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Summary

  1. Burton man admits 1986 rape
  2. Stoke-on-Trent A&E 'full of trolleys'
  3. New £50m Screwfix distribution site 'to create 700 jobs'
  4. Village store robbed by masked men 'with knife and baseball bat'
  5. Updates from Friday 9 December

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By Allen Cook

All times stated are UK

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Leopold Street

Six people are arrested on suspicion of offences under the Terrorism Act in three locations across England.

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Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

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M6 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, between J7 for A34 and J6 for A38 affecting J8 for M5.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound between J7, A34 (Great Barr) and J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway, because of a broken down vehicle and recovery work. Congestion to J8 M5.

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Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire northbound

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M6 Cheshire northbound severe disruption, between J17 for A534 Sandbach and J18 for A54 Middlewich affecting J16 for A500 Crewe.

M6 Cheshire - One lane closed and stop-start traffic on M6 northbound between J17, A534 (Sandbach) and J18, A54 (Middlewich), because of a broken down vehicle. Congestion to J16, A500 (Crewe).

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Severe accident: M6 West Midlands northbound

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M6 West Midlands northbound severe accident, between J10 for A454 and J11 for A460.

M6 West Midlands - Lane closed on M6 northbound between J10, A454 (Wolverhampton) and J11, A460 (Cannock), because of an accident.

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Severe accident: A520 Staffordshire both ways

BBC Travel

A520 Staffordshire both ways severe accident, at A52 Kingsley Road.

A520 Staffordshire - A520 Leek Road in Cellarhead partially blocked and slow traffic at Cellarhead Cross Roads, because of an accident.

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Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

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M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, between J11 for A460 and J12 for A5.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J11, A460 (Cannock) and J12, A5 (Gailey), because of a broken down vehicle.

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Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire northbound

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M6 Staffordshire northbound severe accident, at J12 for A5.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound at J12, A5 (Gailey), because of an accident involving a vehicle that has left the carriageway.

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Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire northbound

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M6 Staffordshire northbound severe accident, at J13 for A449.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M6 northbound in Dunston at J13, A449 (Stafford South), because of an accident.

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Arsenal 3-1 Stoke City: Positives to take from Gunners defeat - Mark Hughes
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes believes there are "positives" his side can take from their 3-1 defeat by Arsenal at the Emirates.
Arsenal 3-1 Stoke City: Arsenal must focus and maintain - Arsene Wenger
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger praises his side's "great mental strength" after they came from behind to beat Stoke City 3-1 and claim top spot in the Premier League.
Football

James Collins nets a brace as Crawley claim only their second League Two win in nine games, with victory at Crewe.

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Football

Northampton win at Port Vale as manager Rob Page makes a happy return to his former club.

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Mesut Ozil

Alan Jewell

BBC Sport

Arsenal move top of the Premier League on goals scored as they come from behind to beat Stoke at Emirates Stadium.

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Scott Hogan

Scott Hogan scores his 12th and 13th league goals of the season as Brentford edge past Burton at Griffin Park.

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'Arsenal only comfortable when it was three'

Arsenal 3-1 Stoke City

Terry Butcher

Ex-England captain at the Emirates for BBC Radio 5 live

Arsenal were never comfortable until the third goal, but even then they still had a few scares. Defensive coaches in Premier League must be having nightmares. Goals have been flying in everywhere. Defensively the Premier League is a shambles, but it is great entertainment. There has been too much slackness but you have to say the attacking has been very good.

'Stoke heads going down'

Arsenal 3-1 Stoke City

Terry Butcher

Ex-England captain at the Emirates for BBC Radio 5 live

Marko Arnautovic has had a frustrating afternoon. He has had one or two opportunites but had to watch Arsenal score three really good goals.

Heads are going down among the Stoke players, but if they get a goal back now it might be an interesting last couple of minutes.

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Ian Funnell: Dele Alli last week Robert Snodgrass this week. When will the FA bring in retrospective action for diving?  

James Pratt: So Snodgrass (on a yellow) dives for a penalty and commits a penalty and is still on the pitch. Come again?! 

David Jordan: As a referee myself, it can be hard to tell a dive from a foul. That, however, wasn't hard at all. Blatant dive. 

Ed K Junior: Looking at that Snodgrass dive, I think it might be time to introduce retrospective punishment for diving.

'Turbo-charged Gunners'

Arsenal 2-1 Stoke City

Terry Butcher

Ex-England captain at the Emirates for BBC Radio 5 live

It is like someone flicks a switch and Arsenal go into turbo gear. Ozil showed pace, picked out Oxlade-Chamberlain. He looked sharp coming in from left side. That was a chance.

'Arsenal have options'

Arsenal 2-1 Stoke City

Terry Butcher

Ex-England captain at the Emirates for BBC Radio 5 live

Theo Walcott looks a different player from what I saw earlier in the season. There is bags of confidence from Arsenal and one more should put the game to bed. Stoke are struggling to get out of their half. Arsenal have lots of options.

'A great piece of improvisation'

Arsenal 2-1 Stoke City

Terry Butcher

Ex-England captain at the Emirates for BBC Radio 5 live

Mesut Ozil had to stretch a lot to score that and he was a long way out. It was a great bit of improvisation. He couldn't control it. Lee Grant came out and couldn't go back. Brilliant goal.

'Arsenal on top but Stoke are stubborn'

Arsenal 1-1 Stoke City

Terry Butcher

Ex-England captain at the Emirates for BBC Radio 5 live

Another cross from Bellerin. He's my man of the match so far and he only came on a substitute. Stoke will need to cut out those crosses.

Arsenal have dominated, but conceded a needless penalty. Cech has had one save to make. Stoke have been stubborn but I think there will be more goals in the second half.

'More goals to come'

Arsenal 1-1 Stoke City

Terry Butcher

Ex-England captain at the Emirates for BBC Radio 5 live

I said it would not be 0-0 and I'm proved right. I think there will be more goals. Well done to Arsenal for being patient. Game on!

Arsenal celebrate
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'Wasteful Arsenal'

Arsenal 0-1 Stoke City

Terry Butcher

Ex-England captain at the Emirates BBC Radio 5 live

Arsenal have been in some key positions but the final ball has let them down.

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Gooner72:  All I have seen from Xhaka is that he is a liability for Arsenal.

'Against the run of play'

Arsenal 0-1 Stoke

Terry Butcher

Ex-England captain at the Emirates BBC Radio 5 live

Joe Allen's touch was a little heavy, but he nicked the ball before the challenge. It was a very soft penalty to give away. Anywhere else in the pitch it is a foul, so it is a penalty. A little against the run of play. 

No doubt about the penalty. Charlie Adam went to the right and Petr Cech went to his left.

Charlie Adam celebrates
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'Arsenal looking more likely'

Arsenal 0-0 Stoke City

Terry Butcher

Ex-England captain at the Emirates for BBC Radio 5 live

Stoke are getting into good positions on the right side but their final ball is very poor. Arsenal's movement and passing is also good and you feel it is only a matter of time before they get behind that Stoke defence.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
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'There will be goals at the Emirates...'

Arsenal 0-0 Stoke

Terry Butcher

Ex-England captain at the Emirates for BBC Radio 5 live

This had been a bright and breezy start. Both sides have been guilty of giving the ball away. I don't think this will be goalless... That will be the kiss of death.

'Stoke going to Emirates with some confidence'

Arsenal v Stoke City (15:00 GMT)

Terry Butcher

Ex-England captain at the Emirates for BBC 5 Live

Stoke have more confidence, but they always get beat here. They last won a game against Arsenal in 1981 when Lee Chapman scored. That was at Highbury. They must have seen the fixture and thought bad memories, but they are playing better.

Over the last last six games who had more points? You would say Arsenal, but it is Stoke by a point, so they are doing well. They have more confidence, score more goals, tougher to beat. They have improved.

Mark Hughes done a terrific job there. Teams that come up from the Championship must look at Stoke and think that is what we want to be.

Team news

Arsenal v Stoke (15:00 GMT)

Arsenal make six changes from the side that beat FC Basel 4-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday. 

In come Petr Cech, Nacho Monreal, Shkodran Mustafi, Francis Coquelin, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Dropping out are David Ospina, Rob Holding, Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey, Lucas Perez and Alex Iwobi.  

Arsenal XI: Cech, Gabriel, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Xhaka, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Sanchez.

Arsenal XI v Stoke
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Just one change for Stoke from their 2-0 win over Burnley last weekend as Joe Allen comes in for Jonathan Walters.

Stoke XI: Grant; Johnson, M.Indi, Muniesa; Diouf, Adam, Imbula, Pieters; Shaqiri, Allen, Arnautovic

Stoke XI v Arsenal
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Severe accident: A5189 Staffordshire both ways

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A5189 Staffordshire both ways severe accident, between A444 St Peter's Street and A5121 Orchard Street affecting Manor Close.

A5189 Staffordshire - A5189 St Peter's Bridge in Stapenhill, Burton Upon Trent partially blocked and heavy traffic in both directions between the A444 St Peter's Street junction and the A5121 Orchard Street junction, because of an accident. Congestion on A444 Woodland Road to the Manor Close junction.

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Predictions: Robbie Williams predicts a 'battering' for Mark Lawrenson
Robbie Williams warns Mark Lawrenson that he will "batter" him in this week's predictions, which include a grim reading of Leicester City's current situation.

Severe accident: M42 Leicestershire southbound

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

M42 Leicestershire - One lane closed on M42 southbound between J11, A42 (Burton-Upon-Trent) and J10, A5 (Tamworth), because of an accident.

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Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire southbound

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M6 Staffordshire southbound severe accident, between J14 for A34 and J13 for A449.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M6 southbound between J14, A34 (Stafford North) and J13, A449 (Stafford South), because of an accident.

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Severe accident: A51 Cheshire both ways

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A51 Cheshire both ways severe accident, between A530 Beam Street and A534 Chester Road.

A51 Cheshire - A51 Millstone Lane in Nantwich closed and slow traffic in both directions between the A530 Beam Street junction and Bluestone Traffic Lights, because of an accident. Police directing traffic.

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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. 

On Midlands from 18:30: A&E pressures at Royal Stoke

Joanne Writtle

BBC Midlands Today

On Midlands Today this evening we'll have the latest on the situation in the Accident and Emergency department at the Royal Stoke University Hospital. 

Royal Stoke University Hospital
BBC

Since yesterday afternoon the Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Group has been saying there have been long delays for patients and that the hospital is facing a difficult weekend. 

I'll have the latest on BBC One from 18:30.

Football: Crewe turn down Bury approach for Ryan Lowe

Graham McGarry

Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

The Crewe Alexandra manager Steve Davis says they won't let striker Ryan Lowe leave the club to go to Bury.

Ryan Lowe
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Lowe has been linked with a player coach role at Gigg Lane this week but the club say he's going nowhere. 

We had the initial approach and then I spoke to the chairman and the board about it and we made a united decision to not allow him to go because we want to keep him."

Steve DavisCrewe Alexandra manager