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Concerns over change to autism services

Parents have raised concerns about a change in autism support services in Staffordshire.

The current provider, Midland Psychology, has been told its contract for south Staffordshire won't be renewed at the end of the month and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in the county promised the new provider would be in place by 1 October.

Burton MP Andrew Griffiths has written to the health secretary to say both he and parents have concerns about the CCGs' stop-gap solution.

Midlands Psychology offices
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Mr Griffiths said he was told the Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust would take over until the end of the year, but called the process "shambolic" and called on Health Secretary Matt Hancock to investigate.

Parents have complained that calls to Midlands Psychology haven't been answered and appointments have been cancelled, since it was announced their contract was coming to an end.

They said they feared the continuity of care for their children would be lost and that valuable time would be missed in their diagnosis and care.

In a letter to parents, Midlands Psychology said it was only told its contract wasn't being renewed on 30 August.

It said it was trying to "close services down in a way that is safe and effective for all of the children we see", but the decision will "inevitably leave some of you mid-assessment and others waiting for help, following a diagnosis".

'Lifelong-friend' teddy bear sells for £1,100

A teddy bear that was treasured by a Staffordshire woman for 99 years has been sold at auction for £1,100 - more than 10 times its estimate.

The toy, named Bear, was given to Ida Goring by her father in 1916 and she kept it until she died in 2015, shortly before her 102nd birthday.

Bear
Hansons

Ida Goring's daughter, Jenny Pickett, said the bear now needed someone new to "care for him" and the money from his sale would go towards a headstone for her brother David Goring, who died aged 67 in 2016.

The auctioneers Hansons had listed the "faithful" bear with a guide price of between £70 and £100.

Ida Webb was given the bear by her father when she was three
Hansons Auctioneers

'Driving without a licence for 24 years'

Police have stopped and seized a car in Stoke-on-Trent after discovering the driver has been driving without a full licence for 24 years,

Officers say they were shocked to discover the person had held an expired provisional driving licence since 1995.

Seized car
Staffordshire Police

More than £133k seized under Proceeds of Crime Act

More than £130,000 has been taken from criminals who've been convicted or suspected of being concerned in the supply of drugs in Staffordshire.

Money
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Financial investigators at Staffordshire Police have got the money under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

The biggest haul was nearly £120,000 that was seized by officers from a van on the M6 at Stafford.

The cash will be sent to the Home Office and if there aren't any appeals, half of it will be returned to the force.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Early mist and fog patches will clear, leaving a dry day with highs of 17C (63F).

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Chilly night ahead

John Hammond

Weather forecaster

After a fine, dry day, we're in for a more cloudy night with clear spells:

John Hammond

You can keep up-to-date with the latest weather forecast for your area by going to the BBC Weather website at any other time.

Plenty of sunshine forecast today

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

After the cold start to Wednesday, a dry, fine day with plenty of sunshine:

Rich Davis

Keep up-to-date with the latest weather forecasts for your area by going to the BBC Weather website at any other time.

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Sara Thornton

BBC Weather

It will be a chilly but dry night with clear skies and lows of 7C (45F).

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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

After a dull morning with patchy rain it will be a cloudy day with highs of 17C (63F).

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Weather: A warm and sunny weekend ahead

BBC Weather

We're forecast sunny weather and temperature over 20C (69F) this weekend.

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Weather: Light cloud overnight and a fine weekend ahead

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

We're forecast some light cloud overnight, but we could see some sunshine tomorrow and the forecast for the weekend is looking pretty good for September.

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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a cloudy day but feeling warm with highs of 21C (70F).

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Keep an umbrella handy today

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

A cloudy start and there's a chance of rain around today:

Alex Hamilton

Keep up-to-date with the latest weather for your area by heading to the BBC Weather website.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

After a cloudy start it should be a dry bright day with highs of 18C (64F).

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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Rain will clear away overnight leaving a dry night with lows of 9C (48F).

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New Voices: Be on the BBC where you live

Open auditions are to take place across the West Midlands for BBC local radio's biggest ever talent search.

Local radio presenters
BBC

You don’t need any previous presenting experience. You just need a passion for radio and the ability to tell a great story.

View more on twitter

Every local BBC radio station in England and The Channel Islands is holding auditions on either Saturday 28 September or Sunday 29 September 2019.

You can find out how to apply here.

Fears over fish numbers

Anglers are being asked to help carry out a a survey of barbel in the Upper Trent and River Dove in Staffordshire.

Barbel
BBC

There's concern that numbers of the fish have gone down, said the Environment Agency.

It's keen for anglers to record what they catch in an attempt to try and understand fish stocks better.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy and cool day with some rain and highs of 15C (59F).

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Video: What's the weekend weather got in store?

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a dry night with clear spells and lows of 8C (46F).

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Call for wider Taser use by PC run down by car

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

A police officer seriously hurt when a banned driver crushed her against a fence has told the BBC she believed all officers should now be given Tasers.

Claire Bond after sentencing
PA Media

PC Claire Bond was responding to reports a car had hit a garage in Stafford last year when she was struck and then dragged along by the car.

Her leg and kneecap were broken and she said "I look back now and I have no doubt that I would have used a Taser in order to stop him from going any further if I'd had one."

Gurajdeep Malhi, 26, from Stafford, was jailed on Monday for more than 12 years after admitting grievous bodily harm with intent and dangerous driving.

Last month, Northamptonshire's Chief Constable said he was issuing tasers to all frontline officers following the death of PC Andrew Harper in Berkshire.

Urgent review into breastfeeding support service cut

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Joe Burn

An urgent review's going to be held into the loss of a breastfeeding support service.

More than 5,000 people signed a petition urging Stoke-on-Trent City Council not to cut the Community Breastfeeding Team, provided by the local NHS.

Baby
BBC

The local authority's looking to save £600,000 each year by not renewing the contract and instead replace it by extending the city's existing breastfeeding peer support programme, made up currently of two volunteers.

But, after being lobbied by mothers and opposition councillors at its full council meeting, the local authority agreed to send the decision for an urgent review and scrutiny.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy day with some rain and highs of 18C (64F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a dry night with some clear spells and lows of 9C (48F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Hole-in-the-road fly-over staying shut

Allen Cook

BBC News

More tests may have to be carried out on a fly-over in Stoke-on-Trent, which has been shut since the start of July after a large hole appeared in the carriageway.

The flyover
Google

A faulty joint was discovered on the A53 Festival Park flyover, in Etruria, on 9 July.

Repair works were carried out but contractors then took samples from the bridge's concrete to try and work out why the hole had opened up in the first place.

Closed off section of flyover
BBC

The council says the results are now being analysed by an expert and could mean either further repair works starting or more tests having to be made on other parts of the bridge.

It means the local authority can't say when the fly-over will reopen.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a dry and fine day with highs of 17C (63F).

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Weather forecast for next 24 hours

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

After a mixed day with rain around, tonight's expected to be mainly dry with clear spells:

Alex Hamilton

Get a latest forecast for your area at any other time by heading to the BBC Weather website.

Will you need an umbrella?

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It may start with rain but a mainly dry morning with spells of sunshine, here's the full forecast for today:

Alex Hamilton

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

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a dry day with plenty of cloud around and highs of 20C (68F).

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Video: What's the weather got in store?

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It should be a dry night with clear spells and lows of 11C (52F) and some warmer weather on Tuesday.

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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a dry day with sunny spells and highs of 19C (66F).

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