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- Updates on Friday 15 April 2016
- News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Monday
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has been paying tribute today to former chief fire officer Peter Dartford who has retired.
He has held the role for the past six years.
BBC Midlands Today
On this evening's Midlands Today on BBC One we'll hear how a tiny infant school in Staffordshire has been saved from closure.Copyright: BBC
All Saints School in Ranton had 15 pupils a few months ago - but now it's up for 40.
What's behind the turnaround? I've been finding out and will have the full story from 18:30.
A Toyota worker was handed a suspended sentence after drugs he purchased on the "dark web" were intercepted at London Heathrow Airport.Copyright: Burton Mail
BBC Midlands Today
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BBC Local Live
News of a restoration project in Burton as the £1.3m revamp of Ferry Bridge is on course to finish in June.Copyright: Oliver Mills/Geograph
The bridge, which crosses the River Trent from the town to Stapenhill, opened in 1889 and replaced the ferry service.
It's due to officially open in the summer once it's been repainted and the handrail and timber decking replaced.
News Editor, BBC Radio Stoke
Stoke-on-Trent's food bank says it gave out more than 11,000 food parcels in the last year and over a third went to children.Copyright: Getty Images
The Trussell Trust, which runs 17 centres across the city, says demand for its food parcels is up 6% on the year before.
The charity says the top three reasons for needing its help in the area are benefit delays, low income and benefit changes.
Stoke City boss Mark Hughes says he is "comfortable" with his goalkeeping options and is prepared to switch between Jakob Haugaard and Shay Given.Copyright: Getty Images
In the absence of injured number one Jack Butland, 23-year-old Haugaard has started the last two Premier League games but has conceded six goals.Quote Message: It's a fluid situation. We've lost a top goalkeeper, but we have two outstanding keepers that can come in and do well for us." from Mark Hughes Stoke City manager
A Little Bit Of Stone
Stone’s new community fire station will be officially opened by the Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire during a special ceremony on Wednesday 20 April.Copyright: A Little Bit of Stone
BBC Local LIve
People in Leek have been wishing Queen Elizabeth II a happy 90th birthday.
With the event approaching fast, a number of events are being held to celebrate the birthday on 21 April.
As part of our coverage, we'd like to hear your stories and see pictures of when you met the Queen.
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BBC Local Live
More of your great photos now and this first one is from Jon Kelso who took it in Trentham.Copyright: Jon Kelso
While Twisted Mind Photography took this picture of the Harecastle Tunnel in Kidsgrove.Copyright: Twisted Mind Photography
Thousands of children in England started school underweight last year, according to official figures highlighted by MPs.
Rising numbers of children do not get enough to eat, says the All Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger.Copyright: Oli Scarff
"For a minority of children, the school lunchtime represents the only chance each day to eat something substantial," the group reported.
The government said it was committed to an "all-out war" on food poverty.
Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke
- A man has been charged with the rape of a Keele University student who killed herself while detectives investigated the allegations, police say
- A mother, who admitted in a Staffordshire prison to murdering her baby son, has been jailed for life
- A Cheshire East councillor who quit the authority's ruling cabinet in a row over charity donations has said he has "total confidence he will be exonerated"
Political reporter, Cheshire
A Cheshire East councillor who quit the authority's ruling cabinet in a row over charity donations has said he has "total confidence he will be exonerated".Copyright: Cheshire East Council
Conservative Sam Gardner resigned yesterday after it emerged a company he was a director of didn't send donations collected at a music festival to the charity they were intended for.
Mr Gardner's released a statement saying he had no direct responsibility for the charity money.
Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke
Our BBC Weather Watchers always provide us with great pictures from across the area - here's one from JR in Gnosall, Staffordshire.Copyright: JR
While the sun was out for Mick when he took this in Newtown, Staffordshire.
You could get a picture featured as a BBC Weather Watcher - head to the website and sign up.Copyright: Mick
There's been an accident on Station Road in Stoke-on-Trent near the A52 Leek Road junction.
Presenter, BBC Radio Stoke
Earlier we told you about Averil Siegertsz who's concerned about her son Jamie, 17 - he has been diagnosed with a rare condition, Rumination Syndrome.
The diagnosis took several months, she says, because many doctors aren't aware of the condition and the solution is to "retrain" Jamie's brain to get it to keep food down - he can only keep water and diluted juice down.
Averil told me time is running out with Jamie losing so much weight.
The University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust said in their statement that they've offered the family support - and a specialist can see Jamie in the next fortnight.
Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke
It's becoming harder to find a parking space in Crewe, according to the town's visitors and workers who've spoken to BBC Radio Stoke.
They say the town's new leisure centre, which was built on a car park, has added to the issue.
Cheshire East Council says more short-stay spaces will help boost local trade, and there are still plenty of longer stay spaces around the town for workers.
Political reporter, BBC Radio Stoke
A man has been charged with the rape of a Keele University student who killed herself while detectives investigated the allegations, police say.Copyright: Amanda Patricia Stubbs
Elgan Varney, 32, of Wye Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, is accused of raping Hannah Stubbs.
The 22-year-old killed herself at her home in Stafford in August 2015. She was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, an inquest ruled last month.
BBC Radio Stoke
A girl from Staffordshire says she's looking forward to competing in the World Cheerleading Championships.
Grace Preston is from Wrinehill near Betley and performs with a troupe in Coventry.
They will be competing in the team event in Disneyworld Florida next week.