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  1. Updates on Tuesday 17 January
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates return from 08:00 on Wednesday

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Live updates from Merseyside and west Cheshire have finished for the day, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the region.     

Weather: Drizzle and fog expected

BBC Weather

It will remain rather cloudy and mild tonight. A little patchy light rain or drizzle is likely with some hill fog in places.  

BBC Weather presenter Charlie Slater
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Ferry staff guilty of drug smuggling

Two former P&O staff are convicted of running a drug smuggling operation onboard a North Sea ferry.

Mark Quilliam, Edward Tron, Susan Tron
Hull News & Pictures

Mark Quilliam, 55, from Liverpool, and Edward Tron, 51, from Gateshead, were both found guilty at Hull Crown Court of conspiracy to import cocaine.

Tron's wife, Susan, 54, was convicted of money laundering.

All three had denied the offences but were convicted following an 11 day trial. They will be sentenced on Wednesday.

Severe disruption: M53 Cheshire northbound

BBC Travel

M53 Cheshire northbound severe disruption, between J12 for A55 and J11 for M56.

M53 Cheshire - Very slow traffic on M53 northbound between J12, A55 (Chester) and J11 M56, because of an overturned vehicle.

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Knowsley has plans to offer A-levels again

Sean Coughlan

BBC News, education correspondent

Knowsley is planning to offer its young people A-levels again, with government and local representatives holding meetings over a new A-level centre.

Students taking exam
BBC

The last school in the borough to teach A-levels, Halewood Academy, announced last year that it could no longer afford to offer the qualifications.

It prompted complaints from parents in a borough that already had among the UK's lowest rates of university entry.

The plans would see the building of a new dedicated centre for A-levels.

AC Milan seek to sign Deulofeu on loan

BBC Sport

Italian side AC Milan are seeking to sign Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu on loan for the remainder of the season.

Gerard Deulofeu
PA

The 22-year-old winger has made just 13 appearances for the Toffees since Ronald Koeman took over as manager at Goodison Park last summer.

"We are talking with Everton, we have not arrived at a point of agreement," said chief executive Adriano Galliani, as reported by Gazzetta dello Sport.

"Everton knows we can do loans or loans with right of redemption."

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A large cannabis farm estimated to have an annual yield of £2m has been discovered at an industrial unit in Southport.
  • Plans to turn a former care home in Widnes into a centre for asylum seekers are approved   
  • The husband of rape campaigner Jill Saward said he sang to her in her final hours words that helped her "overcome the trauma" of her 1986 attack

Matip decision expected on Friday

BBC Sport

Liverpool will find out on Friday whether a disciplinary case against Joel Matip will be opened over the defender's availability.

Joel Matip
Reuters

The 25-year-old missed Sunday's 1-1 draw with Manchester United after the Reds failed to get clearance from Fifa about whether he could play for his club during the African Cup of Nations.

He 'refused to play' for Cameroon after being named in their preliminary squad.

Merseyside Maritime Museum's £200,000 boost for new gallery

Merseyside Maritime Museum has been awarded £200,000 in funding from the government to help create a major new gallery space. 

Merseyside Maritime Museum
Google

More than 250 objects will form the core of the new Sea Galleries, exploring the lives of Liverpool seafarers and their families. 

The majority of the cash has come from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Sport: Lancashire appoint Glen Chapple as new head coach

BBC Sport

Lancashire have named former captain Glen Chapple as their new head coach on a three-year contract.

Glen Chapple
Rex Features

The 42-year-old was appointed acting head coach after predecessor Ashley Giles' move back to Warwickshire was announced in December.

Chapple spent the majority of the 2014 season as player-coach when Peter Moores left to take charge of England, and was first-team coach under Giles.

Lyrics 'helped Saward' with rape trauma

The husband of Liverpool-born rape campaigner Jill Saward said he sang to her in her final hours words which helped her "overcome the trauma" of her 1986 attack.

Jill Saward
PA

Ms Saward, 51, who became a victims' right campaigner after being raped in the Ealing vicarage attack, died after suffering a stroke earlier this month.

Her husband Gavin Drake and Ms Saward's twin sister sang lyrics to "Bread of life; all things new" at her bedside.

He paid tribute to his wife before her funeral at Lichfield Cathedral.

Maria Balshaw becomes Tate's first female boss

BBC Entertainment and Arts

Maria Balshaw, the head of Manchester's acclaimed Whitworth Art Gallery, has been chosen to run the Tate art empire.

She will take charge of the Tate Modern and Tate Britain in London as well as the galleries in Liverpool and St Ives.  

Maria Balshaw
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Dr Balshaw will become the first female director in the Tate's 120-year history and will replace Sir Nicholas Serota, who has been at the helm since 1988.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A police marksman who shot and killed an unarmed man in Cheshire was acting on "out of date" and "inaccurate" intelligence, a public inquiry has heard
  • Leader of Warrington Council says he "still hasn't received assurances" from government that motorists who live in the borough will be exempt from paying Mersey Gateway Bridge tolls
  • Controversial plans to turn a former care home in Widnes into a centre for asylum seekers are approved   

Warrington Council 'concerns' over residents charges for Mersey Gateway Bridge

The leader of Warrington Council says he "still hasn't received assurances" from the government that motorists who live in the borough will be exempt from paying tolls on the new Mersey Gateway Bridge. 

Mersey Gateway Bridge
Mersey Gateway

The former prime minister David Cameron and former chancellor George Osborne made a promise before the 2015 general election that Warrington residents wouldn't be charged for using the bridge.

But Councillor Terry O'Neil says there have been "no details" about how the free crossings will be funded, and admits he has "real concerns" over people in Warrington being forced to pay. 

He said he has written to the government, asking for clarity on the issue.

Anthony Grainger shooting: Police used 'inaccurate' intelligence

A police marksman who shot and killed an unarmed man was acting on "out of date" and "inaccurate" intelligence, a public inquiry has heard.

Anthony Grainger
PA
Anthony Grainger was shot by police in 2012

Anthony Grainger, 36, was shot once in the chest during a Greater Manchester Police (GMP) operation in Culcheth, Cheshire, in March 2012.

The inquiry into his death heard police believed he was preparing for an armed robbery.

Weather: Dull and overcast

BBC Weather

A mainly dry and overcast afternoon with chance of the odd spot of rain. Highs of 10C.

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Police appeal to find wanted Liverpool man

Merseyside Police are appealing for help in finding a 22-year-old man from Walton, Liverpool.

Jamie Brian Glenholmes
Merseyside Police

Officers want to trace Jamie Brian Glenholmes following a serious assault that took place in Anfield on the 4 January.  

Roads: Congestion on Edge Lane Drive, Liverpool

BBC Travel

There is slow traffic on A5080 Edge Lane Drive westbound in Liverpool at A5047 St Oswald's Street junction.

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Weather: Staying cloudy, with some rain at times

BBC Weather

A rather cloudy afternoon with outbreaks of mainly light rain or drizzle which will become increasingly patchy.

With the cloud and rain, it will be a feel a little less mild than yesterday with a maximum temperature of 8C.

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Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Controversial plans to turn a former care home in Widnes into a centre for asylum seekers are approved

Two men arrested after gun found in Everton

Two men have been arrested, after a gun was found in Liverpool.

Police also discovered ammunition at an address in Richmond Terrace in Everton. 

A 39-year-old from Anfield and a 29-year-old from Walton are being questioned on suspicion of possession of a firearm.

Merseyrail tops UK rail users' survey

Passengers rank Merseyrail the best railway operator in a UK-wide survey of customer satisfaction.

Merseyrail
El Pollock / Geograph

The figures, compiled by consumer organisation Which?, showed Merseyrail was the best performer with a rating of 72% satisfaction.  

Anthony Grainger: Police shooting public inquiry starts

A public inquiry has started into the death of an unarmed man who was shot in his car by a police marksman.

Anthony Grainger
PA
Anthony Grainger was shot by police in 2012

Anthony Grainger, 36, of Bolton, was shot once in the chest during a Greater Manchester Police (GMP) operation in Culcheth, Cheshire in 2012.

Judge Thomas Teague QC has ruled that the officer who fired the shot should give evidence from behind a screen.

He will examine the use of armed police and whether Mr Grainger's life could have been saved after he was shot.

Severe disruption: M62 Cheshire eastbound

BBC Travel

M62 Cheshire eastbound severe disruption, at J9 for A49.

M62 Cheshire - M62 lane closed on exit slip road eastbound at J9, A49 (Winwick), because of a broken down lorry.

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Protesters vow to fight on after asylum hostel gets green light

St Helens Star

Plans to convert a former care home into an asylum seeker hostel close to the borough's boundary were approved last night, despite a demonstration by protesters.  

Lilycross
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Couple say they were emotionally abused as pupils at blind school

A couple from Merseyside say they were emotionally abused by some staff at St Vincent's School for the Blind in Liverpool almost 50 years ago.

Pat and Julie Rodaway say they were encouraged to speak out after hearing a report on BBC Radio Merseyside last week about historic abuse at The Royal School for the Blind in Wavertree.  

The Rodaways say they suffered emotional abuse when they were boarders at the school, going back to the late 1960s. 

St Vincent's School say they are saddened to hear how some pupils recall their time in their care - and that their recollections would not be tolerated in any school today.

Roads: Congestion in West Derby Street, Liverpool

BBC Travel

There is heavy traffic on A5047 West Derby Street westbound in Liverpool around the A5047 Mount Vernon junction in the roadworks area.

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Football: Liverpool defender could miss six more games

BBC Sport

Liverpool could be without defender Joel Matip for a further six games because of confusion over availability.

Joel Matip
Reuters

Matip "refused to play" for Cameroon after being named in the preliminary squad for the Africa Cup of Nations.

The 25-year-old, who has made 14 Reds appearances this season, last played for Cameroon in September 2015.

Fifa says that without his country's permission, Matip cannot play for Liverpool until the end of Cameroon's participation in the tournament.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A couple from Merseyside say they were emotionally abused by some staff at St Vincent's School for the Blind in Liverpool almost 50 years ago
  • Two women are critically ill in hospital after a motorbike crash in Liverpool city centre last night
  • Two men have been arrested after a gun was found in Everton

Charity doctor punched by scrambler yob after thieves steal treasured off-road bike

Liverpool Echo

A travelling doctor from Liverpool who used his trusted off-road bike to help isolated African communities has had the vehicle stolen by scrambler yobs.  

Funeral of Liverpool-born sexual violence campaigner Jill Saward to take place

The funeral is taking place today for a woman from Liverpool who dedicated her life to helping victims of sexual violence. 

Jill Saward
BBC

Jill Saward, who died earlier this month aged 51, became the first rape victim in the UK to waive her anonymity, after she was attacked at her father's vicarage in west London in 1986. 

She went on to campaign and educate judges, jurors and police forces. 

Her funeral takes place today in Staffordshire and her family are asking for donations for three charities including the Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre on Merseyside.

Two women critical after motorbike crash in Liverpool city centre

Two women are critically ill in hospital after a crash in Liverpool city centre last night. 

Police said a BMW motorbike hit a pedestrian on Catherine Street just before 22:00.

Birkenhead MP calls for government to reimburse families wrongly denied tax credits

Birkenhead MP Frank Field has called on the government to reimburse families who were wrongly denied tax credits by a company acting on behalf of HM Revenue and Customs. 

Birkenhead MP Frank Field
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Last summer hundreds of claimants had their payments wrongly withdrawn by the American company Concentrix - whose contract was eventually terminated by HMRC. 

The firm was initially tasked by the government to make savings on the payments handed out unnecessarily - but a report found Concentrix made a catalogue of errors. 

Mr Field says "lessons need to be learned".

Public inquiry into death of man shot in Cheshire village opens today

A public inquiry will open today into the death of a man who was shot by police in the Cheshire village of Culcheth. 

Anthony Grainger was shot by police in 2012
PA

Anthony Grainger from Bolton died five years ago. A hearing is being held in Liverpool.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A public inquiry will open today in Liverpool into the death of Anthony Grainger, who was shot by police in Culcheth, Cheshire in 2012  
  • Birkenhead MP Frank Field says some people in his constituency are struggling as a result of having their tax credits wrongly denied
  • The funeral of Liverpool-born sexual assault campaigner Jill Saward, who died earlier this month aged 51, will take place later

Severe accident: M6 Greater Manchester southbound

BBC Travel

M6 Greater Manchester southbound severe accident, between J25 for A49 and J24 for A58 affecting J27 for A5209.

M6 Greater Manchester - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M6 southbound between J25, A49 (Bryn) and J24, A58 (Ashton In Makerfield), because of a multi-vehicle accident. Congestion to J27, A5209 (Standish).

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Weather: Cloudy, mild and drizzly

BBC Weather

Another cloudy, mild and drizzly day. Some light rain. Light winds highs of 8C (46F).

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Severe accident: M53 Merseyside southbound

BBC Travel

M53 Merseyside southbound severe accident, at J5 for A41 affecting J4 for A5137.

M53 Merseyside - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M53 southbound at J5, A41 (Eastham), because of a multi-vehicle accident. Congestion to J4, A5137 (Bebington).

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