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  1. Updates on Friday 24 June 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Monday

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By Allen Cook

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Our live coverage across the day

Live updates for Staffordshire and Cheshire have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Watch: Vote Leave campaigners celebrate local results

Cath Mackie

BBC News Online

These were some of the scenes last night as Vote Leave campaigners celebrated their success in the European Parliament referendum.

West Midlands Leave campaign celebrates after win

Watch: The weather for this evening and the weekend

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

For more on the forecast for the days ahead, you can go to the BBC website.

Watch: Youngsters relish RHS flower show challenge despite vandal attack

BBC North West Tonight

Schoolchildren in Sale say they are determined to show their work at the RHS Tatton Park flower show in Cheshire later this year, despite their display being vandalised.

Intruders broke into the polytunnel at Lime Tree Primary Academy and destroyed most of the plants. 

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Community building to get court video link

Alice Bentley

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

A live video link to court is being fitted in a Stoke-on-Trent community building so, a police chief says, vulnerable witnesses feel more confident about giving evidence. 

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court

Staffordshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis says it will be the first time in the county witnesses will be able to use a building that isn't a police station or court.

The idea will also be tried in the Staffordshire Moorlands and Burton with the live links set to be up and running later this year.

Football: Port Vale boss using contacts to secure loan signings

Lee Blakeman

Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Port Vale's new manager Bruno Ribeiro says he'll be using his contacts in England to help him build his squad for next season. 

Bruno Ribeiro

The Vale are currently waiting on answers from two players from Monaco who they want to sign on loan. 

Ribeiro told BBC Radio Stoke he's already had conversations with clubs in the Premier League and Championship about possible signings.

I've spoken with Nottingham Forest, Everton, Manchester United, Stoke - I'm close to them because of where I've played, my friends in some clubs. We try our best to getting two or three very good players on loan."

Bruno RibeiroPort Vale manager

Latest: JCB chairman says UK has 'little to fear'; tribute paid to PM; haulage boss sees opportunity

Andy Giddings

BBC Shropshire

Here's a roundup of the reaction here to the EU referendum result:

- JCB chairman says UK has "little to fear" from Europe exit

- Conservative MP pays tribute to "fantastic Prime Minister"

- Staffordshire haulage boss urges people to "seize the opportunity" after EU vote

Man bitten by dog in Staffordshire

Chris King

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

A man's been bitten by dog in Newcastle-under-Lyme

The parkway near the Dick Turpin pub

Staffordshire Police say they think another dog had slipped it's lead yesterday morning on Thistleberry Parkway, near the Dick Turpin pub, and attacked the 62-year-old victim's dog. 

Officers say the man tried to intervene and was bitten on his hand, suffering slight puncture wounds.

Watch: Stoke-on-Trent youth split over Brexit

Laura Mcmullan

Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

This was billed as "the most important vote of a generation", with Britain's place in the world potentially greatly altered as a consequence. 

A consequence younger people will live with longest.

Here are some views from sixth form students, who've been studying the issue in Burslem in Stoke-on-Trent, but weren't eligible to vote.

EU referendum: 'Politicians haven't done enough' - Stoke MP

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

Giving her reaction to the EU referendum vote, Ruth Smeeth, MP for Stoke-on-Trent North, acknowledged her constituents had "overwhelmingly" backed leaving the EU, despite her personal support for the Remain bid.

Ruth Smeeth

She said the Labour party needed to take stock and address long-running concerns over jobs and immigration in the Potteries.

"I think [voters] were rejecting the current status quo in a number of areas," she said. 

"Politicians haven't done enough for them over time, and Europe is an easy scapegoat."

Staffordshire expat 'sad and disappointed' at EU exit

Liz Ellis

Presenter, BBC Radio Stoke

Here's a different perspective on the European Union exit vote from a local person. 

EU Flag
Getty Images

Natalie Evans was born in Stafford but now lives in Hamlin, Germany and told BBC Radio Stoke she was "very sad and disappointed" with the vote to leave. 

She says she feels the different legacies the UK and Germany have from World War Two have played a part in the way people reached their decision.

Britain has a different legacy. It has its past, I think its history plays a huge role and the feeling we were a great nation - we still are a great nation but we could still have been a great nation as part of the EU. But unfortunately that's not possible now."

Natalie Evans

Business group wants 'clear timeline' for UK exit from EU

Sarah Robertson

News Editor, BBC Radio Stoke

The head of a Staffordshire business group is calling for clarity from the government and a "clear timeline" for the UK's exit from the European Union. 

EU vote: David Cameron says UK 'needs fresh leadership'

It follows last night's decision that saw the country vote to leave the EU, followed by Prime Minister David Cameron's announcement this morning that he will step down by October.

Sara Williams, the head of Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce, says businesses in the county now want stability. 

Firms across Staffordshire want an immediate and unambiguous statement from the government on next steps, along with a clear timeline for the UK's exit from the European Union."

Sara WilliamsChief Executive Officer of Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce

Stoke-on-Trent historian says 'Labour losing touch'

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

Fred Hughes, a historian based in Stoke-on-Trent, backed remaining in the EU, and said Labour did not do enough to convince its members to do the same.

Fred Hughes

"This is a problem down to Labour losing touch with its heartlands - how they can get them back is to reassess its own systems and policies," he said.

"It's a depressing result. I see myself as European, I see the future in unity, and I don't see it in isolation and looking inwards.

"Economic issues we can get over, but we can't look into ourselves and become Little England."

EU referendum: JCB chairman says UK 'little to fear' from exit

Phil Bowers

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

Staffordshire- based digger maker JCB has just released its reaction to last night's vote.

Its boss Lord Bamford says the UK has "little to fear" from leaving the EU.

Lord Bamford

Before the vote yesterday, he wrote to his company's 6,500 employees in the UK, explaining why he favoured a vote to leave.

The UK is the world’s fifth largest trading nation. We therefore have little to fear from leaving the EU. European markets are important to many UK businesses, including JCB, and this will not change. "

Lord BamfordJCB chairman

Haulage boss says 'believe, be positive' after EU vote

Lee Blakeman

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

A Staffordshire haulage boss has urged people to "seize the opportunity" after the UK voted to leave the European Union. 


Barry Proctor runs his firm in Talke and previously had said he wanted to leave the EU because of being bogged down by unnecessary regulations.

Today he wrote on the BBC Radio Stoke Facebook page: "Every journey starts with the first step and today we have taken that first step - don't be afraid, don't look down - believe, be positive, be inspired and together we can put the great back in Britain."  

Tory MP pays tribute to 'fanstastic prime minister'

The Conservative MP for the Staffordshire Moorlands Karen Bradley says she's "incredibly disappointed by David Cameron's decision to step down, describing him as a "fantastic prime minister".

Karen Bradley

He's a very honourable man and I think he took the view this was a message from the British people and it needed someone else to do the negotiation."

Karen Bradley

Latest: Celebrations for Vote Leave campaigners; ceramic firm boss 'gutted' at results; Cheshire motor firm after government talks

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

Rounding up your afternoon's headlines on the EU referendum vote

- Campaigners fighting for the UK to leave the European Parliament have been celebrating in Staffordshire and Cheshire after the counties voted overwhelmingly to leave

- The managing director of a Stoke-on-Trent pottery firm says he "gutted" and concerned about the future after the UK voted to leave the European Union

- Crewe-based car maker Bentley Motors says it is going to work with the government after the European Union referendum vote "to secure a positive future" for the firm

Animals 'shocked' at EU referendum result

Meanwhile news of the European Union referendum vote appears to have reached the animals at Staffordshire-based Peak Wildlife Park.

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EU referendum: Cheshire East analysis

Phil McCann

Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News

The vote in Cheshire East was almost a microcosm of the vote across the UK.

Welcome to Crewe sign

Leave won by 51% against nearly 49% for remain. 

This shows a borough as divided as the UK – but the leave vote will have come as much from working class communities in places like Crewe as it will from more affluent parts of the countryside.

On Midlands Today this lunchtime: Reacting to the referendum result

Giles Latcham

BBC Midlands Today

This lunchtime on Midlands Today, we'll be reflecting and analysing the way the West Midlands voted in the European Union referendum - and the fall-out from the vote. 

Vote Leave campaigners

We'll criss-cross the region and we'll also hear the questions now being faced after the vote by farmers and food and drink exporters.

Join us from the slightly later time of 13:45 on BBC One.

EU referendum: 'I will work to unite us' - Stoke Labour MP

James Bovill

Staffordshire Political Reporter, BBC News

A Stoke-on-Trent Labour MP who backed the Remain campaign has tweeted this morning that he'll "work to unite" the country following the vote in favouring of leaving the European Union

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Watch: Pottery firm boss 'gutted' by EU vote result

John Acres

BBC Radio Stoke

The managing director of a Stoke-on-Trent pottery firm says he "gutted" and concerned about the future after the UK voted to leave the European Union.  

Paul Farmer is in charge of Wade Ceramics and told BBC Stoke he's having to wait and see about the impact the result will have on his firm.  

Watch: Key figures react to Leave victory in EU referendum vote

BBC Politics

BreakingLabour MPs submit motion of no confidence in Jeremy Corbyn

BBC Politics

Labour MPs Margaret Hodge and Ann Coffey have sent a letter to John Cryer MP, chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party, submitting a motion of no confidence in leader Jeremy Corbyn.

The letter calls for a discussion at the next meeting of the PLP at 18:00 BST on Monday 27 June. This ballot has no formal constitutional force, but would be a significant expression of the lack of confidence of Labour MPs in their leader.

Follow all the reaction on the BBC Politics live page.

EU referendum vote: Bentley Motors looking to speak to government

Lamont Howie

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

Crewe-based car maker Bentley Motors says it is going to work with the government after the European Union referendum vote "to secure a positive future" for the firm.

Bentley Motors Insignia taken at Headquarters HQ in Crewe, Cheshire

The company says in a statement it's too early to work out the exact impact after the UK voted to leave the EU.

But it says "our cars will continue to be built with the same passion and dedication".

Watch: This afternoon's weather in Stoke and Staffordshire

Kay Crewdson

Weather presenter, BBC Midlands Today

If you want to get a weather update at any other time you can head to the BBC website.

How might Brexit affect your holidays?

The BBC's Simon Gompertz looks at how the UK's vote to leave the EU might affect British holidaymakers.  

Staffordshire votes to leave the EU

James Bovill

Staffordshire Political Reporter, BBC News

To remind you if you're joining us late how the referendum vote went in Staffordshire - the county echoed the national trend in voting to leave the European Union.

Counting in Stoke-on-Trent

More than 65% of voters in Stoke-on-Trent turned up at polling stations with 81,563 backing Leave, compared with 36,027 supporting Remain. Nationally, 52% of Britain voted for Brexit.

Conservative MP, Michael Fabricant, for Lichfield said: "Brexit is clear for our future prosperity and independence."

But a remain voter told BBC Radio Stoke he is "disappointed and angry".

Your comments: UK votes to leave European Union

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

You've been giving your reaction to the result of the European Union referendum vote on the BBC Radio Stoke Facebook page.

Taxi man with flag

Jack Cunnington posted: "I've voted out because now they have no-one to hide behind. We are going to have to kick-start manufacturing, we are going to have to buy British. Only Britain can make Britain great."

Ali Newcombe wrote: "I said it was going to be close before it all started but I thought it would be for Remain - but I'm so so so elated it's leave that's what I wanted".

While Anna O'Leary added: "Gutted that the older generation let us down my generation will be left to clear up the mess once you've all gone".

EU referendum: The result in maps


How did the Leave camp clinch victory in the referendum on the UK's membership of the EU after what was a very closely fought contest?  

Use your postcode to find the result in your area on the BBC website.

Stoke-on-Trent result

Pottery industry group worried by EU 'uncertainty'

Jack Dowling

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

"This isn't what they wanted" - the head of a Stoke-on-Trent based body representing the pottery industry has far from welcomed the result of the EU referendum.

Pottery being made in Stoke-on-Trent

With the country voting to leave the European Union, it's a blow to the chief executive of the British Ceramic Confederation, Laura Cohen, who was backing the Remain campaign. 

We are briefing our members, this isn't what they wanted - there's going to be uncertainty for some time, we've seen the start of market uncertainty, there's certainly going to be political and economic uncertainty."

Laura CohenChief executive of the British Ceramic Confederation

Brexit: Europe stunned by UK Leave vote

BBC Politics

A wave of shock is reverberating around Europe as countries across the EU and beyond digest the decision by UK voters to leave the European Union.

BBC correspondents across the continent report on the reaction and the likely effect the result will have.

European Parliament President Martin Schulz speaks to reporters on 24 June

EU referendum: 'These are difficult times' - Stafford MP

Emma Thomas

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

The Conservative MP for Stafford has told BBC Radio Stoke "these are difficult times".

Jeremy Lefroy was speaking after the UK voted to leave the European Union, followed by the prime minister announcing he is to step down by October. 

David Cameron announcing he will resign

He told the BBC he had not made up his mind on who should succeed David Cameron.

I wish in many ways he hadn’t (resigned) but I must say I'm not surprised in the sense that he's an honourable man and he felt that he'd made a passionate case for staying in and the results had gone against the case."

Jeremy LefroyMP for Stafford

EU referendum: Cameron resignation likely spells the end for Osborne

Laura Kuenssberg

BBC political editor

David Cameron's resignation likely means the end of the Cheshire MP George Osborne's term as chancellor, as it does of their "Camborne" partnership.

The MP for Tatton has had a particularly bruising referendum campaign.

George Osborne

He had been seen as many people in Westminster as the heir apparent to Cameron. But the vote for Brexit changes that.

A cunning politician, he will not run for leadership unless he feels he has a real chance of winning