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  1. Updates from Thursday 26 January
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Friday 27 January

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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 from 08:00 on Friday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the region.     

  2. Weather: Frost and freezing fog

    BBC Weather

    Another frosty night to come, with clear spells developing overnight, allowing freezing fog to form over higher ground.

    Charlie Slater

    There could be the odd spot of light rain, sleet or snow for some eastern fringes around dawn.    

    More on BBC Weather

  3. Manase Manuokafoa faces ban over Matty Smith tackle

    Widnes prop Manase Manuokafoa has been charged over the tackle that left England scrum-half Matty Smith with a suspected broken leg. 

    Manase Manuokafoa

    The former Bradford forward is accused of making dangerous contact on the former Wigan half-back in the 39th minute of the Vikings' pre-season friendly against St Helens at Langtree Park last Sunday. 

    Manuokafoa is facing a grade C offence which carries a suspension of two to three matches and has had the option of submitting an early-guilty plea withdrawn due to the serious nature of the injury.

  4. Travel: Congestion on Edge Lane Drive, Liverpool

    BBC Travel

    There is slow traffic on the A5080 Edge Lane Drive in both directions in Liverpool around the A5047 St Oswald's Street junction in the roadworks area.  

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  5. Daughter's plea to missing father

    The daughter of a missing man from Liverpool has pleaded with her father to come home.  

    Ian O'Brien

    Ian O'Brien, 51, was last seen in Walton on 19 January. 

    A week after his disappearance his daughter Keeley O'Brien, 23, said: "We just want to know that you are safe.

    "The whole family wants you to come home."  

  6. Quay wall collapses at Runcorn Docks

    Runcorn and Widnes World

    Ships and lorries have been diverted after a quay wall estimated to be between 20ft (6m) and 30ft long collapses at Runcorn Docks.  

    Runcorn Docks
  7. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  8. NHS equality boss faces jail for fraud

    A former NHS equality boss from Runcorn, Cheshire has admitted fraudulently paying her husband more than £11,000 from her budget.

    Dr Paula Vasco-Knight
    Image caption: Mrs Vasco-Knight was at one time NHS England's national lead on equality and diversity matters

    Paula Vasco-Knight, 53, was in charge of South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, and the national lead for equalities for NHS England at the time. 

    She paid her husband, Stephen Vasco-Knight, £11,072 to produce a document named Transform, meant to improve leadership qualities in Chief Executive Officers. 

    Exeter Crown Court heard the 200-page document was never made and Mrs Vasco-Knight failed to declare any interest in her 46-year-old husband's company. 

  9. Woman, 103, with head injury had to wait three hours for an ambulance

    Liverpool Echo

    A 103-year-old woman had to wait for three hours for an ambulance after falling over and splitting her head open.  

  10. Football: Chester boss McCarthy signs new deal

    BBC Sport

    Chester manager Jon McCarthy has signed a new two-and-a-half year deal with the National League side.

    Chester manager Jon McCarthy

    The 46-year-old spent two years as assistant manager at the Blues, and took charge in May 2016 after Steve Burr was sacked.  

  11. 'Hero' bus driver helps save passenger who suffered a heart attack

    Liverpool Echo

    A Wirral bus driver has been hailed as a hero after he performed CPR on a passenger who had heart attack on board.

    Liscard Crescent
  12. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  13. Teen police custody death investigation delayed

    The conclusion of a probe into the death of a teenager in police custody has been delayed following a change of leadership, the police watchdog has said.

    Mzee Mohammed

    Mzee Mohammed, 18, died in the custody of police after being detained by security staff at Liverpool One shopping centre in July last year.

    He was seen with a knife "behaving erratically" at the centre before officers were called to the scene.

    The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said the lead investigator was changed due to "unforeseen circumstances" and they now have to review the evidence.

    An IPCC spokesman said:

    Quote Message: This is a complex investigation that has required large amounts of evidence to be analysed.
    Quote Message: We have notified HM Coroner of the delay to the likely conclusion of our investigation and have informed the Mohammed family.
  14. City region mayor should focus on buses, schools and apprenticeships

    Buses, schools and apprenticeships should be the main priorities of the Liverpool City Region mayor, an independent research group has said.

    A report by the Centre for Cities, which has been examining the devolution deal for Merseyside and Cheshire, chose those areas to ensure "both the economy and residents across the city region thrive".

    The group said the mayor will need to focus on policies which enable more people to have access to and work in more and better jobs.

    It suggested improving the bus network to connect areas throughout the city region and improving skills of local people by addressing below-average school standards and increasing quality apprenticeships to meet the needs of local people and businesses.

    A election will be held for the Liverpool City Region mayor position in May.

  15. Teenager arrested in Blake Brown murder probe

    A teenager has been arrested in connection with the suspected murder of Blake Brown in Liverpool.

    Blake Brown

    The 17-year old is being questioned on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder, Merseyside Police said.

    A West Derby property has also been searched by police this morning as part of the investigation.

    Mr Brown, 30, of Croxteth, died in hospital after being shot in the head in Southwood Road, Aigburth in October.

  16. Weather: Cloudy and feeling very cold

    BBC Weather

    Cloudy with chance of isolated drizzle or light snow. Feeling like -4C with wind chill.

    Video content

    Video caption: Cloudy with chance of isolated drizzle or light snow. Feeling like -4C with wind chill.

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  17. Mobile phone crackdown: 67 tickets issued so far

    Sixty-seven tickets have now been issued so far this week as Merseyside Police target drivers using their phones at the wheel.

    That includes a man who was arrested for drug driving - after he was stopped by police for being on his mobile.

    The crackdown is part of a national campaign to raise awareness, ahead of tougher penalties coming in from the start of March which will see motorists fined £200 and the points penalty doubled to six.

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  18. Plan for St Helens industrial development could go to public inquiry

    St Helens Star

    A government minister will decide over the coming weeks whether to "call in" plans for a giant distribution development for a public inquiry. 

  19. Jaguar Land Rover named biggest car maker in Britain

    Jaguar Land Rover has been named the biggest car maker in Britain following a new study.


    Figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show the firm made over half a million new vehicles last year from its plants in Halewood and the West Midlands.