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  1. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 06:00 on Friday

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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 Friday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from around the region.

  2. Weather: Dry with clear spells

    BBC Weather

    Staying dry overnight with some clear spells and a mild night with temperatures remaining firmly in double figures. 

    Thursday evening's weather is sunny spells and warm temperatures

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  3. Chester Zoo frog rescue: Last hope for endangered frog

    Zoo conservationists say a new breeding programme is the "last chance" to save a critically endangered amphibian, the mountain chicken frog, from extinction.

    Chester Zoo curator Gerardo Garcia holding a mountain chicken frog

    In a project involving Chester Zoo, a few breeding pairs have been genetically selected and moved into a shipping container that has been converted into a miniature, tropical haven.

    The hope is that the animals will breed and that offspring can be released to repopulate their native habitat in Dominica and Montserrat.

  4. Rugby League: Warrington lose Sims for Widnes meet

    BBC Sport

    Warrington prop Ashton Sims is out through suspension for their Challenge Cup quarter-final local derby against Widnes tomorrow, with Ryan Bailey coming into the squad.

    Warrington forward Chris Hill

    Wolves have won both meetings in Super League this season, 48-16 in April at Widnes and 28-10 in March.

    The Vikings, who have won two of their last six games, have brought prop Jay Chapelhow to their squad.

  5. Travel: Track fault causes train disruption

    A track fault at Birkenhead Central has disrupted train services on some Chester and Ellesmere Port lines.

  6. Football: Dowell signs new three-year deal at Everton

    Midfielder Kieran Dowell has signed a new three-year deal with Everton, the club said.

    Kieran Dowell claps

    Dowell, 18, has agreed a revised contract that will keep him at Goodison until the summer of 2019.

    The Ormskirk-born youngster made his Premier League debut in a 2-1 win over Bournemouth less than two months ago.

  7. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    This afternoon's top stories:

    • Thousands of pounds worth of drugs are seized and five people arrested after police raids in Wirral
    • A man is charged with a racially or religiously aggravated hate crime against Labour MP for Liverpool Wavertree Luciana Berger
    • An Ormskirk man says he was left naked on the floor of a cell after being stripped by police
  8. Travel: Crash partially blocks Liverpool road

    BBC Travel

    Dale Street in Liverpool is partially blocked westbound near the Churchill Way junction because of a crash.

    It is causing congestion in the area.

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  9. Football: Former Reds manager 'sounded out' for England job

    BBC Sport

    The Football Association held secret talks with Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers late last year about him replacing Roy Hodgson as England's head coach, the BBC Sport Gossip column reports.

    Brendan Rodgers

    The talks were described as "exploratory", but Rodgers - who recently took over at Celtic - is said to have told FA staff his priorities remain in club football.

  10. Car set ablaze on house driveway

    St Helens Star

    Police are investigating a suspected arson attack that saw a car engulfed in flames on a busy residential street.  

  11. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

    • An Ormskirk man says he was left naked on the floor of a cell - after being stripped by police
    • Five people from Merseyside and Lancashire have been jailed for their part in a £3m banking fraud
    • The new Alder Hey building in has been honoured by Royal Institute of British Architects
  12. New maritime industry academy opens in Bootle

    The new £2.5m Port Academy Liverpool opens its doors this morning. 

    The facility, which aims to address a skills shortage within the maritime industry, is based at Hugh Baird College in Bootle.

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  13. Travel: Merseyrail track fault leads to delays

    BBC Travel

    Due to a track fault in the Birkenhead Central area, services towards Chester and Ellesmere Port are slightly delayed.

    Merseyrail said the services may be delayed by up to seven minutes until about 16:00.

  14. Metro Mayor candidates 'all very distinct'

    Claire Hamilton

    Reporter, BBC Radio Mersesyide

    The three candidates competing to be chosen as Labour's candidate for the Liverpool city region Metro Mayor - Joe Anderson, Steve Rotheram and Luciana Berger - debated each other for the first time on Wednesday.

    It's slightly odd I suppose to have had the three of them together as it's essentially a matter for Labour party members on Merseyside to vote for their favourite candidate.

    Joe Anderson, Luciana Berger and Steve Rotheram

    But it was very interesting to see them all sitting together with each candidate spending two minutes setting out their stall before answering questions from the audience. 

    You might have expected a little bit of an icy edge to the atmosphere - especially as Steve Rotheram and Joe Anderson used to work alongside each other as councillors in Liverpool and are now rivals - but it was quite civilised.

    The most interesting bits for me were the different approaches of the three - and they are all very distinct.

  15. Wirral Tennis Centre ready for EU Referendum count

    Eu referendum votes will be counted at Wirral Tennis Centre tonight. 

    Counting begins as soon as the polls close at 22:00 and the result is expected around breakfast time tomorrow.

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  16. Man handed Sefton gang and drug injunction

    A man has been given an injunction preventing him from being involved in gang violence and drug dealing. 

    For the next two years, Steven Gray, from Bootle, cannot associate or communicate with 15 others or enter certain parts of Sefton. He also cannot use or threaten violence. 

    Steven Gray
    Map of Sefton

    The judge at Liverpool Crown Court handed out the order to protect the public and stop the 23-year-old committing further crimes.