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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 11 December
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates return from 08:00 on Monday

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  1. Live coverage across the day

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

  2. Weather: Scattered showers, drier overnight

    BBC Weather

    It will be breezy overnight with showers fading. Many places will remain dry with clear spells and it will be cold with a localised frost likely in sheltered areas.

    weather forecast

    Saturday will be cloudy with a band of rain spreading from the south, reaching Ellesmere Port before dawn. This rain, persistent at times, may be sleety on any hills.

  3. Gibraltar stabbing inquest verdict

    Rumeana Jahangir

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    Liverpool man John Shannon stabbed his Spanish partner and her two daughters to death before taking his own life in Gibraltar, an inquest has ruled.

    Police in Gibraltar
  4. Unesco names Liverpool as City of Music

    Liverpool has been named a "City of Music" by Unesco.

    City of Culture performance

    Liverpool City Council submitted a bid several months ago and has been told the award is due to music's place at the heart of the city's life.

    Unesco noted especially its commitment to a "clearly defined" music, education and skills strategy for young people.  

  5. Giant concrete beam marks Mersey Gateway route milestone

    The first of over 150 giant concrete beams has been lifted into place as work ramps up at a major road junction for the Mersey Gateway Project. 

    concrete beam

    A 550 tonne crane lowered the 106 tonne bridge beam into position at the Bridgewater junction in Runcorn, where the new Astmoor Bridgewater viaduct is being built over the Bridgewater canal.

  6. Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

    Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:

    - Police have released CCTV images of three men they want to talk to after a teenager was attacked in Liverpool city centre

    - A Liverpool MP says a delay in deciding on airport expansion in the south-east of England, is a setback for the city

    - Liverpool has been declared a City of Music by the cultural organisation UNESCO, which gave the city World Heritage Site status in 2004

  7. Dickens' 'Scrooge' book given away in Liverpool taxis

    Five hundred copies of the Dickens classic "A Christmas Carol" are being placed in taxis around Liverpool.

    The idea is that everyone who picks up a book will take it away, read it and leave it in another taxi, on a bus or train for someone else to find.

    Taxi drivers with the books
  8. Cheshire police dogs Christmas crime-fighting video hit

    Chester Chronicle

    A video of three of Cheshire Constabulary’s dogs has become a hit on social media. The film, highlighting how each crime-fighting canine will be tackling offenders over the festive season, has amassed more than 15,000 views in two days.

  9. Pair sentenced over human trafficking offences

    Two people have been sentenced at Warrington Crown Court for human trafficking and sexual exploitation offences, Cheshire Police have said.

    Krzysztof Henryk Jakubiak

    Krzysztof Henryk Jakubiak was jailed for three-and-a-half years after previously admitting 36 offences relating to human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Marlena Soska - who assisted him – was given an 18 month community order after previously admitting seven offences.

  10. Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

    Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:

    - Police have released CCTV images of three men they want to talk to after a teenager was attacked in Liverpool city centre

    - A Liverpool MP says a delay in deciding on airport expansion in the south-east of England, is a setback for the city

    - Liverpool has been declared a City of Music by the cultural organisation UNESCO, which gave the city World Heritage Site status in 2004

  11. Car Humbug! A Christmas Carol handed to taxi users

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    Video caption: Copies of the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol are being placed in taxis in Liverpool.

    Hundreds of free Dickens novels are being left in taxis across Liverpool to read, take home and pass on.

  12. Football: Easy to leave Manchester United, says Tom Cleverley

    BBC Sport

    Tom Cleverley

    Everton midfielder Tom Cleverley tells Football Focus that he is glad he left Louis van Gaal's Manchester United and that he's happy to have ended up at Goodison Park. Watch on BBC Sport.

  13. Man jailed over supermarket cash-in-transit robbery

    A 41-year-old man has been jailed for 11 years following a cash-in-transit robbery at a supermarket.

    Morrisons in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire

    John Doherty, of Strause Close, Liverpool, pleaded guilty to robbery at Preston Crown Court.

    Doherty pushed a security guard to the ground and stole the money outside Morrisons in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, in October 2014.

  14. Football: Europa League will be taken more seriously in knockout stage, says Klopp

    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he believes the Europa League will be taken more seriously when the knockout phase begins in the new year because of the quality of teams left in the competition. 

    Jurgen Klopp

    The Reds got the point they needed to top Group B, from which they had already qualified, with a dull goalless draw in Sion. Liverpool are next in action on Sunday when they play West Brom at Anfield.