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  1. Updates on Friday 17 March
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday 20 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 Monday with more of the latest news, sport, travel and weather.  

Gyles Brandreth installed as new Chancellor of the University of Chester

Former Chester MP Gyles Brandreth has been officially installed as the new Chancellor of the University of Chester.

Gyles Brandreth
University of Chester

Quoting Nelson Mandela during his installation ceremony, he said: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”  

Dr Brandreth was awarded his Honorary Doctorate by the University in 2014.

Police tweet CCTV images as part of clampdown on off-road bikes

Merseyside Police has tweeted CCTV images of men they want to speak to after a number of illegal and anti-social large-scale gatherings of off-road bikes across Merseyside.

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Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • The mayor of Liverpool has written to the transport secretary about the state of Liverpool's roads - claiming he fears "someone will die" if they aren't fixed
  • Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust is awarded £50,000 to look at new ways to improve maternity services
  • A new road safety book for parents has been launched by the family of a six-year-old boy who was run over and killed outside his school in West Derby

Super League playercam trial to continue

BBC Sport

Kurt Gidley
Rex Features

A trial of playercam in Super League is set to continue despite technical problems halting its first use on Warrington's Kurt Gidley.

Police called to Toxteth house after reports man inside with weapon

Police are at a house in the Toxteth area of Liverpool - after reports a man inside may be armed with a weapon. 

Officers have been called to Mill Street. 

There are no reports of any injuries.

Liverpool parade celebrates St Patrick's Day

Hundreds of people are taking part in Liverpool's St Patrick's Day parade.

St Patrick's Day parade
BBC

Starting off at Mount Pleasant, the parade moves through the city ending at Derby Square, with music, dancing, and maybe the odd Guinness.  

St Patrick's Day parade
BBC

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • The mayor of Liverpool has written to the transport secretary about the state of Liverpool's roads - claiming he fears "someone will die" if they aren't fixed
  • Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust is awarded £50,000 to look at new ways to improve maternity services  
  • Police are at a house in Toxteth after reports a man inside may be armed with a weapon

Student 'broke back' at trampoline park

A student nurse has said she faces weeks of rehabilitation after being injured at a Cheshire trampoline park .

Ceri Jones
BBC

Ceri Jones, 21, from Beddgelert in Gwynedd, said scans showed a vertebra "basically exploded" after a jump at Flip Out Chester on 25 January.

She has been left in a brace, requires five more weeks of physiotherapy and plans to sue the activity centre.

Flip Out Chester said it had an excellent safety record and has replaced the attraction in question.

Man arrested in Aaron Lewis murder probe released on bail

A 27-year-old man questioned over the death of Aaron Lewis in Liverpool has been released on bail.

Aaron Lewis
Merseyside Police

The 26-year-old, from Toxteth, was shot three times outside a newsagent shop on Grosvenor Road in Wavertree in February.

Merseyside Police say their investigations are continuing.

Liverpool park cash boosts plans for Nelson Mandela memorial

Hopes for a permanent memorial to Nelson Mandela in a Liverpool park have moved a step closer after money was approved for improvements .

Nelson Mandela Memorial Campaigners
Liverpool City Council

The Nelson Mandela Memorial Campaign wants to create a tribute on the lake island in Toxteth's Princes Park to mark what would have been his 100th birthday in 2018.

Liverpool Council has approved £312,500 to restore the surrounding lake including reinstating the water channel, fixing edging stones, putting in fishing platforms and ecological improvements.

The former president of South Africa was made a Freeman of the City in 1994.

Merseyrail driver-only trains: RMT to attend talks on Monday

The RMT has accepted Merseyrail's offer to attend talks on Monday - a week after guards walked out on strike

New Merseyrail train
Merseytravel

It is hoped the meeting next week will bring to an end their row over a new fleet of trains on order that would be driver-only operated.

It comes as RMT members on the Southern rail network announce they will stage another 24-hour strike in April .

In a statement, RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:

RMT has said from the start that the union is ready for talks with the company over the safe operation of the new Merseyrail fleet, and our lead officer and guards company council will be attending talks on Monday.

Merseyrail restated that current permanent guards will be guaranteed an alternative work with salary levels protected and no guard will be forced to leave Merseyrail’s employment

Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde, Merseyrail managing director, said: 

We are very pleased that the RMT has accepted our proposal for talks. I am hopeful that they will take these discussions seriously and get behind the decision made by local politicians last December to order these fantastic new trains, which will be much safer than the ones they replace.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • The mayor of Liverpool has written to the transport secretary about the state of Liverpool's roads - claiming he fears "someone will die" if they aren't fixed
  • The RMT has accepted Merseyrail's offer to attend talks on Monday - a week after guards walked out on strike
  • A 27-year-old man arrested over fatal shooting of a man in Liverpool has been released on bail

Appeal made for missing Skelmersdale teenager

Police are appealing for information over a missing 17-year-old girl from Skelmersdale.

Sarah Farrell
Lancashire Police

Sarah Farrell was last seen on 11 March in Mere Close.

She is described as white, 5ft 2in (1.6m), with shoulder length, dark brown, straight hair and has a Liverpool accent. She was last seen wearing blue jeans, a red padded parka jacket and black trainers with a gold tick.

The teenager has links to Skelmersdale, Ormskirk and Burscough and anyone with any information is asked to contact police.

Mayor of Liverpool calls for extra funding to fix potholes

The Mayor of Liverpool has written to the transport secretary setting out the "appalling condition" of Liverpool's roads - urging him to give more funding.

Road repairs in Liverpool
Liverpool City Council

Joe Anderson says the bill for the fixing the potholes across the city stands at an estimated £439m.

In the letter to Chris Grayling, Mayor Anderson says the number of claims against the council for damage to vehicles caused by the roads represents 90% of applications.

Rescue dog awarded PDSA's Order of Merit

A Cheshire dog has been given a special award  for its search and rescue work in disasters across the world.

Cheshire Fire and Rescue dog Bryn has been presented with animal charity PDSA's Order of Merit. 

Bryn has now retired after 11 years' service working in numerous disaster locations including the Nepal earthquake and the Japanese tsunami as well as the Bosley wood mill explosion in Cheshire. 

Liverpool MP Luciana Berger tweets picture of new baby

Liverpool Wavetree MP Luciana Berger has tweeted a picture of her new baby daughter who was born on Monday.

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Liverpool city centre St Patrick's Day parade returns for second year

Liverpool will be turning green as the city celebrates St Patrick's Day today with a parade through the city centre for the second year. 

ST Patrick's Day celebrations
BBC

Parades used to take place every year in Liverpool but were abandoned in the 1960s because of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. 

Hundreds of people turned out last year for the return of the celebrations and more are expected this year.

The city centre parade starts at 15:00 outside the old Irish Centre on Mount Pleasant.

Man, 46, arrested over shooting outside Liverpool leisure centre

A 46-year-old man from Aintree has been arrested by Merseyside Police investigating a shooting outside a leisure centre.

Officers were called to a car park on Bankfield Road, West Derby on Thursday afternoon after they took reports a biker had fired a gun at a car driver when the two crashed.

When detectives arrived at the scene they found bullet casings and the motorbike.

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust awarded £50,000 for maternity project

A health trust in West Lancashire has been awarded £50,000 by NHS England to look at new ways to improve maternity services. 

Pregnant woman
PA

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust is one of three winners from almost 50 applications for support from the Maternity Challenge Fund.

The aim is for women and their partners to give feedback over the next six months on what changes are needed.

Metro mayor for the Liverpool city region expected to cost £2.5m

The election of a metro mayor for the Liverpool city region is expected to cost about £2.5m.

That is the sum of money the region's Combined Authority will set aside when it meets this lunch time - with the cash coming from the devolution deal from central government. 

People living in Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens, Halton and Wirral will all get to vote in the election on 4 May.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • The election of a metro mayor for the Liverpool city region is expected to cost about £2.5m
  • Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust has been awarded £50,000 by NHS England to look at new ways to improve maternity services
  • Liverpool will be turning green as the city celebrates St Patrick's Day with a city centre parade from 15:00

Good morning: Join us for today's live news coverage

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 .