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  1. Updates on Thursday 11 February
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates return from 08:00 on Friday

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  1. Our coverage across the day

    Live updates have now finished for the day, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Friday with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather from across Merseyside and Cheshire.

  2. Weather: Dry evening, but showers and frost on the way

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    It should stay mainly dry and clear this evening, with a frost developing and some fog patches.

    BBC weather

    It will turn cloudier with scattered sleety showers overnight, especially in the south of the region.

  3. Family's tribute to 'kind, caring' student who died in Salford stabbing

    A Merseyside man who died in a stabbing at a university halls of residence in Salford was "very kind, thoughtful and very caring", his family have said.

    William Lound

    University of Salford student William Lound, 30, from Birkdale in Merseyside, was found with multiple injuries inside a flat in Bramall Court, Cannon Street, on Monday.

    In a statement, Mr Lound's family said he was "so well liked and respected by so many" because of his "very interesting character and great sense of humour".

  4. Long-serving Hoylake RNLI Lifeboat Coxswain to retire

    After 40 years service Hoylake RNLI Coxswain Dave Whiteley is set to retire this weekend.

    RNLI Coxswain Dave Whiteley

    The 56-year-old joined the Hoylake Lifeboat Station as volunteer crew on his 17th birthday in January 1976, following in his father’s footsteps. 

    Since then he has helped save more than 150 lives and was awarded a British Empire Medal in the New Year's Honours in recognition of his service and commitment to lifesaving.

  5. Football: Southport fixtures re-scheduled

    BBC Merseyside Sport

    Two Southport FC games have been re-arranged.

    Haig Avenue

    The home game with Boreham Wood will now be held on Saturday 27 February, and the away match at Grimsby will now kick-off on Tuesday 8 March.

  6. Travel: Rush-hour delays in Walton

    BBC Travel

    BBC Travel is reporting rush-hour delays on the A59, near the Queen Drive roundabout in Walton.

  7. Family release photograph of Birkdale student found stabbed in Salford

    The family of a student from Merseyside who was found stabbed to death at a halls of residence in Salford have released a photograph of him.

    William Lound

    University of Salford student William Lound, 30, of Birkdale, was found with multiple injuries inside a flat in Bramall Court, Cannon Street, on Monday.

    Lee Arnold, 36, of no fixed abode, has been charged with murder.

  8. Council leader: St Helens court closure 'short-sighted'

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    The leader of St Helens Council has condemned a decision to close the town's magistrates court, saying "justice will suffer."


    The government has announced 86 court buildings will shut down around the country, including Warrington County Court and Ormskirk Magistrates and Family Court. 

    Barrie Grunewald has described the move as a "short-sighted attempt to save money."

  9. Football: Everton boss hails winger Lennon

    BBC Merseyside Sport

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez has praised winger Aaron Lennon, saying his match-winning displays for the Toffees have been his best yet.

    Roberto Martinez

    The former Spurs man has scored a flurry of goals in recent games, including strikes against Stoke and in the FA Cup match against Carlisle.

    Martinez said: "Aaron's present form is the best he's shown for Everton. He's an excellent winger who does his defensive duties well."

  10. Latest headlines in Merseyside and Cheshire

    Today's top stories in Merseyside and Cheshire:

    • Liverpool fans say fight to make football affordable will go on despite club's reversal on ticket prices
    • Warrington County Court and St Helens Magistrates are to close, the government has announced
    • Everton boss Roberto Martinez says takeover talk is "just speculation"
  11. Liverpool tickets row: Fan groups say fight will go on

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool's owners have been told that the fight to make football affordable for fans will go on despite the club's surprise reversal on ticket prices.

    Liverpool protest

    Fans' group Spion Kop 1906 say the battle may have been won but the "longer war isn't over".  

  12. Prostate cancer 'sniff test' developed by University of Liverpool

    Researchers at the University of Liverpool hope they have come up with a pioneering new technique to sniff out prostate cancer - based on how dogs smell. 

    The animals have been used in the past to detect the illness in patients and now a machine has been developed to help make an early diagnosis.  

  13. Southport MP welcomes Liverpool ticket price U-turn

    John Pugh, the MP for Southport, has welcomed the move from Liverpool Football Club to freeze ticket prices for two seasons. On Monday Mr Pugh urged Parliament to support the fans' protest.

    MP John Pugh

    In a statement he said: “This is a significant victory for Liverpool supporters and fans of the game in general, but there is still more to do across the country. 

    "Ticket prices across the Premier League are still too high and are pricing too many people out of the game.”

  14. Football: Everton boss says takeover talk is 'just speculation'

    BBC Merseyside Sport

    Everton boss Roberto Martinez has said reports of the club moving closer to a takeover by an American consortium are "just speculation".

    Roberto Martinez

    Speaking ahead of the Toffees' home clash with West Bromwich Albion at the weekend, he said: "There is nothing to tell about a takeover. We will keep the fans informed when there is something to say."

    Martinez also said there was no foundation to reports of Phil Jagielka moving to China.