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  1. Updates on Friday 27 May 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Stephanie Barnard

All times stated are UK

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  1. End of live updates

    That's it for live updates today. We'll be back after the bank holiday break on Tuesday 31 May with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Stoke and Staffordshire.

    We hope whatever you get up to this weekend - you have a good one and it stays sunny.

  2. Bank holiday: Weekend weather forecast

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    This evening and overnight may see the odd heavy and thundery shower develop across the far south and west of the region. 

    Remaining dry elsewhere overnight, with clear spells. However, some low cloud may move in from the east later with lows of 7C (45F).

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    Video caption: The afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands

    As a whole, the bank holiday weekend will be mostly fine and warm.

  3. Man denies murder of Chesterton woman

    A man has denied murdering a woman found stabbed at a house in Staffordshire.

    Fay Daniels, 30, was found at a property on Victoria Street, in Chesterton, in April last year. She had suffered multiple stab wounds.

    Staffordshire Police say 36-year-old Phillip Barlow, is due in court for a pre-trial hearing on 8 July, charged with her murder.

  4. Alley victim tests ongoing

    Toxicoloy tests are still being carried out on Arturas Eidikis, who died in an alley in Burslem yesterday.

    The 52-year-old was discovered by officers on Louise Street and died at the scene.

    Twenty-eight-year-old Aleksas Malachovskis has been charged with the production of cannabis and is due to appear before amgistrates tomorrow.

    Staffordshire Police said Mr Eidikis's family in Lithuania had been informed of his death and said extra tests to determine exactly how he died could take several weeks. 

  5. Kidsgrove care home to close

    Bosses at a care home in Kidsgrove say it's closing because it can't recruit enough staff.

    The Acres Nook Care Home, run by HC One, provides accommodation for up to 72 people. 

    The firm said the move was in the "best long-term interests" of its residents and blamed a national shortage of trained staff.

    In a statement, HC One said it would be working with the local authority to find new noes for residents and it hoped staff at Acres Nook could be found jobs at it other homes run by the firm.

    A report released by the Care Quality Commission in March found the home "required improvement".

    Acres Nook Care Home
  6. EU Referendum debate: Should I stay or should I go?

    James Bovill

    Staffordshire Political Reporter, BBC News

    BBC Radio Stoke is holding a live EU Referendum radio debate at 19:00 on Wednesday 15 June at our studios in Hanley.  

    There will be an expert panel putting both sides of the argument - and you can be part of the audience, too. 

    To register an interest, call 01782 208 008 or email.  

    Union Jack and EU flag
  7. Latest headlines: Man pleads not guilty to woman's murder; Burslem alleyway death 'not suspicious'

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    The top stories in the BBC Radio Stoke newsroom at 17:00 include:

    - General Electric in Kidsgrove announces 243 jobs are at risk as it looks to close its plant in the town

    - A 36-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to the murder of a woman from Chesterton

    - Police say they're no longer treating the death of a man in Burslem alleyway yesterday as suspicious

  8. Filming with Professor Pigment

    Laura Mcmullan

    Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

    I've been out filming with Professor Pigment ahead of his Trail and Error exhibition which opens tomorrow at the Potteries Museum.

    It's part of a new art project he's be working on for the past six months which is scattered across Stoke-on-Trent.

    The street art features in several locations across the city including Piccadilly and Staffordshire University.

    Laura May meets Professor Pigment

    My report will be on BBC Midlands Today on Tuesday - the project is running in Stoke until 18 June so you've plenty of time to catch it.

  9. Bank holiday: Rail delays warning

    Train services between Liverpool and Birmingham are affected over the bank holiday weekend.

    If you're travelling from Stoke-on-Trent, Stone or Stafford be aware that your train may be delayed or replaced with a coach.

    Train operator London Midland says it is the final phase of works to be completed.

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  10. Recovery centre helps more than 90 people over four months

    A new drinks and drug recovery centre in Hanley says it's helped more than 90 people since it opened earlier this year. 

    The Stoke Recovery Service has helped people overcome alcohol and drug addictions over the past four months.

    They run mentoring sessions, and offer jobs and training.

    Quote Message: We’re empowering our service users to grow stronger mentally and feel valued through a mix of activities. We’re giving them a safe place to be, where they can talk in confidence, take part in workshops or in clubs like fishing, cycling or art." from Vicky Lomas Stoke Recovery Service Manager
    Vicky LomasStoke Recovery Service Manager
  11. M6 northbound delays

    BBC Travel

    Drivers on the M6 northbound near Stoke-on-Trent are being advised that the northbound exit slip road at junction 15 is currently closed for essential carriageway repairs.

    Keep up to date with the latest on BBC Travel.

  12. Hughes 'needs to toughen Stoke squad'

    Former Stoke winger Terry Conroy thinks manager Mark Hughes needs to toughen the squad up in the transfer window if they are to push-on next season. 

    Stoke have finished ninth in the last three Premier League seasons.

    Mark Hughes
    Quote Message: The skill factor is not questionable. You need a balance, you need people who can dig a little bit. We have to find that blend of being able to roll up our sleeves and scrap and then the skills show through." from Terry Conroy Former Stoke winger
    Terry ConroyFormer Stoke winger
  13. Burslem alleyway death 'no longer suspicious,' says police

    Chris King

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    The death of a man in Burslem yesterday is no longer being treated as suspicious. 

    Arturas Eidikis, 52, was found on Louise Street yesterday morning but died at the scene.

    A 28-year-old man has been charged with the production of cannabis after a number of plants were found in a house on Wilson Street.

  14. Toddler death review: 'People want to know how this could have happened'

    David Cameron has pledged to examine concerns over the independence of a serious case review after a Burton woman stamped her toddler to death.

    MP Andrew Griffiths raised the matter in Prime Minister's Questions and called on Mr Cameron to make such reviews more independent.

    Ayeeshia Jane Smith
    Quote Message: [Social services] knew about the violent boyfriends, they knew about the domestic violence, they saw the doors kicked in, they smelt the cannabis, they saw the bruises, they saw the cuts, they saw the fingerprints on her little thighs - and they did nothing. People in Burton want to know how this could have happened."

    Kathryn Smith, 23, was jailed for 24 years after murdering Ayeeshia Jane Smith, aged 21 months, in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, in May 2014. 

  15. Dodd leaves Port Vale: 'You've support me through the good times and the bad'

    Vale striker Louis Dodds has tweeted a "a special thank you" to the fans after a move to League One rivals Shrewsbury Town was confirmed by the club.

    Dodds has signed a two-year deal with the Shrews, having been at Vale Park since 2008. 

    In his message to fans, he thanked them for their support "through the good times and the bad, from administration to promotion".

    Louis Dodds
    Quote Message: I have some of the greatest memories at Port Vale , which made the decision to leave the hardest one I've ever had to make. It has been an honour and a privilege to represent the club for eight years of my career." from Louis Dodds
    Louis Dodds
  16. Friday forecast: Dry and bright day

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    A largely dry and bright day ahead for all of us. 

    Some warm spells of sunshine will develop during the day. However, an isolated heavy shower is possible - highs of 19C (66F).

    Charlie Slater with the Friday forecast