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  1. Updates on Wednesday 13 January 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume from 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. BBC Weather Watcher picture: Sunshine over Milton

    Monica Rimmer

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    There's been some brighter weather around today and this is from BBC Weather Watcher Singing in the Rain in Milton, Staffordshire.


    You can become a BBC Weather Watcher by going to the website and joining up.

  3. Scheme to safeguard Cheshire domestic abuse victims launched

    Jenny Coleman

    Reporter, BBC Local Live

    Schools and colleges across Cheshire are linking up with police and social services to try and safeguard victims of domestic abuse.   

    Cheshire Police badge

    Operation Encompass will see extra measures to help youngsters when the authorities notify them of problems within their families.  

  4. Football: Stoke set for major changes for Norwich game

    Matt Sandoz

    Stoke City commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Stoke City defender Geoff Cameron and midfielder Stephen Ireland are doubtful for tonight's Norwich game after missing the FA Cup match against Doncaster because of injury.  

    Geoff Cameron in Stoke shirt

    Manager Mark Hughes is expected to recall his established players, having made nine changes for Saturday's game.  

    You can read a full preview of the match on the BBC Sport website - and BBC Radio Stoke will have full commentary.

  5. 'I dropped a shampoo bottle on my foot' - Ambulance service releases nuisance calls

    Trystan Jones

    BBC News Online

    Emergency 999 calls about scary hedgehogs, lost keys and a request for a lift after a drunken night out are just some of those received by West Midlands Ambulance Service.

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    While these are nuisance calls, the ambulance service also faces hoax calls from people deliberately diverting crews to non-existent emergencies.

    In the first 11 months of last year the ambulance service said it received more than 450 hoax calls, tying up paramedics and other staff from attending potentially life-threatening emergencies.

  6. Wet weather brings flood alerts for parts of Staffordshire

    Lucy King

    News Editor, BBC Radio Stoke

    More heavy rain today's led to the Environment Agency issuing flood alerts for parts of Staffordshire.

    Basford Bridge over the River Churnet

    They mean flooding is possible and are for:

    - The River Sow and River Penk in the Stafford area

    - The River Churnet and River Tean in the Staffordshire Moorlands

    - The River Trent in the Burton area

  7. Wintry weather shuts Cheshire road: Grit being 'washed away'

    Ros Chimes

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    The A54 from Bosley to Buxton is to stay closed all night because of black ice now and snow to come later, police say.  

    A54 from Bosley to Buxton

    Cheshire Police says water is flowing from the hills on to the road, washing away grit and de-icing agents, making it "treacherous". 

    The Cat and Fiddle road - the A537 - between Macclesfield and Buxton has been closed for the same reason

  8. Hearing aids decision delayed in Staffordshire

    James Bovill

    Political reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    A decision on cuts to free hearing aids in Staffordshire is being delayed until at least September following concerns from charities and the public.  

    Hearing aid

    Health bosses from four clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in the county had wanted to follow North Staffordshire CCG's lead by withdrawing free hearing aids for people with mild hearing loss.

    But, after a campaign against the change, in November last year an inquiry was held to consider their concerns.

    Now health bosses say they'll wait for a report based on that inquiry before making any changes and current services will continue until September.

  9. News: Hearing aid decision delayed; black ice shuts major road and drug driving arrests increase

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    Staffordshire and Cheshire's evening headlines include:

    - A decision on cuts to free hearing aids in Staffordshire is being delayed until at least September following concerns from campaigners  

    - The A54 from Bosley to Buxton is to stay closed all night because of black ice now and snow to come later, police say  

    - Over 250 people were arrested for drink and drug driving across Cheshire during December  

  10. Cheshire snapper gets international award

    Lamont Howie

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    A lecturer from Wistaston, Cheshire has collected an international photography award

    Jonathan White with camera

    Jonathan White teaches at South Cheshire College but says he is a prolific photographer when he travels. 

    The prize, from the website TripAdvisor is for the 3,700 pictures he uploaded to their pages in 2015 alone.

  11. Football: Crewe manager eyes club's long-term future

    Graham McGarry

    Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Crewe Alexandra's boss Steve Davis says retaining their Football League status is the number one priority. 

    Crewe playing Shrewsbury in December

    The board of directors are being criticised by fans for not giving the manager money to spend.

    But Davis told BBC Radio Stoke they have the club's long-term future in mind. 

    Quote Message: We have to be glad I suppose in a way that we have a group of people in the background that really care about the football club and the future of the football club, I think that's more important at the moment. from Steve Davis Crewe Alexandra manager
    Steve DavisCrewe Alexandra manager
  12. Video: Burlesque 'boosting confidence' in Stafford

    John Acres

    BBC Radio Stoke

    A new dance workshop in Stafford claims it is helping older women boost their confidence.

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    Video caption: New burlesque classes are being run by the Groove Academy in Stafford.

    The burlesque classes are being run by the Groove Academy. 

    They say they allow women to show off in a sensual not sexual way and the outfits fit with the current trend for all things vintage.

  13. Your pictures: Sun setting over Trent and Mersey canal

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    This picture was tweeted to @BBCRadioStoke by Swan Whisperer who says it's a "stunning sunset over the Trent and Mersey canal in Stoke-on-Trent near Westport Lake".

    stunning sunset over Trent and Mersey canal

    You can keep the pictures of any subject in Staffordshire and Cheshire coming in and I'll show as many as I can.

    As well as Twitter you can email or use Instagram.

  14. Football: Third time lucky is hope for Port Vale's postponed Swindon game

    BBC Radio Stoke Sport

    Port Vale's fixture against Swindon Town has been rearranged for Tuesday 2 February - after twice being postponed.

    Vale Park

    The latest attempt last night was called off due to a waterlogged pitch at Vale Park.

  15. Drug driving arrests in December in Cheshire 'highest' so far

    Lamont Howie

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    Over 250 people were arrested for drink and drug driving across Cheshire during December.

    Cheshire Police sign

    Cheshire Police says 91 of those arrests were purely drug related - and 21 of those were made in the Crewe area. 

    Quote Message: Since the introduction of new legislation in March last year aimed specifically at drug driving the number of those drivers detected in Cheshire has continued to rise each month cumulating in the December figure which is the highest monthly total so far. from Mike Jones Cheshire Roads Policing Liaison Officer
    Mike JonesCheshire Roads Policing Liaison Officer
  16. Video: Weather forecast for Stoke and Staffordshire

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    You can also get the weather forecast for your area from the BBC website.

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    Video caption: The weather for the West Midlands.