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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday 7 March
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

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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 Wednesday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the region.

  2. Big Issue seller buys contactless card reader

    A man who sells The Big Issue has bought himself a card reader which accepts contactless payments as fewer people are carrying cash. 

    Sin Bad, who changed his name so he could be called Mr Bad, is originally from Liverpool but now lives in a tent in his cousin's garden in York. 

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    Video caption: Sinbad bought himself a card reader so cash isn't needed by his customers
  3. Weather: Rain clearing overnight

    BBC Weather

    Rain will spread eastwards across the region during the evening with some heavier outbreaks at times. 

    The rain will clear slowly overnight becoming dry by dawn with a minimum temperature of 6C.

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  4. Station closed by track debris to reopen

    A railway station closed when a wall collapsed on the tracks is to reopen on Wednesday , Network Rail has confirmed.  

    Before and after pictures of the tracks

    Liverpool Lime Street has been shut since 200 tonnes of debris fell on to all four tracks near the approach into the station on  28 February .

    Services had been expected to resume on Thursday but Network Rail said it would reopen a day earlier than planned.

    Meanwhile, Virgin Trains has said it will resume running trains in and out of Lime Street station this evening. 

  5. Driver died after crashing into fuel tanker in Ellesmere Port

    Liverpool Echo

    An HGV driver died after careering into an oil tanker at 30mph in Ellesmere Port, an inquest heard.

  6. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • Liverpool Lime Street station will fully reopen tomorrow - a day earlier than expected  - with some services beginning to run again from this evening
    • Almost 2,000 children have been reported as missing to Merseyside Police during 2015/16, figures from the National Crime Agency show
    • Councillors in Wirral have set the authority's "most challenging" budget ever, making savings of £45m  
  7. More than 800 jobs lost as 34 Budgens stores close

    A chain of 34 Budgens stores has failed to find a buyer and will close, with the loss of more than 800 jobs.

    Budgens in New Brighton

    The owner of the stores affected, Food Retailer Operations Limited, was put in administration a month ago after hitting "difficult" trading conditions.

    The stores are spread around the UK, and were bought from the Co-op in 2016.

    Administrators, PwC, said the branch on Victoria Road in New Brighton will close on Thursday.

  8. Rugby League: 'Reserve league can benefit England'

    BBC Sport

    Hull KR football manager Jamie Peacock and Warrington Wolves prop Ashton Sims tell the Super League Show a properly run reserve league could benefit England's national side .  

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    Video caption: Championship: Reserve league can benefit England, says Jamie Peacock
  9. Lime Street: Virgin Trains to begin running this evening

    Virgin Trains has said it will begin running trains in and out of Liverpool Lime Street this evening.

    Virgin Trains Cross Country

    Network Rail said the station would fully reopen tomorrow after 200 tonnes of debris was cleared from the tracks following a trackside wall collapse a week ago.   

    Final track repairs are taking place today after work to repair damaged overhead lines and signalling equipment. 

    Quote Message: We will resume running normal services in and out of Liverpool Lime Street on Tuesday evening. We’d like to thank customers for their patience and our people for helping to keep things moving during this disruption. from Virgin Trains Spokesperson
    Virgin TrainsSpokesperson
  10. Weather: Dry and bright afternoon

    BBC Weather

    It will be a dry and bright start to the afternoon for Merseyside with some sunny spells. 

    It will feel quite cool though with temperatures only reaching high single figures. 

    Cloud will thicken from the west later in the afternoon.

    Maximum temperature: 9C.

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  11. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A5036 Merseyside westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A5036 Merseyside westbound severe accident, between M57 J7 and Park Lane West.

    A5036 Merseyside - A5036 Dunnings Bridge Road in Netherton closed and queuing traffic westbound between Switch Island and the Park Lane West junction, because of an accident.

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

  12. Car linked to escape of Liverpool killer Shaun Walmsley

    Detectives investigating the escape of a convicted murderer have released an image of a silver Hyundai i10, which was seen in the area in the hours following his escape.

    Hyundai car

    Shaun Walmsley, 28, fled from outside Aintree University Hospital as he was getting into a car with prison officers on 21 February.

    He is one of four men serving life sentences for a fatal stabbing in the Aintree area of Merseyside in 2014.

    Shaun Walmsley
    Quote Message: We believe this car was being driven in Fazakerley with at least two people inside and I’m asking people to think back to what they were doing that day and if they remember seeing this car in the area. If you recognise the car, I’d urge you to get in contact. from Det Supt Natalie Perischine
    Det Supt Natalie Perischine
  13. Port of Liverpool welcomes largest container ship to date

    The largest container ship to call at the Port of Liverpool arrived yesterday at the new Liverpool2 deep-water terminal.

    HS Paris

    HS Paris is the first post-Panamax container ship - vessels capable of carrying more than 4,000 containers and which are too large to fit through the original Panama Canal - to berth in the port's new £400m terminal which opened in November.  

  14. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • Police in Australia are investigating claims a backpacker, thought to be from Liverpool, was kidnapped and assaulted during a two-month ordeal
    • Lime Street station will reopen tomorrow - a day earlier than expected
    • Merseyside has among the highest rates of missing children reported to police, research by the National Crime Agency reveals
  15. Liverpool GP surgery that helps homeless rated 'outstanding'

    A GP surgery in Liverpool has been rated outstanding by the health watchdog for the services it offers to students, homeless people and the general community. 

    Brownlow Health General Practice

    Over 700 of the patients at Brownlow Health General Practice on Argyle Street live on the streets or in hostels.

    Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission praised the practice's "innovative and proactive" approach following an unannounced inspection in December.  

  16. Rugby League: 'No panic' at Warrington, says Sims

    BBC Sport

    Warrington are not feeling the pressure of their winless start to Super League, says Wire prop Ashton Sims.  

    Ashton Sims

    Despite beating NRL side  Brisbane Broncos  in the World Club Series, Tony Smith's Wolves have lost their opening three games in the league.

    They won the League Leaders' Shield in 2016, but were beaten in the Challenge Cup final and Super League Grand Final.

    "I think we put pressure on ourselves more than anyone," Fiji international Sims, 32, told BBC Sport.

  17. Peugeot boss wants to 'unleash Vauxhall potential'

    Peugeot chief executive Carlos Tavares wants to "unleash [the] potential" of Opel and Vauxhall after his company's takeover of the brands.

    Carlos Tavares

    "We are going to open the gates" to exporting outside Europe, he said in an interview with the BBC.

    car production

    Mr Tavares downplayed suggestions that plants - including Luton and Ellesmere Port - would have to close after Peugeot buys General Motors Europe.

    Instead, he said improved performance would make the company more competitive.

  18. Wirral sets 'most challenging' budget making cuts worth £45m

    Councillors in Wirral have set the authority's "most challenging" budget ever, making savings of £45m, council leader Phil Davies has said.

    Wirral Council

    Council tax is going to rise by just under 5% to help fund social care, car parking charges will increase and be introduced for the first time in the borough's country parks. 

    But £10m is being invested in children's services, which saw a damning Ofsted report last autumn .

  19. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • Police in Australia are investigating claims a backpacker, thought to be from Liverpool, was kidnapped and assaulted during a two-month hostage ordeal
    • Lime Street station will reopen tomorrow - a day earlier than expected
    • Merseyside has among the highest rates of missing children, research by the National Crime Agency reveals