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  1. Updates on Monday 20 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 more of the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Weather: Cold night with chance of frost

    BBC Weather

    A cooler afternoon with scattered showers. A colder night than of late with patchy frost and a ice risk by dawn. Remaining breezy. Lows of 4C.

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    Video caption: Weather: A cooler afternoon with scattered showers. Highs of 9C.

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  3. Father's charity walk for 'cuddle cot'

    A man whose son was stillborn is preparing for a 120-mile charity walk to help other people affected by similar tragedy.

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    Video caption: Mark Keenan is preparing for a 120 mile charity walk to help others affected by stillbirth

    Mark Keenan and his partner Lisa are raising money for a cuddle cot - a cooling pad which can be placed in any bed or Moses basket that allows parents to spend more time with their stillborn babies. 

    The couple lost their son Thomas in November 2015.

  4. Floral tributes at service remembering IRA bombing victims

    Floral tributes have been placed in Bridge St, Warrington, on 24th anniversary of an IRA bomb attack.


    A service was held today to remember the victims of the bombing - three-year-old Johnathan Ball and 12-year-old Tim Parry.

    Plaque remembering Johnathan Ball and Tim Parry
  5. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • Police offer a £20,000 belonging to escaped convicted murderer Shaun Walmsley as a reward for information
    • A man whose son was stillborn is preparing for a 120-mile charity walk to help other 
    • A minute's silence has been observed in Warrington to remember the victims of the IRA bombing 24 years ago
  6. Police offer £20,000 of escaped prisoner's money for his capture

    Police are offering £20,000 belonging to escaped convicted murderer Shaun Walmsley as a reward for information that will put him back behind bars.

    Shaun Walmsley

    Walmsley, 28, was  sprung from custody by two armed men  while getting into a cab with prison officers outside Aintree Hospital on 21 February.

    Walmsley was ordered to serve a minimum of 30 years for the murder of Anthony Duffy, 33, of Kirkby.

    The reward is made up of money seized from the 28-year-old following his arrest and murder conviction, police said.

    Quote Message: We have invested significant resources in trying to trace Walmsley to no avail, and we don't think it is right that public money is being used in this way.
    Quote Message: Walmsley and those that released him, had put in a considerable amount of planning to execute his escape and it is only right that we use Walmsley's own money to encourage people to tell us where he is. from Det Supt Natalie Perischine Merseyside Police
    Det Supt Natalie Perischine Merseyside Police

    Detectives are advising the public not to approach "dangerous" Walmsley as he could be with those who helped him escape - who are believed to be armed.

  7. Care sector 'facing shortage of workers'

    More needs to be done to encourage people to work in the care sector, according to a Liverpool care provider.

    Woman walking with zimmer frame

    The warning comes after a BBC investigation found care providers have cancelled contracts with 95 councils across the UK because they can't deliver services for the amount they are paid. 

    The findings will be shown on tonight's Panorama programme on BBC One, part of which has been filmed in Liverpool.

    Resource manager at the Granby Hub in Liverpool, Mike Furlong, said:

    Quote Message: At one point, coming into the care profession used to be a vocation and now people are not applying for positions for one reason or another. The level of pay is not great."
  8. Talks to avert strike action end without agreement

    Talks to avoid fresh strikes by Merseyrail workers over driver-only operated trains have ended without agreement .


    Members of the RMT union  staged a 24-hour walkout  on 13 March over plans for  driver-only operated trains  in 2020.

    The union, which says it wants to keep guards on trains for public safety, said strikes were "inevitable".

    Merseyrail said it wanted the RMT to back the decision for the new "safer" operating system.

    Quote Message: Modern trains, built for intensive suburban networks like Merseyrail, are not built to have the traditional guard role and there are RMT members at London underground that operate trains without guards day in, day out, with full agreement of the management." from Jan Chaudhrey-van der Velde Managing Director of Merseyrail
    Jan Chaudhrey-van der Velde Managing Director of Merseyrail
    Quote Message: The only thing they want to talk to us about are redundancy payments, redeployment of guards and retraining. That's the preconditions they brought to the table." from John Tilley RMT regional organiser
    John TilleyRMT regional organiser
  9. Football: Why was Manchester City v Liverpool 'superb'?

    Match of the Day

    lan Shearer and Danny Murphy join Mark Chapman on MOTD3 to discuss the "superb" 1-1 draw between Manchester City and Liverpool, and explain why the match proved these two sides will not win the Premier League title this season.   

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    Video caption: MOTD3: Why was Man City v Liverpool a superb game?
  10. Teenager arrested in murder probe

    A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of a 47-year-old man in Devon.

    Bridge Court

    Police were called to Bridge Court, Exeter, by ambulance staff due to a concern for welfare of a man in the early hours of Friday morning.

    The victim, originally from Liverpool, was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital but later died.

    His family has not yet been informed and formal identification has not yet taken place.

  11. Football: Schneiderlin injury concern for Everton

    BBC Sport

    Everton's Morgan Schneiderlin will find out the extent of his calf injury today - with fears he could be out of action for weeks.

    Morgan Schneiderlin sat on pitch injured

    The French midfielder, 27, had to be replaced after half an hour of the Blues'  4-0 win over Hull

    "I am a little bit worried he will be out for several weeks but we need to wait for the scan to know what happened," manager Ronald Koeman said.

    He has tweeted reassuring fans he "will do everything to come back asap".

    Everton are sixth in the table on 50 points with nine games remaining.

  12. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • Talks between Merseyrail bosses and members of the RMT union have finished without an agreement about how to bring their dispute to an end
    • A service has been held in Warrington to remember the victims and survivors of the IRA bombing 24 years ago
    • More needs to be done to encourage people to wok in the care sector according to a Liverpool care provider
  13. Frances reveals Paul McCartney's songwriting tips

    Pop star Frances was taught by Paul McCartney and has been compared to Adele.

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    Video caption: Performing live on the BBC Introducing Stage on Saturday

    Nominated for the Brits critics' choice award and the BBC Sound of 2016, she attended the pop-focussed Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts.

    While at LIPA, she remembers getting advice from McCartney.

    Quote Message: He said that when he and John [Lennon] were writing, they didn't have anything to record what they were doing… Whereas now, if I'm writing in a session, I've got my phone there recording everything. And so if I forget something I can go back and find it.
    Quote Message: But he said, 'We didn't have that luxury. So if we forgot something, it wasn't good enough and we didn't use it.' I was like, 'Oh my God, that's so true.' Because if you've written something and 10 minutes later you don't remember it, then it's not good enough. from Frances
  14. Talks to avert future rail strikes end without agreement

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    The RMT has said further strikes are "inevitable" after the talks broke down this afternoon.

  15. Cathedral bust commemorates murdered Archbishop

    A bust of Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was murdered by a death squad in El Salvador in 1980, has been unveiled in Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.

    Bust of Romero

    Archbishop Malcolm McMahon blessed the bust at the end of a Mass commemorating the archbishop’s murder.

    Liverpool is the only city outside of El Salvador that has held a special commemoration of his death every year since he was shot dead while celebrating Mass in a hospital in the capital San Salvador.

    Archbishop Romero was murdered after regularly denouncing human rights abuses and economic inequality.

  16. Football: Liverpool needed a bit more luck - Klopp

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp feels his side " needed a bit more luck " but was "more than OK" with his side's performance after their 1-1 draw with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.  

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    Video caption: Man City 1-1 Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp feels Reds 'needed a bit more luck'

    The draw leaves Liverpool 4th - three points behind Spurs who are in second place and four points above Manchester United who are in fifth place with two games in hand.

  17. Warrington service remembers IRA bombing victims

    A service is being held in Warrington to remember the victims of the IRA bombing 24 years ago.

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    Johnathan Ball, three, died when two bombs hidden in litter bins detonated in Bridge Street on 20 March 1993. Tim Parry, 12, died five days later.

    A minute's silence is being held at the ceremony.

  18. Appeal after woman, 62, hit by car

    Police are appealing for witnesses after a 62-year-old woman was hit by a car.

          Queens Drive opposite the junction with Stanley Park Avenue North

    She was struck by a car in Queens Drive on the Bootle-bound carriageway, opposite the junction with Stanley Park Avenue North, on Thursday.

    The woman suffered head and leg injuries and remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital, police said.

    Police asked anybody with information to contact them.