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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday 17 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 for more of the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

  2. Weather: A mild evening, with scattered showers

    Sara Blizzard

    BBC Weather

    It's looking like a evening of scattered showers is in store, mainly in the north, but for most it'll be a dry night with some clear spells.

    BBC weather

    The unseasonably mild temperatures should continue, although it may be a little breezy.  

  3. 100th birthday for Wirral woman who made a piece of Royal history

    Rumeana Jahangir

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    A Wirral woman who transferred the call informing royal aides of the Queen's accession to the throne has celebrated her 100th birthday.

    Peggy Warde

    Peggy Warde was working as a telephone exchange supervisor in Uganda when George VI died on 6 February 1952.

    She put through the call informing royal aides at the Treetops Hotel in Kenya, where his heir Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip were on a break, of the king's death.

  4. Merseyside PCC: Police budget 'almost a best case scenario'

    Merseyside’s Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy has welcomed the news that the Home Office has largely protected police budgets.

    Merseyside Police horses

    Ms Kennedy, who launched a petition against proposed cuts and warned in October that the area's force may have to cut PCSOs or the mounted section to meet savings targets, said it was "almost a best case scenario".

    “There will still be challenging times ahead, but the situation is very much brighter than we feared," she said.

  5. Merseyside Police cuts 'not as deep or quick' as first thought

    Merseyside Police's Chief Constable Sir Jon Murphy says the force "may not have to cut as deeply, or as quickly, as we had first anticipated", after the government confirmed its funding for the next 12 months.

    The area's Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy warned in October that Merseyside Police was being "forced" to consider cutting PCSO posts and the mounted section to save £48m by 2019.

    Sir Jon says that while "there will still be a requirement to make significant savings, changes and reforms", they will be achieved "over a slower period of time" and will not include disbanding the mounted section or losing PCSOs.

  6. Six arrested as police probe 'elaborate' identity theft scam

    Six men have been arrested on suspicion of fraud offences as part of an investigation into an "elaborate and highly-organised" identity theft scam.

    Range Rover

    The men, all from Merseyside, were held following police raids on properties in Liverpool and Warrington. Police said the alleged fraud involved small businesses across the UK being subject to identity theft.

    Officers recovered £25,000 worth of computer products, £22,000 in cash, a Range Rover (pictured) and other goods.

  7. Latest headlines in Merseyside and Cheshire

    Today's top stories in Merseyside and Cheshire:

    - Two boys aged 14 and 13 have been cleared of sexually abusing a vulnerable woman at her Anfield home

    - Members of Unison are planning to hold a protest ahead of a meeting of a meeting of Wirral council cabinet this evening

    - An inquest into the death of a man who died in prison in Liverpool will be held next year

  8. Travel: M6 accident sparks rush hour delays near Warrington

    An accident involving five vehicles is causing congestion along the northbound M6, close to the Lymm Interchange, not far from Warrington.

    Read live updates from BBC Travel.

  9. Boys cleared of sexual assault on woman at Anfield home

    Two boys, aged 14 and 13, have been cleared of sexually abusing a vulnerable 44-year-old woman at her home in Liverpool.

    Richard Hoare/Geograph

    Not guilty verdicts were recorded by a judge at Liverpool Crown Court after the prosecution offered no evidence regarding the alleged attack, which was said to have happened in Anfield in September 2013.

    The 14-year-old boy was cleared of rape, while both he and the 13-year-old were cleared of sexual assault.

  10. Wirral protest planned at council meeting over cuts

    Members of Unison are planning to hold a protest ahead of a meeting of a meeting of Wirral Council cabinet this evening. 

    Last week the authority announced it intended to make savings of £24m next year, and a total of £126m by 2020. 

    Residents will take a hit - they are faced with a council tax rise of almost 4% next year. 

  11. Inquest into HMP Liverpool prisoner death to take place next year

    An inquest into the death of a man who died in prison in Liverpool will be held next year.

    Ashley Gill

    Ashley Gill, who was 25 and from Llandudno Junction, died at HMP Liverpool in April.

  12. Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

    Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:

    - Members of Unison are planning to hold a protest ahead of a meeting of a meeting of Wirral council cabinet this evening

    - An inquest into the death of a man who died in prison in Liverpool will be held next year

    - The Government has issued new licences for oil and gas exploration - which could open up sites in the North West to the controversial process of fracking

  13. Licenses approved for potential North West fracking sites

    The Government has issued a raft of new licences for oil and gas exploration - which could open up sites in the North West to the controversial process of fracking. 

    Fracking test site

    The Oil and Gas Authority has awarded 93 licences for companies to explore 159 blocks of land - including sites in Formby, Ormskirk, Frodsham and Tarporley. 

    It comes after MPs approved plans to allow fracking under national parks and other environmental sites. 

  14. Police appeal to find missing Liverpool woman, 48

    Police are appealing for the public’s help in tracing a woman missing from Liverpool. 

    Maureen Omosoho

    Maureen Omosoho, 48, was last seen leaving her home in Beechwood Road, Cressington last night at around 18:05.

    She is described as white, 5ft 3in tall with shoulder-length strawberry blonde hair and is known to frequent the Wavertree area.   

  15. Meet the transvestites who joined the military

    The experiences of former soldiers who have struggled with their gender identity is the focus of a new exhibition in Liverpool. 

    Penny

    The Dry Your Eyes Princess exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool tells the stories of 20 transgender people.

    The group said they had to lie about women's clothing during their military life as men and many joined as a "form of therapy".