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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 1 April 2016
  2. News. sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Allen Cook

All times stated are UK

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  1. Man suffers 'life-changing injuries' in assault

    A man has suffered "life-changing injuries" in a serious assault, Staffordshire Police said.

    Officers are investigating the assault which happened on Market Lane, Newcastle-under-Lyme at about 01:30 on Sunday.

    The 48-year-old victim man was taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital where he remains - his condition is described as stable.

    Market Lane

    A 30-year-old man from Stoke-on-Trent was arrested at the scene on suspicion of assault causing grievous bodily harm.

    He has since been released under investigation, pending further enquiries.

    Det Sgt John Dowie said: "This was a very serious assault that has left a man hospitalised with horrendous injuries.

    "We believe that the victim was drinking in the Foyer nightclub immediately before the assault took place.

    "We are also particularly keen to speak to a woman and another man in connection with this incident."

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    Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire southbound

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    M6 Staffordshire southbound severe accident, before J15 for A500.

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound before J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent), because of an accident involving a lorry and a car.

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

  3. Extra patrols to tackle anti-social behaviour

    BBC Radio Stoke

    Police are putting on extra patrols to tackle drug dealing and anti-social behaviour on a main road through Crewe town centre.

    Businesses on Nantwich Road (pictured) say the area is being blighted by people out drinking and taking drugs in the street.

    Ron Dean, who runs a barber's shop on the road, says he welcomes the extra police patrols.

    Nantwich Road
    Quote Message: It's gone from being a pleasant road, to a having a few down and outs walking around, just causing mither. It can put customers off." from Ron Dean Barber shop owner
    Ron DeanBarber shop owner

    Cheshire Police says it is committed to tackling the issue.

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    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

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    M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, between J12 for A5 and J13 for A449.

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J12, A5 (Gailey) and J13, A449 (Stafford South), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

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    Severe accident: A38 Staffordshire northbound

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    A38 Staffordshire northbound severe accident, from A5121 to A5121 Derby Road.

    A38 Staffordshire - A38 closed and queuing traffic northbound from Branston Interchange in Centrum One Hundred to Clay Mills in Stretton, because of an accident.

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

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    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

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    M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, between J13 for A449 and J12 for A5.

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound between J13, A449 (Stafford South) and J12, A5 (Gailey), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

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    Severe accident: A51 Staffordshire both ways

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    A51 Staffordshire both ways severe accident, at Saint John Street.

    A51 Staffordshire - Slow traffic on A51 Birmingham Road in Lichfield at the Saint John Street junction, because of an accident involving a lorry earlier on.

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

  8. Post-mortem tests carried out after two bodies found

    Post-mortem examinations are taking place today for two men found dead in what are being treated as "linked" cases in a murder investigation.

    A man in his 50s was found dead near a Stoke-on-Trent allotment on Friday. The body of a second man, believed to be 19, was found later the same day, about half a mile away at an address in Barnfield Road, Burslem.

    Floral tributes

    Formal identification of the two men has not yet taken place and is not expected to be completed until the middle of this week at the earliest.

    Det Ch Insp Jason Everett said: "There is nothing to suggest anyone else is involved in this incident, however my detectives are working hard to eliminate all possibilities before we can confirm the series of events that led to the two men's deaths."

  9. Care home working with police over assault

    A 77-year-old man suffered head injuries after being "badly assaulted" in a care home, police have said.

    Staffordshire Police were called to a retirement apartment complex at Gloucester Grange, Clayton, Newcastle-under-Lyme, at 04:46 after reports of a man "smashing his way in to the building with a weapon".

    Andrei Szatkowski, Executive Director of Operations at Aspire Housing said they were aware of the incident.

    Gloucester Grange

    "We're working with the authorities to assist with their enquiries.

    "We're in touch with all affected customers and the safety of our customers remains our priority at all times."

    A 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

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    Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire southbound severe accident, between J15 for A500 and J14 for A5013.

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound between J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and J14, A5013 (Stafford North), because of an accident. In the roadworks area.

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

  11. Schoolgirl hit by car dies

    A 13-year-old girl has died after being hit by a car in Tamworth.

    Staffordshire Police are appealing for witnesses following the incident on Friday.

    It happened at about 19:00 on the River Drive junction with Fazeley Road and involved a black Hyundai Tucson.

    Jorja Deborah Fisher

    The girl has now been formally identified as 13-year-old Jorja Deborah Fisher. She suffered serious injuries and was taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital, where she died a short time later.

  12. In the papers: Woman needed 45 stitches after dog attack

    Stoke-on-Trent Live

    Here are some of the stories Stoke-on-Trent Live is covering today:

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    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, from J13 for A449 to J12 for A5.

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound from J13, A449 (Stafford South) to J12, A5 (Gailey), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

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    Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire northbound severe accident, from J11A for M6 Toll to J12 for A5.

    M6 Staffordshire - Stationary traffic on M6 northbound from J11a M6 Toll to J12, A5 (Gailey), because of all traffic being temporarily held and an accident.

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

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    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

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    M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, at J12 for A5.

    M6 Staffordshire - Lane closed on M6 southbound at J12, A5 (Gailey), because of debris on the road. Traffic is coping well.

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