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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday 28 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: Wet and windy

    BBC Weather

    It will be a wet night, with persistent heavy rain.

    weather chart

    It will be windy, with widespread gales, but it will also be mild, but feeling raw in the rain and wind.  

  3. UK's largest Chinese dragon to be unveiled in China Town

    A Liverpool business will unveil the country's largest Chinese dragon at a ceremony in the city's China Town later.

    The 105 foot creation, which was hand carved in China, is similar to those used in the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics. 

    It was bought by Golden Dragon Foods to celebrate the company's 21 years in business.

  4. BBC Sport: Everton skipper hits out at 'arrogant' referee

    Phil Jagielka has called referee Martin Atkinson "arrogant" following Everton's controversial defeat by Manchester City in the League Cup semi-finals.

    Martin Atkinson

    The Toffees skipper says he tried to speak to Atkinson to discuss City's dubious second goal but was surprised at the official's response.  

  5. Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

    Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:

    • Police are questioning nine men after a series of early morning raids targeting a criminal gang
    • Figures show 239 deaths in Liverpool in 2012 could be linked to long term exposure to pollution
    • Councillors and education officials in Liverpool have started moves to increase school attendance rates
  6. Move to improve Liverpool school attendance rates

    Councillors and education officials in Liverpool have started moves to increase school attendance rates. 

    The number of primary school pupils who miss at least 19 days per academic year is the worst in the country and the statistics for secondary pupils are nearly as poor. 

    The city's Director of Education has written to all parents reminding them of the importance of school attendance.

  7. Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

    Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:

    • Police are questioning nine men after series of early morning raids targeting a criminal gang
    • Figures show 239 deaths in Liverpool in 2012 could be linked to long term exposure to pollution
    • Councillors and education officials in Liverpool have started moves to increase school attendance rates
  8. Liverpool samurai: The karate grandmaster who helped change a city

    Ronnie Colwell's life in karate earned him a suit of samurai armour and international renown, but he was most proud of his achievements in Liverpool.

    Ronnie Colwell
  9. Jo Brand's Hell of a Walk - Anything could happen...

    Comedian Jo Brand is on the final stretch of her 150 mile walk across the country from Hull to Liverpool for BBC Sports Relief.

    Live updates: Jo Brand's Hell of a Walk - Day Seven

    Video content

    Video caption: Will Jo make it to her destination in Liverpool?
  10. Flood warning review for Warrington area

    A review is going to be carried out after homes and businesses near Warrington got no warning when they were flooded on Boxing Day. 

    Manchester Ship Canal

    It is because the water came from the Manchester Ship Canal, which is not part of the Environment Agency's monitoring network.  

  11. Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

    Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside: 

    • Nine men have been arrested in a series of early morning raids targeting a criminal gang
    • Figures show 239 deaths in Liverpool in 2012 could be linked to long term exposure to pollution
    • Councillors and education officials in Liverpool have started moves to increase school attendance rates