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  1. Updates on Wednesday 9 March 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather 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. This evening on Midlands Today: Flooding hits the region

    BBC Midlands Today

    Motorists have been putting their lives at risk today, driving into deep flood water which has affected parts of the Midlands. 

    Video content

    Video caption: Cars were abandoned at Kenilworth Ford after flood water levels rose

    Heavy rain has caused widespread disruption and we'll have more on the impact across the region on Midlands Today, this evening from 18:30 on BBC One.

  3. Football: 'We still think the season is alive' - Crewe manager

    Graham McGarry

    Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Crewe Alexandra's manager, Steve Davis, insists their season is still very much alive. 

    Steve Davis

    The Alex have been in the bottom four all season and, with 11 games to go, are seven points from safety

    Davis told BBC Radio Stoke his players efforts can't be faulted.  

    Quote Message: We still think the season is alive and we're still here to fight until the very last kick of the ball, the last whistle - that's what we'll all do." from Steve Davis Crewe Alexandra manager
    Steve DavisCrewe Alexandra manager
  4. Your pictures: The folly at Mow Cop in Staffordshire

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    This is Mow Cop Castle, a folly at Mow Cop and Lee Millward took this picture, saying I could feature it here.

    Mow Cop Castle

    It's just great seeing what pictures you take in Staffordshire and Cheshire, so keep sending me them.

    You can do that by email, tweet @BBCRadioStoke or use Instagram.

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

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

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

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    Video caption: The weather for the West Midlands.
  6. Watch: More staff move into controversial council building

    Chris King

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    The Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce has become the latest organisation to move into Hanley's Central Business District. 

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    Video caption: Chambers of Commerce is the latest group to move into Smithfield buildings

    It's opening a "business desk" in the One Smithfield building to provide advice on grant funding, training, exporting and starting up a business. 

    The news comes just days after it was announced that Staffordshire Police would be moving 300 staff in there and demolishing Hanley's police station. 

    But, as One Smithfield fills up, there's still no news on the future of Two Smithfield, which the city council has said it wants to rent out to a private company.

  7. Lichfield Library move to St Mary's: Covenant 'no longer exists' says council

    Lichfield Mercury

    Staffordshire County Council has said the historic covenant gifting Lichfield's Friary building to the public was 'superseded' two decades ago.

    Relocating the library to St Mary’s in the Market Square has been touted as a solution to the ongoing conundrum of securing the building’s future. Inset: Staffordshire County Council's deputy leader Ian Parry
  8. News: Toddler trial hears from mother; Police admit hundreds of parking tickets wrongly issued; teen pregnancy rates revealed

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    The main headlines for Staffordshire and Cheshire this evening include:

     - The jury in the trial of a mother who denies murdering her young daughter in Staffordshire has heard how she described the child as "her angel" and the love of her life  

    - Hundreds of parking fines are not going to be refunded to motorists in Cheshire despite the police force admitting errors in issuing the notices

    - Stoke-on-Trent and Tamworth have the second and third highest rates of teen pregnancy in England and Wales, figures show

  9. Football: Port Vale boss urges Northern Ireland to pick McGivern

    Lee Blakeman

    Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Port Vale manager, Rob Page, says he thinks defender Ryan McGivern should be included in Northern Ireland's squad for this summer's UEFA European Championship 2016

    Ryan McGivern

    The centre-half lost his place in the Vale team to Ryan Inniss last weekend, but Page says he should be on the plane to France in June.

    Quote Message: At the start of the season he wasn't even in the 18-man squad, but he looked after himself, he trained like he played, he's a first class professional... and, when called upon, he went in and gave a good account of himself and kept the jersey." from Rob Page Port Vale manager
    Rob PagePort Vale manager
  10. Cheshire drivers wrongly issued with around 1,600 parking tickets

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    Hundreds of parking fines are not going to be refunded to motorists in Cheshire despite the police force admitting errors in issuing the notices.

    Generic parking ticket

    Cheshire Police said around 1,600 tickets issued by some police community support officers (PCSO) were not valid.

    The force says a number of PCSOs who joined the force before 2006 and after 2010 were not granted powers to issue parking tickets. 

    But the force says it does not plan to reimburse drivers who've paid fines as it believes by paying "motorists have admitted their liability for the parking violation".

  11. Arson investigations after two car fires in Crewe

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    Two car fires in Crewe in the early hours of this morning are being treated as arson by police. 

    Ludford Street

    Cheshire Police say the first was on Ludford Street and fire crews were then sent to a second one on nearby Furber Street

    Investigators say the fires were in danger of spreading to nearby cars and houses.

  12. Premier League to cap cost of tickets for away fans at £30

    Matt Sandoz

    Stoke City commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Stoke City say they are "delighted" to have joined Premier League clubs in voting in plans to cap away tickets at £30 for the next three seasons.

    Fans protesting ticket prices

    The cost of watching football has been a hot topic of debate, with supporters at Liverpool organising a high-profile protest over proposed increases in season ticket prices.

    Now the top flight's 20 clubs have "unanimously agreed" more should be done to help away fans.

    The £30 away ticket cap will be introduced from next season.

  13. Staffordshire waste site reopens after break-in

    A household waste recycling centre in Wombourne has reopened after an earlier break-in, the county council says.

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  14. Ayeeshia Jane Smith trial: Mother calls toddler the 'love of her life'

    Giles Latcham

    BBC Midlands Today

    The jury in the trial of a mother accused of murdering her young daughter in Staffordshire has heard how she described the child as "her angel" and the love of her life.

    Ayeeshia Jane Smith

    Kathryn Smith, 23, of Sandfield Road, Nottingham, denies murdering 21-month-old Ayeeshia in Burton nearly two years ago. Her former partner, Matthew Rigby, 22, of Sloan Drive, Nottingham, denies the same charge. They have also both pleaded not guilty to allowing or causing a child's death and child cruelty. 

    Birmingham Crown Court heard police interview transcripts today in which Ms Smith told officers: "She was the love of my life. She'd lie with me, stroke my hair. It's something I'll never get back. She was an angel."

    The trial continues.

  15. Npower job losses: MP says skilled workforce should find new jobs

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    We brought you news of job losses in Burton yesterday and now the town's MP, Andrew Griffiths, says he's confident the workers losing their jobs at Npower will find new work.

    The energy company is closing its Burton contact centre with the loss of 150 posts.

    Npower logo

    Mr Griffiths says he's sure the well-trained workforce will soon find other jobs.  

  16. Water leak forces Stoke-on-Trent cinema closure

    Lucy King

    News Editor, BBC Radio Stoke

    The new Cineworld building in Hanley has been closed due to water leak.

    Cineworld screen

    A statement on the firm's website is asking people to bear with them as they attempt to restore services, following what it calls an "emergency situation". 

    The cinema opened just before Christmas at the new intu Potteries leisure development.

  17. News: Teen pregnancy rates revealed; protest over benefit sanctions; Premier League ticket prices capped

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    These are among the main headlines for Staffordshire and Cheshire

    - Stoke-on-Trent and Tamworth have the second and third highest rates of teen pregnancy in England and Wales, figures show

    - A protest has taken place in Stoke-on-Trent this afternoon to raise awareness about benefit sanctions

    Stoke City say they are "delighted" to have joined Premier League clubs in voting in plans to cap away tickets at £30 for the next three seasons