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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 16 December
  2. Merseyside returns at 08:00 on Thursday with more news, sport, travel and weather updates

Live Reporting

By Jenny Coleman

All times stated are UK

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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 Thursday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Weather: Mild but breezy

    Rather cloudy this evening with some patchy rain or drizzle in places. 

    Weather

    Drier and clearer conditions will then spread north across many areas overnight. Very mild but breezy.    

  3. Hackney cab fares rise in Liverpool

    Jessica Robbins

    Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    An increase in Liverpool's Hackney cab fares has been agreed after a request by drivers. 

    The rise is the first in four years - the Unite union argued that fares are below those in other major cities. 

  4. Liverpool waterfront 'greatest place in England'

    Liverpool's Mayor Joe Anderson says an award, which has named the waterfront the Greatest Place in England, is recognition for the work that's been done to improve the city.

    Waterfront building

    The area won a public vote - beating competition from sites around the country, including Oxfordshire and Bradford.   

  5. Boxer Harry Scott dies

    BBC Merseyside Sport

    Former Merseyside boxer Harry Scott has died.

    He will be best remembered for his victory over Rubin "Hurricane" Carter in 1965.  

  6. Liverpool Care Pathway developer defends services

    The man who developed the controversial Liverpool Care Pathway says it helped people to die with dignity, despite its criticism. 

    Dying care

    The health watchdog NICE has introduced new guidelines to replace the Liverpool Care Pathway, which fell into disrepute after reports of fluids and medicines being withheld.  

    Quote Message: In the last 48 hours of care our doctors and nurses are evaluated very highly by bereaved relatives for the care they receive compared to elsewhere in the country so I think we can be proud of our palliative care services. from Professor John Ellershaw University of Liverpool
    Professor John EllershawUniversity of Liverpool
  7. Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

    Rachael Connors

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    This evening's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside: 

    -One of Wirral's ferry terminals could be closed and commuter services reduced under a 20-year strategy to make the service more financially viable.  

    -New guidelines for the NHS to address the problems experienced using the Liverpool Care Pathway have been introduced. 

    -Cilla Black was the UK's top-trending search term on Google in 2015.

  8. Guns and drugs worth £100,000 found in Speke raid

    Police have seized two revolvers - one of them loaded - and £100,000 worth of heroin after raiding a house in Speke.

    It happened at a property on School Way yesterday - a search of the property is continuing. 

  9. Further details of Chinatown plans revealed

    The architects behind an ambitious development of Liverpool's Chinatown have been telling BBC Radio Merseyside their plans for the site. 

    Chinatown site

    The £200m project will see 840 homes, new shops and offices built on land off Great George Street.  

    The lead designer said the core of the development was a retail hub sunken below ground over three storeys. 

    Quote Message: It is a Shanghai street inspired experience designed around culture and Chinese history- taking into account the dragons- it's a really exciting space for the people of Liverpool to enjoy. from Antonio Garcia Lead designer
    Antonio GarciaLead designer
  10. Mersey ferry terminal could close, 20-year plan reveals

    Rachael Connors

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    One of the Mersey ferry terminals could close and a new vessel could be commissioned, it has been announced

    Woodside ferry terminal

    Merseytravel said its 20-year plan is aimed at tackling "increasing costs and challenges". 

    Included is a proposal to close one of Wirral's two terminals. Commuter sailings could also start later and the report suggests a focus on "the leisure and event market".   

  11. Could Liverpool have a lifesize Cilla Black statue?

    What do you think of this? An idea has been put forward for a lifesize statue of Cilla in Liverpool, with a working jukebox, on which people could play songs and have a "lorra lorra fun".  

    Cilla Black statue sketch
  12. Liverpool waterfront named 'England's greatest place'

    Liverpool's waterfront has been crowned England's greatest place by the Royal Town Planning Institute. 

    Liverpool Pier Head

    More than 11,000 people voted in the nationwide competition, which aims to highlight the threat posed to local planning departments by government cuts.

  13. Travel: Delays on East Midlands Train services from Liverpool Lime Street

    BBC Travel

    There are delays of up to 30 minutes on east Midlands Trains between Liverpool Lime Street and Norwich due to earlier signalling problems at March.

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  14. Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

    Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:

    - One of Wirral's ferry terminals could be closed and commuter services reduced as part of a 20 year strategy to save money

    - Cilla Black was the UK's top-trending search term on Google in 2015, according to the tech firm's annual review of its users' activity

    - Guidance designed to replace the misuse of the Liverpool Care Pathway end of life has been published

  15. Wirral ferry terminal could close to save money

    One of Wirral's ferry terminals could be closed and commuter services reduced as part of a 20 year strategy to make the service more financially viable.

    Woodside Ferry Terminal

    The floating stages at both Seacombe and Woodside need millions of pounds spent on them in the next few years to keep them in service. 

    A report, to be considered by Merseytravel in the New Year, could see a recommendation for investment in a new boat.