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  1. Updates on Wednesday 24 February
  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 Cheshire and Merseyside have finished for the day, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel.    

  2. Weather: Ice warning issued by Met Office

    BBC Weather

    The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of ice as temperatures will fall below freezing tonight.

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    There will be a risk of scattered wintry showers, which may give a temporary dusting of snow away from the coast.

    There could be icy patches on untreated roads and pavements in the morning, leading to some low level travel disruption.

  3. Football: Sturridge says his future is at Anfield

    BBC Sport

    Daniel Sturridge says his future is at Liverpool after accusing his critics of "disrespect".

    Sturridge and Klopp

    It has been reported the striker, who has played nine games this season due to injury, wants to leave Anfield over criticism of his fitness record.

    "I think it is astonishing, disappointing - whoever is saying it - but that's football," said 26-year-old Sturridge.

  4. Electricity restored after 13,000 customers affected by power cut

    Electricity has been restored to 13,000 customers affected by a power cut in Kirkby earlier, Scottish Power says.

    The disruption was caused when workers from another company cut through some cables in the town centre, the energy firm added.

  5. Investment in Wirral industrial estates agreed

    Wirral Council says it will invest £300,000 in improving the eight industrial estates in Birkenhead and Wallasey it owns and manages.

    The money will go towards enhanced security, improved health and safety measures and new steps to combat anti-social behaviour. 

    The units are let by the council and this provides rental income of about £400,000 each year.

  6. Disabled children 'shut out of playgrounds'

    The UK deafblind charity Sense claims more than 1,400 disabled children in Liverpool are "missing out on vital play opportunities".

    Playpark

    It has published a report, in which nine out of ten parents say their child does not have the same access to groups because of the extra costs involved and a lack of specialist support.

  7. Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

    This afternoon's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:

    • About 13,000 homes have been left without electricity after a power cut in Knowsley
    • Tickets for the last Hillsborough memorial service at Anfield have been made available
    • Bosses at Arrowe Park Hospital have suspended all visiting, due to an increase in people with symptoms of the vomiting bug norovirus
  8. Football: Sturridge 'wants to play in every Liverpool game'

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has said he is “very ambitious, very determined to help Liverpool have success” at a press conference ahead of tomorrow’s Europa League game with FC Augsburg.

    Jurgen Klopp and Daniel Sturridge

    He added: “I want to be on the pitch playing every game."

    Responding to a question about the injury-prone striker, his boss Jurgen Klopp said: "He is a really good footballer and now he is able to play which is what we want to see all the time."

  9. Power cut in Knowsley leaves 13,000 homes without electricity

    About 13,000 homes have been left without electricity after a power cut in Knowsley.

    Scottish Power has apologised to affected customers in the L31, L32 and L33 postcode areas around Kirkby, saying another company had cut through a cable on Cherryfield Drive. Traffic lights have gone out in the area but Merseyrail trains are not affected.

    The energy firm said they hoped that power would be restored by 17:00.

  10. Children design posters against illegal off-road bike use

    Sefton schoolchildren have been designing posters highlighting the danger of off-road and scrambler bikes.

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    Police arrested 59 people between July and September in an operation to combat illegal use of the bikes.

    Councillor Trish Hardy said the poster workshops “enabled us to engage with young people before they could get involved with such anti-social behaviour and it got them thinking about the issues surrounding this”.

  11. Suspended Southport and Ormskirk NHS bosses 'on full pay'

    Southport's Liberal Democrat MP John Pugh has described money being paid to four senior staff at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust as "an atrocious waste" of NHS money. 

    Southport hospital

    The trust's chief executive and three senior managers were all suspended on full pay six months ago, after whistleblower complaints last August - and since then they have been paid a total of £200,000, the Liverpool Echo revealed

    The chair of the trust has told BBC Radio Merseyside the investigation is being carried out by an external organisation and it should come to an end by early April.  

  12. Football: Liverpool boss says team has 'big aims' for Europa League

    BBC Sport

    Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s Europa League game with FC Augsburg, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has said his team has “got big aims but that relies on performances”.

    Jurgen Klopp

    He added: “There's no reason to play FC Augsburg's game, we need to assert ourselves and play our game."

    He said Dejan Lovren was too ill to play while Joe Allen and Adam Lallana were not available.

  13. Tickets released for final Hillsborough memorial

    Tickets have been released for the final memorial service at Anfield where thousands of people are expected to gather to remember the 96 football fans who died.

    Hillsborough Memorial Band of Light

    Hillsborough families decided "unanimously" that this year's service will be the last as fresh inquests into the deaths are due to conclude.

    The event will be held at the Liverpool stadium on Friday 15 April, the 27th anniversary of the tragedy.  

  14. Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

    This afternoon's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:

    • Tickets for the last ever Hillsborough memorial service at Anfield have been made available at Liverpool Football Club. 
    • Margaret Aspinall, whose son James died in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, has admitted feeling 'burnt out' after 27 years of campaigning.
    • Bosses at Arrowe Park Hospital have suspended all visiting, because they're seeing an increasing number of people with symptoms of the vomiting bug norovirus. 
  15. Everton legends wish goal of the month winner luck ahead of operation

    Well-wishers have been tweeting George Shaw - the young Everton fan who won the club's goal of the month competition in January - ahead of his operation today.

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  16. Norovirus at Arrowe Park Hospital

    All visiting has been suspended at Arrowe Park Hospital in Wirral after a rise in the number of people attending A&E with symptoms of norovirus.

    Arrowe Park Hospital

    People are also urged not to attend A&E if they have symptoms of norovirus, which is a highly contagious sickness bug.

    Quote Message: We wish to repeat our message not to come to A&E if you have had symptoms of sickness and diarrhoea within the last 48 hours unless it is a genuine emergency, as this is causing increased pressures in service demand within this very busy department. from Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Trust spokesperson
    Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Trust spokesperson
  17. Hillsborough campaigner Margaret Aspinall 'burnt out'

    Margaret Aspinall, whose son James died in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, has admitted feeling "burnt out" by 27 years of campaigning.

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    Video caption: Margaret Aspinall has admitted feeling "burnt out" by 27 years of campaigning.

    Her comments follow the release of tickets for the final Anfield memorial service, where people are expected to gather on 15 April to remember the 96 football fans who died.

    Hillsborough families decided "unanimously" that this year's service will be the last as fresh inquests into the deaths are due to conclude in the following months.

  18. 'World's biggest electronic music festival' announces line-up

    Dance festival Creamfields has added a fourth day to this year's event, which organisers say makes it "the world's biggest electronic music festival", and announced a line-up which includes Calvin Harris, Fatboy Slim and Avicii.

    Calvin Harris

    Tiestö, Axwell & Ingrosso, Jack Ü, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Hardwell, Above & Beyond and Martin Garrix will also take to the stages. 

    About 70,000 fans are expected to flock from around the world to the Daresbury Estate in Halton for the event, which takes place on August Bank Holiday weekend.