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  1. Updates on Friday 6 May
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Monday

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

Weather: Hazy sunshine

It will be a bright and pleasant evening with some hazy sunshine around.

Weather
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It will stay dry and mild for most overnight. Tomorrow will be fine and dry, with some showers later.

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Remembering the Blitz: Seven days that rocked Liverpool

Liverpool shootings crackdown under way

Police are urging members of the public to help them catch the gunmen responsible for a spate of shootings on Merseyside. 

There have been eleven incidents in the past month, including a fatal shooting in Everton and shots being fired at a house in Bootle.

Merseyside Police appeal over gun attacks

Landlord jailed for 40 months over ex-soldier's death

A landlord has been jailed for causing the death of a former soldier after refusing to take him to hospital when he fell from unsafe scaffolding.

Anthony Minehan
Merseyside Police

Steven Weedon, 34, who had epilespy, was found dead in his bed the next day.

He had fallen from scaffolding at the home of his boss and landlord Anthony Minehan in Southport, Merseyside, in March 2014.

Minehan, 63, was jailed for 40 months at Liverpool Crown Court for manslaughter and perverting the course of justice.

Blitz show held at Liverpool's bombed out church

Merseyside Police congratulate re-election of PCC

Latest headline from Merseyside and west Cheshire

This evening's top stories from Merseyside and west Cheshire:

  • Jane Kennedy is re-elected as Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner, winning 61% of the vote
  • The Cammell Laird-built new polar research ship is to be named RRS Sir David Attenborough, despite the title "Boaty McBoatface" previously topping a public vote 

Election 2016: Jane Kennedy re-elected as Merseyside PCC

'Boaty McBoatface' polar ship named after Attenborough

The UK's new polar research ship is to be named RRS Sir David Attenborough, after Boaty McBoatface previously topped a public vote.

David Attenborough
BBC

The £200m research ship will be named after the world-renowned naturalist and broadcaster, Science Minister Jo Johnson confirmed.

The decision, which comes days before Sir David turns 90, is in recognition of his "legacy in British broadcasting", the government said.

Election 2016: Liverpool's PCC votes in full

Votes have been counted in Liverpool for the election for Merseyside's Police and Crime Commissioner. The results: 

Labour: 65,836

Lib Dem:12,822

Green:10,908

Conservatives: 6,759  

Election 2016: Labour gain from Independent in Croxteth

Labour gain from Independent in Croxteth.

Election 2016: Joe Anderson's vision as Mayor of Liverpool

Labour's Joe Anderson has won a second term as Liverpool Mayor.

He became the city's first directly elected mayor in 2012 and again won comfortably, taking 53% of the vote.

He says his vision for the future of Liverpool is to "not be reliant and dependent on government funding".

Joe Anderson is re-elected as Mayor of Liverpool

Remembering the Blitz: How Liverpool landmarks were destroyed

Rare footage of German plans to bomb Liverpool during World War Two has emerged.

The Nazi Luftwaffe made about 80 air raids on Merseyside between 1940 and 1942, reaching their peak in a seven-night blitz in May 1941.

An Inside Out special - May Blitz: The Seven Days that Rocked Liverpool - will be shown on BBC One North West at 19:30 tonight.

May Blitz, 1941. Lewis's and Blacklers stores were destroyed.

Election 2016: Lib Dems win Allerton and Hunts Cross

Mirna Juarez has gained Allerton and Hunts Cross for the Liberal Democrats. 

Lib Dems in Allerton
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Football: How good is Liverpool's record in Europe?

BBC Sport

So after Liverpool beat Villarreal to book a place in the Europa League final, I'm sure the question you're all asking is 'how good is Liverpool's record in Europe?' 

Well BBC Sport has prepared this handy video to answer just that.

How good is Liverpool's record in European competitions?

Election 2016: Jane Kennedy wins most votes in Liverpool for PCC

Jane Kennedy has won the most votes in Liverpool in the election for Merseyside's Police and Crime Commissioner.

The final result is yet to be counted.

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Top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

  • The Liberal Democrats have won three seats on Knowsley council - the first time a party other than Labour has been represented in the borough since 2012
  • A former South Yorkshire Police press officer is this morning blowing the whistle on how the force asked her to behave during the Hillsborough inquests
  • A Merseyside landlord has been jailed for manslaughter and lying to police after a former soldier fell from unsafe scaffolding in Southport

Election 2016: Lib Dems gain Woolton from Labour in Liverpool

Liberal Democrats gain Woolton from Labour in Liverpool.

Labour hold Greenbank, Norris Green and Speke Garston and Belle Vale.

Football: Fans celebrate as Liverpool reach Europa League final

Liverpool fans are celebrating after reaching the Europa League final last night. These were the scenes taken from the players coach before the game.  

After losing the first leg of their semi-final 1-0 in Villarreal, the Reds produced a superb display to win 3-1 on aggregate. They'll play Sevilla at Basel on 18 May.

Scenes taken from the players coach before Liverpool v Villareal game

Election 2016: Counting is under way for Merseyside PCC

Election 2016: 'People have a voice', says newly elected Knowlsey Lib Dem councillor

The new make-up of Knowsley Council sees Labour holding 42 of the 45 seats, with the three remaining seats having been taken by the Liberal Democrats.

One of the new Lib Dem councillors in Prescot North, Carl Cashman, told BBC Radio Merseyside: "We're a real minority but this is the start.

"What people have got now is a voice."

Election 2016: Shock as Lib Dems win three seats in Knowsley

Claire Hamilton

Reporter, BBC Radio Mersesyide

There aren't many surprises in local politics on Merseyside these days - but today's local elections contained at least one shocker: The Liberal Democrats won three seats in Knowsley.

Since 2012, Labour's been the only party on the council. 

Now, the three newly-elected councillors representing Prescot North will be the opposition. 

The ward was created as a result of boundary changes, which saw the number of councillors cut from 63 to 45. Local campaign group First for Kirkby were just a couple of hundred votes shy of victory in Whitefield ward.

Football: Liverpool fans get 10k Europa League final tickets

BBC Sport

Liverpool have been given 10,236 tickets for the Europa League final against Sevilla. The stadium in the Swiss city of Basle has a capacity of 35,000.

Jurgen Klopp
Juliette Ferrington

Reds manager Jurgen Klopp said: "It is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to play this final but we cannot change the stadium so we cannot think about this.

"I have been to Basle one or two times, it is a wonderful stadium and a wonderful city.

"It is even worth going there without having a ticket for the game to be around the stadium and enjoy yourself and enjoy life as a Liverpool supporter." 

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Election 2016: Counting under way in Warrington

Phil McCann

Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News

The count is under way in Warrington where all seats are up - there was a turnout of 33%.

Warrington Borough Council
BBC

Election 2016: How Knowsley now looks after local election results

Labour now have 42 of the 45 seats on Knowsley Council, with the Liberal Democrats gaining the other three seats from them in Prescot North.

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Election 2016: Lib Dems win three seats in Prescot North, Knowsley

The Liberal Democrats have taken all three seats from Labour in Prescot North, Knowsley.

Election 2016: Win is 'vote of confidence for the job we've done', says Wirral Council leader

Jon Lowe

Reporter, BBC News Online

Wirral Council remains unchanged with Labour holding 39 of the 66 seats.

Twenty-three were up for grabs last night with Labour winning 14, Conservatives seven and Liberal Democrats two.

Phil Davies, leader of Wirral Council, said: "We were defending a number of really difficult contests tonight.

"We maintain our majority of 12 seats on the council and I think it's a vote of confidence for the job we've done for the people of Wirral."

Election 2016: Results coming in for Knowsley

Labour hold all three seats in St Gabriel's ward, Stockbridge, Prescot South, Northwood and St Michael's, Whitefield and Whiston and Cronton.

The party has also held Page Moss, Halewood South, Shevington, Swanside, Halewood North, Cherryfield and Roby.

Election 2016: Breakdown of Liverpool Council

This is how Liverpool's new Council looks:

  • Labour: 80 seats
  • Green: 4 seats
  • Lib Dems: 4 seats 
  • Liberal: 2 seats  

Election 2016: Knowsley turnout figures displayed at count

Travel: Lanes closed on M56

Two lanes of the M56 have been closed westbound between junction 12 A557 (Runcorn) and junction 14 A5117 (Hapsford). 

There is queueing traffic due to a vehicle fire and smoke blowing across the road.

Election 2016: Liverpool - Labour hold Central

Marc Gaier

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

The first declaration at Liverpool Council - Christine Banks with granddaughter Emilia holds seat in Central  

Christine Banks
BBC

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

Liverpool Blitz: WW2 footage emerges of Nazi plans

Rare footage of German plans to bomb Liverpool during World War Two has emerged.

Liverpool Blitz: WW2 footage emerges of Nazi plans

The Nazi Luftwaffe made about 80 air raids on Merseyside between 1940 and 1942, reaching their peak in a seven-night blitz in May 1941.    

Election 2016: Results coming in for Liverpool

Results are coming in in Liverpool and so far Labour has held the following wards:

Picton, County, Anfield, Kirkdale, Kensington, Fairfield, Fazakerly, Knotty Ash, Princes Park, Clubmoor, Mossley Hill, Riverside, Warbreck, Old Swan, Everton, West Derby, Childwall, Cressington, Yew Tree and Wavertree.

Green hold St Michael's.

Liberal hold Tuebrook and Stoneycroft

Election 2016: Lib Dem gain Allerton and Hunts Cross in Liverpool

Liberal Democrats have gained Allerton and Hunts Cross from Labour in Liverpool.

They have held Church ward.

Election 2016: Break before counting gets under way in Knowsley

Verification is done in Knowsley and counters are taking a short break before the vote counting begins.

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