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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 20 January
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates return from 08:00 on Thursday

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

  2. Coming up on North West Tonight

    Annabel Tiffin

    Presenter, BBC North West Tonight

    On North West Tonight this evening:

    • A retired detective from Merseyside criticises tennis's governing bodies for failing to act on a report he wrote into alleged match fixing
    • Emmeline Pankhurst wins the vote to become the first statue of a woman in Manchester in a century 
  3. Weather: Mainly dry with frost and freezing fog

    BBC Weather

    A mainly dry night with light winds and clear spells allowing frost and freezing fog patches to form.

    Weather for Liverpool

    It will cloud over from the west later, with an odd spot of rain possible by dawn.    

    The cloud will stay tomorrow with patchy light rain developing and becoming persistent as winds strengthen towards the evening.

  4. Travel: Accident closes lane on M56

    BBC Travel

    An accident has forced a lane closure on the M56 entry slip road eastbound at Junction 15 for the M53.

    More from BBC Travel

  5. Swansea make Allen enquiry

    BBC Sport

    Premier League strugglers Swansea have made an enquiry to bring back midfielder Joe Allen to the club from Liverpool.

    Joe Allen and Jurgen Klopp

    However, the Welsh side have been told by Reds boss Jurgen Klopp to wait until the summer to seal a move, report Wales Online.

  6. Police investigate house fire that killed Maghull couple

    Bronwyn Jones

    BBC News

    A coroner has asked Merseyside Police to investigate a house fire in Maghull, which killed a couple in their forties.

    Joe and Keli Morgan died in the blaze at Bridge Farm Drive in Maghull at the weekend.  

    Crews responded to reports of smoke in the neighbouring house - it was only when they were called again that they realised the blaze was next door.

  7. Rugby League: Ryan Bailey talks about depression

    BBC Sport

    Warrington Wolves prop forward Ryan Bailey says he would not have joined the club if he had not received help for depression.

    Ryan Bailey

    Bailey, who was treated last year at the Sporting Chance clinic set up by former Arsenal footballer Tony Adams, said: "You think it's weakness but that's the best thing I've ever done, asking for help." 

  8. Liverpool young homeless centre gets cash for revamp

    Bronwyn Jones

    BBC News

    A Liverpool housing centre that helps young people who have experienced homelessness has been awarded £150,000 by the government for a revamp.

    The Powerhouse centre

    The Powerhouse in Toxteth is run by Riverside Care and Support and provides temporary housing and support for young people aged between 16 and 25 in its 52-bed centre.

    The group says the money will be used to remodel the training room, reception areas and meeting rooms in a way that "promotes positive health".

  9. Search begins for new Merseyside Chief Constable

    Merseyside’s Police Commissioner has started recruiting for the force's next Chief Constable.

    Jane Kennedy is inviting applications for the £162,024 job following last week's announcement that Chief Constable Sir Jon Murphy is retiring.

    Assistant Chief Constable Andy Ward also announced his retirement two days later and has been replaced by Nikki Holland.

  10. Singer Black 'needs a miracle' to recover

    Liverpool Musician Colin Vearncombe who performed under the name of Black will need "a miracle" if he is to pull out of a coma after a car accident in Ireland, his management has said. 

    Singer 'Black'

    The 53-year-old singer, who had a global hit in 1987 with "Wonderful Life", suffered swelling on his brain following the crash on 10 January near Cork Airport. 

    He's been in intensive care ever since and his management said today that his brain injuries are worse than previously thought.

  11. Football: Liverpool Ladies sign Netherlands captain Mandy van den Berg

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool Ladies have signed Netherlands captain Mandy van den Berg from Norwegian side Lillestrom SK.  

    Mandy van den Berg

    The 25-year-old defender captained the Dutch team at the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada, where they reached the last 16 stage of the competition.  

  12. Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

    Today's top stores in Cheshire and Merseyside:

    • Merseyside Police will investigate a house fire in Sefton that killed a couple in their 40s
    • Barclays has announced that it is creating 300 jobs at its contact centre in Liverpool
    • A large cannabis farm has been found following a house fire in Liverpool
  13. Travel: Debris in the road on M57

    BBC Travel

    There is debris in the road on the M57 southbound between Junction 4 at Knowsley and Junction 3 at Stockbridge Village.

    More from BBC Travel

  14. Groundhog Day: Liverpool cinema plans 24-hour marathon

    Helen Carter

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    An independent cinema is to give fans a taste of Groundhog Day - by screening the film 12 times in 24 hours.

    Groundhog

    The 1993 comedy, starring Bill Murray, sees a weatherman sent to report on a portentous groundhog having to relive the same day over and over again.

    Liverpool's Small Cinema hopes a "hardcore" will try the challenge on 2 February, the day depicted in the film.    

  15. Work starts on new Kirkby bus station

    The new station will cost in the region of £1.75m and will replace the current 20 year old station with a new modern facility offering better shelters and improved lighting and waiting facilities.   

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  16. Cannabis farm found in fire-destroyed Liverpool house

    A large cannabis farm has been found following a house fire in Liverpool.

    Fire-damaged house

    About 350 plants were discovered after Mersey Fire and Rescue Service attended a blaze at a terraced house on Oakfield Road, Anfield, at 09:30 GMT on Monday.

    Merseyside Police said the fire may have been caused by a make-shift system of heating and lighting the houseplants, which filled three rooms and the loft of the property.