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Nine out of 10 local families get first-place secondary school

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

More than nine out of 10 parents in east Cheshire got their child into their first-choice secondary school.

The figures come on National Offer Day - the day families in England find out where they have been allocated a place.

Parent with child and letter
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Cheshire East Council says in its area there were nearly 5,000 applications this year, of which 3,877 came from residents within the borough and more than 93% got their first-choice .

In Staffordshire, the county council says out of 7,494 applications, just over 92.5% got their first-choice of secondary school.

Drivers stopped as mobile phone crackdown starts

Sarah Robertson

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

More than 20 drivers have been reported so far today in Staffordshire and Cheshire for mobile phone offences.

Both county's police forces, along with the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG), are carrying out a crackdown, with new penalties in force from today.

PCSO at window of car
PA

They mean drivers caught using a phone at the wheel will get six points and a £200 fine.

Cheshire's Chief Constable Simon Byrne tweeted that 15 motorists had been reported this morning for using a mobile phone while driving.

While CMPG said they'd " dealt with 10 motorists for mobile phone offences " in Staffordshire by 11:30.

Football: Crewe players set for 'job as a milkman' if they get relegated

Graham McGarry

Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

The Crewe Alexandra boss David Artell says the destiny of the football club is in the players' hands.

David Artell
crewealex.net

The Alex lost 4-0 at Hartlepool last night , slipping to three places above the relegation zone and Artell told BBC Radio Stoke the whole club is in trouble if the players don't improve.

Relegation out of League Two means oblivion for everyone. They'll end up in the Conference North on £200 a week with a job as a milkman. If you think I'm kidding, keep going.

David ArtellCrewe Alexandra manager

Train disruption from Crewe to Liverpool could last until Monday

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

It could be Monday before trains can run between Crewe and Liverpool Lime Street again, engineers say. 

Passengers are being advised to find alternative routes after a wall collapsed on to tracks between the Liverpool station and Edge Hill.

The collapsed wall
Network Rail

A Network Rail spokesman said: "An extensive clear-up needs to take place to make the location safe before repairs to the overhead wires can be undertaken."

Train operator London Midland says its Crewe services will terminate at Liverpool South Parkway. 

Virgin Trains says it's running replacement buses between Liverpool Lime Street and Runcorn.

Weather: Mainly dry

Dry afternoon but risk of odd shower further north. Highs of 9C.

Eleven charged over supply of Class A drugs

Eleven people have been charged following police raids in Liverpool and St Helens yesterday.

The ten men and one woman have been charged with offences relating to the supply of Class A drugs.

They are due to appear at Warrington Magistrates' Court later.

New penalties for using mobiles at the wheel 'a massive deterrent'

Jodie Looker

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

Staffordshire Police has told BBC Radio Stoke new, tougher penalties on using hand-held mobiles while driving will be a massive deterrent. 

Penalties for using a phone at the wheel double from today to six points and a £200 fine.

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Department for Transport

New drivers who get six points or more must retake their practical and theory tests. 

More experienced drivers can be banned if they get 12 points in three years. 

Both Staffordshire and Cheshire police forces , along with the Central Motorway Police Group , say they've started a seven-day crackdown on the issue.

Football: Crewe boss slams 'totally unacceptable' Hartlepool defeat

Graham McGarry

Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Crewe Alexandra manager David Artell has described his team's performance in last night's 4-0 defeat at Hartlepool as totally unacceptable.

Hartlepool United ground
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The Alex conceded once just before half time and three times in the last 20 minutes to stay 20th in League Two, seven points above the relegation zone.