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  1. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Monday

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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 Monday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the region.

  2. Weather: Dry with sunny spells

    BBC Weather

    Dry with clear spells overnight followed by a warm sunny Saturday.

    Friday evening's weather chart shows a warm evening

    Sunday should start cloudy but dry with rain spreading in from the west later in the evening.

    More from BBC Weather

  3. Queen and Duke of Edinburgh to visit Liverpool

    The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are due to have lunch at Liverpool Town Hall during a visit to the city next week.

    The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh

    They will make an appearance on the building's balcony to wave to well-wishers in Castle Street at about 12:30 on Wednesday.

    Liverpool Town Hall

    During the visit, they will also officially open the new Exhibition Centre Liverpool and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and pay a visit to the International Festival for Business.

  4. Football: New Everton boss wary of 'fights' with Southampton

    BBC Sport

    New Everton boss Ronald Koeman says it would be "difficult" for him to sign players from former club Southampton.

    Ronald Koeman

    Koeman, who spent two seasons as Saints manager, was reported to be interested in signing defender Virgil van Dijk.

    The 53-year-old Dutchman said: "I like most of the players at Southampton. Maybe it's better I don't make more fights with them."

    Koeman also said he will speak to striker Romelu Lukaku and defender John Stones about their futures at the club.

  5. Football: Shearer says Sturridge 'must start for England'

    Alan Shearer

    Ex-England captain on BBC One

    Alan Shearer has predicted Roy Hodgson will start with Daniel Sturridge and Jamie Vardy up front against Slovakia on Monday, saying "he has to".

    Sturridge celebrates his goal for England against Wales

    He says Sturridge should play because he "dropped deep to get on the ball as well as trying to get into the area - like he did when he scored the winner," when England beat Wales on Thursday.

  6. Four teenagers from Liverpool arrested at Alton Towers

    Four boys were arrested on suspicion of assault after a teenager was airlifted to hospital at Alton Towers.

    Alton Towers

    A 13-year-old, 14-year-old and two boys aged 15, all from Liverpool, were arrested following the incident at the Staffordshire theme park on Thursday.

    A boy from Dudley, aged 15, suffered facial injuries and is in stable condition in hospital, Staffordshire Police said. Detectives said the four boys remain in custody.

  7. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    This afternoon's top stories:

    • The southbound side of the Knowsley Expressway reopens after it shut when an unexploded wartime bomb was found
    • Two men from a Sefton crime gang are jailed after drugs and cash worth £2m were seized
    • A vigil will be held in Ellesmere Port later for Labour MP Jo Cox who died after being shot and stabbed
  8. Vigil to be held for killed MP Jo Cox in Ellesmere Port

    A vigil is to be held this evening for those wishing to show their respect to Labour MP Jo Cox, who died after being shot and stabbed.

    Tributes are laid to Jo Cox

    A message from the office of Labour MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, Justin Madders, asked people to "Please come along to remember Jo and to offer your condolences and solidarity.”

    The vigil will begin at 7.30pm in the Civic Square, Ellesmere Port.

  9. Family say Viola Beach would want their music to be heard

    BBC Newsbeat

    Family members of the four members of Viola Beach say they would have wanted their music to be heard as it is announced the band's debut album will be released next month.

    The four members of Viola Beach

    All four members of the band and their manager died after the car they were travelling in came off a road in Sweden and fell into a canal in February.

    The album will be released on their own label, Fuller Beans Records.

  10. Two jailed after £2m Sefton drugs bust

    Two Merseyside men have been jailed for their part in a Sefton crime gang after drugs and cash worth £2m were seized.

    Cash found in Sefton

    Thirteen kilos of heroin, €1.2m and £38,000 pounds were uncovered during a search of a house in Melling last year following an extensive investigation.

    Darren Marsden, 36, from Melling was sentenced to 12 years and Joseph Courtney, 37, from Kirkby was sentenced to 10 years - both for possession of heroin with intent to supply and money laundering.

  11. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire: 

    • The southbound side of the Knowsley Expressway has re-opened - it shut after the discovery of a suspected unexploded wartime bomb
    • Two Merseyside men have been jailed for their part in a Sefton crime gang after drugs and cash worth £2m were seized
    • Wirral Council hopes new plans for a weekly household food recycling service will help fulfil the pledge of recycling 50% of waste
  12. Liverpool researchers to analyse how playing tennis can help aging process

    Tennis legends Jeremy Bates, Peter McNamara and ATP player Wang Quang are taking part in the UK’s biggest study on whether playing tennis can help us age more healthily.

    Liverpool Hope University staff and tennis players
    Tennis health assessment

    A team of specialists at Liverpool Hope University will analyse the physical, nutritional and psychological wellbeing of more than 100 amateur and professional tennis players aged between 18-25 and 35-65. 

    Researchers will be looking at whether playing tennis regularly can help health and quality of life by slowing down the ageing process.

  13. Knowsley Expressway southbound reopens after wartime bomb find

    The southbound side of the Knowsley Expressway has re-opened.

    It had been shut after after the discovery of a suspected unexploded shell which has now been safely removed.

    Construction workers found the device while digging up the road at the junction of the Expressway and Speke Road.

    There are still long delays in the area.

  14. Travel: Congestion in Tarbock Green

    BBC Travel

    There is queuing traffic and delays on the A5080 in both directions in Tarbock Green between Tarbock Island and the Wilson Road junction.

    More from BBC Travel

  15. Police review CCTV footage after Liverpool city centre attack

    Merseyside Police are watching CCTV footage from Liverpool city centre after a man was left with a fractured cheek and jaw during an attack. 

    A gang beat him up outside McDonald's on Church Street at 03:30 this morning. 

    The 40-year-old victim is now in hospital being assessed.

  16. Unexploded wartime bomb closes Knowsley Expressway

    The southbound side of the Knowsley Expressway is closed after the discovery of a suspected unexploded shell. 

    Construction workers found the device about 11:30 while digging up the road at the junction of the Expressway and Speke Road.

    Officers have closed the Knowsley Expressway on the southbound side from Tarbock Island, where it meets the M57 down to its junction with Speke Road.