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  1. Updates on Thursday 7 January 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Friday

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

  2. Parking patrols stepped up over complaints

    Phil Bowers

    BBC Local Live

    Patrols are being stepped up on a Hanley street in Stoke-on-Trent the city council says, amid complaints people are parking illegally. 


    One business owner has told BBC Radio Stoke that cars driving along Piccadilly at night are making his life a misery. 

    Ian Norman, who runs Zest café and Bistro, says people shouldn't be using it because it's supposed to be a pedestranised zone.

  3. Historic piece of Hednesford’s military past returns to the town

    Cannock Mercury

    A piece of Hednesford's military history has been returned to the town, with it now on permanent display for all to see.  

    Hednesford Town Council Chairman Alan Pearson (left) and Lt Col Dougie Bridges (right) with the two cups
  4. Video: Stoke City boss says Crouch 'we want to keep'

    Matt Sandoz

    Stoke City commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    The Stoke City manager Mark Hughes says striker Peter Crouch won't be going anywhere. 

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    Video caption: Stoke City's Mark Hughes says Peter Crouch won't be going anywhere.

    With the January transfer window now open, he was asked at his press conference about reports linking the 34-year-old with other clubs.

    Hughes admitted there had been inquiries but said Crouch is going nowhere as "he's one we want to keep".

  5. Your pictures: Stunning deer picture in Peak District

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    I doff my cap to Villager Jim for this picture - a group of dear snapped in the Peak District, well done that man.

    Group of deer in the Peak District

    Please keep sending your pictures in of the area, I love getting them.

    The usual offices are open - email, Twitter and Instagram.

  6. Bottles thrown at football fan in 'racial attack' in Stoke

    Mike Perkins

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    A black football fan suffered a "racially-motivated attack" after the Stoke City v Liverpool match this week say police. 

    Stanley Matthews Way

    Staffordshire Police say the supporter was on Stanley Matthews Way after the League Cup semi-final when a vehicle mounted the kerb behind him. 

    They say the people inside got out, racially abused him and threw bottles at the 48-year-old - who's described as shaken but unhurt.

  7. Government promises more GPs to tackle job pressure concerns

    Lucy King

    News Editor, BBC Radio Stoke

    We've had a response from the Department of Health regarding new research which claims many GPs are leaving the NHS due to work pressure and red tape.

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    Video caption: Why GPs are leaving the NHS

    The study, put together with work from Staffordshire University, also cited reduced patient care time.

    The Department of Health says it knows GPs are currently under pressure and they're looking to recruit 5,000 more doctors in general practice by 2020. 

    They also say they'll cut red tape.

  8. News: End in sight for Stoke leader; Lichfield sees rise in dumped fridges; marathon man targeting 400 races

    Mike Perkins

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    These are among the headlines this evening:

    - The leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council says he is "80 - 90%" sure this will be his last term as a councillor

    - The number of fridges and freezers being dumped in the Lichfield area has seen a "big increase" the council says

    - A runner from Staffordshire says he is almost at the half-way point in a challenge to run 400 marathons over a year

  9. 'Dumped' fridges and freezers on the rise in Lichfield

    Alice Bentley

    BBC Local Live

    The number of fridges and freezers being dumped in the Lichfield area has seen a "big increase" the council says. 

    Dumped fridge

    Lichfield District Council says, since metal recycling centres stopped taking the items, last year saw more white goods left on pavements or fly-tipped. 

    The authority says it is concerned people are leaving them for rogue scrap traders to take - who then sell parts they can and dump the rest.

  10. Runner aiming for 400 marathons in a year

    Ben Godfrey

    BBC Midlands Today

    A runner from Staffordshire says he is almost at the half-way point in a challenge to run 400 marathons over a year.  

    Mark Vaz

    In October, Mark Vaz, from Penkridge, completed 90 marathons in as many days to raise money for Adoption UK - he'll be featured on BBC Midlands Today tonight from 18:30 on BBC One

  11. Your pictures: A dung fly in Keele

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    This is an unusual picture from one of the audience but I think a great one - it's a dung fly, photographed in Keele by Chris Hollingworth.

    Dung fly

    I love getting all kinds of pictures of the area - so if you have one, send it in on email, tweet @BBCRadioStoke or use Instagram.

  12. Video: Get the weather forecast for tonight for Stoke and Staffordshire

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    The BBC Weather website also has the up to date forecast for Staffordshire and Cheshire.

  13. NHS England 'working hard' to help GPs with work pressures

    Mike Perkins

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    NHS England says it's "working hard" to help GPs through "current pressures" - as research suggests those pressures are too much for many GPs. 

    A GP with a stethoscope around their neck

    A report published in the British Journal of General Practice, written with work carried out in Staffordshire, says more than half of GPs who quit working for the NHS did so because of rising bureaucracy and reduced time for patient care.

    NHS England says it's also investing £10m on ways to "further boost the workforce".

  14. Video: People's History of Pop - Favourite concerts

    Tim Wedgwood

    BBC Local LIve

    BBC Radio Stoke wants your music memories for a new BBC project - the People's History of Pop.            

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    Video caption: BBC Stoke's Lamont Howie on his ticket from a favourite concert.

    To kick you off, here's our own Lamont Howie on the ticket he's kept from a favourite concert.