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Monday 1st September 2014
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BBC news for Staffordshire

Footballer 'racist abuse' probed

Police investigate reports of racist abuse being shouted at a Chesterfield player at their game against Port Vale on Saturday.

Lee Rigby commemorated in service

Fusilier Lee Rigby is one of 17 British servicemen and women remembered in a service at the National Memorial Arboretum.

Appeal to save Wedgwood collection

A public appeal is launched to save the Wedgwood Museum's collection, which is being sold to pay off the ceramics firm's pension bill.

£1m funding boost for memorial

The Government pledges £1m to maintain National Armed Forces Memorial.

Student 'breaks pogo world record'

A student from Staffordshire claims to have broken the world record for the fastest mile on a pogo stick.

VIDEO: Hospital protesters vow to stay

Stafford Hospital anti-cuts camp carries on

'Biggest ever' scarecrow display

Staffordshire farm claims scarecrow record

Live BBC World News

Ukraine hit by military setbacks

Ukraine suffers a series of military setbacks, as hundreds of troops are taken prisoner and its forces withdraw from a key airport.

Iraq crimes 'on unimaginable scale'

The UN says reports from Iraq "reveal acts of inhumanity", as a BBC team reaches the town of Amerli after a two-month siege ends.

'Cloud' concerns after celeb leaks

Experts have raised concerns over the security of "cloud" storage sites following the leak of intimate pictures of celebrities.

Iran clerics 'must accept internet'

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urges Iran's clerics to be more tolerant of the internet and new technologies after recent criticism from hardliners.

Fresh clashes in Pakistan capital

Security forces and protesters continue their clashes in Pakistan's capital Islamabad, after the national TV channel's HQ was briefly stormed.

China accuses MPs of 'interference'

Chinese authorities accuse British MPs of interfering in Hong Kong's affairs by investigating tensions there, BBC Newsnight learns.

Fresh clashes erupt in Syrian Golan

Fresh fighting between rebels and government forces is being reported in the Syrian Golan Heights, where 44 UN peacekeepers were abducted last week.

BBC Sports News

Transfer deadline day: Done deals

Track all of the confirmed signings as they happen in England, Scotland and across Europe.

Djokovic & Serena win at US Open

Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams win in straight sets to ease to the quarter-finals of the US Open.

Moores defends Cook's one-day role

England coach Peter Moores says skipper Alastair Cook can be an influential one-day batsman, after criticism of his scoring rate.

Sinfield retires from England duty

Leeds Rhinos and England captain Kevin Sinfield announces his retirement from international rugby league with immediate effect.

Man Utd complete £13.8m Blind deal

Manchester United sign versatile Netherlands international Daley Blind from Ajax for £13.8m.

Footballer 'racist abuse' probed

Police investigate reports of racist abuse being shouted at a Chesterfield player at their game against Port Vale on Saturday.

Lee Rigby commemorated in service

Fusilier Lee Rigby is one of 17 British servicemen and women remembered in a service at the National Memorial Arboretum.

Appeal to save Wedgwood collection

A public appeal is launched to save the Wedgwood Museum's collection, which is being sold to pay off the ceramics firm's pension bill.

£1m funding boost for memorial

The Government pledges £1m to maintain National Armed Forces Memorial.

Student 'breaks pogo world record'

A student from Staffordshire claims to have broken the world record for the fastest mile on a pogo stick.

VIDEO: Hospital protesters vow to stay

Stafford Hospital anti-cuts camp carries on

'Biggest ever' scarecrow display

Staffordshire farm claims scarecrow record

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
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1. Barnardo’s calculated that one in five families in England would not have been able to afford a trip to the seaside on bank holiday Monday last week. Looking at the cost of train tickets, fish and chips and sun cream, the charity estimated that a day trip could cost as much as £172.20 and blames welfare cuts for poverty. Metro

2. Networking, risk-taking and ruthlessness are the keys to running your own business, as well as being aged 31, a survey has found. Only six per cent of entrepreneurs feel academic qualifications were vital to success, with eight per cent saying their good looks had helped their chances. However, a third of those polled make less money and work longer hours than they had expected. BBC

3. There was a "statistically significant" rise in immigration in the year to March according to new figures. Net migration into the UK totalled 243,000 in the 12-month period, up almost 40% on the previous year. Some 560,000 people, most from the EU, entered the country and 316,000 left. David Cameron has pledged to reduce annual net migration to 100,000. The Times

4. The latest figures, from the 2012 Health Survey for England, show that 14% of children aged two to 15 were obese and 28% were classed as overweight or obese. Those aged 11 to 15 were more likely to be obese with one in five children placed in that category. In children aged two to 10, 10% of both boys and girls were obese. Daily Mail

5. The World Health Organization has called for a ban on the use of electronc cigarettes indoors and says age restrictions should be introduced to stop children using them. A new report says e-cigarettes are likely to be less harmful than traditional ones but says they should not be promoted as devices that can help people quit. Daily Express

6. The UK is deeply elitist according to an analysis of the backgrounds of more than 4,000 business, political, media and public sector leaders. The Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission study found that 71% of senior judges, 62% of senior armed forces officers, 55% of top civil servants, 43% of newspaper columnists and 36% of the Cabinet were educated at independent schools and Oxbridge. BBC

7. Darts is being given a middle-class makeover. The game, once synonymous with the working-class, is now drawing a wealthier crowd who are paying £600 for tickets. Prince Harry and Zara Phillips have both been to world darts championships. Stephen Fry has dipped his toe in darts commentary. The Sunday Times

8. Salaries offered in job advertisements have witnessed their first annual rise since the recession. A study found that the average annual wage offered in the UK was £33,873 in July, up 0.9% on the same period a year ago. The rise bucked this month’s official jobs data which showed an unexpected 0.2% drop in earnings growth in the three months to July. Daily Telegraph

9. House prices in Britain will be more than 25% higher in five years, with London finally being overtaken by other parts of the country. Property firm Savills predicts that house prices will jump by 9.5% this year across the UK, up from its original estimate of 6.5%, with the property market having “exceeded all expectations”. The Times

10. A slice of cake from Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding in 1981 has sold at auction for $1,375 (£820). The cake, in its original white and silver presentation box, was sold to a mystery online bidder in Los Angeles. Fans of royal food have previously purchased cakes dating back to Queen Victoria’s wedding in 1840. The Times

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A lorry driver who killed two charity cyclists in Cornwall is jailed for eight and a half years.

VIDEO: Andy Murray's dress sense questioned

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VIDEO: Abuse researcher 'faced hostility'

An expert who wrote a report into the sexual exploitation of children in Rotherham says she faced "hostility" from the council.

VIDEO: 'Bacon butty' for British Ebola nurse

The parents of the first British person to contract Ebola during the outbreak in West Africa say he is recovering well.

VIDEO: Can new powers stop UK jihadists?

David Cameron says tougher measures are needed to prevent people from travelling abroad to fight for extremist groups like Islamic State.

VIDEO: Balloon release for missing Isaac

Hundreds of people release balloons in honour of a 12-year-old boy who was swept out to sea off Anglesey.

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Millions of invading zebra mussels are playing havoc with England's drinking water - but what can be done to stop the spread of these foreign invaders?