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Football: Alex run 'meet the players' open day

Fans of Crewe Alexandra will have the chance to meet the team's players, and hone their own footballing skills, at an open day being held on Friday.

There will be an open training session on the Gresty Road pitch for supporters and their families ahead of the Stoke City friendly and the season kicking-off in full a week later.

Entry is free, as is the ice-cream, the club says.

Crewe Alex sign
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Council plans to spend £430k on cycling race

Cheshire East Council wants to increase the amount of money it spends on hosting the Tour of Britain cycle race.

The authority says the event generated over £3m for the local economy when it was held last year.

Tour of Britain
Tour of Britain

The local authority wants to spend £430,000 on next year's event, offset by £130,000 generated by sponsorship deals.

Weather: Heavy rain this morning but drier afternoon

Heavy rain this morning but will clear for a drier and brighter afternoon. Highs of 20C.

Three goats die after petting zoo break-in

Three goats have died after eating a bush that was thrown into their enclosure during a break-in at a petting zoo.

Walton Hall Gardens

They died and others became seriously ill after eating the rhododendron bush that was thrown into their enclosure at Warrington Zoo on Sunday.

The offenders climbed a fence to get into Walton Hall Gardens in Walton Lea Road at about 15:40.

Police are asking for anyone with information to contact them.

Weather: Dry evening but rain overnight

A sunny afternoon and pleasant evening but rain overnight and a wet start tomorrow.

'World's biggest cheese show' in Nantwich

Lamont Howie

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

Nantwich is hosting what's being dubbed as the biggest cheese show in the world from today.

Cheeses at the International Cheese Awards

More than 5,000 cheese from over 30 countries are on show at the International Cheese Awards on Dorfield Park.

Judging is being held today with the event open to the public tomorrow.

Firefighters pelted with stones and bottles tackling bin blaze

Firefighters were pelted with stones and bottles by a gang of youths as they tackled a bin blaze, it has emerged.

Meadow Row, Runcorn in Cheshire

The crew was attacked when they arrived to put out the deliberate fire in Meadow Row, Runcorn, earlier this month.

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said it "does not tolerate any attacks on its staff members". Police were called to the incident.

John Boswell, Widnes and Runcorn Station Command, said:

Attacking firefighters responding to incidents is an extremely irresponsible thing to do.

In this instance they were trying to put out an arson attack on a bin which could have potentially spread further potentially causing damage to lives and property.

Weather: Sunny spells, feeling warm

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Sunny spells will become more widespread through the afternoon and it will feel warm for many. Highs of 21C.

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