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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday 25 April 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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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. 

Watch: Stoke and Staffordshire's weather tonight and tomorrow

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

The latest forecast for your part of Staffordshire or Cheshire can also be found on the BBC website at any time.

On Midlands Today this evening: Disastrous dental surgery

Michele Paduano

Health correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

"Butchered" - that's how Jackie Stokes from Staffordshire feels after spending her life savings on dental surgery that went disastrously wrong.   

Dentist working on woman's teeth
BBC

The pensioner, from Burton upon Trent, says she's suffered four years of pain and distress. 

I'll have the full story in Midlands Today on BBC One from 18:30.

Football: Burton player says promotion race 'back in their favour'

Nigel Cash

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Burton Albion defender Damien McCrory says the race for automatic promotion is now firmly back in their favour. 

Burton beat Colchester 3-0 but their closest rivals Walsall lost 4-0 at Bradford.

Damien McCrory
Getty Images

Watch: Councils say academies plan may not raise standards

Branwen Jeffreys

Education Editor

A group of local authorities including Staffordshire and Cheshire East Council have warned that a government plan to make all schools in England academies could fail to raise standards.

The County Councils Network, which represents 37 largely Conservative local authorities, also says it could prove poor value for money.

Customers threatened with knives in pub robbery

Alice Bentley

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

Two men have robbed a pub in Staffordshire after threatening staff and customers with knives.

Staffordshire Police say the pair went into The Ivy House, on Stafford Road, Newtown, last night and demanded cash and one customer's car keys. 

Ivy House pub, Newtown
Google

They left in the stolen car with cash - armed officers and police dogs were sent out by the force to search the area but found no-one. 

Officers say no one was hurt but the customers and pub staff were left shaken.

Watch: Rare baby primate born at Chester Zoo

Lamont Howie

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

A rare baby Sulawesi crested macaque - called "one of the world's most endangered primates" - has been born at Chester Zoo.   

Staff at the zoo say the species is listed as critically endangered on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Red List of Threatened Species. 

Recent estimates suggest there are fewer than 5,000 on their native island of Sulawesi, in Indonesia, due to poaching and loss of habitat. 

Chester Zoo says the new arrival gives them a group of 15 and the baby is "doing very well so far".  

News: BHS job fears; pub robbed by men with knives; junior doctors strike warning

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

These are among the top stories this evening:

- High Street retailer British Home Stores (BHS) has gone into administration, putting shops and jobs in Staffordshire and Cheshire at risk

- Two men have robbed a pub in Staffordshire after threatening staff and customers with knives

- Hospital NHS trusts in Staffordshire are warning the public only to use A&E in emergencies during tomorrow and Wednesday's planned strike by junior doctors

Your pictures: Hot air ballooning and canal-side in Stafford

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

Plenty of you shared your weekend pictures from across Staffordshire and Cheshire on the BBC Radio Stoke Facebook page.

This one's from Jon Kelso of a hot air balloon over Trentham.

Trentham Estate hot air balloon
Jon Kelso

While this one is from Sam Collingwood who says he took it "from the pedestrian bridge on the canal by Radford bank and Alstom at the St Leonard's works in Stafford".

A tree on the waterway
Sam Collingwood

Travel: Break down blocks lane on A38 near Lichfield

BBC Travel

A lane is blocked on the A38 southbound in Hilliard's Cross between Hilliard's Cross and Streethay because of a broken down vehicle.

Congestion is back to Alrewas.

Football: Crewe boss hunts for experienced players

Graham McGarry

Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Crewe Alexandra's manager Steve Davis says he's hoping to add experienced players to his squad this summer.

Steve Davis
crewealex.net

The Alex are already planning for life in League Two following their relegation. 

Davis told BBC Radio Stoke he's looking for players who will have a positive influence on his younger players.

Good players around them that can help them, that will be a great influence to them next season and that's what we are trying to get in, those that can really help them on that side of the game."

Steve DavisCrewe Alexandra manager

Watch: Man criticises NHS over Parkinson's disease treatment

Max Mallen

Presenter, BBC Radio Stoke

A man from Stone, Staffordshire, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease says he paid to be treated privately because he would have had to wait nine months for NHS treatment. 

John Mills was first diagnosed in 2013 but chose private healthcare because of the length of time it would take for him to be treated otherwise. 

He told BBC Radio Stoke he was fortunate to have the money to do it, because it's a "difficult" situation on the NHS. 

In a statement, the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust told BBC Radio Stoke they provide support in people's homes and have "recently recruited two additional specialist nurses to help us do this".    

Travel: Debris blocking two lanes on M6 near Stoke-on-Trent

BBC Travel

Two lanes are blocked on the M6 southbound between junctions 15 and 14 near Stoke-on-Trent because of debris on the road.

Crewe Lifestyle Centre's main pool shut for several days after leak

The main pool at Crewe's new Lifestyle Centre is going to be shut for a few days, Cheshire East Council say.

The authority says it's because of a "leak of a harmless substance" from a hydraulic mechanism.

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Football: Port Vale striker would 'love to stay'

Lee Blakeman

Port Vale commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Port Vale striker Theo Robinson says he wants to stay at the club.   

Theo Robinson
Port Vale FC

The 27-year-old is one of a number of players out of contract in the summer. 

Robinson told BBC Radio Stoke he is hoping to continue in the team, following his goal on Saturday

I'd love to stay and play really, it's just a matter of the fact of me playing games. It's my first start in over a month and a half so not the best of things for me but I'm still knocking on the door and trying my best to get back in the team."

Theo RobinsonPort Vale striker

Charities call for action over homelessness in England

Ross Hawkins

Political correspondent

Significant numbers of homeless people have no right to adequate help in England even if they are sleeping rough, campaigners say.

The group, including homelessness and housing charities and lawyers, wants councils to be forced to act sooner to stop people ending up on the streets.

Homeless person from neck down
Getty Images

English councils only have to rehouse people faced with losing their homes who are judged to be "priority" cases.

The government is considering changing the law.

BBC Weather Watcher pictures: Taking a seat under grey skies

Monica Rimmer

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

The grey skies are rolling across Staffordshire this morning but there are still glorious pictures being taken by our BBC Weather Watchers.

This one's from Dodger in Stowe.

Stowe, Staffordshire
Dodger

To become a BBC Weather Watcher simply head to the website and get signed up.

Retailer BHS files for administration

Lucy King

News Editor, BBC Radio Stoke

Well it's news we've been expecting all day, but High Street retailer British Home Stores (BHS) has now filed for administration.

That means it puts 164 shops - including ones in Burton, Crewe and Stoke-on-Trent -  and almost 11,000 jobs at risk.

BHS Data pic
AFP

Administrators Duff & Phelps will now try to find a buyer for all or part of the 88-year old business, but in the meantime BHS will continue to trade.

They said BHS had "no alternative but to put the group into administration".

News: BHS files for administration; new illegal car racing powers; fires labelled 'reckless arson'

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

This afternoon's headlines for Staffordshire and Cheshire include:

- Staff working for BHS in Staffordshire and Cheshire are facing an uncertain future as the retailer has filed for administration today

- A new order giving police and council officers the powers to crack down on illegal car racing in Staffordshire will be brought in this week  

- Three fires on land at Berryhill fields in Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, last night have been described as "reckless acts of arson" by the fire service  

Student stripped of pogo stick record after measurement gaffe

Ian Parker

BBC News

A student who was at Staffordshire University when he bounced his way into the record books has been stripped of the accolade after it emerged a marathon route was too short.  

Jack Sexty
Jack Sexty

In April 2014 Jack Sexty completed the Greater Manchester Marathon on a pogo stick in 16 hours and 24 minutes.

But earlier this month the course was found to be 380m too short and all timings for the 2013, 2014 and 2015 events were declared null and void.

Guinness World Records said the record Mr Sexty set will no longer stand.  Mr Sexty said he "wouldn't be losing any sleep" over the decision.

Hillsborough inquests: Jury reaches decision on unlawful killing question

Rachael Connors

Reporter, BBC News Online

Jurors have reached a majority decision on whether the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster were unlawfully killed.  

Among the 96 was Paul Murray, 14, from Stoke-on-Trent who had headed to the match as a birthday present.

Crush in the stand
BBC

The jury of six women and three men had been deliberating since 6 April after hearing evidence for two years.  

The conclusions will be formally returned at 11:00 on Tuesday.  

Police and Crime Commissioner candidates go head-to-head

James Bovill

Political reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

Among the views put forward were:

- George Adamson (Labour) said he wanted to bring back neighbourhood policing and doesn't want to take over the fire service

- Matthew Ellis (Conservative) said he wants to keep using mobile technology to keep police in the community fighting crime

- Harold Gregory (UKIP) said he wanted to reconnect the public with the police and suggested he may employ more PCSOs

- Paul Woodhead (Green) said he wanted to create a community plan to help decide his priorities and, depending on what came out of it, would consider raising council tax

You can watch the rest of the debate on the BBC Radio Stoke Facebook page.

Watch again: Debate between Staffordshire's Police and Crime Commissioner candidates

James Bovill

Political reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

Earlier this afternoon four of the five candidates contesting the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) election for Staffordshire in May debated their views for BBC Radio Stoke.

Independent candidate Natalie Devaney was invited to take part, but declined. 

It was broadcast live on the radio station's Facebook page where you can still watch the video.

Four of the five candidates competing to be Staffordshire PCC
BBC

Police officer's brain tumour found when she collapsed after labour

Express and Star

A police officer from Lichfield has told how her baby saved her life - after doctors found a brain tumour the size of a golf ball when she collapsed following an exhausting 38-hour labour.

Catherine Dell in hospital and, right, the scan which revealed her brain tumour
Express and Star

New powers to tackle illegal car racing

BBC Midlands Today

A new order giving police and council officers the powers to crack down on illegal car racing in Staffordshire will be brought in this week.  

Street racing is a growing problem in the West Midlands and all four of the region's police forces have already teamed up to tackle it.

The new powers come into effect in Tamworth from Sunday 1 May.  

Staffordshire off to winning start

Ged Scott

BBC Sport

Twice former winners Staffordshire got their Minor Counties Knockout Trophy campaign off to a successful start with a 50-run victory over neighbours Cheshire at Nantwich.

After Sam Kelsall (52) and Kadeer Ali (34) had put on 87 for the first wicket, Peter Wilshaw (110) and Daniel Brierley (73*) shared a fifth-wicket stand of 171 as Staffs piled up 313-5 from their 45 overs.

After a brief rain break, chasing a revised target of 308 from 43 overs, Cheshire then fell well short on 263-8, despite an unbeaten 69 from Jack Williams and 68 from opener Calum Rowe.

Bat and ball
Thinkstock

Staffordshire's next game is at home to Herefordshire, who also won the first of their four group games, at Himley on Sunday 8 May.

Man dies after being hit by train

Phil Bowers

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

A man has died after he was hit by a train near Stafford.  

Rail lines near Shugborough
Google

British Transport Police say officers were called to reports of a person being struck by a train in Shugborough yesterday. 

They say the 46-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. His death isn't being treated as suspicious and a file's being prepared for the coroner.

PCC candidates debate live ahead off May election

Staffordshire's prospective Police and Crime Commissioners go head-to-head now in a live debate broadcast exclusively on BBC Radio Stoke's Facebook page

PCCs help set police priorities and budgets, as well as holding the Chief Constable to account

All candidates go before the voters on 5 May.

Watch: Burton-upon-Trent woman 'butchered' by dentist

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

A woman who spent her life savings on dental implants that had to be taken out says she feels "butchered" by the dentist.

Jackie Stokes, from Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, said she had spent £9,500 on implants in Hungary, but an inquiry found the treatment caused "irreversible damage" to healthy teeth.

Dentist Dr Zsolt Csillag was given a one-year supervision order by the General Dental Council.

He did not respond to attempts to contact him.

News: Man hit by train dies; three fires called 'reckless arson'; academy plan warning

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

The main headlines for Staffordshire and Cheshire include:

- A man has died after he was hit by a train near Stafford

- Three fires on land at Berryhill fields in Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, last night have been described as "reckless acts of arson" by the fire service  

- A group of local authorities including Staffordshire and Cheshire East Council have warned that a government plan to make all schools in England academies could fail to raise standards

This lunchtime on BBC Midlands Today: Faeces bacteria found on KFC ice

BBC Midlands Today

On Midlands Today this lunchtime - bacteria from faeces has been found on ice that was served to an undercover researcher at a KFC restaurant in the region. 

KFC sign
Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The discovery was made by researchers from the BBC's Rip Off Britain. KFC says it takes "food safety and hygiene extremely seriously" and has launched an investigation. 

We'll have the full story on BBC One from 13:30.

Junior doctors' strike risks patient safety - Jeremy Hunt

BBC News Health

Planned all-out strikes by junior doctors in England this week could threaten the safety of patients, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has warned.

Protesters outside St Thomas' Hospital in London
PA

Hospitals are making final preparations for the latest walkouts - on Tuesday and Wednesday - when emergency care will be affected for the first time.

Mr Hunt said the "extreme" action would be "deeply worrying for patients".

The BMA said it would call off the strike if Mr Hunt's threat to impose a contract on junior doctors was lifted.

Watch: 'Reckless' arson on fields says fire service

John Acres

BBC Radio Stoke

Three fires on land at Berryhill fields in Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, last night have been described as "reckless acts of arson" by the fire service.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service says it was called to the grassland shortly after 22:00 and found two outdoor structures and straw "well alight". 

It says both buildings have been destroyed and the owners are said to be "distraught".  

Watch: This afternoon's Stoke and Staffordshire weather forecast

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

The BBC website also has the latest weather forecast at any time.

Your pictures: A medieval weekend and garden birdwatching

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

More cracking pictures were shared by you over the weekend on the BBC Radio Stoke Facebook page.

This one's from Mike Durham who says he took it at the Audley medieval weekend.

Audley medieval weekend
Mike Durham

While Alan Walker says he took this wildlife picture in his garden in Stoke-on-Trent.

Bird in garden
Alan Walker