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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday 31 December 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Allen Cook

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day - happy new year

    Live updates for Staffordshire and Cheshire have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather. 

    Until then, may we all wish you a very happy new year - and we'll see you in 2016.

  2. Weather: Cold start to the new year

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    A dry and chilly night is in store with clear skies at midnight meaning 2016 will begin on a cold note.  

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    Video caption: Rebecca Wood with Thursday's weather forecast for the West Midlands
  3. Football: Push for more wins over draws from Crewe striker

    Graham McGarry

    Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Ryan Colclough says his Crewe Alexandra team must set their sights on picking up maximum points if they are to stay up.

    Ryan Colclough in Crewe shirt

    The Alex have won five of the 23 games they have played this season. 

    Colclough says if they want to retain their League One status, they have got to start winning games. 

    Quote Message: I don't think we should be looking to get the one point, we should be looking to take all three, especially with the chances we are having. from Ryan Colclough Crewe Alexandra player
    Ryan ColcloughCrewe Alexandra player
  4. Christmas trees wanted at memorial site

    Phil Bowers

    BBC Local Live

    People taking down their Christmas trees are being urged to donate them to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. 

    A general view of The National Memorial Arboretum during a Candlelit Vigi

    The site says last Christmas they recycled nearly 200 and used the chippings around its 150-acre site.

    Quote Message: We are therefore encouraging people to bring their real Christmas trees to our designated drop off point at the Arboretum for recycling between 1 and 15 January. Trees should be free of tinsel and decorations. from James Shallcross Assistant Curator at the National Memorial Arboretum
    James ShallcrossAssistant Curator at the National Memorial Arboretum
  5. New Year's Honours: Police chief and dignity head recognised

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    Cheshire’s Chief Constable, Simon Byrne, says he's "absolutely thrilled" to receive the Queen's Police Medal in the New Year Honours list.

    He's one of three chief constables to get the recognition this year.

    Simon Byrne

    Meanwhile, the National Dignity Council chairman Janet Burns, from Great Wyrley in Staffordshire, has been appointed an MBE.

    She has been honoured for services to promoting dignity in care.

  6. Video: Midlands people get recognition in New Year Honours

    Ben Godfrey

    BBC Midlands Today

    I've been looking at some of the Midlanders who have been recognised in this year's New Year Honours List.

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    Video caption: New Year Honours: Midlands medics and community workers rewarded

    You can find out more on Midlands Today at 18:48 on BBC One.

  7. News: Rugby star honour; industrial action by train drivers; elderly cat in 'lucky' rescue

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    The top stories this evening include:

    - Former England rugby player Mark Cueto, from Cheshire, has been recognised in the New Year Honours

    - Drivers at Arriva Trains Wales have started an overtime ban ahead of a new year strike in a row over pay and conditions  

    - An elderly cat's been rescued from the middle of a slip-road on the A500 in Stoke-on-Trent says the RSPCA

  8. Arriva Trains Wales 'regrets' driver strike

    Andy Giddings

    BBC Local Live

    Arriva Trains Wales says it "regrets" that train drivers from Aslef have decided to go on strike on Monday.

    It says it's been in contact almost every day with union officials and made a revised offer on 23 December.

    Arriva Trains Wales train

    The union said while a dispute over pay had effectively been resolved, it said the firm was trying to "railroad through" changes to terms and conditions. 

    Quote Message: The company has not made a new offer. It has sent us a form of words. But it is not new and it is not an offer. from Simon Weller Aslef's national organiser
    Simon WellerAslef's national organiser
  9. Video: Port Vale's Ryan Inniss on his return from injury

    Lee Blakeman

    Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Port Vale's loan defender Ryan Inniss say he won`t rush his comeback because he doesn't want to jeopardise his long-term future.

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    Video caption: Port Vale's Ryan Inniss talking about his return from long-term injury.

    The 20-year-old is back at Vale Park after being out injured since September.

  10. Toothless cat 'lucky' to be rescued from 'dangerous' road

    Jack Dowling

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    An elderly cat's been rescued from the middle of a slip-road on the A500 in Stoke-on-Trent says the RSPCA

    Holly the cat

    The organisation says the female tabby, thought to be aged 15, was "lucky" a motorist spotted her this morning in what its called a "very dangerous location". 

    The RSPCA has nicknamed the cat Holly and says she has no teeth, but has been given a clean bill of health.

    Quote Message: She is a very distinctive cat due to not having any teeth, and we would love to reunite her with her owner because she is possibly a much-loved family pet. from Natalie Perehovsky RSPCA inspector
    Natalie PerehovskyRSPCA inspector
  11. Cheshire rugby star made an MBE

    Graham McGarry

    BBC Radio Stoke sports editor

    The former England rugby player from Cheshire, Mark Cueto, has been recognised in the New Year Honours.

    Mark Cueto of Sale Sharks scores a try

    The former Alsager schoolboy has been made an MBE for his services to rugby.

    Cueto brought his illustrious 14-year playing career to a close in May after making his 303rd appearance for his last club, Sale Sharks.

    He remains the top try scorer in the history of the Aviva Premiership

  12. Football: Port Vale boss keen to extend home league record

    Lee Blakeman

    Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Port Vale manager Rob Page says there is no reason why his players can't maintain one of the best home records in League One. 

    Vale Park

    The Vale have accumulated 25 of their 33 points this season at Vale Park. 

    Swindon are the next visitors on Saturday and Page believes his team are enjoying playing in front of the home fans. 

  13. Mild, wet December breaks Met Office weather records

    BBC News UK

    Long-standing weather records have been smashed by a stormy, yet warm December, the Met Office's early figures suggest.  

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    Video caption: Record breaking December

    Scotland, Wales and the north-west of England all had the wettest December in more than a century.

    A UK mean temperature of 8C (46F) broke records too and would have felt more like a day in April or May.

    The Met Office said storms Desmond, Eva and, most recently, Frank were behind the record rainfall, while a humid south-westerly airflow kept it warm.

  14. Video: Watch for New Year's Eve weather for Stoke and Staffordshire

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    The BBC website also has the latest forecast for the area.

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    Video caption: Rebecca Wood with Thursday's weather forecast for the West Midlands
  15. News: Police chief gets New Year Honour, man named in fatal crash and train drivers' strike 'to go ahead'

    Lee Blakeman

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    These are among Staffordshire and Cheshire's top stories:

    - Cheshire’s Chief Constable, Simon Byrne, says he's "absolutely thrilled" to receive the Queen's Police Medal in the New Year Honours list

    - A man who died when he was struck by a car in Staffordshire has been named by police

     - Drivers at Arriva Trains Wales have started an overtime ban ahead of a new year strike in a row over pay and conditions

  16. Man attacked in Tamworth for his phone and wallet

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    A man's been robbed of his mobile phone and wallet in Tamworth after being punched in the face, police say.   

    Underpass near where the robbery happened

    It was in the early hours of Sunday, Staffordshire Police say, when the 63-year-old was assaulted by several people, as he walked home in the Glascote area. 

    They say he lost consciousness after being punched in the face and hit on the back of his head - he then found he'd been robbed.