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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 23 December
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates return from 08:00 on Thursday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

  2. Weather: Isolated showers at first tonight but wet and windy later

    BBC Weather

    There will be clear intervals and isolated showers at first this evening but it will become cloudy overnight with southerly gales developing. Rain, heavy in places, especially in Southport, will arrive later in the night.

    weather forecast

    Christmas Eve brings heavy rain in the morning which will clear away but it will remain windy. Sunny intervals and scattered showers will follow, these turning wintry on hills with temperatures falling through the day.  

  3. Giant Father Christmas to return to Liverpool

    Chris Long

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    A giant Santa Claus which towered over a Liverpool department store's Christmas grotto for two decades is to return to the city.

    Phil Redmond

    Only the head, hands and boots remain of the 21ft (7m) Blackler's Santa, which debuted in the 1960s.

    After the store closed in 1988, the Father Christmas fell into disrepair.

    It will be restored in time for Christmas 2016 after National Museums Liverpool chair Phil Redmond and wife Alexis donated £10,000 for the work. 

  4. Watch: Bay TV take a tour inside Liverpool's Anglican cathedral

    Liverpool Cathedral

    Take a look inside the world’s longest Gothic Cathedral - Liverpool's Anglican cathedral. Watch Bay TV: An Architectural Treat.

  5. Latest headlines in Cheshire and Mersesyide

    Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:

    - Everton are in discussions with a United States-led consortium about a potential £200m takeover

    - Trading standards officers in Wirral have seized more than 30 hoverboards on sale in local shops over fears about their safety.

    - A seven-year-old girl from Ballycarry in County Antrim has undergone pioneering spinal surgery at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool

  6. Jet engine stolen from boat at Network Rail building site in Widnes

    A custom-made jet engine worth £3,500 has been stolen from a boat at a Network Rail building site in Widnes, British Transport Police say.

    the jet engine

    It was taken from a boat used to assist building works and repairs to Runcorn Bridge sometime between midnight and 06:00 on 16 December.

  7. 'Hoverboards' in Wirral seized over safety fears

    Trading Standards officers in Wirral have seized more than 30 'hoverboards' on sale in local shops over fears about their safety. 

    hoverboard image from National Trading Standards

    Some are to be destroyed while others have been sent off for safety tests.

    Many cheap boards can have plugs without fuses, faulty cables or chargers that can burst into flames, according to Trading Standards.  

  8. Giant Santa Claus to return to Liverpool thanks to £10,000 gift

    Chris Long

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    A giant Santa Claus which graced one of Liverpool's department stores for two decades is to return to the city.

    Blackler's Santa

    Blacker's Santa debuted in the store in the 1960s and was still in use when it closed in 1988. After that, it fell into disrepair and was later gifted to the Museum of Liverpool.

    National Museums Liverpool chair Phil Redmond and his wife Alexis have gifted £10,000 for the 21ft (7m) statue to be restored. It will go on display at the Museum of Liverpool in time for Christmas 2016.

  9. Travel: Accident closes lane on Queens Drive in Liverpool

    BBC Travel

    One lane is closed and there is queuing traffic on A5058 Queens Drive in West Derby, Liverpool southbound between the Three Butt Lane junction and the Jolly Miller beacuse of an accident involving car and a motorbike.

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  10. Latest headlines in Cheshire and Mersesyide

    Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:

    - Everton are in discussions with a United States-led consortium about a potential £200m takeover

    - A seven-year-old girl from Ballycarry in County Antrim has undergone pioneering spinal surgery at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool

    The Beatles' music is to be made available on a range of streaming music services

  11. Coroner's appeal to find Liverpool woman's next of kin

    Liverpool Coroner’s Office is appealing for help in tracing the next of kin of a woman who died at Aintree Hospital.

    Margaret Prior, 85, who lived in Corinthian Street, Seaforth, died yesterday.

    There are no suspicious circumstance surrounding her death.

  12. Beatles v Bieber: How will the streaming battle pan out?

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter

    I've taken a look at the announcement that The Beatles's music will be available on streaming services.

    The Beatles

    The Beatles as a corporate entity have been notoriously slow in adapting to new technology. They waited five years to issue their albums on CD, and didn't talk about the download Revolution until 2010 - seven years after the iTunes store launched.

    Their arrival on streaming services comes as consumption on those platforms starts to overtake digital downloads as a source of income for the music industry. It will be interesting to see how the band's music competes against the likes of Justin Bieber - whose latest singles are being streamed almost six million times a week.