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Summary

  1. Death probed after Stoke hospital fire
  2. Hospital trust suffers 'cyber incident'
  3. Man who 'drove at traffic marshal to miss queue' avoids jail
  4. Road closures warning for Staffordshire triathlon
  5. Updates from Friday 16 June 2017

Live Reporting

By Allen Cook

All times stated are UK

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  1. Welcome to Monday's live coverage

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    There was only one word for the weekend's weather - "scorchio". That looks to be continuing today as well.

    BBC Weather Watcher Dodger captured dawn breaking over Stowe this morning in this photo:

    Stowe

    We'll see if it will be another scorcher with a full weather forecast shortly, followed by news, sport, travel and other updates through today.

    You can also send in your photos of the area, I'll feature as many as I can - on email or put them on Instagram, adding the tag #bbcstoke to show you agree to share them.

  2. 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 - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound between J13, A449 (Stafford South) and J12, A5 (Gailey).

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

  3. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M6 Cheshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cheshire northbound severe accident, between J16 for A500 Crewe and J15 for A500.

    M6 Cheshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J16, A500 (Crewe) and J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

  4. 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 - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J13, A449 (Stafford South) and J12, A5 (Gailey). Traffic is coping well.

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

  5. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, between J11 for A460 and J12 for A5.

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J11, A460 (Cannock) and 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

  6. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, at J11 for A460.

    M6 Staffordshire - Two lanes closed on M6 southbound at J11, A460 (Cannock), because of a spillage on the road. Traffic is coping well.

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

  7. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire southbound severe accident, between J14 for A34 and J13 for A449.

    M6 Staffordshire - Two lanes closed on M6 southbound between J14, A34 (Stafford North) and J13, A449 (Stafford South), because of an accident.

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

  8. 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.

  9. New Cheshire MP was elected after school funding campaign

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    Laura Smith, the new Labour MP for Crewe and Nantwich, who this week was sworn in at the House of Commons, led a campaign over school funding cuts before standing for the seat.

    The 32-year-old was born in Leighton Hospital, grew up in Nantwich and went to local schools and then Manchester Metropolitan University in Crewe.

    Laura Smith in school campaign

    She says she set up a local tutoring business while a single parent and organised a campaign earlier this year against what she claimed were "unfair" school funding plans.

    The local Labour party then nominated her as a candidate in May to fight the seat - she defeated the sitting MP, Conservative Edward Timpson, in this month's general election by just 48 votes.

  10. Cladding in £5.5m tower block revamp 'not the same' as London fire

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    Cladding used to refurbish five tower blocks in Stoke-on-Trent is not the same as cladding used on the Grenfell Tower in London, the city council says.

    Concerns have been raised over what role the external cladding could have played in the blaze in London although fire investigators have not yet identified the cause of the fire or how it spread.

    Flats on Bucknall New Road

    Stoke-on-Trent City Council has issued a statement today to say cladding being installed on five high-rise buildings off Bucknall New Road has the highest fire rated system, has a four-hour fire resistance rating and is fixed directly to the wall, without a cavity between the insulation and the wall.

    A £5.5m revamp of the blocks of flats started early in 2016.

  11. Results of death probe after Stoke hospital fire 'could take three months'

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    Police say they are waiting for confirmation of how an elderly woman died to decide if her death is linked to an alleged arson attack carried out in a hospital's main building.

    A fire broke out in Royal Stoke University Hospital on 7 June and patients had to be taken outside in their beds.

    Royal Stoke University Hospital

    Staffordshire Police says, working with the coroner, they've identified an 89-year-old woman that may have died as a result of the fire and evacuation.

    The force says a post-mortem examination's been carried out but it could take up to three months to get the cause of death confirmed.

  12. Football: Character the key for Crewe boss over new signings

    Graham McGarry

    Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    The Crewe Alexandra manager David Artell says he will only continue to sign players with the right "character".

    Chris Porter

    The club's former captain has already captured Jordan Bowery, Chris Porter and Michael Raynes.

    Artell told BBC Radio Stoke he is hopeful the trio will make a big impact at the club.

    Quote Message: With Michael and Chris, I met both of them before they signed. It was quite clear what kind of characters they were, we'd only had good reports up to that point and hopefully they'll be great additions." from David Artell Crewe Alexandra manager
    David ArtellCrewe Alexandra manager
  13. Your say: City centre market loses thousands of customers

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    You've been having your say on news that market stalls in the middle of Stoke-on-Trent are struggling to attract customers.

    The manager of Hanley market says there's been a drop of 10,000 visitors a week over the past few years.

    Hanley Market entrance

    On BBC Radio Stoke's Facebook page, asked if you still used markets, Vanessa Boden posted: "I use Stoke or Longton markets every week. The freshest meat, vegetables and fruit."

    Patricia Cartlidge added: "I walk round it occasionally but there's nothing in there to really attract customers in."

    While Lynn Marie Woodcock wrote: "Markets used to be cheap but now you can get stuff cheaper from Poundland. I don't bother with them now."

  14. Weather: Scorchio

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    We're forecast a hot weekend and a muggy night tonight.

    Temperatures could reach as high as 27C (81F).

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    Video caption: Rebecca Wood has your forecast
  15. Hospital trust suffers 'cyber incident'

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    A hospital trust in Staffordshire has confirmed it's suffered a "cyber incident", just months after being affected by a large-scale ransomware program that hit much of the NHS.

    The University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust (UHNM) said the latest incident was not specifically a cyber-attack, but refused to elaborate.

    Ambulances at Royal Stoke University Hospital

    The BBC understands it's affected the critical care computer system at the Royal Stoke University Hospital and some staff have had to use paper and pens instead.

    The trust says it has taken precautionary measures "to ensure minimum disruption".

    Last month, NHS services across England and Scotland - including UHNM - were hit by a large-scale cyber-attack which disrupted hospital and GP appointments.

  16. Man who 'drove at traffic marshal to avoid queue' avoids jail

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    A man who drove his car into a marshal at a car boot sale in Staffordshire has been given a suspended sentence and a driving ban.

    Martin Wiggin from Stourbridge had pleaded guilty to dangerous driving.

    Stafford Crown Court

    The Crown Prosecution Service says he hit the traffic marshal's legs as he tried to avoid the long queue leaving the car boot sale in Wombourne in May 2015.

    The 48-year-old was given a two month suspended prison sentence at Stafford Crown Court, banned from driving for 18 months and told he would have to pass an extended driving test.

  17. Road closures warning for Staffordshire triathlon

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    People in Lichfield, Burton, Cannock Chase and the surrounding areas are being warned of road closures and diversions this Sunday.

    Last year's Staffordshire Ironman

    Lichfield Police says it's because of the Staffordshire Ironman race which will see more than 2,000 people take on the course.

    They'll be running, swimming and biking through the area and the county council's released a list of the roads affected on their website here.