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  1. Updates on Thursday 23 June 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 06:00

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Severe accident: A53 Shropshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A53 Shropshire both ways severe accident, between A529 Adderley Road and Shrewsbury Road.

A53 Shropshire - A53 in Market Drayton closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the A529 Adderley Road junction and the Shrewsbury Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Honour for man maintaining stranger's WW2 grave

Ben Godfrey

BBC Midlands Today

A man's been honoured for his dedication in tending to the grave of a World War Two airman.

Warrant Officer John Benjamin Burrows' grave
BBC

For 26 years, Wayne Hartshorne from Cannock has voluntarily maintained the resting place of Warrant Officer John Benjamin Burrows from Australia.

He died when his aircraft was shot down in 1943 and was buried at Cannock Cemetery.

Mr Hartshorne, who works as a golf course greenkeeper, has been honoured for his efforts by the RAF Association.

Wayne Hartshorne
BBC
Saido Berahino

Strikers Saido Berahino and Jese Rodriguez will not be recalled to Stoke's first-team despite a lack of goals, says manager Paul Lambert.

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Man tends a stranger's war grave in Cannock for 25 years
A man has been keeping a war grave tidy for more than 25 years after seeing it near a relative's plot.
Stafford Crown Court

Anthony Ashley has been sentenced to 22 years in prison over a campaign of abuse decades ago.

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Your photos: Rainbow and sunshine

BBC Weather Watchers

There's been sunshine around and even the odd rainbow in the photos uploaded by our local BBC Weather Watchers.

These three are from users Pol in Belbroughton, Terry Eyre in Rugeley and Marguerite in Ellesmere:

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Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J12, A5 (Gailey) and 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

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M6 northbound between Keele Services and J16, A500 (Crewe), because of a broken down lorry.

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

Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe accident, at J14 for A34.

M6 Staffordshire - M6 lane blocked on exit slip road and slow traffic southbound at J14, A34 (Stafford North), because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

Man due in court over bin lorry death

A man is set to appear in court charged with causing the death of 14-year-old girl after a crash involving a school bus and a bin lorry.

Holly Brown
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Holly Brown, 14, was on a trip with her Staffordshire school when the collision happened in Castle Vale, Birmingham.

The driver of the bin lorry, Nicholas Buck, 52, of Kingshurst Way, Kingshurst, Birmingham, is charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

Holly, a twin, was part of a group of 21 students from John Taylor High School in Barton-under-Needwood.

Police commandeer golf buggies to deal with alleged attack

Phil Bowers

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

Police officers commandeered an unusual mode of transport to deal with an alleged attack at a golf course - two golf buggies.

Generic photo of line of golf buggies in use
Getty Images

Officers were called on Friday to Greenway Hall Golf Club, in Stockton Brook, Staffordshire.

Staffordshire Police says officers used the buggies to get quickly across the course and arrest four men on suspicion of assault.

They were later released without further action. One man was treated for minor injuries at the scene.

Third charge over trafficking and prostitution ring

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

A third man has been charged with human trafficking and running a brothel as part of an investigation into an alleged prostitution ring.

Laszlo Balogh, 57, from Burton upon Trent, has been charged with conspiracy to traffic a person with a view to sexually exploiting them and controlling a brothel for the purpose of prostitution.

Two other men, Geza Horvath, 32, from Station Court, Burton, and Daniel Zemencsik, 27, of Uttoxeter New Road, Derby, have already been charged with the same offences and will appear at Derby Crown Court in May.

Uttoxeter New Road
Google

The men were arrested when Derbyshire police raided houses in Uttoxeter New Road and Violet Street, Derby, and Station Court, Burton, last week.

Five women were found at the two Derby houses and police said they suspect they had been exploited and trafficked around the UK.

In the papers: Drugs den to become home

Stoke-on-Trent Live

Delays warning after three-vehicle crash

Chris King

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

A lane's still shut on the A500 this morning in Staffordshire, on the northbound side just after the Talke Roundabout.

The ambulance services says one women is being checked over for injuries after a three-vehicle crash.

Scene of the crash
BBC

Crash causes long queues on A500

BBC News Travel

Three cars are involved in a crash on the A500 northbound near Talke in Staffordshire.

One line is blocked, and there's queuing traffic in the area.

Elderly woman hands over more than £4k in 'police scam'

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

An elderly woman in Newcastle-under-Lyme has been tricked into handing over thousands to scammers posing as police officers.

Bank notes
Getty Images

Staffordshire Police says a man phoned yesterday, claiming to be from Manchester Police, and said there had been unusual activity on her credit card.

He told her she needed to withdraw money and convert it into Euros to help with the investigation.

More than £4,000 in Euros and pounds were then collected from her home by a man claiming to be a courier.

Severe accident: A34 Cheshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A34 Cheshire both ways severe accident, between Church Lane and Stone Chair Lane.

A34 Cheshire - A34 Congleton Road North closed in both directions between the Church Lane junction and the Stone Chair Lane junction, because of an accident.

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

Girl 'amazed' by surgeons who reattached her leg

Phil Mackie

Midlands correspondent, BBC News

A girl who's undergone a rare operation that has seen her lower leg attached backwards directly on to her thigh has described the procedure as "scary".

Seven-year-old Amelia Eldred, from Tamworth, who was diagnosed with bone cancer, underwent the operation earlier this year and is still going through chemotherapy.

Amelia Eldred
BBC

I asked her Kingsbury Primary pupil if she felt brave, she told me "I'd like to think I was".

"I didn't really know what was happening but the further we want, the more and more I got to know more about it," she said.

She said what surgeon's have done is "amazing".

Ultimately the doctors hope to use Amelia's heel to attach a prosthetic leg.

Leg
BBC

Ditch rescue for horse after field 'escape' goes wrong

Allen Cook

BBC News

A horse has been rescued after falling into a ditch this afternoon.

The horse in the ditch
Staffordshire Fire Service

The fire service's animal rescue team was called after the 22-year-old escaped her field in the Penkridge area of Staffordshire and then got stuck.

They say a vet sedated her while they hoisted her free, adding that the horse is expected to make a full recovery.

The horse being hoisted out
Staffordshire Fire Service

Dagger and wooden sword seized from car

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

A dagger, a baton, a golf club, a sharp wooden sword and a large amount of drugs are among items seized by police from a car this morning.

A34 in Stone
Google

Officers say they were acting on a tip-off when they stopped the Honda Civic in the early hours on the A34 in Stone, Staffordshire.

Two men and a woman from Stoke-on-Trent were arrested for offences including suspicion of possession of a controlled drug and possession of an offensive weapon.

Girl has leg reattached backwards after cancer surgery
Amelia Eldred who lost her limb to bone cancer has rare procedure which could allow her to dance again.

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, at J11 for A460.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 southbound at J11, A460 (Cannock), because of debris on the road. Traffic is coping well.

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

'Darker than charcoal' planet discovered

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

What's being claimed as one of the darkest planets ever found has been discovered by researchers from Keele University.

Artist's impression of the planet
Keele University

The Astrophysics Group says it absorbs 99% of light making it darker than charcoal.

The planet is orbiting a yellow dwarf star 470 light-years away from Earth.

"WASP-104b is interesting because it was not even seen," Lead researcher Teo Mocnik said.

"All planets reflect starlight from their host star. Some planets are highly reflective, such as Venus reflecting 70% of the light, while some others reflect only 10%.

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 northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M6 Cheshire - Very slow traffic on M6 northbound between J16, A500 (Crewe) and J17, A534 (Sandbach), because of an earlier broken down vehicle.

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

University 'biggest climber' in league tables

BBC News England

Staffordshire University is the biggest climber in the annual league table of UK universities.

Staffordshire University
Staffordshire University

The Complete University Guide 2019 rankings are based on 10 measures, including research, student satisfaction, and graduate prospects.

Staffordshire University, which is based in Stoke-on-Trent, moved up 32 places to joint 73rd.

This is part of our overall mission to deliver great teaching, facilities and overall student experience and while there is still more to do, we're delighted to see it having a positive impact on the league tables."

Professor Liz BarnesVice-Chancellor, Staffordshire University

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J10 for A454 and J10A for M54.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J10, A454 (Wolverhampton) and J10a M54, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Goose shot with crossbow

A goose has been released back into the wild after it was shot with a crossbow in Smethwick.

A member of the public contacted the RSPCA after seeing the Canada goose injured on a canal in North Bridge Road earlier this month.

It was taken to the Birmingham Animal Hospital where the bird was sedated and the crossbow bolt removed.

Goose shot with crossbow
RSPCA

The goose was released back into the wild yesterday after being looked after at the charity's Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre, in Nantwich.

RSPCA inspector Mike Scargill, who is investigating, said: "He is a very lucky goose indeed as this could very easily have been fatal.

"It is very worrying that someone has deliberately done this.

"The goose would have suffered during those hours that the crossbow was in his head."

In the papers: Fake goods found in seven raids

Stoke-on-Trent Live

Man carjacked after stopping to help teens lying on road

A man has been the victim of a carjacking after stopping to help two boys lying in the road.

Lime Lane
Google

The 45-year-old was on Lime Lane near Norton Canes, Staffordshire, police say, when he saw the pair on the road with two other teenagers standing over them.

Officers say, when he stopped, all four starting verbally abusing him, then assaulted him before snatching his car keys and making off with his Renault Clio.

Your photos: Early morning blue skies and sunshine

BBC Weather Watchers

Early morning blue skies and sunshine have been photographed by many of our BBC Weather Watchers today.

These three are from users Bluedook in Astley, Len Ticular in Myddle and Z70 in Stafford:

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Signal fault disrupts trains

BBC News Travel

Trains between Crewe and Liverpool are being disrupted this morning:

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Cuckoos 'thriving' in beauty spot

Nicola Beckford

BBC Midlands Today

Cuckoo numbers in a part of Staffordshire are holding their own, according to the West Midland Bird Club.

A cuckoo being fed
Roger Wilmshurst/Science Photo Library

Since February, Roger Broadbent and Clive Davies have been monitoring the wild birds on Cannock Chase as part of their latest survey, which the club carries out every five years.

They say the cuckoo population is thriving and put this down to a few key factors including the altitude of the upland area and the lack of agriculture affecting them.

The news bucks a national trend from 2016, when the British Trust for Ornithology in Norfolk said more than half of cuckoos in the UK had been lost over the past 20 years.

Car maker's expansion plans set for vote

Lee Blakeman

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

Plans for a pair of four-storey office blocks at Bentley Motors in Crewe could be approved today.

Bentley Motors
BBC

The proposals for the firm's site on Pyms Lane go before a Cheshire East Council planning committee.

Officers for the authority believe the car maker should be allowed to build the research and development offices, saying they'd bring economic benefits to the area.

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J12, A5 (Gailey) and 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

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M6 Staffordshire - Lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound between J13, A449 (Stafford South) and J12, A5 (Gailey), because of debris on the road. Approach with care.

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 J17 for A534 Sandbach and J16 for A500 Crewe affecting J18 for A54 Middlewich.

M6 Cheshire - One lane closed, queuing traffic and long delays on M6 southbound between J17, A534 (Sandbach) and J16, A500 (Crewe), because of a broken down lorry and recovery work. In the roadworks area. Travel time is around 30 minutes. Congestion to J18, A54 (Middlewich).

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

Severe accident: M6 Cheshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire southbound severe accident, between J17 for A534 Sandbach and J16 for A500 Crewe.

M6 Cheshire - Two lanes closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound between J17, A534 (Sandbach) and J16, A500 (Crewe), because of an accident involving car and van.

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

'Best left-back in the league'

BBC Radio Stoke Sport

Port Vale's Cristian Montano can be the best left-back in League Two next season, according to captain Tom Pope.

Montano has impressed in the role since being switched there a few months ago by manager Neil Aspin.

Cristian Montano at Bristol Rovers
Getty Images

If he stays there I think he could be the best left-back in the league. He's been massive. If it hadn't have worked he would've been ridiculed for it but the fans have taken to him. The manager deserves a lot of credit for having the guts to do it."

Tom PopePort Vale captain