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  1. Updates on Monday 12 December
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates return from 08:00 on Tuesday

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

  2. Teenage girl praised for bravery in helping to capture rapist

    A teenage girl has been praised for her bravery after helping police catch the rapist who traveled over 100 miles to attack her.

    Rashid Ullhaqdad, 35 and from Birmingham, took a train from his home city to Birkenhead and had been drinking and smoking cannabis before the attack at the girl's home in October.

    The girl secretly called police after he raped her three times and let officers into the house so they could catch him.

    He was jailed for 14 years at Liverpool Crown Court.

  3. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • A man from Birmingham who traveled over 100 miles to rape a teenage girl in Birkenhead in October is jailed for 14 years
    • Hoole in Chester is named as one of Britain's best high streets at a national awards ceremony
    • The referee on the day of the Hillsborough disaster claims his statement was changed to support an allegation that fans were drunk
  4. Hoole in Chester named Best Local Centre in Great British High Street Awards

    Hoole in Chester has been named one of Britain's best high streets. 

    The have been awarded £5,000 after beating hundreds of other towns and villages in the competition to be named best Local Centre.

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  5. Football: Liverpool boss questions Gary Neville's suitability as a TV pundit

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    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has questioned Gary Neville's suitability as a TV pundit by making a reference to his short-lived career as a manager

    Jurgen Klopp

    Reds goalkeeper Loris Karius has been criticised for his recent displays by Neville and the ex-Manchester United defender's brother Phil.

    "He showed he struggled with the job to judge players so why do we let him talk about players on TV?" Klopp said.

    Gary Neville was sacked by Valencia in March after only 28 games.

    The ex-England right-back returned to his role as a television pundit for Sky Sports after his unsuccessful period managing the La Liga club.

  6. Weather: Dull, dreary afternoon

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    A dull dreary and drizzly afternoon. Misty patches in places with highs of 9C.

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    Video caption: A dull, dreary and drizzly afternoon. Some misty patches in places. Highs of 9C.

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  7. Football: Home draws for local sides in FA Trophy

    The draw for the second round of the FA Trophy has taken place and it's home draws all round for the local sides.

    Chester will face Forest Green Rovers or Truro City if they beat Witton Albion in a replay on Tuesday.

    Southport have drawn the winner of Wealdstone and Wingate & Finchley's replay, while Tranmere Rovers will take on whoever is victorious in the battle of North Leigh and South Park.

    The second round ties will take place in January.

  8. The families in unsafe rented flats in LIveprool

    The BBC's Richard Bilton has been to see the work of one housing team in Liverpool examining the safety of rented properties.

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    Video caption: The families living in unsafe rented flats

    The number of people living in privately rented accommodation in the UK has increased significantly over the past 10 years - and yet almost one in three of these homes fails to meet even the most basic standards.

    In some cases, private landlords' property is unfit to live in - but families stay because they have no other option.

  9. BT to create jobs at Warrington contact centre

    Telecoms giant BT says it is creating 500 new customer service jobs across the UK - including new roles at its contact centre in Warrington. 

    BT

    The new roles are in addition to the previously-announced target of 1,000 UK and Ireland customer service jobs by the end of March 2017.

    BT says it is growing its UK and Ireland staff numbers in order to meet its commitment to have 90% of customers’ calls answered by staff in the UK and Ireland - with most jobs being created in Swansea, Warrington, Doncaster and Accrington.

  10. Chester Cathedral 'Sound Bath' to help ease Christmas stress

    Chester Cathedral is offering to ease the stress of Christmas with a special sound meditation session this weekend.

    Chester Cathedral

    Described as "an alternative to the hustle and bustle of the festive season", the Sound Bath workshop lets participants lie on the floor and "explore the immersive experience of sounds".

    The workshop will include overtone singing and acoustic instruments from across the world including the jaw harp, koto, monochord, handpan and Koshi chimes. 

    The event, led by sound therapist Gavin Kendrick, takes place on Sunday in the medieval Chapter House.

  11. Hillsborough ref says statement altered

    The referee on duty at Hillsborough on the day of the disaster has claimed his statement was changed to support allegations fans were drunk.

    Ray Lewis (r) with Supt Roger Greenwood

    Ray Lewis told an ITV documentary that a typed version of his statement referred to fans as being "pissed" when he had originally written "mixed".

    He said he feels it was placed there to "give support" to "police actions".

    An inquests jury found 96 Liverpool fans were unlawfully killed in the 1989 disaster and fans were not to blame.

  12. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • The referee on the day of the Hillsborough disaster claims his statement was altered - to support allegations that fans were drunk
    • The telecoms company BT says it is creating 500 new customer service jobs across the UK - including new roles at its contact centre in Warrington  
    • Police are appealing for information after gunshots were fired at a van in St Helens
  13. Former Liverpool star pays tribute to woman who helped set up stables

    Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen has paid tribute to a member of staff at his stables, who died on Friday.

    Marie Roe joined Manor House Stables in Malpas as travelling head girl in 2007, helping to establish the business, and became barn leader in January.

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  14. Green light for access improvement at Wirral railway station

    Wirral Globe

    A long-running campaign for improved accessibility at a Wirral railway station could soon be at an end following confirmation that a proposed improvement scheme will go ahead.

    Meols station
  15. Travel: Accident on Sealand Road in Chester

    BBC Travel

    There is queuing traffic on A548 Sealand Road in Chester at the Western Avenue junction because of an accident.

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  16. Football: Liverpool's Karius told to 'keep mouth shut'

    Match of the Day

    BBC pundit Phil Neville has told Loris Karius to "keep your mouth shut and do your job", after the out-of-form Liverpool goalkeeper responded to criticism from his brother Gary Neville.

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    Video caption: 'Keep your mouth shut' - Phil Neville slams Liverpool's Loris Karius

    In a newspaper article, Karius said Gary Neville "was a manager for a bit and now he is back to being an expert again". 

  17. Raising the curtain on Liverpool's new theatre company

    BBC Entertainment and Arts

    The Everyman Theatre in Liverpool has formed its first resident company of actors for 25 years.

    Fourteen resident members will get to tread the boards at the recently revamped theatre.

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    Video caption: Raising the curtain on Liverpool's new theatre company
  18. Police appeal after gunshots fired at van in St Helens

    Police are appealing for information, after gunshots were fired at a van in St Helens. 

    Officers think several people were involved in the incident on Brookway Lane on Friday night. 

    No-one was hurt in the attack.