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.
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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.Copyright: Cheshire Police
The car was attacked after officers began following a blue BMW on the M6 in Cheshire at about 03:25 GMT.
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.Copyright: BBC
It will be a cold, dry, frosty and sunny start on Saturday, although as the day goes on the skies will gradually cloud over.
Merseyside Police has been criticised for its failure to properly investigate a case of suspected jury nobbling during a rape trial.Copyright: Getty Images
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.
Everton boss Roberto Martinez insists they have not received an approach from Swansea for striker Steven Naismith.Copyright: Getty Images
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.
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.
Plans for transport and access improvements to Hamilton Square in Birkenhead have now been shelved, Wirral Council said.Copyright: BBC
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.
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".Copyright: BBC
Detectives have released CCTV images of two men they would like to speak to after a man was assaulted in a Southport nightclub.Copyright: Merseyside Police
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.
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.Copyright: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
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.
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.
- The conservation group which has lost a legal battle to halt a £35m regeneration of Liverpool's Lime Street says it is considering appealing the decision.
- 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.
Play five-a-side? Fancy the chance to be at the FA Cup final?Copyright: BBC
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.
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.Copyright: PA
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
Former Brookside star Leon Lopez was inundated with messages of support after landing a part in EastEnders.
Police are stepping up patrols in Fazakerley, after a house was set on fire while four children were sleeping upstairs.Copyright: Google
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.
Roberto Martinez has confirmed Everton have made an approach for Leeds defender Sam Byram.Copyright: Rex Features
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.
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A university has withdrawn official recognition from a student society after a play script culminated in a character being drugged and raped.Copyright: Derek Harper/Geograph
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.
A man, 24, is wanted on recall to prison after breaching his licence conditions, Merseyside Police said.Copyright: Merseyside Police
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.