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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday 10 May 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Monica Rimmer

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Monica Rimmer

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

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

  2. Watch: Latest weather for the West Midlands

    Alexandra Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    It's going to be wet tonight, with mist and fog too.  

    Drier tomorrow, with bright spells, and highs of 19C (66F).

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    Video caption: Weather update
  3. Special report: Farmer on why he wants to leave the EU

    Patrick Burns

    Political editor, Midlands

    With all of Cannock Chase stretching out across the horizon, Lower Drayton Farm in Staffordshire is what's known in the trade as a mixed farm. But there's nothing mixed about farmer Ray Bower's views on the European Union: he says there's nothing to fear from Brexit. 

    Mr Bower (pictured) says farming alone is no longer enough to pay the bills and has joined the growing number who are convinced it's a case of diversify or bust. 

    Even those EU farm payments worth up to £3bn a year to British agriculture are seen here as a diminishing asset.

    Ray Bower

    Yesterday, though, in our first special report on this issue, a Warwickshire farmer, Adam Quinney, told the BBC the EU did not deserve the blame for so-called "red tape" which would still be necessary even if Britain voted to leave.    

    More on Midlands Today from 18:30 on BBC One.

  4. Stoke's Ireland breaks leg

    Stoke City midfielder Stephen Ireland has suffered a broken leg in training and is facing an "extended spell" out, according to the Potters.  

    Stephen Ireland
  5. Multiple burglaries in Cheadle

    Lamont Howie

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    Three houses in Tean and Cheadle were burgled in the space of four hours yesterday.

    Police say cash was taken from two of the houses, and cash and jewellery from the third between 10:00 and 14:00.

    Officers say a man in a white Citroen van with a long tube on the roof rack was seen on CCTV approaching one of the houses in Tean.

  6. Lambs found dead in Stafford

    Alice Bentley

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    More than a dozen dead lambs have been found dumped in Stafford Borough in the last fortnight. 

    The Borough Council says seven were discovered in a ditch in Forton two weeks ago, with six recovered from a brook in Eccleshall last Wednesday. 

    All of the lambs' identification ear tags had been removed. 

    Police are investigating, and the RSPCA says its concerned about how the animals died.

    Two lambs
  7. Latest: JCB jobs; dead lambs found; ex council leader to step down

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    This afternoon's headlines for Staffordshire and Cheshire: 

    - Staffordshire digger maker JCB says business is still a challenge in parts of the world, but new products will help it thrive

    - Police are investigating after more than a dozen dead lambs were dumped in Stafford Borough in the last two weeks

    - A former council leader in Cheshire has announced he is to step down from the council when a police misconduct investigation concludes

  8. Abandoned duckling rescued

    John Acres

    BBC Radio Stoke

    A Staffordshire couple have rescued a duckling from a hotel in Suffolk after the mother duck disappeared. 

    Alyson Marshall and Deborah Edwards from Hanford were at a friend's wedding when they discovered an egg had been left in a nest in a flower planter by the hotel's main entrance.

    They told Morgan in the Morning they just couldn't abandon it. 

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    Video caption: Rescue ducklings
  9. Trade deficit biggest since 2008 in first quarter

    The UK's trade deficit for the first quarter is at its biggest since 2008.

    The gap for the first three months of 2016 stands at £13.3bn, up from £12.2bn in the fourth quarter of 2015, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

    Container ship

    Analysts said this was more evidence of the weight of global economic weakness on the UK. One described the figures as "truly horrible".

    Economic growth has already slowed to 0.4% in the first quarter.

  10. Crewe Alex's Brad Inman given international chance

    Graham McGarry

    Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Crewe Alexandra's out of contract winger Brad Inman could be given a chance to showcase his talent on the international stage later this month.

    The 24-year-old has been named in the Australian squad for a friendly against England at Sunderland's Stadium of Light ground on Friday 27 May. 

    Inman has just ended the season at the Alex scoring 10 goals. 

    The game will put him in the spotlight as he contemplates his long-term future as his contract with Crewe expires at the end of June.  

    Brad Inman
  11. Your pictures: Mirror image in Congleton

    BBC Weather Watchers

    BBC Weather Watcher Dawn Treader sent in this picture from Congleton. The water acts as a gorgeous mirror. 

    Lake in Congleton
  12. Missing girl found

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    A 13-year-old girl from Stoke-on-Trent reported missing four days ago has been found safe and well. 

    Staffordshire Police says one of its PCSO spotted Aksa Ejaz from Burslem in the town centre just after midday. 

  13. Cheshire East ex leader to step down as councillor

    Phil McCann

    Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News

    A former council leader in Cheshire has announced he is to step down from the council when a police misconduct investigation concludes.

    Michael Jones resigned as leader of Cheshire East Council last year after criticism over the way contracts were awarded to Core Fit Ltd, owned by his personal physiotherapist.

    Michael Jones
  14. Latest: Jobs created at JCB; council leader to step down; missing girl found

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    - More than 80 jobs are created at JCB to cope with demand for a new machine produced at its Heavy Products Plant in Uttoxeter

    - The former leader of Cheshire East Council has told BBC Radio Stoke he will resign as a councillor when a police misconduct investigation is over

    - A 13-year-old girl from Stoke-on-Trent reported missing four days ago has been found safe and well

  15. Power outage in South Cheshire explained

    Rebecca Bradshaw

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    A widespread power cut in South Cheshire last night was caused by an underground cable fault in Crewe. 

    Fire crews were called to reports of an explosion on Wistaston Road at about 18:00.

    It took out power to homes in Crewe, Nantwich and Sandbach, but Scottish Power Energy Networks says everyone had been reconnected an hour later.

  16. Crewe Alex players handed free transfers

    Graham McGarry

    Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Marcus Haber, Lauri Dalla Valle, David Fox and Chris Atkinson have all been handed free transfers by Crewe Alexandra

    Manager Steve Davis is holding talks today with his players as he starts rebuilding his squad following relegation to League Two

    Davis says he would even consider allowing some of those who are under contract to leave.

    Steve Davis