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

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

  2. Weather: Cloudy and breezy

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    Increasingly cloudy tonight and turning breezy, especially in coastal areas. Lows of 4C.

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    Video caption: Increasingly cloudy tonight and turning breezy, especially in coastal areas. Highs of

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  3. Liverpool Mayor 'confident money can be found' to host 2022 Commonwealth Games

    Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson has written to Sports Minister Tracey Crouch to express the city's interest in hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games after hosts Durban admitted it might not be able to afford it.

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  5. Liverpool FC in the red after spending big on players

    Liverpool Football Club has fallen into the red despite posting record revenue.

    Roberto Firmino

    The £19.8m pre-tax loss for the year to May 2016 was largely due to cost of signing big-name players and a payoff for Brendan Rodgers, who was sacked as manager in October 2015.

    Liverpool signed 12 players in the period, spending £32m on striker Christian Benteke, who has since left, and £29m on Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino.

    Revenue rose £3m to £301m.

  6. Footage shows 40 tonnes of rubble on railway tracks near Liverpool Lime Street

    No trains will run in or out of Liverpool Lime Street station "for several days"  after a wall collapsed on to the railway .

    A section of a trackside wall "loaded with concrete and cabins by a third party" fell, blocking all four lines into the station, Network Rail said.

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  7. Weather: Mainly dry

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    Dry afternoon but risk of odd shower the further north you go. Highs of 9C.

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    Video caption: Dry afternoon but risk of odd shower further north. Highs of 9C.

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  8. Limited rail services after Liverpool Lime Street station wall collapse

    There are limited services running on trains between Manchester and some Liverpool stations after a wall collapsed at Lime Street.

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    Video caption: All four lines into Liverpool Lime Street station are blocked after a wall came down

    A section of trackside wall "loaded with concrete and cabins by a third party" fell, blocking all four lines into the city centre station, Network Rail said.

    The collapse yesterday evening left rubble strewn across the tracks and overhead wires damaged.

    Northern Rail said a limited service is now running at stations, including Huyton and Liverpool South Parkway.

    Services between Liverpool and London will start and terminate at Runcorn with rail replacement buses between the town and the city centre, a statement from Virgin Trains said.

  9. Eleven charged over supply of Class A drugs

    Eleven people have been charged following police raids in Liverpool and St Helens yesterday.

    The ten men and one woman have been charged with offences relating to the supply of Class A drugs.

    They are due to appear at Warrington Magistrates' Court later.

  10. Rail replacement buses at Liverpool Lime Street station after wall collapse

    Rail replacement buses are running in Liverpool after a wall collapsed on to tracks between Lime Street Station and Edge Hill Station. 

    Rail replacement buses

    Engineers are assessing the damage this lunchtime but Network Rail expect no services to run in or out of Lime Street for several days.

  11. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  12. Unions welcome Ellesmere Port fire crews plans review

    Union leaders have welcomed a review of plans which would have seen some permanent firefighters in Ellesmere Port replaced with on-call staff.

    Ellesmere Port

    There had been warnings the proposals would have increased attendance times and preventable deaths.

    There will also be a review of staffing at Birchwood Fire Station in Warrington. 

    Cheshire Fire Service insists the safety of the public and firefighters is "paramount".

  13. Residents urged to unplug electrical appliances after fire

    Residents are being urged to unplug electrical appliances after an underground fire broke out in Wirral.

    Plug

    It began under tarmac near to an electrical grid in Old Chester Road, Birkenhead, last night.

    Engineers made the area safe by 23:30.

    Nearby residents are being urged to unplug items.

  14. Lime Street Station tweets picture of collapsed wall

    No trains will run in or out of Liverpool Lime Street station "for several days" after a wall collapsed on to the railway .

    A section of a trackside wall "loaded with concrete and cabins by a third party" fell, blocking all four lines into the station, Network Rail said.

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  15. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  16. Liverpool's 2022 Commonwealth Games offer after Durban admits uncertainty

    Liverpool has offered to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games after hosts Durban admitted it might not be able to afford it.

    The Three Graces in Liverpool

    South Africa's sports minister Fikile Mbalula said the government had been forced to have a rethink due to  financial restraints .

    Liverpool,  which is bidding to host the 2026 games , has now offered to step in if Durban cannot host.

    The Commonwealth Games Federation will make the final decision over Durban.

  17. Liverpool Lime Street trains 'might not run until Monday'

    Rail users are facing days of major disruption after a wall collapsed on to tracks between Liverpool Lime Street and Edge Hill stations. 

    Cancelled trains at Lime Street

    Network Rail said trains might not run in or out of Lime Street station until Monday. 

    Passengers are being advised to find alternative routes.

    Liam Robinson, chairman of the Merseytravel Committee, is asking for "patience" while engineers "work to return the service to normal".

  18. Merseyside MPs to discuss child poverty in city region in Parliament

    Some Merseyside MPs will be discussing poverty in the city region in Parliament today. 

    Children

    The debate has been secured by Liverpool Walton's Steve Rotheram and will take place in Westminster Hall. 

    Luciana Berger will be talking about child poverty.

  19. Overhead wires damaged after wall collapse near Liverpool Lime Street Station

    Commuters and travellers are being urged to seek alternative routes after a wall collapsed onto tracks near Lime Street Station.

    Overhead wire cables damaged

    A Network Rail spokesman said: "Early indications suggest train services will not resume for several days while extensive clear up and repairs take place to make the location safe."

    Engineers will make a detailed assessment of the damage later, but have indicated the line may not re-open until Monday 6 March.