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Summary

  1. Cannabis, cocaine and thousands of pounds in cash seized in raid
  2. Former head 'admitted changing pupil's exam answers'
  3. Severe delays as pop fizzes on to motorway
  4. Updates on Friday 25 August 2017

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By Allen Cook

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Hughes happy with away point
Stoke boss Mark Hughes says his team could have won their match away at Newcastle, but overall is happy with a 0-0 draw and an away point.

Travel: Train delays through Rugeley

BBC News Travel

A signalling issue's delaying services towards Rugeley, London Midland says.

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Sam Stubbs

Wigan Athletic defender Sam Stubbs joins League Two side Crewe Alexandra on loan until January.

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Severe accident: A530 Cheshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A530 Cheshire both ways severe accident, between Smithy Lane and B5076 Flowers Lane.

A530 Cheshire - A530 Middlewich Road in Crewe closed and delays in both directions between the Smithy Lane junction and the B5076 Flowers Lane junction, because of an accident.

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

Cats die from antifreeze poisoning

Two cats have died after being poisoned with anti-freeze in a village.

They both died earlier this month after ingesting the substance near Van Diemans Road in Wombourne, Staffordshire, near Wolverhampton.

The RSPCA says it doesn't know whether the animals were deliberately poisoned but is asking owners to look out for symptoms, which include vomiting, sleepiness, uncoordinated movement and/or difficulty breathing.

At the moment we would advise everyone in the area to keep an eye on their cats’ wellbeing and if they are showing symptoms of poisoning get them veterinary treatment immediately. At this stage we do not know if these were accidental incidents or deliberate but we would ask for people to check where they keep their pesticides and chemicals including antifreeze and make sure it is secure and out of the way of cats."

Jackie HickmanRSPCA inspector

Football: Stoke, Vale and Crewe all checking-in for tonight's trophy games

BBC Radio Stoke Sport

Stoke City's under-23 side play Blackburn Rovers in the Checkatrade Trophy tonight. Kick off at Ewood Park is 19:45.

Port Vale begin their campaign with an away tie at League One club Oldham Athletic. Vale boss Michael Brown says he's unsure whether the home side will treat the competition seriously.

David Artell's Crewe side face Newcastle United's under-23's. Artell told BBC Radio Stoke the tournament that can bring many rewards to a club like Crewe.

Stoke, Port Vale and Crewe images
BBC

There is coverage of all three games on BBC Radio Stoke, with all the build-up beginning in Sport at Six.

Watch: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Cloud will thicken overnight with outbreaks of rain arriving during the early hours.

This will then become heavier and more widespread towards dawn - lows of 12C (54F).

Weather for the West Midlands.

'Deliberate' wheelie-bin fires in Crewe - fire service advice

Tim Wedgwood

BBC Local Live

You're being reminded to store your bins away after a number of wheelie bins were set alight last night in Crewe.

Cheshire Fire and Rescue say one crew was called out to Newton Street in the town at around 23:30.

Wheelie bin on fire
Cheshire Fire and Rescue

Firefighters are urging anyone with any information about the spate of fires to talk to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or to Cheshire Police on 101.

Severe accident: A522 Staffordshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A522 Staffordshire both ways severe accident, at Wedgwood Road.

A522 Staffordshire - Heavy traffic on A522 Tean Road in both directions in Cheadle at the Wedgwood Road junction, because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Chalking up a successful pavement art festival in Crewe

Chris King

South Cheshire reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

Crewe Market Square played host to an international pavement art festival over the bank holiday weekend.

Here are just a few of the pictures which hopefully weren't affected by the early morning drizzle.

Pavement art
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Top hotel can serve alcohol again - after three-month booze ban lifted

The Sentinel

One of North Staffordshire’s biggest hotels can once again serve alcohol after the lifting of a three-month booze ban.

Clayton Lodge Hotel
The Sentinel

Six arrested over burglary

Six people have been arrested in Stourbridge after a burglary yesterday.

Staffordshire Police said officers were called to a property on Dunsley Road, Kinver, at about 23:15.

One person was arrested inside the house, the force said.

The six include:

  • An 18-year-old woman from Brierley Hill - on suspicion of burglary
  • A 17-year-old boy from Stourbridge - on suspicion of burglary and possession of cannabis
  • Three 16-year-old boys from Dudley - on suspicion of burglary
  • A 15-year-old boy from Halesowen - on suspicion of burglary
Dunsley Road in Kinver
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Cheeky monkeys arrive at zoo

A pair of Pygmy Marmosets, born at the end of June, are now ready to meet the public.

The new arrivals are already getting into the swing of things and making friends at Drayton Manor zoo, under the watchful eye of their doting parents, Chillido and Wicket.

Mother and baby monkeys
Drayton Manor zoo

Everyone here at the zoo is over the moon with our baby Pygmy Marmosets and it’s always fantastic when our breeding programmes deliver us some new arrivals."

Chris MitchellZoo Manager

They originate from South American rainforests and their diet consists of gum, plants, fruits insects and sap.

They use their sharp teeth to gnaw at trees to release the sap and, like other monkeys, they love being high up in the trees and live in groups of about a dozen.

Kevin Nunes scandal: Family break five-year silence and criticise delays

Express and Star

The family of murdered Kevin Nunes today broke their five-year silence to condemn the 'devastating' delay in getting answers to how police botched the probe into the footballer's brutal killing.

Kevin Nunes
Express and Star

Severe accident: M6 Cheshire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M6 Cheshire - Severe delays, two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M6 northbound between J17, A534 (Sandbach) and J18, A54 (Middlewich), because of an accident involving two lorries earlier on and a spillage on the road. Travel time is 1 hour and 30 minutes. Congestion to J16, A500 (Crewe).

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

A West Midlands Rail train

West Midlands Trains will take over services in December, the Department for Transport says.

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Adam Peaty with children in Zambia

Natalie Jackson

Sports Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

Olympic and world champion Adam Peaty aims to make the most of his gold medals by heading to Zambia to help local causes.

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Boxer and Man Utd fan Anthony Crolla

BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson takes on boxer and Manchester United fan Anthony Crolla in this week's Premier League predictions.

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Stoke played poorly - Hughes
Stoke boss Mark Hughes says his side did not "ask enough questions" of Leicester, after losing 3-0 to the Premier League leaders at the King Power Stadium.

Getting around city centre roadworks 'like the Krypton Factor'

Russell Truran

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

One shopper has described navigating continuing roadworks in Stoke-on-Trent city centre as like the Krypton Factor.

Businesses in Hanley say roadworks are affecting trade

Jacqueline Watkin, from Milton, regularly shops on Stafford Street, in Hanley, and says the work seems to be taking a lot longer than advised.

Business owners in the city centre have told BBC Radio Stoke it's having a dire impact on trade.

We contacted Stoke-on-Trent City Council and it told us the work is running slightly behind schedule, but hopes it will be completed on time.

Pilot taken to hospital with leg injuries after plane crash

Tim Wedgwood

BBC Local Live

Air Accident investigators are still trying to discover what caused a light-air crash in Staffordshire yesterday.

Blithfield reservoir
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Police say a 'Calibre' plane came down in a field near Blithfield Reservoir just before 10:00 - it took off from nearby Abbots Bromley airfield.

The 39-year-old pilot, the only person in the plane, was taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital with leg injuries.

Your pictures: A tale of two counties

BBC Weather Watchers

It's been a grey start in Cheshire as the picture of Congleton (top) shows. Thanks to Dawn Treader for taking it.

Thanks also to DJH80 for the sunnier side of life in Lichfield.

Congleton
Dawn Treader
Lichfield
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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

Kevin Wimmer

Stoke City sign defender Kevin Wimmer from Premier League rivals Tottenham on a five-year deal for £18m.

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Steve McClaren

Nathan Middleton

BBC Sport

The new manager bounce and a strange choice of colours by Burton's social media team are among five things you may have missed in the EFL.

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Parcel firm apologises to woman who waited in for two days during time off

Liz Ellis

Presenter, BBC Radio Stoke

A Staffordshire woman says she wants to be compensated - after waiting in for a parcel collection company for two days.

Delivery vans
BBC

Jackie Thomas, from Gnosall, paid delivery firm Yodel to collect two packages she had sold on eBay.

She told me the company said it had actually left two delivery notices because she was out - but, having waited in all day, she says that didn't happen.

Yodel says it's very sorry to hear about the problems Jackie experienced and would like to apologise.

It adds she's now been fully refunded.

Roadworks barriers 'scaring away customers'

Ros Chimes

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

Business owners on a street in Hanley are reacting angrily to continuing roadworks in the city.

Roadworks
BBC

Shop owners along Stafford Street say no work has taken place in front of their premises for many weeks, but the barriers are scaring away potential customers.

Roadworks
BBC

Stoke-on-Trent City Council says the work is running slightly behind schedule but it still hopes it will be completed on time.

Good news for rail passengers

Good news for train passengers travelling on the Chase railway line this morning.

The line between Rugeley and Walsall has reopened after two weeks of upgrades which left passengers on bus replacement services.

London Midland says tracks have been realigned, and new gantries added.

Upgrade works on the Chase railway line
London Midland

Burton bridge closes for three months

Heidi Booth

Journalist, BBC Radio Derby

Expect delays if you're driving into Burton today...

Burton
BBC

St Peter's Bridge will now be closed for three months for essential maintenance work.

Burton bridge
BBC

The leader of Staffordshire County Council, Philip Atkin, has admitted journeys will take 20 minutes longer than they usually would, but said the work is vital.

Burton bridge
BBC

Watch: Your weather forecast for the next 24 hours

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

A fairly cloudy day with some sporadic outbreaks of drizzle.

For all it will feel much cooler, with highs of 20C (68F).

Weather for the West Midlands.

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, at J15 for A500.

M6 Staffordshire - Stationary traffic on M6 southbound at J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent), because of all traffic being temporarily held and debris on the road.

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 closed and queuing traffic on M6 southbound between J17, A534 (Sandbach) and J16, A500 (Crewe), because of a broken down car transporter and recovery work. In the roadworks area. Travel time is around 30 minutes. Congestion to J18, A54 (Middlewich).

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 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 accident: A50 Staffordshire westbound

BBC News Travel

A50 Staffordshire westbound severe accident, between A522 Uttoxeter and A521 Blythe Bridge Roundabout.

A50 Staffordshire - Delays and very slow traffic on A50 westbound between Uttoxeter and Blythe Bridge Roundabout in Blythe Bridge, because of an accident involving two lorries and a car earlier on and earlier spillage. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Severe disruption: M42 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, at J10 for A5.

M42 Warwickshire - M42 entry slip road closed northbound at J10, A5 (Tamworth), because of a police incident.

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, at J15 for A500.

M6 Staffordshire - Slow traffic on M6 southbound at J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent), 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

Peaty returns to Zambia to 'give back'

Adam Peaty: Olympic and world champion swimmer wants to 'inspire millions'
BBC East Midlands Today spent a week with Olympic and world champion Adam Peaty in Zambia, where he was fundraising to help local children.