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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday 2 March
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates return from 08:00 on Friday

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Gareth O'Brien

Salford record their second Super League win of the season with a battling victory over winless Warrington.

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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 Friday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the region.  

We'll leave you with some pictures of Sir Ken Dodd, who was caught without his tickling stick outside Buckingham Palace, but borrowed a reporter's microphone to stand in its place. What a star.

Sir Ken Dodd
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Sir Ken Dodd
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Sir Ken Dodd
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Weather: Rain in some parts

Rain and hill snow in the south at first this morning, though a brighter start further north with some early morning sunshine likely here.   

Turning drier for all through the day, allowing sunny spells for most during the afternoon. Windy.

Lows of 5C.

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Police dog Chester knows he needs a bath

Chester the police dog looks worried - knowing he needs a bath.

Chester the police dog
Merseyside Police

The police dog was snapped after a "hard day's work" with Merseyside Police.

Liverpool 'still open' despite Lime Street problems

Ex-council leader's expenses probed

A former council leader's expenses are being reviewed over claims they may have breached the authority's rules.

Mike Jones
Cheshire West & Chester Council

Mike Jones, who led Cheshire West & Chester Council until 2015, spent £4,889 on a credit card for travel, food, and accommodation and failed to provide some receipts.

The authority's rules state those type of credit card transactions are "barred" and receipts must be provided. A police review is also under way.

Mr Jones said he met the rules.

Sawn-off shotgun found near Everton's ground

Police have recovered a sawn-off shotgun in an alleyway in the Anfield area of Liverpool.

sawn-off shotgun
Merseyside Police

The weapon was found at 03:10 in Milman Road, just a few streets away from Goodison Park football ground.

Merseyside Police are conducting tests to discover if the gun is linked to any firearms incidents.

Merseyside and Cheshire Police rated good by inspectors

Merseyside and Cheshire Police have been given a good rating by the inspectors looking at how effective they are.

Police
BBC

HM Inspectorate of Constabulary evaluated all forces using a random sample of cases from last year.

It looks at how they prevent crime and anti-social behaviour, reducing reoffending and offer support to victims.

Liverpool launch for European Capital of Culture bidding

Mayor Joe Anderson has welcomed representatives of a number of European cities to Liverpool today for the launch of the European Capital of Culture bidding process.

The city held the title in 2008.

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Ten people arrested after raids on Merseyside drugs gangs

Ten people have been arrested following raids across Merseyside targeting suspected drug dealers "living in luxury". 

Police vans
BBC

Searches are being carried out at 23 addresses across the north of England. 

At one property in Old Swan, police seized £30,000 and two kilos of cannabis, while another £30,000 has been found at a house in Bootle.

Police will receive 18.5% from auction sales of luxury items seized in today's raids. 

The money will go back into fighting organised crime  

West Derby MP opposes Liverpool training ground move

The MP for West Derby was "disappointed" to hear Liverpool were planning to leave their training ground in Melwood for a new development in Kirkby, saying that the proposed new housing on the existing site would create too high a volume of trafficon local roads.

Kirkby development
Liverpool FC

The club announced in February they were planning to move as part of a £50m project to redevelop their academy site

In a statement , Stephen Twigg said:

Liverpool have been a welcome and reassuring presence in West Derby for generations – it would be a real shame for that relationship to end.

My main concern with a proposal for new housing on the site is simply that I do not believe the roads in the surrounding area are suited toward the obvious amount of increased traffic a new development would generate.

I am already speaking to Liverpool City Council regarding the increase in traffic from recent developments and would caution against anything that would exacerbate the problem.

New pictures of Lime Street Station wall collapse

New pictures taken by Network Rail show the extent of the damage caused when a wall collapsed on to the railway near Liverpool Lime Street on Tuesday evening.

The company estimated that more than 200 tonnes of debris fell on the lines.

Pictures from Network Rail

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Ten people have been arrested following dawn raids across Merseyside - targeting suspected drug dealers "living in luxury"
  • After a career spanning more than six decades, comedian Ken Dodd has received a knighthood at Buckingham Palace
  • Warrington bids to become UK City of Culture 2021

Athletics: Katrina Johnson-Thompson to miss European Indoor Championships

BBC Sport

Merseyside's Katarina Johnson-Thompson says she has withdrawn from this week's European Indoor Championships in Serbia to focus on her outdoor season.

Katarina Johnson-Thompson
Rex Features

The 24-year-old heptathlete was ruled out of last month's Birmingham Indoor event  with a minor hamstring strain.

Johnson-Thompson was due to compete in the long jump in Belgrade.

Arise Sir Ken

Liverpool comedian Ken Dood is tickled to become a Sir after being knighted by Prince William at Buckingham Palace.

Ken Dodd
PA

Boxing: British Boxing Board warns fighters over behaviour

BBC Sport

David Haye and Tony Bellew have been warned by British boxing chiefs after "extremely disappointing comments" before Saturday's heavyweight bout.

David Haye and Tony Bellew
BBC Sport

The British Boxing Board of Control acted after a news conference on Monday where Haye insulted fans and gave graphic descriptions of hurting Bellew.

BBBofC general secretary Robert Smith cited "tragedies" in the sport and said he has asked both men to be "sensible".

The board will meet to discuss the heated build-up to the fight next week.

Severe accident: M62 Merseyside westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 Merseyside westbound severe accident, at J6 for M57.

M62 Merseyside - M62 lane closed on exit slip road westbound at J6, M57 (Tarbock Island), because of an accident involving van. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Warrington bids to become UK City of Culture in 2021

Warrington has formally registered a bid to become the next UK City of Culture in 2021

Warrington Town Centre
Google

The bid team says the aim is to put the town on the map as a "new city" where "culture matters", and "raise aspirations and attainment for all". 

Eleven towns and cities across the country are in the running to succeed Hull.

Man shot by police 'prone to violence'

An unarmed man shot dead by police was "prone to violent tendencies", a senior officer told an inquiry.

Anthony Grainger
PA

Anthony Grainger, 36, of Bolton, was shot in a car park in Culcheth, Cheshire, in March 2012 in an operation planned by Greater Manchester Police.

Officers believed Mr Grainger was in a gang planning an armed robbery.

Assistant Chief Constable Steven Heywood, who gave the authority for firearms officers, said intelligence suggested he was violent.

Severe accident: A5058 Merseyside southbound

BBC News Travel

A5058 Merseyside southbound severe accident, between A57 East Prescot Road and Thomas Drive.

A5058 Merseyside - A5058 Queens Drive Stoneycroft in Liverpool closed and slow traffic southbound between The Navigator Traffic Lights and the Thomas Drive junction, because of a multi-vehicle accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Drivers using phones at wheel targeted by Merseyside Police today

Motorists who use their mobile phones while driving around Merseyside are being targeted today.

Police speaking to driver
PA

Police are carrying out a "day of action" as new laws come into force with an increased fine of £200 and six points on your licence .

Over 200 people against St Helens greenbelt housing plans

Campaigners are hoping councillors in St Helens will rethink plans to build thousands of homes on greenbelt land in the borough, after a noisy protest outside the Town Hall last night. 

Over 200 protesters gathered at a full council meeting. 

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The local authority insists it's listening to feedback from a public consultation which ended earlier this year.

St Helens Council says it has been approached by a number of landowners with brown field sites which could be developed instead of greenbelt land.

The council says it's priority is to develop brownfield sites wherever possible rather than greenbelt land.

Police raid suspected drugs gangs living 'lavish lifestyles'

Raids have been carried out by police targeting suspected drugs gangs living what they describe as "lavish lifestyles".

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Officers raided 14 addresses across Merseyside using new powers to seize luxury items, which they suspect have been bought using money made from drugs. 

Simultaneous raids have also taken place in Cumbria, Lancashire and Cleveland.

Ken Dodd to receive knighthood at Buckingham Palace

Liverpool comedian Ken Dodd is finally being knighted at Buckingham Palace.

He's kept us laughing over a career which spans more than 60 years and today he will be recognised for his services to entertainment and charity.

Watch the entertainer reacting to receiving his New Year Honour.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Raids have been carried out at 14 addresses across Merseyside by police targeting drugs gangs living lavish lifestyles
  • Merseyside and Cheshire police forces are given a good rating by inspectors
  • After a career spanning more than six decades, comedian Ken Dodd will receive a knighthood at Buckingham Palace later

Weather: Yellow warning for snow

BBC Weather

A showery start to with chance of some snow, mainly over higher ground. Highs of 8C.

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Hello from Liverpool, I'm here with all your news, sport, travel and weather updates from across Merseyside and west Cheshire today. 

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