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  1. Updates on Wednesday 20 April
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Thursday

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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 from across the region.

Weather: Sunny and dry

BBC Weather

The lovely sunny and dry weather will carry on into the evening followed by a clear but chilly and moonlit night.

Wednesday's weather
BBC

There's a chance of ground frost in the countryside overnight but tomorrow should stay dry and relatively warm.

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Jury at Hillsborough inquests to continue deliberations on Monday

The jury at the Hillsborough inquests have been sent home for the week, and will continue deliberations on Monday.

The six women and three men began their deliberations two weeks ago.

Football: Liverpool v Everton

BBC Sport

Liverpool could be without Divock Origi and Kolo Toure, who suffered respective back and hamstring injuries against Bournemouth on Sunday.

Emre Can and Jordan Henderson are not expected to play again this season.

Jurgen Klopp and Roberto Martinez
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Key Everton pair Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley are likely to be recalled after being named as substitutes on Saturday to give them a rest.

James McCarthy returns from a ban, but Seamus Coleman and Phil Jagielka are both absent with hamstring injuries.

Watch: Fire breaks out at Runcorn nature reserve

A fire broke out on grassland fire at Runcorn Hill Nature Reserve this afternoon.

Firefighters said were no casualties and the blaze has now been put out. Cheshire Fire Service think it may have been started deliberately.

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Everyman Theatre gets resident company of actors

The Everyman Theatre in Liverpool is to get its own resident company of actors for the first time in 25 years.

Everyman Theatre
Philip Vile

The new company will start in January and will stage a series of shows for six months each year.

The theatre is famous for launching the careers of stars such as Bill Nighy, Julie Walters, Jonathan Pryce and Pete Postlethwaite, who were part of the celebrated 1974 Everyman company.

The theatre reopened in 2014 after a three-year rebuild at a cost of £27m.

David Morrissey pays tribute to Victoria Wood

David Morrissey has paid to tribute to Victoria Wood who died today aged 62.

He saw her play at the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool.

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Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:  

Car from The Professions sells for £48k

A car used in several episodes of the cult 1970s TV series The Professionals has sold for £48,000 at auction.

1978 Strato Silver Mk3 Ford Capri
H&H Classics

The restored 1978 Strato Silver MK3 Ford Capri, driven by Birkenhead-born Lewis Collins's character Bodie, had been expected to fetch at least £35,000. It was one of three pre-production Capri S cars from Ford's 1978 press fleet of about 150 cars.

The identity of the buyer has not yet been revealed by Warrington-based H&H Auctioneers.

Football: Fans warned of action over flares and smoke bombs

Fans heading to tonight's Merseyside derby at Anfield are being warned not to take flares, smoke bombs and pyrotechnics.

Flares
BBC Sport

In a statement on Liverpool's website, the club said anyone who is found taking them to the ground will face prosecution and a stadium ban.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

  • A 74-year-old man whose bomb hoax brought Liverpool's commercial centre to a standstill is jailed for 16 months
  • A decision will be made this week on whether to close the sixth form at a school in Knowsley - which is the only provider of A-levels in the borough
  • Liverpool Football Club says sniffer dogs will be used by police at Anfield tonight to stop fans from taking smoke bombs and pyrotechnics into the ground

More digital advertising screens planned for Liverpool

More digital advertising screens are planned for roads in Liverpool to generate money for the council.

M62 digital screens
BBC

Up to 19 news screens could feature on 16 routes in the city - it follows the safety concerns over two screens installed on the M62 earlier this year.

The council says the screens could generate more than £1m a year.

More than 100 firearms handed to Cheshire Police during gun amnesty

More than 100 firearms were surrendered to Cheshire Police during a two-week gun amnesty.

Guns generic
Chris Furlong

The weapons ranged from rifles to shotguns, with antique weapons making up the majority of firearms.

A total of 127 firearms were handed in as part of the Give up the Gun campaign from 4 to 18 April.

Travel: Trains are not stopping at Moorfields on Merseyrail northbound

BBC Travel

Trains aren't stopping on Merseyrail northbound at Liverpool Moorfields due to engineering works.

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Ditton flyover disappears as busy commuter route to the bridge is diverted

Runcorn and Widnes World

A busy commuter route carrying hundreds of thousands of vehicles every week to and from the Runcorn Widnes bridge has disappeared - making the area almost unrecognisable.

Liverpool bomb hoaxer jailed for 16 months

A man whose fake bomb brought much of Liverpool city centre to a standstill has been jailed for 16 months.

David Norris
Merseyside Police

David Norris, 74, falsely reported a bomb at an office block in Tithebarn Street and claimed similar devices had been left at the city airport and main railway station.

Liverpool Crown Court heard Norris had harboured a decades-long grudge against an insurance firm which had rejected his claim after his boat sank in 1988.

Fall in the number of children's social workers in Liverpool

There has been a fall in the number of children's social workers in Liverpool.

Girl sitting in window
Thinkstock

Figures show the city council employed 148 people in the role last year - compared to 180 the year before.

Cheshire West and Chester Council lost 23 children's social workers over the same period - and there are now more than 140 vacancies across Merseyside and Cheshire.

Your pictures: 'Wondrous' blue skies over Billy Fury statue at Albert Dock

Thanks to Weather Watcher David Hudson who has sent in this picture of a beautiful blue sky over the Billy Fury statue at the Albert Dock in Liverpool.

Albert Dock
David Hudson

If you have photos of the weather by you why not become a BBC Weather Watcher?

Weather: Spring is in the air

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

  • A 74-year-old man who caused major disruption in Liverpool's commercial centre after a bomb hoax is jailed
  • More than 100 firearms are handed to Cheshire Police during a gun amnesty
  • Governors in Knowsley are to make a final decision on closing a sixth form, which would leave the borough with no schools with A-level places

Liverpool bomb hoaxer's actions condemned by police

Merseyside Police has condemned the actions of a 74-year-old bomb hoaxer who was jailed.

David Norris held a grudge against an insurance company in Liverpool city centre who wouldn't pay up, the city's crown court heard.

Det Ch Insp Mark Kameen said: "Mr Norris’ actions that day, not only left staff in that business very frightened, but also had a massive impact on neighbouring businesses, when roads were closed, and offices evacuated."

In addition to his 16-month jail term, Norris was handed an indefinite restraining order preventing him from harassing the company again.

Insurance grudge prompted Liverpool bomb hoax, court hears

A man who was jailed following a bomb hoax in Liverpool city centre held a grudge against an insurance company who wouldn't pay up after a boat he owned with two friends sank, the city's crown court heard.

Bomb hoax
BBC

David Norris, 74, who lives in France, admitted committing a bomb hoax with intent in January in the commercial centre of the city.

He co-owned a boat which sank in 1988, but Liverpool-based marine insurers GJW wouldn't pay up, despite an appeal to an arbitrator.

Norris went to their headquarters in Silkouse Court with a package containing flashing lights, wires and attached to a phone - it resulted in the area being evacuated and a costly emergency services operation.

Liverpool city centre bomb hoaxer jailed

A man who caused disruption to Liverpool's commercial centre after a bomb hoax at an office building has been jailed for 16 months.  

David Norris, 74, claimed to have brought a suspect package to the offices of an insurance company against whom he had a long-standing grudge, a court heard.

BreakingMan jailed for Liverpool city centre bomb hoax

A man who caused disruption to Liverpool's commercial centre after a bomb hoax at an office building is jailed for 16 months.

Watch: Why is mobile phone reception so poor in Liverpool?

The One Show has investigated why mobile phone reception is so poor in cities like Liverpool.

Dan Donnelly reports about mobile phone reception

City children who've lost parents get LFC trip - thanks to dad of murdered Manchester policewoman

Liverpool Echo

Twenty-five children whose parents were killed on Merseyside or who have witnessed traumatic domestic violence are getting an all-expenses-paid trip to watch Liverpool at Anfield, thanks to the dad of a murdered Manchester policewoman.

How can a whole borough have no A-levels?

How could there be an entire local authority in England where no pupil can take an A-level?

That's the prospect facing parents in Knowsley as the last school in the borough offering A-levels is plans to shut its sixth form.

The Kirkby Centre
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Travel: Congestion in Mollington

BBC Travel

There is heavy traffic in Parkgate Road eastbound in Millington between the Overwood Lane junction and the Townfield Lane junction in the roadworks area.

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West Kirby Marine Lake closed over water quality concerns

The Marine Lake at West Kirby has been closed temporarily after concerns were raised over water quality.

West Kirby Marine Lake
BBC

Officers from Wirral Council's Environmental Health and Health and Safety teams are currently investigating and people are being asked not to use the lake until further notice.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

  • The Marine Lake at West Kirby is closed temporarily after concerns were raised over water quality
  • The number of children's social workers at Liverpool City Council falls by more than 15%
  • A man is being questioned by police after pedestrian died when he was hit by a car in Aigburth

Football: Merseyside derby is 'more than a game'

BBC Sport

In the lead-up to Wednesday's Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp describes the fixture as "special" while Everton manager Roberto Martinez says it is "more than just a game". Watch the managers interviews

Klopp and Martniez
BBC Sport

Listen to Radio Merseyside on DAB? You will need to retune your radio today

An upgrade to our transmitter means that if you listen to Radio Merseyside on DAB you will need to retune your radio today.

It's part of a national scheme by the government to a improve and extend digital radio coverage.

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Southport owners sell Lady Green Garden Centre in Ince Blundell

Southport Visiter

The Southport-based owners of Lady Green Garden Centre have sold the successful business.  

Lady Green Garden Centre
Google

Man arrested after Bootle roof top stand-off

Part of Bootle was sealed off last night after a man was on the roof of a house during a two-and-a-half hour stand-off with police. 

Peel Road was cordoned off while officers negotiated with him. 

A 23-year-old man was later arrested on suspicion of affray, criminal damage and indecent exposure.

Man dies after being hit by car on Aigburth Road, Liverpool

man died when he was struck by a car, which then crashed into a lamppost and overturned on a main road in Liverpool.

Crash in Aigburth Road, Liverpool
Liverpool Echo

The 26-year-old male driver was later arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, Merseyside Police said.

Emergency services were called to Aigburth Road at about 18.50 on Tuesday after reports a white Volkswagen Golf had hit the pedestrian.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

  • A man dies when he was struck by a car, which then crashed into a lamppost and overturned on a main road in Aigburth, Liverpool
  • A man is arrested after a two-and-a-half hour stand-off with police in Bootle

Travel: Crash on A57 in Warrington

BBC Travel

Manchester Road in Warrington is partially blocked and there is queuing traffic because of an crash involving three vehicles.

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