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  1. Updates on Tuesday 15 March
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Wednesday

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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 at 08:00 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel.  

  2. Weather: Clear spells but cloud increasing overnight

    Dianne Oxberry

    Weather presenter, BBC North West Tonight

    Plenty of clear spells at first, but cloud may increase at times through the night with perhaps a little drizzle in the east.

    Weather forecast

    Further west will see the best of the clearer skies tonight.

  3. Widnes student describes finding Stone Age pendant

    A former archaeology student who discovered an 11,000 year old engraved shale pendant during excavations in North Yorkshire said at first he didn't realise what he'd found. 

    Tom Bell holding pendant

    Tom Bell, from Widnes, was volunteering on an excavation with his group from the University of Chester when he "noticed a smooth stone". 

    Quote Message: I think once I realised it had decoration on, then it was more exciting. And it's much more exciting when you start to see how excited everyone else is!” from Tom Bell
    Tom Bell
  4. Liverpool Women's Hospital trust needs financial support, NHS watchdog finds

    Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust has agreed to work with specialists to reduce its projected £7.3m deficit after an investigation found it needs additional financial support.

    Liverpool Women's Hospital

    NHS watchdog Monitor will support the specialist Liverpool Women's Hospital trust to find ways to improve its finances after it concluded an investigation into "a deterioration of finances", which began in November. 

    Quote Message: Working closely with commissioners and other local stakeholders to further develop a strategic recovery plan will enable the trust to balance its books and ensure it can keep delivering high quality care for patients from Paul Chandler Regional Director for Monitor
    Paul ChandlerRegional Director for Monitor
  5. Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

    Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:

  6. Travel: Broken down train is causing delays

    BBC Travel

    There are delays of up to 40 minutes and a revised service on Northern Rail between Wigan North Western and Liverpool Lime Street due to a broken down train.

    More from BBC Travel

  7. Private Funeral held for Beatles producer Sir George Martin

    The funeral of Sir George Martin, the Beatles producer who died last week at the age of 90, has taken place.

    Sir George Martin

    His manager confirmed a private ceremony was held on Monday. Sir George signed the Beatles and produced more than 700 records, also working with artists including Gerry and the Pacemakers, Dame Shirley Bassey and Cilla Black.

    Sir Paul McCartney led tributes to Sir George, describing him as the "fifth Beatle" and like his "second father".

  8. Liverpool City Council becomes part owner of John Lennon Airport

    Liverpool City Council has formally signed an agreement making it a part owner of John Lennon Airport.

    John Lennon Airport

    It has taken shares in two joint venture companies to help the airport improve facilities for passengers and airlines.

    The council says it's investing on the basis that it will make a commercial return for council tax payers.    

  9. PC Dave Phillips murder trial: Man arrested for contempt of court

    A man has been arrested for contempt of court after shouting from the public gallery during the trial of a teenager accused of killing a Merseyside police officer.

    Judge Mr Justice William Davis told the man, who interrupted proceedings as Clayton Williams finished giving evidence: "I don't know who you are but you are about to be arrested forcontempt of court. Officers arrest that man." 

    The outburst came as the 19-year-old was being led back to the dock at Manchester Crown Court after a full morning of cross examination. He denies murder and a charge of attempted grievous bodily harm of PC Tom Birkett.

  10. Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

    Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:  

    • A man accused of using a stolen car as a weapon to kill a policeman has told a court he did not see the officer before he hit him
    • A Southport man who inflicted 100 injuries on the girlfriend he murdered has been jailed for life
    • Liverpool Women's Hospital NHS Trust has agreed to work with specialists to reduce its protected £7.3m deficit after an investigation found it needs additional financial support
  11. Tools worth around £4k taken from allotment used by school children

    St Helens Star

    Power tools have been stolen from a community allotment in Whiston where school children have sessions to learn all about the outdoor environment and growing their own vegetables.  

  12. Football: Robbie Fowler the manager?

    BBC Sport

    Robbie Fowler is working towards his Uefa pro licence in a bid to break into management.

    Robbie Fowler

    The former Liverpool striker told the Echo: "By next June I should have completed it. Everyone knows I want to be a manager. It's what I have always longed for and I am almost there now."

    The 40-year-old's playing career ended in 2012 but his only managerial post has been as player-boss at Muangthong United.

  13. Murdered woman was 'happy-go-lucky', say family

    A 47-year-old woman who was murdered by her partner was a "happy-go-lucky person", her family has said.

    Ann-Marie Cropper

    Ann-Marie Cropper was found with 100 injuries to her body at her in Southport last September.

    In a statement her family said she was a "loving daughter, sister, mother, grandmother and auntie who tried to never let life bring her down... She meant nothing to him, but meant everything to us".

    At Liverpool Crown Court, her partner Ian Gordon was jailed for life and must serve a minimum of 20 years, Merseyside Police said.

  14. PC Dave Phillips murder trial: Accused 'did not see' officer

    A teenager accused of using a stolen car as a weapon to kill a policeman has told a court he did not see the officer before he hit him.

    Clayton Williams

    PC Dave Phillips, 34, died when he was hit by a pick-up truck in Wallasey, Wirral, in October.

    Clayton Williams, 19, who denies murder, said he did not see the officer "because some street lights weren't working". The prosecution accused him of lying as he gave evidence. The trial continues.