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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday 29 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 have now finished for the day, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Wednesday with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather from across Merseyside and Cheshire.

  2. Weather: Chilly with scattered showers

    Dianne Oxberry

    Weather presenter, BBC North West Tonight

    Scattered showers will continue through the night. Eastern parts around Warrington will be more sheltered and prolonged clear spells may allow a patchy frost to form towards dawn.

    Weather

    Wednesday is another chilly day with sunny spells and showers. Showers will be less frequent than Tuesday but contain a risk of thunder and hail.

  3. Coming up: Council workers lose lifetime gifts

    Annabel Tiffin

    Presenter, BBC North West Tonight

    On BBC North West Tonight we hear from a council worker who is having to return his retirement gift of lifetime membership to council leisure facilities.

    We learn the extent of gun crime amongst children on Merseyside.

    And we have the best of yesterday's Rugby League action.

    Join us on BBC One at 18:30.

  4. Football: Strong Merseyside contingent for England vs Holland clash

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool and Everton will be strongly represented in the England team due to face Holland in tonight's international friendly clash at Wembley.

    England team training

    Liverpool midfielder James Milner will captain the team, while striker Daniel Sturridge will make his first England start in 18 months.

    Everton midfielder Ross Barkley and defender John Stones are also expected to be involved.

    Read a full preview of the match here.

  5. Education bosses consider school academy plan

    Education bosses in Liverpool are considering setting up an academy trust for state schools in danger of losing their connection with the council.

    A council spokesman said it is in the early stages of "discussing with education partners the possibility of one or more of them setting up a sponsored academy trust which is based locally".

    The government has announced plans for all schools to become academies removing them from local council control.

    The council stressed that any new academy would be not be led or managed by the local authority.

  6. Travel: Crash closes two motorway lanes

    BBC Travel

    Two lanes are closed with stop-start traffic on M56 eastbound after J14 because of an accident involving a lorry and a car. 

  7. WWI stories told on city landmark

    Letters and photographs from World War One are to be used in an art display on a Liverpool landmark.

    Lyceum mock up

    Liverpool BID Company has commissioned local artists to use an archive of letters from local soldiers to adorn The Lyceum, a Grade II listed building on Bold Street.

    The installation will see five 14m high panels fixed between the building’s Doric columns and will also incorporate a poppy motif.

  8. Lifetime leisure passes for Wirral Council staff withdrawn

    Four hundred former Wirral Council staff have been told to hand back lifetime leisure passes they were given as retirement gifts from the authority. 

    The move is part of £28m of budget cuts which the authority says it has to introduce next month. 

    Free swimming for under-18s during school holidays is also being stopped.

  9. Watch: Baby meerkats explore outside their burrow for the first time

  10. Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

    Today's top stories in in Cheshire and Merseyside:

  11. Police appeal after attempted bank robbery in Prescot

    Four men tried to rob a bank in Prescot using a sledgehammer but left empty-handed.

    HSBC, Prescot

    Staff at the Eccleston Street branch of HSBC called police when the men forced their way into the building at about 09:25.

    However the men then fled, and are believed to have driven off in a dark coloured vehicle down Market Street. Merseyside Police are appealing for information.

  12. Football: Milner says captaining England is 'massive honour'

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool midfielder James Milner has spoken of his pride at being selected to skipper England in their friendly clash against Holland tonight.

    James Milner

    Meanwhile, here are a few sobering stats ahead of the game:  

    • England have not won any of their last six meetings with the Netherlands, (D4, L2)
    • The Netherlands have lost only one of their last 12 meetings with England 
    • The Three Lions have not won any of the previous five home games against the Netherlands
  13. Merseyside has 'one of highest' child gun crime rates in UK

    Seventy-three children in Merseyside are among hundreds of youngsters arrested for suspected gun crimes in the last three years, new data reveals.

    Gun

    More than 1,500 children were held over alleged firearm offences between 2013 and January 2016.

    Merseyside Police said, of the 73 children arrested, 14 boys were charged with crimes including robbery, possession of a firearm, possession of an air weapon, sending threats, wounding and false imprisonment.