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Summary

  1. Motorcyclist jailed over St Helens cyclist's death
  2. Man shot in the arm during raid at home in Everton
  3. Councillors in Liverpool call for national protest at 'crisis in social care'
  4. Health campaigners call for a ban on Coca-Cola Christmas truck tour
  5. Updates on Wednesday 11 January

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Live updates from Merseyside and west Cheshire have finished for the day, but we'll be back from 06:00 on Thursday with more of the latest news, sport, travel and weather.     

Weather: Very windy with wintry showers

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Scattered, blustery showers will continue overnight, with some snow accumulating in places, mainly over high ground. 

Winds will remain strong at first, but ease towards dawn. Minimum temperature: 2C.

Weather

Sleet and snow showers will continue on Thursday with some occasional sunny intervals.

It will feel cold in the brisk north-westerly winds. Maximum temperature: 5C 

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Is there such a thing as a Northern look?

BBC Radio 4

As a photography exhibition looking at the global influence of Northern fashion opens in Liverpool, BBC Radio 4's Front Row talks to its curator Adam Murray and fashion designer Wayne Hemingway about the idea of a "Northern aesthetic".

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Couple who faced racism mark 73 years

A couple who met at a Liverpool factory making Lancaster bombers in World War Two are celebrating their 73rd wedding anniversary.

Trudy, 97, and Barclay Patoir, 96, who was an apprentice engineer in British Guiana, met when he was put to work at a factory in Speke.

Family of sexual assault campaigner raise money in her memory

The family of sexual assault campaigner Jill Saward, from Liverpool, are raising money for the Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre in Merseyside in her memory.

Jill Saward
BBC

The 51-year-old Jill Saward, who died last week aged 51, was the first rape victim in the UK to waive her anonymity, and she used her profile to campaign and educate judges, jurors and police forces. 

Money raised at her funeral will also go towards two other charities - the Cambrian Coast Evangelical Trust and Ehlers-Danlos Support UK.

Cheshire fire savings 'will cost lives'

"Preventable deaths" will be the result of cuts to the fire-fighting budget in Cheshire, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) said.

Cheshire Fire HQ
BBC

Tasked with saving £3.8m by 2020, Cheshire Fire Service wants to change staffing arrangements and reduce one of the service's three aerial appliances.

The FBU says the crewing changes will mean full-time firefighters are replaced with on-call staff and that incident response times will increase.

But managers insist they will "continue to deliver a high quality service".

Cash boost for Cheshire arts and culture

Art and culture in Cheshire have received a £300,000 funding from Arts Council England and Visit England.

Parr Hall
Warrington Borough Council

Warrington, Cheshire East and Cheshire West and Chester authorities will share a £300,000 grant to help them become "cultural destinations" and boost tourism in the borough.

Football: Everton want Standard Liege's Ishak Belfodil

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer

Everton have made Standard Liege's £10.5m-rated Algeria forward Ishak Belfodil a prime transfer target.

Ishak Belfodil
Rex Features

Director of football Steve Walsh has identified Belfodil, 24, as a potential addition and Everton have registered their interest with his Belgian club.

Everton's transfer activities have moved up a gear since Koeman demanded action after the FA Cup third-round exit to Leicester.

Watch: MP warns of rural school funding problems

BBC Politics

A Cheshire MP's urging the government to ensure rural schools in the county aren't left behind under new funding proposals. 

The Conservative MP for Eddisbury Antoinette Sandbach raised the issue at Prime Ministers' Questions in the Commons.   

Antoinette Sandbach and Theresa May in the Commons

The government last month launched a new funding formula for England's schools to tackle "unfair" and "inconsistent" funding levels.

Theresa May says the way that schools have been funded in the past has been unfair but the plans are still out for consultation.  

140 jobs at risk at pharmaceutical firm's Speke manufacturing site

A pharmaceutical firm has announced 140 jobs are at risk at a manufacturing site in Liverpool

The Eli Lilly plant in Speke is being downsized to "evolve its global cost structure" aimed at "helping the site reduce its cost structure",

Eli Lilly
Google

The company makes products to treat conditions such as diabetes. 

Elanco Animal Health, a division of  Eli Lilly, said it is proposing a "non-contractual voluntary redundancy programme for permanent employees and a review of contractors’ current assignments".

Garston and Halewood MP Maria Eagle said: "I have spoken directly with company representatives who have assured me that the decision to downsize is as a result of global conditions, is not a reflection on the quality of the work force or products at Speke and does not have implications for the future of the site."

Merseyrail driver-only trains: RMT sets guards decision deadline

A train operator has two weeks to give "cast-iron" assurances that guards will be retained or risk dispute, rail union RMT has said.

Merseyrail
BBC

Merseyrail plans to introduce a new fleet of 52 driver-only-operated (DOO) trainsin Merseyside from 2020.

RMT's announcement over fears for jobs and safety comes amid the latest strikeby train drivers for Southern, over the issue of DOO trains.

Merseyrail has been contacted for a comment.

Proposed IVF cuts in Cheshire criticised

Liz Ellis

Presenter, BBC Radio Stoke

There's criticism of plans to cut NHS fertility treatments across Cheshire. 

The number of IVF cycles funded by the health service could be reduced from three to one, following a consultation which ends next week.  

Woman looking at pregnancy test
Thinkstock

The area's clinical commissioning groups are blaming a "challenging financial position". 

The campaign group and charity Fertility Network UK told BBC Radio Stoke the move could have a "devastating" impact on couples trying to conceive. 

It is always a compromise position where we are having to try and get the maximum benefit we can get for our population as a whole and also addressing the individual needs and doing that within what are becoming tighter and tighter budgets, very difficult."

Dr Mike ClarkEastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group spokesperson

Elton twins found dead at White Cliffs of Dover may have slipped scattering mum's ashes

Chester Chronicle

A brother and sister from Elton in Cheshire found dead at the bottom of the White Cliffs of Dover could have fallen while they were scattering their mother's ashes, it has been claimed.

Cliffs in Dover
Google

Biker jailed over GB cyclist's death

A motorcyclist has been jailed for causing the death of a former international cyclist.

David Hitchin
lancashire police

Leighton Santos, 22, of Tonge Moor Road in Bolton, Greater Manchester, admitted causing David Hitchen's death by careless driving near Belmont, Lancashire, in 2014.

Mr Hitchen, 42, from St Helens, rode for Great Britain in the 1990s, winning national and international races, before illness cut his career short.

Santos was jailed for a total of 18 months at Preston Crown Court.

Tory MP backs 'Hillsborough law' inquest funding bid

A Tory rebel has joined Labour MPs in lobbying the government for a new "Hillsborough law" to give bereaved families funding for legal representation at inquests involving the police.

Charles Walker MP
House of Commons

They want an amendment to the Policing and Crime Bill to include this and Charles Walker told the Commons he is "reluctantly rebelling" against the government "because equality of representation is absolutely critical".

The MP for Broxbourne argued it is "entirely unfair" that families face having their financial records scrutinised in their legal aid bid while police have top lawyers provided.

The government said any decision over an amendment should await a report it has commissioned from former Bishop of Liverpool, James Jones, on the experiences of the families of the Hillsborough victims.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A Liverpool pharmaceutical firm has announced 140 jobs are at risk at a manufacturing site in Liverpool
  • The family of sexual assault campaigner Jill Saward, from Liverpool, are raising money for the Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre in Merseyside in her memory
  • A Tory rebel has joined labour MPs in lobbying the government for a new "Hillsborough law"

Weather: Warning of wind and snow

A weather warning for snow in the North West has been issued by the Met Office. 

The region will also be hit by gale force winds today with gusts of up to 75mph.

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Andy Townsend: 'Schneiderlin not a gamble'

BBC Radio 5 live

Manchester United have agreed to sell midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, who was signed by Louis van Gaal from Southampton in July 2015, to Everton for £22m .

He has played 47 times for the club but has only featured eight times under Jose Mourinho this season, including three Premier League appearances.

Former Republic of Ireland player Andy Townsend said the France international was unable to "stamp his personality" at Old Trafford.

Morgan Schneiderlin
Rex Features

Morgan Schneiderlin has struggled to adapt and stamp his personality on anything at Old Trafford. But he gets across the ground well, he can tackle and he gets up and down the pitch.

At his best he's a typical Premier League central midfield player. Everton are buying someone who you know has been able to produce the goods in the Premier League from his time at Southampton. He's not a gamble.

Andy TownsendFormer Republic of Ireland player

£30m of taxpayers' cash to buy bank stake

Phil McCann

Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News

Taxpayers in Warrington will soon own 33% of a new bank, which will have its northern headquarters in the borough.

Warrington Town Hall
Google

The council wants to spend £30m buying a stake in Redwood Bank, which is due to launch later this year.

The council says the other main shareholder will be "a major city financier".

It's hoped the deal will mean easier access to credit for small and medium sized local firms, while generating income for the council through interest payments.

Merseyside health campaigners call for Coca-Cola Christmas truck ban

Health campaigners on Merseyside are calling for a ban on the Coca-Cola Christmas truck tour.

Coca-Cola truck in Liverpool
PA

The bright red lorry made 44 stops across the UK last month - including visits to Liverpool and St Helens.

But Robin Ireland from the Liverpool-based Food Active campaign and local public health consultant John Ashton claim the truck "promotes the consumption of unhealthy sugary drinks".

The company insists it also has sugar-free alternatives.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Taxpayers in Warrington will soon own 33% of a new bank, which will have its northern headquarters in Cheshire
  • A Tory rebel has joined Labour MPs in lobbying the government for a new "Hillsborough law" 
  • Health campaigners on Merseyside are calling for a ban on the Coca-Cola Christmas truck tour

Plans to cut IVF treatment in Wirral and Cheshire 'devastating', campaigners say

There is criticism of plans to cut NHS fertility treatments across Wirral and Cheshire.

The number of IVF cycles funded by the health service could reduce from three to one, after a consultation which ends next week.   

IVF
Science Photo LIbrray

The area's clinical commissioning groups are blaming a "challenging financial position". 

But Kate Brian from campaign group Fertility Network UK says it would be "devastating" for couples trying to conceive.

Ferry smuggle accused 'lied to save skin'

A P&O ship steward charged with conspiring to import cocaine into Hull on a ferry has been accused of lying to try to "save his own skin".

Mark Quilliam, Edward Tron, Susan Tron
Hull News & Pictures

Edward Tron, 51, of Carr Hill Road, Gateshead, claims stories about drug smuggling he told an undercover police officer were fabricated.

At Hull Crown Court, the prosecution alleged Mr Tron was attempting to "hide the position" he was in.

Mark Quilliam, 55, of Gladica Close, Liverpool, faces the same charges.

Liverpool council calls for national 'crisis in social care' protest

Liverpool City Council is calling for a national demonstration against what it calls a "crisis in social care". 

Carer holding hand of adult
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A motion being debated at a full meeting of the Labour-run authority next week will ask the Mayor to write to all political party leaders asking them to support a protest in London in May. 

The motion says Liverpool City Council is "shocked" by the government's refusal to provide significant extra funding for adult social care. 

It claims the amount Liverpool can raise by increasing council tax will not "plug the gap" left by a reduction in central government funding. 

But plans for a demonstration on the streets of London have been criticised by Liverpool's Liberal Democrats as being a "throw back to the days of militant".

Workshop to help blind people get online takes place in Wirral

A workshop to help blind and partially sighted people get online is taking place in Wirral.

The session is part of the Online Today project run by the Royal National Institute of Blind People.

Online Today video
RNIB

It includes interactive demonstrations of how to get the most from products such as tablets, smartphones and eReaders. 

The workshop's taking place at Ashville Lodge in Birkenhead this afternoon.

Man shot after gang force their way into Everton home

A man has been shot in the arm after three men forced their way into a house in Everton in Liverpool. 

Dacy Road
Google

Police were called to Dacy Road at 23:00 last night and say they're keeping "an open mind" about the motive of the attack. 

The offenders managed to flee the house on foot. 

Police patrols have been stepped up in the area.

Man Utd and Everton agree £22m fee for midfielder

BBC Sport

Manchester United have agreed to sell midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin to Everton for £22m.

Morgan Schneiderlin
Getty Images

France international Schneiderlin, 27, was signed for United by Louis van Gaal for £25m from Southampton in July 2015.

He has played 47 times for the club but has only featured eight times under Jose Mourinho this season, including three Premier League appearances.

Everton, meanwhile, have agreed to loan striker Oumar Niasse, 26, to Hull, with personal terms still to be agreed.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A man has been shot in the arm after three men forced their way into a house in Everton in Liverpool
  • Liverpool City Council is calling for a national demonstration against what it calls a "crisis in social care"
  • A workshop to help blind and partially sighted people get online takes place in Wirral this afternoon

Severe disruption: M56 Cheshire eastbound

BBC Travel

M56 Cheshire eastbound severe disruption, between J8 for A556 and J7 for A556.

M56 Cheshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M56 eastbound between J8, A556 (Tatton) and J7, A556 (Bowdon), because of a vehicle fire.

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