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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Thursday
  2. Updates on Wednesday 25 May 2016

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 week but we'll be back from 08:00 Thursday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.  

  2. Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    Rain to sweep in overnight from the north, but should be largely gone by the morning.

    Minimum temperature of 8C (46F)

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    Video caption: Shefali Oza with the afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands
  3. Coming up on TV: Jake Shakeshaft reflects on Eurovision

    Laura Mcmullan

    Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

    Jake Shakeshaft, one half of Britain's Eurovision entry, visited his former primary school today - and I caught up with him.

    The 20-year-old, from Newcastle-under-Lyme, talked about the experience in Stockholm earlier this month and the knowledge he's built up so far in his music career.

    You can watch the full report on Midlands Today from 1830 on BBC One tonight.

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    Video caption: Eurovision Song Contest performer Jake Shakeshaft reflects on Will.I.Am advice
  4. Fleetwood Town sign former Vale striker Holloway

    Fleetwood sign former Port Vale striker Aaron Holloway for an undisclosed fee and goalkeeper Chris Neal on a free transfer.

    Aaron Holloway
  5. Crews tackle lorry fire

    The fire on Mount Road industrial estate is thought to involve a large camper van, a lorry and a pile of rubbish.

    Staffordshire Fire and Rescue says four crews from Longton, Stone and Newcastle-under-Lyme are at the scene.

  6. Latest: Fire on industrial estate; lottery win for Crewe bus driver; 900 respond to market consultation

    Phil Bowers

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    Here are some of the main stories we are looking at in Staffordshire and Cheshire:

    - Fire crews are tackling a burning caravan and lorry at an industrial unit in Stone

    - A bus driver from Crewe has called his £6.1m lottery win 'unreal'

    - Over 900 people have responded to an official consultation over the future of Sandbach's historic Market Hall

  7. Lottery win for Crewe grandad 'unreal'

    Stuart George

    Presenter, BBC Radio Stoke

    Winning the £6.1m lottery jackpot felt "unreal", Kevin Jones from Crewe told me.

    The 57-year-old checked his numbers on the computer before starting work as a bus driver at 05:30 the following morning.

    Bus driver and wife celebrate in front of bus

    Mr Jones said he felt obliged to work, despite suddenly becoming a millionaire, as his passengers depended on him to get to work.

    He told me: "I have a philosophy of speculate a little and consolidate a lot. We're certainly going to buy a home which we will hopefully be extremely happy in. From then we're going to draw a tight belt and live reasonably securely I hope."

  8. Fire on industrial estate in Stone

    Jack Dowling

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    Fire crews are tackling a blaze at an industrial unit in Stone.

    The fire, on Mount Road Industrial Estate, is believed to have started in the last half hour.

    Firefighters from Newcastle, Stone and Longton are at the scene.

    Fire in industrial unit behind metal fence
  9. More than 900 respond to market consultation

    Over 900 people have responded to an official consultation over the future of Sandbach's historic Market Hall

    Traders are concerned that the future of the market could be under threat because of plans to install glass offices, or remove the stalls altogether. 

    The town council insists the venue is losing money and needs revitalising. The results of the consultation haven't yet been revealed.

    Sandbach market
  10. Travel: Long M6 delays

    BBC Travel

    There's congestion on the M6 northbound at junction 16, due to an accident between junctions 17 and 18.

    All lanes have reopened, but congestion remains. 

    More on BBC Travel.

  11. Preparations continue for 'record-breaking' county show

    Emma Thomas

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    There's just a week to go until the 216th Staffordshire County Show at the county showground.

    Livestock entries have reached record-breaking levels this year. 

    Montage of county show attractions

    Richard Williams, chief executive of the Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society, said: "Sheep and pigs continue to increase to such a level that we are having to use every available space."

    The show will take place 1-2 June.

  12. 'No Vale contact with Accrington Stanley boss'

    Lee Blakeman

    Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Port Vale owner Norman Smuthwaite has confirmed today that he has had no contact with the Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman or his representatives regarding the vacant manager's job.

    Coleman's odds have been dramatically reduced from 66-1 to 8-1, making him the third favourite.

    John Coleman applauding fans
  13. Latest: Fugitive child rapist found abroad; Crewe grandad wins jackpot; scarecrows stolen from village festival

    Phil Bowers

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    Here are some of the main stories we are looking at in Staffordshire and Cheshire:

    - A child rapist who fled the UK has been arrested in Brazil after three years on the run

    - A grandad from Crewe has been revealed as the winner of a multimillion-pound lottery jackpot

    - Stars of the stage, cinema and small screen have been spotted in one Staffordshire village this week

  14. Illegal tobacco raids in Stoke-on-Trent

    Chris King

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    Raids across Stoke-on-Trent targeting illegal tobacco have uncovered more than 38,000 cigarettes and £18,000 worth of hand rolling tobacco. 

    Trading Standards officers said the operation has been run over the last four months - and seven out of the eight premises raided in Hanley, Longton and Stoke were selling illegal products.

    Smoked cigarettes in an ashtray
  15. Travel: Delays on M6

    BBC Travel

     There are delays northbound on the M6 in Cheshire after an earlier accident near J18 for the A454 (Middlewich).

    All lanes have now reopened, but traffic is backing up as far as J17 for Crewe.

  16. Scarecrows stolen from Staffordshire village festival

    Ros Chimes

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    Stars of the stage, cinema and small screen have been spotted in one Staffordshire village this week.

    Endon is having a best of British scarecrow competition, with the winner announced just before the annual well dressing during the bank holiday weekend.

    Unfortunately, two scarecrows were stolen earlier this week and have not yet been found.

    James Bond styled scare crow in front garden

    Mary Berry, the Queen and James Bond are just some of the famous personalities to be recreated as scarecrows in the village.

  17. Manhunt as convict escapes prison

    Burton Mail

    Police have sparked an area-wide manhunt after a convicted crack-cocaine dealer escaped from prison.