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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 30 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. Watch: Tonight's weather for the West Midlands

    Sara Thornton

    BBC Weather

    A cold and frosty night, with patchy fog developing.

    Lows of 0C (32F).

    Video content

    Video caption: Weather for the West Midlands.
  3. Tonight on BBC Midlands Today: The girl scared to leave home after Staffordshire attack

    Sarah Falkland

    BBC Midlands Today

    This evening on Midlands Today, I've been speaking to Bethany Gallimore, aged 14, who was filmed being beaten and stamped on by a girl gang in Staffordshire.

    The video shows one of the girls kicking Bethany in the head

    That footage was posted on Facebook and shared more than 5,000 times.

    Tonight on Midlands Today you'll hear from Bethany and her mother Denise, on BBC One from 18:30.

  4. Football: Bardsley says Stoke City have sights on Europe

    Matt Sandoz

    Stoke City commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Stoke City's Phil Bardsley says the squad are determined to qualify for the Europa League this season. 

    Phil Bardsley

    They return to action on Saturday after a two-week international break with a home game against Swansea

    Bardsley says playing in Europe next season is their main target.

    Quote Message: It's still on, we've had a good campaign, we don't want that to dwindle out. We want to make sure we finish as high as possible. The last couple of seasons we have finished ninth and we want to look beyond that this year. from Phil Bardsley Stoke City player
    Phil BardsleyStoke City player
  5. Laptop scam catches third victim

    Lucy King

    News Editor, BBC Radio Stoke

    A third person from Stoke-on-Trent has been duped in the past few days by a conman pretending to sell computers and phones, according to police.

    Marsh Street car park

    Staffordshire Police say the latest case happened yesterday and started with a man being offered a laptop and phone for sale on Marsh Street car park, Hanley 

    He arranged to hand over cash for the rucksack today but, when he opened it, it turned out to contain a bottle of cola and some cardboard. 

    The force says two students have already fallen victim to a similar scam this month.

  6. Dog owner finds corned beef 'stuffed with a tablet'

    Sarah Robertson

    Producer, BBC Radio Stoke

    Pieces of corned beef stuffed with tablets have been found by a dog owner at their house in Penkridge, police say.

    Cherrybrook Drive

    Staffordshire Police say the resident saw their pet come in from the garden on Cherrybrook Drive with something in her mouth. 

    Writing on Facebook, Claire Smith warned other dog owners in Penkridge to watch out for mysterious food appearing in their gardens.

  7. News: Attack on girl posted on Facebook; laptop scam gets third victim; dog owner warns over mystery food

    Chris King

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    The main headlines this afternoon for Staffordshire and Cheshire include:

    - A teenager was filmed being beaten and stamped on by a girl gang in Staffordshire - before the footage was posted on Facebook and shared more than 5,000 times

    - A third person from Stoke-on-Trent has been duped in the past few days by a conman pretending to sell computers and phones, according to police 

    - Pieces of corned beef stuffed with tablets have been found by a dog owner at their house in Penkridge, police say  

  8. Your pictures: A moody Cheshire morning and a Sutton landscape

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    Here are some more of the pictures you've been kind enough to send in of Staffordshire and Cheshire.

    Charles Taylor tweeted this to @BBCRadioStoke saying it was a "moody winter morning fishing" from near Jodrell, Cheshire.

    Moody winter morning fishing

    While this landscape from Sutton in Staffordshire was shared with me on Instagram by Ed De Quincey.

    If you want to share a picture from across the area of any subject, you can get it to me by email as well as Twitter and Instagram.

    Landscape in Sutton, Staffordshire
  9. Kidsgrove bullies film girl attack and post on Facebook

    Rebecca Woods

    BBC News Online, Journalist

    A teenager was filmed being beaten and stamped on by a girl gang in Staffordshire - before the footage was posted on Facebook and shared more than 5,000 times.  

    Bethany Gallimore

    Bethany Gallimore, aged 14, said she was scared to leave home after the attack in Kidsgrove.

    Her mother Denise said she was left "physically sick" after seeing her daughter covered in blood - and then watching the brutal video hours later.

    Staffordshire Police said three teenagers had been arrested.

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

    Sara Thornton

    BBC Weather

    You can also get the latest weather forecast for Staffordshire or Cheshire at any time on the BBC website.

    Video content

    Video caption: Weather for the West Midlands.
  11. Teenagers arrested after attack on girl

    Chris King

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    Three teenagers have been arrested after a girl was attacked in Kidsgrove on Sunday night. 

    Junction of Whitehall Avenue and Bourne Road in Kidsgrove

    It happened in the Bourne Road and Whitehall Avenue area, Staffordshire Police say. 

    The teenagers, two aged 16 and one 13-year-old, have all been arrested on suspicion of assault.

  12. Repair work carried out on Stafford park aviary

    Jack Dowling

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    Work to repair the timbers of a 1950s aviary in a Stafford park has started today.

    One of the birds inside the aviary

    The borough council say the site in Victoria Park is home to more than 100 birds including golden pheasants, cockatiels and finches.

    The authority says the birds will remain on the site while the work is carried out.

  13. Mum 'surprised' by mural tribute to junior Leek Town footballer

    Ros Chimes

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    The mother of a Leek footballer, who died from cardiac arrest aged 17, says she was pleasantly surprised when a secretive graffiti artist created a mural of her son.

    The mural

    Jordan Burndred, from Biddulph, suffered multiple cardiac arrests on holiday in Turkey in September and died 10 days later in hospital. 

    A football stand was named in Jordan's honour at Knypersley Victoria FC.

    His mother, Nicolla Everill approached Professor Pigment asking for his portrait to be painted at the stand. The mural suddenly appeared (just before Christmas) and she says it is generous gestures from the community such as this that keep her going.

  14. News: Student death 'not suspicious'; one GP visit carried out by health firm given £165,000; horse rescued after stuck 'upside down'

    Chris King

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    The main headlines this afternoon include:

    - The death of a 20-year-old man, found dead at his Stoke-on-Trent home last week, is not being treated as suspicious by police

    - NHS England says it's going to try to reduce costs after it gave more than £165,000 to a healthcare company in the West Midlands that, over five months, ended up carrying out just one GP visit and 18 phone consultations

    - A horse had to be rescued today by the fire service in Handforth, Cheshire, after getting stuck in a stable and ending up "upside down"

  15. BBC Weather Watcher pictures: Blossom in Gnosall and blue skies over cathedral

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Our BBC Weather Watchers are a great team of volunteers who take pictures of the weather where they are.

    In Staffordshire, JR has shared this photo from Gnosall.

    Tree in blossom in Gnosall

    Then in Lichfield, user Officialmaggot took this picture showing blue skies over the cathedral.

    If you want to be a BBC Weather Watcher you can head to the website and sign up.

    Blue skies over Lichfield Cathedral