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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. Protestors won't get legal challenge to Cheshire waste site

    Phil McCann

    Political reporter, Cheshire

    Campaigners trying to stop a major new Cheshire East Council recycling hub being built have been told they can't take legal action against it.

    Middlewich protest

    Planning permission for the centre in Middlewich was granted last year despite concerns over traffic. 

    The protesters say a judge has told them they don't have enough evidence for a judicial review. 

  3. Football: Bojan wants strong Stoke finish

    Stoke forward Bojan Krkic says the Potters will be looking "to end the season in style" after being tonked 4-1 by Liverpool at Anfield.

    Mark Hughes' side face second-placed Tottenham next Monday, having slipped to ninth in the Premier League after Sunday's defeat. 

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  4. Train disruption: Cost of vandalism to power lines 'hundreds of thousands'

    Caroline Gall

    BBC News Online

    Network Rail says the cost to the industry of this morning's disruption will run into hundreds of thousands of pounds.   

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    Video caption: New Street power chaos

    They say early indications are that "foul play" caused signalling failure and released pictures showing apparent attempts to burn and cut cables powering signals at Proof House junction, south of New Street station.

    They're appealing for the public to come forward with any information.

  5. Football video: Difficult day for Stoke - Hughes

    Matt Sandoz

    Stoke City commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    The Stoke City boss Mark Hughes says his side "lacked strength and ability" during their 4-1 away defeat at Liverpool.

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    Video caption: Difficult day for Stoke - Mark Hughes
  6. Watch: Tonight and tomorrow's weather for Stoke and Staffordshire

    Sara Blizzard

    BBC Weather

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

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    Video caption: Sara Blizzard with the afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands
  7. Toddler's family say they'll hold services accountable over death

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    The family of murdered toddler Ayeeshia Smith say they are prepared to take action if officials aren't held accountable over the death of the 21-month-old.

    A serious case review is currently being carried out by the Derbyshire safeguarding children's board to examine what lessons can be learned from the child's death. 

    Quote Message: If the board will not take on the responsibility or actions of their employees and activities then our family will gladly take the actions to ensure their accountability. We will not stand for it that AJ was murdered and died in vain." from Statement from the family of Ayeeshia Smith
    Statement from the family of Ayeeshia Smith
  8. Watch: Staffordshire veteran 'overwhelmed' by scooter donation

    Phil Bowers

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    A Newcastle-under-Lyme veteran who had his mobility scooter stolen last week says he has been overwhelmed by people's kindness and generosity.  

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    Video caption: Staffordshire veteran 'overwhelmed' by mobility scooter donation

    Within minutes of Chris Hollins contacting BBC Radio Stoke he was offered a temporary scooter by Burslem Rotary Club. 

    Now the Tri Services and Veterans Support Centre in Newcastle-under-Lyme has offered him a permanent one.  

  9. News: Toddler murder 'grossest breach of trust'; knife robbery in Stoke; vandalism blamed for major rail delays

    Chris King

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    The main headlines this afternoon include:

    - The murder of a 21-month-old toddler in Staffordshire at the hands of her mother has been described as "the grossest breach of trust"  

    - A Stoke-on-Trent shopkeeper has been robbed at knifepoint

    - Vandalism is the likely cause of this morning's signalling failure at Birmingham New Street - causing significant delays on the rail network in Staffordshire and Cheshire

  10. Ayeeshia Jane Smith murder: 'The grossest breach of trust'

    Jennifer Meierhans

    BBC News Online

    The death of a 21-month-old toddler in Staffordshire at the hands of her mother has been described as "the grossest breach of trust".

    Today Kathryn Smith, 23, from Nottingham was jailed for at least 24 years for murdering Ayeeshia Jane Smith during a "savage outburst" in the girl's bedroom.  

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    Video caption: 'Someone should be held responsible'

    The judge at Birmingham Crown Court, Mrs Justice Geraldine Andrews said: "Ayeeshia was a particularly vulnerable victim, thin and slight of frame, deserving of protection and under the protection of social services for the whole of her short life.

    "She was killed in her own home by her own mother - that is the grossest breach of trust." 

    A spokesperson reading out a statement on behalf of Ayeeshia's family said calls had been made to social services highlighting the risk the toddler faced. 

  11. Travel: Crash blocks lane on M6 near Essington, Staffordshire

    BBC Travel

    A lane is blocked on the M6 southbound between junctions 10a and 10 in Staffordshire because of an accident.

    Congestion is back to junction 11a.

  12. BBC Weather Watcher pictures: A Cheshire sunset and scenes from a Leek garden

    Monica Rimmer

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    Here are a couple of the many BBC Weather Watcher photos we were sent over the weekend.

    This first one's from Twemlowl of the sunset near Jodrell Bank, Cheshire.

    Sunset over Jodrell Bank

    While John took this in Leek - if you want to become a BBC Weather Watcher just head to the website and sign up.

    Leek garden
  13. Football: Burton recall loanee Palmer

    Nigel Cash

    BBC Radio Derby Sport

    Burton Albion have recalled midfielder Matty Palmer from his loan spell at Oldham Athletic with immediate effect.

    Palmer came through the club's academy system and has scored one goal in 14 appearances for the Latics.

    Matty Palmer

    Brewers boss Nigel Clough says having enjoyed regular football with Oldham, Palmer will be a useful addition to the Burton squad during for their remaining five games of the League One season.  

  14. Masked man robs Stoke-on-Trent shop with knife

    Lucy King

    News Editor, BBC Radio Stoke

    A Stoke-on-Trent shopkeeper has been robbed at knifepoint.

    Best-one shop

    A masked man entered the Best-one shop on Hartshill Road on Saturday evening say Staffordshire Police, "brandishing" what looked like a kitchen knife. 

    He escaped with cash from the till and got into a green Ford Focus which officers say was waiting outside.

  15. Football: Crewe boss says they have to come back stronger following relegation

    Ged Scott

    BBC Sport

    Crewe Alexandra boss Steve Davis has told BBC Stoke that his side can come back stronger next season following relegation back to League Two.  

    Crewe captain Harry Davis

    Saturday's defeat by local rivals at Port Vale confirmed, with five League One games left, that Crewe will go down at the end of the season, four years after winning promotion under Davis.  

    Quote Message: I've said how difficult League Two is. It's not easy. It'll be hard. This wasn't part of the plan. But we have to deal with it and accept it." from Steve Davis Crewe Alexandra manager
    Steve DavisCrewe Alexandra manager
  16. Fire crews called out dozens of times to help 'morbidly obese'

    Alice Bentley

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    Figures obtained by BBC Radio Stoke show the fire service in Staffordshire has lifted 113 morbidly obese people out of their homes in the last five years.

    Man eating fried chicken on bench

    Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service says it happens when ambulance or fire service crews can't remove a person safely due to their weight. 

    The service says they then make use of their powerful winches and ladders.

  17. Your pictures: Crewe from a microlight

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    This amazing picture of Crewe was taken by Jonathan White on a microlight flight last week.

    Crewe - incl railway line, Cumberland Arena, Business Park, Alexandra Stadium, town centre

    Now you don't have to be up in the air to take a picture of Staffordshire or Cheshire - send them in on any subject and I'll feature as many as I can.

    Send them in on email, tweet @BBCRadioStoke or you can put them on Instagram, adding #bbcstoke to the description so I can find them.