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  1. Updates on Wednesday 22 June 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 06:00 on Thursday

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

Watch: Weather forecast for the West Midlands

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

Any rain will ease tonight, leaving some clear spells and a low later of 13C (55F).

After a cloudy start tomorrow, it should be bright and warm, with a high of 21C (70F).

Coming up on TV: Referendum campaign draw to a close and vigils for Jo Cox

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

After four months of campaigning, the battle buses are heading back home - and our political editor Patrick Burns has had a chance to put his feet up after his EU referendum road trip. 

We will look at his whistle-stop tour. 

And vigils are taking place in memory of MP Jo Cox on what would have been her 42nd birthday.

Join us for more on these stories and more on BBC Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.

EU Referendum: How to vote on polling day

BBC Politics

Tomorrow, voters go to the polls to decide whether the UK will remain in the European Union. 

Polls are open 07:00 to 22:00 and you'll be asked to answer the following question: "Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union."

Counting by local authorities begins after 22:00 and the official declaration will be made at Manchester Town Hall when all the votes are in.  

Find out how to vote, what you'll need and what you can and can't do with your ballot paper.

Ballot paper

'Right person for the job' search continues for Stoke academy manager

Stoke City's chief executive says the search for a new academy manager is progressing well. 

Former Wales coach Kit Symons (pictured) is one of the people being linked to succeed Dave Wright.

Kit Symons
Getty Images

It's an important job and while we have to take the time to make sure we get the right person we also need to get somebody in as soon as we're able to get on with the very important job."

Tony ScholesStoke City's chief executive

Ambulance response times 'falling short' in south Cheshire

Chris King

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

Ambulance response times in rural south Cheshire have been criticised by Cheshire East Council

It says ambulances should respond to three quarters of the most urgent calls within eight minutes, but in Cheshire East performance is falling well short - in January the figure stood at just over 60%. 

The authority's health and adult social care committee has suggested 20 ways to improve the service, including identifying frequent callers who take up time when they could be helped by other agencies. 


Cheshire museum makes national shortlist

Lamont Howie

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

The Lion Salt Works museum in Cheshire has made it on to a shortlist of six, vying for the UK's best heritage project. 

It beat off competition from 600 other organisations - and is the only attraction in the North of England still in contention. 

The Northwich museum has recently undergone a four-year restoration. It now needs to win a public vote. 

Lion Salt Works
Cheshire West and Chester Council

Latest: Nantwich care home 'inadequate'; south Cheshire 999 response times criticised; 14-year-old charged with driving offences

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

This afternoon's headlines for Staffordshire and Cheshire include: 

- A Nantwich care home is rated "inadequate" by regulators

- Ambulance response times in rural south Cheshire have been criticised by Cheshire East Council

- A 14-year-old boy has been charged with driving offences following a police chase in Stoke-on-Trent

Pottery firm hopeful of finding a buyer

James Bovill

Staffordshire Political Reporter, BBC News

Administrators say they're still hopeful of finding a buyer for a historic Stoke-on-Trent pottery firm so it can continue in some form. 

Forty-five people at Hudson and Middleton in Longton were made redundant last week.

Administrators say the firm had cash flow problems, and the gas supply had been cut off when they were appointed, so staff couldn't be kept on.

Hudson and Middleton in Longton

First look at falcon chicks

Ros Chimes

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

Two peregrine falcon chicks have hatched in the last few weeks at Hen Cloud on the Roaches.   

I managed to spot them through the lens and took a snap. You can just make them out, they're halfway down on the right hand side. 

Falcon chicks

Inquiries ongoing following 14-year-old boy death

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

Staffordshire Police say inquiries are ongoing after a 14-year-old boy died in a collision involving a tractor and car

It happened on Monday night on the A53 in Endon - Jak Griffiths from Cheddleton died in hospital, and four other teenagers were injured, two seriously.

Your pictures: Stunning sunrise in Barlaston

BBC Weather Watchers

This sunrise picture is really beautiful. BBC Weather Watcher Jon sent it in to us. 

We love seeing your pictures, send them in via e-mail, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.  

Sunrise in Barlaston

'They won't have heard of Port Vale' - Club in talks with Champions League club

Port Vale is in talks with a Champions League team about signing two players, club chairman Norman Smurthwaite has revealed. 

New manager Bruno Ribeiro says that Vale's first summer signings will arrive at the beginning of next week.

We're talking to Monaco about two players. Let's be clear any foreign player coming to us is coming to us for some short-term exposure to get himself up the pyramid because they won't have heard of Port Vale or Burslem."

Norman SmurthwaitePort Vale chairman

'£3m wasted in prescription renewals'

Almost £3m a year is being wasted by people renewing prescriptions they don't need, according to Staffordshire's Clinical Commissioning Group.

It says the cost of wasted medicines could pay for nearly 600 hip replacements or almost 11,000 chemotherapy treatments for cancer patients. 

Prescription being written out

Student 'ran into path of lorry'

Sarah Robertson

News Editor, BBC Radio Stoke

An inquest has heard that a Staffordshire University student ran into the path of a lorry whilst under the influence of alcohol.

Twenty-year-old George Heath from Tarvin, who studied journalism, died on the A49 near Tarporley in March. 

The coroner for Cheshire found he died as a result of a road traffic collision. 

Driver 'takes break on M6'

Emma Thomas

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

The Central Motorway Group shared this update on the M6 near Gailey. 

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Football: Fixtures for Burton Albion's first season in Championship released

Lee Blakeman

Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Burton Albion's first season in the Championship starts with a visit to Nottingham Forest. 

A stand-out fixture for the season is the Midlands Derby on Boxing Day, with Burton heading to Villa Park. New Year's Eve is away to Rotherham United, while the home fixture of the derby takes places on 8 April. 

Burton will end their season at home to Reading. 

Nantwich care home deemed 'inadequate'

Chris King

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

A care home in Nantwich has been put into special measures by regulators

It comes just months after a resident of Brookfield House was found dead after walking out.

Eighty-three-year-old Roy Tomlinson had dementia and on the 26 January he walked out of Brookfield House Care Home. A week later police found his body

Roy Tomlinson

The Care Quality Commission rated the home as inadequate, with inspectors saying they found it was insecure, with a patio door which couldn't be locked. 

Concerns were also raised about the way patients were treated.

The home's owners have been given six months to sort the problems out and have declined to comment. 

Leaflets campaigning for EU referendum found inside noticeboard

Phil McCann

Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News

Cheshire East Council says it's investigating how leaflets campaigning for Britain to remain in the EU were placed inside one of its noticeboards in Crewe town centre. 

Strict rules mean councils can’t promote either sides of the referendum debate. 

The authority says the Green Party flyers have now been removed.


Watch: Weather forecast for the West Midlands

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

A mainly cloudy day with outbreaks of rain at times, although there will also be a few drier and brighter intervals. 

It'll feel warm despite the cloud though, and it may feel quite humid. Highs of 21C (70F). 

Latest: Care home deemed 'inadequate'; 14-year-old boy charged with dangerous driving; wasted medicine 'cost NHS millions'

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

This afternoon's headlines for Staffordshire and Cheshire: 

- A care home in Nantwich has been deemed "inadequate" by Care Quality Commission 

- A 14-year-old boy from Stoke-on-Trent is charged with dangerous driving following a police chase yesterday

- Health bosses in Staffordshire say the cost of wasted medicines in the county could pay for over 10,000 chemotherapy treatments for cancer patients

Abuse for Staffordshire woman over radicalisation scheme

Alice Bentley

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

A Muslim woman from Stafford says she gets abused for being part of a programme designed to stop radicalisation. 

Hifsa Haroon-Iqbal goes into schools and colleges to raise awareness of the Prevent scheme, set up in the wake of the 9/11 attacks in the US.

Ms Haroon-Iqbal says she sometimes gets criticism from people, including suggestions she's a "snitch".

People have different views, people have different opinions about what Prevent is. If I didn't believe in the work that I was doing I wouldn't do it. I don't believe that Prevent targets a particular group. I believe Prevent is about all forms of extremism."

Hifsa Haroon-IqbalRegional lead for Prevent

Fourteen-year-old charged with driving offences

Monica Rimmer

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

A 14-year-old boy has been charged with driving offences following a police chase reaching speeds of almost 100mph in Stoke-on-Trent.

The boy was arrested after officers in Wolstanton became suspicious of a speeding car, prompting a chase along the A500 and A50, police say

Police car

A stinger device was used near the Meir area and the occupants were taken in to custody.

The boy has been charged with dangerous driving, driving without a licence and failing to stop for police. He's due to appear before magistrates in Newcastle-under-Lyme on 11 July.

Peregrine falcon chicks hatch in Staffordshire

Ros Chimes

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

Two peregrine falcon chicks have hatched at Hen Cloud on the Roaches.

They were born about three weeks ago, although we are not sure yet what sex they are.   

Jon Rowe is the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust manager at the Roaches.   

EU referendum voters top four million in West Midlands

Kathryn Stanczyszyn

Political Reporter, BBC WM

The number of voters registered in the West Midlands for the EU referendum stands at 4,116,119. 

This is a rise of 153,842, or 3.9% since December.

Polls are set to open in less than 24 hours and both the Leave and Remain camps are using the dying hours of the campaign to get their messages across.

If you missed the BBC's Great Debate last night, find out how the two sides got on in front of a live audience of 6,000 at Wembley Arena.

Pollen levels 'very high'

BBC Weather

Another bad day if you suffer with hay fever. Levels are very high today.

Tissues at the ready.

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Warm June sunshine, but showers never too far away... Matt Taylor has the long range forecast.  

Latest: Wasted medicines costing Staffordshire NHS millions; Stafford woman who works with government 'faces abuse'; fixtures released for Football League

Lee Blakeman

Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

This morning's headlines for Staffordshire and Cheshire: 

- Health bosses in Staffordshire say the cost of wasted medicines in the county could pay for over 10,000 chemotherapy treatments for cancer patients

- A Stafford woman who works with the government to prevent radicalisation - says she gets accused of being a snitch

- Bruno Ribeiro's first game in charge of Port Vale will be away at Bradford City on Saturday 6 August

Decision over Meaford B land to be decided later

Emma Thomas

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

Plans to convert the site of a former Staffordshire power station will go before councillors tonight.

People living near Meaford have opposed a property developer's plans to build in a conservation area.

Since Meaford B was decommissioned in 1991 much of the land it stood on has been converted to a business park. 

Construction firm St Modwen has now asked Stafford Borough Council to give permission for another unit, which could be used for storage or industrial production. 

The authority's planning committee will consider the impact of the building at a meeting this evening.

Full fixture lists for Football League

BBC Sport

BBC Sportsday has a breakdown of the opening fixtures for the Championship, League One, and League Two.

You can check out all the fixtures now on the BBC Sport website:

Full Championship fixture list for 2016-17

Full League One fixture list for 2016-17

Full League Two fixture list for 2016-17

BreakingFootball: Fixtures released for 2016-17 season

Lee Blakeman

Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

The fixtures for the football league 2016-17 season have been released. 

Port Vale start their campaign in League One on 6 August away to Bradford. On Boxing Day the Valiants welcome Walsall and host Chesterfield on New Year's Eve. The final game for Vale is an away trip to Fleetwood. 

Crewe Alexandra's opening game in League Two, sees them visit Stevenage. Their Boxing Day fixture will be at home to Carlisle. On New Year's Eve, the Alex will welcome Accrington to the Alexandra Stadium, finishing their first season in League Two at home to Barnet on 6 May. 

Latest: Money 'wasted' on renewed prescriptions; new academy manager sought; power station plans

Here are our top stories so far on Wednesday:

- Almost £3m is being wasted on renewing presciptions, says a body in charge of commissioning health services

- The search is on for a new academy manager for Stoke City

- Plans to convert a former Staffordshire power station go before planners later

Watch: Weather forecast for the West Midlands

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Patchy cloud first thing and the potential for a couple of showers before things improve and brighten up for a time

Highs of 21C (70F).

Multi vehicle crash M6 northbound

BBC Travel

- One lane is closed and there are long delays on the M6 northbound between J18, A54 (Middlewich) and J19, A556 (Knutsford), because of a multi-vehicle accident. Congestion to J17, A534 (Sandbach)

- There's Stop-start traffic and delays on M6 southbound between J10a M54 and J7, A34 (Great Barr)

For the latest on the roads visit BBC Travel

Live updates for Staffordshire and Cheshire

We'll have the latest weather forecast shortly, along with live news, sport, travel updates for Staffordshire and Cheshire between now and 18:00.

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