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  1. Updates on Wednesday 11 May 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Jennifer Meierhans

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

Live updates for Stoke & Staffordshire have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 Wednesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Have a great evening.

Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Shefali Oza

BBC Midlands Today

Some light showers in Stoke & Staffordshire this evening but glorious sunshine tomorrow with highs of 20C (68F).

Patients 'sent home afraid and with little support'

BBC News Health

NHS patients in England are being sent home from hospital afraid and with little support, an ombudsman report reveals.

The independent arbitrator investigated 211 such complaints in a year.

Science Photo Library

Among them is the case of a 80-year-old woman, repeatedly sent home in a confused state to an empty house, only to be readmitted to hospital when neighbours raised the alarm.

The NHS says the findings will be taken seriously and improvement is under way.

Watch: A day in the life of a Staffordshire fire investigator

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

Paul Shaw, Staffordshire Fire's investigation lead, talks through how he works a crime scene.

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NHS workers set to move into Smithfield

Monica Rimmer

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

Around 150 NHS workers are set to move into Stoke-on-Trent City Council's Smithfield site in Hanley. 

The workers will be from the clinical commissioning groups covering Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire.

Smithfield building

The leader of the city council says their move will mean more than 1,000 people will soon be working from the city centre offices, which will help boost local trade.  

The plans were agreed in principle at a North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Board meeting.

Latest: NHS workers to move into Smithfield; teenagers charged over street attacks on girls

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

- NHS workers to move into Stoke-on-Trent City Council's Smithfield site

- Teenagers charged over two street attacks on girls

- Prisoner Charles Bronson sends boy with cerebral palsy artwork  

Teenager charged with attack on another girl

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

I posted earlier about three teenage girls being charged with attacking a 14-year-old girl on a Staffordshire street. 

Staffordshire Police now say only two girls, both 16, have been charged in relation to the attack in Whitehall Avenue, Kidsgrove on 27 March.

One of the 16-year-olds has been charged, alongside a 13-year-old girl, with a separate attack on a 15-year-old girl in Kidsgrove on 25 March.

Whitehall Avenue

The three girls, all from Newcastle-under-Lyme have been released on bail and are due to appear at North Staffordshire Justice Centre in Stoke-on-Trent, on 6 June.

Why Midlanders are narrowing their referendum options

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

Recent polls suggest businesses are becoming more evenly split on whether to back so-called Brexit.

Few industries have more at stake than agriculture - but, while the NFU is officially backing the Remain campaign, farmers in the West Midlands are split on what's for the best.

Farmer Ray Bower

Ray Bower, who farms 500 acres near Penkridge in Staffordshire, tells me EU subsidies go down as well as up - so why not back the British government to make funding decisions.

That's in stark contrast to Adam Quinney in Warwickshire who believes Brexit could lead to a rise in food prices.

Notorious prisoner Charles Bronson donates art to boy with cerebral palsy

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

A Staffordshire mother says her 11-year-old son is writing to notorious prisoner Charles Bronson - to say thank you for a donation of artwork. 

Amy Baddeley from Newcastle-under-Lyme says the inmate's drawing of a bird has made £510 towards healthcare costs for Ben, who has cerebral palsy. 

A letter was attached with the artwork said: "Charles has been touched by your story, and like yourself he has never given up fighting for what he believes in."

Charles Bronson, 63, is serving a life sentence for robbery and kidnap. 

Now known as Charles Salvador, his artwork has previously sold for thousands, which he reportedly spent on sending his mother on holiday.

Teenage girls charged after attack on girl

Three teenage girls have been charged with assault by beating after a 14-year-old girl was attacked in a street.

The girls, all from Newcastle-under-Lyme, were arrested following the incident in Whitehall Avenue, Kidsgrove, earlier this year.

The victim was beaten, stamped on and left covered in blood in the attack, which happened on 27 March.

Whitehall Avenue

The teenagers have been released on bail, Staffordshire Police said, and are due to appear at North Staffordshire Justice Centre in Stoke-on-Trent, on 6 June.

Watch: Keele University development plan to focus on growing businesses

BBC Radio Stoke

Plans to invest in three new business developments could lead to thousands of new jobs, the county council says.

Proposals for Keele University's Science Park, Chatterley Valley near Newcastle-under-Lyme and the former Royal Ordnance factory site in Featherstone go before the authority's cabinet group next week.

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Latest: Teens charged over Facebook attack video; council parking fines income rises by 25%

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

Here are some of the stories making the headlines here in Stoke & Staffordshire this afternoon:

- Three teenagers are charged after an attack on a girl was filmed and posted on Facebook

- The first artists move into the revamped former Spode ceramic factory

- Council parking fines income rises by nearly 25%

Poor school buildings 'damaging pupils' health and education'

Judith Burns

Education reporter

Too many British pupils are trying to learn in classrooms which are damaging their health and education, say architects.

And too many teachers are quitting, blaming stressful and overcrowded working conditions, says the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Jack Hobhouse

It blames rising pupil numbers and government cuts to capital funding.

England's Department for Education says it will invest £23bn in school buildings over the next five years.

Watch: Inside former Spode ceramics factory as first artists move in

John Acres

BBC Radio Stoke

Back in March we told you the former Spode ceramics factory in Stoke was getting a multimillion-pound redevelopment to breathe new life into the area.

Apartment blocks and artist studios are being built at the Spode Works in Church Street.

I took a look inside as the first of the artists move into studios in the buildings which once housed thousands of potters.

Council parking fines income rises by nearly 25%

BBC Radio Stoke

The amount of money Stoke-on-Trent City Council receives from car park fines has gone up by nearly a quarter in the last 12 months. 

A total of 4,146 fines were given out in 2015-2016 to April - compared with 2,950 in the previous financial year.

In 2013-2014, fines totalled £117,400 while the latest figures reached £151,731.

This is an increase of £34,331 or 23%.

Parking ticket on a windscreen
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Some drivers opt to pay within 14 days - reducing their fine by half.  

Ian Tamburello, manager of enforcement and operations at the council said: "We have over two million parking transactions in a year. The choices people make will define how much activity we get."

Coming up on TV

Michele Paduano

Health correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

A weight loss trial run by a Midlands hospital trust has proved such a success it could now be rolled out across the NHS. 

Aimed at treating diabetics without the need for more drugs, specialists say they've been stunned by the results.

On average patients saw weight loss of about two stones.

I'll have more on Midlands Today from 13:30 on BBC One.

Dr Robert Ryder

Follow a day in the life of a Staffordshire fire control operator

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

Staffordshire Fire is tweeting about a day in the life of a fire control operator today.

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Care home probed over 'second missing patient'

Lamont Howie

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

A joint investigation involving police and the Care Quality Commission is being carried out into alleged neglect at Brookfield House Care Home in Nantwich.

In January, 83-year-old Roy Tomlinson's body was discovered yards from the home, six days after he was allowed to walk out. 

I understand a second incident has seen one person at the home sacked and two managers suspended. 

The Nantwich News earlier reported an elderly woman disappeared less than four hours after she arrived.

I've approached the owners of Brookfield Care Home and am awaiting a response.  

Latest: Police probe care home disappearances; animal sanctuary full after exotic pet 'epidemic'

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

Among the top stories for Stoke and Staffordshire in the newsroom this afternoon are:

- Care home staff suspended over second patient disappearance

- Animal sanctuary forced to turn down rescues due to exotic pet "epidemic"

Two-month major road closure for sewage works

Accident blocks road in Stoke-on-Trent

BBC Travel

An accident in an area of roadworks in adding to delays in Stoke-on-Trent.

The A5006 Stoke Road in Shelton is partially blocked in both directions at the Queen Anne Street junction.

Watch: Weather forecast for the West Midlands

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

The showers should hold back until around 19:00 in Stoke and Staffordshire and there's sunshine on the way tomorrow.

Two care home staff suspended as police probe second resident disappearance

Nantwich News

Two employees at a Nantwich care home where dementia patient Roy Tomlinson went missing, have been suspended after a second disappearance.

Brookfield House
Nantwich News

Two-month closure of major road into Stafford for sewage works

BBC Radio Stoke

A major road into Stafford will be partially closed for two months this summer as a new sewer is constructed. 

A three-mile stretch of the Weston Road between the A51 and Blackheath Lane will be restricted to one way traffic leaving the town between the middle of June and the middle of August. 

It's to allow Severn Trent to expand the waste treatment capacity for the town. 

Weston Road

Animal sanctuary full due to exotic pet "epidemic"

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

An animal sanctuary in Staffordshire says it's being forced to turn down rescue calls because of an "epidemic" in people attempting to keep exotic pets. 

Gentleshaw Wildlife Centre near Eccleshall says it's full to capacity. 

The centre is currently home to more than 200 animals including racoons, reptiles and wolves that have been cross bred.

It follows a relaxation in UK law which means owners no longer need to have a licence for some exotic breeds. Bosses say they receive up to 50 reports of neglect each month.   

Butland - Stoke player of the year

BBC Radio Stoke Sport

Jack Butland was named Stoke City's player of the year at last night's awards dinner at the Britannia Stadium. 

The Stoke keeper also won the supporter branches player of the year and the community champion awards.

Jack Butland
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Latest: Parking fines up by almost 25%; 2,000 jobs expected to be created in north Staffordshire

The top stories for Stoke and Staffordshire in the newsroom this morning include:

- The amount of money Stoke-on-Trent City Council receives from car park fines has gone up by nearly a quarter in the last 12 months

- More than 2,000 jobs are expected to be created due to investment in business developments in north Staffordshire

- Jack Butland was named Stoke City's player of the year at last night's awards dinner at the Britannia Stadium

Power restored in Stoke-on-Trent

Power supplies have been restored in Stoke-on-Trent, Western Power Distribution says.

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Tree cleared from line at Blythe Bridge

BBC Travel

Engineers have been working to clear a tree on the line at Blythe Bridge this morning.

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Stoke's Ireland breaks leg

Stoke City midfielder Stephen Ireland has suffered a broken leg in training and is facing an "extended spell" out, according to the Potters.

Stephen Ireland
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Power cuts in Stoke-on-Trent

We've heard reports of power cuts in part of Stoke. Suppliers hope to reconnect people by 9:00.

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Travel: Delays on M6

BBC Travel

There are delays on the M6 southbound between J10A for the M54 and J10 for the A454 (Wolverhampton). 

 It's due to an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have reopened, but congestion is backing up to Hilton Park Services.

Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

Another day for the umbrella with showers on andoff for most of the day.

Highs of 18C (64F).

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