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  1. Updates on Wednesday 16 November
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will return from 08:00 on Thursday

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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 Thursday with more of the latest news, sport, travel and weather.   

  2. Weather: Blustery showers and a risk of hail

    BBC Weather

    Frequent blustery showers will feed into the region on a brisk westerly wind. These will often be heavy with a risk of hail. 

    It'll be noticeably colder than last night as well.  Lows of 6C.

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    Weather forecast for Liverpool
  3. Football: Liverpool youngster inspired by Bale and Ramsey

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool youngster Ben Woodburn says he wants to emulate fellow Welsh players Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale.

    Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey

    The 17-year-old forward plays for Wales' Under-19 side and recently signed a new Liverpool contract.

    Real Madrid's Bale and Ramsey of Arsenal came through Wales' youth teams and are now key members of Chris Coleman's senior side.

    "Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey are world class and I want to replicate what they do," Woodburn said.

  4. NHS reorganisation plan will not succeed 'without genuine accountability'

    Ellesmere Port MP Justin Madders has said plans to reorganise NHS services in Cheshire and Merseyside will not succeed "without genuine accountability, adequate funding and proper engagement".

    The draft Sustainability and Transformation Plan for Merseyside and Cheshire aims to address a potential funding gap of £900m in the area by 2021. 

    The Labour MP said:

    Quote Message: Not only has this process been completely lacking in transparency and accountability, it has also been mired in confusion, due to the mixed messages coming from ministers.
    Quote Message: While we are not opposed to the process, nobody believes that it will be a success without genuine accountability, adequate funding and proper engagement with local authorities who hold the key to integration between the NHS and social care.
    Quote Message: Unfortunately clarity and openness have been lacking, as has the level of funding required and I am calling on ministers to take urgent steps to address this.
  5. Man critical after suspected arson

    A man is in a critical condition in hospital after a suspected arson attack at a flat in Prescot.

    Molyneux Drive

    The victim, in his 30s, was found in Molyneux Drive early on Wednesday morning. 

    Emergency crews then discovered a building on fire in nearby St Paul's Close. 

    No-one else was injured.

  6. Liverpool City Region 'will not support' NHS reorganisation plan

    A plan for reorganisation of NHS services in Merseyside and Cheshire was "completed in secrecy" and will not be supported by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

    The draft Sustainability and Transformation Plan for Merseyside and Cheshire aims to address a potential funding gap of £900m in the area by 2021 and suggests merging the Royal Liverpool and Aintree University hospitals.

    Councillor Andy Moorhead, who is responsible for Health, Wellbeing and Social Care for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, said:

    Quote Message: I have said on numerous occasions that the STP has been completed in secrecy without the involvement of our local councils.
    Quote Message: Any decisions by the NHS to reconfigure hospitals in the Liverpool City Region should be the subject of transparent and open debate and should also have the support of local communities and NHS staff through effective engagement.
    Quote Message: This has just not happened. In this instance, any plan completed in secret will simply not be supported by us.
  7. Latest headlines from Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • Three members of a drugs gang are beginning life sentences for the murder of north Liverpool teenager Lewis Dunne
    • A man is in a critical condition in hospital after a suspected arson attack at a flat in Prescott
    • Plans that could see two Liverpool hospitals merged are unveiled
  8. Liverpool hospitals merger plans revealed

    Plans that could see two Liverpool hospitals merge have been unveiled by health bosses.

    Aintree and Royal Liverpool hospitals

    The proposals affecting the Royal Liverpool and Aintree University hospitals form part of the draft Sustainability and Transformation Plan for Merseyside and Cheshire. 

    The aim is to address a potential funding gap of £900m in the area by 2021. 

    Louise Shepherd, chief executive of Alder Hey Children's Hospital who led work on the plan, said the two hospitals have been "talking together for over three years about what they can do better together".

    The hospitals "said their intention would be to try and bring the two organisations together" but "what that actually means for services is still to be determined", she said.

  9. Travel: Flooding blocks road in Prescot

    BBC Travel

    Burrow's Lane in Prescot is blocked in both directions between the Wellington Traffic Lights and the Gillar's Lane junction because of flooding.

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  10. Lewis Dunne murder: Children 'should not fear' walking the streets

    Children "should not fear walking the streets" after three men murdered a teenager when they mistook him for a rival, police have said.

    Lewis Dunne

    Lewis Dunne, 16, was shot in the back in Eldonian Village, Vauxhall, Liverpool, in November 2015.

    Jake Culshaw, 26, and brothers John and Paul Martin, aged 20 and 26, had been involved in violent clashes with another group before Lewis was killed.

    All three were found guilty of murder at Liverpool Crown Court.

    Culshaw and Paul Martin were ordered to serve a minimum 30 years while John Martin was given a minimum of 28 years.

    In a statement Det Supt Tom Keaton said:

    Quote Message: Gun crime has very clear, serious and often tragic consequences. We cannot allow children to fear walking the streets because others don’t have the intelligence or common sense to steer clear of guns.
    Quote Message: We will therefore do everything in our power to continue to take guns off the streets and out of the hands of criminals.
  11. Lewis Dunne murder trial: 'Whoever pulled the trigger intended to kill'

    The judge who handed out life sentences to three men for the murder of Liverpool teenager Lewis Dunne condemned their actions.

    Jailing drug dealers Jake Culshaw, 26, and brothers John and Paul Martin, aged 20 and 26, Mr Justice Turner said they trio had lied "again and again" about what really happened.

    He said that all three were jointly responsible for gunning down the 16-year-old:

    Shotgun
    Quote Message: The death of Lewis was no more than collateral damage for which you (the killers) made strenuous efforts to avoid responsibility.
    Quote Message: I have no doubt that whoever pulled the trigger intended to kill." from Mr Justice Turner Liverpool Crown Court judge
    Mr Justice TurnerLiverpool Crown Court judge
  12. Family of Lewis Dunne pay tribute to 'beautiful son'

    Three men have been sentenced to life for the murder of 6-year-old Lewis Dunne who they shot dead after mistaking him for a rival because of his curly hair.

    Following today's sentencing, Lewis' parents, Gemma and Steven, released this statement: 

    Lewis Dunne
    Quote Message: "Our beautiful son Lewis was senselessly murdered on November of last year. Lewis was the baby of the family, the centre of our world; he spread love to everyone he met and those who loved him back got the fortune of knowing just how amazing he was.
    Quote Message: "This has been an exceptionally difficult time for our family and we are relieved that justice has been done."
  13. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • Three men have been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Liverpool teenager Lewis Dunne, who was shot in the back in November 2015
    • An investigation is underway in Prescot following a suspected arson attack at a flat, which has left a man in a critical condition
    • Two prisoners are being questioned on suspicion of conspiracy to supply drugs by smuggling them into a Warrington prison with a drone
  14. BreakingLewis Dunne murder trial: Three jailed for life

    Three men who killed 16-year-old Lewis Dunne on a canal towpath in Liverpool have been jailed for life for his murder.

    Jake Culshaw and Paul Martin, both 26, were given a minimum of 30 years. John Martin, 20, was given a minimum of 28 years.

    The judge said killing of a "wholly innocent" 16-year-old "highlights the dangers of gang culture".  

    Jake Culshaw, 26, John Martin, 20, and Paul Martin, 26

    Lewis Dunne was shot as he walked under a bridge along a canal towpath in November 2015. 

    He died in hospital and a post-mortem examination found the cause was a single shotgun wound to the back. 

  15. Lewis Dunne murder trial: Mother's 'tidal wave of trauma'

    The mother of a "wholly innocent" 16-year-old boy shot dead after a gang mistook him for a rival, has told the court of the "tidal wave of trauma" she has experienced since his death.

    Earlier, Jake Culshaw, 26, and brothers John and Paul Martin, aged 20 and 26, were convicted of Lewis Dunne's murder on a canal towpath in Eldonian Village, Vauxhall, Liverpool, in November 2015. 

    Lewis Dunne

    In a victim impact statement read to the court, Gemma Whitfield said:  

    Quote Message: I was 20 when I had him, young maybe but already older than he would ever get to be.
    Quote Message: Grief is a lonely place. Grief caused by murder is even lonelier."
  16. Weather: Mix of sunshine and showers

    BBC Weather

    A mix of sunny spells and heavy showers this afternoon. Highs of 12C.

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    Video caption: A mix of sunny spells and heavy showers this afternoon. Highs of 12C.

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  17. Football: Southport hopes of causing FA Cup upset dashed

    BBC Sport

    Fleetwood score three goals in eight minutes in extra time to claim victory over Southport and end the non-league side's hopes of causing an FA Cup upset.

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    Video caption: FA Cup: Fleetwood 4-1 Southport highlights