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  1. Updates on Monday 14 December 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Allen Cook

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for Staffordshire and Cheshire have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 Tuesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Watch: Latest weather forecast

    A mild night with temperatures well above average for mid December.

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  3. Vandalism to defibrillator 'could end up costing a life'

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    Vandalism to a life-saving device in Lichfield "could potentially end up costing a life", says the ambulance service. 

    Damage to defibrillator

    West Midlands Ambulance say the cabinet protecting a defibrillator on Breadmarket Street has been damaged. 

    They say it happened on Thursday night and the device is now kept inside the bank - which they say means it can only be used when the site is open.  

  4. Man dies in three-vehicle crash in Cheshire

    Alice Bentley

    BBC Local Live

    A 59-year-old manhas died in a crash between two cars and a lorryin Northwich today. 

    A530 junction between Davenham Road and Crowder's Lane

    Cheshire Police say it happened on the A530 King Street at the junction of Davenham Road and Crowder's Lane. 

    Detectives say the driver of the HGV, a 27-year-old-man from North Wales, has been arrested on suspicion of death by careless driving.

  5. Watch: Coming up on Midlands Today this evening

    Nick Owen

    Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    Watch this as I'll give you a sneak look ahead to what will be coming up on Midlands Today from 18:30 on BBC One.

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    Video caption: Nick Owen looks ahead to Midlands Today at 18:30.
  6. Body found at Cheshire bus stop identified

    Jennie Aitken

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    A man whose body was found at a bus stop in a Cheshire village has been formally identified by police.  

    A50 junction with Congleton Road south

    Cheshire Police say Simon Spence, 43, from the Alsager area, was found on Thursday near the Red Bull traffic lights on the A50. 

    A post mortem examination has been held but the force says the cause of death is being "withheld pending toxicology results" and the death is still "unexplained".

    They also say two men have been arrested on suspicion of robbery as part of the investigation.

  7. Football: Play-offs not out of the question for Port Vale striker

    Lee Blakeman

    Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Port Vale striker AJ Leitch-Smith thinks finishing in the play-offs is a realistic target for the club this season.

    AJ Leitch-Smith

    Vale remainfour points off the top six in League Onefollowing Saturday's 1-1 draw with Scunthorpe. 

    Quote Message: We've just got to concentrate on our performances and hopefully those wins will come with the performances. from AJ Leitch-Smith Port Vale striker
    AJ Leitch-SmithPort Vale striker
  8. Suspended sentence for man after biker died crashing into parked vehicle

    Lamont Howie

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    A man whose stationary vehicle caused the death of a motorcyclist has been given a suspended prison sentence

    Dial Lane, Congleton

    David Gareth Woodcock, 38, of Dial Lane, Congleton, had admitted causing death by dangerous driving - he was given a two-year suspended jail term, banned from driving for two years and told to do 240 hours community service. 

    Staffordshire Police say Woodcock had parked a farm vehicle with 1.5m of it still sticking out into Dial Lane in September 2014. 

    68-year-old Alan Horrocks' bike hit it, bursting into flames - he died at the scene. 

  9. Watch video: Parents 'devastated' disability centre could shut

    James Bovill

    Political reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    Parents say they're "devastated" an activity centre for disabled children in Newcastle-under-Lyme says it could close at the end of the year because of a lack of funding.

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    Video caption: A centre for disabled children in Staffordshire "could close" due to funding problems.

    North Staffordshire Special Adventure Playground has written to its supporters saying it's been struggling financially for some time.

    I've been speaking to John Hartley and his grandson Jacob who has learning difficulties and has used the centre for 13 years.

  10. News: Man sentenced for causing motorcyclist death; solar farm rejected; man dies in crash

    Alice Bentley

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    For Staffordshire and Cheshire the headlines this evening include:

    - A man whose stationary vehicle caused the death of a motorcyclist has been given a suspended prison sentence

    - A 59-year-old man has died in a crashbetween two cars and a lorryin Northwich today

    - An application to build a solar farm on land near Eccleshall has been rejected by councillors  

  11. Great-grandmother thanks binmen rescuers

    Tim Wedgwood

    Presenter, BBC Radio Stoke

    A group of "hero" binmen in Stafford have been thanked by a 90-year-old great-grandmother after rescuing her when she broke her hip. 

    Picture is of l-r Mike Oakden, Jessie and Paul Anderson.

    Stafford Borough Council say Jessie spent five weeks in hospital after falling in September while collecting her empty bin. 

    The authority says the binmen heard her cries for help and carried her back inside her home while a neighbour rang for an ambulance.

  12. Staffordshire school with 15 pupils facing closure

    Elizabeth Glinka

    BBC Midlands Today

    An infant school in Staffordshire with just 15 children is facing closure unless it can double the number of pupils.  

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    Video caption: Staffordshire school with 15 pupils facing closure

    All Saints, in the village of Ranton, is the second smallest school in the West Midlands region.

    Staffordshire County Council said at least 30 children were needed to make it viable.

  13. Football: Crewe boss 'really disappointed' at late defeat

    Graham McGarry

    Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Crewe Alexandra's manager Steve Davis says his side missed out on a great opportunity to move out of the relegation zone on Saturday.

    Steve Davis

    The Alex conceded two late injury-time goals at Doncaster, after Crewe had scored a potential late winner themselves.

    Quote Message: It's disappointing, I'm really disappointed with the outcome because we deserved better than that. from Steve Davis Crewe Alexandra manager
    Steve DavisCrewe Alexandra manager
  14. Weather video: Watch for tonight and tomorrow's forecast

    Sara Blizzard

    BBC Weather

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  15. 30,000 panel solar farm rejected in Staffordshire

    Emma Thomas

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    An application to build a solar farm on land near Eccleshall has been rejected by councillors. 

    Offley residents celebrating BBC

    The proposed site at High Offley would have included almost 30,000 panels on agricultural fields. 

    But 11 of Stafford Borough Council's planning committee voted against the plan in a meeting this afternoon.