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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday 16 February
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will return from 08:00 on Friday

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

  2. Weather: Rain overnight, lingering into Friday

    BBC Weather

    There will be some outbreaks of rain tonight, with cloudy skies and hill fog possible near Billinge Hill. It will become drier into Friday morning with a minimum temperature of 7C.

    Some light rain will linger tomorrow, especially in the north. Brightness will be limited for all, with largely cloudy skies through the day, however sunny spells may be possible near Liverpool Bay and the River Mersey by Friday afternoon. Maximum temperature: 11C.  

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  3. Coldplay's Viola Beach awards tribute

    BBC Newsbeat

    The most poignant moment of the NME Awards last night came when Music Moment of the Year was unveiled - the award was given to Coldplay's tribute to Warrington's Viola Beach at Glastonbury.  

    You can watch it here...

    Video content

    Video caption: "We’re going to create Viola Beach's alternate future and let them headline Glastonbury"
  4. General Motors says it will build on Vauxhall success

    Executives from Vauxhall owner General Motors (GM) have met the UK business secretary amid concerns over plans to merge its loss-making European unit with Peugeot.

    Car manufacture

    GM said it was in talks with Peugeot owner PSA Group "to build on the success" of Vauxhall and to put it in "the strongest possible position".

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

    Business Secretary Greg Clark said he had been reassured about those jobs.

  5. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • A man who was found dead on the central reservation of the M53 in Wirral is named
    • Police are reviewing expenses claims made by a former Cheshire West and Chester council leader, it has been revealed. 
    • The Bishop of Liverpool says gay and transgender people aren't being shunned by the Church of England
  6. Two 'rare' saxophones stolen in Wirral

    Two "rare" saxophones have been stolen from a car in Wirral.

    Saxaphones

    A parked car was broken into in Kenilworth Road, Wallasey, at about 15:00 on 14 February.

    A baritone Keilwerth saxophone and tenor Conn saxophone were taken as well as electrical leads, an amplifier and a black North Face coat.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

  7. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A57 Merseyside both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A57 Merseyside both ways severe disruption, between Epworth Street and A57 Prescot Street.

    A57 Merseyside - A57 Prescot Street in Liverpool closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the Epworth Street junction and the A57 Prescot Street junction, because of a police incident.

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

  8. Former Cheshire council leader's expenses reviewed by police

    Phil McCann

    Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News

    Police are reviewing expenses claims made by a former council leader, it has been revealed.

    Cheshire West and Chester Council

    The credit card use of former Cheshire West and Chester Council leader Mike Jones is being looked into by the county's police force to establish "whether any offences may have been committed". 

    The card was at pubs, restaurants, racecourses, train travel and car parking when he led the authority between 2009 and 2015.

    Mr Jones has not responded to the BBC  but the Chester Leader quoted him  as saying he denied any wrongdoing.

    Mark Wynn, director of Corporate Services at the authority, said Mr Jones "met with potential external investors with a view to attracting regeneration and development to the borough.... [and] the card was used on these occasions".

    A Freedom of Information request by a former Labour councillor revealed more than 270 transactions on the card.  

  9. Mobile phones stolen in knifepoint robbery

    Three young women were robbed by a man with a knife early this morning in Sefton, police have said.

    Duke Street/Linaker Street

    They were walking along Duke Street towards Lord Street at about 01:15 when the man approached them and demanded their mobile phones. 

    He took their three iPhones and rode away on a small grey and black BMX style bike on to Linaker Street. 

    The offender is described as being aged between 19-20 years-old, 5ft 11ins (1.8m) tall and of large build with brown hair, olive complexion and a short brown beard.

  10. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • A man who was found dead on the central reservation of the M53 in Wirral is named
    • Police are reviewing expenses claims made by a former Cheshire West and Chester council leader, it has been revealed. 
    • Liverpool has been voted the kindest city in the UK in a survey carried out for Random Acts of Kindness Day
  11. Your pictures: Blue skies across the region this morning

    BBC Weather Watchers

    It has been a mild day across the region today and we've even enjoyed some blue skies! Thanks to BBC Weather Watchers Brownmoor J in Crosby and Neil in Prenton for uploading these images.

    Great Crosby
    Prenton

    Have you got a photograph of the weather you would like to share? Why not join the BBC Weather Watchers and upload your report.  

  12. Rugby League: Defence key to strong season - Walmsley

    BBC Sport

    St Helens prop Alex Walmsley believes that defence will be the key to a strong season for the club in 2017.

    Alex Walmsley

    Saints reached the play-off semi-finals last season but conceded 641 points in their 30 league games - more than any other side in the top four.  

  13. Conference looks to help boost UK music tourism

    Music industry leaders and tourism bosses are in Liverpool to look at ways to boost music tourism.

    The Beatles

    More than £3bn is spent in the UK by people visiting places connected with music, bands and culture.

    Organisers Visit Britain and Marketing Liverpool are hoping the conference will help boost that number.

  14. Weather: Mild afternoon with risk of odd shower

    BBC Weather

    A cloudy afternoon with a risk of the odd shower. Feeling mild with highs of 11C.

    Video content

    Video caption: A cloudy afternoon with a risk of the odd shower. Feeling mild with highs of 11C.

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  15. Football: Southport sign Monteiro and Meikle

    BBC Sport

    Lindon Meikle

    Southport sign midfielder Kevin Da Veiga Monteiro on a free transfer and winger Lindon Meikle on loan from Barrow.

  16. Appeal over missing teenagers

    A man and woman who are thought to have travelled from St Helens to Blackpool have been reported missing.

    Katy O'Brien, 18, and Jack Stewart, 19

    Katy O'Brien, 18, and Jack Stewart, 19, were last seen travelling on a train to the seaside resort on 12 February. 

    They are believed to be together and are known to go to St Helens, Bootle and Kirkby in Merseyside as well as the Blackpool and London areas. 

    Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

  17. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  18. Roads: Slow traffic on Edge Lane Drive in Liverpool

    BBC News Travel

    There is slow traffic and delays on Edge Lane Drive in both directions around St Oswalds Street and Rathbone Road in the roadworks area.