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  1. Updates on Thursday 16 March
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday 17 March

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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 more of the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Weather: Cloudy with outbreaks of rain

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It's looking like a cloudy and breezy end to the day, with rain in some parts and highs of 5C.

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Woman hit by bus in Liverpool city centre

A woman has been taken to hospital after she was hit by a bus in Liverpool city centre.

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It happened shortly before midday on Hanover Street at the junction with Bold Street. 

The woman suffered a head and leg injury.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A Merseyrail guard is cleared of endangering passenger safety after an elderly woman fell between a train and a platform
  • A woman is taken to hospital after she was hit by a bus in Liverpool city centre
  • A man is arrested in connection with a fatal shooting in south Liverpool last month  

The new Mersey sound

Ian Youngs

Entertainment and Arts Reporter, BBC News

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Liverpool has always been a crucible of potent musical talent, and 12 of the city's best current acts have been nominated for the sixth annual GIT Award.

The award - run by the GetIntoThis blog - has been dubbed the "Scouse Mercury Prize" and this year's list shines a light on a very healthy scene.

Nominees include rising hip-hop star Aystar, indie veterans The Coral, Glastonbury emerging talent winners She Drew The Gun (above), singer-songwriter Louis Berry (below) and Blossoms' favourite band The Vryll Society.

Find out more about the 12 shortlisted acts for The GIT Award 2017 in our nominee profiles: getintothis.co.uk/2017/03/git-aw…twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

Man, 27, arrested over Liverpool shooting

A man has been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting in south Liverpool last month. 

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Aaaron Lewis, 26, was shot outside a chip shop on Grosvenor Road in Wavetree on 1 February - he died in hospital a short time later. 

A 27-year-old man from Wavertree is being held on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder. 

Bravery award for Cheshire Fire rescue dog

Bryn the search and rescue dog from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service gets a bravery award today - he helped find casualties after the Nepal earthquake.

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Weather: Cloudy, with rain likely later

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It's looking like a cloudy end to the afternoon with winds increasing. Some rain likely later and highs of 11C.

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Football: Liverpool teen Woodburn in Wales squad

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Liverpool's Ben Woodburn has received a first call up to Wales' squad for the team's World Cup qualifying clash against the Republic of Ireland on 24 March.

Ben Woodburn
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The 17-year-old has made seven appearances for Liverpool this season and  became their youngest scorer.

The Nottingham-born forward qualifies for Wales through his maternal grandfather and has already played at under-16, under-18 and under-19 level.

Police duty bound to investigate train fall case case

British Transport Police has said it is duty bound to refer a case to prosecutors when there is a question over a duty of care to passengers.

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It comes after a rail guard was cleared of endangering passenger safety after an elderly woman fell between a train and a platform in Hamilton Square station.

Martin Zee, 33, was found not guilty to a charge of endangering the safety of railway passengers by wilful omission or neglect at Liverpool Crown Court.

British Transport Police said in a statement:

Train guards have a duty of care to those who travel on their services.

When it is suspected that this duty of care may not have been satisfactorily met, it is our duty as a police force to investigate and present the evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service.

Cleared Merseyrail guard 'should never have been in court'

A rail guard who was  cleared of endangering passenger safety after a woman fell between a train and a platform "should never have been in court", a union has said.

Martin Zee
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Martin Zee, 33, was accused of not following Merseyrail's door closure safety procedure fully when Edna Atherton was 88 when she fell from the platform at Birkenhead's Hamilton Square station in July 2015.

He defence argued the fall was an accident, Liverpool Crown Court heard.

Speaking outside Liverpool Crown Court, RMT union's John Tilly said: 

Martin and his family have been through an absolutely terrible situation here that should never have been in court.

It can't be right that somebody doing their job on a daily basis, and is not even subject to a disciplinary hearing, can be found in the crown court facing a prison sentence when they have done nothing wrong.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A rail guard is cleared of endangering passenger safety after an elderly woman fell between a train and a platform
  • A man is arrested in connection with a fatal shooting of a 27-year-old man in Liverpool last month
  • An investigation is under way in Liverpool after a man was found on the street with a head injury

Guard cleared of causing woman's fall at Merseyrail station

Phil Cooper

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

A Merseyrail guard has been cleared of endangering passenger safety after an elderly woman fell between a train and a platform. 

Hamilton Square Station
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Martin Zee, 33, from Runcorn, denied being responsible for Edna Atherton's injuries in the incident at Hamilton Square station in 2015.

The 89-year-old was trying to board one of the carriages, when she fell between the train and the platform, suffering four broken ribs and a cut to her head. 

The prosecution claimed the guard had failed to properly carry out the 17-point procedure for opening and closing the doors, but the defence successfully argued the fall was an accident - and that there was a "fundamental failing" in the procedure itself, because the curve of the platform meant there were several blind spots.

After about two hours of deliberations, the jury found Mr Zee not guilty of endangering the safety of passengers.

Commonwealth Games 2022: Manchester and Liverpool joint bid 'would be considered'

A joint bid from Manchester and Liverpool to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games would be considered - according to the organising committee

Manchester successfully hosted the event in 2002
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Liverpool is already bidding to have the games in 2026, but has offered to step in four years earlier, after Durban was stripped of the games. 

Manchester hosted the games in 2002 - and has said it would be ready to host either with Liverpool or on its own.

Yvonne Harrsion - Deputy CEO of the charity Greater Sport and said the joint bid idea has definitely got potential. 

Liverpool and Manchester are both fantastic cities with amazing facilities...they're not too far apart. It could be a great experience to showcase the two cities. Ultimately it will be down to the mayor of Liverpool and Manchester City Councils to make that decision.

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Sensory garden to help people with autism opens in West Derby

A sensory garden is ready to be opened at Minshull House in West Derby. 

The idea is to to teach people with autism who stay there to develop skills like growing and harvesting their own vegetables as well as providing them with a relaxing area to develop as sense of community.

Goa death: CCTV footage emerges of woman's final movements

CCTV footage has emerged of the final movements of a former Liverpool student who was allegedly murdered in the southern Indian state of Goa .

Danielle McLaughlin had lived in the city and was travelling on a British passport.

Her  body was discovered in an open field  close to tourist resorts in Canacona on Tuesday.

A 24-year-old man, whose name has been reported as Vikat Bhagat, has been charged with her murder.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A police investigation is underway in Liverpool after a man was found on the street with a head injury
  • Police in India have charged a man with the murder of a backpacker who lived in Liverpool
  • Tributes have been paid to "kind and gentle" Liverpool-born actor Tony Haygarth, who has died aged 72

Coroner appeals for help in search for woman's family

Liverpool Coroner’s Office is appealing for the public’s help in tracing the family of a woman who died at her home in Fairfield.

Beverley Neal, 68, died on 28 February at her flat in Rufford Road. There are no suspicious circumstances. 

Anyone who can help is asked to contact the office on (0151) 233 0126.

Liverpool city centre 'assault': Footage from the scene

Here's some footage from the scene near Upper Parliament Street, wherea man in his 30s was found with head injuries last night.

Police believe he was attacked and have appealed for information.

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Man in hospital after Liverpool city centre 'assault'

A man was found with head injuries after a suspected attack in Sandon Street in Liverpool last night, with officers remaining at the scene this morning.

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Sandon Street
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Police were called to the street at the corner of Upper Parliament Street just before 23:00.

The man, aged in his 30s, remains in hospital but his injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

Marines' abseil marks 100 days until Armed Forces Day

A team of Royal Marine Reservists will abseil down the side of the Cunard Building in Liverpool later to mark the 100-day countdown to Armed Forces Day in the city.

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Water supplies restored in St Helens

Water supplies have been restored in St Helens after engineers spent the night repairing a large water main on Scafell Road. 

Residents are being told their water pressure will build up throughout the morning.

Liverpool city centre street reopened after police incident

Upper Parliament Street in Liverpool city centre has reopened in both directions after being sealed off earlier due to a police incident.

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Merseyside Police are yet to release details of the nature of the incident. 

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Upper Parliament Street in Liverpool city centre is sealed off due to a police incident, with Merseyside Police yet to explain the nature of the disturbance
  • Water supplies are restored in St Helens after engineers spent the night repairing a water main on Scafell Road
  • A sensory garden to help people with autism is set to be opened at Minshull House in West Derby

Weather: Mild but rain later

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A foggy start to a cloudy day with heavy rain later. Mild with highs of 12C.

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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 .