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  1. Clough: 'No contact' over Forest job

    BBC Derby Sport

    Burton Albion boss Nigel Clough has told a news conference he has had "no contact" from Nottingham Forest about their managerial vacancy.

    He said: "There's nothing to rule out at the moment. Football is far too unpredictable to rule anything in or out. I'm manager of Burton Albion."

    Nigel Clough

    He added that he felt Mark Warburton had been "very unlucky" to be fired by Forest after only nine months in charge.

  2. Call for A&E review after 'third world conditions' tweet

    Chris King

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    A health watchdog in Staffordshire has called for a total review of the A&E unit at the Royal Stoke University Hospital, after a doctor apologised for "third world conditions" at the site.

    Royal Stoke University Hospital

    Dr Richard Fawcett, whose Twitter profile lists him as a consultant at University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, made the statement on Twitter about the Royal Stoke's emergency unit.

    The hospital trust responded by saying it had been under "severe and sustained pressure over the Christmas period" and this had "continued into the new year".

    Today, the hospital says there are waiting times of more than four hours at the site and Healthwatch Staffordshire says they want a total review of how the A&E unit is run.

    Quote Message: I think the whole system needs to be looked at. Certainly, when we've done studies before on A&E, there's people coming to A&E who could have been treated elsewhere within the system." from Robin Morrison Chief executive of Healthwatch Staffordshire
    Robin MorrisonChief executive of Healthwatch Staffordshire
  3. Strong winds weather warning extended

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    The Met Office yellow weather warning for the West Midlands for strong winds has been extended to 19:00 today.

    Tree down in Birmingham

    It says the winds aren't expected to be as strong as overnight but could still cause transport delays and power cuts.

  4. Plan for 28,000 new homes examined

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    Plans to build nearly 28,000 homes in Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme are to be discussed by councillors today.

    It is claimed they could help create up to 17,000 new jobs.

    Housing being built

    The area's two authorities are working together on the Local Plan because Newcastle-under-Lyme is struggling to build enough homes and the city is proposing that it can pick up the slack.

    If approved, the Local Plan will set out what can be built over the next decade in each area, and a public consultation would start in February.

  5. Swanning around: RSPCA step in as bird halts traffic

    The RSPCA have removed a swan that had settled in a puddle, halting traffic on a road in a Cheshire town.

    Swan

    Vehicles were stopped for a short time on London Road North in Poynton to allow the swan to be taken to safety earlier this morning.

  6. Restaurant serves girl, 4, vodka cocktail

    A restaurant has apologised after a four-year-old girl was mistakenly served an alcoholic cocktail.

    Evelyn Thomas

    Mark Thomas, 33, ordered a "fruity softtail" from the children's menu for his daughter Evelyn at Frankie and Benny's in Burtonwood, Warrington.

    She was instead served an adult cocktail which contained vodka and peach schnapps.

    Evelyn was taken to hospital as she appeared "drunk" and even got a hangover, her father said.

  7. Flood warnings in place as Storm Eleanor disruption continues

    A number of flood warnings and alerts are currently in place across the North West following the arrival of Storm Eleanor.

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    There are eight flood warnings in Warrington, and nine flood alerts in Lancashire, the Environment Agency says.

    Blackpool's tramway system has reopened after powerlines were brought down. Delays are expected to continue for a short time.

    The Met Office is warning winds of up to 60mph will continue to pose a danger to life because of flying debris.

    In Cheshire, there has been flooding in Hillfoot Lane, in Frodsham, a tree has fallen in Grange Lane, Whitegate and Alderley Road in Wilmslow is also partially blocked due to fallen tree.

  8. Almost 900 properties still without power

    Almost 900 homes and businesses in the West Midlands are thought to be without electricity now after engineers worked through the night to restore power to many of those affected by Storm Eleanor.

    High winds brought down dozens of trees.

    Western Power Distribution said it hoped to restore supplies to many of the remaining homes by 11:00

    At its height, 2,000 properties in the region were affected overnight.

  9. In the papers: Disruption from Storm Eleanor

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    Storm Eleanor is dominating the top stories on the websites of many of our local newspapers:

  10. Weather: Yellow warning continues for strong winds

    BBC Weather

    A yellow weather warning continues throughout most of today with gusts of up to 60mph (96kph) possible. It could lead to travel disruption across parts of the North West.

    Showers are also likely, some of them becoming heavy and thundery. Highs of 8C.

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  11. Storm Eleanor: More trees brought down

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    More trees have come down in the West Midlands in the strong winds from Storm Eleanor this morning.

    Fallen tree in Hay Mills

    West Midlands Fire Service reported one down in Hay Mills while Staffordshire Police said there was one down near Cheddleton on the A520.

    West Midlands Railway warned of some disruption to Cross City services due to a tree on the line near Lichfield that had to be moved.

  12. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A520 Staffordshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A520 Staffordshire both ways severe disruption, between Leekbrook Way and East Drive.

    A520 Staffordshire - A520 Cheadle Road in Leekbrook closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the Leekbrook Way junction and the East Drive junction, because of a fallen tree.

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

  13. Strong wind warning for today

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    A yellow weather warning for strong winds today's going to stay in force until 18:00 at least today.

    Area covered by weather warning

    The Met Office says it covers the whole of the West Midlands and could see public transport disrupted or cancelled at times.

    It also says people should be prepared for power cuts and other disruption with people being warned that there could be flying debris.

  14. Here's how long the stormy weather will last

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    It's been a windy start to the morning and there is still a yellow weather warning from the Met Office in place today.

    Here's how the rest of the day's looking and you can stay up-to-date at any other time by going to the BBC Weather website.

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    Video caption: Wednesday morning's weather forecast for the West Midlands
  15. 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 - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M6 northbound between J12, A5 (Gailey) and J13, A449 (Stafford South), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  16. Plans move forward for campus takeover

    Phil McCann

    Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News

    Plans to take over Crewe's university campus when it closes next year have moved a step closer.

    The current Crewe campus

    Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) is pulling out of its Crewe Green Road site in the summer of 2019.

    Initial terms have now been agreed to turn it into a medical sciences education centre, offering courses including biomedical science and podiatry.

    The agreement isn't yet legally binding but MMU says it is a "roadmap" for future discussions.