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  1. Saido Berahino could be on the way to Stoke City
  2. Stoke Central by-election expected on 23 February
  3. Some Cheshire schools say they may drop to a four-day week due to funding cuts
  4. Man knocked unconscious as two men steal his car in Cheshire
  5. Updates from Friday 20 January 2017

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By Andrew Dawkins

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Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC Travel

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

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

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Severe accident: A500 Staffordshire eastbound

BBC Travel

A500 Staffordshire eastbound severe accident, between M6 J15 and A34 Stone Road.

A500 Staffordshire - A500 in Hanchurch closed eastbound between Stoke-On-Trent and Hanford Interchange, because of an accident.

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West Brom 2-0 Sunderland: Tony Pulis wishes outgoing Sadio Berahino well
Tony Pulis says West Brom striker Saido Berahino needs to "get his act together", but wishes him well as he joins Pulis' former club Stoke.
Stoke 1-1 Man Utd: Draw hard on Potters - Mark Hughes
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes believes his side's 1-1 draw against Manchester United is "hard" on his side after they concede a late equaliser by Wayne Rooney.
Wayne Rooney celebrates

Stephan Shemilt

BBC Sport

Wayne Rooney becomes Manchester United's all-time leading goalscorer with a sensational stoppage-time free-kick that rescues a point at Stoke.

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Doncaster triumph 3-1 for the third consecutive game as they overcome League Two strugglers Crewe Alexandra.

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Stoke 1-1 Man Utd: Jose Mourinho 'not happy' with draw
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he is "not happy" with his side's 1-1 draw away against Stoke, despite Wayne Rooney rescuing a point with a sensational stoppage-time free-kick to become United's all-time leading goalscorer.
Cardiff City celebrate their late winner against Burton

Michael Pearlman

BBC Wales Sport

Cardiff City claim their third consecutive Championship win as Rhys Healey's late goal sinks Burton Albion.

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Stoke 1-0 Man Utd

Stoke have the lead at the bet365 stadium but the possession stats are very much in Man Utd's favour...

Stoke v Man Utd

Berahino saga tough for club and player

Stoke v Manchester United (15:00 GMT)

Mark Schwarzer

Former Middlesbrough and Fulham goalkeeper on Football Focus

It is interesting that Berahino has said he is still not match fit. His head has been all over the place. 

It must have been tough for the club and player. Hopefully he can put that behind him and add that pace and quality to Stoke.

Fellaini starts for Man Utd

Stoke v Man Utd (15:00 GMT)

Manchester United make four changes at Stoke, with Marouane Fellaini making his first start since 31 December.

Chris Smalling comes in for Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind for Matteo Darmian, Fellaini for Michael Carrick and Juan Mata replaces Anthony Martial.   

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Severe accident: A5 Staffordshire westbound

BBC Travel

A5 Staffordshire westbound severe accident, near M6 Toll J5T.

A5 Staffordshire - A5 blocked and heavy traffic westbound near Lichfield, because of an accident involving a coach and a car.

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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 - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound between J16, A500 (Crewe) and J17, A534 (Sandbach), because of a broken down lorry. In the roadworks area.

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Robot celebration for Crouch?

BBC One 12:00 GMT

Football Focus

While we're on the subject of The Great Peter Crouch, you can hear the Stoke man talk about his infamous 'Robot' goal celebration on today's Football Focus.

The 35-year-old former England striker celebrated his pre-2006 World Cup friendly goals against Hungary and Jamaica by contorting his body in to mechanical harmony.

"I've had so many people say to me 'if you get your 100th goal you've got to do it'," Crouch tells Football Focus.

"The pressure is taking it's toll!"

Watch a preview of the interview here.

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Landmark day?

Stoke City v Manchester United (15:00)

Simon Brotherton

Match of the Day commentator

Rex Features

There are two potential goalscoring landmarks to look out for in the Potteries today. 

Wayne Rooney needs one more to become Manchester United's outright record goalscorer, while Peter Crouch is one shy of a century of Premier League goals.

I think we can all agree that Simon is talking about two great England strikers here...

James Vaughan

Ged Scott

BBC Sport at Vale Park

James Vaughan takes his goal tally to six in two games as Bury twice come from behind to draw at Port Vale.

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Alsager School

Phil McCann

Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News

Schoolchildren face the prospect of a four-day week because of a shortage in funding, a group of head teachers warns.

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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.

Coming up on BBC Midlands Today

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

Peter Crouch could score his 100th Premier League goal this weekend when Stoke City take on Manchester United.

Peter Crouch

You can hear from him in our report on BBC Midlands Today at 18:30 on BBC One.

Watch: Weather in the West Midlands

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

It'll be dry with mainly clear skies overnight. This will allow a widespread frost to form as temperatures fall sharply, and some freezing fog or mist patches may develop in prone spots like Blithfield Reservoir. Lows of -2C (28F).

Ex-Crewe players 'spoke good things'

Crewe's new signing Jordan Bowery says he sought advice from two former Alex players before he joined on loan from Leyton Orient. 

Jordan Bowery playing for Oxford
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The 25-year-old is set to make his debut tomorrow away at the league leaders Doncaster Rovers. 

Bowery told BBC Radio Stoke the players he spoke to convinced him to join.

The style of football that they play for a start, the manager and also I spoke to a few of the ex players, Nick Powell and Ashley Westwood, and they spoke good things about the place so that encouraged me to come here."

Jordan BoweryCrewe loan signing

Five men arrested in connection with drugs offences

Five men are in custody following their arrest in connection with drugs offences, Staffordshire Police says. 

A property in Brickhouse Street, Burslem, was searched under the Misuse of Drugs Act and two bags of suspected cannabis and a large quantity of wraps were recovered. 

Five men, three from Stoke-on-Trent aged 36, 38, 48 and two from London aged 19 and 32, have been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs. 

Man knocked unconscious as two men steal car

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

A man's been punched in the head and knocked unconscious as two men stole his car in Cheshire.

Police say the pair demanded the keys to the 24-year-old's Audi S4 estate yesterday evening near to Cranage Hall.

His attackers are described as white, one of large build and the other thin.

Berahino move to Stoke is close

Pat Murphy

BBC Midlands football reporter

Despite Mark Hughes's warning earlier, it looks as if the Saido Berahino saga could soon be over. Stoke City are now talking to the disaffected West Brom striker and I understand a deal is on the cards.

It could net as much as £15m for West Brom, but it involves add-ons that would take a lot to achieve. The initial payment would be around £8m. The transfer could go ahead in the next 24 hours.

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Warning over government's funding formula

Jack Dowling

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

There's a warning from some schools in east Cheshire they may have to remove subjects like art and music from the curriculum, or go down to a four-day week, because of the government's new funding formula. 

The basic level of funding for each pupil in the borough will be the lowest in England, if the reforms announced last month are introduced. 

The government insists its new system will end "historical unfairness and underfunding". 


Department for Education spokesperson said it understands schools are facing cost pressures, which is why it provides advice and support to use funding in cost-effective ways. 

But the head of Alsager School, Richard Middlebrook, says they may have to cut back on certain lessons. 

Under this proposal they are at risk, those art, those music, those drama, those technology subjects, those subjects that make school what school should be about, a broad and balanced experience for our young people."

Richard MiddlebrookAlsager School head

Latest: By-election expected on 23 February; man knocked unconscious; schools could drop music lessons

BBC Radio Stoke

Today's headlines include:

- The by-election to vote for the next MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central is expected to be held on 23 February

- A man's been punched in the head and knocked unconscious as two men stole his car in Cheshire

- A group of head teachers from east Cheshire are warning subjects like art, music and cookery could be at risk because of new funding plans

Ryan Sweeney

Bristol Rovers sign teenage defender Ryan Sweeney on loan for the rest of this season from Premier League Stoke City.

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SAM's Championship table 2016-17

Illya Glushchenkov

BBC Sport

Newcastle and Brighton to win promotion from the Championship? That is the prediction of a special computer programme - but how do you think it will finish?

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Vale match live this evening

BBC Radio Stoke Sport

There'll be live commentary of Port Vale's home game against Bury on BBC Radio Stoke later and our coverage starts in Sport at Six.  

Meanwhile, Vale have confirmed they've parted company with defender Calvin Mac-Intosch by mutual consent. 

Hughes gives update over Berahino

BBC Radio Stoke

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes says the deal to bring West Bromwich Albion's Saido Berahino to the club is not imminent. 

Saido Berahino
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It's believed the Potters have offered about £6m for the 23-year-old (pictured above) in this transfer window, while the Baggies would like closer to £10m. 

Hughes gave an update on how negotiations are going at his press conference this morning. 

If I'm honest it doesn't look like there's going to be too much progress in the following days. I might be wrong. Things might change very, very quickly, but people seem to be very entrenched in their views and their positions."

Mark HughesStoke manager Mark Hughes

UK looks for HS2 train-builder

BBC Business News

The search for a company to take on the £2.75bn contract to build high speed trains for the HS2 rail network got under way today.

The Department for Transport said up to 60 trains, capable of speeds of about 225mph, were needed.


The trains are for the first phase of the project, due to open in 2026 and run between London and Birmingham.

The line from Birmingham to Crewe will launch in 2027, with the remaining construction - which includes a spur taking HS2 to a new station at Manchester Airport - due to finish six years later.

Money for scheme to help people beat the cold

Chris King

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

A total of £100,000 is being put into a scheme to help people in Stoke-on-Trent beat the cold.

Fuel poverty is a big problem in Stoke-on-Trent with just over 12% of households spending more than 10% of their income on energy bills, that's above the national average. 

That's why the city council introduced the Warm Homes Healthy People scheme, which aims to reduce death and illnesses during the cold weather. 

The money will be used to encourage people to insulate their homes and access financial support. The hope is that it will help reduce energy consumption across the city. It runs until the end of March.

Severe accident: M6 Cheshire southbound

BBC Travel

M6 Cheshire southbound severe accident, at J17 for A534 Sandbach.

M6 Cheshire - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M6 southbound at J17, A534 (Sandbach), because of an accident. In the roadworks area.

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Building part of £70m economic growth scheme opened

A building that is part of £70m scheme to stimulate economic growth in Staffordshire has been officially opened, Keele University says.

Innovation Centre 5
Keele Science Park

It says the initiative involves Staffordshire County Council, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, University Hospitals of North Midlands and itself.  

The £2m Innovation Centre 5 building (pictured above), at Keele University, is expected to house high tech firms, among others, in a bid to support "a drive for better paid, higher skilled jobs," the county council said.