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Summary

  1. Funeral of life support appeal PC takes place
  2. Merseyside Police fail to record 19,000 crimes properly
  3. Man 'serious but stable' after Liverpool stabbing
  4. Updates on Thursday 9 February

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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: Staying cold with a chance of snow showers

    BBC Weather

    Looking ahead to this evening, it's going to stay cold and cloudy with further sleet and snow showers, but mainly in hilly areas.

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    Video caption: A cold and cloudy afternoon with the chance of wintry showers later. Highs of 3C.

    It'll be frosty for many, especially under any clear spells.

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  3. Pregnant MP waited more than five hours at A&E

    Luciana Berger says she had to wait more than five hours when she went to A&E at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital with a suspected clot on her lung.

    Luciana Berger

    The Labour member for Liverpool Wavertree was also 30 weeks pregnant at the time, she said.

    She has been speaking about her experience after figures show an increase in waiting times at A&E units in England

    In response, Lisa Grant the chief nurse at the trust said:

    Quote Message: Our hospitals like all others have experienced unprecedented pressures recently. Patient safety is a key priority."
  4. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • The funeral of a Merseyside policeman whose wife fought a hospital to end his life support has taken place
    • Liverpool City Council says running Croxteth Hall and Park is costing too much money so they are looking for a new company to take it over  
    • Sefton Council is looking at creating "dog-free zones" on the borough's beaches  
  5. Plans for Croxteth Hall and Park revealed

    Liverpool City Council says running Croxteth Hall and Park is costing too much money so they are looking for a new company to take it over.

    Croxteth Hall

    A report being considered by the council's cabinet next Friday is seeking a partner to manage Croxteth Country Park and Hall on its behalf.

    The proposal, which would see the park and hall remain open to the public, will aim to secure new investment, increase activities and visitor numbers and save the council £1m a year in running costs. 

    Croxteth Hall and Country Park

    The Grade II listed building was the ancestral home of the Molyneux family, the Earls of Sefton but when the last Earl died in 1972, an unsuccessful worldwide search was made for an heir to the title. The estate then passed to the council.

    Quote Message: The preservation of Croxteth Hall and Park as a public asset, with free public access, is our number one priority and after years of searching for a partner we are very close to securing a win-win situation." from Cllr Peter Mitchell Mayoral Lead for Parks
    Cllr Peter MitchellMayoral Lead for Parks
  6. Arriva North staff ballot in guard row

    Workers on Arriva Rail North are to be balloted for strike action in a row over the role of guards.

    Arriva North train

    The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said members will vote on whether to take action, citing a failure to give assurances over the role's future. 

    The union is involved in a row with Southern Rail on the same issue and also recently announced a ballot of its members on Merseyrail. 

    The role of the guard was "safety critical", the union said.   

    Arriva Rail North, which operates Northern Rail trains, provides services between cities and towns across the north of England.  

  7. Chester Zoo staff step in to hand-rear orphaned dik-dik

    Keepers at Chester Zoo have stepped in to hand-rear a baby Kirk's dik-dik antelope after he was left orphaned when his mother died giving birth.

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    Video caption: Chester Zoo staff step in to hand-rear an orphaned dik-dik antelope.

    The tiny dik-dik, who was born on 8 January, stands at a mere 7ins (19cm) tall and is so light, he even register a weight on the zoo’s set of antelope scales.

    Assistant team manager Kim Wood and keeper Barbara Dreyer have both been looking after the new arrival, who has been named Thanos.

    And in case you wondered, the name dik-dik comes from the sound the antelopes make when they are threatened.

  8. Football: Koeman hopes 'world-class finisher' Lukaku stays

    BBC Sport

    Everton boss Ronald Koeman has been talking about top goalscorer Romelu Lukaku after speculation he is set to sign a new deal.

    Romelu Lukaku

    He said Lukaku, who scored four in their 6-3 win over Bournemouth last week, is "a perfect professional" who "likes to improve, train hard and is really involved in the team".

    He added:

    Quote Message: I didn't speak to the board about Romelu but if his agent has mentioned he likes to stay or is close to a new deal then that's perfect for Everton.
    Quote Message: If players see a future at the club, if they see the team improving and getting stronger then that's always a plus for them to stay.
    Quote Message: He's a world class finisher but in other details, other qualities, he can and must improve and he knows that.
  9. 'Dog-free zone' considered for Sefton beaches

    Sefton Council is looking at creating "dog-free zones" on the borough's beaches.

    Dog on beach

    A consultation is currently underway on several proposals, including fining owners for not carrying poo bags, and limiting the number of dogs any one person can walk at a time.

    The RSPCA has criticised the plans though - saying a new order will punish responsible pet owners.

  10. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • The funeral of a Merseyside policeman whose wife fought a hospital to end his life support has taken place
    • Sefton Council is looking at creating "dog-free zones" on the borough's beaches  
    • The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dog's body was found taped and dumped in a rucksack next to a canal in Bootle
  11. Axe-man locked up after Warrington hotel burglary

    Warrington Guardian

    A 45-year-old man "ravaged by drugs" has been locked up after forcing his way into a Warrington hotel before smashing up cash machines with an axe to steal £1,203.

  12. Dog's body found taped in rucksack next to canal in Bootle

    The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dog's body was found taped and dumped in a rucksack next to a canal in Bootle. 

    Rucksack dog's body was found in

    The brown and white animal was microchipped which showed that she was called Jess and was 17 years old - but the contact details for the owner were out of date. 

    A vet has examined her body and believes Jess had been dead for some time. 

    The RPSCA says due to decomposition, it was difficult to give a cause of death.   

  13. Football should help ex-pros with dementia, ex-Liverpool striker Ian St John says

    BBC Sport

    Former Liverpool striker Ian St John has called on football's leaders to look after former professionals who have dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

    St John (centre) was a key figure for Liverpool from 1961 to 1971

    The 78-year-old ex-Scotland international says several of his old team-mates are affected.

    He believes it is as the result of heading heavy footballs in the 1950s and '60s.

  14. Weather: Cold with chance of wintry showers

    BBC Weather

    A cold and cloudy afternoon with the chance of wintry showers later. Highs of 3C.

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    Video caption: A cold and cloudy afternoon with the chance of wintry showers later. Highs of 3C.

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  15. Weather Watchers' cityscapes

    BBC Weather Watchers

    The BBC Weather Watchers have been out and about.

    Thanks to Dazmoston for the image of Warrington and Snappy for the picture of Liverpool viewed from New Ferry.

    Warrington
    Liverpool

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  16. Number of Southport parents fined for taking kids out of school almost trebles

    Southport Visiter

    The number of Southport parents fined for taking their children out of school without permission has almost trebled.

  17. Football: Tranmere to play Barrow FA Trophy quarter-finals at Prenton Park

    BBC Merseyside Sport

    Tranmere will play Barrow in the quarter-finals of the FA Trophy at Prenton Park, after last night's impressive 4-1 win at Chelmsford City in a third round replay. 

    Jake Kirkby

    Jake Kirkby scored the first and last goals, an own goal from Mark Haines and a Ritchie Sutton header completed the scoring for Rovers. Micky Mellon made seven changes to the starting line up in view of Saturday's huge National League game with Bromley.