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  1. Updates on Friday 17 March
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday 20 March

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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 Monday with more of the latest news, sport, travel and weather.  

  2. Weather: Wet and windy

    BBC Weather

    Remaining wet and windy throughout much evening and into the night. Rain will ease a little tomorrow morning with winds becoming lighter.

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  3. Football: Luton's King extends Southport loan

    BBC Sport

    Luton Town goalkeeper Craig King has extended his loan spell at Southport until the end of the season.

    Southport
  4. Gyles Brandreth installed as new Chancellor of the University of Chester

    Former Chester MP Gyles Brandreth has been officially installed as the new Chancellor of the University of Chester.

    Gyles Brandreth

    Quoting Nelson Mandela during his installation ceremony, he said: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”  

    Dr Brandreth was awarded his Honorary Doctorate by the University in 2014.

  5. Police tweet CCTV images as part of clampdown on off-road bikes

    Merseyside Police has tweeted CCTV images of men they want to speak to after a number of illegal and anti-social large-scale gatherings of off-road bikes across Merseyside.

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  6. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • The mayor of Liverpool has written to the transport secretary about the state of Liverpool's roads - claiming he fears "someone will die" if they aren't fixed
    • Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust is awarded £50,000 to look at new ways to improve maternity services
    • A new road safety book for parents has been launched by the family of a six-year-old boy who was run over and killed outside his school in West Derby
  7. Super League playercam trial to continue

    BBC Sport

    Kurt Gidley

    A trial of playercam in Super League is set to continue despite technical problems halting its first use on Warrington's Kurt Gidley.

  8. Police called to Toxteth house after reports man inside with weapon

    Police are at a house in the Toxteth area of Liverpool - after reports a man inside may be armed with a weapon. 

    Officers have been called to Mill Street. 

    There are no reports of any injuries.

  9. Liverpool parade celebrates St Patrick's Day

    Hundreds of people are taking part in Liverpool's St Patrick's Day parade.

    St Patrick's Day parade

    Starting off at Mount Pleasant, the parade moves through the city ending at Derby Square, with music, dancing, and maybe the odd Guinness.  

    St Patrick's Day parade
  10. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • The mayor of Liverpool has written to the transport secretary about the state of Liverpool's roads - claiming he fears "someone will die" if they aren't fixed
    • Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust is awarded £50,000 to look at new ways to improve maternity services  
    • Police are at a house in Toxteth after reports a man inside may be armed with a weapon
  11. Student 'broke back' at trampoline park

    A student nurse has said she faces weeks of rehabilitation after being injured at a Cheshire trampoline park .

    Ceri Jones

    Ceri Jones, 21, from Beddgelert in Gwynedd, said scans showed a vertebra "basically exploded" after a jump at Flip Out Chester on 25 January.

    She has been left in a brace, requires five more weeks of physiotherapy and plans to sue the activity centre.

    Flip Out Chester said it had an excellent safety record and has replaced the attraction in question.

  12. Man arrested in Aaron Lewis murder probe released on bail

    A 27-year-old man questioned over the death of Aaron Lewis in Liverpool has been released on bail.

    Aaron Lewis

    The 26-year-old, from Toxteth, was shot three times outside a newsagent shop on Grosvenor Road in Wavertree in February.

    Merseyside Police say their investigations are continuing.

  13. Weather: Rainy afternoon

    BBC Weather

    Lots of rain about this afternoon which will be heavy at times. It will also feel quite chilly with strong winds. Highs of 10C.

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  14. Liverpool park cash boosts plans for Nelson Mandela memorial

    Hopes for a permanent memorial to Nelson Mandela in a Liverpool park have moved a step closer after money was approved for improvements .

    Nelson Mandela Memorial Campaigners

    The Nelson Mandela Memorial Campaign wants to create a tribute on the lake island in Toxteth's Princes Park to mark what would have been his 100th birthday in 2018.

    Liverpool Council has approved £312,500 to restore the surrounding lake including reinstating the water channel, fixing edging stones, putting in fishing platforms and ecological improvements.

    The former president of South Africa was made a Freeman of the City in 1994.

  15. Merseyrail driver-only trains: RMT to attend talks on Monday

    The RMT has accepted Merseyrail's offer to attend talks on Monday - a week after guards walked out on strike

    New Merseyrail train

    It is hoped the meeting next week will bring to an end their row over a new fleet of trains on order that would be driver-only operated.

    It comes as RMT members on the Southern rail network announce they will stage another 24-hour strike in April .

    In a statement, RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:

    Quote Message: RMT has said from the start that the union is ready for talks with the company over the safe operation of the new Merseyrail fleet, and our lead officer and guards company council will be attending talks on Monday.

    Merseyrail restated that current permanent guards will be guaranteed an alternative work with salary levels protected and no guard will be forced to leave Merseyrail’s employment

    Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde, Merseyrail managing director, said: 

    Quote Message: We are very pleased that the RMT has accepted our proposal for talks. I am hopeful that they will take these discussions seriously and get behind the decision made by local politicians last December to order these fantastic new trains, which will be much safer than the ones they replace.
  16. Hoylake: Green Belt and Greens

    BBC Radio 4

    A new golf resort has been proposed for Hoylake in Wirral. Helen Mark explores how this will affect the local green belt and the birdlife and wildlife that live there .

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    Video caption: Helen Mark finds out how a proposed golf resort in Hoylake will affect the green belt.
  17. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • The mayor of Liverpool has written to the transport secretary about the state of Liverpool's roads - claiming he fears "someone will die" if they aren't fixed
    • The RMT has accepted Merseyrail's offer to attend talks on Monday - a week after guards walked out on strike
    • A 27-year-old man arrested over fatal shooting of a man in Liverpool has been released on bail
  18. Appeal made for missing Skelmersdale teenager

    Police are appealing for information over a missing 17-year-old girl from Skelmersdale.

    Sarah Farrell

    Sarah Farrell was last seen on 11 March in Mere Close.

    She is described as white, 5ft 2in (1.6m), with shoulder length, dark brown, straight hair and has a Liverpool accent. She was last seen wearing blue jeans, a red padded parka jacket and black trainers with a gold tick.

    The teenager has links to Skelmersdale, Ormskirk and Burscough and anyone with any information is asked to contact police.