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  1. Health expert expects County Hospital's children's A&E to stay shut
  2. 'Lucky escape' for four people in M6 crash
  3. Snake in canal: Expert says it's an 'Albino Burmese Python'
  4. Our updates from Friday 26 August

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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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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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Shaun Barker

Championship side Burton sign ex-Derby defender Shaun Barker, who has not played a competitive fixture since March 2012.

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'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.

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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. 

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.

Rebecca Wood has your weekend update

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. 

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.

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
Port Vale FC

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.

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

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.


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.  

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."

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
Villager Jim

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
Jonathan White

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

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.

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."

Billy BinghamCrewe Alexandra midfielder

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.  


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.  

'Lucky escape' for four people in M6 crash

Alice Bentley

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

Car overturned near M6
West Midlands Ambulance Service

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
West Midlands Ambulance Service

Snake in canal: Expert says it's an 'Albino Burmese Python'

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

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Weekend rain: Bad news, good news

The bad news is there's going to be heavy rain this weekend, according to the Met Office - the good news is there's a low risk of surface flooding.

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Deadline day for views on a 'source of congestion'

Tim Wedgwood

BBC Local LIve

Today's the last day for people to have their say on a major source of congestion on the outskirts of Crewe. 

Crewe Green roundabout as seen from Sydney Road

Cheshire East Council has put forward four options to improve the Crewe Green roundabout which they say will improve access to the town, the railway station and Leighton Hospital. 

The authority says the preferred option will be announced in October.

Travel: Break down causing 45 minute delays on A500 in Stoke-on-Trent

BBC Travel

A lane is shut on the A500 D Road northbound in Stoke-on-Trent between Basford roundabout and Wolstanton Retail Park.

A vehicle is broken down - travel time is around 45 minutes and congestion is back to the Sideaway roundabout.

Free events to be held to relive Rio 2016 Team GB success

BBC Radio Stoke

Gymnastics, table tennis, boxing and athletics - just a few of the many activities taking place in Staffordshire and Cheshire this weekend as part of "the nation's biggest ever sports day". 

The events are being organised by the National Lottery and ITV along with Team GB's athletes who received lottery funding.

They say they want to get thousands of people involved in the free events - you can find ones near you on their website.

Football: Stoke's Mark Hughes may 'move on' from Berahino target

Matt Sandoz

Stoke City commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes says he may soon accept defeat in his pursuit of West Brom's Saido Berahino, whose deal expires in the summer. 

Saido Berahino in dugout
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Speaking this week at his press conference he said: "There may well become a point, not necessarily with these negotiations, but certainly some deals just go on and on and you get to a point where you have to make a decision to move on."

Meanwhile today Berahino's boss, West Brom manager Tony Pulis says he's not been in touch with the Potters "on any occasion" about the striker.

Snake in canal: 'Boa constrictor or python' and '10ft long' - police

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

More information about the snake that's been spotted by a resident in Endon.

Staffordshire Police say it's believed to be a boa constrictor or a python and is about 10ft (3m) long, white with yellow markings

Officers say it was last seen going into Caldon Canal in the Station Road area.

Snake on phone
Staffordshire Police

News: Health expert doesn't expect children's A&E to reopen; jail for growing £15k cannabis; snake spotted in canal

Chris King

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

Our headlines this afternoon:

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

- A woman's been jailed after police found a cannabis factory in a derelict building in Stoke-on-Trent and seized 50 plants with a street value of £15,000

- Police are warning about a snake which has been spotted in the Caldon canal in Staffordshire

Snake in canal: Witnesses 'believe it could be a python'

Chris King

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

We've had a few more details on the snake which police say has been spotted in the Caldon Canal. 

Caldon Canal in Stockton Brook

Staffordshire Police tell BBC Radio Stoke it's not clear exactly what type it is but witnesses believe it could be a python.

The last reported sighting was in the Endon area and it was said to be heading towards Stockton Brook.

Snake in the canal

If you're near the Caldon Canal this afternoon, Staffordshire Police say be on the watch for a non-venomous snake.

They say it's gone into the waterway which runs from Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent to Froghall.

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Martin Paterson

League One side Port Vale sign former Stoke City, Burnley, Blackpool and Northern Ireland striker Martin Paterson.

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Rivals Burton and Derby set for 'A38 derby'

BBC Sport

Nearby rivals Burton and Derby County will face each other tonight at 19:45 in what's been dubbed the "A38 derby".

Neither side has made an impressive Championship start, with the sides in 18th and 16th place respectively.

Burton v Derby graphic
BBC Sport

Australia backpacker stabbing: Cheshire man still critical in hospital

Sonia Kataria

BBC News Online

A man from Cheshire remains in a critical condition today in hospital after being stabbed at a backpacking hostel in Australia. 

Tom Jackson, 30, from Congleton was stabbed in the face several times - a woman from Derbyshire, Mia Ayliffe-Chung, 21, was killed. 

Mia Ayliffe-Chung

Police tweeted that Mr Jackson was still being treated for critical head injuries he suffered while trying to save Miss Ayliffe-Chung. 

Today a man accused of the murder did not appear in court as "he had caused a disturbance".

BBC Weather Watcher picture: Drying washing weather

BBC Weather Watchers

Well if anything sums up what a sunny day this is going to be, this is from BBC Weather Watcher user On the moon in Biddulph, Staffordshire.

Does seem like it should be a washing-on-the-line kind of day - find more photos from our Weather Watchers on the website.

On the moor

On Midlands Today from 13:30: Baby death inquiry and the bank holiday getaway

BBC Midlands Today

On Midlands Today this lunchtime we'll have more on the investigation into the death of a baby, who was sent home from a Stoke-on-Trent hospital two days earlier. 

Getty Images

Plus with the bank holiday about to start we'll be looking at where the problems could be for you on the roads and railways. 

We'll be on from 13:30 on BBC One.

Latest: Baby death investigation; jail for growing £15,000 cannabis; M6 hotspot for bank holiday getaway

Chris King

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

This afternoon's headlines for Staffordshire and Cheshire:

- An investigation is to be held into why a three-week-old baby, sent home from hospital in Stoke-on-Trent, died two days later

- A woman's been jailed after police found a cannabis factory in a derelict building in Stoke-on-Trent and seized 50 plants with a street value of £15,000

- Parts of the M6, including through Staffordshire and Cheshire, are expected to be hotspots this weekend as millions of drivers head off on holiday for the bank holiday weekend

Travel: Two vehicle crash on M6 near Stoke-on-Trent

BBC Travel

Police are warning drivers of long delays this Friday afternoon after a two-vehicle crash at junction 15 of the M6 near Stoke-on-Trent.

Get the latest from the BBC Travel website.

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MP Craig Tracey calls for public meeting over Arriva bus plans

Tamworth Herald

NORTH Warwickshire MP Craig Tracey has organised a public meeting regarding Arriva's plans to axe the 116 bus service from Tamworth to Birmingham.