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  1. Updates on Tuesday 22 March 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Monica Rimmer

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. Watch: Latest weather for the West Midlands

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    Staying dry for the rest of the day, although any brighter spells will fade as cloud moves in later

    A mostly cloudy evening with the odd clear spell in places. Highs of 11C (52F). 

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    Video caption: Afternoon weather forecast from BBC Midlands Today
  3. Latest: 10 people involved in Hanley robbery; Stafford Rugby Club relocation denied; scarlet fever on the rise in Cheshire East

    Lee Blakeman

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    This evening's headlines for Staffordshire and Cheshire: 

    - Staffordshire Police say 10 people were involved in a robbery at the Beaverbrooks Jewellers last month

    - Controversial planning permission allowing Stafford Rugby Club to relocate has been quashed in the High Court

    - 46 people living in the Cheshire East area have been diagnosed with Scarlet Fever in the last six months

  4. Beaverbrooks burglary: 10 people involved say police

    Lucy King

    News Editor, BBC Radio Stoke

    Staffordshire Police say 10 people were involved in the robbery at Beaverbrooks Jewellers in Hanley earlier this month

    Jewellery worth £389,000 was stolen. The offenders smashed their way through two sets of double glass doors to access the car park and escaped through the level one car park area. 

    Smashed windows
  5. New tools allow bobbies to stay on the beat

    James Bovill

    Political reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    Special Constables in Newcastle are getting new equipment to enable them to stay out on the beat for longer. 

    Staffordshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Ellis, is giving 100 PCSOs new smartphones and tablets. 

    It'll mean they'll be able to complete paperwork, submit reports or statements, and access files, without going back to the police station.

    Police officer and police car
  6. Your pictures: Photo-bombed by pooch

    Monica Rimmer

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    Kath Dawson sent me this lovely picture of her Labrador photo-bombing her picture of the Meaford Canal.

    I think it rather adds to the picture.

    Labrador in pond

    Want to have your picture of the area featured? Send it in and we may showcase it - you can contact me on email, tweet @BBCRadioStoke or use Instagram.      

  7. Nello's birthday. Marvellous.

    BBC Sport

    Stoke City have posted pictures of their former kit man Neil Baldwin, who has recently turned 70.

    Baldwin, known as Nello, worked as a clown in a travelling circus before being appointed by Lou Macari as the club's kitman in the 1990s. 

    Baldwin's story was told in the 2014 BBC Two programme Marvellous, which won the Single Drama award at the following year's Bafta's. 

    Neil 'Nello' Baldwin with Terry Conroy
  8. Stolen burger van recovered

    Stuart George

    Presenter, BBC Radio Stoke

    This is Joseph O’Neill. His burger van was stolen last week.

    He’s got it back, after an appeal on BBC Radio Stoke.

    Joseph O’Neill

    You can listen to our chat with Joseph from 4pm today on BBC Radio Stoke

  9. Bus promotes university life

    John Acres

    BBC Radio Stoke

    Staffordshire University are giving prospective students the chance to sample life away from home.

    They've got a specially modified double-decker bus that is setting off across the region to give school and college pupils a chance to experience what their futures could be like at the university. 

    I went down to Burslem this morning to take a look.

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    Video caption: The Great Minds bus tour is giving school pupils a taste of university life.
  10. Latest: Healthcare trust told it 'requires improvement'; new equipment for PCs; scarlet fever on the rise in Staffordshire and Cheshire

    Lee Blakeman

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    - The North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust has been told it "requires improvement" following a recent inspection by a health watchdog

    - Special Constables in Newcastle are getting new equipment to enable them to stay out on the beat for longer

    - A Staffordshire mother says she's shocked to discover her three children have scarlet fever

  11. Travel: One lane closed on M6 southbound

    BBC Travel

    One lane is closed on the M6 southbound, between junction 15 (A500) and junction 14 (Stafford north). It's because of a broken down vehicle. 

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

    Graham McGarry

    Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Crewe Alexandra manager, Steve Davis, thinks their fate could be determined over Easter

    The Alex face Sheffield United on Good Friday, before hosting Bradford City on Easter Monday.

    Davis says they have to give it everything they have, despite the odds being against them.

    Steve Davis
  13. Deer spotted in Trentham

    Monica Rimmer

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    Weekend presenter, Liz Ellis, spotted some deer while she was out walking at the Trentham Estate.

    View more on twitter

    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.    

  14. Healthcare trust told it 'requires improvement'

    The North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust has been told it "requires improvement" following a recent inspection by a health watchdog. 

    The Care Quality Comission assessed key areas like the levels of care, safety, responsiveness, leadership and effectiveness.

    In particular the trust's mental health crisis services were criticised and labelled "inadequate". 

    Chairman of the trust, Ken Jarrold, said he disagreed with the assessment, saying "a tremendous amount of work went into the service" and that the trust had told the CQC "it did not believe that was a very fair judgement", although it accepted the other findings.

  15. Coming up on Midlands Today this lunchtime: Micro-artist engraves on spec of gold

    BBC Midlands Today

    A micro-artist says he's "thrilled" after engraving a portrait of the queen on a spec of gold inside the eye of a needle.

    Graham Short, from Birmingham, spent three months creating the image to mark Her Majesty's 90th birthday next month. 

    There's more on Midlands Today from 13:30 on BBC One.   

    Graham Short's engraving