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  1. Updates on Tuesday 29 November
  2. News, sport, weather and travel resumes at 08:00 on Wednesday

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

Weather: Cloudy night

BBC Weather

Cloud will become more widespread tonight, with perhaps the odd spot of light rain, mainly over the hills - but it won't be as chilly as last night with lows of 3C.

Becoming cloudier later. Frosty start tomorrow.

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Lego train in Liverpool made from more than 500,000 bricks

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A police force accused of telling a press officer to "schmooze" the media during the Hillsborough inquests has "no case to answer", a watchdog has said
  • Stroke patients in Liverpool would benefit from a dedicated city wide unit, a top expert says
  • A popular scheme allowing drivers to park for free in Chester city centre after 15:00 could be scrapped as it causes "pressure" on rush-hour traffic

Football: Klopp coy on EFL Cup line-up

BBC Sport

On potential changes to his team in the EFL Cup tonight, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said: "It is about having a line-up which can stand the intensity of the game because Leeds are in a really good moment.

"They are a football-playing side and they will force us into a lot of things so we need to work hard in these games. The players need to be fit for this.

"We don't want to rest somebody who doesn't need a rest. It is possible we will make a few changes; it is possible we will play nearly the same team."

Philippe Coutinho
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Forward Philippe Coutinho is out with suspected ankle ligament damage, Roberto Firmino (calf) is unlikely to be risked and Daniel Sturridge is out (also calf).

Listen on BBC Radio 5 live and BBC local radio; text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

Severe accident: M56 Cheshire eastbound

BBC Travel

M56 Cheshire eastbound severe accident, between J10 for A49 and J9 for M6.

M56 Cheshire - One lane blocked on M56 eastbound between J10, A49 (Stretton) and J9, M6 (Lymm Interchange), because of an accident.

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Dedicated city wide stroke centre 'would benefit' Liverpool patients, says leading expert

Stroke patients in Liverpool would benefit from a dedicated city wide unit, an expert has said. 

Recently published plans over the future of the NHS in the city recommends merging the Aintree and Royal Liverpool University Trusts. 

NHS England's clinical director for stroke, Professor Tony Rudd was speaking at a major stroke care conference in Liverpool today. 

He says "difficulties in recruiting specialist medical staff" and "rising costs" means creating a single stroke centre for the city is a "viable option".

City's free parking scheme could be axed

Phil McCann

Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News

A popular scheme allowing drivers to park for free in Chester city centre after 15:00 could be scrapped as it causes "pressure" on rush-hour traffic.  

free parking sign
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Free parking in the afternoon may soon end in Chester

Cheshire West and Chester Council has launched a consultation on whether to end its "Free After Three" scheme.

Businesses in the city have complained that reintroducing parking charges would hit their trade.

Chester
BBC

The council says "better alternatives" may be developed during a 12-week consultation period which is under way.  

The Premier League Show: Ronald Koeman interview

BBC Sport

The Premier League Show: Ronald Koeman on Everton, Southampton & Netherlands

Gary Lineker catches up with Everton manager Ronald Koeman to find out how life is at Goodison Park.

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Warrington mum named as BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero for the North West

Get Inspired

Mandi Mellor has been named the BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero for the North West.

The mother-of-four puts in an amazing 30 hours each week to help Warrington Gymnastics Club become the thriving place it is.  

Liverpool sets out vision for Festival Gardens site

Click Liverpool

The future of Liverpool’s International Festival Gardens site is to take a major step forward this week.  

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A police force accused of telling a press officer to "schmooze" the media during the Hillsborough inquests has "no case to answer", a watchdog has said
  • Stroke patients in Liverpool would benefit from a dedicated city wide unit, a top expert says
  • Plans to scrap free parking in Chester after the scheme proved too popular  

Hillsborough: No evidence of South Yorkshire Police spin, IPCC says

A police force accused of telling a press officer to "schmooze" the media during the Hillsborough inquests has "no case to answer", a watchdog has said.

Helen Court
BBC

Hayley Court claimed she was asked by South Yorkshire Police (SYP) to encourage the media to deflect blame from the force.

She said she was told to "get the media together and tell them what to write".

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said it found no evidence to support the claim.  

Football: Chris Iwelumo named Chester assistant boss

BBC Sport

Chester appoint former Scotland international striker Chris Iwelumo as assistant to boss Jon McCarthy.

Chris Iwelumo
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The 38-year-old ended his playing career with the Blues in 2014 and has been working as a television pundit.

Iwelumo replaces Ian Sharps, who moved to League One side Walsall to become their first-team coach.

"Can't wait to get started at such a brilliantly run club," he said on Twitter.

Weather: Sunny afternoon but frosty later

BBC Weather

A sunny afternoon with plenty of blue sky. Cloudy and frosty later. Highs of 4C.

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Woman caring for terminally ill mum joined drug plot for 'pure excitement of it'

Liverpool Echo

A woman caring for her terminally ill mum became involved in an £800,000 drug plot for "the pure excitement of it".  

Hillsborough: Police lawyers told to 'spread the blame' at inquests

Lawyers representing South Yorkshire Police (SYP) were instructed to "spread the blame" away from the force at the Hillsborough Inquests, a review by an independent barrister has found.

David Crompton
PA

Families of some victims had complained to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) alleging that the force's chief constable David Crompton told lawyers to "pour blame" on Liverpool fans at the hearings.

Reviewing the IPCC's decision not to investigate, Hugh Tomlinson QC criticised Mr Crompton for showing "poor judgement" when instructing lawyers.

And he said the families’ allegation that SYP was trying to "spread the blame" was supported by the evidence provided.

However, he said that questions asked by SYP’s counsel did not suggest that they were part of a “deliberate or predetermined strategy” and the IPCC was correct in its decision.

Football: Liverpool youngster Ben Woodburn has 'route to the first team'

BBC Sport

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has assured young Welsh international talent Ben Woodburn there is a route to a regular place in the Liverpool first team.

Ben Woodburn
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Woodburn, 17, made his senior debut for the Merseysiders off the bench late in their win over Sunderland.

Klopp said there were many positives about Woodburn, but that the Wales Under-19 international needed time.

"There is really always a way, even when the first team is a really strong side," said Klopp.  

Prison guard blocked £400,000 drugs parcels for inmates

Liverpool Echo

A Liverpool prison guard credited with intercepting an estimated £400,000 of drugs and illicit items destined for inmates at HMP Altcourse has been hailed by bosses.

IPCC rejects South Yorkshire Police 'spin' claims

The police watchdog has rejected claims by a former South Yorkshire Police press officer that she was under pressure to persuade the media to "write negatively about Liverpool fans" to deflect blame from the force.

Hayley Court
BBC

Hayley Court claimed she had been asked by the force asked to "spin" news during the Hillsborough inquests so media reports would be favourable to the police case.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said it had "not found any evidence to support the allegations".

Read the full IPCC statement

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • The police watchdog rejects claims South Yorkshire Police asked one of its press officers to put pressure on the media over how it should report the Hillsborough inquests
  • Plans to scrap free parking in Chester after the scheme proved too popular
  • Merseytravel is urging businesses to have flexible working hours during Wirral Loop line disruption next year

Your pictures: Magnificent Mersey sunset

BBC Weather Watchers

Did you see the stunning sunset over the River Mersey last night? Thanks to our BBC Weather Watchers for uploading these images from both sides of the water.

Otterspool
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Liverpool skyline
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New Ferry
BBC

Have you got a photograph of the weather you would like to share? Why not join the BBC Weather Watchers and upload your report.  

Plans to scrap free parking in Chester after it proved too popular

Councillors are being advised to scrap free parking in Chester after 15:00 - because the scheme is too popular. 

Chester Car Park
BBC

A report suggests the initiative is causing too much traffic congestion in the city centre. 

A consultation is underway to see whether the offer should be brought to an end.

Liverpool City Region: Conservative select mayoral candidate

The Conservative candidate for next year's Liverpool City Region mayoral election has been named as Tony Caldeira.

Tony Caldeira
NW Conservative Party
Tony Caldeira insisted he would get the best deal for the Liverpool City Region

Steve Rotheram is Labour's candidate, the Liberal Democrats' candidate is Prescot North councillor Carl Cashman while councillor Tom Crone will represent the Green Party.

Liverpool City Region comprises of the city, St Helens, Knowsley, Sefton, Wirral and Halton in Cheshire.

The mayoral election is on 4 May 2017.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Merseytravel is urging businesses to have flexible working hours during Wirral Loop line disruption next year
  • MP for Chester Chris Matheson is calling for a debate in Parliament over the government's plans to close the city's Army barracks
  • Councillors are being advised to scrap free parking in Chester after 15:00, because the scheme is too popular

Chester MP calls for debate in Parliament over city's Army barracks

The MP for Chester is calling for a debate in Parliament over the government's plans to close the city's Army barracks.

Army
PA

Troops are due to move out of Dale Camp in Upton as part of plans to sell off 56 more defence sites by 2040.

Labour MP Chris Matheson has said the high value of land in Chester may be driving the plan.

Defence secretary Sir Michael Fallon said it was part of a review of Ministry of Defence land.

He said it would deliver better value for money and release enough land to build 55,000 homes.

Naval shipbuilding report set to call for shake-up

A leading industrialist will today publish his recommendations on the future of Naval shipbuilding in the UK.

Cammell Laird
John Robertson / Geograph

Sir John Parker is expected to recommend that work should be shared by yards across the UK, including Merseyside. 

Sir John was asked to suggest how to make the industry sustainable and improve the prospect of exports.

Liverpool housing association to open community shop as alternative to food banks

A Liverpool housing association is starting a community shop as an alternative to food banks.

South Liverpool Homes says tenants who are on a low income can become members of the store - which is due to open in Speke. 

They pay £2.50 for around £15 worth of goods. 

Claire Ryans from South Liverpool Homes says it is important to offer "long term support".

Employers urged to introduce flexible working during Wirral loop line works

Bosses at Merseytravel are urging businesses to consider introducing breakfast clubs or flexible working hours to help commuters during disruptions to the Wirral Loop line. 

The section of track linking Wirral and Liverpool will close from 3 January for essential repair work.

Frank Rodgers, interim chief executive of Merseytravel, said he is appealing for companies to make sure their staff are "well prepared".

Merseytravel
BBC

The works is being carried out over three phases:

Phase 1: 3 January - 12 February 2017No Wirral line trains beyond Birkenhead Central and Birkenhead North towards Liverpool

Phase 2: 13 February - 29 May 2017Weekdays: Wirral line trains will run to James StreetWeekends: Trains will run to Birkenhead North and Birkenhead Central, as in Phase 1Bank holidays weekends, and the Saturday of the Grand National, they will run to James Street.

Phase 3: 30 May - 18 June 2017No Wirral line trains beyond Birkenhead Central and Birkenhead North towards Liverpool

Severe disruption: M58 Merseyside westbound

BBC Travel

M58 Merseyside westbound severe disruption, at A59 Dunnings Bridge Road affecting J1 for .

M58 Merseyside - Heavy traffic and one lane blocked on M58 westbound at A59, Switch Island, because of a broken down white van. Congestion to J1, Kirkby.

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Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Merseytravel are urging businesses to have flexible working hours to help commuters deal with disruption to the Wirral Loop line from January
  • Liverpool housing association, South Liverpool Homes, is starting a community shop as an alternative to food banks
  • Chester MP Chris Matheson is calling for a debate in Parliament over the government's controversial plans to close the city's Army barracks

Travel: Gas leak closes major Liverpool road

BBC Travel

A5036 Bath Street in Liverpool is closed northbound between the A5052 King Edward Street junction and the Paisley Street junction because of a gas leak and emergency repairs.

Latest from BBC Travel

Weather: Cold and frosty start

BBC Weather

A cold and frosty start to the day but turning cloudier later and feeling a touch milder. Highs of 7C.

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Jenny Coleman

Reporter, BBC Local Live

Hello from Liverpool, I'm here with all your news, sport, travel and weather updates from across Merseyside and west Cheshire today. 

If you've got a story you'd like me to hear about or a photograph you'd like to share, you can contact me on email, Facebook or Twitter.