A terrified family had to leave their home for three days after finding the spiders - which are feared to have been the world's most toxic.
The world's first black professional footballer is to be memorialised as a statue at England’s St George’s Park base in Staffordshire.
Two Army-style all-terrain vehicles have left Staffordshire to help residents trapped by the floods.
Drivers using the M6 near Stafford are being told to leave extra time for their journeys for the next month.
From today, the central reservation barriers are being replaced on the northbound section between junction 14 and 15. 50mph speed limits will be in force.
An investigation has been launched after the body of a man was found in a Stoke-on-Trent footpath in the early hours of today.
A passer-by discovered the man on the path near Duke Street, Fenton, and called emergency services at around 5.40am.
Paramedics tried to give the man first aid but he was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.
Ch Insp Amanda Davies, commander of the Stoke South Local Policing Team, appealed for anyone with information about the death to contact police as soon as possible.
At this early stage the death is being treated as unexplained and detectives are working to establish the identify of the man, and we are appealing for information about the incident.
Uniformed and highly visible members local policing team will remain in the area to speak to local residents.
US superstar Justin Timberlake will be heading to the Midlands this summer as main stage headliner of the V Festival in Staffordshire.
The former 'N Sync singer will be joined by The Killers, who will headline the second day of the weekend-long event, on August 16 and 17.
Other acts already confirmed to perform at Weston Park for the 19th annual V Festival include Ed Sheeran, Lily Allen, Elbow, Manic Street Preachers, Bastille and Kaiser Chiefs.
Tickets go on sale on Friday.
Health campaigners in Stafford are starting the fight to get representation on the board of the new hospital trust, after the Mid Staffordshire NHS trust was dissolved by the Health Secretary yesterday.
The move will see some key health services moved to other hospitals.
They have also taken heart from the suggestion that consultant led maternity care could remain in the town and see it as "a start" in the battle to retain other services.
Campaigners trying to safeguard services at Stafford Hospital say they are concerned that consultant-led paediatrics will not be reviewed in the way consultant-led maternity services will be and say the full needs of the community "must be met."
– Support Stafford Hospital
"Our community has campaigned tirelessly for both these services on the grounds of safety and feel that the proposed changes, which have not been risk assessed, pose a serious threat to life. We are also still concerned over what level of critical care and 24hr A&E provision will be delivered at Stafford Hospital.
The group say 50,000 people marched to show their support for acute services at Stafford Hospital last April and they gathered more than 56,000 signatures supporting them.
They say they are also concerned over what level of critical care and 24hr A&E provision will be delivered at the hospital.
– Support Stafford Hospital
Looking forward from today, we must ensure that the needs of this community are fully met. It is essential that we have just representation at Board level and local, quality, safe acute services.
Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council. Staffordshire County Council said the "terrible suffering" many endured at the hands of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust should never be forgotten, but it was now "absolutely crucial" to deliver the best service to people in Staffordshire.
Mr Atkins said: “While we shouldn’t ever draw a line under the Francis findings or forget the terrible suffering so many endured, I hope that together with our partners and crucially patients and their families, we can deliver an integrated health and social care service we can all be proud of.”
– Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council
“While this will undoubtedly be a bitter blow for campaigners, it is also an opportunity to show how the county can now lead the way in demonstrating how integrated hospital and community care can be both delivered safely and meet the highest standards.
“The trust as it stood, was both financially and clinically unstable, and as a county council we have always recognised the difficult challenge facing the Trust Special Administrators, and I think they have acknowledged this too.
The council leader added there were still "significant concerns" over Staffordshire's "financial fragility" and the wider impact this decision will have. But he said he was pleased the Health Secretary had commended the efforts staff had made to turn around the quality of care at the trust.
Stoke North MP Joan Walley has urged the Prime Minister not to forget that University Hospital North Staffordshire will have to be funded to take on extra patients from Stafford in future.