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  1. Updates on Wednesday 30 November
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday 1 December

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

  2. Football: Klopp 'afraid' of Woodburn media hype

    BBC Sport

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    Video caption: Ben Woodburn: Jurgen Klopp plans press protection for 17-year-old

    Reds boss Jurgen Klopp says his only worry for Ben Woodburn is the media intrusion in his life after he became the side's youngest ever scorer at 17 years and 45 days.

  3. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  4. Council tax in Wirral to rise by almost 4% next year

    Council tax in Wirral will rise next year by just under 4%, the leader of the borough's council has said

    Council leader Phil Davies ruled out the possibilty of a referendum on a further increase, which is something Liverpool City Council is considering. 

    Speaking to BBC Radio Merseyside about Wirral's budget for the coming four years, Councillor Davies said the borough had to become "financially self-sufficient". 

    He is setting up a new company to "drive investment and development in Wirral", which he says is a "better way to generate income".

  5. Nine police forces now investigating abuse claims

    Lucy King

    News Editor, BBC Radio Stoke

    Nine police forces, including Cheshire and Staffordshire, are now looking into allegations of historical child sex abuse in football. 

    The forces say there have been 250 reports made to them and Dorset Police is the latest force to announce it is investigating.

    Children playing football

    More than 20 former players have now spoken out about alleged abuse.

    In addition, a hotline set up last week by children's welfare charity the NSPCC received more than 50 calls in its first two hours.  

    Ministers are writing to all national sporting bodies to ask them to "redouble their efforts" to protect children in the wake of the scandal. 

  6. Weather: Cold and cloudy

    BBC Weather

    A cold and cloudy afternoon - but there is the chance of the odd bright spell. Highs of 9C.

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  7. Football: Who is Liverpool record-breaker Ben Woodburn?

    BBC Newsbeat

    Let us introduce you to Liverpool's new teenage sensation... Ben Woodburn.

    In other words, the new Michael Owen.

    Ben Woodburn

    At the age of just 17 years and 45 days, the teenager replaces the former England striker as the club's youngest ever goal scorer.  

    BBC Newsbeat takes a closer look at the record-breaking teenager

  8. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M62 Merseyside eastbound

    BBC Travel

    M62 Merseyside eastbound severe disruption, around J5 for A5080.

    M62 Merseyside - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M62 eastbound around J5, A5080 (Huyton), because of carpet on the road.

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  9. Work to get underway on joint police and fire station in Prescot

    St Helens Star

    Work is due to start on building a station which will accommodate both police and fire service staff in Prescot.  

  10. Royal Liverpool Hospital hires more paramedics to tackle rise in ambulance wait times

    Royal Liverpool Hospital has said extra paramedics have been employed at its A&E unit after figures revealed it has the biggest increase in ambulance waiting times in the North West.

    A&E staff

    The hospital saw a 727.63% increase in the number of hours ambulances spent waiting in A&E over the last three years.

    Lisa Grant, chief nurse at the hospital trust, also said bosses were working with other hospitals and its partners in community and social care "to help to safely discharge patients who no longer require hospital care, providing beds for those in the emergency department."

  11. Man charged over 2005 police chase death

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    A man is charged over a crash in which a teenager died after a police chase more than 11 years ago.

  12. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • A man is charged with causing death by dangerous driving 11 years after a teenager was killed a car crash on Merseyside  
    • Councillors are meeting in Liverpool to consider a request to prevent more late night takeaways and off licences opening on County Road in Walton
    • People in Hoylake are being asked to take part in a referendum which could affect future planning applications in the town
  13. Royal Liverpool Hospital has 'biggest increase in ambulance waiting times'

    The number of hours ambulances spent waiting at A&E in the North West has more than doubled in the past two years - with the Royal Liverpool Hospital recording the largest increase, the BBC has found.

    Aintree Hospital

    Freedom of Information data show a rise from 17,413 hours in 2013-14 to 46,160 in 2015-16 beyond the 15-minute handover period. 

    All the region's trusts bar one have seen increases with wait times up six-fold at the Royal Liverpool Hospital (727%) and up 519% at Arrowe Park Hospital.

    Ambulance bosses say the service faces growing medical emergency calls.

    Quote Message: We are seeing more and more people in need of our services, especially for Red incidents for patients with serious and life-threatening conditions." from Spokesman North West Ambulance Service
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  14. Man charged 11 years after crash that killed Merseyside teenager

    A man has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving 11 years after a teenager was killed a car crash on Merseyside.

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    The incident happened in Huyton in February 2005, after police began chasing a Ford Focus on Liverpool Road, but lost sight of the vehicle. 

    It was later found to have overturned, after hitting a taxi. 

    One of the passengers in the taxi - 19-year-old Mark Courtney from Huyton - died and a female passenger was injured. 

    Mark Anthony Walsh, 30, of no fixed address is due to appear before Liverpool magistrates later.

  15. Travel: Bath Street in Liverpool still closed for emergency repairs

    BBC Travel

    Bath Street in Liverpool is closed northbound between the King Edward Street junction and the Paisley Street junction beacus erof a gas leak and emergency repairs.

    Latest from BBC Travel

  16. Life support PC Paul Briggs may benefit from rehab, say doctors

    An injured police officer whose wife wants medics to end his life support has potential to come out of minimally conscious state, a court heard.

    PC Briggs on bike
    Image caption: PC Briggs previously served as a soldier in the Gulf War and Northern Ireland

    Paul Briggs, 43, of Wirral, Merseyside, suffered a brain injury in a crash in July 2015.

    Lindsey Briggs told Manchester Court of Protection he would not have wanted to live as living without his independence would be "torture".

    Doctors at the Walton Centre in Liverpool are opposing the application..

  17. Liverpool man charged over Cumbria stabbing

    A Liverpool man has been charged after a man was stabbed in Cumbria.

    The victim was found with stab wounds in Rawlinson Street in Barrow.

    John Jennings, 27, of Stamfordham Drive in Liverpool, has been charged with wounding with intent and being in possession of a bladed article, and will appear at Barrow Magistrates' Court later.

  18. Football: 'Quiet' Klopp wary of Woodburn hype

    BBC Sport

    Jurgen Klopp

    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wants to protect Ben Woodburn after the 17-year-old became the club's youngest scorer.

  19. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • A man is charged with causing death by dangerous driving 11 years after a teenager was killed a car crash on Merseyside
    • Councillors are meeting in Liverpool to consider a request to ban any more late night takeaways and off licences opening on County Road in Walton
    • People in Hoylake are being asked to take part in a referendum which could affect future planning applications in the town