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  1. In the papers: Renewed appeal over historic murder

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    Stories being covered by some of our local newspapers today include:

  2. Cheshire East Council 'whistleblower' in bullying claim

    Phil McCann

    Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News

    A trading standards officer who says he blew the whistle on "a cover-up of theft from the public purse" was "bullied and harassed", an employment tribunal has heard.

    Cheshire East council HQ

    Robert Edwardson said he was "treated differently" after reporting alleged criminality at Cheshire East Council.

    Mr Edwardson took the local authority to an employment tribunal after leaving earlier this year.

    Cheshire East rejected his claims as a "wild conspiracy theory".

    The tribunal was adjourned until January.

  3. Stoke City boss says club's owners backing him

    BBC Sport

    The Stoke City manager says he believes he's in a stronger position with the club because the owner Peter Coates is heavily involved on a day-to-day basis.

    Mark Hughes

    Mark Hughes is under pressure as the Potters are 16th in the Premier League with just one win in eight games.

    They are preparing to host West Brom and Hughes goes into the match odds-on favourite to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post.

    Quote Message: The owners and everyone connected with the club are fully informed. They come to the game themselves. They are here every week. They are not in some far-off land watching on TV. They are around the club every single day. They are at the coal face. They would sense if something needs to change. It doesn't." from Mark Hughes Stoke City manager
    Mark HughesStoke City manager
  4. Christmas Eve disruption for trains

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    Train passengers planning to use services which will run between Rugeley and Birmingham on Christmas Eve are being warned of disruption.

    West Midlands Railway

    West Midlands Railway says there'll be engineering work on the line between Birmingham New Street and Tame Bridge Parkway.

    The operator says that'll mean buses replacing trains between Walsall/Rugeley, Trent Valley and Birmingham.

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    Video caption: Sick girl 'really happy' to go home for Christmas

    Millie Turner from Stafford has a rare genetic disorder and was facing Christmas in a hospital bed.

  6. Travel: All lanes reopen on M6 in Staffordshire

    BBC News Travel

    The lorry fire on the M6 in Staffordshire's now been cleared, Highways England says:

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  7. Weather: Staying mild with patchy drizzle

    BBC Weather

    It will be cloudy and mild with some patchy drizzle at times. Lows of 7C.

    Video content

    Video caption: Weather

    More from BBC Weather

  8. £80k fine for fire safety breach at hotel

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    A firm running a hotel has been fined £80,000 for breaching fire safety regulations.

    Hospitality First Two Ltd, which runs Crewe Arms Hotel on Nantwich Road, pleaded guilty to five charges on Thursday at Liverpool Magistrates Court.

    Crewe Arms Hotel

    Cheshire Fire Service said the issues were discovered in 2015 and included an insufficient number of smoke detectors and inadequate escape routes.

    The site closed for two-and-a-half months for works which the fire service called significant.

    The BBC has approached Hospitality First Two Ltd for comment.

  9. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, between J15 for A500 and Stafford Services.

    M6 Staffordshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M6 southbound between J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and Stafford Services, because of a car fire.

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

  10. Travel: Lorry fire brings M6 to standstill near Stafford

    BBC News Travel

    A lorry fire's brought traffic to a halt on the M6 in Staffordshire this evening.

    Highways England says it's on the southbound side between junctions 15 for Stoke-on-Trent and 14 for Stafford.

  11. In photos: Lighting up Christmas

    BBC Weather Watchers

    As it's the Friday before Christmas, here are a couple of festive photos from our BBC Weather Watchers today.

    Thanks to Jon in Barlaston and Paulus in Birmingham:

  12. Surprise by-election among BBC review of political year

    BBC Politics

    BBC Politics has been looking back at another year of startling news, including a surprise by-election in Stoke-on-Trent.

    The shock came because Tristram Hunt, who started the year as the Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent, announced he was quitting to become the director of London's Victoria and Albert Museum.

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    Video caption: Tristram Hunt on leaving Labour seat and his new job at the V&A

    At the time, that fed into the ongoing divisions in the Labour Party which were supposed to have been laid to rest by Mr Corbyn's re-election to the leadership.

    In the by-election in February, Labour held the seat, with Gareth Snell succeeding Mr Hunt and then defending it in June's surprise general election.

  13. M6 in Staffordshire set to be 'incredibly busy'

    BBC News England

    The M6 between Staffordshire and Merseyside is expected to be "incredibly busy" this evening as many people begin their Christmas getaway.

    An estimated 1.3m Christmas travellers are adding to the usual traffic, with the RAC urging people to avoid long trips on "frantic Friday".

    Cars in traffic

    Traffic is expected to peak between 16:00 and 20:00 GMT, according to the RAC.

    Traffic data company Inrix said it would be one of the busiest days of the year, with "incredibly severe" jams.

  14. 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), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  15. Nurses give clothes to homeless patients

    Matt Lee

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    Nurses at the Royal Stoke University Hospital have been giving their old clothes away to homeless patients when they're discharged.

    The trust running the site says it's because some patients treated on the short stay unit only have the set of clothes they're wearing when admitted.

    Royal Stoke University Hospital

    The trust says the garments are often dirty or unsuitable for cold weather.

    Quote Message: [My son's] got that many clothes, I thought 'he doesn't need this', so they were in a bag and a gentleman had them and he started crying when I gave them to him." from Julie Lomas Nurse on hospital's short stay unit
    Julie LomasNurse on hospital's short stay unit
  16. 1917: The last Christmas of WW1

    BBC Radio 5 live

    One hundred years ago, a solider from Tamworth said he was preparing for a "really nice Christmas" on the Western Front during World War One.

    The Staffordshire man, 2nd Lieutenant Harold Ridsdale of the 76th Field Company, the Royal Engineers, wrote home to his family and his letter's been voiced by the BBC to mark the anniversary of the conflict's last Christmas.

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    Video caption: 1917: The Last Christmas - 2nd Lieutenant Harold Ridsdale

    He was born in Tamworth in 1889 and writes back about killing pigs, buying beer and that the officers have a turkey and "about 14 Christmas puddings".

    Lt Ridsdale survived the war and went on to became the director of a colliery. He died in 1960.