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No haircut for skipper until goal drought ends

Graham McGarry

Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Crewe Alexandra captain Perry Ng says he won't have a haircut until he scores his first goal of the season.

Perry Ng's hair earlier this month
Getty Images

The defender's yet to hit the back of the net in his 25 appearances for the Alex so far.

I'm hating it at the minute, getting some stick off everyone. I've always wanted to grow it to be honest but the lads have given me a little bit of a bet and said I'm not going to cut it until I score so I've just got to stick with it and hopefully I can get one soon."

Perry NgCrewe Alexandra captain

He'll be hoping it's not as long as Tom Huddlestone when he was at Hull as he didn't cut his hair for nearly three years until he scored again in 2014.

Badger baiting suspects hunted by RSPCA

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

Police are looking for four men suspected of badger baiting after a dog walker spotted them acting suspiciously with dogs.

Image of the suspects

They were seen on land off Audley Road, near Alsager Park, Cheshire, on 19 November, the RSPCA said.

The dog walker saw them digging in an area where there was a badger sett and they ran off when he shouted at them, reports say.

The RSPCA's released still images of the four suspects who they want to identify.

FA Cup: Chichester City set to embark on second round challenge
Chichester City hope to show they more than deserve their place in the FA Cup second round after getting a bye.

Cluttered windscreen 'stopped driver seeing M6 ahead'

Allen Cook

BBC News

A lorry driver's been fined after driving on the M6 with a windscreen so cluttered, they couldn't clearly see the motorway ahead, police have said.

Inside the vehicle's cab
Cheshire Police

They tweeted this photo of the inside of the HGV's cab, saying it was stopped at Sandbach, in Cheshire.

The force said the accessories on the windscreen also prevented a clear view of the front mirror.

People, cats and ferrets rescued from house blaze

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

Two people, cats and ferrets have been rescued from a house fire.

West Street, Crewe

The blaze was on West Street, Crewe, yesterday evening, the fire service said.

It added that police officers had already arrived by the time its crews got there and rescued the two people inside, although they haven't revealed their injuries.

Two firefighters then went in and rescued several cats and ferrets trapped inside.

'Hot chocolate' lorry fire road reopens

The A556 in Cheshire has fully reopened after a lorry carrying a load of chocolate burst into flames.

Lorry fire
Cheshire Fire Service
Lorry fire
Cheshire Fire Service

The road closed in both directions after fire broke out at about 20:00 on Thursday.

North West Motorway Police said the driver was "safe and well".

Lorry fire
Cheshire Fire Service

Some people tweeted their chocolate-related puns once it was clear the driver was safe, with the fire service describing the job as "hot chocolate".

Beechmere fire: Residents set to get £60k donated cash

Phil McCann

Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News

Residents who lost their homes in a fire at a retirement complex in August are a step closer to getting a share of nearly £60,000 raised for them.

Remains of complex after fire
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service

Apartments at Beechmere, Crewe, were destroyed in a blaze which left 150 mainly older people homeless.

The donations are being held by the town council which last night voted to transfer the cash to landlord Your Housing.

The move will be subject to a written agreement which stipulates the cash will be divided equally between the residents.

Five men admit robbing a series of cash machines by blowing them up with gas cannisters
Five men are jailed for using bottled gas to blow cash machines from the wall in a series of raids.

BBC Children in Need: Rickshaw Challenge on the move

The BBC Children in Need Rickshaw Challenge is already on the move and has left Crewe.

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The One Show host Matt Baker and the young riders head into Staffordshire today via Kidsgrove, Biddulph and Flash.

BreakingManslaughter charges after deadly mill explosion

Allen Cook

BBC News

A firm's been charged with corporate manslaughter following an explosion at a wood processing mill where four workers died in 2015.

Bosley aftermath

Three men and a woman died at Wood Treatment Ltd in Cheshire when the four-storey building collapsed.

The Crown Prosecution Service says the company itself has been charged, while one of its directors, George Boden, 64, will also face charges on four counts of gross negligence manslaughter.

The CPS adds that Mr Boden and two other managers for the company have also been charged with health and safety offences.

Cheshire Police says all three are due to appear before magistrates on 2 December.

Flood warnings in Cheshire and Warwickshire

There's a high risk of flooding in parts of Warwickshire and south Cheshire today after the heavy rain in the past day.

Flood warnings are in place for the River Weaver near Nantwich and the River Dene at Walton, near Stratford-upon-Avon.

In both cases, the waterways are expected to stay high through the day with a risk of flooding to the surrounding areas.

Six arrests as police probe dozens of UK burglaries

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

Six men have been arrested today by detectives investigating dozens of burglaries at pubs, restaurants and shops across the UK.

Cheshire Police is looking at 39 offences across eight police force areas - in many cases safes were targeted.

They include 14 in Cheshire, 10 in Merseyside and others in places including Staffordshire, Cumbria and Wales.

The men, aged between 19 and 45, were all arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary.

Trains disrupted by flooding 'for rest of today'

BBC News Travel

Trains aren't likely to run between Crewe and Chester for the rest of the day because of flooding, National Rail Enquiries says.

Railway lines underwater
Transport for Wales

Heavy rain today's resulted in some of the tracks being under water.

Some services are being diverted, but otherwise buses are running in both directions and National Rail Enquiries doesn't expect that to change for the rest of the day.

Rail lines closed between Hebden Bridge and Manchester Victoria

Flooding has closed the rail lines between Hebden Bridge and Manchester Victoria, with commuters urged to make alternative arrangements.

Flooding on railway

Heavy rain is causing disruption across the region and customers are advised to allow extra time for travel and to check ahead.

Other routes affected include:

  • Flooding at Walsden has blocked the line between Manchester Victoria and Leeds
  • Flooding at Culcheth Farm is causing delays and cancellations to services between Eccles and Earlestown. Northern tickets will be accepted on TransPennine Express services.
  • Due to flooding at Blackpool South there are currently no services travelling to and from St Annes. Replacement coaches will be in use

For the latest train information check National Rail Enquiries.

Railway tracks flooded between Chester and Crewe

There is rail disruption between Chester and Crewe due to heavy rain flooding the tracks.

Flooding on railway line

Disruption is expected until 16:00 and services running through these stations may be cancelled, said Transport for Wales Rail in a tweet.

There is a bus replacement service in operation.

Trains cancelled as railway lines flooded

BBC News Travel

Trains are now being cancelled between Crewe and Chester due to the railway lines being flooded.

National Rail Enquiries tweeted disruption would now last until at least 14:00 and buses were replacing services "where available".

Flooded railway lines delay trains

BBC News Travel

Train passengers are facing delays between Crewe and Chester this morning due to flooded railway lines.

Disruption's expected until at least 11:00, National Rail Enquiries tweeted, and added services could be delayed by up to 25 minutes.

Flooded railway lines
The Great North Rail Project

Praise for 'courageous' police officers after river rescue

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

A group of special constables have been praised for their "outstanding courage" in helping rescue a teenager who was up to his chin in flood water.

Emergency services at the river rescue
Cheshire Police

The officers were first on the scene at Waterlode, Nantwich, on 26 October, Cheshire Police said.

They spotted the 15-year-old clinging to a tree in the River Weaver and waded in with ropes to reassure and calm him until fire crews arrived.

One of the special constables, Stefan Williams, said: " I could hear him shouting ‘help me, I don’t want to die'."

The men's boss said they helped to save a young life.

“I have spoken to the Special Constabulary officers involved to convey to them, personally and on behalf of the constabulary, sincere gratitude for their outstanding courage and professionalism in helping to spare a family from the terrible loss of a child."

Special Supt Michael Mulqueen

Man burnt in horse stable fire

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

A man's suffered burns in a fire at a horse stables.

Firefighters fighting fire
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service

Fire crews were called to Newcastle Road, Willaston, near Crewe, Cheshire, on Sunday morning and found one end of the building alight.

The fire service said no horses were in the stable at the time and a 30-year-old man was taken to hospital with minor burns to his leg.

It added the blaze was thought to have started accidentally.

Firefighters fighting fire
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service