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  1. Updates on Tuesday 12 April 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.   

Europa League 'beyond Stoke City'

Matt Sandoz

Stoke City commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Stoke City Football Club's manager Mark Hughes says qualification for the Europa League has disappeared.

Stoke go into their next game at home to Spurs ninth in the table and five points off sixth-placed West Ham. 

Mark Hughes with head in hands at Old Trafford
John Peters / Getty Images

We'll keep going, we've got five games to go and we need to make sure that we pick ourselves up. We invariably do.

Mark HughesStoke City manager

Lily-Ann 'just wants to be like every other girl'

The Sentinel

Little Lily-Ann Lowery has to visit hospital once every three months to ensure that she doesn't have a life threatening blood clot.

Lily-Ann and mother smiling at camera
The Sentinel
Lily-Ann and her mother Tracy

Peaty qualifies fastest for final

Graham McGarry

Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Staffordshire's world champion Adam Peaty has qualified fastest at the British Swimming Championships.

Adam Peaty holding arms aloft in celebration in swimming baths
Dan Mullan / Getty Images
Adam Peaty, 21, comes from Uttoxeter

The Uttoxeter swimmer has now got a place in the 100 metres breastroke final.

He's already said the Rio Olympic Games later this year is in his sights.

'Eyesore of Tamworth' scuppers house sales, neighbours say

It's been dubbed the 'eyesore of Tamworth' - an empty house that's fallen into a state of disrepair over a decade.

It's one of more than 3,000 homes in Staffordshire currently sitting unoccupied.

Neighbours are demanding action from their local council, after potential sales of homes around the property fell through.

Derelict house row

Headlines: Smiler crash victim gets bionic leg; man robs bookies with knife

Chris King

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

The main headlines today include:

- A woman who lost her leg in the Alton Towers Smiler crash has said a new "bionic" limb helps her to live a "more normal" life

- A man has robbed a bookmakers in Stoke-on-Trent, armed with a kitchen knife

- A Stoke-on-Trent charity has said it's overwhelmed by the generosity of people in the city following a break-in

Streete determined at Port Vale

Port Vale defender Remie Streete says he's determind to keep his place in the team for the final four fixtures of the season. 

Remie Streete playing football
Harry Trump / Getty Images
Remie Streete (r) battles in the FA Cup against Exeter City

Streete has started the last two games but had previously not featured in the starting lineup since December.

You can hear him on BBC Radio Stoke's Sport at Six this evening here. 

Weather: Rain to come this evening

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Sara Blizzard with the afternoon weather forecast for the West Midlands

Here's the latest weather for the West Midlands. Don't forget there's more on BBC Weather.

Crewe boss 'will not quit'

Graham McGarry

Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Crewe Alexandra manager Steve Davis says he has no plans to quit - despite the club's relegation to League Two.

Steve Davis looking beyond camera at football match
Jamie McDonald / Getty Images

Some fans have called for him to resign.

But Davis told Sport at Six last night that he's the man to lead the recovery. Listen here.

Alton Towers Smiler crash victim Vicky Balch gets 'bionic' leg

Jack Dowling

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

A woman who lost her leg in the Alton Towers Smiler crash has said a new "bionic" limb helps her to live a "more normal" life.

Vicky Balch was among five people seriously hurt when two carriages crashed on the rollercoaster last June.

Vicky Balch walking in a TV studio with Susanna Reid
S Meddle/ITV/REX/Shutterstock
Vicky Balch spoke to presenter Susanna Reid about her new prosthetic on the ITV morning show

Headlines: Man robs bookies with knife; charity overwhelmed by public support; school opens new playground

Chris King

Bulletin reader, BBC Radio Stoke

The main headlines today include:

- A man robs bookies in Stoke-on-Trent with kitchen knife

- A Stoke-on-Trent charity is overwhelmed by public support after a break-in

- A primary School opens new £50,000 playground

Man with knife robs bookies

Jack Dowling

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

A man has robbed Coral bookmakers in Stoke-on-Trent, armed with a kitchen knife.

The targeted Coral Bookmakers, on the corner of a street
Google

It happened at the bookies on King Street at 19:45 yesterday. 

The man was described as young, with ginger hair and freckles. The staff were unharmed.

Police chief pleased with officers

Cheshire Police's chief constable Simon Byrne has praised his officer's work.

Strong smell of cannabis at Force HQ- not what u think some good seizures recently @cheshirepolice !!

Travel: Congestion in Stoke-on-Trent

BBC Travel

There's congestion on the A520 in Stoke-on-Trent at Rough Close.

It's at the Old Road junctions, and due to roadworks.

More on BBC Travel.

May polls offer first test since general election

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

It's always galling for local politicians to find their fortunes inextricably linked with those of their national counterparts, irrespective of their own merits or demerits. Those of us with long memories recall how council elections can become more like killing fields when Westminster's pendulum swings this way or that.

Silhouettes of figures speaking at lecturns
Thinkstock

In normal times, one year on from a general election victory is the point when majority governments get a warning from the voters that any honeymoon period is over. But these are not normal times and our party politics defies much of that conventional wisdom.  

More on Alton Towers crash victim's bionic leg

More on Vicky Balch, who a lost a leg in the Alton Towers rollercoaster crash. She's been talking about her new hi-tech bionic limb. 

Miss Bach told ITV's Good Morning Britain the £60,000 Genium X3 prosthetic uses sensors to adapt to her movements and had given her "more energy" and confidence. 

She told the show she had recently joined the dating app Tinder and met new boyfriend Jordan. 

Vicky Balch (centre) with mother Karen (left) and Victoria Derbyshire
BBC
Vicky Balch and her mother Karen previously spoke to the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire about her ordeal.

We hadn't been together long when we told each other we love each other. But Jordan is really sweet and I just feel so comfortable around him."

Vicky Balch

New school playground opens in city

John Acres

BBC Radio Stoke

I've spent the morning at a school in Stoke-on-Trent where the pupils are very excited about a brand new playground.

Chidren playing on slide and climbing frame
BBC

Holden Lane Primary has officially unveiled the £50,000 set-up - it features a pirate ship, sand area and a water area.

And most magical of all, Postman Pat recorded a special video message for the children to celebrate.

Vandalised charity overwhelmed by support

Phil Bowers

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

A Stoke-on-Trent charity has said it's overwhelmed by the generosity of people in the city following a break-in.

Generic image of broken window
Clive Mason / Getty Images

The Savana Centre in Hanley supports victims of sexual abuse. Last week, a brick was thrown through the window of the children's therapy room.

Cuddly toys, soft furnishings and knitted items have since been donated.

News: Smiler crash victim gets bionic leg; charity overwhelmed by support; WW1 veteran honoured

Chris King

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

The main headlines today include:

- A victim of the Alton Towers rollercoaster crash has been given a new state-of-the-art bionic leg

- A Stoke-on-Trent charity has said it's overwhelmed by the generosity of people in the city following a break-in

- A First World War veteran has been honoured in Stoke-on-Trent as part of the city's WW1 centenary commemorations.

Smiler crash victim has bionic limb

A woman who lost a leg in the Alton Towers Smiler rollercoaster crash last year has a new bionic limb.

Vicky Balch, from Lancashire, says her new leg allows her to walk unaided, run and cycle.

The 20-year-old told ITV it was "very clever".

Vicky Balch looking at camera in pub
BBC
Vicky Balch

I can do a lot more things like go and see my friends - just do normal things that a normal 20-year-old would do.

Vicky Balch

Saving the lives of Cannock Chase deer

Jack Dowling

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

Emma Thomas is in Cannock Chase today. Her report into drivers hitting deer will feature on BBC Radio Stoke on Thursday.

7am trip to meet the deer of #CannockChase with @chaseranger who's trying to save lives. Hear it on @BBCRadioStoke
7am trip to meet the deer of #CannockChase with @chaseranger who's trying to save lives. Hear it on @BBCRadioStoke

7am trip to meet the deer of #CannockChase with @chaseranger who's trying to save lives. Hear it on @BBCRadioStoke

Football: Port Vale Q&A

Find out the latest on Port Vale's plans this evening - straight from the horse's mouth:

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Hundreds of lonely people helped by city charity

More than 100 lonely people are helped every day by Stoke-on-Trent charity Care Link.

Vintage landline phone on table
Joe Raedle / Getty Images

It has 16 volunteers who call over-50s either daily or weekly. These people have either referred themselves or been referred by their GP.

This comes as a report finds more than a million older people in the UK always or often feel lonely.

Teenager in hospital after scooter accident

Lee Thomas

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

A teenager is in hospital with serious leg injuries after coming off her scooter and colliding with a telegraph pole in Staffordshire. 

Paramedics treating person by fence and telegraph pole
WMAS

The crash happened on the B5026 in Croxton near Eccleshall, shortly after 14:00 yesterday.

She suffered a badly broken leg and was treated at the scene by paramedics before being flown by air ambulance to Royal Stoke University.       

First World War veteran honoured in city

A First World War veteran has been honoured in Stoke-on-Trent, as part of the city's WW1 centenary commemorations.

Peter Coates stands next to street sign, with office buildings in background
BBC

Leonard Coates Way runs along the front of the new Smithfield building in Hanley. Stoke City Football Club Chairman Peter Coates (pictured) is his son.

Leonard Coates served on the Allied front in 1918, where he was awarded the military medal.

News: Emergency service co-operation challenge; residents' shock over murder of toddler; hundreds of lonely people called by charity

Jodie Looker

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

The main headlines this morning include:

- A review by a police watchdog has found different working cultures of the emergency services has made co-operating a challenge during major incidents

- People in Staffordshire have expressed their shock over the murder of 21-month-old Ayeeshia Jane Smith

- More than 100 lonely people a day have been contacted across Stoke-on-Trent by loneliness charity Care Link

Travel: Fog causing disruption in Moorlands

BBC Travel

There's disruption on the A53 between Leek and Buxton because of fog and stranded lorries.

It's between the A523 Springfield Road and A54 Macclesfield Main Road junction.

More on BBC Travel.

Rescued seal Moon goes back to the sea

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

A seal which was rescued from a Blackpool beach and cared for in Cheshire has been released back into the wild.  

The seal heading back to the water
RSPCA

The RSPCA says the animal, a female named Moon, was released at Rhos-on-Sea, Wales, after being discovered at Rossall Beach last August.

She was released alongside a second seal, Sun, which was rescued from Merseyside in the same month - both had been cared for at the RSPCA’s Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre, Nantwich.

British Swimming Trials: Uttoxeter's Adam Peaty eyes Rio 2016

Nick Hope

BBC Sport, Olympic Sport reporter

Uttoxeter's world champion Adam Peaty says he hopes the momentum generated by his 2015 successes will help push him to Rio Olympic qualification.    

He was the first man to complete 50m and 100m double golds at the World Swimming Championships last year (featured above) along with also helping GB win mixed 4x100m medley relay gold.

Peaty, 21, and world championship bronze medallist Ross Murdoch will go head-to-head on the first day of competition in the British trials in the men's 100m breaststroke.

It's a great time to be a GB swimmer because there is so much strength in depth and everyone is pushing each other."

Adam Peaty

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Latest weather for the West Midlands

Your pictures: A buzzard perched on a Peak District post

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

This young buzzard perched on a post in the Peak District was photographed and sent in by Villager Jim.  

Young buzzard
Villager Jim

You too can send in any photo of Staffordshire or Cheshire and I'll feature as many as I can.

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