Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.


  1. Concerns over future investment in Stoke-on-Trent post Brexit
  2. Rare WW1 conscription documents published online
  3. Uttoxeter swimmer Adam ready for Rio 2016
  4. Labour wins the borough council by-election in Newcastle
  5. Updates on Friday 5 August 2016

Live Reporting

By Liam Barnes

All times stated are UK

Get involved

  1. Our coverage across the day

    That's it for today's updates.

    We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday.

  2. Watch: Stoke and Staffordshire's weather for tonight and tomorrow

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    Full forecasts for the area are also available on the BBC Weather website.

    Video content

    Video caption: Weather for the West Midlands
  3. Watch: WW1 conscientious objector records found

    Thousands of rare military appeal tribunal documents have been found in Staffordshire.

    They were uncovered in the attic of an old council building and will now be made public. 

    Arthur Phipps was one of those who fought conscription during World War One. His great-grandson Chris Jones was allowed to read his story in the archive.  

    Video content

    Video caption: Rare WW1 conscientious objector records found in Staffordshire
  4. £70m shopping opens in Stafford

    Stafford's new Riverside shopping centre has officially opened to the public.

    River Island and H&M were the first stores to open their doors. Some, such as Marks and Spencer, Primark and Outfit are not expected to be completed for a few months.

    The £70m development has taken two years to build and also includes a cinema and restaurants. 

    View more on twitter
  5. Re-election 'nothing to do with Corbyn'

    James Bovill

    Staffordshire Political Reporter, BBC News

    The former leader of Newcastle Borough Council said his re-election to the authority has "nothing to do" with the policies of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

    Gareth Snell, who won the Silverdale and Parksite by-election, praised local campaigners for their work instead.

    He took 56% of the vote, which came after the death of UKIP's Eileen Braithwaite in May.

  6. Video content

    Video caption: Eddie Redmayne recites war poems at Lichfield Cathedral

    Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne has leant his support to an exhibition at Lichfield Cathedral to commemorate the Battle of the Somme.

  7. Latest: WW1 conscription appeals released; Labour wins by-election; Adam Peaty 'ready for Rio 2016'

    BBC Radio Stoke

    Here's a handful of some of the top stories this afternoon:

    - A rare collection of World War One conscription appeals has been published online

    - Labour's Gareth Snell is re-elected to Newcastle Borough Council after a by-election

    - Uttoxeter swimmer Adam Peaty says he's ready to ahead of the opening of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro

  8. BBC Midlands Today: Stories we're working on

    BBC Midlands Today

    Anthony Bartram, Producer

    Just when you thought it was safe to look at your news running order, West Bromwich Albion announces the club has agreed to sell to a mega-rich Chinese entrepreneur.

    We’re live at the Hawthorns tonight to bring you the latest developments and China’s continued love affair with West Midlands football. 

    It is of course a massive day of sport with the Championship season and the Rio games getting under way. We’ve been talking to the people behind Uttoxeter’s swimming superstar Adam Peaty. Can he add Olympic gold to his world title? 

    Adam Peaty

    It’s almost five years since the Birmingham riots. We’ve been talking to those caught up in the violence and reveal how many suspects the police still want to catch. 

    We've also got an incredibly moving film from Lichfield Cathedral which is commemorating the Somme centenary for the next couple of days, transporting you from an Edwardian living room to the battlefields.   

  9. Your photos: Staffordshire in the sun

    BBC Weather Watchers

    The sun's shining across Staffordshire as these photos of Stowe (top) and Newcastle-under-Lyme (bottom) from our BBC Weather Watchers Dodger and Young Ted show

    Remember you can send in your photos by emailtweet us on @bbcradiostoke or message via Facebook.

  10. Rare WW1 conscription appeals released

    Lee Blakeman

    Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    A rare collection of World War One conscription appeals in Staffordshire have been published online.

    A total of 20,000 documents, which normally would have been destroyed, are now available to the public. 

    They reveal the work of tribunals at which men sought for exemption against conscription, which would have seen many sent to the trenches. 

    Arthur Phipps

    Chris Jones, whose great-grandfather Arthur Phipps was one of the men who refused to fight, says his family is delighted to access the records.

    Quote Message: We've been able to prove that he did apply not to get called up." from Chris Jones Great-grandson of World War One conscientious objector Arthur Phipps
    Chris JonesGreat-grandson of World War One conscientious objector Arthur Phipps
  11. Police appeal over house fire

    Staffordshire Police

    Were you driving along Victoria Park Road in Tunstall on Tuesday night?

    If so, Staffordshire Police would like your help.

    They're investigating a house fire on a property in the area, and believe passing motorists may have spotted people near the house between 22:00 and 22:45.

  12. Port Vale boss proud of travelling support for first game

    Lee Blakeman

    Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Port Vale assistant manager Michael Brown says he's proud of the number of away support they'll take for the side's first game at Bradford

    The Vale kick off their League One season at Valley Parade and the club say they've sold two allocations of away tickets.

    Video content

    Video caption: Port Vale boss proud of travelling support for the side's first game at Bradford.
  13. Latest: Arriva to close Stafford depot; fears for post-Brexit investment; Football League season kicks off

    BBC Radio Stoke

    Here are some of the top stories around Staffordshire this afternoon:

    - Arriva has announced plans to close its bus depot in Stafford

    - Questions have been raised over what will replace EU funding in projects following the Brexit referendum

    - Burton Albion, Crewe Alexandra and Port Vale prepare for their first matches of the new Football League season