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Summary

  1. Barry Bennell sex abuse trial set for January
  2. Cheshire CCG given 'inadequate' rating
  3. Election candidate charged over blogs
  4. Kurt Zouma: Chelsea defender joins Stoke on season-long loan
  5. Updates on Friday 21 July

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By Allen Cook

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Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe accident, between J14 for A34 and J13 for A449.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M6 southbound between J14, A34 (Stafford North) and J13, A449 (Stafford South), because of an accident.

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

Police officers cycle ride to remember fallen colleagues

More than 30 police officers from around the UK are passing through the area today, on a 180-mile (290km) cycle ride in remembrance of colleagues who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

The Police Unity Tour will be passing through Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire over the next two days, finishing at the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas.

Deputy Chief Constable Amanda Blakeman and Sgt Laura Douglas
West Mercia Police

Deputy Chief Constable Amanda Blakeman (pictured above right) from West Mercia Police is among them and she said she was taking part to remember PC Richard Gray who was shot dead in Shrewsbury in 2007, while trying to arrest a gunman who was holding two fellow officers hostage.

Football: Alex fitness programme will 'pay dividends'

An "intense" pre-season fitness programme for players will "pay dividends" once games get under way, according to Crewe Alexandra manager David Artell.

He says he wanted to give them a good platform of fitness to "make sure we can last the whole season".

David Artell
Rex Features

People will say they are young lads and they should be fit but they have to be ready to play 50 plus games and make sure they can produce in on a Saturday, then a Tuesday and the Saturday again. It is tough and we have given them a good basis of fitness."

David ArtellCrewe Alexandra manager

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 and slow traffic on M6 northbound between J16, A500 (Crewe) 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

Neil Baker

Robin Grey

BBC Radio Stoke Kick-Off reporter

Neil Baker, Crewe Alexandra's head of recruitment, is to return to manage his former club Leek Town 23 years after leaving.

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Review carried out into toddler death

A review is being carried out into whether the murder of a two-year-old girl by her mother in Stoke-on-Trent could have been prevented.

Macy Hogan was suffocated by her mother Cody-Anne Jackson at her house in Fenton last year.

She's now been given a life sentence with a minimum of 16 years.

Cody-Anne Jackson
Staffordshire Police

Det Insp Dan Ison, from Staffordshire Police, said the review involves several different agencies, but it would be inappropriate to comment at this stage.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

After a bright start cloud will start to increase with outbreaks of showery rain expected this afternoon.

A breezy day with top temperatures of around 20C (68F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Severe accident: M6 Cheshire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M6 Cheshire - One lane blocked and heavy traffic on M6 southbound between J18, A54 (Middlewich) and J17, A534 (Sandbach), because of an accident involving two vans.

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 J16 for A500 Crewe and J17 for A534 Sandbach.

M6 Cheshire - One lane blocked on M6 northbound between J16, A500 (Crewe) and J17, A534 (Sandbach), because of a broken down van. Traffic is coping well. 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 J12 for A5 and J13 for A449.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J12, A5 (Gailey) and J13, A449 (Stafford South), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Our live coverage across the day

We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 tomorrow, but keep an eye out here for more updates this evening and into the morning.

Building equipment stolen in Newport

Police say they have CCTV footage of thieves stealing a large quantity of equipment from a building site in Newport over the weekend.

They say it shows the intruders breaking into the rear of the Victoria Hotel on St Marys Street and a white pick-up truck, a white van and a flat bed lorry then driving off along Water Lane.

Royal Victoria Hotel
Google

Big order for JCB

Staffordshire digger maker JCB says it has agreed one of its biggest ever orders in the UK, worth around £55m.

The firm says hire company A-Plant wants more than 1,200 machines, plus more than 160 generators, which are made in Hixon.

JCB
PA

Watch: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

Most places should become largely dry with clear spells overnight, with perhaps the odd shower around. It will be a breezy night - lows of 13C (55F).

Weather for the West Midlands.

Macey Hogan's dad 'lost big piece of his heart' on day she was murdered

In a statement read out in court, Macey Hogan's father Paul said he missed his daughter every day and a big piece of his heart went with her the day that she was killed.

Her mother Cody-Anne Jackson has been jailed for life and told she would serve at least 16 years for her "wicked and appalling" crime.

Man charged with dangerous driving and attempting to harm police officer

A Wolverhampton man has appeared in court, charged with dangerous driving and attempting to cause grievous bodily harm to a police officer, following a chase on the A51 at Bridgemere.

The 35-year-old was remanded in custody and is due to appear before Chester Crown Court on 24 August.

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 - Very slow traffic on M6 northbound between J16, A500 (Crewe) and J17, A534 (Sandbach), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Safeguarding review could take months

A safeguarding review is typically carried out after the death of a child. It's purpose it so see if it could have been prevented and what lessons can be learnt, if any.

In some notable past cases they have been highly critical of various agencies.

In the case of Macey Hogan, however, it's so far unclear if there was any contact at all with the family before Jackson's fateful 999 call.

Police scene
BBC

Such reviews often take months to compile, depending on the amount of evidence.

So far, we have no timeline for the review into Macey's death.

Review into murder of Macey Hogan

A review is being carried out to see if there were any opportunities to spot the danger Macey Hogan was in and prevent her death.

The investigation involves several agencies.

The case was "unusual and very rare" said Det Insp Dan Ison, "something that I've never come across before".

Police scene in October
BBC

"As the judge commented", Det Insp Ison said, "when the mother takes the life of a child there's usually some kind of mental health issues associated with it - that is not the case here".

"The police are engaged in the review, so we will see if anything comes out of it."

Girls' football team in Leek celebrates winning more than 150 games
The formidable under-11s Leek Town Strikers are hoping to persuade more girls to join the sport.

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 and very slow traffic on M6 northbound between J16, A500 (Crewe) and J17, A534 (Sandbach), because of a broken down car.

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

Macey Hogan murder a 'revenge' killing

Cody-Anne Jackson was no "struggling single parent" said Staffordshire Police, nor did she kill her daughter Macey Hogan for her to be "protected from someone or something".

"This was a killing that was cold and callous" said Det Insp Dan Ison, and "set to exact revenge on Paul Hogan as he had broken off the relationship."

The court heard that Macey’s father, Paul Hogan, had ended the relationship with Jackson a week before two-year-old Macey’s death.

Toddler murder: 'Sham' 999 call made by Jackson

A 999 call made by Cody-Anne Jackson to police on the morning of 10 October was a "complete hoax" and a "sham", said police.

Speaking outside court, after sentencing today Det Insp Dan Ison of Staffordshire Police said the call was "completely fraudulent".

"There was clearly direction being given for CPR to be carried out on Macey" he said, "and we know that she had been dead for some time by that point."

"It goes to show the coldness of Cody-Anne's defence".

Emergency services trying to break into the house
Staffordshire Police

Jackson had thought about killing herself

During sentencing, Judge Michael Chambers QC said Jackson had thought about killing herself and "decided to kill Macey as well to prevent her having a life without a mother".

The court heard Jackson, who had a history of self-harm, sent a photo to Macey's father Paul Hogan with a message reading: "Savour the last ever picture... Possibly see you in court."

Toddler murder: Jackson carried out 'wicked and appalling' act

A mother who's been sentenced to at least 16 years in jail after murdering her two-year-old daughter carried out a "wicked and appalling" act, said the judge at Stafford Crown Court.

In sentencing Cody-Anne Jackson for the murder of daughter Macey Hogan, Judge Michael Chambers QC said Jackson had the "courage to plead guilty" and "recognise the enormity" of the act, but "for a mother to kill her young child, who depends on her for protection above all others, is a wicked and appalling act".

This is not a case where you suffered from mental illness. The clear inference is that you thought about killing yourself and decided to kill Macey as well to prevent her having a life without a mother. That was an expression of utter self-absorption."

Judge Michael Chambers QCRecorder of Stafford

Toddler murder: 'Cold and callous' revenge killing say police

A 20-year-old mother who killed her toddler did it as a "cold and callous" act of revenge on her former partner, police say.

Cody-Anne Jackson, from Stoke-on-Trent, has been given a life sentence at Stafford Crown Court for the murder of her two-year-old daughter

Staffordshire Police say Jackson wanted to extract revenge on Paul Hogan as he had broken off their relationship.

She suffocated Macey Hogan after sending the toddler's father "one last picture" of her.

It is absolutely unforgivable that a beautiful and healthy child has had her life taken away and I am sorry for the loss that this has left for Paul and his family."

Det Insp Dan IsonStaffordshire Police

Toddler Macey 'robbed of childhood'

Macey Hogan was "a defenceless toddler" who was "robbed of a childhood that should have been filled with awe and wonder", children's charity the NSPCC said.

“Instead of bringing this happiness into her daughter’s life, Cody-Anne Jackson ended it. It is only right that she has faced the full force of the law," a spokesperson said.

The charity urged anyone with concerns about a child's safety to report them.

BreakingMother jailed for life for toddler murder

A woman has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering her two-year-old daughter.

Cody-Anne Jackson, 20, was on trial accused of killing her little girl, Macey Hogan, at her home in Packett Street in Fenton last year.

But two weeks ago, mid-trial at Stafford Crown Court, she changed her plea to guilty.

Killer's 999 call as police kick in door

Jackson was told she would serve at least 16 years in prison.

Macey's body was found on the floor in a bedroom after her mother dialled 999 on the morning of 10 October.

Child killing mum's 999 call as police kick in front door

Jackson penned suicide note

Macey Hogan was smothered to death at the family home in Fenton, the trial heard.

Jackson had penned a suicide note saying there was "nothing for me or Macey". The 20-year-old was found with superficial stab wounds to her chest, neck and wrist.

Earlier this month, Stafford Crown Court was told Jackson was angry towards her daughter's father after their relationship broke down.

Child killing mum's 999 call as police kick in front door
Police film attempts to break in to Cody-Anne Jackson's house in Stoke-on-Trent after she dials 999.

B&M first shop to open on Kingsmead development

BBC Radio Stoke

The first store on Stafford's Kingsmead development will open next month.

It follows months of speculation over the future of the development - after Morrisons pulled out last year.

B&M
B&M

B&M Bargains will open on the 26 August followed by Aldi and Pets at Home.

The company says the new store is a "welcomed boost to the local economy" and is creating more than 50 jobs.

Your pictures: Breathtaking sunrise

BBC Weather Watchers

The BBC Weather Watchers have sent in some stunning pictures of the sunrise over Staffordshire this morning.

This first one was taken in Barlaston by Jon, who says it was taken before 06:00 this morning.

Barlaston
jon

Tamworth is the backdrop for this equally beautiful picture taken by Climate Clive.

If you have a picture you'd like to share, you can sign up and become a BBC Weather Watcher here.

Tamworth
climate clive

Driver sustains 'serious injuries' as lorry overturns

A driver has suffered "serious injuries" following a crash with a lorry last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service say they were called to Lodge Lane in Cheslyn Hay, Cannock at 19:51 yesterday.

Car
West Midlands Ambulance Service

A lorry had overturned and a car had "substantial front end damage".

The driver of the car, a man in his 20s, was treated for a fractured leg, hip and pelvic injuries and taken to hospital.

The lorry driver was also taken to hopsital and treated for cuts.

Adam Peaty: Support from family inspired him

BBC Radio Stoke

Uttoxeter swimmer Adam Peaty says the support of his mum and his nan was what inspired him to win his second world championship medal in Budapest last night.

Peaty won gold in the 50m breaststroke event just two days after winning the 100m.

He's broken his own world record twice this week as well and says his success is down to the backing of his family.

Watch him in that race below.

Adam Peaty storms to 50m breaststroke gold

Mother who killed daughter to be sentenced

A Stoke-on-Trent woman is due to be sentenced today after pleading guilty to murdering her two-year-old daughter.

Cody-Anne Jackson was on trial accused of killing her little girl, Macey Hogan, at her home in Packett Street in Fenton last year.

Cody-Anne Jackson
Police handout

Two weeks ago, mid-trial, the 20-year-old mother changed her plea to guilty.

She's due to appear at Stafford Crown Court later.

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M6 Staffordshire - Broken down white van and a rolling road-block on M6 northbound between J12, A5 (Gailey) and J13, A449 (Stafford South).

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

Severe disruption: A500 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A500 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, between A34 Newcastle Road and A53 Etruria Road.

A500 Staffordshire - Heavy traffic on A500 southbound between Talke Roundabout in Talke, Stoke-on-Trent and Basford Roundabout in Stoke-On-Trent, because of a rolling road-block and a shed load of pellets.

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