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  1. Updates on Tuesday 17 May 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 Wednesday

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

At the scene as Queen unveils regiment's memorial in Staffordshire

Dave Guest

Chief reporter, BBC North West Tonight

For those whose loved ones are remembered by the new memorial, today was a day of pride and poignancy.

Naturally, there was was sadness recalling lives cut short too soon. But there was pride too in the fact they died for Queen and country.

Tracy Dunn-Bridgeman, from Liverpool, was among those who made the journey to the National Memorial Arboretum. She lost her son Jason to the Afghanistan conflict in 2009.

She said: "They say the Regiment's its own little family, and although the lads have all got their individual headstones, this is a family headstone for want of a better description."

National Trust and Forestry Commission could help run Cannock Chase

James Bovill

Staffordshire Political Reporter, BBC News

The National Trust and the Forestry Commission are among groups which could help run Cannock Chase, Staffordshire County Council says, as part of its review of countryside estate. 

Cannock Chase

The authority says more than 130 individuals, groups and organisations have expressed an interest in helping to run its six country parks, nine picnic areas and three disused rail lines.   

All the options will be considered next month by the council.  

On Midlands Today this evening: Charities benefit from Stoke City farewell

Laura Mcmullan

Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

On Midlands Today this evening we'll be hailing a local footballer as his team's fans bid him a fond farewell. 

The Britannia Stadium was in fine voice last night, as 16,000 fans turned out for Andy Wilkinson's testimonial - he's been forced to retire with a head injury. 

Andy Wilkinson

From 18:30 on BBC One you'll see what the atmosphere was like at the match and how local charities will benefit.  

Football: Grant 'not surprised' other clubs interested in Port Vale manager

Lee Blakeman

Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Port Vale's "Player of the Year" Anthony Grant says he's not surprised that manager Rob Page is being linked to jobs elsewhere. 

Rob Page
Port Vale FC

Newly promoted Northampton are understood to be the latest club showing an interest in the Vale boss after their manager joined Sheffield United last week

Page has just guided Vale into a top-half finish after they were tipped to be relegated.   

He's done very well with a limited budget so imagine him with a big budget at a, no disrespect, bigger team with more money - Cardiff, Sheffield United, whoever it might be - then he's bound to do well.

Anthony GrantPort Vale player

Rush hour rail delays after truck hits bridge

Sarah Portlock

BBC News Online

A vehicle has struck a bridge at Rugeley Trent Valley, causing disruption to trains between Stafford / Stoke-on-Trent and Nuneaton, Network Rail reports.

Trains are now able to run but a speed restriction will remain in place, causing delays of up to an hour until 18:00.

Road transport is operating for London Midland passengers travelling between Stafford and Nuneaton.

Latest: 'Extraordinary' A&E demand at hospital; developers push for Jodrell Bank homes; decision made on who runs council

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

The main headlines this evening include:

The NHS Trust running Stoke-on-Trent's main hospital has told BBC Radio Stoke it is dealing with an "extraordinary surge in demand" in A&E

- Developers have told a planning inquiry that more than 100 new houses are needed near Jodrell Bank in Cheshire

- Two groups have joined forces to run Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council

Garden waste collections get permanent extension in Stoke-on-Trent

James Bovill

Staffordshire Political Reporter, BBC News

The two-month extension of garden waste collections in Stoke-on-Trent is to become a permanent fixture for residents.

Brown waste bin

The city council's going to empty brown wheelie bins for nine months of the year, including November and March, following a successful trial. 

Watch: Stoke and Staffordshire's weather for tonight and tomorrow

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

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

Hospital dealing with 'extraordinary surge in demand' in A&E

Sarah Robertson

News Editor, BBC Radio Stoke

The NHS Trust running Stoke-on-Trent's main hospital has told BBC Radio Stoke it is dealing with an "extraordinary surge in demand" in A&E.  

Royal Stoke University Hospital

The University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust says the Royal Stoke hospital normally sees 300 patients a day in the unit but that figure is currently more than 400. 

The Medical Director at the trust is urging people to stay away if possible.

This increase could be due to an unseasonal spike in minor infections such as coughs and colds and, because of the warmer weather, more people incurring injury when playing outdoor sports."

John OxtobyMedical Director for University Hospitals of North Midlands

Photo: Lorry-hit railway bridge affects services around Rugeley

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Trains are being delayed by up to an hour on London Midland services and Virgin Trains between Stafford and Lichfield Trent Valley due to a vehicle hitting a bridge at Rugeley Trent Valley. 

Tickets are being accepted on Cross Country services.  

Van which struck a bridge
Birmingham New Street

BBC Weather Watcher pictures: Madeley and Trentham

Monica Rimmer

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

Our team of BBC Weather Watchers keeps us updated with the weather wherever they are in Staffordshire or Cheshire - sign up and become one too.

Members also upload great pictures and here's a couple I've found today from Young Ted in Madeley, Staffordshire, and Bourney in Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent.

Young Ted

Boxing: Nantwich boxer gets chance on Tyson Fury undercard

Graham McGarry

BBC Radio Stoke Sport

The Nantwich heavyweight boxer Nathan Gorman has been given the opportunity to appear on the undercard of Tyson Fury's heavyweight title rematch with Wladimir Klitschko. 

Nathan Gorman at a press conference
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The fights are coming thick and fast for the 19-year-old, who is trained by Ricky Hatton. 

He has racked up four victories with three knockouts since turning professional in December. 

News: Hospital seeing 'extraordinary' A&E demand; Jodrell Bank housing inquiry begins; Queen dedicates new Staffordshire memorial

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

This afternoon's headlines include:

- The NHS Trust running Stoke-on-Trent's main hospital has told BBC Radio Stoke it is dealing with an "extraordinary surge in demand" in A&E

- A public inquiry's been told protecting Jodrell Bank from planned new homes is "a matter of global significance"

- Her Majesty the Queen has dedicated a new memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum to the fallen of the Duke Of Lancaster's Regiment

BBC to close websites as part of £15m savings

BBC News England

The BBC has announced plans to close a number of websites including BBC Food and Newsbeat in a bid to save £15m.

Proposals, subject to approval, also include ending local news index web pages, offering instead an open stream on the rolling Local Live service.

The announcement today follows the publication of the government's White Paper on the future of the BBC last week.     

Stoke index

Your pictures: Riverside in Barton and Stone's canal

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

You do a marvellous job sending in pictures of Staffordshire and Cheshire.

In today's selection, we have this landscape from Barton-under-Needwood taken by Andrew Hollyhead.

Barton-under-Needwood March 2016
Andrew Hollyhead

And then this one from Kath Dawson shows the canal in Stone from one of the locks.

Got a picture of the area you'd like to see featured? You can send it in on email, tweet @BBCRadioStoke or put it on Instagram with #bbcstoke in the description.

Canal in stone from Kath Dawson in March 2016
Kath Dawson

Travel: Rail lines blocked between Stafford and Lichfield

BBC Travel

A vehicle's hit a bridge between Stafford and Lichfield, blocking all railway lines, according to Virgin Trains.

Get the latest from the BBC Travel website.

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Watch: Queen dedicates new memorial in Staffordshire

Dave Guest

Chief reporter, BBC North West Tonight

We told you earlier she was visiting the county - now Her Majesty the Queen has dedicated the new memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum.

It's to the fallen of the Duke Of Lancaster's Regiment.

The regiment - of which she's Colonel-in-Chief - celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.  

Football: Crewe's manager targets strong team to start next season

Graham McGarry

Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Crewe Alexandra's manager Steve Davis says it is important he puts together a strong team for next season. 

Steve Davis

The Alex released 11 players last week as they restructure their squad for League Two. 

Davis told BBC Radio Stoke it's vital that they make a good start to the next campaign.

We've got to start well next season, we've got to build a team that's going to hit the ground running, that's going to get results in that early two or three months to get us in a good position and build the confidence.

Steve DavisCrewe Alexandra manager

Agreement made to run Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council

James Bovill

Staffordshire Political Reporter, BBC News

Two groups have joined forces to run Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council

Labour and the Borough Independents have agreed to work together after this month's elections left Labour with 27 seats - four short of an overall majority. 

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council

They've now formed a "partnership" for the next two years until the council holds an "all-out" election. 

The Independent group was formed after three Labour councillors quit the party over Jeremy Corbyn's leadership.  

Action demanded over Stafford parking concerns

Emma Thomas

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

People living in an area of Stafford have told BBC Radio Stoke they're forced to pay to use public car parks because shoppers and commuters take up spaces outside their homes. 

A terraced street in Forebridge

Residents in terraced streets in Forebridge, near the train station and town centre, are calling for permit parking to be enforced to end their "frustration". 

Staffordshire County Council says it is awaiting responses to a questionnaire sent to more than 200 homes and businesses and will make changes if the majority support permit parking.

On Midlands Today this lunchtime: Stoke City say goodbye to former player

Laura Mcmullan

Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

More than 16,000 Stoke City fans flocked to the Britannia Stadium last night to watch Andy Wilkinson say his farewells to the club he's served for 15 years.

Andy Wilkinson

The former defender has been forced to retire early after failing to recover fully from concussion. 

Last night at his testimonial match, he said he's been overwhelmed by all the support and you can see my report on the game on Midlands Today on BBC One from 13:30.

News: Jodrell Bank housing inquiry begins; Queen visiting Arboretum; Peaty targets European gold

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

The main headlines this afternoon include:

- A public inquiry begins into whether planned new homes in Cheshire would "impair" the telescope at Jodrell Bank

- The Queen is visiting the National Memorial Arboretum today

- Staffordshire swimmer Adam Peaty will go for gold in the 100m breaststroke at the European Aquatic Championships tonight

'Train NHS staff' to plug doctor gaps, bosses say

Nick Triggle

Health Correspondent

Nurses, paramedics and pharmacists should be trained to fill in for doctors and help the NHS in England cope with demand, bosses say.

Management body NHS Employers has given the plan the green light after advisers said there were a range of extra tasks they could do with more training.

Science Photo Library

A Nuffield Trust review found examples of nurses filling in for hospital doctors and pharmacists for GPs.

But unions warned against using it as a quick fix for problems in the NHS.

Jodrell Bank: Developers claim 'no evidence' plans would cause increase in interference

Lamont Howie

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

More now on the news that a public inquiry's beginning today into whether planned new homes would affect apparatus at Jodrell Bank.

Cheshire East councillors rejected plans for 119 homes in Goostrey last year, concluding the proposals would "result in impairment to the efficiency of the Jodrell Bank Radio Telescope". 

Jodrell Bank site

But Gladman Developments launched an appeal, claiming there was "no evidence" their plans would cause a significant increase in radio interference. In a statement to Cheshire East Council, the company said it was "prepared to work with (Jodrell Bank) and consider any reasonable mitigation measures that they might suggest to alleviate their concerns".

The government planning inspector will make recommendations to Communities Secretary Greg Clark, who will make a final judgment.

Supply teacher spend exceeds £800m

David Rhodes

BBC News

Primary and secondary schools in England struggling to recruit teachers spent £821m on supply staff last year, it has emerged.  

Analysis by BBC News shows the equivalent of £160.44 was spent on each child in the West Midlands in order to hire extra staff to cover vacancies and absences.  

Pupils in a classroom

Teachers unions say the amount of money spent reflects a "serious teacher recruitment and retention crisis".

The government said the number of quality teachers was at a record high.

Swimming: Uttoxeter's Peaty chasing European gold

Graham McGarry

BBC Radio Stoke Sport

The Staffordshire swimmer Adam Peaty will go for gold in the 100m breaststroke at the European Aquatic Championships tonight.  

Adam Peaty at the championships
Getty Images

Peaty, from Uttoxeter, won his semi-final in the quickest time at the former Olympic pool in London last night. 

He's already world record holder in the event and is using the European championships as part of his preparations for the Rio Olympic Games. 

Queen to visit National Memorial Arboretum to honour regiment

Euan Duncan

BBC Local Live

The Queen is visiting the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire today. 

As Colonel-in-Chief to The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, she'll lay a wreath at a new monument to those who've died serving in it.

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After the dedication, the Queen will also meet officers and their families.

Tributes flood in for Ian 'Tipper' Davies

Burton Mail

Tributes have been paid to a hugely popular father of five after he died suddenly at the age of 40, leaving family and friends devastated.

Ian 'Tipper' Davies with his partner Martine
Burton Mail

Man found in caravan doorway after fire

Caroline Gall

BBC News Online

Investigations are continuing into a caravan fire which killed a man in Featherstone, Staffordshire.

The scene

Firefighters arrived at St James' caravan park, in New Road, at about 00:30 on Monday and spent more than five hours tackling the blaze.  

Football: More than 16,000 fans turn out for Andy Wilkinson's Stoke City farewell

Matt Sandoz

Stoke City commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

More than 16,000 fans packed into the Britannia Stadium last night to pay tribute to a local Stoke City hero, Andy Wilkinson, in his testimonial match.

Andy Wilkinson being honoured by Stoke City
Stoke City FC

The former Potters defender from Yarnfield scored his first goal in red-and-white stripes in his farewell game for the club. 

Afterwards, Wilkinson told BBC Radio Stoke just how much the night meant.  

It's an amazing feeling and I'm thankful to everyone who's come down because we've raised so much money for the charities and the lads who have come down as well, I can't thank them enough.

Andy WilkinsonFormer Stoke City defender

Latest: Inquiry into housing impact on Jodrell Bank; Demands for Stafford parking action; thousands turn out for Andy Wilkinson charity game

Jodie Looker

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

This morning's top stories include:

- A government inspector will begin hearings today into concerns that planned new homes in a Cheshire village could interfere with Jodrell Bank's ability to see into space  

- People living in an area of Stafford say they're forced to pay to use public car parks because shoppers and commuters take up spaces outside their homes

- More than 16,000 fans packed into Britannia Stadium last night to pay tribute to a local Stoke City hero, Andy Wilkinson, in his testimonial

Watch: WW2 veteran leads Guinea Pig Club memorial plan

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

A member of a group of World War Two pilots who underwent pioneering plastic surgery has begun a campaign for a permanent tribute to the airmen in Staffordshire

Sandy Saunders suffered 40% burns after a plane crash during an RAF flight.

He was sent to Sir Archibald McIndoe, who tried out treatments on his "guinea pigs" because he had no reference book to refer to.

Now Mr Saunders wants help to fund a memorial to the so-called Guinea Pig Club. He's planned the construction of a £20,000 memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas.

Football: Macclesfield's Holroyd, Branagan, Pilkington and Lewis sign new deals

Nathan Middleton

BBC Sport

Macclesfield Town players Chris Holroyd, Ritchie Branagan, George Pilkington, and Paul Lewis have all agreed new contracts.

Forward Holroyd, 29; goalkeeper Branagan, 24; defender Pilkington, 34; and midfielder Lewis, 21, helped the Silkmen finish 10th this season.

Macclesfield Town
Getty Images

The club has also taken up the option to extend John McCombe, Jack Sampson and Chris Sutherland's deals.

"I am hoping that more signings will follow," said boss John Askey.