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  1. Updates on Friday 10 March
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates to resume at 07:00 on Monday

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Liverpool

Gary Rose

BBC Sport

Emre Can's fourth goal of the season ends Burnley's resistance as a below-par Liverpool strengthen their place in the top four.

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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 07:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the region.

Weather: Cloudy with chance of showers later

BBC Weather

Cloud thickening later with chance of drizzly showers. Lows of 8C overnight.

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Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Libraries in Liverpool which had faced closure have been given a reprieve following new government funding, the mayor has announced
  • Merseyrail is urging passengers to stick to public transport to avoid tunnel congestion as a   planned strike is to go ahead on Monday
  • Plans to build a seven-storey hotel at Marble Place Shopping Centre in Southport have been given the go ahead by Sefton Council

Reprieve for Liverpool's library services

Libraries in Liverpool which had faced closure have been given a reprieve following new government funding, the mayor has announced .

Liverpool's Central Library
Liverpool council

Liverpool City Council had proposed to cut £1.6m from library services as part of its wider plans to save £90m.

But Mayor Joe Anderson said the need to cut library spending had gone after Chancellor Philip Hammond  announced a social care funding boost  on Wednesday.

Liverpool is to receive an extra £27m over three years for adult social care.

Baby found dead by mum at 15 days had cocaine in his blood

Liverpool Echo

A 15-day-old baby found dead by his mum had traces of cocaine in his system, an inquest in Liverpool was told .  

Weather: Sunny spells

BBC Weather

Cloudy afternoon but the sun will break through from time to time though. Feeling mild with highs of 13C.

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Warrington school makes prosthetic hand for five-year-old boy

A school is helping to change the life of a five-year-old boy by making him a prosthetic hand.

Warrington school makes boy, 6, a 3D Prosthetic hand

Andrew has a condition which meant he was born with just two fingers on his right hand.

Beamont Collegiate Academy in Warrington, Cheshire has a  STEM  (Science Technology Engineering Maths) focus and students helped create the prosthetic limb using a 3D printer.

Passengers urged to 'stick to public transport' on Monday's strike

Merseyrail is urging passengers to leave the car at home and "stick to public transport" - as they prepare for strike action on Monday.

Mersey Tunnel
Google

Members of the RMT union are walking out over the decision to introduce driver operated trains on the network from 2020 

The advice from Merseyrail is to avoid congesting Mersey Tunnel routes - they say trains will be running as a reduced every 30 minutes.

An attempt by Merseyrail to block industrial action was  rejected by the High Court yesterday .  

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A quarter of households in Liverpool have been hit by changes to benefits since 2010, according to a new report
  • Merseyrail is urging passengers to stick to public transport to avoid tunnel congestion as a  planned strike is to go ahead on Monday
  • A Warrington school is helping to change the life of a five-year-old boy by making him a prosthetic hand

Police Commissioner criticised for moving offices 'closer to home'

There is criticism of Cheshire's Police Commissioner after it was revealed he's moving his offices out of the force's headquarters to his home town of Warrington. 

David Keane
BBC

David Keane remains a Labour councillor in the town, and insists the move will save £50,000 a year. 

But the Chair of the County's Police and Crime Panel, Councillor Howard Murray, says people may think he is "just moving closer to home".

Liverpool Cathedral special constables given arrest powers

A service has taken place at Liverpool Cathedral to give two special constables the power to arrest people.

Liverpool Cathedral constables ceremony
BBC

Only a few cathedral officers at Canterbury, York, Liverpool and Chester have been attested, following Personal Safety Training by police.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • The government's welfare reforms are costing people in Liverpool "millions of pounds", according to a new report
  • Cheshire's Police Commissioner is moving his offices to Warrington, claiming it'll save money  
  • A service has taken place at Liverpool Cathedral to give two special constables the power to arrest people

Rugby League: Warrington 16-38 Wigan

BBC Sport

Liam Marshall scored four tries for Wigan as the Super League champions piled more misery on 2016 Grand Final opponents Warrington with a dominant victory at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Liam Marshall
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Wigan raced into a 20-0 lead with tries from Anthony Gelling, Liam Farrell and two from winger Marshall.

Marshall sprinted the length of the field to complete his hat-trick after the break and dived over a fourth.

Warrington have lost their opening four games and are bottom of Super League.

Welfare reforms 'costing Liverpool people millions', report finds

The government's welfare reforms are costing people in Liverpool "millions of pounds", according to a new report.

Money
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The city council has been looking at how more than 20 changes to benefits are affecting people. 

It found 55,000 households have found themselves worse off since 2010 with the long-term sick and disabled, children and women disproportionately hit.

A spokesman for the DWP said: "Our welfare reforms are restoring fairness to the system but we are committed to ensuring that there is a strong safety net for those that need it the most".  

Merseyrail refused injunction to stop RMT train strike

Merseyrail has been denied an injunction to prevent Monday's strike action by members of the RMT union.

New Merseyrail train
Merseyrail

The union, which represents transport workers, is fighting plans to bring in more driver-only-operated (DOO) trains, which it says could comprise safety.

Merseyrail claimed the RMT's dispute is with Merseytravel as the decision to use DOO trains was taken by local councillors rather than the rail firm.

But their case was rejected by judges sitting at the High Court in London.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Merseyrail has been denied an injunction to prevent Monday's strike action by members of the RMT union
  • The government's welfare reforms are costing people in Liverpool "millions of pounds", according to a new report
  • A service has taken place at Liverpool Cathedral to give two special constables the power to arrest people

Weather: Mild day with some sunshine

BBC Weather

A wet start but mild day ahead. Drizzle will clear for some sunshine later. Highs of 14C.

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Severe disruption: M56 Cheshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M56 Cheshire eastbound severe disruption, between J9 for M6 and J7 for A556.

M56 Cheshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M56 eastbound between J9, M6 (Lymm Interchange) and J7, A556 (Bowdon).

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

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Jenny Coleman

Reporter, BBC Local Live

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

If you've got a story you'd like me to hear about or a photograph you'd like to share, you can contact me on email , Facebook or Twitter .