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Summary

  1. Pottery firm goes into administration with loss of 45 jobs
  2. New Port Vale manager targets promotion
  3. Hope for family over disabled boy's treatment
  4. Updates on Monday 20 June 2016

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

On Midlands Today this evening: Disabled boy's hope and Port Vale's new direction

Nick Owen

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

This evening on BBC Midlands Today we'll hear about fresh hope for disabled youngster Ben Baddeley from Staffordshire over his treatment for cerebral palsy. 

Bruno Ribeiro holding a Port Vale shirt
BBC

And we'll be seeing just what Port Vale's latest manager - their first foreign boss - Bruno Ribeiro wants to achieve with the club after being unveiled today. 

Join us from 18:30 on BBC One for both those stories and much more.

New bin lorries and recycling changes in Newcastle-under-Lyme

James Bovill

Staffordshire Political Reporter, BBC News

A new fleet of bin lorries has been bought by Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council.

The authority hasn't revealed their cost but says they'll be cheaper and cleaner to run and can take on recycling and food waste at the same time. 

Post of new recycling services in Newcastle-under-Lyme
Newcastle Borough Council

From July, the council says it is also moving from fortnightly to weekly recycling collections - and swapping bags for boxes.

'Unsafe' path fears after school bus cuts

Phil McCann

Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News

Children as young as 11 are to be left to walk nearly three miles to school along an "unsafe" disused railway line amid plans to cancel free bus passes in part of Cheshire, a head teacher says.  

The Middlewood Way between Bollington and Macclesfield
BBC

Cheshire East Council is to cancel passes for 171 pupils in Bollington in a move the authority said would "help tackle obesity".

The council said the route had been approved by road safety officers.

However, Emmanuel Botwe, head teacher at nearby Tytherington School, said the route was "simply not safe".

Travel: Crashes on A51 and A38 in Lichfield area

BBC Travel

There are a couple of accidents around the Lichfield area this evening:

- The A51 Western bypass is partially blocked in both directions near the A5192 Eastern Avenue because of a crash and a fallen tree

- A lane is blocked northbound on the A38 near Lichfield in Weeford because of an accident between Weeford Island and Swinfen Island

Hope for family over disabled boy's treatment

Michele Paduano

Health correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

Health officials have not ruled out helping to fund the treatment of an 11-year-old Staffordshire boy who has cerebral palsy, according to his mother. 

Previously Ben Baddeley's family had to fundraise to privately pay for the Silverdale youngster's physiotherapy.

Ben Baddeley with his family
BBC

Earlier in the year he had hand-delivered a letter to David Cameron and that led to a meeting today with the North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). 

Ben's mum Amy says they've agreed he'll now be assessed by a surgeon and, subject to that, the CCG said they'd meet again and do what they can for him.

They're going to do that assessment and then we will meet again with the director for commissioning who has assured me today that she will do whatever she can within the rule and regulations to get Ben what he needs."

Amy Baddeley

News: Pottery firm into administration; Port Vale's new boss targets promotion; hope for disabled boy's treatment

Chris King

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

To get you up-to-date this evening, here's our latest headlines:

- Pottery firm Hudson and Middleton has gone into administration with the loss of 45 jobs, its former managing director confirms

Port Vale's new manager Bruno Ribeiro says he is targeting a place in the Championship within three years

- Health officials have not ruled out helping to fund the treatment of an 11-year-old Staffordshire boy who has cerebral palsy, according to his mother

Pottery firm goes into administration with loss of 45 jobs

Lee Thomas

News Editor, BBC Radio Stoke

A pottery firm in Stoke-on-Trent has gone into administration with the loss of all 45 jobs, the former managing director has told BBC Radio Stoke.

Hudson and Middleton
Google

Hudson and Middleton was founded in 1941 and is based in the Longton area and was making bone china products. 

The former MD Mike Shirley told BBC Radio Stoke that it suffered from a "lack of orders" and administrators are trying to find a buyer.  

Watch: Port Vale 'want to be top-six club'

Matt Sandoz

BBC Radio Stoke Sport

Port Vale's chairman says he wants the club to become a top-six side in League One. 

Norman Smurthwaite has been speaking after appointing Bruno Ribeiro as their new manager.  

Watch: Stoke and Staffordshire's weather forecast for tonight and tomorrow

Kay Crewdson

Weather presenter, BBC Midlands Today

The BBC Weather website also has the latest forecast for Staffordshire and Cheshire.

In pictures: Sunshine over Lichfield Cathedral

Sound the gongs everyone, summer has finally arrived - well, according to the team at Lichfield Cathedral this afternoon.

We've got the umbrellas on standby.

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Football: Crewe re-sign Bakayogo on one-year deal

Graham McGarry

Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Crewe Alexandra say they've re-signed defender Zoumana Bakayogo on a one-year deal.

The club say there's also an option of another year for the 29-year-old.

Zoumana Bakayogo
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Bakayogo is manager Steve Davis's second signing of the summer after Ryan Lowe arrived on a free transfer from Bury.

Watch: New breed of cat arrives in Cheshire

John Acres

BBC Radio Stoke

A new breed of pedigree cat, the Suffolk Chocolate kitten, has arrived in south Cheshire  

Dorothy Tams from Willaston is believed to be the first and only breeder of them outside Suffolk and says they come from a mix of the breeds Havanas and Orientals. 

She told me they'll soon be recognised as an official breed at competitions and that there are only currently around 150 of them alive in the world.  

Watch: New Port Vale manager targets promotion

Lee Blakeman

Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Port Vale's new manager Bruno Ribeiro has told me he is targeting a place in the Championship within three years. 

The Vale finished last season 12th in League One.  

News: Port Vale appoint first foreign boss; disabled boy meeting NHS over treatment funding; wheelie bin used in burglary

Chris King

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

This afternoon's headlines include:

- Port Vale have appointed Bruno Ribeiro as their new manager, the Potteries club's first foreign boss

- A 12-year-old Staffordshire boy with cerebral palsy is meeting health managers in the county today to ask them to fund his treatment

- Burglars have used a wheelie bin to break into a house in Burton, police say

Wheelie bin used in Burton break-in

Jack Dowling

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

Burglars have used a wheelie bin to break into a house in Burton, police say. 

Hollybush Road
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Staffordshire Police say between Friday and Saturday the offenders used the bin to climb up to an upstairs bedroom window on Hollybush Road, Newborough. 

The force says they forced their way in through the window, but fled when an alarm went off inside the house.

BBC Weather Watcher pictures: Wet in Burton and Madeley

Monica Rimmer

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

A wet and rainy Monday and weekend has been reflected by our BBC Weather Watcher volunteers in Staffordshire and Cheshire.

Here's a couple from Dodger in Burton, near the River Trent and from Young Ted in Madeley.

Burton near the River Trent
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Madeley
Young Ted

Picture: Brighter weather ahead for the West Midlands

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

There's good news on the weather front for later on today, after a wet start to the week.

Keep up-to-date with the BBC Weather website.

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Travel: Crash on Berwick Road in Stoke-on-Trent

BBC Travel

Berwick Road in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent is partially blocked in both directions near the A53 Leek New Road junction because of a crash involving two vehicles.

Football: Profile of Port Vale's new manager Ribeiro

Matt Sandoz

BBC Radio Stoke Sport

Bruno Ribeiro is Port Vale's first foreign boss. The much-travelled Portuguese coach first moved to English football with Leeds United in 1997.

Bruno Ribeiro when at Leeds United
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The 40-year-old also played for Sheffield United in the late 1990s alongside his now number two Michael Brown.

Ribeiro started his coaching career at Portuguese top-flight side Vitoria Setubal in March 2011 but was sacked a year later.

He returned to the club in January 2015 before taking over at Ludogorets where he lasted only two months.

Football: Port Vale appoint Ribeiro 'right man for the job'

Lee Blakeman

Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Bruno Ribeiro has signed a three-year contract to be the next manager at Vale Park, Port Vale say.

Peter Farrell, Bruno Ribeiro, Norman Smurthwaite and Michael Brown
BBC

The 40-year-old succeeds Rob Page who left to manager Northampton Town - the club say Michael Brown will be his assistant manager.

I’m very pleased to be able to appoint Bruno as the Club’s new manager. It has been a long, extensive process but I’m absolutely certain we have the right man for the job."

Norman SmurthwaitePort Vale Chairman

BreakingFootball: Port Vale name Ribeiro as new manager

Lee Blakeman

Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Port Vale have confirmed Bruno Ribeiro as their new manager.

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On BBC Midlands Today this lunchtime: Firms weigh into EU debate

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

This lunchtime, I'm continued my EU Referendum road trip. 

It comes on the day some of the country's biggest car producers, including Jaguar Land Rover in the West Midlands, have written to their staff advising them to back Britain's EU membership.

Flags
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Last week Lord Bamford, chairman of the Staffordshire-based digger maker JCB wrote to his 6,000 workers urging them to vote leave. 

From 13:30 on BBC One I'll have reaction to the news and more from my road-trip in Midlands Today.

Football: Crewe getting promoted 'won't be straight forward'

Graham McGarry

Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Crewe Alexandra's director of football Dario Gradi says winning promotion next season won't be straight forward.

Crewe Alexandra
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After last season's relegation, manager Steve Davis made it clear his priority is to return to League One at the first attempt. 

Gradi says that ambition is creditable but admitted it may be difficult to achieve.

We've had two poor seasons where we've not had a good team. The team hasn't been good enough; I think we escaped by five minutes the year before, so the team has to be rebuilt."

Dario GradiCrewe Alexandra's director of football

News: Ribeiro set for Port Vale job; man charged after PCSO attack; former silk mill being demolished

Chris King

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

This afternoon's headlines include:

- Port Vale are expected to confirm Bruno Ribeiro as their new manager at 13:00 today  

- A 27-year-old man has been charged after a police community support officer was assaulted  

- A former Cheshire silk mill, which is a Grade II listed building, is due to be demolished today because the local council says it's in danger of collapse

Help to Buy Isa scheme 'helps lucky few'

Peter Sherlock

Data unit

Would-be-homeowners in large parts of England are being priced out of a government scheme to help first-time buyers, a BBC investigation has found.

The Help to Buy Individual Savings Account was introduced last year to help people save for a home.

In many areas, the average price of a starter home exceeds the maximum purchase cap of £250,000, or £450,000 in London.

Houses
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The government said the cap allowed them to focus on first-time buyers.

Use the search box to find out how your area's affected.

Watch: Stoke and Staffordshire's afternoon weather

Kay Crewdson

BBC Weather presenter

To get a weather forecast at any other time for your part of Staffordshire or Cheshire, head to the BBC website.

Watch: Former silk mill being demolished

BBC North West Tonight

A former Cheshire silk mill, which is a Grade II listed building, is due to be demolished today because the local council says it's in danger of collapse.  

The Bossons Mill in Congleton dates back two centuries but has been empty for around 20 years. 

Councillor Paul Bates from Cheshire East council (featured in video) says the privately owned building is no longer safe. 

Some people living nearby have been advised to move to temporary accommodation while the mill is dealt with.  

Your pictures: Flying Scotsman visit and a dragonfly

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

You've been sending in some of your photos taken across Staffordshire and Cheshire at the weekend.

This first one is from Anthony Potts and shows the Flying Scotsman which, he says, was at Kidsgrove Station yesterday morning.

Flying Scotsman yesterday morning at Kidsgrove station
Anthony Potts

Meanwhile how's this for a stunning wildlife picture? Taken at Tunstall graveyard, Stoke-on-Trent - it shows a dragonfly on a flower and was taken by Susan Duncan.

If you want to send in a picture taken in this area recently you can do that on email, tweet @BBCRadioStoke or use Instagram (with the tag #bbcstoke).

Dragonfly on flower at Tunstall graveyard
Susan Duncan

Watch: WW2 sweethearts 'never thought they'd be reunited'

Tim Wedgwood

BBC Local LIve

Wartime sweethearts, who were reunited 70 years after they first called off their engagement, say they never thought they'd be back together.  

Roy Vickerman proposed to 89-year-old Nora Jackson on his 90th birthday.  

The couple, from Stoke-on-Trent, met at school in 1940 and got in engaged in 1946, but plans were halted when D-Day veteran Roy suffered post-traumatic stress from his wartime efforts. 

They were reunited through Graham Torrington's BBC radio show and have told BBC Radio Stoke's Perry Spiller how they didn't expect to see each other ever again.  

Disabled boy to meet health bosses over treatment funding

Jodie Looker

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

An 11-year-old Staffordshire boy with cerebral palsy is to meet health managers in the county today to ask them to fund his treatment. 

Ben Baddeley's family from Silverdale currently have to pay for his physiotherapy privately.   

Ben Baddeley
BBC

They were given an audience with the North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group after he hand-delivered a letter to David Cameron earlier this year.

Ben will be accompanied by his physiotherapist and his mum Amy. 

City MP says politician threats 'unacceptable'

James Bovill

Staffordshire Political Reporter, BBC News

An MP says the number of threats she and her colleagues receive are simply unacceptable.  

Jo Cox
Brendan Cox

It comes as politicians return to Westminster today to pay tribute to Labour MP Jo Cox, who was killed in her constituency in West Yorkshire on Thursday.

Ruth Smeeth, who was a friend of Ms Cox and the MP for Stoke North, told BBC Radio Stoke she's had a number of death threats and MPs often get abuse.

I got my first death threat the night before I got chosen as a Labour Party candidate to contest Stoke North, a series of death threats that night. I get continual abuse like most MPs do on social media."

Ruth SmeethStoke-on-Trent North MP