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  1. Updates on Thursday 9 March
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Friday

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

Former Liverpool player Xabi Alonso to retire from football

Xabi Alonso has announced he will retire from football at the end of the season.

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Currently with Bayern Munich, the midfielder won the Champions League in Istanbul with Liverpool in 2005.

During his career he also won the FA Cup with the Reds, the European Cup a second time with Real Madrid, La Liga, the Bundesliga title twice and the World Cup with Spain.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A £10m scheme to replace a damaged bridge on a key route in and out of Liverpool will now take an extra 16 weeks 
  • An elderly dog with a facial tumour the size of an orange has been rescued from a Wirral house strewn with rubbish, faeces and mouldy food, the RSPCA says

Wirral man jailed for shining laser pen at aircraft on Merseyside

A man from Wirral has been jailed for eight months for shining a laser pen at two planes and a helicopter flying over Merseyside. 

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Steven Baxter from Bromborough was arrested when the tactical flight officer on board the helicopter directed police to his address. 

The National Police Air Service says the 33-year-old's punishment sends "a clear message" about the dangers of lasers to aircraft.

Liverpool's Great Howard Street bridge to stay shut for extra 16 weeks

A £10m scheme to replace a damaged bridge on a key route in and out of Liverpool will now take an extra 16 weeks. 

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Contractors working on the Great Howard Street project have found problems with the ground conditions which require a total redesign of the new foundations. 

It means the road, which was due to re-open in April, will now remain closed for a further four months.

Merseyrail seeks injunction to stop strike

Merseyrail is seeking an injunction to prevent strike action by some of its workers on Monday. 

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Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union are to walk out for 24 hours in a row over driver-only operated trains (DOO) and the role of conductors. 

A company statement said: "Merseyrail argued to the High Court that decisions about the design and operation of the trains under DOO principles were taken by council leaders and councillors in December 2016 and that Merseyrail had no choice but to implement these plans. 

"As such, the RMT's dispute is with Merseytravel and not Merseyrail." 

The case will be heard in the High Court in London later. 

BreakingMerseyrail seeks RMT strike injunction

Merseyrail is to seek an injunction to prevent strike action by members of the RMT union on Monday, the company has announced.

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Boxing: Haye wants Bellew rematch

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David Haye says he wants a rematch with Tony Bellew, but admits that the prospect "solely depends on Tony" after Haye was  beaten by a technical knockout  in the 11th round of their highly anticipated fight on Saturday.  

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A £10m scheme to replace a damaged bridge on Great Howard Street in Liverpool will now take an extra 16 weeks, contractors say
  • A call for a referendum to increase council tax by 9%  is rejected by Liverpool city councillors
  • Three schoolboys in Liverpool begin youth detention sentences for what a judge described as "a brutal, shocking and callous attack" on a shop-keeper

Liverpool councillors reject 9% council tax rise call

A call for a referendum to increase council tax by 9% has been rejected by Liverpool city councillors as the debate descended into heated rows.

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The Green Party claimed its proposal would raise an extra £6m to offset cuts of £90m over the next three years.

Liverpool City Council instead voted for a 4.99% rise - most of which will be spent on adult social care.

Mayor Joe Anderson said he presented his budget,  which could see about 300 jobs lost , with a "heavy heart".

No DSS: Most flat shares refuse benefit claimants

Landlords are more likely to accept potential renters who own pets than people claiming benefits, a BBC investigation has found .

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Analysis of 11,000 online listings for spare rooms found all but a few hundred stated benefit claimants were not welcome.

Campaign groups say it is "naked discrimination" and are calling for a change in the law.

Landlords say more social housing needs to be built.

Three teenagers begin sentences for attack on Liverpool shopkeeper

Three schoolboys in Liverpool are beginning youth detention sentences for a what a judge described as a "brutal, shocking and callous attack" on a shopkeeper. 

The two 16 year-olds and one 15-year-old brandished a knife and then kicked their victim in the face as he was opening up his convenience store on Broadway in Norris Green in December last year. 

They also shouted racist abuse at the 38-year-old and filmed the attack on a mobile phone. 

He suffered multiple injuries and needed reconstructive surgery to his face.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Three schoolboys in Liverpool are beginning youth detention sentences for a what a judge described as "a brutal, shocking and callous attack" on a shopkeeper
  • Liverpool's Mayor has promised to fight to keep all the city's libraries open
  • Liverpool councillors voted to increase council tax to 4.99% last night

Southport organisation receives £375,000 lottery cash boost

A Southport organisation, that helps adults with learning disabilities, has been given £375,000 of Big Lottery funding. 

The Learning Rooms is a not for profit company that runs two cafes, a garden centre as well as shops. 

It helps people with learning disabilities to get life, work and social skills. 

Liverpool Mayor to meet government minister over adult social care funding

Liverpool's Mayor is meeting the government minister responsible for adult social care today, to set out his concerns over funding. 

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Joe Anderson told the full meeting of the city council he has managed to protect adult social care in the short term, but has deep concerns about the future. 

He will meet David Mowat later, to tell him how difficult it's been to find the cash for social care in this budget.

Council tax to rise to 4.99% approved in Liverpool

A call for a referendum on increasing council tax in Liverpool by 9% was defeated at a full council meeting last night. 

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The Green Party claimed its proposal would raise an extra £6m. 

Councillors instead voted for an increase to 4.99% - most of which will be spent on adult social care. 

At the end of last year, Liverpool's Mayor Joe Anderson abandoned plans for a referendum on increasing council tax, claiming the public wouldn't support it.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Liverpool councillors voted to increase council tax to 4.99% last night
  • Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson is meeting the government minister responsible for adult social care today, to set out his concerns over funding
  • A Southport organisation that helps people with additional needs has been given £375,000 of Big Lottery funding

Severe disruption: M6 Greater Manchester southbound

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M6 Greater Manchester southbound severe disruption, between J26 for M58 and J25 for A49.

M6 Greater Manchester - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound in Wigan between J26, M58 (Orrell Interchange) and J25, A49 (Bryn), because of a broken down lorry.

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