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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday 9 June
  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 from across the region.

  2. Weather: Wetter, cooler weather on the way

    BBC Weather

    Looks like it's the end of the glorious sunshine - there'll be a few showers this evening and they'll be back again tomorrow and throughout the weekend.

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  3. Robin chicks survive 192-mile trip from Liverpool to Glastonbury

    Three robin chicks have survived a 192-mile (309km) road trip from Liverpool to Glastonbury on the chassis of a trailer.  

    Robin chicks

    The chicks were found sitting in their nest by driver Barry Dalton as he was doing a safety check on the vehicle. Four chicks were found, although one named John, has since died.

    Secret World Wildlife Rescue centre named the surviving chicks Paul, George and Ringo after The Beatles and will release them into the wild.

  4. Pledge to protect Knowsley's under-threat A-level provision

    Education chiefs at a borough under threat of becoming a "no A-level" area are determined the qualifications will continue despite the planned closure of the only sixth form offering them.  

    Halewood Academy in Knowsley

    Halewood Academy in Knowsley said its sixth form is not financially viable and will be closed by August 2017. 

    Knowsley Council met with local MPs and schools minister Nick Gibb and have pledged to ensure A-levels are taught.

  5. Travel: Manhole collapse closes lanes on Dunnings Bridge Road

    BBC Travel

    Two lanes are closed and traffic is queuing, causing delays on Dunnings Bridge Road eastbound in Litherland between the Netherton Way junction and Switch Island because of a collapsed manhole and emergency repairs. Congestion stretches to Tesco. 

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  6. Fishermen lost in fog rescued

    Two fisherman who both become lost in thick fog in water off the Wirral coast were rescued last night.

    Leasowe Bay

    The coastguard reported they lost their bearings just before 22:00 between Harrison Drive and Leasowe Bay and the RNLI New Brighton hovercraft was launched.

    Hovercraft Commander Graham Lowe said it had been "a very challenging call-out" due to "darkness and the poor visibility".

  7. Actors pay tribute to Carla Lane at her funeral

    Actors from some of TV's best-loved comedies have paid tribute to writer Carla Lane at her funeral in Liverpool.

    Carla Lane order of service

    The creator of BBC sitcoms The Liver Birds, Bread and Butterflies died at a nursing home on 31 May, aged 87.

    Actors Wendy Craig, Jean Boht and Nerys Hughes were among the congregation at Liverpool Cathedral.

  8. Carla Lane 'made humour out of an adverse situation in Liverpool', says actor Dean Sullivan

    Helen Carter

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    Dean Sullivan said Carla Lane "made humour out of an adverse situation in Liverpool."

    He said the service had been "a fitting service, a send off in true Liverpool fashion."

    Dean Sullivan
  9. Carla Lane's coffin leaving the cathedral after her funeral

    Helen Carter

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    Carla Lane's coffin has been carried out of Liverpool Cathedral.

    Peter Howitt, who starred in Bread, said Carla Lane's funeral had been a "lovely service. We sang at the top of our voices."    

    Carla Lane's coffin is carried from Liverpool Cathedral
    Carla Lane's coffin

    Jean Boht, who played Ma Boswell, said: "Carla Lane had the greatest humanity in her when she wrote about real people."

    She joked: "I wanted to sing the Bread song at the service but they wouldn't let me."

  10. Actress Nerys Hughes describes Carla Lane's funeral service

    Helen Carter

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    Actress Nerys Hughes said it was "a very beautiful service".

    Nerys Hughes

    She said it “was absolutely beautiful” and “I thoroughly enjoyed it and she wrote quite a lot of the material.”    

    “At the end it was like she was talking to us and suddenly I got a jolt that she was gone and it was pretty shattering.”

  11. Volunteers and dogs from the Carla Lane Animals in Need charity attended the funeral

    Volunteers and dogs from the Carla Lane Animals in Need charity attended Liverpool Cathedral for the funeral of television comedy writer Carla Lane.

    Volunteers and dogs from the Carla Lane Animals in Need charity
  12. Carla Lane was best known for her comedies about ordinary Liverpool people

    Carla Lane was first known for The Liver Birds, a sitcom about two women who shared a flat in Liverpool, which she co-wrote with her friend Myra Taylor.

    Carla Lane

    The programme aired from 1969 to 1979 and returned for a one-off series in 1996.

    She was best known for the sitcom Bread, which depicted the working class Boswell family struggling through high unemployment and poor prospects in late 1980s Liverpool, and ran for seven series between 1986 and 1991.

  13. Read again the tributes to Carla Lane

    Tributes were paid to writer Carla Lane after her death last month.

    The screenwriter, who created hit shows including The Liver Birds, Bread and Butterflies, passed away in a nursing home in Liverpool, her family said.

    Carla Lane

    Friend and comedian Ken Dodd said she was "a lovely, lovely writer", while Jean Boht, who played Nellie Boswell in Bread, said "she loved everybody".

    Lane was also hailed as a "champion of animal welfare".

  14. Carla Lane fans pay their respects outside Liverpool Cathedral

    Helen Carter

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    Carol and David Page from the Isle of Wight joined fans outside Liverpool Cathedral to pay tribute to Carla Lane.

    Carol and David Page

    The couple are on a mini break in Liverpool and are fans of Carla Lane's work and came to pay their respects.

    Mrs Page said: "Everything she did was so well-written. Bread was my favourite work as it was so funny."