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Summary

  1. Crewe to be transformed by £48m plans
  2. Nursery being 'creative' on care costs
  3. Road reopens after weeks of repairs
  4. Updates from Friday 1 September 2017

Live Reporting

By Allen Cook

All times stated are UK

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Thousands join city's rave revival

Laura Mcmullan

Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

Thousands of people from across the world are flocking to Stoke-on-Trent to relive their clubbing days.

In the early 1990s, the city was one of the most popular rave locations in the country.

People in Stoke-on-Trent share their rave memories

Clubs like Shelleys and the Golden brought thousands to Stoke-on-Trent.

Now, more than 25 years on, club promoters say there's been a huge resurgence, with such demand that they're putting on more reunion nights in the area.

Rave revival organisers

You can see more on the history of rave in Stoke-on-Trent and its revival on Inside Out West Midlands on BBC One tonight from 19:30.

'Arsonists' destroy 1,000 tonnes of wood

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

A fire which destroyed around 1,000 tonnes of wood and a tractor is thought to have been started deliberately, the fire service say.

Fire crews tackling the logs blaze
Staffordshire Fire Service

Staffordshire Fire Service says five crews were needed on Saturday morning to tackle the blaze on fields off Spring Lane, Pershall.

It took them until the afternoon to put the fire out and they then returned twice over the weekend to make sure it was had not reignited.

Charity raises £10,000 at V Festival

The charity Village Water says says it raised more than £10,000 at the V festival last month.

The Shrewsbury-based organisation provides safe water and sanitation for communities in rural Africa.

V Festival
BBC

Village Water had more than 100 volunteers at the event, helping campers by renting trolleys and offering a plastic bottle exchange, as glass bottles weren't allowed on the festival site.

Call for black or Asian organ donors in Staffordshire

Jennie Aitken

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

More black and Asian people in Staffordshire are being urged to become organ donors as the NHS says there are 22 people from those backgrounds in the county currently waiting for a transplant.

Organ donor cool bags
Richard Crease/NHSBT

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) says organs from people from the same ethnic background are more likely to be a close match and lead to more successful transplants.

The organisation says black or Asian patients make up almost a third of its national waiting list but are less likely to agree to be organ donors.

Overall, it says there are currently 105 people in Staffordshire waiting for a transplant and says 107 people in the county have died while on the waiting list in the last decade.

Four charged after violence in Stafford

Vicky Norton

BBC Radio Stoke

Four people have been charged after two men suffered serious head injuries in Stafford at the weekend, police say.

Edison Road, Stafford
Google

Staffordshire Police says they were called on Saturday night to Edison Road and the two victims were taken to hospital for treatment.

They say they've charged a man and three teenage boys with violent disorder.

Trio of skate park fires treated as arson

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

A series of fires at a skate park in Crewe are being treated as arson, the fire service say.

The skate park on King George V Playing Fields, Crewe
Google

Cheshire Fire Service says there were three fires on the site on King George V Playing Fields, Crewe, on Friday evening.

It says Cheshire Police have now taken over the investigation as the fires are thought to have been started deliberately.

Arrest after rings and jewellery stolen from elderly woman

Chris King

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

A man has been arrested in connection with a burglary in Stoke-on-Trent which saw an elderly woman's rings taken from her fingers.

It happened on 24 August at her home on Ashwood and police say the victim was tied up while her flat was ransacked and jewellery and cash stolen.

A 45-year-old man has been arrested and is in custody being questioned, a spokesman says.

Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire northbound severe disruption, between J18 for A54 Middlewich and J19 for A556 affecting J17 for A534 Sandbach.

M6 Cheshire - Queuing traffic on M6 northbound between J18, A54 (Middlewich) and J19, A556 (Knutsford), because of a broken down van and recovery work. In the roadworks area. Congestion to J17, A534 (Sandbach).

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 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

Football: New Stoke signing welcomes boost from fans

Matt Sandoz

Stoke City commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Stoke City's newest signing, Kevin Wimmer, says he can't wait to run out in front of the home fans for the first time.

Kevin Wimmer
Stoke City

The 24-year-old defender joined for £18m from Spurs last week and could make his debut against Manchester United on Saturday.

When I came to Stoke with Tottenham it was always a very nice ground to come to, always with a very good atmosphere. I think fans like Stoke's keep pushing you and keep motivating you even more."

Kevin WimmerStoke City defender

Cylinder fire's cause investigated after evacuations

Phil Bowers

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

Investigations are continuing today into what caused a serious fire in Mow Cop at the weekend which forced 15 families to take shelter in a village hall.

Mow Cop Road
Google

Cheshire Fire Service say acetylene cylinders were in danger of exploding in the blaze early on Sunday morning which affected outbuildings on Mow Cop Road.

No-one was hurt in the fire and people were allowed back to their houses later the same morning, police say.

Second day of rail strikes hitting some local services

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

Train passengers from Stoke-on-Trent and Crewe are facing more disruption as another day of rail strikes is being held.

Arriva Rail North staff have walked out for 24 hours from midnight in a row over driver-only operated trains, following a similar walkout on Friday.

Northern rail member on strike
Getty Images

Northern rail services from Stoke-on-Trent are affected, with the firm saying it will try to run as many services as it can.

Arriva Trains Wales says services between Crewe and Manchester Piccadilly will make extra calls at stations, including Sandbach and Holmes Chapel.

Severe disruption: A529 Cheshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A529 Cheshire both ways severe disruption, between B5071 Crewe Road and Park Lane.

A529 Cheshire - A529 Audlem Road in Hatherton closed and slow traffic in both directions between the B5071 Crewe Road junction and the Park Lane junction, because of a fuel spillage.

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

Police horror over 'diabolical' burglary

Jennie Aitken

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

An attack on an elderly woman who was tied up and had rings ripped off her fingers in Stoke-on-Trent has been called "a diabolical and horrible incident" by police.

The woman's hands
Staffordshire Police

Staffordshire Police say two men went into the woman's house on Ashwood on 24 August and restrained her while they took the rings.

She was then tied up with cord from her dressing gown and a towel put over her head while the pair ransacked her home, taking more jewellery and cash.

Whether you are a police officer or a member of the community, you hear the details of the crime and you're appalled that somebody amongst our communities, who lives next door to us, is able and have the mindset to go out and do something like this."

Det Insp Zoe KelsallStaffordshire Police

Watch: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

After a cloudy start with some bursts of rain and drizzle it should be a largely dry day with some bright spells this afternoon and highs of 20C (68F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, between J11 for A460 and J10 for A454.

M6 Staffordshire - Very slow traffic on M6 southbound between J11, A460 (Cannock) and J10, A454 (Wolverhampton), 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

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, at J12 for A5.

M6 Staffordshire - M6 lane closed on exit slip road southbound at J12, A5 (Gailey), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

Football

Substitute Lewis Alessandra scores with his first touch of the game to secure a win for Notts County at Port Vale.

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Football

Mitch Rose's first-half header enough to earn Grimsby their first win in four league games with a victory over Crewe.

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Severe accident: A462 Staffordshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A462 Staffordshire both ways severe accident, between B4210 Broad Lane and B4156 Hobnock Road.

A462 Staffordshire - A462 Warstone Road in Essington closed and slow traffic in both directions between the B4210 Broad Lane junction and the B4156 Hobnock Road junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

Severe disruption: A500 Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A500 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, between A527 Porthill Road and Reginald Mitchell Way Kidsgrove.

A500 Staffordshire - A500 D Road in Longport, Stoke-On-Trent closed northbound between Porthill Bank and Kidsgrove, because of emergency repairs.

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, between J9 for M6 Toll and J10 for A5.

M42 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M42 northbound between J9, M6 Toll (Curdworth) and J10, A5 (Tamworth), because of debris on the road. Traffic is coping well.

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

On Midlands Today from 18:30: Rare view of classic TV show

Nick Owen

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

On Midlands Today this evening, we've got a story about a TV show that at one point was among the country's favourites.

Still from Crossroads
BBC/ITV

Crosswords ran for almost 5,000 episodes but many were never kept.

However a team of archive hunters in the region have unearthed some rare clips and we'll have more from 18:30 on BBC One.

'Redundant bus lanes' being removed in Stoke-on-Trent

Vicky Norton

BBC Radio Stoke

A series of what the city council has described as "redundant" bus lanes are being removed across Stoke-on-Trent.

The authority says it's reviewed how they're used and decided taking them away will free up more room for motorists.

The bus lane before being removed
Stoke-on-Trent City Council

The first red bus lane's been stripped away on Wedgwood Street, Burslem overnight with the road resurfaced.

The council says it's costing thousands of pounds from the existing highways budget and claims it won't affect bus services.

Sunset and harvesting in today's audience photos selection

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

Today's selection of pictures you've sent in are book-ended by two superb shots of sunsets in Staffordshire.

You can share a photo taken recently in this area by popping it on an email or posting it on Instagram, tagging it with #bbcstoke so I know you agree to share it.

Audience photos

Watch: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

The West Midlands will have a completely dry and rather chilly night with long clear spells.

Some mist patches may develop, especially in rural parts of Shropshire and Staffordshire - lows of 10C (50F).

Weather for the West Midlands.

Road reopens after weeks of repairs

Jack Dowling

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

It's taken several weeks, but the A530 Middlewich Road near Nantwich is fully open now, after it was badly damaged by a burst water main.

Cheshire East Council spent the time rebuilding supporting walls and protecting underground cables. This afternoon the council tweeted that it was fully open.

A530 reopened
Cheshire East Council

Nursery being 'creative' on care costs

Jennie Aitken

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

A nursery manager in Staffordshire says staff have had to be "creative" with the funding to cover the cost of extra free childcare.

Lynsey Hurst

From today, about 7,000 families in the county are eligible for 30 hours' free childcare a week rather than 15.

The government says it's paying councils more than the average cost of providing childcare, but some campaigners say the increase is not enough.

Lynsey Hurst, who runs Reach for the Stars in Biddulph, says the firm is being careful with its money, but is coping.

Neil Baker

Crewe's head of recruitment and former assistant manager Neil Baker leaves after 23 years at Gresty Road.

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Crewe to be transformed by £48m plans

Chris King

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

Plans to transform the centre of Crewe are about drawing more people into the town, according to one of the people behind them.

Artist's impressions of plans for Crewe

Today, Cheshire East Council revealed its detailed proposals to spend £48m on revamping the Market Hall, Royal Arcade and bus station.

Planned new facilities include a cinema, restaurants and shops. If they are approved later this month, the authority is aiming to get them finished by Christmas 2020.

Football: Crewe boss says direct approaches for midfielder 'disgusting'

Graham McGarry

Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Crewe Alexandra's manager David Artell has told BBC Radio Stoke that some clubs contacted midfielder George Cooper directly over a possible transfer.

George Cooper
crewealex.net

The Alex received five offers for Cooper on deadline day but he will remain with the club until January at least, which is when the next transfer window opens.

Artell says he's disappointed with the way some teams approached the 20-year-old.

Those other clubs, their staff members have been phoning him up directly, which I think is disgusting, but that's the way it goes, not going to cry over that, that's the nature of football. But, unless the valuation is what we've put on his head, he remains a Crewe player."

David ArtellCrewe Alexandra manager

Stag rescued after getting in a tangle

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

A stag's been rescued by firefighters this morning after it had got tangled up in wire near Congleton.

The stag tangled up
Cheshire Fire Service

Cheshire Fire Service says the wire had got around the animal's antlers and jaw on Clough Road, Wildboarclough.

The service says a vet gave the stag a sedative while crews untangled it. It then woke up and returned to the wild.

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, between J11 for A460 and J10A for M54.

M6 Staffordshire - Queuing traffic on M6 southbound between J11, A460 (Cannock) and J10a M54, 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

Post Office branch set to move inside shop

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

A six-week consultation has started over plans by the Post Office to move a branch in Crewe inside a shop.

The Post Office on West Street, Crewe
Google

It says it wants to relocate the current West Street branch inside the McColls store on the same road.

The Post Office says it'll mean longer opening hours and a more modern branch - the consultation ends on 11 October.

If they go ahead, the branch would be relocated over the Christmas period.

Football: Questions as Stoke's Butland not first-choice for England

BBC Sport

A Stoke City teammate of goalkeeper Jack Butland has questioned why he's not been picked to start for England against Malta in tonight's World Cup qualifier.

Jack Butland in England shirt
Getty Images

Joe Hart will be in goal to begin the game with manager Gareth Southgate saying he's "our best goalkeeper at the moment".

Stoke's Butland played a half in England's most recent game, June's friendly defeat by France.

I think Jack Butland is the best goalkeeper. And, as England are playing two sides they should beat comfortably, why not give him or the next keeper after Joe Hart the chance to play in two World Cup qualifiers?"

Charlie AdamStoke City midfielder

Regiment to mark decade since Tamworth beginning

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

Soldiers from the Mercian Regiment will march through Tamworth this weekend to mark 10 years since they were formed in the town.

Mercian Regiment parading in London
Mercian Regiment

Back on 1 September 2007, a parade held at Tamworth Castle marked the formation of the Mercians from three other regiments, including the Staffordshire and Cheshire regiments.

The army says the soldiers will march through the town tomorrow with bayonets fixed, led by their regiomental mascot as part of the annual We Love Tamworth day.