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  1. Updates on Monday 14 March 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

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

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

    Sara Blizzard

    BBC Weather

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

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    Video caption: The weather for the West Midlands
  3. Coming up tonight on BBC Midlands Today: Disabled boy after answers from David Cameron

    Laura Mcmullan

    Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

    On Midlands Today this evening you'll hear from Ben Baddeley - the young Staffordshire boy who's written to the prime minister. 

    Ben Baddeley with physiotherapist

    Ben, who's 11, has cerebral palsy and wants to hear from David Cameron why the NHS won't fund the physiotherapy he needs.

    I've been filming with Ben and his mum and you'll see more on BBC One from 18:30.

  4. Football: Burton boss bides time over squad strengthening

    Nigel Cash

    BBC Radio Derby Sport

    Burton manager Nigel Clough is in no rush to add to his side, despite allowing striker Timmy Thiele to join Oldham on loan.  

    Nigel Clough

    Clough says although he's looking for players to improve the Brewers squad, he has no urgency to fill any positions following their win at home to Fleetwood.  

    Quote Message: They're not going to actually come in unless they're exceptional, and if they're exceptional other clubs aren't going to let them go, so it's just getting someone in for maybe a bit of cover. It's ten days, nearly two weeks, until the transfer window closes so we've got plenty of time. from Nigel Clough Burton Albion manager
    Nigel CloughBurton Albion manager
  5. Man's death still 'unexplained'

    Phil Bowers

    BBC Local Live

    A man who died in hospital after being found outside a pub in Cheadle has been identified by police. 

    Queens Arms, Queen Street, Cheadle

    Alan Homer, 56, from Longton was found on 20 February on the pavement outside the Queens Arms.

    He was taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital with a leg injury but died there on 1 March. 

    Officers say they haven't worked out what caused his death and they're treating it as unexplained.

  6. Bosley explosion: Revisiting a now 'eerie' and 'still raw' site

    Ros Chimes

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    When I went to Bosley in Cheshire to see how the community was coping, months after the mill explosion, I found it eerie, with evidence still of the impact of the blast.

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    Video caption: Returning to the 'eerie' site of the Bosley explosion.

    Tunstall Road, which runs past the factory site, now has metal panelling up along it and you can just see the top floors of cottages behind that - one of which was where victim Dorothy Bailey, 62, lived. 

    Pictures have been pinned on to the windows of the cottage, which remain intact, while, either side, the windows of neighbouring cottages are smashed or blown out. 

    I spoke to a number of people living along the road and a lot were reluctant to be recorded. For many, what happened that day is still raw and they just want to get on with their daily lives.

  7. Five arrested after trouble in Nantwich Town game

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    Five men have been arrested and charged in connection with a disturbance at Nantwich Town's FA Trophy game on Saturday. 

    Players during the game

    The Dabbers were playing the first leg of their semi-final against Halifax, which they lost 4 - 2 at the Weaver Stadium.

    Cheshire Police say four of the five men are from Yorkshire, one is from Crewe. They're aged between 19 and 41 and charges range from being drunk and disorderly to being subject to a football banning order. 

    Officers say all five have been released on bail and are due to appear in court in April.

  8. Text service helping keep rail passengers safe celebrates third birthday

    Lichfield Mercury

    London Midland's "pioneering" 61016 text number which allows passengers to discreetly report non-emergency railway incidents has now received more than 32,500 messages from UK train users.

    Train being painted for campaign
  9. News: Young boy wants PM answers; man's death still 'unexplained'; knife attack in Stafford burglary

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    This evening's main headlines for Staffordshire and Cheshire include:

    - A young Staffordshire boy with cerebral palsy has written to the prime minister to ask him why the NHS won't fund the physiotherapy he needs  

    - A man who died in hospital after being found outside a pub in Cheadle has been identified by police

    - A man's been attacked with a knife and a metal kitchen utensil in his own home in Stafford

  10. Watch: A 500 mile walk to try to save an endangered bird

    Max Mallen

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    A woman from Staffordshire is preparing to walk 500 miles (805km) across Britain and Ireland to raise awareness of the plight of the curlew. 

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    Video caption: One woman's battle to help the declining numbers of curlews

    Mary Colwell, who grew up in Stockton Brook, told BBC Radio Stoke she wants to highlight the falling numbers of curlew as well as raising money towards helping reverse the decline. 

    The bird was added to a list of "near-threatened UK bird species" last year. 

    The 55-year-old sets off from the west coast of Ireland next month, ending in Norfolk six weeks later. 

  11. Man attacked with knife in Stafford burglary

    Emma Thomas

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    A man's been attacked with a knife and a metal kitchen utensil in his own home in Stafford. 

    Farmdown Road

    Staffordshire Police say the 31-year-old was assaulted by two men who broke in yesterday afternoon to the home on Farmdown Road and stole some items. 

    The force says the victim was taken to hospital and later released - adding that his injuries were not life-threatening.

  12. Picture: Lichfield Cathedral 'enjoying spring'

    Spring has come to Lichfield and even the swans seem to be enjoying life near the cathedral.

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  13. Your pictures: The Old Man of Mow

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    Another lovely photo that's been shared with us, this came from Anthony Potts who took it yesterday of The Old Man of Mow.

    old man of mow

    Anthony shared it via the BBC Radio Stoke Facebook page which you can do too.

    Or you can share pictures of Staffordshire or Cheshire on Instagram.

  14. Wanted: Your views on the Budget

    BBC Politics

    Fancy getting involved with an exciting BBC News project for Wednesday's budget? Email your name, age and Twitter handle to

    George Osborne
  15. Football: Crewe Alex boss keen to keep Bakayogo

    Graham McGarry

    Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Crewe Alexandra's manager Steve Davis has admitted he's already had conversations with Zoumana Bakayogo about his future at the club.

    Zoumana Bakayogo

    Davis said the 29-year-old was Crewe's best player in the 3-0 defeat at Gillingham on Saturday. 

    And the manager thinks his side is better off with Bakayogo in it.

    Quote Message: He's a super lad, fits into the mould, got a lot of great attributes - hopefully we can keep him and do something with him because he's a great addition." from Steve Davis Crewe Alexandra manager
    Steve DavisCrewe Alexandra manager
  16. Disabled Staffordshire boy 'enjoying the small things in life'

    Pete Morgan

    Presenter, BBC Radio Stoke

    The mother of a Newcastle-under-Lyme boy who has cerebral palsy says he's "enjoying the small things in life".

    Ben Baddeley learning to walk

    Ben Baddeley, 11, from Silverdale, boy has now written to the prime minister asking why the NHS won't fund the physiotherapy he needs after an operation to treat his condition.

    The procedure was carried out in July 2014 and involved accessing nerves in the spinal chord to reduce tightness in muscles in the lower limbs.

    As his parents try to raise money to pay for ongoing physiotherapy, his mum Amy's told BBC Radio Stoke that Ben is enjoying playing with Lego, going to high school and learning to ride a bike.

  17. News: David Cameron asked to help Staffordshire boy; five arrests after Nantwich football trouble; thousands wasted over lorry-load of rubbish

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    Staffordshire and Cheshire's main stories this afternoon include:

    - A Newcastle-under-Lyme boy who has cerebral palsy has written to David Cameron to ask the prime minster why the NHS won't fund crucial treatment

    - Five men have been arrested and charged in connection with a disturbance at Nantwich Town's FA Trophy game on Saturday

    A lorry-load of recycling in Staffordshire was rejected and incinerated instead  because residents had put unwanted rubbish in the load, according to a council