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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday 7 January
  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 for Merseyside and Cheshire have finished for the day but we'll be back at 08:00 on Friday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

  2. Weather: Dry night could lead to frost

    BBC Weather

    The showery rain should ease, which means it should be dry for much of the night. 

    weather chart

    Clear skies will allow some frost and ice to form before showers arrive by dawn.

  3. Seal filmed swimming in the River Mersey

    A young grey seal has been delighting Warrington residents with recent appearances in the River Mersey.

    Woolston Eyes Nature Reserve in Warrington

    The creature, dubbed Sally the seal, was filmed at Woolston Eyes Nature Reserve by its chairman David Bowden.  

    Watch the video.

  4. Football: LFC's Philippe Coutinho could be out until February

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho could be out for the rest of January after injuring a hamstring in the League Cup win against Stoke.

    Philippe Coutinho

    Defender Dejan Lovren also suffered a similar injury and Kolo Toure cramp, but both have shorter recovery times.

    The Reds face Exeter in the FA Cup third round on Friday.

  5. Police investigate 'racist attack' following Stoke v Liverpool match

    A black football fan was the victim of a "racially-motivated attack" after the Stoke City v Liverpool match on Tuesday, Staffordshire Police has said.

    Stoke City stadium

    The 48-year-old man was walking on Stanley Matthews Way at 22:00 when a large, dark-coloured vehicle mounted the kerb behind him. Its occupants got out of the vehicle before throwing bottles at him and racially abusing him, police added.

    They said the victim was shaken but not injured, and appealed for anyone with information or footage of the attack to contact police.

  6. Wirral Royal Navy engineer selected as only woman in Antarctic expedition

    Wirral Globe

    A Royal Navy engineer from Wirral will be the only woman on a team of adventurers embarking on a journey that will test their grit and determination as they follow in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton.  

  7. Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside

    Here are the latest updates from across Cheshire and Merseyside:

    • A man has admitted killing a mother-of-three but denied her murder  
    • A paramedic has described how he tried to save a six-year-old girl from Liverpool who choked on a grape while on holiday  
    • The company that runs the only municipal golf course within Liverpool has rubbished claims it is being taken over by a private club
  8. Police investigate burglary at home of 96-year-old man

    A 96-year-old man was the victim of a “despicable” burglary at his Wallasey home on Monday night, Merseyside Police say.

    A spade was used to smash his living room window, and cash and debit cards were stolen, along with food. Police are appealing for information as they continue their forensic investigations into the burglary at Norwood Road.

    Quote Message: This was a despicable crime against an elderly gentleman, who has understandably been left extremely distressed. Stealing an item from the fridge is unusual but this detail may prompt someone to identify the offender. from Det Insp Justin Danher Merseyside Police
    Det Insp Justin DanherMerseyside Police
  9. Football: Everton sign Switzerland Under-21 striker

    BBC Sport

    Everton have signed Switzerland Under-21 striker Shani Tarashaj from Grasshoppers Zurich.

    Shani Tarashaj

    Tarashaj, 21, has signed a four-and-a-half year deal and will be loaned back for the rest of the season so that he can complete his national service.

    He has scored eight goals in 18 games for Grasshoppers this season.

  10. Maxine Showers: Murder accused admits manslaughter

    Chris Long

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    A man has admitted killing a mother-of-three in Liverpool but denied her murder.

    Maxine Showers

    Michael Williams, 29, of Hinton Street in Fairfield, pleaded guilty to manslaughter over the death of Maxine Showers in Liverpool last year.

    Prosecutors at Liverpool Crown Court did not accept his plea and he is due to stand trial for murder on 21 March.

  11. Missing Southport man found safe

    A man missing from home in Southport has been found safe. 

    Michael Ball returned home this afternoon.

  12. Hillsborough families thank Merseyside people for support

    Families of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster are thanking the Merseyside community for its support as it is announced the final Anfield memorial service will take place in April.

    Hillsborough Memorial service

    Services have been held at Liverpool's stadium most years since the disaster in 1989 - but the 27th anniversary this years will be the final one.

    The coroner at the fresh inquests into the fatal crush will start summing up evidence later this month.

  13. Man, 33, stabbed in Tuebrook

    A man is recovering in hospital, after being stabbed in Tuebrook. 

    The 33-year-old was attacked on Celebration Drive just after midnight last night. 

    He was taken to Liverpool's Royal Hospital, where his condition is described as stable.

  14. Shoppers threaten Cockhedge Centre boycott after parking fines

    Warrington Guardian

    The town centre shopping park in Warrington overhauled its parking system in November, but a host of complaints have been made after a number of £100 fines were dished out.

  15. Football: Gareth Barry 'one of England's best ever' - Roberto Martinez

    BBC Sport

    Roberto Martinez calls Gareth Barry "one of the best English players ever" after Everton beat Man City in the League Cup. More from BBC Sport.

    Gareth Barry