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  1. Updates on Monday 20 March
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Tuesday

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

Weather: Cold night with chance of frost

BBC Weather

A cooler afternoon with scattered showers. A colder night than of late with patchy frost and a ice risk by dawn. Remaining breezy. Lows of 4C.

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Father's charity walk for 'cuddle cot'

A man whose son was stillborn is preparing for a 120-mile charity walk to help other people affected by similar tragedy.

Mark Keenan and his partner Lisa are raising money for a cuddle cot - a cooling pad which can be placed in any bed or Moses basket that allows parents to spend more time with their stillborn babies. 

The couple lost their son Thomas in November 2015.

Floral tributes at service remembering IRA bombing victims

Floral tributes have been placed in Bridge St, Warrington, on 24th anniversary of an IRA bomb attack.


A service was held today to remember the victims of the bombing - three-year-old Johnathan Ball and 12-year-old Tim Parry.

Plaque remembering Johnathan Ball and Tim Parry

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Police offer a £20,000 belonging to escaped convicted murderer Shaun Walmsley as a reward for information
  • A man whose son was stillborn is preparing for a 120-mile charity walk to help other 
  • A minute's silence has been observed in Warrington to remember the victims of the IRA bombing 24 years ago

Police offer £20,000 of escaped prisoner's money for his capture

Police are offering £20,000 belonging to escaped convicted murderer Shaun Walmsley as a reward for information that will put him back behind bars.

Shaun Walmsley
Merseyside Police

Walmsley, 28, was  sprung from custody by two armed men  while getting into a cab with prison officers outside Aintree Hospital on 21 February.

Walmsley was ordered to serve a minimum of 30 years for the murder of Anthony Duffy, 33, of Kirkby.

The reward is made up of money seized from the 28-year-old following his arrest and murder conviction, police said.

We have invested significant resources in trying to trace Walmsley to no avail, and we don't think it is right that public money is being used in this way.

Walmsley and those that released him, had put in a considerable amount of planning to execute his escape and it is only right that we use Walmsley's own money to encourage people to tell us where he is.

Det Supt Natalie Perischine Merseyside Police

Detectives are advising the public not to approach "dangerous" Walmsley as he could be with those who helped him escape - who are believed to be armed.

Care sector 'facing shortage of workers'

More needs to be done to encourage people to work in the care sector, according to a Liverpool care provider.

Woman walking with zimmer frame
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The warning comes after a BBC investigation found care providers have cancelled contracts with 95 councils across the UK because they can't deliver services for the amount they are paid. 

The findings will be shown on tonight's Panorama programme on BBC One, part of which has been filmed in Liverpool.

Resource manager at the Granby Hub in Liverpool, Mike Furlong, said:

At one point, coming into the care profession used to be a vocation and now people are not applying for positions for one reason or another. The level of pay is not great."

Talks to avert strike action end without agreement

Talks to avoid fresh strikes by Merseyrail workers over driver-only operated trains have ended without agreement .


Members of the RMT union  staged a 24-hour walkout  on 13 March over plans for  driver-only operated trains  in 2020.

The union, which says it wants to keep guards on trains for public safety, said strikes were "inevitable".

Merseyrail said it wanted the RMT to back the decision for the new "safer" operating system.

Modern trains, built for intensive suburban networks like Merseyrail, are not built to have the traditional guard role and there are RMT members at London underground that operate trains without guards day in, day out, with full agreement of the management."

Jan Chaudhrey-van der Velde Managing Director of Merseyrail

The only thing they want to talk to us about are redundancy payments, redeployment of guards and retraining. That's the preconditions they brought to the table."

John TilleyRMT regional organiser

Football: Why was Manchester City v Liverpool 'superb'?

Match of the Day

lan Shearer and Danny Murphy join Mark Chapman on MOTD3 to discuss the "superb" 1-1 draw between Manchester City and Liverpool, and explain why the match proved these two sides will not win the Premier League title this season.   

Teenager arrested in murder probe

A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of a 47-year-old man in Devon.

Bridge Court

Police were called to Bridge Court, Exeter, by ambulance staff due to a concern for welfare of a man in the early hours of Friday morning.

The victim, originally from Liverpool, was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital but later died.

His family has not yet been informed and formal identification has not yet taken place.

Wirral Council to set up as an energy company

Wirral Globe

Wirral Council is about to set itself up as an energy company to battle "fuel poverty" in the borough.

Football: Schneiderlin injury concern for Everton

BBC Sport

Everton's Morgan Schneiderlin will find out the extent of his calf injury today - with fears he could be out of action for weeks.

Morgan Schneiderlin sat on pitch injured
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The French midfielder, 27, had to be replaced after half an hour of the Blues'  4-0 win over Hull

"I am a little bit worried he will be out for several weeks but we need to wait for the scan to know what happened," manager Ronald Koeman said.

He has tweeted reassuring fans he "will do everything to come back asap".

Everton are sixth in the table on 50 points with nine games remaining.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Talks between Merseyrail bosses and members of the RMT union have finished without an agreement about how to bring their dispute to an end
  • A service has been held in Warrington to remember the victims and survivors of the IRA bombing 24 years ago
  • More needs to be done to encourage people to wok in the care sector according to a Liverpool care provider

Frances reveals Paul McCartney's songwriting tips

Pop star Frances was taught by Paul McCartney and has been compared to Adele.

Nominated for the Brits critics' choice award and the BBC Sound of 2016, she attended the pop-focussed Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts.

While at LIPA, she remembers getting advice from McCartney.

He said that when he and John [Lennon] were writing, they didn't have anything to record what they were doing… Whereas now, if I'm writing in a session, I've got my phone there recording everything. And so if I forget something I can go back and find it.

But he said, 'We didn't have that luxury. So if we forgot something, it wasn't good enough and we didn't use it.' I was like, 'Oh my God, that's so true.' Because if you've written something and 10 minutes later you don't remember it, then it's not good enough.


Talks to avert future rail strikes end without agreement

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The RMT has said further strikes are "inevitable" after the talks broke down this afternoon.

Cathedral bust commemorates murdered Archbishop

A bust of Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was murdered by a death squad in El Salvador in 1980, has been unveiled in Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.

Bust of Romero

Archbishop Malcolm McMahon blessed the bust at the end of a Mass commemorating the archbishop’s murder.

Liverpool is the only city outside of El Salvador that has held a special commemoration of his death every year since he was shot dead while celebrating Mass in a hospital in the capital San Salvador.

Archbishop Romero was murdered after regularly denouncing human rights abuses and economic inequality.

Football: Liverpool needed a bit more luck - Klopp

BBC Sport

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp feels his side " needed a bit more luck " but was "more than OK" with his side's performance after their 1-1 draw with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.  

The draw leaves Liverpool 4th - three points behind Spurs who are in second place and four points above Manchester United who are in fifth place with two games in hand.

Warrington service remembers IRA bombing victims

A service is being held in Warrington to remember the victims of the IRA bombing 24 years ago.

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Johnathan Ball, three, died when two bombs hidden in litter bins detonated in Bridge Street on 20 March 1993. Tim Parry, 12, died five days later.

A minute's silence is being held at the ceremony.

Appeal after woman, 62, hit by car

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 62-year-old woman was hit by a car.

          Queens Drive opposite the junction with Stanley Park Avenue North

She was struck by a car in Queens Drive on the Bootle-bound carriageway, opposite the junction with Stanley Park Avenue North, on Thursday.

The woman suffered head and leg injuries and remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital, police said.

Police asked anybody with information to contact them.

Women's Football: Liverpool Ladies beat Everton

BBC Sport

Liverpool Ladies beat rivals Everton in the 5th round of the Womens' FA Cup.

The Reds won 2-1 after extra time at the Select Security Stadium on Sunday.

Shanice van de Sanden scored the winner in extra time after the teams had finished the 90 minutes level at 1-1.

The Reds will now face Notts County Ladies on Sunday 26 March.

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The family leaving the UK because of Brexit

Wibke came to the UK from Germany 18 years ago and has lived in Merseyside ever since.

After the EU referendum, she and husband Graham, who is British,  decided to leave.

This summer they will pack up their house on the Wirral and take their daughter Josie and three cats to Germany.

Football: Disappointment for Tranmere

BBC Sport

It was disappointment for Tranmere on Saturday as they fell at the final hurdle in their FA Trophy run, going down to a 2-1 aggregate defeat in the semi-final against Macclesfield Town. 

They went into the second-leg honours even after a 1-1 draw from the first-leg at Moss Rose but Ollie Norburn's 68th minute goal at Prenton Park sealed the deal and saw Rovers crash out. 

Manager Micky Mellon said attentions must now turn to Tuesday's National League game at North Ferriby United.

Meanwhile in the National League Southport remain rooted to the bottom - still eight points from safety after losing 2-0 at Braintree .

Chester  also lost by a goal at home to Eastleigh - their sixth defeat from their last seven games.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Bosses at Merseyrail are holding talks with the RMT union as they try to avert more strike action in their row over driver-only-operated trains
  • A service is due to take place in Warrington to remember the victims and survivors of the IRA bombing 24 years ago 
  • Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool will continue the fight for Champions League football as they stay fourth after a 1-1 draw at Manchester City

Speke shooting: Three injured and two homes cordoned off after gun attack

Liverpool Echo

Two homes in Speke were cordoned off after three men were injured when a gunman opened fire on a home .

Police search for missing teenagers

Police are searching for two teenage girls who have been missing for five days.

Lillie Jones and Morgan Pybis
Merseyside Police

Lillie Jones, 17, from Tarbock Green and Morgan Pybis, 16 from Old Swan are thought to be together, police said.

Lilly was reportedly last seen at about 18:30 on 15 March.   

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

Football: Everton will 'do maximum' to keep Lukaku

BBC Sport

Everton will "do the maximum" to keep striker Romelu Lukaku at Goodison Park , manager Ronald Koeman says.

Lukaku, 23, scored twice in a  4-0 win over Hull  on Saturday to help his side go level on points with fifth-placed Arsenal days after turning down a new contract.

The Belgian is the Premier League's leading scorer with 21 goals.

"You need to have hope in life. The fans love Romelu Lukaku and everyone loves Rom," said Koeman afterwards.

'Lack of money' prompts care firms to end council contracts

Care firms have cancelled contracts with 95 UK councils, saying they cannot deliver services for the amount they are being paid, a BBC Panorama investigation has found.

Care worker with older woman walking down corridor
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Some firms said they could not recruit or retain the staff they needed.  

Home care company Mears used to have a contract with Liverpool City Council but cancelled it in July, saying £13.10 an hour was not enough to cover costs.

Mears said it needed at least £15 an hour, and like other companies across the UK, argued its costs are often greater than what councils pay.

That was a terrible thing to do for both service users and for care staff. We absolutely did not take that lightly, but frankly what choice did we have?

We just cannot do the two most basic things that you need to do in home care - pay staff the absolute minimum of a living wage and be able to recruit enough people to deliver the service that Liverpool Council actually expected from us."

Alan LongExecutive director at Mears

Warrington remember bombing victims

A minute's silence will be held in Warrington later to remember the victims of the IRA bombing 24 years ago.

Johnathan Ball and Tim Parry
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Johnathan Ball, three, and Tim Parry, 12, were killed and 54 people injured when two bombs placed in dustbins exploded on Bridge Street.

Warrington bomb

Bronwen Vickers, then aged 33, lost a leg and died a year later. 

The bombing led to the Warrington Peace Centre being set up to help other victims of political violence and terrorism.

Merseyrail strikes: Bosses to meet RMT in bid to avert action

Talks to avoid further strikes by Merseyrail workers over driver-only trains are due to be held later.

Train in tunnel

Members of the RMT union  staged a 24-hour walkout  on 13 March over plans for new  driver-only (DOO) trains  in 2020.

The union, which says it wants to keep guards on trains for public safety, said "from the start" it had been "ready for talks".

Merseyrail said it hopes the RMT will take talks "seriously" and back the decision for "safer" new DOO trains.

Football: Aguero salvages point for Man City against Liverpool

BBC Sport

Liverpool and Manchester City had to settle for a point apiece as they battled out a thrilling draw at Etihad Stadium .

Sergio Aguero scoring
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A hugely entertaining game was littered with talking points, astonishing misses and a sense of injustice for both sides as they felt they were on the receiving end of debatable decisions from referee Michael Oliver.

James Milner put Liverpool ahead against his former club with a penalty six minutes after the break, after Gael Clichy was penalised for a raised boot on Roberto Firmino.

Sergio Aguero scored against Liverpool for the fifth successive Premier League game at Etihad Stadium from Kevin de Bruyne's perfect cross after 69 minutes - before both sides wasted glorious opportunities to secure a vital win in the race for top-four places.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • The M57 has reopened after police earlier shut the area between junctions 6 and 7 following the discovery of an injured woman on the hard shoulder
  • Talks to avoid further strikes by Merseyrail workers over driver-only trains are due to be held later
  • A service is due to take place in Warrington to remember the victims and survivors of the IRA bombing 24 years ago

M57 reopens after injured woman on hard shoulder forces closure

The M57 has reopened after police earlier closed the area between junctions 6 and 7 when a woman was found injured on the hard shoulder.

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The woman, who is seriously injured, has been taken to hospital, police said. 

She was found close to the Spencers Lane bridge.

Police are investigating what happened but said it is not believed a vehicle was involved.

Weather: Wet start to the week

BBC Weather

It's a wet start with widespread rain. It will turn colder through the afternoon but drier and sunnier for a time too.

Highs of 10C.

Showers will then form later, these wintry on high ground. Still rather windy, especially around showers.  

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

Bronwyn Jones

BBC News

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