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  1. Updates on Friday 15 July

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

  2. Weather: Cloudy with a chance of heavy rain this evening

    BBC Weather

    Cloud increasing with the chance of rain but a mild night for many. 

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    Video caption: BBC Weather in the North West
  3. Paul and Ringo celebrate 10 years of Cirque du Soleil's Beatles show

    Former Beatles Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr were in Las Vegas last night to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Love, the Cirque du Soleil show inspired by the band's music. 

    Sir Paul McCartney with wife Nancy Shevell

    Other guests included John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono (below), director Ron Howard, who's currently making a film about The Beatles, and the son of late Beatles producer Sir George Martin.   

    Yoko Ono
  4. Travel: Lane closed on A580 Islington into town

    BBC Travel

    One lane is closed and traffic is slow on the A580 Islington into town in Liverpool at the B5173 St Anne Street junction because of a gas leak and emergency repairs. 

    Congestion tails back to the Moss Street junction.  

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  5. Chief Constable offers condolences to family of Mzee Mohammed

    Chief Constable of Merseyside Police, Andy Cooke, has said raised tensions in L8 "saddens me greatly" and offered his condolences to the family of Mzee Mohammed.

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    Mr Cooke and Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson both appealed for a Black Lives Matter march on Saturday to be a peaceful event in memory of the 18-year-old.  

    A post-mortem examination into his death was inconclusive, the IPCC said and further tests will have to be carried out. 

  6. Liverpool to Belfast flight: Man held after incident

    A man has been arrested on suspicion of endangering the safety of an aircraft following an incident on board a flight from Liverpool, police have said.

    Flybe plane

    The 30-year-old was also questioned on suspicion of acting in a disorderly manner on the Flybe flight to Belfast on Thursday.

  7. Mzee Mohammed death: Post-mortem results 'inconclusive'

    A post-mortem examination into the death of Mzee Mohammed at Liverpool One shopping centre yesterday is 'inconclusive', say police investigators.

    Mzee Mohammed

    The 18-year-old died in police custody after being detained by the centre's security staff. Reports said he had been seen with a knife "behaving erratically" before officers were called.

    An IPCC statement said further tests will be carried out to help ascertain the cause of Mr Mohammed’s death.

    Quote Message: We sent investigators to the scene and have met with Mr Mohammed’s family this morning to explain our role and listen to their concerns. We will be keeping them updated throughout the investigation and we will also be talking to representatives of the local community in Toxteth." from Carl Gumsley IPCC Commissioner
    Carl GumsleyIPCC Commissioner
  8. B&M's revenues surge after new store openings

    Discount retailer B&M said like-for-like sales growth ground to a halt in the 13 weeks to 25 June, but saw overall revenues surge by 21.5% to £554.8m thanks to a raft of new store openings. 

    B&M Home Store

    The Liverpool-based firm added that underlying like-for-like sales rose 1.7%, stripping out the impact of new stores on existing nearby outlets. 

    It opened 12 new UK stores in the quarter and five in Germany.

  9. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • Flags are being lowered to half mast on civic buildings in Liverpool, St Helens, Wirral and Warrington as a mark of respect for people who died in the Nice attack
    • A man has been arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill after an email was sent to the account of Wallasey MP Angela Eagle
    • Council leaders across Merseyside and Halton approve almost £5m worth of funding to transform the former Littlewoods building in Liverpool into film studios
  10. Former Marine breaks 10k single leg amputee world record in Wavertree

    Former Marine Andy Grant from Liverpool broke the world record for the fastest 10k by a single leg amputee at Wavertree Athletics Stadium last night.

    Paced by the Liverpool Harriers, he set a new time of 37:17 beating the previous record by 36 seconds.

    Former Marine Andy Grant
  11. Nice attack: Flag at half mast in St Helens

    The Union Jack is flying at half mast at St Helens Town Hall today as a mark of respect for the people killed in the Bastille Day attack in Nice.

    Town Hall flag at half mast
  12. Saltney bakery depot jobs under threat

    Allied Bakeries Kingsmill truck

    Allied Bakeries says it plans to shut its Saltney distribution depot, with 53 posts at the site facing potential redundancy.

  13. Five arrested after more than 200 cannabis plants found in Kirkdale raid

    Five Merseyside men have been arrested during raids in Kirkdale that also uncovered a cannabis farm with more than 200 plants, a shotgun and cash. 

    Cannabis plant

    The searches were part of an operation to investigate a drugs ring in and around the Stanley Road area, and premises targeted included a newsagents on the corner of Stanley Road and Briar Street, plus houses on Wulstan Street. 

  14. Warrington motorcyclist dies in Birchwood crash

    A Warrington motorcyclist has died in a crash with a car in Birchwood.

    It happened during rush hour last night on Woolston Grange Avenue between Kingsland Grange and Harpers Road. 

    A 30-year-old man from Leigh has been arrested on suspicion of death by dangerous driving.

  15. Andy Burnham also calls for Northern Powerhouse commitment

    The Shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham has added his voice to calls for the new government to reaffirm its commitment to boosting the northern economy.

    Andy Burnham

    Mr Burnham says Theresa May's administration now needs to "honour" some of the pledges made by former Chancellor George Osborne, who said billions of pounds would be spent on infrastructure improvements in the hope of creating a so-called northern powerhouse.  

  16. Man, 44, arrested over making threats to kill

    A man has been arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill after an email was sent to the account of Wallasey MP Angela Eagle. 

    Merseyside Police say they executed a warrant in Paisley in Scotland this morning and arrested a 44-year-old.

    He will be questioned by Merseyside detectives today.

  17. Football: Allen wants Liverpool future resolved

    BBC Sport

    Joe Allen

    Joe Allen wants his Liverpool future sorted this summer rather than wait until his contract expires at the end of next season.

  18. Travel: Rail disruption between Crewe and Chester

    BBC Travel

    There is a revised service on Arriva Trains Wales between Crewe and Chester due to engineering works.

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  19. BBC's Tony Hall receives honorary fellowship at LJMU

    Lord Tony Hall of Birkenhead, the BBC's Director General has received an honorary fellowship from Liverpool John Moores University this morning.

    He was given the fellowship in recognition of his outstanding contribution to media and entertainment.

    Tony Hall
  20. 'Elusive' Scottish wildcat kitten born at Chester Zoo

    Footage has emerged of a 'rare and elusive' Scottish wildcat kitten that has been born at Chester Zoo.

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    Video caption: A wild kitten is born at Chester Zoo

    It is the first kitten to be born at the zoo as part of a project to pull back the UK's wildcat population from the edge of extinction.

    Less than 100 wildcats are left in the UK and they are Britain's rarest mammal.