Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.

Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 17 June 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Allen Cook

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Our live coverage across the day

We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday.

BBC Weather Watcher picture: Flooded Stafford play park

BBC Weather Watchers

Anyone going to go to the park in Stafford might need to take a paddle.

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Dodger for this soggy scene near The Meadows, next to the River Penkridge.

River Penkridge in Stafford
Dodger

On Midlands Today this evening: Flooding damage and 'fake reviews' investigation

BBC Midlands Today

This evening on Midlands Today - we'll be looking at a day of mopping up and counting the cost after yet more torrential rain wreaked havoc in the region overnight

Plus we'll hear from staff at a Stoke-on-Trent letting agent who have told the BBC the company has been posting fake reviews online - something the firm denies. 

See those stories and much more, including your important weekend weather forecast, on BBC One from the slightly later time of 19:30.

Watch: Stoke and Staffordshire's weather forecast for tonight and the weekend

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

You can get a weather forecast for your part of Staffordshire or Cheshire at any other time from the BBC website

Watch: Crewe Alexandra had "two poor seasons"

Graham McGarry

Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Crewe Alexandra's director of football, Dario Gradi, says the side has had "two poor seasons". 

The club were relegated back to League Two at the end of last season, having only just escaped the drop the season before.

Gradi told me the team has just not been good enough.  

Government refuses to 'call in' controversial rugby club plans

James Bovill

Staffordshire Political Reporter, BBC News

The local government secretary has decided not to re-examine a decision to grant planning permission for the relocation of Stafford Rugby Club. 

Stafford Borough Council approved plans for a site near to Doxey Marshes in March for the second time - a first application was quashed in the High Court.  

Stafford Rugby Club's current site
Google

Campaigners asked the local government secretary, Greg Clark, to "call in" the decision, but the Department for Local Government says they won't. 

Opponents say they'll launch another legal challenge - the rugby club say they want to get on with building their new facilities. 

Watch: School 'to be flood-proofed'

Chris King

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

A Stoke-on-Trent primary school has been told it is going to be flood-proofed.

Clarice Cliff Primary in Fenton was damaged for the second time in just over a week by flooding.

Headteacher Diane Broadhurst (featured in video) says they don't want children to keep missing lessons and they're now looking at flood-proof doors.  

Latest: MPs get security advice after Jo Cox MP death; four boys arrested at Alton Towers; school 'to be flood-proofed'

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

If you're just checking in with the page this evening, here's our latest round-up of headlines:

Stafffordshire Police says it is offering personal security advice to all of the county's MPs, following the killing of the West Yorkshire MP Jo Cox

- Four teenagers have been arrested at Alton Towers on suspicion of assault after a 15-year-old was airlifted to hospital with facial injuries, police say

- A Stoke-on-Trent primary school has been told it is going to be flood-proofed

Six charged over Stafford burglaries

Alice Bentley

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

Six men have been charged by police in connection with a string of burglaries in Stafford.  

Cannock Magistrates
Google

Staffordshire Police say the men, aged between 15 and 27, have been charged with offences including burglary and receiving stolen goods. 

The force says the break-ins happened between August and October 2015. All six are due at magistrates in Cannock later this month.

Plaques unveiled for Burton's Ferry Bridge

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

Let me bring you some news about the restoration of Ferry Bridge in Burton.

Four aluminium plaques have been unveiled, ready to be put on the historic bridge once the work is finished.

Ferry Bridge in Burton
BBC

They have cost more than £17,000 and weigh a quarter of a tonne. 

Three of the original plaques were lost after they were removed from the bridge in 1969.  

Football: Stoke 'disappointed' at festive away games

Matt Sandoz

Stoke City commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Stoke City's chief executive, Tony Scholes, says he feels the club's fans have not been treated fairly with the side's fixtures over the festive period.

Fan at Stoke's last Boxing Day game in 2015
Getty Images

The Potters are facing two away games on Boxing Day and New Year's Eve

Scholes told BBC Radio Stoke he thinks travelling to Liverpool and Chelsea is tough for the supporters. 

Truthfully I'm a bit disappointed that we are away from home on Boxing Day and on New Year's Eve. I think it's very tough to ask fans to travel to two away games back-to-back over the Christmas period."

Tony ScholesStoke City's chief executive

Jo Cox MP death: Staffordshire MPs to get police security advice

Lucy King

News Editor, BBC Radio Stoke

Stafffordshire Police says it is offering personal security advice to all of the county's MPs, following the killing of the West Yorkshire MP Jo Cox.

Police Cars parked at Staffordshire Police HQ in Hanley
BBC

The force says there is "no specific threat to MPs" and they should carry out their duties as planned.

It also says it doesn't have plans to send officers out with the MPs as they go about their work 

Watch: Wave goodbye to the thunderstorms

BBC Weather

It looks like we've got better weather in store for the weekend.  

View more on twitter

Vigil in Stoke-on-Trent for Orlando shootings victims

Sarah Robertson

Producer, BBC Radio Stoke

A candle-lit vigil is due to be held in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent tonight as a tribute to the Orlando shooting victims. 

The Regent Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent lit up in pride colours after the Orlando shooting
BBC

Sunday's mass shooting at the gay club in Florida was the worst in recent US history, with 49 people dead. 

Organised by LGBT Staffordshire, the event in Hanley is due to start at 19:00.

Travel: Police incidents cause disruption on A500 in Talke and A50 in Longton

BBC Travel

We have two police incidents disrupting traffic in the north Staffordshire area this afternoon:

- There is stationary traffic on the A500 in both directions between Audley and the Talke roundabout

- The A50 in Longton is blocked between the A50 junction and Longton, because of another police incident

Latest: Bridgewater murder claims to be examined; MP speaks of 'regular threats'; Stoke school flooded twice in a week

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

This afternoon's main headlines include:

- New claims which emerged in a TV documentary into the case of a boy's death in Staffordshire nearly 40 years ago will be examined by the county's police

- The MP for Burton and Uttoxeter, Andrew Griffths, says threats to their safety are commonplace and have to be "shrugged off"

- A Stoke-on-Trent primary school has been flooded for the second time in just over a week

Byron Moore

Port Vale winger Byron Moore becomes the latest to leave after joining Bristol Rovers on a two-year deal.

Read more

Jo Cox death: MPs 'have to shrug off' threats

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

The MP for Burton and Uttoxeter, Andrew Griffths, says threats to their safety are commonplace and have to be 'shrugged off'.

He's been speaking following yesterday's attack on the Labour MP Jo Cox, who has died after being shot and stabbed.

Tributes to Jo Cox
EPA

Mr Griffths was on parliament's Kashmir committee with her and when asked how common it was for MPs to receive threats, he said: "It's a regular occurrence and actually you just shrug it off.

"If I called the police every time I got a letter that was threatening or intimidating then I'd be on the phone to them on a regular basis."

New Stafford store to create 150 jobs

Emma Thomas

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

Retail firm Primark says it will create 150 jobs when it opens a new store in Stafford later this year.

Artist's impression of how Riverside development will look
Stafford Borough Council

The shop will be part of the £70m Riverside development, which is due to open later this year. 

In total, more than 600 jobs are expected to be created across the whole retail and leisure complex.

Cycle race heading to Stoke-on-Trent tomorrow

Delays are being predicted by police in Stoke-on-Trent this weekend as the Aviva Women's Tour cycle race reaches the city.

Stage Four of the contest will run from Nottingham to Stoke-on-Trent on Saturday.

View more on twitter

Your pictures: Little Moreton Hall and a hazy Barlaston

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

It's probably not often that Little Moreton Hall near Congleton, Cheshire, looks like this - but I think Lee Millward was having fun with a fish-eye camera lens.

Little Moreton Hall through a fish-eye lens
Lee Millward

While this hazy looking shot of Barlaston was shared with me by Jon Kelso.

Have you got a picture to share of Staffordshire or Cheshire? I'll try and feature as many as I can - you can email, use Twitter or Instagram to get them to me.

Barlaston
Jon Kelso

Four teenagers arrested at Alton Towers on assault charges

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

Four teenagers have been arrested at Alton Towers on suspicion of assault after a 15-year-old was airlifted to hospital with facial injuries, police say. 

Entrance to Alton Towers
Getty Images

Staffordshire Police say they were called to the park just after 16:00 yesterday and arrested a 13, 14 and two 15-year-olds from Liverpool.

Officers say a 15-year-old boy from Dudley is in a stable condition at the Royal Derby Hospital.

Watch: School flooded for second time in Stoke-on-Trent

Chris King

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

A Stoke-on-Trent primary school has been flooded for the second time in just over a week.

Clarice Cliff Primary in Fenton was closed last Thursday and is closed to pupils again today as the clean up continues.

The school says they will reopen "as soon as possible". 

View more on twitter

This lunchtime on BBC Midlands Today: More flash flooding across region

BBC Midlands Today

People across the West Midlands have been clearing up and coping with the impact of more heavy rain on the region. 

Cars became submerged under water in Cadbury's car park
ADRIAN GOLDBERG

Despite the forecast improving, heavy rain overnight caused flash flooding in parts of Staffordshire, Birmingham and Coventry. 

We'll have the latest - and whether there's more rain to come - on Midlands Today this lunchtime from 13:30 on BBC One.

Heavy rain weather alert now covering West Midlands

The Met Office has extended its yellow warning for heavy rain this afternoon to now include the West Midlands.

It says there could be torrential downpours, especially later this afternoon and this evening - the warning runs until 22:00.  

View more on twitter

Football: Port Vale's Byron Moore close to joining Bristol Rovers

Phil Shepka

BBC Sport

BBC Points West understands Bristol Rovers are close to signing Port Vale winger Byron Moore on a free transfer.  

Byron Moore
Getty Images

The 27-year-old former Crewe player found the net five times in 41 appearances for Vale last campaign.  

Latest: Police to examine Bridgewater murder claims; flash flooding after heavy rain; letting agent 'posted fake online reviews'

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

To get you updated this lunchtime, here are our latest headlines:

- New claims which emerged in a TV documentary into the case of a boy's death in Staffordshire nearly 40 years ago will be examined by the county's police

- Heavy rain yesterday evening and overnight caused flash flooding in parts of Staffordshire

- A BBC investigation has been told that staff at a Stoke-on-Trent letting agency have been posting fake reviews online - the firm denies that's the case 

Watch: 'Fake reviews' by letting agent claim

Chris King

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

A BBC investigation has been told that staff at a Stoke-on-Trent letting agent have been posting fake reviews online.   

Former customers of 'Homes 2 Let' in Hanley have complained about the way they've been treated by the firm.   

One former employee, Corina Toranu (featured in video), says one of its directors asked her 'to do something about it'.

In response, Homes2Let says its Facebook and Yell Pages contain real customer feedback and that no instructions were given to make up any reviews.  

Man given oxygen after Crewe kitchen fire

Lamont Howie

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

A man needed to be given oxygen after a kitchen fire in Crewe, the fire service says. 

Firefighter checking to see if the fire had spread
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to Broughton Road yesterday evening to put the fire out. 

They say the man who'd been in the house was given oxygen by their fire crews.

Watch: Cheshire and Staffordshire's afternoon weather

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Here's this afternoon's weather forecast - to get one at any other time, head to the BBC website.

Football: Port Vale's O'Connor 'considering offers from other clubs'

Lee Blakeman

Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

BBC Radio Stoke understands that Port Vale midfielder Michael O'Connor is considering offers from three clubs in England and one from abroad.

Michael O'Connor leaving the pitch during a game last season
Port Vale FC

The 28-year-old has indicated he won't be signing a new contract with the Vale, which will end his two-year stint with the club.

BBC Weather Watcher pictures: Wet leaves in Leek and raindrops in Newcastle-under-Lyme

BBC Weather Watchers

Our BBC Weather Watchers are volunteers who keep us updated with the forecast where they are and upload pictures as well.

The rain understandably has been a common theme in the last couple of days - here are two pictures; one from Snow Crystals in Newcastle-under-Lyme and the other from Lesley from Leek.

Wet leaves in Leek
Lesley from Leek
Raindrops on a car in Newcastle-under-Lyme
Snow Crystals

Child knocked down at road crossing by vehicle

Chris King

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

An 11-year-old boy has been knocked over by a car at a crossing in Stoke-on-Trent this morning, according to police.

View more on twitter

Staffordshire Police say it happened on Hartshill Road and the youngster suffered minor injuries.

The force says the driver of the car had left the scene before they arrived and they're now trying to work out what happened.

Carl Bridgewater case: Police examining documentary for new information

Sian Grzeszczyk

Staffordshire Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

New claims which emerged in a TV documentary into the case of a boy's death in Staffordshire nearly 40 years ago will be examined by the county's police. 

Newspaper boy Carl Bridgewater, who was 13, died at Yew Tree Farm in Prestwood near Stourbridge in 1978. 

Carl Bridgewater
BBC

The ex-wife of Bert Spencer, who police questioned at the time, has spoken about how he disposed of a gun. He has always denied the murder.

Today, Det Ch Supt Laurie Whitby-Smith from Staffordshire Police, said the force are "considering the content of the documentary" to see if it contains new information.

Latest: Local politicians pay tribute to Jo Cox; flash flooding after heavy rain; child knocked down by vehicle

Jodie Looker

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

These are our latest headlines for Staffordshire and Cheshire:

- Politicians from Stoke-on-Trent have paid tribute to the Yorkshire MP, Jo Cox, who died yesterday after being attacked in her constituency

- Heavy rain yesterday evening and overnight caused flash flooding in parts of Staffordshire

- A child has been knocked over by a vehicle at a crossing in Stoke-on-Trent this morning, according to police