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

  2. Weather: Bitterly cold with the risk of ice and snow showers

    BBC Weather

    Further sleet and snow showers are expected tonight, with possibly a spell of more widespread rain, sleet and snow, and gales possible in the Wirral Peninsular. 

    Icy conditions are likely for many with a widespread and sharp frost and temperatures round freezing.

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    Early rain and snow will quickly clear to leave long sunny spells and only isolated wintry showers tomorrow.

    It will be windy at first, with coastal gales and will feel bitterly cold.

    Maximum temperature: 5C.

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  3. Watch: Public thanked for 'amazing response' in naming police dog

    Tim Wedgwood

    BBC Local Live

    Cheshire Police say they had an "amazing response" to their appeal for the public to name their new police dog.   

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    Video caption: Cheshire Police have thanked the public for an 'amazing response' in naming police dog

    According to the force, thousands of people voted and yesterday they revealed the name would be Axel. 

    Officers say the puppy, the first dog bred by the force, will go into full training now and learn over the next year how to be a police dog.  

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    Severe accident: M6 Cheshire northbound

    BBC Travel

    M6 Cheshire northbound severe accident, at J20 for M56.

    M6 Cheshire - M6 lane blocked on entry slip road from M56 Eastbound northbound at J20, M56 (Lymm Interchange), because of an accident.

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  5. City honour for Liverpool legend Gerrard

    Former Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard is to be awarded the Freedom of the City of Liverpool. 

    Steven Gerrard

    Gerrard has been put forward for his contribution to national and international football, and charity work by the Mayor of Liverpool. 

    Receiving the city's highest civic honour "leaves me speechless", Gerrard said as the nominations were announced. 

    Nominations are due to be formally agreed by councillors on 18 January and ceremonies take place later this year.

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    Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

    BBC Travel

    M6 Cheshire southbound severe disruption, before J21 for A57 affecting J22 for A49.

    M6 Cheshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound before J21, A57 (Woolston), because of an overturned vehicle. Congestion to J22, A49 (Newton Le Willows).

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  7. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • Investigators have announced that 23 people and organisations could face prosecution over the Hillsborough disaster
    • A 53-year-old man's been arrested in Liverpool after police found a rifle and 50 rounds of ammunition
    • Scottish Power says engineers are working to restore electricity to around 100 homes in Tattenheall in Chester
  8. Rare Philippine spotted deer born at Chester Zoo

    An extremely rare Philippine spotted deer has been born at Chester Zoo. 

    Rare Philippine spotted deer

    The tiny male fawn, which arrived on Boxing Day, has been shown off for the first time by its proud parents.

    Zookeepers have hailed the arrival as “a big boost for the species” with fewer than 2,500 of the animals – listed as endangered on Internal Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of threatened species - now estimated to remain in the wild. 

    Rare Philippine spotted deer

    Experts say a combination of factors including illegal hunting and large scale habitat loss have contributed to the demise of the species.  

  9. Rugby League: Flower & Evans not sure of Wales spot

    Dave Woods

    BBC Rugby League correspondent

    Wales coach John Kear has challenged Super League stars Ben Flower and Rhys Evans to "tear the house down" or miss out on a place at the 2017 World Cup.  

    Ben Flower

    Warrington three-quarter Evans and Wigan prop Flower withdrew from the Wales squad for qualifiers against Serbia and Italy in October.

    And coach Kear says they are outsiders to make the trip to Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

    "This season, they'll have to tear the house down basically," said Kear.

  10. Nine people arrested after dawn raids

    Liverpool Echo

    A cannabis farm was discovered and stolen motorbikes, top of the range watches and a drone seized during police raids across Merseyside this morning.  

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  11. Hillsborough mother welcomes CPS probe

    The chair of the Hillsborough Families Support Group has welcomed the news that the Crown Prosecution Service is examining files to see if anyone should be charged over the Hillsborough disaster.

    Margaret Aspinall

    Margaret Aspinall, whose son James died in the 1989 tragedy, said: "If I go back 20-odd years where we had no one, it's good news to hear there's so many [who could face prosecution]."

    Families of those who died in the Sheffield tragedy have campaigned for more than 25 years to have individuals or public bodies held to account.  

    Files on 23 people and organisations involved have been passed to the CPS and it may take up to six months to consider all the evidence.

  12. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • Investigators have announced that 23 people and organisations could face prosecution over the Hillsborough disaster
    • A 53-year-old man's been arrested in Liverpool by police who found a rifle and 50 rounds of ammunition
    • Scottish Power says engineers are working to restore electricity to around 100 homes in Tattenheall in Chester
  13. Funeral for Beatles' first manager Allan Williams

    Friends and family gathered to pay their respects to the man credited with discovering the Beatles and who became the band's first manager.  

    Allan Williams
    Image caption: Allan Williams was the original owner of Liverpool's Jacaranda Club

    Allan Williams, who worked with the Beatles from 1960 to 1961, died in December aged 86.

    He arranged the band's breakthrough residency in Hamburg, where their future development was shaped, but parted company with them a year later.

    His funeral was held at Liverpool Parish Church earlier.

  14. How cold is it really?

    So we've been bracing ourselves for snow this week, but how do temperatures here compare to other places in the world?

    Right now Liverpool is the same temperature as Madrid at 4C and Southport is as hot as Rome at 5C.

    Compare the temperature where you are with more than 50 cities around the world... 

    BBC News: How cold is it where you are?

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  15. Arrest after rifle and ammunition found in Anfield

    A 53-year-old man has been arrested and bailed after a rifle and ammunition were found at a house in Anfield.

    Police

    Police conducted a search warrant at an address in Breck Road yesterday morning where officers recovered "a significant amount" of ammunition and the rifle. 

    They will now be submitted for forensic examination. 

  16. Hillsborough suspect files passed to Crown Prosecution Service

    Files on 23 people and organisations involved in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster have been passed to the Crown Prosecution Service. 

    Hillsborough disaster

    An inquests jury concluded last April that the 96 victims of the FA Cup semi-final tragedy were unlawfully killed. 

    The jury found match commander David Duckenfield responsible for manslaughter by gross negligence. 

    Prosecutors will now decide whether to bring criminal charges against the unnamed 23.   

  17. BreakingHillsborough criminal suspects identified

    Investigators have announced that 23 people and organisations could face prosecution over the Hillsborough disaster. 

    Files have now been passed to the Crown Prosecution service which will decide whether or not to press charges.

  18. Weather: Sleet and snow showers

    BBC Weather

    Further sleet and snow showers this afternoon, particularly over the hills. 

    Some places will stay dry, however, with a good deal of sunshine. 

    A windy day, with gales around exposed coasts and hills. Feeling cold with a maximum temperature of 5C.

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