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  1. Updates on Wednesday 30 December 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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

  2. Football: Crewe boss unsure if he has the team to beat relegation

    Graham McGarry

    Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Crewe Alexandra manager Steve Davis says he has questioned whether he's got enough players who are "up" for a relegation fight.

    Steve Davis shaking hands with some young Crewe fans

    The Alex start 2016 at home to Coventry, four points from safety in League One

    Davis says it'll need the whole team to show they have the hunger and desire to get out of the bottom four.

    Quote Message: We still have four or five in there that almost with their characters are waiting for those things to happen. They're lacking that confidence and belief in themselves. from Steve Davis Crewe Alexandra manager
    Steve DavisCrewe Alexandra manager
  3. Your pictures: Staffordshire cricket pitch in winter

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    This is one place that cricket is unlikely to be played today - it's in Eccleshall and was snapped by Dave Hall.


    It's great seeing all your pictures of the area - keep sending them!

    You can get them to me on email, Twitter or Instagram.

  4. Weather: Rain to begin tonight, drier start to tomorrow

    Anna Church

    Weather Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    Tonight the heavy rain's forecast to last for some time, before turning into isolated showers and a dry night for most. Low 4C (39F).

    Anna Church with the weather map

    Then a dry, bright start tomorrow before a band of heavy rain's due to move in from the west through the morning, with strong winds and thunder possible.

    Tomorrow's top temperature's set to be 7C (45F).

  5. Woman bitten in dog attack in Burslem

    Chris King

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    A woman has been bitten on the hand, after one of two loose dogs attacked her own dog in Burslem Park, Stoke-on-Trent.

    Entrance to Burslem Park

    Staffordshire Police say a man claimed to know who the Staffordshire bull terrier-type dogs belonged to as he took them away - but the mobile number he gave to the victim isn't in use. 

    Officers say the woman's own dog needed treatment for its injuries, following the attack on Monday afternoon.

  6. Cheshire hosting tonight's Antiques Roadshow

    North West Today

    Tonight's episode of the BBC's Antiques Roadshow comes from Lyme Park in Cheshire.

    Lyme Park

    More than 2,000 visitors came to the gardens with their prized possessions, including a pram believed to have been used at Buckingham Palace and a dagger thought to have been owned by King Charles I. 

    It's on BBC One at 20:00.

  7. News: Flood alerts in Staffordshire; man 'stable' after stabbing and dog worrying pregnant sheep

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    These are among the top stories this evening:

    - Five flood alerts are issued by the Environment Agency for several rivers in Staffordshire this afternoon

    - A man's in a "stable condition" after being stabbed in an attack in the middle of Uttoxeter, police say

    - A dog has been worrying pregnant sheep in the Staffordshire Moorlands, according to police

  8. BBC Weather Watcher picture: Wet times in Leek

    Monica Rimmer

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    There's been heavy rain in Leek today, according to BBC Weather Watcher Videoman who's uploaded this photograph.

    Rain in Leek

    You can become a BBC Weather Watcher and join the growing number, by visiting the BBC website and signing up.

  9. Flood alerts for Staffordshire rivers

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    Flood alerts, meaning flooding is possible, have been issued by the Environment Agency for several rivers in Staffordshire this afternoon.

    Rover Sow in Great Bridgeford

    They are for:

    - The Rivers Sow and Penk in the Stafford area

    - Low-lying land and roads between Kings Bromley to Clay Mills in Burton

    - The Upper Dove between Izaak Walton and Rocester

    - The Rivers Churnet and Tean

    - The Lower Dove between Rocester and Clay Mills

  10. Photos: Overturned molasses lorry in Cheshire

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    The Shropshire Star have got some pictures of that overturned molasses lorry near Whitchurch.

    Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service says some of the treacle-like substance leaked on to the carriageway, but the spillage has been contained.

    Overturned molasses lorry
    Overturned molasses lorry
  11. Report of dog worrying sheep in Staffordshire

    Alice Bentley

    BBC Local Live

    A dog has been worrying pregnant sheep in the Staffordshire Moorlands, according to police.

    Under The Hill, Biddulph Moor

    Staffordshire Police say it happened yesterday in fields off Under the Hill in Biddulph Moor, and could affect the health of the lambs. 

    The force is warning owners that in some circumstances, farmers are entitled to shoot any dog loose among their livestock.

  12. Football: Port Vale's Sam Kelly ready to wait for starting chance

    Lee Blakeman

    Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Port Vale's Sam Kelly says he's prepared to wait for his chance to be in the starting line up.

    Sam Kelly

    The former Everton trainee has started five times so far this season and he's told BBC Radio Stoke he just has to be patient.

    Quote Message: I'm happy just coming on and doing a job for the team but obviously I do want to be starting and stuff. from Sam Kelly Port Vale player
    Sam KellyPort Vale player
  13. Stoke's Motorhead frontman Lemmy 'hoped to tour' before death

    Matt Lee

    Breakfast Producer, BBC Radio Stoke

    Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi says his friend Lemmy was hoping to tour again just before his death.

    Video content

    Video caption: Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi pays tribute to Motorhead's Lemmy.

    The Motorhead front man from Stoke-on-Trent died at the age of 70, two days after learning he had cancer.

    Lemmy formed Motorhead in 1975 and recorded 22 albums, including the classic Ace of Spades.