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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday 5 April 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. Coming up on Midlands Today: Misery for train passengers

    Nick Owen

    Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    There's severe disruption to train services tonight due to a power fault in the overhead lines at Birmingham International Station. 

    A train brought down the wires early this morning and the fault is unlikely to be fixed until at least 20:00. 

    Train cables

    It's affecting Virgin, London Midland, Cross Country and Arriva Trains Wales services to locations including Coventry, Shrewsbury, London Euston, Reading, Manchester, Liverpool and Edinburgh. 

    We'll bring you the latest at 18:30 on Midlands Today

  3. Cheadle town centre roads set to be improved

    Chris King

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    Work to improve roads in Cheadle town centre is due to start next week. 

    The £90,000 investment will see Chapel Street, Bank Street and Watt Place resurfaced. Starting on Monday, 11 April, the scheme will take three weeks to complete.

    Junction of Chapel Street

    Improvements to kerbs and drains will be carried out during day times from 11 April with temporary traffic controls in place.  

    To allow the resurfacing work to be carried out safely and promptly, overnight road closures will need to be in place between 19:00 and 07:00 from 25 April to 29 April. People will be able to access homes and businesses throughout the project.

  4. Watch: Latest forecast for Staffordshire and Cheshire

    Sara Blizzard

    BBC Weather

    It should continue to be dry and bright into the evening, with an increased chance of the odd light shower.

    Lows of 6C (42F).

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    Video caption: Sara Blizzard with the afternoon's weather forecast for the West Midlands
  5. Vale 'comedy of errors' infuriates Page

    Lee Blakeman

    Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Port Vale boss, Rob Page, says his side's second-half display in their 4-2 defeat by Chesterfield was comical.

    Rob Page
  6. Last attempt to save former school fails

    James Bovill

    Political reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    A last ditch attempt to save a former Newcastle school from demolition has failed. 

    St George and St Giles Primary, on Barracks Road, is being knocked down to make way for a new civic hub containing the library, register officer, police and borough council staff.

    Campaigners had tried to get the Victorian building listed, but Historic England turned the application down.

  7. Latest: Last attempt to save former Newcastle school fails; Cheshire's Chief Fire Officer to spend time in Cumbria; chip pan fire nearly claimed the life of a Newcastle man

    Jack Dowling

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    This evening's headlines for Staffordshire and Cheshire: 

    - St George and St Giles Primary on Barracks Road is being knocked down to make way for a new civic hub

    - The chairman of Cheshire's Fire Authority is reassuring people that sharing the county's Chief Fire Officer with Cumbria won't cause any problems

    - A smoke alarm saved a man's life in Newcastle last night, after a neighbour heard the alarm in a flat on Ford Street, Silverdale just after midnight

  8. Eggcellent news - first penguin chicks of the year hatch at Chester Zoo

    Sarah Robertson

    Producer, BBC Radio Stoke

    Four fuzzy penguin chicks named Wotsit, Quaver, Frazzle and Cheeto have become the first of their kind to hatch at Chester Zoo, Cheshire this year. 

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    Video caption: Eggcellent news - First penguin chicks of the year hatch at Chester Zoo

    Wotsit broke out of its egg on Easter Sunday, quickly followed by Quaver (Sunday) and Frazzle (Monday), with Cheeto arriving just this morning weighing a mere 75g. 

    The tiny youngsters – threatened Humboldt penguins from South America – have been named after their keepers’ favourite crisps.  

  9. Delays in Stafford expected ahead of construction work

    Ros Chimes

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    Drivers in Stafford are being warning to expect delays leaving the town centre as roadworks begin. 

    Severn Trent Water is carrying out construction at the Queensville roundabout on the A34 until 25 April. 

    There are also temporary traffic lights on Radford Bank and the Wolverhampton Road causing delays. 

    Severn Trent Water sign
  10. Update: Disruption to rail services

    BBC Midlands Today

    An empty train and overhead cables were severely damaged on a railway line between Birmingham and Coventry, closing the line this morning.  

    A Network Rail spokesman has been talking to BBC Midlands Today.  

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    Video caption: Network Rail explains the damage done to overhead cables at Birmingham
  11. Latest: Cheshire's Chief Fire Officer to spend time in Cumbria; severe delays to the trains; last day to get your dog micro-chipped

    Jack Dowling

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    This afternoon's headlines for Staffordshire and Cheshire: 

    - The chairman of Cheshire's Fire Authority is reassuring people that sharing the county's Chief Fire Officer with Cumbria won't cause any problems

    - There's major disruption to the train services across the region this afternoon, after problems with overhead cables at Birmingham International

    - Dog owners of Staffordshire and Cheshire could be landed with a £500 fine if they don't follow new rules coming in this week

  12. Your pictures: Ominous clouds in Leek

    BBC Weather Watchers

    'Videoman' sent in this picture from the Moorlands. Some rather ominous grey clouds are heading over. 

    You can sign up and become a BBC Weather Watcher by heading to the website.  

    Hills in Leek
  13. Cheshire's Chief Fire Officer to spend time in Cumbria

    Lamont Howie

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    The chairman of Cheshire's Fire Authority is reassuring people that sharing the county's Chief Fire Officer with Cumbria won't cause any problems. 

    Paul Hancock will spend two days a week 111 miles (180km) away in Cumbria, where he'll train officers to do the role long term.

    Paul Hancock

    Councillor John Joyce told BBC Radio Stoke's Morgan in the Morning, they already have close links. 

    Quote Message: They already collaborate with Cumbria on a number of issues - we work quite closely with them under the control sense and do a lot of work with them on emergency." from John Joyce Councillor
    John JoyceCouncillor
  14. Football: Port Vale star keen to stay

    Lee Blakeman

    Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Port Vale striker, Ajay Leitch-Smith, says the chance to continue working with manager Rob Page is the main factor in him wanting to stay. 

    Leitch-Smith signed from Yeovil Town last summer and has gone on to score 11 goals for Vale this season. 

    He's out of contract in the summer, but he says he wants to work with Page again next season.

    Ajay Leitch-Smith
  15. This lunchtime on BBC Midlands Today: Severe delays to the trains

    Qasa Alom

    BBC Midlands Today

    On Midlands Today this lunchtime, we're looking at major disruption to the train services across the region this lunchtime, after problems with overhead cables at Birmingham International. 

    Trains which run through the station have had to be cancelled, meaning delays for thousands of commuters.

    Queues in Birmingham International Station

    We'll have more on BBC One from 13:30.

  16. Watch: Latest weather forecast for the Staffordshire and Cheshire

    Sara Blizzard

    BBC Weather

    A dry and bright day with some sunny spells, but there is the chance of the odd light shower later. 

    Feeling pleasant in the sunshine - highs of 13C (55F). 

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    Video caption: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands
  17. Latest: Cheshire to share its Chief Fire Officer; roadworks start in Stafford; Staffordshire couple reunited after 70 years

    Jodie Looker

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    This afternoon's headlines for Staffordshire and Cheshire:

    - The chairman of Cheshire's Fire Authority is reassuring people that sharing the county's Chief Fire Officer with Cumbria won't cause any problems

    - Drivers in Stafford are being warning to expect delays leaving the town centre as roadworks begin

    - Roy Vickerman and Nora Jackson called off their wedding in 1946 but were reunited when Roy called Graham Torrington's BBC Radio Stoke show 70 years later