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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 26 February
  2. Merseyside and Cheshire Live returns from 08:00 on Monday with more news, sport, travel and weather updates

Live Reporting

By Emma Stanley

All times stated are UK

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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 Monday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel.    

  2. Weather: Dry and cold this evening, sunny spells tomorrow

    BBC Weather

    It will be dry across north-western England tonight with variable amounts of cloud allowing clear intervals to develop. It will become frosty for most with the coldest temperatures likely across Warrington and the east of the region. Winds light and mainly easterly.

    weather map

    After a cold start, a largely dry day will follow with broken cloud giving some sunny spells. However, isolated light showers may develop inland. Light east to north-easterly breezes.  

  3. V&A to display George Harrison's Sgt Pepper suit

    Tim Masters

    Arts and Entertainment correspondent

    The original suit worn by George Harrison on the cover of The Beatles' Sgt Pepper album is to go on public display for the first time.

    St Pepper

    The peach outfit will form part of the V&A's You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-70 exhibition in September.

  4. Travel: Park Road in Toxteth is closed due to a police incident

    BBC Travel

    The A561 Park Road in Toxteth is currently closed in both directions due to a police incident between High Park Street and Harlow Street.

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  5. Norovirus outbreak at Arrowe Park Hospital halts Maternity Ward visitors

    The temporary suspension of visiting at Arrowe Park Hospital on the Wirral due to a Norovirus outbreak has been extended to include the Maternity Unit.

    Arrowe Park Hospital

    The hospital says it is a precaution to prevent further spread of the vomiting bug. Only birth partners will be allowed to visit this weekend.

  6. Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

    Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:

    • Grassroots football in Liverpool is to receive a £17m boost
    • A woman is jailed for four years for her role in a £5.2m magazine scam which duped up to 15,000 victims
    • Liverpool will face Manchester United in the last 16 of the Europa League
  7. Police target dangerous loads on the roads

    Merseyside Police took part in a day of action targeting the carriage of dangerous goods on the roads.

    Merseyside Police

    Officers stopped 33 vehicles to spot-check hauliers, HGV and tanker drivers to ensure they had their loads correctly packaged and secured, their vehicles correctly marked and carrying the correct documentation and protective equipment.

    Merseyside Police
  8. Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

    Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:

    • Liverpool has been chosen as the recipient of the biggest investment into grassroots football after a £17m deal has been agreed
    • A woman has been jailed for four years for her role in a £5.2m magazine scam which duped up to 15,000 victims
    • Liverpool have been drawn against Manchester United in the last 16 of the Europa League
  9. West Cheshire council tax rise voted through

    Council tax will rise by 3.99% in west Cheshire and Chester after plans were approved last night.

    Council building

    Previously, the limit was 1.99%, but Chancellor George Osborne increased it to allow councils to levy a "social care precept" of up to 2%, which must be spent on adult care.  

    The 3.99% increase will help meet a £13.7m shortfall, Cheshire West and Chester Council has previously said.

  10. On this day: Liverpool Grand National run at Aintree for the first time

    BBC Sport

    On this day in 1839, The Grand National was run at Aintree for the first time.

    Grand National

    The race, which was then known as the Grand Liverpool Steeplechase, was won by Lottery, ridden by Jem Mason. 

    There had been three previous runnings of the race at nearby Maghull. It was renamed the Grand National Steeplechase in 1847.   

  11. Joe Anderson welcomes Asda U-turn on food bank collections

    Liverpool's mayor has thanked supermarket giant Asda for making a U-turn on their decision to remove food bank collection points from their stores.

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    Joe Anderson sent an open letter to the supermarket to explain how he was disappointed with their plan.   

    He says the company's change of heart will now help thousands of people.  

  12. Liverpool set for £17m grassroots football deal

    Liverpool has been chosen as the recipient of the biggest investment into grassroots football after a £17m deal has been agreed

    The council will contribute £4.4m while the remaining £12.6m will come from the FA, Premier League and Sport England.

    Four "hubs" will be formed on current pitches to reduce a reliance on council subsidies, a council spokesman said.