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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 9 March
  2. Merseyside and Cheshire Live returns at 08:00 on Thursday with more news, sport, travel and weather updates

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 Thursday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from around the region.

  2. Weather: Patchy rain in the east, dry and clear elsewhere

    BBC Weather

    This evening will be mostly cloudy, with patchy light rain and drizzle in the east of the region. Elsewhere, it will be mostly dry with clear spells, with a slight frost possible overnight, most likely in sheltered rural spots on the Wirral.

    weather map
  3. Sir George Martin: Five of his most innovative songs

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter

    Through his work with The Beatles, Sir George Martin became one of a handful of record producers to become as famous as the musicians he worked with.

    Mark Savage looks at how Sir George Martin changed the pop landscape with a selection of his most ground-breaking records

    Sir George Martin
  4. Your pictures: Brighter skies over New Brighton

    Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher "Beach nut" for sending us this photo of clouds clearing over New Brighton in Wirral today.

    New Brighton

    Have you got a weather photo you'd like to share? Join the BBC Weather Watcher community and keep us up to date with the weather by you.  

  5. When football fell foul of fixing

    BBC iWonder

    Liverpool teaming up with Manchester United to fix a football result?

    It's an unlikely alliance but, as the 1914-15 season drew to a close, Manchester United had to beat Liverpool to avoid relegation. 

    The players came to an ungentlemanly agreement.  

    Football team involved in match fixing

    Read more about cheating in sport in the BBC's latest iWonder guide.

  6. ‘Ditton Flyover’ in Widnes will close on the evening of Easter Monday

    A section of the A533 Queensway in Widnes, known locally as the Ditton Flyover, which links Speke Road to the Silver Jubilee Bridge, will be permanently closed from 19:30 on the evening of 28 March 2016.

    Motorists travelling through Widnes are being warned to expect delays as a result of the closure, which is needed to build link roads through Widnes to connect the main road network to the new Mersey Gateway bridge, which will open in autumn 2017.

  7. Police release image in hunt for Anfield sexual assault suspect

    Merseyside Police have released an e-fit of a man officers want to speak to in relation to a report of a sexual assault in Anfield.

    efit image

    A man with a strong Liverpool accent tried to grab a 23-year-old woman at a bus stop on Rocky Lane, near to the junction with Sheil Road, on the afternoon of 23 December.

    When she walked off he followed her as she returned to work to call the police.

  8. Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

    Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:

  9. Widnes rogue trader jailed for pensioner con

    Runcorn and Widnes World

    A rogue trader who tried to con £8,500 from an 87-year-old man after offering to clean his gutter for £15 has been jailed.  

  10. PC Dave Phillips 'tried to run' from car which killed him

    A police officer tried to run away from a stolen car moments before it hit and killed him, a court heard.

    Father-of-two PC Dave Phillips, 34, died after he was hit by a pick-up truck in Wallasey on 5 October.

    PC Dave Phillips

    PC Thomas Birkett, who witnessed the incident, told the jury at Manchester Crown Court: "I never want to see anything like it again."

    Clayton Williams, 19, denies murder, saying he did not intend to injure the Merseyside officer.

  11. Sir George Martin's handwritten notes to go on display

    After lying in a locked cupboard for 50 years, handwritten notes by Sir George Martin from the first Help! recording - dated 15th February 1965 - will be on show for the first time.

    Handwritten notes by George Martin

    The recording of The Beatles fifth album and soundtrack to their second feature film began at EMI Studios in Abbey Road.

    Sir George Martin’s recording notes reveal the structure of the sessions and the departure from their usual recording methods.

    The notes go on display this weekend at The Beatles Story in Liverpool.

  12. Gerry Marsden remembers 'gentleman' Sir George Martin

    Gerry Marsden has been sharing his memories of Sir George Martin who has died aged 90.

    Gerry Marsden

    He said: "He gave us our first records, How Do You Do, I Like It, we did Walk Alone with George. He was just great.

    "The nice thing about George was he was a gentleman, very polite, never lost his temper. He was lovely to work with."

  13. Football: Premier League to cap cost of tickets for away fans at £30

    BBC Sport

    Premier League clubs have agreed plans to cap away tickets at £30 for the next three seasons.

    The cost of watching football has been a hot topic of debate, with supporters at Liverpool organising a high-profile protest over proposed increases in season ticket prices.

    Liverpool fans protest
  14. Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

    Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:

    • Wirral PC Dave Phillips tried to run from a stolen car moments before it hit and killed him, a court has heard
    • Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have led tributes to Sir George Martin, the record producer known as the "Fifth Beatle", who has died aged 90
    • Police are hunting a gunman who shot a couple in the legs after bursting into their home in Liverpool
  15. PC Dave Phillips 'tried to run from car before it hit him', court hears

    A court has been told how PC Dave Phillips tried to run from a stolen car moments before it hit and killed him.

    PC Dave Phillips and family

    The 34-year-old father of two died when the truck mounted a central reservation in Wallasey, Merseyside.

    Jurors were told Clayton Williams, 19, hit the officer during a police pursuit in October last year. He claims he did not intend to injure the officer and denies murder.

  16. Travel: Shed load causing disruption on the M56

    BBC Travel

    There is a shed load on the M56 eastbound between Junction 14 for Hapsford and 12 at Runcorn.

    More from BBC Travel.

  17. 'Thanks for the sounds of our youth' - messages for Sir George Martin at Strawberry Fields

    Flowers have been left at the gates of Strawberry Fields in Liverpool today in memory of Sir George Martin, who has died aged 90.

    Strawberry Fields Gates

    Flowers and messages have also been left at the city's Cavern Club and a book of condolence has opened at The Beatles Story.

    The message reads at Strawberry Fields reads: "George, We will miss you. Thank you for the sounds of our youth. Clemens."

  18. Obituary: Sir George Martin

    George Martin, who has died aged 90, played a key role in defining the sound of British pop music.

    Sir George Martin

    His career spanned five decades, and in that time he produced more than 700 records, wrote film scores and worked with music's greatest talents.

    His greatest success came with the Beatles; from the loveable mop-top recordings of the early 1960s to the acid-drenched psychedelia of Sergeant Pepper.

    Read his obituary on BBC News.

  19. Teenage drug dealer and 12-year-old burglar arrested in Warrington

    Warrington Guardian

    Children as young as 12 have been arrested on suspicion of burglary, criminal damage and assault in 2015, force figures have revealed.