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Allen Cook

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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. Dozens of cannabis plants found in police raid

    Sarah Robertson

    Producer, BBC Radio Stoke

    More than 75 cannabis plants have been found in a police raid at a house in Cannock. 

    Staffordshire Police say they were discovered at Hallcourt Close yesterday morning in "varying stages of growth". 

    Hallcourt Close

    The force says it's investigating after getting information from the local community. 

    According to the officers the electricity at the site had been bypassed and "posed a significant risk of causing an electrical fire".

  3. This evening on BBC Midlands Today: House destroyed by explosion and stopping bee decline

    Nick Owen

    Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    An explosion which destroyed a house in Birmingham, the impact of the latest junior doctors strike and what's being done to stop the decline of bees. 

    The house in Birmingham, destroyed by an explosion

    Those are all stories we'll be covering on BBC Midlands Today this evening from 18:30 on BBC One.

  4. Football: Crewe 'going down with a whimper' says Fox

    Graham McGarry

    Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Crewe Alexandra's David Fox has told BBC Radio Stoke the players were hurt by their manager's comments after the game at Peterborough. 

    David Fox

    Steve Davis questioned their attitude and commitment following a 3-0 defeat. 

    Fox says they're determined to bounce back against Port Vale on Saturday.  

    Quote Message: You've got to take it on the chin, you've got to move on, you've got to try and put it right. I think one thing at the minute is we're going down with a whimper and that hurts the most." from David Fox Crewe Alexandra manager
    David FoxCrewe Alexandra manager
  5. Your pictures: Stunning Stoke sunset and a frosty Biddulph Grange

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    More great pictures now of Staffordshire.

    This amazing sunset was taken by Paul Middlaton in Stoke-on-Trent.

    Stroke-on-Trent sunset

    While this one of the recent frosty weather hitting Biddulph Grange Country Park has come from Mark Sandbach.

    Have you got a picture to share? You can send it in on email, tweet @BBCRadioStoke or put it on Instagram and tag it #bbcstoke.

    Biddulph Grange Country Park
  6. Man rescued from Staffordshire fire

    Phil Bowers

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    A man's been rescued from fire at a flat in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

    Ford Street

    Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service says its crews were called to Ford Street, Silverdale, in the early hours of yesterday morning.

    They forced their way in and rescued the man from his kitchen which was full of smoke.

    He was taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital for treatment after breathing in the smoke.

  7. Rugeley staff offered permanent positions by Amazon

    Emma Thomas

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    Amazon says more than 200 people who had seasonal roles at their base in Staffordshire over Christmas are going to be offered full-time positions. 

    Amazon's Rugeley distribution centre

    It'll mean that the online retailer will have a total of 1,200 staff working at its processing base in Rugeley. 

    Amazon says the jobs are part of its plans to create 2,500 permanent jobs in the UK this year.

  8. Warning after youngster dies in blinds 'tragedy'

    BBC Radio Stoke

    The parents of a 16-month-old girl who was strangled by a window blind cord in Stoke-on-Trent say they are speaking out to try to stop another tragedy. 

    Royal Stoke University Hospital

    Bronwyn Taylor was playing at her grandparents' house when she became tangled in the metal cords and stopped breathing. 

    She was pronounced dead at the Royal Stoke University Hospital on Saturday afternoon.

    Quote Message: You hear about stuff happening like that but you think in the house you're safe." from Matthew Taylor Bronwyn's father
    Matthew TaylorBronwyn's father
  9. M6 tanker fire: One lane still shut northbound

    Rebecca Bradshaw

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    A transport firm says it's going to hold a detailed investigation to find out why one of its tankers burst into flames on the M6 near Crewe. 

    The Hoyer tanker on fire

    The Hoyer tanker was carrying diesel when it broke down on the northbound side at junction 16 this afternoon - the company says it subsequently suffered damage to the back of the vehicle but "no other third party was involved".

    The fire caused the whole of the M6 to be shut at one time while emergency services put the blaze out - no-one was hurt and Highways England say most of the lanes have now been reopened. 

  10. News: Tanker fire shuts motorway for hours; 200 permanent jobs at Amazon base; animal remains found 'dumped' in bags

    Jack Dowling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    These are among the top stories for Staffordshire and Cheshire this evening:

    - A transport firm says it's going to hold a detailed investigation to find out why one of its tankers burst into flames on the M6 near Crewe

    Amazon says more than 200 people who had seasonal roles at their base in Staffordshire over Christmas are going to be offered full-time positions  

    - The remains of five foxes and a badger have been found dumped in plastic bags in Staffordshire say police

  11. Foxes and badger found 'dumped' in bags in Staffordshire

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    The remains of five foxes and a badger have been found dumped in plastic bags in Staffordshire say police. 

    Police man collecting bags

    Staffordshire Police say they were called this morning to reports of several dead wild animals being found on Hilton Lane, Essington. 

    The badger's being sent for a post-mortem examination to try to find out how it died.

  12. Football: Shawcross and Shaqiri could play for Stoke against Liverpool

    Lee Blakeman

    BBC Radio Stoke Sport

    The Stoke City captain Ryan Shawcross may return from injury in the club's game at Liverpool this Sunday

    Ryan Shawcross leaving the pitch in a game

    That's what the Potters assistant manager Mark Bowen told BBC Radio Stoke this afternoon - he also said Xherdan Shaqiri could be back in the squad for this weekend's match. 

    However, he said midfielder Glenn Whelan is a "major doubt".

  13. Vandal attack on charity which supports sex abuse victims

    Alice Bentley

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    A Stoke-on-Trent charity's appealing for donations after they say vandals threw a brick through a window of their building.

    Savana are based in Wood House in Stoke-on-Trent

    A spokesperson for Savana, which is based on Etruria Road, says it resulted in damage to furniture in their children's therapy room, which is used to helps the victims of sexual abuse.

    Staffordshire Police say they're investigating after the incident, which they say happened at some time on Friday night.

  14. Good Samaritan leaves elderly couple in tears with extraordinary gesture

    Middlewich Guardian

    An elderly couple were taken by surprise by an extraordinary gesture of kindness by a stranger in Middlewich in their hour of need.   

  15. Watch: Stoke and Staffordshire's weather for tonight and tomorrow

    Sara Thornton

    BBC Weather

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

    Video content

    Video caption: The weather for the West Midlands.
  16. First day of new state pension system

    Kevin Peachey

    Online personal finance reporter

    An overhauled state pension - being paid to new, rather than existing pensioners - has begun, with some set to gain while others lose out.  

    Couple on a bench in front of a lake

    The government's long-term aim is simplification, stripping away extras such as the second state pension.

    It will also become cheaper, in time, for the government with many of those in their 20s and 30s receiving less than they would under the old system.

    Read more, including whether you are a winner or a loser under the new system.

  17. M6 tanker fire: Transport firm say driver unhurt

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    We've heard from transport firm Hoyer who own the tanker involved in today's fire on the M6 north at junction 16 and they say their driver is not hurt. 


    Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service have also released this picture showing the blaze appears to be out although the motorway remains shut, as they tackle a diesel leak from it

  18. Football: Burton winger nominated for monthly award

    Owen Bradley

    BBC Radio Derby Sport

    Burton Albion winger Mark Duffy has been nominated for the League One player of the month award for March.

    Duffy scored both goals as the Brewers beat Fleetwood Town and grabbed another in the 4-0 win at Port Vale.

    Mark Duffy

    The other contenders are Bradford defender Nathan Clarke, Wigan striker Will Grigg and Shrewsbury midfielder Sullay Kaikai, with the winner to be announced on Friday. 

  19. M6 tanker fire: Diesel leaked on to carriageway

    Tim Wedgwood

    BBC Local LIve

    A large amount of diesel's leaked on to the northbound carriageway of the M6, says the fire service, which is tackling a tanker fire. 

    Fire crews tackling blaze on M6

    Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service say the leak is from one of the vehicle's six compartments so they've covered the area in a "foam blanket" and are blocking drains. 

    Highways England says the northbound side of the M6 remains closed at junction 16.