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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday 31 March
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Friday

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By Rachael Connors

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

Live updates have now finished for the day, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Friday with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates from across Cheshire and Merseyside.

Weather: Dry and clear

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Any showers quickly fading this evening, leaving a dry and clear start to the night. 

Weather
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It will turn chilly under the clear skies with a frost in places, before cloud and strengthening winds.

A bright but chilly start on Friday, but the cloud and wind will continue to increase ahead of a band of rain.

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Engineering work continues at Halewood burst pipe site

United Utilities engineers are continuing to try and fix a damaged water main in Halewood.

Halewood burst water main
PA

A plume of water 70m high could be seen above houses close to the former Bridgefield Forum site.

Water main burst in Knowsley
PA

The pipe has burst on a construction site in Knowsley where new homes are being built.

Cannabis farm worth £2.8m found in Allerton

A cannabis farm with an estimated street value of £2.8m has been uncovered at a property in Liverpool following an attempted burglary nearby.

Police found 719 plants in five rooms at the semi-detached house in Mather Avenue
Merseyside Police

Police found 719 plants at the house in Mather Avenue, Allerton, on 24 March after responding to a resident's reports of a break-in in Burnham Road.

No arrests have been made over the drugs find at the rented property, police said.

Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

This evening's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:

  • A former Liverpool reserve player who helped one of the killers of Merseyside police officer Neil Doyle is jailed
  • Football fans are leaving personal tributes to Tranmere legend Johnny King, who has died aged 77

Long serving Merseyside paramedic retires after 44 years

One of Merseyside's longest serving paramedics retires today.

Stephen Evans
BBC

Stephen Evans from Runcorn has been working for North West Ambulance Service for the past 44 years. 

He was awarded an MBE in the New Year's Honours after setting up the "Don't Walk Away" campaign, targeting underage drinkers.

Man jailed over Liverpool shop robberies

A man who raided two Liverpool shops using an imitation firearm to demand cash has been jailed for six-and-a-half years.

Alan Jacobs
Merseyside Police

Alan Jacobs carried out the robberies at Poundland in Old Swan and Urban Angel in Stoneycroft, on 28 August last year.

The 31-year-old, of Robson Street, Everton, was jailed at Liverpool Crown Court after admitting two charges of robbery and possession of an imitation firearm.

Rugby League: St Helens winger Tommy Makinson may miss rest of season

BBC Sport

St Helens winger Tommy Makinson could miss the rest of the season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

Tommy Makinson
Rex Features

The 24-year-old St Helens-born one-club man suffered the injury in Monday's 20-12 win at Widnes, in which he scored one of his side's three tries.  

PC Neil Doyle death: Ex-footballer jailed for helping officer's killer

A former Liverpool reserve player who helped one of the killers of Merseyside police officer Neil Doyle has been jailed.

Stephen Vaughan
Trinity Mirror

Stephen Vaughan, 31, admitted perverting the course of justice by giving Timmy Donovan, 30, his Mercedes in which he fled to Germany. Vaughan was sentenced to 15 months at Liverpool Crown Court. 

PC Doyle was killed while off duty on a Christmas night out in Liverpool in December 2014.

Football: Uefa decision on Europa League chanting due next week

BBC Sport

Liverpool and Manchester United are expected to discover next week if they will face more charges for illicit chanting at their Europa League tie.

Uefa match
PA

Some fans of both clubs sang songs related to tragedies involving the other side in the 1-1 second-leg draw at Old Trafford on 17 March, with Liverpool winning the tie 3-1.

Uefa has already charged both clubs for crowd trouble, and Liverpool for illicit chants - reportedly critical of Manchester, rather than referring to the Munich air crash.

Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:

  • Football fans have been leaving personal tributes to Tranmere legend Johnny King, who has died aged 77
  • A cannabis farm, capable of producing £2.8m worth of drugs every year, has been found in Allerton
  • A charity which supplies interpreters for the deaf community insists nothing will change once their Liverpool office closes

More tributes for Johnny King at Prenton Park

Tranmere fans are laying flowers and scarves outside Prenton Park in memory of former manager Johnny King who has died aged 77.

Tributes at Johnny King statue
BBC

King, a midfielder for Everton in his playing days, had two spells in charge of the Prenton Park club between 1975-80 and 1987-96. 

£2.8m cannabis farm found in Allerton, Liverpool

A cannabis farm, capable of producing £2.8m worth of drugs every year, has been found in Liverpool.

Cannabis farm in Allerton
Merseyside Police

Police discovered 719 plants at a house on Mather Avenue in Allerton after a suspected burglary nearby. 

Officers say the property was being rented, and the owner is not being treated as a suspect. 

Travel: Steam Packet sailings cancelled between Liverpool and Douglas

BBC Travel

All sailings on the Isle of man Steam Packet have been cancelled between Liverpool and Douglas due to last week's accident at Douglas.

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Halewood burst pipe: Water supplies in L25, L26 and L27 affected

Watch: British ex-servicemen honoured by the French government

Bay TV

Bay TV Liverpool

A group of WWII veterans from Liverpool are honoured by the French government.

The Legion d'Honneur is in recognition of their roles in France and Europe's liberation from the Nazis.

Watch: Légion d'Honneur by Bay TV

Légion d'Honneur
Bay TV

Weather: A sunny day with temperatures in double figures

United Utilities advise people to store water after water pipe bursts in Halewood

Huge water spout appears in Merseyside

A huge fountain of water was sent gushing into the air after a water pipe burst in Merseyside.

Burst water pipe in Halewood
United Utilities

It could be seen soaring about 230ft (70m) above houses in Cartbridge Lane, Halewood, from about 12:00.

The leak erupted close to the former Bridgefield Forum site, which is being developed for housing.

A spokesman for United Utilities said engineers had been sent to the scene to carry out a "controlled shut-off".   

Floral tributes at Prenton Park for former Trannmere manager Johnny King

Tranmere fans are laying flowers and scarves outside Prenton Park in memory of club legend Johnny King who has died aged 77.

Tributes outside Prenton Park to Johnny King
BBC

King, a midfielder for Everton in his playing days, had two spells in charge of the Prenton Park club between 1975-80 and 1987-96.

Tributes outside Prenton Park to Johnny King
BBC

The bronze statue was unveiled outside the club's Prenton Park home in 2014 and the former Borough Road stand at Prenton Park was re-named the Johnny King stand in 2002.

Tributes outside Prenton Park to Johnny King
BBC

Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:

Man who punched Alan Carr’s manager sentenced

A McDonald's security guard who punched the manager of comedian Alan Carr has been given a suspended jail sentence.

Alan Carr
PA

Carr and Elliott Andrews were at the Lord Street branch in Liverpool on 20 September when several people started taking pictures.

Liverpool Crown Court heard Jaleel Burman, 21, "lost his temper" after he and another guard removed Mr Andrews for a reason "which isn't... clear".

Burman, of Langdale Road, received a suspended jail sentence of 12 months.

Water 'fountain' in Halewood as mains burst

A burst water main has caused a water 'fountain' to shoot up into the air in Halewood.

It is on land at the former Bridgefield Forum site off Cartbridge Lane which is being developed for housing.

United Utilities said engineers are at the site.

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'Major' burst water main at building site in Halewood

Rugby League: Officials need more resources and support - Smith

Tony Smith would like to see more resources and time dedicated to the recruitment of match officials.

Tony Smith
SWPIX.COM

Smith played in the first Super League season for Workington in 1996, and coached Huddersfield and Leeds before taking charge of Warrington.

He said: "I don't think we pay much attention to them unless they stuff up and that's really unfair".

University of Chester contributed £386m to UK economy last year

Chester Chronicle

An analysis of a year of activity (2014-15) shows the University of Chester’s total value to the economy as £386 million, according to an independent report.  

University of Chester
BBC

Around the clock care for dying 'not good enough'

A national review of end-of-life care has found many hospitals are failing to provide face-to-face palliative care specialists around the clock.

Patient and carer
Amelie-Benoist / BSIP/SPL

The report is the first since the controversial Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) was scrapped and the review shows only 16 of 142 hospital sites in England offer specialists on site 24/7. 

The LCP - which could involve withdrawal of medication, food and fluids - was developed at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and the city's Marie Curie hospice in the 1990s to provide a model of best practice.

Former Tranmere players pay tribute to Johnny King

Former Tranmere players have paid tribute to "King Johnny King" who died aged 77. He managed the club between 1975-80 and 1987-96.

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Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:

  • Tranmere fans are laying flowers and scarves outside Prenton Park in memory of club legend Johnny King who has died aged 77
  • A national review of end-of-life care finds many hospitals are failing to provide around the clock specialist care - the report is the first since Liverpool Care Pathway was scrapped
  • One of Merseyside's longest serving paramedics retires today - Stephen Evans, from Runcorn, has worked for North West Ambulance Service for 44 years

University plans for Liverpool's Copperas Hill site to be unveiled

Liverpool John Moores University is due to unveil plans for its new flagship building on the site of the former Royal Mail sorting office at Copperas Hill, this morning. 

Copperas Hill
Google

The university says it will become the "gateway to the city's Knowledge Quarter" and bring together its Mount Pleasant and Byrom Street campuses. 

The building will house the university's three libraries and Students' Union. Work is expected to be completed by September 2018.

Rugby League: Widnes Vikings scrum-half Joe Mellor signs new three-year contract

BBC Sport

Widnes Vikings scrum-half Joe Mellor has signed a new three-year contract, keeping him with the club until 2019.

Joe Mellor
SWPIX.COM

Mellor, 25, joined Widnes on a dual registration contract with Wigan in 2011 before moving permanently in 2013.

Fiddler's Ferry coal plant to stay open until March 2017

A coal-fired power plant earmarked for closure will remain open until March 2017, its owner SSE has announced.

Fiddler's Ferry
Photofusion/Getty Images

The decision was made on Wednesday after a contract was secured by Fiddler's Ferry in Widnes, Cheshire, to provide "ancillary services" to the National Grid.

Everton pay tribute to former player Johnny King

Travel: Diversion in place following Daresbury crash

Tranmere Rovers pay tribute to 'legendary' former manager Johnny King

Tranmere Rovers chairman has paid tribute to their former manager Johnny King who has died.

Johnny King
Tranmere Rovers

In a statement on the club's website, Mark Palios said "Johnny will forever have a huge place in Rovers' history.

"Though undeniably successful at the club as a player, it's his time as manager that has earned him legendary status among supporters."

A bronze statue of Johnny King was unveiled outside the club's Prenton Park home in 2014.  

Travel: A558 Daresbury Expressway closed for accident investgation

BBC Travel

The Daresbury Expressway is closed and there is slow traffic in both directions between the Chester Road junction and the Pitts Heath Lane junction because of accident investigation work.

Diversions are in operation.

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Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:

  • Former Tranmere Rovers boss John King dies
  • A national review of end-of-life care finds many hospitals are failing to provide around the clock specialist care - the report is the first since Liverpool Care Pathway was scrapped
  • Liverpool John Moores University is due to unveil plans for a new building on the site of the former Royal Mail sorting office at Copperas Hill

Weather: A mainly dry, bright day

BBC Weather

A mainly dry day but there will still be a few heavy showers and a risk of hail and thunder. Highs of 11C.

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