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Summary

  1. Police letters targeting homeless people come under fire
  2. Cheshire PCC defends deputy's £50k salary
  3. Action taken to protect Stoke-on-Trent heritage sites
  4. Updates on Friday 23 December

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Liverpool celebrate

Aimee Lewis

BBC Sport

Liverpool close the gap on Premier League leaders Chelsea to six points after a convincing victory over Stoke at Anfield.

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Liverpool 4-1 Stoke: Jurgen Klopp says win was 'really hard work'
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says his side's victory over Stoke was "really hard work", after they come back from a goal down to win the game 4-1.
Liverpool 4-1 Stoke: Individual mistakes to blame - Mark Hughes
Mark Hughes says Stoke's 4-1 defeat by Liverpool was self-inflicted because of their own "mistakes".

Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire southbound

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M6 Staffordshire southbound severe accident, at J15 for A500.

M6 Staffordshire - Slow traffic on M6 southbound at J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent), because of an accident.

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Fire crew

A woman dies and a man is taken to hospital after a house fire in Stoke-on-Trent on Boxing Day.

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Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire northbound

BBC Travel

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

M6 Cheshire - Slow traffic and one lane blocked on M6 northbound between J16, A500 (Crewe) and J17, A534 (Sandbach), because of a broken down vehicle.

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Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire northbound

BBC Travel

M6 Staffordshire northbound severe accident, 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 an accident.

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Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

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M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, at J12 for A5.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 southbound at J12, A5 (Gailey), because of a broken down vehicle.

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Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

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M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, at J13 for A449.

M6 Staffordshire - M6 lane closed on exit slip road and heavy traffic northbound at J13, A449 (Stafford South), because of a broken down vehicle.

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Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

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M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, at J12 for A5.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane blocked on M6 southbound at J12, A5 (Gailey), because of a broken down vehicle.

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Bruno Ribeiro

Bruno Ribeiro resigns as manager of League One side Port Vale following the 1-0 Boxing Day home defeat by Walsall.

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Adebayo Akinfenwa

Ian Woodcock

BBC Sport

The Christmas card Jermaine Beckford did not want to receive and Adebayo Akinfenwa's banter are in our five EFL things you may have missed.

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Football

Scott Laird scores the only goal of the game as Walsall see off struggling Port Vale at Vale Park.

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Football

Promotion chasers Carlisle have to settle for a draw after George Cooper cancels out Shaun Miller's effort at Crewe.

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Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

BBC Travel

M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, between J12 for A5 and J13 for A449.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound between J12, A5 (Gailey) and J13, A449 (Stafford South), because of a broken down vehicle.

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Ross McCormack

Ross McCormack scores the winner for an under-par Aston Villa against Championship strugglers Burton Albion.

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Severe accident: M6 Cheshire northbound

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

M6 Cheshire - Delays, one lane blocked and queuing traffic on M6 northbound between J17, A534 (Sandbach) and J18, A54 (Middlewich), because of a broken down vehicle and an accident earlier on. In the roadworks area.

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Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

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M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, between J12 for A5 and J13 for A449.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound between J12, A5 (Gailey) and J13, A449 (Stafford South), because of a broken down vehicle.

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Jazmin Sawyers

Olympic long jumper Jazmin Sawyers contacts police after being racially abused on Twitter.

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Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

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M6 Cheshire southbound severe disruption, between J17 for A534 Sandbach and J16 for A500 Crewe.

M6 Cheshire - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J17, A534 (Sandbach) and J16, A500 (Crewe), because of a broken down vehicle.

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Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire northbound

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M6 Cheshire northbound severe disruption, at J17 for A534 Sandbach.

M6 Cheshire - M6 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J17, A534 (Sandbach), because of a broken down vehicle.

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Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

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

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and J14, A34 (Stafford North), because of debris on the road.

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Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire northbound

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

M6 Staffordshire - Rolling road-block and an accident involving two vehicles on M6 northbound between J14, A34 (Stafford North) and J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent).

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Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

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M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, between J11A for M6 Toll and J12 for A5.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J11a M6 Toll and J12, A5 (Gailey), because of a broken down vehicle.

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Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

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M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, between J12 for A5 and J13 for A449.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J12, A5 (Gailey) and J13, A449 (Stafford South), because of a broken down vehicle.

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Severe accident: A500 Staffordshire southbound

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A500 Staffordshire southbound severe accident, at A34 Stone Road.

A500 Staffordshire - A500 Queensway in Hanford entry slip road partially blocked southbound at Hanford Interchange, because of an accident.

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Severe accident: A500 Staffordshire southbound

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A500 Staffordshire southbound severe accident, near A5007 City Road.

A500 Staffordshire - A500 Queensway in Stoke-On-Trent blocked and partially blocked southbound near City Road Interchange, because of an accident.

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Severe accident: A500 Staffordshire southbound

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A500 Staffordshire southbound severe accident, between A53 Etruria Road and B5045 Shelton New Road.

A500 Staffordshire - Slow traffic on A500 D Road southbound in Etruria between Basford Roundabout and the B5045 Shelton New Road junction, because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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Calum Flanagn

Solihull Moors sign former Aston Villa trainee Calum Flanagan from lower-league club Hednesford Town.

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Zachary Barker

The family of a nine-year-old boy who died after being hit by a car say they want his organs to be used to help others.

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Live updates have finished for the day - we'll be back from 08:00 on Wednesday with more live news, sport, travel and weather.

Have a great Christmas.

Watch: Weather for the West Midlands

It will be a cold night across Staffordshire tonight with clear spells at times. Most places will be dry, but a slight ground frost will form in places. There'll be light or moderate winds for most too. Lows of 3C (37F). 

Syrian refugees figure revealed

BBC Radio Stoke

There are now 51 Syrian refugees living in Staffordshire as part of the government's scheme to rehome them. 

The final 11 families to arrive include children aged from one to 17. 

Staffordshire County Council's worked with charities and other authorities to help find them homes and local schools. 

"Staffordshire has a proud history of helping those most in need, and at the beginning of this year we pledged to help those refugees requiring urgent medical treatment, survivors of torture, and women and children who are most at risk,"Councillor Mark Sutton, responsible for Children and Young People, said.

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

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M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J10 for A454 and J10A for M54.

M6 West Midlands - One lane blocked on M6 northbound between J10, A454 (Wolverhampton) and J10a M54, because of a broken down vehicle.

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Coming up on BBC Midlands Today: 'Frantic Friday'

It's been dubbed "Frantic Friday" as people hit the roads, railways and airports to get away to visit family and friends for Christmas.

We'll have the latest on BBC Midlands Today at 18:30 on BBC One.

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Appeal to help pay for boy's funeral

A funding appeal's been launched to help pay for the funeral of a nine-year-old boy from Leek who was hit by a car. 

Zachary Barker
Staffordshire Police

Zachary Barker (pictured above) died in hospital following a collision on Spring Gardens in Leek on Saturday afternoon.

His family allowed his organs to be donated to others. 

In a statement released by Staffordshire Police, his mother Stephanie said: "He was a tremendous son who was always willing to help everyone and even in death, he will continue to help others." 

A family friend has set up an appeal to raise money in the nine-year-old's memory and the target has already been surpassed.   

Teams on stand-by to clear storm damage

Highways England teams say they have tree surgeons on standby across Staffordshire this Christmas to tackle any damage caused by storms.

Although we're still working through Storm Barbara, we're also already looking towards Storm Connor, which will be in the region on Christmas Day and Boxing Day."

Frank BirdHighways England