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  1. Updates on Friday 10 June 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

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 live mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday, but keep an eye out here for more updates over the weekend.

    And you'll be able to get updates on Sunday night as BBC Midlands Today covers a EU Referendum debate - Better In or Out on BBC One at 22:30.

    We'll be bringing you comprehensive updates from the debate and you can have your say on social media.  

  2. Skate park opens in £2.2m park revamp

    Emma Thomas

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    A £170,000 skate park has been opened in Hednesford, Staffordshire

    Cannock Chase District Council say the facility at Hednesford Park will cater for BMX riders, skaters, scooters and rollerbladers and is part of a £2.2m revamp of the park.

    Hednesford Skate Plaza
  3. On Midlands Today this evening: The new authority for the West Midlands

    Amy Cole

    BBC Midlands Today

    The newly created "West Midlands Combined Authority" has set out ambitious new targets for the future of the region. 

    Councillors reaching agreement

    Twelve local authorities have agreed to work together - including Cannock Chase District Council and Tamworth Borough Council.

    I've been looking at what it means for the areas involved and what they're aiming to do - see my report on BBC One from 18:30 in Midlands Today.

  4. Teenage cricket star makes history

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    She's bowled the maidens over ... 14-year-old Burton schoolgirl Lucy Yates has become the first junior to play for Derbyshire women's senior cricket team.  

    Lucy Yates

    Abbotsholme High School pupil Lucy is a seam bowler and was also the first girl to play senior league cricket for her club in Rolleston.  

  5. More arrests after 'gun threat' road rage incident

    Lee Thomas

    News Editor, BBC Radio Stoke

    We can bring you more now on the story we brought you earlier about arrests after a reported road rage incident near Nantwich. 

    A525 near Whitchurch

    West Mercia Police said they'd arrested two teenagers after a man was threatened with what appeared to be a gun on the A525 on Wednesday night. 

    Since then, the force says they've also arrested a man, 24, and a woman, 21, from Stoke-on-Trent on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

  6. Your pictures: Flooding in Cannock

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    There's been heavy rain this afternoon in Cannock and it's been causing localised flooding on some routes.

    These are two pictures from BBC Weather Watchers in the town, Andyone and Roberts Flat.

  7. Sports clubs get extra year playing at historic estate

    Jack Dowling

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    There's some relief for sports clubs around Stafford today. 

    The National Trust has allowed cricket and football to be played on the Shugbrough Estate's grounds for another season.

    Shugborough parkland

    The trust had planned to return the pitches to parkland later this year after taking over the estate from Staffordshire County Council.

  8. 'Crown of flowers' being created for Queen's 90th birthday

    Lee Thomas

    News Editor, BBC Radio Stoke

    A huge crown of flowers is being constructed outside a Nantwich church to mark the Queen's 90th birthday.

    St Mary's Church, Nantwich

    Artists from Stoke-on-Trent are creating the 20ft (6m) wide crown, mostly made from carnations, on the lawn outside St Mary's in the town centre

    The display will also be used to mark the start of the church's flower festival, which begins on Thursday.

  9. Setback for elected mayor plans in Cheshire

    Phil McCann

    Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News

    The plans for Cheshire to get an elected mayor have suffered their first setback. 

    Ruling Labour councillors in Warrington voted against the proposals in a private meeting last night. 

    Images of Cheshire

    They asked for more detail about the plans and possible alternatives.

    Some wanted the council to look at joining-up with a wider area, like the Liverpool city region.

  10. Latest: Man jailed for handling thousands of fake £20 notes; more arrests over A525 road rage; flood-damaged school staying shut

    Jack Dowling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    This evening's main headline for Staffordshire and Cheshire include:

    - A Keele man has been jailed today after admitting handling thousands of pounds of counterfeit money

    - A man and a woman from Stoke-on-Trent have been arrested after a man was threatened with what's thought to be a gun in a road rage incident, say police

    - Officials have admitted they do not know when a Stoke-on-Trent school damaged by floods will re-open

  11. Your pictures: Misty Wombourne church and overflowing in Stone

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    Getting around the patch now with some of the pictures you've sent in to us.

    Firstly this is from Robin Silvester in Wombourne, Staffordshire.


    While Kath Dawson's sent this of the overflow stream coming off the Trent and Mersey Canal in Stone, Staffordshire adding that "my dog beauty has photobombed".

    To send your photo in of a location in Staffordshire or Cheshire you can email, tweet them to @BBCRadioStoke or put on Instagram with the tag #bbcstoke.

    The overflow stream coming off the Trent and Mersey Canal in Stone
  12. Flood-damaged school remaining closed

    Jack Dowling

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    Officials have admitted they do not know when a Stoke-on-Trent school damaged by floods will re-open.

    Clarice Cliff Primary School

    Clarice Cliff Primary School in Fenton had to close on Wednesday after heavy rain flooded the carpark and parts of the school building. 

    The city council says the clean-up will continue into the weekend and parents will be updated after that.

  13. Man jailed after police find thousands of fake £20 notes

    Alice Bentley

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    A Keele man has been jailed today after admitting handling thousands of pounds of counterfeit money. 

    Danny McCoy, 33, of Quarry Bank Road, had pleaded guilty to two counts of having custody or control of counterfeit currency notes with intent and one of possession of criminal property. 

    He was jailed for three and a half years at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court. 

    Danny McCoy

    Staffordshire Police say they found fake bank notes in his car in September and £2,100 more after searching his home, along with over £20,000 of real money. 

    Officers say they started investigating him but, despite that, McCoy was found in February with another £8000 of counterfeit £20 notes in Cambridgeshire.  

  14. Watch: The weekend's weather for Cheshire and Staffordshire

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    If you want to get a latest weather forecast over the weekend for your part of Staffordshire or Cheshire you can head to the BBC website.

    Video content

    Video caption: The weather for the West Midlands.
  15. Weather warning for Cheshire and Staffordshire

    Sarah Robertson

    Producer, BBC Radio Stoke

    There are more predictions about heavy rain this afternoon and evening as the Met Office has put out another yellow weather warning for the West Midlands and the North West.

    They say slow-moving, heavy showers could become more widespread and could lead to localised surface water flooding.

    The alert covers Staffordshire and Cheshire and runs until 21:00 tonight.

    Weather warning