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  1. Updates on Monday 8 February 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. Reports of historical sex offences on the rise in Cheshire, says police chief

    Lucy King

    News Editor, BBC Radio Stoke

    The number of historic sexual offences being reported to Cheshire Police is increasing, according to the county's Police and Crime Commissioner. 

    Cheshire's Police and Crime Commissioner John Dwyer

    John Dwyer says another 70 front-line officers will be in post by 2017 as the force expands. 

    But speaking to BBC Radio Stoke this morning, he said the current spike in reported sexual crimes is already demanding more attention.

    Quote Message: I know our dedicated rape unit for example has grown in strength because we are getting these increased numbers and it's something that we've got to address. from John Dwyer Cheshire's Police and Crime Commissioner
    John DwyerCheshire's Police and Crime Commissioner
  3. Picture: River overflows in Stafford park

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    The River Sow looks to have burst its banks going through Victoria Park in Stafford with all the heavy rain today.

    This picture was taken by my BBC colleague Stephanie Barnard as she was going through the town this afternoon.

    River Sow in Stafford this afternoon
  4. Three men arrested for immigration offences in Stoke

    Phil Bowers

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    Three men have been arrested by immigration officials in Stoke-on-Trent after the Home Office says they were found to be working in the country illegally.  


    It says the trio, all from Pakistan, were found at two branches of Freshways - on Waterloo Road and on Ephraim Street. 

    Officers say two were found to have overstayed their visit visas while the third had entered the UK without leave.

    The Home Office say they're all being detained while they work to have them removed from the UK. 

  5. Stoke park starts a £6m makeover

    Sarah Robertson

    Producer, BBC Radio Stoke

    A £6m makeover of one of Stoke-on-Trent's historic parks has started this morning.

    Artist's impression of how Hanley Park could look

    The scheme to improve Hanley Park was awarded £4.5m by the Heritage Lottery Fund last June. 

    In the first phase of work around 350 decaying trees will be removed to open up the Grade II-listed landscape. Future renovations include restoring the Victorian Pavillion, boat house and two canal bridges. 

  6. Your pictures: Staffordshire church at dusk

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    This picture is of St James' Church in Audley and has been taken by Duncan Richardson who sent it in.

    St James' Church, Audley

    One of the perks of this job is seeing the great pictures of Staffordshire and Cheshire you send in.

    You can do that by email, tweet @BBCRadioStoke or use Instagram.

  7. Rugeley Power Station closure will close in months, bosses announce

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Rugeley Power Station will close this summer, bosses Engie have announced, putting up to 150 jobs at risk.

    Rugeley Power Station

    Conservative MP for Cannock Chase Amanda Milling has hit out at the "really disappointing" announcement and said she held "urgent talks" with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Amber Rudd MP.

    Miss Milling said: "Rugeley B power station has been our last connection to our historic mining heritage, with much of the locally mined coal going to the site. Today’s announcement...[is] a major blow to the Rugeley community and, most particularly, the 150 people that work at Rugeley B. 

    "My top and immediate priority is to provide support for the power station’s employees and their families, ensuring these workers get all the support and assistance that they need at this very difficult time."

  8. News: Power station set to close; historic sex offences 'increasing in Cheshire'; jail for woman who targeted elderly

    Phil Bowers

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    The top stories this afternoon for Staffordshire and Cheshire include:

    - Rugeley Power Station will close this summer, bosses Engie have announced, putting up to 150 jobs at risk

    - The number of historical sexual offences being reported to Cheshire Police is increasing, according to the county's Police and Crime Commissioner

    - A woman from Crewe who's been jailed for more than three years has been described by police as someone who "systematically targeted vulnerable elderly people"

  9. Flooding shuts Tamworth car park for rest of today

    A car park in Tamworth will stay closed until tomorrow, the local council says, because of flooding.

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  10. Football: Clough happy with Burton's El Khayati cover

    Ed Dawes

    BBC Radio Derby Sport

    Burton Albion do not plan to replace top-scorer Nasser El Khayati, according to manager Nigel Clough.  

    Nasser El Khayati

    The League One leaders beat Bradford 3-1 on Saturday and are four points clear of Walsall and five clear of third-placed Wigan, with a game in hand.  

    Clough said the sale of El Khayati, who joined Championship side QPR last month, does not mean they will make signings in the emergency loan window.  

    Clough happy with El Khayati cover

    Nasser El Khayati

    Burton Albion do not plan to replace striker top-scorer Nasser El Khayati, according to manager Nigel Clough.

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  11. Watch: Cheshire girl needing double transplant closes in on finishing wish-list

    Pete Morgan

    Presenter, BBC Radio Stoke

    A young girl from south Cheshire suffering who has a serious illness says she has almost completed a 10-wish challenge.

    Video content

    Video caption: Elle Grace Morris has cystic fibrosis and came up with 10 wishes she wants to come true.

    Elle Grace Morris from Wrenbury has cystic fibrosis and her family has been told she urgently needs a double lung transplant. 

    She created a wish-list of 10 things to do before her 10th birthday - which included meeting celebrities and throwing a princess party. 

    Her ongoing campaign is to raise awareness of the disease and she's now filmed a music video. She came in to BBC Radio Stoke this morning to talk to us.

  12. Download Festival renames main stage in memory of Lemmy from Motorhead

    BBC Newsbeat

    The Download festival has renamed its main stage in memory of Lemmy from Motorhead, who died from cancer just after Christmas and was from Burlsem, Stoke-on-Trent.


    The band had been due to play on the Friday night of the rock festival at Donington Park and organiser Andy Copping says they're "working on a suitable tribute for the slot".

  13. Motorists warned to be aware of ‘stag do’ on M6 Toll

    Cannock Mercury

    Motorists using the M6 Toll road in Cannock have been told to take extra care after two large stags were spotted yards away from the main carriageway over the course of the weekend.  

    Composite picture of stags and the side of a police car
  14. Your pictures: Wybunbury skies from BBC Weather Watcher

    Monica Rimmer

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    It's expected to be a grey day and this looks to be the case this morning in Wybunbury, Cheshire, judging by this photo from BBC Weather Watcher Sky Watcher.

    Grey skies over Wybunbury

    You can be a BBC Weather Watcher too by heading to the website and signing up.

  15. Watch: Weather for tonight and tomorrow for Stoke and Staffordshire

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    The BBC website also has the latest weather forecast for Staffordshire and Cheshire.

    Video content

    Video caption: The weather for the West Midlands.
  16. 'Smart motorway' opened in Staffordshire after £100m work

    Jack Dowling

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    The M6 between Stafford and Cannock is now fully back up to speed after a £100m conversion into a "smart motorway", Highways England says.

    M6 while roadworks were ongoing

    The agency says four permanent lanes either way between junctions 13 and 11a will help it cope with over 120,000 journeys a day.

    Highways England says it has taken more than a million hours of work, 54,000 tonnes of road surface and 55 miles of cabling to transform the 10-mile stretch.