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.
- Updates on Friday 1 April
- Merseyside & Cheshire Live returns at 08:00 on Monday with more news, sport, travel and weather updates
Cloudy overnight with rain which will be heavy at times, especially over hills and high ground.Copyright: BBC
Feeling milder of late under the cloudy skies. Strong winds, easing by dawn. Saturday will start wet - turning drier later.
A sculpture depicting the crucifixion of Christ made from coat hangers is on display in Chester Cathedral.
Chelsea striker Diego Costa will serve an additional one-match ban and has been fined £20,000 after admitting a charge of improper conduct.Copyright: Getty Images
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.
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.
Brand new, state-of-the-art trains and faster, more frequent services are being promised as part of the new Northern Rail franchise.Copyright: Getty Images
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.
This evening's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:
- Merseyside's rail passengers are being promised new trains and faster journeys
- A 10-year-old boy remains critically ill after slipping on rocks off the coast of Wirral
- Merseyside Police will be using knife arches - like metal detectors - in so-called "hotspot" locations across Liverpool tonight and tomorrow
A man was treated for injuries to his face, arms and legs after he was attacked at a shop in Seacombe.
The families of the Viola Beach boys and their manager Craig Tarry have shared a number of pictures of their sons with the Warrington Guardian following their tragic deaths in Sweden in February.Copyright: BBC
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.
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.Copyright: PA Wire
The Coral, Liam Fray and the Kooks will perform at the event taking place at Warrington's Parr Hall.
Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:
- A 10-year-old boy was critically injured after slipping on rocks off the coast of Wirral
- MP for Chester is demanding answers from the Football Association over the late kick-off time for Everton's FA Cup semi-final
- Merseyside Police will carry out "high-visibility patrols" in Liverpool city centre over the next two weekends
Merseyside Police will be carrying out high visibility patrols in Liverpool city centre to offer reassurance to the public and support to licensed premises.Copyright: BBC
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."
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.
St Helens darts players Dave Chisnall and Michael Smith have been eliminated from the 2016 Premier League following defeats in Cardiff.Copyright: Rex features
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.
One of Wirral's most famous landmarks will finally be restored to its former glory this morning.Copyright: BBC
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.
All sailings are cancelled on the Isle of Man Steam Packet between Liverpool and Douglas due to last week's accident at Douglas.