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  1. Updates on Tuesday 7 March
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

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

Big Issue seller buys contactless card reader

A man who sells The Big Issue has bought himself a card reader which accepts contactless payments as fewer people are carrying cash. 

Sin Bad, who changed his name so he could be called Mr Bad, is originally from Liverpool but now lives in a tent in his cousin's garden in York. 

Weather: Rain clearing overnight

BBC Weather

Rain will spread eastwards across the region during the evening with some heavier outbreaks at times. 

The rain will clear slowly overnight becoming dry by dawn with a minimum temperature of 6C.

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Station closed by track debris to reopen

A railway station closed when a wall collapsed on the tracks is to reopen on Wednesday , Network Rail has confirmed.  

Before and after pictures of the tracks
Network Rail

Liverpool Lime Street has been shut since 200 tonnes of debris fell on to all four tracks near the approach into the station on  28 February .

Services had been expected to resume on Thursday but Network Rail said it would reopen a day earlier than planned.

Meanwhile, Virgin Trains has said it will resume running trains in and out of Lime Street station this evening. 

Driver died after crashing into fuel tanker in Ellesmere Port

Liverpool Echo

An HGV driver died after careering into an oil tanker at 30mph in Ellesmere Port, an inquest heard.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Liverpool Lime Street station will fully reopen tomorrow - a day earlier than expected  - with some services beginning to run again from this evening
  • Almost 2,000 children have been reported as missing to Merseyside Police during 2015/16, figures from the National Crime Agency show
  • Councillors in Wirral have set the authority's "most challenging" budget ever, making savings of £45m  

More than 800 jobs lost as 34 Budgens stores close

A chain of 34 Budgens stores has failed to find a buyer and will close, with the loss of more than 800 jobs.

Budgens in New Brighton
Google

The owner of the stores affected, Food Retailer Operations Limited, was put in administration a month ago after hitting "difficult" trading conditions.

The stores are spread around the UK, and were bought from the Co-op in 2016.

Administrators, PwC, said the branch on Victoria Road in New Brighton will close on Thursday.

Rugby League: 'Reserve league can benefit England'

BBC Sport

Hull KR football manager Jamie Peacock and Warrington Wolves prop Ashton Sims tell the Super League Show a properly run reserve league could benefit England's national side .  

Lime Street: Virgin Trains to begin running this evening

Virgin Trains has said it will begin running trains in and out of Liverpool Lime Street this evening.

Virgin Trains Cross Country
Getty Images

Network Rail said the station would fully reopen tomorrow after 200 tonnes of debris was cleared from the tracks following a trackside wall collapse a week ago.   

Final track repairs are taking place today after work to repair damaged overhead lines and signalling equipment. 

We will resume running normal services in and out of Liverpool Lime Street on Tuesday evening. We’d like to thank customers for their patience and our people for helping to keep things moving during this disruption.

Virgin TrainsSpokesperson

Weather: Dry and bright afternoon

BBC Weather

It will be a dry and bright start to the afternoon for Merseyside with some sunny spells. 

It will feel quite cool though with temperatures only reaching high single figures. 

Cloud will thicken from the west later in the afternoon.

Maximum temperature: 9C.

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Severe accident: A5036 Merseyside westbound

BBC News Travel

A5036 Merseyside westbound severe accident, between M57 J7 and Park Lane West.

A5036 Merseyside - A5036 Dunnings Bridge Road in Netherton closed and queuing traffic westbound between Switch Island and the Park Lane West junction, because of an accident.

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

Car linked to escape of Liverpool killer Shaun Walmsley

Detectives investigating the escape of a convicted murderer have released an image of a silver Hyundai i10, which was seen in the area in the hours following his escape.

Hyundai car
Merseyside Police

Shaun Walmsley, 28, fled from outside Aintree University Hospital as he was getting into a car with prison officers on 21 February.

He is one of four men serving life sentences for a fatal stabbing in the Aintree area of Merseyside in 2014.

Shaun Walmsley
Merseyside Police

We believe this car was being driven in Fazakerley with at least two people inside and I’m asking people to think back to what they were doing that day and if they remember seeing this car in the area. If you recognise the car, I’d urge you to get in contact.

Det Supt Natalie Perischine

Port of Liverpool welcomes largest container ship to date

The largest container ship to call at the Port of Liverpool arrived yesterday at the new Liverpool2 deep-water terminal.

HS Paris
Port of Liverpool

HS Paris is the first post-Panamax container ship - vessels capable of carrying more than 4,000 containers and which are too large to fit through the original Panama Canal - to berth in the port's new £400m terminal which opened in November.  

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Police in Australia are investigating claims a backpacker, thought to be from Liverpool, was kidnapped and assaulted during a two-month ordeal
  • Lime Street station will reopen tomorrow - a day earlier than expected
  • Merseyside has among the highest rates of missing children reported to police, research by the National Crime Agency reveals

Liverpool GP surgery that helps homeless rated 'outstanding'

A GP surgery in Liverpool has been rated outstanding by the health watchdog for the services it offers to students, homeless people and the general community. 

Brownlow Health General Practice
Google

Over 700 of the patients at Brownlow Health General Practice on Argyle Street live on the streets or in hostels.

Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission praised the practice's "innovative and proactive" approach following an unannounced inspection in December.  

Rugby League: 'No panic' at Warrington, says Sims

BBC Sport

Warrington are not feeling the pressure of their winless start to Super League, says Wire prop Ashton Sims.  

Ashton Sims
SWpix.com

Despite beating NRL side  Brisbane Broncos  in the World Club Series, Tony Smith's Wolves have lost their opening three games in the league.

They won the League Leaders' Shield in 2016, but were beaten in the Challenge Cup final and Super League Grand Final.

"I think we put pressure on ourselves more than anyone," Fiji international Sims, 32, told BBC Sport.

Peugeot boss wants to 'unleash Vauxhall potential'

Peugeot chief executive Carlos Tavares wants to "unleash [the] potential" of Opel and Vauxhall after his company's takeover of the brands.

Carlos Tavares
BBC

"We are going to open the gates" to exporting outside Europe, he said in an interview with the BBC.

car production
PA

Mr Tavares downplayed suggestions that plants - including Luton and Ellesmere Port - would have to close after Peugeot buys General Motors Europe.

Instead, he said improved performance would make the company more competitive.

Wirral sets 'most challenging' budget making cuts worth £45m

Councillors in Wirral have set the authority's "most challenging" budget ever, making savings of £45m, council leader Phil Davies has said.

Wirral Council
STEPHEN RICHARDS/GEOGRAPH

Council tax is going to rise by just under 5% to help fund social care, car parking charges will increase and be introduced for the first time in the borough's country parks. 

But £10m is being invested in children's services, which saw a damning Ofsted report last autumn .

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Police in Australia are investigating claims a backpacker, thought to be from Liverpool, was kidnapped and assaulted during a two-month hostage ordeal
  • Lime Street station will reopen tomorrow - a day earlier than expected
  • Merseyside has among the highest rates of missing children, research by the National Crime Agency reveals

Football: Ronald Koeman urged to stay at Everton by Ashley Williams

BBC Sport

Ashley Williams has urged Ronald Koeman to ignore speculation linking him with the Barcelona job and stay at Everton.

Ronald Koeman signed Ashley Williams in August 2016
Getty

Luis Enrique  confirmed he will leave Barcelona at the end of the season , and former defender Koeman is being linked with a return to the Nou Camp.

The Everton boss, 53, won four league titles and the European Cup in his six years there as a player.

"For me personally and the lads, we obviously hope he stays," said Toffees defender Williams.

Liverpool 'lack of care' home owners fined £80k over 'dangerous, dirty' conditions

Two brothers who ran a care home where elderly residents lived in squalor have been fined more than £80,000.

Mossley Manor Care Home
Google
Mossley Manor Care Home was "dirty" and had an "overpowering smell of urine", inspectors said

The men owned Mossley Manor Care Home in Liverpool,  which was shut  in 2015 after the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found it to be "dangerous and dirty".

Amer Latif, 47, of Woolton and 56-year-old Amjad Latif, of Altrincham, Greater Manchester admitted 14 offences at Liverpool Magistrates' Court.

Judge Andrew Shaw said it was "a lack of care home, not a care home".

Lime Street station to reopen earlier than thought

Liverpool Lime Street station will reopen to trains tomorrow - 24 hours earlier than planned. 

Work at Liverpool Lime Street
BBC

Network Rail’s engineers have worked round the clock since a section of trackside wall collapsed last Tuesday sending 200 tonnes of debris across all four tracks.

Liverpool Lime Street station
Google

They have removed 4,000 tonnes of material from the top of the collapsed wall before clearing the debris from the tracks and repairing the overhead wires, signalling equipment and the tracks themselves. 

Final track repairs are taking place today.

Brownlow Hill death 'not suspicious'

The death of a man, whose body was found in Liverpool city centre on Monday morning, is no longer being being treated as suspicious, police have said.

Police at Brownlow Hill
BBC

The body of the man, who was in his 30s, was found at the junction of Brownlow Hill and Crown Street at about 07:55 GMT.

His family will be informed and a file has been prepared for the coroner.

Police at Brownlow Hill
BBC

Severe accident: M62 Merseyside westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 Merseyside westbound severe accident, between J6 for M57 and J5 for A5080.

M62 Merseyside - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M62 westbound between J6, M57 (Tarbock Island) and J5, A5080 (Huyton), because of an accident involving motorcycle.

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

BreakingLime Street to reopen on Wednesday

Liverpool Lime Street station will reopen on Wednesday, says Network Rail.

The station has been closed since last Tuesday evening, when tonnes of rubble fell on to the tracks near the station.

Network Rail initially estimated the station would be closed until Thursday, so the update will come as good news for thousands of commuters.

Vauxhall's fight for survival begins

Simon Jack

BBC Business Editor

Carlos Tavares, the man who will determine the future of Vauxhall workers, downplayed the threat to more than 4,000 Vauxhall workers - but he chose his words very carefully.

Vauxhall showroom
Getty Images

The head of PSA insisted that the new combined company would have an opportunity to set new internal benchmarks for performance.

They will allow plants to be compared and improve.

Production commitments expire in 2021 for Ellesmere Port and 2025 for Luton.

After that it will be every plant for itself in a battle for jobs.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • New research released by the National Crime Agency shows Merseyside is in the top 10 areas for the highest incident rates of missing children
  • Merseyside Police have confirmed they are not treating the death of a man found in Liverpool city centre as suspicious
  • More than £480,000 has been secured to help the victims of domestic abuse in Cheshire

'Disruption' to services between Huyton and Wigan

A signalling problem at Huyton means that trains to and from the station may be cancelled or delayed, Northern Rail says.

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Weather: Dry and bright today

BBC Weather

It will be a dry and bright day for Merseyside with some sunny spells, especially in the morning. 

It will feel quite cool though with temperatures only reaching a maximum of 9C.

Cloud will thicken from the west later in the afternoon.

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