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Concerns over change to autism services

Parents have raised concerns about a change in autism support services in Staffordshire.

The current provider, Midland Psychology, has been told its contract for south Staffordshire won't be renewed at the end of the month and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in the county promised the new provider would be in place by 1 October.

Burton MP Andrew Griffiths has written to the health secretary to say both he and parents have concerns about the CCGs' stop-gap solution.

Midlands Psychology offices
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Mr Griffiths said he was told the Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust would take over until the end of the year, but called the process "shambolic" and called on Health Secretary Matt Hancock to investigate.

Parents have complained that calls to Midlands Psychology haven't been answered and appointments have been cancelled, since it was announced their contract was coming to an end.

They said they feared the continuity of care for their children would be lost and that valuable time would be missed in their diagnosis and care.

In a letter to parents, Midlands Psychology said it was only told its contract wasn't being renewed on 30 August.

It said it was trying to "close services down in a way that is safe and effective for all of the children we see", but the decision will "inevitably leave some of you mid-assessment and others waiting for help, following a diagnosis".

'Lifelong-friend' teddy bear sells for £1,100

A teddy bear that was treasured by a Staffordshire woman for 99 years has been sold at auction for £1,100 - more than 10 times its estimate.

The toy, named Bear, was given to Ida Goring by her father in 1916 and she kept it until she died in 2015, shortly before her 102nd birthday.

Bear
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Ida Goring's daughter, Jenny Pickett, said the bear now needed someone new to "care for him" and the money from his sale would go towards a headstone for her brother David Goring, who died aged 67 in 2016.

The auctioneers Hansons had listed the "faithful" bear with a guide price of between £70 and £100.

Ida Webb was given the bear by her father when she was three
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'Driving without a licence for 24 years'

Police have stopped and seized a car in Stoke-on-Trent after discovering the driver has been driving without a full licence for 24 years,

Officers say they were shocked to discover the person had held an expired provisional driving licence since 1995.

Seized car
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More than £133k seized under Proceeds of Crime Act

More than £130,000 has been taken from criminals who've been convicted or suspected of being concerned in the supply of drugs in Staffordshire.

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Financial investigators at Staffordshire Police have got the money under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

The biggest haul was nearly £120,000 that was seized by officers from a van on the M6 at Stafford.

The cash will be sent to the Home Office and if there aren't any appeals, half of it will be returned to the force.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Early mist and fog patches will clear, leaving a dry day with highs of 17C (63F).

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Chilly night ahead

John Hammond

Weather forecaster

After a fine, dry day, we're in for a more cloudy night with clear spells:

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You can keep up-to-date with the latest weather forecast for your area by going to the BBC Weather website at any other time.

Plenty of sunshine forecast today

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

After the cold start to Wednesday, a dry, fine day with plenty of sunshine:

Rich Davis

Keep up-to-date with the latest weather forecasts for your area by going to the BBC Weather website at any other time.

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Sara Thornton

BBC Weather

It will be a chilly but dry night with clear skies and lows of 7C (45F).

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Severe accident: A5189 Staffordshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A5189 Staffordshire both ways severe accident, from Uxbridge Street to B5017 Anglesey Road.

A5189 Staffordshire - A5189 Shobnall Road in Burton Upon Trent closed and partially blocked and queues in both directions from the Uxbridge Street junction to the B5017 Anglesey Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

After a dull morning with patchy rain it will be a cloudy day with highs of 17C (63F).

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Weather: A warm and sunny weekend ahead

BBC Weather

We're forecast sunny weather and temperature over 20C (69F) this weekend.

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Weather: Light cloud overnight and a fine weekend ahead

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

We're forecast some light cloud overnight, but we could see some sunshine tomorrow and the forecast for the weekend is looking pretty good for September.

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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a cloudy day but feeling warm with highs of 21C (70F).

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Keep an umbrella handy today

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

A cloudy start and there's a chance of rain around today:

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Keep up-to-date with the latest weather for your area by heading to the BBC Weather website.

Four missing children found in abandoned garage

Samantha Fisher

BBC News Online

Four missing children have been found sleeping in an abandoned garage in Burton-upon-Trent.

Derbyshire Police said officers were searching for a 13-year-old girl from Swadlincote, who had been missing for 11 hours, when they found her and three other missing children.

The girl and two 16-year-old boys - one from Swadlincote and one from Coalville - and a 14-year-old girl, from Burton-upon-Trent, were found in the garage of an abandoned pub.

The boys had been missing for one week, while the Burton girl had not yet been reported missing to Staffordshire Police.

Police said each child was found safe and well and taken home by officers.

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After a cloudy start it should be a dry bright day with highs of 18C (64F).

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Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Rain will clear away overnight leaving a dry night with lows of 9C (48F).

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BreakingPost-mortems 'inconclusive' as police name pair found dead

A man and a woman who were found dead in a house in Burton-upon-Trent have been formally identified, police say.

The bodies of Kirils Nemcevs, 31, and Lana Nemceva, 33, were discovered in Henhurst Hill at about 22:45 on Wednesday.

A two-year-old boy found unharmed at the property is being cared for by relatives.

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Staffordshire Police said it was treating the 33-year-old woman’s death as murder and the 31-year-old’s death as not suspicious.

They were both from Burton and known to each other, Staffordshire Police said. Officers added that nobody else was being sought in connection with the incident.

Post-mortem results have been inconclusive and further tests are now required to establish causes of death for both, police say.

The force said a report was being prepared for the coroner and would be submitted at the conclusion of the police investigation.

New Voices: Be on the BBC where you live

Open auditions are to take place across the West Midlands for BBC local radio's biggest ever talent search.

Local radio presenters
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You don’t need any previous presenting experience. You just need a passion for radio and the ability to tell a great story.

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Every local BBC radio station in England and The Channel Islands is holding auditions on either Saturday 28 September or Sunday 29 September 2019.

You can find out how to apply here.

Fears over fish numbers

Anglers are being asked to help carry out a a survey of barbel in the Upper Trent and River Dove in Staffordshire.

Barbel
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There's concern that numbers of the fish have gone down, said the Environment Agency.

It's keen for anglers to record what they catch in an attempt to try and understand fish stocks better.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy and cool day with some rain and highs of 15C (59F).

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LDRS: Care home plan approved for green space

Local Democracy Reporting Service

These are some of the stories being covered by our Local Democracy Service reporters in Staffordshire:

  • A care home's going to be built on council-owned green space (pictured) after Stafford Borough Council approved the proposals for Stone, despite objections over traffic issues and the principle of the sell-off.
  • Staffordshire County Council's been criticised by the social care ombudsman for failing to apologise to a woman in care in good time after they had agreed to do so, following an earlier investigation.
  • Plans to put gates at three entrances to a private estate have been rejected by Lichfield District Council over concerns they could divide a community.
The Tilling Drive Playing Field Area
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Dogs rescued as house destroyed in blaze

Three dogs including a puppy have been rescued from a fire that destroyed a house.

Inside the devastated home
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service

The blaze broke out last night on Evershed Way, Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service said.

The three Staffordshire bull terriers were rescued by firefighters who gave them oxygen.

The service said nobody else was inside and the fire was caused by a candle which had been left alight.

Video: What's the weekend weather got in store?

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a dry night with clear spells and lows of 8C (46F).

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Police 'not seeking anyone else' in murder probe

Police investigating the deaths of a man and a woman at a house in Staffordshire say they are not looking for anyone else in their inquiry.

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Officers were called to the property on Henhurst Hill in Burton-upon-Trent, at about 23:00 on Wednesday.

They're treating the 33-year-old woman's death as murder and the 31-year-old man's death is not being treated as suspicious.

A two-year-old child was found unharmed at the house and the force says they're being cared for by relatives.

Call for wider Taser use by PC run down by car

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

A police officer seriously hurt when a banned driver crushed her against a fence has told the BBC she believed all officers should now be given Tasers.

Claire Bond after sentencing
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PC Claire Bond was responding to reports a car had hit a garage in Stafford last year when she was struck and then dragged along by the car.

Her leg and kneecap were broken and she said "I look back now and I have no doubt that I would have used a Taser in order to stop him from going any further if I'd had one."

Gurajdeep Malhi, 26, from Stafford, was jailed on Monday for more than 12 years after admitting grievous bodily harm with intent and dangerous driving.

Last month, Northamptonshire's Chief Constable said he was issuing tasers to all frontline officers following the death of PC Andrew Harper in Berkshire.

Towns Fund: Have marginal seats been targeted?

The cynics are already asking if this morning's Town's Fund announcement could be a pre-election giveaway for voters in marginal seats, but is that fair?

Looking at the 16 towns in the region in the running for millions of pounds from the Towns Fund, five are found, at least partly, in parliamentary constituencies with Conservative majorities of 5,000 or less.

Another six towns are found in constituencies with Labour majorities of 5,000 or less, including three won by 50 votes or fewer at the 2017 election.

Ballot box
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Of the remaining five towns, three feature seats which were won by 10,000 or more votes at the last general election.

The other two, Redditch and Rowley Regis were in constituencies won by the Conservatives by 7,363 and 5,253 respectively.

The government said the 100 places chosen nationwide often had "proud industrial and economic heritage" but had "not always benefitted from economic growth in the same way as more prosperous areas".

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said it was important that "prosperity and opportunities are available to everyone in this country, not just those in London or our biggest cities".

Towns in running for millions in government cash

The government has invited 16 towns in the region to apply for regeneration funding of up to £25m

They're among 100 towns around the country to be told they're eligible for money from the £3.6bn Towns Fund.

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The towns in the West Midlands are: Redditch, Bloxwich, Burton upon Trent, Crewe, Dudley, Hereford, Kidsgrove, Nuneaton, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Rowley Regis, Smethwick, Telford, Walsall, West Bromwich, Wolverhampton and Worcester.

They're being asked to submit proposals to "transform their town’s economic growth prospects with a focus on improved transport, broadband connectivity, skills and culture".

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy day with some rain and highs of 18C (64F).

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Video: What's the weather got in store?

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a dry night with some clear spells and lows of 9C (48F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

'Complete shock' at bodies in house

Peter Wilson

BBC Midlands Today Special Correspondent

Neighbours have described the discovery of two bodies inside a house in Burton-upon-Trent as "very, very shocking".

Police outside house
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The 32-year-old man and 23-year-old woman were found by Staffordshire Police last night on Henhurst Hill and their deaths are being treated as unexplained.

A two-year-old child found "unharmed" inside the property was being cared for by relatives, officers added.

One resident told the BBC "it's a complete shock, I can't really get it into my head at the moment".