- Thousands of children being brought up by grandparents
- Stoke-on-Trent Councillor backs Jeremy Corbyn
- Gordon Banks backs Butland to be England keeper
- Updates on Wednesday 29 June 2016
Waterfall-chaser Adam Shoalts tells Rhod about discovering - and falling off - uncharted waterfalls in Canada as part of his work for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society
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.
BBC Midlands Today
Any showers will soon die out this evening to leave a mainly dry but cloudy night with a low later of 10C (50F).
A better day tomorrow - mainly dry, hazy sunshine, and just the odd shower in the afternoon, with a high of 17C (63F).
Notts County sign midfielder Michael O'Connor on a two-year deal, the third player to join from Port Vale this week.Copyright: Getty Images
Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke
Cheshire East Council says it wants assurances that any European investment funding in the area will be maintained in light of the vote to leave the EU.
The authority says its own accounts are in a strong position, but it's warning it's going to become a challenge to deliver care to the elderly and vulnerable as its central government grant declines over the next four years.
Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke
It's claimed over 1,000 children in Staffordshire are being cared for by their grandparents.
The figure is around 1,700 - the second highest number in the UK according to research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.
Across the West Midlands as a whole, there are thought to be 10,000 grandparents in this position - a record high.
The Economic and Sicial Research Council says problems like drug abuse, mental health issues and sudden death are stopping parents from being able to look after their own children.Copyright: Science Photo Library
Former Ukip MEP Nikki Sinclaire is accused of submitting 10 expenses claims dishonestly between 2009 and 2010.
In six, Antonie Muller, prosecuting, said Sinclaire flew via Brussels, Basel in Switzerland or Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, despite allegedly signing claims stating she had driven.
Ms Sinclaire denies all the charges against her. The trial continues.
A former Ukip MEP's expenses claims for road journeys she never made would "certainly not" have been paid if it was known she had travelled more cheaply by plane, an EU bureaucrat in charge of expenses has told a court.
Nikki Sinclaire, who represented the West Midlands until 2014, signed and submitted "significant" expenses "in excess of the flight costs", according to the prosecution.
It is alleged Sinclaire wrongly claimed for thousands of euros in road and ferry travel expenses when she had travelled more cheaply by air, but she denies all charges against her.Copyright: PA
Francisco Estela Burriel, head of the European Parliament members' travel and subsistence expenses unit, said: "In the files and documentation presented for the member for the European Parliament there is no evidence of flying."
Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke
The afternoon's headlines for Staffordshire and Cheshire:
- A supermarket in Crewe has been evacuated this afternoon after a fire "false alarm"
- More patients in wards at Crewe's Leighton Hospital are going to be offered a befriending service - if volunteers can be found
- Staffordshire Police have arrested three men in the early hours of the morning on suspicion of burglary in Stoke-on-Trent.
Education bosses are in talks to create a new route for youngsters walking to a new school site after parents raised fears for their children's safety.Copyright: Uttoxeter Advertiser
Replacement bus services are running on East Midlands Trains between Stoke-on-Trent and Derby due to a broken-down train between Stoke-on-Trent and Uttoxeter.
Tickets are also being accepted on London Midland services between Stoke-on-Trent and Crewe.
Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke
Dutch central defender Kjell Knops signed a two-year deal at Vale Park yesterday.
Former Vale captain Phil Sproson says Knops will have to adjust quickly to life in England.Quote Message: The British game will be decidedly faster than anything he's been used to, because on the continent when you're playing at that level, it is very much a slow build up... that's the way they play. He won't be used to the physical element of the game." from Phil Sproson Former Port Vale captain
Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke
There have been reports of a fire at an Asda store in Crewe, which was evacuated.
Cheshire Fire have confirmed it was a false alarm. Firefighters used a thermal imaging camera but there was no sign of fire.
Shoppers were soon allowed back into the store.Copyright: Victoria Barker
There's been an accident on the M6 northbound between junction 15 for the A500 and junction 16 for Crewe. One lane is closed and there's queuing traffic.
News Editor, BBC Radio Stoke
Staffordshire Police are investigating after a man was attacked in Newcastle on Saturday.
A 25-year-old man was punched in the face after being approached by four men and a woman.
They're described as white and all were wearing hoodies. The attacker is thought to be in his 20s and was wearing a blue hoodie.
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Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke
Staffordshire Political Reporter, BBC News
David Cameron has publicly challenged Jeremy Corbyn to resign after he was given an overwhelming vote of "no confidence" by his fellow Labour MPs.
The Labour leader is refusing to go, despite about 50 of his front-bench team resigning over the last 72 hours.
But Stoke-on-Trent Labour Councillor Ruth Rosenau, who supports Mr Corbyn, says he's done lots to win back places like The Potteries.Quote Message: I think we've engaged far more since Corbyn's been leader than we did previously. I think that's why Corbyn is the person to lead our party forward." from Ruth Rosenau Stoke-on-Trent Labour Councillor