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  1. Spate of caravan thefts in county

    There's been a spate of caravan thefts in north Staffordshire.

    Two were taken from a storage facility in Bignall End on 7 May and another two were taken on 9 May - one from a farm near Newcastle-under-Lyme and the other from a farm near Biddulph.

    Staffordshire Police car

    Staffordshire Police Chief Inspector Mark Thorley said: "Caravan thieves often scout for desirable vans in the day before returning to steal them at night, so I also ask residents to keep an eye out for suspicious behaviour."

  2. Weather: More rain forecast today

    BBC Weather

    We're forecast more light rain, but it's going to stay warm, with temperatures up to 15C (59F) in parts of the West Midlands.

    The rain is expected to clear by the evening and tomorrow is likely to be dry.

    But after that we're due another week of rain.

  3. Funeral held for police dog handler after cancer death

    BBC Radio Stoke

    The funeral has been held for a police dog handler who raised more than £25,000 for charity and died after a long fight with breast cancer.

    PC Karen Bloor

    PC Karen Bloor, who worked for Staffordshire Police, was first diagnosed in 2014 and started raising money for Breast Cancer Care the following year.

    Her Just Giving page said the cancer returned in December 2020 and the officer was due to start more chemotherapy in April.

    Tributes poured in following her death in April with Chief Constable Gareth Morgan describing her as a "great cop".

    Members of the emergency services gave her funeral cortege a guard of honour as it passed in Stafford.

    Guard of honour at Stafford fire station
  4. Work starts on huge new ambulance hub

    Work has started on a new multimillion-pound ambulance service hub in Sandwell which, when completed, is expected to be the biggest of its kind in the country.

    Some 350 staff will work around the clock at the new base on Shidas Lane, Oldbury.

    West Midlands Ambulance Service said it would be completed in time for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games in July 2022.

    Craig Cooke, WMAS director of strategic operations; Tony Nash, director at Stoford Developments; and Jonathan Bishop, of Bishop Property Consultants

    Based in a former quarry, the hub will be used as a staging post for and provide maintenance for the ambulance fleet.

    "It will also see a major upgrade in our central stores facility, which has played such a vital role during the pandemic, but also a big step forward in facilities for our Education & Training team and the Hazardous Area Response Team," Craig Cooke (pictured above left), WMAS Director of Strategic Operations said.

    Artist's impression of new hub
    Quote Message: This is an important hub for the Service not just for the Commonwealth Games but for our ongoing ability to deliver high quality care to the people of Birmingham and the Black Country." from Craig Cooke WMAS Director of Strategic Operations
    Craig CookeWMAS Director of Strategic Operations
  5. Council set to invest £3.25m on regeneration

    Stoke-on-Trent City Council is set to invest a further £3.25m to regenerate part of the city centre.

    Meigh Street car park will be demolished as will the adjoining Goodson building.

    Goodson Building

    "This site is the single, largest regeneration opportunity in council ownership which we have power over, and we want to make sure that whatever we do on the site connects and benefits the whole city, and isn’t just about he city centre.

    "This additional funding is absolutely vital to make sure the site’s full potential can be unlocked and make sure we get the best outcome for Stoke-on-Trent through its regeneration."

    In its 10-15 year vision for the site, the council has said it wants to include a "transport hub" in the site's redevelopment, which would connect it by ultra-light rail trams to other parts of the city, designed to improve air quality.

    The money is subject to agreement from the council's cabinet.

  6. Sunshine and showers

    BBC Weather

    Today will see patchy cloud and scattered showers throughout.

    Showers may turn locally heavy, but there will be plenty of sunshine in between, particularly in the afternoon. Highs of 12C to 15C (54F to 59F).

    Tonight showers will clear, but cloud will build in and it will become overcast. A few outbreaks of rain may push in during the early hours of Thursday. Lows of 8C to 11C (46F to 52F).

  7. Hot tub stolen from house in Stoke-on-Trent

    BBC Radio Stoke

    An inflatable hot tub has been stolen from a garden in Stoke-on-Trent.

    It was taken from Hamil Road in Burslem over the weekend.

    Staffordshire Police said the theft would have taken some time, as the perpetrators had to take out a garden fence panel, drain and deflate the tub.

  8. Tories urged to deliver on promises after election wins

    BBC Midlands Today

    Conservative councillors who won seats and control of councils in Staffordshire in this month's elections need to deliver on their promises, the leader of county council said.

    Woman wearing Conservative ribbon

    The Tories took control of Cannock Chase District Council for the first time and increased their majorities on Tamworth Borough Council and the county council.

    Alan White, leader of the county council, said the results had taken them by surprise but they now had to work on their pledges.

    "The state of the roads is something we need to be addressing, we need to be making sure our social services are being run efficiently, our children's services are being run efficiently," he said.

    Alan Pearson, a former Labour councillor, was one of those swept away by the Tory success, losing his Hednesford North seat.

    He said his party had to be clearer on their policies: "If you put 'vote Tory' and a blue badge on anybody who walks by, they would have got in."