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  1. Updates on Tuesday 31 January
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will 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: Heavy rain but a milder night

BBC Weather

Further persistent and locally heavy rain will continue overnight, with mist and hill fog for many. 

Cloud will keep temperatures well above freezing, preventing an overnight frost.    

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Boy, 16, who died after Birkenhead crash is named

A 16-year-old boy has died after a crash on Old Chester Road in Birkenhead this morning.

Merseyside Police confirmed the victim has now been identified as Connor Smith from the Rock Ferry area.

The 49-year-old driver of the car, a Vauxhall Astra, remains in hospital where his condition is described as serious but not thought to be life threatening.

Investigators are still in attendance and the road remains closed, but is expected to be opened shortly.

Football: Sakho set for Palace switch?

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer

There is still a strong possibility that Liverpool central defender Mamadou Sakho will leave Anfield before tonight's transfer deadline - with Crystal Palace the most likely destination.

Mamadou Sakho
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Liverpool want £20m for the France international, who has also attracted interest from Southampton, Swansea City, Sevilla in La Liga and Turkish side Galatasaray, to move permanently but no-one has yet met their asking price.

Palace are currently leading the race to sign Sakho - but no deal has yet been agreed and at this stage a loan move is the most likely outcome.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A man who stole Chester Cathedral's 19th Century Greek icon had "the instincts of the magpie", a judge has said
  • Police are searching for a gang of three masked men who threatened a family with a screwdriver during a burglary in Walton last night
  • Liverpool are to "significantly redevelop" their Anfield stadium in the summer, to make it more accessible to disabled fans  

Investigation into paper mill fire

An investigation into the cause of a fire at a former paper mill in Deeside is to take place.

UPM Shotton
Google

Emergency services were called just after 20:00 GMT on Monday to UPM Shotton, formerly Shotton Paper mill, on Deeside Industrial Park.  

Masked gang threaten family with screwdriver in Walton burglary

Three masked men threatened a family with a screwdriver during a burglary in Walton.

City Road
Google

A couple in their 60s and their daughter were told to hand cash over before a man was hit over the head.

Police believe the break-in in City Road last night was a case of mistaken identity.

Chester Cathedral icon thief 'like a magpie'

A man who stole a cathedral's 19th Century Greek icon had the "the instincts of the magpie", a judge has said.

Vasilijy Apilats
Cheshire Police

Vasilijy Apilats, 61, of Crewe, stole The Raising of Lazarus painting, which is estimated to be worth £2,500, from Chester Cathedral.

His defence claimed he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder following ordeals with gangsters.

Apilats appeared to be obsessed with religious artefacts
Cheshire Police

Recorder Eric Lamb jailed him for nine months at Chester Crown Court.

Apilats, originally from Lativa, denied theft but was found guilty by a jury in November.

Weather: Breezy with outbreaks of rain

BBC Weather

A cloudy and rainy afternoon but a mild night ahead. Highs of 11C.

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Football: More places for disabled fans at Anfield

BBC Sport

Liverpool are to "significantly redevelop" their Anfield stadium in the summer, to make it more accessible to disabled fans.

Liverpool's Anfield stadium
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The work, scheduled to be completed by August, will see 1,000 seats moved, and affect some season ticket holders.

More than 250 wheelchair positions will be available with visiting disabled fans given places in the away end.

A 2014 BBC investigation found the club offered 45% of the recommended number of wheelchair spaces.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A 25-year-old man hit by a car in Birkenhead this morning has died from his injuries
  • Liverpool Football Club confirms plans to make improvements for disabled supporters at Anfield
  • Police are searching for three men who threatened a family with a screwdriver in a burglary in Walton

MP Conor McGinn sets out views on controversial Local Plan

St Helens Star

St Helens North MP Conor McGinn has said he understands "a balance must be struck" in addressing residents' concerns and preparing the borough for the future, following the closure of the consultation on the Local Plan.

Ward closes at Southport and Formby District Hospital due to norovirus

Visitors to Southport and Formby District General Hospital are being asked to stay away if they are ill with vomiting, diarrhoea or flu-like symptoms. 

Southport and Formby District General Hospital
Google

An outbreak of norovirus has temporarily closed Ward 10B to stop the illness spreading.    

Liverpool Football Club to make improvements for disabled supporters

Liverpool Football Club has confirmed plans to make further improvements for disabled supporters at Anfield - so it won't miss the summer deadline for lifting standards.

Anfield
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The number of wheelchair spaces at the ground is being increased from 195 to 250 and visiting fans can now be seated in the away end with their own supporters. 

New lifts, ramps and converting lounge space into raised disabled seating areas are also included in the plans. 

Clubs who failed to meet the requirements were warned they could be fined, and even have points deducted.

Roads: Heavy traffic in Liverpool

BBC Travel

There is heavy traffic on the A5407 West Derby Street junction in Liverpool at the Mount Vernon junction in the roadworks area.

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Conservative MP for Warrington South urges families to care for elderly parents

The Conservative MP for Warrington South has urged families to look after their elderly parents - to ease a social care crisis. 

Careworker
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David Mowat, who is also the Care Minister, believes we should be as responsible for older relatives as we are children. 

He says several billion pounds of additional funding is being made available to pay for social care and councils are also allowed to raise additional money through precepts.

Man jailed for stealing 18th century icon from Chester Cathedral

A man has been jailed for nine months for stealing a priceless 18th century Greek Orthodox icon from a chapel in Chester Cathedral. 

The painting The Raising of Lazarus
BBC

Vasilijs Apilats from Crewe took the painting depicting the raising of Lazarus, in August 2014. 

The 61-year-old, originally from Latvia, was told by a the judge only prison was appropriate.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A man involved in a crash with a car in Birkenhead this morning has died from his injuries
  • The Conservative MP for Warrington South has urged families to look after their elderly parents - to ease a social care crisis
  • A man is due to be sentenced later for stealing a priceless 18th century Greek Orthodox Icon from a chapel in Chester Cathedral

Man dies after Birkenhead crash

A man involved in a crash with a car in Birkenhead this morning has died from his injuries.

Emergency services were called at 7:30 when Vauxhall Astra hit a wall and a pedestrian at the junction of Old Chester Road and Bedford Drive in Rock Ferry. 

The driver was also taken to hospital. 

Police are now working to identify the victim and contact his family.

Roads: Shed load on M58

BBC Travel

One lane is closed on the M58 westbound between Junction 4 and Junction 3 because of a shed load.

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Three arrested after two men injured in Birkenhead attack

Police are questioning two men and a woman after two other men suffered injuries including wounds and a broken arm in Birkenhead last night. 

Officers were called to reports of a disturbance in Wellington Road in Oxton around 20:30. 

They are asking anyone who man have seen the group in the Simply Food and Drink Shop nearby before the incident.

Man who stole 18th century icon from Chester Cathedral to be sentenced

A man is due to be sentenced later for stealing a priceless 18th century Greek Orthodox Icon from chapel in Chester Cathedral. 

Chester Cathedral
Neil Kennedy / Geograph

Vasilijs Apilats from Crewe took the painting depicting the raising of Lazarus, in August 2014. 

The 61-year-old, formerly from Lativa, has been warned that he is likely to be sent to jail.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Police are questioning two men and a woman after two other men suffered injuries including wounds and a broken arm in Birkenhead, Wirral last night
  • A man is due to be sentenced later for stealing a priceless 18th century Greek Orthodox Icon from chapel in Chester Cathedral
  • Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says the club's recent run of defeats "won't affect" tonight's game against league leaders Chelsea

Travel: Traffic light failure in Liverpool

BBC Travel

Traffic light failure on Denman Way in Liverpool at the Judges Drive junction.

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Weather: Cloudy, grey and murky day

BBC Weather

A cloudy, grey and murky day. Some rain and drizzle through the morning. Highs of 10C.

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Roads: Accident in Birkenhead

BBC Travel

Old Chester Road in Birkenhead is closed and there is slow traffic at the Bedford Avenue junction because of a serious accident.

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Jenny Coleman

Reporter, BBC Local Live

Hello from Liverpool, I'm here with all your news, sport, travel and weather updates from across Merseyside and west Cheshire today. 

If you've got a story you'd like me to hear about or a photograph you'd like to share, you can contact me on email, Facebook or Twitter.