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Summary

  1. Ayeeshia Jane Smith trial: Couple questioned over 'unexplained bruising'
  2. Neighbours say Burslem houses 'shook' when a car smashed into them
  3. Lorry ends up in ditch after hitting Cheshire M6 bridge
  4. Updates on Monday 7 March 2016

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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. News: Toddler trial: Court hears detective evidence; houses 'shook' in car crash; lorry driver airlifted after bridge collision

    Phil Bowers

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    This evening's main stories include

    - A mother and stepfather accused of the murder of a Staffordshire toddler were asked by detectives about unexplained bruising on their child as the little girl's body lay beside them in hospital, a court has heard

    - People living on a Stoke-on-Trent street where a crash took place at the weekend say the row of houses "shook" when the collision took place  

    - A lorry driver's been flown to hospital after his HGV hit a bridge on the M6 in Cheshire today and ended up down an embankment

  3. Heavy traffic on the M6

    BBC Travel

    There's heavy traffic on the M6 southbound at J8 M5, because of an earlier broken down vehicle and also a lane is blocked on the M6 northbound between J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and Keele Services, because of a broken down lorry.

  4. Ayeeshia Jane Smith trial: Couple were questioned about 'unexplained bruising'

    BBC Radio Stoke

    A mother and stepfather accused of the murder of a Staffordshire toddler were asked by detectives about unexplained bruising on their child as the little girl's body lay beside them in hospital, a court has heard. 

    Kathryn Smith and Matthew Rigby

    In the heated scenes just hours after the death at the family home in Burton in May 2014, the child's mother, Kathryn Smith, balled her fists at one officer as her partner allegedly shouted the police just "wanted an excuse to arrest" her. 

    The trial of Ms Smith, 23, and her partner Matthew Rigby, 22, both from Nottingham, has been hearing evidence today from police officers.

    Both defendants deny murder, causing the 21-month-old's death and child cruelty. 

  5. Chester Zoo is 'most visited paid for attraction' outside London

    Jenny Coleman

    Reporter, BBC Local Live

    Chester Zoo is the most visited paid for attraction in England outside London with 1.7 million visitors, figures show.  

    Chester Zoo

    It had an 18% increase in visitors due to the opening of its Islands development, which recreates six tropical South East Asian Islands - the biggest new zoo development in Europe.  

    The figures have been revealed today for 2015 and overall the British Museum was the most popular visitor attraction in Britain for the ninth year running.

  6. Burnden Park: 'Forgotten' football disaster recalled

    Paul Burnell

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    The Burnden Park stadium disaster was the worst loss of life at an English football ground before the 1980s. 

    Phyllis Robb (with dark hair on the right of picture) was passed over the top of the crowd to safety

    Thirty-three people died and around 400 were injured in a crush at an FA Cup tie 70 years ago.

    Some estimates claim 85,000 people were at the FA Cup sixth-round match between Bolton Wanderers and Stoke City. However, the ground should have held at least 20,000 fewer fans.

    The BBC website has been remembering the 1946 disaster and you can read the full article here.

  7. Hamstring hampers Paralympic ambition

    Sarah Robertson

    Producer, BBC Radio Stoke

    A Stoke-on-Trent teenager has told BBC Radio Stoke his hopes of competing in this summer's Paralympic Games could be over. 

    Shaun Burrows

    Shaun Burrows, 18, who has cerebral palsy, had been training to represent Great Britain in Rio de Janeiro as a runner but injured his hamstring six weeks ago.

    Quote Message: There is London next year, the World Championships, so just in case I don't go, hopefully I will go, I've got London. from Shaun Burrows Paralympic Games hopeful
    Shaun BurrowsParalympic Games hopeful
  8. Your pictures: Sunset lights up mining heritage

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    Strong colours in this picture which Chris Hollingworth took and shared with me - "sunset looking up to the Apedale Wheel from my back garden" he said.

    Apedale Wheel

    Like Chris you could get your photos of Staffordshire or Cheshire featured here.

    You just have to share them with me and you can do that on email, tweet @BBCRadioStoke or use instagram.

  9. More than £1k raised by Cannock firm in memory of Hednesford man

    Cannock Mercury

    A fundraiser in memory of a Hednesford man who died suddenly of an undiagnosed heart condition has raised more than £1,300.  

    A dress down was held at Finning in memory of Hednesford man Neil Bradbury (inset)
  10. Watch: Tonight and tomorrow's weather for Stoke and Staffordshire

    Alexandra Hamilton

    BBC Weather

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

    Video content

    Video caption: The weather for the West Midlands.
  11. Scientists 'amazed' by Staffordshire strongman Eddie Hall

    Laura Mcmullan

    Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

    Scientists from Staffordshire University say they're "amazed" by the results of tests they did on Newcastle-under-Lyme strongman Eddie Hall.

    Video content

    Video caption: Eddie's family focus

    Academics put the 28 stone (178kg) athlete through medical tests to measure his health and strength. 

    One challenge found his leg strength was similar to the power generated by a 1.2 litre engine car. 

    You can see more on Inside Out, tonight at 1930 on BBC One in the West Midlands

  12. Lorry ends up in ditch after hitting M6 bridge

    Lamont Howie

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    A lorry driver's been flown to hospital after his HGV hit a bridge on the M6 in Cheshire today and ended up down an embankment.

    Bridge over the M6 north between junctions 16 and 17

    Cheshire Police say they were called at around 07:45 to the collision on the northbound side between junctions 16 and 17. 

    The force says the man had to be cut free from his vehicle and he's now in a stable condition at the Royal Stoke University Hospital.

  13. News: Toddler trial hears police evidence; residents say crash 'shook' row of houses; oil clean-up continues after Stafford blaze

    Phil Bowers

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    This afternoon's main headlines for Staffordshire and Cheshire include

    - A mother accused of the murder of a Staffordshire toddler had a small amount of cannabis at her home, a court has been told - the trial continues  

    - People living on a Stoke-on-Trent street where a crash took place at the weekend say the row of houses "shook" when the collision took place  

    - Oil which polluted the area around the site of a huge blaze in Stafford is still being removed, the Environment Agency says

  14. Football: Defender 'couldn't sleep' before making Crewe debut

    Graham McGarry

    Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Perry Ng says he is thrilled to have started his first league game for Crewe Alexandra on Saturday. 

    Perry Ng

    The Alex held League One leaders Burton to a 1-1 draw at the Alexandra Stadium

    The 19-year-old defender told BBC Radio Stoke he couldn't sleep the night after being told he was in the starting line up.

    Quote Message: I'm buzzing at the minute. I've had to be patient so I'm just happy to get a good game and I got told on Friday I was playing. I was made up, I couldn't stop thinking about it, couldn't even sleep. from Perry Ng Crewe Alexandra defender
    Perry NgCrewe Alexandra defender
  15. Watch: Neighbours say houses 'shook' when a car smashed into them

    John Acres

    BBC Radio Stoke

    People living on a Stoke-on-Trent street where a crash took place at the weekend have told me the row of houses "shook" when the collision took place.

    Video content

    Video caption: Driver 'stable' in hospital after crashing into these houses in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent.

    A car crashed into two terraced houses on Scotia Road, Burslem on Saturday night, causing structural damage to both.

    The driver's described by Staffordshire Police as being in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

    Quote Message: I heard it and then felt the house shake so we came out to have a look and the car was in the middle of the road, so I rang an ambulance. from Pamela McGuinness Neighbour on Scotia Road
    Pamela McGuinnessNeighbour on Scotia Road
  16. Your pictures: Spectacular Northern Lights over Uttoxeter

    Perry Spiller

    Presenter, BBC Radio Stoke

    This picture of last night's Aurora Borealis - better known as the Northern Lights - was taken by Rich Holmes in Uttoxeter who tweeted it to @BBCRadioStoke.

    Northern Lights over Uttoxeter

    You can see more photos of the spectacular displays across parts of the UK on the BBC website.