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Summary

  1. Girl dies in school trip crash
  2. Drugs gang jailed for more than 21 years
  3. Arrest after reports boy, 4, 'grabbed' as sat in car
  4. Updates on Friday 7 July 2017

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By Allen Cook

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BreakingMum and daughter run over while having a picnic

A three-year-old girl and her mother are in a serious condition in hospital after a car reversed into them, as they were having a picnic at a tourist attraction in Sandbach.

A 32-year-old woman from Bradley, Stoke-on-Trent was with her daughter as they sat down at Wheelock Hall Farm on Saturday afternoon.

The woman, who has not been named, was taken to Aintree Hospital and the girl was taken to Alder Hey Hospital. They are both said to be in a serious but stable condition.

Wheelock Hall Farm
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The 89-year-old driver of the Volkswagen Golf was not injured.

Cheshire Police say no arrests have been made as investigations continue.

Prisoner absconds from HMP Sudbury

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

Police are hunting for a missing convict after he absconded from an open prison in Derbyshire last night.

Jamie Recardo, who was sentenced to nine years for conspiracy to commit robbery in 2015, left HMP Sudbury on Sunday.

The 27-year-old, whose home address is in Luton, has not been seen since.

Jamie Recardo
Derbyshire Police

Was The Tempest Stafford's best ever production?

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Have you been to see The Tempest at Stafford Castle this year?

This year's Shakespeare Festival has had its best ever reviews in 27 years.

The production was staged at the foot of the castle walls (pictured) and went off with mainly fine weather (barr the odd spot of rain we always see in British summer!)

The Tempest set at Stafford Castle
BBC

The show won rave reviews, getting five stars from three different publications.

'Large waste fire' tackled by firefighters

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Firefighters are tackling a "large waste fire" in a field in south Staffordshire.

Staffordshire Fire Service says crews are attending to the blaze near Gnosall and Wheaton Aston.

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Traffic calming measure to be removed after road rage increase

Work to remove chicanes in a north Staffordshire village will begin this week.

Staffordshire County Council plans to remove the traffic calming on the road and instead add speed bumps.

Residents in Talke submitted a petition earlier this year to have them removed along Swan Bank due an increase in road rage in the area.

The work's scheduled to start today and run until next Friday.

Chicane in Talke
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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 blocked, queuing traffic and delays on M6 northbound between J16, A500 (Crewe) and J17, A534 (Sandbach), because of a broken down vehicle. In the roadworks area.

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

Water disruption in Nantwich

A number of homes in Nantwich have no water, reports United Utilities.

The water company says its customer in the CW5 area are said to have very little or no water after reported issues on London Road.

You can follow updates on Twitter.

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Severe disruption: M42 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, at J10 for A5.

M42 Warwickshire - M42 lane blocked on exit slip road southbound at J10, A5 (Tamworth), because of a broken down lorry. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J10 for A454 and J11 for A460.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J10, A454 (Wolverhampton) and J11, A460 (Cannock), 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 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

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

Watch: A50 bridge timelapse

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

They say Rome wasn't built in a day, and it's the case in Uttoxeter as well. It took just over two days to life six steel beams over the A50 carriageway to create a new bridge.

Staffordshire County Council took this footage showing the work under way over the weekend.

New A50 dual carriageway bridge work built in a weekend

It won't be ready to drive over just yet. The council say it won't be ready until next year.

A bridge, three roundabouts and realignment work with the A522 is also taking place, as well as new embankments.

Stoke City in Switzerland

Graham McGarry

BBC Radio Stoke Sport

Stoke City play the opening fixture of the 2017 Uhren Cup tonight in Switzerland when they take on Swiss second-tier side Neuchâtel Xamax FCS.

Potters manager Mark Hughes is expected to field entirely different sides in each half of this evening's game.

Stoke have taken a 34-strong squad to their pre-season training camp and that includes youngsters Tom Edwards, Julien Ngoy and Thibaud Verlinden.

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New A50 bridge: Great news for houses and business

John Acres

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

Major construction work that closed the A50 in Staffordshire over the weekend is on track according to Staffordshire County Council.

Six steel beams, each weighing approximately 45 tonnes, were lifted into place by a 750 tonne crane as part of a new bridge over the carriageway at Uttoxeter.

A50 Uttoxexter bridge
Dan Morris

This is an important part of the growth strategy for Staffordshire. It does several things, it opens up the area to housing, safe access to the A54 commercial units. The A50 is a major through route from east to west, from Stoke through to Derby. It's an important development."

Mark WinningtonCabinet member for Economic Growth

The £5m work is due to finish in November next year.

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Floral tributes for bus crash victim

Dozens of flowers have been laid for a Staffordshire girl who died after a minibus carrying school pupils on a trip collided with a bin lorry in Birmingham.

The 14-year-old, named locally as Holly Brown, was on a bus carrying 21 students from John Taylor High School, in Barton-under-Needwood to a school trip in the city.

Tribute
BBC

The school tweeted a photo of floral tributes and said: "When words are not enough: Hundreds of reasons why Holly was so special, and why our community feels such a loss. We are all heartbroken."

Flowers
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West Midlands Police said the minibus was also carrying four adults - the driver and three teachers.

No arrests have been made. Police said that both drivers were assisting with the "detailed and thorough" investigation.

Speedway: Mildenhall boss unhappy with replay

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Mildenhall Fen Tigers beat Stoke Potters 50-40 at West Row yesterday to draw their Knock-Out Cup tie 90-90 on aggregate.

Kevin Jolly
Jeff Higgott

The two teams will now have to meet again, home and away, to decide who progresses to the last four.

Fen Tigers Danny Halsey, Jon Armstong and guest Ben Morley were all paid for double-figure scores.

"For the third meeting in a row we have had speedway that has had supporters on their feet, but make no mistake we should have won this tie and not needed to go through the two legs again," said chairman Kevin Jolly.

Knife crime 'doubles'

"Bin the blade" and hand in any dangerous or illegal knives this week, is the message from Staffordshire Police.

Blade amnesty
BBC

The force is launching its second knife amnesty today and has put special anonymous weapon deposit boxes across the county for people to use.

Blade amnesty
BBC

Knife crime in Staffordshire has increased by 50% in the last two years, with 967 offences recorded in 2016, according to officers.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Mel Coles

BBC Weather presenter

After a bright and clear start it will become cloudier with the chance of some showers this afternoon and highs of 21C (70F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M6 Cheshire - One lane closed, very slow traffic and long delays on M6 southbound between J17, A534 (Sandbach) and J16, A500 (Crewe), because of a broken down lorry and recovery work. In the roadworks area. Travel time is 30 minutes. Congestion to J18, A54 (Middlewich).

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

Severe accident: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M6 West Midlands - Heavier than usual traffic on M6 northbound between J10, A454 (Wolverhampton) and J10a M54, because of an accident earlier on.

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 blocked and slow traffic on M6 southbound between J17, A534 (Sandbach) and J16, A500 (Crewe), because of a broken down vehicle. In the roadworks area.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, between J11 for A460 and J12 for A5.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J11, A460 (Cannock) and J12, A5 (Gailey), because of debris on the road. Traffic is coping well.

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

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The Brewers train at an assault course in Nottingham

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.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M6 Cheshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J17, A534 (Sandbach) and J18, A54 (Middlewich), 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 Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M6 Staffordshire - Two lanes closed on M6 northbound between J12, A5 (Gailey) and J13, A449 (Stafford South), because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire northbound severe accident, between J13 for A449 and J14 for A34 affecting J12 for A5.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M6 northbound between J13, A449 (Stafford South) and J14, A34 (Stafford North), because of an accident. Congestion to J12, A5 (Gailey).

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 - Slow traffic on M6 southbound between J10a M54 and J10, A454 (Wolverhampton), because of a rolling road-block.

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

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Dog-walker thanks nurses for saving her life

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

Two off-duty nurses have been thanked by a woman who says they helped save her life in Stoke-on-Trent.

The University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust (UHNM) says Joyce Edge and her husband were dog-walking in Trentham last month when she suffered a cardiac arrest.

Karen Dowden, Joyce Edge and Sarah Reece
UHNM

Two nurses, Sarah Reece and Karen Dowden, were separately walking in the park and ran to help give CPR until paramedics arrived.

The UHNM says Joyce has now recovered and thanked the pair, who have both been given an award by the trust for their quick thinking and efforts to keep her alive.

Football: Two heads better than one for Port Vale striker

Lee Blakeman

Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

The Port Vale striker Tom Pope tells BBC Radio Stoke he believes he can form a strong partnership with new signing Tyrone Barnett.

Tom Pope quote
Port Vale FC

Vale confirmed the arrival of Barnett on a two-year deal yesterday and Pope says he believes the pair's height will work to their advantage.

'Beautiful, loving daughter' will be 'sorely missed'

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

A woman who was found dead at her home in Cannock had a "bubbly personality" and will be "sorely missed".

When Kerry Cast's body was found on Saturday, Staffordshire Police said they were treating her death as unexplained.

Kerry Cast
Staffordshire Police

The force says initial post-mortem examination results proved inconclusive and more tests will be carried out.

In a statement, her mother Kathleen Weaver said she was a "bright, beautiful, loving daughter".

Officers say Kerry had only moved back to Cannock around three months ago from Crawley, West Sussex and they want to hear from people there who knew her or who may have visited her in Staffordshire.

On Midlands Today from 18:30: Celebrating city's Caribbean culture

Nick Owen

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

Big crowds are expected at Stoke-on-Trent's biggest free event this weekend.

On Sunday, the soundtracks and costumes of the Caribbean will take centre stage in Hanley Park at this year's Six Towns One City Carnival.

Rehearsal for the carnival
BBC

Tonight, Midlands Today will come live from the park with a special programme celebrating the culture and community spirit behind the event.

You can see that from 18:30 on BBC One.

Police investigating seat belt use in school trip crash

Police are investigating whether or not the 21 children involved in a fatal minibus crash while on a school trip were wearing seat belts.

Central Motorway Police Group said earlier it was unable to confirm which was the case.

Emergency services were called at 09:00 to the scene in Castle Vale, Birmingham, where a 14-year-old pupil of John Taylor High School in Barton-under-Needwood, Staffordshire, died.

Another pupil was taken to hospital with superficial injuries.

They were accompanied by three teachers.