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  1. Updates on Friday 11 March 2016

Live Reporting

By Emma Stanley

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage throughout the day

    Our live service has now finished for the day, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with more news, sport, weather and travel updates from around the region.

  2. Football: Everton vs Chelsea FA Cup preview

    BBC Sport

    Everton are in action on Saturday as they face Chelsea in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup at Goodison Park, with a 16:00 kick-off.

    FA Cup model

    The teams met at Wembley in the 2009 final, when David Moyes' Toffees were beaten 2-1.

    Everton full-back Bryan Oviedo is doubtful following a chest infection, while Aaron Lennon's hamstring problem will also be assessed.

    Read a full preview of the game here.

  3. Weather: Cloudy night in store, but remaining dry

    Sara Blizzard

    BBC Weather

    More cloud is expected this evening and overnight, although most places will stay dry. 

    BBC weather

    More northerly parts will see some light rain or drizzle, while the outlook for the weekend is mostly mild with rainy spells.

    Read the latest weather updates here.

  4. Firefighters release child with hand stuck in post box

    Merseyside firefighters are having a busy day releasing children... First a six-year old who was stuck in a school drainpipe, now one with a stuck hand.

  5. Liverpool v Man Utd: Hillsborough chants condemned by Red Devils

    Manchester United have criticised the fans who sang chants about the Hillsborough disaster during Thursday's Europa League defeat at Liverpool.

    Liverpool v Man Utd game

    Offensive songs were heard during Liverpool's 2-0 win at Anfield in the first leg of their last-16 tie.  

  6. 'United fans have let themselves down' over Hillsborough chants

    5 live Sport's Juliette Ferrington says there were unsavoury chants heard from the away end at Anfield during Liverpool's 2-0 Europa League win over Manchester United.  

    United fans were reportedly heard chanting in reference to the Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 Liverpool supporters died in 1989.  

  7. Knowsley IT syndicate celebrate £100,000 lottery win

    A syndicate of IT workers from Knowsley is celebrating after scooping more than £100,000 in  Tuesday’s National Lottery EuroMillions draw.

    lottery winners

    The “IT Crowd” won £109,182 after matching five numbers and one Lucky Star and plan to use the money on luxury holidays.  

    The 10-strong syndicate will each take home £10,918.20. 

  8. Today's top stories in Merseyside and Cheshire

    Latest headlines from Merseyside and Cheshire:

    • Merseyside Police announces plans to recruit another 200 constables
  9. Travel: Severe delays after car hits pedestrian in Liverpool

    Motorists have been warned to expect widespread delays after a man was struck by a car near Park Road in Dingle, Liverpool.

    Police tape

    There is slow-moving traffic in both directions between the junctions with Ellis Place and Harlow Street.

    Merseyside Police said the man suffered a leg injury but is not thought to be badly hurt.

    Read the latest updates on BBC Travel.

  10. Family pays tribute to teenager killed on railway

    The family of a teenager from Runcorn who was struck and killed by a train have paid tribute to him.

    Winsford station

    Joshua Heston, 19, was killed at Winsford station on Tuesday.

    His family said: “Josh was the most loving and caring brother, cousin, son and friend. He is now in paradise.”

  11. Football: Rafael Benitez appointed as Steve McClaren's successor at Newcastle United

    BBC Sport

    Rafael Benitez has been confirmed as Newcastle's new manager, following the sacking of Steve McClaren.

    Rafael Benitez

    The former Liverpool, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Valencia boss takes over with the Magpies in relegation trouble.  

  12. Travel: A561 accident affecting traffic between Liverpool and Dingle

    BBC Travel

    There is slow traffic following a road closure on the A561 Park Road both ways between Ellis Place/Wellington Road and Harlow Street/North Hill Street due to an accident affecting traffic between Liverpool and Dingle. 

    More from BBC Travel

  13. Sentencing adjourned for police officer who made sexual advances to vulnerable victims

  14. Police release image after attempted theft from Liverpool shop

    Merseyside Police has released a CCTV image of a woman they would like to speak to in relation to an attempted theft at a shop in Liverpool on 22 February.

    CCTV image

    Security guards at B&M Bargains on the Stonedale Retail Park on the East Lancashire Road witnessed a woman entering the store accompanied by three young children.

    Police said she was seen to conceal a number of items within the pram, and when challenged by the security guard she ran away with the children, leaving the pram and the items behind.

  15. Football: Man United 'could face action' over Hillsborough chants - Uefa

    BBC Merseyside Sport

    Uefa says disciplinary action could be taken against Manchester United if officials put the offensive Hillsborough chants heard at Anfield last night in their match report.

    The visiting supporters could be heard singing about the 1989 disaster in the first half of the Europa League tie and again at the full-time whistle.

    Officials at Uefa say they will now wait for the referee's report and, if it is included, their disciplinary board will look at what happened.

  16. Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside

    Latest headlines from Cheshire and Merseyside: 

    • Merseyside Police has announced it is recruiting another 200 constables
    • A blue plaque honouring former Prime Minister Sir Harold Wilson has been unveiled at Wirral Grammar School, where he was a student
    • UEFA says disciplinary action could be taken against Manchester United if officials put offensive Hillsborough chants heard at Anfield last night in their match report
  17. Weather: Largely cloudy with rain in places. Some sunshine tomorrow

    BBC Weather

    Cloud amounts will tend to increase through the evening and overnight, but most places will stay dry.

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    Tomorrow it will stay cloudy in the north of the region, with some patchy rain or drizzle. Cloud breaking at times over the Wirral and the south will give some sunny spells.  

  18. Firefighters tackling silo fire at Warrington trading estate

  19. Merseyside Police looking to recruit 200 new officers

    Merseyside Police has launched a campaign to recruit more than 200 new constables.

    Chief Constable Sir Jon Murphy with Jane Kennedy

    The force has cut £77m from its budget since 2010, shedding 1,600 staff, following government cuts.

    But following "some detailed financial planning"  Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said the budget has been balanced allowing new recruitment to take place.