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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 22 June 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 06:00 on Thursday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather. 

  2. Watch: Weather forecast for the West Midlands

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Weather

    Any rain will ease tonight, leaving some clear spells and a low later of 13C (55F).

    After a cloudy start tomorrow, it should be bright and warm, with a high of 21C (70F).

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    Video caption: Weather forecast for the West Midlands
  3. Coming up on TV: Referendum campaign draw to a close and vigils for Jo Cox

    Mary Rhodes

    Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    After four months of campaigning, the battle buses are heading back home - and our political editor Patrick Burns has had a chance to put his feet up after his EU referendum road trip. 

    We will look at his whistle-stop tour. 

    And vigils are taking place in memory of MP Jo Cox on what would have been her 42nd birthday.

    Join us for more on these stories and more on BBC Midlands Today on BBC One at 18:30.

  4. EU Referendum: How to vote on polling day

    BBC Politics

    Tomorrow, voters go to the polls to decide whether the UK will remain in the European Union. 

    Polls are open 07:00 to 22:00 and you'll be asked to answer the following question: "Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union."

    Counting by local authorities begins after 22:00 and the official declaration will be made at Manchester Town Hall when all the votes are in.  

    Find out how to vote, what you'll need and what you can and can't do with your ballot paper.

    Ballot paper
  5. 'Right person for the job' search continues for Stoke academy manager

    Stoke City's chief executive says the search for a new academy manager is progressing well. 

    Former Wales coach Kit Symons (pictured) is one of the people being linked to succeed Dave Wright.

    Kit Symons
    Quote Message: It's an important job and while we have to take the time to make sure we get the right person we also need to get somebody in as soon as we're able to get on with the very important job." from Tony Scholes Stoke City's chief executive
    Tony ScholesStoke City's chief executive
  6. Ambulance response times 'falling short' in south Cheshire

    Chris King

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    Ambulance response times in rural south Cheshire have been criticised by Cheshire East Council

    It says ambulances should respond to three quarters of the most urgent calls within eight minutes, but in Cheshire East performance is falling well short - in January the figure stood at just over 60%. 

    The authority's health and adult social care committee has suggested 20 ways to improve the service, including identifying frequent callers who take up time when they could be helped by other agencies. 

    Ambulance
  7. Cheshire museum makes national shortlist

    Lamont Howie

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    The Lion Salt Works museum in Cheshire has made it on to a shortlist of six, vying for the UK's best heritage project. 

    It beat off competition from 600 other organisations - and is the only attraction in the North of England still in contention. 

    The Northwich museum has recently undergone a four-year restoration. It now needs to win a public vote. 

    Lion Salt Works
  8. Latest: Nantwich care home 'inadequate'; south Cheshire 999 response times criticised; 14-year-old charged with driving offences

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    This afternoon's headlines for Staffordshire and Cheshire include: 

    - A Nantwich care home is rated "inadequate" by regulators

    - Ambulance response times in rural south Cheshire have been criticised by Cheshire East Council

    - A 14-year-old boy has been charged with driving offences following a police chase in Stoke-on-Trent

  9. Pottery firm hopeful of finding a buyer

    James Bovill

    Staffordshire Political Reporter, BBC News

    Administrators say they're still hopeful of finding a buyer for a historic Stoke-on-Trent pottery firm so it can continue in some form. 

    Forty-five people at Hudson and Middleton in Longton were made redundant last week.

    Administrators say the firm had cash flow problems, and the gas supply had been cut off when they were appointed, so staff couldn't be kept on.

    Hudson and Middleton in Longton
  10. First look at falcon chicks

    Ros Chimes

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    Two peregrine falcon chicks have hatched in the last few weeks at Hen Cloud on the Roaches.   

    I managed to spot them through the lens and took a snap. You can just make them out, they're halfway down on the right hand side. 

    Falcon chicks
  11. Inquiries ongoing following 14-year-old boy death

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    Staffordshire Police say inquiries are ongoing after a 14-year-old boy died in a collision involving a tractor and car

    It happened on Monday night on the A53 in Endon - Jak Griffiths from Cheddleton died in hospital, and four other teenagers were injured, two seriously.

  12. 'They won't have heard of Port Vale' - Club in talks with Champions League club

    Port Vale is in talks with a Champions League team about signing two players, club chairman Norman Smurthwaite has revealed. 

    New manager Bruno Ribeiro says that Vale's first summer signings will arrive at the beginning of next week.

    Quote Message: We're talking to Monaco about two players. Let's be clear any foreign player coming to us is coming to us for some short-term exposure to get himself up the pyramid because they won't have heard of Port Vale or Burslem." from Norman Smurthwaite Port Vale chairman
    Norman SmurthwaitePort Vale chairman
  13. '£3m wasted in prescription renewals'

    Almost £3m a year is being wasted by people renewing prescriptions they don't need, according to Staffordshire's Clinical Commissioning Group.

    It says the cost of wasted medicines could pay for nearly 600 hip replacements or almost 11,000 chemotherapy treatments for cancer patients. 

    Prescription being written out
  14. Student 'ran into path of lorry'

    Sarah Robertson

    News Editor, BBC Radio Stoke

    An inquest has heard that a Staffordshire University student ran into the path of a lorry whilst under the influence of alcohol.

    Twenty-year-old George Heath from Tarvin, who studied journalism, died on the A49 near Tarporley in March. 

    The coroner for Cheshire found he died as a result of a road traffic collision. 

  15. Football: Fixtures for Burton Albion's first season in Championship released

    Lee Blakeman

    Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Burton Albion's first season in the Championship starts with a visit to Nottingham Forest. 

    A stand-out fixture for the season is the Midlands Derby on Boxing Day, with Burton heading to Villa Park. New Year's Eve is away to Rotherham United, while the home fixture of the derby takes places on 8 April. 

    Burton will end their season at home to Reading. 

  16. Nantwich care home deemed 'inadequate'

    Chris King

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    A care home in Nantwich has been put into special measures by regulators

    It comes just months after a resident of Brookfield House was found dead after walking out.

    Eighty-three-year-old Roy Tomlinson had dementia and on the 26 January he walked out of Brookfield House Care Home. A week later police found his body

    Roy Tomlinson

    The Care Quality Commission rated the home as inadequate, with inspectors saying they found it was insecure, with a patio door which couldn't be locked. 

    Concerns were also raised about the way patients were treated.

    The home's owners have been given six months to sort the problems out and have declined to comment.