BBC news for Staffordshire

Barry Bennell trial: Coach 'threatened victim's career'

A jury is told the former youth football coach said in a letter that "trouble-causers don't go far"

High winds cause disruption across the West Midlands

Winds were so severe overnight they blew the roof off a house and caused trees to fall on roads and the railway.

Staffordshire social worker suspended over comments

Gawain Minney threatened a colleague and said he could hit a client "with a sledgehammer".

HGV driver ploughed on to wrong side of M62 after falling asleep

A lorry driver fell asleep at the wheel before driving nearly a mile the wrong way along a busy motorway "in a trance-like state", a court heard.

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Turpin case: California couple deny torturing 'shackled siblings'

The couple appeared in court after prosecutors detailed the horrific abuse allegations against them.

US government shutdown: House backs funding bill and sends it to Senate

A bill to temporarily fund the US government must now be backed by the Senate to avert a shutdown.

Jacinda Ardern: New Zealand PM reveals she is pregnant

Jacinda Ardern, who took office in October, jokes that she "thought 2017 was a big year".

HSBC to pay $101.5m to settle currency rigging probe

Financial giant HSBC agrees to pay $101.1m, confirming it misused client information for its own profit.