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Summary

  1. Victim feels 'pure hatred' to surgeon who needlessly harmed her
  2. New £400 fines for fly-tippers considered in Stafford
  3. Plane pulls banner over city as part of culture bid
  4. Football: Former MP pledges local support for Port Vale in survival bid
  5. Updates on Friday 28 April 2017

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By Allen Cook

All times stated are UK

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Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, between J15 for A500 and J16 for A500 Crewe.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and J16, A500 (Crewe), because of a broken down lorry. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: M6 Cheshire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

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

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

Severe accident: A527 Staffordshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A527 Staffordshire both ways severe accident, between Station Road and Thames Drive.

A527 Staffordshire - A527 High Street in Biddulph closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Station Road junction and the Thames Drive junction, because of a serious accident.

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

Severe disruption: M54 Staffordshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M54 Staffordshire eastbound severe disruption, at J1 for A460 Wolverhampton.

M54 Staffordshire - M54 lane closed on exit slip road eastbound at J1, A460 (Wolverhampton). Traffic is coping well.

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

Chris Eagles

Port Vale are relegated to League Two on the final day of the season as they can only draw at play-off-bound Fleetwood.

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Severe disruption: A38 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A38 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, near B5016 Barton-Under-Needwood.

A38 Staffordshire - A38 closed southbound near Barton-Under-Needwood.

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

Jack Butland

Ellie Thomason

BBC Sport

Stoke and West Ham edge closer to Premier League safety after a goalless draw at the Bet365 Stadium.

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Football

Substitute Nate Blissett's brilliant header helps Plymouth come back to beat Crewe at Home Park and take top spot in League Two.

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Cauley Woodrow

Substitute Luke Varney scores his first Burton goal to confirm the club's Championship status with a draw with Barnsley.

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Decent one point for Hammers - Bilic
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic says his side earned a "decent point" in their goalless draw against Stoke.
Keeper Butland near to where he was - Hughes
Stoke City boss Mark Hughes says his side are still aiming to finish in the top 10 after their goalless draw with West Ham.

Severe accident: A53 Staffordshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A53 Staffordshire both ways severe accident, between A5009 Baddeley Green Lane and Stanley Road.

A53 Staffordshire - A53 Leek New Road in Stockton Brook closed in both directions between the A5009 Baddeley Green Lane junction and the Stanley Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Don't miss the fantastic five-a-side finale

#PeoplesCup

A player in the 2017 FA People's Cup
BBC Sport

Teams up and down the country will be playing in some crucial games this weekend (as we get to the sharp end of the season) - and especially those who have made it through to the FA People's Cup finals in Birmingham.

There are 16 different categories all vying for their individual trophies and you'll be able to catch up with how they do with our live coverage on Sunday, 30 April and Monday, 1 May.

Severe accident: A523 Staffordshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A523 Staffordshire both ways severe accident, between Portland Street North and Shirburn Road.

A523 Staffordshire - A523 Buxton Road in Leek blocked and heavy traffic in both directions between the Portland Street North junction and the Shirburn Road junction, because of an accident involving 2 vehicles.

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

Stoke 0-0 West Ham

Garth Crooks

Former Spurs striker on Final Score

Saido Berahino is desperate to score that first goal - as he should be - he is a usually great goalscorer. He would have got it were it not for that incredible block from Winston Reid. 

'Too many players don't turn up'

Stoke v West Ham (15:00 BST)

Garth Crooks

Former Spurs striker on Final Score

Stoke fans will be looking at where they are in the league and saying: "Why are West Brom above us? Pound for pound they are not as good as us..."

There are just too many players who don't turn up for me. 

Stoke v West Ham
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Team news

Stoke v West Ham (15:00 BST)

Two changes for Stoke after their 2-0 defeat by Southampton as Marc Muniesa and Glenn Whelan replace Erik Pieters and Peter Crouch.

Stoke City XI: Butland, Allen, Muniesa, Whelan, Johnson, Berahino, Arnautovic, Martins Indi, Shawcross, Cameron, Shaqiri

Subs: Grant, Pieters, Bardsley, Adam, Diouf, Crouch, Ramadan

Stoke XI
Opta

West Ham are unchanged from their 0-0 draw with Everton, but Mark Noble, Sam Byram, Sofiane Feghouli and Robert Snodgrass all return to the bench.   

West Ham XI: Adrian, Fonte, Collins, Reid, Fernandes, Masuaku, Nordtveit, Kouyate, Lanzini, Ayew, Calleri

Subs: Randolph, Byram, Cresswell, Noble, Feghouli, Snodgrass, Fletcher

West Ham XI
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Stoke can't buy a goal

Stoke v West Ham (15:00 BST)

Stoke City

  • Stoke have lost five of their past six games, with their only points coming in the win against Hull in their last home match.
  • They have failed to score in four of their previous seven league games.

Saido Berahino
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  • The Potters have 39 points from 34 matches - only once before in the Premier League have they had fewer points at this stage of the season (37 in 2012-13).
  • Saido Berahino has gone 11 games without scoring for Stoke since joining from West Brom in January. He last scored in February 2016, although he has scored in three of his four starts against West Ham in the Premier League.

Poor season v poor season?

Stoke v West Ham (15:00 BST)

Simon Brotherton

Match of the Day commentator

There are two clubs who haven't performed as well as they would have hoped this season but have managed to keep a decent buffer between themselves and those anxiously looking over their shoulders at the scramble for Premier League survival.

A single point separates the teams in the table with Stoke in 11th and West Ham lying 14th - seven points clear of the relegation zone at the moment.

Slaven Bilic
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It's hard to pick a winner here, with Mark Hughes' side having lost five of the last six and West Ham winning only one of the last 10, though they are unbeaten in the last three.  

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 - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound between J16, A500 (Crewe) and J17, A534 (Sandbach), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

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You have been using Your Questions to ask about the West Midlands - here are some of our answers.

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

Fire service needed as blaze hits celebrity cooking event

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

A celebrity charity cooking event in Staffordshire had to call on the fire service after a fire started in their kitchen. 

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Services says the Plume of Feathers, in Barlaston, was hosting a Hell's Kitchen-style event in aid of the Douglas Macmillan Hospice.

Fire in kitchen
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service

Among the celebrities involved were the pub's part-owner Neil Morrissey and Nick Hancock. 

The fire service says they had station manager Gary Fox on standby there anyway and he was called into action when the chef accidentally set fire to a paper roll. 

Gary Fox and Neil Morrissey
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service

Knives and guns found in Biddulph after man arrested

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

A house in Biddulph has been searched today after reports this morning of a man in the street with a knife. 

Staffordshire Police say several knives and two air guns have been seized but add that initial concerns about a liquid found at the property proved unfounded. 

The force says a 31-year-old man was earlier arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon and affray. 

Officers say they're still on Mayfield Road and are keen to see any CCTV as they try to work out what happened.

Football: Burton Albion have proved a lot of people wrong, says midfielder

BBC Sport

Midfielder Jackson Irvine says Burton Albion have confounded the critics who felt they could not survive their first-ever campaign in the second tier.  

Jackson Irvine scored the winner for Burton against Derby in August.
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The Brewers, 18th in the table, have all but secured a second season in the Championship, just eight years after winning the National League title.  

Irvine's 10 goals for the Brewers this season include the injury-time winner at Huddersfield and the decisive strike against rivals Derby.  

As a collective I think we've proved a lot of people wrong. We've shown we're capable of not just staying at this level but competing."

Jackson IrvineBurton Albion midfielder

On Midlands Today from 18:30: Conviction for the surgeon who 'played God'

Nick Owen

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

On Midlands Today this evening, more on the news that a breast surgeon who carried out "completely unnecessary" operations has been convicted of intentionally wounding patients. 

Ian Paterson
SWNS

Ian Paterson, 59, carried out "extensive, life-changing operations for no medically-justifiable reason".

We'll have full reaction from 18:30 on BBC One.

Football: Former MP pledges local support for Port Vale in survival bid

Matt Sandoz

BBC Radio Stoke Sport

The big weekend is almost here for Port Vale fans, when their side need to win at Fleetwood Town to have any realistic chance of staying in League One.

Ahead of the match, their caretaker manager Michael Brown says if they do survive, it'll be a "great achievement" for his players. 

Port Vale caretaker manager Michael Brown

Meanwhile the former Stoke-on-Trent MP Joan Walley, a lifelong Port Vale fan, says the whole of Burslem is backing the side.

Former MP Joan Walley

Plane pulls banner over city as part of culture bid

John Acres

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

A plane with a banner flew above Stoke-on-Trent today to mark the city submitting its bid to be UK City of Culture in 2021.  

Plane pulling banner over Stoke-on-Trent

Today's the deadline for all towns and cities to submit the 30-page document.

It outlines the key elements of the bid and why each place believes it deserves the title.

New £400 fines for fly-tippers considered in Stafford

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

People caught fly-tipping in the Stafford area could be hit with £400 fines as the local authority looks to combat rising reports of rubbish being illegally dumped. 

Sofas dumped recently in Hanchurch Hills
Stafford Borough Council

The borough council's cabinet's meeting next week to look at giving the power to its officers as a deterrent to small-scale fly-tipping. 

The authority says reports of fly-tipping have risen from 352 in 2012-13 to 539 in 2015-16 but, in that last year, just seven cases led to people being charged and fined.

BBC Weather Watcher photos: Hednesford and Mow Cop

BBC Weather Watchers

Some flashes of colour and bright spells in the cloud today as our two picks show from the photos uploaded by the BBC Weather Watchers in Staffordshire.

These are from users Angus and me in Hednesford and Dave-Stoke in Mow Cop.

Hednesford
Angus and me
Mow Cop
Dave-Stoke

Tool thefts from vans up 'by two-thirds in three years'

Tom Turrell

BBC Midlands Today

A BBC investigation has found that the number of incidents of tools being stolen from vans in Staffordshire has risen by almost two-thirds in the last three years.

There were 473 thefts in 2014-15 and last year that number had increased to 774. 

Police cars in Staffordshire
BBC

Tradespeople are calling it an "epidemic" which is putting their livelihoods at risk.

Many have told the BBC they think criminals are buying locksmith tools off the internet and using them to gain access to vans without breaking in. 

Staffordshire Police says it has vehicle protection advice on its website but hasn't yet responded directly on the increase in thefts to BBC Stoke.

The rugby team in a football final

#PeoplesCup

You don't even need to be a football team to play in the FA People's Cup.

LBoro Rangers are a group of university students who are taking part in the Higher Education category......

LBoro Rangers will be in action in the Higher Education finals on Sunday

Catch up with what's been going on in the FA People's Cup so far - and follow live coverage of the FA People's Cup finals on Sunday, 30 April and Monday, 1 May.

Severe accident: A38 Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A38 Staffordshire northbound severe accident, between A5206 and A5192 Cappers Lane.

A38 Staffordshire - Heavy traffic on A38 northbound in Streethay between Swinfen Island and Lichfield, because of an accident earlier on and a fuel spillage. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Politics: Stoke 'not among seats Nuttall could stand in'

BBC Politics

UKIP leader Paul Nuttall has repeatedly refused to answer where he will stand in the upcoming election, saying he will make the announcement "tomorrow".  

But according to the Daily Telegraph's chief political correspondent, Stoke-on-Trent Central is not among the listed options. Mr Nuttall came second in a by-election for the seat in February. 

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Victim feels 'pure hatred' to surgeon who needlessly harmed her

Rebecca Woods

BBC News Online, Journalist

A Staffordshire woman says she feels "pure hatred" to a breast surgeon who has today been convicted of intentionally wounding patients in "completely unnecessary" operations. 

Ian Paterson, 59, was found guilty of 17 counts of wounding with intent, relating to nine women and one man. 

Frances Perks
Gavin Dickson

Frances Perks from Burntwood was referred to him when a lump showed up on a mammogram and he urged her to have a double mastectomy or risk "full-blown cancer". 

She had her left breast removed and underwent eight other operations at the private Spire Parkway Hospital in Solihull, West Midlands. However, she later learned that none had been necessary.

Mrs Perks says the effect on her life has been devastating as the stress caused her to leave her job and the financial hardship meant she had to sell her house.