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Allen Cook

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 tomorrow.

  2. Hundreds of plants found in suspected cannabis farm

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    A suspected cannabis farm has been found in Crewe.

    Prunus Road

    Cheshire Police say they believe they've found hundreds of plants during a raid at an address on Prunus Road yesterday afternoon.

    Officers say two men, aged 17 and 31, were arrested at the scene on suspicion of cannabis production and have been released under investigation.

  3. Wednesday's selection of audience photos of Staffordshire and Cheshire

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    The photos have kept coming in over the bank holiday, showing off Staffordshire and Cheshire and here are six I've picked out.

    To send your recent pictures in, put them on an email or put them on Instagram, adding the tag there of #bbcstoke to show you agree to share them.

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    Video caption: Your pictures
  4. On Midlands Today from 18:30: Major trauma centre rated 'best in country'

    Nick Owen

    Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    On Midlands Today this evening, we'll have more on the news that a major trauma centre in Stoke-on-Trent has been rated the best in the country for saving patients' lives.  

    View more on twitter

    Plus, as Port Vale appoint their caretaker manager Michael Brown to the post full-time, we'll hear from the man himself.

    Both those stories and more on BBC One from 18:30.

  5. Weather: A cloudy night and more sunshine tomorrow

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    It's going to be overcast again tonight, but we should see some sunshine across the region tomorrow.

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    Video caption: Shefali Oza has your forecast
  6. Football: Berahino targeting Stoke goals before England return

    Matt Sandoz

    Stoke City commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    The Stoke City striker Saido Berahino said he wasn't fazed by having the England manager Gareth Southgate watch him during Saturday's 0-0 draw against West Ham. 

    Berahino quote

    Berahino is the third highest goalscorer in the England Under-21s' history, in a team that was managed by the current England boss. 

    Despite not scoring for Stoke since his £12m switch from West Brom in January, Berahino says he's not thinking about a return to international football just yet.

  7. Spandau Ballet singer agrees to be festival patron

    BBC Midlands Today

    The singer Tony Hadley has agreed to become patron of the Lichfield Festival. 

    Tony Hadley

    Festival organisers say it's the first arts charity which the Spandau Ballet singer has been asked to support. 

    They added that a third of the tickets for this year's event, taking place from 7 July, have already been sold in just a few weeks.

  8. BBC Weather Watcher pictures: Sunshine blooms in Staffordshire

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Today's sunshine has encouraged more BBC Weather Watchers to take pictures of flowers across Staffordshire being in bloom.

    These two are from users Ukjay in Longton and Thornhill Watch in Hednesford.

    Longton
    Hednesford
  9. Biker's death leaves 'a big void that will never be filled'

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    The family of a motorbiker who died in a crash with a car says his death has left a "big void, that will never be filled". 

    Conna Stewart, 24, from Norton Canes, was riding on the A5 at Watling Street, Weston-under-Lizard, when the collision happened, police said.

    Conna Stewart

    He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

    In a statement, his family says their "world fell apart" at the news, adding that Mr Stewart had "lived life to the maximum".

  10. Your say: Views as trauma centre named best for saving lives

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    You've been having your say on the news that a major trauma centre in Stoke-on-Trent has been rated the best in the country for saving the lives of patients. 

    The University Hospitals of North Midlands Major Trauma Centre has the best total rolling survival rates of any adult major trauma single site centre since 2013.

    Royal Stoke University Hospital

    On the BBC Radio Stoke Facebook page, Frank Darlington posted: "They saved my live on 1 April, my heart did stop. Thanking all the staff at the hospital." 

    While Joan Hudson wrote: "So good to hear positive news about our local hospital. Well done to everyone working there." 

    And Vince Thompson added: "They do a great job keep up the good work."

  11. Arson warning after Cannock Chase 'targeted'

    BBC Midlands Today

    Firefighters have issued a warning after dozens of fires have been deliberately started on grassland in Staffordshire since March.  

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    Video caption: Fires on Cannock Chase

    The county's fire service says areas of Cannock Chase including Gentleshaw Common have been targeted. 

    It says dry vegetation in the area is increasing the risk.  

  12. Football: Burton midfielder gets trio of awards

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    Burton Albion midfielder Jackson Irvine has picked up a trio of awards in the club's end of season awards.

    Jackson Irvine of Burton Albion celebrates after scoring.

    He was named Players' Player of the Year, the fans' Player of the Season and got the side's Top Goal Scorer Award. 

    The Goal of the Season Award went to Michael Kightly for his finish against Norwich.

  13. Travel: M6 delays after crash near Stoke-on-Trent

    A two-vehicle crash on the M6 northbound between junctions 15 and 16 is already causing delays back to junction 15 near Stoke-on-Trent, Highways England says.

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  14. Football: Michael Brown confirmed as Port Vale's permanent manager

    Lee Blakeman

    Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Port Vale have confirmed this afternoon that caretaker manager Michael Brown has been confirmed as their permanent first-team manager.

    Michael Brown

    He had become the Vale's caretaker manager after Bruno Ribeiro's resignation on 26 December.

    The club says Chris Morgan and Ned Kelly have been appointed as his assistant managers.

  15. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A50 Staffordshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A50 Staffordshire westbound severe disruption, at A5007 Victoria Place Fenton Heron Cross affecting Railway Road.

    A50 Staffordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on A50 westbound in Heron Cross, Stoke-On-Trent at Heron Cross, because of a broken down vehicle. Congestion to the Railway Road junction.

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

  16. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Staffordshire northbound severe accident, between Keele Services and J16 for A500 Crewe.

    M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M6 northbound between Keele Services and J16, A500 (Crewe), because of an accident involving two cars.

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

  17. University launches new partnership with brewery

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    A new partnership means a brewery will be funding part of students' degree fees at the University of Nottingham.

    Pint glass

    Molson Coors, which produces drinks including Carling, Cobra and Rekorderlig, has agreed to fund 50% of two students' tuition fees who are studying on the brewing science postgraduate masters degree. 

    This partnership, which is in place for three years, will also see the students take part in a placement at the company's base in Burton.   

    Anyone thirsty yet? 

  18. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

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

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

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