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Summary

  1. Two held on suspicion of helping convicted murderer escape custody
  2. Fly-tippers caught dumping tonnes of illegal waste near Liverpool dance school jailed
  3. Vikings v Warriors tie switched to Widnes after Storm Doris postponement
  4. Updates on Friday 24 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 Monday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the region.

  2. Turning milder this weekend

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  3. PSA boss 'gives Vauxhall UK plant assurances'

    Carlos Tavares, the boss of France's PSA Group, has given assurances to the Unite union about UK plants following a potential deal to buy carmaker Vauxhall.

    PSA chief executive Carlos Tavares

    PSA Group, which makes Peugeot and Citroen cars, wants to buy General Motors' Vauxhall and Opel businesses.

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

  4. Jurgen Klopp: Strange world decisions

    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has waxed lyrical on some major decisions that have puzzled him recently.

    Jurgen Klopp

    At his Friday press conference he pinpointed Brexit, Donald Trump and now the sacking of Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri. 

    The German manager said: "Am I surprised that things like this can happen? No. Not just in football.

    "There have been a few strange decisions in 16/17 - Brexit, Trump and Ranieri."  

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  6. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • A man and woman  have been arrested  by detectives investigating the escape of a convicted murderer in Liverpool
    • Two serial fly-tippers caught on video dumping illegal waste - including asbestos - near a children's dance school  have been jailed
  7. Body found near Southport Promenade

    Merseyside Police are investigating the "unexplained death" of a man who was found on the Promenade in Southport.

    The promenade in Southport

    The emergency services were called to an address on the sea front just after 13:40 on Thursday.

    They found the body of a man, believed to be in his 50s, at an address on the Promenade.

  8. Man beaten for challenging comment made to woman

    A 19-year-old man suffered severe injuries to his head and face after being beaten by two men in Liverpool city centre, police say.

    Merseyside Police say the man was injured after he challenged two men on Church Street at 04:10 on Thursday 16 January who had made a comment about a woman he was chatting to.

    Both men, aged about 20 and of smart appearance, then attacked him leaving him needing hospital treatment.

  9. Lawro predicts: Leicester 0 Liverpool 2

    Mark Lawrenson

    Former Liverpool defender

    I made my original prediction for this game before Ranieri's exit and, although I have not changed the score, the situation makes it more difficult for Liverpool.  

    Riyad Mahrez and a Georgio Wijnaldum

    There is no doubt there will be more of a unified effort from the Leicester team, whether their new manager is in place or not. It always happens.

    I still think Liverpool will win, if they play like they did against Tottenham. It suits the Reds when they press teams all over the pitch, and that is definitely the way forward for them.

  10. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • A man and woman have been arrested by detectives investigating the escape of a convicted murderer in Liverpool
    • Two serial fly-tippers caught on video dumping illegal waste - including asbestos - near a children's dance school  have been jailed
    • The boss of France's PSA Group,  has given assurances to the Unite union  about UK plants following a potential deal to buy carmaker Vauxhall  
  11. Grand National: Sam Quek takes fellow Ladies Day ambassadors on Liverpool tour

    Wirral's Olympic gold winner Sam Quek is taking fellow Aintree Ladies Day ambassadors Katie Walsh and Laura Wright on a tour of Liverpool ahead of this year's Grand National.

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  12. Fly-tippers jailed for dumping asbestos near dance school

    Two serial fly-tippers caught on video dumping illegal waste - including asbestos - near a children's dance school have been jailed .

    David Smith and George Kevin Parry

    Two serial fly-tippers caught on video dumping illegal waste - including asbestos - near a children's dance school have been jailed.

    George Parry, 55, and David Smith, 53, dumped tonnes of builders' waste outside the school in Liverpool.

    At Liverpool Magistrates' Court, the men, both of Aspes Road in West Derby, each pleaded guilty to four counts of fly-tipping.

    Liverpool City Council said fly-tipping cost it  more than £1m a year .

  13. Weather: Dry and bright afternoon

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    A dry afternoon with some cloud and bright spells but rain is on the way later. Highs of 8C.

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  14. Vauxhall: Union leader says meeting with Peugeot 'open and positive'

    The head of the Unite union Len McCluskey has described his first meeting with the Peugeot boss Carlos Tavares, over the possible takeover of Vauxhall, as "very open and relatively positive".

    Vauxhall

    Fears have been raised over the future of the Ellesmere Port plant, if the deal does go through

    Mr McCluskey said he was "pleased" about some of the assurances that he was given over the current agreements in place there.

  15. Rugby League: Wigan postponement 'caught us by surprise', say Widnes

    Wigan Warriors' decision to postpone the match with Widnes following Storm Doris "caught us by surprise", a Vikings spokesman has said.

    Warriors' "home" Super League fixture against Widnes was been switched to the Vikings' Select Security Stadium  17 hours after Wigan postponed the game.

    It will now go ahead there at 20:00 tonight .

    The Widnes spokesman said officials worked "into the early hours" to get the game on.

    He said:

    Quote Message: One option was to seek a rescheduling of this fixture at a later stage of the season. In our opinion, that was not a tenable option in light of the physical challenges of already having the Easter weekend fixtures and a second short turnaround weekend to facilitate the mid-season international.
    Quote Message: That left us with two options: to leave the matter in the hands of the RFL Board and pursue our club being awarded the two points. However, there is no guarantee that such an outcome would be achieved, which would leave us back in the starting position of having to accommodate a rescheduled fixture.
    Quote Message: We therefore deemed it in the best interest of the club to work with the Stadium management and take on this fixture; I am immensely grateful for their support in facilitating this at such short notice.

    He added that tickets for the original match would be refunded on Monday and a flat rate of £10 for adults and no charge for children would apply tonight.

  16. Roads: One lane closed on M56

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    One lane is closed on the M56 eastbound in Cheshire and there is queuing traffic and long delays due to recovery work after an accident involving a lorry.

    Delays between Junction 14 at Hapsford and Junction 12 in Runcorn.