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By Allen Cook

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  1. Michael Emons

    BBC Sport

    Everton goal

    Michael Emons

    BBC Sport

    Ronald Koeman maintains his unbeaten start as Everton manager as his team beat Stoke, who remain without a league win in 2016-17.

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  2. Andrew Aloia

    BBC Sport

    Burton's Jackson Irvine scores against Derby County

    Andrew Aloia

    BBC Sport

    Jackson Irvine scores to ensure Burton beat Derby in the first competitive game between the near neighbours.

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  3. 'Terror' arrests in Staffordshire as bomb disposal team called to Birmingham

    Two men, aged 32 and 37, have been arrested in the Stoke area of Staffordshire on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism, West Midlands Police says

    A further two, aged 18 and 24, were arrested from their home addresses in Birmingham and another, aged 28, arrested at a further location in the city. 

    As a result of one of the arrests, police say, an Army bomb disposal team has been called in as a precautionary measure to the Lee Bank area of Birmingham.    

    Searches at a number of properties in Birmingham and Stoke are continuing.

  4. Our live coverage across the day

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

  5. Watch: Weather forecast - a damp weekend

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Weather

    The weekend's not looking great. For a full forecast, check out the BBC Weather site.

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    Video caption: Rebecca Wood has your weekend update
  6. Arrest over church and charity box thefts

    Ros Chimes

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    A man has been arrested in connection with thefts from churches across the Staffordshire Moorlands.

    Staffordshire Police cars in Moorlands

    Leek Police say the man was detained following a report of someone acting suspiciously at a village church. 

    The force says, over the last few months, there has been a spate of money being taken from churches as well as from charity collection boxes in Leek. 

  7. On Midlands Today from 18:30: Preparing for the bank holiday getaway

    Sarah Falkland

    BBC Midlands Today

    It's the great bank holiday getaway and for once it's looking good. 

    Things were running smoothly at Birmingham Airport this morning, despite a record number of passengers. 

    Montage of getaway shots

    And on the roads, there's encouraging news at some of the West Midland's main bottlenecks. 

    Will it last? I'll have the latest on Midlands Today from 18:30 on BBC One.

  8. Football: Port Vale make Paterson signing number 16

    Lee Blakeman

    Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    The signings keep on coming at Vale Park - today the League One side's confirmed the transfer in of Martin Paterson. 

    Martin Paterson with Port Vale shirt

    The 29-year-old's been to the area before as he's a former Stoke City player as well as turning out for Burnley, Blackpool and Northern Ireland. 

    He was also at Huddersfield and Scunthorpe, as well as having loans at Grimsby, Fleetwood and Bristol City - before becoming today Bruno Ribeiro's 16th signing of the summer at Vale Park.

  9. Stone prepares to welcome home Olympic hero Joe Clarke

    Stuart Ellis

    Presenter, BBC Radio Stoke

    This bank holiday Monday, the town of Stone will host a homecoming for its very own Olympic hero, gold medal winning kayaker Joe Clarke.

    The event's taking place at Westbridge Park and will include a parade and church bells being rung in his honour.

    And if you can't make it in person - BBC Radio Stoke will be compering events and broadcasting live through the afternoon from 14:00.

    BBC Radio Stoke team with "Proud of Joe" poster
  10. Watch: Village declared 'dog poo free'

    John Acres

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    Villagers in Weston near Stafford are claiming victory in their battle to stop dog fouling in the area.

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    Video caption: Weston

    Working with the borough council, they launched a campaign last year which involved putting up signs, handing out flyers and bags - and even buying night vision goggles to spot late night offenders.

    They say during a latest count in Weston there were no incidents of dog fouling spotted.  

  11. Health expert expects County Hospital's children's A&E to stay shut

    Pete Morgan

    Presenter, BBC Radio Stoke

    A former NHS Trust chairman says he doesn't think children's services at Stafford's County Hospital will reopen again.

    The service was suspended yesterday because staff didn't have enough experience of resuscitating patients, according to managers.

    Stafford's Children's Emergency Centre sign

    The medical director of the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, said yesterday he didn't know when it would be safe for children to be treated back at the site. 

    Roy Lilley was chairman of Homewood NHS Trust and is now a health policy expert - he told BBC Radio Stoke he doesn't think the closure is just a temporary measure: "I can't see a way back from this. I think what will happen is they will reconfigure the local services."

  12. Your pictures: Peak District ducklings and Nantwich church

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    Here's one family walk you don't see all the time - these ducklings were snapped by Villager Jim in the Peak District.

    Ducklings in Peak District in June 2016

    While this stunning view of St Mary’s Church in Nantwich was taken by Jonathan White.

    Do keep sending your pictures in of Staffordshire and Cheshire on email, tweet @BBCRadioStoke or put them on Instagram (with the tag #bbcstoke so I can find them).

    St Mary's Church, Nantwich
  13. News: Expert says children's A&E won't reopen; four teens have 'lucky escape' in M6 crash; 'python' snake spotted in canal

    Chris King

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    This evening's headlines to get you up-to-date if you're just joining us:

    - A former NHS Trust chairman says he doesn't think children's A&E services at Stafford's County Hospital will reopen again

    - Four people avoid serious injury in a crash on the M6 near Stoke-on-Trent which saw one car overturn and the other mount a roadside barrier

    - People are being urged by Staffordshire Police to stay away from a snake that's been spotted in Endon going into the Caldon Canal

  14. Football: Crewe's Bingham hoping for fitness pay-off

    Graham McGarry

    Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Crewe Alexandra midfielder Billy Bingham says a pre-season fitness programme the club put together for him is beginning to pay-off. 

    Billy Bingham

    The former Dagenham player missed a number of games last season through injury. 

    But he told BBC Radio Stoke he feels a lot fitter and his aim now is to keep his place in the starting-11.

    Quote Message: I've put in a lot of work, they gave me a tough programme out of season and that's paid off so far. Fingers crossed, and I'm taking it day by day, that everything is ok." from Billy Bingham Crewe Alexandra midfielder
    Billy BinghamCrewe Alexandra midfielder
  15. Watch: Dog with tumour which dragged on floor is rescued

    Ros Chimes

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    A Staffordshire Moorlands-based charity says it has rescued a dog that was found abandoned, thin and with a tumour so big, it was dragging on the floor.  

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    Video caption: Chelsea

    Chelsea the black labrador was handed into Moorlands Dog Rescue and is currently being cared for at Willow vets in Endon.

    Rachel Trafford from the service says Chelsea has daily physio, twice weekly hydrotherapy and round-the-clock care - but she is still in a critical condition.

    The rescue team say the dog's owners have never been traced.  

  16. 'Lucky escape' for four people in M6 crash

    Alice Bentley

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    Car overturned near M6

    Four people avoided serious injury in a crash on the M6 near Stoke-on-Trent which saw one car overturn and the other mount a roadside barrier. 

    West Midlands Ambulance Service says they had a "lucky escape" after the collision this morning between junctions 14 and 15.

    Medics say two of the people involved suffered no injuries, one was treated for minor injuries and the fourth, a woman, needed hospital treatment for a neck injury.

    Car mounting barrier