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Summary

  1. Father found in fire-damaged car after fatal house fire
  2. Man jailed after fatal Stoke-on-Trent crash
  3. Missing Stone man: Canals and waterways being searched
  4. Man still in hospital a fortnight after being attacked by burglars
  5. Updates from Friday 28 October

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By Allen Cook

All times stated are UK

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Stoke striker Wilfried Bony

Dafydd Pritchard

BBC Wales Sport

Stoke striker Wilfried Bony scores twice - his first goals for the club - as they comfortably defeat his former club Swansea.

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Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire northbound

BBC Travel

M6 Staffordshire northbound severe accident, between J14 for A34 and J15 for A500.

M6 Staffordshire - Two lanes closed on M6 northbound between J14, A34 (Stafford North) and J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent), because of an accident.

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Inquiry into blaze at Stafford fireworks warehouse leaves bereaved in limbo
The families of two men killed in a blaze at a fireworks warehouse have said they are still without answers two years on.

Severe accident: M6 Cheshire northbound

BBC Travel

M6 Cheshire northbound severe accident, between J16 for A500 Crewe and J17 for A534 Sandbach.

M6 Cheshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound between J16, A500 (Crewe) and J17, A534 (Sandbach), because of an accident.

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Severe accident: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe accident, between J10 for A454 and J9 for A461 affecting J10A for M54.

M6 West Midlands - Two lanes closed and heavy traffic on M6 southbound between J10, A454 (Wolverhampton) and J9, A461 (Wednesbury), because of an accident involving 2 cars. Expect delays. Congestion to J10a M54.

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Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, between J10A for M54 and J10 for A454.

M6 Staffordshire - Slow traffic and a lane blocked on M6 southbound between J10a M54 and J10, A454 (Wolverhampton), because of a broken down vehicle.

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Joe Allen

Welshman Joe Allen says he has received scoring tips from Stoke boss Mark Hughes before playing against Swansea City.

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Severe accident: M6 Cheshire southbound

BBC Travel

M6 Cheshire southbound severe accident, between J16 for A500 Crewe and J15 for A500.

M6 Cheshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M6 southbound between J16, A500 (Crewe) and J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent), because of an accident.

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Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe accident, between J14 for A34 and J15 for A500.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M6 southbound between J14, A34 (Stafford North) in Whitgreave and J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) in Staffordshire, because of an accident.

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Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

BBC Travel

M6 Cheshire southbound severe disruption, between J18 for A54 Middlewich and J17 for A534 Sandbach.

M6 Cheshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M6 southbound between J18, A54 (Middlewich) and J17, A534 (Sandbach), because of a broken down vehicle.

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Severe disruption: A53 Staffordshire both ways

BBC Travel

A53 Staffordshire both ways severe disruption, at Wesleyan Road.

A53 Staffordshire - A53 Newcastle Road in Ashley Heath closed in both directions at the Wesleyan Road junction, because of an overturned car.

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Saros and Leanor Endris

Two children who died following a 'suspicious' house fire were brother and sister, police say.

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Football

Bolton score three goals in nine first-half minutes against Port Vale to extend their winning run to six matches.

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Football

Goals from George Cooper and Harry Davis earn Crewe a first win in seven league games at Leyton Orient.

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Souleymane Doukara

Goals from Chris Wood and Souleymane Doukara give Leeds United victory against Burton Albion in the Championship.

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Georgie Ann Evans

A suspected hit-and-run driver is arrested in connection with a crash that killed a teenager.

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Severe accident: M6 Cheshire southbound

BBC Travel

M6 Cheshire southbound severe accident, between J18 for A54 Middlewich and J17 for A534 Sandbach.

M6 Cheshire - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J18, A54 (Middlewich) and J17, A534 (Sandbach), because of an accident involving two vehicles. In the roadworks area.

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Severe disruption: A5 Staffordshire both ways

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A5 Staffordshire both ways severe disruption, between M6 J12 and A449.

A5 Staffordshire - A5 closed and very slow traffic in both directions between Gailey and Gailey Island, because of a car fire.

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Severe accident: A5 Staffordshire westbound

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A5 Staffordshire westbound severe accident, at A453 Sutton Road.

A5 Staffordshire - A5 in Mile Oak closed and slow traffic westbound at the A453 Sutton Road junction, because of an accident. Police directing traffic.

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Severe accident: M6 Cheshire northbound

BBC Travel

M6 Cheshire northbound severe accident, between J16 for A500 Crewe and Sandbach Services.

M6 Cheshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J16, A500 (Crewe) and Sandbach Services, because of an accident.

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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.

Plus don't forget that the clocks will be going back on Sunday, 30 October at 02:00.

Bogus carer 'stole money' off elderly woman

BBC Radio Stoke

An elderly woman in Burton's had money stolen off her by a woman she thought was her carer. 

Staffordshire Police say last night the victim let her into her Calais Road home believing she was there as her carer. 

Calais Road
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But, when the genuine one turned up and challenged her, the woman left the house. 

Officers say later on they found cash had been taken from the home.

Football: Manager after reaction from Crewe to end winless run

Graham McGarry

Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Crewe Alexandra's boss Steve Davis says he's expecting a reaction from his players when they take on Leyton Orient tomorrow. 

Leyton Orient sign
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The Alex suffered their first league defeat of the season at home last week and are on a run of seven games without a win.   

I think we've still started well, I think our performances have still been good. We've got to do a little bit better everywhere - score more goals, look more dangerous, be more clinical and not give teams opportunities through silly decisions around the box."

Steve DavisCrewe Alexandra's manager

Children's mother working with police investigating suspicious fire

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Police say they are working with the mother of two children who died following a suspicious blaze at a house in Hamstead, Birmingham, to find out exactly what happened in the lead up to their deaths.

Det Ch Insp Martin Slevin, leading the investigation, said: "At this stage we're still trying to establish what exactly took place. 

"The mother of the children is helping the police to try and give us that information and is being supported by specially trained officers."

A man believed to be the father of the deceased children is in a serious condition in hospital following a car fire in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire.

Officers have urged anyone who saw a black Vauxhall Insignia in the Hamstead area at about 03:00 on Friday to get in touch.

On Midlands Today from 18:30: Car fire linked to fatal house fire

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

On Midlands Today this evening we'll have more on the news that a man found in a fire-damaged car in Staffordshire is believed to be connected to a fatal house fire in Birmingham. 

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West Midlands Police say they think the man, who is critically ill after extensive burns, is the father of two children who died after the blaze in Hamstead.

Our reporters will have the latest from across the region on BBC One from 18:30.

People 'lucky to escape' after front door arson

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

People in a house were lucky to escape unhurt, say police, after their front door was set on fire.

Cheshire Police say the arson attack in Crewe happened yesterday at 01:19 on Capesthorne Road. 

Men in balaclavas rob store

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

Three men in balaclavas have robbed a shop in south Staffordshire of cash and cigarettes after bursting into the store. 

Spar shop in Brewood
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According to Staffordshire Police, the staff were just about to lock up last night when it happened. 

Officers say they left in a "dark coloured saloon-type car", driven by a fourth man.

Police cordon extended around house fire scene

Bob Hockenhull

BBC Midlands Today

The cordoned-off area at the scene of a house fire which ended in the deaths of a boy and girl has been extended.

Police are treating the circumstances surrounding their death as suspicious and are no longer looking for anyone else in relation to the blaze after a man, believed to be the children's father, was found with serious injuries in a car fire in Staffordshire.

It is thought a woman seen screaming at the scene in Holland Road, Hamstead, is the children's mother.

Police cordon
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Two charged after more than 10,000 litres of diesel stolen

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

Two men have been charged in connection with thousands of litres of diesel being stolen in Burton. 

Staffordshire Police say on Monday, 2,064 litres was reported missing from fuel tanks on Millers Lane.

Millers Lane, Burton
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The force says, as well as that, a total of 6,000 litres was also stolen across three days this month and 3,486 litres also went missing, again on Millers Lane. 

Officers say two men, aged 22 and 27, were arrested and have been charged with going equipped to steal.

Police remain in Hamstead

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

A police cordon remains in place as investigations continue into the deaths of an eight-year-old boy and a girl aged 6.

A police press conference was held this afternoon in which the leading officer said the force was speaking to the mother of the children to get more information into the events leading up to the "suspicious fire".

Police in Hamstead
PA

A man, thought to be the children's father, is being treated in hospital for serious burns after emergency services were called to a car fire in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire.

Police are not looking for anyone else in connection to the incident but continue to appeal for witnesses.

Police in Hamstead
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Football: Port Vale coach will take club's current position 'all day long'

Lee Blakeman

Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Port Vale's first team coach Andy Smith says he's satisfied with the team's current position in League One. 

Port Vale entrance
Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

The Vale go to second-placed Bolton tomorrow seventh in the table. 

I would take it all day long. We're only a few points off second place, you've got to keep going because if you look behind, there are teams just creeping up and if you lose two games, you can slip five, six places."

Andy SmithPort Vale first team coach

Man still in hospital a fortnight after being attacked by burglars

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

A man who suffered life-threatening injuries in a burglary in Uttoxeter is still in hospital, police say. 

Three masked men attacked the victim after he disturbed them in the rear yard of his house in Windsor Road on Saturday 15 October.

Windsor Road
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The force says their attack continued into the man's home and the trio also assaulted a second man, a friend of the victim, who also lived there.

Officers say the 52-year-old man, the first attacked, suffered serious injuries to his face and chest which were considered life-threatening and, almost a fortnight later, he's in a stable condition in hospital. 

Cash, keys and a cross bow were stolen in the burglary.

Headlines: Father found in fire-damaged car after fatal house blaze; jail for man who caused fatal crash; police search canals in missing man hunt

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

Here's our last look at the evening's headlines:

- The father of two children, whose bodies were found after a fire at a house in Birmingham, has suffered critical injuries after being found in a fire-damaged car in Staffordshire

- A man's been jailed after being convicted of causing the death of a car driver in Stoke-on-Trent

- Waterway and canals are being searched as part of the operation to find a missing Stone man, police confirm

Road closed while police investigate car fire

The A53 Whitmore Road in Butterton, Staffordshire is closed after a man was seriously injured in a car fire - the incident is believed to be linked to the deaths of two children in Birmingham.

Police said the man who is critically ill after extensive burns is thought to be the children's father.

The lead officer in the case said the force isn't looking for anyone else as part of their investigation, 

The A53 Whitmore Road in Butterton
BBC

The man thought to be in his 30s was found with the car at about 07:15 and taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital. 

Missing Stone man: Canals and waterways being searched

Sarah Robertson

Producer, BBC Radio Stoke

Waterway and canals are being searched as part of the operation to find a missing Stone man, police confirm. 

Staffordshire Police says its now a "substantial search" with Joshua Smith, 27, not having been seen since Tuesday morning.

Relationship charity closes local service

The relationship support charity, Relate, has announced it is shutting down its services in Herefordshire, Shropshire and north Staffordshire. 

Seventy two jobs will be lost across all three counties, with three of them at the Herefordshire centre which is to close completely.

Couple in silhouette
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Watch: Stoke and Staffordshire's weekend weather forecast

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

Here's a look ahead to what's in store on Saturday and Sunday.

You can also find the latest weather forecasts on the BBC Weather website at any other time.

Rebecca Wood