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  1. Updates on Wednesday 16 March
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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

Weather: Chilly with some clear spells

BBC Weather

A chilly night with light winds and variable amounts of cloud. In any clear spells, temperatures should fall away, bringing a risk of local frost in places.

weather map
BBC

Tomorrow will see variable amounts of cloud at first. It will soon become brighter with sunny spells developing for most places, and a northwesterly breeze affecting coastal parts such as Southport in the afternoon.

Strange but familiar Britain seen by foreign photographers

An exhibition at the Barbican in London explores life in Britain as seen through the eyes of international photographers.

Liverpool in the late 1960s has been photographed by Candida Hofer
Candida Hofer, Koln/VG Bild-Kunst

Work from the 1930s to the present depicts the social, cultural and political life of the country and includes pictures of Liverpool in the late 1960s by German photographer Candida Hofer.

Prescription medication stolen in St Helens

Prescription medication has been stolen from St Helens town centre, Merseyside Police has said.

A total of 36 diazepam tablets and 12 zopiclone tablets were reportedly taken from the North Road area on Monday afternoon.

People are being urged to be cautious and are also warned that any medication which has not been prescribed for them can be dangerous and, in some circumstances, can prove fatal.

Charity offers free pet microchipping ahead of law change

The RSPCA is offering free microchipping for pets in the run-up to a new law being introduced.

Microchipping
BBC

From 6 April it will be a legal requirement to have any dog over eight weeks old microchipped.

The charity's event takes place at Arncliffe Community Centre, in Arncliffe Road, Liverpool, on 22 March from 10:00 to 16:00.

Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:

  • The jury in the trial of a teenager, accused of murdering a Merseyside police officer, retires to consider its verdict
  • A protest march is held in Bootle against plans to close tax offices in the town
  • A 17-year-old boy is arrested by police investigating the stabbing of a teenage girl in Seaforth

Halton and Warrington Hospitals are second highest user of agency staff in north west

Runcorn and Widnes World

Halton and Warrington Hospitals breach caps on the use of agency staff more than 100 times a week, according to new figures.

Halton General Hospital
Google

Council invests £6.4m to get Wirral unemployed into jobs and training

Wirral Council is set to invest millions of pounds in a host of schemes to help get local people who are out of work into new jobs or training.

Job search generic image
BBC

Wirral residents who are out of work are set to benefit from an investment of more than £4.3m from the European Social Fund and Youth Employment Initiative, which will be matched locally by the council to create a total budget of more than £6.4m to support them into work.  

Travel: Broken down vehicle causes delays in Ellesmere Port

Travel: Queuing traffic on Runcorn expressway

BBC Travel

There is queuing traffic on the southbound Weston Point Expressway between Runcorn Widnes Bridge and Runcorn.

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Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:

  • The chancellor commits £5m from the Budget to the planned Shakespeare North project in Knowsley
  • The judge in the trial of a teenager, accused of murdering a Merseyside police officer, begins summing up the case
  • A 39-year-old man is questioned by murder squad detectives in Widnes after a man died from injuries he suffered in an assault

Fundraiser to be held in memory of 'gorgeous' four-month-old

Warrington Guardian

A fundraiser for the family of a baby girl who died at the age of four months will be held next month. 

Sir Henry Segrave: The legacy of the 200 mph record breaker

Sir Henry Segrave entered the history books 90 years ago when he broke the land speed record.

Motor racing was in its infancy and many British roads were little more than dirt tracks littered with debris that threatened to scupper any record attempt, with disastrous consequences for both driver and car.  

The Sunbeam on the sands at Southport before the record attempt
AP

So on 16 March 1926, Sir Henry pulled on a pair of white overalls and took his four-litre British-made Sunbeam on to the sands of Ainsdale Beach in Southport.

Watched by a large group of spectators, his car roared along the smooth, flat surface and reached a speed of more than 152 mph, seizing the world land speed record from his great rival, Malcolm Campbell.

The Sunbeam Tiger
Sefton Council

Tax office staff stage protest against plans to close a site in Bootle

Members of @pcs_union protest against #Bootle tax office closure and effect 3,000 job losses on town's economy

Members of @pcs_union protest against #Bootle tax office closure and effect 3,000 job losses on town's economy

Chancellor pledges £5m towards northern Shakespeare hub on Merseyside

Plans to create a northern Shakespearean theatre on Merseyside will be funded with the help of a £5m contribution from the government, George Osborne has announced in his budget.

Shakespeare theatre
Helm Architecture/Shakespeare North

The £19m 350-seat Shakespeare North Playhouse is planned for Prescot, where the first Elizabethian indoor theatre outside of London was built.

The Shakespeare Trust hopes a combination of public finance and private donors will combine to pay for the project.  

Rugby League: Saints boss rejects criticism from fans

BBC Sport

St Helens coach Keiron Cunningham says he is happy with his side despite being criticised by fans for recent displays.

Keiron Cunningham
Rex Features

Saints have won four of their opening five matches this season and are fourth in the Super League table.

"We've scored over 100 points in our last three games. To tell me that we aren't attacking well, I challenge them to prove we aren't," he said.

Sir Henry Segrave's Sunbeam back on the beach

Sunbeam rides again in Southport, 90 years after Sir Henry Segrave broke the landspeed record in her.

Sunbeam rides again in Southport, 90 years after Sir Henry Segrave broke the landspeed record in her.

Your pictures: Spring lambs in Appleton

Many thanks to Darren Moston for sending in these pictures of the lambs in Appleton.

lamb
Darren Moston

If you've got a photograph you'd like to share, you can contact us on emailFacebook or Twitter.    

lamb
Darren Moston

Watch: Archive of Sir Henry Segrave driving Sunbeam on Ainsdale beach

Sir Henry Segrave set the world land speed record in 1926 when his Sunbeam racing car roared to 152 mph along a beach in Southport.

Ninety years on, the car will once again be driven down Ainsdale beach to mark the anniversary.

Sir Henry Segrave
152@90

Two hospitalised after Bootle flat fire

Liverpool Echo

Two people were taken to hospital suffering from severe smoke inhalation after a kitchen fire in Bootle.

Needlework skills shown in Wirral quilt exhibition

A collection of quilts hand stitched on the Wirral are to go on show at the Williamson Art Gallery.

Some of the quilts
Wirral Change

The Sew Together exhibition marks the end of a nine month project to teach needlecraft and textile reuse and repair skills to residents, who stitched panels together into eight themed quilts. 

The quilts will go on show at the gallery in Birkenhead on Saturday.

Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:

  • A 15-year-old girl is arrested over the suspected stabbing of another teenager in Seaforth
  • A restaurant in Liverpool One shuts down temporarily because of mice
  • Revised plans for a Sainsbury's superstore in North Liverpool are set to be approved by councillors in the city next week

Knowsley Shakespeare theatre set to get £5m Budget boost

Plans for "Shakespeare in the North" theatre project in Knowsley to get £5m funding boost in budget.

Plans for "Shakespeare in the North" theatre project in Knowsley to get £5m funding boost in budget.

Weather: Sunny spells developing this afternoon

Tranmere school's ‘space seeds’ project set for lift-off

Students from Mersey Park Primary School in Higher Tranmere, are set to receive a shipment of seeds that were orbiting the earth inside the International Space Station as part of Major Tim Peake’s mission on Soyuz 44S.

students planting seeds
Wirral Council

The seeds were sent into space as part of Rocket Science, an educational project launched by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and the UK Space Agency. 

They arrived back on Earth on 2 March, along with Commander Scott Kelly of NASA and Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Sergey Volkov.

The students will grow the seeds alongside others that haven’t been to space to compare their findings.

Tim Peake
PA

Warrington landlords face £5,000 fines if smoke alarms are not fitted in properties

Warrington Borough Council will be enforcing regulations which require private landlords to have smoke alarms fitted on each floor level of their rented property.

Carbon monoxide alarms will also have to be fitted in rooms with a solid fuel burning appliance.

Councillor Maureen McLaughlin, executive board member for public health and well-being, said: “These alarms can potentially protect tenants’ lives and we expect most landlords will comply with these regulations otherwise they face a potential fine of up to £5,000.” 

Football: Liverpool to train at Old Trafford

BBC Merseyside Sport

Liverpool are due to train at Old Trafford later ahead of their crucial Europa League last 16 tie.

Jurgen Klopp and Christian Benteke
Rex

Jurgen Klopp wants to treat tomorrow's match as any other in Europe - even though Louis Van Gaal sought special dispensation from Uefa to train his players at home.

The rules state you have to train within 27 miles of the stadium before the game. The two clubs are 34 miles apart. The Reds have a 2-0 lead from the first leg.

Vintage footage of Sir Henry Segrave's land speed record

Restaurant closes at Liverpool One over mice fears

Another restaurant has been shut down temporarily at Liverpool One because of mice.

Chaophraya
Google

Chaophraya in Chavasse Park closed last night after the discovery of droppings.

Chris Bliss, estate director at Liverpool One, insists the complex is as "pest proof as it possibly can be" and said restaurants "must be absolutely forensic in cleaning up" to prevent an infestation.

Nando's and Yo! Sushi voluntarily closed to customers due to concerns over mice in February.

Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:

  • Tax office staff are due to stage a demonstration later against plans to close offices in Bootle
  • A 15-year-old girl has been arrested over the suspected stabbing of another teenager in Seaforth
  • A restaurant in Liverpool One has shut down temporarily because of mice

Demonstration over Bootle HMRC closure plans

A demonstration is due to be held in Bootle this lunchtime against plans by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to close tax offices in the town.

HM Revenue and Customs office
Getty Images

Last November, HMRC announced it was replacing 170 of its offices with 13 regional centres, including one in Liverpool.

It says the transition will be over six years, giving staff who can't move to the regional centre the time to find alternative employment.

Police warn West Derby residents to secure properties

Alert: reports of males in rear gardens last night in South Cantril Ave L12. Be sure to lock all doors & windows & hide all items of value.

Rugby League: Widnes working to be top - Betts

BBC Sport

Widnes Vikings boss Denis Betts says their strong start to the Super League season is a reflection of their meticulous work in training.

Denis Betts
Swpix.com

The Vikings are top of the table with five wins from their opening six games and next face Wigan on Thursday.

"You've got to be on your game and the lads and coaches are working hard to prepare and are reviewing how we can get better," Betts said.

Travel: Broken down train causing delays and cancellations

BBC Travel

A broken down train at Liverpool Lime Street is causing delays and cancellations on First Transpennine Express services to Newcastle and Scarborough.

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Football: Getting to Wembley 'in Everton's DNA' - Martinez

BBC Merseyside Sport

Everton manager Roberto Martinez says getting to Wembley for the FA Cup semi-final is "part of the club's DNA", and it is nothing more than the fans deserve.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez
Gett

The Blues face either Manchester United or West Ham for a place in the final.

Sir Henry Segrave land speed record remembered

A land speed record car is to return to Ainsdale beach today to mark 90th anniversary of its record drive by Sir Henry Segrave.

Southport and Sir Henry Segrave's Sunbeam
AP

A convoy of vintage sports cars will drive along the sands, where Sir Henry reached a top speed of 152.33 mph in his Sunbeam Tiger.

The car will be among the convoy.

Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:

  • Tax office staff are due to stage a demonstration later against plans to close offices in Bootle
  • A 15-year-old girl is arrested over the suspected stabbing of another teenager in Seaforth
  • A convoy of vintage sports cars will drive along Ainsdale Beach this morning, to mark 90 years since the land speed record was broken there