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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 4 May
  2. Merseyside Live returns at 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates

Live Reporting

By Jenny Coleman

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates have finished for the day, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather from across Merseyside and west Cheshire.  

  2. Weather: Bright evening and dry night

    BBC Weather

    We're looking at a bright evening followed by a dry night with some clear spells.

    Wednesday evening weather in Liverpool

    And it will stay dry on Thursday with some bright or sunny spells.

  3. Coming up on North West Tonight

    Roger Johnson

    Presenter, BBC North West Tonight

      On North West Tonight at 18:30:

    • A report says there's fresh evidence about alleged police cover-ups after both Hillsborough and Orgreave, the battle between police and striking miners in 1984
    • Ahead of local election day tomorrow, political editor Arif Ansari looks at the election battleground
  4. Man arrested in relation to murder in Everton

    Detectives investigating the murder of Mark Hillman in Everton last Week have arrested a man on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder and assisting an offender.

    Mark Hillman, 26, was shot twice in the back before being found on a pavement in Lloyd Close at about 17:15 BST on Wednesday.  

    The 35-year-old man from Anfield has been taken into custody where he will be questioned by detectives, Merseyside Police said. A woman was also arrested on Saturday on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.

  5. Football: Klopp says Can to return but 'no decision' on Sturridge

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool midfielder Emre Can will return to the Reds' squad for the Europa League semi-final second leg against Villareal at Anfield on Thursday, Jurgen Klopp has said - but he was less clear about striker Daniel Sturridge.  

    Jurgen Klopp

    When asked whether Sturridge would start he said: "I was waiting for this question. He could be, 100%, but I've made no decision."  

    The Spanish side lead the Reds 1-0 but Klopp said "If we play our best we then we can go to the final... we are ready."

  6. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    This afternoon's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

    • A solicitor who represents some of the Hillsborough families says South Yorkshire Police still have questions to answer over their conduct during the miners' strike
    • Extra police officers are patrolling a street in Bootle after shots were fired at a house
  7. Your pictures: Spring has sprung across Merseyside

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Is that actual blue sky over Merseyside today? 

    Thanks to BBC Weather Watchers anfieldeye and Beach nut for these pictures of a lovely afternoon across Liverpool and Wirral.

    Albert Dock

    Have you got a weather picture or report you'd like to share why not join BBC Weather Watchers?

    New Brighton
  8. May Blitz: Southey Street in Bootle - then and now

    Southey Street in Bootle was destroyed when Germany bombed Merseyside during the 1941 May Blitz.

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  9. Two bailed over ecstasy death drug supply charge

    Two people have been bailed by police after they were arrested on a drug charge after the death of a teenage girl, who took a form of ecstasy known as "Mastercard".

    "Mastercard" ecstasy

    Faye Allen, 17, from Liverpool died in the early hours of the bank holiday, after a night out at Victoria Warehouse in Trafford, Greater Manchester. 

    A man and a woman, arrested on Tuesday in St Helens, on suspicion of possessing a Class A drug with intent to supply, were bailed until 1 July.

  10. Local elections 2016: Will Labour keep control in Merseyside?

    Claire Hamilton

    Reporter, BBC Radio Mersesyide

    People across Merseyside will be heading to the be heading to the polling stations on Thursday - will Labour keep control of all five councils?

    Mayoral debate
  11. Travel: Timon Avenue in Bootle closed due to police incident

    BBC Travel

    Timon Avenue in Bootle is closed in both directions at the A5098 Aintree Road junction because of a police incident.

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  12. Police investigate after shots fired at Bootle house

    Police are investigating after a house in Bootle was shot at earlier.

    Officers were called to Timon Avenue at 12:20 by a member of the public reporting that a property had been damaged. The offender or offenders left in a car. 

    Police say no-one has come forward to emergency services to report they have been injured and it is believed the house was empty at the time.

    They say there is a large police presence in the area to provide reassurance to the local community. 

  13. Cheshire children's hospital service reprieved until June

    Phil McCann

    Political reporter, Cheshire

    A closure-threatened service which allows sick children in west Cheshire to be treated at home has received a two-month reprieve.

    Countess of Chester Hospital

    The Countess of Chester's 'Children's Hospital at Home' service will continue until the end of June, when a review will recommend a long-term plan.

    Parents said ending the scheme would have a "disastrous impact on families".