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Summary

  1. Police amazed at 'audacity' of criminals after £400k cannabis find
  2. Strike action threat over proposed university campus closure
  3. Stoke City's 1972 cup winners prepare for reunion on 'trophy bus'
  4. Football: Stoke's Berahino 'could have handled things better' at West Brom
  5. Updates on Friday 27 January 2017

Live Reporting

By Allen Cook

All times stated are UK

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Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, between J11 for A460 and J10A for M54.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M6 southbound between J11, A460 (Cannock) and J10a M54, because of a broken down vehicle.

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Severe accident: M6 Cheshire southbound

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M6 Cheshire southbound severe accident, between J16 for A500 Crewe and J15 for A500.

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

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Severe accident: M6 Cheshire southbound

BBC Travel

M6 Cheshire southbound severe accident, between J16 for A500 Crewe and J15 for A500.

M6 Cheshire - An accident and a rolling road-block on M6 southbound between J16, A500 (Crewe) 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 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 a broken down vehicle.

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Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

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

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

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Severe accident: A500 Staffordshire southbound

BBC Travel

A500 Staffordshire southbound severe accident, between A53 Etruria Road and A52 Shelton Old Road affecting A527 Grange Road.

A500 Staffordshire - A500 D Road in Stoke-On-Trent closed and slow traffic southbound between Basford Roundabout and Stoke Road Interchange, because of a multi-vehicle accident. Congestion to Wolstanton Retail Park.

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Severe accident: M54 Staffordshire eastbound

BBC Travel

M54 Staffordshire eastbound severe accident, between J2 for A449 and J1 for A460 Wolverhampton.

M54 Staffordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M54 eastbound between J2, A449 (Wolverhampton) and J1, A460 (Wolverhampton), because of an accident.

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Severe disruption: M54 Shropshire eastbound

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M54 Shropshire eastbound severe disruption, between J3 for A41 and J2 for A449.

M54 Shropshire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M54 eastbound between J3, A41 (Albrighton) and J2, A449 (Wolverhampton), because of an overturned horsebox.

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Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

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M6 Cheshire southbound severe disruption, between J18 for A54 Middlewich and J17 for A534 Sandbach.

M6 Cheshire - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J18, A54 (Middlewich) and 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 J13 for A449 and J12 for A5.

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

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Jordan Hugill

Owen Phillips

BBC Sport

Driving up transfer fees and a pantomime villain are among five stories you may have missed from Saturday's EFL action.

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Severe accident: A4124 West Midlands both ways

BBC Travel

A4124 West Midlands both ways severe accident, at Linthouse Lane.

A4124 West Midlands - A4124 Lichfield Road in Wolverhampton blocked and slow traffic in both directions at the Linthouse Lane junction, because of an accident.

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Moha El Ouriachi Choulay

Hearts make a further January addition to their squad with the signing of winger Moha El Ouriachi Choulay on loan from Stoke.

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Severe accident: M54 Staffordshire westbound

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

M54 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M54 westbound between J1, A460 (Wolverhampton) and J2, A449 (Wolverhampton), because of an accident.

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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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Tom Hopper

Tom Hopper comes off the bench to fire Scunthorpe back to the top of the League One table with victory at home to Port Vale.

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Football

Goalkeeping heroics from Scott Brown thwart Crewe's quest for a first win under new boss Dave Artell as Cheltenham earn a draw.

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Nigel Clough

Burton boss Nigel Clough is interested in speaking to Nottingham Forest about their vacant managerial role.

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Luke Murphy

Nigel Clough puts aside speculation about becoming Nottingham Forest boss to guide his Burton side to victory at QPR.

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Severe accident: M6 Toll Staffordshire southbound

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M6 Toll Staffordshire southbound severe accident, between J6T for A5195 Brownhills and J4T for A5.

M6 Toll Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 Toll southbound between J6t, A5195 (Brownhills) and J4t, A5 (Weeford Island), because of an accident.

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Severe accident: M6 Cheshire northbound

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

M6 Cheshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J16, A500 (Crewe) and J17, A534 (Sandbach), because of an accident.

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Severe disruption: A527 Staffordshire both ways

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A527 Staffordshire both ways severe disruption, around St John's Road.

A527 Staffordshire - A527 Tunstall Road in Biddulph closed in both directions around the St John's Road junction, because of a police incident.

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Severe disruption: A449 Staffordshire both ways

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A449 Staffordshire both ways severe disruption, between Cramer Street and Alexandra Road.

A449 Staffordshire - A449 Wolverhampton Road in Stafford closed in both directions between the Cramer Street junction and the Alexandra Road junction, because of a building fire.

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Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

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

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

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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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Berahino

Stoke striker Saido Berahino says he was "lost" at West Brom and has apologised to Baggies fans for his behaviour.

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Berahino apologies to West Brom fans
Stoke's £12m new signing Saido Berahino apologises to fans of his previous club West Brom, saying he "regrets" some of his behaviour.
David Artell

Crewe Alexandra manager David Artell says he would have "liked a bit more time" to set up January signings.

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Our coverage across the day

That's it for our live updates today. We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday.   

Have a great weekend, whatever you have planned.

Football: Crewe players told relegation 'can't happen'

Graham McGarry

Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

The Crewe Alexandra manager David Artell says he hopes the players he's inherited at the club realise they're in a relegation battle for a second successive season.

Crewe's home ground
Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

The Alex face fellow strugglers Cheltenham tomorrow, without a win in their last nine games. 

The team are currently five points clear of the drop zone in League Two.

This football club has been around a long time. If they want a relegation on their CV, it can't happen, not at this football club. It's important that they understand that and hopefully that will aid their mindset, make sure that they believe that they are good enough to stay in the league."

David ArtellCrewe Alexandra manager

Woman attacked and robbed outside supermarket

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

A woman's been attacked and robbed on the street in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Co-op on Windermere Road
Google

Staffordshire Police say the 31-year-old was assaulted by a man outside the Co-op on Windermere Road, Clayton yesterday morning. 

Officers say she wasn't hurt but the man got away with cash.  

On Midlands Today from 18:30: Why drivers keep phoning at the wheel

Elizabeth Glinka

BBC Midlands Today

On Midlands Today this evening - despite several national campaigns, some motorists continue to break the law by using their mobile phones while driving, putting lives at risk.  

Driver with phone to ear
PA

Between 2014 and 2015 our police forces issued thousands of penalty notices and I've spent the day on patrol with police to try to find out why drivers still do it.

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

Watch: Port Vale signing 'didn't think it would happen this fast'

Graham McGarry

BBC Radio Stoke Sport

Port Vale's new signing Scott Tanser says he didn't think his move from Rochdale would happen this fast.

He says the offer only came in on Tuesday afternoon and he's been speaking to me about it.  

Scott Tanser speaking to Graham McGarry

Councillor in bid to reverse decision to close HSBC branch

Lichfield Mercury

District and county councillor Sue Woodward has said Chase Terrace's branch of HSBC bank, the closure of which was announced this week, should not be lost without a fight.

County Councillor Sue Woodward and the HSBC branch
Lichfield Mercury/Google

Your pictures: Lichfield ducks and down by the canal bridge

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

When we ask you for photos of Staffordshire and Cheshire to share, you really do give us a great selection.

Here are two more, firstly from Clive Fisher in Lichfield.

Lichfield
Clive Fisher

And then, from Instagram, user Goozlegram shared this picture of High Green Bridge in Brewood, Staffordshire.

If you've got a photo of the area to share, send it in on email or put on Instagram, adding the tag #bbcstoke if you agree to share it.

High Green Bridge in Brewood
Goozlegram

Latest: Police seize £400k of cannabis plants; uni closure plan prompts strike threat; Stoke's Berahino admits West Brom regrets

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

A last look at our main stories this Friday afternoon:

- Almost 800 cannabis plants have been found by police in Burton with an estimated street value of almost £400,000

- A union's threatening strike action over the potential closure of Crewe's university campus  

- Stoke City's new signing, Saido Berahino, says he regrets the difficulties he faced at West Bromwich Albion and admits he played a part in those