Council's social care budget, according to the man in charge of health at the authority.  

Staffordshire County Council sign

Staffordshire's clinical commissioning groups withdrew £15m a year from the county's Better Care Fund, which supports community health care.

Today council leaders approved £18m of cuts to social care budgets over two years; the council had asked the Department of Health to help plug the gap.

They've made it very clear to us that they're not going to stump up any additional cash so it's a local issue, it needs to be solved by local people.

Councillor Alan WhiteStaffordshire County Council's cabinet member for health

Woman finds pet cat 'mutilated' in Stoke-on-Trent

Lucy King

News Editor, BBC Radio Stoke

A woman in Stoke-on-Trent says whoever tortured and mutilated her pet cat wanted her to see it.  

Kendra Pinder, from Chell Heath, told BBC Radio Stoke she found her cat Lux in her front garden on Thursday morning, with its eyes gouged out and tail cut off.

Staffordshire Police and the RSPCA are both appealing for information over the case.

It's so very personal. They basically took her, did what they did, and they put her back. They made sure she would be the first thing I saw when I opened my door and that's exactly what I did do when the neighbour called me

Kendra Pinder

Houses flooded in Cheshire

Lamont Howie

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

A house in Audlem, Cheshire (pictured), had to be pumped out by fire crews during yesterday's flash flooding in the county. 

Flooding at a house in Audlem
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service says it was also called to several homes in Nantwich which were affected by the rain. 

The Met Office has issued another yellow alert for heavy rain this afternoon for Cheshire and Staffordshire.

Plans for £90m Cheshire bypass passed

Phil McCann

Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News

Long-awaited plans for a new bypass around the western edge of Congleton have been approved by councillors. 

It’s despite concerns the road will be “a blot on the landscape” as it passes through surrounding villages.   

The meeting today at Congleton Town Hall

Cheshire East Council insists the link road will cut travel times and boost the local economy. 

It’s expected to cost £90m and it’s hoped construction will begin in 2018.  

News: 'Harm' fears over breast cancer patients; new claims over Carl Bridgewater murder to be examined; unemployment up in West Midlands

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

This lunchtime's headlines include the following stories:

- Some 26 women who underwent breast cancer operations "may have been harmed" after serious concerns were raised about a surgeon's work, the Royal Stoke University Hospital says

- A government minister has said the Home Office will look at the case of the murder of a newspaper boy in Staffordshire after new claims emerged in a documentary about the killing

- Unemployment in the West Midlands rose in the past three months, according to official figures

Fall in North West unemployment

Daniel Wainwright

Data unit - English regions

Following the earlier update about West Midlands unemployment rising, the official figures show it fell in the North West. 

The Office for National Statistics said for February to April it went down by 2,000 to 175,000, compared to the previous quarter.

Father and son jailed for stealing 17 caravans

A father and son have been jailed for stealing 17 caravans and transit vans from locations across the Midlands including Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Worcestershire, police say.

The haul, amassed by Coventry men Seamus and David McDonagh, was part of a criminal operation that stole vehicles worth £250,000. Police said investigating officers, using street cameras, saw 16 occasions when a vehicle owned by Seamus McDonagh was in a motorway convoy with stolen caravans. 

Seamus and David McDonagh along with Seamus McGuire
Warwickshire Police
Clockwise from left: Seamus McDonagh, David McDonagh and Seamus McGuire

Seamus McDonagh, 57, was sentenced to six years imprisonment for conspiracy to steal caravans, along with conspiracy to steal from motor vehicles while on court bail. His son David McDonagh, 36, was given a nine-year prison sentence for conspiracy to steal caravans, conspiracy to steal motor vehicles, robbery, plus conspiracy to steal from motor vehicles - also while on court bail.

Another Coventry man who was part of the group, Seamus McGuire, aged 25, was sentenced to eight years for conspiracy to steal motor vehicles and robbery. All three - found guilty after a two-and-a-half-week trial - were sentenced last Friday. 

Flood alerts in Staffordshire after heavy rain

Alice Bentley

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

Following on from the flood warning we told you about earlier for the River Penk in Penkridge, there are also several flood alerts in place from the Environment Agency.

River Sow in Shugborough area

They include: 

The alerts mean flooding is possible

This lunchtime on Midlands Today: Flooding impact and EU referendum road trip

BBC Midlands Today

On Midlands Today this lunchtime we'll be looking at the impact of the heavy rain and flash flooding across the region. 

Navigation Street in Birmingham flooded

We'll also be catching up with our roving Political Editor Patrick Burns as he travels through the region talking to voters ahead of the EU referendum.

All that and more on Midlands Today from 13:30 on BBC One.

Football club pitch to be maintained with cannabis farm equipment

Lamont Howie

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

Equipment used to illegally grow cannabis in Cheshire is now going to be used to help maintain the pitch at League Two side Crewe Alexandra Football Club.

Crewe Alex groundsman Pete Cope, football liaison officer Sgt Carl Capewell and Crewe LPU Inspector Kate Woods with the donated hydroponics kit.
Cheshire Police

Cheshire Police says it seized the lamps, heaters and power connectors during raids across Crewe in 2013. 

Crewe Alexandra say their ground staff will use it on parts of the pitch that they sometimes struggle to restore to pre-match condition.

The cannabis farms were extensive and left us with a lot of kit which we knew could be put to good use by the club."

Kate WoodsCheshire Police inspector

Flood warning issued in part of South Staffordshire

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

A flood warning has been issued for the River Penk in Penkridge, South Staffordshire, by the Environment Agency.

It said over the past 24 hours, there had been 24mm of rainfall.

Watch: Stoke and Staffordshire weather forecast for this afternoon

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

If you want to get a latest weather forecast for your part of Staffordshire or Cheshire at any other time, head to the BBC Weather website.

Unemployment rises in West Midlands

Daniel Wainwright

Data unit - English regions

Unemployment in the West Midlands rose in the past three months, according to official figures.

Regional unemployment

The total increased to 159,000 in the February-to-April period, up by 7,000 from the previous quarter, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

Your pictures: Cathedral at sunset and reservoir swans

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

We keep getting great pictures being sent in of Staffordshire and Cheshire.

Regular Lichfield contributor Graham Rainbow has sent this latest one in, of the cathedral at sunset.

Lichfield Cathedral at sunset
Graham Rainbow

While these swans bobbing around on Chasewater Reservoir in Burntwood were snapped by Janice Hume.

To submit your pictures of the area, email, tweet them to @BBCRadioStoke or use Instagram (with the tag #bbcstoke).

Swans at Chasewater
Janice Hume

Breast surgeon treatment investigated for 'potential harm'

Rebecca Woods

BBC News Online, Journalist

Managers at the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust say they've written to dozens of patients as they review past treatment by a consultant breast surgeon for "potential harm". 

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust sign

In a statement, the trust says the surgeon's been excluded from clinical duties since January after concerns were raised by their Breast Care Team over 26 patients.

Health bosses say the cases being reviewed are mainly reconstruction or reduction surgeries and each of the people affected has been written to.

Government will look at Carl Bridgewater murder case after new claims

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

A government minister has said the Home Office will look at the case of the murder of a newspaper boy in Staffordshire after new claims emerged in a documentary about the killing.

Policing minister Mike Penning said: "We will look at the case and at the ongoing evidence" in the shooting of paperboy Carl Bridgewater.

Carl Bridgewater

The 13-year-old was killed at Yew Tree Farm, Stourbridge, in 1978 after it is thought he disturbed a burglary. 

A Channel 4 documentary interviewed an initial suspect, Bert Spencer, who denies any involvement in the crime and has never been charged.

Missed bins to be collected today in Tamworth

If you live in Tamworth and didn't have your bin collected as expected yesterday, the borough council say leave them out today.

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Latest: Investigation into surgeon's treatment; millions to be cut from adult social care; Stoke get Middlesbrough in opening game

Phil Bowers

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

This morning's Staffordshire and Cheshire headlines include:

- The University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust says it is investigating one of its consultant breast surgeons after reviewing the consultant's treatment of patients

Millions of pounds of budget cuts to adult social care services in Staffordshire are expected to be approved later by the county council  

- Stoke City will be away to newly promoted Middlesbrough on the opening day of the new season, 13 August

Millions set to be cut from Staffordshire adult social care

James Bovill

Staffordshire Political Reporter, BBC News

Millions of pounds of budget cuts to adult social care services in Staffordshire are expected to be approved later by the county council.

The authority is trying to deal with a £15m funding cut from the NHS. 

Elderly woman
Science Photo Library

It's because Staffordshire's clinical commissioning groups have withdrawn the money from community health care, saying NHS England wants them to focus on hospital care instead. 

It means funding cuts for services including rehabilitation, child mental health and home adaptations are likely to be approved today by the county council.