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  1. Updates on Monday 4 April 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. Fake cigarettes worth £75,000 seized in one year

    Emma Thomas

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    More than 150,000 fake cigarettes worth £75,000 have been seized in Staffordshire in the last year, the county council says

    Cigarette being lit

    The authority's trading standards team says it received £35,000 from the government to tackle illegal tobacco and alcohol. 

    Also in the last 12 months, the council says it also made 12 arrests, carried out 15 investigations and issued fines for firms employing illegal workers.

  3. Tonight on BBC Midlands Today: Police team up on street racing

    Nick Owen

    Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    Car cruising and street racing will be one of the big stories we're covering this evening on BBC Midlands Today. 

    Car parked at side of road

    It's after all four of our region's police forces teamed up to tackle it, saying it's a growing problem in the West Midlands. 

    However there are fears it's just pushing the problem to other areas - we'll examine all the issues tonight from 18:30 on BBC One.

  4. Santander Cheshire ATMs 'not linked to card skimming'

    Lamont Howie

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    Santander cash machines in Wilmslow that were found tampered with are not thought to be linked to so-called card skimming, Cheshire Police say. 

    Santander sign

    A number of ATMs in Lancashire were shut down by the bank which said it due to "potential criminal activity and vandalism".

    Cheshire Police had tweeted yesterday that officers had received "reports of issues with Santander ATMs in Wilmslow". 

  5. Your pictures: Cheshire daffodils and a solitary narrow boat

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    These lovely looking daffodils were photographed by Jonathan White who said in an email that they are "opposite the Wistaston Memorial Hall & Community Centre on Church Lane in Wistaston".


    While this solitary boat on the canal in Cheddleton was photographed by Nicky Hall who shared it with me.

    If you've got a photo of Staffordshire or Cheshire to share, the best ways to do so are via email, tweet @BBCRadioStoke or use Instagram and add #bbcstoke if you agree to share.

  6. "Amazing husband" died in crash with tree

    Phil Bowers

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    A man who died when his car hit a tree in Staffordshire has been called an "amazing husband and daddy" by his family. 

    Andrew Cooper

    Staffordshire Police have named him as Andrew Cooper, 39, from Thornhalm Close, Newcastle-under-Lyme.

    The force says he was found dead after the collision on Hollington Road, Rocester on Thursday. 

  7. Football: Stoke City midfielder a doubt for Liverpool match

    Matt Sandoz

    Stoke City commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Stoke City's midfielder Glenn Whelan is an early doubt for Sunday's game at Liverpool.

    Glenn Whelan

    He's currently struggling with a back problem.

  8. Cheshire to share fire chief role with Cumbria

    Sarah Robertson

    Producer, BBC Radio Stoke

    Cheshire is to share its chief fire officer role with Cumbria from tomorrow. 

    Paul Hancock has held the role for Cheshire since 2009. 

    Paul Hancock

    Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed this afternoon that Cumbria County Council will pay them £60,000 a year for his services, in an effort by both services to save money.

    Quote Message: All public bodies are facing significant financial challenges but I am confident moves to share resources such as this will not only produce savings but also lead to increased resilience and expertise to help improve the safety of all the communities we serve." from Paul Hancock Cheshire’s Chief Fire Officer
    Paul HancockCheshire’s Chief Fire Officer
  9. News: Protest fails over children's centre closures; 'amazing dad' died in crash; Cheshire to share fire chief with Cumbria

    Jack Dowling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    The main headlines this evening include:

    - Protesters have failed to get Cheshire East Council to review its plans to downgrade four children's centres 

    - A man who died when his car hit a tree in Staffordshire has been called an "amazing husband and daddy" by his family

    - Cheshire and Cumbria fire services have agreed to have a shared Chief Fire Officer to save money

  10. Children's centres protest fails to change council's mind

    Phil McCann

    Political reporter, Cheshire

    Protesters have failed to get Cheshire East Council to review its plans to downgrade four children's centres    

    Today's council meeting

    Parents are worried services will suffer or even close at four centres, including Nantwich and Sandbach. 

    The council says it's too late to reconsider the plans, and insists a new mobile service will provide a better alternative.

  11. Watch: Tonight and tomorrow's Stoke and Staffordshire weather forecast

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    You can get the latest weather forecast for your area at any time on the BBC website.

    Video content

    Video caption: Charlie Slater with the afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands
  12. Watch: Cracking down on 'car cruising' in the West Midlands

    Tom Turrell

    BBC Midlands Today

    More than 100 cars have been targeted by police forces in the West Midlands as part of a major crackdown on street racing. 

    Video content

    Video caption: Midlands police forces unite to crackdown on car cruising

    Officers say so-called "car cruising" is becoming an increasing problem in the region. 

    All four police forces in the West Midlands have been involved in trying to tackle the problem. You can see more in Midlands Today on BBC One tonight from 18:30.

  13. Your pictures: Historic Hay Meadow and a busy allotment bee

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    More of your pictures which you've shared on the BBC Radio Stoke Facebook page over the weekend.

    This is from Jay Drew in Stone, Staffordshire showing the way to a local Historic Hay Meadow.

    Historic Hay Meadow sign

    And just to show spring is well and truly upon us, Paul Guest shared this photo of a "busy bee" on one of his Blackthorn/Sloe bushes on his allotment.

    It's terrific to see so many of your photo of Staffordshire or Cheshire - keep them coming in on email, tweet @BBCRadioStoke or use Instagram.

    "Busy bee" on Blackthorn/Sloe bushes on allotment
  14. Football: 'Negative publicity' spurs on Burton

    Nigel Cash

    BBC Radio Derby Sport

    Burton Albion defender Damien McCrory says the players want to prove the doubters wrong by completing back-to-back promotions.  

    Damien McCrory

    The Brewers are no longer top of League One after salvaging a 1-1 draw at home to Bury, but they're eight points clear of Walsall in third.  

    McCrory says there's been some negative press after their Easter results, but maintains there's a strong belief among the squad they can finish the job off.  

  15. Disabled boy wants to meet Prime Minister over treatment help

    Chris King

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    A boy from Newcastle-under-Lyme with cerebral palsy wants to go to Downing Street to personally ask the Prime Minister for help with his treatment.

    Ben Baddeley

    Ben Baddeley, 11, wrote a letter to David Cameron last month, asking him for help with his physiotherapy bills that cost £2,000 a month. 

    However he wasn't happy with the reply - his mum Amy wrote on Facebook that Mr Cameron failed to answer any questions or offer any help. 

    NHS England previously said it had not routinely funded the procedure undergone by Ben before his physiotherapy since April 2013.  

  16. Drink-driver with children on board crashes twice in minutes

    Burton Mail

    A female driver who was more than three times the legal drink-drive limit who crashed her car twice in the space of a few moments with two young children on board has been banned from driving.

    Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court.