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  1. Updates on Friday 1 April
  2. Merseyside & Cheshire Live returns at 08:00 on Monday with more news, sport, travel and weather updates

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

  2. Weather: Some heavy rain

    Cloudy overnight with rain which will be heavy at times, especially over hills and high ground.


    Feeling milder of late under the cloudy skies. Strong winds, easing by dawn. Saturday will start wet - turning drier later.    

  3. Costa ban extended over Everton sending off reaction

    BBC Sport

    Chelsea striker Diego Costa will serve an additional one-match ban and has been fined £20,000 after admitting a charge of improper conduct.

    Costa sending off

    The 27-year-old has been punished for his reaction to his sending-off against Everton in an FA Cup tie on 12 March.

    The Spaniard clashed with Gareth Barry and motioned towards biting him, although the Everton midfielder later said no contact had been made

  4. MP unhappy over FA Cup semi-final kick-off time

    Chester MP Chris Matheson is demanding answers from the Football Association over the late kick-off time for Everton's FA Cup semi-final. 

    Thousands of fans are facing disruption when they play either Manchester United or West Ham at Wembley later this month. 

    The final train back to Merseyside leaves London about an hour after the final whistle.

  5. April Fools' 2016: The 'best' local paper pranks

    The best, and worst, April Fools gags seen today in local papers included Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Everton boss Roberto Martinez in a dance-off battle at HMV, according to the Liverpool Echo.

    Klopp and Martinez
  6. New and faster trains promise for north

    Brand new, state-of-the-art trains and faster, more frequent services are being promised as part of the new Northern Rail franchise. 

    First Transpennine Express

    Arriva takes over the contract today for services linking Liverpool across the region and First Transpennine Express is keeping its contract to run inter-city services.

    Pacer trains will also be phased out over the next three years. 

  7. Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

    This evening's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside

    • Merseyside's rail passengers are being promised new trains and faster journeys 
    • Merseyside Police will be using knife arches - like metal detectors - in so-called "hotspot" locations across Liverpool tonight and tomorrow
  8. Police appeal after man is attacked in Wirral shop

    Wirral Globe

    A man was treated for injuries to his face, arms and legs after he was attacked at a shop in Seacombe.  

  9. Travel: Broken down train affecting Liverpool Northern line

    BBC Travel

    There were delays of up to 30 minutes on Merseyrail trains between Liverpool Moorfields and Liverpool Central earlier due to a broken down train.

    The problems have now been resolved but delays may still be experienced until about 16:15.

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  10. Preparations for Viola Beach tribute concert

    A tribute concert being held for the band Viola Beach and their manager, who died in a car crash in Sweden, is due to take place tomorrow night.     

    Viola Beach

    The Coral, Liam Fray and the Kooks will perform at the event taking place at Warrington's Parr Hall.   

  11. Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

    Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:

  12. High-vis police patrols for Liverpool city centre 'hotspots'

    Merseyside Police will be carrying out high visibility patrols in Liverpool city centre to offer reassurance to the public and support to licensed premises.

    High-vis Police

    For the next two weekends, officers will be in "hotspot locations" as large numbers are expected in the city for the city's nightlife and the Grand National.

    Temporary Ch Supt Mark Wiggins said: "Liverpool has a well-deserved reputation as a safe and vibrant place to enjoy a night out and we want that to continue."

  13. Travel: Disruption on Merseyrail Wirral Line

    BBC Travel

    There is disruption on the Wirral Line this afternoon due to a broken down train between Moorfields and Liverpool Central. 

    Delays and cancellations may occur until 15:45, Merseyrail said. 

  14. Darts: Dave Chisnall and Michael Smith bow out of Premier League

    BBC Sport

    St Helens darts players Dave Chisnall and Michael Smith have been eliminated from the 2016 Premier League following defeats in Cardiff.

    Dave Chisnall and Michael Smith
  15. Council chiefs consider criminal complaint against headteacher who blew £100k of school funds

    Liverpool Echo

    Council chiefs have not ruled out making a criminal complaint against a headteacher who blew more than £100,000 of school funds on lavish foreign trips and hi-tech equipment.  

  16. New Brighton church restoration works complete

    One of Wirral's most famous landmarks will finally be restored to its former glory this morning. 

    St James' Church in New Brighton

    The 172 ft high spire of St James' Church in New Brighton has been dismantled and re-built at a cost of almost half a million pounds. 

    Wirral's mayor Les Rowlands performed the official topping out ceremony yesterday.

  17. Travel: Isle of Man Steam Packet cancelled between Liverpool and Douglas

    BBC Travel

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

    More from BBC Travel