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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 updates from across the region.

  2. Weather: Dry evening and milder night

    BBC Weather

    A dry evening but cloud will soon thicken as patchy rain slowly drifts across the region through the night. It will be breezy, but a milder night than of late.

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    Video caption: BBC Weather for the North West

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  3. Bikes, drugs and cash recovered in Birkenhead

    Five suspected stolen scrambler bikes, more than two kilos of suspected drugs and around £7,000 were seized by police following a search in Birkenhead.

    Stolen bikes

    A 26-year-old man was arrested after the search at Grange Mount and is being questioned by officers.

  4. Thousands of beetles released in Liverpool park to combat lake weed

    Three thousand beetles have been released on to lakes in Croxteth Hall in Liverpool to combat a grass like weed which has taken over the water surfaces.

    Weevil

    The Stenopelmus rufinasus (weevils) have been released as a natural way to combat the the dense azolla weed as they eat it. 

    Visitors are warned not to walk on lakes surfaces as they will fall through the weed, which has a solid grass like appearance, into the water.

  5. Drugs arrest after cannabis find in Bootle

    A man has been arrested after cannabis with a street value of approximately £300 was found at a house in Bootle.

    Cannabis

    Boxes containing the drug, scales and other drug supply paraphernalia were seized at a house in Monfa Road.

    A 22-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cannabis.

    A 31-year-old man has been interviewed under caution on suspicion of possession of a controlled drug after a bag of cannabis was found at another property in the same street.

  6. Some families 'considering legal action' after Chilcot report findings

    A man whose nephew was killed in the Iraq war has revealed some families are considering legal action following the publication of the Chilcot report.

    Ben Nwak

    Corporal Ben Nowak, 27, was killed in 2006. His uncle Michael McEvatt, from Speke, was in London to hear Sir John Chilcot deliver the findings and said he hoped the legal teams "do the right thing and bring somebody to account for what happened to these young men and women".

    "Not just Ben, there was a lot of people killed, civilians and all on both sides for something that shouldn't have happened," he said.

    The families of some of the 179 British troops killed in Iraq have said the official report confirms their view that they died unnecessarily as it concluded that peaceful alternatives were not exhausted before the 2003 invasion.

  7. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • The report into the Iraq war in which 10 Merseyside soldiers died says Tony Blair overstated the threat posed by Saddam Hussein, sent ill-prepared troops into battle and had inadequate plans for the aftermath
    • Five suspected stolen scrambler bikes, more than two kilos of suspected drugs and around £7,000 were seized by police following a search in Birkenhead
    • Liverpool City Council is set to fund improvements at Everton's Finch Farm training ground, in return for increased rent
  8. Chilcot report marks 'second worst day' in life of father whose son died in Iraq

    The father of a 21-year-old soldier from Warrington who was killed in Iraq says the release of the Chilcot report into the conflict marks the second worst day of his life.

    Kingsman Alex Green

    Kingsman Alex Green died in January 2007 after he was shot during a mission in Basra.

    Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has said he takes full responsibility for mistakes made over the Iraq war after the Chilcot report found the 2003 invasion was "not a last resort".

    Kingsman Green's father Bill Stewardson said: "I have pinned my existence on the fact that Alex was an honest and intelligent young man who went through the rigorous requirements of being graded good enough to pull on a British military uniform.

    "And you do expect the people who take the decisions to be of the same grade. That turned out not to be the case, and it's really really shook me."

  9. Liverpool Biennial arts festival looks at city's past, present and future

    Liverpool's Biennial festival returns to the city this week for three months of art events across the city.

    This year's festival focuses on stories and histories of Liverpool’s past, present and future.

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  10. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • The report into the Iraq war in which 10 Merseyside soldiers died concludes the government chose to join the 2003 invasion before all peaceful options had been exhausted  
    • Liverpool City Council is set to fund improvements at Everton's Finch Farm training ground, in return for increased rent
    • Police are investigating after a hat used in a threate production of a Roald Dahl book was stolen from an exhibition in Southport
  11. 'Green gyms' unveiled in Knowsley parks

    Fifteen new outdoor gyms have been installed in parks across Knowsley.

    Fitness instructor Juanita Steel (far right) shows guests at the launch how to use the green gym equipment

    The "green gyms", funded by a £350,000 grant from Public Health England, are aimed at encouraging more people to get active and involved with sport for free.

    The gyms in Halewood Park, Memorial Park, Old Rough Park and St John’s Millennium Green feature static bikes, bench presses and steppers.

  12. Man wanted after hat used in show of Roald Dahl's book stolen from Southport exhibition

    A man is wanted by police after a hat that was used in a theatre production of a book by Roald Dahl was stolen from an exhibition in Southport.

    CCTV of hat thief

    The dark purple hat, which was on loan from another museum, went missing from a display at the Atkinson Art Gallery and Library in Lord Street at about 11:00 on Saturday.

    The hat

    Police have released a CCTV picture of a man described as approximately 60 years of age, balding with grey hair at the sides. He was believed to be carrying a number of bags.

  13. Football: National League fixtures released

    BBC Sport

    The fixtures have been released for the new National League season.

    Prenton Park

    Tranmere Rovers will play Bromley away on the opening day. 

    Chester have a trip to Gateshead while Southport go to just-relegated Dagenham and Redbridge

  14. Football: Liverpool defender set for drug ban hearing

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho will plead his case against a ban for a failed drugs test to Uefa on Thursday.

    Sakho has made 28 appearances for France, but was not selected for Euro 2016

    The 26-year-old tested positive for a 'fat burner' pill in March.

    He served a provisional 30-day ban, missing the Europa League semi-final and final, but that was not extended as European football's governing body investigated whether the substance was actually prohibited.

  15. Liverpool council to fund improvements to Everton training ground

    Claire Hamilton

    Reporter, BBC Radio Mersesyide

    Liverpool City Council is set to fund improvements at Everton's Finch Farm training ground, in return for increased rent. 

    Finch Farm

    The council bought the land for £13m in 2013 - it has leased it to the club on a long-term deal.

    A report being considered by the city council's cabinet on Friday said Everton has asked it to fund the improvements which include a recuperation suite and mini stadium. 

    Richard Kemp, leader of Liverpool's Liberal Democrats, said the plans "need closer scrutiny".

  16. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • The report into the Iraq war in which 10 Merseyside soldiers died concludes the government chose to join the 2003 invasion before all peaceful options had been exhausted  
    • The leader of Liverpool's Liberal Democrats says plans for the council to fund improvements to Everton's training ground "need closer scrutiny"
    • Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho will have his appeal against a suspension for a failed drugs test to UEFA's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body heard tomorrow