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  1. Updates on Tuesday 5 April
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Wednesday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates from Merseyside and west Cheshire have finished for the day, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates.

  2. Weather: Dry evening followed by rain

    BBC Weather

    This afternoon's sunshine will be followed by a dry start to the night with some clear spells.

    Tuesday's weather

    Cloud and outbreaks of rain move eastwards across all areas followed by scattered blustery showers and wind.

    More from BBC Weather

  3. Coming up

    Stuart Flinders

    Reporter, BBC North West Tonight

    On North West Tonight at 18:30:

    • The sister of a teenage girl, who's been missing for 10 days, says her family are desperate "to know that she's ok"
    • Princess Anne officially opens a £200m extension to the Liverpool wastewater treatment works
    • A group of teachers from a Cheshire school describe how they thought their £1m Lottery win was an April Fool's joke
  4. Watch: Penguin chicks weighed at Chester Zoo

    At only 75g each Wotsit, Quaver, Frazzle and Cheeto - the new baby penguins hatched at Chester Zoo - don't weight much more than the snacks they are named after.

    The humboldt penguin chicks originate in South America and are very social animals native to the coastal areas of Peru and Chile.

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    Video caption: Eggcellent news - First penguin chicks of the year hatch at Chester Zoo
  5. Liverpool's Queen Square bus station reopens

    Liverpool city centre's Queen Square bus station has reopened after a revamp costing more than £500,000.

    Queen Square

    About 2,100 tonnes of concrete and 750 tonnes of tarmac have been laid during the resurfacing work, Merseytravel said.

  6. Trial date set for Tremeloes stars accused of sex assault

    Two members of 1960s pop group The Tremeloes have formally denied indecently assaulting a 15-year-old girl in Chester following a gig. 

    Richard Westwood and Leonard "Chip" Hawkes

    Richard Westwood, 72, and Leonard "Chip" Hawkes, 70, appeared via video link at Chester Crown Court.

    A trial date has been set for 6 February next year after they both pleaded not guilty to indecent assault. 

  7. Hillsborough tributes go on show at Museum of Liverpool

    A patchwork quilt and a painting are on display at the Museum of Liverpool ahead of the 27th anniversary of Hillsborough on 15 April.


    The resilience of the families of the 96 fans who died were the inspiration behind the painting of actress Sue Johnston and the quilt, a spokesperson for the museum said.

  8. Travel: Crash causes heavy traffic on M56

    BBC Travel

    There is heavy traffic on the M56 eastbound between Junction 14, Hapsford, and Junction 12, Runcorn, because of a crash. Congestion is backed up to Junction 15.

    More from BBC Travel

  9. Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

    Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:  

  10. Art or vandalism? Liverpool gallery promotes graffiti as 'art form'

    Bay TV

    Bay TV Liverpool

    A gallery in Liverpool is working to change perceptions of graffiti.


    Zap Graffiti Arts wants to engage people in the "positive art form" of graffiti and runs a gallery in the city centre dedicated to changing attitudes to this form of street art.

    Watch Bay TV's report here

  11. Hillsborough coroner 'hopeful' court will resume tomorrow

    The Hillsborough inquests were abruptly adjourned this afternoon and will now resume in the morning.

    Coroner Sir John Goldring had been expected to conclude his summing up and the jury were to retire to consider their verdicts this afternoon but an issue with a juror meant the hearing could not continue.

    Sir John said he was "hopeful" the court will resume tomorrow. No further details were given.

  12. Football: Liverpool's Siobhan Chamberlain withdraws from England squad

    BBC Sport

    GoalkeeperSiobhan Chamberlain has withdrawn from the England women squad for their Euro 2017 qualifier double-header due to a knee injury.

    Siobhan Chamberlain

    Sunderland's Rachael Laws has been called up to replace the 32-year-old Liverpool keeper.

    England face Belgium at the New York Stadium in Rotherham on Friday (19:55 kick-off). They have a 100% record so far in their qualifying campaign.

  13. Warning over Facebook waterpark event in Liverpool

    People are being warned not to give out any personal details for an event on social media advertising a water park in Liverpool.

    The "Safari WaterPark Tour UK" on Facebook promises a "water park adventure" at locations across the country in July and August. 

    The Facebook event

    But Liverpool City Council said no application for a licence for the event has been made. 

    Nearly 5,000 people have signed up, with nearly 20,000 expressing an interest in going.

  14. Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

    Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:

  15. Princess Anne in Liverpool to open wastewater treatment works extension

    Princess Anne is in Liverpool today to officially open a £200m extension to the Liverpool wastewater treatment works.

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  16. Widnes primary school staff celebrate £1m Lotto win

    A syndicate of 30 primary school staff from Widnes is celebrating after scooping £1m on the Lotto millionaire raffle. 

    Widnes lottery winners
  17. Penguin chicks hatch at Chester Zoo

    Four humboldt penguin chicks have hatched at Chester Zoo, weighing in at only 75g each.

    Penguin chick
    Penguin chick

    Zookeepers have named the fuzzy chicks Wotsit, Quaver, Frazzle and Cheeto.

    The threatened humboldt penguin is from South America, living on the coastal areas of Peru and Chile and is a very social animal, the zoo said.

  18. Police negotiators called to man on Runcorn roof

    A man has been arrested after being spotted on the roof of a building in Runcorn this morning. 

    Police negotiators were called to the building on Cotton Lane in Halton Lodge just before 09:00 and he came down from the roof about four hours later. 

    After being checked over he was taken into custody.