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  1. Rare Chinese cup sells for £3m at auction
  2. Stoke council criticised for rejecting refugee resettlement plan
  3. Tamworth has only one public toilet, BBC figures show
  4. Updates on Tuesday 31 May 2016

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By Allen Cook

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    We'll be back with our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 tomorrow, but keep an eye out here for more updates this evening and into the morning.

  2. Tree to be cut down due to fungus, decay and vandalism

    Emma Thomas

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    Five trees in part of Stafford are going to be cut down as the council says they've been found to be "unsafe". 

    One of the cherry trees and, inset, the damage on the trunk

    Stafford Borough Council says three cherry trees in St Peter's Gardens, Rickerscote, are suffering from decay and fungal infection. 

    It says an infection is also affecting a maple and a smaller sorbus tree has been vandalised.

  3. This evening on BBC Midlands Today: University sells rare cup and the aphid mystery

    Nick Owen

    Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    On Midlands Today this evening we'll be looking at what the sale of a rare Chinese cup means for Staffordshire University. 

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    Video caption: University researchers have spent 15 years trying to answer aphid queries

    Plus how you could help solve a wildlife mystery for scientists - all involving an aphid. 

    See both these stories and all the region's latest news, sport and weather from 18:30 on BBC One.

  4. Football: Leitch-Smith leaves Port Vale

    Lee Blakeman

    Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Port Vale's chairman Norman Smurthwaite has told BBC Radio Stoke that top scorer AJ Leitch-Smith is leaving the club. 

    AJ Leitch-Smith

    The striker was one of 13 players offered a new contract earlier this month, but Smurthwaite says he won't be staying.

    Quote Message: His agent emailed today to say that they are rejecting the offer and he wishes to terminate his contract and be paid up which is what we're going to be doing. from Norman Smurthwaite Port Vale's chairman
    Norman SmurthwaitePort Vale's chairman
  5. Watch: 'Delight' at university after Ming cup makes £3m at auction

    Jennifer Meierhans

    BBC News Online

    A professor at Staffordshire University says she's delighted that a "dusty old cup" found in a university cabinet has sold for £3m.

    The cup, thought to have been made for an emperor in 1425, was among a collection of antiques discovered by chance at the university.  

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    Video caption: A rare Chinese cup donated to a Midlands university has sold for £3.1m

    Valued at £2m, an unknown buyer paid £3.17m at auction in Hong Kong.

    Professor Flavia Swann said it was a "fantastic sale" and would fund a national ceramics centre.

  6. News: Rare Chinese cup sold for £3m; criticism over rejection of Syrian resettlement plan; public toilets' decline

    Chris King

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    This evening's main headlines include:

    - A rare Chinese cup, which was donated to Staffordshire University, has been sold today at auction for just over £3m

    Stoke-on-Trent City Council is being criticised for not working with a charity to resettle a Syrian family of refugees in the city

    - Tamworth is among a number of councils to now only have one public toilet, the BBC learns  

  7. Average-speed camera coverage in UK 'doubles' in three years

    Lauren Turner

    BBC News

    They'll be familiar to anyone travelling through the M6 roadworks recently in Staffordshire and Cheshire - average-speed cameras.

    Now, new figures have revealed that the length of the UK road network covered by permanent average-speed cameras has more than doubled since 2013.

    Average speed cameras over a motorway

    Research obtained by the BBC's The One Show found 51 stretches of road are permanently managed by the cameras, covering 263 miles in total.  

    In March, the House of Commons Transport Committee recommended further use of average-speed cameras on British roads, as they "are generally better received by motorists than traditional fixed-speed cameras".  

  8. Your pictures: Crewe carnival and horses in the countryside

    Allen Cook

    BBC Local Live

    A couple of bank holiday weekend pictures that I've been sent now, from across Staffordshire and Cheshire.

    Jonathan White took this at "The Lost Carnival" which took place at Queens Park in Crewe and included musicians, aerial performers and a trampoline acrobat.

    Lost Carnival pic

    While BBC Radio Stoke's Perry Spiller took this at the weekend of some horse in Denford, Staffordshire.

    Horses at Denford
  9. Watch: Football - new Crewe signing Ryan Lowe 'still got a lot to give'

    Graham McGarry

    Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    The Crewe Alexandra manager Steve Davis says new signing Ryan Lowe still has ''a lot to give". 

    The 37-year-old signed a one-year contract with the Alex last week.  

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    Video caption: New Crewe signing Ryan Lowe 'still got a lot to give'
  10. Decades-old tree given council protection despite complaints

    Ros Chimes

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    A protection order has been put on an 80-year-old ash tree in Stoke-on-Trent despite some residents saying they want it chopped down.

    The ash tree today

    A number of them living on John Wallace Close, Fegg Hayes, have told BBC Radio Stoke that falling branches, muck from pigeons and blocked satellite signals are all due to the tree.

    But the city council says the common ash is "unique" in the area and "makes an important contribution to the local street scene" - and has put a tree preservation order on it.

  11. Watch: Tonight and tomorrow's weather forecast for Stoke and Staffordshire

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    If you want a weather forecast at any other time for your part of Staffordshire or Cheshire, you can get one from the BBC website.

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    Video caption: The weather for the West Midlands.
  12. Diabetes: Children 'not getting recommended checks'

    BBC News Health

    Almost 75% of older children in England and Wales with diabetes are not getting key health checks, a study suggests.  

    Diabetes injection

    Data from 27,682 children and young people showed 25.4% of those aged 12 and older had all seven recommended annual checks, such as eye screenings.

    However, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, which carried out the audit, says the overall picture is one of improving care.

    Diabetes UK said missed health checks for children was "very worrying".

  13. BBC Weather Watcher pictures: Wynbunbury and Hanbury

    Monica Rimmer

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    Some cracking pictures have been uploaded today and over the weekend from our BBC Weather Watchers in Staffordshire and Cheshire.

    Here's a couple from user Sky Watcher in Wynbunbury, Cheshire, and Ianhrp in Hanbury, Staffordshire.

    Wynbunbury, Cheshire
  14. News: Ming Dynasty cup makes £3m at auction; call to help power station clubs; Stoke look for youth loans

    Chris King

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    The top stories for Staffordshire and Cheshire include:

    - A rare Chinese cup, which was donated to Staffordshire University, has been sold today at auction for just over £3m

    - There are calls for help to re-home sports clubs and community groups who are currently based at Rugeley B Power Station  

    - Stoke City's chief executive Tony Scholes says they will consider loaning out some of their young players next season