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  1. Updates on Wednesday 15 February
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates return from 08:00 on Thursday

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

Business secretary and unions meet over potential Vauxhall sale

Business Secretary Greg Clark has met with union officials to discuss the future of Vauxhall, after parent company GM Motors announced a potential sale of its European business to Peugeot maker PSA Group.

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Vauxhall

Mr Clark said he would make a "strong case" to keep manufacturing in the UK.

Unite union leader Len McCluskey said he welcomed a "positive" meeting with Mr Clark.

"Our common objective is to make certain that we secure the continuation of work at Ellesmere Port and Luton and Toddington," Mr McCluskey said.

UK warned over Merseyside air pollution

The European Commission has sent a "final warning" to the UK over breaches of air pollution limits.

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It said limits had been repeatedly exceeded in 16 areas, including Merseyside.

Germany, France, Spain and Italy were also served with warnings over nitrogen dioxide levels.

Gerrard to play at Anfield

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard will play at Anfield again next month - as part of a charity legends match.

Steven Gerrard
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The former Reds' skipper last played at the ground in May 2015 before leaving the club to move to LA Galaxy.

But he'll return to the pitch on 25 March with a host of other ex-Liverpool stars including Ian Rush, Robbie Fowler and Jamie Carragher to take on a Real Madrid legends side.

Gerrard said: "Anfield will always hold a special place in my heart."

The midfielder recently returned to the UK and has recently taken up a youth coach role at the club's academy.

Weather: Brighter spells and a mild night

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Showers will clear for brighter spells but more rain overnight. Feeling mild with lows of 5C.

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Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire northbound

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M6 Cheshire northbound severe disruption, between J21 for A57 and J21A for M62 affecting Knutsford Services.

M6 Cheshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M6 northbound between J21, A57 (Woolston) and J21a, M62 (Croft Interchange), because of a broken down lorry and recovery work. Congestion to Knutsford Services.

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

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Rugby: Warrington 'must show Super League's strength'

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Warrington boss Tony Smith hopes they can show Super League's quality when they face Brisbane in the World Club Series.

Community health move a 'huge risk'

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A health inspection raised a number of concerns at Bridgewater Community Healthcare

It would be inappropriate for an under-performing NHS trust to run community services, a union warns.

Hospital ward

Community health move a 'huge risk'

It would be inappropriate for an under-performing NHS trust to run community services, a union warns.

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Sheep rescued from Cheshire dam

A number of sheep were rescued by firefighters after they had got into difficulty in water at Lymm Dam in Cheshire this morning.

Ropes and rafts were used to rescue the animals and bring them on to dry land.

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Man arrested on suspicion of firearm possesion

A 20-year-old man from Toxteth has been arrested at Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

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The man was taken to a police station yesterday, and the arrest follows an investigation into a firearm recovered last year in Huyton.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Union leaders say they "will not accept any job losses" as they react to the news the parent company of Vauxhall, is having merger talks with Peugeot
  • A man is on suspicion of possession of a firearm that was recovered last year
  • Police are reviewing the way a former Cheshire council leader spent public money at pubs, restaurants and race courses

Former Liverpool striker Ian St John calls for help for ex-pros with dementia

The former Liverpool striker Ian St John is calling on the Football Association and the players union, the PFA, to provide financial support to the families of ex-professionals who suffer from dementia.

Ian St John (centre) was a key figure for Liverpool from 1961 to 1971
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A small scientific study has suggested there could be a link between repeatedly heading a football and developing long-term brain injury.

The research follows anecdotal reports that players who head balls may be more prone to developing dementia later in life.

The Football Association says it will look at this area more closely. Experts said recreational players were unlikely to incur problems.

Football: Toffees ace shows of silky skills

Everton's Morgan Schneiderlin and assistant manager Erwin Koeman shared something of a footballing moment at the club's training camp in Dubai, as the midfielder pulled off an outrageous bit of skill.

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Wonder what the assistant manager had to say at training this morning?

Weather: Cloudy with chance of showers

BBC Weather

A cloudy afternoon with some bright spells but chance of showers. Highs of 11C.

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Football: How striker Matt Smith stunned Liverpool

BBC Sport

BBC Sport meets Oldham hero Matt Smith - who famously led his team's shock FA Cup victory over Liverpool and a heroic draw Everton.

The striker combined studying for a university degree with playing non-league football, before moving to Oldham and facing the Merseyside teams in the 2013 tournament.

Service marks 75 years since the fall of Singapore

A service has been held at Liverpool Parish Church to mark 75 years since The Fall Of Singapore - when many troops from Merseyside were killed or captured by the Japanese.

Singapore fell the Japanese on 15 February 1942 in a debacle considered to be one of the greatest defeats in the history of the British Army. 

Thousands of troops were killed and many more capturedm while civilian men and women were also taken prisoner.

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Nuttall says press officer 'can keep job' following Hillsborough mistake

UKIP leader Paul Nuttall has told a party press officer who took the blame for an inaccurate claim that he lost "close personal friends" in the Hillsborough disaster that she can keep her job.

UKIP leader Paul Nuttall
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Lynda Roughley said she was "entirely responsible" for two press releases that were posted in 2011 and 2012.

A party spokesman said Mr Nuttall had rejected the offer on the grounds that she should not lose her career for what appeared to be a "minor error" after years of loyal and effective service. 

Hillsborough campaigners have accused Mr Nuttall of "insensitivity".

Liverpool uni to host Hillsborough debate

A university debate will be held later about proposals for a so-called Hillsborough Law, which would make it illegal for police officers and others in public service to give misleading information to investigators.

HIllsborough disaster
HIllsborough Inquests

The event, to be held at the University of Liverpool, will see speakers look at the challenges of the proposed law, which would compel officials to tell the truth to inquiries or face fines. 

Speakers will include members of the Hillsborough legal team.

Football: Injury boost for Toffees midfielder

BBC Merseyside Sport

Everton midfielder Muhamed Besic has taken a step forward in his recovery from a cruciate knee ligament injury by joining the club's training camp in Dubai.

Muhamed Besic
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Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Paul Nuttall's press officer has offered to resign after saying she was to blame for "mistakes" in statements about the UKIP leader and the Hillsborough disaster
  • Union leaders have raised concerns about the future of 2000 jobs at Vauxhall's plant in Ellesmere Port as it faces a take over
  • A debate on a so-called Hillsborough law is to be discussed in Liverpool today  

Nuttall aide offers to quit over Hillsborough mistakes

Paul Nuttall's press officer has offered to resign after saying she was to blame for "mistakes" in statements about the UKIP leader and the Hillsborough disaster.

Paul Nuttall
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Mr Nuttall earlier admitted claims on his website that he had lost close friends in the 1989 tragedy were false.

Lynda Roughley said she was "entirely responsible" for two press releases that were posted in 2011 and 2012.

Hillsborough campaigners have accused Mr Nuttall of "insensitivity".

Wirral street parking charge plans scrapped

Wirral Council has scrapped plans to introduce street parking charges across the borough.

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Google

The proposals included charging motorists to park at Fort Perch Rock, New Brighton Promenade and West Kirby.  

Roads: Congestion on Edge Lane Drive in Liverpool

BBC News Travel

There is slow traffic on Edge Lane Drive westbound around St Oswalds Street/Rathbone Road in the roadworks area.

Record levels of hate crime reported in Merseyside in 2016

Record levels of hate crimes were reported on Merseyside in the three months after the EU referendum.

There were nearly 500 between July and September 2016 - an increase of 19%. 

It is the highest quarterly number of hate crimes since records began in 2012.

Paul Nuttall's press officer offers to resign over Hillsborough claim

Paul Nuttall's press officer has offered to resign after taking "full responsibility" for wrongly claiming that the UKIP leader lost close friends in the Hillsborough disaster.

Paul Nuttall
BBC

Lynda Roughley insists she "could not be more sorry" for writing a post on Mr Nuttall's website that stated he had lost "personal friends" in the tragedy. 

Fears over Ellesmere Port jobs as Vauxhall faces take over

Union leaders have raised concerns about the future of 2,000 jobs at Vauxhall's plant in Ellesmere Port - as it faces a take over. 

Vauxhaull car plant
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The parent company General Motors has confirmed it is having merger talks with Peugeot - this could see the French company assume control of their European business. 

It is not yet clear what that means for staff here.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Union leaders have raised concerns about the future of 2,000 jobs at Vauxhall's plant in Ellesmere Port as it faces a take over
  • Paul Nuttall's press officer offers to resign after taking "full responsibility" for wrongly claiming that the UKIP leader lost close friends in the Hillsborough disaster
  • Record levels of hate crimes were reported on Merseyside in the three months after the EU referendum

Weather: Dry morning but showers later

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A cloudy start but a dry morning. Chance of showers this afternoon. Highs of 10C.

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