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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 19 February
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates return from 08:00 on Monday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates from Merseyside and Cheshire have finished for the day. Have a great weekend and we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel. 

  2. Weather: Wet and windy over the weekend

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    Cloud and rain will clear during the evening to leave a mostly dry night with clear spells. 

    weather forecast

    However, it will remain windy, especially around Crosby and the coast.

  3. Funeral of man found dead on New Brighton beach takes place

    The funeral has taken place of a Wirral man who was found dead on New Brighton beach.

    The body of 20-year-old Luke Murphy was discovered after he was reported missing from his home in Liscard last month.

  4. Viola Beach's Swings & Waterslides charts at number 11

    Warrington's Viola Beach, who died in a crash in Sweden at the weekend, have entered the Top 40 at number 11 with their single Swings & Waterslides.

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    The band's families and fans had asked people to buy and stream the single as a tribute to the foursome, in the hope that they would top the chart.

  5. Liverpool GP sees large increase in meningitis B vaccine inquiries

    A GP in Liverpool says her surgery has handled 400 extra inquiries about meningitis B vaccines in the last 24 hours.

    More than 500,000 people have signed a petition calling for all children under the age of 11 to be vaccinated against meningitis B. 

    Dr Shika Pitalia from the Pall Mall medical centre in Liverpool says she has seen a huge demand since introducing them last year.

  6. WW2 veterans receive Legion d'Honneur in Liverpool

    A group of World War Two veterans from the North West have been awarded France's highest honour today.

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    Video caption: James Hornby reacts to being awarded the Legion d'Honneur for his World War Two service.

    They were being presented with the Legion d'Honneur for their role in the liberation of France at Liverpool Town Hall.

    James Hornby said the medal means "a heck of a lot".

  7. Listen to Black's Wonderful Life

    Colin Vearncombe, whose memorial is being held at 19:00 at Liverpool Cathedral, had a long career as Black, but he's best remembered for his 1987 global hit, Wonderful Life.

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    He re-recorded the song in 2002, a version which was included on his 2011 compilation, Any Colour You Like.

  8. Everton racist attack: E-fit released

    Police investigating an "unprovoked, racially aggravated attack" on a woman in Everton have issued an e-fit image of one of the men they want to trace.

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    A 38-year-old woman suffered a fractured cheekbone in the attack on Thirlmere Road at about 20:00 on 11 February.

    A man shouted racial abuse at the woman before a second man punched her repeatedly in the face.

  9. Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

    Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:

    • The funeral has taken place of a Wirral man found dead on New Brighton beach last month
    • A medical centre in Liverpool says it has seen a huge increase in demand for vaccinations against meningitis B following an online petition calling for all children to be vaccinated
    • Police are investigating an armed robbery at a restaurant in Aigburth
  10. CCTV appeal after bus driver assault in Kirkdale

    Police have issued a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to after a bus driver was assaulted in Kirkdale.

    CTTV image of man on Kirkdale bus

    The incident took place on the Arriva 52A service at around 22:10 on 5 February at the junction with Stanley Road and Scotland Road.

    A passenger assaulted the 52-year-old male driver after becoming angry when he refused to stop at a closed bus stop. 

  11. Police appeal after armed robbery in Aigburth restaurant

    Police are investigating an armed robbery at a restaurant in Liverpool. 

    Sakarak restaurant

    A man threatened staff at Sakara on Aigburth Road with what is thought to have been a sawn-off shotgun early this morning, before escaping with cash.

    He is described as white, in his 30s and wore a dark blue coloured Nike hooded top, tracksuit bottoms or jeans and black trainers with a white sole. He spoke with a Liverpool accent.

  12. Rugby League: Roosters 'will challenge us', Saints captain says

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    St Helens captain Jon Wilkin says Sydney Roosters will "challenge us and move the ball around a little bit". 

    Jake Friend of Sydney Roosters and Jon Wilkin of St Helens

    Saints face the Roosters in the World Club Series at 19:30.

    Speaking to BBC Radio Merseyside, Wilkin said: "They're a physical set - we're going to have to be at our best to try and get a performance in".

  13. Lizzie Jones to sing at Langtree Park ahead of World Club Series clash

    St Helens Star

    Lizzie Jones, the widow of Keighley Cougars player Danny Jones, will sing for the Langtree Park crowd ahead of tonight's World Club Series clash between Saints and the Sydney Roosters.

    Lizzie Jones
  14. Everton back scheme to help military veterans

    Everton has launched a programme, backed by the Royal British Legion, to help military veterans on Merseyside.

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    Video caption: Everton's Phil Jagielka on the club's scheme to helpr veterans adapt to civilian life.

    The club's captain Phil Jagielka says it can be "scary" for veterans when they return to civilian life.

  15. Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

    Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:

    • Police are investigating an armed robbery at a restaurant in Aigburth
    • Plans for the next phase in the £260m regeneration of Anfield are approved  
    • Work on a new cruise liner terminal in Liverpool could start as soon as next year, the city council says 
  16. Black memorial at Liverpool Cathedral 'to mourn and to celebrate'

    The family of singer Colin Vearncombe, known as Black, say the memorial service for him at Liverpool Cathedral later will be "to mourn but more importantly to celebrate his life and music".

    Colin Vearncombe

    The singer, who had a global hit in 1987 with Wonderful Life, died last month, 16 days after suffering serious head injuries in a car crash near Cork airport in Ireland.

    In a statement, his family say the service at 19:00 was open to "anyone who loved Colin or his music – we want to give him a wonderful send off, so the more that can come, the better".

  17. Travel: Lane closed on M56 exit slip road in Runcorn

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    A lane is closed on the M56 exit slip road eastbound at Junction 12 in Runcorn because of a broken down lorry.

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