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Summary

  1. Thousands of children being brought up by grandparents
  2. Stoke-on-Trent Councillor backs Jeremy Corbyn
  3. Gordon Banks backs Butland to be England keeper
  4. Updates on Wednesday 29 June 2016

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By Monica Rimmer

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  1. Latest weather for the West Midlands

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  2. Adam Shoalts tells Rhod what it's like to fall off a 40-feet high waterfall

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    Video caption: Waterfall-chaser Adam Shoalts tells Rhod about discovering uncharted waterfalls in Canada

    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

  3. 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.

  4. Watch: Latest weather for the West Midlands

    Shefali Oza

    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). 

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    Video caption: Shefali Oza with the afternoon forecast for the West Midlands
  5. Cheshire East Council concerns over EU funding

    Chris King

    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.

  6. Over 1,000 children in Staffordshire cared for by grandparents

    Rebecca Bradshaw

    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.

    Child and grand parent
  7. Former MEP denies accusation she claimed for mileage to Europe when she flew instead

    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.

  8. MEP 'claimed travel expenses for mileage and ferry trips when she drove more cheaply'

    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.

    Nikki Sinclaire

    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."

  9. Latest: Asda in Crewe evacuated; Leighton Hospital in need of volunteers; arrests following JCB break in

    Lee Thomas

    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.

  10. Travel: Disruption to train services

    BBC Travel

    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.  

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  11. Football: Port Vale captain thinks new signing will need to adjust to British game

    Lee Blakeman

    Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Port Vale are expected to make two further signings tomorrow, having made their first addition of the summer.

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    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
    Phil SprosonFormer Port Vale captain
  12. Fire at Asda in Crewe 'false alarm'

    Rebecca Bradshaw

    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.  

    Fire engines at Crewe Asda
  13. Staffordshire Police investigating Newcastle attack

    Lucy King

    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.

  14. Leighton Hospital needs more volunteers

    Emma Thomas

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    More volunteers are needed to befriend patients on the wards at Crewe's Leighton Hospital.

    Sixteen people currently offer practical and emotional support on three wards, but now the hospital wants the Royal Voluntary Service to expand the service to another two to meet demand.

    Leighton Hospital sign
  15. Stoke-on-Trent councillor backs Jeremy Corbyn

    James Bovill

    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
    Ruth RosenauStoke-on-Trent Labour Councillor