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  1. Updates on Thursday 7 April
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Friday

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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 Friday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from around the region.

  2. Weather: Mostly dry and bright with isolated showers

    BBC Weather

    Occasional sharp showers are expected through the evening, but these will become isolated overnight with most places staying dry.

    weather map

    Away from the showers, clearer spells and light winds may lead to a patchy frost forming by dawn.

  3. Grand National: Two horses die on meeting's first day

    Two horses have died after collapsing at Aintree on the first day of the 2016 Grand National meeting.

    Aerial view of Aintree Racecourse

    Clonbanan Lad and Marasonnien were pulled up by their jockeys in the Fox Hunters' Chase but later collapsed.

    Neither incidents were associated with a fall, a spokesman for the racecourse said.

  4. Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

    Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:

  5. Hillsborough jury asks to view Leppings Lane footage

    The jury in the Hillsborough inquests returned briefly to court this afternoon to see footage comparing the situation outside the Leppings Lane turnstiles in 1988 and 1989.

    The clip was produced by the legal team of John Beggs QC, who represents the match commanders including former Ch Supt David Duckenfield.

    The six women and three men then retired to the jury room to resume their deliberations.

  6. Self-styled celeb botox nurse 'could be struck off'

    Liverpool Echo

    A self-styled celebrity botox nurse from Woolton could be struck off for allegedly giving money to a disgruntled patient in exchange for dropping a complaint against him.

  7. Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

    Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:

  8. Grand National: Pictures from the Grand Opening Day

    Champagne is not just the drink of choice at Aintree this year- its also proving to be a popular colour for ladies outfits.

    Racegoers at Aintree

    Today saw the first day of racing at Grand National Festival - 150,000 people are expected over the three-day event.

    Racegoers at Aintree

    The big race is at 17:15 on Saturday and the final 40-runner line-up was confirmed this morning.

    Racegoers at Aintree
  9. Police appeal over violence at Man Utd v Liverpool Europa League match

    Police have issued an appeal to trace nine men they want to speak to in connection with a violent disturbance at the Europa League last-16 second leg at Old Trafford.

    Men sought by police over match violence

    Liverpool and Manchester United fans were seen fighting in the stand and a child was injured after being hit by a plastic seat that was thrown. Five men were arrested.

    Det Sgt Stephen Warriner described them as "mindless thugs" who "paid absolutely no regard to the safety of those around them".

  10. £15m plan to move Isle of Man ferry terminal from Pier Head to Waterloo dock

    Liverpool Echo

    Port bosses the Peel Group are in discussions with the Isle of Man government over the £15m plans, which could see work start on the Waterloo site in around 12 months time.

    Liverpool Waterfront
  11. Hillsborough banner: Two charged over 'murderers' taunt

    Two men have been "charged after a banner with the word "murderers" was displayed ahead of a match between Liverpool and Manchester United.

    Offensive banner

    Police removed the sign from a bridge on the M602 ahead of the Europa League tie on 17 March after complaints it referred to the Hillsborough disaster.

    A 24-year-old from Oldham and a 20-year-old from Manchester have been charged with a public order offence.  

  12. Rugby League: Widnes winger Stefan Marsh signs two-year deal

    Ian Kennedy

    Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

    Widnes winger Stefan Marsh has signed a new a two-year extension to his contract securing his services until the end of 2018.

    Stefan Marsh
  13. Suspected arson at Bootle house is investigated

    A suspected arson at an empty house that may have been used as a meeting place for local youths is under investigation, Merseyside Police said.

    Neighbouring houses were evacuated after emergency services were called to the property in Scott Street, Bootle, at about 19:55 on Wednesday.

    The house was gutted and the area remains cordoned off. Anyone with information is asked to contact the force.

  14. Sentence handed to gym instuctor for running over man's body slammed by victim's son

    Warrington Guardian

    A sentence handed to a gym instructor after he ran over a man’s body and drove away to avoid being breathalysed has been slammed by the victim’s son.