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Summary

  1. Man dies in house fire
  2. Getaway car photo released after security guard robbery
  3. Lab tests carried out to solve cracked paving problem
  4. Self-mutilating dog costs charity £10k in vet bills
  5. Updates from Friday 7 April 2017

Live Reporting

By Allen Cook

All times stated are UK

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Severe accident: A34 Staffordshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A34 Staffordshire both ways severe accident, between Pottal Pool Road and Common Lane.

A34 Staffordshire - A34 in Huntington closed in both directions between the Pottal Pool Road junction and the Common Lane junction, because of an accident.

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 - 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 accident: A34 Staffordshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A34 Staffordshire both ways severe accident, between Pottal Pool Road and Common Lane.

A34 Staffordshire - A34 in Huntington closed in both directions between the Pottal Pool Road junction and the Common Lane junction, because of an accident. Police directing traffic. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: A500 Staffordshire westbound

BBC News Travel

A500 Staffordshire westbound severe disruption, after Alsager Road.

A500 Staffordshire - Queuing traffic on A500 westbound in Audley after Audley Turn Off, because of a traffic light failure.

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 J12 for A5 affecting J13 for A449.

M6 Staffordshire - Queuing traffic and the main road is closed, with traffic being routed around the junction and back on again, on M6 southbound at J12, A5 (Gailey), because of a multi-vehicle accident. Congestion to J13, A449 (Stafford South).

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

Lloyd Dyer

Lloyd Dyer's second-half equaliser earns struggling Burton Albion a vital point as Aston Villa's play-off hopes fade.

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Severe disruption: Staffordshire both ways

BBC News Travel

Staffordshire both ways severe disruption, between School Lane and Padbury Lane.

Staffordshire - Common Side in Gentleshaw closed in both directions between the School Lane junction and the Padbury Lane junction. Also affecting Chorley Road between Lower Lane and Padbury Lane, Rugeley Road between A5190 Lichfield Road and Lower Lane and Redmoor Road between Common Side and Hayfield Hill.

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

Football

Joe Rowley scores his first goal to give Chesterfield a victory over Port Vale that keeps their slender League One survival hopes alive for another week.

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Severe disruption: Staffordshire both ways

BBC News Travel

Staffordshire both ways severe disruption, between Draycott Cross Road and Uttoxeter Road.

Staffordshire - Cheadle Road blocked and slow traffic in both directions between the Draycott Cross Road junction and the Uttoxeter Road junction, because of a fallen tree.

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

Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring against Stoke

Neil Johnston

BBC Sport

Liverpool come from behind to beat Stoke City in a dramatic game and stay on course for a top-four Premier League finish.

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Stoke 1-2 Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp says Reds won despite 'low batteries'
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says his side were depleted with injuries and had to perform on "low batteries" during their 2-1 victory at Stoke.

Severe accident: B5043 Staffordshire both ways

BBC News Travel

B5043 Staffordshire both ways severe accident, between A34 London Road and A519 Clayton Road.

B5043 Staffordshire - B5043 Brook Lane in Newcastle-Under-Lyme blocked and very slow traffic in both directions between Grosvenor Roundabout and the A519 Clayton Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Garth praises officials

Garth Crooks

Former Spurs striker on Final Score

It's not very often I commend the officials, but there have been two offside decisions that have been spot on. One for Shaqiri and one for Rondon. Both offside and the officials were spot on.

The assistant referees of late have been absolutely spot on, so credit where credit is due.

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Chris Hickman: Let's get behind the team, the kids have great promise

Chris Collins: To miserable Liverpool fans. The Spurs side 2 years ago looked very green. Look at them now! Have a bit of faith. 

'Good luck to the kids'

Stoke 0-0 Liverpool

Dion Dublin

Former Leicester and Man Utd forward on Final Score

I love seeing young, British players coming through and get a chance, especially at a club like Liverpool. There's a lot of pressure on the young lads but I hope they do well.

To put on a Liverpool shirt so young, with that pressure, I say good luck to the kids.

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Stevey Gee: Always great to see fans give up at the first hurdle and be defeated before the games started.. LFC "FANS".

Ash: Klopp might expect Stoke to defend. Three man defence against counters. Wingers and wing-backs for width and crosses at Origi?

KZS: Depressing selection by Klopp. The lack of transfers in January will cost us dear. Have CL footy in our grasp but could blow it.

Team news

Stoke v Liverpool (15:00 BST)

Two former Liverpool players start for Stoke City - midfielder Joe Allen and full-back Glen Johnson. But Peter Crouch misses out.

There's a return for Xherdan Shaqiri and Jon Walters.

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Surprise starts for both 17-year-old Ben Woodburn and 18-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold for Liverpool as they hunt their first Premier League away win of 2017.

Philippe Coutinho, who was ill during the 2-2 draw with Bournemouth in midweek, and Roberto Firmino both start on the bench.

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Severe accident: M6 Cheshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire northbound severe accident, between J17 for A534 Sandbach and J18 for A54 Middlewich affecting J16 for A500 Crewe.

M6 Cheshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M6 northbound between J17, A534 (Sandbach) and J18, A54 (Middlewich), because of an accident. Congestion to J16, A500 (Crewe).

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Severe accident: A5192 Staffordshire both ways

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A5192 Staffordshire both ways severe accident, between Dimbles Lane and Curborough Road.

A5192 Staffordshire - A5192 Eastern Avenue in Lichfield closed and slow traffic between the Dimbles Lane junction and the Curborough Road junction, because of an accident involving a car and a motorcycle. Diversion in operation - via Dimbles Lane.

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

'Who are favourites?'

Stoke v Liverpool (15:00 BST)

Guy Mowbray

Match of the Day commentator

It's hard to know who to make favourites.

Stoke? Much stronger at home, and unburdened by immediate relegation pressure.

BUT…..three defeats in a row and one win from six is troubling form. They're not (mathematically) safe yet and perhaps need to engineer a sense of tension.

Liverpool? Five games unbeaten and one defeat in seven - plus the other three teams in the top four have all won at Stoke this season.

BUT….all five league defeats have come against sides currently in the bottom half, and their recent away form borders on rotten.

Those still going for an away win might pair it with  Definitly Red  for the Grand National. Me? I'm sticking a pin in for both.

Divock Origi
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With Sadio Mane injured, Liverpool could again be relying on Divock Origi, who has scored six Premier League goals this season, despite only starting eight league matches

Catch up on the FA People's Cup

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If you haven't seen it already (or even if you have!), you can catch up with the best of the action from the FA People's Cup regional semi-finals here.

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BBC pundits pick their player of the year

Chris Bevan

BBC Sport in Paris

With voting for the PFA Player of the Year award about to close, 15 BBC pundits reveal who they think should land the prize.

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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, but keep an eye out here for more updates this evening.

Before and after - woodland cleared of 175 tonnes dumped rubbish

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

The rubbish on the woodland
BBC

We told you earlier today that about 175 tonnes of commercial waste, dumped in a Staffordshire woodland had been removed after several days of work. 

Well, Staffordshire County Council has sent us a picture of what the stretch of woodland looks like now, after the clearance. 

Staff say it took three days to clear the majority of rubbish into 15 lorries, with forestry staff getting rid of the very small waste once they were done.

The site after clearance
Staffordshire County Council

Man dies in house fire

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

A man's died in a house fire in Stoke-on-Trent this afternoon.

Staffordshire Police say the blaze happened on Grange Road, Meir Heath at 14:20. 

They say the man, who's in his 90s, died at the scene - they're not treating the death as suspicious.

Getaway car photo released after security guard robbery

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

Police have released a photo of a getaway car believed to have used after a security guard was robbed of cash in Stoke-on-Trent. 

It happened on Monday  while the G4S guard was outside the Aldi on Whittle Road, Meir Park , Staffordshire Police say.

Alfa Romeo Mito
Staffordshire Police

Officers say one of the men was armed with a wheel brace and the guard needed medical treatment afterwards. 

The force has released a photo of the car they say was used by the suspects and which has now been found after a tip-off from the public. 

Officers say they're trying to find any witnesses who saw the Alfa Romeo Mito while it was on Whittle Road on Monday.

Weather: A sunny weekend ahead

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

It's going to be sunny and warm this weekend, with temperatures reaching 19C (66F).

Dare we say it could be time for the first barbeque of the year?

Rebecca Wood has your forecast

Watch: Self-mutilating dog costs charity £10k in vet bills

Stuart George

Presenter, BBC Radio Stoke

A dog has cost a charity £10,000 in vet bills because of a rare condition which means he can't stop chewing his paws.   

George the spaniel

Owner Laura Herbert from Hanley says George has Acral mutilation which means he self-mutilates, often biting his legs and feet to the bone because he can't feel any sensation in them. 

She says a Staffordshire-based charity has covered the vet bills over the past two years which included needing to have a toe removed.  

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M6 Staffordshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M6 southbound between J13, A449 (Stafford South) and J12, A5 (Gailey), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

On Midlands Today from 18:30: International football at Vale Park

Nick Clitheroe

BBC Midlands Today

On Midlands Today this evening, I'll be live at Port Vale's ground as it prepares to host the England women team as they take on Italy in a friendly tonight.

Vale Park
Paul Thomas/Getty Images

But, as well as looking ahead to that game, I'll be looking at the crunch end to the season in League One and what the future could be for the Vale. 

Tune in to BBC One from 18:30 for more .

Roundabouts delays warning

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

Drivers are being warned there could be delays around a major roundabout in Crewe as the council looks to improve long-term congestion in the area. 

Crewe Green roundabout takes traffic from junction 17 of the M6 into Crewe as well as routes through Haslington and to and from Leighton Hospital. 

Crewe Green
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Cheshire East Council is looking to cut queues at peak times and has drawn up plans to reshape it. 

The authority says to finalise the design ahead of putting in a planning application, they need to carry out site investigations which they'll start from Monday.

Your say: Work starts on latest part of £10m city centre revamp

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

You've been having your say on the news that the latest stage of a £10m revamp of Stoke-on-Trent's city centre. 

The city council's putting in new paving, benches, bins and trees from Stafford Street up to Albion Square and around the bus station.

Sign in Stoke-on-Trent
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On the BBC Radio Stoke Facebook page, Chris Fox posted : "I don't like the new pavements. It's not clear what's road or pavement." 

Brandon Birks wanted the money used for other things : "Some more money to help the homeless would be nice. I've never seen Hanley with so many homeless people."

While Simon Copestick wanted work near him : "How about some of that coming to Newcastle-under-Lyme? Need some areas revamping to mix old and new."

When will Berahino score for Stoke?

Graham McGarry

BBC Radio Stoke Sport

Stoke City fans are being told they'll see a "marked difference" in new striker Saido Berahino from next season. 

Saido Berahino
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The player, who joined the Potters in January, has yet to score for the club in eight appearances. 

But manager Mark Hughes says he expects improvements to come.

We'll see a marked difference in terms of Saido Berahino next season. We still want to get him scoring between now and the season's end."

Mark HughesStoke City manager