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.
- Updates on Wednesday 24 February
- News, sport, weather and travel updates return from 08:00 on Thursday
The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of ice as temperatures will fall below freezing tonight.Copyright: BBC
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.
Daniel Sturridge says his future is at Liverpool after accusing his critics of "disrespect".Copyright: Reuters
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.
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.
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.
The UK deafblind charity Sense claims more than 1,400 disabled children in Liverpool are "missing out on vital play opportunities".Copyright: Thinkstock
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.
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
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.Copyright: PA
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."
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.
Sefton schoolchildren have been designing posters highlighting the danger of off-road and scrambler bikes.Copyright: Merseyside Police
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”.
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.Copyright: BBC
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.
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”.Copyright: Getty Images
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.
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.Copyright: Getty Images
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.
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.
The Motor Fuel Group has submitted a planning application to West Lancashire Council to give a revamp to the BP Connect Crow Orchard Service Station in Wrightington.
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.
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.Copyright: BBC
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
Margaret Aspinall, whose son James died in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, 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.
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.Copyright: Getty Images
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.