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  1. Updates on Thursday 14 July

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By Jenny Coleman

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage for 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 updates from across the region.

  2. Weather: Dry night, rainy morning

    BBC Weather

    Dry overnight with light winds but a cloudy day tomorrow with outbreaks of rain, particularly in the late morning.

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    Video caption: Weather: Some sunshine with light breeze
  3. Man charged over death threats to Merseyside MP

    A man has been charged with sending death threats to MP Luciana Berger..

    Luciana Berger

    The Liverpool Wavertree MP received a number of emails on Friday, with one message allegedly saying "she is going to get it like Jo Cox did".

    John Nimmo, 28, appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates' Court on Wednesday charged with sending a message causing anxiety or distress.

    Mr Nimmo, of Moreland Road, South Shields, was remanded in custody and will appear for a further hearing on 27 July.

  4. Radio presenter's tribute to BBC's Stan Ambrose

    Radio Two presenter Janice Long has paid tribute to veteran radio presenter Stan Ambrose, died at the age of 86 earlier this week.

    She worked with him at Radio Merseyside in the 1980s, where she presented the show Streetlife.

    Mr Ambrose was the longest serving presenter at the station - hosting the weekly Folkscene show for 49 years.

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  5. Angela Eagle says she 'won't be intimidated'

    Wallasey MP Angela Eagle has told BBC Radio Merseyside she "will not be intimidated" by online abuse.

    Angela Eagle

    "I'm not going to be intimidated by the misogyny and homophobia on social media", she said.

    "But I would say this to the people who are causing the threats to my staff in the parliamentary office - nobody should be subjected to that kind of behaviour when they're going to work. 

    "It's bullying and intimidation and it needs to stop." 

  6. Woman jailed for 'cruel' James Bulger tweets

    A woman from Margate who admitted sending disturbing messages on Twitter to the mother of murdered toddler James Bulger has been jailed for three years. 

    James Bulger

    Chloe Cowan, 20, from Margate in Kent, had pleaded guilty to stalking, involving serious alarm or distress, at Canterbury Crown Court.

    She had posed as one of the toddler's killers and as his ghost in the tweets.

  7. Today's other headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  8. Charity urges 'robust scrutiny'

    A charity that provides specialist advice on deaths in custody or detention has urged "robust scrutiny" following the death of Mzee Mohammed.

    Quote Message: There needs to be the most thorough and robust scrutiny of the actions of the security guards and the police who were in contact with him moments before his death. His family must be supported to find out how and why he died. from Deborah Coles Director, Inquest
    Deborah ColesDirector, Inquest
  9. Race relations expert questions confidence in IPCC

    Lee Jasper, a race relations expert and former adviser to former London Mayor Ken Livingstone, has questioned the efficiency of the IPCC following the death of teenager Mzee Mohammed in the custody of police.

    He said the IPCC "needs to be transparent and engender trust and confidence in the wider community and "needs enhanced powers to ensure public confidence.”

  10. Mzee Mohammed's mother remembers her 'gentle giant'

    Liverpool Echo

    Mzee Mohammed had "a troubled past" but "he got past that", his mother has told the Liverpool Echo after her son died in police custody on Wednesday.

    “He had a troubled past and he fell in with mates that had him in trouble and he got his Asbo. But he got past that. He had kind eyes and his smile would light up a room.

    “He enjoyed life and he was a gentle giant,” she said.  

  11. Mzee Mohammed's mother pays tribute

    Liverpool Echo

    The mother of Liverpool teenager Mzee Mohammed, who died in police custody on Wednesday, has told the Liverpool Echo that her son had turned his life around and had recently returned to school to get his maths and English GCSEs.

    Karla said: “We all thought once he came off the Asbo he would go back [to trouble]. But he didn’t. He just wanted to be here with me - his mum and his sisters."

    She said “intelligent and ambitious” Mzee did not touch drugs and dreamed of becoming a chef.

    “He was one of the most kind-hearted, generous people I knew and he was very protective of his sisters... his family was his world, he devoted his attention to his three sisters - who called him ‘bear’."

  12. Police custody death: IPCC overseeing examination of the scene

    IPCC investigators have been overseeing the examination of the scene and the "post incident procedure" following the death of an 18-year-old man after being detained by police at Liverpool One shopping centre.

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  13. Police custody death: Floral tributes left at Liverpool One

    Bouquets of flowers have been tied to trees in Liverpool One in memory of Mzee Mohammed.

    Flowers left at Liverpool ONE
  14. Police custody death: What we know so far

    Mzee Mohammed
    • An 18-year-old man died after being detained by police following an "incident" at Liverpool One shopping centre
    • He has been named locally as Mzee Mohammed 
    • Merseyside Police took a call about a man in a distressed state in Toxteth just after 18:00 on Wednesday
    • They also received calls from the public about a man with a knife "behaving erratically" in the city centre
    • Police attended and said they found a man who appeared to be suffering from a medical episode
    • He was taken to the Royal Liverpool Hospital where he died a short time later
    • A postmortem is due to take place 
  15. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    Here's a round-up of some other headlines making the news across the region:

    • A woman who admitted sending disturbing messages on Twitter to the mother of murdered toddler James Bulger is jailed
    • Merseyside's police and crime commissioner Jane Kennedy describes death threats sent to MP Luciana Berger as "chilling"
    • A Liverpool law firm that represented Hillsborough families calls for the government to finance inquest costs for the families of victims of the Birmingham pub bombings
  16. Police received reports of man with knife 'behaving erratically'

    Merseyside Police said just after 18:00 BST on Wednesday they received a report about a man having run into a house in the Toxteth area of the city in a distressed state.  The man left the address when seen by the occupant.

    The force said it received further calls from the public, describing a man with a knife "behaving erratically" at a number of locations throughout the city centre, including Liverpool One.

    He was eventually located near to Liverpool One by security and police where it was quickly established that he appeared to be suffering from a "medical episode" and an ambulance was called. 

    He was taken to the Royal Liverpool University Hospital where he was pronounced dead just before 19:55.

    Police say the matter was immediately referred to the IPCC because of police involvement with the man before he died.

  17. Police custody death: Officers working with Toxteth communities

    Merseyside Police say specialist officers are providing support to the dead 18-year-old man's family.

    Quote Message: We are working closely with community leaders in Toxteth, who we have developed strong relationship with, over the years, in order to ensure that the community and the man's family are kept supported and informed in the coming days and weeks. The IPCC investigation will review all the actions taken on the night of his death. from Merseyside Police
    Merseyside Police
  18. Man dies in custody after arrest

    Mzee Mohammed and scene of arrest

    An 18-year-old man dies after being arrested by police following an "incident" at a Liverpool shopping centre.

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    Man, 18, dies in custody of police

    Mzee Mohammed and scene of arrest

    A teenager dies in the custody of police after being detained by security staff at a shopping centre.

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