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Summary

  1. More players say they were abused by ex Crewe coach Bennell
  2. Ebola nurse suspended for concealing Pauline Cafferkey temperature
  3. Manchester Metropolitan University plans to close Crewe campus
  4. Plans for HS2 construction facility 'unacceptable'
  5. Updates from Friday 25 November

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Charlie Adam is congratulated by his team-mates during Stoke City's win at Watford

Neil Johnston

BBC Sport

An own goal by Heurelho Gomes earns Stoke City a deserved win as Watford are beaten at home for the first time since August.

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Burton Albion score their first away goal in five matches as they hold Preston to a draw at Deepdale.

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Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe accident, between J13 for A449 and J12 for A5.

M6 Staffordshire - Rolling road-block, an accident earlier on and debris on the road on M6 southbound between J13, A449 (Stafford South) and J12, A5 (Gailey).

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Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire northbound

BBC Travel

M6 Staffordshire northbound severe accident, between J15 for A500 and J16 for A500 Crewe.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and J16, A500 (Crewe), because of an accident.

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Severe disruption: M42 Leicestershire southbound

BBC Travel

M42 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, between J11 for A42 and J10 for A5.

M42 Leicestershire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M42 southbound between J11, A42 (Burton-Upon-Trent) and J10, A5 (Tamworth), because of a vehicle fire.

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Manchester Metropolitan University Cheshire Campus

Phil McCann

Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News

Manchester Metropolitan University says its Crewe campus is "no longer sustainable"

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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.

Watch: Latest weather forecast

Rebecca Wood

BBC Weather

It's expected to stay cloudy, but dry, through the night - lows of 1C (34F) 

Saturday will then start cloudy and murky, but some brighter spells should develop through the day, before a little rain arrives overnight.

 Maximum Temperature: 7C (45 F).

BBC Midlands Today's Rebecca Wood has your forecast

'Massive increase in recycling' caused collection problems

Chris King

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

Problems with Newcastle-under-Lyme's new recycling system were caused by a massive increase in the amount of waste put out for recycling, according to an independent report for the council. 

It also found that a complaints line became overwhelmed by the volume of calls about missed collections.

A new service was introduced in July and saw recycling move to weekly, rather than fortnightly, collections, as well as extra recycling containers introduced.

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Football: Port Vale derby extra-special for Dodds

James Bond

Sports Producer, BBC Shropshire

Tomorrow's derby match between Shrewsbury Town and Port Vale is extra-special for Shrewsbury's attacking midfielder Louis Dodds, who used to play for the Burslem club before moving to Shropshire in the summer.

Shrewsbury have slipped back to the foot of League One after Tuesday's poor 3-0 defeat at Fleetwood, but Dodds believes the atmosphere of the match can lift the team.

Louis Dodds will be coming up against familiar opponents when Shrewsbury play Port Vale

'Hello, ambulance? My toilet seat is broken'

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

From a broken loo seat to help setting up a new mobile phone - two non-emergency calls the ambulance service has received in the last 24 hours.

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Severe accident: A449 Staffordshire southbound

BBC Travel

A449 Staffordshire southbound severe accident, between Warstones Road and A463 Wodehouse Lane.

A449 Staffordshire - A449 Stourbridge Road in Penn common closed and very slow traffic southbound between the Warstones Road junction and the A463 Wodehouse Lane junction, because of an accident involving a car and a pedestrian.

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Free attractions at Burntwood's Christmas lights switch on

Lichfield Mercury

There will be a whole host of attractions at the switch on of Burntwood's Christmas lights at Sankeys Corner on Saturday 3 December

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Lichfield Mercury

Winsford 'not viable' as site for new prison

Phil McCann

Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News

A new prison will not be built in Winsford, a local MP says she's been informed by the government 

An industrial estate site in the town had been suggested as a potential site, but Antoinette Sandbach says the prisons minister has confirmed no further work would be undertaken as it is "not viable for prison development".

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Crewe Alexandra fans

Will Chalk

Newsbeat reporter

Crewe Alexandra fans tell Newsbeat they still love their club, despite it being embroiled in a sex abuse scandal.

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Your photos: Images of Audley and No Man's Heath

BBC Weather Watchers

It was a cold and clear start to the day and we've had some great photos shared by the BBC Weather Watchers.

These ones were taken near Audley and No Man's Heath.

Sunset near Audley
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Latest: Several people facing football sex-abuse investigation; Crewe campus set to close; nurse suspended over ebola cover-up

Our top stories this evening:

- A number of people face allegations of child sex abuse in football, police say

- Manchester Metropolitan University plans to close Crewe campus

- Nurse suspended for concealing ill health of ebola victim Pauline Cafferkey

Car bursts into flames near petrol station

Ros Chimes

Staffordshire Moorlands reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

A 25-year-old has been arrested after a car crashed near Morrisons petrol station in Leek in the early hours of yesterday morning and burst into flames.

Police say a man from Leek has been charged with a variety of driving offences and is appearing before magistrates in Newcastle today.

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Man jailed after attacking father in front of young children

A man has been jailed for 10 years as police describe how he slashed the face of a man from Stoke-on-Trent in front of his young children.

Badr Rayan, 20, of no fixed address, was found guilty of wounding with intent and possession of a bladed article at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.

The 39-year-old father from Hanley was attacked as he watched his children, aged four and 10, play football in Hanley Park in April, Staffordshire police said.  

Rayan was confronted by the man after he narrowly missed a child's head with a can after failing to get a light for his cigarette, officers said, prompting him to attack the father with a sharp implement.

Badr Rayan
Staffordshire Police

This was a horrific and completely unprovoked attack on an innocent man who was trying to enjoy an afternoon at the park with his children

Det Con James BowersStaffordshire Police

North Staffordshire and south Cheshire's burglary hotspots

The Stoke Sentinel

A Sentinel investigation can today reveal the biggest burglary hotspots across North Staffordshire and south Cheshire.

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Appeal to find people involved in collision that injured girl

Emma Thomas

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

Police are trying to trace the people in a car that hit a girl in Stafford on Monday afternoon.

The 13-year-old was treated in hospital for an ankle injury after the collision at the mini-roundabout of Browning Street, Marston and Sandon Road.  

Officers say a man and woman in a Ford Fiesta stopped to check she was OK, and took her home, but didn't leave their details.

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Crewe campus final decision expected in the spring

Manchester Metropolitan University says its plans to pull out of Crewe follows "full and careful consideration" of the options presented by external consultants brought in to prepare a business plan.

The university says that for some time it's been evident that the Cheshire campus is "no longer academically or financially sustainable".   

The university said it would now consult with groups, including unions, before the board of governors make a final decision on its future - expected in spring 2017.

Crewe campus
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The review conducted by Deloitte has examined the options in detail and concluded that the only viable solution is withdrawal from the campus. I recognise the significance of this for the staff, students and local community, but it is important to note that this remains a proposal subject to further consultation."

Professor Malcolm PressVice-chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University

Delays warning on Stafford to Rugeley trains

BBC Travel

Delays are likely on trains between Stafford and Rugeley Trent Valley, due to a signalling fault, train operator London Midland warns.

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BreakingUniversity plans to close Crewe campus

Phil McCann

Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News

Manchester Metropolitan University is planning to close its Crewe campus, university governors have just announced.

The move is in part due to falling student numbers.

Crewe campus
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Ten years ago, MMU had nearly 6,000 students in Cheshire. 

Now I'm told that number stands at less than 3,000.

Appeal for families to foster unaccompanied refugee children

Families are being asked to urgently consider fostering young asylum seekers arriving in Staffordshire. 

The county council says it's currently caring for unaccompanied minors, and is in need of people to offer them homes. 

A special information event at Rising Brook Church in Stafford is being hold on 30 November.

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Latest: Cheshire Police confirm allegations of abuse against more than one person; nurse suspended over Ebola testing; families urged to consider asylum seekers

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

Here are some of the stories we're looking at:

- More than one person is facing allegations of non-recent child sex abuse in football, according to Cheshire Police

- A nurse at Haywood Hospital in Stoke-on-Trent has been suspended for two months for concealing the high temperature of her colleague, Pauline Cafferkey, before she tested positive for Ebola

- Families are being asked to urgently consider fostering young asylum seekers arriving in Staffordshire

HS2 construction plant plans 'completely unacceptable'

The MP for Stone says plans for a new HS2 construction facility to be built in his constituency are "completely unacceptable" and will have a "devastating effect" on people living in the area.

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Conservative MP Sir Bill Cash used an adjournment debate in the Commons to call on HS2 and the government to think again about building a railhead at Yarnfield, between the proposed high speed rail route and the M6. 

Mr Cash told MPs he fears it could become a permanent facility and would disrupt the lives of many elderly people.

Ex-footballer: 'There was always two or three in the bed'
An ex-footballer who claims to have been abused by former Crewe Alexandra coach Barry Bennell explains how the abuse started.

Extra police for Shrewsbury v Port Vale match

Extra police officers are being drafted in for tomorrow's local derby between Shrewsbury Town and Port Vale.

West Mercia Police say they are expecting thousands of travelling supporters and it is advising local residents to avoid the roads surrounding the stadium if possible.

Police officers
BBC

The force says it has no intelligence suggesting there will be trouble at the match, so this is just a precaution.

Sport headlines: Bony could wave goodbye in the new year; Vale concerned over four injuries

BBC Radio Stoke Sport

The top sport stories for Stoke and Staffordshire this afternoon include:

  • Stoke City manager Mark Hughes says on-loan striker Wilfried Bony has a clause in his contract allowing him to be sold to Chinese Super League clubs in January
  • Port Vale have injury concerns ahead of tomorrows game at Shrewsbury
  • Crewe's captain Ryan Lowe wants the club's fans to get behind the team, saying the booing at Barnet last Saturday was "unacceptable"

Tamworth's 'absolute gem' of a castle is crowned best small visitor attraction

Tamworth Herald

Tamworth Castle is officially the best small visitor attraction in Staffordshire, after winning gold in the 2016 NFU Mutual Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Awards.

Tamworth Castle
Tamworth Herald

Nurse's actions 'not premeditated'

In suspending Donna Wood for two months for concealing the temperature of fellow nurse Pauline Cafferkey, a disciplinary panel said that Mrs Wood's dishonesty was "very serious, but not premeditated".

Mrs Cafferkey became seriously ill with Ebola a day later.

The panel could have struck off Stoke-on-Trent nurse Mrs Wood, but said that would be disproportionate and not necessary to serve the public interest, in maintaining confidence in the profession.

It said she had breached fundamental tenets of the profession and exposed Ms Cafferkey to harm, but the behaviour was unlikely to be repeated.

It noted Mrs Wood's almost 30 years of hitherto unblemished service. It said a longer period of suspension would unduly damage Mrs Wood's career.   

Donna Wood
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Police investigating 'growing number' of football child sex abuse allegations

Tim Wedgwood

BBC Local Live

Cheshire Police say they are investigating a "growing number" of allegations of historical child sexual abuse in football since former Crewe player Andy Woodward spoke out last week.

Several ex players, including Steve Walters, Paul Stewart, David White, Jason Dunford and Chris Unsworth have since come forward and waived their anonymity to describe being targeted as young players.

Cheshire Police said the referrals officers were following-up included some from an NSPCC hotline.

Yesterday the charity revealed it had received more than 50 calls in just two hours.

Cheshire Police HQ
BBC

"Officers continue to contact all those individuals who have disclosed information. Cheshire Constabulary understands that this is an extremely difficult and emotive subject, and hard to talk about, but anyone who has been directly affected by this is encouraged to contact police on 101," Cheshire Police said.

The NSPCC/FA hotline is 0800 023 2642.

Praise from PM for bravery shown by footballers speaking out

Tim Wedgwood

BBC Local Live

The prime minister has praised the extreme bravery of former footballers who have spoken out about being abused as children. 

Two more waived their right to anonymity to talk about their abuse today. 

In all, seven people have come forward. 

Jason Dunford and Chris Unsworth described being targeted by the former Crewe Alexandra coach Barry Bennell.

Victoria Derbyshire studio picture
BBC

Pair due in court on suspicion of burglary

BBC Radio Stoke

Two men are due to appear at North Staffs Justice Centre charged with a robbery at a couple's home near Leek.

On Wednesday night a couple were assaulted in their home in Ladderedge where a number of high-value items taken including a car.

The two men aged 26 and 41, from Smethwick, have been each charged with numerous offences, including two counts of robbery and aggravated vehicle taking, driving with no insurance and driving while disqualified. 

Pauline Cafferkey first in UK to contract Ebola

Scottish nurse Pauline Cafferkey, who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone, became ill just a day after flying back to the UK.

She spent several weeks in Royal Free Hospital in London after becoming the first person to be diagnosed with the disease in the UK.

She was later discharged after apparently making a full recovery - but later it was discovered that the virus is still present in her body.

Mrs Cafferkey was recently cleared herself of misconduct over claims she hid her infection, when the panel ruled that her judgement had been impaired by her illness.

Pauline Cafferkey
PA

Latest: PM praises 'brave' footballers; nurse suspended for concealing Ebola temperature; Stone MP speaks of 'devastating' HS2 work

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

This lunchtime's top stories:

- The prime minister praises the extreme bravery of former footballers who have spoken out about being abused as children

- A Staffordshire nurse is suspended for two months for concealing the high temperature of a colleague who became seriously ill with Ebola

- The MP for Stone says plans for a new HS2 construction facility to be built in his constituency are "completely unacceptable" and will have a "devastating effect" on people living in the area

Ebola nurse 'dishonest'

Robert Pigott

BBC News

In making its judgement, the Nursing and Midwifery Council disciplinary panel said it had  noted Donna Wood's counsel's argument that she posed no danger to patients and was an honest person who made mistake.

However, it said it had paid particular regard to Wood's dishonesty and said honesty was bedrock of any nurse's practice and needed to uphold nursing standards.

Earlier, Hannah Ryan told the hearing that Mrs Wood said, "let's put it down as 37.2 and get out of here and sort it out later."

Mrs Wood had told the panel that she couldn't say whether she had or had not written a temperature for Ms Cafferkey on a screening form - but denied knowing that she had a temperature above 38 degrees, an allegation she described as "preposterous".  

BreakingNurse suspended for concealing Pauline Cafferkey Ebola temperature

A nurse has been suspended for two months for concealing the high temperature of Pauline Cafferkey, who became ill with Ebola the next day.  

Donna Wood, a senior nurse from Stoke-on-Trent, and Ms Cafferkey were tested for the virus on their arrival at Heathrow Airport in London from Sierra Leone in 2014.  

Mrs Wood was accused of suggesting Mrs Cafferkey's temperature be recorded as 37.2C, when she knew it was at least one degree higher - under protocols at the time, a temperature above 37.5C would have triggered an investigation into the presence of Ebola.

Yesterday a disciplinary panel found that Mrs Wood's fitness to practise had been "impaired".

Donna Wood
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