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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday 31 March
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Rachael Connors

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 Friday with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates from across Cheshire and Merseyside.

  2. Weather: Dry and clear

    BBC Weather

    Any showers quickly fading this evening, leaving a dry and clear start to the night. 

    Weather

    It will turn chilly under the clear skies with a frost in places, before cloud and strengthening winds.

    A bright but chilly start on Friday, but the cloud and wind will continue to increase ahead of a band of rain.

  3. Engineering work continues at Halewood burst pipe site

    United Utilities engineers are continuing to try and fix a damaged water main in Halewood.

    Halewood burst water main

    A plume of water 70m high could be seen above houses close to the former Bridgefield Forum site.

    Water main burst in Knowsley

    The pipe has burst on a construction site in Knowsley where new homes are being built.

  4. Cannabis farm worth £2.8m found in Allerton

    A cannabis farm with an estimated street value of £2.8m has been uncovered at a property in Liverpool following an attempted burglary nearby.

    Police found 719 plants in five rooms at the semi-detached house in Mather Avenue

    Police found 719 plants at the house in Mather Avenue, Allerton, on 24 March after responding to a resident's reports of a break-in in Burnham Road.

    No arrests have been made over the drugs find at the rented property, police said.

  5. Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

    This evening's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:

    • A former Liverpool reserve player who helped one of the killers of Merseyside police officer Neil Doyle is jailed
    • Football fans are leaving personal tributes to Tranmere legend Johnny King, who has died aged 77
  6. Long serving Merseyside paramedic retires after 44 years

    One of Merseyside's longest serving paramedics retires today.

    Stephen Evans

    Stephen Evans from Runcorn has been working for North West Ambulance Service for the past 44 years. 

    He was awarded an MBE in the New Year's Honours after setting up the "Don't Walk Away" campaign, targeting underage drinkers.

  7. Man jailed over Liverpool shop robberies

    A man who raided two Liverpool shops using an imitation firearm to demand cash has been jailed for six-and-a-half years.

    Alan Jacobs

    Alan Jacobs carried out the robberies at Poundland in Old Swan and Urban Angel in Stoneycroft, on 28 August last year.

    The 31-year-old, of Robson Street, Everton, was jailed at Liverpool Crown Court after admitting two charges of robbery and possession of an imitation firearm.

  8. Rugby League: St Helens winger Tommy Makinson may miss rest of season

    BBC Sport

    St Helens winger Tommy Makinson could miss the rest of the season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

    Tommy Makinson

    The 24-year-old St Helens-born one-club man suffered the injury in Monday's 20-12 win at Widnes, in which he scored one of his side's three tries.  

  9. PC Neil Doyle death: Ex-footballer jailed for helping officer's killer

    A former Liverpool reserve player who helped one of the killers of Merseyside police officer Neil Doyle has been jailed.

    Stephen Vaughan

    Stephen Vaughan, 31, admitted perverting the course of justice by giving Timmy Donovan, 30, his Mercedes in which he fled to Germany. Vaughan was sentenced to 15 months at Liverpool Crown Court. 

    PC Doyle was killed while off duty on a Christmas night out in Liverpool in December 2014.

  10. Football: Uefa decision on Europa League chanting due next week

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool and Manchester United are expected to discover next week if they will face more charges for illicit chanting at their Europa League tie.

    Uefa match

    Some fans of both clubs sang songs related to tragedies involving the other side in the 1-1 second-leg draw at Old Trafford on 17 March, with Liverpool winning the tie 3-1.

    Uefa has already charged both clubs for crowd trouble, and Liverpool for illicit chants - reportedly critical of Manchester, rather than referring to the Munich air crash.

  11. Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

    Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:

    • Football fans have been leaving personal tributes to Tranmere legend Johnny King, who has died aged 77
    • A cannabis farm, capable of producing £2.8m worth of drugs every year, has been found in Allerton
    • A charity which supplies interpreters for the deaf community insists nothing will change once their Liverpool office closes
  12. More tributes for Johnny King at Prenton Park

    Tranmere fans are laying flowers and scarves outside Prenton Park in memory of former manager Johnny King who has died aged 77.

    Tributes at Johnny King statue

    King, a midfielder for Everton in his playing days, had two spells in charge of the Prenton Park club between 1975-80 and 1987-96. 

  13. £2.8m cannabis farm found in Allerton, Liverpool

    A cannabis farm, capable of producing £2.8m worth of drugs every year, has been found in Liverpool.

    Cannabis farm in Allerton

    Police discovered 719 plants at a house on Mather Avenue in Allerton after a suspected burglary nearby. 

    Officers say the property was being rented, and the owner is not being treated as a suspect. 

  14. Travel: Steam Packet sailings cancelled between Liverpool and Douglas

    BBC Travel

    All sailings on the Isle of man Steam Packet have been cancelled between Liverpool and Douglas due to last week's accident at Douglas.

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  15. Watch: British ex-servicemen honoured by the French government

    Bay TV

    Bay TV Liverpool

    A group of WWII veterans from Liverpool are honoured by the French government.

    The Legion d'Honneur is in recognition of their roles in France and Europe's liberation from the Nazis.

    Watch: Légion d'Honneur by Bay TV

    Légion d'Honneur
  16. Huge water spout appears in Merseyside

    A huge fountain of water was sent gushing into the air after a water pipe burst in Merseyside.

    Burst water pipe in Halewood

    It could be seen soaring about 230ft (70m) above houses in Cartbridge Lane, Halewood, from about 12:00.

    The leak erupted close to the former Bridgefield Forum site, which is being developed for housing.

    A spokesman for United Utilities said engineers had been sent to the scene to carry out a "controlled shut-off".