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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday 5 April 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Monica Rimmer

All times stated are UK

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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.  

Coming up on Midlands Today: Misery for train passengers

Nick Owen

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

There's severe disruption to train services tonight due to a power fault in the overhead lines at Birmingham International Station. 

A train brought down the wires early this morning and the fault is unlikely to be fixed until at least 20:00. 

Train cables
Network Rail

It's affecting Virgin, London Midland, Cross Country and Arriva Trains Wales services to locations including Coventry, Shrewsbury, London Euston, Reading, Manchester, Liverpool and Edinburgh. 

We'll bring you the latest at 18:30 on Midlands Today

Cheadle town centre roads set to be improved

Chris King

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

Work to improve roads in Cheadle town centre is due to start next week. 

The £90,000 investment will see Chapel Street, Bank Street and Watt Place resurfaced. Starting on Monday, 11 April, the scheme will take three weeks to complete.

Junction of Chapel Street
Google

Improvements to kerbs and drains will be carried out during day times from 11 April with temporary traffic controls in place.  

To allow the resurfacing work to be carried out safely and promptly, overnight road closures will need to be in place between 19:00 and 07:00 from 25 April to 29 April. People will be able to access homes and businesses throughout the project.

Watch: Latest forecast for Staffordshire and Cheshire

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It should continue to be dry and bright into the evening, with an increased chance of the odd light shower.

Lows of 6C (42F).

Vale 'comedy of errors' infuriates Page

Lee Blakeman

Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Port Vale boss, Rob Page, says his side's second-half display in their 4-2 defeat by Chesterfield was comical.

Rob Page
BBC

Last attempt to save former school fails

James Bovill

Political reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

A last ditch attempt to save a former Newcastle school from demolition has failed. 

St George and St Giles Primary, on Barracks Road, is being knocked down to make way for a new civic hub containing the library, register officer, police and borough council staff.

Campaigners had tried to get the Victorian building listed, but Historic England turned the application down.

Latest: Last attempt to save former Newcastle school fails; Cheshire's Chief Fire Officer to spend time in Cumbria; chip pan fire nearly claimed the life of a Newcastle man

Jack Dowling

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

This evening's headlines for Staffordshire and Cheshire: 

- St George and St Giles Primary on Barracks Road is being knocked down to make way for a new civic hub

- The chairman of Cheshire's Fire Authority is reassuring people that sharing the county's Chief Fire Officer with Cumbria won't cause any problems

- A smoke alarm saved a man's life in Newcastle last night, after a neighbour heard the alarm in a flat on Ford Street, Silverdale just after midnight

Your pictures: Cloudy Ipstones

BBC Weather Watchers

BBC Weather Watcher 'AppyIppy' sent in this snap from Ipstones.

There is some blue sky at least.

Field and trees in Ipstones
AppyIppy

Eggcellent news - first penguin chicks of the year hatch at Chester Zoo

Sarah Robertson

Producer, BBC Radio Stoke

Four fuzzy penguin chicks named Wotsit, Quaver, Frazzle and Cheeto have become the first of their kind to hatch at Chester Zoo, Cheshire this year. 

Wotsit broke out of its egg on Easter Sunday, quickly followed by Quaver (Sunday) and Frazzle (Monday), with Cheeto arriving just this morning weighing a mere 75g. 

The tiny youngsters – threatened Humboldt penguins from South America – have been named after their keepers’ favourite crisps.  

Football: Butland has great future says club chairman Coates

Matt Sandoz

Stoke City commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Stoke City chairman, Peter Coates, backs goalkeeper Jack Butland to recover from injury and have a successful England career.

Jack Butland
Getty Images

Delays in Stafford expected ahead of construction work

Ros Chimes

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

Drivers in Stafford are being warning to expect delays leaving the town centre as roadworks begin. 

Severn Trent Water is carrying out construction at the Queensville roundabout on the A34 until 25 April. 

There are also temporary traffic lights on Radford Bank and the Wolverhampton Road causing delays. 

Severn Trent Water sign
BBC

Update: Disruption to rail services

BBC Midlands Today

An empty train and overhead cables were severely damaged on a railway line between Birmingham and Coventry, closing the line this morning.  

A Network Rail spokesman has been talking to BBC Midlands Today.  

Latest: Cheshire's Chief Fire Officer to spend time in Cumbria; severe delays to the trains; last day to get your dog micro-chipped

Jack Dowling

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

This afternoon's headlines for Staffordshire and Cheshire: 

- The chairman of Cheshire's Fire Authority is reassuring people that sharing the county's Chief Fire Officer with Cumbria won't cause any problems

- There's major disruption to the train services across the region this afternoon, after problems with overhead cables at Birmingham International

- Dog owners of Staffordshire and Cheshire could be landed with a £500 fine if they don't follow new rules coming in this week

Your pictures: Ominous clouds in Leek

BBC Weather Watchers

'Videoman' sent in this picture from the Moorlands. Some rather ominous grey clouds are heading over. 

You can sign up and become a BBC Weather Watcher by heading to the website.  

Hills in Leek
videoman

Cheshire's Chief Fire Officer to spend time in Cumbria

Lamont Howie

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

The chairman of Cheshire's Fire Authority is reassuring people that sharing the county's Chief Fire Officer with Cumbria won't cause any problems. 

Paul Hancock will spend two days a week 111 miles (180km) away in Cumbria, where he'll train officers to do the role long term.

Paul Hancock
BBC

Councillor John Joyce told BBC Radio Stoke's Morgan in the Morning, they already have close links. 

They already collaborate with Cumbria on a number of issues - we work quite closely with them under the control sense and do a lot of work with them on emergency."

John JoyceCouncillor

Football: Port Vale star keen to stay

Lee Blakeman

Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Port Vale striker, Ajay Leitch-Smith, says the chance to continue working with manager Rob Page is the main factor in him wanting to stay. 

Leitch-Smith signed from Yeovil Town last summer and has gone on to score 11 goals for Vale this season. 

He's out of contract in the summer, but he says he wants to work with Page again next season.

Ajay Leitch-Smith
Rex Features

This lunchtime on BBC Midlands Today: Severe delays to the trains

Qasa Alom

BBC Midlands Today

On Midlands Today this lunchtime, we're looking at major disruption to the train services across the region this lunchtime, after problems with overhead cables at Birmingham International. 

Trains which run through the station have had to be cancelled, meaning delays for thousands of commuters.

Queues in Birmingham International Station
Danielle Currie

We'll have more on BBC One from 13:30.

Watch: Latest weather forecast for the Staffordshire and Cheshire

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

A dry and bright day with some sunny spells, but there is the chance of the odd light shower later. 

Feeling pleasant in the sunshine - highs of 13C (55F). 

Latest: Cheshire to share its Chief Fire Officer; roadworks start in Stafford; Staffordshire couple reunited after 70 years

Jodie Looker

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

This afternoon's headlines for Staffordshire and Cheshire:

- The chairman of Cheshire's Fire Authority is reassuring people that sharing the county's Chief Fire Officer with Cumbria won't cause any problems

- Drivers in Stafford are being warning to expect delays leaving the town centre as roadworks begin

- Roy Vickerman and Nora Jackson called off their wedding in 1946 but were reunited when Roy called Graham Torrington's BBC Radio Stoke show 70 years later

Travel: Disruption to rail services

BBC Travel

If you're heading out of the area, there's disruption to train services

Replacement bus services are running between Coventry and Birmingham New Street due to overhead line problems at Birmingham International. Trains are cancelled or diverted between New Street and Leamington Spa. 

Some services are being diverted via Stafford, meaning delays are likely for passengers at Stafford's station. 

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Football: Crewe players could be left 'embarrassed'

Graham McGarry

Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Crewe Alexandra manager, Steve Davis, says his players will be left embarrassed if they don't perform at Port Vale this weekend. 

The Alex have won just one of their last 20 games and could be relegated on Saturday.

Steve Davis
BBC

Davis told BBC Radio Stoke his players can't hide at Vale Park.  

It's a big pitch, great atmosphere, that's where people have got to stand up and show that they're men. They need to do better."

Steve DavisCrewe Alexandra Manager

Last day to get your dog micro-chipped

Emma Thomas

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

Dog owners of Staffordshire and Cheshire could be landed with a £500 fine if they don't follow new rules coming in this week. 

From tomorrow it'll be compulsory in England, Scotland and Wales for all dogs to be micro-chipped, with the owner's details stored on a national database. 

With an estimated 9m pet pooches in the UK, getting them all covered has been a major project. 

I went along to Island Vets in Stafford, which was offering a microchipping service.

Travel: Disruption on M6 southbound

BBC Travel

There's very slow traffic on the M6 southbound following an earlier blockage. It's between junction 13 for Stafford south and junction 12 for Gailey. 

Watch: Reunited after 70 years

Laura Mcmullan

Reporter, BBC Midlands Today

This is the love story to end all love stories. 

Roy Vickerman and Nora Jackson called off their wedding in 1946 but were reunited when Roy called Graham Torrington's BBC Radio Stoke show

Now, 70 years on, they're going to get married.  

Your pictures: Mirror magic in Baddiley

BBC Weather Watchers

BBC Weather Watcher 'ticketyboo' sent in this gorgeous picture from the Swanley Bridge marina.

Reflections in the evening at Swanley Bridge Marina
ticketyboo

If you've got a photo of Staffordshire or Cheshire to share, the best ways to do so are via emailtweet @BBCRadioStoke or use Instagram and add #bbcstoke.  

Latest: Last day to micro-chip dogs; Cheshire Fire Officer reassures public; couple reunited after 70 years apart

Jodie Looker

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

The main headlines this morning include:  

- There's a warning pet owners in Staffordshire and Cheshire could be fined if they fail to follow a new law making it compulsory for all dogs to be on a national micro-chipping register

- The chairman of Cheshire's Fire Authority is reassuring people that sharing the county's Chief Fire Officer with Cumbria won't cause any problems

- After 70 years apart, a Staffordshire couple have finally been reunited, following an appeal on Late Night Graham Torrington on BBC Radio Stoke

Football: Stoke City chairman backs Butland to be England's number one

Matt Sandoz

Stoke City commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Stoke City chairman, Peter Coates, has backed Jack Butland to be England's number one for many years to come. 

The Stoke keeper will miss the rest of the season, and Euro 2016, with a fractured ankle.

Peter Coates
BBC

Coates told Sport at Six last night Butland has a great future in the game.  

We've got the very highest expectation of him. We've seen him have his first full Premier League season and it was no surprise he was the obvious replacement for Joe Hart."

Peter CoatesStoke City chairman

Dog owners microchip deadline

Pet owners in Staffordshire and Cheshire could be fined if they don't get their dogs micro-chipped. 

From tomorrow, a new law means it's compulsory for electronic identification to be inserted into a dog's skin, allowing their owner to be found if the pet is lost, injured, abused or involved in harming others.

Legal action possible over children's centre plans

Legal action could be taken by campaigners opposed to Cheshire East Council's plan to downgrade children's centres. 

Four facilities, including those in Nantwich and Sandbach, will be affected. 

The council says it's too late to reconsider and insists a new mobile service will provide a better alternative.

Latest: Pet owners face fines; legal action over children's centre; couple reunited after 70 years

Jodie Looker

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

Here are some of the main stories we are looking at in Staffordshire and Cheshire:

- Pet owners in Staffordshire and Cheshire could be fined if they don't get their dogs micro-chipped

- Legal action could be taken against Cheshire East Council's plan to downgrade children's centres

- A couple from north Staffordshire have been reunited after 70 years apart

Weather: Dry and bright

BBC Weather

Staying mostly dry today with the odd shower, sunny spells for the afternoon. Sara Blizzard has the forecast.

Travel: Road shut in Burton due to fire

BBC Travel

The A511 Horninglow Street is closed in both directions due to a building fire in Burton-upon-Trent between Guild Street and Derby Road. 

Good morning from today's Staffordshire and Cheshire live page

Welcome to the Local Live service for Staffordshire and Cheshire on Tuesday morning. 

We'll be bringing you all the news, sport, travel and weather as it happens. 

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