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Summary

  1. House rammed by lorry: 'Sheer luck' family was unhurt
  2. Referee speaks of abuse and being head-butted ahead of strike
  3. Former pottery site set for almost 200 new homes
  4. 'Lucky escape' after 50ft fall from tree
  5. Paving scheme gets that sinking feeling
  6. Updates from Friday 3 March 2017

Live Reporting

By Allen Cook

All times stated are UK

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  1. Alex Bysouth

    BBC Sport

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    Alex Bysouth

    BBC Sport

    Marko Arnautovic's double helps Stoke to victory as Middlesbrough slip into the Premier League relegation zone.

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    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    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. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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    Severe accident: A38 Staffordshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A38 Staffordshire westbound severe accident, between A513 Alrewas and A5127.

    A38 Staffordshire - A38 in Fradley closed westbound between Alrewas and Streethay, because of a serious accident.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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    Severe accident: A50 Staffordshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A50 Staffordshire westbound severe accident, between A522 Uttoxeter and A521 Blythe Bridge Roundabout.

    A50 Staffordshire - A50 closed westbound between Uttoxeter and Blythe Bridge Roundabout in Saverley Green, because of an accident involving a lorry carrying around 12'000 litres of pressurised glass bottles earlier on and recovery work.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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    Severe accident: A50 Staffordshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A50 Staffordshire westbound severe accident, between A522 Uttoxeter and A521 Blythe Bridge Roundabout.

    A50 Staffordshire - A50 closed westbound between Uttoxeter and Blythe Bridge Roundabout in Saverley Green, because of an accident involving lorry and a car. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  6. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    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 debris on the road. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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    Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, 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 a broken down vehicle.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  8. 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. 

  9. NHS shortage of key surgery staff

    Sian Grzeszczyk

    Staffordshire Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

    A shortage of key workers in operating theatres is being faced by the NHS in Staffordshire.

    Operating department practitioners are the people who make sure the operating room is safe as well as delivering aftercare to patients. 

    Students practising in operating theatre

    Staffordshire University says it can't get enough students trained to meet local demand. 

    A trust running hospitals in Staffordshire says it's been forced to pay £200,000 to fund 12 students through university to try and meet demand. 

  10. Football: Berahino 'in thoughts' of Stoke manager for Middlesbrough game

    Matt Sandoz

    Stoke City commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Stoke City have just one injury concern ahead of this weekend's game with Middlesbrough.

    Xherdan Shaqiri (pictured) is back in training, but unlikely to play following six weeks out with a calf injury.  

    Xherdan Shaqiri

    Jon Walters and Glen Johnson are fit again and in contention, while Saido Berahino is pushing for a first start.  

    Stoke go into the match off the back of a third successive 4-0 beating by Tottenham Hotspur, which came off the back of a return from "warm weather" training.

    Quote Message: (Berahino) is doing extra work over and above the main group, on sharpness and finishing. He's clearly very much in my thoughts." from Mark Hughes Stoke City manager
    Mark HughesStoke City manager
  11. Watch: Weather for the evening and the weekend

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Weather

    Outbreaks of rain will continue for many this evening and for a time overnight, but there will be some drier interludes too

    Rain will clear during the early hours. 

    Cloudy skies will keep temperatures up overnight, preventing an overnight frost.  Lows of 6C (43F).

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    Video caption: Weather for the West Midlands.
  12. On Midlands Today from 18:30: Taxi row and a 'most-wanted' woman

    Nick Owen

    Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    On Midlands Today this evening - why a partially-sighted man in the region says he's repeatedly been refused taxis operated by Uber. 

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    Video caption: Wallet containing £1,600 picked up by driver

    Plus we'll be hearing about the woman who was seen on CCTV picking up a businessman's wallet containing £1,600. 

    We'll also look ahead to a busy weekend of sport and have your crucial weather update, all on BBC One from 18:30.

  13. 80,000 illegal cigarettes found in Burton raids

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    More than 84,000 illegal cigarettes, worth more than £28,000 in duty and VAT, have been seized by customs officers in Burton. 

    Seized goods in Burton

    HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) say they checked 43 retailers in the town and Derby this week and made seizures from 18 of them. 

    As well as the cigarettes, they also found 6.3kg of tobacco and 150g of shisha in Burton, worth almost £2,000.

  14. Pub crawl team complete 20,000th ale house

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    A team of devoted charity pub-crawlers have reached their 20,000th ale house in Stafford, after three decades of touring pubs. 

    The West Bromwich-based Black Country Ale Tairsters - Black Country dialect for tasters - began visiting establishments listed on a map, issued by Wolverhampton brewer Banks's, in 1984.

    The Black Country Ale Tairsters pictured in 2013

    They arrived to complete their latest milestone in a minibus at the Knot and Plough in Stafford. 

    Several veterans of the group, including co-founder Peter Hill, went to the event where they were given free beer.

  15. Man found next to moped and a wall dies

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    A man has  died after being found lying next to a moped and a wall. 

    West Midlands Ambulance Service say they were called to Main Street, Clifton Campville in Tamworth, this morning . 

    They say they found a moped stuck between a lamppost and a wall. 

    Paramedics found the man lying on the other side of the wall, trapped, but he died at the scene.

  16. British Basketball League live

    BBC Sport

    British Basketball returns to BBC Sport this evening for the BBL league fixture between Cheshire Phoenix and Leeds Force. 

    Both sides languish in the bottom four, with only two points separating them. 

    Coverage is live from 19:30 across the BBC Sport website, app and selected Connected TVs. To watch online   click here   and to learn more about the BBC's coverage of the BBL and WBBL  click here.

    Cheshire Phoenix v Leeds Rhinos
  17. Magic moments from FA People's Cup

    Cheeky chips, celebrations and managerial sackings - watch 10 magic moments from the first round of the  FA People's Cup...... 

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    Video caption: FA People's Cup: Top 10 magic moments

    You'll be able to watch a highlights programme from the first round of the  nationwide five-a-side competition  on the  iPlayer from 06:00 Saturday, 4 March  and on the red button from 14:10 on Saturday and throughout the weekend.