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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday 21 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 for the West Midlands

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    Find out what the weather has in store over the next couple of days.

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    Video caption: Weather forecast for Monday 21 December in the West Midlands
  3. Video: Festive choir sing Silent Night

    Sarah Robertson

    Producer, BBC Radio Stoke

    Christmas is so close now, and we're all getting in the mood this week. 

    And to help on-air today we had our first Breakfast "house band" in - The Sing-a-Long Choir, from Alsager.

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    Video caption: The Sing-a-Long Choir from Alsager sing Silent Night.
  4. Your pictures: Crewe at Christmas

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    The picture at the top of this page was sent in by Jonathan White - and is this one he took of Crewe's Memorial Square and Municipal Buildings at Christmas.

    Crewe at Christmas - Memorial Square and Municipal Buildings

    I love showcasing all your pictures of the area, so keep them coming in.

    You can email them like Jonathan, or use Twitter and Instagram.

  5. Video: Former Minton library being used as relaxation centre

    John Acres

    BBC Radio Stoke

    An historic Stoke-on-Trent building's been given a new lease of life - as a centre for peace and relaxation.

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    Video caption: Former Minton library is being used as relaxation centre.

    The Crewe-based Chiron Institute has set up inside the old Minton Library on London Road, Stoke. 

    They say their team work with sound and meditation and will be holding a series of events over the next week inside the landmark building to introduce people to the practice. 

  6. Train delay refunds: Which? files super-complaint

    Brian Milligan

    Personal finance reporter

    Train companies are making it too difficult for delayed rail passengers to receive compensation, consumer group Which? has argued.   

    Delayed rail passengers

    It is making a so-called super-complaint to the railway regulator, the Office of Rail and Road (ORR).  

    The ORR said it was already working to improve the situation - in October, Virgin Trains became the first operator to offer automatic refunds to delayed passengers.

  7. Millions made from hospital car parking charges

    Jack Dowling

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    The NHS Trust which runs the Royal Stoke and County Hospitals made more than £3m in car parking charges in the last year, according to a Freedom of information request by the Press Association.

    Parking sign at the County Hospital, Stafford

    Out of 90 trusts that responded, the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust is ranked fifth across the country in terms of the most cash raised from car parks.

    UHNM said charges pay for maintaining the service and any surplus money is reinvested into direct patient care.

  8. Travel: Accident on Tixall Road, Tixall

    BBC Travel

    Tixall Road in Tixallis blocked both ways around the Holdiford Road junction, because of an accident.

  9. News: Hospital makes more than £3m from parking; dead baby's mother 'should have faced more questions'; firm given licence for 'alcohol warehouse'

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    The main headlines this evening include

    - The NHS Trust which runs the Royal Stoke and County Hospitals made more than £3m in car parking charges in the last year, according to figures from the Press Association

    - More questions should have been asked of a mother-of-six, whose baby died after being left downstairs while she slept with a man she had recently met  

    - A company called Beer Monster's been given a licence to deliver alcohol from a terraced house in Burslem every day, despite fears it will disrupt residents

  10. Beer Monster firm gets approval for terrace house 'alcohol warehouse'

    James Bovill

    Political reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    A company called Beer Monster's been given a licence to deliver alcohol from a terraced house in Burslem until 05.30 every day, despite fears it will disrupt residents

    Wade Street, Burslem

    The firm wants to turn a private house on Wade Street in to a sort of alcohol warehouse - delivering pre-ordered drinks to homes across the Potteries until the early hours of the morning, seven days a week.

    The licence was granted, but with dozens of conditions including CCTV and trackers in delivery vehicles - and an agreement not to sell alcohol to anyone who's drunk or rowdy. 

  11. BBC Weather Watcher: Sunrise over Nantwich

    Monica Rimmer

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    It may be cloudy at times today but our BBC Weather Watchers are still finding some great pictures of some brightness - this was uploaded this afternoon by Jilly007 in Nantwich.

    Sky over Nantwich

    You can become a BBC Weather Watcher too by going to the website and signing up.

  12. Autumn leaves cause thousands of pounds of train damage

    David Lumb

    BBC News Online

    I'm at London Midland's maintenance depot in Tyseley looking at how falling leaves damage train wheels, leading to repairs costing thousands of pounds.

    Apparently the leaves cause the wheels to lock and slide, in turn creating friction.

    Damage to train wheels
  13. Video: Stafford charity preparing to help Christmas homeless

    John Acres

    BBC Radio Stoke

    A Stafford-based charity says it's expecting to help more than 200 people over Christmas.

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    Video caption: Stafford charity preparing to help 200 people this Christmas.

    House of Bread provides meals for people who find themselves homeless or struggling to pay for food. 

    They say they're holding a series of events organised to ensure local people have access to a hot meal.   

  14. Picture: Christmas lights in our community of the week

    Max Mallen

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    I'm in Haughton, Staffordshire this week as we've picked it as BBC Radio Stoke's community of the week.  

    House lit up in Haughton

    I thought I'd start you off with a picture of some of the Christmas lights I've seen already - there'll be updates with James Watt throughout the week from me.

  15. Video: Get the weather forcast for tonight and tomorrow

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    You can get the latest weather forecast on the BBC website.

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    Video caption: Weather forecast for Monday 21 December in the West Midlands
  16. Travel: Five vehicle crash on A500 in Stoke-on-Trent

    BBC Travel

    Two lanes are closed on the A500 D Road northbound in Stoke-on-Trent near the Sideaway Roundabout, because of a five vehicle accident.

    Congestion is back to the M6 junction.