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  1. Updates on Friday 15 April 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Monday

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 Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather. 

  2. In photos: Fire service's 'emotional day' as chief stands down

    Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has been paying tribute today to former chief fire officer Peter Dartford who has retired.

    He has held the role for the past six years.

    View more on twitter
  3. This evening on BBC Midlands Today: The tiny school saved from closure

    Elizabeth Glinka

    BBC Midlands Today

    On this evening's Midlands Today on BBC One we'll hear how a tiny infant school in Staffordshire has been saved from closure.

    Pupils being filmed

    All Saints School in Ranton had 15 pupils a few months ago - but now it's up for 40.

    What's behind the turnaround? I've been finding out and will have the full story from 18:30.

  4. Toyota worker bought drugs on the 'dark web', court hears

    Burton Mail

    A Toyota worker was handed a suspended sentence after drugs he purchased on the "dark web" were intercepted at London Heathrow Airport.

    Adam Yates with magistrates' court inset
  5. Watch: Tonight and this weekend's weather for Stoke and Staffordshire

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    You can also get a latest weather forecast at any time from the BBC website.

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    Video caption: Shefali Oza with the afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands
  6. Historic Staffordshire bridge repairs on schedule

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    News of a restoration project in Burton as the £1.3m revamp of Ferry Bridge is on course to finish in June.  

    Ferry Bridge under renovation

    The bridge, which crosses the River Trent from the town to Stapenhill, opened in 1889 and replaced the ferry service.

    It's due to officially open in the summer once it's been repainted and the handrail and timber decking replaced.

  7. Stoke food banks giving third of parcels to children

    Lucy King

    News Editor, BBC Radio Stoke

    Stoke-on-Trent's food bank says it gave out more than 11,000 food parcels in the last year and over a third went to children.

    Food in a box

    The Trussell Trust, which runs 17 centres across the city, says demand for its food parcels is up 6% on the year before. 

    The charity says the top three reasons for needing its help in the area are benefit delays, low income and benefit changes. 

  8. Football: Hughes prepared to rotate Stoke keepers

    Dan Wheeler

    BBC Sport

    Stoke City boss Mark Hughes says he is "comfortable" with his goalkeeping options and is prepared to switch between Jakob Haugaard and Shay Given. 

    Jakob Haugaard

    In the absence of injured number one Jack Butland, 23-year-old Haugaard has started the last two Premier League games but has conceded six goals.

    Quote Message: It's a fluid situation. We've lost a top goalkeeper, but we have two outstanding keepers that can come in and do well for us." from Mark Hughes Stoke City manager
    Mark HughesStoke City manager
  9. Watch: Leek wishes Queen a happy 90th birthday

    Tim Wedgwood

    BBC Local LIve

    People in Leek have been wishing Queen Elizabeth II a happy 90th birthday.  

    With the event approaching fast, a number of events are being held to celebrate the birthday on 21 April.

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    Video caption: Leek people wish Queen Elizabeth II a happy 90th birthday

    As part of our coverage, we'd like to hear your stories and see pictures of when you met the Queen.

    Please email  

  10. Your pictures: Trentham bird-watching and Kidsgrove's Harecastle Tunnel

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    More of your great photos now and this first one is from Jon Kelso who took it in Trentham.

    Bird on a tree in Trentham

    While Twisted Mind Photography took this picture of the Harecastle Tunnel in Kidsgrove.

    To send your photos of the area in you can email them in, tweet them to @BBCRadioStoke or use Instagram.

    Harecastle Tunnel
  11. Thousands of pupils start school underweight, say MPs

    Judith Burns

    Education reporter

    Thousands of children in England started school underweight last year, according to official figures highlighted by MPs.

    Rising numbers of children do not get enough to eat, says the All Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger.

    Outside of a house

    "For a minority of children, the school lunchtime represents the only chance each day to eat something substantial," the group reported.

    The government said it was committed to an "all-out war" on food poverty.

  12. News: Man charged with student rape; mother jailed after Staffordshire confession; councillor say he'll be 'exonerated' in row

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    - A man has been charged with the rape of a Keele University student who killed herself while detectives investigated the allegations, police say

     - A mother, who admitted in a Staffordshire prison to murdering her baby son, has been jailed for life

    - A Cheshire East councillor who quit the authority's ruling cabinet in a row over charity donations has said he has "total confidence he will be exonerated"

  13. Councillor says he will be 'exonerated' over charity money row

    Phil McCann

    Political reporter, Cheshire

    A Cheshire East councillor who quit the authority's ruling cabinet in a row over charity donations has said he has "total confidence he will be exonerated".  

    Councillor Sam Gardner

    Conservative Sam Gardner resigned yesterday after it emerged a company he was a director of didn't send donations collected at a music festival to the charity they were intended for. 

    Mr Gardner's released a statement saying he had no direct responsibility for the charity money.

  14. BBC Weather Watcher pictures: Flowering Gnosall and Newtown under sunshine

    Monica Rimmer

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    Our BBC Weather Watchers always provide us with great pictures from across the area - here's one from JR in Gnosall, Staffordshire.

    Flowers in Gnosall

    While the sun was out for Mick when he took this in Newtown, Staffordshire.

    You could get a picture featured as a BBC Weather Watcher - head to the website and sign up.

    Sun over Newtown
  15. Travel: Crash on Station Road in Stoke-on-Trent

    BBC Travel

    There's been an accident on Station Road in Stoke-on-Trent near the A52 Leek Road junction.

  16. Mother says son not eaten since May because of rare condition

    Pete Morgan

    Presenter, BBC Radio Stoke

    Earlier we told you about Averil Siegertsz who's concerned about her son Jamie, 17 - he has been diagnosed with a rare condition, Rumination Syndrome

    The diagnosis took several months, she says, because many doctors aren't aware of the condition and the solution is to "retrain" Jamie's brain to get it to keep food down - he can only keep water and diluted juice down.  

    Averil told me time is running out with Jamie losing so much weight.

    The University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust said in their statement that they've offered the family support  - and a specialist can see Jamie in the next fortnight.

  17. Watch: Car park concerns raised in Crewe

    Lamont Howie

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    It's becoming harder to find a parking space in Crewe, according to the town's visitors and workers who've spoken to BBC Radio Stoke. 

    They say the town's new leisure centre, which was built on a car park, has added to the issue.  

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    Video caption: Car park concerns raised in Crewe

    Cheshire East Council says more short-stay spaces will help boost local trade, and there are still plenty of longer stay spaces around the town for workers.

  18. Man charged with rape of Keele student

    James Bovill

    Political reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    A man has been charged with the rape of a Keele University student who killed herself while detectives investigated the allegations, police say.  

    Hannah Stubbs

    Elgan Varney, 32, of Wye Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, is accused of raping Hannah Stubbs.

    The 22-year-old killed herself at her home in Stafford in August 2015. She was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, an inquest ruled last month.

  19. Watch: Staffordshire girl preparing for international cheerleading contest

    John Acres

    BBC Radio Stoke

    A girl from Staffordshire says she's looking forward to competing in the World Cheerleading Championships.   

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    Video caption: Staffordshire girl prepares to compete in World Cheerleading Championships.

    Grace Preston is from Wrinehill near Betley and performs with a troupe in Coventry. 

    They will be competing in the team event in Disneyworld Florida next week.