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  1. Video content

    Video caption: Thousands compete in first Velo Birmingham cycle race

    Some 15,000 riders travelled through Worcestershire, Staffordshire and Birmingham.

  2. By Kal Sajad

    BBC Sport

    Alvaro Morata

    A brilliant hat-trick from Alvaro Morata helps Premier League champions Chelsea to a dominant win at Stoke City.

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  3. 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.

  4. Emma Bridgewater gives backing to Stoke-on-Trent city of culture bid

    Liz Copper

    Staffordshire reporter, BBC Midlands Today

    Leading pottery manufacturer Emma Bridgewater has given her backing to Stoke-on-Trent's bid to be named UK City of Culture in 2021.

    She's been back in the city ahead of a major international ceramics festival which opens tonight.

    Emma Bridgewater
    Quote Message: For this city it's [Stoke-on-Trent culture bid] bound to be flavoured about the tradition of making and ceramics are part of that." from Emma Bridgewater
    Emma Bridgewater

    The Ceramics Biennial runs until the start of November.

    The City of Culture judges will be coming here during that time, and everyone hopes they'll be impressed by what the Potteries has to offer.

  5. Stoke's Regent Theatre celebrates 18th anniversary

    Stoke-on-Trent's Regent Theatre celebrated its 18th birthday last night.

    The first show there was Annie, starring Leslley Joseph, back in 1999 and now the theatre welcomes a quarter of a million visitors every year.

    Panto regular Jonathan Wilkes attended the birthday bash.

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  6. Watch: Your evening and weekend weather forecast

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    It will remain largely cloudy overnight with a few outbreaks of rain and drizzle likely. There will also be areas of hill fog.

    Tomorrow there will be lots of cloud around throughout the day with some brighter spells developing at times. Dry for most of the day with the risk of just a shower or two in the morning. Highs of 18C (64F).

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    Video caption: Weather for the West Midlands.
  7. Mow Cop Killer Mile winners

    Lamont Howie

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    The delayed 2017 Mow Cop Killer Mile race went ahead last night in glorious sunshine.

    There were four races - the under 11s was won by Isaac Laydon and Patience Lamb (pictured).


    The under 18s was won by Will Kesteven and 12-year-old Clarissa Rigby.

    Simon Myatt from Trentham Running Club took the honours in the main race.

    Mow Cop castle

    The 2018 race will be reinstated in spring next year, likely to be in May.

  8. Tunstall imam 'made no reaction' when sentenced

    Kamran Hussain, 40, made no reaction as he was found guilty of eight counts - half of the verdicts were by a majority decision.

    He was remanded in custody to be sentenced on 28 September, and faces a maximum sentence of seven years in jail for encouragement of terrorism and 10 years for support for a proscribed organisation.

    Kamran Hussain

    The Old Bailey was told Hussain had one previous conviction in 2008 for perverting the course of justice at Stafford Crown Court for which he was handed 14 months in jail.

    As he was led down from the dock, a supporter called down from the public gallery "see you soon".

    Hussain smiled and replied "inshallah" - God willing.

  9. Tunstall imam preached support for IS at mosque

    A British imam who told children that martyrdom was better than anything they would achieve at school has been found guilty of supporting the so-called Islamic State terror group.

    Kamran Hussain, 40, from Tunstall, was recorded by an undercover officer making a series of radical sermons at a charity-funded mosque, over four months last year, encouraging terrorism and supporting the terror group in Syria.

    High Street, Tunstall

    Following a trial at the Old Bailey, Hussain, was found guilty by a jury which deliberated for 10 hours on eight charges, two of supporting IS and six of encouraging terrorism on dates between June and September last year.

  10. BreakingTunstall imam guilty of terror offences

    Imam Kamran Hussain, 40, has been found guilty of eight offences relating to terrorism by a jury at the Old Bailey.

  11. Rubbish dumped in Stafford... by council

    A 12-foot wide pile of rubbish appeared in Stafford's Market Square overnight.

    It was unclear at first what had happened, but the council says it was to show the equivalent to a day's worth of rubbish collected from the streets.

    The council says it costs £1m to keep the town clean.

    Bin bags

    Among the 12-foot-wide, five-foot-high rubbish heap was cigarette butts, dog poo, crisp packets, fast food boxes and cartons, newspapers, drink cans and bottles and bits of food.

    The litter is cordoned off and is part of an anti-litter scheme.

  12. Video content

    Video caption: Emma Bridgewater backs Stoke-on-Trent's City of Culture bid

    Leading pottery owner, Emma Bridgewater, returned to the Potteries ahead of major international festival, the British Ceramics Biennial.

  13. Football: Crewe Alex full-back out for season

    Crewe Alexandra youngster Ross Woodcock has suffered a cruciate knee injury that will rule him out for the season.

    Ross Woodcock

    The Alex said Woodcock was withdrawn at half-time of an under-23 match on Monday and their "worst fears were confirmed".

    In a statement on the club's website they said: "Everyone at Crewe Alexandra wishes Ross a speedy recovery from his injury."

  14. Arrests after alleged axe threats

    Three men have been arrested following "disorder" in Stoke-on-Trent last night.

    Staffordshire Police said officers were called to Penkhull New Road at around 17:00 on Thursday evening to reports of two men making threats with an axe.

    A man was then hit by a vehicle on All Saints Road, the force said he received minor injuries.

    Police have arrested a 21-year-old man on suspicion of affray, assault with intent, and possession of controlled drugs with intent to supply.

    A second man, aged 19, has been arrested on suspicion of assault, possession of an offensive weapon, possession of controlled drugs with intent to supply and dangerous driving.

    A 16-year-old boy, also from Stoke-on-Trent, who was arrested on suspicion of affray has been released under investigation.

  15. Your comments: Pottery firm makes limited edition Jeremy Corbyn jug


    We shared with you yesterday that a Stoke-on-Trent pottery firm has produced a toby jug resembling Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

    Labour supporter Alexander Kirk, 19, from Lincoln, commissioned Hanley's Bairstow Manor pottery to make 500 jugs.

    Some of you shared your thoughts on this on BBC Radio Stoke's Facebook page, it seems some of you may be receiving this as a present!

    Jeremy Corbyn

    Bobbie Mcguinness isn't a fan, saying: "You can put that one straight in the bin."

    Wendy Foxall commented she'd rather have a Thomas Shelby from Peaky Blinders jug.

    Kate Nicholson simply said: "YESSSS."

  16. Football: Vale caretaker managers 'believe' in current squad

    BBC Radio Stoke Sport

    Port Vale coaches David Kelly and Chris Morgan who have been placed in temporary charge of the team say they still have "belief" in the current squad.

    The duo have remained at the club following the sacking of manager Michael Brown on Saturday.

    David Kelly and Chris Morgan
    Quote Message: It's a difficult position to be in, the league table doesn't lie, but we do still believe and have the belief in the players that they can get themselves on to a decent run." from David Kelly Caretake manager
    David KellyCaretake manager