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  1. Updates on Monday 27 June 2016

Live Reporting

By Allen Cook

All times stated are UK

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  1. Eight arrested over cash machine thefts across UK

    Tom Mullen

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    Eight men have been arrested in an investigation into a series of high-value cash machine thefts in the UK including one in Alsager, Cheshire.  

    The men, aged between 27 and 41, are held on suspicion of carrying out raids from Wiltshire in the south to Aberdeenshire in the north.  

    Police officer knocking down door

    Explosives were used to sabotage some ATMS, while others were dragged away using stolen vehicles.  

  2. Group wants post office move stopped

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    Video caption: A Stoke-on-Trent community group is against the relocation of a post office.

    Concerns have been raised over plans to relocate a post office in Stoke-on-Trent.

  3. Football: Crewe boss 'prepared to wait' for transfers

    Graham McGarry

    Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Crewe Alexandra manager Steve Davis says he's prepared to wait as long as it takes to get his transfer targets this summer. 

    Steve Davis

    Davis has met with a striker and a midfield player over the last week. 

    But he told BBC Radio Stoke he'll give them all the time they need to make a decision.

    Quote Message: Once you put deadlines on things sometimes that puts them off, it gives them pressure that they don't need because they've got other offers so in certain cases deadlines aren't good, you want to be patient. from Steve Davis Crewe Alexandra manager
    Steve DavisCrewe Alexandra manager
  4. Weather update

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    Video caption: Alex Hamilton has your forecast
  5. Residents 'cut off' by level-crossing 'twice an hour'

    Emma Thomas

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    People living on a housing estate in Stone have told BBC Radio Stoke they want action to prevent them being "cut off" twice an hour when a rail line is in use. 

    Access to and from Coppice Road stops for 10 minutes each hour when level crossing barriers are lowered to allow trains to pass.

    The level crossing in Stone

    Those complaining say they want to see another route built for cars and pedestrians. 

    Network Rail says the frequency of trains has recently returned to twice an hour, due to improvement works on alternative routes. 

  6. Steelite International takeover: Background on Stoke-on-Trent firm

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    Steelite International, which has announced today that it's been bought by American investors, was formed in 1983 after founding chairman David Johnson bought the whole hotel ware division from Royal Doulton.

    The firm says it focused on making tableware for the hospitality industry with clients including Hilton Hotels and Four Seasons Hotels. 

    Steelite in Stoke-on-Trent

    By 2006 it had a turnover of £48.2m and exported to 120 countries - that would rise to sales of £89.6m in 2013, following the acquisition of Royal Crown Derby in 2012. 

    Hundreds of people are employed at the Middleport site and three years ago Steelite was given a Queen's Award for Enterprise.

  7. Your pictures: Canal ducks in Stone and Rugeley rainbow

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    These ducks and their babies bobbing along the canal in Stone were photographed by Kath Dawson who kindly shared the picture with me.  

    Stone canal ducks

    Then this rainbow was seen by Matt Thomas in Rugeley.

    Have you got a picture of Staffordshire or Cheshire to share? You can send it in on emailtweet @BBCRadioStoke or use Instagram (with the tag #bbcstoke).

    Rainbow in Rugeley
  8. Charity on watch for hate crime following Leave vote

    Sarah Robertson

    News Editor, BBC Radio Stoke

    Stoke-on-Trent Citizens' Advice Bureau says it is meeting today to discuss any local reports of hate crime following the EU referendum result last week.

    David Cameron has condemned "despicable" incidents of hate crime reported in the wake of the UK's vote.

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    Video caption: EU referendum: Vote to leave 'must be accepted' - PM

    Cheshire Police said yesterday there had been "no upsurge in reported hate crimes" in the county in the past few days - but the Stoke-on-Trent charity says it's worried there could be cases in the city.

    Quote Message: We have always found whenever there's been some kind of big national thing like a big demonstration or some kind of bombing, there's always been suddenly a bit of a backlash and people have suddenly got victimised and then it does hopefully fade off." from Jude Hawes Equalities Team Manager at Stoke-on-Trent Citizens' Advice Bureau
    Jude HawesEqualities Team Manager at Stoke-on-Trent Citizens' Advice Bureau
  9. American investor buys Stoke-on-Trent pottery company

    Jodie Looker

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    The Stoke on Trent pottery firm Steelite International has announced it's been bought by the company's American president and an investment group.  

    Steelite International

    The tableware company in Middleport is a major supplier to the hospitality industry. 

    As part of the takeover, former Steelite Chief Executive Officer Kevin Oakes is leaving the firm - the new owners say they're looking to bring in new ideas.  

    Quote Message: Steelite International is known as the leader in the hospitality tableware industry and our goal is to continue that leadership through the introduction of new, creative and innovative products." from John Miles New CEO of Steelite International
    John MilesNew CEO of Steelite International
  10. Football: Trio of Port Vale signings expected

    Lee Blakeman

    Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Port Vale are expected to complete the signing of up to three new players later this afternoon.

    Port Vale ground

    Confirmation was expected yesterday, but chairman Norman Smurthwaite tweeted that there had been a delay with their medicals. 

  11. Latest weather for the West Midlands

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  12. Our live coverage across the day

    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. 

  13. On Midlands Today this evening: Remembering terror victims and heading to the Rio Olympics

    Nick Owen

    Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    A Midlands family has set up a charity to help the loved ones of terror victims - after three members of their family were killed in the Tunisia beach attacks. 

    Joel Richards

    We'll be hearing from them - and also seeing the six West Midlands athletes who have booked their places in the British team for the Rio Olympic Games. 

    Both those stories and others plus your latest weather will be on Midlands Today from the later time of 19:30 on BBC One.

  14. Woman threatened with knife in Stoke-on-Trent robbery

    Chris King

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    A man armed with a knife has threatened a shop assistant during a robbery at a Stoke-on-Trent shop. 

    High Lane News, Burslem

    Staffordshire Police say a woman, who was on her own, wasn't hurt, but the attacker got away with cash from High Lane News on High Lane, Burslem.

    Officers say they believe the man also had a lookout during the robbery on Saturday evening.