Storm and tides cause Merseyside and Cheshire flood disruption

New Brighton Wirral, Chester and Warrington were all hit by flood waters

Storm conditions combined with high tides have led to flooding in parts of Merseyside and Cheshire.

Flood waters hit in Wirral and Chester, while parts of Warrington town centre were closed after river levels rose.

Kings Parade in New Brighton, West Kirby Promenade, the Dell in Rock Ferry and Hoylake Promenade were also closed.

Ferry operator Stena Line cancelled sailings between Belfast and Liverpool due to floods and strong winds.

The Environment Agency has issued 13 flood warnings in place for Merseyside and Cheshire.

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    One for Halsall and all for one 11:21:

    Southport swimmer Fran Halsall won gold as part of Great Briatin's 4x100m mixed medley team at the European Championships in Berlin last night.

    GB winning 4x100 mixed medley

    You can watch how she - and her three teammates - took the title in world record time on BBC Sport.

    On tour with the Lord Mayor 11:13: Leanne Harper BBC Radio Merseyside

    I'm on a tour round a new mental health unit being built on the site of the old Walton Hospital with Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Erica Kemp.

    Councillor Erica Kemp on tour

    You can hear more about our visit on Drive from 4pm on BBC Radio Merseyside.

    Prisons 'undercutting' businesses 11:07:

    The government is being accused by an MP of undercutting businesses in Liverpool by using prisoners to fulfil contract work.

    Prisoners earn on average 30p an hour

    Some prisoners from HMP Liverpool are employed by One3One to carry out laundry and packing work on contracts in the private and public sector, with an average prison wage of 30p an hour.

    Walton MP Steve Rotheram it was "really, really difficult for any legitimate company to compete on a level playing field with prisoners who are paid far less than the minimum wage".

    News on the hour 11:00: Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    Inspectors have found Liverpool's Alder Hey Hospital is falling short in the care it provides critically ill children.

    A Care Quality Commission report found staff numbers were insufficient and outpatient care needed to be improved.

    Listen to our live bulletin.

    John, Paul, George or Ringo? 10:52:

    Museum of Liverpool tweets: It's International Beatle Week! Which #Beatle are you? - find out here:

    Chips delight 10:44: Helen Jones BBC Radio Merseyside

    Damian Davis has been in touch with his favourite "simple pleasure".


    He posted on Facebook: "Bag of chips open at the top walking along the sea front. Wife in hand."

    Pensioners attacked by robber 10:37:

    An elderly couple have been knocked to the ground by a robber who then fled with one of the bags they were carrying.

    Stour Avenue, St Helens

    Police said the pair were walking back from a dance at St Helens village hall, in Stour Avenue, when the attacker pounced and snatched a small brown leather bag.

    Both were knocked to the ground and the man suffered a fractured arm. His wife was uninjured following the robbery, which happened at about 22:30 on Sunday.

    Zico's praise for Phil 10:30:

    News of Reds ace Philippe Coutinho's call-up to the Brazil national team has been greeted with delight by Liverpool fans - and Brazil legend Zico.

    Philippe Coutinho

    Zico told Liverpool's official website: "Coutinho is a very skilled and tactical player.

    "He has already played in a number of countries, which must have been a good learning experience for him as he has achieved a higher level of confidence now at Liverpool."

    Ship's final voyage 10:23: Liverpool Echo

    Historic warship HMS Plymouth on which Argentinian forces surrendered during the Falklands War looked set to be lost to Merseyside forever when it set sail for Turkey this morning.

    Rubbish takeaway 10:15:

    MerPol Allerton tweets: Local Bellevale PCSO visited Mcdonalds employees this morning in the area taking part in a neighbourhood clean up.

    Community clean-up in Bellevale
    Fran-tastic relay win 10:07:

    Southport's Fran Halsall helped her team-mates take the first European 4x100m mixed medley title at the European Swimming Championships in Berlin last night.

    Jemma Lowe, Chris Walker-Hebborn, Fran Halsall and Adam Peaty

    The swimmer joined Chris Walker-Hebborn, Adam Peaty and Jemma Lowe on the podium after they won in record time.

    She also took bronze in her women's 50m butterfly race.

    News on the hour 10:00: Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    The best town criers on the planet are showing off their vocal talents in Chester over the next three days.

    Listen to our live bulletin.

    Simple pleasures 09:54: Helen Jones BBC Radio Merseyside

    A list of the country's top 25 simple pleasures has been released today - and number one was fish and chips by the sea. Lovely.

    Fish and chips

    Let me know your own simple pleasures this morning!

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    Criers on the radio 09:47:

    Visit Chester tweets: Annnnddd.. we're back! The Town Criers are live on @bbcmerseyside

    Town criers
    Trains delayed 09:39:

    Merseyrail emails: "Due to signalling problems at Bank Hall the Southport and Hunts Cross line is disrupted."

    Icy what you did there 09:32: Tony Snell BBC Radio Merseyside

    So who should follow Stephen Twigg in the ice bucket challenge? You've been having your say.

    Christopher Cottam posted on Facebook: "You do it to Snelly, see what noise he makes!!"

    Hmmm. I'm not too sure!

    Blues boss snubs Ross rumour 09:25:

    The BBC Sport Gossip Column says Everton manager Roberto Martinez has played down his earlier claim that midfielder Ross Barkley could be out until early 2015 with a knee injury.

    Ross Barkley

    The Blues boss said: "I don't know where this figure of five months came from."

    MP braves ice bucket challenge 09:16:

    Liverpool MP Stephen Twigg has taken on the "ice bucket challenge" which raises awareness for charity.

    MP Stephen Twigg

    The craze sees people douse themselves in ice water before sending out their nominations for who they think should do it next.

    Watch Mr Twigg squirm on our Facebook page.

    Jordan tipped for Trotters loan 09:09:

    Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe, 18, will join Championship side Bolton on loan after being squeezed out at Anfield following the summer arrivals of Lazar Markovic, 20, and Adam Lallana, 26, according to the Daily Mirror.

    Jordan Ibe
    News on the hour 09:00: Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    A Liverpool MP has joined in the latest internet craze known as the ice bucket challenge, where you pour ice cold water over your head to raise money for charity.

    Steven Gerrard and David Beckham have got involved - and so has West Derby MP Stephen Twigg.

    Listen to our live bulletin.

    Oh yay, oh yay... I'll be back 08:54: via Facebook

    Kevin Fischer has been in touch with his suggestions for the best - and worst - town criers.

    Arnold Schwarzenegger

    He posted on Facebook: "Worst: Joe Pasquale! Best: Arnold Schwarzenegger!"

    And Philip Sagar posted: "John Savident (Fred Elliott the butcher from Coronation Street) would make an excellent town crier. 'I say Chester, Ashley'."

    Boy charged with cemetery theft 08:48:

    A 10-year-old boy has been charged with theft after more than 100 headstones and memorials were damaged at a cemetery in Birkenhead.

    Flaybrick Hill Cemetery, Birkenhead

    A report of "extensive damage" at Flaybrick Hill Cemetery, in Tollemache Road, was made on 23 May, but police believe it happened the evening before.

    The boy has been bailed to appear before Wirral Youth Court on 2 September.

    999 worker 'fell asleep on job' 08:41: Liverpool Echo

    An inquiry has been launched after a worker in Merseyside's ambulance control room was pictured appearing to fall asleep on the job.

    Children's hospital 'must improve' 08:33: Nafeesa Shan BBC News

    Alder Hey Children's Hospital "requires improvement" in the areas of critical care and outpatient services, health inspectors have said.

    Alder Hey Children's Hospital

    The Care Quality Commission (CQC) found a shortage of nurses, a lack of senior doctors on the high dependency unit and outpatients had long waiting times.

    Inspectors rated areas such as end-of-life care, surgery and accident and emergency as Outstanding or Good.

    M62 congestion 08:24:

    BBC Travel News is reporting slow traffic on the M62 eastbound between junction 10, near the M6, and junction 11 at the A574 (Birchwood).

    There is also congestion on the A562 Penketh Road in Great Sankey, Warrington, where traffic is busy but moving at the Murco traffic lights.

    Vying for town crying crown 08:16: Tony Snell BBC Radio Merseyside

    Oh yay, oh yay, oh yay! Chester will host the World Town Crier Championships for the next few days.

    Town criers

    It's not the sort of job that Marcel Marceau would be any good at, but Brian Blessed would be great! So who do you think would make the best and worst town criers?

    Let us know by emailing us or posting on our Facebook page.

    Dry with showers 08:09:

    It's been a rainy start and while there may be a few showers around, many places will have a dry day with some decent periods of sunshine.

    BBC weather

    It looks like another cool day, with top temperatures of 17C (62F).

    News on the hour 08:01: Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    Liverpool's Alder Hey Children's Hospital has recruited about 40 nurses in the last week after a critical report revealed their wards weren't staffed properly.

    The Care Quality Commission found wards were not staffed properly and outpatient care needed to be improved.

    Listen to our live bulletin.

    Good morning 08:00: Tom Mullen BBC News Online

    Greetings from Liverpool on this rather rainy Wednesday morning. I'm here all day with news, sport, weather and travel updates.

    Feel free to get involved by tweeting us, emailing us, or posting on our Facebook page.



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