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  1. Updates on Monday 21 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 Stoke and Staffordshire weather forecast

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    Staffordshire and Cheshire's latest forecast can also be found at any time on the BBC website.

    Video content

    Video caption: Afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands
  3. On BBC Midlands Today tonight: Flu puts pressure on county's hospitals

    BBC Midlands Today

    Hospitals in Staffordshire are facing what's being described as "unprecedented pressure" due to an outbreak of flu across the county

    Royal Stoke hospital

    The University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust says critical care beds at its site in Stoke-on-Trent are at full capacity. 

    We'll have more on Midlands Today on BBC One from 18:30.

  4. Council leader pledges to keep homeless centre open 'if we can'

    Stuart George

    Presenter, BBC Radio Stoke

    The leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council says he doesn't want a Hanley homeless shelter to close.

    Macari centre

    The authority has been funding the Lou Macari Centre as a two-month trial but the funding is due to run out. 

    Dozens of people are being fed every night, according to outreach workers in the city.

    Quote Message: I want to make it plain to everybody that we are a caring council and we're doing everything we possibly can. If we can do it and keep it open, we will." from Councillor Dave Conway Leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council
    Councillor Dave ConwayLeader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council
  5. Football: Good and bad news for Stoke's Dutch duo

    Matt Sandoz

    Stoke City commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Stoke City midfielder Ibrahim Afellay has been called up by the Netherlands for their friendlies against France and England.

    Dutch forward Ibrahim Afellay

    However it's bad news for defender Erik Pieters - he's pulled out of the Dutch squad because of a calf problem.

  6. Your pictures: Stunning sunsets in Macclesfield and Stafford

    Alice Bentley

    BBC Local Live

    A gorgeous sunset in Macclesfield in this picture, taken yesterday evening by James Knowles, who tweeted it to @BBCRadioStoke.

    Sunset in Macclesfield

    And more of the sun in this photo which was taken in Moss Pit, Stafford by Wingy.

    Want to have your picture of the area featured? Send it in and I'll try to showcase as many as I can - do it on email, tweet @BBCRadioStoke or use Instagram.

    Sun over Moss Pit, Stafford
  7. Search at Burntwood building site where unexploded devices found

    Daz Hale

    BBC WM

    A search of a building site in Burntwood is taking place after two unexploded bombs were found there.   

    Area in Burntwood where the buildings are due to go

    Barrett Wimpey has confirmed all digging on the site, where 370 homes are being built near the rugby club, has now been suspended after we featured the story last Friday. 

    Neighbouring resident John Hayward said he was pleased action was being taken.

  8. Watch: Stoke container sending education help to Kashmir

    John Acres

    BBC Radio Stoke

    A 40-foot container full of furniture is heading from Stoke-on-Trent to Kashmir.  

    Video content

    Video caption: Container full of furniture heading from Stoke-on-Trent to Kashmir

    It's loaded with items for schools in the region, organised by the Andrhal Welfare Trust in Longton.

    They say the aim is to provide education to children in the area and have helped a hundred schools so far. The load includes chairs, tables, whiteboards, printers and photocopiers.  

  9. Village roads could be named after 'local heroes'

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    Several roads in a Staffordshire village could be named after "local heroes" under council plans.

    Some of the names are on the village's war memorial

    Lichfield District Council's trying to find the relatives of 10 Wigginton men to get permission for the routes to get the honour.

    They say they're doing it after Wigginton and Hopwas Parish Council recently proposed names for the streets in the Land at Browns Lane development.

    Last year, the same authority got permission for roads in Chasetown to be named after World War Two soldiers.

  10. Watch: Living on the streets of Stoke-on-Trent

    Laura Mcmullan

    Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

    A homeless couple from Stoke-on-Trent have been describing their lives on the streets.  

    Simon and Michaela were filmed amid fears an 18-bed hostel, named after the former Stoke City manager Lou Macari, may close  

    Video content

    Video caption: Homeless and living on the streets of Stoke-on-Trent

    The centre was set up as a two-month trial in February.

    Stoke-on-Trent City Council said there is a "clear need" for the hostel but at the moment it is not in a position to talk about its future.

    Michaela said the hostel was very good but it was hard to get into because it was so full.

  11. News: Homeless centre council pledge; flu cancels hospital operations; funds raised by Alton Towers victims

    Chris King

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    The main headlines for Staffordshire and Cheshire this evening include:

    - The leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council says he doesn't want a Hanley homeless shelter to close

    - Hospital operations have been cancelled in Staffordshire due to an outbreak of flu

    - Two teenagers seriously hurt in the Alton Towers rollercoaster crash have raised thousands of pounds to help the emergency services in Staffordshire

  12. Travel: Break down blocks M6 lane near Middlewich

    BBC Travel

    There's a lane blocked on the M6 northbound between junctions 18 and 19 because of a broken down vehicle in the roadworks area.

  13. Football: Udoh makes switch from Ilkeston to Crewe

    Graham McGarry

    Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Crewe Alexandra have completed the signing of the Ilkeston striker Daniel Udoh.

    Daniel Udoh

    The 19-year-old has signed a two-year contract at the Alexandra Stadium.  

  14. Shakespeare on Tour: The big attraction in Cheshire

    BBC Radio Stoke

    Did you know a Cheshire town proved to be a big attraction for Shakespeare's players between 1614 and 1633? 

    The Lion and Swan Inn

    That's just one of the 200 stories which BBC Local Radio stations are starting to broadcast from this week.

    Shakespeare on Tour has uncovered surprising stories about where the bard's plays were performed and some of the iconic moments of his life and the life of his plays.

  15. Football: Crewe Alexandra's Easter games 'will determine their fate'

    Ged Scott

    BBC Sport

    Crewe Alexandra manager Steve Davis predicts that the relegation-threatened League One club's fate could largely be determined over the Easter weekend.  

    Crewe manager Steve Davis

    The Alex are now eight points adrift of safety with nine games of the season to play, having won just once in 17.

    They now visit Sheffield United on Good Friday before entertaining Bradford City on Easter Monday.

  16. Your pictures: Swan feeding and the setting Stoke sun

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    It's great getting to see your pictures of Staffordshire and Cheshire and one way people are sharing them with me is Instagram.

    Kath Dawson from Stone sent me this one of a swan on the local canal.

    Swan being fed

    While Sharon Chell tagged BBC Stoke in her photo of the sunset last night in Stoke-on-Trent.

    If you use Instagram you can do the same by just adding #bbcstoke to your photo's description if you agree to share the picture with me.

    Sunset in Stoke-on-Trent
  17. Two Alton Towers victims present cheques to emergency services

    Ros Chimes

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    Two teenagers seriously hurt in the Alton Towers rollercoaster crash have raised thousands of pounds to help the emergency services in Staffordshire. 

    Leah Washington and Joe Pugh presenting cheques

    Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service say Leah Washington, who had a leg amputated above the knee, and Joe Pugh presented two cheques totalling over £14,000. 

    They say the money will go towards the Staffordshire Safer Communities CIC and the Midlands Air Ambulance charity.

    Human error caused the crash in June, the Staffordshire theme park has said. The Smiler rollercoaster reopened over the weekend.

    Quote Message: This is another way of saying thank-you. We wanted to show how much we appreciated what they did for us on that day. from Leah Washington
    Leah Washington
  18. Football: Defender wants Port Vale fans to 'give us another chance'

    Lee Blakeman

    Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Port Vale defender Ben Purkiss is urging the club's supporters to keep backing the team as they push for the play-offs. 

    Ben Purkiss

    Vale remain three points off League One's top six after losing 4-0 at home to leaders Burton on Saturday. 

    Purkiss told BBC Radio Stoke that thankfully Saturday's result isn't the norm. 

    Quote Message: Normally, we are quite good at home, we actually play quite good football at home too so hopefully they (the fans) will give us another chance." from Ben Purkiss Port Vale defender
    Ben PurkissPort Vale defender