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  1. Updates on Friday 24 June 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Monday

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By Allen Cook

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

  2. Watch: Vote Leave campaigners celebrate local results

    Cath Mackie

    BBC News Online

    These were some of the scenes last night as Vote Leave campaigners celebrated their success in the European Parliament referendum.

  3. Watch: The weather for this evening and the weekend

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Weather

    For more on the forecast for the days ahead, you can go to the BBC website.

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    Video caption: Afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands
  4. Watch: Youngsters relish RHS flower show challenge despite vandal attack

    BBC North West Tonight

    Schoolchildren in Sale say they are determined to show their work at the RHS Tatton Park flower show in Cheshire later this year, despite their display being vandalised.

    Intruders broke into the polytunnel at Lime Tree Primary Academy and destroyed most of the plants. 

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  5. Community building to get court video link

    Alice Bentley

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    A live video link to court is being fitted in a Stoke-on-Trent community building so, a police chief says, vulnerable witnesses feel more confident about giving evidence. 

    Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court

    Staffordshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis says it will be the first time in the county witnesses will be able to use a building that isn't a police station or court.

    The idea will also be tried in the Staffordshire Moorlands and Burton with the live links set to be up and running later this year.

  6. Football: Port Vale boss using contacts to secure loan signings

    Lee Blakeman

    Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Port Vale's new manager Bruno Ribeiro says he'll be using his contacts in England to help him build his squad for next season. 

    Bruno Ribeiro

    The Vale are currently waiting on answers from two players from Monaco who they want to sign on loan. 

    Ribeiro told BBC Radio Stoke he's already had conversations with clubs in the Premier League and Championship about possible signings.

    Quote Message: I've spoken with Nottingham Forest, Everton, Manchester United, Stoke - I'm close to them because of where I've played, my friends in some clubs. We try our best to getting two or three very good players on loan." from Bruno Ribeiro Port Vale manager
    Bruno RibeiroPort Vale manager
  7. Latest: JCB chairman says UK has 'little to fear'; tribute paid to PM; haulage boss sees opportunity

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Shropshire

    Here's a roundup of the reaction here to the EU referendum result:

    - JCB chairman says UK has "little to fear" from Europe exit

    - Conservative MP pays tribute to "fantastic Prime Minister"

    - Staffordshire haulage boss urges people to "seize the opportunity" after EU vote

  8. Man bitten by dog in Staffordshire

    Chris King

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    A man's been bitten by dog in Newcastle-under-Lyme

    The parkway near the Dick Turpin pub

    Staffordshire Police say they think another dog had slipped it's lead yesterday morning on Thistleberry Parkway, near the Dick Turpin pub, and attacked the 62-year-old victim's dog. 

    Officers say the man tried to intervene and was bitten on his hand, suffering slight puncture wounds.

  9. Watch: Stoke-on-Trent youth split over Brexit

    Laura Mcmullan

    Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

    This was billed as "the most important vote of a generation", with Britain's place in the world potentially greatly altered as a consequence. 

    A consequence younger people will live with longest.

    Here are some views from sixth form students, who've been studying the issue in Burslem in Stoke-on-Trent, but weren't eligible to vote.

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    Video caption: They couldn't vote but Stoke students react to Brexit
  10. EU referendum: 'Politicians haven't done enough' - Stoke MP

    Liam Barnes

    BBC News Online

    Giving her reaction to the EU referendum vote, Ruth Smeeth, MP for Stoke-on-Trent North, acknowledged her constituents had "overwhelmingly" backed leaving the EU, despite her personal support for the Remain bid.

    Ruth Smeeth

    She said the Labour party needed to take stock and address long-running concerns over jobs and immigration in the Potteries.

    "I think [voters] were rejecting the current status quo in a number of areas," she said. 

    "Politicians haven't done enough for them over time, and Europe is an easy scapegoat."

  11. Staffordshire expat 'sad and disappointed' at EU exit

    Liz Ellis

    Presenter, BBC Radio Stoke

    Here's a different perspective on the European Union exit vote from a local person. 

    EU Flag

    Natalie Evans was born in Stafford but now lives in Hamlin, Germany and told BBC Radio Stoke she was "very sad and disappointed" with the vote to leave. 

    She says she feels the different legacies the UK and Germany have from World War Two have played a part in the way people reached their decision.

    Quote Message: Britain has a different legacy. It has its past, I think its history plays a huge role and the feeling we were a great nation - we still are a great nation but we could still have been a great nation as part of the EU. But unfortunately that's not possible now." from Natalie Evans
    Natalie Evans
  12. Business group wants 'clear timeline' for UK exit from EU

    Sarah Robertson

    News Editor, BBC Radio Stoke

    The head of a Staffordshire business group is calling for clarity from the government and a "clear timeline" for the UK's exit from the European Union. 

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    Video caption: EU vote: David Cameron says UK 'needs fresh leadership'

    It follows last night's decision that saw the country vote to leave the EU, followed by Prime Minister David Cameron's announcement this morning that he will step down by October.

    Sara Williams, the head of Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce, says businesses in the county now want stability. 

    Quote Message: Firms across Staffordshire want an immediate and unambiguous statement from the government on next steps, along with a clear timeline for the UK's exit from the European Union." from Sara Williams Chief Executive Officer of Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce
    Sara WilliamsChief Executive Officer of Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce
  13. Stoke-on-Trent historian says 'Labour losing touch'

    Liam Barnes

    BBC News Online

    Fred Hughes, a historian based in Stoke-on-Trent, backed remaining in the EU, and said Labour did not do enough to convince its members to do the same.

    Fred Hughes

    "This is a problem down to Labour losing touch with its heartlands - how they can get them back is to reassess its own systems and policies," he said.

    "It's a depressing result. I see myself as European, I see the future in unity, and I don't see it in isolation and looking inwards.

    "Economic issues we can get over, but we can't look into ourselves and become Little England."

  14. EU referendum: JCB chairman says UK 'little to fear' from exit

    Phil Bowers

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    Staffordshire- based digger maker JCB has just released its reaction to last night's vote.

    Its boss Lord Bamford says the UK has "little to fear" from leaving the EU.

    Lord Bamford

    Before the vote yesterday, he wrote to his company's 6,500 employees in the UK, explaining why he favoured a vote to leave.

    Quote Message: The UK is the world’s fifth largest trading nation. We therefore have little to fear from leaving the EU. European markets are important to many UK businesses, including JCB, and this will not change. " from Lord Bamford JCB chairman
    Lord BamfordJCB chairman
  15. Haulage boss says 'believe, be positive' after EU vote

    Lee Blakeman

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    A Staffordshire haulage boss has urged people to "seize the opportunity" after the UK voted to leave the European Union. 


    Barry Proctor runs his firm in Talke and previously had said he wanted to leave the EU because of being bogged down by unnecessary regulations.

    Today he wrote on the BBC Radio Stoke Facebook page: "Every journey starts with the first step and today we have taken that first step - don't be afraid, don't look down - believe, be positive, be inspired and together we can put the great back in Britain."  

  16. Tory MP pays tribute to 'fanstastic prime minister'

    The Conservative MP for the Staffordshire Moorlands Karen Bradley says she's "incredibly disappointed by David Cameron's decision to step down, describing him as a "fantastic prime minister".

    Karen Bradley
    Quote Message: He's a very honourable man and I think he took the view this was a message from the British people and it needed someone else to do the negotiation." from Karen Bradley
    Karen Bradley