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Summary

  1. Exploding white goods warning from regions fire services
  2. Wooden rollercoaster planned to replace Alton Towers' log flume
  3. £80,000 of farm machinery stolen in Staffordshire
  4. Updates on Friday 3 June 2016

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By Allen Cook

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday, but keep an eye out here for more updates this evening and into the morning.

  2. Watch: Weather forecast for the West Midlands

    If you need a weather forecast at any other time for your part of Staffordshire or Cheshire, you can get one from the BBC Weather website.  

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    Video caption: Weather forecast for the West Midlands
  3. Watch: Pink Floyd legend presents air ambulance cheque

    Andrew Easton

    Presenter

    Nick Mason, the drummer with legendary group Pink Floyd, has presented a cheque for more than £18,000 to the Midlands Air Ambulance.  

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    Video caption: Pink Floyd's Nick Mason hands cheque to Midlands Air Ambulance

    The money comes from the Henry Surtees Foundation, a charity which supports road safety initiatives.  

    I managed to get a few minutes with Mr Mason to find out what the band were up to.

  4. BBC Weather Watcher photos: Church Eaton and Newcastle-under-Lyme

    Monica Rimmer

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    The sunshine's been reflected in the BBC Weather Watcher pictures I've picked out today - from Flossspot in Church Eaton, Staffordshire and Pam in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

    To become a BBC Weather Watcher and keep us updated with the weather in your area, head to the website and join up.

    Church Eaton
    Newcastle-under-Lyme flowers
  5. On Midlands Today this evening: Dangers of exploding washing machines

    Nick Owen

    Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    Washing machine and tumble driers - usually you wouldn't spare them a thought but maybe we should. 

    Burnt out machine

    That's because firefighters across the West Midlands are reporting a major increase in the number of household white goods exploding over the past year. 

    We'll have more on Midlands Today this evening from 18:30 on BBC One - including how some of them have partially destroyed houses.

  6. Pedestrian airlifted to hospital after 'hit by car'

    Jack Dowling

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    A man's suffered serious injuries after reportedly being hit by a car near a golf club in Burton. 

    Ashby Road

    West Midlands Ambulance Service say it happened at 13:00 on Ashby Road and off-duty medics initially came to help the man. 

    The 44-year-old was then given treatment by ambulance staff before being airlifted to the Royal Stoke University Hospital.

  7. In pictures: Large grass fire near Burntwood, Staffordshire

    Fire crews are tackling a "large open grass fire" around Gentleshaw Common near Burntwood this afternoon, police say.

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  8. News: Exploding washing machines warning; Alton Towers plans wooden rollercoaster; £80,000 of farm machinery stolen

    Chris King

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    This evening's headlines include:

    - Firefighters across the region are reporting a major increase in the number of household white goods exploding over the past year  

    - A new wooden rollercoaster's set to be built at Alton Towers, under plans revealed by the theme park

    Tractors and trailers worth almost £80,000 have been stolen in the Staffordshire Moorlands

  9. Wooden rollercoaster planned to replace Alton Towers' log flume

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    A new wooden rollercoaster's set to be built at Alton Towers, under plans revealed by the theme park.

    Alton Towers' Flume

    The proposals have been submitted to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council and, if approved, would see the ride SW8 replace the park's log flume. 

    That attraction is described as "dated" and would be demolished - the plans say the new ride would be made out of "dark stained timber" and include "themed sound tunnels".

  10. Watch: Keyboard player and singer performs at BBC Music Day event

    Max Mallen

    Presenter, BBC Radio Stoke

    More now from our "Take it to the Bridge" event in Stafford for BBC Music Day.

    The variety of performers continued with Market Drayton keyboard player and singer Heidi Browne.  

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    Video caption: Keyboard player and singer performs at BBC Music Day event
  11. Exploding white goods warning from region's fire services

    Ben Godfrey

    BBC Midlands Today

    Firefighters across the West Midlands are reporting a major increase in the number of household white goods exploding over the past year.  

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    Video caption: Exploding white goods warning from region's fire services.

    In some cases houses have been partially destroyed by tumble driers and washing machines over-heating. 

    Last year in Staffordshire the county's fire service revealed dozens of blazes had been caused by white goods catching fire.  

  12. Football: Crewe chairman pledges to talk more with fans

    Graham McGarry

    Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Crewe Alexandra chairman John Bowler says he's fully aware that the club has to build better relationships with its fans. 

    John Bowler

    Despite being relegated to League Two, the club has already sold more than 1500 season tickets. 

    Bowler told BBC Radio Stoke he hopes becoming more accessible to fans will benefit everyone.

    Quote Message: At the end of the day I think they're quite right - you get more by face-to-face discussion and maybe we didn't concentrate or give enough attention to actual face-to-face supporters evenings as we should have done." from John Bowler Crewe Alexandra chairman
    John BowlerCrewe Alexandra chairman
  13. Watch: Stoke and Staffordshire's weekend weather forecast

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    If you need a weather forecast at any other time for your part of Staffordshire or Cheshire, you can get one from the BBC Weather website.

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    Video caption: Weather forecast for the West Midlands