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  1. Updates on Wednesday 23 March
  2. Merseyside & 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 have now finished for the day, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Thursday with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather from across Merseyside and Cheshire.

  2. Weather: Clear and dry evening, but turning chilly

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    Most places will remain dry this evening with clear spells at first, but also a few spots of light rain where cloud is thicker. 

    BBC weather

    It will turn chilly overnight with winds increasing.   

  3. Rugby League: Widnes centre signs new two-year contract with Super League leaders

    BBC Sport

    Widnes Vikings centre Charly Runciman has signed a new two-year contract with the Super League club.

    Charly Runciman

    The 22-year-old joined the Vikings in August 2015, and has scored 16 tries in 19 appearances.

  4. Coming up

    Annabel Tiffin

    Presenter, BBC North West Tonight

    On tonight's programme we'll hear how PC Dave Phillips is to be honoured with the Freedom of the Borough and The Wirral Award in posthumous recognition of his service.

    PC Dave Phillips

    PC Phillips was killed last year after being struck by a stolen pick-up truck, and teenager Clayton Williams was found guilty of manslaughter on Monday.

    Watch the full bulletin on BBC One from 18:30.

  5. Boxing has a 'major problem' with drugs, says Tony Bellew

    BBC Sport

    Boxing has a "major problem" with drugs, according to Liverpool's European cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew.

    Tony Bellew

    He said: "There are not lives at risk in a 100m race. There are in a boxing ring and that is why it is so alarming."

    More from BBC Sport

  6. Hunt for teenagers after Moreton scooter crash

    Police are searching for two teenage joyriders after a stolen scooter was crashed into a lamppost in Moreton, injuring one of them.

    Town Meadow Lane

    The boys, aged about 14 or 15, were seen riding off on the scooter before the collision happened in Town Meadow Lane at about 22.50 on Tuesday.

    The vehicle was found to have been taken from nearby Briscoe Drive, and police are making inquiries at hospitals to see if anyone has attended who may turn out to be one of the suspected thieves.

  7. Coroner appeals for help to find Anfield man's family

    The Liverpool coroner's office is appealing for help in tracing the family of a man who died in Anfield on Monday.

    George Brian Blackshaw died aged 80 at his home in Skipton Road. Efforts to find his family have so far failed.Anyone who knew Mr Blackshaw, or knows his family, is asked to call 0151 225 5064 or email

  8. Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

    Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:

  9. Travel: Points failure halts trains at Hunts Cross

    BBC Travel

    Merseyrail says a points failure at Hunts Cross is likely to cause disruption to all services connecting to this station.

    Delays are expected until 18:15.

  10. Rugby League: League leaders Widnes face Rochdale

    BBC Sport

    Super League leaders Widnes will face League 1 outfit Rochdale Hornets in the fifth round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.

    Denis Betts

    Denis Betts' high-flying side were one of four top-flight teams to enter the competition at this stage.  

  11. Robbers on motorbike threaten security guard in cash in transit raid on Prescot Road

    St Helens Star

    A security guard was threatened with a "sharp-edged weapon" on Prescot Road by two men on a motorbike before they escaped with a cash box.

  12. Shotgun found in Liverpool park

    A sawn-off shotgun was found in a Liverpool park this morning, Merseyside Police said. A member of the public found it in a bag in Walton Hall Park, close to Moor Lane. A search of the area is continuing.

  13. Watch out - there's a rat about!

    Have you spotted a #SuperRat in Liverpool?

    Super rat

    Head down to the Baltic Triangle and you might catch a glimpse of the giant rodent.

    Created by Liverpool artist Faith Bebbington, the sculpture is made from more than 200 plastic milk bottles.

    It will be on show at the Jamaica Street and New Bird Street junction across the Easter weekend.

  14. Grand National: Aspell hails 'improving' Many Clouds

    BBC Sport

    Many Clouds is a "worthy favourite" to win a second Grand National, says record-seeking jockey Leighton Aspell.

    Many Clouds

    The 2015 victor, trained by Oliver Sherwood, is rated an 8-1 chance to be the first horse to win back-to-back Nationals since Red Rum in the 1970s.  

  15. Football: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp 'ignores' me - Christian Benteke

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool striker Christian Benteke "finds it hard to understand" why manager Jurgen Klopp "ignores" him.

    Klopp / Benteke

    Benteke, 25, has been out of favour since the German became boss, starting just five of the last 16 games.

    Klopp said he "had a few words, nothing else" after appearing to react angrily to a Benteke miss in Liverpool's 3-2 defeat at Southampton on Sunday.

  16. Police appeal over missing Liverpool man

    Have you seen 52-year-old Neil Napier from Toxteth? Merseyside Police say he's been missing since 7 March.

    Neil Napier