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  1. Updates on Friday 16 December
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates return from 08:00 on Monday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

    In the meantime, have a great weekend.

  2. Football: Liverpool's Mignolet gets nod over Karius for derby

    BBC Sport

    Simon Mignolet will continue in goal for Liverpool in the derby at Everton on Monday after he replaced Loris Karius for the win over Middlesbrough.

    Simon Mignolet (left) and Loris Karius

    Karius was dropped after mistakes in a defeat at Bournemouth and home draw with West Ham.

    "I don't want to change each week, that was not the plan," said Klopp.

  3. Birkenhead lorry driver's jail term increased over mother's death

    A Wirral lorry driver who killed a mother by driving dangerously has had his prison sentence increased to seven years.

    William Stewart / Natalie Thorpe

    Natalie Thorpe, 29, died when she was hit by a metal stabiliser protruding from the side of William Stewart's truck in Altrincham in June 2015.

    Stewart, 25, from Birkenhead, was "let off too lightly" with a four-and-a-half year sentence after a trial at Preston Crown Court, judges at the Court of Appeal ruled.

    His sentence for causing death by dangerous driving was "unduly lenient".

  4. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  5. Football: Everton's Bolasie needs second operation

    BBC Sport

    Everton's Yannick Bolasie needs a second operation on his right knee in the New Year, manager Ronald Koeman says.

    Yannick Bolasie

    Bolasie, 27, injured his right knee during the Toffees' 1-1 draw with Manchester United on 4 December.

    Everton manager Ronald Koeman says the DR Congo international underwent surgery on his torn meniscus on Thursday.

    "Now he has to wait for nine to 10 weeks before surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament," the Dutchman said.

  6. Travel: Debris on M56

    BBC Travel

    There is debris on the road on the M56 eastbound between Junction 11 for Preston Brook and Junction 10 for Stretton. Drivers are asked to approach with care.

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  7. No need for police degrees says senior Cheshire cop

    Lee Thomas

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

    It isn't necessary to have a degree to be a police officer, according to a senior officer at Cheshire Police.

    Police recruits

    The College of Policing has announced that all new officers in England and Wales will have to be educated to a degree level from 2020. 

    It said the training would help address changes in crime-fighting.

    But Ch Supt Nick Bailey from Cheshire Police says common sense is as important as academic ability when it comes to policing.

    Quote Message: It's important that we can change and adapt as a service and that means we need academic people, we need people with common sense, we need intelligent people, we need helpful people." from Ch Supt Nick Bailey Cheshire Police officer
    Ch Supt Nick BaileyCheshire Police officer
  8. Liverpool DJ jailed for illegal sharing Top 40 chart music

    A DJ has pleaded guilty to illegally sharing songs from the Top 40 chart as it was announced for over a year.

    Wayne Evans

    Wayne Evans, from Everton, Liverpool, ran a distribution operation that cost the music industry more than £1m and saw 700,000 tracks illegally downloaded, City of London Police said.

    The 39-year-old admitted uploading music from the Official Charts Company between June 2014 and July 2015 at Liverpool Crown Court on Thursday.

    He was jailed for 12 months.

  9. Weather: Dry and cloudy with chance of odd shower

    BBC Weather

    A dry and cloudy afternoon with the risk of the odd light shower. Highs of 11C.

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    Video caption: A dry and cloudy afternoon with the risk of the odd light shower. Highs of 11C.

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  10. Challenge over 'unlawful' fracking licence in Cheshire

    An environmental campaigner from Cheshire has won the right to mount a High Court challenge against a fracking licence which he claims is "unlawful".


    IGas Energy is drilling in search of fossil fuels around Chester after being granted a petroleum exploration and development licence in 2008.

    The licence has since been extended by the government until 2018.

    Benjamin Dean was granted permission to seek a judicial review of this extension.  

  11. Unions lobby Merseytravel over driver-only train fears

    Memebers of the RMT and ASLEF unions are demonstrating outside Merseytravel headquarters in Liverpool this morning.

    Merseyrail workers, who are lobbying a meeting of the local passenger transport authority, are urging councillors to reject any move towards the introduction of driver-only trains.

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    The Merseytravel committee will decide whether to proceed with a £460m pound plan to replace the entire fleet of rolling stock. 

    The RMT union fears it could result in the removal of guards - and claims that would make the trains less safe for passengers getting on, and less secure during journeys. 

    The authority insists safety and security are paramount.

  12. Saughall Massie new fire station on green belt scheme rejected

    A plan to build a new fire station on green belt land in Wirral has been rejected by councillors.

    Artist's impression of the proposed new fire station at Saughall Massie

    The scheme for a station at Saughall Massie was rejected at Wirral Council's planning meeting by seven votes to six.

    The facility was planned to cover the West Kirby and Upton areas after their stations were earmarked for closure.

  13. St Helens meat and potato pie 'sent into space'

    A St Helens meat and potato pie made has been sent "into space" attached to a weather balloon.

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    Video caption: Wigan pie 'sent into space' on balloon

    The pioneering delicacy was launched from Roby Mill, Wigan, at about 11:30 on Thursday ahead of the World Pie Eating Championship next week.

    The aim is to see if its journey up to 100,000ft (30km) changes the molecular structure of the pie making it quicker to eat.

    It is believed this is the first pie to be launched into the stratosphere.

    Bill Kenyon of Ultimate Purveyors from St Helens, which was commissioned to make the pie, said: "This is the first step to enable mankind to consume pies with more elegance and comfort.

    "Neither the sky, nor the pie, should be the limit."

  14. Drivers in Liverpool 'spend 38 minutes a week' looking for parking

    Drivers in Liverpool spend around 38 minutes every week looking for a parking space, according to new research. 

    Parked cars

    The city has been ranked 9th in a list of the UK's worst places to park. 

    Researches took into consideration the number of incidents and fines handed out.

  15. Football: Barry, Baines and Holgate sign new deals with Everton

    BBC Sport

    Midfielder Gareth Barry and defenders Leighton Baines and Mason Holgate have all signed new contracts with Everton.


    Barry, 35, has extended his deal until June 2018, while 32-year-old Baines has committed to the club until June 2019.

    Holgate, 20, who was handed his Premier League debut by manager Ronald Koeman on the first day of the season, has signed a five-year extension.

  16. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A580 Merseyside both ways

    BBC Travel

    A580 Merseyside both ways severe disruption, between Walton Breck Road and Richmond Park.

    A580 Merseyside - A580 Breck Road in Liverpool closed and heavy traffic in both directions between the Walton Breck Road junction and the Richmond Park junction, because of a police incident.

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  17. Preston newsagents urged to boycott the Sun over Hillsborough coverage

    Newsagents in Preston are being urged to stop selling the Sun newspaper over its coverage of the Hillsborough disaster.

    The Sun

    Preston City Council voted in favour of a motion to support a campaign called The Total Eclipse of the S*n, which aims to take the paper out of shops.

    Two of the victims of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster were from Preston. 

    The Sun reported Liverpool fans had "picked the pockets of victims" and "urinated" on police officers.

    In 2012, the former Sun editor Kelvin McKenzie apologised to the people of Liverpool for The Truth headline, saying he had been "misled".  

    Councillors voted 30 to 18 with one abstaining and the area becomes the fifth in the North West to support such a motion. 

    The Society of Editors has earlier said the motion is "stretching towards censorship".

    Labour Councillor John Browne said:

    Quote Message: We're not as a council able to say what people can and can't read, what we're trying to do, as has happened in Liverpool, is to dissuade people.