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

  2. Weather: Humid night, gusty along the coast

    Sara Blizzard

    BBC Weather

    It will remain humid through the evening and through the night with temperatures falling to 11C.

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    Video caption: Rain and drizzle in the North West

    A brisk wind will make it feel gusty along the coastline.

    More from BBC Weather

  3. Stolen pugs returned to owners after Prescot burglary

    Two pugs stolen during a burglary in Prescot have been found and returned to their owners.

    Returned pugs

    They were taken along with a car from a property in Lawton Road on 30 June. The white Mercedes car is still missing.

  4. Woman arrested in hacking probe

    A 46-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of fraud offences as part of an investigation into hacking.

    A property in Croxteth was searched earlier by officers from the North West's anti-crime unit, Titan, and items were seized for analysis.

    The woman is due to be questioned by officers.

    A 16-year-old boy arrested as part of the investigation has been released on bail pending further inquiries.

  5. Upton schoolgirl gets date for lifesaving treatment

    Chester Chronicle

    Upton schoolgirl Erin Cross finally has a date to receive the lifesaving treatment from America that will give her a fighting chance of beating leukaemia for good.

  6. Severe failings 'more likely than not' contributed to Liverpool patient's death

    Severe failings at a mental health unit in Liverpool "more likely than not, significantly contributed" to the death of vulnerable patient, an inquest jury has found.

    Laura Mottram

    Laura Mottram, 23, was found in a shower room with a ligature around her neck at the Broadoak Unit in Liverpool last February.

    The inquest concluded Ms Mottram died due compression of her neck, but said her intentions were not clear.

    Returning a narrative verdict, the jury said the evidence pointed to a history of severe failings at the unit.

    The trust has apologised to her family who said their suffering has "been made worse knowing that there were failings in the care provided by the hospital".  

  7. Returning artist wins John Moores Painting Prize

    Chris Long

    Entertainment reporter

    An artist, who was commended for his entry to the 1991 John Moores Painting Prize, has returned to take the top award in this year’s competition.

    Squint (19) by Michael Simpson

    Michael Simpson's depiction of a leper squint, simply called Squint (19), was picked from a shortlist of 54 paintings, impressing the judges with its technique and subject matter.

    The 76-year-old told me the £25,000 prize money would: “Go to a good cause - I make much bigger paintings than this normally and so I spend a lot of money on materials."

  8. Man who died on M6 at Haydock after collision with car is named

    St Helens Star

    The man who died after a collision with a Range Rover on the M6 at Haydock has been named by police.

  9. Latest headlines in Merseyside and West Cheshire

    • Severe failings at a mental health unit in Liverpool "more likely than not, significantly contributed" to the death of vulnerable patient, an inquest jury finds
    • Liverpool's Superlambanana will be refurbished by the city council following complaints
    • Families campaigning for the release of six British seafarers jailed in India - including men from Chester and Bootle - describe talks with MPs in Westminster as positive
  10. Minor illness medication will not be available free on NHS in Cheshire

    Phil McCann

    Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News

    Paracetamol, toothpaste and hangover tablets are among a long list of medicines for minor ailments which will no longer be available for free on the NHS in West and East Cheshire. 


    Clinical commissioning groups in both areas want people to pay for over-the-counter remedies instead.   

    The change has already been made in Warrington, where it was hoped £1m would be saved.

  11. Wirral man, 100, still waiting for internet to be reconnected

    A 100-year-old Wirral man is still waiting for BT to reconnect his internet after it was cut off seven weeks ago.

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    Video caption: Wirral man, 100, is still waiting for BT to reconnect his internet sevice

    Despite paying for an internet connection for the last seven weeks Bob Aston still can't get online.

     BT apologised and said it will try to "get things fixed quickly".

  12. Liverpool's Superlambanana to be repainted after complaints

    Liverpool's Superlambanana will be repainted by the city council following complaints.


    The 17-foot sculpture in Tithebarn Street was a symbol Capital of Culture Year in 2008 - but now its yellow paint is peeling off.

    After complaints to Radio Merseyside the council has agreed to restore it - even though they don't actually own the concrete and fireglass icon.

  13. Game of Thrones actor returns to Liverpool stage

    Actor Jonathan Pryce is well known. He's in Game of Thrones. He's been a Bond villain. 

    His latest role brings him back to Liverpool, where his acting career began. 

    He's starring in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, which opens on Saturday.

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    Video caption: Game of Thrones actor Jonathan Pryce returns to Liverpool stage
  14. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • The University of Liverpool's Vice Chancellor says academics and lecturers across the country are facing racist abuse on a daily basis following the EU referendum
    • Liverpool Council  agrees to refurbish the city's Superlambanana following complaints
    • Liverpool's Premier League game against Burnley is switched from Anfield to Turf Moor
  15. Travel: Rail disruption at Liverpool Moorfields

    BBC Travel

    Trains aren't stopping on Merseyrail Northbound at Liverpool Moorfields due to engineering works.

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  16. Football: Bournemouth to sign £15m Ibe?

    BBC Sport

    There are reports Liverpool have accepted a £15m bid from Bournemouth for winger Jordon Ibe20, and have given him permission to speak to the Cherries.

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    Jordon Ibe
  17. Celebrity clone theories mad enough to break the internet

    Catriona White

    As we mark the 20th birthday of the world's most famous sheep – Dolly - in various dark corners of the internet, theories of celebrity cloning are rife.

    And one of the oldest clone theories is that Paul McCartney actually died in the 60s and was replaced by a convenient look-a-like came to be known as "Faul McCartney".

    Paul and Faul McCartney
  18. Birkenhead's Frank Field among Labour MPs who have written to Conservatives about Brexit

    A group of Labour MPs who campaigned to leave the EU - including Birkenhead's Frank Field - have written to each of the remaining Conservative leadership candidates, asking them to act on the wishes of Labour supporters who voted for Brexit. 

    Frank Field

    In the letters, they ask what steps each candidate would take on a range of issues- such as workers rights, NHS funding, and immigration policy.

  19. Sefton Council's new parking charges are 'ruining the local economy', says local trader

    Southport Visiter

    Business owners in Southport say trade in the town is being damaged by new parking charges, which went up last month.