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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday 2 March
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates 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 the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the region.  

    We'll leave you with some pictures of Sir Ken Dodd, who was caught without his tickling stick outside Buckingham Palace, but borrowed a reporter's microphone to stand in its place. What a star.

    Sir Ken Dodd
    Sir Ken Dodd
    Sir Ken Dodd
  2. Weather: Rain in some parts

    Rain and hill snow in the south at first this morning, though a brighter start further north with some early morning sunshine likely here.   

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    Video caption: Dry at first this evening, but rain possible later in the night. Highs of

    Turning drier for all through the day, allowing sunny spells for most during the afternoon. Windy.

    Lows of 5C.

    More from BBC Weather .

  3. Police dog Chester knows he needs a bath

    Chester the police dog looks worried - knowing he needs a bath.

    Chester the police dog

    The police dog was snapped after a "hard day's work" with Merseyside Police.

  4. Ex-council leader's expenses probed

    A former council leader's expenses are being reviewed over claims they may have breached the authority's rules.

    Mike Jones

    Mike Jones, who led Cheshire West & Chester Council until 2015, spent £4,889 on a credit card for travel, food, and accommodation and failed to provide some receipts.

    The authority's rules state those type of credit card transactions are "barred" and receipts must be provided. A police review is also under way.

    Mr Jones said he met the rules.

  5. Sawn-off shotgun found near Everton's ground

    Police have recovered a sawn-off shotgun in an alleyway in the Anfield area of Liverpool.

    sawn-off shotgun

    The weapon was found at 03:10 in Milman Road, just a few streets away from Goodison Park football ground.

    Merseyside Police are conducting tests to discover if the gun is linked to any firearms incidents.

  6. Merseyside and Cheshire Police rated good by inspectors

    Merseyside and Cheshire Police have been given a good rating by the inspectors looking at how effective they are.

    Police

    HM Inspectorate of Constabulary evaluated all forces using a random sample of cases from last year.

    It looks at how they prevent crime and anti-social behaviour, reducing reoffending and offer support to victims.

  7. Ten people arrested after raids on Merseyside drugs gangs

    Ten people have been arrested following raids across Merseyside targeting suspected drug dealers "living in luxury". 

    Police vans

    Searches are being carried out at 23 addresses across the north of England. 

    At one property in Old Swan, police seized £30,000 and two kilos of cannabis, while another £30,000 has been found at a house in Bootle.

    Police will receive 18.5% from auction sales of luxury items seized in today's raids. 

    The money will go back into fighting organised crime  

  8. West Derby MP opposes Liverpool training ground move

    The MP for West Derby was "disappointed" to hear Liverpool were planning to leave their training ground in Melwood for a new development in Kirkby, saying that the proposed new housing on the existing site would create too high a volume of trafficon local roads.

    Kirkby development

    The club announced in February they were planning to move as part of a £50m project to redevelop their academy site

    In a statement , Stephen Twigg said:

    Quote Message: Liverpool have been a welcome and reassuring presence in West Derby for generations – it would be a real shame for that relationship to end.
    Quote Message: My main concern with a proposal for new housing on the site is simply that I do not believe the roads in the surrounding area are suited toward the obvious amount of increased traffic a new development would generate.
    Quote Message: I am already speaking to Liverpool City Council regarding the increase in traffic from recent developments and would caution against anything that would exacerbate the problem.
  9. New pictures of Lime Street Station wall collapse

    New pictures taken by Network Rail show the extent of the damage caused when a wall collapsed on to the railway near Liverpool Lime Street on Tuesday evening.

    The company estimated that more than 200 tonnes of debris fell on the lines.

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    Video caption: Pictures from Network Rail
  10. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • Ten people have been arrested following dawn raids across Merseyside - targeting suspected drug dealers "living in luxury"
    • After a career spanning more than six decades, comedian Ken Dodd has received a knighthood at Buckingham Palace
    • Warrington bids to become UK City of Culture 2021
  11. Athletics: Katrina Johnson-Thompson to miss European Indoor Championships

    BBC Sport

    Merseyside's Katarina Johnson-Thompson says she has withdrawn from this week's European Indoor Championships in Serbia to focus on her outdoor season.

    Katarina Johnson-Thompson

    The 24-year-old heptathlete was ruled out of last month's Birmingham Indoor event  with a minor hamstring strain.

    Johnson-Thompson was due to compete in the long jump in Belgrade.

  12. Arise Sir Ken

    Liverpool comedian Ken Dood is tickled to become a Sir after being knighted by Prince William at Buckingham Palace.

    Ken Dodd
  13. Boxing: British Boxing Board warns fighters over behaviour

    BBC Sport

    David Haye and Tony Bellew have been warned by British boxing chiefs after "extremely disappointing comments" before Saturday's heavyweight bout.

    David Haye and Tony Bellew

    The British Boxing Board of Control acted after a news conference on Monday where Haye insulted fans and gave graphic descriptions of hurting Bellew.

    BBBofC general secretary Robert Smith cited "tragedies" in the sport and said he has asked both men to be "sensible".

    The board will meet to discuss the heated build-up to the fight next week.

  14. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M62 Merseyside westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M62 Merseyside westbound severe accident, at J6 for M57.

    M62 Merseyside - M62 lane closed on exit slip road westbound at J6, M57 (Tarbock Island), because of an accident involving van. Traffic is coping well.

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

  15. Warrington bids to become UK City of Culture in 2021

    Warrington has formally registered a bid to become the next UK City of Culture in 2021

    Warrington Town Centre

    The bid team says the aim is to put the town on the map as a "new city" where "culture matters", and "raise aspirations and attainment for all". 

    Eleven towns and cities across the country are in the running to succeed Hull.

  16. Man shot by police 'prone to violence'

    An unarmed man shot dead by police was "prone to violent tendencies", a senior officer told an inquiry.

    Anthony Grainger

    Anthony Grainger, 36, of Bolton, was shot in a car park in Culcheth, Cheshire, in March 2012 in an operation planned by Greater Manchester Police.

    Officers believed Mr Grainger was in a gang planning an armed robbery.

    Assistant Chief Constable Steven Heywood, who gave the authority for firearms officers, said intelligence suggested he was violent.

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    Severe accident: A5058 Merseyside southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A5058 Merseyside southbound severe accident, between A57 East Prescot Road and Thomas Drive.

    A5058 Merseyside - A5058 Queens Drive Stoneycroft in Liverpool closed and slow traffic southbound between The Navigator Traffic Lights and the Thomas Drive junction, because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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