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

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for 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 from across the region.

  2. Weather: Winds ease and showers clear

    BBC Weather

    Winds will ease this evening and any showers will soon clear. 

    Wednesday evening's weather shows some cloud but a dry night

    A largely dry night will follow with some clearer spells but also perhaps the odd light shower.

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  3. Redevelopment plans for former Liverpool festival gardens site unveiled

    Plans for the redevelopment of the former International Festival Gardens site in Liverpool have been unveiled.

    Artist impression of how the Festival Park development could look with new water inlets and a landing stage

    The new Festival Park plans include new inlets and docks, a waterpark, formal gardens, cultural venues, retail space and restaurants as well as fisheries and wildlife areas.

    The city council said a Mersey Ferry landing stage and a "green" residential development of up to 3,000 properties could be included.

  4. Everton fly-ridden waste site to be cleared

    Thousands of tonnes of waste illegally dumped on a site in Everton is to be removed - with the clean-up starting tomorrow, Liverpool City Council has said.

    The fly-tipped waste
    Birkett Street scrap yard and flies

    Residents near the disused industrial site in Birkett Street have been complaining of an infestation of flies and odours from the fly-tipping.

    The owners of the yard, who didn't dump the waste, were given until the middle of next month to remove the waste but due to the continuing nuisance the council is removing the waste and disinfecting the site over about four days.

  5. Head of Liverpool primary school wins award

    The head of New Park Primary in Liverpool has been named head teacher of the year.

    New Park Primary School

    TES, which was known as the Times Educational Supplement,said Karen Hutchings had arrived at New Park in 2001 when it had been identified by Ofsted as having serious weaknesses and six years later the school achieved an outstanding rating. 

    It said: "Ms Hutchings had earned the nickname of 'Can-do Karen'.”

  6. What is Liverpool and Wirral Social Stock Exchange?

    It's been decades since Liverpool traders bellowed at each other on the exchange floor in Liverpool. Today that changed with the launch of what's known as the Liverpool and Wirral Social Stock Exchange. So what is it?

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    Video caption: TOMAS CARRUTHERS Chief Executive, Social Stock Exchange
  7. Eight charged over cash machine thefts across UK

    Eight men have been charged after they were arrested following an investigation into a series of high-value cash machine thefts in the UK.

    Police raiding house

    The men, six of whom are from the Merseyside area, were charged with conspiracy to cause an explosion and conspiracy to burgle commercial premises.

    They are due to appear before Liverpool City Magistrates Court tomorrow morning.

  8. Latest headlines for Merseyside and west Cheshire

    This afternoon's top stories:

    • Plans are unveiled for the redevelopment of the former International Festival Gardens site in Liverpool
  9. Ellesmere Port and Neston MP seeks assurances over Vauxhall car plant's future

    At Prime Minister's Questions earlier the Ellesmere Port and Neston MP, Justin Madders, urged the PM to seek guarantees from General Motors over the future of the Vauxhall car plant.

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  10. French restaurant sent 'abusive' message post Brexit vote

    A French restaurant owner in Chester has said he has received an abusive answerphone message telling him to leave the country following the European Union referendum which saw the Leave vote win.

    La P'tite

    Fred Lolliot, who runs La P'tite France in Bridge Street and has been in Chester for 10 years, said the caller was aggressive and made him think whether it was time to leave the UK.

    Police are investigating the incident.

  11. Man appears in court over fatal shooting of boy

    A man has appeared in court charged with murder after the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy. 

    Lewis Dunne

    Lewis Dunne, from Liverpool, was shot in the back in the Vauxhall area in November. 

    Paul Martin, 25, from Anfield, appeared at Liverpool and Knowsley Magistrates' Court this morning. The next hearing will take place on the 2 August.

  12. Travel: West Kirby line disrupted

    BBC Travel

    A broken down train at Hoylake is causing disruption to services on the West Kirby line.

    Services may be cancelled or terminated at and started back from Bidston.

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  13. Wavertree MP Luciana Berger pledges to be 'listening' mayor

    Wavertree MP Luciana Berger has vowed to be a "listening mayor" as she launched her manifesto to become Labour's candidate for the Liverpool City Region.

    Luciana Berger

    She also pledged to campaign to end Mersey tunnel tolls.

    Ms Berger is competing against Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson and MP Steve Rotheram to become the candidate in the Metro Mayor election set for May 2017.

  14. Latest headlines for Merseyside and west Cheshire

    This afternoon's top stories:

    • Police watchdog the IPCC is to assess the conduct of the former South Yorkshire police chief constable at the Hillsborough inquests
  15. CCTV appeal over St George's Hall disorder

    Police have released images of seven people they want to speak to after disorder at Liverpool's St George's Hall in February.  

    Seven people police want to identify

    A total of 38 people were arrested following the disturbance around Lime Street railway station members of the far-right North West Infidels group and anti-fascist protesters clashed. 

    Detectives said they want to identify other people who were in the area at the time who may be able to help "progress enquiries". 

  16. IPCC to assess South Yorkshire Police actions at Hillsborough inquests

    The actions of the former Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police, and the force, during the Hillsborough inquests are being assessed by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

    David Crompton

    The IPCC said it had received a complaint on behalf of a number of families in relation to the conduct of David Crompton and South Yorkshire Police during the two-year hearing. 

    The longest-running inquests in British legal history concluded 96 Liverpool fans were unlawfully killed in the 1989 disaster and found police failures contributed to the deaths. 

    The watchdog has received a formal referral and it is "conducting an assessment of all available information to decide how the matter should be progressed".

  17. Barcelona dream shattered for young footballers

    Runcorn and Widnes World

    A dream to play on the hallowed turf of the world’s biggest stadium has been shattered for young Runcorn footballers, after a double booking.

  18. Football: Current England team 'too soft' - Carragher

    BBC Sport

    Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes the current England team are "too soft" because "life has been too easy" for them.

    Jamie Carragher

    Carragher, who won 38 England caps, described them as the "Academy Generation" in his Daily Mail column.

    He wrote: "They get ferried to football schools, they work on immaculate pitches, play in pristine training gear every day and everything is done to ensure all they have to do is focus on football. We think we are making them men but actually we are creating babies."

  19. Man charged over gun find

    A man has been charged with possessing a shotgun after a firearm was found in Walton Hall.

    A member of the public found a sawn-off shotgun in a bag in the park in March.

    A 27-year-old man is due to appear at Liverpool Crown Court on Tuesday.