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  1. Updates on Friday 29 April 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Allen Cook

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

Live updates for Staffordshire and Cheshire have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 Tuesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather, after the May bank holiday. 

On BBC Midlands Today this evening: Doctors leading way on rare genetic condition

Kevin Reide

Midlands Today

About 6,000 children are born in the UK each year with a syndrome without a name - a genetic condition so rare that it's often impossible to diagnose. 


Now doctors here in the Midlands are leading the way by offering help and support to thousands of families who are desperate for answers. 

I've been at the first clinic for such children and you'll see my report on Midlands Today from 18:30 on BBC One.

Footpath shut for safety reasons with council set to fell 100+ trees

Emma Thomas

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

A footpath in Stafford has been closed because of a number of trees that are considered to be a danger to the public.

Stafford Borough Council says around 130 "crack willows" that line the Pearl Brook Pathway near the Kingsmead Local Nature Reserve are due to be felled.   

Crack willow
Science Photo Library

The authority says they're in poor condition.

However the council says the work won't be carried out until the end of the bird nesting season in September.

Watch: Crewe manager grateful for club backing

Graham McGarry

Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Crewe Alexandra manager Steve Davis has told me he's grateful the club's board has backed him. 

It followed a fans forum at Gresty Road.

Chairman John Bowler promised to match this season's budget in 2016-17, despite the relegation.

Fireman recognised for bravery after helping stabbing victim

Alice Bentley

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

A Staffordshire firefighter who went to help a man who'd been stabbed has been commended for his bravery by the fire service. 

L-R Matt Owen, Chief Fire Officer Becci Bryant, Amy Hill West Midlands Ambulance Service and members of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service says Matthew Owens was at a music event in Blackpool last year when he gave first aid to the man.

The service says he had to continue giving the man chest compressions when his pulse stopped as paramedics had been delayed, due to reports of men with knives in the area.

His actions undoubtedly helped to save this gentleman’s life and deserve to be recognised."

Neil PedersonStaffordshire Fire and Rescue Service Station Manager

Your pictures: Sunset colours over Barlaston

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

Just had to share with you this fantastic sunset photo taken by the ever-snapping Jon Kelso in Barlaston - wonderful colours.

Jon Kelso

If you've got a photo of Staffordshire or Cheshire to share you can do that by sending it in on email, tweet @BBCRadioStoke or use Instagram.

Woman sprayed in face in robbery after placing Gumtree ad

Lisa Teanby

Journalist, BBC News

A woman's been sprayed in the face with an "unknown substance" in a doorstep robbery in Burton.

Staffordshire Police say she'd placed an advert on Gumtree about selling two mobile phones.

However when two men came to her home on Wednesday afternoon they sprayed her in the face and then stole the phones. 

The force says the woman's been left with discomfort in both eyes.

News: Men jailed for fatal Burton stabbing; Muller cuts milk price; woman sprayed in face in robbery

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

These are among the top stories for Staffordshire and Cheshire this evening:

- The family of a Burton man say "no punishment" will ease their sorrow on the day the four men who killed him were jailed

- The price Market-Drayton based Muller pays farmers for their milk is to fall again in June

- A woman's been sprayed in the face with an "unknown substance" in a doorstep robbery in Burton

Travel: Breakdown blocks part of A500 in Stoke-on-Trent

BBC Travel

The A500 D Road in Stoke-on-Trent is partially blocked northbound at the Basford roundabout, because of a broken down vehicle.

Congestion is back to the Hanford Interchange.

Watch: Port Vale 'still targeting play-offs'

Lee Blakeman

Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Port Vale's manager Rob Page says he hasn't completely ruled out making the play-off places in League One. 

The Vale are currently five points behind sixth-placed Barnsley with just two games to go in the season.  

High level roads to be gritted in part of Cheshire

High level routes in east of Cheshire are going to be gritted tonight, the local council says.

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Watch: Tonight and the weekend's weather for Stoke and Staffordshire

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

The BBC weather website also has the latest forecast for you at any time.

Watch: Stoke City boss blames injuries for poor form

Matt Sandoz

Stoke City commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes is blaming injuries for his team not hitting their "best form" more often.  

He's been speaking at his press conference today ahead of the Potters game at home to Sunderland tomorrow.

Watch: History of landmarks told through new mobile phone app

The stories of 20 Newcastle-under-Lyme landmarks are featured on a new mobile phone app. 

The Heritage Trail allows people to watch a video about each landmark by scanning a picture in a booklet - Glen James (in video) helped research, write and produce the videos. 

The St Giles Heritage Project is a collaboration between the church and Staffordshire University. 

It's hoped that it will encourage young people to learn more about local history.

Watch: Cheshire girl put on transplant list for new lungs

Pete Morgan

Presenter, BBC Radio Stoke

A Cheshire girl who urgently needs a double-lung transplant is awaiting treatment.   

Elle Grace Morris from Wrenbury has cystic fibrosis and created a list of 10 wishes she wanted to do before her 10th birthday in January. 

They included being a princess for the day and making a music video. 

Now her mother Becky told BBC Radio Stoke she's been put on a transplant list by Great Ormond Street Hospital and it's now "a waiting game".  

Football: Muniesa says Stoke need to 'work harder' to beat slump

Matt Sandoz

Stoke City commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Stoke City defender Marc Muniesa says they have to work harder as a team to get them out of their worst run of the season.

Dejected Stoke City players
Getty Images

The Potters can still break their Premier League points record but have made life harder after three consecutive four-goal defeats

Muniesa says they are looking to turn things around against Sunderland this weekend.

We could do better as a team - we could defend better altogether, attack altogether and then, in the set pieces, we are not doing good things, so we have to be tighter to our opponents."

Marc MuniesaStoke City defender

Warning for rail travellers in Stafford and Crewe

A warning if you're planning on travelling on the trains over the bank holiday weekend.

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Tomasz Bachta stabbing: Police thank community for 'critical information'

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

The community of Burton has been thanked by Staffordshire Police for helping them jail four men over the fatal stabbing of Tomasz Bachta. 

The force's investigating officer, Det Insp Dan Ison said people in the area provided "critical information" that helped to get the convictions. 

He added that it had been a "challenging and complicated investigation".

News: Four jailed for fatal stabbing; Muller cuts milk prices again; cyclist hit by van

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

- Four men have been jailed today for their part in killing a man in Burton in a "calculated" attack

- The price Market-Drayton based Muller pays farmers for their milk is to fall again in June

- A 17-year-old cyclist has been taken to hospital after being hit by a van in Stafford  

Müller to reduce farmers milk price for fourth month

Tim Page

BBC Local Live

The price Muller pays farmers for their milk is to fall again in June.

The Market Drayton-based company says its average milk price is dropping to just over 19p a litre. 

Muller plant at Market Drayton

It says "markets continue to be severely depressed due to the balance of supply and demand".

It's the fourth monthly price cut in a row.

Tomasz Bachta stabbing: Family won't forget those responsible

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

The family of Tomasz Bachta say "no punishment" will ease their sorrow on the day the four men who killed him were jailed.

Staffordshire Police said Mr Bachta was attacked after working a night shift on 15 July. 

Bartosz Ojeda-Rodriguez, Stanislaw Czyz, Andrzej Pawel Czyz and Piotr Miezal (clockwise from top left)
Staffordshire Police

In a statement, his family said that day changed their whole lives, calling Tomasz a "beloved son, brother and uncle".

BBC Weather Watcher pictures: Congleton and Madeley

Monica Rimmer

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

Our BBC Weather Watchers keep sending in their stunning pictures of Staffordshire and Cheshire through the website - you can still join up.

Firstly this one's been taken in Congleton by user Dawn Treader.

Dawn Treader

While the fields around Madeley have been snapped under blue skies by Young Ted here.

Sheep in field
Young Ted

BreakingFour jailed over fatal Burton street stabbing

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

Four men have been jailed today for their part in killing a man in a "calculated" attack. 

Tomasz Bachta, 29, (pictured) died outside his home in All Saints Road, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, on 15 July.

A post-mortem examination confirmed he died from a stab wound to the neck.   

Tomasz Bachta
Staffordshire Police

Today at Stafford Crown Court, Piotr Miezal, 33, was jailed for nine years after being convicted of manslaughter earlier this month. 

Bartosz Ojeda-Rodriguez, 35, Stanislaw Czyz, 29, and Andrzej Pawel Czyz, 31, were all jailed for life, to serve a minimum of 20 years, after being found guilty of murder.

'Sleepless slugs' on rise, say experts

BBC News England

Last year's wet summer, followed by one of the warmest winters on record, has helped to create a generation of sleepless slugs, wildlife experts have warned.  

The weather has not been cold enough in recent months to send the creatures into hibernation.  


Conservation charity BugLife said Britons could start to a see a slug population "explosion".

This could cause "devastation for our gardens", it warned.

On Midlands Today this lunchtime: Ceramic referendum survey and major house fire

BBC Midlands Today

This lunchtime on BBC Midlands Today we'll be talking about an EU referendum survey of ceramics companies in the Midlands. 

House fire in Birmingham
Stacey Clarke

We'll also cover a major house fire in the region and remember one of the region's greatest cricketers. 

Join us from 13:30 on BBC One for those stories and more.

Football: Crewe Alexandra manager handed fighting fund

Gary Smee

BBC Sport

Crewe Alexandra have given manager Steve Davis full backing to carry on as manager next season in the wake of relegation from League One.  

Crewe Alexandra manager Steve Davis
Getty Images

Speaking at a fans forum at Gresty Road, chairman John Bowler promised Davis a budget for next season on a par with the one he has had this season.  

We're not cutting back. We're putting in money that's sensible. We're finalising the budget but there is scope to bring in three quarters of the experienced players we need."

John BowlerCrewe Alexandra chairman

News: More disruption from £250m rail project; cyclist hit by van; 'exploding' hearing aid warning

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

The headlines this lunchtime include:

- More disruption's expected this weekend on rail routes in Staffordshire as Network Rail looks to finish at £250m project in the Stafford area

- A 17-year-old cyclist has been taken to hospital after being hit by a van in Stafford

- A warning's been issued in Staffordshire by an NHS Trust about exploding hearing aid batteries  

Teenage cyclist in hospital after being hit by a van

Sarah Robertson

Producer, BBC Radio Stoke

A 17-year-old cyclist has been taken to hospital after being hit by a van in Stafford.

Chell Road

West Midlands Ambulance Service say it happened outside the Sainsbury's on Chell Road at about 08:00 this morning. 

They say the man was treated for leg injuries before being taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital.

Watch: County marks it's 1000th birthday with Staffordshire Day

Max Mallen

Presenter, BBC Radio Stoke

Staffordshire marks it's 1000th birthday on Sunday

The first recorded mention of Staffordshire was in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in 1016, the county council says.

Celebrations and events are planned across the county to mark the anniversary.   

Richard Swancott is from Enjoy Staffordshire who are helping organise it and told BBC Radio Stoke a lot of hard work has gone into the planning.  

'Exploding' hearing aid battery warning in Staffordshire

Jack Dowling

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

A warning's been issued in Staffordshire by an NHS Trust about exploding hearing aid batteries.  

Hearing aid

The University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust says it is one of many in the country that received a batch of batteries for the devices, made by ZeniPower. 

The trust says it'd been told "there was a low risk that some batteries used in hearing aids could explode".

It says the warning only affects products with a use-by date of August or September 2018 and if people have one, they should return it.

Watch: Stoke and Staffordshire's afternoon weather

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

The BBC website also has your latest weather forecast at any time.

Football: Port Vale midfielder uncertain of future in Potteries

Ged Scott

BBC Sport

Port Vale midfielder Michael O'Connor will wait to see if he gets any offers closer to home before deciding whether he has a future at the League One club.

Port Vale midfielder Michael O'Connor

The 28-year-old Northern Ireland international is one of several players still to find out if they are to be offered a new deal by up-for-sale Vale.

He admitted a move close to his Lincolnshire home could be tempting.

If a club came in closer to home, depending on what league they're in and who it is, I'd consider it."

Michael O'ConnorPort Vale midfielder

Your pictures: A Stoke sunset and Lichfield Cathedral

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

You all do a great job of taking and sending in great pictures of Staffordshire and Cheshire every day.

This top one from Steve Rylands features a lovely sunset pictures in Stoke-on-Trent.

Steve Rylands

This photo of Lichfield Cathedral comes from Heather Parry.

If you've got a photo to share, you can do that on email, tweet @BBCRadioStoke or put them on Instagram, adding #bbcstoke to the description.

Lake in front of Lichfield Cathedral
Heather Parry

Lowry napkin drawing sells for £7,000

Stuart George

Presenter, BBC Radio Stoke

A sketch by LS Lowry on a six-inch (15cm) napkin has sold for £7,000 at an auction in Nantwich, Cheshire.

The drawing on the napkin
Peter Wilson

The drawing is of a Welsh handball court in 1961.

It was sold by Peter Wilson Auctioneers who said the sketch had been given as a gift to the seller's father by another artist, Peter Warburton, who was a "close friend" of Lowry's.

Coach “proud” at Crewe & Nantwich Ladies league-winning season

Nantwich News

A coach of Crewe & Nantwich RUFC ladies has spoken of his pride after the team won the league in its very first season.  

Crewe & Nantwich RUFC ladies
Nantwich News