Doctors have suspended all visiting at Arrowe Park Hospital in Wirral after an outbreak of Norovirus in the local community.
The highly contagious sickness bug has taken hold in the community and the hospital says people are bringing it into the premises where sick and vulnerable patients have been exposed.
"We wish to repeat our appeal not to come to A&E if you have had symptoms of sickness and diarrhoea within the last 48 hours unless it is a genuine emergency.
"To further contain and prevent the spread of this highly contagious sickness bug and to protect patients we are now suspending all visiting to Arrowe Park Hospital except in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of Ward Sisters or nurse in charge.
"We appreciate that this may upset some patients and their friends and families but hope they will appreciate that this action is being taken in the best interests of patient care."
Norovirus’ symptoms include a sudden onset of vomiting and/or diarrhoea. Some people may have a temperature, headache and stomach cramps.
Doctors say the illness usually resolves in one or two days and there are no long-term effects.
A team of young footballers have been kitted out for the first time in three years.
Birkenhead Youth Club's Under 8s had been playing in kits made for when they were the under 6s team.
The youngsters complained it was uncomfortable so a store chain's community outreach scheme stepped and kitted the side our in brand new gear.
The Youth Club also received ten base layer tops to keep them warm playing through the winter months, ten training kits and waterproof jackets, plus balls and bibs.
Birkenhead Youth Club has always been integral to Birkenhead, giving young people something positive to do, which is why it It's great to be able to help a team which is right in the area where our staff live and work.
Merseyside Police have launched an investigation after the body of a man was found at a house in Irby this morning.
Officers were called to a house on Thurstaston Road following a report of concern for the safety of a man inside.
Emergency Services found the body of a man inside the property, he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officers found evidence of a small fire in part of the house, although this had extinguished before officers arrived.
A joint investigation with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service is underway. At this stage, officers are treating the man's death as unexplained.
Anyone with information about the incident can call officers on the 101 number.
Four people have been arrested in Wirral after police were called to reports of a woman being threatened with guns and machetes. Police say it happened on Beryl road in Noctorum last night when the gang threatened the woman and then walked away threatening to come back.
A short while later armed officers attended an address on Whetstone Lane, Birkenhead. Two males, aged 20 and 21 and a female, aged 17 all from the local area were arrested outside the property.
Officers faced a standoff with an 18 year old man still inside before he gave himself up and was also arrested. Police then searched the house and recovered two machetes and a firearm.
Police are appealing to the public for information after a man showed approached three children in Birkenhead and showed them images on his mobile phone.
It happened around 3pm on Sunday 11th January when the man approached the two five-year-olds and a three-year-old, made an inappropriate comment, and showed them pictures on his phone.
The man is described as being white, tall of a slim build with brown hair. He was wearing a black jumper, blue jeans and brown and white coloured adidas training shoes.
Detective Inspector Paul Parry from Merseyside Police said:
“This was an upsetting ordeals for these children and they did exactly the right thing and reported the incidents to an adult they knew and trusted.
“I would urge the man involved to make contact with us so we can discuss the incident with him to ascertain the full circumstances of what has happened.
"We are treating this report seriously and are very keen for anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or anyone with information to contact us immediately.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 0151 777 2265 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
A spokesman for BT said services were back to normal shortly before 3pm.
Phone services in Chester have been hit by a fault caused when a BT exchange flooded.
The Countess of Chester and Cheshire Police have both reported problems.
Residential and business services have also been affected.
BT says it hopes to have the repairs carried out by 5pm.
"Police are advising local residents in the affected areas to use a mobile phone if they need to make contact via 999 in an emergency, or to speak with the police on the non emergency 101 number.
"Additional patrols will be visible in the impacted areas."
The family of 88-year-old man who died after being hit by a car, have paid tribute to him.
Mervyn Bruce Taylor died in hospital on Monday, 10 November, after being knocked down by a car in Barnston on the Wirral five days earlier.
Mervyn's daughter, Melissa, said:
"My dad lived life to the full. He was a very independent, strong willed and active man and was very fit for his age.
"If he wanted something in life or mum wanted anything he would work very hard to achieve it, in fact he worked that hard in life that he forgot to retire and was still working as an accountant at the age of 88.
"Dad was a very charitable man and received recognition for his services to charity when both he and mum received a royal invite to a garden party at Buckingham Palace.
"He was a very caring man and in 2003 when mum suffered a stroke, he devoted the next eight years caring for her so she didn’t have to go into a home.
"Everything he did was for other people.”
Merseyside Police say they've recovered five flasks of a highly toxic chemical, stolen in a burglary at a business in Wirral.
The chemical 'Phostoxin' is highly flammable and toxic, and is used as a pesticide.
The flasks were found at Bebington Cemetery after apparently being left there.
Merseyside Police said:
Officers from the Matrix Serious and Organised Crime Team today have conducted a further search of the area.
One canister remains outstanding.
Police are urging anyone who has any information or knows of the whereabouts of the sixth canister to find a way of returning it to either the police or the fire service.