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

Weather: Showers ease leaving chilly night

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Any showers will gradually die away overnight. Becoming rather chilly tonight, especially in rural spots.

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Cheshire firefighters record Bruce Springsteen hit for charity

After performing on the BBC's The Choir: Sing While You Work and then singing for firefighters at Ground Zero in New York, the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service's choir are making a charity recording of Bruce Springsteen's - The Rising.

Here they are during rehearsals and it's sounding sounding pretty good...

The song will be released as a digital download later this year and all proceeds will go towards The Fire Fighters Charity.

Vehicle hits bridge in Frodsham causing delays

Chester Chronicle

A vehicle is reported to have hit a bridge in Frodsham this Wednesday afternoon.

Football: Liverpool's Skrtel set for Fenerbahce move

BBC Sport

Martin Skrtel
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Turkish club Fenerbahce announce Liverpool's Martin Skrtel has completed a medical ahead of a move to the club.

Martin Skrtel

Liverpool's Skrtel joins Fenerbahce

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel joins Turkish club Fenerbahce for a reported £5m after eight years at Anfield.

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Murray quits TalkSport after buy-out

Broadcaster Colin Murray announces on Twitter he is to quit his morning radio show on TalkSport, following its parent company's buy-out by News Corp.

Colin Murray
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The presenter said his position would be made "unsustainable" by the "future working relationship" between TalkSport and The Sun, which News Corp also owns.

Murray, a Liverpool FC supporter, ended his message with #JFT96, a reference to the 96 Hillsborough victims.

Colin Murray

Murray quits TalkSport after buyout

Broadcaster Colin Murray announces on Twitter he is to quit his morning radio show on TalkSport, following its parent company's buyout by News Corp.

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Signalling problems disrupt rail services on Chester and Ellesmere Port line

Wirral Globe

Rail services on the Chester and Ellesmere Port line are disrupted because of signalling problems between Bebington and Spital stations.

Appeal to find WW2 airman's family for rededication service

The family of a 19-year-old World War Two airman from Liverpool who was shot down in his RAF Lancaster bomber is being sought for a rededication service.

Lancaster bomber
Crown

Sgt Arthur Pulman, grew up in Dane Street, Walton, and was killed in Germany in 1944. His grave site has finally been identified.

He was the tail gunner on board Lancaster EE173, part of 207 Squadron Royal Air Force, when it took off from RAF Spilsby, Lincolnshire, on 30 January 72 years ago for a raid on Berlin.

His grave at Rheinberg War Cemetery will be rededicated in September and family members are being asked to contact the Ministry of Defence.

A ghoulish tour of medieval punishments

Bethan Bell

BBC News Online

As an English town considers bringing back the stocks, which other settlements have kept their instruments of medieval correction?

These iron stocks in can be seen in West Derby village where they were placed to commemorate the coronation of Edward VII.

West Derby stocks
Sue Adair
Stocks in Woodstock

A ghoulish tour of medieval punishments

As an English town considers bringing back the stocks, which other settlements have kept their instruments of medieval correction?

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Football: Balotelli needs to find new club, says Klopp

BBC Sport

Rex
Rex Features

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp tells striker Mario Balotelli to find a new club, after his loan spell at AC Milan last season.

Rex

Balotelli needs to find new club - Klopp

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp tells striker Mario Balotelli to find a new club, after his loan spell at AC Milan last season.

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Weather: A mixed afternoon with a chance of odd shower

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Passenger delays caused by man on Wirral railway bridge

Rail passengers in Wirral have been delayed for an hour after a man was seen on a bridge over the railway line.

Officers were called to Birkenhead Park Station just before midday after receiving reports of the man on the Cavendish Street bridge. 

A 24-year-old man has been detained after being talked down by emergency services.

Merseyrail say disruption on the Wirral Line will continue for at least the next hour.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Wallasey MP Angela Eagle will face Jeremy Corbyn and Labour MP Owen Smith in the Labour leadership race
  • Police are appealing for witnesses, after a 50-year-old man was kicked in the head in Lark Lane, Liverpool
  • Rail services have been delayed after a 24-year-old man threatened to jump from a railway bridge in Wirral

Liverpool Crown Court evacuated after fire alarm

Liverpool Crown Court was evacuated after a fire alarm went off.

Staff readmitted to Liverpool Crown Court
BBC

Just after 14:30 people were told to leave the court and a sign reading: "Emergency evacuation in progress, keep clear" was hung on the door.

After about 15 minutes staff were readmitted to the building in Derby Square following the false alarm.

Rugby League: Widnes sign Leigh's Armstrong for 2017

BBC Sport

Widnes Vikings sign centre Tom Armstrong from Championship leaders Leigh Centurions for the 2017 season.

Tom Armstrong
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Armstrong, 26, has agreed a two-year deal with the Vikings.

He began his career at St Helens and scored 16 tries in 29 games before stepping down from full-time rugby league in 2011 to complete a Masters in petroleum engineering.

During his studies, he played for Swinton and then Sheffield Eagles before joining Leigh in 2014.

Tom Armstrong

Widnes sign Leigh's Armstrong for 2017

Widnes Vikings sign centre Tom Armstrong from Championship leaders Leigh Centurions for the 2017 season.

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Liverpool Riverside MP Louise Ellman receives an honorary fellowship

Liverpool Riverside MP Louise Ellman has received an honorary fellowship from John Moores University for "outstanding contribution to politics and support of the constituents of Liverpool".

MP Louise Ellman
BBC

Ms Ellman’s political career began when she was elected as a councillor for Skelmersdale in 1970, before later becoming leader of Lancashire County Council between 1981-1997.

She was first elected as MP in 1997 for Liverpool Riverside.

Football: Everton launch 2016-17 away kit

Everton has revealed the its new away kit for the 2016/17 season.

The strip is described as a "striking dark navy and a salmon trim strip" as a nod to the 1890/91 season when the Toffees captured their first ever League crown.

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Murder accused 'never violent towards anybody', partner tells court

Dave Guest

Chief reporter, BBC North West Tonight

The partner of a woman accused of murdering her love rival has told a court how he had never seen her being violent towards anyone.

Sadie Hartley
Family

Sadie Hartley, 60, (pictured) was stunned with a cattle prod and stabbed in her home in Helmshore, Rossendale, in January.

Sarah Williams, 35, and Katrina Walsh, 56, both from Chester, deny murdering the mother-of-two.

Ms Williams partner David Hardwick told Preston Crown Court how he asked police if they had arrested the right Sarah Williams, adding: "I've never seen her physically violent towards anyone."

The prosecution claims Ms Williams carried out the killing after becoming obsessed with Ms Hartley's partner, Ian Johnston.

Travel: Rail service suspended due to trespasser in Wirral

BBC Travel

Service is suspended on Mersesyrail between Green Lane and Liverpool James Street, and between Green Lane and Bidston due to a trespasser on the railway at Birkenhead Park.

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Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Wallasey MP Angela Eagle will face Jeremy Corbyn and Labour MP Owen Smith in the Labour leadership race
  • A 50-year-old man is injured after being kicked in the head during an attack in Liverpool
  • Plans for Liverpool and Manchester to join forces over the Northern Powerhouse

Man, 50, kicked in head in Liverpool street attack

A 50-year-old man has been left injured after being kicked in his head during an attack in Liverpool.

Lark Lane
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He suffered a cut to the head after being knocked to the ground in Lark Lane close to the Parkfield Inn last night.

He is recovering at home following hospital treatment.

Police are appealing for witnesses as there will have been people around the local bars and restaurants.

Plans for Liverpool and Manchester to join forces over the Northern Powerhouse

The mayor of Liverpool says he'll be joining forces with his counterpart in Greater Manchester in a bid to lobby government to ensure it remains committed to the Northern Powerhouse.

Joe Anderson
BBC

Joe Anderson and Tony Lloyd have committed to drawing up an agreement, which has come in response to the challenges presented by the EU referendum and what this means for funding for the region.

The UK voted to leave the EU by 52% to 48% in the referendum on 23 June.

HM Treasury said there would be "no immediate change" to EU programmes including the "Northern Powerhouse".

Travel: Fazakerly ticket office to shut for refurbishment

Campaign to encourage people to get active launched in Liverpool

A new campaign to encourage people to be more physically active even if it's just for a few minutes a day has been launched in Liverpool.

Children jumping
BBC

Fit for Me has been set up by the Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group and Liverpool City Council, and uses stories from local people whose lives have been transformed by exercise.

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Liverpool cancer specialist fronts awarness campaign

A cancer specialist at Aintree Hospital in Liverpool has been chosen to front a new awareness campaign - which so far has reached over 8 million people.

Professor Richard Shaw
Aintree University Hospital

Professor Richard Shaw, who is a surgeon at the region's head and neck unit, was selected from thousands of clinicians around the country to talk about his research in the Cancer Research campaign #CancerRightNow.

Football: John Stones tells Everton he wants to join Man City

BBC Sport

There's reports this morning John Stones has told Everton he wants to join Manchester City.

John Stones
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It's thought that he could leave next week for a fee of around £50m.

Wallasey MP Angela Eagle set to face two MPs in Labour leadership race

Wallasey MP Angela Eagle will face Jeremy Corbyn and Labour MP Owen Smith in the Labour leadership race.

Angela Eagle
BBC

Former shadow cabinet minister Owen Smith has said he will stand against Jeremy Corbyn, saying Labour needs both a "radical and credible" leader.  

Yesterday, Labour's National Executive Committee ruled Mr Corbyn should automatically be included in the contest - a decision Mr Smith supports.

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Weather: Mainly dry and sunny but chance of rain

BBC Weather

Most places will stay dry and sunny today though there is still a risk of a shower. Breezier than yesterday. Highs of 17C.

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Good morning: Join us for today's live news coverage

Jenny Coleman

Reporter, BBC Local Live

Hello from Liverpool, I'm here with all your news, sport, travel and weather updates from across Merseyside and west Cheshire today. 

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