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Summary

  1. Crewe to be transformed by £48m plans
  2. Nursery being 'creative' on care costs
  3. Road reopens after weeks of repairs
  4. Updates from Friday 1 September 2017

Live Reporting

By Allen Cook

All times stated are UK

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  1. Thousands join city's rave revival

    Laura Mcmullan

    Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

    Thousands of people from across the world are flocking to Stoke-on-Trent to relive their clubbing days.

    In the early 1990s, the city was one of the most popular rave locations in the country.

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    Video caption: People in Stoke-on-Trent share their rave memories

    Clubs like Shelleys and the Golden brought thousands to Stoke-on-Trent.

    Now, more than 25 years on, club promoters say there's been a huge resurgence, with such demand that they're putting on more reunion nights in the area.

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    Video caption: Rave revival organisers

    You can see more on the history of rave in Stoke-on-Trent and its revival on Inside Out West Midlands on BBC One tonight from 19:30.

  2. 'Arsonists' destroy 1,000 tonnes of wood

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    A fire which destroyed around 1,000 tonnes of wood and a tractor is thought to have been started deliberately, the fire service say.

    Fire crews tackling the logs blaze

    Staffordshire Fire Service says five crews were needed on Saturday morning to tackle the blaze on fields off Spring Lane, Pershall.

    It took them until the afternoon to put the fire out and they then returned twice over the weekend to make sure it was had not reignited.

  3. Charity raises £10,000 at V Festival

    The charity Village Water says says it raised more than £10,000 at the V festival last month.

    The Shrewsbury-based organisation provides safe water and sanitation for communities in rural Africa.

    V Festival

    Village Water had more than 100 volunteers at the event, helping campers by renting trolleys and offering a plastic bottle exchange, as glass bottles weren't allowed on the festival site.

  4. Call for black or Asian organ donors in Staffordshire

    Jennie Aitken

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    More black and Asian people in Staffordshire are being urged to become organ donors as the NHS says there are 22 people from those backgrounds in the county currently waiting for a transplant.

    Organ donor cool bags

    NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) says organs from people from the same ethnic background are more likely to be a close match and lead to more successful transplants.

    The organisation says black or Asian patients make up almost a third of its national waiting list but are less likely to agree to be organ donors.

    Overall, it says there are currently 105 people in Staffordshire waiting for a transplant and says 107 people in the county have died while on the waiting list in the last decade.

  5. Four charged after violence in Stafford

    Vicky Norton

    BBC Radio Stoke

    Four people have been charged after two men suffered serious head injuries in Stafford at the weekend, police say.

    Edison Road, Stafford

    Staffordshire Police says they were called on Saturday night to Edison Road and the two victims were taken to hospital for treatment.

    They say they've charged a man and three teenage boys with violent disorder.

  6. Trio of skate park fires treated as arson

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    A series of fires at a skate park in Crewe are being treated as arson, the fire service say.

    The skate park on King George V Playing Fields, Crewe

    Cheshire Fire Service says there were three fires on the site on King George V Playing Fields, Crewe, on Friday evening.

    It says Cheshire Police have now taken over the investigation as the fires are thought to have been started deliberately.

  7. Arrest after rings and jewellery stolen from elderly woman

    Chris King

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    A man has been arrested in connection with a burglary in Stoke-on-Trent which saw an elderly woman's rings taken from her fingers.

    It happened on 24 August at her home on Ashwood and police say the victim was tied up while her flat was ransacked and jewellery and cash stolen.

    A 45-year-old man has been arrested and is in custody being questioned, a spokesman says.

  8. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cheshire northbound severe disruption, between J18 for A54 Middlewich and J19 for A556 affecting J17 for A534 Sandbach.

    M6 Cheshire - Queuing traffic on M6 northbound between J18, A54 (Middlewich) and J19, A556 (Knutsford), because of a broken down van and recovery work. In the roadworks area. Congestion to J17, A534 (Sandbach).

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

  9. 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 blocked on M6 southbound between J13, A449 (Stafford South) 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

  10. Football: New Stoke signing welcomes boost from fans

    Matt Sandoz

    Stoke City commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Stoke City's newest signing, Kevin Wimmer, says he can't wait to run out in front of the home fans for the first time.

    Kevin Wimmer

    The 24-year-old defender joined for £18m from Spurs last week and could make his debut against Manchester United on Saturday.

    Quote Message: When I came to Stoke with Tottenham it was always a very nice ground to come to, always with a very good atmosphere. I think fans like Stoke's keep pushing you and keep motivating you even more." from Kevin Wimmer Stoke City defender
    Kevin WimmerStoke City defender
  11. Cylinder fire's cause investigated after evacuations

    Phil Bowers

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    Investigations are continuing today into what caused a serious fire in Mow Cop at the weekend which forced 15 families to take shelter in a village hall.

    Mow Cop Road

    Cheshire Fire Service say acetylene cylinders were in danger of exploding in the blaze early on Sunday morning which affected outbuildings on Mow Cop Road.

    No-one was hurt in the fire and people were allowed back to their houses later the same morning, police say.

  12. Second day of rail strikes hitting some local services

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    Train passengers from Stoke-on-Trent and Crewe are facing more disruption as another day of rail strikes is being held.

    Arriva Rail North staff have walked out for 24 hours from midnight in a row over driver-only operated trains, following a similar walkout on Friday.

    Northern rail member on strike

    Northern rail services from Stoke-on-Trent are affected, with the firm saying it will try to run as many services as it can.

    Arriva Trains Wales says services between Crewe and Manchester Piccadilly will make extra calls at stations, including Sandbach and Holmes Chapel.

  13. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A529 Cheshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A529 Cheshire both ways severe disruption, between B5071 Crewe Road and Park Lane.

    A529 Cheshire - A529 Audlem Road in Hatherton closed and slow traffic in both directions between the B5071 Crewe Road junction and the Park Lane junction, because of a fuel spillage.

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

  14. Police horror over 'diabolical' burglary

    Jennie Aitken

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    An attack on an elderly woman who was tied up and had rings ripped off her fingers in Stoke-on-Trent has been called "a diabolical and horrible incident" by police.

    The woman's hands

    Staffordshire Police say two men went into the woman's house on Ashwood on 24 August and restrained her while they took the rings.

    She was then tied up with cord from her dressing gown and a towel put over her head while the pair ransacked her home, taking more jewellery and cash.

    Quote Message: Whether you are a police officer or a member of the community, you hear the details of the crime and you're appalled that somebody amongst our communities, who lives next door to us, is able and have the mindset to go out and do something like this." from Det Insp Zoe Kelsall Staffordshire Police
    Det Insp Zoe KelsallStaffordshire Police
  15. Watch: Your 50-second weather forecast

    Rich Davis

    BBC Weather presenter

    After a cloudy start with some bursts of rain and drizzle it should be a largely dry day with some bright spells this afternoon and highs of 20C (68F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  16. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, between J11 for A460 and J10 for A454.

    M6 Staffordshire - Very slow traffic on M6 southbound between J11, A460 (Cannock) and J10, A454 (Wolverhampton), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

  17. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, at J12 for A5.

    M6 Staffordshire - M6 lane closed on exit slip road southbound at J12, A5 (Gailey), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

  18. 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 closed on M6 northbound between J12, A5 (Gailey) and J13, A449 (Stafford South), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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