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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday 31 May
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Wednesday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

  2. Weather: Cloudy evening

    BBC Weather

    Some late sunny intervals at first but overall it will be rather cloudy and those clouds will persist into the morning.

    Liverpool weather

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  3. Coming up

    Roger Johnson

    Presenter, BBC North West Tonight

    On North West Tonight at 18:30:

    • We hear about the impact of a crash that left eight girls injured outside Belvedere School after an 80-year-old woman pleaded guilty to five counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving
    • We discuss the race to be Metro Mayor for the Liverpool City Region after Luciana Berger, the MP for Liverpool Wavertree, announces her candidacy
  4. Rare ducklings hatch at Chester Zoo

    A quartet of rare and very cute white-winged ducklings have been snapped paddling at Chester Zoo for the first time.

    White-winged ducklings
    White-winged ducklings

    They hatched on 14 May and were caught on camera leaving the nest and enjoying a dip with their mum.

    It's thought there are as few as 350 of this Asian duck species left in the wild - they are normally found near swamps and woodlands but destruction of forests and wetlands means they are under threat.

  5. Boxing: Champion Tony Bellew eyes fresh challenges

    Tony Bellew says he's achieved his dream by becoming the WBC cruiserweight champion of the world - but he's still got the drive for more.

    The Evertonian beat Ilunga Makabu at Goodison Park to claim the title on Sunday. 

    Now he is eyeing up a showdown with Russian Denis Lebedev.

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    Video caption: Boxer Tony Bellew wins WBC title
  6. Your pictures: Blue skies over the River Dee

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Dee Watcher for this stunning picture of the River Dee from Heswall in Wirral.

    Heswall

    Have you got a weather report you'd like to share? Why not join the BBC Weather Watchers website and upload your pictures.

  7. Two children rescued from lake at Crosby Marina

    A boy and a girl were rescued after getting into difficulty in the water at Crosby Marina earlier.

    Crosby Marine Lake

    The children were pulled from the lake shortly before 14:30 and taken to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. Their condition was described as "conscious and stable" but they will remain on the ward over night.

    Merseyside Police are speaking to witnesses at the marina to establish how the children ended up in the water.

  8. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    This afternoon's stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

    • A teenager who shouted racist abuse at Everton players during an FA Cup match is banned from matches for five years
    • Part of Lime Street in Liverpool will remain closed until next week because of the condition of the futurist cinema, Liverpool City Council says
  9. Part of Lime Street to remain closed until Monday

    Part of Lime Street in Liverpool is to remain closed until Monday due to the condition of the derelict former Futurist Cinema, Liverpool City Council have said.

    Futurist

    In April, safety inspectors found that the condition of the building, which closed in 1982, had deteriorated and structural experts fear the entire facade could collapse. 

    To prevent any risk to the public the road will remain closed in both directions between Skelhorne Street and Copperas Hill.  

  10. Travel: Lorry breakdown causes queues on Dunnings Bridge Road

    BBC Travel

    A broken down lorry is causing delays on Dunnings Bridge Road in Bootle, with one lane closed and queues moving westbound between the Heysham Road and Park Lane West junctions.

    Read more on BBC Travel

  11. Belvedere Academy crash: Driver, 80, to be sentenced tomorrow

    An 80-year-old woman who admitted dangerous driving after a crash that left eight schoolgirls injured in Liverpool will be sentenced tomorrow.

    Norma Stokes

    Norma Stokes, of Booker Avenue, Allerton, admitted five counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving following the collision, which happened outside Belvedere Academy in February.

    The girls' families told Liverpool Crown Court of the trauma the crash had caused, including how the girls are now "deeply anxious" and suffer from "terrible pain".  

  12. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

    • An 80-year-old woman has admitted five counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving after a crash near Belvedere Academy in Liverpool
    • A man accused of wearing a T-shirt that was offensive to victims of the Hillsborough disaster is charged with a public order offence
    • A teenager who shouted racist abuse at Everton players during an FA Cup match has been banned from matches for five years
  13. Football: Merseyside teams prominent in Euro 2016 squad

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is among six players from Liverpool and Everton to be named in Roy Hodgson's 23-man England squad for the 2016 European Championship in France.

    Daniel Sturridge

    Reds skipper Jordan Henderson also made the cut, as did Everton's Ross Barkley. 

    BBC Sport has the full squad details

  14. Belvedere Academy crash: Injured girl's family tell of ordeal

    North West Today

    The family of a girl left with traumatic brain injuries after she was hit by a car outside a Liverpool school have said the girl who went to school that day "no longer exists".

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    Video caption: Schoolgirls injured outside Belvedere Academy

    Liverpool Crown Court heard the family's statement as Norma Stokes, 80, admitted causing injury by dangerous driving.

    Eight girls were hurt in the crash outside Belvedere Academy in February.

  15. Teen banned from matches over Everton racist abuse

    A teenager who shouted racist abuse at Everton players during an FA Cup match against Carlisle United has been handed a five-year football banning order.

    Everton players

    Owen Newbury, 18, from Silloth in Cumbria, was also ordered to carry out 140 hours' community service and pay £145 in costs.

    The abuse was directed at Toffees players after striker Arouna Kone celebrated scoring the opening goal in the fourth round tie at Brunton Park in January, Carlisle magistrates heard.

  16. Tributes to Marbles campaigner and former Knowsley MP

    The leader of the British campaign to return the Parthenon Marbles to Greece, Eddie O'Hara, will be remembered for his "commitment to the cause", campaigners said.

    Eddie O'Hara and Marbles

    The former Merseyside MP and university lecturer, who studied Classics at Oxford University, has died aged 78.

    He became chairman of the British Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles (BCRPM) in 2010.

    Quote Message: A huge loss to his family and friends and to the UK Marbles campaign, which he has steered with such passion and erudition. from Dr Tom Flynn BCRPM
    Dr Tom FlynnBCRPM