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  1. Updates from Friday 12 May 2017

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New Stafford mayor officially takes up role

The new mayor of Stafford has been sworn into office. 

Councillor Aidan Godfrey
Stafford Borough Council

Councillor Aidan Godfrey officially took on the new role at the annual mayor making ceremony at the Gatehouse Theatre. 

His chosen charities are Staffordshire Women's Aid and Community Link Stafford and District.

Football: Stoke miss out on top ten Premier League finish

BBC Radio Stoke Sport

Stoke City defender Eric Pieters says the squad is disappointed they will miss out on a top-10 finish for the first time in four seasons. 

Stoke City vs Arsenal
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The Potters lost 4-1 to Arsenal on Saturday, leaving them on 41 points - one short of their worse ever season in the Premier league, with one match to go.

It's the first time they've failed to achieve a ninth placed finish since manager Mark Hughes took over in 2013.

You set a goal at the beginning of the season. When you don't get the goal you have to be disappointed."

Eric PietersStoke City defender

Armed police incident 'over' in Norton

Staffordshire Police say an incident in Norton has ended "safely" after armed officers responded to an incident at a flat in Pointon Grove.

Several roads in the area have been shut since about 03:00.

A man has been detained for treatment and assessment under the Mental Capacity Act following police negotiations.

Mental health trust working 'around the clock' after software issues

Alex Seftel

BBC Local Live

The South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, which runs mental health and learning disability services, was affected by the worldwide cyber-attack on Friday.

Workers say they couldn't access computer records or landline phones, which use internet access.

Map showing countries affected in the first few hours of the global cyber attack

The trust says it's now in the process of bringing services back to normal.

Over the weekend we've had staff working around the clock really to try and bring systems back up, and that's what we are gradually doing today."

Martin EvansSouth Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Cyber attack: Hospitals a 'big target' for hackers

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

The only hospital trust in the East Midlands to be affected by Friday's cyber attack was Nottingham University Hospitals - some of its phone lines and email systems were made unavailable. 

Several others shut down computers as a precautionary measure - including Derby, Burton and Sherwood Forest. 

Leicester's hospitals posted this on Twitter followed by a message of thanks to their information officer for keeping patient data safe.

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Andy Watterson who specialises cyber crime from the East Midlands chamber told the BBC he's not surprised the NHS was targeted...


In the world of the hackers there are some big targets out there and from a reputation perspective these hackers are very interested in these large organisations to try and inflict disruption on them - it's only been a matter of time really before this happened, if not the NHS then somebody else."

Andy WattersonCyber crime specialist

Local surgeries and hospitals 'recovering' from NHS cyber-attack

Patients are being advised to turn up for hospital appointments today unless contacted and told otherwise.

Cyber-attack message

It's after NHS services across the country fell victim to a cyber-attack on Friday

Royal Stoke University Hospital, the County Hospital in Stafford and Leighton Hospital in Crewe all faced disruption over the weekend due to a malware attack which prevented computer users from accessing their terminals unless they paid a ransom.

Football: Leek Town chase new manager

Graham McGarry

BBC Radio Stoke Sport

Leek Town are targeting Neil Baker as their new manager, BBC Radio Stoke understands.

Neil Baker
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It's after the Staffordshire Moorlands non-league club last night announced they have parted company with the managerial duo of Anthony Danylyk and Paul Donnelly. 

Baker is currently the head of recruitment at Crewe Alexandra but is keen to make a return to management. 

Staffordshire Hoard named among top finds

The Staffordshire Hoard, the largest discovery of Anglo Saxon gold ever found in Britain, is up for a public vote. 

Treasure 20 is an online poll celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Treasure Act - the law requiring people to report their finds.

Voting ends at midnight tonight.

Part of Staffordshire hoard

House fire in Goldenhill

Firefighters have been tackling a fire at a bungalow in Goldenhill, Stoke-on-Trent 

They were called to Albany Street shortly before 21:00 last night. 

It's believed the fire started accidently after a frying pan was left on the hob and the home owner fell asleep.

They were woken by their smoke alarm and managed to escape, the fire service said.

Evha Jannath: Post-mortem due after Drayton Manor park death

A post-mortem examination is expected to take place after the death of an 11-year-old at Drayton Manor theme park last Tuesday. 

Evha Jannath, from Leicester, was on a school trip on Tuesday when she fell from a boat on the Splash Canyon ride.  

The park reopened over the weekend, following an investigation by police and health and safety officials, but the ride itself and others nearby remained closed.

Evha Jannath

Watch: Your 50-second weather forecast

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

We can expect showers on and off throughout most of the day and the wind will pick up a little too, with top temperatures of 15C (59F).

You can find a detailed forecast for your area on the BBC Weather site.

Latest weather for the West Midland
Andy Murray

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Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire northbound severe accident, between J10A for M54 and J11 for A460.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M6 northbound between J10a M54 and J11, A460 (Cannock), because of an accident.

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

Phil Edwards

League One side Bury sign right-back Phil Edwards on a two-year deal after his release by Burton.

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Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire northbound severe accident, between J14 for A34 and J15 for A500.

M6 Staffordshire - Two lanes closed on M6 northbound between J14, A34 (Stafford North) and J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Holding pleased with win on 'voodoo ground'
Arsenal defender Rob Holding says the Gunners showed character to win 4-1 away at Stoke on a "voodoo ground" for them to keep their hopes of a top four Premier League finish alive.
Hughes disappointed not to finish in top half
Stoke manager Mark Hughes is disappointed his side can't finish in the top half of the Premier League after losing 4-1 at home to Arsenal.
Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud

Shamoon Hafez

BBC Sport

Champions League-chasing Arsenal move within a point of fourth-placed Liverpool with a comfortable Premier League victory over Stoke.

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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 on M6 northbound between J16, A500 (Crewe) and J17, A534 (Sandbach), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Cup final day

Birmingham City Ladies v Manchester City Women (17:15 BST)

Manchester City women: Club must fulfill ambition to win FA Cup - Steph Houghton

Manchester City will bid to win their first ever Women's FA Cup when they meet 2012 winners Birmingham City at Wembley.

The 2016 league champions are looking to become the first team to hold all of the main three domestic honours at the same time since Arsenal Ladies in 2011.

Blues knocked out holders Arsenal and 2015 winners Chelsea to make the final, while Manchester City beat Liverpool.

It will be the first time either side has featured at the national stadium.

You can watch live on BBC Two or on this site. 

Evha Jannath

The Splash Canyon water ride will remain closed after the death of 11-year-old Evha Jannath.

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Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire northbound severe accident, between J15 for A500 and J16 for A500 Crewe affecting J14 for A34.

M6 Staffordshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M6 northbound between J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and J16, A500 (Crewe), because of an accident involving an overturned vehicle. Congestion to J14, A34 (Stafford North).

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, between J15 for A500 and J14 for A34.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M6 southbound between J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and J14, A34 (Stafford North), because of an accident.

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

End of live updates for this week

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.

Have a great weekend.    

Plans to build new shops and student accommodation

Chris King

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

Plans for a new retail development in Newcastle-under-Lyme are going on display today and tomorrow.

The proposals for the Ryecroft area of Newcastle include new shops, parking and more student accommodation on the former Sainsbury's site and the adjoining Civic Offices.

Newcastle Borough Council offices on Merrial Street will also be demolished to make way for the development, with officials relocating to a new building next to the Queen's Gardens. 

Plans go on display at 12 Merrial Street this afternoon, and tomorrow. 

A formal planning application will be submitted later this year.

General Election: Three live debates on BBC Radio Stoke

Sarah Robertson

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

BBC Radio Stoke is holding election debates in Staffordshire and Cheshire in the run up to polling day - Thursday 8 June.

The first is a youth-focused debate from Newcastle-Under-Lyme College on Thursday 18 May, which will be broadcast live on BBC Radio Stoke and Facebook Live between 19:00 and 20:00. 

All three candidates for the marginal seat will be there - Paul Farrelly (Labour), Nigel Jones (Liberal Democrat) and Owen Meredith (Conservative) talking about issues affecting the under 30s.

The second is in another marginal seat, Crewe and Nantwich in south Cheshire. 

The debate will come from a pub in Crewe on 1 June, which will be broadcast on radio and BBC Radio Stoke's Facebook Live page (7-8pm).

In addition, BBC Radio Stoke is holding a political roadshow from the Staffordshire County Show on Wednesday 31 May. 

Stuart George will be talking to candidates and people at the show about the big issues on their minds ahead of the general election.

Watch: Can vote - don't vote, students urged to vote in the general election

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Yesterday I was out filming students at Staffordshire University about registering to vote in the up-coming general election.

Former students Darren Clarke and Emily Horsfall discovered many students in the city were not aware of the different voting options available to them - and even managed to persuade one student to register his vote for the first time.

Staffordshire University students urged to vote

In the 2015 general election Stoke Central had the worst turn out in England (51.26% voted).  

People have until the 22 May to register vote.

General election: Candidates standing in Staffordshire

Last night the deadline closed for candidates hoping to win your vote at the general election on 8 June. Here's the full list of who's standing in Stafford, Stone, Staffordshire Moorlands, Tamworth and Cannock:


  • Jeremy Lefroy (Conservatives)
  • Tony Pearce (Greens)
  • Christine Tinker (Liberal Democrats)
  • David Williams (Labour)


  • Bill Cash (Conservatives)
  • Sam Hale (Labour)
  • Martin Lewis (Liberal Democrats)
  • Samantha Pancheri (Greens)
  • Edward Whitfield (UKIP)

Staffordshire Moorlands

  • Karen Bradley (Conservatives)
  • Henry Jebb (Liberal Democrats)
  • Dave Jones (Labour)
  • Nicholas Sheldon
  • Mike Shone (Greens)


  • Andrew Hammond (Labour)
  • Christopher Pincher (Conservatives)
  • Jenny Pinkett (Liberal Democrats)


  • Paul Gregory (UKIP)
  • Paul Dadge (Labour)
  • Nat Green (Liberal Democrats)
  • Amanda Milling (Conservatives)
  • Paul Woodhead (Greens)

General Election: Candidates vying to be your local MP

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Here's a full list of the people vying to be a local MP in Congleton, Crewe and Nantwich, Eddisbury Burton, Lichfield and Newcastle;


  • Fiona Bruce - Conservative
  • Sam Corcoran - Labour
  • Mark Davies - UKIP
  • Alexander Heath - Greens
  • Peter Hirst - Liberal Democrat

Crewe and Nantwich

  • David Crowther - Liberal Democrat
  • Laura Smith - Labour
  • Michael Stanley - UKIP
  • Edward Timpson - Conservative


  • John Bickley - UKIP
  • Mark Green - Green
  • Morgan Hill - Pirate Party
  • Ian Priestner - Liberal Democrat
  • Cathy Reynolds - Labour
  • Antoinette Sandbach - Conservative


  • Andrew Griffiths - Conservative
  • Simon Hales - Green
  • Dominic Hardwick - Liberal Democrat
  • John McKiernan - Labour


  • Michael Fabricant - Conservative
  • Robert Pass - Greens
  • Paul Ray - Liberal Democrats
  • Chris Worsey - Labour


  • Paul Farrelly - Labour
  • Nigel Jones - Liberal Democrat
  • Owen Meredith - Conservative

Stoke v Arsenal analysis: 'Two clubs who love to hate each other'

Matt Sandoz

Stoke City commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

It’s one of the most anticipated home games of the Premier League season for Stoke City fans. A rivalry as fierce as perhaps even a local derby. 

Stoke and Arsenal love to hate each other and historical incidents that have fuelled the animosity date back to the early 1970s following Arsenal’s two controversial FA Cup semi-final wins.

The fixture at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday isn’t likely to be incident free as Stoke City are trying to finish in the top 10, while Arsenal are looking to muscle their way into the top four.

Mark Hughes, Manager of Stoke City (L) and Arsene Wenger, Manager of Arsenal (R) shake hands after the final whistle
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The problem for Mark Hughes is that his side have failed to beat any of the teams above them in the table this season, but a win over Arsenal would be some consolation for the fans and a fitting finale on home soil.  

Join me on Praise and Grumble tonight on BBC Radio Stoke for a look ahead to the weekends game and your views on what went wrong with Stoke City’s £18m record signing Giannelli Imbula.

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, between J15 for A500 and J14 for A34.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound between J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and J14, A34 (Stafford North), because of a broken down lorry.

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

Weather: A dry weekend, but heavy rain to come

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

We're due a dry, but cloudy weekend, with a little bit of sun breaking through and temperatures up to 18C (64F) in places.

But it's not looking so good for Monday, with heavy rain forecast for most of us.

Rebecca Wood has your forecast

Severe disruption: A500 Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A500 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, at A34 Stone Road.

A500 Staffordshire - A500 D Road in Hanford, Stoke On Trent closed and queuing traffic northbound at Hanford Interchange, because of emergency repairs.

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

Cyber-attack: Your Stories

We earlier reported that hospitals in Stoke and Staffordshire have been among those affected by a cyber-attack on the NHS this afternoon.

An anonymous hospital worker told the BBC: "The cyber-attacks have really left our team in a bit of a rut, can't access our internet or use our emails. 

"Have had to put work on hold as I can't do anything. Not really what the NHS needs right now!"

Care home 'has made improvements'

Brookfield House in Nantwich had been in special measures for much of last year.

However, an unannounced inspection by Care Quality Commisision inspectors in September found improvements had been made.

While it was taken out of special measures, it was given a "requires improvement" rating after the watchdog discovered a further breach of regulations.

During that inspection on 12 September, the CQC found improvements had been made to the way medicines were managed and "significant improvements" had been made to the security of the premises.

Body of elderly man found six days after his disappearance

Naomi Cornwell

Reporter, BBC North West Tonight

The body of Roy Tomlinson was found on 2 February - six days after he went missing.

The coroner asked the inquest jury not to criticise the police before they went out to consider what happened.

Mr Tomlinson, who had dementia, was classed as a high risk missing person and Cheshire Police deployed a helicopter with thermal imaging cameras and dogs to search an area of 2km.

When Mr Tomlinson was found six days after his disappearance he was in a building less than half a mile from the care home he lived in. He was discovered in an annex behind a property on Wellington Road. 

annex behind a property on Wellington Road, Nantwich

The police had been to that address and had searched for him the day after he went missing. 

Officers tried one door, but found it locked. They failed to try two others as someone came out and spoke to the officers and had given them the impression it was occupied, the inquest heard. 

Officers followed national guidelines.

Council awaits £2m funding decision on park refurb

A major refurbishment at a Staffordshire park could start this summer if funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund is given.

Staffordshire Borough Council says it has put a bid in to restore Victoria Park in Stafford to its former glory and "take the park back to the Victorian era".

Councillor Mike Smith says as well as plans to update the bandstand, create a new cafe and aviary, there will be more seating along the river.

Victoria Park, Stafford

We want to remove all of the red brick buildings, open the park out so when you come in through the gate you see it and it looks inviting. We are going to create a much improved eating area overlooking the river and it will give a panoramic view of the park. During the official consultation 97% of the correspondence said they wanted to see improved catering facilities."

Mike SmithStaffordshire borough councillor
Victoria Park in Stafford

Staffordshire Borough Council says it will contribute £800,000 towards the £2.5m needed for the improvement works for the town centre park. A bid has been put in through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The council says it expects to hear about whether it has been successful this summer.

Band stand and bridge in Victoria Park, Stafford

BreakingNHS England hit by 'cyber-attack'

NHS services across England have been hit by IT failure, believed to be caused by a large-scale cyber-attack.

A spokesman for the University Hospital of North Midlands trust, which runs Royal Stoke and County Hospital in Stafford, said: "Certain services within UHMN are currently unavailable. This is having minimal impact on clinical services. Staff and partners will be kept fully informed throughout the disruption."

The spokesman added that the IT issue was affecting the NHS nationally.

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