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Live Reporting

By Jack Dowling

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for Stoke and Staffordshire have finished for the week but we'll be back from 08:00 Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Watch: Tonight and tomorrow's weather for Stoke and Staffordshire

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    The BBC website also has the latest weather forecast for any part of Staffordshire or Cheshire.   

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    Video caption: Rebecca Wood with the afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands
  3. Stoke 'haven't done well enough'

    Stoke boss Mark Hughes is hoping to arrest the Potters' recent slump in form. Until recently, they were targeting European football next season.

    Mark Hughes

    "We've sat down and talked about what we need to do better," Hughes said.

    "My feeling is that we'll be fine and get back to what we need to do to win Premier League games."

    "It may not be enough if Manchester City perform, but I'm looking for a better performance in terms of executing a game plan - which we haven't done well enough in the last two games."

  4. Classic Stoke-built locomotive returns home

    Stuart George

    Presenter, BBC Radio Stoke

    A classic locomotive built in Stoke-on-Trent nearly 100 years ago has returned to the city.

    The Foxfield Railway trust brought the machine, built in 1923, back to Blythe Bridge.

    It will be put on display in town immediately.

    Classic locomotive sitting on gravel

    You can hear more on this exciting news on my show from 16:00 on BBC Radio Stoke.

  5. Queen's 90th celebrated in style in Stoke-on-Trent

    Tim Wedgwood

    BBC Local LIve

    Pensioners and dignitaries mingled at an afternoon tea in Stoke-on-Trent yesterday afternoon, celebrating the Queen's birthday.

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    Video caption: Dignitaries and 90 year old pensioners celebrated at the King's Hall in Stoke-on-Trent.

    Many of those in attendance at the Kings Hall were also 90, and spoke glowingly of the longest-serving monarch.

    I caught up with a few of those celebrating.

  6. Manchester City v Stoke City

    After a mauling at the Britannia at the hands of Tottenham, Stoke City face a trick trip to Manchester City.

    Stoke will be without midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri after he suffered a hamstring injury against Tottenham.

    Shay Given is expected to continue in goal, while Jon Walters and Glen Johnson are getting close to a return but won't feature on Saturday.

    Mame Biram Diouf
  7. Latest: Alton Towers crash injuries 'life-changing'; responsible car meets 'won't be targeted'; two arrests after £900k cannabis plant haul

    Chris King

    News reader, BBC Radio Stoke

    Here are some of the main stories we are looking at in Staffordshire and Cheshire:

    - A court heard it was the people in the front row that "suffered the greatest physical injuries" after the Smiler rollercoast crash last year

    - Police have been handed new powers in Tamworth to seize the vehicles of boy racers, but approved meets won't be targeted

    - Two men have been arrested after two cannabis factories containing plants with a combined street value of about £900,000 were discovered in Stoke-on-Trent

  8. Two arrested after £900k cannabis plant haul

    Two men have been arrested after two cannabis factories containing plants with a combined street value of about £900,000 were discovered in Stoke-on-Trent in the space of a week.

    Generic image of cannabis plant

    The first was found on Railway Passage, Longton, last Thursday, the second was in Atlas Street, Fenton, on Tuesday, Staffordshire Police said.

    Both men were bailed until June, and the drugs destroyed.

  9. Gun amnesty sees many antique weapons handed in

    Cheshire Police says most of the guns handed in during their latest gun amnesty were antiques people had in their lofts. 

    More than 120 firearms were collected in the two-week Give up the Gun initiative. 

    Despite it now being the end of the amnesty, Sgt Gareth Wrigley says it's not too late to hand in weapons.

    Generic antique weapon
    Quote Message: If you give us a call and you've got something that is like your great-great-grandfather's old weapon that's in the loft tucked away, we are realistic with that. We will send people round, we will collect the weapon and we will destroy it accordingly." from Sergeant Gareth Wrigley Cheshire Police
    Sergeant Gareth WrigleyCheshire Police
  10. Responsible car meets 'won't be targeted'

    The new Public Space Protection Order approved by Tamworth Borough Council was amended after feedback from some car enthusiasts who expressed concern that it would stop legitimate, responsible car meets.

    Car cruising

    Jo Sands, from Tamworth Borough Council, said official meetings, social gatherings and charity events on land where the owner has no objection would be allowed.

    She said it was "never the intention to deter or prevent legitimately organised car cruising events". 

  11. Crewe boss admits 'bad day at school'

    Graham McGarry

    Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Crewe boss Steve Davis has admitted he's failed in some areas of how he's managed the team this season. 

    The Alex were relegated with five games of the season still to play.

    Steve Davis looking out of shot
    Quote Message: It's up to any manager to motivate and get your players up to a level, so you almost become a teacher. Sometimes you have a bad day at school, and too often we have had bad days at school." from Steve Davis Crewe Alexandra Football Club Manager
    Steve DavisCrewe Alexandra Football Club Manager
  12. Powers to tackle boy racers introduced

    Sarah Robertson

    Producer, BBC Radio Stoke

    Police have been handed new powers in Tamworth to seize the vehicles of boy racers, in what the local council describes as the first order of its kind in the country.

    Tamworth Borough Council approved the measure today and it will come into force at the beginning of May.  

    Inside a high performance car

    The authority says it will allow police to respond quicker to irresponsible car-meets on all public roads, car parks and private land - allowing offcers to issue fines on the spot or even seize vehicles.

    The council said there were 32 incidents of vehicle nuisance between August 2015 and January.

  13. Travel: Delays on M6

    BBC Travel

    There are delays on the M6 northbound between J17 for the A54 (Crewe) and J19 for the A556 (Knutsford). 

    It's due to a broken down lorry - one lane is blocked. More details on BBC Travel.

  14. Latest: Merlin faces prospect of large fine; faith leader jailed for multimillion-pound fraud

    Chris King

    News reader, BBC Radio Stoke

    Here are some of the main stories we are looking at in Staffordshire and Cheshire:

    - Merlin Entertainments faces the prospect of a large fineafter admitting health and safety breaches

    - A faith leader who used his role as a "spiritual guide" to cover up a multimillion-pound property fraud and tax-avoiding conspiracy has been jailed

    - Cheshire Police says most of the guns handed in during its latest gun amnesty were

  15. Faith leader jailed for multimillion -pound fraud

    Phil Bowers

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    A faith leader who used his role as a "spiritual guide" to cover up a multimillion-pound property fraud and tax-avoiding conspiracy has been jailed.

    Muslim cleric Mehboob Akhtar, of Stoke-on-Trent, was sentenced along with nine others including his wife and daughter.

    Mehboob Akhtar mug shot

    They were found guilty of lying to mortgage lenders to amass nearly £1m of property in a bid to "control and dominate" areas of the city.

    Akhtar was jailed for 14 years at Birmingham Crown Court.

  16. Merlin faces prospect of large fine

    Merlin Entertainments face the prospect of a large fine in part because of the firm's fortunes, the court heard.

    The company, reported pre-tax profits of £250m in February across the whole group, up 0.3% from 2014.

    However, sales at resort theme parks division, which includes Alton Towers, fell 12.4%.

    Alton Towers entrance
  17. Alton Towers crash injuries 'life-changing'

    The court heard it was the people in the front row that "suffered the greatest physical injuries" and were "life-changing in many cases".

    Merlin Entertainment, represented by Simon Antrobus, said the company accepted  "additional reasonable and practicable measures could have been taken to guard against the safety risk that arose on the day".

    Crash victims

    District Judge Jack McGarva agreed with the HSE that the severity of the injuries and the potentially "very high level of fine" meant the case should be moved to Stafford Crown Court for sentencing.

  18. Smiler ride 'not as safe as it should have been' for two years

    From the time the Smiler ride was introduced at Alton Towers in May 2013, until the crash in June 2015, it was not run "as safe as it should have been", Newcastle Magistrates' Court heard.

    Bernard Thorogood, representing the Health and Safety Executive, said an "absence" of proper systems for staff to follow when a carriage was stopped on the rails led to the accident.

    Smiler rescue

    He said the crash happened on one of the furthest sections of the track, near the Cobra Loop.

    Failing to spot the stationary carriage on the track, operators chose to override a computer warning, leading to the collision. 

  19. Extra safety measures introduced at theme parks

    A report by Alton Towers last year concluded human error was to blame for the crash.

    Extra safety measures have since been introduced across all theme parks owned by Merlin.

    In all 16 people were injured in the crash, five of them seriously.

    The Smiler

    The 500-acre theme park was shut for four days following the collision and the Smiler ride itself - the world's first 14-loop rollercoaster - only reopened in March this year.