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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 15 January
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates return from 08:00 on Monday

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

  2. Police car attacked on motorway

    A police car has been pelted with rocks by two men during a motorway pursuit, leaving it with a smashed windscreen and an officer with glass in his eye.

    Police car attacked on motorway

    The car was attacked after officers began following a blue BMW on the M6 in Cheshire at about 03:25 GMT.  

  3. Weather: Dry and cold

    BBC Weather

    Any early wintry showers across Merseyside and Cheshire will soon clear away southwards leaving a mainly dry but cold night with some lengthy clear spells and a widespread frost, with icy patches. 

    weather fri 15 jan

    It will be a cold, dry, frosty and sunny start on Saturday, although as the day goes on the skies will gradually cloud over.

  4. Judge criticises Merseyside Police inquiry into alleged jury nobbling

    Merseyside Police has been criticised for its failure to properly investigate a case of suspected jury nobbling during a rape trial.

    Royal Court of Justice

    A member of the jury at Liverpool Crown Court had complained that a man in the public gallery tried to add her as a "friend" on Facebook. 

    She was too terrified to stay on the panel and the judge decided it was an attempted jury tampering.

  5. Steven Naismith: Everton boss says no Swans approach

    Everton boss Roberto Martinez insists they have not received an approach from Swansea for striker Steven Naismith.

    Steven Naismith

    Swans interim boss Alan Curtis admits the Premier League strugglers want the 29-year-old to boost their strike-force in the January transfer window.

  6. Billinge man's parents cash appeal after quad bike crash

    A couple from Billinge, near St. Helens, are trying to raise £50,000 - to bring their son home from Australia after he crashed a quad bike, leaving him in a critical condition. 

    Mark Middlehurst, 28, was working on a farm in Perth when he lost control of the machine after hitting a tree - he didn't have travel insurance.   

  7. Birkenhead's Hamilton Square plans halted

    Plans for transport and access improvements to Hamilton Square in Birkenhead have now been shelved, Wirral Council said. 

    Hamilton sq birkenhead

    The local authority said rather than deal with the square in isolation it was decided larger-scale regeneration work would take place. 

    A new Growth Plan for Wirral - which aims to bring new investment and support small businesses- is coming before the council's cabinet later this month.  

  8. Football: Klopp likens Ferguson to Lennon

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he has a great deal of admiration for former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, calling him "the John Lennon of football".

    Jurgen Klopp

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  9. CCTV released after 'nasty and unprovoked' assault

    Detectives have released CCTV images of two men they would like to speak to after a man was assaulted in a Southport nightclub. 

    cctv appeal

    A group of men assaulted a 26-year-old man in Alpine Bar, West St on 13 December. The victim required surgery to have his jaw realigned. 

     Police  said it was a "particularly nasty and unprovoked" assault.   

  10. Former Tranmere Rovers player jailed for sexual assault

    A professional footballer, who previously played for Tranmere Rovers, has been jailed for three and a half years in his absence after a jury found him guilty of sexually assaulting a woman he invited to stay on his sofa. 

    Guy Madjo

    Cameroonian Guy Madjo was found guilty at Winchester Crown Court of the offence which took place in August 2014. 

    A warrant for his arrest was issued by the court in May last year but a decision to go ahead with the trial was taken when he failed to return to the country.

  11. Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

    This evening's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside: 

    • Police investigating a suspected arson attack on a home in Fazakerley say it's "sheer luck" that all members of the family were able to escape. 
    • A Merseyside care worker who stole more than £1,400 from an elderly woman has been sentenced to nine months imprisonment suspended for 18 months.
  12. Love Football? The FA People's Cup deadline is today

    Play five-a-side? Fancy the chance to be at the FA Cup final?

    Competitors taking part in the FA People's Cup

    The FA People’s Cup is a free-to-enter knockout competition for male, female and disability players across 10 categories, from under-14s to the over-35s - with the chance to go to Wembley for the FA Cup final at the end.

    But hurry - the deadline for entries is midnight today. Find out all about it here.

  13. Wirral Council reveals new Ageing Well Strategy

    A new plan to improve the lives of older people in the Wirral , the council said. 

    The Ageing Well Strategy sets out how the Wirral Partnership will work to empower and enable residents so that they can live healthy, independent lives in strong and vibrant communities. 

    Elderly hands

    One in five Wirral residents are aged 65 and over.    

    Quote Message: Ensuring that older people live well and are valued and respected is part of our vision for 2020. I encourage everyone to read this strategy and to get involved in helping us to create a Wirral that celebrates older people and continues to be a great place to grow older. from Cllr Chris Jones Cabinet Member for Adult Care and Public Health
    Cllr Chris JonesCabinet Member for Adult Care and Public Health
  14. Suspected arson attack on Fazakerley home

    Police are stepping up patrols in Fazakerley, after a house was set on fire while four children were sleeping upstairs. 

    Higher Lane

    They managed to escape from the building on Higher Lane by jumping from a bedroom window onto a trampoline. 

    A man and woman, who were downstairs when the blaze started, also escaped. 

  15. Everton bid for Sam Byram

    BBC Sport

    Roberto Martinez has confirmed Everton have made an approach for Leeds defender Sam Byram. 

    Sam Byram

    Byram is out of contract in the summer and has turned down a new deal through to 2017 at Elland Road.  

    It is thought the Blues have made an offer of up to £5m but Leeds United head coach Steve Evans said the deal was not concluded.

  16. Liverpool student society barred over 'drug-rape comedy'

    Rumeana Jahangir

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    A university has withdrawn official recognition from a student society after a play script culminated in a character being drugged and raped.

    Liverpool uni

    The 2014 script, proposed by medical students for a concert at the University of Liverpool, mocked the anti-rape slogan "no means no".

    The university and its student guild investigated following complaints.

  17. Appeal over wanted man

    A man, 24, is wanted on recall to prison after breaching his licence conditions, Merseyside Police said.   

    Jamie Mac Thompson

    Jamie Mac Thompson, originally from Norris Green, Liverpool, had served part of a sentence in prison for possession with intent to supply Class A and B drugs.