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  1. Updates on Monday 6 March
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Tuesday

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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 Tuesday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the region.

  2. Weather: Bright with a chance of showers

    BBC Weather

    Dry and bright for the most part this afternoon, with plenty of sunshine - the chance of one or two showers later with highs of 10C.

    Showers this evening, but dry and clear overnight with lows of 3C.

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    Video caption: The weather for the North West of England on Monday 6 March.

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  3. High-speed 'hover train' plans submitted

    Plans for a futuristic "hover train" that could get passengers from Liverpool to Manchester in just seven minutes have been submitted to transport bosses.

    Maglev train in Japan

    Direct City Networks is developing a plan for "the world's fastest underground system".

    But the plans have been discounted as "laughable" by a leading industry expert.

    Transport for the North said the plans needed more "development".

  4. Why is Vauxhall being sold to Peugeot?

    Dearbail Jordan

    Business reporter

    Vauxhall and Opel are being sold to the company that owns Peugeot and Citroen for 2.2bn euros (£1.9bn). 

    Dearbail Jordan looks at the logic behind the deal.

    The Astra is made at Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port plant
  5. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M62 Merseyside eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M62 Merseyside eastbound severe disruption, at J6 for M57.

    M62 Merseyside - M62 lane closed on entry slip road from one and heavy traffic eastbound at J6, M57 (Tarbock Island), because of a broken down vehicle.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  6. Peugeot buys Vauxhall: Ellesmere Port workers 'in the dark'

    Workers at Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port plant have said they are "in the dark" following a deal to sell General Motors' European unit, including Vauxhall, to a French firm.  

    Ellesmere Port factory
    Image caption: The plant produces Astras

    The 2.2bn euro (£1.9bn) sale of  General Motors to the PSA Group  has also raised job fears at Vauxhall's Luton factory.

    The two plants employ 4,500 workers.

    BBC assistant political editor Norman Smith said government sources were " cautiously optimistic " about the future of car production at Vauxhall.

  7. Plans to make Liverpool's bus network 'simpler and clearer'

    People in Liverpool are being given the chance to have their say on plans to simplify the city's bus network.

    The proposals include removing the Soccerbus service - which runs between Sandhills station and Anfield and Goodison on matchdays.

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  8. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • The Chairman of the French carmaker PSA Group is trying to play down fears of plant closures - after confirming it's buying the European operations of General Motors,  including Vauxhall in the UK
    • Police say the death of a man in Liverpool city centre is being treated as "suspicious"
    • Tony Bellew has told the BBC his win over David Haye may be his last professional fight
  9. Government 'cautiously optimistic' about future of Vauxhall

    Government sources say they're "cautiously optimistic" about the future of car production at Vauxhall after the takeover by the French company, PSA.

    Ellesmere Port factory

    The owner of Citroen and Peugeot has agreed to pay General Motors 2.2bn euro (£1.9bn) for its European business. 

    Around 2,000 people are employed at Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port factory. 

    Business Secretary Greg Clark said: "The Prime Minister and I have been in close contact with the PSA Group and General Motors and they have been clear this deal is an opportunity to grow the Vauxhall brand, building on their existing strengths and commitments."

  10. Boxing: Bellew says retirement 'is an option' after Haye fight

    BBC Sport

    Tony Bellew says he is considering retirement following his surprise victory over bitter rival David Haye at London's O2 Arena on Saturday.

    Tony Bellew

    But the Liverpudlian, 34, admitted that an offer for one further fight could be too lucrative to turn down.

    "I don't know how many times more I can put my body and family through this," Bellew told BBC Radio 5 live.

    Asked whether the Haye bout would be his last, he added: "It's an option. It's something I'm thinking about."

  11. Wirral council tax set to rise by almost 5%

    Councillors in Wirral will vote later on plans to increase council tax by almost 5%.

    Wirral Council

    The authority said it is facing its "most challenging budget ever", as it tries to cope with a £45m cut in government funding this year. 

    The opposition Conservative group will put forward an alternative budget saying the council should scrap £200,000 worth of development work on the proposed Jack Nicklaus golf resort.

  12. PSA boss Carlos Tavares 'we do not need to shut down plants'

    The chairman of the French carmaker PSA Group is trying to play down fears of plant closures - after confirming it's buying the European operations of General Motors, including Vauxhall in the UK. 

    Carlos Tavares

    The 2.2bn euro (£1.9bn) deal has led to fears for the long-term future of the factory in Ellesmere Port, where about 2,000 staff are employed. 

    But PSA chairman Carlos Tavares has told a press conference in Paris: "We do not need to shut down plants."

    The general secretary of the Unite union Len McCluskey is urging the government to provide full support for workers at what he described as a "deeply unsettling time."

    More Peugeot deal reaction here

  13. Rubble cleared from tracks at Liverpool Lime Street

    All the rubble has now been cleared from the tracks at Lime Street station and repair work to the overhead lines is under way.

    Network Rail said part of a trackside wall "loaded with concrete and cabins by a third party" fell on to the tracks on Tuesday evening.

    Lime Street repairs
  14. Man's body find in city centre bushes 'suspicious'

    The discovery of a man's body in bushes in Liverpool city centre is being treated as "suspicious", police have said.

    Police cordon

    The body, believed to be a man in his 30s, was found by a passer-by at about 07:55 at the junction of Brownlow Hill and Crown Street.

    Police cordon
  15. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • The Chairman of the French carmaker PSA Group is trying to play down fears of plant closures - after confirming it's buying the European operations of General Motors, including Vauxhall in the UK
    • Police say the death of a man in Liverpool city centre is being treated as "suspicious"
    • A man and woman are due in court charged in connection with the death of a two-year-old boy in Wirral
  16. Collapsed wall repairs continue at Liverpool Lime Street station

    Repair work on a section of track hit by a 200-tonne landslip is continuing as services are expected to resume by Thursday.

    A trackside wall collapsed near Liverpool Lime Street on Tuesday, effectively closing the station.

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  17. Government 'must protect British jobs' Ellesmere Port MP says

    The sale of Vauxhall to the French automotive giant PSA is the "first test of the government's commitment to supporting UK manufacturing in the new world", the MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston has said.

    Ellesmere Port factory

    Justin Madders said he is to meet Business Secretary Greg Clark to emphasise "the need for the government to commit to doing whatever it takes to protect British jobs". 

    The UK factories at Ellesmere Port and Luton employ some 4,500 workers, and work "must begin in earnest to put UK production in the best possible position", Mr Madders added.

  18. Man's body found in bushes at Brownlow Hill

    The body of a man in his 30s has been found in bushes in Liverpool city centre, police have said.

    Brownlow Hill

    The body was found by a passer-by at about 07:55 at the junction of Brownlow Hill and Crown Street. 

    Police said the death is being treated as "suspicious".