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Summary

  1. Local elections: Conservatives win 51 Staffordshire County Council seats
  2. Man jailed for dangerous driving as woman 'dies 11 years after crash'
  3. Fujitsu staff in fresh strike action
  4. Football: Ryan Shawcross 'big part of Stoke future'
  5. Updates from Friday 5 May 2017

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By Allen Cook

All times stated are UK

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  1. Saj Chowdhury

    BBC Sport

    Stoke celebrate a goal at Bournemouth

    Saj Chowdhury

    BBC Sport

    Bournemouth and Stoke both secure their Premier League status for another year following a well-fought draw at Vitality Stadium.

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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. 'Bags of cannabis' found by dogs after car pulled over

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    Several bags of cannabis have been found in a car in Burton which was pulled over by police this morning. 

    Staffordshire Police says the vehicle had been linked to firearms offences and was spotted by officers on Derby Road. Specialist dogs then sniffed out the drugs.

    Derby Road, Burton

    Two men and two woman were arrested for possession of cannabis and then given community resolutions, ordering them on to a drugs rehabilitation course.

  4. Football: Port Vale confirm defender's exit

    Lee Blakeman

    Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Remie Streete for Port Vale

    Port Vale have confirmed that defender Remie Streete has left the club, following their relegation to League Two. 

    Streete made 60 appearances for the club since joining from Newcastle two years ago and scored six goals last season.

  5. Commemorative events for Staffordshire WW1 chaplain

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    Events are going to be held this month to mark the centenary of the death of a World War One chaplain, who died trying to save a wounded soldier.

    Maurice Berkeley Peel was a vicar at the outbreak of war who volunteered his services as a chaplain and went to France in October 1914.

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    Video caption: Maurice Berkeley Peel returned to the front wounded and later died as chaplain

    Wounded in 1915 at Festubert in France, he returned to England to become vicar of St Editha's Church in Tamworth. 

    In 1917 he resolved to return to the front line to serve as an army chaplain but was killed at the Battle of Bullecourt on 14 May 1917.

    The Tamworth-based Peel Society says it's holding a commemorative service in the town on the 100th anniversary of his death and then a pilgrimage to his grave in Queant, France later this month.

  6. Friday's pick of your great photos of Staffordshire and Cheshire

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    We keep getting fantastic shots of the delights of Staffordshire and Cheshire, sent in by you, the audience, and here are six I've picked out today.

    To send your photos in, put them on an email or, if you use Instagram, put them there and add the tag #bbcstoke to the description to show you agree to share them.

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    Video caption: Audience pictures of Staffordshire and Cheshire.
  7. Football: Ryan Shawcross 'big part of Stoke future'

    BBC Sport

    The Stoke City boss Mark Hughes has reiterated to reporters today that the club intends to give defender and captain Ryan Shawcross a new deal. 

    Ryan Shawcross quote

    The 29-year-old has been with the club for 10 years, but will be into the final year of his current contract starting this summer.  

  8. On Midlands Today from 18:30: West Midlands elections round-up

    Mary Rhodes

    Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    On Midlands Today this evening we'll have a round-up of all the election stories from across the West Midlands.

    Tories celebrating in West Midlands

    They'll include the Conservatives strengthening their grip on Staffordshire County Council and winning the West Midlands new mayor contest. 

    A full round-up and analysis of what they all mean, on BBC One from 18:30.

  9. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J10 for A454 and J10A for M54.

    M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound between J10, A454 (Wolverhampton) and J10a M54, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  10. Football: Crewe striker wants side to learn lessons from promoted Plymouth

    Graham McGarry

    Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Crewe Alexandra's Chris Dagnall says the team need to be as versatile as Plymouth if they're to push for promotion next season.

    Chris Dagnall

    Plymouth changed their formation and approach on Saturday as they came from behind to beat Crewe 2-1. 

    Quote Message: The biggest thing we can look at for the weekend's game is Plymouth. They managed to do it, they wanted to play football in the first-half. They didn't, we were the better team and in the second-half they mixed it up and started winning the second balls and that's what we need to learn." from Chris Dagnall Crewe Alexandra striker
    Chris DagnallCrewe Alexandra striker
  11. Two men 'shot at with air gun'

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    Armed police have been called to part of Stoke-on-Trent after reports that two men had been shot at.

    Mossfield Road, Stoke-on-Trent

    Staffordshire Police says it happened on Mossfield Road, Adderley Green Wednesday afternoon and dogs and a helicopter were involved in their search for suspects. 

    The force hasn't revealed if anyone was hurt but say they believe the two victims were shot at with an airgun by two other men who walked off into open land.

  12. Football: Trio of signings for Port Vale

    Graham McGarry

    BBC Radio Stoke Sport

    Ryan Boot and Dan Turner with manager Michael Brown

    Port Vale have revealed a trio of players have signed new deals with the side today. 

    Midfielder Billy Reeves, striker Dan Turner and goalkeeper Ryan Boot have all agreed new one-year deals.

  13. Local elections: Labour leader 'disappointed' at Staffordshire results

    Monica Rimmer

    Journalist, BBC Online

    There's disappointment from the Labour party leader in Staffordshire at their county council results, having seen their number of seats more than halved compared with 2013.

    Staffordshire County Council results in 2017 compared to 2013

    The Conservatives increased their total by 17 on their 2013 results whereas Labour went from 24 to 10.

    Quote Message: I'm very disappointed to lose some fantastic colleagues up and down the county, we'll be a much depleted group. I'm delighted that my own electors have kept their faith in me and I've been re-elected." from Sue Woodward Leader of Labour group at Staffordshire County Council
    Sue WoodwardLeader of Labour group at Staffordshire County Council
  14. Premier League Darts: Phil Taylor beats Michael van Gerwen

    BBC Sport

    Stoke-on-Trent's Phil Taylor beat Michael van Gerwen in Sheffield to close in on a Premier League play-off spot, while Gary Anderson secured his semi-final berth.

    Anderson beat James Wade 7-3 to join Van Gerwen and Peter Wright in the last four.

    Phil Taylor

    Taylor's 7-3 win over the PDC world champion kept him fourth in the table, two points clear of Dave Chisnall.

    The 56-year-old will qualify for the play-offs if he avoids defeat by Newcastle-under-Lyme's Adrian Lewis in Aberdeen.

  15. Local elections: Staffordshire Conservatives pledge to act on issues including potholes

    Emma Thomas

    Political reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    The leader of Staffordshire County Council's Conservative group says they will now listen to what they heard while campaigning, having kept control of the authority.

    Data chart of Staffordshire County Council election

    After the votes were all counted, the Tories finished with 51 seats, their biggest total since taking control of the council in 2009.

    Labour were left with 10 seats, down from 24 in 2013 - and one independent was elected.

    Quote Message: Our candidates have been out there delivering leaflets, they've been knocking on doors, they've been listening to people. We're going to act on that, there's things we've got to do around potholes for example and various other things." from Philip Atkins Leader of Staffordshire County Council's Conservative Party
    Philip AtkinsLeader of Staffordshire County Council's Conservative Party