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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday 16 January:
  2. Cilla Black statue unveiled as Cavern Club celebrates 60th anniversary
  3. Arrests over robbery of ex-Liverpool owner David Moores
  4. Liverpool 'likely' to miss disabled fans standards deadline

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

  2. Weather: Largely dry and mild

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    Tonight will start largely dry and cloudy, with hill fog. There will be some rain in the north near Southport later but it will stay mild and frost free.  

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    Video caption: Cloudy with hill fog and some rain in the north

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  3. Cilla Black statue unveiled as Cavern Club celebrates 60 years

    A life-sized bronze statue of Cilla Black has been unveiled outside Liverpool's Cavern Club as the venue celebrates its 60th anniversary.

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    Video caption: New statue unveiled for Cavern Club 60th birthday

    The club, credited with launching the career of The Beatles, opened its doors on 16 January 1957 as a jazz cellar.

    Crowds gathered in Mathew Street to see the sculpture which shows a young Cilla performing one of her early songs.

    The TV celebrity and 1960s singing star, who died in 2015, started work as a cloakroom attendant at the club.

  4. Plan for new A-level centre in Knowsley, council says

    Knowsley Council is planning to create a new A-level centre to ensure students can stay in the borough to study for the qualification.

    It comes after closure of the area's only sixth form offering the qualification - Halewood Academy - was approved by the government in June.

    Halewood Academy

    In a recent meeting with the Department for Education (DfE), Knowsley's six secondary schools "spoke out in support of a centralised A-level centre", a council spokeswoman said.

    The council will now put together "a detailed case" to secure funding, which will take up to four months. If the plan is given the go-ahead, it is expected to take about three years to before a new centre would be ready.

    Quote Message: Both the DfE and the Education Funding Agency – which provides all the funding for A-level provision nationally - agreed with us that there is a gap in provision in our borough, and both have said that they will work positively with us to address this issue.” from Cllr Joan Lilly Cabinet Member for Children’s Services
    Cllr Joan LillyCabinet Member for Children’s Services
  5. Pizza takeaway driver jailed for sex offences

    A 24-year-old man from Skelmersdale has been jailed for inciting a girl to engage in sexual activity, police say.

    Samuel Brown

    Police said pizza takeaway driver Samuel Brown, of Glebe Road, sent a 15-year-old girl dozens of messages of a sexual nature by phone and social media between July and December 2015.

    He regularly asked her to go on pizza deliveries with him "in the hope she would engage in sexual activity", police said.  

    Brown was sentenced to 18 months in prison at Liverpool Crown Court. 

    He was also issued with a restraining order to not contact the victim, a sexual harm prevention order and made to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register, each for 10 years.

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  7. Matip could miss six more games

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool defender Joel Matip could miss a further six matches because of confusion about his international clearance.

    Joel Matip

    Matip did not want to play for Cameroon after he was named in the preliminary squad for the Africa Cup of Nations.

    Matip, who has made 14 appearances for the Reds this season, last played for Cameroon in September 2015.

    Fifa says that without Cameroon's permission, Matip, 25, cannot play for the Reds until the end of their participation in the tournament.

  8. Two Southport care homes rated inadequate' by health watchdog

    Two care homes in Southport have been rated "inadequate", following inspections by the Care Quality Commission. 

    Manchester House Nursing Home and Community Care Direct have been criticised for standards of safety and poor management. 

    Both services have been placed in special measures, which means they must make significant improvements - or risk losing their registration.

  9. Newborn lambs given oxygen after Cheshire barn fire

    Two newborn lambs and their mum were given oxygen by firefighters after a fire at a barn in Cheshire.

    Lambs given oxygen

    Fire crews were called to Higher Wych Road in Malpas to reports of a small fire in the early hours of Sunday morning.

    A ewe had just given birth to two lambs and was unable to move.

    The ewe and the offspring were given oxygen using special animal masks to help them recover.

  10. Weather: Dull and drizzly afternoon

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    A dull and cloudy afternoon with drizzly spells. Some mist in places. Highs of 10C.

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    Video caption: A dull and cloudy afternoon with drizzly spells. Some mist in places. Highs of 10C.

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  11. Widnes asylum hostel plans to be discussed

    Councillors in Halton will meet later to discuss controversial plans to turn a former care home in Widnes into a hostel for up to 120 asylum seekers. 

    Lilycross home building

    The 60-bed Lilycross home on Wilmere Lane had its licence withdrawn in October after Care Quality Commission inspectors branded it inadequate. 

    Critics, including the neighbouring St Helens and local parish councils, say it doesn't fit with local development plans. 

    More than 700 people have signed petitions opposing the idea.

  12. Creative commuters who enjoy the ride

    Some creative commuters are occupying their travelling hours with a productive pastime.

    It takes Lindsey Farquhar three hours a day to travel to and from Liverpool.

    Lindsey Farquhar

    She paints, crochets and makes jewellery which she posts on her Crafty Commuter Facebook page.

    "The Crafty Commuter started in November 2014 when I missed the early train to work so had time to wait for the next one," said the 42-year-old who works for a housing association.

    "So I bought a crochet magazine with free wool and crochet hooks at the station just on a whim.

    Lindsey takes wire and pliers on to the train to create wire wrapped jewellery

    "But once I started my Crafty Commute, I arrived at work much more relaxed and feeling like I'd accomplished something creative already before I even got into work. I loved it.

    "I crochet bobble hats and boot toppers in the winter and I make wire-wrapped jewellery when it gets warmer. Wire is my summer version of wool, you see.

    "Then I started drawing and painting. I put together a little travel kit that I could take on the train."  

    She has put together a train-friendly creative travel kit
  13. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

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    Severe accident: A557 Cheshire southbound

    BBC Travel

    A557 Cheshire southbound severe accident, between M56 J12 and A56 Sutton Causeway.

    A557 Cheshire - A557 Clifton Road closed and queuing traffic southbound between Runcorn and the A56 Sutton Causeway junction, because of an accident. In the roadworks area.

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  15. David Moores: Arrests over robbery of ex-Liverpool owner

    Police investigating an attack on former Liverpool owner David Moores during a robbery at his home in west Lancashire have arrested five people.

    David Moores

    Mr Moores, 69, was badly beaten by two men who forced their way into his house in Halsall in March.

    Three men, aged 30, 34 and 39, from Liverpool were arrested for conspiracy to commit robbery and released on bail, Lancashire police said.

    A man, 38, from Widnes was held for attempting to pervert the course of justice and was also released on bail.

    A 29-year-old woman from Liverpool, who was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods and money laundering, has been released without charge, 

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    Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire northbound

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    M6 Cheshire northbound severe disruption, at J20 for A50.

    M6 Cheshire - The main road is closed, with traffic being routed around the junction and back on again, on M6 northbound at J20, A50 (Lymm Interchange), because of a vehicle fire.

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  17. Football: Wallace signs permanent Tranmere deal

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    James Wallace has signed a permanent 18-month deal with National League side Tranmere Rovers after a successful loan spell from Sheffield United.

    Wallace played for Rovers between 2012 and 2014

      The 25-year-old midfielder previously made 60 appearances for Rovers between 2012 and 2014 and played under Tranmere boss Micky Mellon during a loan spell at Shrewsbury last season.