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  1. Updates on Friday 10 June 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Allen Cook

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

We'll be back with our usual live mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday, but keep an eye out here for more updates over the weekend.

And you'll be able to get updates on Sunday night as BBC Midlands Today covers a EU Referendum debate - Better In or Out on BBC One at 22:30.

We'll be bringing you comprehensive updates from the debate and you can have your say on social media.  

Skate park opens in £2.2m park revamp

Emma Thomas

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

A £170,000 skate park has been opened in Hednesford, Staffordshire

Cannock Chase District Council say the facility at Hednesford Park will cater for BMX riders, skaters, scooters and rollerbladers and is part of a £2.2m revamp of the park.

Hednesford Skate Plaza
Cannock Chase District Council

On Midlands Today this evening: The new authority for the West Midlands

Amy Cole

BBC Midlands Today

The newly created "West Midlands Combined Authority" has set out ambitious new targets for the future of the region. 

Councillors reaching agreement

Twelve local authorities have agreed to work together - including Cannock Chase District Council and Tamworth Borough Council.

I've been looking at what it means for the areas involved and what they're aiming to do - see my report on BBC One from 18:30 in Midlands Today.

Travel: A5 reopens near Cannock after flooding

BBC Travel

Better news on the roads this evening as Highways England say the A5 is fully open again near Cannock.

Get the latest from BBC Travel.

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Teenage cricket star makes history

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

She's bowled the maidens over ... 14-year-old Burton schoolgirl Lucy Yates has become the first junior to play for Derbyshire women's senior cricket team.  

Lucy Yates

Abbotsholme High School pupil Lucy is a seam bowler and was also the first girl to play senior league cricket for her club in Rolleston.  

More arrests after 'gun threat' road rage incident

Lee Thomas

News Editor, BBC Radio Stoke

We can bring you more now on the story we brought you earlier about arrests after a reported road rage incident near Nantwich. 

A525 near Whitchurch

West Mercia Police said they'd arrested two teenagers after a man was threatened with what appeared to be a gun on the A525 on Wednesday night. 

Since then, the force says they've also arrested a man, 24, and a woman, 21, from Stoke-on-Trent on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Your pictures: Flooding in Cannock

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

There's been heavy rain this afternoon in Cannock and it's been causing localised flooding on some routes.

These are two pictures from BBC Weather Watchers in the town, Andyone and Roberts Flat.

Roberts Flat

Localised flooding in Cannock with a warning to take care

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Be careful on the roads in Cannock as the town is seeing some localised flooding.  

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Sports clubs get extra year playing at historic estate

Jack Dowling

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

There's some relief for sports clubs around Stafford today. 

The National Trust has allowed cricket and football to be played on the Shugbrough Estate's grounds for another season.

Shugborough parkland

The trust had planned to return the pitches to parkland later this year after taking over the estate from Staffordshire County Council.

'Crown of flowers' being created for Queen's 90th birthday

Lee Thomas

News Editor, BBC Radio Stoke

A huge crown of flowers is being constructed outside a Nantwich church to mark the Queen's 90th birthday.

St Mary's Church, Nantwich

Artists from Stoke-on-Trent are creating the 20ft (6m) wide crown, mostly made from carnations, on the lawn outside St Mary's in the town centre

The display will also be used to mark the start of the church's flower festival, which begins on Thursday.

Setback for elected mayor plans in Cheshire

Phil McCann

Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News

The plans for Cheshire to get an elected mayor have suffered their first setback. 

Ruling Labour councillors in Warrington voted against the proposals in a private meeting last night. 

Images of Cheshire

They asked for more detail about the plans and possible alternatives.

Some wanted the council to look at joining-up with a wider area, like the Liverpool city region.

Latest: Man jailed for handling thousands of fake £20 notes; more arrests over A525 road rage; flood-damaged school staying shut

Jack Dowling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

This evening's main headline for Staffordshire and Cheshire include:

- A Keele man has been jailed today after admitting handling thousands of pounds of counterfeit money

- A man and a woman from Stoke-on-Trent have been arrested after a man was threatened with what's thought to be a gun in a road rage incident, say police

- Officials have admitted they do not know when a Stoke-on-Trent school damaged by floods will re-open

Your pictures: Misty Wombourne church and overflowing in Stone

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

Getting around the patch now with some of the pictures you've sent in to us.

Firstly this is from Robin Silvester in Wombourne, Staffordshire.

Robin Silvester

While Kath Dawson's sent this of the overflow stream coming off the Trent and Mersey Canal in Stone, Staffordshire adding that "my dog beauty has photobombed".

To send your photo in of a location in Staffordshire or Cheshire you can email, tweet them to @BBCRadioStoke or put on Instagram with the tag #bbcstoke.

The overflow stream coming off the Trent and Mersey Canal in Stone
Kath Dawson

Flood-damaged school remaining closed

Jack Dowling

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

Officials have admitted they do not know when a Stoke-on-Trent school damaged by floods will re-open.

Clarice Cliff Primary School

Clarice Cliff Primary School in Fenton had to close on Wednesday after heavy rain flooded the carpark and parts of the school building. 

The city council says the clean-up will continue into the weekend and parents will be updated after that.

Man jailed after police find thousands of fake £20 notes

Alice Bentley

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

A Keele man has been jailed today after admitting handling thousands of pounds of counterfeit money. 

Danny McCoy, 33, of Quarry Bank Road, had pleaded guilty to two counts of having custody or control of counterfeit currency notes with intent and one of possession of criminal property. 

He was jailed for three and a half years at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court. 

Danny McCoy
Staffordshire Police

Staffordshire Police say they found fake bank notes in his car in September and £2,100 more after searching his home, along with over £20,000 of real money. 

Officers say they started investigating him but, despite that, McCoy was found in February with another £8000 of counterfeit £20 notes in Cambridgeshire.  

Travel: Flooding disrupts London Midland services in Staffordshire

BBC Travel

Heavy rain in the south of Staffordshire is disrupting London Midland services between Birmingham New Street and Rugeley, the train operator says.

Get the latest from the BBC Travel website.

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Watch: The weekend's weather for Cheshire and Staffordshire

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

If you want to get a latest weather forecast over the weekend for your part of Staffordshire or Cheshire you can head to the BBC website.

Weather warning for Cheshire and Staffordshire

Sarah Robertson

Producer, BBC Radio Stoke

There are more predictions about heavy rain this afternoon and evening as the Met Office has put out another yellow weather warning for the West Midlands and the North West.

They say slow-moving, heavy showers could become more widespread and could lead to localised surface water flooding.

The alert covers Staffordshire and Cheshire and runs until 21:00 tonight.

Weather warning
Met Office

Watch: Dementia community garden opens

Tim Wedgwood

BBC Local LIve

I've been visiting a newly opened community garden and memory café in Crewe. 

It's based at St. Barnabus' church hall and is aimed at people in the first stages of dementia. 

Those behind the scheme told me the idea is to provide a space for people to enjoy activities and reduce isolation.  

Football: Crewe's management a 'much stronger team' after relegation

Graham McGarry

Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Crewe Alexandra's first team coach says relegation has made the club's management a "much stronger team". 

James Collins

James Collins is also number two to Steve Davis and he admits there were some "dark times" as the club were relegated to League Two last season.  

If you can get through those bad times, and, as you can imagine, there were some dark times last season, you learn about each other's character, you move on and you get stronger."

James CollinsCrewe Alexandra's first team coach

Playing field deal hitch

Audlem Online

At Monday night's Audlem Parish Council meeting, a letter from Cheshire East Council was read out saying that the council was now considering letting the playing field, car park etc in Audlem to the Parish Council on a 30-year lease.  

Euro 2016 warning from health bosses over A&E unit

Phil Bowers

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

Health bosses are warning people not to put extra pressure on the A&E unit at the Royal Stoke University Hospital during Euro 2016. 

Royal Stoke hospital

The University Hospitals of North Staffordshire NHS Trust says they usually see 350 patients a day at the unit but that's already increased to 400 a day because of "frail elderly" people needing help. 

The trust says numbers are likely to rise again during Euro 2016 because of "alcohol related cases" and wants people to avoid coming in with minor injuries if they can.

Euro 2016: Predict the results with BBC Sport

BBC Sport

The big day's here for football fans - Euro 2016 kicks off this evening with the first game as hosts France face Group A opponents Romania at the Stade de France.

But could you do better than the pundits in forecasting the results? Get signed up to our predictor and find out.

Stoke fans, if you're keeping a close eye on the performances of Jon Walters, Glen Whelan and Shay Given, the Republic Of Ireland launch their campaign against Sweden on Monday.

BBC Sport predictor

Latest: Teens arrested over 'gun' road rage; A&E warning for patients during Euro 2016; 'toxic' cans fly-tipped

Jack Dowling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

To get you caught up this afternoon if you're just checking in, our latest headlines are:

- Two teenagers have been arrested after a road rage incident between Whitchurch and Nantwich in which a man was threatened with what appeared to be a gun, police say 

- Health bosses are warning people not to put extra pressure on the A&E unit at the Royal Stoke University Hospital during Euro 2016

- Cans labelled with toxic stickers were among items which Staffordshire Police says were part of a "potentially dangerous fly-tipping incident"

Travel: Tanker and car crash on A520 in Staffordshire

BBC Travel

The A520 Longton Road in Oulton is blocked in both directions between Vanity Lane and Nicholl's Lane because of an accident involving a tanker and a car.

Watch: Hundreds run in Stoke 'Arf Marathon

Graham McGarry

BBC Radio Stoke Sport

Hundreds of runners and walkers will be taking part in this Sunday's Potters 'Arf Marathon in Stoke-on-Trent.   

Organisers say they're expecting nearly 2,000 competitors to line up for the main race, including Cheadle runner Rebecca Harrison (featured in video) who won it in 2007. 

The Potters 'Arf has been taking place since 2005 and large crowds are also expected for the now-annual event.  

Free school transport changes could affect hundreds of pupils

Phil McCann

Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News

Over 500 school pupils in east Cheshire could soon find they're no longer eligible for free transport to school.  

Malbank School in Nantwich

They live in areas which haven't previously been designated as safe to walk to school - but Cheshire East Council insists improvements to roads and pavements mean it is now safe. 

If approved, the change will come into effect next April, but parents will be told this summer and the authority says it could save nearly £500,000 over four years.

Cheshire East Council says the schools affected would be Tytherington, Poynton High, Brine Leas, Wheelock Primary, and Malbank (pictured).

BBC Weather Watcher pictures: Himley poppies and a Chatterley garden

Monica Rimmer

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

Here are a couple of the many great photos of Staffordshire and Cheshire our BBC Weather Watchers have been uploading in the past 24-hours.

The stunning field of poppies was taken in Himley, Staffordshire by MacJ and the garden in Chatterley, Staffordshire is from user Gooldy.

Garden in Chatterley

Watch: Cheshire hosting festival dedicated to power and speed

Jenny Coleman

Reporter, BBC Local Live

More than 60,000 visitors are expected in Cheshire this weekend at one of the North West's biggest motorsport events.  

The three-day Cholmondeley Festival of Power and Speed in Cheshire is in its ninth year. 

Organisers say it contributes millions to the local economy.

'Toxic' cans part of fly-tipped waste in Staffordshire

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

Cans labelled with toxic stickers were among items which Staffordshire Police says were part of a "potentially dangerous fly-tipping incident". 

The force says they were called last night to Six Ashes Road, near the Six Ashes pub, and found tyres, wood, a leaking water tank and the cans which had "skull and crossbones" stickers on them. 

Six Ashes Road

Officers say they called out Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service because of the toxic labels and they "made the area safe". 

The force has said today that so far they can't confirm what was in the cans, as tests are being carried out.

On Midlands Today this lunchtime: Lichfield prepares for Sir Tom Jones

Joanne Writtle

BBC Midlands Today

Music fans from across the world are heading to Lichfield this weekend to hear the legendary Welsh singer Sir Tom Jones.  

Sir Tom Jones

He's the headline act at the Beacon Park Show, which also features the town's own Tony Christie. 

I'll be in Lichfield this lunchtime for Midlands Today on BBC One from 13:30, to look at how preparations are going.

Jackson Irvine celebrates with Australia

Martin Dowden

BBC Scotland

Burton Albion have an offer for Australia midfielder Jackson Irvine rejected by Ross County.

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Polling cards wrongly issued to EU citizens in Staffordshire

James Bovill

Staffordshire Political Reporter, BBC News

Polling cards have been wrongly sent out to 21 EU citizens in Staffordshire who are not allowed to vote in the EU referendum, the Electoral Commission has revealed. 

A software "issue" meant polling cards and some postal votes were sent out to some "non eligible" voters.

Votes being counted
Getty Images

According to the commission's figures, Cannock Chase Council sent out 15, five went out in the Stoke-on-Trent City Council area and one in South Staffordshire.

The Electoral Commission said any postal votes wrongly issued would be cancelled and none of those affected would appear as an eligible voter on the electoral registers used at polling stations.

Latest: Toddler death review delayed by 'months'; Euro 2016 warning for A&E; arrests after road rage case

Jack Dowling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

This afternoon's main headlines include:

- The results of a serious case review due to be revealed next month after the murder of a 21-month-old toddler in Burton have been put back "by several months"   

- Two teenagers have been arrested after a road rage incident between Whitchurch and Nantwich in which a man was threatened with what appeared to be a gun, police say 

- Health bosses are warning people not to put extra pressure on the A&E unit at the Royal Stoke University Hospital during Euro 2016

Two arrested following road rage incident thought to involve gun

Andy Giddings

BBC Local Live

Two teenagers have been arrested after a road rage incident between Whitchurch and Nantwich in which a man was threatened with what appeared to be a gun, police say.  

Police car door

West Mercia Police say it happened at 22:00 on Wednesday on the A525 - they are looking for three other people who may have been in the teenagers' car.  

Two men, aged 19 and 18, have been arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.  

Watch: Stoke and Staffordshire's afternoon weather forecast

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

The BBC Weather website can also give you a forecast at any other time.