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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 29 April
  2. We return at 08:00 on Tuesday with more news, sport, travel and weather updates from across Merseyside and west Cheshire

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By Paul Burnell

All times stated are UK

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Thanks for joining us this week - we'll be back from 08:00 on Tuesday with more news, sport, travel and weather updates from around the region.

Everton FC 'salutes' Hillsborough families

Garry Newlove killer's renewed sentence reduction bid rejected

A man who murdered a father of three outside his home has lost a renewed bid to be released early from prison.

Jordan Cunliffe
Merseyside Police

Jordan Cunliffe was 16 when he was jailed for a minimum of 12 years in 2008 after Garry Newlove, 47, was kicked to death in Warrington in 2007. 

Dismissing the case, High Court judges said the decision was based on his progress in jail not on a statement by Mr Newlove's widow at his 2015 appeal.

Labour MP Marie Rimmer on trial over 'referendum assault'

A Labour MP has gone on trial accused of kicking a "Yes" campaigner during the Scottish independence referendum.

Marie Rimmer
BBC

Marie Rimmer, 69, MP for St Helens South and Whiston, denies assaulting Patricia McLeish outside a Glasgow polling station on 18 September 2014.

Giving evidence, Ms McLeish, 52, said the Merseyside MP spoke aggressively before kicking her on the shin outside Shettleston Community Centre. The trial at Glasgow Sheriff Court, has been adjourned until July.

Watch newborn warty piglets at play

Two warty piglets – one of the rarest and most endangered mammals on the planet – have been born at Chester Zoo.

MP says pharmacies 'vital' for healthcare

Liverpool Wavertree MP Luciana Berger is meeting community pharmacists to discuss the effect of plans to cut NHS funding by £170m.

Pharmacy
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The shadow mental health minister's warning that government is planning to cut pharmacy funding nationally will lead to a reduction in opening hours and staff.

She says pharmacies provide a "vital service" that can help ease the strain on the NHS.     

Man who died in Everton shooting was 'loving and caring'

The family of man who died following a shooting in Liverpool said he was "a loving and caring father, son and brother" who "lived life to the full".

Mark HIllman
Merseyside Police

Mark Hillman, 26, was found with serious injuries to his upper body on Lloyd Close in Everton at 17:15 on Wednesday.  

A family statement said he was a devoted family man and would always be the one to play practical jokes. It thanked local residents who came to his aid and said Mr Hillman would be sadly missed. 

May says 'hiring and firing' South Yorkshire Police chief is up to PCC

Home Secretary Theresa May has responded to calls for remedial measures to be applied to South Yorkshire Police by saying she understood the families' "disappointment" with the force's response to the disaster and repeated her message that it must "recognise the truth and be willing to accept it". 

Theresa May
BBC

"The decision to hire and fire a chief officer is a matter for the Police and Crime Commissioner, in order to ensure direct accountability to the communities served by the force," she said.

Latest headlines for Merseyside and west Cheshire

This evening's top stories: 

  •  An 18-year-old Merseyside man's been jailed for a total of 41 months for possession of a firearm.  

Woman suffers hammer attack

A 24-year-old woman suffered serious injuries to her nose and cheek after she was attacked with a hammer.

Wadham Road
Google

Merseyside Police has just released details of the attack by two men on 14 March in Wadham Road, Bootle.

Detectives are treating the incident as a targeted attack and want to speak to David Topping, 28, and Francis Clarke, 21.

Hillsborough and the long journey to change the police

Dominic Casciani

Home Affairs Correspondent

There is a very important legal maxim: justice delayed is justice denied. Never was that truer than in the battle for answers over Hillsborough.

Hillsborough families
Reuters

A 27-year wait to hear a jury say that the police were wrong, that the fans were innocent and 96 blameless people had been unlawfully killed.

Rugby League: Warrington wallop Wigan

Phil Cartwright

BBC Sport

Warrington Wolves completed a Super League double over Wigan Warriors  to move two points clear at the top of the table.

Tony Smith's side followed up a 28-16 win at Wigan on 1 April with a 40-10 home victory.

Duckinfield Street in Liverpool repainted 'Truth Street'

Football: Blues missing key defenders for Bournemouth game

BBC Sport

Everton are still missing several defenders for the visit of Bournemouth, with Phil Jagielka and Seamus Coleman sidelined by hamstring injuries and Ramiro Funes Mori suspended.

Roberto Martinez
Getty Images

Roberto Martinez is also without Gareth Barry, who has a groin strain, while there could be debuts for Matthew Pennington and Kieran Dowell.

Hillsborough barrister calls for major reforms to disaster responses

Leading barrister Michael Mansfield QC, who represented most of the victims' families at the Hillsborough Inquests, has called for the creation of a permanent commission which would scrutinise how the police and other agencies handle disaster scenes in the future.

He also backs the appointment of a single permanent independent advocate to represent the interests of the bereaved.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Today's top stories:

  • Lawyers for 20 Hillsborough victims' families have called on the Home Secretary to apply remedial measures to South Yorkshire Police
  • A man who murdered a father-of-three outside his home in Warrington in 2007 loses a High Court attempt for an early release from jail
  • Birkenhead MP Frank Field has met bosses at the Cammell Laird shipyard to discuss concerns over a threat to almost 100 jobs

Ken Livingstone's 'disgraceful' anti-Semitic comments

A Liverpool Labour MP, who once received 2,500 anti-Semitic message in three days, has said comments made by Ken Livingstone have no place in the Labour Party.

Luciana Berger
BBC

"There is no hierarchy of racism. Ken's comments are a disgrace," said Luciana Berger, MP for Wavertree.

Mr Livingstone, former London Mayor, has been suspended by Labour after claiming Hitler supported Zionism "before he went mad".

Police appeal over fatal shooting in Everton

Merseyside Police are looking for people to provide information to help with their investigation into the murder of Mark Hillman.

Mr Hillman was shot in Lloyd Close, Everton, at 17:15 on Wednesday.

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Final day to leave tributes outside St George's Hall

Today is the last day to leave tributes to the 96 victims of the Hillsborough Disaster on the steps outside St George's Hall.

Tributes at St George's Hall
BBC

I went down there earlier and the steps were covered with flowers, photographs and football scarves. 

Many people had gathered to visit the scene and pay their respects at the place where a memorial to the victims took place on Wednesday evening.

Flowers at St George's
BBC

Could stubborn Seaforth block finally fall today?

Liverpool Echo

Work to demolish the stubborn Seaforth tower block could start today after three botched attempts.

Dog was found dead in bag on New Brighton beach

Liverpool Echo

The RSPCA is appealing for help to find the last owner of a dog found dead in a sealed bag on New Brighton beach.

Frank Field at Cammell Laird to discuss proposed job losses

Birkenhead MP Frank Field has met bosses and union representatives at Cammel Laird shipyard this morning, following the announcement that 98 jobs are at risk.

Cammell Laird shipyard
Getty Images

Mr Field said: "It was a good meeting this morning. 

"While management and the union representatives will continue working to settle the short-term issue of redundancies, there are some very important long-term issues at the yard that I’ll be taking up."

The police reputation post Hillsborough

Liverpool-born broadcaster Shelagh Fogarty gives a personal take on policing post-Hillsborough.

Radio presenter Shelagh Fogarty looks at the reputation of the police after Hillsborough.

Garry Newlove murder: Killer loses court bid for early release

A man who murdered a father-of-three outside his home in 2007 has lost a High Court bid to be released early from prison.

Jordan Cunliffe
Cheshire Constabulary
Jordan Cunliffe was 16 when he was jailed in 2008

Jordan Cunliffe, now 24, was jailed for a minimum of 12 years in 2008 after Garry Newlove was kicked to death in Warrington.

Mr Newlove, 47, suffered head injuries in the attack by three teenagers and died in hospital two days later.

Cunliffe's case was rejected, meaning he will have to wait until the summer of 2019 - before he can apply for parole.

Weather: Sunny spells and scattered showers

BBC Weather

There will be sunny spells and scattered showers this afternoon across Merseyside, with some of the showers possibly heavy with a risk of hail and thunder. 

Weather graphic
BBC

Winds remain brisk leading to another cold day for the time of year.  

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South Yorkshire Police has 'poor ethics', says lawyer

A lawyer representing 20 Hillsborough families says South Yorkshire Police is "completely rudderless".

Elkan Abrahamson of Broudie Jackson Canter (BJC) solicitors has asked the home secretary to apply remedial measures to South Yorkshire Police.

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South Yorkshire PCC: 'Dark days' in the wake of Hillsborough Inquests

Speaking on BBC Radio Sheffield, Alan Billings, South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner who is seeking re-election next week, acknowledged that they were "dark days" for the force in the wake of the Hillsborough inquests. 

Dr Billings' rivals for the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner role criticised his handling of the situation which led to the suspension of the chief constable David Crompton and stressed the need for "culture change" within the force.

He said it was also a "moment of opportunity" for it to "establish a new team who understand the need to change the culture".  

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Today's top stories:

  • Lawyers for 20 Hillsborough victims' families call on the Home Secretary to apply remedial measures to South Yorkshire Police. 
  • A Chester councillor will stand trial accused of assault, after an incident with a doorman at a bar in the city
  • Birkenhead MP Frank Field has met bosses at the Cammell Laird shipyard to discuss concerns over a threat to almost 100 jobs.

South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner defends decision to suspend chief constable

South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings was asked by BBC Radio Sheffield whether he wanted to dismiss or suspend Chief Constable David Crompton following the Hillsborough inquests.

Chief Constable David Crompton
BBC

He suspended him, saying: "I did what seemed to me the right thing to do. 

"There is a process now and there will be a conclusion to that process, but I can't prejudice that."

'Shambolic' South Yorkshire Police needs 'rigorous examination'

South Yorkshire Police needs "a rigorous and continuing examination of the ethical behaviour of the force at every level, lawyers for 20 families of Hillsborough victims have said.

Elkan Abrahamson, of Broudie Jackson and Canter, said: "We are appalled to see the shambles in South Yorkshire Police following the Hillsborough Inquest verdict.

"We believe the rank and file officers in the force are being let down by their leaders."

The Hillsborough Inquests concluded the 96 victims of the 1989 disaster were unlawfully killed.

Hillsborough: Lawyers press for action against police

Lawyers for 20 families of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster have asked the Home Secretary to apply remedial measures to South Yorkshire Police.

Hillsborough disaster pitch
BBC

Broudie Jackson Canter (BJC) Solicitors said Theresa May should send a team in to examine the force "root and branch". 

The police authority has been criticised following the conclusion of the Hillsborough inquests. 

The jury found the 96 victims were unlawfully killed and there were police failings. The Home Office has been contacted for a response.

BreakingSouth Yorkshire Police needs 'remedial' measures, say Hillsborough lawyers

Lawyers for 20 families of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster have asked the Home Secretary to apply remedial measures to South Yorkshire Police.

Football: Martinez close to losing job claim

BBC Sport

Roberto Martinez is close to losing his job as Everton manager with the 11th-placed club's board to meet to discuss his position, according to The Daily Telegraph.

Fans calling for Martinez to leave
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Seaforth's stubborn tower block to be brought down

Experts are bringing in specialist equipment from Scotland to bring down a 15-storey tower block in Merseyside that is still standing after failed demolition attempts.

Flats
BBC

Man died after he was shot in back in Everton

A 26-year-old man died after he was shot twice in the back, a post-mortem examination has found. 

Crime scene
BBC

Mark Thomas Hillman was found with serious injuries to his upper body on a pavement in Lloyd Close, Everton, on Wednesday evening.

Mr Hillman, from Kirkdale, was pronounced dead in hospital a short time later.

Liverpool boy to star in Game of Thrones

A child actor from Liverpool is making his debut on Monday in Sky TV's Game Of Thrones, one of the world's most watched series.

Matteo Elezi
BBC

"It's really amazing to think it goes all over the world," said Matteo Elezi, 10, from Calderstones.

But Matteo, who has been acting for 10 years, will only get to watch his role after mum Linda records a version without the racier scenes the programme is well known for.

Three held after marina drugs raid

Three men have been arrested and a boat in Liverpool Marina has been searched as part of a an investigation into drug trafficking. The men, all in their 60s, were arrested during raids in Prescot and Whiston in Knowsley this morning.

Officers seized about £6,000 from one house in Halsnead Park and £1,000 from a house in Prescot. A further £2,000 was seized from a boat berthed at Coburg Wharf in Liverpool. 

Travel: Merseyrail disrupted at Southport

There are no trains on the Merseyrail line between Southport and Hillside this morning, to allow safety checks to be made on the line.

This is expected until about 11:00.

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Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Today's top stories from Merseyside and west Cheshire:

  • The former chief constable of Greater Manchester and Cheshire Police says the way the police handle complaints needs to be reformed in the wake of the Hillsborough Inquests. 
  • A Chester councillor will stand trial accused of assault, after an incident with a doorman at a bar in the city
  • Birkenhead MP Frank Field has met bosses at the Cammell Laird shipyard to discuss concerns over a threat to almost 100 jobs.

Weather: Sleet, snow and rain likely all morning