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Live Reporting

By Allen Cook

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

    Live coverage continues on Thursday here.

  2. Wheelchair racer's delight at Team GB selection

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    The Nantwich wheelchair racer Andy Small's in the Great Britain squad for next month's World Para-Athletics Championships in London.

    Andy Small in Rio

    He won bronze in the men's T33 100m at Rio last year and says he's delighted to have been selected.

    The 49-strong team for the event, which will be at London Stadium in Stratford from 14-23 July, contains 10 athletes who won gold at Rio 2016.

  3. Your photos of Staffordshire and Cheshire

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    Here's five great photos of Staffordshire and Cheshire to brighten your day.

    If you've recently taken a picture in the area and want to send it in to potentially be featured, email it or put it on Instagram (adding the tag #bbcstoke to show you want to share it).

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    Video caption: Your pictures
  4. On Midlands Today from 18:30: Election campaign nears end

    Mary Rhodes

    Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    On Midlands Today this evening, with the election campaign into its closing hours, we'll look at how the leaders of the main political parties have been touring our key constituencies.

    Sign for University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust

    We'll also have news of millions of pounds needing to be saved by the NHS in Staffordshire which could see the sale of some buildings.

    Both those stories and more from 18:30 on BBC One.

  5. Cricket: Staffordshire spinner keen for more Warwickshire team chances

    BBC Sport

    Staffordshire spinner Sunny Singh says taking his first five-wicket haul in only his second County Championship match has made him determined to get more first-team experience at Warwickshire.

    Sunny Singh

    Slow left-armer Singh, 21, took 6-144 as the Bears' difficult season continued with another heavy defeat - this time by Hampshire at Southampton.

    He came to England as a 10-year-old and has been part of the set-up at Warwickshire since he was 16.

    Singh has played minor counties cricket for Staffordshire including this season, along with for the Bears' second XI, before making his first-class debut.

  6. Watch: Your weather for tonight and tomorrow

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    For most places today has been dry and sunny - here's how tonight is looking and the start of Thursday.

    Keep updated with the BBC Weather website.

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    Video caption: Shefali Oza
  7. Football: Stoke's Butland enjoying Hart rivalry for England

    BBC Sport

    The Stoke City and England goalkeeper Jack Butland says his "healthy" rivalry with fellow England goalkeeper Joe Hart is a positive for the national side.

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    Video caption: Jack Butland at England press conference

    The Stoke keeper, 24, has returned to the squad after a year of injury problems which started on England duty in Germany last March.

    Butland is one of four goalkeepers in the squad but first trained with Hart, who is likely to start against Scotland on Saturday, when the pair were at Birmingham City.

    Quote Message: I've known Joe a long time. We've always had a healthy relationship. I think that bodes really well when we come into squads. I'm keen to do as well as I can and in turn that pushes him and likewise pushes me back. It's really healthy and positive and it gets the best out of each other." from Jack Butland Stoke City goalkeeper
    Jack ButlandStoke City goalkeeper
  8. Sewer work: Severn Trent not closing road to pedestrians

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    We've had confirmation from Severn Trent that the pedestrianised area on Piccadilly, Hanley won't be shut when they install new sewer pipes from Monday.

    They're carrying out around five weeks of work but say people will still have walking access to the area and they'll also work to try and reduce impact on businesses.

  9. Marathon cancelled by 'lack of all round support'

    Chris King

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    This year's Potteries Marathon has been cancelled in Stoke-on-Trent.

    Runner in previous Potteries Marathon

    In a statement, organisers have blamed a lack of "all round support" for the event which was due to take place next month.

    They say full refunds will be given to all the runners who'd already signed up.

  10. 'Nobody's been interested' in saving historic pottery firm

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    An investment firm says it couldn't find anyone interested in saving a historic pottery firm from closure.

    Today the BID Group confirmed Hudson and Middleton had shut down with the loss of 25 jobs.

    Hudson and Middleton site

    The company, which dates back to 1875, had been bought out of administration last July.

    But BID Group's managing director Lee Smith says, despite spending £150,000 on the company, orders were slow and they couldn't find investors.

    Quote Message: Pretty distressing for everyone concerned. We obviously wanted to save jobs and we have done for 11 months but it's extremely unfortunate and disappointing that nobody's been interested in the business or the sector." from Lee Smith BID Group managing director
    Lee SmithBID Group managing director
  11. Calf rescued after getting stuck in trees by canal

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    A calf that got stuck between trees next to a canal in Staffordshire proved a "tricky" and "difficult" rescue for the fire service.

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    Video caption: Calf rescue

    Staffordshire Fire Service says a rambler spotted it on the Caldon Canal off Cheadle Road yesterday morning, near the Cheddleton Flint Mill.

    They say four crews and their water rescue team were sent and locally moored canal boats helped ferry them across.

    The service says the calf was winched free and then floated across using an inflatable walkway before being reunited, unhurt, with its farmer.

  12. Envelope update

    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 heavy traffic on M6 northbound between J16, A500 (Crewe) and J17, A534 (Sandbach), because of a broken down van. In the roadworks area.

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

  13. Giant abnormal load reaches final destination

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    Earlier in the week, plenty of you were asking what a giant abnormal load was that was heading through Staffordshire.

    It had headed from Cheshire through Newcastle-under-Lyme on Monday before stopping off in Trentham overnight.

    Abnormal load with police

    It then carried on toward Uttoxeter, through Derbyshire before ending in Burton.

    What was it? Giant brewery drums which arrived last night at the Molson Coors site - mystery solved!

  14. BBC Weather Watcher pictures: Rainbows appear after rainfall

    BBC Weather Watchers

    It may have chucked it down with the rain yesterday in Staffordshire but, when things cleared up, it led to some lovely BBC Weather Watcher pictures of rainbows.

    These two are from users Dandy in Wombourne and Happy Spaniels in Barton under Needwood.

    Barton under Needwood
  15. The general election campaign in 120 seconds

    BBC Politics

    As people prepare to head to the polls, we take a look at some of the key moments from the campaign.

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    Video caption: The general election campaign in 120 seconds
  16. Stoke-on-Trent artist set for Glastonbury 2017 appearance

    BBC Music

    A Stoke-on-Trent musician is among 21 artists picked by BBC Music Introducing to appear on their stage at Glastonbury 2017.


    Onyda was among the many who originally uploaded their music to the BBC Music Introducing Uploader and, in her case, caught the attention of BBC Radio Stoke's Introducing show.

    She's described by host Rob Adcock as "one of the most exciting talents to come from our area in ages" and "scarily talented".

  17. Hospital trust 'has to save £50m by March'

    Chris King

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    Bosses at Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent's main hospital's have got to save £50m by next March.

    The figure was revealed at a University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust board meeting.

    Royal Stoke University Hospital

    A report for the board said the figure was part of proposals to wipe out a deficit of £119m over the next three years.

    Earlier this year, the University Hospital of North Midlands Trust was put into financial special measures by NHS Improvement.

    At the time, NHS Improvement said the trust was not on course to meet savings targets and the move would help get them the support needed to improve.

  18. Police officers 'in stable condition' after M6 crash

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    Two police officers are said to be in a stable condition in hospital after suffering serious injuries in a crash on the M6 in Staffordshire yesterday.

    Staffordshire Police says their patrol car collided with another car and came off the motorway during the early hours of Tuesday morning near Stafford.