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Summary

  1. Mother says MoD apology over Iraq death 'bitter sweet'
  2. Staffordshire Police officer disqualified for drink driving
  3. A teenager tried to smuggle 200 pills into V Festival
  4. Updates on Friday 18 August 2017

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By Allen Cook

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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 heavy traffic on M6 southbound between J17, A534 (Sandbach) and J16, A500 (Crewe), because of a broken down car and recovery work.

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 - One lane closed on M54 eastbound at J1, A460 (Wolverhampton), because of a vehicle fire.

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 J13 for A449 and J14 for A34.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J13, A449 (Stafford South) and J14, A34 (Stafford North), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Increase in visible policing at V Festival at Weston Park

Armed police officers have become more visible at this years V Festival.
The police officer in charge at V Festival this weekend has said increase is "in line with the national picture" and a number of drugs arrests have been made on site.

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 blocked on M6 southbound between J13, A449 (Stafford South) and J12, A5 (Gailey), 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: A534 Cheshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A534 Cheshire both ways severe accident, between A49 and Brook Lane.

A534 Cheshire - A534 Wrexham Road in Faddiley closed in both directions between the A49 junction and the Brook Lane junction, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Stoke scorer Jese celebrates

Jonathan Jurejko

BBC Sport

Former Real Madrid winger Jese Rodriguez scores the winner on his Stoke City debut as Arsenal again come unstuck at the Bet365 Stadium.

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Mark Hughes

Stoke's victory over Arsenal was the result of the team and fans being "fed up of criticism", says manager Mark Hughes.

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Severe disruption: M42 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, between J10 for A5 and J11 for A42.

M42 Warwickshire - Queuing traffic on M42 northbound between J10, A5 (Tamworth) in Wood End and J11, A42 (Burton Upon Trent) in Leicestershire, because of an overturned vehicle and all traffic being temporarily held.

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Severe accident: M42 Leicestershire both ways

BBC News Travel

M42 Leicestershire both ways severe accident, between J11 for A42 and J10 for A5.

M42 Leicestershire - M42 closed in both directions between J11, A42 (Burton Upon Trent) and J10, A5 (Tamworth), because of accident investigation work. Diversion in operation - Exit at J11 for traffic travelling South and J10 for traffic travelling North. Take the A444 and A5. Both routes signed with hollow triangle symbol. Also please consider the M1 & M69 or A38 as alternates.

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Stoke 1-0 Arsenal: Defeat difficult to swallow - Arsene Wenger
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger feels his side did more than enough to win the game "comfortably" despite the fact they lost 1-0 away at Stoke.
Stoke 1-0 Arsenal: Mark Hughes delighted after 'big' win over Gunners
Stoke boss Mark Hughes is full of praise for his team after they put in a "big shift" to claim a 1-0 win over Arsenal.
Football

Chris Porter's second-half strike earns Crewe Alexandra their first win of the season as they overcame Barnet.

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Football

Kristian Dennis scores his third goal of the season as Chesterfield beat Port Vale to move off the bottom of League Two.

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Team news

Stoke v Arsenal (17:30 BST)

Stoke hand a Premier League debut to new loan signing Jese as one of two changes from the team that lost 1-0 to Everton on Saturday. Saido Berahino is the man who makes way, while Bojan also drops out as Cameroon winger Eric Choupo-Moting makes his first start for the club.

Arsenal make two changes to the side that beat Leicester 4-3 at home last Friday.

Out goes Rob Holding, with Shkodran Mustafi taking his place in the back three, and Aaron Ramsey also comes in to replace Mohamed Elneny in central midfield.

And there is still no Alexis Sanchez, who is not fit enough to make the Gunners squad. Olivier Giroud, match-winner against the Foxes, is on the bench though.

Severe accident: M6 Cheshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire northbound severe accident, between J18 for A54 Middlewich and J19 for A556 affecting J16 for A500 Crewe.

M6 Cheshire - One lane closed, queuing traffic and long delays on M6 northbound between J18, A54 (Middlewich) and J19, A556 (Knutsford), because of an accident and recovery work. Congestion to J16, A500 (Crewe).

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

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 closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound between J18, A54 (Middlewich) and J17, A534 (Sandbach), because of an accident.

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

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This season we would love you to send us your matchday photos to our new Match of the Day Instagram account.

Whether you're having your traditional pre-match meal, on your way to the game or taking your seat in the stands we want to hear from you.

Include #bbcfootball and we'll include the best images right here on this page.

Lawro's predictions

Will Poulter
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Mark Lawrenson is up against actor Will Poulter is this week's round of predictions.

The 24-year-old Londoner, who you may remember getting chilly in the The Revenant, is a big Arsenal fan.

He is backing his team to do the business with some to spare against Stoke and Chelsea to turn over north London rivals Tottenham tomorrow.

The five ages of the Premier League

Premier League

Paul Scholes, Jose Mourinho and Frank Lampard
BBC

On Tuesday the Premier League turned 25.

It has been a stellar quarter-century for the game's elite, with a huge increase in the standard of football and stadia and a massive influx of foreign stars, new fans and broadcasting cash.

Want to relive it in glorious technicolour and pain-staking detail? In easy-to-swallow five-year increments you say?

We got you. Step this way for our blockbuster review of the five ages of the Premier League so far.

Severe accident: A34 Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A34 Staffordshire northbound severe accident, between B5500 London Road and B5369 Wolstanton Road.

A34 Staffordshire - A34 Talke Road in Stoke-On-Trent closed northbound between the B5500 London Road junction and the B5369 Wolstanton Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Lloyd Dyer

Brendon Mitchell

BBC Sport

Burton Albion come from behind to beat Birmingham City and register their first Championship points of the season.

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Severe disruption: A5006 Staffordshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A5006 Staffordshire both ways severe disruption, between Cemetery Road and Beresford Street.

A5006 Staffordshire - A5006 Stoke Road in Fenton closed in both directions between the Cemetery Road junction and the Beresford Street junction, because of a police incident.

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

Sean Scannell

Huddersfield Town loan winger Sean Scannell to Championship side Burton Albion for the remainder of the 2017-18 season.

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

V Festival 'changing with the times'

The man responsible for organising the V Festival, which takes place at Weston Park this weekend, said it has to constantly evolve to keep up with the times.

For instance, Andy Redhead explained that 10 years ago almost everyone brought tents and camped on the site, but now they sold a lot of day-tickets to people who go home at the end of each day.

V Festival main stage
BBC

Mr Redhead said they also had to keep up with current musical trends and watch what their competitors were doing, to make sure they get the best acts.

This year's big act will be Jay Z and he said it was the only European festival the rapper had agreed to do.

You know what people like, but you've got to be aware of what trends are, if things are changing, and customers want something else then you have to change with that."

Andy RedheadV Festival

Roads set for resurfacing ahead of bridge closure

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

Work's due to start from Monday night on resurfacing work in parts of Burton that will be used as diversions once a bridge is shut to traffic.

St Peter's Bridge
Staffordshire County Council

The county council says staff will spend six nights in a row preparing a series of roads that'll take drivers who would normally use St Peter's Bridge.

The crossing itself will close for strengthening work on 29 August until the end of November as part of a £6.1m project.

Relatives to remember WW1 soldier

Sarah Robertson

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

Living relatives of a soldier from Stoke-on-Trent will be at a ceremony next month which will see his grave rededicated.

James Joseph McLynn, from Hanley, died in October 2018 during heavy shelling and his body had lain in an unmarked grave for decades.

The story of James Joseph McLynn

His remains were only identified this year at a Belgian cemetery after the MoD said new "convincing" evidence confirmed he was buried at the site.

A rededication ceremony will be held there next month.

A campaign was launched to try and find any relatives of his that were still alive and, with the help of BBC Radio Stoke, there will be some at the event.

Stolen car involved in 'series of crashes'

Lee Blakeman

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

A car which police say was reported stolen has been involved in a string of crashes in Stoke-on-Trent.

Reginald Mitchell Way
Google

Staffordshire Police say they were told of the theft in Hanley yesterday afternoon.

They say the bronze Ford Focus was going from the A500 on to Reginald Mitchell Way when it was involved in collisions with a Renault and two Vauxhalls.

Officers say they believe it may have been going on the wrong side of the road and the other cars swerved to avoid it and hit other things.

Arrest after man hurt in home robbery struggle

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

A man's been arrested after three people reportedly armed with a kitchen knife robbed a house in Tamworth.

Staffordshire Police say two men and a woman turned up at the home on Milton Avenue on 6 August.

Milton Avenue, Tamworth
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They say a man inside was forced back into the house when he answered the door, there was a struggle and he suffered a wound to his neck that needed hospital treatment.

Officers say several small items were stolen.

The force says a 47-year-old man's been arrested in connection with the robbery and released under investigation.

Weather: Showers tomorrow and more on Sunday

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

We'll have a few showers tomorrow and more on Sunday, but the weather is expected to improve next week.

Rebecca Wood has your forecast

Football: Stoke signing is 'an elite level player'

BBC Sport

Stoke City's latest signing, Jese Rodriguez, is an "elite level player", according to his manager.

Jese Rodriguez
Stoke City

The 24-year-old made the switch to the Potteries this week on a season-long loan from Paris St-Germain.

He joined Real at the age of 14 and was part of their Champions League-winning squads in 2014 and 2016.

He is at a club where he can express himself and I think we can give him a platform to excite. He is an elite level player."

Mark HughesStoke City manager

Police officer found guilty of drink driving

BBC Radio Stoke

A Staffordshire-based police officer's been convicted of drink driving.

Thomas Doubtfire, 54, from Worcestershire, had denied driving a motor vehicle over the prescribed limit.

Wombourne police station
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He was found guilty at Birmingham Magistrates' Court and giving a 16-month driving ban and fined.

Staffordshire Police says the officer, who's based in Wombourne, is currently suspended and they'll now start misconduct proceedings.

'Impressive parking' from air ambulance

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

You might think you're good at parking your car but how's this?

Midlands Air Ambulance says its pilot carried out some "impressive bay parking" when helping Staffordshire Police and West Midlands Ambulance Service in Stafford last night.

Helicopter in car park
Midlands Air Ambulance

Mother says MoD apology over Iraq death 'bitter sweet'

Clive Coleman

BBC legal correspondent

A mother from Staffordshire says finally getting an apology from the government over her soldier son's death in Iraq in 2005 is "bitter sweet".

Sue Smith from Tamworth's fought a 12-year legal battle after Private Phillip Hewett died when his "snatch" Land Rover he was travelling in hit a roadside bomb.

Philip Hewett's grave stone
BBC

He was the ninth of 37 service personnel to be killed in the vehicles in Iraq and Afghanistan, which came to be known as "mobile coffins".

Following a legal battle that reached the Supreme Court, Sue has finally got her apology from the MoD.

She's exclusively told the BBC the long battle's taken a heavy toll on her and her family, but she feels that Phillip's death now leaves a legacy.

A teenager tried to smuggle 200 pills into V Festival

Phil Bowers

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

A teenager's been found trying to smuggle 200 pills into the V Festival site at Weston Park.

Some of the tablets
Staffordshire Police

Routine bag searches by Staffordshire Police turned up the tablets and the 17-year-old from Stone's been arrested for possession with intent to supply.

Separately, the force says a 16-year-old boy was thrown out of the event after 28 MDMA pills were seized from him and he was also referred to youth offending for rehabilitation.

Excitement as people head to V Festival

Chris King

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

I've been a Stafford station this morning where many festival-goers arrive off the train and then take shuttle buses to the V Festival site at Weston Park.

People heading to the buses to V Festival

There's been a buzz of excitement around the place since 07:00 with many arrivals telling me they were going to the event for the first time.

The station's been a sea of tents, wellies and rucksacks with some groups made up of as many as 20 friends, all eager to get to the Staffordshire event.