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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.

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.

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

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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
Merseyside Police

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

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.

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.

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's family

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".  

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."

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.

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

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. 

Science Photo Library

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.

John Moores Painting Prize winner talks to the press

Michael Simpson won the John Moores Painting Prize 2016 with 'Squint (19)'

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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.

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".

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.

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.

Game of Thrones actor Jonathan Pryce returns to Liverpool stage

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

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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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
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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

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.

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.

University staff 'facing daily racist abuse' since Brexit

The vice chancellor at the University of Liverpool has said colleagues in higher education across the country are facing racist abuse on a daily basis following the vote to leave the EU.

University of Liverpool
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Professor Janet Beer has told staff "similar incidents here must not be tolerated".

In an email to employees, she urged everyone to "stand up and be counted" - and to make sure a "vocal minority don't set the tone".

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • The vice chancellor of the University of Liverpool says colleagues across the country are facing racist abuse on a daily basis following the Brexit vote
  • Families of six British seafarers detained in India- including Ray Tindall from Chester and Paul Towers from Bootle, will lobby Parliament today
  • A suspected World War Two bomb is found by a homeowner digging up their garden in Liverpool

Travel: Police incident closes Meols Parade in Hoylake

BBC Travel

Meols Parade in Hoylake is closed in both directions at the Roman Road junction because of a police incident.

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Rugby League: Warrington Wolves v Salford Red Devils

BBC Sport

Warrington Wolves welcome back Ashton Sims, Ryan Atkins and Tom Lineham for their Super League home game against Salford Red Devils tonight.

Tom Lineham

Kitten trapped behind plasterboard in Liverpool flat is rescued

A kitten has been rescued after it became trapped behind plasterboard at a flat near Liverpool city centre.

South Ferry Quay

Firefighters were called to South Ferry Quay just before 09:20 on Wednesday.They removed half a square metre of ceiling plasterboard and part of the floor to rescue the kitten who was unharmed.

Missing Wirral man found safe and well

Wirral Globe

Merseyside Police have confirmed that missing Wirral man William Oldfield, 60, has been found safe and well.

Liverpool's 'can-do Karen' named Headteacher of the Year

The head teacher of a school in Liverpool has been named Headteacher of The Year in the Times Educational Supplement school awards. 

Karen Hutchings

Karen Hutchings is head of New Park Primary in Boaler Street in Kensington. When she first arrived at the school in 2001, it had been identified by Ofsted as having serious weaknesses. 

Six years later, the school achieved an outstanding rating, and Ms Hutchings had earned the nickname of "can-do Karen".

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Families of six British seafarers detained in India- including Ray Tindall from Chester and Paul Towers from Bootle, will lobby Parliament today
  • A suspected World War Two bomb has been found by a homeowner digging up their garden in Liverpool
  • A group of Labour MPs - including Birkenhead's Frank Field - have written to the Conservative leadership candidates, asking them to act on the wishes of Labour supporters who voted for Brexit

Football: Liverpool and Burnley agree fixture switch

Liverpool and Burnley have agreed to switch two Premier League fixtures due to ongoing redevelopment work at Anfield.

Liverpool's new main stand
Liverpool FC

The two sides were due to meet at Anfield on 20 August, but after the Reds asked for more time to complete work on their new £100m project Premier League newcomers Burnley accepted the request to stage the game at Turf Moor.  

The return game will be played on Merseyside on 12 March. 

Families of India firearms charge ex-soldiers to lobby Parliament

The families of six British seafarers detained in India - including Ray Tindall from Chester and Paul Towers from Bootle - will lobby Parliament today to press for more to be done to free their loved ones.

Indian authorities said weapons and ammunition on board had not been properly declared

The group of men were imprisoned for illegally possessing weapons while on anti-piracy duty - and today marks their 1,000th day in detention.

A petition, which has been signed by more than 372,000 people, will also be handed in at Downing Street.

Football: Liverpool owners want to offer Jurgen Klopp new deal

BBC Sport

Liverpool's owners have approached manager Jurgen Klopp about extending his contract at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp
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Klopp, 49, only joined Liverpool in October, then agreeing a deal until 2018, with the option of another year.  

But the club's hierarchy is looking to extend that contract as a show of faith and to ward off any potential debate on his future.

Travel: Crash blocks road in Aintree

BBC Travel

One lane is blocked on Ormskirk Road southbound between the Ormskirk Road junction and the Park Lane junction because of a crash.

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Suspected WW2 bomb found in Norris Green

A suspected World War Two explosive has been found in the garden of a house in Norris Green.

Wapshare Road

The device, which is believed to be a mortar shell or the end of an anti-aircraft shell, was found in Wapshare Road last night.

The army bomb disposal team removed the shell and it was taken to Newsham Park where a controlled explosion was carried out.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Families of British seafarers, including a Chester man and a Bootle man, detained in India while on anti-piracy duty will meet with MPs at Westminster today
  • A suspected World War Two explosive is discovered in a garden at a house in Norris Green  
  • Dock workers at Seaforth container terminal are meeting to discuss issues such as job security and health and safety

Weather: A dull, drizzly day ahead

BBC Weather

A damp day for many of us with cloudy skies and outbreaks of rain and drizzle.

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Jenny Coleman

Reporter, BBC Local Live

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