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  1. Council tax rise planned in Staffordshire Moorlands
  2. Parents thanked for loyalty to formaldehyde-affected school
  3. Boy, 13, suffers burns 'carrying boiling water' at rugby club
  4. Controversial road scheme to be scrapped
  5. Train delays as lines blocked north of Stafford
  6. Updates on Friday 2 December

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By Allen Cook

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M6 Toll road

The government says it has 'no plans' to spend about £1bn on buying the M6 Toll road in order to make it free for users.

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Highlights: Port Vale 4-0 Hartlepool
League One side Port Vale reached the FA Cup third round with a comfortable win over League Two Hartlepool United.
FA Cup graphic

League One side Port Vale reach the FA Cup third round with a comfortable win over League Two Hartlepool United.

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Severe accident: A50 Staffordshire both ways

BBC Travel

A50 Staffordshire both ways severe accident, between B5051 Market Place and A53 Elder Road.

A50 Staffordshire - A50 Waterloo Road in Burslem closed in both directions between the B5051 Market Place junction and Cobridge Traffic Lights, because of an accident.

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Jack Butland

Stoke and England keeper Jack Butland is sent for an MRI scan after suffering a setback in his recovery from a broken ankle.

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Stoke 2-0 Burnley: 'Excellent' Potters delight Mark Hughes
Stoke boss Mark Hughes is full of praise for his side after their "excellent" display during their 2-0 victory over Burnley at the bet365 Stadium.
Marc Muniesa

Timothy Abraham

BBC Sport

Marc Muniesa scores his first Premier League goal to seal a deserved home win for Stoke over Burnley.

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Matty Palmer

Rotherham's winless run extends to 15 games as caretaker boss Paul Warne's first game in charge ends in defeat at Burton.

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Stoke 2-0 Burnley: Sean Dyche optimistic after Clarets display
Burnley boss Sean Dyche says it was a "head scratcher" that his side trailed Stoke 2-0 at half-time, but is pleased overall with the way his team performed in defeat.

Diouf's impact

Stoke 1-0 Burnley


Mame Biram Diouf created Stoke's opener for Jon Walters and it had been coming - the majority of Stoke's attacks have come down the Senegalese's right flank.

Lawro v Vine

Lawro's predictions

Lawro's opponent for this week's fixtures is comedian Tim Vine.

Vine, who has just released his latest live DVD - 'Tim Timinee Tim Timinee Tim Tim To You' - is a Sutton United fan who is looking forward to their FA Cup second-round tie at home to Cheltenham Town on Saturday (15:00 GMT).

Vine reckons Chelsea will beat Manchester City and that Bournemouth will emerge 2-1 victors over Liverpool.

You can make your Premier League predictions now, compare them with those of Lawro and other fans, and try to take your team to the top of the leaderboard by playing the BBC Sport Predictor game. Click right here to be magically taken there.

Comedian Tim Vine's FA Cup pep talk
A stretch of the A5 near Lichfield

A man is bailed after a police officer was seriously hurt when he was hit by a car while trying to avoid an attack on a Staffordshire road.

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Stoke v Burnley (15:00 GMT)


View from the gantry

Stoke v Burnley (15:00 GMT)

Martin Fisher

Match of the Day commentator

Stoke's forgotten men stepped up to the plate impressively in Sunday's welcome win at Watford.

Giannelli Imbula, Marc Muniesa and Mame Biram Diouf all did well. Their success has posed a few awkward questions for Mark Hughes.

Who will he drop to accommodate the return of Joe Allen from suspension? Can he leave Wilfried Bony on the bench? And does he play a three-man defence again?

Burnley have struggled badly on their travels. Just one point and four heavy defeats.

In their last season in the Premier League, their first away win came at Stoke but, after losing their last game on home soil to Bournemouth, I can't see the Potters slipping up this time.

Severe disruption: M54 Staffordshire westbound

BBC Travel

M54 Staffordshire westbound severe disruption, at J2 for A449.

M54 Staffordshire - M54 entry slip road closed westbound at J2, A449 (Wolverhampton).

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Severe accident: M54 Staffordshire westbound

BBC Travel

M54 Staffordshire westbound severe accident, between J2 for A449 and J3 for A41 affecting J1 for A460 Wolverhampton.

M54 Staffordshire - M54 closed and stationary traffic westbound between J2, A449 (Wolverhampton) and J3, A41 (Albrighton), because of a broken down van, an accident and a vehicle fire. Diversion in operation - follow the hollow diamond diversion symbol. Congestion to J1, A460 (Wolverhampton).

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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.

Football: Port Vale chasing FA Cup win to land 'big fish' tie

Lee Blakeman

Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Port Vale midfielder Sam Kelly says reaching the FA Cup third round draw and being handed a lucrative tie could transform the club. 

FA Cup
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The Vale take on Hartlepool on Sunday in the second round with the winners guaranteed a £27,000 pay out. 

But it's at the third round stage when the the 44 clubs from the Premier League and Championship enter the competition.

That would be the dream, to come in and get one of the big fish and get a day trip for the fans and get some money in for the club, I'm sure that's what everyone wants."

Sam KellyPort Vale midfielder

More than 400 cases of HIV diagnosed in the West Midlands last year

The number of new cases of HIV in the West Midlands rose by 10% in 2015 - with 473 people newly diagnosed. 

Thirty eight of those diagnosed had left it so late to go to the doctor they were diagnosed with Aids.

Public Health England says the rise is worrying and reinforces the importance of safe sex. 

There are more than 6,000 people being treated for HIV in the region.

Vials of blood

BBC News dispels the myths of HIV to mark Thursday's World Aids Day. 

Coming up on Midlands Today: Call for stronger drink drive penalties

Bob Hockenhull

BBC Midlands Today

A man whose mother was killed by a drunk driver has called for tougher penalties for people who drink and drive.

Drink drive simulator

One regional police force is also using a simulator as part of this year's drink drive crackdown. 

We'll have more on BBC One from 18:30.

Man attacked by robber in Congleton

Jack Dowling

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

A man with a military-style dagger has carried out a robbery in Congleton in broad daylight, police say.

Hancock Road, Congleton

According to Cheshire Police, the 26-year-old victim was punched in the stomach on Hancock Road on 15 November and then ordered to hand over his wallet. 

His attacker then ran off with the wallet along the footpath towards Buxton Road.

Watch: Stoke and Staffordshire's weekend weather

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

The BBC Weather website can also keep you updated over the weekend if you want to check the latest forecast for your part of Staffordshire or Cheshire.  

BBC Midlands Today's Rebecca Wood

Travel: Train passengers for Penkridge issued advice over disruption

BBC Travel

With the train disruption being caused by the "incident" at Stafford, Network Rail's issued advice for passengers trying to get to Penkridge

Keep up-to-date with the BBC Travel website.

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Moorlands tax rises proposed

James Bovill

Staffordshire Political Reporter, BBC News

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council's share of council tax could rise by nearly 2% a year for the next four years.

Most of the amount paid by people living in the area goes to Staffordshire County Council, but it also raises about £5m a year for the district council.  

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council headquarters

Council tax has been frozen since 2010 but a report to the authority says a 1.9% increase from April will raise around £100k a year until 2021.

It's part of the district council's four-year financial plan which includes more than £2m of savings and is due to be discussed by councillors next week. 

Travel: Train delays between Birmingham and Liverpool 'until at least 19:00'

BBC Travel

Train delays due to emergency services dealing with an "incident" in the Stafford area's set to last until at least 19:00 National Rail Enquiries says.

Cross County, London Midland and Virgin Train services are affected.

Keep up-to-date with the BBC Travel website.

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Headlines: Tax rise planned; chemical leak-hit school set to reopen; traffic scheme being scrapped

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

The headlines this evening include:

- Staffordshire Moorlands District Council's share of council tax could rise by nearly 2% a year for the next four years

- Children will finally return to a Stafford primary school in January, more than a year after a toxic chemical was found

- A traffic scheme in a north Staffordshire village is going to be removed after complaints from local people

Travel: Replacement road transport laid on over Stafford delays

BBC Travel

Replacement road transport's being laid on between Crewe and Stafford as the lines remain blocked north of Stafford, London Midland say.

Keep up-to-date with our BBC Travel website.

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Watch: Controversial road scheme to be scrapped

Chris King

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

A traffic scheme in a north Staffordshire village is going to be removed after complaints from local people.   

Councillor Mike Stubbs

Staffordshire County Council says it plans to swap chicanes for speed bumps on High Street, Crown Bank and Swan Bank in Talke. 

Local Labour councillor Mike Stubbs says the existing scheme has meant the roads grind to a halt in heavy traffic.  

Travel: Train journey advice issued over Stafford incident

BBC Travel

Travel advice has been issued by Network Rail as emergency services deal with an incident at Stafford which has blocked all the lines.

BBC Travel has the latest.

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Your pictures: Thistles and rainbows

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

Jonathan White sent in this picture of thistles, silhouetted against the sunset from the Crewe-Nantwich Greenway.

Thistles silhouetted against the sunset from the Crewe-Nantwich Greenway
Jonathan White

While, from a few weeks back, Villager Jim captured this Peak District rainbow in a photo which he emailed to me.

If you've got a picture to share of Staffordshire or Cheshire and want to get it to me, put it on an email or put on Instagram (with the tag #bbcstoke if you agree to share it).

Rainbow over Peak District
Villager Jim

Trains delayed between Birmingham and Liverpool

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

The train operator London Midland is warning passengers travelling between Birmingham and Liverpool to expect a disrupted service due to an "incident" in Stafford.

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All lines are blocked, affecting Euston to Crewe and Birmingham to Liverpool routes.

Football: Ward could play for Burton in protective cast against Rotherham

BBC Sport

As Burton prepare to host Rotherham, Jamie Ward remains doubtful for the Brewers with a fractured wrist, although he may be able to play with a protective cast.

Brewers defender Kyle McFadzean serves the third game of his four-match suspension.  

Burton Albion ground
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Speaking ahead of the game, Burton's manager Nigel Clough says it's probably the only game where people are expecting his side to win this season.

Paul Warne takes caretaker charge of bottom club Rotherham following Kenny Jackett's resignation.

In some ways we'd rather Kenny had stayed in charge and we would know a little bit more about to expect from the game - we're not quite sure now."

Nigel CloughBurton Albion manager

Staffordshire oatcakes - tracking their worldwide appeal

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

In answering one of Your Questions yesterday, we revealed only one firm sent Staffordshire oatcakes overseas.

Oatcakes being made

But we also wanted to know where you had taken or eaten them across the world and you replied to the BBC Radio Stoke Facebook page

Judy Meir said: "I make my own and I live in Canada" while Deb O'Grady said she had a friend in Tasmania who "loves these". 

Patricia Cartlidge remembered that: "High lane Oatcakes used to vacuum pack them and send them to Germany when we lived there". 

While Larraine Eastwood said she had taken them to Canada "for my former Staffordshire family. The look of bliss on their faces was incredible"

Severe accident: A34 Staffordshire eastbound

BBC Travel

A34 Staffordshire eastbound severe accident, between Ampleforth Drive and A513 Baswich Lane.

A34 Staffordshire - A34 Queensville in Stafford closed and queuing traffic eastbound between the Ampleforth Drive junction and the A513 Baswich Lane junction, because of an accident.

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Travel: Train delays as all lines blocked north of Stafford

BBC Travel

Train services are facing delays this afternoon in the Stafford area as London Midland say all lines are blocked due to an incident north of the town.

Get the latest from our BBC Travel website.

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Parents thanked for loyalty to formaldehyde-affected school

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

Parents at a Stafford primary school that has been shut since October 2015 have been thanked for their loyalty by one of its headteachers. 

Flash Ley Community Primary School and Nursery shut after high levels of formaldehyde were discovered - it will now reopen on 6 January. 

Flash Ley Facebook post

Co-acting headteacher Kerri Fenton has written on the school's Facebook page to thank the school's staff and praise children and parents for their loyalty "through thick and thin". 

Commenting on her post, Damian Armstrong wrote: "wow - it's going to be great being home" and Kate Walters put: "Well done to all the staff, you're all doing such a fab job".

Latest: Moorlands tax rise proposed; boy suffers burns; road scheme to be scrapped

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

Our top stories include:

- Staffordshire Moorlands District Council's share of council tax could rise by nearly 2% a year for the next four years

- A boy,13, has been taken to hospital after being scalded by boiling water in an accident at Lichfield Rugby Club, the fire service says

- A traffic scheme in a north Staffordshire village is going to be removed after complaints from local people

Football: Stoke boss defends team over Switzerland 'no man's land' comments

Graham McGarry

BBC Radio Stoke Sport

The Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has been defending the style of football his side play.

It's after comments from the Switzerland manager Ottmar Hitzfeld, who said he hoped playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri would not stay stuck in "no man's land" with the Potters.  

Xherdan Shaqiri

Maybe Ottmar needs to come to the game at the weekend and see the excitement and energy of the football we play. I am sure he'd enjoy it!"

Mark HughesStoke City manager