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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday 16 February
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates return from 08:00 on Wednesday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

  2. Weather: Sleety showers

    Rain and sleet will spread during the evening and will continue overnight, turning to snow at times on the hills. 

    Weather

    Not as cold as last night, and just about frost-free. Wet conditions persisting across most areas on Wednesday. 

  3. Bootle War Memorial to be repaired

    The Bootle War Memorial in King's Gardens is to be restored by Sefton Council after a successful bid for funding from the War Memorials Trust. 

    Bootle war memorial

    The memorial, designed by Hubert E. Bulmer was constructed using stone from the Forest of Dean and lists the names of all Bootle men who were killed in both World Wars.

    Quote Message: It is important we never forget the sacrifices made by those in both World Wars and other conflicts around the world and repairing monuments such as this will ensure their memory lives on.” from Cllr Ian Moncur
    Cllr Ian Moncur
  4. Man wanted over court order breaches

    Merseyside Police are appealing for information about a 27-year-old man who is wanted for the breach of two court orders.

    Anthony Stanley

    Anthony Stanley is said to frequent Woodchurch in Wirral. He or anyone who knows of his whereabouts are asked to contact police or Crimestoppers

  5. Music legends back bid to make Viola Beach number one

    Music legends The Stone Roses have backed a bid to make Warrington's Viola Beach number one on Friday.

    Viola Beach

    The Manchester band tweeted: "RIP @Viola_Beach - let’s get them to No.1"

    Fans are hoping to get their single Swings & Waterslides to the top of the charts as a tribute to Viola Beach, who died along with their manager in a crash in Sweden.

  6. Cheshire Fire Service Choir to perform 9/11 tribute

    Members of the Cheshire Fire Service Choir are performing today at the Ground Zero Memorial in honour of the victims of the 9/11 attacks.

    Cheshire Fire Service Choir

    They will be singing Bruce Springsteen's The Rising in memory of the 343 firefighters who died in 2001 at a special ceremony in New York at 19:00 (14:00 US time).

  7. Cheshire West council 'should sell HQ for £20m', say Tories

    Cheshire West and Chester Council should sell its headquarters six years after moving in, the authority's Conservatives have said.

    Cheshire West Council

    The authority moved into its newly-built Chester offices in 2010 when it was run by the Tories.

    The local Labour group said it would review "a number of options" on council properties, which may include a sale of its HQ.

  8. Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

    This evening's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside: 

    •  A 31-year-old man from Wirral is jailed after admitting sex offences involving a child
    • Gun crime on Merseyside is down by almost a quarter, according to figures from the Office of National Statistics
  9. Did brain power save new Liverpool signing Joel Matip's career?

    BBC World Service

    If it wasn't for the academic success of Liverpool's new signing Joel Matip, he "maybe" might never have made it as professional football, according to his former Academy coach at Schalke, Norbert Elgert.

    Joel Matip

    Elgert explains, "in education he was very good, but not so many people were convinced by his (football) talent, but he improved year after year. He's a good learner, he works very hard, he has a good personality, a good corrector and he's still young".

    The Cameroon defender is out of contract in the summer with Liverpool confirming they've agreed a deal for the 24-year old who's made over 200 appearances for Schalke and has 27 caps for Cameroon.

  10. Merseyside gun crime down by a quarter, figures show

    New figures show that gun crime on Merseyside is down by almost a quarter. 

    Data published by the Office of National Statistics show that there were 50 fewer firearms offences committed between April 2014 and 2015, compared to the previous year.

  11. Beth Tweddle to leave hospital after fall

    BBC Sport

    Olympic bronze medallist Beth Tweddle is to be discharged from hospital, ten days after suffering a neck injury during Channel 4's The Jump.

    Beth Tweddle

    The retired British gymnast, 30, had surgery to fuse fractured vertebrae after she was injured while training for the celebrity winter sports show.

    She tweeted: "I just wanted to let you know the good news that I am being discharged from hospital today."  

  12. Warning over Liverpool 'To Let' sign ban breach

    Landlords and letting agents in an area of Liverpool are warned action could be taken if they breach a ban on "To Let" boards.

    Smithdown Road

    Last June the council introduced a ban in some roads in Wavertree, following concerns raised by residents about the impact it was having on the housing market.

    The city council wrote to all estate agents and landlords asking them to remove the boards but local residents have complained that some agents have begun putting them up again.

  13. Cilla Black leaves £15.2m UK fortune to sons

    Singer and TV star Cilla Black has left more than £15.2m of her UK estate to her sons, according to her will.

    Cilla Black

    The Liverpool-born performer died of a stoke aged 72 after a fall at her Spanish villa last year.

    The beneficiaries are listed as her children Robert, Ben and Jack Willis with a further £20,000 left to Penelope Walker, understood to have been her long-standing housekeeper.  

  14. Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

    Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:

    • A cyclist who suffered serious head injuries in a collision with a car on Merseyside has died in hospital
    • New figures show that gun crime on Merseyside is down by almost a quarter
    • Singer and TV star Cilla Black has left more than £15.2m of her UK estate to her sons, according to her will 
  15. Art collective given £250,000 to develop Toxteth community art garden

    The art collective behind the Turner Prize-winning Granby 4 Streets housing project has been given almost £250,000 in funding from the Arts Council to develop its latest work.

    Winter Garden

    Assemble will turn two derelict terraced properties in Toxteth into "an extraordinary set of spaces" that will house an indoor winter garden, an artist residency-space and a community gathering place. 

    The artists residency programme is being developed in partnership with Bluecoat and will feature local and international artists.

  16. Elderly cyclist dies after being hit by car in Newton-le-Willows

    A cyclist who suffered serious head injuries in a collision with a car on Merseyside has died in hospital. 

    The 83-year-old was riding his motorised pedal bike along Belvedere Road in Newton-le-Willows last Tuesday afternoon when he was hit by a Vauxhall Corsa. 

    The car driver, a 50-year-old local man, was arrested on suspicion of driving without due care and attention.