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  1. Updates on Wednesday 6 April
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Jenny Coleman

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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 updates.

Weather: Wind and rain overnight

BBC Weather

We'll see scattered showers continuing this evening mixed with some clear spells and overnight a more persistent spell of rain will push south.  

Weather in Liverpool

After a cloudy and wet morning, brighter spells will develop in the afternoon with a scattering of heavy, blustery showers and it will feel cold.  

Coming up

Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, BBC North West Tonight

On North West Tonight at 18:30:  

'Give up the gun' - Cheshire Police joins firearms surrender

Watch: Hillsborough campaigner talks of 'relief' as jury retires

Firmino in Reds' Europa League squad

BBC Sport

Roberto Firmino has travelled with the Liverpool squad for the Europa League quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund.

Roberto Firmino

The Brazilian has missed the last two matches, plus two internationals, with a hamstring injury.

Christian Benteke and Lucas Leiva are still out otherwise manager Jurgen Klopp has no new injury worries ahead of the match against his his former club.

Hillsborough Inquests: What the jury must decide

Travel: Tanker fire closes M6 northbound

BBC Travel

The M6 is closed northbound in south Cheshire due to a tanker fire between junction 16 at Crewe and junction 17 at Sandbach.

 There are no reports of any injuries but diversions are in place and drivers are advised to avoid the area.

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Wirral landmark Perch Rock lighthouse lights up again

It has been a feature of the New Brighton coastline for hundreds of years but now the Perch Rock lighthouse has been given a new lease of life.

Perch Rock lighthouse

After being decommissioned in the 1970s, the lights have finally been switched on again and are now powered by solar panels.

It follows a successful bid by the New Brighton Coastal Community Team for more than £6,000 to restore the landmark.

Cheshire has a new anti-fracking camp

Phil McCann

Political reporter, Cheshire

This is Cheshire's newest anti-fracking camp, in the village of Bridge Trafford, between Chester and Ellesmere Port.

Amti-fracking site in Cheshire

Tents have been pitched because an energy firm has bought the field opposite - but the campaigners insist they won't trespass. 

Campaigners in nearby Upton were evicted in January after 20 months.

Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:

Jade Lynch: Police investigate 'possible sightings' of missing teenager

Cheshire Police say they have have received a "vast amount of information" in the search for missing teenager Jade Lynch.

Jade Lynch
Cheshire Police

The 14-year-old, who's from Warrington but is living in St Helens, has not been seen for 11 days and is described as "an extremely vulnerable person". 

Investigators say that following yesterday's appeal by her older sister, they were now following a number of lines of inquiry, including possible sightings in Manchester city centre.

Hillsborough Inquests: Jury sent home for the night

Andy Gill

Reporter, BBC North West Tonight

The jury at the Hillsborough Inquests have now been sent home for the night.

The coroner asked the seven women and three men to continue their deliberations on two years of evidence tomorrow.

He reminded them: "You have to work together in interests of justice".

Campaigner's 'relief' as Hillsborough jury retires

Margaret Aspinall, whose son James died in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, said she felt a "great sense of relief" that the jury at the inquests had retired to consider its verdicts.

Margaret Aspinall

Ms Aspinall said it had been "very difficult" for all the families who had attended the court in Warrington to hear evidence.

Hillsborough Inquests: Who were the 96 victims?

On 15 April 1989, overcrowding at the start of the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest resulted in the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans. 

Read profiles of all those who died in the disaster

Hillsborough victims
Family handout via LFC

Hillsborough Inquests: Four steps to unlawful killing conclusion

The coroner has laid out four steps the jurors must go through when answering question six in the questionnaire. 

Ch Supt David Duckenfield at Hillsborough

  Only if they answer "yes" to each of the following can they conclude that the 96 were unlawfully killed.   

  • Did Ch Supt Duckenfield owe a duty of care to the 96 people who died in the disaster? 
  • Did the match commander breach that duty of care? 
  • If so, did that breach in his duty significantly contribute to the deaths? 
  • And was that breach so serious that Mr Duckenfield was "grossly negligent"? 

For the final point to be proved, the jury has to be sure that the match commander's breach in his duty of care was so bad that it amounted to a criminal act or omission.

Hillsborough Inquests: The questions the jury will have to consider

The seven women and three men of the Hillsborough inquest jury will have to respond to a 14-section questionnaire asking how 96 football supporters died.

Hillsborough questionnaire

Four sections of the questionnaire ask whether police "errors or omissions" caused or contributed to the dangerous situation at the match and the crush on the terraces. 

Two other questions ask whether the police and ambulance service responses to the crushing "contributed to the loss of lives". 

Question six asks if the 96 were unlawfully killed: The jury has been told that, to answer yes, they must be "sure" that former match commander David Duckenfield was "responsible for the manslaughter by gross negligence" of the 96 who died.

Hillsborough Inquests: Jurors told to assess evidence 'without emotion'

In his summing up, the coroner Sir John Goldring has told jurors to put their "feelings" about the disaster "to one side" and to "assess the evidence dispassionately and without emotion".

Sir John Goldring

  He added that they "should not make critical findings unless they are justified by the facts" but they "should not shrink from making such judgments if they are".  

Hillsborough Inquests: Looking back at the day of the disaster

Liverpool had been due to play Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup semi-final on 15 April 1989 when central pens containing Liverpool fans became overcrowded. 

1989 Hillsborough disaster

But the police asked for the match to be stopped six minutes in after noticing a crush on the Leppings Lane terraces. 

In Britain's worst sports stadium disaster, 96 fans died and 400 needed hospital treatment. 

The youngest to die was 10-year-old Jon-Paul Gilhooley, the oldest was Gerard Baron, 67.

Hillsborough Inquests: Jury has heard from 500 witnesses

Since the inquests began on 31 March 2014, the jury has heard from more than 500 witnesses.

Hillsborough courtroom

The seven men and three women have been shown more than 4,000 documents and watched footage from the day of the disaster at a specially built courtroom in Warrington.    

The coroner, Sir John Goldring, began his summing up on 25 January and has been speaking to the jury for 25 days in total.

The hearings are the longest running inquests in British legal history.   

More on the Hillsborough Inquests: Jury sent out

The jury at the Hillsborough Inquests has begun its deliberations after two years and one week of evidence and summing up.

Hillsborugh montage
Hillsborough inquests

The seven women and three men will have to respond to a 14-section questionnaire asking how 96 football supporters died. 

One question asks if the fans were unlawfully killed in the 1989 disaster. 

Jurors will also decide if the behaviour of supporters contributed to a dangerous situation outside the stadium in Sheffield.

Hillsborough Inquests: Jury bailiffs being sworn in

Andy Gill

Reporter, BBC North West Tonight

Four jury bailiffs are now being sworn in at the new Hillsborough inquests. 

Their job is to keep jury safe and not let anyone speak to them.

BreakingHillsborough Inquests: Jury sent out

The jury at the Hillsborough Inquests has begun its deliberations after listening to two years of evidence on the 1989 disaster.

More to follow.

Football: Liverpool head to Germany for Europa League quarter final

The Liverpool squad is on its way to Germany - they face Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League quarter final on Thursday.

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Salon destroyed in 'stolen' truck crash

A Liverpool hair salon has been severely damaged by a fire which broke out after a suspected stolen pick-up truck crashed into the building.

Crash scene

Emergency services were called to Zoe Colleran Hair and Beauty on Croxteth Hall Lane at 01:45 BST following reports that a white Ford Transit truck had crashed into the shop, police said.

Watch: Digital Nation - Liverpool graffiti arts

Bay TV

Bay TV Liverpool

Some call it art, others call it vandalism - a gallery in Liverpool is working to change perceptions of graffiti.

Watch: Graffiti arts by Bay TV Liverpool

Bay TV

Junior doctors on picket line outside Liverpool Royal Hospital

Junior doctors in Liverpool are picketing outside the Liverpool Royal Hospital.

Picket line at Liverpool Royal
Bay TV

It is the fourth walkout as part of national industrial action in the long-running contract dispute over contracts.

Picket line at Liverpool Royal
Bay TV

Hillsborough inquests: Jury must 'work together' in the interests of justice

Andy Gill

Reporter, BBC North West Tonight

I'm at the new Hillsborough inquests in Warrington where the coroner Sir John Goldring is concluding his summing up.

He has told the jury they must put aside any "personal issues which can sometimes arise" and work together in interests of justice.

Police issue 'top tips' for this weeks Grand National

Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

Today's top stories:

  • Junior doctors on Merseyside are beginning a 48-hour strike as part of national action
  • A hairdresser's shop in West Derby has been sealed off after the building was gutted by fire following a crash involving a stolen pick-up truck
  • Merseyside Police are offering advice to racegoers ahead of the Grand National Festival which starts tomorrow

Rugby League: Two-time World Cup winner Mick Sullivan dies aged 82

BBC Sport

Two-time Rugby League World Cup winner Mick Sullivan has died at the age of 82 after a long illness.

Mick Sullivan
BBC Sport

The winger helped Great Britain win the World Cup in 1954, at the age of 20, and again in 1960.

His club career saw him play for Huddersfield, Wigan - with whom he won the Challenge Cup in 1958 and 1959, St Helens and York, whom he also coached.

Investigation into West Derby hairdresser's fire under way

This is the scene on Croxteth Hall Lane in West Derby where a hairdresser's shop was gutted by fire this morning.

Police were called to Zoe Colleran Hair and Beauty on Croxteth Hall Lane just before 02:00 this morning after reports a stolen pick-up truck had crashed into the building. 

The cause of the fire is being investigated. 

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Grand National: Merseyrail running additional trains to Aintree

Additional trains and late services have been added to the Merseyrail Northern Line this week for the Grand National Festival at Aintree.

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Police continue appeal to help find missing teenager Jade Lynch

More on the stolen pick-up truck crash at West Derby hairdresser's

A road has been sealed off in West Derby after a stolen pick-up truck was driven into a hairdresser's shop causing substantial damage.

Emergency services were called to Zoe Colleran Hair and Beauty on Croxteth Hall Lane just before 02:00 following reports that a white Ford Transit truck had crashed into the building which was also on fire.

Merseyside Fire Service say the front of the building has collapsed and a flat above the shop and adjoining bedsits were also damaged.

The road outside the shop remains closed as investigations continue.

Football: Siobhan Chamberlain out of England squad with knee injury

BBC Sport

Injured goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain has withdrawn from the England women's squad for their Euro 2017 qualifiers against Belgium and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Siobhan Chamberlain
The FA

Sunderland's Rachael Laws, 25, has been called up to replace the 32-year-old Liverpool keeper, who has a knee injury.

Junior doctors on picket line at Arrowe Park in Wirral

Junior doctors are on the picket line again at Arrowe Park in Wirral today as part of national industrial action.

It is the fourth walkout in their long-running contract dispute over contracts.

Picket line at Arrowe Park
Bay TV

Funeral details announced for West Kirby couple killed in house blaze

Liverpool Echo

The funeral of an elderly couple who died in a Wirral house blaze will take place later this month.