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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday 23 May 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Allen Cook

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

  2. On Midlands Today this evening: Body image, water supply and a Chelsea first

    BBC Midlands Today

    On Midlands Today this evening - we're talking body image with a Midlands model who was bullied online because of her size.

    River in a valley

    We'll also feature a multimillion-pound scheme to try and keep water coming to a city in the region - and heading to the RHS Chelsea Flower show to hear about a local first. 

    Plenty more news and sports stories too - join us on BBC One from 18:30.

  3. Football: Crewe Alexandra board had 'long debate' over whether to back manager

    Ged Scott

    BBC Sport

    Crewe Alexandra chairman John Bowler admits the board's had a long debate at Gresty Road before deciding to stick with manager Steve Davis despite relegation to League Two. 

    Steve Davis

    The Alex finished six points adrift at the bottom of the table after winning only seven of their 46 games.  

    Quote Message: Swapping managers is easy but not often successful. If we think we have the right balance and the right staff, we have got to be ready to show our support." from John Bowler Crewe Alexandra chairman
    John BowlerCrewe Alexandra chairman
  4. Thousands of pharmacies in England 'at risk of closure'

    BBC News Health

    Thousands of local pharmacies in England are at risk of closure because of cuts by the Department of Health, a campaign group has said.

    Pharmacy Voice, which represents High Street chemists, says that without access to a community pharmacist one in four people would visit their busy local GP instead.

    Pharmacy

    The government says outlets in some areas are too close together.

    It proposes giving more people access to a community pharmacy.

  5. Football: Sproson says Port Vale job should get 'plenty of interest'

    Lee Blakeman

    Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    The former Port Vale player Phil Sproson says he's expecting there to be plenty of interest in the vacant manager's job.

    Port Vale FC

    The search has started for Rob Page's successor after he left last week to take over at Northampton Town. 

    Sproson told BBC Radio Stoke he feels the job will be much sought-after.

    Quote Message: It's a club that's got a good name, it's a club that's in the middle of League One, there is a solid fan base, it has a lovely training ground, nice ground, there's a lot of things going for it." from Phil Sproson Former Vale player
    Phil SprosonFormer Vale player
  6. Watch: Residents angry over 'rejected' Stafford recycling bins

    Monica Rimmer

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    A number of Stafford residents have told BBC Radio Stoke they're angry some recycling bins haven't been collected.   

    Video content

    Video caption: Residents angry over 'rejected' recycling bins.

    "Rejected" stickers have appeared on some blue bins because the local authority's staff say the contents can't be recycled. 

    In the case of the bins in the video, Stafford Borough Council's website says plastic bags must be empty before being placed in their blue bins.

    The authority says it needs to make sure waste isn't becoming contaminated because it costs them thousands of pounds of tax payers money to sort when it is.  

  7. Watch: Pupils reach 'space seeds' conclusion

    John Acres

    BBC Radio Stoke

    Pupils at a Stafford school say they've found "space seeds" from British astronaut Tim Peake have grown at the same rate as normal seeds.

    Video content

    Video caption: Pupils find "space seeds" grow at same rate as normal seeds.

    King Edward VI High School was one of thousands across the UK that signed up for the mass experiment with the Royal Horticultural Society and the UK Space Agency

    They grew the salad leaf rocket seeds that had been in space along with those kept out of orbit - and both have grown at the same rate.  

  8. Police find 'Taser-style device' after Stafford fight

    Alice Bentley

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    A suspected "Taser-style device" has been recovered by police after a fight in Stafford.

    Walden Avenue

    It happened on Friday evening Staffordshire Police say, on Walden Avenue - officers found 15 people in the street when they arrived.

    One man, 23, from the town, was arrested for suspected possession of an offensive weapon.

  9. Latest: Police fine 'Taser-style device' after fight; gaming tech shows text-and-drive risk; statues plan for army regiments

    Chris King

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    These are among the top stories for Staffordshire and Cheshire this evening:

    - A suspected "Taser-style device" has been recovered by police after a fight in Stafford

    - Police in the West Midlands are using gaming technology to simulate the hazards of driving while texting on your phone

    - Three statues honouring the Devonshire, Dorset and combined Devon and Dorset Army regiments are being planned for the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire

  10. Action proposed to tackle Longton anti-social behaviour

    Jack Dowling

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    People living in Longton in Stoke-on-Trent are being urged to have their say about tackling anti-social behaviour in the town.

    Longton market hall

    Stoke-on-Trent City Council's launched a six-week consultation asking people in the town for their thoughts on introducing measures to stamp out aggressive and threatening behaviour and drinking on the streets.

    The authority is proposing to bring in a "public space protection order" - meaning police and some council officers could ask people to stop drinking in the town centre and hand over their alcohol. 

  11. Gaming tech shows text-and-drive risk

    Joanne Writtle

    BBC Midlands Today

    Police are using gaming technology to simulate the hazards of driving while texting on your phone. Central Motorway Police Group has fitted a car with the equipment - I gave it a go.

    Studies have found that driver reaction times when using a mobile are 30% slower than someone who's just above the drink drive limit.  

    Video content

    Video caption: Gaming tech shows risks of using phones behind the wheel
  12. Watch: Tonight and tomorrow's Stoke and Staffordshire weather forecast

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    The BBC website also has latest weather forecasts available at any time.

    Video content

    Video caption: Afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands
  13. Swimming: Peaty 'fitter than I've ever been'

    Euan Duncan

    BBC Local Live

    Uttoxeter's Adam Peaty certainly looks like a man on a mission, and even he accepts that things are on track for a strong performance at the Rio Olympics.

    Adam Peaty with team mates

    After his fourth gold at the European Swimming Championships in London, he said: "It's great to come here and defend all my titles mid-season.

    "I can't really complain. The stroke feels in the best place it's ever been and I feel fitter than I've ever been except in that last 25m where I felt awful."

  14. Staffordshire statues plan for three Army regiments

    Emma Thomas

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    Three statues honouring the Devonshire, Dorset and combined Devon and Dorset Army regiments are being planned for the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

    It is hoped models of three soldiers - each depicting one of the old regiments - will be cast in bronze and displayed at the Arboretum

    The models of the three bronze sculptures which will represent the Devonshire Regiment, the Dorset Regiment and the Devon and Dorsets

    The Devonshire and Dorset Regimental Association said a "substantial amount" of the £140,000 cost had been raised.

    A fundraising appeal has now been launched to raise the remaining money.

  15. Watch: Princess Royal meets arthritis clinical trial patients

    John Acres

    BBC Radio Stoke

    HRH The Princess Royal has met patients taking part in arthritis clinical trials in Stoke-on-Trent.

    Princess Anne visited Haywood Hospital in her role as Patron for the College of Occupational Therapy.  

    Video content

    Video caption: HRH The Princess Royal meets arthritis clinical trial patients in Stoke-on-Trent.

    She spoke to staff from the hospital's research department and heard from patients taking part in a trial looking to improve treatment of rheumatoid arthritis or early inflammatory arthritis.  

  16. BBC Weather Watcher pictures: Sunshine in Ipstones and Gnosall

    Monica Rimmer

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    The sunshine over the weekend's been reflected in these pictures from our BBC Weather Watchers - AppyIppy in Ipstones and JR in Gnosall.

    As well as uploading photos, our weather watchers keep us updated with the forecast in their area - to become one, join up on the website

    Ipstones
    Gnosall