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Summary

  1. Alton Towers says Smiler ride is safe after criticism
  2. Call for urgent moves to reopen Stafford's A&E to children
  3. Fire choir release 9/11 charity song
  4. Updates from Friday 2 September

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By Allen Cook

All times stated are UK

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  1. Jonathan Jurejko

    BBC Sport

    Harry Kane

    Jonathan Jurejko

    BBC Sport

    Harry Kane ends his goal drought as Tottenham cruise to a comfortable win which leaves Stoke bottom of the Premier League.

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  2. Peaty-inspired boy, 10, swims for ill friend

    Alex Smith

    BBC News Online

    A 10-year-old boy is set to swim 400 lengths of the pool at Uttoxeter Leisure Centre after being inspired by Olympic champion Adam Peaty.

    Finlay Bointon met the Uttoxeter gold medallist when he returned from the Games in Rio de Janeiro. 

    His mum, Karen, said the swim will raise money to help a friend who has cancer.

    Adam Peaty
  3. Terror arrests: 'Four man chatting on social media'

    Daniel Sandford

    Home Affairs Correspondent

    All four men appeared in the dock wearing police issue sweatshirts, some grey, some navy blue.

    Naweed Ali, Khobaib Hussain, Mohibur Rahman and Tahir Aziz confirmed their names and addresses in Birmingham and Stoke on Trent.

    Charged with preparing terrorist acts they will now remain in prison until they appear at the Old Bailey in 10 days.

    The BBC understands the allegation is that they were chatting on social media about wanting to do something and were in possession of potential weapons and extremist material.

    Naweed Ali, Khobaib Hussain, Mohibur Rahman and Tahir Aziz
  4. Stories we're working on: BBC Midlands Today

    BBC Midlands Today

    Have you been gripped by The Archers this week? Millions have and even if you’re not one of them we’ve been behind the scenes to bring you the latest on the long running Radio 4 soap’s darkest plot – carefully scripted by writers and producers of the programme.

    The trial of Helen Titchener, accused of attempted murder after a long running storyline about domestic violence, is attracting big audiences and headlines around the world and raising tens of thousands of pounds for the charity Women’s Aid. 

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    Video caption: Helen finally makes public the extent of Rob’s abuse.

    Watch Midlands Today on BBC One at 18.30.

  5. Football: City getting the Boot

    Worcester City have signed goalkeeper Ryan Boot on a one-month loan from Port Vale.

    The 21-year-old had a spell with City during the 2014-15 season, before being recalled when, then first choice Vale ‘keeper Chris Neal injured his wrist.

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  7. Terror arrests: Four men remanded

    Four men from the West Midlands charged with terror offences have appeared before magistrates.

    Naweed Ali, 28, and Khobaib Hussain, 24, both of Sparkhill in Birmingham, and Mohibur Rahman, 32, and Tahir Aziz, 37, of Stoke-on-Trent, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court charged with preparing for terrorist acts.

    The men have been remanded in custody and are due to appear at the Old Bailey on 19 September.

    Police convoy arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court

    The men were driven to Westminster Magistrates this morning by a police convoy.

  8. Terror arrests: Four men arrive at Westminster Magistrates' Court

    Steve Swann

    BBC Home Affairs Correspondent

    Four men from the West Midlands accused of preparing acts of terror have arrived in London.

    A police convoy drove into Westminster Magistrates' Court where they are due to appear.

    Police convoy outside Westminster Magistrates' Court
  9. Ambulance attacks: 'Government need to set up task force'

    There are calls for the government to step in after three West Midlands Ambulance staff were violently attacked while treating patients. 

    One paramedic fractured a hand and two technicians received injuries to their face during two separate call-outs in Staffordshire on Wednesday night. 

    In November last year, the service said physical assaults had risen by 30%, with 108 attacks between April and September 2014, to 139 in 2015.

    Tony Jones, from the Unison union, says the government need to set up a task force to find out why the attacks are happening and look at deterrents.

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  10. Four charged with terror offences due in court later

    Four men from the West Midlands are due before Westminster magistrates later charged with terrorism offences. 

    • Naweed Ali, 28, of Evelyn Road, Sparkhill
    • Khobaib Hussain, 24, also of Evelyn Road, Sparkhill
    • Mohibur Rahman, 31, of High Lane, Stoke-on-Trent
    • Tahir Aziz, 37, of Wulstan Road, Stoke-on-Trent

    All four were detained by West Midlands Police counter terror officers two weeks ago. 

    A fifth man, aged 18, has been released without charge. 

    Police cordoned off an area near the Pentahotel, in Holloway Head near Birmingham city centre