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  1. Updates on Thursday 24 December 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Tuesday, 29 December

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 on Tuesday, 29 December with the latest news, sport, travel and weather. 

    Join us then - in the meantime may we wish you a very Merry Christmas.

  2. Football: Stoke City injury-hit ahead of Man United game

    BBC Sport

    Ahead of their Manchester United game, Stoke City's Geoff Cameron is still out with a hamstring injury, while Peter Crouch is not fit despite returning to training following a similar injury.  

    Stoke boss Mark Hughes

    Marc Muniesa and Stephen Ireland are long-term absentees, but Ireland could return in the New Year.  

    You can read a full preview with predictionson the BBC Sport website- while BBC Radio Stoke willhave full commentary on Boxing Day.

    Stoke City 2-0 Manchester United

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal reacts during his side's defeat at Stoke City

    Stoke City condemn Manchester United to a fourth successive defeat to increase the pressure on manager Louis van Gaal.

    Read more
  3. Video: Muslims prepare for celebrations this weekend

    John Acres

    BBC Radio Stoke

    This time of year is an important one for Christians but this weekend Muslims across Staffordshire and Cheshire will be celebrating as well.

    Video content

    Video caption: Visiting the Darbar Unique Centre, Stoke-on-Trent, ahead of an important weekend.

    They are marking Eid Milad Un Nabi, the birth anniversary of the Prophet Muhammad.

    I've been to theDarbar Unique Centre in Fentonto find out how they will be celebrating.

  4. Video: Watch for tonight's Stoke and Staffordshire forecast

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    You can get the latestforecast from the BBC website.

    Video content

    Video caption: Latest weather forecast the West Midlands
  5. Travel: Shopping delays on A5008 in Stoke-on-Trent

    BBC Travel

    Shopping traffic's causing delayson the A5008 Potteries Wayin both directions in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent.

    It's between the junctions of the B5006 Broad Street and Town Road.

  6. Football: Former footballers' sons XI featuring Crewe father and son

    Phil Shepka

    BBC Sport

    Christmas time and family go hand-in-hand, so it got us thinking about the rather familiar surnames in the Football League this season: Cole, Ince and Poyet to name a few.  

    Harry Davis (right) made his Crewe debut in 2010, when his father was manager of Nantwich Town

    But how would a team made up of the offspring of English football's former players fare against their elders?

    BBC Sport has come up with an XIthat could give their fathers a run for their money - including Crewe Alexandra manager, Steve Davis, and his son, the Alex captain, Harry.

  7. Five injured after bus and cars crash

    Lucy King

    News Editor, BBC Radio Stoke

    Five people were hurt when abus and two cars crashed in Penkridgethis morning, paramedics say. 

    Scene of the crash this morning

    West Midlands Ambulance Service say the collision was on Cannock Road. 

    They say one of the car drivers, a man in his 50s, suffered a head injury, while the other car driver and the bus driver both had chest and leg pains.

  8. News: Christmas rail disruption, five hurt in bus crash and necklace stolen while woman being asked directions

    Jennie Aitken

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    The top stories for Staffordshire and Cheshire include:

    - Travellers are being warned to expect disruption during the Christmas period because of railengineering works between Crewe and Stafford

    - Five people were hurt when a bus and two cars crashed in Penkridge this morning, paramedics say

    - A woman has had a gold necklace stolen from her while she was being asked directions in Newcastle-under-Lyme, police say 

  9. Football: Mid-table target for Crewe Alex

    Graham McGarry

    Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    The Crewe Alexandra boss, Steve Davis, is targetinga mid-table finishas the team prepare to enter the second part of the season. 

    Steve Davis

    The Alex haven't beenout of the bottom four since August,but Davis is hopeful of a more successful 2016.

    Quote Message: Our last four games has been encouraging in terms of our performances and if we continue with that run of form then we'll accumulate plenty of points to be more than safe from Steve Davis Crewe Alexandra manager
    Steve DavisCrewe Alexandra manager
  10. Lindow Moss: Company denies blame for sinking Cheshire bog

    Phil McCann

    Political reporter, Cheshire

    A peat extraction firm has denied it is to blame for land around the Cheshire resting place of Lindow Man sinking.

    Peat has been extracted at Lindow Moss since the 1950s

    The Iron Age body was found in Lindow Moss, near Wilmslow, in 1984, having been preserved in peat for 2,000 years.

    Residents want an investigation into what caused land surrounding the bog to fall by 1.6ft (0.5m) in five years.

    Peat extraction firm, Croghan Peat Ltd, says a lack of rainfall is the reason for the subsidence.

  11. Staffordshire town ends 'live advent calendar' event

    Lamont Howie

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    Today marks the final day of a "live advent calendar" event in Stone.

    Advent window in Stone

    Shop-fronts across the town have put on a spectacle over the last 24 days.  

  12. Video: Celebrating northern soul memories of The Golden Torch

    Richard Searling

    Presenter, BBC Radio Stoke

    Just a reminder for music fans, especially of northern soul, The Golden Torch nightclub is being celebrated in a special programme on BBC Radio Stoke this Christmas Day.

    Video content

    Video caption: Legendary Stoke-on-Trent northern soul nightclub being celebrated.

    Many in Stoke-on-Trent, and from further afield, will have memories of the club, once a key destination for northern soul lovers.

    I've been putting together this special documentary, celebrating this historic venue.

  13. Football: Burton Albion boss expects to trim squad

    Owen Bradley

    BBC Radio Derby Sport

    Burton Albionare likely to trim their squad in the January transfer window, according to manager Nigel Clough.  

    Nigel Clough

    Clough told BBC Radio Derby he is happy with the squad left by ex-boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink but says some players may leave the League One leaders.

    Quote Message: We have a fit squad with 20 or 21 at the moment. It is probably a bit on the heavy side so there might be one or two going to make way for maybe somebody coming in. from Nigel Clough Burton Albion manager
    Nigel CloughBurton Albion manager

    Clough expects to trim Burton squad

    Nigel Clough

    Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough expects to trim his squad rather than add to it in the January transfer window.

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  14. Woman has necklace stolen while being asked for directions

    Alice Bentley

    BBC Local Live

    A woman has had  a gold necklace stolen from her while she was being asked directionsin Newcastle-under-Lyme, police say.

    Etruria Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme

    Staffordshire Police say the victim was on Etruria Road on Sunday when a car pulled up and she was asked for directions to the hospital. 

    The people in the car then claimed it was a tradition to place a necklace on her head and told her to pray.

    The woman later realised her own necklace, with a wedding ring on it, had been taken while she was distracted.

  15. On Midlands Today this lunchtime: The Christmas getaway

    BBC Midlands Today

    This Christmas Eve lunchtime we will be looking at the travel routes across the region, as they are expected to be busy again today.

    People queuing at the airport

    Most roadworks on motorways have been lifted for the Christmas period but there arewarnings of train delaysand a reduced rail service.

    We'll have the latest onMidlands Today on BBC One from 13:10.