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  1. Updates on Friday 12 February 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Monday, 15 February

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 Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather. 

  2. Your say: M6 Toll motorway put up for sale

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    You've been having your say on the BBC Radio Stoke Facebook page about news, the BBC understands, that the M6 Toll road has been put up for sale for nearly £2bn.

    Sign on M6 Toll saying "Midland Expressway: M6 Toll"

    Brian Boulnois wrote: "If it wasn't so dear to use maybe more people would use it."

    John Cliffe added: "Its virtually empty any time of day, should have never been allowed to be built."

    And Kevin Sherman posted: "Quite a lot of people won't use it as we pay road tax. Not going to pay again to use a road."

  3. Watch: Stoke and Staffordshire's weekend weather

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    You can also go to the BBC website to get the latest forecast for Staffordshire and Cheshire.

    Video content

    Video caption: The weather for the West Midlands.
  4. Football: Seven-point cushion is Burton target

    Nigel Cash

    BBC Radio Derby Sport

    Burton Albion will go seven points clear at the top of League One if they win at home to Chesterfield tonight.  

    The Pirelli Stadium home to Burton Albion

    The Spireites are led by Danny Wilson and his coach Chris Morgan, who worked with Nigel Clough at Sheffield United.  

    Quote Message: Danny's a very experienced manager and we know from working with Chris for a couple of years how he'll want to play. They'll be competitive certainly." from Nigel Clough Burton Albion manager
    Nigel CloughBurton Albion manager
  5. Claims of Tory funding favouritism rejected by council leader

    James Bovill

    Political reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    The Leader of Staffordshire County Council has rejected claims that the government has favoured Tory-led councils when handing out a £300m fund to cope with spending cuts.

    Staffordshire County Council Tipping Place

    His authority has been given £5.5m of so-called "transitional funding" over the next two years while Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council - which aren't Conservative-led - received nothing.  

    Quote Message: Stoke-on-Trent, their funding was quite adequate. We thought we'd got about a £7.9m funding gap. Kent and Surrey were up in the 30s and 40s so they could demonstrate they had a massive funding gap." from Councillor Philip Atkins Leader of Staffordshire County Council
    Councillor Philip AtkinsLeader of Staffordshire County Council
  6. Your pictures: Birds having a flap on Cannock Chase

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    These two birds landing and sitting on a tree stump on Cannock Chase were photographed by Ellen Bryan.

    Birds landing on a post at Cannock Chase

    Like Ellen you can share your photos of Staffordshire or Cheshire with me and I'll feature as many as I can.

    You can do that on email, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

  7. Ex-footballer Marcus Bent sentenced for affray

    Sue Nicholson

    BBC News

    Former Premier League footballer Marcus Bent, who also played for Port Vale, has been given a suspended 12-month prison sentence after admitting affray and possession of cocaine.  

    Marcus Bent

    He faced charges after an incident in which he was reportedly Tasered by police responding to a break-in at his home in Esher, Surrey, last September.

    Bent was also given a two-month curfew and 200 hours of compulsory unpaid work by the judge at Guildford Crown Court.

    The 37-year-old striker had previously denied affray but changed his plea. He had denied two other charges of possessing bladed articles, namely a meat cleaver and a kitchen knife, which will be left on file.

  8. Travel: Crash on Dark Lane in Featherstone

    BBC Travel

    Dark Lane in Featherstone is partially blocked at the A460 Cannock Road junction, because of an accident.

  9. News: Calls for government to buy M6 Toll; campaigners want to take on disabled centre; MP 'disappointed' at court closure

    Alice Bentley

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    These are our main headlines for Staffordshire and Cheshire this evening:

    - Calls for the government to step in and buy the M6 Toll road have been backed up by a campaign group

     - Parents left disappointed by the closure of a Staffordshire activity centre for their disabled children say they'll try and set up a charity to replace it.

    - The Conservative MP for Burton says he's disappointed by the planned closure of one of the UK's longest-running courts

  10. Disabled spelling error on Crewe road corrected

    Lamont Howie

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    Markings for a disabled parking bay on a Crewe road which were spelt incorrectly this morning have been corrected by Cheshire East Council.

    Misspelt parking bay

    When I visited Nantwich Road this morning, the markings were misspelt with disabled written as "disaeled".

    Quote Message: We would like to express our thanks to those that have reported the misspelt road markings on Nantwich Road. This mistake has been corrected today." from Cheshire East Council spokesperson
    Cheshire East Council spokesperson
  11. Watch: Stoke City boss pleased to have Bojan for his 'best years'

    Matt Sandoz

    Stoke City commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    The Stoke City manager Mark Hughes says he is delighted to have forward Bojan for "the best years" of his career. 

    The player signed a new four-and-a-half-year contract yesterday with the Premier League club

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    Video caption: Mark Hughes delighted to have Bojan for 'the best years' of his career.
  12. M6 Toll motorway: Campaigners say a government buy 'would make a tremendous difference'

    Jack Dowling

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    Calls for the government to step in and buy the M6 Toll road have been backed up by the campaign group the National Alliance Against Tolls (NAAT). 

    Traffic at the junction for the M6 and M6 Toll in Staffordshire

    UKIP says it is the perfect opportunity for the government to buy it and make it available to drivers for free.

    Quote Message: Removing the toll charge would make a tremendous difference to the West Midlands and wider region in reducing congestion." from John McGoldrick The National Alliance Against Tolls spokesman
    John McGoldrickThe National Alliance Against Tolls spokesman
  13. Football: Stoke City could have striker Walters back for Cherries trip

    Matt Sandoz

    Stoke City commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Stoke City's Jonathan Walters could return from the virus which kept him out of last weekend's defeat by Everton, as the Potters head to Bournemouth this weekend.  

    Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe and Stoke manager Mark Hughes

    Captain Ryan Shawcross is nearing full fitness after a back injury but this game will come too early.  

    BBC Radio Stoke will have full commentary on the game and you can read a full preview of the match on the BBC website.

    Bournemouth 1-3 Stoke City


    Giannelli Imbula scores his first goal for Stoke as they end their three-match losing streak in the Premier League against Bournemouth.

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  14. MP says Burton court closure 'restricts access to justice'

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    The Conservative MP for Burton says he's disappointed by the planned closure of one of the UK's longest-running courts.

    Burton Magistrates' Court

    Burton Magistrates' Court will close along with Buxton and 84 others across England and Wales during the next 18 months.  

    It's part of the government's "modernisation" plans to reduce the annual cost of the courts estate, but MP for Burton and Uttoxeter Andrew Griffiths says it will restrict people's access to justice.  

  15. Campaigners want to take on Special Adventure Playground

    James Bovill

    Political reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    Parents left disappointed by the closure of a Staffordshire activity centre for their disabled children say they'll try and set up a charity to replace it.  

    Children on a mat

    The Special Adventure Playground centre, in Newcastle-under-Lyme, was officially shut down at a meeting last night after it had closed in December.

    The building will be handed back to Newcastle Borough Council by the end of March - but a group of parents say they want to use the centre to set up another service for disabled children.

    Quote Message: The facility is the key to the whole project. It was purposely built by the original charity. That facility can't be replaced, it is unique to what we need, and getting that facility would be key to the future of the charity." from Alan Marsden Son used the centre
    Alan MarsdenSon used the centre