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  1. Updates on Wednesday 8 March
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Thursday

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

  2. Weather: Dry and mild night ahead

    BBC Weather

    Remaining dry and mild overnight with lows of 7C.

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    Video caption: Remaining dry and mild. Highs of 8C.

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  3. Cannabis plants worth £2m found in Liverpool industrial unit

    Cannabis plants with an estimated street value of £2m have been found in Liverpool.

    Cannabis plants

    Merseyside Police discovered 500 plants at an industrial unit in Wareing Road in Aintree earlier today. 

    The plants have been removed and officers are examining the scene.

  4. Rugby League: Try of the week - 'Wow! What a finish that is!'

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    Wakefield Trinity's Mason Caton-Brown scores the best try of the week in his team's 16-12 win over St Helens - their first win in their last 12 games.

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    Video caption: Wakefield's Mason Caton-Brown's great try against St Helens
  5. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  6. Honey G joins Beatles and Bowie as British pop museum is reborn

    A museum celebrating British rock and pop history has moved to Liverpool after failing to take off in London.

    Honey G

    The British Music Experience was at the O2 Arena for five years until 2014, and has now been reborn in the grand Cunard Building on Liverpool's waterfront.

    It is exhibiting some of the most iconic items from British pop history.

    There are three of David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust outfits, a suit worn by John Lennon, Geri Halliwell's Union Jack dress... and Honey G's baseball cap.

  7. Northern rail company reveals strike-day plans

    Northern Rail has released details of a  reduced train service in preparation for industrial action planned for Monday.

    Train travelling along a track

    The RMT union is disputing plans to bring in more driver-only-operated trains.

    Northern Rail said it would run  about 40% of its normal timetable  if the walkout goes ahead.

    Southern rail and Merseyrail , which are due to strike on 13 March, have also altered their services.

  8. Boxing: David Haye rules out retirement as he targets Tony Bellew rematch

    BBC Sport

    Former heavyweight world champion David Haye has ruled out retiring from the sport and is targeting a rematch with Tony Bellew.

    
          David Haye was taken to hospital straight after defeat to Tony Bellew in London on Saturday
  9. 'Accrington Stanley' vodka parody ad banned

    Three adverts for a Dorset farm's vodka, including a parody of the celebrated "Accrington Stanley" milk ad from the 80s, have been banned.

    
          The 'Accrington Stanley' parody advert featured the same actor who appeared in the 1980s original

    The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) received two complaints about the commercials for Black Cow vodka.

    One of the films was a parody of the Milk Marketing Board's 1989 milk advert featuring Carl Rice.

    Now aged 36, Rice reprises his role in the vodka skit. But the ad was deemed socially irresponsible by watchdog chiefs. 

    In the  original dairy promotion , two Liverpudlian boys who have been playing football race into a kitchen. 

  10. Weather: Dry afternoon with bright spells

    BBC Weather

    Mainly dry afternoon with bright spells. Risk of a couple of showers. Highs of 11C.

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    Video caption: Mainly dry afternoon with bright spells. Risk of a couple of odd shower. Highs of 11C.

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  11. Woman in track fall after door 'failure'

    An elderly woman fell on to a railway track after a guard failed to check all passengers had boarded safely before closing the doors, a court has heard.

    Hamilton Square station

    Edna Atherton was 88 when she fell from the platform suffering broken ribs and a cut head at Birkenhead's Hamilton Square station in July 2015.

    She had tried to board by holding on to the doors when a warning alarm sounded, the jury was told.

    Martin Zee, 33, of Coronation Road, Runcorn, denies endangering the safety of railway passengers by wilful omission or neglect at Liverpool Crown Court.

  12. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M56 Cheshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M56 Cheshire westbound severe disruption, between J9 for M6 and J10 for A49.

    M56 Cheshire - One lane closed on M56 westbound between J9, M6 (Lymm Interchange) and J10, A49 (Stretton), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  13. National Trust to own red squirrel woods

    The National Trust is to take over land which includes woods that are home to rare red squirrels.

    red squirrels

    Current owner Sefton Council is considering disposing of the land to the northern and southern side of Formby Point.

    The 200-hectare conservation area is home to wildlife including sand lizards, northern dune tiger beetles and the natterjack toad.

    Pine woodlands that fringe the coast are also home to red squirrels.

  14. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • Trains are running in and out of Lime Street this morning,  for the first time in over a week
    • Plans for Liverpool FC's new £50m training complex in Kirkby have gone on display
    • The National Trust is to take ownership of land in Formby - including the woodlands that are home to the famous red squirrels
  15. Fiddler's Ferry future - Halton MP says government must 'think very carefully' about its future

    Liverpool Echo

    Halton MP Derek Twigg has called on the government to "think very carefully" about the future of Fiddlers Ferry power station on the outskirts of Widnes after it was announced it will help keep the lights on over winter and beyond.

    Fiddler's Ferry site in Widnes
  16. England's oldest working cooper to retire

    The oldest working cooper in England is retiring.

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    Video caption: Les Skinner, 72, has been rolling out the barrel in Liverpool for more than fifty years

    Les Skinner, 72, from Liverpool, is a cooper - someone who makes wooden barrels and casks - but after more than 50 years in the trade, he is is calling it a day and selling his workshop in Bootle, Merseyside.

  17. Rail: Disruption on Wirral railway due to points failure

    BBC News Travel

    There is disruption on Merseyrail's Wirral line due to a points failure at Hooton.

    Services between Hooton to Ellesmere Port are suspended. A rail replacement bus is running.

  18. Public consultation on Liverpool Kirkby academy plans

    Knowsley residents are being given the chance to take part in a public consultation on Liverpool's plans to move their first team training base to Kirkby.

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    Last week the Reds confirmed they hope to close the Melwood site in West Derby and merge all their facilities into one at their academy. 

    The £50m proposal includes a new combined training centre, the redevelopment of the existing facilities and designs to convert the main pitch into an indoor pitch. 

    People can see the designs today from 14:00 at Northwood Community Centre.

  19. Mum devastated after well-known Oriel Road tribute to popular son destroyed

    Liverpool Echo

    The mum of a football mad schoolboy who died when he stepped on a live rail track in Bootle has spoken of her sadness after his memorial was destroyed .  

  20. National Trust to take ownership of Formby's red squirrel woodlands

    The National Trust is to take ownership of land in Formby - including the woodlands that are home to the famous red squirrels.

    Red squirrel

    The 200 hectares of land currently owned by Sefton Council is a conservation area as its home to some rare wildlife.

    The council has published a formal notice considering the disposal of the land to the northern and southern side of Formby Point. 

    The area is home to wildlife including sand lizards, northern dune tiger beetles and the natterjack toad.

    The pine woodlands that fringe the coast are also home to the red squirrels. 

    This year marks 50 years since the National Trust has been working in Formby so the organisation said "this acquisition would ensure that this special place can continue to be used and enjoyed by future generations".