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  1. Updates on Tuesday 14 June 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Monica Rimmer

All times stated are UK

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Missed bins to be collected today in Tamworth

If you live in Tamworth and didn't have your bin collected as expected yesterday, the borough council say leave them out today.

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Millions set to be cut from Staffordshire adult social care

James Bovill

Staffordshire Political Reporter, BBC News

Millions of pounds of budget cuts to adult social care services in Staffordshire are expected to be approved later by the county council.

The authority is trying to deal with a £15m funding cut from the NHS. 

Elderly woman
Science Photo Library

It's because Staffordshire's clinical commissioning groups have withdrawn the money from community health care, saying NHS England wants them to focus on hospital care instead. 

It means funding cuts for services including rehabilitation, child mental health and home adaptations are likely to be approved today by the county council.

Football: Stoke get Middlesbrough as first game next season

Gerald Scott

BBC Sport Online

Stoke City will be away to newly promoted Middlesbrough on the opening day of the new season, 13 August. 

Stoke City playing last season
Getty Images

The Potters then follow up with a home game to Manchester City on 20 August - their final league game of the season is away to Southampton on 21 May.

You can see a full list of Stoke City's fixtures for the 2016/17 season on the BBC Sport website.

PL managers

Leicester start their Premier League title defence at Hull, while Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola meet at Old Trafford on 10 September.

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The weather for the West Midlands

The weather for the West Midlands.

Our live coverage across the day

We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 tomorrow, but keep an eye out here for more updates this evening and into the morning.

Some local stores will be added automatically through the night.  

First arrests over psychoactive substances in Cheshire

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

Four people in Warrington have become the first in Cheshire to be arrested over the supply of psychoactive substances since the law was changed. 

Previously dubbed "legal highs" the drugs were made illegal last month. 

The group - two from St Helens, one from Warrington and the fourth from Bolton - were taken in for questioning after they were reported to police behaving suspiciously near the B&Q store in Winwick on Friday.

Respected East Staffordshire woman speaks of football fan violence in France

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An East Staffordshire woman who followed the England team to France to watch the Euro 2016 football tournament has described getting caught up in the chaos before the match with Russia.

Noreen Oliver
Uttoxeter Advertiser

Weather: More rain on the way

The wet weather looks set to continue for the next few days.

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50 millionth visitor for Drayton Manor

Sian Grzeszczyk

Staffordshire Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

Drayton Manor theme park, near Tamworth in Staffordshire, has welcomed its 50 millionth visitor.

The surprised winner was Jamie White, 27, who was on his first visit with his son Hunter, three, and his mother Amanda Nash, 51. The family had driven from Pembrokeshire.

The family was greeted with confetti and balloons by staff at the park, which opened 66 years ago. Mr White wins a prize package that includes a five-year season pass to the attraction.

Cheshire Fire and Rescue deal with flash floods

Rebecca Bradshaw

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service has been dealing with a number of flash flooding incidents this afternoon.

They include Whitchurch Road in Audlem, where a pump has been used to stem the flow of water into a house. 

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Latest: Child rapist jailed; woman in car collision; listed builing to be demolished by council

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

This evening's headlines for Staffordshire and Cheshire are: 

- A child rapist from Stoke-on-Trent has been jailed for seventeen years

- An elderly woman has serious leg and head injuries after being hit by a car in Stoke-on-Trent

- People living near a Grade II listed mill in Congleton have been told to move out as Cheshire East Council prepares to knock it down

'Depraved' child rapist jailed


A "depraved" man who pleaded guilty to raping a child under 13 is jailed for 17 years.

Martyn Frost
Staffordshire Police
Martyn Frost

'Depraved' child rapist jailed

A "depraved" man who pleaded guilty to raping a child under 13 is jailed for 17 years.

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Woman injured in collision near Kidsgrove

Jack Dowling

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

An elderly woman has a serious leg and head injury after being hit by a car in Stoke-on-Trent. 

Police say it happened around 13:40 outside Goldenhill Working Men's Club.

Kidsgrove Road is closed whilst investigators work at the scene.

Watch: Latest weather for Staffordshire and Cheshire

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Cloudy with showers this evening, but mild - lows of 12C, 54F.

Cloudy to start tomorrow, with heavy and thundery showers as the day goes on. 

Highs of 17C, 63F. 

Former marine helps Stafford Shakespeare cast

Emma Thomas

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

The cast of this year's Shakespeare at Stafford Castle have been getting some advice from a former marine. 

Richard Wilbraham offered to help the cast of Othello after hearing an appeal on BBC Radio Stoke. 

Stafford Castle

The director, Clare Prenton, says his advice was invaluable.  

I think the actors were both fascinated and in awe of what the marines do, their training... and the camaraderie."

Clare PrentonDirector

Met Office predicts rainfall is heading towards Lichfield and Tamworth

The downpour is expected to head towards Lichfield and Tamworth around 14:00, according to the Met Office.

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Cheshire East Council to demolish listed building

Phil McCann

Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News

A Grade II listed building in Congleton is to be demolished by Cheshire East Council because it says it could collapse in high winds or strong rain. 

The seven-storey Bossons Mill in the town centre has been empty for around 20 years, and the authority says the owner hasn't taken steps to make it safe. 

People nearby have been told they need to move out in readiness for the demolition.

Bossons Mill
Cheshire East Council

Your pictures: Blue sky versus storm clouds

Monica Rimmer

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

The BBC Weather Watchers have been sending in some wonderful pictures. I particularly like these two photos featured here. 

The first comes from Alsager, with a great blue sky, while the second shows almost the opposite, with grey, storm clouds. 

Blue sky and green hedges
Storm clouds
Graham's vista

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Latest: Nantwich man released on bail; Grade II building in Congleton to be demolished; Tristram Hunt backs EU remain vote

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

This afternoon's headlines for Staffordshire and Cheshire are: 

- Police have released a Nantwich man on bail as they investigate an allegation of rape in the town centre

- A Grade II listed building in Congleton is to be demolished by Cheshire East Council 

- Stoke MP Tristram Hunt backs Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn's stance that we should remain in Europe

Travel: Severe delays on A50

BBC Travel

There are severe delays on the A50 in both directions because of an accident

There's stationary traffic and police are directing traffic. 

It's affecting traffic between Mobberley Road and Colclough Lane in Kidsgrove. 

Trentham Para-canoeist to represent team GB at Rio

Matt Sandoz

BBC Radio Stoke Sport

Trentham para-canoeist Ian Marsden has been selected to represent Great Britain at this year's Paralympics in Rio. 

After a series of tough qualifying races, in which he was crowned National Champion, the 44-year-old is one of four picked for the GB Para-canoe Team.

Ian Marsden

'Oats so dangerous' - police put brakes on brekkie at the wheel

A driver eating porridge was among the hundreds of motorists that police spotted distracted at the wheel on the M6.

During a week-long crackdown on careless drivers last month, motorway officers also stopped a woman applying makeup and a biker steering one-handed as he made a phone call.

mobile phone on the dashboard of a car
West Midlands Police

In total, 289 people were found using a hand-held device or driving carelessly during the campaign by the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG).

First-time offenders were offered the chance to attend a driver improvement course, while others were fined and had licences endorsed with three points or faced court action, said police.

Nantwich man released on bail

Lucy King

News Editor, BBC Radio Stoke

A 24-year-old man from Nantwich has been released on bail pending further inquiries after being arrested on suspicion of rape in the town centre, police say. 

Officers cordoned off Mill Island yesterday morning.

Weather: Radar map shows heavy rain across the West Midlands

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for rain - this radar picture shows how heavy it is.

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Yates agrees one year deal with the Vale, the BBC understands

Graham McGarry

Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

The first of Port Vale's out of contract players is ready to sign his new contract, BBC Radio Stoke understands.

The club's longest serving player, Adam Yates, is believed to have formally accepted his one-year deal.

Adam Yates

Yates has been at the club since 2009 and played over 200 games for the Vale since he signed from Morecambe. 

Former manager, Rob Page, offered 13 out of contract players new deals at the end of the season, but a number of them left after they were asked to take pay cuts.

Latest: Large numbers of empty homes; market stalls damaged; ex-marine helps theatre

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

This afternoon's headlines for Staffordshire and Cheshire are: 

- Almost 5,000 homes are lying empty in in north Staffordshire and south Cheshire

- Groups of teenagers have caused hundreds of pounds of damage to stalls at Cheadle market

- A former marine from Stoke-on-Trent has stepped in to help Stafford's Gatehouse Theatre

Teenagers causing hundreds of pounds of damage to Cheadle market

Ros Chimes

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

Traders at Cheadle market say gangs of teenagers, who meet in the market place, are causing damage to stalls and leaving litter strewn across the square.

Dave Sergeant is a market trader and wants something to be done about it. 

Councillor Peter Wilkinson thinks pop-up market stalls could be the answer.

Staffordshire Police say they are fully committed to tackling anti-social behaviour.

Travel: Abnormal load in Staffordshire

BBC Travel

You could get stuck behind this, so allow extra time if you're travelling through Congleton. 

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Weather: Yellow warnings issued for rain

BBC Weather

There's a yellow warning for rain in place for much of the area

Some rain showers will become thundery, leading to slow-moving downpours across the warning area. There's a chance of localised flooding and disruption to travel. 

Map of yellow weather warning
Met Office

Football: Crewe's Ben Garratt has more to give

Graham McGarry

Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Ben Garratt can be a top class goalkeeper, according to Crewe's Alexandra's assistant manager, James Collins. 

Garratt, who has made more than 100 appearances for the club, was named player of the year for a second successive season. 

Collins told BBC Radio Stoke there's still more to come from the 22-year-old.

Ben Garratt

Staffordshire man remembers the end of the Falklands war

Pete Morgan

Presenter, BBC Radio Stoke

Thirty-four years ago to the day, the Falklands war ended. The conflict lasted 74 days. 

Over 900 people were killed, including 255 British service men. 

700 more were injured. Some of those injuries were life changing. 

Eric Barbour is from Biddulph and he was 26 when he left the UK for the Falklands. 

He came in and spoke to me on BBC Radio Stoke's Morgan in the Morning about the experience. 

Eric Barbour

Your pictures: Cloudy Congleton

BBC Weather Watchers

BBC Weather Watcher Dawn Treader sent through this picture of Congleton looking very cloudy and overcast. 

If you would like to become a Weather Watcher, you can sign up on the website and your snap may be featured on BBC Midlands Today or BBC North West Tonight

Congleton Lake
Dawn Treader

Staffordshire police horses to be honoured

Emma Thomas

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

It's a special day for two members of Staffordshire Police as they're being honoured at the National Memorial Arboretum

Horses Lionhart and Ariel are being awarded the PDSA Order of Merit

A plaque dedicated to police horses will also be unveiled. 

They've previously worked with the Nottinghamshire, City of London and the Metropolitan police forces.

Missing Stoke-on-Trent boy found

Staffordshire Police

A thirteen year-old boy who went missing in Stoke-on-Trent yesterday has been found.

Daniel Teague turned up safe and well last night.

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Latest: Teenagers causing damage to Cheadle market; 13-year-old boy found; Staffordshire haulage boss wants EU exit

Chris King

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

This morning's headlines for Staffordshire and Cheshire: 

- Market traders in the Staffordshire Moorlands say teenage gangs are causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage to market property

- Thirteen year-old Daniel Teauge who went missing in Stoke-on-Trent yesterday has been found

- A Staffordshire haulage boss says he wants to leave the EU because he's being bogged down by unnecessary regulations