The third round of applications to get hold of a new house for just £1 in Stoke-on-Trent has been launched by the city council.
David Lynn has risen to 34th in the world rankings, after claiming his first European Tour title in nine years.
One of the region's largest pottery firms opened its factories to the public today.
A petition calling for Stoke City Council to condemn the so-called 'bedroom tax' is being discussed today.
North Staffs Against Cuts, which is submitting the petition, wants the council to promise no-one will be evicted from their homes.
It was April this year that the law was changed to cut the government's spare room subsidy, meaning people living in council homes with more bedrooms than they need will have their benefits cut.
A 40-year-old man has appeared before magistrates in Cannock today, charged with the kidnap of two toddlers in Stoke-on-Trent last week.
The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was today remanded in custody and is due to appear at Stafford Crown Court on November 11. He is charged with two counts of kidnap, one count of assault and two breaches of non-molestation orders.
Life in the West Midlands might be improving after data released by the Office for National Statistics revealed life satisfaction and worthwhile increased significantly in 2012/13 and anxiety levels fell.
The West Midlands was the region with the biggest national change between 2011/12 and 2012/13 for the average ratings.
The West Midlands also had the largest fall in the proportions of people giving a low rating of 4 or less out of 10 for life satisfaction, worthwhile and happiness.
Residents of Stoke-on-Trent in the West Midlands reported the lowest levels of life satisfaction and self-worth in the study on personal well-being by the Office for National Statistics.
Many in the region also declared themselves unhappy, reporting the third lowest levels of happiness in the UK behind Bedford and Merseyside.
Meanwhile Reading, Milton Keynes and inner London all ranked in the top six worst places for high levels of anxiety.
The study revealed people from Brighton and Hove, as well as Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales, also reported high anxiety levels.
To be eligible for one of the houses being sold for a pound in Stoke-on-Trent you must:
- Have a right to reside permanently in the United Kingdom.
- Be currently working at least 16 hours per week and have been in continuous and secure employment or self-employment for the last two years.
- Not own property whether in Stoke-on-Trent or elsewhere.
- Currently reside and have had your primary home in Stoke on Trent for the last 3 years immediately before the application.
- Have a gross income or a joint income of at least £18,000 and not more than £25,000 per year or £30,000 per year if you have dependent children.
- Agree to reimburse the Council for the improvement costs, with the Council providing low interest financial assistance.
- Intend and undertake to occupy the property as your main and principle home for a minimum period of at least five years.
- Not own assets valued at more than £10,000 in aggregate.
For full details of the eligibility criteria go to the Stoke on Trent city council website.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council worker Zainul Pirmohamed is the woman who came up with the idea to sell terraced houses for just £1.
She told ITV News Central reporter Chris Halpin how shocked she is the scheme now has global interest from places as far away as India, China and Australia, with foreign authorities looking at how they could adopt a similar project in run down communities abroad.
Michael Williams has lived in the area of Stoke-on-Trent where houses are being sold for £1 since 1988.
He says in recent years Cobridge gained a bad reputation for anti-social behaviour and drugs, but hopes the new council scheme to sell houses for £1 will give the area the boost it needs.
He hopes the new tenants will take pride in the community, and it will bring more investment to the area.
Tax worker Gavin Pierpoint has been successful in his application for a £1 house in the Cobridge area of Stoke-on-Trent.
Thirty-three houses owned by the council have been put up for sale for the tiny price to try and regenerate the area, where many of the terraced properties are boarded up and empty.
ITV News Central reporter Chris Halpin asked Gavin if he was concerned about living in what is now a run down part of the city.
Rachel Roberts says she's really looking forward to moving into her £1 house in Stoke-on-Trent.
The 31-year-old graphic designer got to see inside her new home on Rutland Road in the Cobridge area of the city for the first time today.
But she explained that part of the deal to get the house for just £1, is to have a proactive role in building the community spirit, as well as a new home for herself.
Today the first people to buy a house from Stoke-on-Trent City Council for just one pound, got to see inside their future homes.
Each new owner will take out a 30 thousand pound loan from the council to get the properties done up and pay it back in instalments.
And as Chris Halpin reports, the project now has international interest as far away as China.