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  1. Updates on Thursday 28 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. Football: Stoke City boss ignores Chelsea speculation

    Matt Sandoz

    Stoke City commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has today brushed off speculation linking him with the Chelsea job this summer. 

    Mark Hughes at press conference

    It's being reported that the Potters' boss is one of several names on a short-list to take over at Stamford Bridge, along with Bournemouth's Eddie Howe and Leicester City's Claudio Ranieri.

    Quote Message: There's always speculation. It's nice to be mentioned but it's a reflection on the players doing well. from Mark Hughes Stoke City manager
    Mark HughesStoke City manager
  3. Terror trial jury sent home again

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    The jury has been sent home for a second successive night at Birmingham Crown Court in the trial of a Staffordshire woman accused of going with her child to Syria, to join the so-called Islamic State.   

    Tareena Shakil

    Tareena Shakil, 26, originally from Burton, has admitted travelling there but denies becoming a member of the group or encouraging acts of terror on Twitter.

  4. Your pictures: Crewe trees from BBC Weather Watcher

    Monica Rimmer

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    This afternoon's BBC Weather Watcher photo I've picked is from Cheeshound in Crewe, showing the trees which will be buffeted by the strong winds around.

    Crewe trees

    Head to the BBC website and sign up if you want to become a Weather Watcher too.

  5. Scout show to be last theatre performance before multimillion-pound revamp

    Emma Thomas

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    A scout and guide gang show will be the last performance at Tamworth Assembly Rooms before a "modern makeover" as part of a £6.1m council project

    Image from the forthcoming Tamworth Gang Show

    The borough council and Staffordshire County Council want to develop a Creative Quarter in the town centre and will restore and extend the theatre as part of that. 

    It'll shut on 8 February for about 18 months, with the last performances being the 2016 Tamworth Gang Show from 3-6 February.

  6. Controversial Staffordshire golf club plans to go ahead

    Express and Star

    Controversial plans to expand Stafford Castle Golf Club from nine holes to 18 will go ahead again after an expired time limit to carry out the work was deemed ‘unreasonable’.  

    Stafford Castle Golf Club
  7. News: 'Fear and intimidation' at failing school; heater caused Stoke fire; helicopter joins missing man hunt

    John Collins

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    The top stories for Staffordshire and Cheshire include

    - A Lichfield primary school has been placed in special measures after inspectors found a culture of "fear and intimidation" among some staff, parents and pupils

    - An electric heater's been found to have caused a fire in Stoke-on-Trent which has left a man in a critical condition

    - An 83-year-old man with dementia from Nantwich still hasn't been found police say, two days after he was reported missing

  8. Your pictures: Daffodil in bloom in Stoke-on-Trent

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    Your pictures of daffodils already in bloom in Staffordshire and Cheshire keep on coming.

    Terry Ball's sent this picture in which he took in his rear garden in Baddeley Green this week.

    Daffodil in Terry's garden in Baddeley Green

    If you've got a photo of early blooming plants in the area, send them in on email, tweet @BBCRadioStoke or use Instagram.

  9. Watch: Stoke and Staffordshire weather for tonight and tomorrow

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    The latest weather forecast can also be found on the BBC website.

    Video content

    Video caption: Rebecca Wood with the afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands
  10. Picture: Bugs get a boost from wildlife trust

    Bug hotel anyone? Staffordshire Wildlife Trust say they've installed this after help from a volunteer

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  11. Watch: Plea for more donations to keep air ambulance flying

    BBC Midlands Today

    The Midlands Air Ambulance says it needs an extra £500,000 a year to continue.

    Video content

    Video caption: The Midlands Air Ambulance has launched its 25th anniversary celebrations

    The charity, which begins celebrations for its 25th anniversary today, says advances in clinical care and the extension of the service's operations has led to an increased funding need. 

    To maintain the service they say they now need £7m a year.

  12. Vicar wins recycling prize from Staffordshire council

    Chris King

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    A vicar from Fulford, near Stone, has been given £120 by Stafford Borough Council for emptying his bin. 

    Reverend Peter Dakin and Mark Street, environment services group manager

    He was the winner of a competition run by the authority which rewards people for putting the right rubbish in the right bins. 

    Peter Dakin won because there were no recyclable items in his wheelie bin. 

  13. Your pictures: Cows in sunshine from BBC Weather Watcher

    Monica Rimmer

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    We have some lovely pictures sent in by our BBC Weather Watchers and this one's come from Windy Bindy, in Branston, Staffordshire.

    Cows in a flooded field in sunshine in Branston, Staffordshire

    You too can become one of our BBC Weather Watchers - just head to the website and sign yourself up.

  14. Your pictures: Re-enacting a Cheshire Civil War battle

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    Over the weekend, the Battle of Nantwich was re-enacted almost 400 years after it took place in 1644 during the Civil War.

    Jonathan White took this picture of pikemen involved in the event this year and emailed it to me.

    Battle of Nantwich - Pikemen during the battle

    If you've got a picture to share of Staffordshire or Cheshire you can email it in, tweet me or use Instagram.

  15. Man critical after electric heater causes fire

    Jack Dowling

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    An electric heater's been found to have caused a fire in Stoke-on-Trent which has left a man in a critical condition.

    Holland Street, Tunstall

    Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service say it was next to the bed in the house on Holland Street, Tunstall and caused it to catch fire on Tuesday. 

    They say the 24-year-old who was in the room at the time suffered serious injuries.

  16. Interactive Map: Find out burglary arrest figures for your part of England

    Phil Bowers

    BBC Local Live

    More now on the news that police forces in England make 14 arrests for every 100 burglaries, analysis by BBC News has found.

    Well BBC News has also produced an interactive map showing burglary arrest figures for each police force area in England - so you can have a look at the figures yourself. 

    Map of English police force areas