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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday 11 February 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. Watch: Latest weather for West Midlands

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    Becoming cloudier this evening, with the possibility of a few showers, and remaining cold.

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    Video caption: The weather for the West Midlands this afternoon.
  3. Bridge closure to last across weekend in Crewe

    Drivers in Crewe are being warned of a road closure in the centre of the town this weekend.

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  4. Major A34 road work in Staffordshire due to end in May

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    Work to rebuild part of the A34 near Stone will be completed in May, according to Staffordshire County Council.

    A34 at Meaford Road in Meaford

    The stretch around Meaford is being changed to allow building work to start on a new business park and power station.

    The council says Meaford Road is planned to open on schedule on 24 May.

  5. Cannock man died after being hit by a jet ski on holiday

    Cannock Mercury

    A Cannock man died after being struck by a jet ski while he was sat on an inflatable dinghy in the middle of the sea at a Bulgarian beach resort, an inquest heard.  

    Shaun Hill and his fiancee Lisa Loveridge
  6. Watch: Port Vale boss says Ryan Inniss set to miss 'couple of games'

    Graham McGarry

    BBC Radio Stoke Sport

    Port Vale manager Rob Page has been speaking to BBC Radio Stoke about Ryan Inniss suffering another injury.

    The defender has only just returned from a long-term injury but is now out again for "two to three weeks".

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    Video caption: Port Vale manager Rob Page on another injury for Ryan Inniss.
  7. News: Police investigated over Stoke killing; council tax rise defended in Staffordshire; Stoke boss praised in Bojan deal

    Alice Rosenthal

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    These are some of the top stories in Staffordshire and Cheshire this evening:

    - Staffordshire Police is continuing to be investigated by a watchdog over its response to what became a murder inquiry in Stoke-on-Trent, the force says  

    - The Conservative leader of Staffordshire County Council says a near 4% council tax rise will help pay for children in care and looking after the elderly

    - The Stoke City forward Bojan Krkic has singled out the club's manager Mark Hughes as the reason he's today signed a new deal with the Potters  

  8. Your pictures: A buzzard flying over the Peak District

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    It's quite something to see a bird of prey in flight and this was a buzzard over the Peak District, snapped by Villager Jim.

    Buzzard over Peak District

    You can send your pictures in of the area on email, Twitter or Instagram.

  9. Watch: Stoke City manager on why Bojan signed new deal with Potters

    Lee Blakeman

    BBC Radio Stoke Sport

    The Stoke City manager Mark Hughes said Bojan felt the club was "the place for him".

    Hughes been speaking after the forward today signed a new four-and-a-half-year contract with the Potters.

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    Video caption: Mark Hughes on why he thinks Bojan's signed a new deal with the club.
  10. Watch: Stoke and Staffordshire's weather for tonight and tomorrow

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    The latest weather forecast for Staffordshire and Cheshire can also be found on the BBC website.

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    Video caption: The weather for the West Midlands this afternoon.
  11. Staffordshire council tax rise 'good value' claims authority's leader

    James Bovill

    Political reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    The Conservative leader of Staffordshire County Council says a near 4% council tax rise will help pay for children in care and looking after the elderly.  

    Staffordshire County Council building

    The 3.95% rise from April, voted through at today's full council meeting, includes 2% that must be spent on adult social care. It adds £40 a year to the average Band D property. 

    Labour councillors criticised the rise as a tax on the poor.

    Quote Message: Where I live up in Rocester, I've only got to go a few hundred yards into Derbyshire, the council tax on a Band D is somewhere between 80 and a 100 pounds more than in Staffordshire." from Councillor Philip Atkins Conservative council leader of Staffordshire County Council
    Councillor Philip AtkinsConservative council leader of Staffordshire County Council
  12. Vehicle hits rail bridge in Lichfield

    A railway bridge in Lichfield had to be inspected this afternoon after a vehicle hit it - London Midland says their services are now back up to speed.

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  13. Football: Birchall wants Port Vale push for play-off success

    Lee Blakeman

    Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Port Vale midfielder Chris Birchall says he believes this could be the year the club makes a late push for the play-offs. 

    Chris Birchall

    The side are three points outside the top six, having won four and drawn two of their last eight matches. 

    Quote Message: I think this is the year that we feel like we can give it a good go and get in because the league is just so inconsistent. Everyone's beating everyone and no-one's putting a run of games together." from Chris Birchall Port Vale player
    Chris BirchallPort Vale player
  14. Crew shortages 'causing one in 10 train delays'

    Justin Parkinson

    BBC News Magazine

    Figures obtained by the BBC show that around 10% of rail delays over the past two years were caused by staff shortages.  

    London Midland train

    Among the worst performers were London Midland with a figure of 13.53% - Virgin West Coast's was 3.69%. 

    Crew shortages are caused by sickness, leave, mistakes drawing up rosters and problems transporting drivers and other staff to trains in time for departure. 

    London Midland says it's cut overall levels of cancellations "significantly", from 6% in November 2013 to 2% last month. A spokesman adds that crew availability is "one of many factors" it has dealt with.

  15. Tamworth's historic Moat House to reopen

    Tamworth Herald

    Tamworth's iconic Moat House is to reopen its doors once again this summer – after the first phase of an ambitious renovation scheme which will restore the building to its former glory.

    Tamworth's historic Moat House
  16. Your pictures: Hanley Town Hall lit up at night

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    This lovely looking picture of Hanley Town Hall in Stoke-on-Trent, lit up at night, has been shared with me by Chris Hollingworth.

    Hanley Town Hall lit up at night

    It's so much fun seeing all the different photos of Staffordshire and Cheshire you send in - so keep them coming.

    You can share them with me on email, tweet @BBCRadioStoke with them or use Instagram.

  17. News: Police investigated over Stoke killing; courts in Staffordshire and Cheshire to close; Bojan signs new Stoke deal

    Alice Rosenthal

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    This afternoon's main stories include:

    - Staffordshire Police is continuing to be investigated by a watchdog over its response to what became a murder inquiry in Stoke-on-Trent, the force says

    - Four courts in Staffordshire and east Cheshire are to close, the Justice Minister has announced

    - Stoke City forward Bojan Krkic has signed a new four-and-a-half-year contract with the Premier League club