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  1. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Wednesday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for 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 from across the region.

  2. Weather: Cloudy and damp

    BBC Weather

    A cloudy evening will follow with further patchy rain at times. Drier, clearer and colder conditions will reach most parts by the morning. Lows of 7C.

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    Video caption: A cloudy damp afternoon with a brisk breeze and chance of rain. Highs of 8C.

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  3. Rail fare rises: Winners and losers

    Rail fare increases have been called a "kick in the teeth" by critics.

    Commuters in Liverpool will pay 1.9% more than in 2016 for an annual pass despite median wages having fallen, according to the Office for National Statistics.

    Train tickets

    In some areas there was no increase in annual season ticket prices, despite wage growth.  

    Across the UK rail fares of all types - from season tickets to single journeys - increased by an average of 2.3% on the first weekday of the new year. 

  4. Wirral charity shop damaged in arson attack

    A charity that provides care for terminally ill children across Merseyside says an arson attack has caused damage put at "thousands of pounds" at one of its shops.

    Bromborough charity shop fire damage
    Bromborough charity shop fire damage

    It's thought there was a break-in at the Claire House shop in Bromborough, Wirral last week, before the building was set on fire. 

    Lauren Luxton from the organisation says the damage will come at a "huge cost to them".

  5. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • A charity that provides care for terminally ill children across Merseyside says an arson attack at one of its shops in Wirral "will cost thousands"
    • Police investigating the deaths of a man and a woman, whose bodies were found at the foot of cliffs in Dover, say they're believed to have been twins from Elton near Ellesmere Port
    • Health officials say the risk to the public from bird flu remains very low - despite five cases being confirmed on Merseyside
  6. The FA People's Cup is back - sign up now!

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    Looking for a new project for the start of 2017? How about getting fit/fitter with a chance to win free tickets to the FA Cup final?

    BBC Get Inspired has again teamed up with the Football Association to launch the 2017 FA People's Cup, a free knockout competition that will give the people of England the chance to play in their version of the FA Cup. 

    From Sunday League regulars to folk who have only kicked a ball in their back yard everyone can take part.

    Find out more and sign up here.

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    Video caption: The FA People's Cup is back - sign up now!
  7. Cliff death 'twins stayed locally'

    A man and a woman whose bodies were found at the foot of cliffs in Dover are thought to be twins who may have stayed locally.

    Cliffs at Langdon Bay

    Kent Police are piecing together the pair's last movements and have discovered they were in London on 22 December and in Dover on Boxing Day.

    Det Sgt Stuart Ward said the man and woman were believed to be twins, aged 59, from the Elton area of Cheshire  

    Three bodies were found at the bottom of the cliffs on New Year's Day.

    The third was a 45-year-old man from Manchester whose death is not connected to the others.

    None of the deaths is being treated as suspicious.

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    Severe accident: M6 Cheshire southbound

    BBC Travel

    M6 Cheshire southbound severe accident, between J21A for M62 and J21 for A57 affecting J23 for A580.

    M6 Cheshire - Severe delays, two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M6 southbound between J21a, M62 (Croft Interchange) and J21, A57 (Woolston), because of an accident involving a lorry and recovery work. Congestion to J23, A580 (Haydock).

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  9. Football: Klopp hopeful on Sturridge injury

    BBC Sport

    Jurgen Klopp said he is hopeful striker Daniel Sturridge will be back "sooner rather than later".

    The 27-year-old was forced off 10 minutes from on his first Premier League start since October at Sunderland - after he clashed with defender Papy Djilobodji.

    Daniel Sturridge

    "He got a knock on his right ankle. I don't think it's too bad," said Klopp.

    Sturridge has had a series of injuries since signing from Chelsea in January 2013, including hip and thigh problems.

  10. Weather: Cloudy and damp afternoon

    BBC Weather

    A cloudy damp afternoon with a brisk breeze and chance of rain. Highs of 8C.

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    Video caption: A cloudy damp afternoon with a brisk breeze and chance of rain. Highs of 8C.

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  11. Hundreds arrested for drink or drug driving over Christmas

    More than 250 people were arrested for drink or drug driving by Cheshire Police over Christmas - many of them are now likely to face a driving ban or hefty fine. 

    Breath test

    The figures were up slightly on last year's festive crackdown but police say it is "astonishing" to see how many people still believe that it is acceptable to driving under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.  

  12. Bird flu detected in wild birds on Merseyside

    Bird flu has been found in five wild birds on Merseyside, the government has confirmed.

    Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has issued guidance to the public after the discovery of the H5N8 stain of the disease.

    The exact location has not been disclosed.

    Defra said finding the disease in wild birds in Britain is "far from unexpected given bird flu has been circulating in Europe", adding it remains important poultry keepers follow guidance to reduce risks - which includes a ban on poultry gatherings.

    Public Health England said the risk to public health is "very low" and the Food Standards Agency said it is clear bird flu "does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers".

  13. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  14. Football: Jurgen Klopp gave players chance to miss Sunderland game

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he gave his players the chance to opt out of Monday's match at Sunderland if they were too tired - but nobody wanted to.  

    Jurgen Klopp

    The Reds drew 2-2 at the Stadium of Light, less than 44 hours after beating title rivals Manchester City.    

  15. Liverpool New Year's Day stabbing witness appeal

    Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was stabbed in Liverpool city centre on New Year's Day

    St Peters Square

    Officers were called to reports a 21-year-old man had been knifed in the chest and thigh on St Peters Square at around 02:45. 

    Detectives believe two groups of men were involved in the incident. One 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of wounding. 

  16. Travel: Accident on M6 in Cheshire

    BBC Travel

    An accident involving a lorry on the M6 southbound between Junction 21 and Junction 20 is causing disruption.

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  17. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • Work has started on Wirral loop line track works - which means no trains between Wirral and Liverpool for the next six weeks
    • Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was stabbed in Liverpool city centre on New Year's Day
    • Hundreds of new cut-price starter homes for first time buyers will be built across Merseyside and Cheshire as part of a national government scheme