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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 30 March
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Jenny Coleman

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

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

Weather: Mostly dry with widespread frost

Dianne Oxberry

Weather presenter, BBC North West Tonight

Any showers should become largely confined to coastal areas overnight, leaving many parts dry with clear spells.

Weather graphic
BBC

Under the clear skies, a touch of frost may develop in places, with perhaps a few mist and fog patches also forming around Runcorn and the east of the region.

On Thursday any frost and fog will clear quickly leaving a day of sunshine and perhaps the occasional shower through the afternoon. Winds will be largely light and variable across Merseyside.

Football: Everton defender extends Oxford United loan until end of season

BBC Sport

Oxford United have extended the loan of Everton right-back Jonjoe Kenny until the end of the season.

Jonjoe Kenny
Rex Features

The 19-year-old will now be eligible to play against Barnsley in the Football League Trophy final on Sunday.

Grandmother's Hillsborough 96 quilt to be unveiled at the Museum of Liverpool

Chester Chronicle

A grandmother of three who worked day and night to create a special quilt in memory of the 96 Liverpool FC fans who died in the Hillsborough disaster is ‘absolutely made up’ to find it will go on display at the Museum of Liverpool.  

Wirral hospital urges people to avoid A&E

Arrowe Park Hospital is asking people to avoid its A&E department unless it's a serious emergency.

Arrowe Park Hospital
BBC

It is currently under significant pressure following a very busy Easter bank holiday so people with less serious illnesses and injuries face longer waits.

Visit Arrowe Park's website for information on alternative health care services.

Latest headlines for Cheshire and Merseyside

Today's top stories from Cheshire and Merseyside:

  • Shadow business secretary and Wallasey MP Angela Eagle says the government needs to tell everyone what it plans for the UK steel industry
  • Arrowe Park Hospital is asking people avoid its A&E department unless it is a serious emergency
  • Plans to build four tower blocks which would house more than 1,000 students will go before councillors in Liverpool next week

Gas leak at Liverpool Women's Hospital

A gas leak at Liverpool Women’s Hospital has seen part of the hospital in Crown Street evacuated.

Liverpool Women's Hospital
BBC

Merseyside Fire said hospital staff evacuated the area at about 10:00, isolated the gas supply and called an engineer before firefighters arrived.

Fire crews ventilated the area before leaving.

Football: Everton and Liverpool players set for Euro 2016 England squad

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer

Seven players from Everton and Liverpool look set to be in the England squad for the European Championships in France.

Everton's Ross Barkley playing for England against Holland
Getty Images

And two more could be on standby.

Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:

  • Shadow business secretary and Wallasey MP Angela Eagle says the government needs to tell everyone what it plans for the UK steel industry
  • Arrowe Park Hospital is asking people to not to use its A&E department unless it is a serious emergency
  • Plans to build four tower blocks which would house more than 1,000 students will go before councillors in Liverpool next week

Weather: Risk of frost tonight

Grand National: Comply or Die and Monets Garden to head up parade

Former racehorses will head up a parade on 7 April at Aintree for the Grand Opening Day of the 2016 Crabbies Grand National Festival.

Led by two Aintree heroes, Grand National winner Comply Or Die and five-time course winner Monet’s Garden, the line-up includes Gold Cup winner Denman, as well as more recently retired jumping stars Peddlers Cross and Cinders And Ashes.

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Homeowners' shock after protected trees ripped down for Wirral housing development

Wirral Globe

Householders living near an area of Woodland in Bidston were left shocked and dismayed after dozens of protected trees were ripped down to make way for a housing development.  

Football: Ex-Everton boss David Moyes tipped for Villa job

James Mountford

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

Former Everton boss David Moyes is being tipped as a potential target for Aston Villa. 

David Moyes
Empics

The club is looking for a new manager, after parting company with Remi Garde.

It is understood Villa would prefer a British manager for the job.

Police say 'no suspicious circumstances' after man found dead in Runcorn

St Helens Star

The sudden death of a Runcorn man is not being treated as suspicious, police say.

CCTV appeal after Newton-le-Willows pub assault

Merseyside Police have released CCTV images of a man they are trying to trace following an assault in a pub in Newton-le-Willows.

CCTV footage
Merseyside Police

A man was standing at the bar in the Railway Hotel in Railway Street when another man assaulted him at about 11:00 on 10 February.

The victim was hit twice resulting in a swollen eye, bruising to the head and chipped teeth.   

Council considers student flats' plan

A new development with beds for more than 1,000 students will be considered by councillors in Liverpool next week.

The scheme off Scotland Road includes four tower blocks ranging from eight to 16 storeys high complete with yoga centre and gym.

The application is earmarked for approval but a report warns the accommodation would not be suitable for non-students should the market change.

Grand National: BBC radio and online coverage plus race schedule

BBC Sport

You can follow all the action from the three-day Grand National meeting at Aintree on BBC radio, online, mobile and the BBC Sport app.

Grand National
PA
  • BBC Radio Merseyside will be reporting on all the build up and atmosphere across the three days
  • BBC Radio 5 live will have commentaries of the big Aintree races climaxing with the National on 9 April - the big race starts at 17:15
  • The BBC Sport website will have reports, a pinstickers' guide, sweepstake kit and live text commentary from 13:30 on Saturday

New pop-up children's library opens in Churchtown

Southport Visiter

A new pop-up children’s library has been opened by North Meols Library Association at L&A’s on Botanic Road, in Churchtown Village.

In pictures: Blue skies at Liverpool waterfront

The clouds are clearing in Liverpool and we are in for a sunny afternoon. 

Check out the latest forecast from BBC Weather.

Liverpool waterfront
BBC

Travel: Rail replacement bus service to Ormskirk and Kirkby planned

Latest news in Cheshire and Merseyside

Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:

  • A man arrested on suspicion of murder three years after a fatal shooting on Merseyside is released on bail.  
  • A BBC One documentary about suicide presented by a Merseyside woman whose partner killed himself is nominated for a BAFTA
  • Children's centres in Huyton are recognised for the work they do with volunteers

Man who threatened children in St Helens burglary wanted on recall to prison

Police are appealing for help in finding 26-year-old Craig Taylor from Old Swan who is wanted on a recall to prison.

Craig Taylor
Merseyside Police

Taylor was jailed for an aggravated burglary in St Helens in 2010 where a number of men entered a property and threatened children with swords, knives and hammers before stealing property. 

He was released but has breached his licence conditions.

Football: England Euro 2016 squad - who is going to France and who is staying?

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer

England's defeat by the Netherlands at Wembley on Tuesday was the last international before manager Roy Hodgson names his squad for Euro 2016 this summer.

Phil Jagielka
Getty Images

Hodgson will have most of his squad for France firmly fixed in his mind - and domestic form and match fitness will be the key factors in any late changes to his plans before the official announcement on 12 May.

Which England players can count on a place at Euro 2016? Who are the men still fighting for places? And who can make plans for their holidays?

Liverpool school tackles obesity with daily mile run

A primary school in Liverpool is helping to combat childhood obesity by introducing a non-compulsory mile run or walk every day.

All Saints Primary School in Anfield
BBC

Pupils at All Saints Primary school in Anfield are doing daily laps of the playground as part of a "daily mile initiative". 

They have twinned with a school in Belgium to collect miles between the schools as part of a joint challenge.

Travel: Weekend closure in Widnes for demolition

Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:

  • A man arrested on suspicion of murder three years after a fatal shooting on Merseyside is released on bail.  
  • A BBC One documentary about suicide presented by a Merseyside woman whose partner killed himself is nominated for a BAFTA
  • Children's centres in Huyton are recognised for the work they do with volunteers

Documentary fronted by Merseyside woman nominated for BAFTA

A BBC programme called Life After Suicide has been nominated for a BAFTA.

It is fronted by Merseyside woman Angela Samata and in this clip she describes the day she came home to find her husband had killed himself.

Angela discussing losing her husband to suicide

The programme is up for Best Single Documentary at next month's awards.

Knowsley children's centres recognised for work with volunteers

Children's centres in Huyton have been recognised for the work they do with volunteers. 

They are the first in the north of England to be awarded the Investing in Volunteers prize which acknowledges how well volunteers are supported and trained. 

It comes after Ofsted described Huyton's volunteer programme as "excellent" in its most recent inspection.

Plan for new student blocks off Scotland Road

Liverpool Echo

A 1,019 bedroom student development spread across four blocks ranging from eight to 16 storeys off Scotland Road could be given the go-ahead.

Mr Smith's fire: Four teenagers' arson charges dropped

Charges against four teenagers accused of arson at the former Warrington nightclub Mr Smith's have been dropped.

Mr Smiths fire
BBC

A blaze ripped through the building and destroyed the roof on 14 April.

The Crown Prosecution Service said the case had been discontinued against three men aged 18 and a 16-year-old girl.

Travel: Traffic light failure on Allerton Road in Liverpool

BBC Travel

There is queuing traffic in Smithdown Road and Allerton Road in Liverpool at the Church Road junction because of traffic light failure.

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Football: England can't blame referee for Netherlands defeat - James Milner

BBC Sport

Liverpool's James Milner says England can't blame refereeing decisions for their 2-1 defeat to Netherlands last night at Wembley.

England
Getty Images

England failed to build on the optimism generated by their thrilling victory in Germany as they were beaten by the Netherlands in a friendly.

The Netherlands have not qualified for Euro 2016.

Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:

  • A man arrested on suspicion of murder three years after a fatal shooting on Merseyside is released on bail.  
  • Children's centres in Huyton are recognised for the work they do with volunteers
  • Shadow business secretary and Wallasey MP Angela Eagle says ministers must act if the steel industry is to survive after Tata said it was considering a plan to close its UK operation

Man arrested over West Derby shooting released on bail

A man arrested on suspicion of murder three years after a fatal shooting on Merseyside has been released on bail.

Scene of shooting of Karl Bradley
BBC

Karl Bradley, 31, was found in the garden of a house in Penshaw Close, West Derby in 2013 after being shot four times.

A 27-year-old man of no fixed address was arrested in the West Yorkshire area on Monday. A 27-year-old woman, from West Derby, arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, has also been bailed.

Weather: Frosty start before a day of sunshine and showers

BBC Weather

A frosty start for some before a day of sunshine and showers. There's also a risk of hail and thunder. Highs of 10C.

BBC Weather
BBC

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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 Cheshire and Merseyside today. 

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