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Summary

  1. Man jailed for causing Kayden Dunn's death
  2. Sports centre to close due to £2.4m repair and maintenance bill
  3. Ceramic firm aims to double staff numbers with £3m investment
  4. Hundreds of police on Cheshire beat without current background checks
  5. Updates from Friday 19 May 2017

Live Reporting

By Allen Cook

All times stated are UK

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  1. Luke Reddy

    BBC Sport

    Goal

    Luke Reddy

    BBC Sport

    Southampton end the season without a win in five home matches as Stoke record a first away win since January.

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  2. Our live coverage across the day

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

  3. Football: Stoke City's Premier League season 'not disastrous'

    Matt Sandoz

    Stoke City commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    The Stoke City manager Mark Hughes says the current campaign has not been "disastrous" for his side, despite being set to finish lower in the Premier League table than in the last three seasons.

    Mark Hughes

    It would also be Hughes's worst finish at Stoke boss since he took the job in 2013.

    He's been speaking ahead of the Potter's last game of the season, away at Southampton on Sunday.

    Quote Message: It's fair to say that we haven't hit our targets this season, so it is disappointing. It isn't disastrous though, I don't feel. The key emotions are frustration and disappointment. We put things into perspective, because for the most part we have been comfortable." from Mark Hughes Stoke City manager
    Mark HughesStoke City manager
  4. Friday's pick of your great photos of Staffordshire and Cheshire

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    Here are six of the many great photos you've sent in over the past days, taken in Staffordshire and Cheshire.

    If you've got a picture of the area to share, which you've taken, send it in on email or put it on Instagram, adding the tag #bbcstoke to show you agree to share it.

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    Video caption: Your pictures
  5. Man jailed after fatal bike crash

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    A man's been jailed for his part in a crash between two bikes in which another man died.

    Staffordshire Police says Philip Gray, 37, from Oldbury, died after the crash on the A5 in Fazeley near Tamworth in November 2015.

    A5 near Fazeley

    Steven Porton was found guilty of dangerous driving earlier this month.

    Today the 29-year-old from Windrush Close, Walsall was jailed at Stafford Crown Court for 12 months and banned from driving for three-and-a-half years.

  6. BBC Election Panel: Your thoughts on transport

    The BBC is running an election panel, asking voters for their thoughts ahead of 8 June.

    We asked:

    Labour has proposed the railways should be re-nationalised. What are your views? What other transport or infrastructure issues need tackling, in your view, if any?

    Train

    You said:

    Beatrice Benson, Shrewsbury: "I believe franchising has improved the railways massively, and although prices for train journeys are at an all time high, I don't see the solution lying in re-nationalisation."

    Rachel, Stoke: "I believe that they should be re-nationalised following the end of the franchise deal with private railway companies. This would allow the government to control the rising prices of rail tickets and may make the railway service more reliable. It would also allow the government to reap in the profit currently being made by private companies, such as Virgin."

    Paul Cheshire, Shrewsbury: "Yes they should."

  7. Football: Burton Albion to sign Northern Ireland midfielder from Rochdale

    BBC Sport

    Burton Albion have made their first signing of the summer by agreeing a two-year deal with Rochdale midfielder Matty Lund.

    The 26-year-old's contract at Spotlands expires at the end of June.

    Matty Lund

    Twice capped by Northern Ireland, Lund has scored 10 goals in 37 games for Rochdale this season.

    Quote Message: Playing in the Championship has been an aim of mine for a couple of seasons. It's an opportunity for me to show what I can do at a higher level and I want to show Burton, my family and friends that I can make that step up." from Matty Lund Burton Albion signing
    Matty LundBurton Albion signing
  8. Watch your weekend weather forecast

    BBC Weather

    Showers slowly fading through this evening to leave agenerally dry night with clear spells - lows of 4C (39F).

    Tomorrow will be a day of sunny spells and scattered showers.

    Here's a full forecast looking ahead to what's instore this weekend...

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    Video caption: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands
  9. Ceramic firm aims to double staff numbers with £3m investment

    Amy Cole

    BBC Midlands Today

    A Stoke-on-Trent ceramics firm has opened a new £3m headquarters today.

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    Video caption: Valentine Clays

    Valentine Clays' new warehouse and distribution facility in Fenton will include gallery space and a new workshop.

    The firm says it hopes to double the number of people it employs over the next three years.

  10. 'Dementia has ruined my life' says former Stoke City player

    Simon Glover

    BBC Online

    A former Stoke City player says dementia has ruined his life.

    Ronald Spiers was a midfielder for the Potters but says a brain scan in 2007 revealed he had the condition.

    Nurse holding older person's hand

    It comes as the Royal British Legion says more nurses are being employed to help those with dementia and their families.

    People qualify for help from a specialist Admiral Nurse by having served in the British armed force - Ron Spiers was in the Territorial Army.

    He and his wife Lorraine, who's his main carer, say the nurses have been a huge benefit.

    Quote Message: I lose track of things very, very easily and it's good for me to have somebody I can speak to who is knowledgeable about the actual condition." from Ronald Spiers Former Stoke City player
    Ronald SpiersFormer Stoke City player
  11. Hundreds of police on Cheshire beat without current background checks

    Victoria Gould

    BBC News Online

    Hundreds of police officers in Cheshire have not had up-to-date background checks to ensure they are suitable to serve.

    Out of 2,044 total officers with Cheshire Police, figures reveal 928 have not been vetted in line with current policy.

    Cheshire Police signs

    Vetting aims to help prevent corruption in the police by checking an officer or potential officer's background.

    Out of 48 police forces across the country, 17 responded in full to a request from the BBC under the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act.

    About 14,000 police officers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland had not undergone up-to-date checks.

    Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary Mike Cunningham said forces "need to address this matter urgently". Cheshire Police have been asked for their response.

  12. Police seize £60k of fake cigarettes on M6

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    Fake cigarettes with an estimated street value of about £60,000 have been seized in Staffordshire.

    Central Motorway Police Group says officers pulled over a white van on the M6 near Keele Services at around 11:00 today.

    Boxes in van

    They say they found 257,000 counterfeit cigarettes in the vehicle.

    The county council says its trading standards team was then called out to recover the cigarettes and have launched an investigation.

  13. Man jailed for causing Kayden Dunn's death

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    A man's been jailed after admitting causing the death of a seven-year-old boy who died five days after he was hit by a car.

    Kayden Dunn, of Sneyd Green, Stoke-on-Trent, was hit by a Volvo XC90, on Repington Road on 14 April last year.

    Kayden Dunn

    Today Shakeeb Zamir, 21, also of Sneyd Green, pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving.

    He was given a 12-month prison sentence at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court this afternoon.

  14. Football: Port Vale release list of retained players after relegation

    Lee Blakeman

    Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Port Vale have now officially released their retained list after relegation.

    Riginio Cicilia (pictured) and Kiko have had their contracts terminated by mutual consent.

    Manager Michael Brown is in talks with Andre Bikey, Chris Eagles and Ryan Taylor over possible deals.

    Riginio Cicilia

    In total six players have been released as Brown looks to trim his squad.

  15. Arson arrest over two 'suspicious' fires

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    A man has been arrested as police investigate two suspicious fires in Crewe, one of which left five people in hospital.

    Cheshire Police says a woman, three boys and a girl escaped through a downstairs window during a house fire on Wednesday morning on Selworthy Drive.

    All five were treated in hospital after breathing in smoke and have since been discharged.

    Selworthy Drive, Crewe

    And last night, the force says there was a shed fire on the same road but no-one was injured.

    Detectives say they're keeping an open mind as to whether the two suspicious fires are linked.

    The 21-year-old's been arrested on suspicion of arson.