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Summary

  1. A man is injured by a tree which has blown over in Sefton, as Storm Doris hits
  2. Rail, roads and shipping are disrupted and trees have been blown over due to 100mph gusts of wind
  3. An anonymous donor pays £150,000 so that an 11-year-old Merseyside boy can fly to America for treatment
  4. Wirral Council apologises to families of disabled children who had their specialist transport to school removed
  5. Updates on Thursday 23 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 more of the latest news, sport, weather and travel.  

  2. Weather: Colder night ahead

    BBC Weather

    Thankfully the wind and showers will ease overnight with clear spells developing, but it will feel much colder.  

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  3. Tree falls on house and cars in St Helens

    A tree has fallen on to a house in Eccleston in St Helens, damaging the property and two cars.

    Thanks to Jennifer Hoggarth for sending us these pictures. 

    
          Tree lying across road having damaged the roof and frontage of a house
    Back of car with back window missing due to damage

    Have you been affected by Storm Doris today? Let me know via  emailFacebook  or  Twitter .   

  4. Trampoline on the loose in Liverpool

    High winds sent this trampoline rolling across roads in Islington, Liverpool today. 

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    Video caption: Storm Doris sent the trampoline tumbling
  5. Mystery donor funds 'last chance cure'

    A mystery donor has paid £150,000 to fund a "last chance cure" for a boy of 11 with leukaemia, his mother has said.  

    Charlie Fearns

    Sophie Fearns said son Charlie needs to fly back to Seattle, America for experimental treatment unavailable in the UK.

    She said he urgently needs more  T-Cell Therapy  at Seattle Children's Hospital after the last transplant failed.

    His mother said she was "ecstatic" and "overwhelmed" by the "selfless amazing person" who paid for his treatment.

  6. Cheshire Police deal with more than 500 storm-related calls

    Cheshire Police officers responded to more than 500 storm-related calls as Doris lashed the North West on Thursday.

    They even had a little help from this JCB driver:

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    Quote Message: While all efforts are being made to clear the roads as soon as possible, a large number of trees have come down as a result of the storm and there is still a significant amount debris. It is anticipated that further trees will fall due to being weakened during the storm." from Ch Insp Sarah Edgar
    Ch Insp Sarah Edgar
    People clearing debris from road in Mudhouse Lane, Burton

    Police thanked members of the public who helped them clear roads, including at Mudhouse Lane in Burton and advised motorists to take extra care.

  7. 'Dangerous' killer still at large

    A killer who is on the run since being sprung from custody by two armed men during a hospital visit is "dangerous" and "should not be approached", police warned.

    Shaun Walmsley

    Convicted murderer Shaun Walmsley, 28, was being put in a taxi by prison officers outside Aintree University Hospital when two men threatened the guards and they escaped in a gold Volvo car on Tuesday.

    Gold Volvo getaway car

    Walmsley is one of four men serving life sentences for the "vicious and savage" stabbing of Anthony Duffy in 2014.  

    Quote Message: Detectives are advising the public not to approach Walmsley...as he could be in the company of the others who helped him escape and they are believed to be armed." from Det Supt Natalie Perischine Merseyside Police
    Det Supt Natalie Perischine Merseyside Police
  8. Storm Doris: Extra support for homeless in Liverpool

    Rough sleepers are being given extra support at the Whitechapel Centre in Liverpool as strong winds and rain batter the region, Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said. 

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  9. Rugby League: Widnes' Gilmore faces eight weeks out

    BBC Sport

    Widnes half-back Tom Gilmore faces up to eight weeks out with an ankle injury .

    Tom Gilmore

    The 23-year-old suffered the injury in the Vikings' Super League opening day loss to Huddersfield Giants where he had to leave the game.

  10. Storm Doris: Commuters face a slow journey home this evening

    • Merseyrail services are still affected with all Northern lines disrupted and some trains suspended including: between Chester and Ellesmere Port, Rock Ferry and Hooton and between Hooton and Ellesmere Port
    • Buses are replacing trains between Hunts Cross and Liverpool Central, Hoylake and West Kirby and Hooton and Rock Ferry  
    • Virgin Trains has suspended all services except for and hourly shuttle between London, and Birmingham and Scotland
    • Main line rail services are limited to 50mph with some services cancelled or seriously delayed   
    • Trains running from the city to Southport, Ormskirk and Kirby, are subject to serious delays
    • Ferries are suspended
    • There's severe disruption, between Parliament Street and Royden Way in Liverpool as Chaloner Street is closed
    • Parts of the Liverpool ONE shopping centre have been closed off, because of an unsafe marquee
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  12. Wirral Council to compensate families of disabled children after specialist transport removed

    Wirral Council has apologised to the families of disabled children who had their specialist transport to school taken away from them. 

    Wirral Council

    The authority has agreed to compensate them and review its procedures following an investigation by the local government ombudsman, Michael King.  

    He found Wirral Council acted unjustly when it withdrew help for four families.  

  13. Police release images of killer Shaun Walmsley's escape

    CCTV images of the moment convicted murderer Shaun Walmsley  escaped on Tuesday have been released by police.

    Close-up of Walmsley and two men escaping

    Walmsley, 28, was  sprung from custody by two armed men  as he was getting into a taxi with three prison officers during a visit to Aintree University Hospital.  

    The images show the offenders in a huddle, with the security guards and Walmsley. 

    CCTV of the offenders with the security guards and Walmsley

    A pedestrian who was wearing a particularly distinctive tartan/checkered jacket was among a number of witnesses, police said.   

    The gold Volvo getaway car is seen blocking the rear of the taxi, making access to a roundabout at the hospital difficult and one delivery driver was forced to mount the kerb to get past.

    Quote Message: Although a gun and knife were used by the offenders, they were not blatantly on show to other people walking by. Witnesses may not have realised what was going on. They may have thought it looked a bit odd, but probably wouldn’t have thought anything of it." from Det Supt Natalie Perischine Merseyside Police
    Det Supt Natalie Perischine Merseyside Police
  14. 'Failure of electricity supply' causes Liverpool rail disruptions

    A failure of the electricity supply at Liverpool Lime Street is causing disruption to train services.

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  15. Storm Doris: Thelwall Viaduct reopens

    The Thelwall Viaduct on the M6 which has been closed since this morning due to Storm Doris is now open. 

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