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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday 4 April
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume from 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Jenny Coleman

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

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

Weather: Persistent rain overnight

BBC Weather

It will be a largely cloudy evening with some patchy rain. 

weather map
BBC

More persistent rain will spread across the region through the course of the night, perhaps turning heavy at times across Crosby and other western areas.  

Plan to leave Knowsley schools without sixth forms is flawed, says MP

Labour's Shadow Education Secretary Lucy Powell says plans which could leave Knowsley's schools without any sixth form provision, highlights the flaws in the academy system. 

Halewood Academy
Google

Halewood Academy wants to close its sixth form and the local authority is powerless to intervene.  

Missing Jade Lynch told brothers she was going to meet somebody

Police searching for 14-year-old Jade Lynch, who has been missing for nine days, say she told her brothers she was going to meet somebody on the day she disappeared.

Jade Lynch
Cheshire Police

Jade was on her way to St Helens town centre with her two younger brothers but left them in the Duke Street area in order to meet somebody, Cheshire Police said.

“Jade is an extremely vulnerable person and we do not believe that she has access to any cash or mobile phones, which is causing growing concern,” police said.

Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:

  • Police searching for a St Helens teenager who has been missing for nine days say they are becoming "increasingly concerned" for her safety
  • Shadow Education Secretary Lucy Powell says plans which could leave Knowsley's schools without any sixth form provision highlights the flaws in the academy system
  • The death of a man whose body has been found in a lake in Delamere Forest is 'not suspicious', say police

Lottery boost for beekeeping at Liverpool's Blackburne House

Hundreds of young people on Merseyside are being encouraged to give the green economy a boost - while learning the ancient art of beekeeping. 

Beekeepers
BBC

It's part of a new project being launched by Blackburne House - the Liverpool-based centre for women's education - with almost a £1m worth of lottery funding.  

Travel: Tarvin Road in Hoole closed following accident

BBC Travel

The A51 Tarvin Road Eastbound in Hoole is closed following an accident involving two cars between A5115 Challinor Street and Cherry Road.

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Rugby League: Widnes centre Chris Dean signs new deal

BBC Sport

Widnes Vikings centre Chris Dean has signed a new two-year contract with the Super League side.

Chris Dean
SWPIX.COM

The 28-year-old joined the club from Wakefield in 2012 after two previous loan spells.  

Plans for Liverpool's former Irish Centre move forward

Plans to bring Liverpool's historic Wellington Rooms back into use have taken a step forward. 

Wellington Rooms
Google

The Grade-II listed building, which used to be the city's Irish Centre, has been closed since 1997. 

OMI architects have been selected to carry out a detailed study into the condition of the 200-year-old building. 

Police informant put on trial three times over £13m drugs smuggle he tried to prevent

Liverpool Echo

Tony Brown, a former military police officer who became a secret informant for Merseyside Police, faced three trials spanning five years for a crime he tried to prevent before proceedings against him collapsed last week.

Body found in Delamere Forest lake

The body of a man has been found in Hatchmere Lake in Delamere Forest, police have said.

Hatchmere Lake
BBC

It is believed to be that of a 54-year-old man from St Helens, although formal identification has yet to take place.

Cheshire Police said the body was recovered at about 14:00 on Sunday.

The death is not being treated as suspicious.

Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:

  • Shadow Education Secretary Lucy Powell says plans which could leave Knowsley's schools without any sixth form provision highlights the flaws in the academy system
  • A man's body is found in a lake in Delamere Forest
  • Plans to bring Liverpool's historic Wellington Rooms back into use receive a boost

Grand National: 2014 winner Pineau De Re may miss out

BBC Sport

The 2014 winner Pineau De Re is in danger of missing the cut for Saturday's Grand National at Aintree.

Pineau De Re
BBC Sport

Nine withdrawals have left 87 entries remaining for the £1m race, with a maximum of 40 horses allowed to run.

While 2015 runner-up Saint Are is now guaranteed a run, Pineau De Re trainer Dr Richard Newland needs at least three defections before Thursday's deadline.

Call for safety action after man struck by train on rail crossing

Wirral Globe

A 51-year-old man is in a critical condition in hospital after being struck by a train on a level crossing between Manor Road and Hoylake.

Missing Jade Lynch: Cheshire Police 'increasingly concerned'

Police searching for a 14-year-old girl who has been missing for nine days say they are becoming "increasingly concerned" for her safety.

Jade Lynch
Cheshire Police

Jade Lynch, who lives in St Helens, was last seen on 26 March, Cheshire Police said.

Free swimming cut in school holidays for Wirral children

Wirral Council has published details of changes to children's swimming in the borough.

The council says "due to budgetary measures, there will no longer be free swimming for children and young people in the school holidays".

West Kirby swimming pool
Google

Your pictures: Dramatic skies over New Brighton

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher "Beach nut" for uploading this picture of New Brighton in Wirral this morning.

New Brighton, Wirral
Beach nut

Have you got a weather pic you'd like to share? You can add your own weather reports to be BBC Weather Watchers website.

Man's death in Cheshire lake 'not suspicious'

The body of a man has been found in Hatchmere Lake in Delamere, police have said.

It is believed to be that of a 54-year-old man from St Helens, although formal identification has yet to take place.

Cheshire Police said the body was recovered at about 14:00 BST on Sunday.

The death is not being treated as suspicious.

Protest camp set up at Liverpool school redevelopment site

A protest camp has been set up on the site of one of Liverpool's green spaces, which has been earmarked for development.

Protesters
BBC

A small number of campaigners spent the night at Woolton Woods - they're angry at a council decision to use the land for the redevelopment of St Julie's High School.

Football: Roberto Martinez disappointed to concede 'soft' goal

BBC Sport

Roberto Martinez insists Everton's players are just as disappointed as the fans, after slipping to their third league defeat in a row. 

Roberto Martinez
BBC Sport

There were boos from the away section at Old Trafford yesterday, as the blues were beaten 1-0 by Manchester United.

Roberto Martinez said: "The goal was a very soft action, it's not up to our standards. The performances were very, very level and we shouldn't have lost the game."

Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:

  • Schools Minister Nick Gibb has been jeered and heckled while defending the government's key education reforms at a conference in Liverpool
  • A group, which is trying to stop development on one of Liverpool's green spaces, has set up a protest camp on the site in Woolton
  •   The coroner at the Hillsborough inquests has resumed summing up evidence  

Weather: keep your brolly handy!

Liverpool-Douglas ferry returns to service after crash

A ferry that crashed into a pier last month, injuring five people, has returned to service.

The Manannan
IoM Steam Packet company

The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company's Manannan vessel suffered hull damage when it crashed into Victoria Pier in Douglas on 23 March.

The damaged catamaran was repaired at the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead and has resumed its Belfast to Liverpool service.

Schools Minister Nick Gibb given tough time at teachers' conference in Liverpool

Two treated for effects of smoke after Wirral house fire

A 69-year-old man and a girl, 17, suffered the effects of breathing in smoke after a kitchen fire at a house in Wirral this morning.

Crews were called to Wheatland Lane in Seacombe at 07:30. The kitchen was damaged by fire and the rest of the house was damaged by smoke.  

The girl was taken to Arrowe Park Hospital for further checks.

Football: Litherland team become Everton Ladies' first 'sister club'

Litherland REMYCA FC are the first team to become an Everton Ladies' 'sister club'.

The programme is an FA scheme to help drive girls' participation in grassroots football and will see clubs around England become affiliated with their local FA Women's Super League team.  

Everton Ladies
BBC Sport
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Schools Minister heckled at teacher's conference in Liverpool

Marc Gaier

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

Schools Minister Nick Gibb has been jeered and heckled as he defended the government's plans to convert all schools in England into academies.

He is speaking this morning at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers at Liverpool's BT Convention Centre.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and Cheshire

Today's top stories in Merseyside and Cheshire:

  • England Schools Minister Nick Gibb will addresses a teachers' conference in Liverpool this morning
  • Two men are arrested on suspicion of assault after a man was stabbed in the leg following a football match in Liverpool
  • Merseyside Police have joined other forces across the North West in launching a new guns amnesty

Two held following stabbing after football match

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of assault after a man was stabbed in the leg following a football match in Liverpool. 

Walton Hall Park
Google

The 25-year-old was attacked at Walton Hall Park on Saturday - he's in a stable condition in hospital. 

The men, aged 20 and 21, have been released on bail.

Schools Minister to address teachers' conference in Liverpool

England Schools Minister Nick Gibb will come face to face with teachers in Liverpool this morning when he speaks about the government's key education reforms. 

Nick Gibb
BBC

He'll be questioned about plans to turn every school in England into an academy when he addresses the Association of Teachers and Lecturers conference. 

The organisation claims a survey of its members shows a growing number of people are leaving the profession because of increasing workloads.

Appeal to find missing teenager from St Helens

Cheshire Police have renewed their appeal to trace missing 14-year-old Jade Lynch.

Jade Lynch
Cheshire Police

Jade, originally from Warrington but currently living in St Helens, is described as white, approximately 5ft6 and of medium build, with long straight black hair.   

She was last seen on Saturday 26 March.

John Lennon letter fails to sell at auction

The earliest known letter written by John Lennon - valued at between £30,000 and £40,000 - has failed to sell at auction.

John Lennon's letter
TracksAuctions.com

The fold-out note, penned by Lennon when he was 11, thanks his Aunt Harriet for presents she had sent him, including a book about ships.  

John Lennon
Getty Images/Popperfoto

It was put up for sale in the Beatles and Rock 'n' Roll Memorabilia Auction by a Chorley-based online auctioneer.  

Today's top stories in Merseyside and West Cheshire

Today's top stories:

Merseyside gun amnesty begins

Merseyside Police have launched a joint gun amnesty with other forces across the North West.

Gun amnesty
Christopher Furlong

Over the next two weeks, people are being urged to hand in any weapons or ammunition without fear of prosecution. 

The last firearms surrender two years ago resulted in the destruction of more than 120 weapons on Merseyside.

Travel: Congestion at The Rocket on the M62

BBC Travel

One lane is closed on the M62 westbound at Junction 4 (The Rocket) because of a broken down vehicle.

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