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By Allen Cook

All times stated are UK

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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. On Midlands Today this evening: Stoke firm making Disney princesses

    Laura Mcmullan

    Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

    A small ceramic company from Stoke-on-Trent has been awarded an exclusive contract with Disney, to produce fine bone china figurines of their well known princesses.

    Man designing the princesses

    The English Ladies Company is the only one in the world who has the rights to produce these high-end pieces.

    And I've been finding out just how far afield they'll be selling them - find out more from 18:30 on Midlands Today on BBC One.

  3. BBC Weather Watchers: Cloud busting - Mares' Tails

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Pretty, wispy clouds have been filling your reports today in the skies over Staffordshire and Cheshire but you might be wondering what they are.

    Well, these are a type of cirrus cloud, known as cirrus uncinus. The name is derived from Latin and means "curly hooks".

    A sky full of mare tail clouds in Stafford, Staffordshire

    The clouds occur at very high altitudes, at a temperature of about −50 to −40C.

    They are commonly known as mares' tails because of their likeness to horse tails.

  4. Football: Former Newcastle man joins as Macclesfield number two

    BBC Radio Stoke Sport

    The former Newcastle United defender Steve Watson has been appointed assistant manager at Macclesfield Town, the club have confirmed today.

    He'll join up with manager John Askey having previously coached at Huddersfield and Birmingham City.

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  5. Bosley mill explosion: Events to be held to mark anniversary

    Lamont Howie

    Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

    A flower festival and religious services will held by people in Bosley, Cheshire to mark a year on from a devastating mill explosion that killed four people. 

    Firefighter at the scene of the explosion last year

    Derek Moore, 62, Jason Shingler, 38, William Barks, 51, and Dorothy Bailey, 62, died in the blast at the Wood Treatment Ltd plant on 17 July 2015.

    Cheshire East Council says villagers, the wider community and groups like itself and the emergency services will come together in a weekend of events themed as "a country parish remembers".

  6. Elderly woman hit by 'stolen' motorbike

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    An elderly woman in Nantwich has been hit by a motorbike which police believe was stolen.

    Beam Street, Nantwich

    Officers at Cheshire Police say the rider had run off when they were called to Beam Street on Saturday afternoon.

    They say a 68-year-old woman is thought to have suffered minor injuries.

  7. News: Review into Stafford maternity services; community to mark year after Bosley explosion; man in hospital after motorbike crash

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    Let's round up your headlines this evening:

    - A review into whether maternity services could return to Stafford's hospital has begun  

    A flower festival and religious services will held by people in Bosley, Cheshire to mark a year on from a devastating mill explosion that killed four people

    - A man's been taken to hospital after a crash between a motorcycle and a lorry near Stafford this afternoon

  8. Football: No excuses for young players - Crewe boss

    Graham McGarry

    Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Crewe Alexandra manager Steve Davis says there are no excuses for the young players in his squad if they don't perform in League Two this coming season

    Gresty Road

    Despite all but two of the Alex's current squad being under the age of 25, they made more than 300 League One appearances between them last season. 

    Davis says his players can't blame a lack of experience if they don't perform next season.

    Quote Message: They've played a lot of games now and they've had a lot of experience so they are young-ish (sic) players but have experience and I'm looking for them to push on." from Steve Davis Crewe Alexandra manager
    Steve DavisCrewe Alexandra manager
  9. Hospital boss seeking funds to keep dementia ward open

    Alice Bentley

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    More now on the specialist dementia ward at Harplands Hospital, Stoke-on-Trent, which families are calling for to stay open. 

    It's because the local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) want to look at whether the care could be provided elsewhere.

    Generic picture of doctors meeting

    Now, as well as families of those treated there, the chief executive of the North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, has written a blog mentioning ward four. 

    Caroline Donovan has described it as an "excellent initiative" and that they are disappointed the CCGs aren't continuing to fund it. 

    She adds in her blog that they are still working with them and the neighbouring University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust "to see if we can find the funding for this".

  10. Watch: Stoke and Staffordshire's weather forecast for tonight and tomorrow

    Alexandra Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    You can also get up-to-date weather forecast from the BBC Weather website.

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    Video caption: The weather for the West Midlands.
  11. Man in hospital after lorry and car crash

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    A man's been taken to hospital after a crash between a motorcycle and a lorry near Stafford this afternoon. 

    A518 near Chartley Castle

    It happened at 14:41 Staffordshire Police say, on the A518 near Chartley Castle.

    The force says the road is blocked in both directions after the crash - they haven't revealed the extent of the injuries suffered by the man.

  12. BBC Weather Watchers' pictures: Kidsgrove and Cheddleton

    Monica Rimmer

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    "At last sun" was the cry of one of our BBC Weather Watchers today and our volunteers have been uploading their photos from Staffordshire and Cheshire already.

    If you'd like to be one, you can sign up on the website.

    Cheddleton
    Kidsgrove
  13. Watch: New scheme to make recycling 'easier' launched

    Emma Thomas

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    A new recycling scheme is being rolled out in Newcastle-under-Lyme today which the council says will make the system easier for residents.  

    Video content

    Video caption: A new scheme to make recycling "easier" has been launched in Stoke-on-Trent.

    Previously, homeowners had five containers for their recycling - they've now been replaced by three boxes and there'll be weekly recycling collections. 

    Trevor Nicholls from the authority (featured in video) say the changes will make it easier for people to recycle and save £500,000 a year.  

  14. Latest: Review could see return of maternity services; not guilty plea to 1980s rape allegation; call to keep dementia ward open

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    This afternoon's top stories include:

    - The NHS has launched a review today into whether Stafford's County Hospital could see consultant-led maternity services return

    - A Staffordshire man has pleaded not guilty to the rape of a woman 30 years ago

    - Families who rely on a specialist dementia ward in Stoke-on-Trent are urging the officials who pay for the service not to shut it

  15. Football: 'We make jokes' - Port Vale signings settle in

    Lee Blakeman

    Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Port Vale's new striker Rigino Cicilia says all of the new additions to the squad have settled in well.

    Rigino Cicilia

    Five new players arrived at Vale Park last week, with more expected to join the club today. 

    Cicilia told BBC Radio Stoke that the new-look team has already started to gel.

    Quote Message: Everybody understands each other and respect is also there. We make jokes and laugh so the atmosphere is really great." from Rigino Cicilia Port Vale striker
    Rigino CiciliaPort Vale striker