- Exploding white goods warning from regions fire services
- Wooden rollercoaster planned to replace Alton Towers' log flume
- £80,000 of farm machinery stolen in Staffordshire
- Updates on Friday 3 June 2016
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.
Nick Mason, the drummer with legendary group Pink Floyd, has presented a cheque for more than £18,000 to the 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.
A mobile phone will be buried for 100 years at the National Memorial Arboretum as part of an “innovative" time capsule project.Copyright: Lichfield Mercury
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.Copyright: FlossspotCopyright: Pam
Presenter, BBC Midlands Today
Washing machine and tumble driers - usually you wouldn't spare them a thought but maybe we should.Copyright: BBC
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.
A Tamworth couple have lost the equivalent of a third person in their marriage after shedding more than 15 stone between them.Copyright: Tamworth Herald
Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke
A man's suffered serious injuries after reportedly being hit by a car near a golf club in Burton.Copyright: Google
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.
Fire crews are tackling a "large open grass fire" around Gentleshaw Common near Burntwood this afternoon, police say.
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
BBC Local Live
A new wooden rollercoaster's set to be built at Alton Towers, under plans revealed by the theme park.Copyright: Matthew Wells
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".
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.
There's another new, rare arrival at Chester Zoo.
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.
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.
A balloon artist from Burton who is preparing to build his biggest creation yet was treated to his very own balloon animal by a paramedic – in the back of an ambulance on his way to hospital.Copyright: Burton Mail
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.Copyright: crewealex.net
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
BBC Midlands Today