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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday 14 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 from 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: Frost and ice

    BBC Weather

    It will be mostly dry tonight, but with some snow showers possible for a time. 

    Weather

    Widespread frost with some icy patches forming. Generally light winds.   

    Dry with long sunny periods on Friday with some isolated showers. Cold with widespread frost.  

  3. ATM scammer jailed for seven years

    BBC News England

    A man has been jailed for his part in stealing £1.3m by infecting high street cash machines with a computer virus.

    ATM cash

    Teofil Bortos, 36, of Cheltenham Gardens, Newham, east London, was in a gang that targeted 51 ATMs across England in the space of five days, the Old Bailey heard.

    The Old Bailey heard that in May 2014, cash was withdrawn in locations including London, Liverpool, Blackpool, Brighton, Bognor Regis and Portsmouth.

  4. Billinge man seriously hurt after quad bike crash in Australia

    The Foreign Office is being urged to step in to help a man from Billinge who's in a critical condition in hospital in Australia after crashing a "quad bike".

    Mark Middlehurst, 28, was working on a farm during a gap year in Perth when he lost control of the machine after hitting a tree.

    A campaign to raise £50,000 to fly him home has reached half its target.

  5. Lewis Dunne shooting: Police find gun in canal search

    A shotgun believed to have been used in the fatal shooting of a teenager in Liverpool has been found by police.

    Lewis Dunne

    Lewis Dunne, 16, was found on a towpath with a shotgun wound in his back near Burrows Court in Eldonian Village, Vauxhall, on 15 November.

    The gun was found during a search of the Leeds Liverpool canal near Sandhills, Merseyside Police said.

  6. Sefton school closure confirmed

    Councillors in Sefton have approved the closure of St Ambrose Barlow Catholic High School in Netherton.   

    St Ambrose

    Falling pupil numbers are to blame. Thousands had petitioned against the closure.   

  7. Jasmine Lapsley's parents criticise 999

    The father of a girl from Liverpool who choked to death after an ambulance took almost half an hour to reach her has criticised the way the 999 call was handled. 

    Jasmine Lapsley

    An inquest ruled Jasmine Lapsley from Anfield, who choked on holiday in North Wales, died accidentally.

    Her father Robert Lapsley said call handlers took too long to react, but ambulance bosses said changes will be made to improve response times. 

  8. Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

    This evening's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside: 

  9. Motorbike crash 'may be murder attempt'

    Chris Long

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    A crash between a motorcycle and a car which left the rider in hospital with internal injuries may have been a murder attempt, police have said. 

    Carr Lane East and Dwerryhouse Lane

    The blue Peugeot bike was hit by a blue Jaguar X-type at the Carr Lane East and Dwerryhouse Lane junction in Norris Green, Liverpool, on Tuesday morning.

    Merseyside Police said the driver and passenger of the car briefly stopped, but drove away before officers arrived.

  10. Motorcyclist accident treated as attempted murder

  11. Steven Naismith: Swansea keen on Everton striker

    BBC Sport

    Swansea City are interested in signing Everton striker Steven Naismith, according to interim manager Alan Curtis.

    Steven Naismith

    The 29-year-old Scotland international has started only four league matches this season, but scored a hat-trick after coming on as a substitute against Chelsea in September.   

  12. Colliery closure remembered in exhibition

    A photographer from St. Helens has created an exhibition marking 25 years since Sutton Manor Colliery closed. 

    Sutton Manor Colliery

    Alan Smith is exhibiting images of 10 former colliery workers, called When the Pit Closes, marking the end of an era for the communities surrounding it.  

    It opens on Saturday at the World of Glass.