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  1. Updates on Wednesday 10 February 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates to resume at 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. Football: Midfield goals crucial for Burton promotion push

    Owen Bradley

    BBC Radio Derby Sport

    Nigel Clough says he expects more goals from his Burton Albion midfield going into the final stages of their League One promotion push.

    Both Mark Duffy and Tom Naylor scored in last weekend's 3-1 win against Bradford, and 13 of the Brewers' 40 goals have come from midfield this season.

    Tom Naylor

    Burton face Chesterfield on Friday night.  

  3. Watch: Man suffers serious injuries after being hit by car

    Charlotte Foster

    Presenter, BBC Radio Stoke

    A man's suffered serious injuries after being hit by a car in Hanley, say police.

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    Video caption: Man suffers serious injuries after being hit by car in Stoke-on-Trent.

    Staffordshire Police say Bucknall New Road was blocked at the junction with the A50 Potteries Way when the crash happened today.

    Officers say the man remains in hospital with serious head and leg injuries.

  4. Your pictures: Trentham lake sculpture

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    This sculpture at Trentham Gardens was sent in as a picture by Mark Darlington on Twitter.

    Sculpture at Trentham Gardens

    Like Mark you can share pictures of the area on Twitter - or you can email them in.

  5. News: Man jailed for fatal crash; doctors strike causes dozens of postponed appointments; man seriously hurt in car crash

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    The main headlines for Staffordshire and Cheshire this evening include:

    - A man's been jailed today for causing death by dangerous driving in a crash in Rugeley 

    - A second 24-hour strike by junior doctors in Staffordshire and Cheshire has meant dozens of patient appointments being postponed by hospitals in the area 

    - A man's suffered serious injuries after being hit by a car in Hanley say police

  6. Police name woman killed after being hit by car

    Alice Bentley

    BBC Local Live

    A woman who died after being hit by a car in Burton has been named by police as 67-year-old Virve Sidron. 

    Rolleston Road

    Staffordshire Police say Ms Sidron, from Elizabeth Avenue, Rolleston-on-Dove was hit by a Renault Scenic car on Rolleston Road on 2 February.

    Officers say she died in hospital after suffering head injuries.

  7. Man jailed for causing dangerous driving death

    Emma Thomas

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    A man's been jailed today for causing death by dangerous driving in a crash in Rugeley, Staffordshire. 

    James Masters

    James Masters, 19, from the Rugeley area, was sentenced to four years in prison at Stafford Crown Court and banned from driving for five years. 

    He had pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, failing to stop after a road accident and failing to report that accident at an earlier hearing. 

    The crash happened in December 2014 - Joseph Hunt, 22, from Rugeley was found dead on Western Springs Road.

  8. Sahara charity trek for Stoke woman to help children's charity

    John Acres

    BBC Radio Stoke

    A charity worker from Stoke-on-Trent says she is preparing to trek the Sahara desert to raise money for a local children's charity.

    Elaine Revans

    Elaine Revans, 29, from Meir flies to Morocco tomorrow to complete a six-day walk.

    She's hoping to raise almost £2,000 for Caudwell Children which supports disabled children and their families. 

  9. Your pictures: Black swan makes a rare Stoke appearance

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    "A rare appearance on Westport lake this morning" says Carole Williams who sent this picture of a black swan in to the BBC Radio Stoke Facebook page.

    Black swan on the water

    Like Carole you can share pictures from across Staffordshire and Cheshire with me.

    As well as Facebook you can email them in or use Instagram.

  10. Football: Crewe manager trying to hang onto 'best players'

    Graham McGarry

    Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Crewe Alexandra boss Steve Davis says talks have already begun regarding players they'd like to keep next season.

    Lauri Dalla Valle

    Brad Inman, David Fox, Lauri Dalla Valle and Marcus Haber are among the senior professionals who have contracts that expire this summer. 

    Davis told BBC Radio Stoke his aim is to keep his best players at the club.

    Quote Message: Whatever league we are in is irrelevant - we want the best players we possibly can to stay." from Steve Davis Crewe Alexandra's manager
    Steve DavisCrewe Alexandra's manager
  11. Stoke council set to miss out on getting share of £300m from government

    Phil McCann

    Political reporter, Cheshire

    It's been revealed Stoke-on-Trent City Council will get nothing from a £300m fund intended to help councils deal with cuts to their government grants.

    Stoke-on-Trent City Council's Civic Centre

    Ministers hope the money will help local authorities as they become more self-sufficient. 

    Nearly £6m is going to Cheshire East Council.Staffordshire County Council's getting £5.5m.

  12. Watch: Tonight and tomorrow's weather for Stoke and Staffordshire

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    You can also always get the latest weather for Staffordshire and Cheshire from the BBC website.

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    Video caption: Shefali Oza with the afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands
  13. Controversial new road system in Leek starts to crack and sink

    Leek Post and Times

    One of Leek's busiest roads has again started to crack and sink – raising fears the town will have to suffer yet more roadworks and disruption.

  14. Your pictures: Blue skies over Ipstones from BBC Weather Watcher

    Monica Rimmer

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    For a change there's been some sunshine around this morning and BBC Weather Watcher AppyIppy in Ipstones uploaded this picture.

    Bright skies over Ipstones

    Our BBC Weather Watchers do a great job and you can be one too - head to the website and sign up.

  15. Watch: Steampunk event coming to Crewe

    Monica Rimmer

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    Crewe is to hold its first ever steampunk-themed festival this May Bank Holiday.

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    Video caption: Crewe is to hold its first-ever steampunk festival this year

    The organisers say they are fans of Victorian Britain, dressing up and steam - so say Crewe, with its railway heritage, provides an ideal venue for their Steampunk Convivial

    The event was given approval by Crewe Town Council this week.

  16. New doctors' contracts 'a fair deal'

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt  has defended the proposed new contracts at the centre of the dispute with junior doctors as "a good deal... a fair deal".

    The key sticking point appears to be payments for working on Saturdays.  

    The British Medical Association wants the whole day to attract an unsociable hours premium, but ministers say the hours between 07:00 and 17:00 should be paid at the basic rate.

    Jeremy Hunt

    The government says it wants to improve staffing at the weekend, although some junior doctors have said patient care would suffer.  

    Quote Message: The job of health secretary is to do the right thing for patients and we have now had eight studies in the last five years that have shown that mortality rates at weekends are higher than they should be. And my job is to do something about that." from Jeremy Hunt
    Jeremy Hunt
  17. News: Man hit by car in Stoke; appointments cancelled as junior doctors strike; appeal over former RAF base

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    These are among the main headlines this afternoon:

    - A man's been hit by a car in Hanley say police, leading to the closure of three roads 

    - About 40 appointments in Staffordshire have been cancelled as junior doctors stage a 24-hour strike across England today  

    - The future of a plot of land near Nantwich is being considered by planners this afternoon