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Summary

  1. Woman killed in Storm Doris was from Stafford
  2. Remains found in well confirmed as missing tourist
  3. Labour wins Stoke Central by-election
  4. 'Explosion' blows windows out of house
  5. Updates on Friday 24 February 2017

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By Monica Rimmer

All times stated are UK

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Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M6 Staffordshire - Stationary traffic on M6 northbound between J12, A5 (Gailey) and J13, A449 (Stafford South), because of a rolling road-block and a multi-vehicle accident.

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

Harry Kane

Jack Skelton

BBC Sport

Harry Kane scores his third hat-trick in nine games as Tottenham react to their European exit by hammering Stoke to go second in the league.

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Not good enough at any level - Hughes
Stoke manager Mark Hughes describes his side as "not good enough at any level" after a 4-0 Premier League defeat to Tottenham at White Hart Lane following a Harry Kane hat-trick.
Kane one of world's best strikers - Pochettino
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says Harry Kane is "one of the best strikers in the world" after the forward scored a first-half hat-trick and set up Spurs' fourth goal in a 4-0 win over Stoke.

Severe accident: A38 Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A38 Staffordshire northbound severe accident, around A5206.

A38 Staffordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on A38 northbound in Lichfield around Swinfen Island, because of an accident involving a vehicle.

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

Severe accident: A38 Staffordshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A38 Staffordshire both ways severe accident, between A5206 and M6 Toll J4T.

A38 Staffordshire - A38 in Lichfield closed in both directions between Swinfen Island and Weeford Island, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Toll Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Toll Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, at J6T for A5195 Brownhills.

M6 Toll Staffordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 Toll northbound at J6t, A5195 (Brownhills), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Connor Ripley

Nathan Middleton

BBC Sport

An unwanted away record and two penalty saves in a game are among things you may have missed from Saturday's EFL action.

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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 and slow traffic on M6 northbound between J12, A5 (Gailey) and J13, A449 (Stafford South), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Football

Stevenage hold for a hard-fought victory at Crewe Alexandra in a game which saw both teams reduced to 10-men.

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Football

Ex-Port Vale loanee Alex Jones returns to haunt his former club as his late goal gives Bradford a 2-1 win at Vale Park.

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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 southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M6 Cheshire - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J17, A534 (Sandbach) and J16, A500 (Crewe), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Tahnie Martin

University worker Tahnie Martin, 29, has been described as a "shining star" by colleagues and friends.

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Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, between J12 for A5 and J11A for M6 Toll.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M6 southbound between J12, A5 (Gailey) and J11a M6 Toll, because of a broken down bus.

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 J10A for M54 and J10 for A454.

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

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 - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M6 southbound between J17, A534 (Sandbach) and J16, A500 (Crewe), because of an accident.

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

Our live coverage across the day

That's it for live updates this week. We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday. 

Keep an eye out here for more updates this evening and into the morning. 

Severe accident: M6 Cheshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire northbound severe accident, at J16 for A500 Crewe affecting Keele Services.

M6 Cheshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound at J16, A500 (Crewe), because of an accident involving two vehicles. In the roadworks area. Congestion to Keele Services.

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

Staffordshire man banned for keeping dogs for 20 years

Sarah Robertson

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

A man from Staffordshire has been banned from keeping animals for 20 years after stabbing a dog. 

Peter Waters, from Gnosall, has also been jailed for 23 weeks for causing "unnecessary suffering" to the Staffordshire bull terrier named Kyzer. 

The 41-year-old was sentenced by magistrates in Cannock yesterday.

Crash between two large HGVs in Crewe

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

A man has had to be cut from his lorry after two HGVs crashed in Crewe. 

Emergency services were called to the A5020 at the junction with Main Road just after 08:00. 

Crashed van
Cheshire Fire

The driver has been taken to Leighton Hospital with minor injuries. 

Watch: Weekend weather forecast

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

Cloud will thicken overnight bringing outbreaks of light rain and drizzle and a strengthening breeze . As a result, it will be much milder and should stay frost free for all - lows of 4C (39F).

Tomorrow will be a largely cloudy, damp and windy day.

Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Corbyn: 'Hope triumphs over fear'

BBC Politics

Mr Corbyn said Labour campaigners had overcome those who had written the party off and predicted UKIP would win in Stoke.

He said: "I'll tell you what happened yesterday - people came out, worked, knocked on doors and delivered a message."

Gareth Snell and Jeremy Corbyn
PA

"It's a message about the economy, it's a message about jobs, it's a message about this country.

"But, above all, it was a message that hope triumphs over fear."

Talke explosion: Homeowner received 'house is on fire' phonecall

Russell Truran

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

Two dogs, three cats and 12 rabbits have been killed in the explosion at a house in Talke, according to the home owner, Alan Rhodes. 

He also told me he keeps 50 rabbits at the property. 

Scene of explosion
BBC

My wife got a phone call - house is on fire, it's just blown up, the windows have blown through - so we've come back and this is how we found out."

Alan RhodesHomeowner

Jeremy Corbyn congratulates new MP Gareth Snell in Stoke

BBC Politics

The Labour leader has just made a pit-stop in Stoke-on-Trent to congratulate his newest MP, Gareth Snell.

Mr Snell told supporters: "What we have shown (is that) when we are united and committed and determined we will win elections, and that is exactly what we are going to do."

Jeremy Corbyn and Gareth Snell
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Walker airlifted to hospital

A walker has been airlifted to hospital from the Staffordshire Moorlands after dislocating both shoulders and breaking an arm.

Paramedics believe the women, who is in her 60s, had fallen onto her outstretched arms, while walking on a muddy track near Hulme End.

BreakingAnimal deaths in house explosion

Russell Truran

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

Two dogs, three cats and 12 rabbits have been killed in the explosion at a house in Talke, according to the home owner. 

Steven Cook: 'Fog can lift at last' say family

Lisa Wright

Journalist, BBC News Online

The family of Steven Cook have shared a touching tribute on the Facebook group dedicated to finding him.

"Today we have learned that after over 11 years our much loved and missed son, brother, uncle, nephew, and friend will be finally coming home to be with us once again.

"Whilst we always carried hope in our hearts that Steve would come back much sooner and once again be able to share in our lives the laughter, love and happiness that he brought in the 20 years he shone amongst us, sadly we will be bringing him home to say our farewells.

"Knowing that Steve is now coming home is an end to all of that and the fog can lift at last."

The statement went on to thank the police for all their help.  

Stoke Central by-election: Jeremy Corbyn hails 'marvellous' victory
The Labour leader greets the new MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central, Gareth Snell.

Your questions: Is Weston Park in Shropshire or Staffordshire?

Sharon Hartwell used 'Your Questions' to ask: "Why is Weston Park always advertised as being in Shropshire when it is actually in Staffordshire?" 

Weston Park
PA

It's quite the puzzle, Weston Park's own website , according to its address, is in Shropshire with a Telford postcode.  

Its main phone number is also a Telford area code.

Boundary map
Shropshire Council

Looking on this Shropshire Council boundary map , it would seem Weston Park is half inside the boundary and half outside. 

Everything to the left of the blue line is within Shropshire's boundary.

So I guess in answer to your question, it is both.

Gareth Snell unveiled to the media

Phil Bowers

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

The new MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central, Gareth Snell, has just been unveiled to the media with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. 

Gareth Snell and Jeremy Corbyn
BBC

No injuries in Talke 'explosion'

Police have confirmed there were no injuries at the 'explosion' in Talke that has blown out windows in a house.

However, Staffordshire Fire say "animals are affected" by the incident. 

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Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe accident, between J10A for M54 and J10 for A454.

M6 Staffordshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M6 southbound between J10a M54 and J10, A454 (Wolverhampton), because of an accident.

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

Steven Cook: Forensic tests confirm remains found in well are missing tourist

It has been confirmed human remains found in a Greek holiday resort are those of a man from Sandbach who's been missing since 2005.

Steven Cook
WWW.FINDSTEVENCOOK.CO.UK

Steven Cook was 20 when he disappeared in Malia in Crete while on holiday. 

Cheshire Police say  forensic tests have confirmed that remains recently found in a well in Malia are his. 

It says it is supporting Steven's family, and working with the Greek authorities to return him to the UK as soon as possible.