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Summary

  1. Local elections: Conservatives win 51 Staffordshire County Council seats
  2. Man jailed for dangerous driving as woman 'dies 11 years after crash'
  3. Fujitsu staff in fresh strike action
  4. Football: Ryan Shawcross 'big part of Stoke future'
  5. Updates from Friday 5 May 2017

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By Allen Cook

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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. 

'Bags of cannabis' found by dogs after car pulled over

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

Several bags of cannabis have been found in a car in Burton which was pulled over by police this morning. 

Staffordshire Police says the vehicle had been linked to firearms offences and was spotted by officers on Derby Road. Specialist dogs then sniffed out the drugs.

Derby Road, Burton
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Two men and two woman were arrested for possession of cannabis and then given community resolutions, ordering them on to a drugs rehabilitation course.

Football: Port Vale confirm defender's exit

Lee Blakeman

Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Remie Streete for Port Vale
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Port Vale have confirmed that defender Remie Streete has left the club, following their relegation to League Two. 

Streete made 60 appearances for the club since joining from Newcastle two years ago and scored six goals last season.

Commemorative events for Staffordshire WW1 chaplain

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

Events are going to be held this month to mark the centenary of the death of a World War One chaplain, who died trying to save a wounded soldier.

Maurice Berkeley Peel was a vicar at the outbreak of war who volunteered his services as a chaplain and went to France in October 1914.

Front-line Chaplain

Wounded in 1915 at Festubert in France, he returned to England to become vicar of St Editha's Church in Tamworth. 

In 1917 he resolved to return to the front line to serve as an army chaplain but was killed at the Battle of Bullecourt on 14 May 1917.

The Tamworth-based Peel Society says it's holding a commemorative service in the town on the 100th anniversary of his death and then a pilgrimage to his grave in Queant, France later this month.

Friday's pick of your great photos of Staffordshire and Cheshire

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

We keep getting fantastic shots of the delights of Staffordshire and Cheshire, sent in by you, the audience, and here are six I've picked out today.

To send your photos in, put them on an email or, if you use Instagram, put them there and add the tag #bbcstoke to the description to show you agree to share them.

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Football: Ryan Shawcross 'big part of Stoke future'

BBC Sport

The Stoke City boss Mark Hughes has reiterated to reporters today that the club intends to give defender and captain Ryan Shawcross a new deal. 

Ryan Shawcross quote
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The 29-year-old has been with the club for 10 years, but will be into the final year of his current contract starting this summer.  

On Midlands Today from 18:30: West Midlands elections round-up

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

On Midlands Today this evening we'll have a round-up of all the election stories from across the West Midlands.

Tories celebrating in West Midlands
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They'll include the Conservatives strengthening their grip on Staffordshire County Council and winning the West Midlands new mayor contest. 

A full round-up and analysis of what they all mean, on BBC One from 18:30.

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

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M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J10 for A454 and J10A for M54.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound between J10, A454 (Wolverhampton) and J10a M54, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Football: Crewe striker wants side to learn lessons from promoted Plymouth

Graham McGarry

Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Crewe Alexandra's Chris Dagnall says the team need to be as versatile as Plymouth if they're to push for promotion next season.

Chris Dagnall
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Plymouth changed their formation and approach on Saturday as they came from behind to beat Crewe 2-1. 

The biggest thing we can look at for the weekend's game is Plymouth. They managed to do it, they wanted to play football in the first-half. They didn't, we were the better team and in the second-half they mixed it up and started winning the second balls and that's what we need to learn."

Chris DagnallCrewe Alexandra striker

Two men 'shot at with air gun'

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

Armed police have been called to part of Stoke-on-Trent after reports that two men had been shot at.

Mossfield Road, Stoke-on-Trent
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Staffordshire Police says it happened on Mossfield Road, Adderley Green Wednesday afternoon and dogs and a helicopter were involved in their search for suspects. 

The force hasn't revealed if anyone was hurt but say they believe the two victims were shot at with an airgun by two other men who walked off into open land.

Football: Trio of signings for Port Vale

Graham McGarry

BBC Radio Stoke Sport

Ryan Boot and Dan Turner with manager Michael Brown
Port Vale FC

Port Vale have revealed a trio of players have signed new deals with the side today. 

Midfielder Billy Reeves, striker Dan Turner and goalkeeper Ryan Boot have all agreed new one-year deals.

Local elections: Labour leader 'disappointed' at Staffordshire results

Monica Rimmer

Journalist, BBC Online

There's disappointment from the Labour party leader in Staffordshire at their county council results, having seen their number of seats more than halved compared with 2013.

Staffordshire County Council results in 2017 compared to 2013
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The Conservatives increased their total by 17 on their 2013 results whereas Labour went from 24 to 10.

I'm very disappointed to lose some fantastic colleagues up and down the county, we'll be a much depleted group. I'm delighted that my own electors have kept their faith in me and I've been re-elected."

Sue WoodwardLeader of Labour group at Staffordshire County Council

Premier League Darts: Phil Taylor beats Michael van Gerwen

BBC Sport

Stoke-on-Trent's Phil Taylor beat Michael van Gerwen in Sheffield to close in on a Premier League play-off spot, while Gary Anderson secured his semi-final berth.

Anderson beat James Wade 7-3 to join Van Gerwen and Peter Wright in the last four.

Phil Taylor
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Taylor's 7-3 win over the PDC world champion kept him fourth in the table, two points clear of Dave Chisnall.

The 56-year-old will qualify for the play-offs if he avoids defeat by Newcastle-under-Lyme's Adrian Lewis in Aberdeen.

Local elections: Staffordshire Conservatives pledge to act on issues including potholes

Emma Thomas

Political reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

The leader of Staffordshire County Council's Conservative group says they will now listen to what they heard while campaigning, having kept control of the authority.

Data chart of Staffordshire County Council election
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After the votes were all counted, the Tories finished with 51 seats, their biggest total since taking control of the council in 2009.

Labour were left with 10 seats, down from 24 in 2013 - and one independent was elected.

Our candidates have been out there delivering leaflets, they've been knocking on doors, they've been listening to people. We're going to act on that, there's things we've got to do around potholes for example and various other things."

Philip AtkinsLeader of Staffordshire County Council's Conservative Party

General election 2017: No UKIP candidate for Newcastle-under-Lyme

Chris King

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

UKIP have confirmed they won't be fielding a candidate in Newcastle-under-Lyme in next month's general election.

The party says it's because the person who was going to stand generally supports the approach of Theresa May.

In the 2015 general election, UKIP did field a candidate in the constituency and they came third behind Labour and the Conservative Party.

Local elections: Conservative Party dominate Staffordshire County Council map

Local elections: Conservatives win 51 Staffordshire County Council seats

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

The final result is in from the Staffordshire County Council election and the Conservative Party took the last two seats.

That leaves the Tories with a total of 51 seats, Labour on 10 and 1 independent.

Local elections: Conservatives extend majority over Labour in Staffordshire

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

To give an idea of the scale of the Conservative Party win in this year's Staffordshire County Council election, they currently have as many seats as they won in 2009.

That was the year when the Tories took back control of the authority from Labour with a total of 49 seats. 

Their total dropped to 34 in 2013. 

By contrast, Labour - currently with 10 - have fewer than half of the number of seats they won in 2013, 24.

Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

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M6 Cheshire southbound severe disruption, between J18 for A54 Middlewich and J17 for A534 Sandbach.

M6 Cheshire - Slow traffic and one lane blocked on M6 southbound between J18, A54 (Middlewich) and J17, A534 (Sandbach), because of a broken down car. In the roadworks area.

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

Conservatives set for biggest Staffordshire County Council win in more than eight years

Emma Thomas

Political reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

There are just two seats left to declare in the Staffordshire County Council election. 

The Conservatives currently have 49, Labour have 10 and there is one independent.

It's being suggested by election officers that it'll be at least another hour before the last two are declared.

Man jailed for dangerous driving as woman 'dies 11 years after crash'

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

A man's been jailed after admitting causing the death of a woman in Stoke-on-Trent through dangerous driving.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) says the victim, Musarat Khan, died in 2014, 11 years after she was hit by a car in Hanley and dragged under it. 

The CPS says a post-mortem examination revealed she died from the delayed complications of the head injury she suffered in 2003.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court
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Mohammed Imran, 41, of Etruria, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to causing death by dangerous driving and was today jailed for five years and nine months. 

According to the CPS, his car hit Mrs Khan in 2003 as he was driving at high speed to avoid exchanging details with another driver after hitting his car.

Social media hunt over mystery peacock

John Acres

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

People living in Newcastle-under-Lyme have taken to social media to try to find the owner of a stray peacock.  

The peacock in Newcastle-under-Lyme

The large bird has been reported wandering around gardens near Florence Street, but no-one knows who it belongs to. 

Posts to the "Newcastle-under-Lyme, The 'Proper' Newcastle" have described the animal as "the perfect guest" with other reported sightings since November.  

BreakingFujitsu staff in fresh strike action

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

Workers at Fujitsu in Crewe will be among Unite union members at sites across the country who'll be staging five days of fresh strikes this month. 

The ongoing dispute at the IT giant is over cuts to jobs and pensions.

Fujitsu
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Around 169 people work for the company in Crewe. 

Members will strike for 48 hours from 11 May, 18 May and 25 May and for 24 hours on 8 May and 22 May.

BreakingLocal elections: Conservatives hold Staffordshire County Council

Emma Thomas

Political reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

The Conservative Party has retained control of Staffordshire County Council.

Despite seats still to be declared, the Tories have taken 33 out of the overall total of 62 seats.

Six have been won by Labour and there's one independent so far.

Local elections: UKIP lose Staffordshire County Council seat to Tories

Emma Thomas

Political reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

The only UKIP seat on Staffordshire County Council has gone, with the Conservatives taking it. 

Jeffrey Sheriff won it in 2013 for UKIP but Helen Fisher's now taken it with a majority of almost 700.

Result sheet
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Local elections: Conservative gains in Stafford Borough Council by-elections

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

We have the result of the by-election in Stafford Borough now and both seats have been taken by the Conservatives.

Given they were previously held by Labour, it'll mean the Tories increase their majority to 31 over Labour's seven, with two independents.

Result being announced
Stafford Borough Council

Local elections: Labour leader holds Staffordshire County Council seat by 50 votes

Emma Thomas

Political reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

The leader of the Labour group at Staffordshire County Council, Sue Woodward, has held her Burntwood North seat by just 50 votes from the Conservatives.

With just over half of the seats declared so far, the Tories have 29 seats, four for Labour and one independent.

Conservatives head for comfortable majority

Emma Thomas

Political reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

We've just had a rush of results. The Conservatives looks set to form a comfortable majority, with 21 seats so far.

There have been a few gains for the Tories, although they lost the Stone Urban seat to Independent Jill Hood. 

Graphic
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On Midlands Today from 13:30: Local and mayoral election results

Nicola Beckford

Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

On Midlands Today this lunchtime, with counts taking place across the West Midlands in local and mayoral elections, we'll have the latest from across the region.

Votes being counted
BBC

That'll include from Staffordshire County Council where all 62 seats were being fought over. 

Join us from 13:30 on BBC One.

Local elections: Biddulph seat changes hands again

Emma Thomas

Political reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

A gain for the Conservatives in Biddulph South & Endon, previously held by Labour (and pre 2013 by the Lib Dems).

Football: Stoke boss expecting 'concrete interest' in Jack Butland

Matt Sandoz

Stoke City commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

The Stoke City manager Mark Hughes says he's sure there will be "concrete interest" in the goalkeeper Jack Butland from other clubs.

Jack Butland
Empics

The England keeper has been linked with a move to Manchester City and other clubs, since returning from a long injury lay-off.

Jack is an outstanding keeper, and I am sure in the future there will be concrete interest. At the moment it is speculation. Jack is clear in his own mind that he needs to get back fit and well and re-establish. He will look at further ambitions in the future."

Mark HughesStoke City manager

Local elections: The picture so far in Staffordshire

Emma Thomas

Political reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

The picture so far - Conservatives 8 seats and Labour 1 seat.

Graphic
BBC

That Labour seat, Leek South, was held with an increased majority of almost 1,000 votes.

Local elections: Highways chief and former MP keep Staffordshire County Council seats

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

We've got some more results in for Staffordshire County Council and the first of the previous cabinet members has held his seat. 

Mark Deaville, who was in charge of highways, increased his total to 1,815 for the Conservatives in Cheadle and Checkley. 

Meanwhile, former Staffordshire Moorlands MP Charlotte Atkins has retained her Leek South seat for Labour.

Power cut hits over 1,000 homes in Lichfield

More than 1,000 homes in Lichfield are without electricity.

Western Power Distribution says it's working to get power back by 13:30.

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