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Summary

  1. Developer set to buy former police HQ for £15m
  2. Council rules out referendum on hospital services
  3. Rescued lamb 'not facing dinner plate'
  4. Updates from Friday 4 August 2017

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By Allen Cook

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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M54 Staffordshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M54 Staffordshire eastbound severe disruption, between J2 for A449 and J1 for A460 Wolverhampton.

    M54 Staffordshire - Two lanes closed on M54 eastbound between J2, A449 (Wolverhampton) and J1, A460 (Wolverhampton), because of debris on the road. Traffic is coping well.

    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, at J16 for A500 Crewe.

    M6 Cheshire - M6 lane closed on entry slip road northbound at J16, A500 (Crewe), 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: A54 Cheshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A54 Cheshire both ways severe disruption, between Hollin Lane and Barlow Hill.

    A54 Cheshire - A54 in Wincle closed in both directions between the Hollin Lane junction and the Barlow Hill junction, because of a vehicle fire.

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

  4. Premier League Preview: Part 3

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    Video caption: Predicting the Premier League winners and losers for the 2017/18 season

    We are predicting the Premier League winners and losers for the upcoming 2017/18 season

  5. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M6 northbound between J12, A5 (Gailey) and J13, A449 (Stafford South), because of a broken down car.

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

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    Severe accident: A523 Staffordshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A523 Staffordshire both ways severe accident, between Common Lane and A52.

    A523 Staffordshire - A523 in Waterhouses closed in both directions between Common Lane and the A52 junction, because of a serious accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

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    Severe accident: A5 Staffordshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A5 Staffordshire both ways severe accident, between A41 and A449.

    A5 Staffordshire - A5 closed and slow traffic in both directions between the A41 junction in Weston-under-Lizard and Gailey Island in Gailey, because of a serious accident involving two cars. Police directing traffic.

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

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    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. Guide dog gets blind customer 'banned from Welsh shop'

    Jennifer Harby

    BBC News Online

    A blind customer is considering a discrimination claim against a shop in Wales he says asked him to leave because he had his guide dog with him.

    Andy Terry, 61, from Stoke-on-Trent, was visiting Fairbourne, Gwynedd, on Friday with his guide dog Flame.

    Andy Terry and Flame

    Mr Terry said he was asked to leave the village mini mart by the owner who told him dogs were banned.

    Charity Guide Dogs Cymru said the owner had offered no apology. The shop has been contacted by the BBC for comment.

    Mr Terry, who is registered blind because of a rare genetic disorder, said he had visited the shop while on holiday.

    Quote Message: He told me there was a clear notice on the door saying 'no dogs under any circumstances'. I explained Flame was a guide dog and showed him a card I carry to prove that, but he told me it was private property and we would have to leave." from Andy Terry Blind customer
    Andy TerryBlind customer
  10. French bulldogs stolen from house's porch

    Chris King

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    Two French bulldogs have been stolen from a house in Stoke-on-Trent.

    Taffy and Honey, the stolen bulldogs

    Staffordshire Police says the dogs, Taffy and Honey, were taken from the property's porch in Shelton New Road last night.

    The force says both animals are female and seven months old.

  11. Weather: A fine night but stormy showers tomorrow

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    It's going to be a fine night with some sunshine this evening, but there will be rain tomorrow and maybe some thunder and lightning.

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    Video caption: Friday's weather forecast for the West Midlands
  12. Robert Hardy thanked for 'special connection' to Stafford

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    Managers of the Stafford Festival Shakespeare event have paid tribute to the actor Robert Hardy, who's died age 91, saying he had a "special connection" with them, after appearing in their first ever production.

    The event's been held since 1991 when the star of TV series All Creatures Great and Small played Chorus in Henry V at Stafford Castle that year.

    The producer of Stafford Festival Shakespeare, Derrick Gask, said few great actors who've appeared in the event are "remembered as fondly" as Mr Hardy.

  13. Developer set to buy former police HQ for £15m

    Chris King

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    It's been confirmed Staffordshire Police's former headquarters in Stafford looks set to be sold for £15m.

    The now cleared site at Baswich Park

    The county's police and crime commissioner, Matthew Ellis, said the Baswich Park site will be bought by Bellway Homes as long as they can get planning permission.

    The developer wants to put 109 luxury homes and 18 high-end apartment on the area.

    The PCC has been trying to sell the former HQ since 2012 after two previous deals fell through and says, if the sale happened, £10m will go to the "benefit of policing" in the county.

  14. Football: Crewe manager set for 'ideal test' of Mansfield visit

    Graham McGarry

    Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Crewe Alexandra manager David Artell says a visit from League Two promotion favourites Mansfield Town tomorrow will give his team an ideal test.

    Crewe Alexandra ground

    Crewe won 2-1 at Stevenage on the opening day of last season and Artell admitted he would love a similar result against the Stags as he starts his first full season in charge.

    Quote Message: On the one hand they're a good barometer in terms of where you're at just generally, whether that's fitness, ability, but at the same time they're a bit false. There's a lot of emphasis placed on the first game because the build-up is far longer. It's important but it's not the be all and end all from David Artell Crewe Alexandra manager
    David ArtellCrewe Alexandra manager