Thousands of wooden statues will be planted at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.
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Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke
Port Vale have announced their third signing this week with French midfielder Quentin Pereira joining on a two-year deal.Copyright: Port Vale FC
Pereira, 24, has an option to stay beyond the initial two seasons if he proves a success at Vale Park.
Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke
The Battle of the Somme is going to be commemorated this summer at Lichfield Cathedral with a project involving poetry read by the Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne.Copyright: Lichfield Cathedral
The exhibition is due to be held between 4-6 August and the cathedral says the star of The Theory of Everything and Les Miserables visited them this week to record a "selection of well-known war poetry".
Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke
A "significant amount" of cocaine has been seized by police after they pulled a car over in Burntwood, Staffordshire.Copyright: Google
Staffordshire Police say they arrested three men who were in the black Ford Focus yesterday on Water Street on suspicion of possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply.
The force wouldn't put a figure on the amount seized but said it was "around 60 rocks" of cocaine.
Need cheering up? Perhaps don't look here. A year ago today, temperatures were rather hotter at 36C.
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People across Staffordshire and Cheshire have marked the day 100 years ago when the soldiers marched forward on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
BBC Radio Stoke's Emma Thomas has been at the National Memorial Arboretum where the first painted soldier statues have been planted for each soldier killed on 1 July 1916.Copyright: BBC
While in Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, BBC Radio Stoke's Perry Spiller took this poignant picture today at the town's war memorial.Copyright: Perry Spiller
Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke
Crewe Alexandra's manager Steve Davis has admitted he's not been satisfied with the progress of the young players in his squad.Copyright: Getty Images
All but two of the Alex's current playing staff are 25 or under and five of them will only be 19 when the season starts.
Davis told BBC Radio Stoke it's time for them to prove they can take the club back to League One.Quote Message: They're young lads, young-ish players but have experience and I'm looking for them to push on. A lot of them have stood still, haven't shown enough in League One." from Steve Davis Crewe Alexandra's manager
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It's the end of an era this week - as a 30-year-old leisure centre in Kidderminster is demolished.
The Wyre Forest Glades Leisure Centre - which was opened by Princess Diana - is to be relocated on the Kidderminster to Stourport Road in the town next week.Copyright: Google
Stoke City commentator, BBC Radio Stoke
Goalkeeper Jack Butland is back in training with Stoke City, the club say.
He's recovering after fracturing his ankle during an England match in March which ruled him out of Euro 2016
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More now on the news that an historic pottery firm in Stoke-on-Trent has been bought out of administration.
Hudson and Middleton has been acquired by BID Group, which helps turn around struggling businesses.Copyright: BBC
Its spokesman Lee Smith hasn't guaranteed all 45 employees will get their jobs back, saying they'll be employing "at least 25 people" but said he couldn't give an exact figure.
He also said they'd been in contact with a large firm in China about a partnership - but added that didn't mean they'd move production to China.Quote Message: Definitely not, that's not what we are about. We are passionate about UK-made products." from Lee Smith Managing Director of BID Group
A man from Stoke-on-Trent has travelled to France to mark the anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme.Copyright: Callan Chevin
Callan Chevin, 24, is there to honour his great-grandfather John Chevin and his great-great-grandfather's cousin Alfred Saunders.
"It's important for me to remember the men in my family who fought so bravely," he said.
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A war diary detailing the first day of the Battle of the Somme is being published for the first time today.
The account, written by Lieutenant-Colonel Francis Meynell, seen here with his son, was discovered by Staffordshire County Council's archives service.Copyright: BBC
Last night a special candlelit vigil was held at the National Memorial Aroborteum in memory of the thousands of troops who lost their lives when the battle started a 100 years ago today.
Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News
The Cheshire Conservative MP Antoinette Sandbach has announced her support for Theresa May as the home secretary bids to become Tory leader.Copyright: BBC
The Eddisbury MP told BBC Radio Stoke the next Conservative leader will have a big affect on people's lives in her constituency.Quote Message: The decision to leave the EU is one of the most momentous decisions that's been taken for many, many years. It's going to impact on all my constituents and I think it's really important to have somebody who will unite both sides of the party." from Antoinette Sandbach Conservative MP for Eddisbury
BBC Radio 4
Shami Chakrabarti, the former director of Liberty, says she has been to see the Stoke North Labour MP who walked out of an anti-Semitism event after being accused of "colluding" with the media.
Ruth Smeeth had called for Jeremy Corbyn to "resign immediately" for what she saw as his failure to intervene when "anti-Semitic slurs" were directed towards her in front of him.Copyright: BBC
Ms Chakrabarti, who authored a report into alleged anti-Semitism within the Labour party, defended Mr Corbyn for not intervening.
She said "I probably didn't give him the chance," but adds that the Labour leader had concurred with her when she admonished the male heckler.Quote Message: I've been to see Ruth Smeeth and I've apologised to her because it was my press conference and I was chairing it and I'm really sorry she was treated in that way." from Shami Chakrabarti Former director of Liberty
Children have taken part in a service to remember the soldiers who died in the Battle of the Somme.
Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke
A war diary detailing the first day of the Battle of the Somme is being published for the first time today in Staffordshire.
The account was written by Lieutenant-Colonel Francis Meynell and was discovered by Staffordshire County Council's archives service.
They are tweeting excerpts from the diary on their Twitter page throughout the day.
Port Vale have signed striker Rigino Cicilia from Dutch side Roda JC on a two-year deal.
Cicilia, 21, has an option to stay beyond the initial two seasons if he proves a success at Vale Park.Copyright: Port Vale FC
The Curacao-born player played two games for his parent club last season, and spent time on loan at RKC Waalwjik.
He made 24 appearances for Roda in total in league and cup, having played for youth sides at KVC Oranje, FC Kerkrade-West and Alemannia Aachen.
News Editor, BBC Radio Stoke
A Stoke-on-Trent pottery firm which had gone into administration has been bought by an investment group.
The BID Group has taken over the Longton-based Hudsons of England who make fine bone china products.Copyright: Google
Earlier this month the firm went into administration after blaming a lack of orders, with 45 staff being made redundant - they'll now be re-employed the BID Group say.
Their managing director, Lee Smith, said Hudsons would fit "perfectly" into their portfolio and "be a benefit for the UK economy".
A candlelit vigil was held last night at the National Memorial Arboretum in memory of the thousands killed in the Battle of the Somme.