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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday 8 March
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Jenny Coleman

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

  2. Weather: Cloudy but largely dry before rain arrives later

    BBC Weather

    A cloudy start to this evening with perhaps a few spots of rain or drizzle. Then a band of rain, possibly heavy at times, will spread eastwards overnight. A cold night with some icy patches forming too, most likely in rural spots on The Wirral.

    weather map
  3. PCC chooses preferred candidate for next Merseyside Chief Constable

    Merseyside's Police and Crime Commissioner chosen the current Deputy Chief Constable as her preferred choice to be the next Chief Constable of Merseyside Police.

    Deputy Chief Constable Andy Cooke

    Jane Kennedy said Andy Cooke would be considered for the role by the Police and Crime Panel next week.

    The current Chief, Sir Jon Murphy, is due to retire in June.

  4. Plans for £100m university building on Copperas Hill site approved

    Planning permission for a new £100m university building on Copperas Hill has been granted.

    Plans for Copperas Hill in Liverpool

    The Liverpool John Moores University development will see the former Royal Mail sorting office site transformed into a "student-centred hub" - merging three existing libraries. 

    It will also feature sports facilities including an eight-court sports hall, a gym and multi-use studios.

    The development is expected to be open for use at the start of the academic year 2018.

  5. PC Dave Phillips murder trial: Police interviews

    Andy Gill

    Reporter, BBC North West Tonight

    The court hears 19-year-old defendant Clayton Williams varied his story in police interview and expressed remorse but the crown said the action prior to his arrest did not support his expressions of remorse. 

    In a second statement to police Mr Williams said he was a cannabis addict and heavily under its influence at the time, the court heard.   

    In a third statement, Mr Williams said his accomplice suggested they go around the stop stick stinger and he did not intentionally aim for either officer.

  6. Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

    Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:

  7. PC Dave Phillips murder trial: Jury shown police video

    Andy Gill

    Reporter, BBC North West Tonight

    The jury at PC Phillips' murder trial has been shown a video from one of the pursuing police cars which showed the stolen truck mounting the carriageway and heading towards Merseyside police officers Dave Phillips and Thomas Birkett.

    Police officers at the scene of PC Dave Phillips death

    Clayton Williams, 19, denies murder and said he did not intend to injure the officer.

    The prosecution told the jury the stolen truck's brake lights were on and "if [Mr Williams] had wanted to stop he could have done so". 

    The opposite carriageway was clear and would have afforded him a clear passage but he pulled the car back and drove towards PC Birkett, the court was told.  

  8. John Lennon's stamp collection on show in New York

    John Lennon's boyhood stamp collection is to go on display at the World Stamp Show in New York in May.

    stamp collection

    Rolling Stone magazine reports the Beatles' singer started his collection when a relative handed down a half-filled book of collectors' stamps.

    It features images of Queen Victoria and King George VI with a moustache and beard drawn on them.

  9. Fire service warns of road closure in Cheshire

  10. Son loses battle to have ailing father fed through tube

    A man who wanted medics in Liverpool to feed his ailing 86-year-old father through a tube has lost a legal fight with hospital bosses.

    Stanley Hampson

    Stan Hampson had complained that his father Stanley Hampson, who is in the advanced stages of dementia, was starving because he had difficulty swallowing.

    He wanted staff at Aintree Hspital in Fazakerley to fit a feeding tube - but doctors said it would be unethical as it would hurt not benefit the pensioner. 

    Mrs Justice Roberts ruled in favour of doctors after analysing the case at a public hearing in the Court of Protection.

  11. Watch: Wanted Liverpool fugitive David Ungi leaving UK in 2015

    This is footage allegedly showing Liverpool fugitive David Ungi leaving UK through Dover in 2015.

    He is accused of shooting dead 16-year-old Vinny Waddington, and is believed to be on the run in the Netherlands.

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  12. Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

    Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:

    • A man who wanted medics in Liverpool to feed his ailing 86-year-old father through a tube has lost a legal fight with hospital bosses
    • A teenager "used a stolen truck as a weapon" to knock over and kill a Merseyside police officer, Manchester Crown Court has heard
    • A Wirral man is recovering after being stabbed in the back and leg by a gang demanding cash
  13. Healthy snacks replace junk food in city's leisure centres

    Fizzy drinks and sweets will soon be replaced by fruit juice and raisins at Liverpool’s leisure centres.

    Fruit

    Healthy vending machines are being introduced at 11 Lifestyle Centres across the city to encourage people to make healthy food choices.

    Water, yoghurts, protein bars and fruit will replace high-fat products such as crisps and chocolate at the following centres: Alsop, Austin Rawlinson, Cardinal Heenan, Ellergreen, Everton Park, Garston, Millennium, Park Road, Peter Lloyd, and Wavertree Aquatics Centre and Liverpool Tennis Centre.  

  14. Historic Bebington Oval £1m cash boost

    Wirral Council is to invest £1m upgrading the historic Bebington Oval leisure centre. 

    Bebington Oval

    The iconic location was featured in the 1981 Oscar-winning film Chariots of Fire.

      The money will be spent on a new fitness suite, exercise studio and catering facilities.

  15. PC Dave Phillips murder trial: Recap of evidence so far

    Clayton Williams, 19, is on trial at Manchester Crown Court accused of deliberately driving a stolen truck at Merseyside PC Dave Phillips at high speed, killing him. 

    PC Phillips and family

    Here's a summary of the evidence heard by the jury so far:

    • PC Phillips suffered "catastrophic injuries" in the collision
    • Clayton Williams has admitted he was driving the stolen truck dangerously
    • PC Phillips had deployed a stinger device to try to burst the truck's tyres on the road in Wallasey
    • The prosecution say Williams avoided the stinger and drove onto the central reservation, towards PC Phillips
    • It is claimed Williams used the truck as a weapon to murder PC Phillips
    • Williams, it is alleged, fled the scene taking steps to conceal his involvement.
  16. Football: Everton manager's post-match comments 'a joke' - Chris Sutton

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Former Blackburn Rovers striker Chris Sutton says Roberto Martinez's post-match interviews are becoming "a joke" and "an embarrassment".

    Roberto Martinez

    Sutton believes the Toffees boss should be taking more responsibility for his side's underachievement in the Premier League this season.

    You can listen to Sutton's comments in full here.

  17. Liverpool International Horse Show to return

    Following on from its success at New Year, organisers have announced the Liverpool International Horse Show is to return to the city in December.

    Liverpool International Horse Show

    The three-day show-jumping event will be held once again at the Echo Arena. 

    Organisers say last year's show attracted tens of thousands of spectators.