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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

  2. Gnosall homes plan recommended for refusal

    Staffordshire Newsletter

    Plans to build 90 homes in a village near Stafford look set to be demolished by planners.

    Birmingham-based Richborough Estates Partnership LLP has applied for outline planning permission for land at The Horseshoe in Audmore, near Gnosall.

  3. Stolen phone helps track Werrington burglary suspects

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    Police say three people were arrested in connection with a burglary in Stoke-on-Trent after they tracked a stolen mobile phone. 

    Officers say the burglary on Ash Bank Road in Werrington was reported on Friday afternoon, and the three were detained in Cannock less than three hours later. 

    A 20-year-old man has been charged, a 27-year-old man has been bailed, and a 24-year-old woman released without charge. 

  4. Four schools to become an academy trust

    Chris King

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    Four Newcastle-under-Lyme schools are consulting on plans to set up a new academy trust. 

    Sir Thomas Boughey High School and The Richard Heathcote Community Primary School could come together with Ravensmead and Woodlane Primaries in Bignall End. 

    If the move goes ahead it would mean they'd get funding directly from the Government rather than Staffordshire County Council. 

  5. Latest weather for Stoke and Staffordshire

    Alexandra Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    It looks like we have a dry evening ahead with temperatures of 12C (54F) at around 18:00.

    Overnight we're looking at lows of 2C (36F) in rural areas, but feeling more like 5C (41F) in built-up areas.

    There's always more on the BBC Weather website.

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    Video caption: Alex Hamilton with the weather forecast for the West Midlands
  6. Headlines: Water companies to move to Hanley; girl arrested on suspicion of Nantwich assault; four arrested after Longton break-in

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    These are some of the main stories today in Staffordshire and Cheshire:

    - Plans for Staffordshire and Cheshire's water companies to start a new joint-venture business based in Stoke-on-Trent have been approved

    - A teenage girl has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting a 14-year-old boy in Nantwich at the weekend

    - Four men have been arrested on suspicion of theft after a break-in at an empty building in Longton

  7. Congestion in Endon

    BBC Travel

    There's congestion on the A53 in both directions in Endon this afternoon.

    It's due to the roadworks around Basnett's Wood Road.

    More on BBC Travel.

    Map of North Staffordshire
  8. Water companies to move to Hanley

    Plans for Staffordshire and Cheshire's water companies to start a new joint-venture business based in Stoke-on-Trent have been approved.

    Smithfield building at dusk

    United Utilities and Severn Trent's new company Water Plus will target business customers and employ about 400 people. 

    Staff are moving to the Smithfield site in Hanley over the course of this year.

  9. Girl arrested on suspicion of Nantwich assault

    Lamont Howie

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    A teenage girl has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting a 14-year-old boy in Nantwich at the weekend. 

    The 15-year-old from Crewe was bailed until later this month after an incident near Nantwich swimming pool on Saturday afternoon. 

  10. Record entries for Nantwich art and handwriting contest

    Nantwich News

    More than 400 entries are expected from Nantwich primary schools for an art and handwriting competition.  

    The contest is being run by the Rotary Club of Nantwich, and for the third year running, Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson will be presenting the prizes in Nantwich Museum.  

  11. Four arrested after Longton break-in

    Monica Rimmer

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    Four men have been arrested on suspicion of theft after a break-in at an empty building in Longton.

    Officers were called to the Care Night premises on Atlas Street at 18:00 yesterday.

    Police say a fifth man - aged 36 - broke both his legs after jumping, they think, from a second floor window and is in hospital recovering.

    Staffordshire Police adds two of the four men, aged 45 and 36, remain in custody. Two others, aged 26 and 44, were bailed until 27 May.

  12. Headlines: Man charged after police chase with sports car; search is on for 'huge ornamental mushroom'; Bostik strike over pensions

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    Here are some of the main stories in Staffordshire and Cheshire today:

    - A police chase along the A38 in east Staffordshire only came to an end after multiple attempts to stop a sports car

    - Staffordshire Police says a huge ornamental mushroom has been stolen from the garden of a house near Stafford

    - Staff at Bostik in Staffordshire are on strike today, in protest against changes to their pension scheme

  13. Baby peregrine falcons in the Roaches?

    Ros Chimes

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    I've been up to the Roaches in the Staffordshire Moorlands today to check-up on the love life of a famous resident.

    Rangers looking through telescope
    Image caption: Rangers looking through a telescope at the birds

    A male peregrine falcon has found itself a new mate, but we don't yet know whether they are having any chicks.

    Ian Kynaston, the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust's deputy roaches ranger, told me the female is sitting on eggs and the male is hunting and returning with food every day. Hopefully it is just a matter of time.

  14. Man charged after police chase with sports car

    Lucy King

    News Editor, BBC Radio Stoke

    A police chase along the A38 in east Staffordshire only came to an end after multiple attempts to stop a sports car.

    The Lotus Elise was stopped by two stinger devices on Friday evening.

    A 45-year-old man from Stretton has been charged with dangerous driving, driving whilst disqualified, no valid insurance and failing to provide a breath test.

    He was released on bail and will appear before magistrates in Burton on 3 June.

  15. Port Vale game becomes promotion decider

    Lee Blakeman

    Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Port Vale's final game of the season has become a potential automatic promotion decider for the visitors.

    Walsall travel to Vale Park on Sunday needing a victory to stand any chance of reaching the Championship.

    The West Midlands club will also need second-placed Burton Albion to lose at Doncaster.

    Outside of Vale Park on a cloudy day
  16. Police search for 'huge ornamental mushroom'

    Sarah Robertson

    Producer, BBC Radio Stoke

    Staffordshire Police say a huge ornamental mushroom has been stolen from the garden of a house near Stafford. 

    It is three-foot-high and 22-inches-wide.

    Officers say a vehicle was needed to take it from the property in Stowe-by-Chartley last Monday. 

  17. Bostik strike over pensions

    Phil Bowers

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    Staff at Bostik in Staffordshire are on strike today, in protest against changes to their pension scheme. 

    Bostik, which employs nearly five thousand people around the world, makes glues for construction and consumer use. 

    It's the first time in the firm's history that workers have taken industrial action.  

    Office building behind hedge
    Image caption: Bostik site on Common Road in Stafford
  18. Watch: Considering the impact of extra students in Newcastle

    Chris King

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    Over the next few years the population of Newcastle-under-Lyme is going to change dramatically, with a huge influx of students coming into the town.

    Plenty of student accommodation is being built in and around the town at the moment.

    More than a thousand rooms will be available to rent, and I've been considering the effect on the area.

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    Video caption: Impact of Newcastle-under-Lyme's student influx
  19. Birthday girl stuck on Alton Towers ride

    Jennifer Meierhans

    BBC News Online

    A Shrewsbury girl's 14th birthday celebrations came to a halt when she got stuck on a rollercoaster at Alton towers.

    Amelia Watkins from Shrewsbury was one of 28 people trapped for 20 minutes while lying face down during Galatica's 20m (66ft) climb.

    She and a friend said they heard riders crying and shouting for help but employees at the Staffordshire theme park reassured them before helping them to safety.

    Amelia Watkins

    A spokeswoman for Alton Towers said heavy rain had obscured a sensor and the ride automatically stopped. "This is a standard safety feature on this ride and the ride was working exactly as it is designed to do," she said.

  20. Headlines: Dozens stranded on rollercoaster at Alton Towers; Staffordshire Fire selects new deputy; parents pledge to keep young children out of primary schools

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    Here are some of the headlines in Staffordshire and Cheshire today:

    Dozens of people were left stranded on a rollercoaster at Alton Towers when heavy rain caused it to stop

    - Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has appointed a new Deputy Chief Fire Officer

    - Parents have pledged to keep young children out of primary schools today as part of a protest against exams