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  1. Updates on Tuesday 12 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 Wednesday

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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. Europa League 'beyond Stoke City'

    Matt Sandoz

    Stoke City commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Stoke City Football Club's manager Mark Hughes says qualification for the Europa League has disappeared.

    Stoke go into their next game at home to Spurs ninth in the table and five points off sixth-placed West Ham. 

    Mark Hughes with head in hands at Old Trafford
    Quote Message: We'll keep going, we've got five games to go and we need to make sure that we pick ourselves up. We invariably do. from Mark Hughes Stoke City manager
    Mark HughesStoke City manager
  3. Lily-Ann 'just wants to be like every other girl'

    The Sentinel

    Little Lily-Ann Lowery has to visit hospital once every three months to ensure that she doesn't have a life threatening blood clot.

    Lily-Ann and mother smiling at camera
    Image caption: Lily-Ann and her mother Tracy
  4. Peaty qualifies fastest for final

    Graham McGarry

    Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Staffordshire's world champion Adam Peaty has qualified fastest at the British Swimming Championships.

    Adam Peaty holding arms aloft in celebration in swimming baths
    Image caption: Adam Peaty, 21, comes from Uttoxeter

    The Uttoxeter swimmer has now got a place in the 100 metres breastroke final.

    He's already said the Rio Olympic Games later this year is in his sights.

  5. 'Eyesore of Tamworth' scuppers house sales, neighbours say

    It's been dubbed the 'eyesore of Tamworth' - an empty house that's fallen into a state of disrepair over a decade.

    It's one of more than 3,000 homes in Staffordshire currently sitting unoccupied.

    Neighbours are demanding action from their local council, after potential sales of homes around the property fell through.

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    Video caption: Derelict house row
  6. Headlines: Smiler crash victim gets bionic leg; man robs bookies with knife

    Chris King

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    The main headlines today include:

    - A woman who lost her leg in the Alton Towers Smiler crash has said a new "bionic" limb helps her to live a "more normal" life

    - A man has robbed a bookmakers in Stoke-on-Trent, armed with a kitchen knife

    - A Stoke-on-Trent charity has said it's overwhelmed by the generosity of people in the city following a break-in

  7. Streete determined at Port Vale

    Port Vale defender Remie Streete says he's determind to keep his place in the team for the final four fixtures of the season. 

    Remie Streete playing football
    Image caption: Remie Streete (r) battles in the FA Cup against Exeter City

    Streete has started the last two games but had previously not featured in the starting lineup since December.

    You can hear him on BBC Radio Stoke's Sport at Six this evening here. 

  8. Weather: Rain to come this evening

    Sara Blizzard

    BBC Weather

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    Video caption: Sara Blizzard with the afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands

    Here's the latest weather for the West Midlands. Don't forget there's more on BBC Weather.

  9. Crewe boss 'will not quit'

    Graham McGarry

    Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Crewe Alexandra manager Steve Davis says he has no plans to quit - despite the club's relegation to League Two.

    Steve Davis looking beyond camera at football match

    Some fans have called for him to resign.

    But Davis told Sport at Six last night that he's the man to lead the recovery. Listen here.

  10. Alton Towers Smiler crash victim Vicky Balch gets 'bionic' leg

    Jack Dowling

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    A woman who lost her leg in the Alton Towers Smiler crash has said a new "bionic" limb helps her to live a "more normal" life.

    Vicky Balch was among five people seriously hurt when two carriages crashed on the rollercoaster last June.

    Vicky Balch walking in a TV studio with Susanna Reid
    Image caption: Vicky Balch spoke to presenter Susanna Reid about her new prosthetic on the ITV morning show
  11. Headlines: Man robs bookies with knife; charity overwhelmed by public support; school opens new playground

    Chris King

    Bulletin reader, BBC Radio Stoke

    The main headlines today include:

    - A man robs bookies in Stoke-on-Trent with kitchen knife

    - A Stoke-on-Trent charity is overwhelmed by public support after a break-in

    - A primary School opens new £50,000 playground

  12. Man with knife robs bookies

    Jack Dowling

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    A man has robbed Coral bookmakers in Stoke-on-Trent, armed with a kitchen knife.

    The targeted Coral Bookmakers, on the corner of a street

    It happened at the bookies on King Street at 19:45 yesterday. 

    The man was described as young, with ginger hair and freckles. The staff were unharmed.

  13. Police chief pleased with officers

    Cheshire Police's chief constable Simon Byrne has praised his officer's work.

  14. Travel: Congestion in Stoke-on-Trent

    BBC Travel

    There's congestion on the A520 in Stoke-on-Trent at Rough Close.

    It's at the Old Road junctions, and due to roadworks.

    More on BBC Travel.

  15. May polls offer first test since general election

    Patrick Burns

    Political editor, Midlands

    It's always galling for local politicians to find their fortunes inextricably linked with those of their national counterparts, irrespective of their own merits or demerits. Those of us with long memories recall how council elections can become more like killing fields when Westminster's pendulum swings this way or that.

    Silhouettes of figures speaking at lecturns

    In normal times, one year on from a general election victory is the point when majority governments get a warning from the voters that any honeymoon period is over. But these are not normal times and our party politics defies much of that conventional wisdom.  

  16. More on Alton Towers crash victim's bionic leg

    More on Vicky Balch, who a lost a leg in the Alton Towers rollercoaster crash. She's been talking about her new hi-tech bionic limb. 

    Miss Bach told ITV's Good Morning Britain the £60,000 Genium X3 prosthetic uses sensors to adapt to her movements and had given her "more energy" and confidence. 

    She told the show she had recently joined the dating app Tinder and met new boyfriend Jordan. 

    Vicky Balch (centre) with mother Karen (left) and Victoria Derbyshire
    Image caption: Vicky Balch and her mother Karen previously spoke to the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire about her ordeal.
    Quote Message: We hadn't been together long when we told each other we love each other. But Jordan is really sweet and I just feel so comfortable around him." from Vicky Balch
    Vicky Balch
  17. New school playground opens in city

    John Acres

    BBC Radio Stoke

    I've spent the morning at a school in Stoke-on-Trent where the pupils are very excited about a brand new playground.

    Chidren playing on slide and climbing frame

    Holden Lane Primary has officially unveiled the £50,000 set-up - it features a pirate ship, sand area and a water area.

    And most magical of all, Postman Pat recorded a special video message for the children to celebrate.

  18. Vandalised charity overwhelmed by support

    Phil Bowers

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    A Stoke-on-Trent charity has said it's overwhelmed by the generosity of people in the city following a break-in.

    Generic image of broken window

    The Savana Centre in Hanley supports victims of sexual abuse. Last week, a brick was thrown through the window of the children's therapy room.

    Cuddly toys, soft furnishings and knitted items have since been donated.

  19. News: Smiler crash victim gets bionic leg; charity overwhelmed by support; WW1 veteran honoured

    Chris King

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    The main headlines today include:

    - A victim of the Alton Towers rollercoaster crash has been given a new state-of-the-art bionic leg

    - A Stoke-on-Trent charity has said it's overwhelmed by the generosity of people in the city following a break-in

    - A First World War veteran has been honoured in Stoke-on-Trent as part of the city's WW1 centenary commemorations.