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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 27 April 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Jack Dowling

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for Stoke and Staffordshire have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 Thursday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. PCC elections: Hopes for less embarrassing turnout

    Patrick Burns

    Political editor, Midlands

    With a turnout of just 11.6%, the first election for Staffordshire's Police and Crime Commissioner was the lowest of any in England.

    Across the board, organisers of next month's PCC elections in England will be hoping to improve on November 2012's turnout.

    Ministers hoped to introduce a greater level of democracy in monitoring police forces, yet six in seven voters were completely unmoved.

    Sign for polling place

    The first Thursday in May looks a much better bet for a less embarrassing turnout - it's when people expect elections.

    Candidates standing for Staffordshire PCC:

    George Adamson (Labour)

    Natalie Devaney (Independent)

    Matthew Ellis (Conservative)

  3. Watch: Weather forecast for the West Midlands

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    There's still a cold element to this evenings weather I'm afraid.

    Minimum temperatures overnight of 1C (34F).

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    Video caption: Shefali Oza with the afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands
  4. Affelay to 'come back stronger'

    Matt Sandoz

    Stoke City commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Stoke City defender Mac Muniesa says teammate Ibrahim Afellay will come back stronger from his recent knee injury.

    The Dutch international, 30, damaged his cruciate ligament in training last week.

    The midfielder joined for free from Barcelona last year. He may be out until Christmas.

    Ibrahim Afellay of Stoke City
    Quote Message: It's really sad, I saw him crying the other day because he's done his knee again. When you come back [from injury] you're hungry to help the team, and I know he will be like that." from Marc Muniesa Defender, Stoke City
    Marc MuniesaDefender, Stoke City
  5. Headlines: UHNM 'coped really well' during strike; mediators could help in allotment row; two threatened at knife-point

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    Some of the headlines we're talking about today have been:

    - The University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust has "coped really well" during the doctors' strike, according to its medical director

    - Mediators could be brought in in a row over who owns allotments in Crewe

    - Two women were threatened at knife-point at an off licence in Stoke-on-Trent

  6. Man loses four stone in city health drive

    Obesity levels in Stoke-on-Trent are rising, despite the city council investing £7m in recent years on a health and lifestyle programme.

    Thousands of people have dropped out of the council's LifeStyle campaign over the last seven years.

    However, Andrew Canes (featured below) said it had helped him lose four stone in just three months.

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    Video caption: Man loses four stone in city health drive
  7. UHNM 'coped really well' during strike

    Sarah Robertson

    Producer, BBC Radio Stoke

    The University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust "coped really well" during the junior doctors' strike, according to its medical director.

    Dr John Oxtoby told BBC Radio Stoke that efforts from consultants, nurses and those junior doctors not striking, meant just 90 non-emergency procedures were cancelled.

    Junior doctors on strike holding signs

    The two-day strike is the latest in the dispute between the British Medical Association members and the government over a new contract. 

  8. Mediators could help in allotment row

    Phil McCann

    Political reporter, Cheshire

    Mediators could be brought in in a row over who owns allotments in Crewe. 

    The town council says the dispute has already cost taxpayers thousands of pounds.

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    Video caption: Mediators could be brought in in a row over who owns allotments in Crewe
  9. Headlines: Two women threatened at knife-point; passers-by stop attack in Meir; reports of mini tornado

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    - Two women are threatened at knife-point at an off licence in Stoke-on-Trent

    - A man's been punched to the ground and kicked in the head in an attack in Stoke-on-Trent

    - There were reports of a "mini-tornado" in Wolstanton yesterday evening - high winds knocked over walls and damaged buildings

  10. Preparations continue for Staffordshire Day event

    Ros Chimes

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    Preparations for Staffordshire Day celebrations at Rudyard Lake are nearing completion as the big day draws near.

    Performer Bullzini will be crossing a high wire over the lake on Sunday in one of a number of events designed to turn the area into a picturesque 19th Century holiday destination. 

    Lake with boats
  11. 'One-off' market to encourage shoppers in town

    Emma Thomas

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    Stafford is playing host to a "one-off" market today to try and increase the number of shoppers on the high street.

    I visited this morning, as the stall holders were setting up, and was amazed by the variety on offer in the 50-odd stalls.

    Market stall with various baked goods and wooden statues

    It's been organised by the group behind Walsall's popular Bescot market, and if it's a success they hope it will become a regular event.

  12. Travel: Lane closed on M6 in Cheshire

    BBC Travel

    There's congestion on the M6 southbound in Cheshire due to a broken down vehicle.

    One lane is closed near J18 for the A54 (Sandbach).

  13. Passers-by stop attack in Meir

    Chris King

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    A man's been punched to the ground and kicked in the head in Stoke-on-Trent - and the attack only stopped when locals came to his aid. 

    Staffordshire Police say it happened just before 19:00 on Monday night when a car of young men pulled up behind the 19-year- old as he was walking along Ryder Road in Meir. 

  14. BBC Weather Watchers: Four seasons in one day

    What a crazy 24 hours of weather. It seems like we've had all four seasons in the last day. 

    Our BBC Weather Watchers have been in fine form sending in some brilliant photos.

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    Video caption: Photos capture four seasons in one day
  15. Two women threatened at knife-point

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    Two women were threatened at knife-point at an off licence in Stoke-on-Trent last night.

    The robbery happened at around 21:45 at Bargain Booze in Blurton Road. A masked man held a knife and demanded cash from the till, while an accomplice held the door open for their escape.

    Staffordshire Police are appealing for witnesses, the armed suspect is described as white, tall and of medium build. 

    Off licence building on street corner
  16. Headlines: Reports of mini tornado; 30 cases of revenge porn; junior doctors strike

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    Our top stories across Stoke and Staffordshire include:

    - Walls, roofs and even cars were badly damaged by high winds in Wolstanton yesterday afternoon

    - Staffordshire Police have investigated 33 cases of so called revenge pornography over the past year, BBC figures show

    - The second day of a junior doctors' strike is under way

  17. 'Tornado' damage highly localised

    Walls, roofs and even cars were badly damaged in Wolstanton yesterday afternoon.

    The damage seemed to be highly localised - with some people reporting sightings of mini tornadoes. 

    The Met Office says the conditions were right for tornadoes, but it could neither confirm nor deny whether they formed.

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    Video caption: Cars and homes in Wolstanton damaged by 'mini tornado'