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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday 3 December
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates return from 08:00 on Friday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates from Merseyside and Cheshire have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Friday with more of the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

  2. Weather: Rain clearing to leave dry night

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    Rain should clear throughout the evening leaving perhaps some patchy rain, mainly over higher grounds.

    BBC weather

    It should be an otherwise a dry night for most parts, with winds slowly easing.

  3. Boxing: Derry Matthews and Terry Flanagan go head-to-head

    BBC Merseyside Sport

    Liverpool-born boxer Derry Matthews and World Lightweight Champion Terry Flanagan have squared up for the cameras ahead of their forthcoming title clash at Liverpool's Echo Arena in February.

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  4. Plans to extend Liverpool business district

    Mairead Smyth

    Political reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    Liverpool's business district will be extended if plans are put in place.

    The council's cabinet will discuss the purchase of land behind Exchange Square next week.

    If it gets the go-ahead it would lead to 1,000 jobs being created.

  5. Wirral '£15 a year' low energy house wins award

    Chris Long

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    A "simple" house which runs on the equivalent of a 40W light bulb at a cost of £15 a year has won a national energy award.

    Wirral passivhaus

    The £240,000 four-bedroom Passivhaus in West Kirby, Wirral, was built of insulated masonry and concrete and features triple-glazing, LED lighting and an air-source heat pump.

    Owner Colin Usher said being honoured by the Buildings and Energy Efficiency Awards "dispels the myth" eco homes are "expensive and radically different".

  6. Hundreds of jobs axed at Aintree call centre

    A call centre which operated on behalf of online retailer Shop Direct is to close in Merseyside with the loss of hundreds of jobs, it has been confirmed.

    Shop Direct

    The call centre company, called Webhelp UK, has said its two call centres in Aintree and Bolton are to close with the loss of about 700 jobs.

    Webhelp UK said the action was being taken "due to the reduction in call volumes anticipated over the next decade".

  7. Latest headlines in Merseyside and Cheshire

    Today's top stories in Merseyside and Cheshire:

    - Detectives investigating the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Lewis Dunne have arrested a fourth man on suspicion of murder

    - An Aintree call centre servicing online retailer Shop Direct is to close, with the loss of hundreds of jobs

    - A road in Widnes has been sealed off after an explosion at a metals company

  8. Everton defender John Stones coveted by former Man City ace

    BBC Sport

    Former Manchester City midfielder Trevor Sinclair wants to see Everton defender John Stones move to the Etihad Stadium, the BBC Sport Gossip column reports.

    John Stones

    England centre-back Stones is expected to attract interest from rival clubs in January, but Toffees manager Roberto Martinez says no "big names" will be leaving Merseyside.

  9. Reds boss Jurgen Klopp hails potent Sturridge threat

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said he now understands the expectation surrounding Daniel Sturridge after he scored twice in the League Cup win over Southampton.

    Jurgen Klopp and Daniel Sturridge

    The striker, 26, was given his first start by Klopp after injury problems.

    Divock Origi netted a hat-trick and Jordon Ibe got the other as the Redscame from behind to win 6-1 and set up a semi-final against Stoke City.

  10. Ex-Tremeloes members deny 1968 sex assault on teen

    Chris Long

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    Two former members of 1960s band The Tremeloes have denied indecently assaulting a 15-year-old girl at the height of their fame.

    Richard Westwood and Leonard Hawkes

    Leonard Hawkes, 69, from Berkshire, and Richard Westwood, 72, from Surrey, are alleged to have attacked the girl in a Chester hotel after a gig in 1968.

  11. Latest headlines in Merseyside and Cheshire

    Today's top stories in Merseyside and Cheshire:

    - Detectives investigating the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Lewis Dunne have arrested a fourth man on suspicion of murder

    - A road in Widnes has been sealed off after an explosion at a metals company

    - Six people have been arrested on suspicion of drugs offences, after a series of raids across Merseyside  

  12. Lewis Dunne shooting: Police make fourth murder arrest

    Detectives investigating the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Lewis Dunne have arrested a fourth suspect.

    Lewis Dunne

    A 21-year-old man from Anfield was held on suspicion of murder, alongside a 53-year-old woman from Anfield, who was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods.

    Three other peoplehave previously been arrested and bailed on suspicion of murdering the teenager.

  13. Road closed after explosion at metals firm

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A road in Widnes remains sealed off after an explosion at a metals company.

    Firefighters were called to CatAlloy in Moss Bank Road just before 11:00. 

    The road remains closed between Gorsey Lane and Tanhouse Lane while crews deal with the incident. There were no reports of any injuries.

  14. Syria air strikes: How the region's MPs voted

    MPs voted on Wednesday night in favour of the UK joining air strikes against so-called Islamic State in Syria.

    Here's a breakdown of how each MP voted across Merseyside and Cheshire:

    - Wirral South, Alison McGovern: FOR

    - Birkenhead, Frank Field: FOR

    - Wallasey, Angela Eagle: FOR  

    - Liverpool Wavertree, Luciana Berger: FOR

    - Knowsley, George Howarth: FOR

    - Riverside, Louise Ellman: FOR

    - Garston and Halewood, Maria Eagle: FOR

    - Warrington North, Helen Jones: FOR

    - Warrington South, David Mowatt: FOR

    - Southport, John Pugh: FOR

    - St Helens North, Conor McGinn: FOR

    - Weaver Vale, Graham Evans, FOR

    Big Ben

    - Liverpool West Derby, Stephen Twigg: AGAINST

    - Liverpool Walton, Steve Rotheram: AGAINST 

    - Halton, Derek Twigg: AGAINST  

    - Bootle, Peter Dowd: AGAINST

    - Chester, Christian Matheson: AGAINST

    - St Helens, Marie Rimmer: AGAINST

    - Ellesmere Port and Neston, Justin Madders: AGAINST  

    - Sefton Central, Bill Esterson: AGAINST 

    - Wirral West, Margaret Greenwood: AGAINST  

  15. Travel: Trains disrupted near Birkenhead North

    BBC Travel

    Merseyrail services were temporarily disrupted due to a trespasser on the railway at Birkenhead North. Trains are now running as normal.

  16. Haydock High skeleton placed in grave in Rainford

    Here's a video of Haydock High School students joining a burial ceremony for a human skeleton which had been on display in their art department for 40 years

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  17. Six arrested and drugs worth £25k seized in Merseyside Police raids

    Six people have been arrested on suspicion of drugs offences after a series of raids across Merseyside.

    Police tape

    Police searched seven addresses in Wallasey, Leasowe, Garston and Halewood - and found £10,000 in cash and crack cocaine with an estimated street value of £25,000.  

  18. Latest headlines in Merseyside and Cheshire

    Today's top stories in Merseyside and Cheshire:

    - Six people have been arrested on suspicion of drugs offences, after a series of raids across Merseyside

    - Olympic cyclist Chris Boardman has joined a campaign to save a cycle path in Wirral under threat because of plans for a multi-million pound golf resort

    -  A school in St Helens is giving a proper burial to a skeleton this morning, who's been in their art department for 40 years

  19. Merseyside school parents campaign over 'unfair water charges'

    Parents at a Merseyside school are calling on water company United Utililities to change their policies so that they don't have to pay a £10,000 water bill every year. 

    Schools across the North West pay more than others because the company charges for drainage and sewerage from playing grounds while most others charge on rateable value of the property. 

    United Utilities said wastewater services are more expensive here than in other parts of the country.

  20. Football: Liverpool smash six past Saints

    BBC Sport

    LFC

    Divock Origi scores a hat-trick as Liverpool thrash Southampton 6-1 to reach the League Cup semi-finals.  More from BBC Sport.

  21. Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

    Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:

    - A school in St Helens is giving a proper burial to a skeleton this morning, who's been in their art department for 40 years

    - A woman has been killed after the car she was travelling in crashed into a tree in Bebington, Wirral last night

    - Schools across Merseyside and Cheshire are campaigning over unfair water charges which means they more than double what schools in other regions have to pay

  22. Haydock High skeleton is being buried today

    Undertaker Bill Craddock next to the coffin of Arthur, the much-loved skeleton from Haydock High School, which is being buried today.

    Haydock Funeral Services

    The school only discovered it was real last year - it is one of hundreds of skeletons bought from India in the early 20th Century in a trade that was later outlawed. 

    Haydock Funeral Services is providing a full funeral including wicker coffin, hearse and bearers for free. 

  23. Woman killed as car crashes into tree

    Paul Burnell

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    A woman has been killed after the car she was travelling in crashed into a tree on Wednesday evening.

    Thornton Road, Bebington

    Merseyside Police said she was a passenger in a silver Toyota car which hit the tree on Thornton Road, Bebington at about 21:40 GMT.

    The woman died in hospital and the car's 21-year-old male driver was also taken to hospital to be treated for a shoulder injury, police said.     

  24. Human skeleton used by Haydock school to be buried

    A human skeleton used by Haydock High School art department, for 40 years will be buried today.

    Haydock High Skeleton

    It was only when Art Technician Sandra Dixon traced his history that the school discovered it was the real remains of a man who died in his 20s or 30s and came from India.

    The bones will be buried at Green Acres Woodland Burials in Rainford.   

  25. Syria air strikes: How did your MP vote?

    Several Merseyside and Cheshire Labour MPs voted for air strikes on Syria.

    RAF jet

    The government motion was passed 397 to 223 after a 10-hour debate in the House of Commons.

    Find out how your local MP voted.

  26. Travel: Traffic light failure on East Lancs Road

    BBC Travel

    There is traffic light failure on the A580 East Lancashire Road in Croxteth at Stonebridge Lane junction.

    More from BBC Travel.

  27. Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

    Phil Cooper

    Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:

    - Police have begun an investigation after a woman died in a car crash in Bebington

    - Schools across Merseyside and Cheshire are campaigning over unfair water charges which means they more than double what schools in other regions have to pay

    - The redevelopment of a former pub and fire station at Edge Hill into family homes is due to be unveiled on Durning Road this morning

  28. Travel: Accident on M6 northbound

    BBC Travel

    On lane is closed on the M6 northbound at Junction 22, A49 for Newton Le Willows because of an accident

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  29. Weather: A wet day with gales likely

    BBC Weather

    It will be a wet day, as a band of persistent and occasionally heavy rain make sit way across the region. Windy with gales likely and highs of 13C.

    BBC Weather
  30. Good morning: Join us for today's live news coverage

    Jenny Coleman

    Reporter, BBC Local Live

    Hello from Liverpool, I'm here with all your news, sport, travel and weather updates from across Merseyside today. 

    If you've got a story you'd like me to hear about or a photograph you'd like to share, you can contact me on emailFacebook or Twitter.