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  1. Updates on Monday 4 January 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

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

  2. Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

    Sara Blizzard

    BBC Weather

    Some showers are likely to continue overnight. Minimum Temperature: 5C (41F).

    Video content

    Video caption: The weather forecast for the West Midlands
  3. Stolen dog reunited with Staffordshire family a year on

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    A dog that was stolen in Burton almost a year ago has been found and reunited with its family.  

    Ginny, the border terrier

    Ginny the border terrier was discovered wandering the streets in Doncaster.

    Her owner, Hannah Denton, went on New Year's Day to pick her up.

    Quote Message: I was just about to walk my other two border terriers, and I received a call from my sister in absolute hysterics telling me Ginny had been found and she was okay. I just broke down. from Hannah Denton
    Hannah Denton
  4. Football: Stoke boss says no buy-out clause in Bojan's contract

    Matt Sandoz

    Stoke City commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has dismissed speculation linking Bojan with a move away from the club. 

    Bojan in Stoke shirt

    Newspaper reports suggested the Spaniard had a £10m buy-out clause in his contract. 

    But Hughes says that's not true.

    Quote Message: There's a lot of speculation on Bojan. There's a lot of misinformation about and there is no clause in his contract. from Mark Hughes Stoke City manager
    Mark HughesStoke City manager
  5. Football: Stoke's League Cup legends speak ahead of semi-final

    Graham McGarry

    BBC Radio Stoke Sports Editor

    We are starting to build up on BBC Radio Stoke to Stoke City's League Cup semi-final first leg against Liverpool tomorrow evening.

    Denis Smith, Graham McGarry, Jackie Marsh and Terry Conroy with League Cup

    It's the first time The Potters have reached this stage of the competition since 1972 - when they won it!

    I've been catching up with three of the side from 1972 - Denis Smith, Jackie Marsh and Terry Conroy - and you can hear their thoughts on BBC Radio Stoke tomorrow morning.

  6. Pledge for public say on future use of Stoke heritage site

    Phil Bowers

    BBC Local Live

    A charity says the public will have a say in how the renovated Wedgwood Institute in Stoke-on-Trent will be used. 

    The Wedgwood Institute, Burslem

    The project to bring the building back into use has had almost £2.6m from the Heritage Lottery Fund - but The Prince's Regeneration Trust (PRT) says it still needs to reach a total of £6.9m before work can begin.

    PRT's chief executive Ros Kerslake says people will have the chance to shape how it'll look in the future.

    Quote Message: This is a building that people really care about in Stoke-on-Trent so we will be out talking to people about what we could do with the building. from Ros Kerslake The Prince's Regeneration Trust's chief executive
    Ros KerslakeThe Prince's Regeneration Trust's chief executive
  7. News: £1.5m funding cut for fire service, train strike cancels services and Stoke appeal red card

    Alice Bentley

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    The main headlines this evening for Staffordshire and Cheshire include

    - Staffordshire Fire and Rescue is facing a £1.5m funding cut to its central government grant

    - All Arriva Trains Wales services in Cheshire today have been cancelled as drivers staged a 24-hour strike

    - Stoke City are appealing against Geoff Cameron's red card against West Brom in their Premier League loss on Saturday 

  8. BBC Weather Watcher picture: Water-logged Chorlton

    Monica Rimmer

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    The rain over the past few days has soaked a lot of ground - as this photo from BBC Weather Watcher Dave, of Chorlton, in Cheshire, shows.


    You can be a BBC Weather Watcher too - there's full details on joining up on the website.

  9. Mop and bucket aid from Staffordshire for flood victims

    Ros Chimes

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    A group from the Staffordshire Moorlands is helping to support flood victims in the north of England.

    Bruce Daniel, club secretary, and Eddie Sims, membership chair with mops and buckets

    Members of the Rotary Club of Leek took £800 worth of mops and buckets to Carlisle. 

    They say they visited families whose homes have been destroyed by the water. 

    The group is now appealing for cash donations to help affected communities in Yorkshire. 

  10. Football: Crewe manager urges team to 'stick together'

    Graham McGarry

    Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Crewe Alexandra's boss Steve Davis says everyone must stick together if they're to have any chance of winning their battle against relegation.

    Steve Davis, Crewe manager

    A 5-0 home defeat to Coventry has left them six points adrift of safety at the bottom of League One.

    Quote Message: We've got to show fight. We've started the new year, we're into the second half of the season - we have to stick together. from Steve Davis Crewe Alexandra manager
    Steve DavisCrewe Alexandra manager
  11. Video: Stoke and Staffordshire's weather forecast

    Sara Blizzard

    BBC Weather

    The latest weather forecast is also available on the BBC website.

    Video content

    Video caption: The weather forecast for the West Midlands
  12. Your pictures: Sun setting over Chesterton

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    Vickie Whitaker caught the sun in her camera in this picture she sent from Chesterton.

    Sun over Chesterton

    Keep your pictures coming of Staffordshire and Cheshire - I try and show as many as I can.

    You can send them in on email, tweet @BBCRadioStoke or use Instagram.