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  1. Updates on Tuesday 14 February
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday 15 February

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

Peugeot owner in talks to buy out Vauxhall

PSA Group, the owner of Peugeot, is in talks to acquire General Motors' European arm, which includes Opel and Vauxhall.

Vauxhall employs 4,500 staff at plants in Ellesmere Port and Luton. 

Around 23,000 people also work in Vauxhall's retail network, while 7,000 jobs rely on the firm's UK supply chain. 

Watch BBC North West Tonight later for the full story

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Weather: Cloudy and light rain

BBC Weather

It will turn cloudy across the whole region, and most places will see some light rain, which could be fairly steady over high ground. Winds easing and frost free. Lows of 6C.

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Council approves Calderstones Park housing plan

Claire Hamilton

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Mersesyide

Plans to build 39 new homes on land next to Calderstones Park in south Liverpool have been approved.

A site visit this morning saw the council's planning committee come face to face with protesters, and after a three-hour hearing at which more than 20 people spoke, and tempers got frayed, the plans were given the go ahead.

Residents argue the land - off Harthill Road -  is part of the park. The council and the developer claim it's not. Hundreds of people signed petitions against the plans or wrote letters of objection.

The acting head teacher of Calderstones school, which is opposite the site, also objected to the plans on safety grounds.

A total of 51 new homes will be created by developer Redrow. This includes the conversion of some existing buildings into apartments.

Wallasey Labour group chair cleared of bullying

The chairwoman of a Merseyside Labour Party group has been cleared of bullying and intimidation allegations.

Labour Conference vote
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The Labour Party launched an investigation into the allegations in former Labour leadership contender Angela Eagle's constituency.

Kathy Runswick, of Wallasey Constituency Labour Party, will face no further action, the party confirmed.

The Wallasey CLP remains suspended, and other party members are still being investigated.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • UKIP leader Paul Nuttall apologises after admitting his website carried false claims that he lost a close personal friend at Hillsborough
  • Plans to build new homes on land next to Calderstones Park are approved by Liverpool City Council
  • The chairwoman of Wallasey Constituency Labour Party is cleared of allegations of bullying and intimidation

Warrington pursues Cheshire devolution bid

A plan for a devolution deal in Cheshire will be put to the public after Warrington councillors agreed to join the bid.

Warrington Town Hall
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Warrington and two other authorities drew up a bid in 2015, but the town's Labour councillors rejected it in 2016.

Council leader Terry O'Neill said it was "the best we can get on the table" after the Labour-led authority approved joining the scheme.

Warrington North MP Helen Jones warned it may "come back to haunt" the town.

Nuttall 'didn't lose close friends at Hillsborough'

UKIP leader Paul Nuttall has admitted that past claims that he lost "close personal friends" in the Hillsborough disaster were incorrect.  

Paul Nuttall
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He told Liverpool's Radio City "someone he knew" had died in the 1989 tragedy.

He said he did not know how a statement appeared on his website in 2011 saying someone close to him had died.

The MEP, who is standing in the Stoke Central by-election, said those casting doubt on whether he was at Hillsborough that day were "cruel and nasty".

Viola Beach families still in 'shock'

Families of Viola Beach have been speaking about their "disbelief" and "shock" at the loss of the band, as five buses have been unveiled in their memory.

Guitarist River Reeves' stepmother Sharon Dunne said their deaths were "so unexpected that it is like they're just still on tour". 

Viola Beach family members pay tribute to the band
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Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • The leader of UKIP Paul Nuttall apologises after admitting his website carried false claims that he lost a close personal friend at Hillsborough
  • A year after Warrington-based band Viola Beach were killed in a car crash in Sweden, five buses have been unveiled in their memory
  • Two hundred couples renew their wedding vows at ceremony at Liverpool's Cunard Building

Roads: Lane closed on M62 westbound

BBC Travel

One lane is closed and there is heavy traffic on the M62 westbound between Junction 8 for Burtonwood Road and Junction 7 for Rainhill Stoops beacuse of a broken down vehicle.

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Protesters outside Liverpool Town Hall over plans for new homes by city park

Protesters have gathered outside Liverpool Town Hall as a meeting to decide whether plans to build houses by a local park gets under way.

Protesters outside Liverpool Town Hall
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Redrow wants to build 39 new properties on land next to Calderstones Park.

Campaigners are worried about the impact the proposed development will have on the area, and some are due to speak before the planning committee this afternoon.

Redrow say the site is not in the park itself and is currently in private use. 

In a statement the house builders said they are "confident that what we are proposing will deliver a range of benefits for the existing site users and the wider community".

Weather: Cloudy and showers

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Cloudy afternoon with chance of showers. Highs of 8C.

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Man jailed for road rage sword attack in Liverpool

A man who stabbed a shopper with a samurai sword in a road rage attack has been jailed.

Lenford Whyte
Merseyside Police

Lenford Whyte, 38, chased Jonathon Coulthurst, 36, after an argument at a Liverpool retail park on 22 August.

Mr Coulthurst, a rigger in the North Sea, now suffers physical problems and stress, Liverpool Crown Court heard.

Whyte, of Goswell Street, Liverpool, was jailed for five and a half years after admitting wounding, possessing a bladed article and criminal damage.

Football: Injured Lukaku to miss training camp

BBC Sport

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku will miss the club's training camp in Dubai this week to visit a doctor in Belgium for treatment on a minor calf problem.

Romelu Lukaku has a minor calf problem
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The 23-year-old Belgium international's injury is "not serious" though. 

Lukaku, who has scored 17 goals this season, is expected to be fit for Everton's next Premier League match on 25 February at home to Sunderland.  

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Protesters have gathered outside Liverpool Town Hall ahead of a meeting about plans to build houses next to Calderstones Park
  • Police are investigating a serious assault in Ellesmere Port after a 19-year-old man suffered "several puncture wounds"
  • A year after Warrington-based band Viola Beach were killed in a car crash in Sweden, five buses have been unveiled in their memory

Severe accident: M56 Cheshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M56 Cheshire westbound severe accident, at J12 for A557.

M56 Cheshire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M56 westbound at J12, A557 (Runcorn), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Viola Beach: Buses unveiled in memory

A year after the Warrington based band Viola Beach were killed in a car crash in Sweden, five buses are being unveiled in their memory. 

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They are decorated with pictures of the band members and their manager, Craig Tarry who was also killed. 

One of the buses has been stripped out and equipped as a mobile recording studio for disadvantaged youngsters to use to practise music.

And now a bit of dancing to celebrate...

Married couples are celebrating after renewing their wedding vows at a special ceremony in Liverpool today - with some live music and dancing.

Couples dancing
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Two hundred couples renewed their commitment to each other in a special live Valentine's Day event at the Cunard Building as part of celebrations marking 50 years of BBC Radio Merseyside.

The ceremony took place in the first class lounge and was broadcast live on the Seans Styles Programme.

I Do Take Two! Congratulations to the happy couples

Two hundred couples have said "I Do" for the second time at a mass wedding vow renewal service at Liverpool's Cunard Building today - and there wasn't a dry eye in the house.

Couple prepare to renew vows
BBC

The special event was broadcast live on BBC Radio Merseyside as part of the station's 50 year anniversary celebrations.

Watch the moment 200 couples said "I Do" for a second time

Couples in place for wedding vow renewal

Two hundred couples are renewing their wedding vows in a mass vow renewal service in the First Class Passengers Lounge.  

Between them the couples have a total of 7,000 years of wedded bliss.

Couples at Cunard Building
BBC

The event is part of the Radio Merseyside's 50 year anniversary celebrations.

You can listen live to the ceremony on BBC Radio Merseyside

Couples await start of wedding vow renewel service

Couples are gathered in the first class lounge at Liverpool's Cunard Building awaiting the start a special Valentine's Day wedding vows renewal service - hosted by BBC Radio Merseyside's Sean Styles.

Wedding vows renewal service
BBC
Wedding vows renewal service
BBC

The service is part of the radio station's 50 year anniversary and is being broadcast live.

Scene set for 200 couple wedding vow renewal service

The scene is set for 200 couples to renew their wedding vows at Liverpool's Cunard Building today.

Table set for wedding vows
BBC

The Wedding Vow renewal service will be led by Superintendent Registrar Patricia Evans.

Radio Merseyside presenter Billy Butler will read Words of Love from the Beatles and Sean Styles will give a best man's speech.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Football: Lukaku unable to travel to Everton's Dubai training camp

BBC Merseyside Sport

Romelu Lukaku has been unable to travel to Everton's training camp in Dubai because of a calf problem which needs treatment. 

Romelu Lukaku
BBC Sport

The striker will visit a doctor in Belgium this week, though the problem is not serious and we are told he will be fit for the game against Sunderland a week on Saturday.

Lukaku and Yannick Bolasie, who is recovering from a long-term knee injury, were the only senior players not to make the trip to the warm weather training camp.

Two hundred couples set to renew wedding vows

Couples have started to arrive at the Cunard Building on Liverpool's waterfront for a BBC Radio Merseyside special Valentine's Day broadcast.

Couples arriving at Cunard Building
BBC

Two hundred couples will be renewing their wedding vows in a mass vow renewal service in the First Class Passengers Lounge.

The event is part of the station's 50 year anniversary celebrations.

Listen live: BBC Radio Merseyside Valentine's Special with Sean Styles

Cheshire devolution deal back on track

A devolution deal for Cheshire is back on track, after councillors in Warrington voted in favour of the move last night.

Cheshire
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Three councils will now work to get government powers and funding transferred to the county.

Calls for Warrington to join the Liverpool City Region instead have been rejected.

Severe accident: A5038 Merseyside both ways

BBC News Travel

A5038 Merseyside both ways severe accident, between Burlington Street and Silvester Street.

A5038 Merseyside - A5038 Vauxhall Road in Liverpool closed in both directions between the Burlington Street junction and the Silvester Street junction, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Man, 29, arrested after fires shot at Wirral house

A 29-year-old man has been arrested after shots were fired at a house in Wirral. 

Paignton Road
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Police were called to Paignton Road in Wallasey at around 21:30 on Sunday night. 

A 35-year-old woman was left shaken and upset and with minor grazing from splintered wood. 

Officers say they are treating it as a targeted attack.

Plans to build houses next to Liverpool park to be considered

Plans to build new homes in Liverpool will be considered by the council's planning committee later. 

Harthill plans
Redrow

Developer Redrow wants to build 39 homes next to Calderstones Park. 

Councillors will be visiting the site before making a decision about the plans.

In a statement Redrow says they are "confident that what we are proposing will deliver a range of benefits for the existing site users and the wider community".

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Plans to build homes next to Calderstones Park in Liverpool will be considered by the council's planning committee later
  • A 29-year-old man has been arrested after shots were fired at a house in Wirral
  • A devolution deal for Cheshire is back on track, after councillors in Warrington voted in favour last night

Weather: Bright morning but chance of drizzle

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A bright morning but cloud increasing and a chance of drizzle. Highs of 9C.

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Jenny Coleman

Reporter, BBC Local Live

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