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  1. Updates on Tuesday 22 December 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume on Wednesday

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 Wednesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. BBC Weather Watcher: Grey skies over beautiful countryside

    Monica Rimmer

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    The top half of this BBC Weather Watcher photo shows just how grey today's been - while the bottom of videoman's picture reveals some beautiful Leek countryside.


    You can upload your photos by becoming a BBC Weather Watcher - there's more about how to do that on the website.

  3. Mill Green stores project not 'called in' by government

    Jennie Aitken

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    Plans for a £110m designer outlet shopping village won't be called-in by the government, Cannock Chase Council says. 

    How the outlet village could look

    The project at Mill Green, Cannock would feature about 130 shops and restaurants and create up to 1,200 jobs. 

    It was approved by Cannock Chase Council last month but, due to its size, had to be referred to the communities and local government secretary. 

    The authority says they've been notified that he's decided not to call it in, paving the way for the project to go ahead.

  4. Picture: Storm gathering over Peak District village

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    These storm clouds almost look menacing approaching this Peak District village - the photo's been emailed to me by Villager Jim.

    Stormclouds over Peak District

    You too can send in pictures of the area, in several ways - email, Twitter, Faceook and Instagram.

  5. Staffordshire 'Santa Sleigh' raises money for charity

    Emma Thomas

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    A group of Staffordshire villagers says their "Santa Sleigh tour" has raised £3,000 for charity in the last two weeks.

    Video content

    Video caption: Santa Sleigh tour raises money for charity.

    The Penkridge Round Table is celebrating the 40th year of it's annual event, in which Father Christmas visits families.

    Last year's they say donations bought an electric wheelchair for a local child with disabilities. 

  6. Football: Stoke boss 'wary' of Man United 'bounce back'

    Matt Sandoz

    Stoke City commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Stoke City manager Mark Hughes says he'll be taking "nothing for granted" when they host Manchester United on Boxing Day.

    Mark Hughes

    The visitors' boss, Louis van Gaal, is under pressure with United having not won in six games.

    But Hughes told reporters at his press conference today, it wasn't necessarily a good time to play them.

    Quote Message: I am always wary of that because these sort of clubs more often than not bounce back emphatically. from Mark Hughes Stoke City manager
    Mark HughesStoke City manager
  7. News: Disabled playground to shut; dog's body found 'dumped' in bag; government gives OK to outlet village

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    These are the main headlines for Staffordshire and Cheshire

    - An activity centre for disabled children will close tomorrow because of a lack of funding, a charity's trustees say

    - The body of a Jack Russell has been found "dumped" in a shopping bag by the side of a Stoke-on-Trent road, the RSPCA says

     - Plans for a £110m designer outlet shopping village won't be called-in by the government, Cannock Chase Council says

  8. Video: Crewe Alex players balancing Christmas and football demands

    Graham McGarry

    Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Crewe Alexandra's players have been given Christmas Day off - but the manager Steve Davis says he won't guarantee them any other breaks.

    Video content

    Video caption: Crewe Alexandra's Jon Guthrie on balancing Christmas and football.

    The Alex face three games in a week starting with a trip to Rochdale on Boxing Day.

  9. Christmas: Was Jesus really born on 25 December?

    BBC iWonder

    We are just days away from Christmas Day and for Christians it is a celebration of the birth of Jesus.

    Video content

    Video caption: Christmas Day iWonder guide animation

    But early believers didn't mark the event as they considered it a pagan practice - and the Gospels of Matthew and Luke didn’t mention when Jesus' birth was.

    So how did it end up that December 25 was the day settled on? The BBC iWonder website's been looking at how it happened.

  10. Video: See why some farmers are abandoning the tradition of ploughing

    David Gregory-Kumar

    Science correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

    Think of farming and many of us will think of a tractor pulling a plough.

    Video content

    Video caption: Some farmers are using alternatives to ploughing fields.

    But now some farmers are abandoning the centuries old tradition claiming it damages soil and that by using a different approach they can improve yields and reduce costs.

    I've been looking at this radical new way of farming for BBC Midlands Today which you can see tonight on BBC One from 18:30.

  11. 'End of the road' for Staffordshire Special Adventure Playground

    Lucy King

    News Editor, BBC Radio Stoke

    A charity says it's the "end of the road" for an activity centre for disabled children in Staffordshire because they couldn't meet the day-to-day running costs. 

    People playing on a coloured mat

    Earlier this month a spokeswoman for the Special Adventure Playground in Newcastle-under-Lyme said it was in a "precarious situation" after government funding was cut and competition for other income was "very fierce". 

    Today the trustees said it become "impossible" to raise running costs of around £15,000 a month "on a sustainable basis in the current funding climate".

  12. BreakingStaffordshire Special Adventure Playground to close tomorrow

    James Bovill

    Political reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    An activity centre for disabled children will close tomorrow because of a lack of funding, a charity's trustees have said. 

    The Special Adventure Playground, in Newcastle under Lyme, was set up in 1984 to provide support and respite to children with learning difficulties. 

    In a statement this afternoon, the trustees said "with regret" they have taken the decision to close the playground from tomorrow.

  13. Video: Watch for tonight and tomorrow's weather forecast

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    The latest forecast is also available on the BBC website.

    Video content

    Video caption: Charlie Slater presents Tuesday's weather forecast for the West Midlands
  14. Football: Port Vale's O'Connor full of praise for boss Rob Page

    BBC Sport

    Port Vale midfielder Michael O'Connor says boss Rob Page has done a "great job" steering the side into play-off contention in League One.  

    Michael O'Connor

    Despite two defeats in their last three games, Vale go into the festive period only four points off the top six.  

    Quote Message: I think he (Page) has been brilliant. To be four points off the play-offs, I think he's done a great job. from Michael O'Connor Port Vale midfielder
    Michael O'ConnorPort Vale midfielder

    Page doing a 'great job' - O'Connor

    Michael O'Connor

    Port Vale midfielder Michael O'Connor says boss Rob Page has done a "great job" turning them into play-off contenders.

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  15. Train delays continue for passengers in Staffordshire and Cheshire

    BBC Travel

    There are still delays on London Midland train services between Wolverhampton and Stafford as well as between Crewe and Liverpool Parkway, due to overhead line issues.

    Get the latest from BBC Travel.

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