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Summary

  1. Beauty spot pool death: Victim named by coroner
  2. Doctor who treated bomb victims feared second attack
  3. World's top women cyclists to ride through West Midlands
  4. Thousands expected for literary festival
  5. Updates on Friday 2 June 2017

Live Reporting

By Allen Cook

All times stated are UK

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  1. Brewer William Bass' 300th birthday celebrated

    BBC News England

    One of Britain's most illustrious brewers, who has a close connection to Burton, has been called "probably the greatest brewer" the country has had.

    It comes as a plaque's been unveiled to celebrate the 300th birthday of William Bass who founded the Bass Brewery in the town, aged 60.

    Bass pub and, inset, William Bass

    The company became famous across the world for its beer and its red triangle symbol was the UK's first trademark.

    Richard Lewin, who helped organise the honour in his birthplace of Hinckley, said the firm still has "global significance" thanks to its founder.

  2. One Love Manchester: Concert brought back nerves for teenager

    BBC WM

    A teenager from Lichfield says she was "very nervous" at going to the benefit concert held in the wake of the Manchester attack.

    Zinni Wright had been taken by her father to the Ariana Grande concert on 22 May when a suicide bomber struck.

    Video content

    Video caption: One Love Manchester: Artists spread unity at benefit concert

    Yesterday, the all-star show was held to remember the victims and turned into a night of unity, healing and joy for 50,000 music fans.

    14-year-old Zinni told BBC WM it was a difficult, emotional night for her.

    Quote Message: It was really reassuring seeing how many police there were around. I wanted to go because I wanted to go and support everyone who was there and Ariana [Grande] but at the same time I was very nervous to go back considering the Manchester concert was my first concert to go to." from Zinni Wright Teenager from Lichfield
    Zinni WrightTeenager from Lichfield
  3. General election: Candidates standing in Stoke-on-Trent

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    A full and comprehensive list has been released by Stoke-on-Trent City Council about who is standing in the general election on 8 June.

    The candidates are all bidding to become the local MP in the following areas:

    Stoke-on-Trent North

    • Ben Adams (Conservative)
    • Douglas Rouxel (Greens)
    • Ruth Smeeth (Labour)
    • Richard Whelan (Liberal Democrats)

    Stoke-on-Trent Central

    • Peter Andras (Liberal Democrats)
    • Adam Colclough (Greens)
    • Barbara Fielding (Independent)
    • Mick Harold (UKIP)
    • Daniel Jellyman (Conservatives)
    • Gareth Snell (Labour)

    Stoke-on-Trent South

    • Jack Brereton (Conservatives)
    • Rob Flello (Labour)
    • Jan Zablocki (Greens)
    • Ian Wilkes (Liberal Democrats)

    You can follow the 2017 General Election on BBC News.

  4. Biker facing charges after 'doing wheelies' and 'taking a selfie' on M6

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    A motorcyclist accused of performing wheelies and taking selfies while driving on the M6 in Staffordshire has been chargedwith traffic offences.

    Biker caught on camera in Staffordshire on M6 standing up on bike

    Central Motorway Police Group says officers saw and videoed the biker on Saturday afternoon between junction 12 and Stafford services on the northbound side.

    They say they stopped the motorcyclist and reported him for a summons to appear in court at a later date, where he will face several road traffic charges.

  5. One Love Manchester: Robbie Williams praised for 'powerful moment'

    Ian Youngs

    Entertainment and Arts Reporter, BBC News

    The performance by Stoke-on-Trent singer Robbie Williams at the One Love Manchester concert's been hailed as one of the event's most powerful moments.

    There were high emotions at the benefit concert staged by Ariana Grande in Manchester less than two weeks after the terror attack following her gig in the city.

    Robbie Williams

    In his performance, with a few tweaks to the chorus, Robbie turned a minor 1998 hit into a rousing song to rally the masses.

    Everyone in the crowd could easily bellow the simple chorus, and Robbie bellowed it in between songs too.

    It even overshadowed his classic Angels as his main sing-a-long moment.

    He won praise on Twitter with Adam Pitts tweeting: "Amazing @robbiewilliams doing us proud #OneLoveManchester".

    And Jack Mull added: "I've got goosebumps listening to Robbie Williams and the crowd singing "Manchester we're strong".

  6. London Bridge attack: Taxi driver 'saved life' of student nurse

    BBC News UK

    Police at London Bridge

    A student nurse from Cheshire's told the BBC she believes words shouted by a taxi driver saved her life during the London Bridge terror attack.

    Rhiannon Owen from Nantwich was at a cash point when she says the driver yelled at her to run.

    Rhiannon Owen

    "I saw the knife and I didn't turn around again. I just started running as fast as I could," she said.

    The 19-year-old from Cheshire saw the attacker behind her and ran into Applebee's pub where she joined 30 or 40 others and hid in a stock room.

    She said she owes the taxi driver her life and appealed for him to get in touch: "You saved my life and you let me go and make sure other people were safe."

  7. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Lucy Martin

    BBC Weather

    Rain gradually moving in from the west this morning, becoming heavy and persistent in some places this afternoon with highs of 15C (59F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather West Midlands
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    Severe accident: M6 Cheshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cheshire northbound severe accident, between J17 for A534 Sandbach and J18 for A54 Middlewich.

    M6 Cheshire - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M6 northbound between J17, A534 (Sandbach) and J18, A54 (Middlewich), because of an accident. In the roadworks area.

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

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    Severe accident: M42 Leicestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M42 Leicestershire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M42 southbound between J11, A42 (Burton Upon Trent) and J10, A5 (Tamworth), because of an accident.

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

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    Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M6 Staffordshire - Two lanes closed on M6 southbound between J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and J14, A34 (Stafford North), because of an accident.

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

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    Severe disruption: M42 Warwickshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M42 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, at J10 for A5.

    M42 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M42 southbound at J10, A5 (Tamworth), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  12. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M6 Staffordshire - Queuing traffic on M6 southbound between J13, A449 (Stafford South) and J12, A5 (Gailey), because of a broken down vehicle and a rolling road-block.

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

  13. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A500 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A500 Staffordshire northbound severe accident, at B5045 Cliff Vale Exit.

    A500 Staffordshire - A500 D Road in Hanley entry slip road closed and slow traffic northbound at The Beeches, because of an accident.

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

  14. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, at J12 for A5.

    M6 Staffordshire - M6 lane closed on exit slip road to one northbound at J12, A5 (Gailey), 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: A520 Staffordshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A520 Staffordshire both ways severe disruption, between Woodville Road and Leason Road.

    A520 Staffordshire - A520 Weston Road in Stoke-On-Trent closed in both directions between the Woodville Road junction and the Leason Road junction, because of a building fire.

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

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    Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cheshire southbound severe disruption, between J18 for A54 Middlewich and J17 for A534 Sandbach.

    M6 Cheshire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M6 southbound between J18, A54 (Middlewich) and J17, A534 (Sandbach), 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 Cheshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cheshire northbound severe disruption, between J16 for A500 Crewe and J17 for A534 Sandbach.

    M6 Cheshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M6 northbound between J16, A500 (Crewe) in Barthomley and J17, A534 (Sandbach) in Cheshire, because of a broken down vehicle. In the roadworks area.

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