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Summary

  1. Man jailed after huge cocaine haul
  2. Inquiry after hospital power failure caused major incident
  3. Health commissioning body rated inadequate
  4. Updates from Friday 22 July 2016

Live Reporting

By Allen Cook

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday, but keep an eye out here for more updates this evening. 

  2. New arts and science festival under way in Cheshire

    Tom Mullen

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    Today marks the first day of a new festival of arts, music and science at Jodrell Bank observatory in Cheshire.  

    Professor Brian Cox

    Over the next three days the Bluedot festival will showcase art by Brian Eno, music from Jean-Michel Jarre - alongside science discussions led by speakers including Professor Brian Cox (pictured).  

  3. On Midlands Today at 18:30: Growing strawberries in towers

    David Gregory-Kumar

    Science correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

    Farmers across the Midlands are experimenting with a new way to grow fruit and veg, with strawberries and lettuce planted not in the ground but packed into towers instead. 

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    Video caption: Farmers experiment with a new way to grow fruit and veg

    It's a system called hydroponic farming, created by a team in Birmingham and trialled in places including in Staffordshire. 

    See more on BBC Midlands Today from 18:30 on BBC One.

  4. Brexit one month on: Have your say

    BBC Midlands Today

    If you’re still feeling a little lost and confused about what Britain’s decision to Brexit means for you, you aren’t alone. 

    A month on from the EU Referendum we’re calling in an expert to sort the facts from fiction, looking at what people said would happen and what actually happened and then make a best guess at what is likely to happen as we prepare to leave. 

    We’ve also been interested in hearing from a range of voices from across the West Midlands to find out how Brexit has affected their daily lives – if at all. 

    Today on the programme we meet the Sorge family - a French mum and German dad who weren't allowed to vote but were shocked by Brexit - and Sutton Coldfield window cleaner Roger Needle who wants to leave the EU.

    Sorge family and Roger Needle

    We’d love to hear your thoughts too, so share them with us here on Facebook or Twitter and we’ll try to read as many as we can on the programme tonight.  

  5. Football: Johnson hoping to see old Liverpool team-mate at Stoke City

    Dan Wheeler

    BBC Sport

    Full-back Glen Johnson says he would "love" Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen to sign for Stoke City.

    The Potters had a £13m bid for Wales midfielder Allen, 26, accepted on Thursday by the Anfield club.

    Glen Johnson (left) and Joe Allen (right)

    And Johnson is excited about the prospect of his former team-mate coming to the Britannia Stadium.  

    Quote Message: He's a fantastic player. He'd be brilliant for the squad - he's one of those players who gets the game going." from Glen Johnson Stoke City defender
    Glen JohnsonStoke City defender
  6. Watch: Local Meals on Wheels marks 70th birthday

    Chris King

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    A special event's being held to mark the 70th anniversary of Stoke-on-Trent's Meals on Wheels service.   

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    Video caption: Stoke-on-Trent's Meals on Wheels service marks 70th birthday.

    Every day its volunteers - such as Ken and Pat Clewlow (featured in video) - deliver food to around a 120 people across the city. 

    Tonight they're getting together in Burslem to celebrate the "birthday".  

  7. Pokemon Go players warned over five Stoke-on-Trent locations

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    Pokemon Go fans are being warned to take precautions if searching for the game's digital creatures in five areas of Stoke-on-Trent. 

    Staffordshire Police says it is currently aware of five locations in the city where they can be found and wants players to be aware of traffic safety issues and the potential of phone theft.

    Pokemon Go app

    The areas are Burslem Park, Central Forest Park, James Brindley Way traffic island, the John Baskeyfield statue roundabout on Festival Park and Royal Stoke University Hospital's A&E.

    Health bosses have already warned players of the smartphone app not to enter the accident and emergency unit while they hunt 

  8. Watch: German children help tend war graves

    Emma Thomas

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    School children from Germany have been in Staffordshire to visit the graves of German soldiers killed in World War Two.   

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    Video caption: German children help tend Staffordshire war graves.

    There are 5,000 men buried at the military cemetery on Cannock Chase.

    Pupils from local schools helped the visitors to clean, paint and weed the site as part of a peace project dating back to the 1960s.  

  9. News: Man jailed for £4.9m cocaine haul; hospital patients left in darkness; inadequate rating for health group

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    Let's get you up-to-date now with the headlines we're looking at this evening

    A man has been jailed for six years after officers discovered what they described as a £4.9m haul of cocaine when he was stopped on the M6 near Crewe  

    - A hospital in Stoke-on-Trent declared a major incident after a loss of power left patients lying in the dark and staff unable to access computer systems

    - The body which oversees and pays for NHS services in south Cheshire has been rated inadequate

  10. Four month road closure starts on Monday in Crewe

    People planning to drive in Crewe on Monday are being warned by Cheshire East Council of a four-month road closure that'll start from Monday.

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  11. Crewe BHS closure date confirmed

    Lamont Howie

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    British Home Stores has confirmed it will close its Crewe store on Saturday 30 July. 

    BHS in Crewe

    It's understood the 19 staff will be offered roles at other stores to support the wind down.

  12. Football: Swansea could rival Stoke for Allen

    BBC Sport

    Swansea City are considering a bid for Liverpool's Wales midfielder Joe Allen.

    Stoke have had a £13m bid accepted by the Reds for the 26-year-old, who played for the Swans until his 2012 switch to Anfield.

    Joe Allen

    Swansea's American takeover has been completed this week.

    "Joe is one of our own players and if at all possible we would probably make that signing," Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins told BBC Sport.

  13. Watch: Stoke and Staffordshire's weather forecast for the weekend

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    You can see what the weather holds for the weekend and you can also keep up-to-date with the latest forecasts on the BBC website.

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    Video caption: Rebecca Wood has the weekend forecast