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  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

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By Allen Cook

All times stated are UK

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  1. Small number of farmers able to get fast broadband speeds, according to union

    Research by the National Farmers' Union suggests just 6% of farmers have access to superfast broadband.

    Laying cable in a field

    It's a difficulty faced by many people living in rural communities although efforts are taking place to improve things.

    In Staffordshire - £32m is being spent on improving rural broadband, connecting almost half a million homes.

    Quote Message: Farmers, by the very nature of the location, whereby they are quite isolated, they don't live next door to many other premises, they are particularly challenging and it can cost many thousands of pounds to get a fibre connection to them so alternative solutions are being sought from Paul Chatwin Project manager, Superfast Staffordshire
    Paul ChatwinProject manager, Superfast Staffordshire
  2. Six arrested over burglary

    Six people have been arrested in Stourbridge after a burglary yesterday.

    Staffordshire Police said officers were called to a property on Dunsley Road, Kinver, at about 23:15.

    One person was arrested inside the house, the force said.

    The six include:

    • An 18-year-old woman from Brierley Hill - on suspicion of burglary
    • A 17-year-old boy from Stourbridge - on suspicion of burglary and possession of cannabis
    • Three 16-year-old boys from Dudley - on suspicion of burglary
    • A 15-year-old boy from Halesowen - on suspicion of burglary
    Dunsley Road in Kinver
  3. Cheeky monkeys arrive at zoo

    A pair of Pygmy Marmosets, born at the end of June, are now ready to meet the public.

    The new arrivals are already getting into the swing of things and making friends at Drayton Manor zoo, under the watchful eye of their doting parents, Chillido and Wicket.

    Mother and baby monkeys
    Quote Message: Everyone here at the zoo is over the moon with our baby Pygmy Marmosets and it’s always fantastic when our breeding programmes deliver us some new arrivals." from Chris Mitchell Zoo Manager
    Chris MitchellZoo Manager

    They originate from South American rainforests and their diet consists of gum, plants, fruits insects and sap.

    They use their sharp teeth to gnaw at trees to release the sap and, like other monkeys, they love being high up in the trees and live in groups of about a dozen.

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    Severe accident: M6 Cheshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cheshire northbound severe accident, between J17 for A534 Sandbach and J18 for A54 Middlewich.

    M6 Cheshire - Severe delays, two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M6 northbound between J17, A534 (Sandbach) and J18, A54 (Middlewich), because of an accident involving two lorries earlier on and a spillage on the road. Travel time is 1 hour and 30 minutes. Congestion to J16, A500 (Crewe).

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

  5. Natalie Jackson

    Sports Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

    Adam Peaty with children in Zambia

    Natalie Jackson

    Sports Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

    Olympic and world champion Adam Peaty aims to make the most of his gold medals by heading to Zambia to help local causes.

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  6. Getting around city centre roadworks 'like the Krypton Factor'

    Russell Truran

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    One shopper has described navigating continuing roadworks in Stoke-on-Trent city centre as like the Krypton Factor.

    Video content

    Video caption: Businesses in Hanley say roadworks are affecting trade

    Jacqueline Watkin, from Milton, regularly shops on Stafford Street, in Hanley, and says the work seems to be taking a lot longer than advised.

    Business owners in the city centre have told BBC Radio Stoke it's having a dire impact on trade.

    We contacted Stoke-on-Trent City Council and it told us the work is running slightly behind schedule, but hopes it will be completed on time.

  7. Pilot taken to hospital with leg injuries after plane crash

    Tim Wedgwood

    BBC Local Live

    Air Accident investigators are still trying to discover what caused a light-air crash in Staffordshire yesterday.

    Blithfield reservoir

    Police say a 'Calibre' plane came down in a field near Blithfield Reservoir just before 10:00 - it took off from nearby Abbots Bromley airfield.

    The 39-year-old pilot, the only person in the plane, was taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital with leg injuries.

  8. Your pictures: A tale of two counties

    BBC Weather Watchers

    It's been a grey start in Cheshire as the picture of Congleton (top) shows. Thanks to Dawn Treader for taking it.

    Thanks also to DJH80 for the sunnier side of life in Lichfield.

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    Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire southbound severe accident, between J15 for A500 and J14 for A34.

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M6 southbound between J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and J14, A34 (Stafford North), because of an accident.

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

  10. Parcel firm apologises to woman who waited in for two days during time off

    Liz Ellis

    Presenter, BBC Radio Stoke

    A Staffordshire woman says she wants to be compensated - after waiting in for a parcel collection company for two days.

    Delivery vans

    Jackie Thomas, from Gnosall, paid delivery firm Yodel to collect two packages she had sold on eBay.

    She told me the company said it had actually left two delivery notices because she was out - but, having waited in all day, she says that didn't happen.

    Yodel says it's very sorry to hear about the problems Jackie experienced and would like to apologise.

    It adds she's now been fully refunded.

  11. Roadworks barriers 'scaring away customers'

    Ros Chimes

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    Business owners on a street in Hanley are reacting angrily to continuing roadworks in the city.


    Shop owners along Stafford Street say no work has taken place in front of their premises for many weeks, but the barriers are scaring away potential customers.


    Stoke-on-Trent City Council says the work is running slightly behind schedule but it still hopes it will be completed on time.

  12. Good news for rail passengers

    Good news for train passengers travelling on the Chase railway line this morning.

    The line between Rugeley and Walsall has reopened after two weeks of upgrades which left passengers on bus replacement services.

    London Midland says tracks have been realigned, and new gantries added.

    Upgrade works on the Chase railway line
  13. Burton bridge closes for three months

    Heidi Booth

    Journalist, BBC Radio Derby

    Expect delays if you're driving into Burton today...


    St Peter's Bridge will now be closed for three months for essential maintenance work.

    Burton bridge

    The leader of Staffordshire County Council, Philip Atkin, has admitted journeys will take 20 minutes longer than they usually would, but said the work is vital.

    Burton bridge
  14. Watch: Your weather forecast for the next 24 hours

    Rich Davis

    BBC Weather presenter

    A fairly cloudy day with some sporadic outbreaks of drizzle.

    For all it will feel much cooler, with highs of 20C (68F).

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    Video caption: Weather for the West Midlands.
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