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  1. Updates on Tuesday 6 December
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will return from 08:00 on Wednesday

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

  2. Weather: Some rain expected tonight

    BBC Weather

    There could be some rain tonight before the sky becomes clear. It will be a mild day tomorrow with a remarkable high of 13C.  

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  3. Clean-up continues at Prescot site

    The clean-up is continuing at the the waste processing site on Carr Lane in Prescot, following the major fire there on Sunday.

    Work at Prescot fire site

    Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service said the smoke from the fire has "significantly reduced", but a cordon remains in place "from the roundabout at Tesco down to Huyton Lane".A demolition crew has been working at the site today to allow firefighters to access to "isolated pockets of fire" and monitor hot spots, a spokesman said.Motorists are still being asked to avoid Carr Lane. 

    Work at Prescot fire site
    Work at Prescot fire site
  4. Firefighters 'scale down' St Helens Hospital chemical leak operation

    Firefighters are scaling down an operation dealing with a chemical leak at St Helens Hospital, which happened this morning.

    St Helens Hospital

    Three fire engines were called to the hospital at about 09:15 over reports that "chemical liquid was leaking from mechanical equipment", Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service said.

    Firefighters wearing chemical protection suits contained the leak and absorbent mats were put down in the affected area.  

    An operating suite had to be evacuated and nine people were given precautionary checks by paramedics.

    Station manager Phil Byrne said the service was "now scaling down its attendance but will remain on scene for the next few hours to assist environmental health and safety specialists in assessing the incident".

  5. Fire crews continue to battle blaze at oldest pub

    Fire crews are continuing to deal with a blaze in the thatched roof of The Scotch Piper in Lydiate, which is said to be Merseyside's oldest pub.

    Local councillor Tony Robertson took these pictures of the operation.

    Blaze at The Scotch Piper
    Blaze at The Scotch Piper
  6. Football: Lee leaves post as England assistant manager

    BBC Sport

    Former Liverpool player and caretaker boss Sammy Lee has left his position as England assistant manager.

    Gareth Southgate and Sammy Lee

    The 57-year-old was appointed as Sam Allardyce's assistant in July and kept the role following the manager's sacking and during Gareth Southgate's subsequent time as interim boss.

    Southgate was given a four-year deal by the Football Association last Wednesday and decided against keeping Lee.

    "I felt it was important for me to bring in my own support team and Sammy fully respected that," Southgate said.

  7. HMP Altcourse CCTV trial aims to cut number of items thrown into jail

    Prison bosses are hoping that a CCTV system being trialed on Merseyside can cut the number of illicit items thrown into jails.

    HMP Altcourse

    HMP Altcourse was chosen for the project after reports of synthetic drugs and even bottles of vodka making their way over perimeter walls.

    The prison's director Steve Williams says the equipment will alert the control room automatically if criminals are about to launch goods into the compound.

  8. Latest headlines from Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • Firefighters are tackling a major blaze in the thatched roof of Merseyside's oldest pub
    • St Helens Hospital says a chemical spill which caused a partial evacuation of the site was caused by a piece of equipment which was only installed yesterday
    • Prison bosses are hoping that a CCTV system being trialed on Merseyside can cut the number of illicit items thrown into jails
  9. Fire crews tackle blaze at Merseyside's oldest pub

    Firefighters are tackling a blaze in the thatched roof of Merseyside's oldest pub.

    Scotch Piper pub

    Three crews and a specialist aerial appliance are at the Scotch Piper on Southport Road in Lydiate.

    A fire service spokesman said the roof is well alight but the fire had not spread inside.

  10. Football: Possible Liverpool tie a lifeline for Newport

    BBC Sport

    A possible FA Cup third round visit to Liverpool could transform Newport's finances, their manager and chairman explain.

    Graham Westley
  11. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • An investigation is under way into a chemical spill that saw the partial evacuation of St Helens Hospital this morning
    • A man arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman's body was found in woodland in Wirral is released without charge
    • Merseyside Police is investigating after a primary school in Liverpool sent its pupils home following a suspicious phone call
  12. St Helens hospital evacuated after chemical spill

    An investigation is under way into a chemical spill that saw operations suspended and the partial evacuation of St Helens Hospital this morning.

    St Helens Hospital

    Merseyside Fire and Rescue said a "quantity of chemical liquid" had spilt in an operating theatre in Marshalls Cross Road at about 09:15.

    An operating suite on the first floor was evacuated and nine people were given precautionary checks by paramedics.

    Firefighters wearing chemical protection suits placed absorbent mats in the affected area.  

    A clean up of the site is now under way.

  13. Anita Stevenson: Arrested man, 41, released without charge

    Anita Stevenson
    Image caption: Anita Stevenson was missing for over a month before her body was found

    A man arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman's body was found in woodland in Wirral is released without charge.

  14. Robin nests in cathedral Christmas tree

    A robin has "delighted" a cathedral's congregation by taking up residence in its Christmas tree.

    Robin in Liverpool Cathedral

    Liverpool Cathedral staff noticed the bird shortly after the tree was installed. It is believed to have got into the branches while the tree was stored outside the building.

    A spokesman said the bird was "nesting or at least sleeping in the tree" and had taken a few people "by surprise".

    He added that the robin had become "a welcome addition to services".

  15. UK expansion for Scots restaurant chain

    A Glasgow-based bar and restaurant chain is planning to open a further seven restaurants across the UK.

    Bar Soba

    Bar Soba, which was first launched as a pop-up restaurant at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1997, already has five sites across Glasgow, Edinburgh and Leeds.

    It is now considering opening restaurants in Aberdeen, Newcastle, Liverpool and Manchester.

    The expansion follows a £3m investment by the Business Growth Fund.

  16. Weather: Dull and cloudy afternoon

    BBC Weather

    A dull and cloudy afternoon staying mainly dry, but there is the odd chance of drizzle. Highs of 8C.

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  17. Alder Hey housing plans: Liverpool Mayor vows to 'defend Springfield Park'

    Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson has vowed to "defend Springfield Park" after plans to build 400 houses on the old Alder Hey Hospital site were revealed by the trust.

    Joe Anderson

    He described as the plans as being "what is best for the hospital and not the residents". In a statement he said:

    Quote Message: I will not let Alder Hey deliver a housing schemes that ruins the lives of their neighbours, and I’ll defend Springfield Park, so they deliver the like-for-like world-class replacement park they were promised."

    Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust said:

    Quote Message: We believe the creation of the new Park and the associated developments will provide a real boost for the local area and focus for our health promotion activities.