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Summary

  1. Concerns over future investment in Stoke-on-Trent post Brexit
  2. Rare WW1 conscription documents published online
  3. Uttoxeter swimmer Adam ready for Rio 2016
  4. Labour wins the borough council by-election in Newcastle
  5. Updates on Friday 5 August 2016

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By Liam Barnes

All times stated are UK

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That's it for today's updates.

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

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Watch: WW1 conscientious objector records found

Thousands of rare military appeal tribunal documents have been found in Staffordshire.

They were uncovered in the attic of an old council building and will now be made public. 

Arthur Phipps was one of those who fought conscription during World War One. His great-grandson Chris Jones was allowed to read his story in the archive.  

Rare WW1 conscientious objector records found in Staffordshire

£70m shopping opens in Stafford

Stafford's new Riverside shopping centre has officially opened to the public.

River Island and H&M were the first stores to open their doors. Some, such as Marks and Spencer, Primark and Outfit are not expected to be completed for a few months.

The £70m development has taken two years to build and also includes a cinema and restaurants. 

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Re-election 'nothing to do with Corbyn'

James Bovill

Staffordshire Political Reporter, BBC News

The former leader of Newcastle Borough Council said his re-election to the authority has "nothing to do" with the policies of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Gareth Snell, who won the Silverdale and Parksite by-election, praised local campaigners for their work instead.

He took 56% of the vote, which came after the death of UKIP's Eileen Braithwaite in May.

A big thank you to the @NUL_Labour and our friends for the help In winning Silverdale & Parksite.

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Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne has leant his support to an exhibition at Lichfield Cathedral to commemorate the Battle of the Somme.

Travel: Train delays warning from Crewe

Problems if you're travelling on the trains from Crewe.

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Latest: WW1 conscription appeals released; Labour wins by-election; Adam Peaty 'ready for Rio 2016'

BBC Radio Stoke

Here's a handful of some of the top stories this afternoon:

- A rare collection of World War One conscription appeals has been published online

- Labour's Gareth Snell is re-elected to Newcastle Borough Council after a by-election

- Uttoxeter swimmer Adam Peaty says he's ready to ahead of the opening of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro

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Just when you thought it was safe to look at your news running order, West Bromwich Albion announces the club has agreed to sell to a mega-rich Chinese entrepreneur.

We’re live at the Hawthorns tonight to bring you the latest developments and China’s continued love affair with West Midlands football. 

It is of course a massive day of sport with the Championship season and the Rio games getting under way. We’ve been talking to the people behind Uttoxeter’s swimming superstar Adam Peaty. Can he add Olympic gold to his world title? 

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It’s almost five years since the Birmingham riots. We’ve been talking to those caught up in the violence and reveal how many suspects the police still want to catch. 

We've also got an incredibly moving film from Lichfield Cathedral which is commemorating the Somme centenary for the next couple of days, transporting you from an Edwardian living room to the battlefields.   

Your photos: Staffordshire in the sun

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The sun's shining across Staffordshire as these photos of Stowe (top) and Newcastle-under-Lyme (bottom) from our BBC Weather Watchers Dodger and Young Ted show

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Rare WW1 conscription appeals released

Lee Blakeman

Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

A rare collection of World War One conscription appeals in Staffordshire have been published online.

A total of 20,000 documents, which normally would have been destroyed, are now available to the public. 

They reveal the work of tribunals at which men sought for exemption against conscription, which would have seen many sent to the trenches. 

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Chris Jones, whose great-grandfather Arthur Phipps was one of the men who refused to fight, says his family is delighted to access the records.

We've been able to prove that he did apply not to get called up."

Chris JonesGreat-grandson of World War One conscientious objector Arthur Phipps

Eddie Redmayne and Archbishop of Canterbury help Lichfield Cathedral commemorate Battle of the Somme

Lichfield Mercury

A major event commemorating the centenary of the Battle of the Somme is taking place at Lichfield Cathedral.

Council payments system down

A warning if you need to contact Stoke-on-Trent City Council tomorrow.

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Police appeal over house fire

Staffordshire Police

Were you driving along Victoria Park Road in Tunstall on Tuesday night?

If so, Staffordshire Police would like your help.

They're investigating a house fire on a property in the area, and believe passing motorists may have spotted people near the house between 22:00 and 22:45.

Port Vale boss proud of travelling support for first game

Lee Blakeman

Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Port Vale assistant manager Michael Brown says he's proud of the number of away support they'll take for the side's first game at Bradford

The Vale kick off their League One season at Valley Parade and the club say they've sold two allocations of away tickets.

Port Vale boss proud of travelling support for the side's first game at Bradford.

Latest: Arriva to close Stafford depot; fears for post-Brexit investment; Football League season kicks off

BBC Radio Stoke

Here are some of the top stories around Staffordshire this afternoon:

- Arriva has announced plans to close its bus depot in Stafford

- Questions have been raised over what will replace EU funding in projects following the Brexit referendum

- Burton Albion, Crewe Alexandra and Port Vale prepare for their first matches of the new Football League season

Crewe striker expecting 'tough' season

Graham McGarry

Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Crewe striker Ryan Lowe says he's been preparing the side's youngsters for a "tough" season. 

The Alex will begin their campaign this weekend after being relegated to League Two. 

Veteran striker Lowe said he's warned the team that it's not going to be easy to get promoted.  

Crewe striker Ryan Lowe says he's preparing the side's youngsters for a 'tough' season

How affordable is renting in Stoke-on-Trent?

BBC News England

Where is it most expensive to rent a home?

Renters in Stoke-on-Trent are getting a better deal than they would in many other parts of the country, news figures suggest.

A BBC investigation has found many  people are spending more than a third of their disposable income on renting a property.

In the Potteries, though, the average cost of a flat or home is much cheaper than in the South East.

If you earn the average Stoke-on-Trent wage of £22,521 a year you'd need to be spending more than £462 a month on rent before you get to a rate that worries experts.

Luckily it only costs about £314 for an average studio flat in the city, with even a two-bedroom home likely to set you back £429.

Arriva set to close Stafford bus depot

Chris King

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

Arriva has announced plans to close its bus depot in Stafford. 

It's blaming funding cuts and a drop in passenger numbers for the move, which will see operations move to Cannock. 

The jobs of about 50 people are at risk.

Unite, the union that represents workers at the depot, says it want to ensure there are no compulsory redundancies.

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Foster carers 'poached with golden hellos'

BBC News Education

Large private foster agencies are offering cash incentives to recruit foster carers working for English local authorities - and then charging more for the service, councils say.

Some agencies pay "golden hellos" of around £3,000, but then charge councils more to care for the same child.

The Association of Directors of Children's Services says the practice is immoral and should be banned.

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Cat lover's horror after twin kittens die from poisoning

Lichfield Mercury

A Burntwood author says she cannot find the words to express the "devastation" she feels after her treasured pet kittens were poisoned.

Travel: Signalling problem causes train delays

BBC Travel

A warning for train passengers heading between Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent.  

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Travel: A449 blocked by four-car crash

BBC Travel

Some major delays on the A449 at Gailey.

The road is blocked southbound due to a four-car crash between the A5 (Gailey Island) and Crateford Lane.

Man charged with exposure in Stoke-on-Trent

Staffordshire Police

A 43-year-old man will appear in court next month to face two charges of exposure.

The offences are said to have taken place in the Meir and Longton areas of Stoke-on-Trent earlier this year.

He will face magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre on 6 September.

Olympics: Dad of Nantwich hockey player proud to see son in Rio

Liz Ellis

Presenter, BBC Radio Stoke

You may have noticed that the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

We've got a whole host of local athletes representing the country in Brazil, including Nantwich's own hockey star Henry Weir.

The midfielder is in the squad for Team GB, and dad Joe couldn't be happier.

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The whole thing is quite exciting - it's just weird on some level having your son play in the Olympic Games."

Joe WeirDad of Nantwich hockey player and Olympian Henry Weir

Watch: Weather forecast

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

A better day with the slim chance of catching alight shower this afternoon.  

Highs of 23C (73F).

Weather for the West Midlands.

Your photos: Barlaston and Congleton

Some lovely photos of the spectacular dawn this morning, taken by BBC Watchers Jon in Barlaston (top) and Dawn Treader in Congleton (bottom) 

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Double rapist suffers fatal heart attack after home caught fire

The Sentinel

Double-rapist David Wardenier died from a heart attack after realising his home was on fire.

Sheffield Wednesday fans

Josh Hunt

BBC Sport

A supporters' group says fans of EFL clubs are "angry" away ticket costs, with some paying 40% above Premier League prices.

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Arthur William Phipps

A rare collection of 20,000 World War One conscription appeals which should have been destroyed are made available to the public.

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Peaty prepares for Rio opener

Staffordshire swimmer Adam Peaty is preparing for the biggest weekend of his life as the Olympics get under way in Rio later. 

Peaty, who's from Uttoxeter, is already world champion in the 100 metre breaststroke. 

The heats begin tomorrow with the final on Sunday night. Peaty is hoping to become the first British man in 28 years to win a swimming gold:

Adam Peaty
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Latest: Labour wins Newcastle by-election; Brexit leads to investment concerns; Premier League survival 'top target' for Potters

BBC Radio Stoke

These are some of the main stories across Staffordshire today:

- Former leader Gareth Snell is re-elected to Newcastle Borough Council after Labour wins by-election

- Business leaders raise concerns over how the vote to leave the EU will affect funding for projects in Stoke-on-Trent

- Ex-Stoke City manager Lou Macari says the Potters should focus on securing another season in the Premier League as their main aim for the coming campaign

Concerns over investment in Stoke-on-Trent after Brexit vote

Emma Thomas

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

Parts of Hanley will be getting a makeover next week - but business leaders worry where money for more projects will come from.

Stoke-on-Trent has received £3.4m from the European Regional Development Fund to pay for improvements in the city.

However, following the vote to leave the EU, it's not clear where the cash for future works will come from.

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David Frost, chairman of Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said EU funding is "critical" to the area. 

I don't think there are any clear answers at the moment."

David Frost

Former leader re-elected to council

The former leader of Newcastle Borough Council has been re-elected to the authority.

Gareth Snell, who was voted out in 2014, triumphed in the by-election for the Silverdale and Parksite ward.

He polled 399 votes, ahead of UKIP's Lynn Dean, who was second with 174 votes.

The by-election was called after the death of councillor Eileen Braithwaite.

Gareth Snell
BBC

Premier League survival 'top target for Stoke'

Former Stoke manager Lou Macari says the club's priority this season should be surviving in the Premier League. 

Last season the Potters finished ninth in the Premier League for the third year running. 

Over the summer they've signed Egyptian winger Ramadan Sobhi and Liverpool's Welsh international Joe Allen, but have lagged behind many of their rivals in bringing in players.

Joe Allen
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Any fan wants their team to do the best they can... and still be in the Barclays Premier League. That's got to be the number one target for a club like Stoke."

Stafford's Riverside development opens

Express and Star

The first shops in Stafford’s £100m Riverside development opened their doors to the public yesterday as builders and shop staff worked to prepare other stores.