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.
- Updates on Tuesday 22 December 2015
- News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume on Wednesday
Presenter, BBC Midlands Today
Here's a look ahead to what's on the programme from 18:30 on BBC One.
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.Copyright: videoman
You can upload your photos by becoming a BBC Weather Watcher - there's more about how to do that on the website.
A young Tamworth footballer has been given the chance to quiz Manchester City football stars in a mock press conference, after winning a competition.Copyright: Tamworth Herald
Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke
Plans for a £110m designer outlet shopping village won't be called-in by the government, Cannock Chase Council says.Copyright: Holder Mathias
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.
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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.
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.
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.Copyright: Getty Images
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
Cannock Chase Council has let its first new council houses for 25 years following the redevelopment scheme at the Moss Road Estate in Chadsmoor.
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
The A520 Cheddleton Road in Leek is blocked southbound near the Sandybrook Lane junction, because of an accident.
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.
The Alex face three games in a week starting with a trip to Rochdale on Boxing Day.
We are just days away from Christmas Day and for Christians it is a celebration of the birth of Jesus.
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.
Science correspondent, BBC Midlands Today
Think of farming and many of us will think of a tractor pulling a plough.
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.
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.Copyright: Special Adventure Playground
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".
Cruel Michelle Prince has been banned from keeping animals for life – after abandoning her dogs without food or water for 16 days.Copyright: The Sentinel
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.
BBC Weather presenter
The latest forecast is also available on the BBC website.
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.Copyright: Empics
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
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.
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