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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Updates for Merseyside and west Cheshire have now ended, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, videos, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Weather: Cloud and rain this evening

    BBC Weather

    Cloudy this evening with showers through the night with lows of 13C.

    It looks a little brighter tomorrow though.

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    Video caption: Weather forecast for Wednesday 21 September

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  3. Ropewalks revamp completed with former watchmaker shop refurb

    A regeneration programme in the Ropewalks area of Liverpool has been completed with the refurbishment of a derelict former watchmaking workshop.

    Seel Street

    Around £4m in grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund alongside £15m private investment have helped restore Ropewalks over 10 years.

    There have 16 projects including the Nadler Hotel, Heebee Jeebees, and the former Whitehouse pub.

    The final one has turned the run-down watchmakers building in Seel Street into a complex of student apartments and offices.

    Originally built as houses, it became a watchmaking workshop in the mid 19th Century and was later used as a cash register factory before lying empty for many years.

  4. Cricket: Lancashire in charge against Warwickshire at Edgbaston

    BBC Sport

    Lancashire took charge on the first day of their potential relegation decider with Warwickshire as they bowled the hosts out for just 219 at Edgbaston.

    Tom Bailey

    If Hampshire beat Durham, a scenario which looks more likely after the hosts closed on 370-6 at Southampton, then the losers of this match will go down.

    Sixth-placed Lancashire already have the edge, Tom Bailey taking 4-52, backed up by Jordan Clark's 3-20.

    Openers Haseeb Hameed and Rob Jones saw out nine overs, closing on 14-0.

  5. Rugby League: Wolves forward faces nine months out

    BBC Sport

    Warrington Wolves forward Ben Currie faces up to nine months out with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

    Ben Currie

    The 22-year-old suffered the injury in scoring a try for Warrington in Friday's 35-28 loss at home to Wigan.

    Currie's form meant he was widely expected to be included in the England squad for the upcoming Four Nations tournament at the end of the season.

    "Our worst fears have come to fruition. He's torn his ACL off the bone," said Wolves head coach Tony Smith.

  6. Headlines from Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • The former Mersey Bar Lightship is towed away following a dispute between its owner and the Canal and River Trust
    • Liverpool John Moores University signs a £1m agreement to help Liverpool Cathedral reach its fundraising target of £24m by its centenary year of 2024
    • Freedom of the City scrolls, which are being posthumously awarded to the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster, go on display in Liverpool
  7. Travel: Man on a bike on the M56 warning

    BBC Travel

    Police are warning motorists on the M56 to take care after a man has been seen riding a push bike on the hard shoulder.

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  8. LJMU becomes 'guardian' of Liverpool Cathedral, pledging £1m

    A £1m deal was signed this morning between Liverpool Cathedral and Liverpool John Moores University. 

    It means the university will become the first "corporate guardian" of the cathedral - pledging to maintain the spirit and legacy of the architecture and securing it for the future.

    The cathedral is seeking 12 guardians and 144 patrons to help it raise £24m by 2024.

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  9. Historic 'Planet' Light Ship towed from river Mersey

    The former Mersey Bar Light Vessel is being towed from the river this afternoon following a dispute between its owner and the Canal and River Trust, which manages the water space.

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    The bright red ship - called Planet - used to provide a navigation aid to mariners approaching the entrance to the channel into the port. 

    More recently, it has been moored alongside the Strand in Liverpool as a bar and tourist attraction.

    The Trust says it is concerned about unpaid fees and health and safety.    

  10. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • The former Mersey Bar Lightship has been towed away following a dispute between its owner and the Canal and River Trust
    • Freedom of the City scrolls, which are being posthumously awarded to the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster, go on display in Liverpool
    • The number of patients who receive NHS funding for long term health conditions in west Cheshire could be cut by about 10%
  11. Crosby school faces three days of teacher strikes

    Teachers at a high school in Crosby are due to go on strike over a failure to resolve a pay dispute.

    Chesterfield High School in Crosby

    Strike action is due to take place Chesterfield High School, which is an academy, between Tuesday 27 and Thursday 29 September.

    More than 55 teachers will take part following a series of earlier walk-outs from the school in July.

    The National Union of Teachers (NUT) claims agreements about about pay progression have been broken and have resulted in outcomes which are unfair for their members.

    Peter Middleman, NUT Regional Secretary said:

    Quote Message: We have being trying for months to persuade the head teacher and governors to honour their earlier promises which would avoid an escalation of this dispute... Even at this late stage, we would be happy to listen to any genuine proposals”.

    The BBC has contacted the school for comment.

  12. Weather: Cloudy afternoon with a chance of showers

    BBC Weather

    It looks like a cloudy afternoon with a chance of showers into the evening. 

    There may be further outbreaks of rain later in the night and some mist patches possible during the early hours.

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    Video caption: Weather forecast for Wednesday 21 September

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  13. Paralympian gives medal to son to show off in class

    Paralympian Jamie Burdekin has revealed he's passed his bronze medal over to his son to take into school.

    Jamie Burdekin

    Burdekin, from Bootle, was among GB's successful team in Rio, securing bronze in the wheelchair tennis. 

    He said his little boy, Charlie, will be able to show it off to everyone in class and he hopes it can inspire youngsters to get more involved in sport.

  14. West Cheshire eyes cuts to long-term care package funding

    Phil McCann

    Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News

    The number of patients receiving NHS funding for long-term health conditions could be cut by around 10% in west Cheshire. 

    The area's Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is trying to save £16m to avoid being in deficit next year. 

    It hopes nearly £800,00 will come from cuts to continuing care packages for patients being treated at home or in care homes.

    The CCG's savings plan for 2016-2017 shows it is considering making fewer people eligible for funding and reducing the number of respite beds from four to two.

  15. Freedom of Liverpool scrolls go on display

    The Freedom of the City Scrolls, which are being posthumously awarded to the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster, have gone on display.

    The scrolls and medals will be presented at a ceremony tomorrow but are on show at Liverpool town hall this morning.

    Kenny and Marina Dalglish, and Professor Phil Scraton, will also receive the honour.

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    The woman who designed them hopes they'll be a fitting tribute for the families. 

    Esther Lazenby, the graphic designer who produced the scrolls, said:

    Quote Message: All I hope is that the families see it as a fitting tribute.
  16. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • The Freedom of the City scrolls, which are being posthumously awarded to the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster, go on display in Liverpool
    • The number of patients who receive NHS funding for long term health conditions in west Cheshire could be cut by around 10%
    • Ronald Koeman refuses to blame Everton's fringe players for their shock EFL cup defeat to Norwich last night
  17. RMT Union accuses owners of Adelphi Hotel of exploiting staff

    A union is accusing the owners of Liverpool's Adelphi Hotel of exploiting staff by paying them "rock bottom" wages and employing many on zero-hours contracts. 

    RMT protesters

    The RMT is calling on the Britannia Hotels Group to improve the pay and conditions for its workforce and has organised a protest outside the Adelphi.

    Darren Ireland, the North West Regional Organiser for the union, said the group is making good profits and should put that money back into paying staff "decent wages".  

    He said:

    Quote Message: What we're asking for... is that the minimum rate of pay in this hotel should be the Living Wage Foundation rate, which is currently £8.25 per hour and everyone should be guaranteed a minimum amount of hours per week"

    The BBC has asked Britannia Hotels Group for a statement - as yet they have not responded.

  18. Woman who died after Blackpool scooter crash will be 'sorely missed'

    A woman who died after a scooter crash will be "sorely missed", her family said in a tribute.

    Julia Pennington-Bell

    Julia Pennington-Bell, 55, from Southport, was a passenger on the scooter that crashed in Queens Promenade in Blackpool on Sunday.

    She suffered serious injuries and died at Royal Preston Hospital on Monday.

    Quote Message: She will be sorely missed by all who knew her and Julia’s family and her partner Mark would like to pass on their thanks to friends and neighbours for their support at this difficult time.