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  1. Updates on Monday 20 February
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Tuesday

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

  2. Weather: Rain to clear

    BBC Weather

    Rain will clear leaving many places dry for the night but some patchy rain around. Mild and frost free night with winds easing. Lows of 8C.

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    Video caption: Rain will clear to the south later leaving many places dry for the night.

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  3. Beatles reunite

    The two living members of the Beatles have teamed up for the first time in seven years.

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    Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr were in the studio together over the weekend, working on Ringo's latest album.  

    Ringo also tweeted pics of guitarist and former Eagles member Joe Walsh and bassist Nathan East.  

  4. Woman seriously injured in Southport

    A woman has been found with a serious head injury at a house in Southport

    Grundy Close

    A woman was taken to hospital after being found at a property in Grundy Close at about 02:15 on Saturday.

    Her condition is described as serious. The house is being forensically examined.

    A 46-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and was later released on police bail.

  5. Film director David Yates honoured

    Lord Mayor of Liverpool Roz Gladden presented film director David Yates with an official scroll as he was added to the roll of Citizens of Honour.

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    Quote Message: There is and has always has been a tremendous beating heart that for me defines Liverpool. It starts with the people – their energy, humour, kindness, and sheer indefatigable spirit makes you feel like anything is possible.
    Quote Message: Making films here has always been a joy because of it. And I’m touched and proud to be welcomed back once more as an honoury citizen - not many awards are able to bring you home in quite the same special way as one like this. from David Yates
    David Yates
  6. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • Two UKIP officials resign from the party, claiming senior figures showed  "crass insensitivity" about the Hillsborough disaster
    • A Porsche previously owned by The Beatles' George Harrison which was almost scrapped for parts is to be auctioned
    • Liverpool Ladies will face Everton Ladies in the Women's FA Cup fifth round
  7. Man charged over Liverpool shopping centre sex assaults

    A man is due to appear in court charged with two counts of sexual assault.

    The allegations relate to a 16-year-old girl and a 45-year-old woman at St Johns shopping centre on 18 January.

    A 33-year-old man is due to appear at Liverpool and Knowsley Magistrates' Court later.

  8. UKIP regional chairman 'not calling for Nuttall's resignation'

    UKIP's regional chairman for Merseyside has told BBC Radio Merseyside that he is not calling for leader Paul Nuttall to resign.

    Paul Nuttall

    Adam Heatherington quit the party this morning along with UKIP's branch chairman for Liverpool, Stuart Monkham, after accusing Mr Nuttall of being unprofessional and party donor Arron Banks of "crass insensitivity" over the Hillsborough disaster.

    Mr Nuttall said he was sorry last week for false claims on his website that he had lost close friends in the 1989 tragedy. Mr Banks later tweeted he was "sick to death" of hearing about Hillsborough. 

    Mr Heatherington told the BBC he would not support UKIP with Banks as its backer but said he still backed Paul Nuttall as party leader despite his Hillsborough error:

    Quote Message: He should have took it down sooner - it's been on his website for some time... he shouldn't have actually said those things and he needs to apologise." from Adam Heatherington
    Adam Heatherington
  9. Tom Jones 'relishing' woodland concerts

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Sir Tom, who is also going to be performing in woodland in Cheshire and Staffordshire, has said he loves performing in these unusual locations. 

    Tom Jones

    He said: "I had a great time being part of the Forest Live concerts last year, so I am delighted to be coming back again and performing in three more of these beautiful woodland locations. 

    "It’s important that people are aware of our forests and come to enjoy them, so I hope you can join me!"    

  10. George Harrison's Porsche to be sold at auction

    A Porsche previously owned by The Beatles' George Harrison which was almost scrapped for parts is to be auctioned.

    Raj Sedha bought the car for parts in 2003, not realising it had been owned by the former Beatle

    The 37-year-old Porsche 928 was owned by Harrison when he lived in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, was sold to Raj Sedha, from Leeds, in 2003.

    Mr Sedha was about to dismantle the car before his wife looked in the logbook to find it had been owned by Harrison.

    The car is expected to fetch up to £20,000 in Stockport on 17 March.

  11. Council tax to rise while services cut, says LGA

    Nearly every local authority in England is planning to raise council taxes this year but council leaders are warning services still face "deep cuts".

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    Last week it was announced council tax in Liverpool is to rise by 4.99% and some councils have warned libraries, bin collections and other services will still face funding gaps.

    The Local Government Association says the cost of care for increasing numbers of elderly people is forcing up bills.

    The government insists it is giving more money to councils.

  12. Kraft Heinz drops Unilever takeover bid

    Kraft Heinz has abandoned its offer to buy Unilever, which has sites on Merseyside.

    Marmite jar and toast

    The Anglo-Dutch Marmite maker rejected the US food giant's bid on Friday, saying it saw "no merit, either financial or strategic" in Kraft's offer, worth about $143bn (£115bn).

    Unilever has a plant, research centre and IT hub at Port Sunlight in Wirral.

  13. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M53 Cheshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M53 Cheshire northbound severe disruption, at J9 for A5032.

    M53 Cheshire - One lane closed on M53 northbound at J9, A5032 (Ellesmere Port), because of a broken down mini bus and recovery work. Traffic is coping well.

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