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  1. Updates on Wednesday 6 January 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume on Thursday

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By Alice Bentley

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Alice Bentley

    BBC Local Live

    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. Coming up on TV

    Stoke City boss Mark Hughes remains upbeat about his team's chances of reaching the League Cup final, despite losing last night.

    More on that and all the day's news on Midlands Today at 18:30 on BBC One.

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  3. Lemmy funeral 'chance for world to come together'

    More from Motorhead about the funeral of frontman and rock legend, Lemmy.

    The 70-year-old, from Burslem, died last month after being diagnosed with cancer.


    Writing on Facebook, the band said the funeral, being streamed live online on 9 January, would be a chance for the world to "come together and celebrate the life of our friend, and legend, Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister".

    Family and close friends will observe a service at Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery, Hollywood, which will be broadcast on Youtube at 23:00 GMT.

  4. Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner criticised over budget comments

    Alice Bentley

    BBC Local Live

    Staffordshire's Police and Crime Commissioner has been criticised by a Labour MP for welcoming a cut in the force's budget.

    In a blog, written just before Christmas, Matthew Ellis said he was pleased it was only being reduced by 2-5%.

    Matthew Ellis

    Stoke on Trent North's Labour MP Ruth Smeeth said he was applauding an "attack on public services".

    However, Conservative PCC Mr Ellis said it was "a smaller cut than I planned for". He said he had been expecting a 20% cut in the budget.

  5. Elderly man attacked in Hanley assault

    Phil Bowers

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    Police are appealing for witnesses after an 80-year-old man was attacked before Christmas.

    The victim was left with facial injuries after an assault on Stafford Street in Hanley on 16 December.

    Police car

    A 25 year-old woman was also punched along with another man who received injuries to his face.

  6. 'Delight' at university halls go-ahead

    Jack Dowling

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    The Vice Chancellor of Keele University says he's delighted that they've been allowed to build 83 new homes in Keele village.

    Keele University

    They'll go on the site of the Hawthorns Halls of residence which will be demolished.

    More student accommodation will also be built on the main campus.

    Quote Message: It's been a long journey for the university to work through what has been an acceptable plan for the village and for the planners and obviously, it provides a huge opportunity in terms of the accommodation on campus for our students from Prof Trevor McMillan Vice Chancellor of Keele University
    Prof Trevor McMillanVice Chancellor of Keele University
  7. Alton Towers advertises 1,200 jobs

    More than 1,200 jobs are on offer at Alton Towers.

    The resort is looking for new employees for the upcoming year in areas such as food and drink stalls, as well as ride operations.

    The spotlight has been on the theme park since the Smiler ride crashed six months ago - seriously injuring five people

    Alton Towers
  8. Headlines: Staffordshire PCC criticised over budget comments, £1bn invested in Stafford and new student houses approved

    Chris King

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    - Labour MPs have criticised Staffordshire's Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner for "welcoming" a small cut in the county's police budget

    - More than £1bn will being invested in Stafford over the next few years

    - Plans have been approved to build 83 new homes in Keele - after two years of discussions

  9. Watch: Latest weather for the West Midlands

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    Tonight will be largely dry and cloudy.

    A band of heavy rain will arrive towards dawn with lows of 4C (39F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Watch the latest weather forecast for the West Midlands
  10. Port Vale defender thinks league position 'fair'

    Lee Blakeman

    Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Port Vale defender Richard Duffy thinks their league position is a fair reflection of their season so far. 

    Vale are currently 13th in League One with 33 points from their 24 matches.

    Richard Duffy
    Quote Message: I think after 23 or 24 games you are where you deserve to be. Some people say we've missed out on points here and there, but we've gained points in games maybe we shouldn't have. from Richard Duffy Defender, Port Vale Football Club
    Richard DuffyDefender, Port Vale Football Club
  11. Last day of nominations for care award

    Sarah Robertson

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    People using care services in Staffordshire have until today to nominate those who look after them for an award.

    Holding hands

    The Dignity Awards recognise carers, services and community groups that ensure people are treated with respect and maintain independence. 

    More than 50 people in the county, who spend their lives caring for others, are in the running to get an award. 

  12. Calls for commission to review NHS

    A cross-party commission should be set up to review the future of the NHS and social care in England, a trio of former health ministers say.

    Ex-health secretaries Stephen Dorrell and Alan Milburn and Lib Dem MP Norman Lamb say without radical change, the future looks bleak.


    Mr Lamb will raise the issue in Parliament today, warning that the systems could crash without action.

    Ministers have pledged £8.4bn above inflation by 2020.

  13. Crewe Alex: Defender loan extended

    Graham McGarry

    Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Crewe Alexandra have extended the loan of Cardiff City defender Semi Ajayi.

    He'll now stay on at the club until the 26 February.

    Semi Ajayi

    Ajayi arrived on a one-month loan deal, but that's been extended because centre-halves Harry Davis and George Ray are still recovering from injury.

    The 22-year-old Nigerian has made five appearances for the club.

  14. Latest: Police appeal for assault witnesses, Lemmy funeral streamed and £1bn invested in Stafford

    Chris King

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    - Police are asking for information about an assault on a two men and a woman in Hanley, just before Christmas

    - The funeral of Motorhead frontman Lemmy will be streamed live on the internet

    - It's estimated that around £1bn worth of investment has been brought into Stafford over the last few years

  15. Travel: Leek junction blocked

    BBC Travel

    Junction Road in Leek is blocked and traffic is slow in both directions at the Selborne Road junction because of an accident.

    Stay up to date with BBC Travel.

  16. Stoke's League Cup dream 'still all to play for'

    Matt Sandoz

    Stoke City commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    After losing the semi-final first leg 1-0 at home to Liverpool last night, Stoke's Glenn Whelan still thinks it's all to play for in the League Cup. 

    Jordan Ibe's first-half goal gives Liverpool the advantage going into the second leg later this month.

    Glenn Whelan
    Quote Message: When it comes around again we have to give it a right go because there is a little bit more pressure on Liverpool to come out and perform. from Glenn Whelan Midfielder, Stoke City Football Club
    Glenn WhelanMidfielder, Stoke City Football Club
  17. Peak District woods sold off

    Six small woodlands have been sold off in the Peak District National Park.

    The Peak District National Park Authority, which has raised £60,000 to offset budget cuts, said the new owners would face restrictions on how they could be used.

    Peak District National Park

    The first woodland plots sold were in Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire and were former rubbish sites, quarries or plantations.  

     Another six plots of woodland will be marketed in the next few months by an estate agent.

  18. Clough looking for Burton additions

    Burton Albion boss Nigel Clough has said he would like to sign up to four players to boost his side's push for promotion from League One

    The Brewers are currently top of the table and three points clear of third-placed Walsall.  

    Nigel Clough

    Winger Mark Duffy, 30, extended his loan deal from Birmingham City until the end of the season on Wednesday.