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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 17 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 mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday.

  2. BBC Weather Watcher picture: Flooded Stafford play park

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Anyone going to go to the park in Stafford might need to take a paddle.

    Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Dodger for this soggy scene near The Meadows, next to the River Penkridge.

    River Penkridge in Stafford
  3. On Midlands Today this evening: Flooding damage and 'fake reviews' investigation

    BBC Midlands Today

    This evening on Midlands Today - we'll be looking at a day of mopping up and counting the cost after yet more torrential rain wreaked havoc in the region overnight

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    Video caption: Birmingham flood lifts cars from roads as houses are deluged

    Plus we'll hear from staff at a Stoke-on-Trent letting agent who have told the BBC the company has been posting fake reviews online - something the firm denies. 

    See those stories and much more, including your important weekend weather forecast, on BBC One from the slightly later time of 19:30.

  4. Watch: Stoke and Staffordshire's weather forecast for tonight and the weekend

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    You can get a weather forecast for your part of Staffordshire or Cheshire at any other time from the BBC website

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    Video caption: The weather for the West Midlands.
  5. Watch: Crewe Alexandra had "two poor seasons"

    Graham McGarry

    Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Crewe Alexandra's director of football, Dario Gradi, says the side has had "two poor seasons". 

    The club were relegated back to League Two at the end of last season, having only just escaped the drop the season before.

    Gradi told me the team has just not been good enough.  

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    Video caption: Crewe director of football Dario Gradi says they've had "two poor seasons".
  6. Government refuses to 'call in' controversial rugby club plans

    James Bovill

    Staffordshire Political Reporter, BBC News

    The local government secretary has decided not to re-examine a decision to grant planning permission for the relocation of Stafford Rugby Club. 

    Stafford Borough Council approved plans for a site near to Doxey Marshes in March for the second time - a first application was quashed in the High Court.  

    Stafford Rugby Club's current site

    Campaigners asked the local government secretary, Greg Clark, to "call in" the decision, but the Department for Local Government says they won't. 

    Opponents say they'll launch another legal challenge - the rugby club say they want to get on with building their new facilities. 

  7. Watch: School 'to be flood-proofed'

    Chris King

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    A Stoke-on-Trent primary school has been told it is going to be flood-proofed.

    Clarice Cliff Primary in Fenton was damaged for the second time in just over a week by flooding.

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    Video caption: School 'to be flood-proofed' after being damaged twice in a week.

    Headteacher Diane Broadhurst (featured in video) says they don't want children to keep missing lessons and they're now looking at flood-proof doors.  

  8. Latest: MPs get security advice after Jo Cox MP death; four boys arrested at Alton Towers; school 'to be flood-proofed'

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    If you're just checking in with the page this evening, here's our latest round-up of headlines:

    Stafffordshire Police says it is offering personal security advice to all of the county's MPs, following the killing of the West Yorkshire MP Jo Cox

    - Four teenagers have been arrested at Alton Towers on suspicion of assault after a 15-year-old was airlifted to hospital with facial injuries, police say

    - A Stoke-on-Trent primary school has been told it is going to be flood-proofed

  9. Six charged over Stafford burglaries

    Alice Bentley

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    Six men have been charged by police in connection with a string of burglaries in Stafford.  

    Cannock Magistrates

    Staffordshire Police say the men, aged between 15 and 27, have been charged with offences including burglary and receiving stolen goods. 

    The force says the break-ins happened between August and October 2015. All six are due at magistrates in Cannock later this month.

  10. Plaques unveiled for Burton's Ferry Bridge

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    Let me bring you some news about the restoration of Ferry Bridge in Burton.

    Four aluminium plaques have been unveiled, ready to be put on the historic bridge once the work is finished.

    Ferry Bridge in Burton

    They have cost more than £17,000 and weigh a quarter of a tonne. 

    Three of the original plaques were lost after they were removed from the bridge in 1969.  

  11. Football: Stoke 'disappointed' at festive away games

    Matt Sandoz

    Stoke City commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Stoke City's chief executive, Tony Scholes, says he feels the club's fans have not been treated fairly with the side's fixtures over the festive period.

    Fan at Stoke's last Boxing Day game in 2015

    The Potters are facing two away games on Boxing Day and New Year's Eve

    Scholes told BBC Radio Stoke he thinks travelling to Liverpool and Chelsea is tough for the supporters. 

    Quote Message: Truthfully I'm a bit disappointed that we are away from home on Boxing Day and on New Year's Eve. I think it's very tough to ask fans to travel to two away games back-to-back over the Christmas period." from Tony Scholes Stoke City's chief executive
    Tony ScholesStoke City's chief executive
  12. Jo Cox MP death: Staffordshire MPs to get police security advice

    Lucy King

    News Editor, BBC Radio Stoke

    Stafffordshire Police says it is offering personal security advice to all of the county's MPs, following the killing of the West Yorkshire MP Jo Cox.

    Police Cars parked at Staffordshire Police HQ in Hanley

    The force says there is "no specific threat to MPs" and they should carry out their duties as planned.

    It also says it doesn't have plans to send officers out with the MPs as they go about their work 

  13. Vigil in Stoke-on-Trent for Orlando shootings victims

    Sarah Robertson

    Producer, BBC Radio Stoke

    A candle-lit vigil is due to be held in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent tonight as a tribute to the Orlando shooting victims. 

    The Regent Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent lit up in pride colours after the Orlando shooting

    Sunday's mass shooting at the gay club in Florida was the worst in recent US history, with 49 people dead. 

    Organised by LGBT Staffordshire, the event in Hanley is due to start at 19:00.

  14. Travel: Police incidents cause disruption on A500 in Talke and A50 in Longton

    BBC Travel

    We have two police incidents disrupting traffic in the north Staffordshire area this afternoon:

    - There is stationary traffic on the A500 in both directions between Audley and the Talke roundabout

    - The A50 in Longton is blocked between the A50 junction and Longton, because of another police incident

  15. Latest: Bridgewater murder claims to be examined; MP speaks of 'regular threats'; Stoke school flooded twice in a week

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    This afternoon's main headlines include:

    - New claims which emerged in a TV documentary into the case of a boy's death in Staffordshire nearly 40 years ago will be examined by the county's police

    - The MP for Burton and Uttoxeter, Andrew Griffths, says threats to their safety are commonplace and have to be "shrugged off"

    - A Stoke-on-Trent primary school has been flooded for the second time in just over a week