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Hate crime graffiti removed as 'community swings into action'

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

Police say they're investigating hate crime graffiti which has been daubed in two areas of Stone, in Staffordshire.

Officers were altered to two incidents on Stafford Street and Westbridge Park.

Community website, A Little Bit of Stone says "community spirit swung into action" with graffiti removed by members of the public and independent town councillors "to help restore the image of our great town".

Officers say they're trying to identify the offenders, and appealing for information

Memorial garden for Manchester bomb victim Nell Jones opens
Nell Jones was one of 22 people who died in the bomb attack at the Manchester Arena last year.
Mike Cooper

Former England prop Mike Cooper signs a two-year contract extension at Super League club Warrington Wolves.

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MP calls for theme park guidance after schoolgirl death

An MP is calling for tougher safety legislation for theme park water rides, one year on from the death of Leicestershire schoolgirl, Evha Jannath.

The 11-year-old died after falling from a ride at Drayton Manor Park.

Leicester East MP Keith Vaz says discussions are under way about new guidelines but the family were still "extremely emotionally distraught".

Keith Vaz

"They are very upset," he said. "Evha was so young so they feel it dramatically in their lives. I hope we can have an end to the inquiry process. Sadly, progress has been quite slow but it's been very thorough.

"I would urge all the UK's theme parks to be extra vigilant, bearing in mind what has happened with Evha."

A date for the inquest has been set for August and Staffordshire Police have confirmed their investigation remains ongoing, supported by the Health and Safety Executive.

'Record number of 999 calls' - say police

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

Staffordshire Police says it took almost 10,000 calls over the Bank Holiday weekend - a record number over a short period.

The force says more than 3,600 of those were 999 calls - with a further 6,300 calls to the non emergency 101 number.

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Lloyd Dyer

Burton Albion offer six players new contracts to stay with the club following their relegation from the Championship.

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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 and heavy traffic 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

Officers hold man over illegal waste

Officers looking into the illegal dumping of waste across 17 sites in England have detained a 46-year-old man.

The Environment Agency says the man was held this morning in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire

The agency says it's working with the police under Operation Cesium as it's looking into illegally dumped baled waste, weighing up to 25,000 tonnes.

Baled waste
Environment Agency

This investigation is complex, with waste being illegally dumped across many parts of the country, blighting those communities. Some of the sites have already caught fire causing a significant impact on communities, the environment and our emergency service partners.

Michael BrownLead investigator, Environment Agency

The investigation is focusing around eight sites in the Midlands including Staffordshire and Herefordshire, five in Merseyside, two in Lancashire and two in Yorkshire.

Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire both ways

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire both ways severe disruption, at J16 for A500 Crewe.

M6 Cheshire - M6 exit slip road partially blocked and slow traffic in both directions at J16, A500 (Crewe), because of a broken down white van.

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

North West Weather: Rainy afternoon ahead

BBC Weather

This afternoon will become cloudy with outbreaks of rain, some heavy at times. Highs of 15C.

A mainly dry evening is in store later though, ahead of a chilly night.

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Staff at Northern Rail and Greater Anglia take strike action

Rail workers at two train companies have walked out again in a dispute over the role of guards.

Rail, Maritime and Transport union members at train operators Northern Rail and Greater Anglia have staged a 24-hour strike.

RMT union members on the picket line outside Wigan Wallgate Station
Pat Draper
RMT union members on the picket line outside Wigan Wallgate Station

The union argues passenger safety would be put at risk by getting rid of guards and extending driver-only services.

Greater Anglia said it was running a normal service, but Northern services have been affected.

Northern said a majority of its services would run between 07:00 and 19:00 BST but "many routes will start to wind down from late afternoon".

Football coach has award named after him

BBC Radio Stoke

A Staffordshire football coach, who has terminal cancer, is to have an award named after him.

Russ Powell, who coaches in the ladsandads league in Kidsgrove, came up with a scheme called Russ' Rules, to encourage fair play in sport.

Here's Russ' story.

Stoke-on-Trent coach with cancer writes sporting rules

Evha Jannath death: Investigations 'taking too long'

Jennifer Harby

BBC News

A family friend of an 11-year-old girl who died after falling from a theme park water ride said her inquest seems to have been "put on the back-burner".

Evha Jannath, from Leicester, fell from the Splash Canyon ride on a school trip to Drayton Manor theme park exactly one year ago.

The friend, who had a daughter on the same trip and who does not wish to be named, said investigations into Evha's death were "taking too long".

Evha Jannath
Family handout

"It would be good to have some form of closure," she said. "The accident at Alton Towers - things were resolved. What's happening about this young girl? Where were the safeguarding rules? It could happen again and one life is enough.

"I have friends and family who have children in primary schools and when the schools send out details regarding theme parks, they just turn around and say, 'no thank-you'. That's the effect it's had on the community - nobody wants to go to a theme park."

Dogs rescued from hot cars over the bank holiday

The RSPCA says it was called to 17 incidents in the West Midlands over reports that dogs were locked in hot cars.

Across England the RSPCA received more than 200 reports over the three-day weekend.

  • Cheshire – 1
  • Herefordshire – 0
  • Shropshire – 2
  • Staffordshire – 5
  • Warwickshire – 2
  • West Midlands – 5
  • Worcestershire – 2
Dog in a car

Many people think it will be fine just to leave their pets for a minute or two but we know that this is all it takes for temperatures inside a car to soar to dangerous levels. Dogs die in hot cars – don’t let your pet be one of the number.

Holly BarberRSPCA campaign manager

Anyone who sees a dog in a hot environment is urged to report it to emergency services, calling 999, says the the RSPCA.

Temperatures reached 28C and marks the hottest Early May Bank Holiday weekend since the holiday was introduced in 1978.

Severe disruption: M6 Toll Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Toll Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, between JT4 A5 and JT3 A38 Tamworth.

M6 Toll Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 Toll southbound between JT4, Weeford Island and JT3, Tamworth, 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 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, between J10A for M54 and J10 for A454.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M6 southbound between J10a M54 and J10, A454 (Wolverhampton), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe accident: A38 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A38 Staffordshire southbound severe accident, between A5121 and A5121.

A38 Staffordshire - Heavier than usual traffic and queuing traffic on A38 southbound in Burton Upon Trent between Clay Mills and Branston Interchange, because of a rolling road-block and an accident. Approach with care.

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

Jack Butland Stoke City

A "major overhaul is required" at Stoke say the owners, who believe they could have stayed in the Premier League by sacking Mark Hughes earlier.

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More than 1,000 women didn't receive breast check letter

Local Democracy Reporting Service

More than 1,000 women from mid and south Cheshire were not sent invitations for routine breast cancer screening.

Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust which runs Leighton Hospital in Crewe, Victoria Infirmary in Northwich and Elmhurst in Winsford said 1,400 women failed to receive breast cancer screening invitations between their 68th and 71st birthday.

Last week, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced up to 270 women in England may have died as a result of the national computer error.

Breast cancer screening review

We are now working through that with NHS England and Public Health England. We have locked in with East Cheshire Trust to look at how to do this and we are working through that at the moment. Any patients that are affected are being diverted to the national helpline.

Chris OliverChief operating officer, Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

What's the overnight weather got in store

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It should be a dry night ahead with long clear spells and lows of 5C (41F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

'Do not panic' over relegation, says ex Potters chairman

Stoke City's former chief executive Jez Moxey says the club must remain calm after being relegated from the Premier League over the weekend.

Stoke City fans
Getty Images

There will be feelings of guilt, embarrassment, frustration and great despondency as they face up to life outside the Premier League and that's not an easy thing to comprehend. The first thing to remember is not to panic."

Jez MoxeyEx-Stoke City chairman

North West Weather: Dry evening and cooler over night

BBC Weather

A dry evening is in store with long clear spells, before a cooler night with just a light wind.

There'll be a dry and bright start to tomorrow morning, but cloud will increase thickening in the afternoon to bring rain later on.

It's looking like we'll see much less sunshine for the rest of the week, unfortunately!

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Lawyers' final speeches given in murder trial of Dean Lowe

David George

BBC Spotlight

Final speeches have been given and a judge's summing up has begun in the trial of a man from Cheshire accused of beating his partner to death at their flat in west Cornwall.

Dean Lowe, 33, is accused of murdering Kirby Noden (pictured) in January 2017 at the flat they shared in Marazion.

Prosecutors allege Mr Lowe beat Kirby Noden to death with a rock and a metal pole before disposing of her body in bin bags and flushing some parts down the toilet.

Mr Lowe's defence lawyers told Truro Crown Court that Ms Noden sprayed their flat with her own blood and that she was still alive, living with a man called Dan in South Africa to do missionary work.

Mr Lowe, of Beacon Road, Marazion, denies one count of murder. The trial, in its third week, continues.

Kirby Noden
Via Police
Paramedics Alison and Gary with the note

Paramedics in Staffordshire returned to their vehicle to find a note saying they do a "fantastic job".

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Snakes in the grass - five found in recent months

Ben Godfrey

BBC Midlands Today

Exotic snakes which are being released into the wild will probably die, the National Trust is warning.

Five have been found in recent months on Kinver Edge, including a 4ft (1.2m) boa which is not native to the UK.

Snake on Kinver Edge

The fact that we've found five snakes we think it is the case that they've been released on Kinver Edge. Putting them on somewhere like this isn't good for them. They possibly will die as we've seen before. A boa is a Madagascan species and requires tropical temperatures.

Nigel HandNational Trust

Releasing or allowing the escape of any animal that isn't native is illegal and could incur a fine of up to £5,000 or six months in jail.

The National Trust is urging people to seek expert help if they want to get rid of unwanted reptiles.

Kinver Edge

Man dies after swimming in river

Sarah Robertson

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

A 59-year-old man has died after getting into difficulty while swimming in a river in Nantwich, police say.

Cheshire Police said it was called to Riverside at about 18:00 after two swimmers were seen in trouble.

One swimmer was rescued by a member of the public.

Riverside, Nantwich

Police said a helicopter, a dog unit, an underwater search and a specialist fire and rescue team were used to locate the other. His body was discovered at 21:10.

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people not to swim in open water.

Will Jaasekelainen was released by his father Jussi's old club Bolton at the end of last season

Crewe's teenage goalkeeper Will Jaaskelainen signs a new three-year contract, while Oliver Finney signs for one year.

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'Big hugs to all of the ambulance service'

Stephanie Barnard

BBC News

In recent months we've covered several stories about paramedics coming under fire - from the paramedic who was bitten while treating a patient to an abusive note left on the windscreen of an ambulance.

Today - we've got better news... A thank you note was left on the vehicle of two ambulance workers in Uttoxeter which read "Big hugs to you all in the ambulance service. You do a fantastic job."

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Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M6 Cheshire - Slow traffic and one lane blocked on M6 southbound between J18, A54 (Middlewich) and J17, A534 (Sandbach), because of a broken down car.

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

In the papers: Parents heartbroken after gnome stolen from grave

Stoke-on-Trent Live

Charlie Adam

Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam says "four or five" players at the relegated club have been "getting away with murder for a long time".

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