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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates from Merseyside and Cheshire have finished for the day but we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Weather: Snow on its way

    BBC Weather

    There will be bands of rain, sleet and snow spreading south overnight. 

    weather chart

    It will turn very windy with gales, and much colder, with a risk of frost and ice.    

  3. Appeal after cosmetics stolen at Liverpool Lime Street station

    Police want to trace a man after £695 worth of cosmetics was stolen from the Boots store at Liverpool Lime Street station.  

    man with cap

    The theft occurred at 16:00 on 4 November.

    British Transport Police believe the man could help with their inquiries.

  4. Football: Everton vs Aston Villa team news

    BBC Sport

    Everton midfielder Tom Cleverley hasn't played since August but could feature against his former club after overcoming an ankle injury.

    Everton fans

    Leighton Baines could make his first appearance of the season after stepping up his recovery from an ankle problem.

    Aston Villa defender Jordan Amavi has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a serious knee injury he suffered on international duty. 

  5. St Helens man jailed for smuggling drugs in model aeroplane

    A man who admitted to smuggling cocaine in a model aeroplane has beenjailed for three and a half years.

    Steven Thornton

    Steven Thornton, from St Helens, was arrested after customs officers at Stansted Airport intercepted a consignment from Venezuela.  

    The 42-year-old pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs in August before being sentenced today at Liverpool Crown Court, Merseyside Police said.  

  6. Footballer banned for drink driving on motorway

    Chester Standard

    Wrexham AFC player James Gray has been banned from driving for nearly two years after he was caught by police while nearly three times over the drink drive limit, after reports of a Mercedes being driven “erratically” on the M56 and M53.

  7. Community café run by people with special needs

    A community café has been set up in Widnes to give people with learning disabilities the chance to be in a working environment and develop their employability skills. 

    People who run the café

    Halton Borough Council encourages the public to pop along and support the project.

    Cllr Marie Wright said she wanted the people working in the café to become "valued members of the community".

  8. Appeal for missing Wallasey man

    Police are appealing for information after a 57-year-old man went missing from home on Sunday.

    Gary Cotgrave, from Seabank Road, Wallasey, was last seen at 18:00 in the Clairville pub in Liscard.

    He is described as slim, approximately 5ft 10in tall, with receding grey hair.  

  9. Football: Lawro predicts better performance from Liverpool

    BBC Sport

    Former Liverpool player and TV pundit Mark Lawrenson believes the Reds could do well in their clash against table-toppers Manchester City tomorrow.

    Mark Lawrenson

    He said: "Liverpool got a little bit bullied by Crystal Palace in their last match, and it was not the first time that has happened against teams that set out to play that way against them.

    "That will not be the way Manchester City will approach things, and I think the Reds will fare a bit better at the Etihad."

  10. Calls for interim mayor to kick-start devolution project

    Paul Burnell

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    Here’s a bit more on the decision by councils to rubber-stamp a devolution deal for the region - as calls are made for an interim mayor to take things forward.

    Liverpool skyline

    Barrie Grunewald, leader of Labour-controlled St Helens Council, has called for an interim mayor to be installed before voters elect a permanent leader in 2017.

    Mr Grunewald said: "My personal view is that we do need to move to an interim mayor model.

    "We've signed the deal, the hard work has been done. Let's implement it, let's get capacity into the system and let's bring that economic regeneration to all of the city region."

  11. Liverpool churches mark Transgender Day of Remembrance

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Services are taking place in Liverpool for Transgender Day of Remembrance in memory of those who've died in prejudicial acts of violence.

    The day is being marked after a transgender woman who told her friends she would kill herself if she was sent to a male prison was found dead in jail.

    St Bride's Church in Percy Street is among the venues holding services, with a ceremony at 18:30.

  12. Hillsborough investigators re-appeal for witness

    Rachael Connors

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    Images of a man, who investigators believe helped "many people" at the Hillsborough disaster, have been re-released as part of a witness appeal. 

    Hillsborough appeal

    The pictures have been published by the team investigating the stadium crush, in which 96 Liverpool fans died. 

    Investigators believe the man shown, who has been the subject of three earlier separate appeals, is actually the same person.

  13. Latest headlines in Merseyside and Cheshire

    Tom Mullen

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    Today's top stories in Merseyside and Cheshire

    • A St Helens man is jailed for three-and-a-half years after trying to smuggle cocaine inside an Airfix model glider
    • Councils across the Liverpool City Region have approved a devolution agreement to transfer powers from Whitehall to the local area 
    • Train delays have hit commuters across Merseyside, with services affected leaving Lime Street, and on the Merseyrail northern line
  14. Travel: Merseyrail northern line delays due to track fault

    All services have been suspended between Hillside and Southport until 16:45, National Rail Inquiries said.

    Merseyrail train

    A statement on their website said: "A track fault between Southport and Hillside means that trains are currently unable to run between these stations."

    Check the website for the latest updates.

  15. Liverpool traffic lights set for £5m upgrade

    Traffic lights in Liverpool up to almost half a century old are to be replaced in a £5m investment.

    Traffic lights

    A council report recommends lights dating back to 1967 are replaced with low voltage LED lanterns to reduce energy costs.

    The routes set to be improved are Speke Road; Aigburth Road; Park Road; High Street (Picton); Prescot Road/East Prescot Road; West Derby Road; Townsend Avenue/Lane; Utting Avenue; Longmoor Lane; Queens Drive and the Strand.

  16. Merseyside devoltion deal: In-depth analysis

    Mairead Smyth

    Political reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    Until very recently, any mention of the words "Metro Mayor" in some parts of the region would have prompted furrowed brows.

    But how have things changed? I take a look at the issues, here.

    Liverpool Liver Building
  17. Chester Zoo celebrates as hand-reared grosbeak starlings fledge

    Chris Long

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    Keepers at Chester Zoo are celebrating after six exotic grosbeak starlings, which required round-the-clock hand-rearing, fully fledged.

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    Bird keeper Leanne Lowton said rearing the chicks, which were fed a combination of pinky mouse and papaya every few hours for five weeks, had required "a high degree of patience and lots of gentle encouragement".

    Grosbeak starling chick
    Quote Message: For a good few months it’s a time consuming process and life does tend to revolve around the chicks’ feeding schedule but it’s ever-so-rewarding to see them go on and fledge. from Leanne Lowton Bird keeper, Chester Zoo
    Leanne LowtonBird keeper, Chester Zoo
    Grosbeak starling

    The birds, which are native to Indonesia, have now taken up residence in the zoo's Monsoon Forest exhibit.

  18. Plans for new 'Maghull North' train station to go on show

    People will have a chance to find out more and have their say on a proposed new station in Maghull.

    Merseyrail trains

    A public information event is being held on Tuesday 24 November at Maghull Town Hall, between 14:00 and 20:00.

    Plans have been submitted for a new station called Maghull North, which would be just off School Lane on the Ormskirk branch of Merseyrail's Northern Line.

  19. Latest headlines in Merseyside and Cheshire

    Tom Mullen

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    Today's top stories from Merseyside and Cheshire

    • Councils across the Liverpool City Region have approved a devolution agreement to transfer powers from Whitehall to the local area 
    • A broken down train has cancelled several services in Liverpool, with disruption expected to continue until 14:00
    • Six people have been charged with drugs offences following police raids across Merseyside yesterday 
  20. Travel: Broken down train cancels services

    A broken down train between Liverpool South Parkway and Lime Street station is expected to cause disruption to services until about 14:00, National Rail Inquries has said.

    Liverpool Lime Street station

    Routes affected include services calling at Scarborough, Newcastle, York, Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham and Norwich.

    Check the website for the latest updates.

  21. Tennis balls become mouse houses for Cheshire harvest mice

    Chris Long

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    Harvest mice at a Cheshire nature reservse have been given a helping hand by a local tennis club - who have supplied 35 balls that have been made into mouse houses.

    Harvest mouse

    Wardens at the RSPB's Dee Estuary site have been trying to work out how many of the tiny mammals live on the nature reserve, but because the animals are so small and secretive, that was proving difficult.

    Counting their ball-shaped nests seemed like the ideal solution, which led warden Alasdair Grubb to make use of a "trick that’s been used with balls from Wimbledon for years", drilling a hole in an old tennis ball, which can be easily seen in the dense vegetation.

    Harvest mouse nest and tennis ball

    He has put balls donated by Neston Cricket Club's tennis section around the reserve, which means "next summer, I’ll be able to revisit each tennis ball and see whether it has been used as a nest", he says.

  22. Travel: Train cancellations at Liverpool Lime Street

    A broken down train between Liverpool South Parkway and Lime Street station is causing disruption, with some services cancelled.

    Lime Street station

    London Midland said the 10:34 service from Lime Street to Birmingham New Street was cancelled, along with the 11:34 service between the same stations.

    Check their website for the latest updates.

  23. Football: Chelsea 'wasting time' chasing Everton defender

    BBC Sport

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez has warned Chelsea they are wasting their time even asking about the availability of England defender John Stones, 21, in the January transfer window, the BBC Sport Gossip column reports.

    John Stones / Roberto Martinez

    But Martinez says that Everton will be unable to prevent winger Gerard Deulofeu, 21, from leaving if Barcelona activate a £6.3m buy-back clause in his contract. 

  24. Football: Man City vs Liverpool preview

    BBC Merseyside Sport

    In case you missed it, here are the key points from Reds manager Jurgen Klopp's pre-match press conference, ahead of the club's away clash at the Etihad tomorrow:

    Jurgen Klopp
  25. Six charged following police raids on suspected drug dealers

    Giulia Bould

    Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    Six people have been charged with drugs offences following police raids across Merseyside yesterday.

    The five men and one woman, who were arrested during operations in Toxteth, Aigburth and Garston, are due to appear before magistrates in Liverpool and Knowsley later.

    The raids saw police confiscate drugs believed to be amphetamine, cocaine, heroin and cannabis with an estimated street value of about £40,000.

  26. Chester rough sleeping ban proposal criticised

    Phil McCann

    Political reporter, Cheshire

    Plans to fine rough sleepers in Chester are "not appropriate", Cheshire's police commissioner John Dwyer has said.

    Rough sleeper

    Cheshire West and Chester Council proposed to introduce a public space protection order, which would ban sleeping in the streets. 

    But a consultation has recommended that councillors should scrap the proposal, which would also have prohibited unauthorised busking. The plans mean anyone failing to comply could be fined up to £1,000.

  27. Merseyside devolution deal approved by councils

    Giulia Bould

    Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    Councils across the Liverpool City Region have now approved a devolution agreement to transfer powers from Whitehall to the local area.

    Merseyside devolution

    Meetings took place in Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St. Helens, Sefton and Wirral last night to secure almost £1bn in extra funding over the next 30 years.

    The plans will eventually see a metro mayor elected for the region.

  28. Latest headlines in Merseyside and Cheshire

    Tom Mullen

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    Today's top stories in Merseyside and Cheshire:

    • Councils across the Liverpool City Region have approved a devolution agreement to transfer powers from Whitehall to the local area 
    • Six people have been charged with drugs offences following police raids across Merseyside yesterday 
    • Forty-one people living in Merseyside have died while waiting for an organ transplant over the last four years, new figures reveal
  29. Weather: Sunny spells, but turning wintery

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    After a mainly dry start, it should be a day of sunny spells and scattered showers, with showers turning increasingly wintry through the day.

    BBC weather

    Winds will strengthen making it feel much colder than of late.

  30. Travel: Traffic light failure sparks delays

    BBC Travel

    BBC Travel News is reporting congestion in Walton Vale in Fazakerley due to traffic light failure. 

    There are also delays in New Chester Road, Port Sunlight.

    Traffic lights
  31. Good morning

    Tom Mullen

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    Hello and welcome to Friday's Local Live service for Merseyside. We're here all day with all your news, travel, sport and weather from across the region.

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