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  1. Updates on Tuesday 15 March 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

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

  2. Football: Burton fans profit from price freeze

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    At a time when the cost of watching football is in the spotlight, Burton Albion have announced a freeze in season ticket prices for the second year in a row.  

    Burton Albion Football Club's Pirelli Stadium

    What that means is Brewers' fans who renew their ticket before 18 April could find themselves watching Championship football next season for the same price they paid this time last year.    

  3. 500-mile walk by Staffordshire bird lover to save curlew

    Bob Hockenhull

    BBC Midlands Today

    A naturalist from Staffordshire is embarking on a 500-mile walk to raise funds to help save the endangered curlew.

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    Video caption: 500-mile walk by Staffordshire bird lover to save curlew

    Mary Colwell is following the path of the bird from Ireland, through Wales, to East Anglia.

    The curlew, Europe's largest wading bird, has a long down-curved bill and evocative call. 

    It was once a common sight across the Staffordshire Moorlands and other upland areas, but its numbers are in steep decline.

  4. Listen again: The Stoke-on-Trent man looking to 'wow' Michel Roux Jr

    Matt Jackson

    Producer, BBC Radio Stoke

    A Stoke-on-Trent man is hoping to win over culinary judges this week with his skills in the kitchen.

    Joseph Bailey

    Joseph Bailey, from Baddeley Green, is in the regional finals of the Roux Scholarship, a prestigious cooking competition. 

    The 29-year-old told BBC Radio Stoke he's hoping to impress the judges who will include Michel Roux Jr - you can hear the full interview on the BBC Radio Stoke website by clicking here.

    Quote Message: You've got to take the criticism, they know what they are talking about, so I have to trust in them - if they give me advice I'll follow that advice. from Joseph Bailey
    Joseph Bailey
  5. Watch: New running club leaves no-one alone

    Tim Wedgwood

    BBC Local LIve

    There's a running club in Stoke-on-Trent that says that it doesn't leave anyone alone to run.  

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    Video caption: The new running club that doesn't leave anyone alone to run.

    The Go Team Running Club was only set up last year, but has already seen membership grow from the original four members. 

    I went to find out why they've been successful.

  6. First stage due to open in £70m Stafford development

    Tim Wedgwood

    BBC Local LIve

    A 1000-space car park is opening in Stafford next week as part of a new retail and leisure scheme.

    The view of the new Riverside development

    The waterfront car park overlooks the new £70m Riverside development and the site's first shops should open this summer.

    The project will also include a six-screen cinema.

    Quote Message: I think that it's bringing all the different strands together - new employers, [a] host of opportunities for employment, growth generally and of course we've got the new cinema [for which] the groundworks are being prepared. from Councillor Patrick Farrington Leader of Stafford Borough Council
    Councillor Patrick FarringtonLeader of Stafford Borough Council
  7. Jogger bitten by dog in Hednesford

    Jack Dowling

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    A woman has been bitten by a dog while she was jogging in Hednesford, according to police. 

    Junction of Station Road and Rugeley Road in Hednesford

    It happened on Friday say Staffordshire Police, at the junction of Station Road and Rugeley Road.

    Officers say the owner of the two black Doberman-type dogs was riding on a bike with the dogs on extendable leads - he continued towards Station Road. 

    The force say the woman needed to have puncture wounds assessed at Cannock's minor injuries unit.

  8. Latest: First stage of £70m development to open; pollution work ongoing two weeks after major fire; falcons make a Staffordshire return

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    Staffordshire and Cheshire's main headlines this evening include:

    - A 1000-space car park is opening in Stafford next week as part of a £70m retail and leisure scheme

    - Work is still ongoing to make sure no more oil gets into local waterways after a major fire in Stafford almost a fortnight ago, according to the Environment Agency

    - A male and female peregrine falcon pair have been spotted up at the Roaches in the Staffordshire Moorlands  

  9. Man who died in bike crash in Crewe named by police

    Lamont Howie

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    A man who died after he was hit by a motorbike while crossing the road in Crewe has been named by police. 

    Darren Moore

    Cheshire Police say he was Darren Moore, who was 47, of Fairburn Avenue. 

    The collision happened on Friday morning, outside the entrance to Queens Park.

  10. Watch: Are you signed up for Sport Relief?

    BBC Sport

    Every year, brave celebrities take on epic challenges to raise money for Sport Relief. 

    You don't have to go that far, but can still walk, run or cycle yourself #proud during the 2016 Sport Relief Games from 18-20 March. 

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    Video caption: Sign up for the 2016 Sport Relief Games

    Find out what's involved on our special page or visit the Sport Relief website here.

  11. Watch: Stoke and Staffordshire's weather for tonight and tomorrow

    Sara Blizzard

    BBC Weather

    You can also get the latest weather forecast for Staffordshire and Cheshire from the BBC website.

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    Video caption: The weather for the West Midlands.
  12. Swimming pool shut in Stoke by ' maintenance issue'

    Stoke-on-Trent City Council says it is trying to get the bottom of what it calls a "maintenance issue".

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  13. Stafford Global Hygiene warehouse fire: Work still continuing to stop pollution

    Alice Bentley

    BBC Local Live

    Work is still ongoing to make sure no more oil gets into local waterways after a major fire in Stafford almost a fortnight ago, according to the Environment Agency. 

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    Video caption: The moment of an explosion is caught at factory fire in Stafford

    The organisation says it is working with warehouse owners Global Hygiene on a "pollution prevention plan" after the fire on 2 March at Astonfields, captured above by the Express & Star newspaper, which involved around 40,000 litres of oil. 

    Meanwhile Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has still not been revealed what caused the blaze at the industrial cleaning supply firm site.

  14. Transport secretary learns more about the A50 project

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    The Secretary of State for Transport has heard about progress on a major scheme aimed at boosting the economy, creating jobs, improving safety and opening the door to new homes.

    Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin with leaders of the project
  15. Your pictures: Mining monument in Staffordshire

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    This stunning picture of the Apedale Wheel in Newcastle-under-Lyme has been tweeted to @BBCRadioStoke by Trond Gunnar Strand.

    Apedale Wheel

    If you've got a picture of Staffordshire or Cheshire to share, I would love to see it - you can get them to me on email, tweet @BBCRadioStoke or use Instagram.

  16. Watch: Peregrine falcons return to Staffordshire beauty spot

    Ros Chimes

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    A male and female peregrine falcon pair have been spotted up at the Roaches in the Staffordshire Moorlands. 

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    Video caption: A pair of peregrine falcons has returned to a Staffordshire beauty spot.

    Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, which manages the area, say the birds are the same couple who raised their family there last year. 

    They say it's very rare to see peregrine falcons breed in what should be their natural habitat and the trust is looking for volunteers to ensure the protected birds stay safe.