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Summary

  1. Woman dies after hit by car
  2. Refugee praises "good hearts" of Stoke-on-Trent
  3. Stafford hosts 'largest Shire horse competition in the world'
  4. Football: Stoke's Butland 'out on the grass' after almost a year out
  5. Updates on Friday 17 March 2017

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By Allen Cook

All times stated are UK

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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, between J10A for M54 and J10 for A454.

    M6 Staffordshire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M6 southbound between J10a M54 and J10, A454 (Wolverhampton), because of a broken down vehicle.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, between J12 for A5 and J13 for A449.

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J12, A5 (Gailey) and J13, A449 (Stafford South), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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    Severe disruption: M42 Leicestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M42 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, between J11 for A42 and J10 for A5.

    M42 Leicestershire - One lane closed on M42 southbound between J11, A42 (Burton Upon Trent) and J10, A5 (Tamworth), because of debris on the road. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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    Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire northbound severe accident, between J14 for A34 and J15 for A500.

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound between J14, A34 (Stafford North) and J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent), because of an accident.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  5. Video content

    Video caption: Stoke 1-2 Chelsea: Mark Hughes says Blues are champions elect

    Stoke City manager Mark Hughes says his side deserved more from their 2-1 loss at home to Chelsea, but that the league title must be the Blues' now.

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    Video caption: Stoke 1-2 Chelsea: Antonio Conte says the season is not over yet

    Chelsea boss Antonio Conte says the Blues season is not over yet despite a 13 point lead in the Premier League after a 2-1 victory away at Stoke City.

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  8. 'They fell asleep'

    Stoke City 1-2 Chelsea

    Chris Waddle

    Ex-England winger, BBC Radio 5 live

    You've got to say Stoke have defended so well today but as that corner came in they fell asleep.

    It's a slight deflection - you have got to feel sorry for Stoke. 

    They go mad in the dugout! 

  9. Post update

    Stoke City 1-1 Chelsea

    Chris Waddle

    Ex-England winger, BBC Radio 5 live

    Stoke are well organised, well drilled and one or two players look very comfortable in possession but, after the third or fourth pass, it seems to break down too easily. 

    I'm surprised Mark Hughes hasn't put a couple of subs on to freshen it up.   

  10. 'Stoke need to work on set-pieces'

    Stoke City 1-1 Chelsea

    Chris Waddle

    Ex-England winger, BBC Radio 5 live

    Mark Hughes and his team need to work on set pieces. 

    How many times do we see their corners and free kicks either hit the first man or go all the way over the last one?! 

  11. 'Luiz has looked brilliant'

    Stoke City 1-1 Chelsea

    Chris Waddle

    Ex-England winger, BBC Radio 5 live

    It's been all Chelsea this half. They are dominating. 

    David Luiz has looked brilliant today and there has not been any pressure on them since the whistle. 

  12. 'Stoke are now falling off the pace'

    Stoke City 1-1 Chelsea

    Chris Waddle

    Ex-England winger, BBC Radio 5 live

    More football being played this half and it's Chelsea who are popping it around a lot more. 

    They are in control and Stoke are now falling off the pace. Not a lot happening here. 

  13. Football, please

    Stoke City 1-1 Chelsea

    Chris Waddle

    Ex-England winger, BBC Radio 5 live

    Good start by Stoke this half already. 

    I just hope both teams concentrate on the game rather than trying to get each other booked. 

    I just want to see a good half of football now. 

    Joe Allen
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    #bbcfootball

    Scottfalse Costa’s technical ability as a player is great, but his attitude and behaviour on the pitch is staggeringly awful. 

    David Simpson: If I were a Chelsea fan, I'd say to him what I tell my U9 team. "Stay on your feet, you can't help us on the floor!"

    Jon Connor: Stoke's game plan - Kick Chelsea off the park it seems!

  15. 'The manager needs to have a word'

    Stoke City 1-1 Chelsea

    Chris Waddle

    Ex-England winger, BBC Radio 5 live

    We are coming up now to half-time and the manager has got to have a word with Costa because he is going to be a shown another yellow soon... 

    It's a great atmosphere here - the Stoke fans are truly pumped up!

    Everything is revolving around Diego Costa today. He is very much the pantomime villain.  

    Diego Costa
  16. 'Stoke are second best'

    Stoke City 0-1 Chelsea

    Chris Waddle

    Ex-England winger, BBC Radio 5 live

    You've got to say Stoke are second best in all areas of the park and they really have been giving the ball away so cheaply, but Chelsea are full of confidence and can look after it when it's theirs. 

    Having said that, Diego Costa is going to get himself a red card if he keeps going this way.

  17. 'He needs to concentrate on his football'

    Stoke City 0-1 Chelsea

    Chris Waddle

    Ex-England winger, BBC Radio 5 live

    I've just seen a replay of that dive from Diego Costa and it is absolutely ridiculous - it warranted that yellow card on its own. 

    He is trying to unsettle anyone in a red and white shirt but he has to concentrate on his football because at the moment he is not helping his team-mates.