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  1. Updates on Tuesday 19 January
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates return from 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Paul Burnell

All times stated are UK

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

  2. Weather: Cloudy with patchy frost

    BBC Weather

    It's going to be rather cloudy this evening and tonight, although breaks in the cloud will allow a patchy frost.

    Liverpool weather

    Most parts should stay dry but a little rain may crop up in places.

    After a cold start tomorrow, we should have a dry day with breaks in the cloud allowing some sunny intervals. 

  3. Black rhino birth captured on Chester Zoo CCTV

    A rare eastern black rhinoceros has been born at Chester Zoo and CCTV footage shows the calf landing safely in the enclosure and taking his first steps.

    A baby rhino and its mother

    He was delivered by his mother Ema Elsa on Saturday in what zoo staff have described as the "perfect" birth.

  4. Southport Church to celebrate Star man

    Bronwyn Jones

    BBC News

    Holy Trinity Church in Southport is holding a rather unusual service this evening celebrating the life of David Bowie.

    Thanks giving leaflet

    There'll be live performances from local musicians, readings from Southport College performing arts students and people will be able to light a candle in remembrance of the musician.

    Canon Rod Gardner says it's not a tribute night or a requiem but he's inviting people to dress up in a Bowie style if they want.

  5. Travel: Car fire closes one lane on M53

    BBC Travel

    One lane is closed and traffic is slow on the M53 southbound between junction 2, Moreton Spur and Junction 3, A552 (Woodchurch) because of a car fire.

    You can check BBC Travel for more information.

  6. Football: Klopp says 'no chance' for Sturridge to play soon

    There is "absolutely no chance" for Daniel Sturridge to play in Wednesday's FA Cup replay with Exeter according to manager Jurgen Klopp.

    Daniel Sturridge (left) and Jurgen Klopp

    "He has not had any team training since Newcastle and that is not a situation where we can think about him," Klopp said.

    However, long-term injury victim Jon Flanagan will be on the bench for the Reds tomorrow. 

  7. Man dies after being hit by bus in Liverpool city centre

    Bronwyn Jones

    BBC News

    A man has died after being hit by a bus in Liverpool city centre today, Merseyside Police have said.

    Paramedics treated a man believed to be in his 20s in Islington at about 11.30 GMT. He later died in hospital.     

    The driver of the bus stopped at the scene and is helping police with enquiries. 

  8. Merseyside Police apologise to business owner

    Merseyside Police has apologised to a business owner from the Wirral whose store was targeted by burglars on successive weekends in the run up to Christmas.

    A community support officer on a push bike was sent to Hoylake Road in Moreton on the second occasion despite the intruder being armed. 

    Police say the incident may have been graded incorrectly and have admitted their response was not proportionate and not up to the standard expected.

  9. Football: Jurgen Klopp was 'sure he wanted' new contract for Mignolet

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp began a news conference today by saying he was happy to hand goalkeeper Simon Mignolet a new five-year contract.

    Jurgen Klopp

    "I have heard nothing negative about Simon and there have been a lot of games since I have been here," Klopp said. "He has to develop, but he gives his all to the team and it is a good feeling when he is in the starting line-up."

    As for the game tomorrow, Klopp confirmed Liverpool will field a similar side to the first game but said that shouldn't be interpreted as disrespecting the FA Cup.

  10. Plan to 'speed up' bombed out church restoration

    Paul Burnell

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    A plan to "speed up" work to repair crumbling stonework of St Luke's bombed out church in Liverpool is to be considered by Liverpool's Cabinet on Friday.

    Bombed out church

    Councillors will be asked to approve £350,000 of work - subject to more funding from Historic England - to add to £150,000 spent already to complete the repairs by November.

  11. Appeal over supermarket security guard attack

    Paul Burnell

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    Merseyside Police has issued a fresh appeal to catch a man who attacked a supermarket security guard as he tried to flee with a trolley full of goods.

    The force said the man, who was with two women, had been challenged by the security guard at Huyton Asda on 25 October.

  12. Tributes to four-year-old crash victim

    Tributes have been paid to a four-year-old Esme Weir who was hit by a van in Neston just after noon on Friday.

    Esme Weir

    A statement from her family thanking people in the community and all at St Winefride's Church also said: "Our little princess has gone to heaven and will be deeply missed and will remain always with us in our hearts and thoughts."

  13. Latest headlines from Merseyside and Cheshire

    Jessica Robbins

    Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    Today's top stories from Merseyside and Cheshire:

    - A 26 year old man has been charged with murders of a mother and daughter in Sefton.

    - Firefighters were called to the house next door to where a serious chip pan fire was under way but left without spotting any danger, a report found.

    - Merseyside Police has apologised for its response to a burglary in Wirral in the run up to Christmas.

  14. Liverpool Echo: Ex-footballer's bedroom tax victory

    Liverpool Echo

    An ex-footballer left permanently brain damaged after a 60 ft fall from a motorway flyover, has beaten the Government's controversial Bedroom Tax.

  15. Liverpool sign Swedish striker

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool Ladies have signed Sweden international striker Emma Lundh from Norwegian champions Lillestrom SK.

    Emma Lundh

    "She is a hard-working striker who will offer us a real goal threat and I am delighted to have signed her," manager Scott Roger told the club's website.

  16. Accident causing city centre delays

    BBC Travel

    There are severe delays and stop start traffic on the A580 New Islington in Liverpool eastbound between the B5173 St Anne Street junction and the Trafalgar Way junction, because of accident investigation work. 

  17. St Helens Hospital rated 'outstanding'

    Bronwen Jones

    BBC News

    St Helens Hospital has become one of only three in England to be rated "outstanding"falseby the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

    St Helens Hospital

    The hospital is run by St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, which was given an overall rating of "good" by the regulator.