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  1. Updates on Thursday 12 May 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 Friday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Jennifer Meierhans

    BBC News Online

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

  2. Staffordshire teens involved in world record attempt

    BBC Radio Stoke

    A world record number of weather balloons have been launched into space in Shropshire today.

    Twenty-five balloons carrying 50 small cameras took off at about 10:00 from a site in Bridgnorth.

    They're part of a science and maths competition being run for teenagers in Staffordshire.

    Teens from Kidsgrove took part in the record attempt. 

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    Video caption: Weather balloons
  3. Stafford Royal British Legion members handed medals

    Emma Thomas

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    I've been with members of the Royal British Legion in Stafford today. 

    Eighteen people have been presented with Ambassadors Peace Medal by the South Korean Naval Attache.

    Here's Tim Green from Tean proudly displaying his medals

    Jim Green holding medals
  4. Latest: Potential college merger; knifepoint robbery; funeral for seven-year-old Stoke-on-Trent boy

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    This afternoon's headlines are: 

    - Education bosses have revealed a potential merger of Stafford and Newcastle-under-Lyme colleges is under discussion

    - A man's been robbed at knife point in his Hanley home 

    - Funeral for seven-year-old Stoke-on-Trent boy who died after being hit by a car

  5. Football: No summer holiday for Crewe players

    Graham McGarry

    Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Crewe Alexandra boss Steve Davis says his players should think about not taking a holiday this closed season and work harder in the summer. 

    Steve Davis

    The Alex won just seven of their 46 league games last season and were relegated to League Two, Davis says huge improvements are needed.  

    Quote Message: I told the players they shouldn't be going on holiday this season. They should be in in the summer like all the management have to be. We want to improve things. They should be in improving themselves physically and mentally from Steve Davis Crewe Alexandra Manager
    Steve DavisCrewe Alexandra Manager
  6. 'Stokie' dialect lessons with Martina Navratilova

    Matt Sandoz

    BBC Radio Stoke Sport

    The nine-time Ladies Wimbledon Champion Martina Navratilova has been in Hanley today.

    Martina, a commentator for BT Sport, met BT staff as part of a UK tour. 

    I thought I would give her a 'Stokie' dialect lesson.

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    Video caption: 'Stokie' dialect lesson with Martina Navratilova

    You can hear more of the interview on Sport at Six tonight on BBC Radio Stoke

  7. Multiple cars damaged in Leek

    Monica Rimmer

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    Seven cars on three streets in Leek have been keyed - and police believe there could be more that are yet to be reported.

    Officers say the damage was inflicted to cars on Beggars Lane, Wallbridge Drive and Wallbridge Precinct on Friday night.  

    The cost of the damage ranges from £200 to £800. 

  8. Funeral held for seven-year-old boy

    Jennie Aitken

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    The funeral has been held for seven-year-old Kayden Dunn, who died on 19 April after being hit by a car.

    The service took place at St. Mary's Church, in Norton, and blue and yellow balloons were released, because he loved Minions.

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    Video caption: Blue and yellow balloons released at funeral for seven-year-old
  9. Your pictures: Glorious Stafford and calm Congleton

    BBC Weather Watchers

    BBC Weather Watchers are sending in some lovely photos of the sunny weather.

    This one was taken by 'Flying Ant', in Stafford. 

    Stafford castle

    'Dawn Treader' sent in this picture from Congleton; it looks very still and calm. 

    Lake and trees
  10. New rollercoaster restaurant for Alton Towers

    Tim Wedgwood

    BBC Local LIve

    The new rollercoaster restaurant opens tomorrow. 

    Will you be making a special trip to visit it? Is it going to be worth the hype? 

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  11. Latest: 26-year-old robbed at knife point; balloons released at young boys funeral; cars damaged in Leek

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    This afternoon's headlines for Staffordshire and Cheshire are: 

    - A 26-year-old man from Stoke-on-Trent has been robbed at knife point in his home

    - Masses of balloons have been released at the funeral of a Stoke-on-Trent boy who died after being hit by a car

    - Seven cars on three streets in Leek have been keyed - and police believe there could be more that are yet to be reported

  12. Robbery at knife point in Stoke-on-Trent

    Lucy King

    News Editor, BBC Radio Stoke

    A man from Stoke-on-Trent has been robbed at knife point in his home

    The 26-year-old victim was woken at his house in Timmis Street, Hanley, in the early hours. 

    The three people, who are all believed to be youths, stole property from the house before escaping. 

    They're described as between 15 and 17 years of age, all dressed in black and their faces were covered.

    Police tape
  13. MP urges government to help power station workers

    Ros Chimes

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    The government's being urged to help workers who'll lose their jobs if, as expected, Rugeley B power station shuts in the summer

    The plant's owners are blaming what they call the "deterioration in market conditions" for coal-fired power stations in the UK. 

    Amanda Milling, the Conservative MP for Cannock Chase, is urging ministers to intervene to help the workers being laid off.

    Rugeley Power Station
  14. Stafford members of the Royal British Legion commemorated

    Emma Thomas

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    Eighteen members of the Royal British Legion, in Stafford, have been presented with the Ambassadors Peace Medal by the South Korean Naval Attache. 

    The event is for those who couldn't make it out to the Far East to be given the awards. 

    It partially coincides with the anniversary of the Battle of Imjin of the Korean War, which took place in late April, which was fought by United Nations forces and the Chinese.

    This is Albert Wilson being presented with a medal for serving in the Korean War (1951-1953), by Captain Secingeon, from the South Korean Embassy in London.

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    Video caption: Royal British Legion member in Stafford presented with Peace Medal
  15. Watch: Latest weather for the West Midlands

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    Any mist and fog will lift to leave a fine day with plenty of sunshine. 

    Despite a fairly brisk wind, it'll be another warm day, particularly in the prolonged sunny spells. Highs of 22C (72F). 

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  16. Nine weeks of roadworks in Stafford

    Emma Thomas

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    Businesses in Stafford say nine weeks of roadworks in the town will have a major impact on trade. 

    Three miles of the Weston Road between Beaconside and Weston will be affected from mid-June as a new sewer is built. 

    Gareth Mead, from Severn Trent, which is carrying out the work, told BBC Radio Stoke, financial help is available for businesses affected by the roadworks. 

    Severn Trent Water sign
  17. Latest: Robbery at knife point in Stoke-on-Trent; nine weeks of road works in Stafford; breathing technique for cancer patients

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    - A man from Stoke-on-Trent has been robbed at knife point in his home

    - Some business owners in Stafford say they're concerned roadworks on the Weston Road will damage trade

    - Cancer patients in the Midlands are being taught to hold their breath for five minutes while they're being treated for radiotherapy