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  1. Updates on Wednesday 17 February 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Monica Rimmer

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for Stoke and Staffordshire have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 Thursday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Coming up on Midlands Today: Gordon Banks reflects on living with kidney cancer

    Mary Rhodes

    Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    Stoke and England legend Gordon Banks speaks to Ian Winter about living with kidney cancer and we'll also speak to university researchers at the forefront of developing medicines.

    On BBC One from 18:30.

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  3. Gritters heading out tonight

    With temperatures set to plunge into minus figures tonight, the gritters will be on the roads of Stoke, the city council says.

    Here''s a few chilling statistics for you.

    Data pic
  4. Money laundering suspect quizzed

    A man from Stoke-on-Trent has been arrested on suspicion of money laundering after what police describe as a routine stop in Stone.

    The 50-year-old was driving southbound on the A34 at about 10:00 yesterday when he was stopped by officers near the Stone Industrial Estate.  A search found that he was in possession of a large quantity of cash and was unable to provide an explanation as to why he had it, Staffordshire Police say. He has been bailed pending further inquiries.

  5. Where next for community centre groups?

    The Crackley Ju Jitsu Club is just one club that regularly uses the Holly Road Community Centre.  

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    Video caption: Martial arts demonstration
  6. Petition to save Newcastle Community Centre

    Chris King

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    A petition calling for a Newcastle community centre to be saved has been presented to the borough council

    The Holly Road Centre in Crackley is due to shut on Friday because officials say nobody can found to run it. Campaigners are calling on councillors to reconsider.

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  7. Burton woman banned from her home for being a 'tenant from hell'

    Burton Mail

    A "tenant from hell" has been accused of breaking a closure order which banned her from her property for three months.

    Tenant's house
  8. News: Bombardier to cut 7,000 jobs; CCTV footage of Viola Beach crash wiped; Robbie thanks fans

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    - Train and plane maker Bombardier, which has a service site in Crewe, is cutting 7,000 jobs worldwide

    - Footage from the scene of the bridge crash which killed a Cheshire band has been wiped - according to Sweden's Transport Department

    - Robbie Williams thanks fans on Twitter for the money raised at the fan fest last weekend

  9. Football: Leek Town to host England U17s match

    Matt Sandoz

    Stoke City commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Leek Town are to stage an England Under-17s European Qualification match. 

    Harrison Park will host England v Finland on Saturday 26 March.  

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  10. Viola Beach crash footage wiped

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    Footage from the scene of the bridge crash that killed a Cheshire band has been wiped - according to Sweden's Transport Department

    It says police failed to collect CCTV pictures within 24 hours of the 80-foot plunge which killed all four members of Viola Beach and their manager at the weekend. 

    Stefan Bokstrom from Swedish TV channel SVT says there's also a suggestion the bridge's warning signs might not have been working properly.  

    Viola Beach
  11. Watch: The latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

    BBC Midlands Today

    The rain will continue to slowly clear eastwards, there is an increasing risk of snow even to low levels across eastern areas. It'll be drier later with a risk of ice.  

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    Video caption: The afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands
  12. Rob Page questions players' attitude

    Graham McGarry

    BBC Radio Stoke Sport

    Port Vale manager Rob Page has questioned the attitude of some of his players in reserve team games.

    Rob Page

    A number of supporters contacted BBC Radio Stoke via social media on Saturday to ask why Remie Streete wasn't in the squad. 

    Page says he looks at the attitude of players before selecting his 18 for a match day.   

  13. Burton fire station latest in £90m project

    A new £3.8m fire station has opened in Burton upon Trent to replace a 1973 building (pictured) on the same site.

    It is one of several new stations built by the fire service as part of a £90m project that has been funded through a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) deal.

    Old Burton fire station

    Steve Knight, in charge of the PFI programme, described it as an "exciting milestone".

    As well as providing "state-of-the-art" facilites, he said the new base on Moor Street would also include community rooms for local residents to meet.

  14. Calais jungle 'eerie and haunting'

    Lamont Howie

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    A Staffordshire faith group leader's described parts of the Calais migrant camp as "eerie and haunting".

    Hifsa Haroon-Iqbal travelled to the so-called "jungle" as part of the Stafford Welcomes Refugees group at the weekend. 

    The jungle in Calais

    They delivered aid donated by people in the county town and helped prepare food parcels for families living there.

  15. Your pictures: rainy Alsager

    Monica Rimmer

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    BBC Weather Watcher Deneb sent us this snap from Alsager. 

    At least it looks like you are inside and staying dry! 

    Send us your pictures on email, Twitter or Instagram

    Rainy window
  16. News: Bombardier to cut 7,000 jobs; petition to save community centre; appeal for knitters

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    - Train and plane maker Bombardier, which has a service site in Crewe, is cutting 7,000 jobs worldwide

    - A petition calling for a Newcastle community centre to be saved will presented to the Borough Council in the next hour

    - A north Staffordshire charity is appealing for knitters to help make relaxing toys for people with dementia

  17. Travel: Severe disruption on M6

    BBC Travel

    There's a vehicle fire on the M6 northbound between junction 13 for Stafford south and junction 14 for Stafford north. 

  18. Two detained over theft of almost 50 mobile phones

    Two people have been detained in Stoke-on-Trent in connection with the theft of 47 mobile phones in Aberdeen pubs and clubs.  

    A man has been charged in connection with the theft of 38 mobile phones, and the woman nine.

    Police jacket