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  1. Weather: A dry and dull Friday

    BBC Weather

    A mainly dry, dull day with overcast skies. Light winds and a high of 19C/66F.

    Gnosall
    Image caption: This morning in Gnosall, Staffordshire

    Staying mostly dry tonight with lingering cloud and light winds again. Low: 11C/52F.

    You can get a latest forecast for your area at any time by going to the BBC Weather website.

  2. Nineteen arrests in Staffordshire county lines crackdown

    Machetes, a crossbow and a sword have been seized by police who arrested 19 people in a crackdown on county lines drug dealing gangs in Staffordshire.

    A recreation of a drug deal

    Forces across the UK boosted activity against county lines gangs in the week from 17 to 23 May.

    Staffordshire Police said they seized drugs and cash along with the weapons and those arrested were all held on suspicion of drugs offences.

    The drug seizures included a 20-year-old man as he got off the train from Walsall to Cannock who the force said had 50 deals of heroin and crack in his socks.

    Two vulnerable people were also found by officers as they searched 20 suspected "cuckooed" homes, places where gangs have taken over the place for criminal activity.

  3. Weather: A mainly sunny day

    BBC Weather

    It will be mainly sunny today with just a few patches of cloud, although there is a slim chance of the odd shower. Highs of 19C (66F).

    This morning in Muxton, Shropshire
    Image caption: Thursday morning in Muxton, Shropshire

    The mostly clear skies are set to start tonight but some bands of high cloud are expected to drift in from the west. Lows of 9C (48F).

    You can get a latest forecast for your area by going to the BBC Weather website.

  4. Weather: Sunny and dry

    BBC Weather

    A dry and sunny start to Wednesday before turning a little cloudier in the afternoon, still with plenty of sunshine. High: 14C/57F.

    This morning in Tamworth, Staffordshire
    Image caption: This morning in Tamworth, Staffordshire

    There is the chance of an odd light shower this evening but tonight will be mainly dry and clear. Low: 5C/41F.

    You can stay up-to-date with the latest forecast for your area by going to the BBC Weather website.

  5. PC shaves hair to raise £8k for charities

    A policeman who said his "man bun" was a distinctive feature of his life, has had his long locks shaved off, raising more than £8,000 for charity.

    PC Richard Lymer, of Staffordshire Police's road policing unit, was inspired to raise money after seeing friends affected by cancer.

    PC Richard Lymer having his haircut at charity event

    PC Lymer, who said his hairstyle "gained its own notoriety" when he appeared on TV show CopsUK: Bodycam Squad, had his 22in (55cm) locks shaved off at a community event on Saturday.

    He set up a JustGiving page and the funds will be split between Katharine House Hospice, StrongMen charity - which helps men cope with bereavement - and Mummy’s Star, which supports women diagnosed with cancer during or near pregnancy.

    "Through donations, social media shares or just kindness in attending my event to support me has meant I have achieved this amazing figure," he said.

  6. Pupils urged to get Covid test after India variant found

    Sixth form students at a school in Lichfield are being asked to get a precautionary Covid-19 test, after cases of the Indian variant were identified.

    One case has been confirmed at the The Friary School, while a further two are deemed likely to have the variant.

    The cases have self-isolated, and close contacts in school have also been isolating in line with government guidelines.

    All Year 13 pupils have been asked by Staffordshire County Council and Public Health England to get a precautionary PCR test to check there are no additional cases of Covid-19.

    Friary School

    Dr Richard Harling, Staffordshire County Council’s director for health and care, said: "With sixth form students at The Friary finishing their studies on Wednesday, it is sensible to ensure there are no further cases of Covid-19 in this particular group, which is why we have asked all students to get a precautionary PCR test."

  7. Crewe to Shotton

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    Video caption: Michael is in Crewe, a town steeped in railway history and immortalised in the music hall.
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    Video caption: Silverdale stink: Environment Agency 'needs to take right actions'

    The Environment Agency responds to criticism of its handling of issues at Walleys Quarry.