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  1. Updates on Thursday 28 July
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Friday 29 July

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates from 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: Drizzle and cloud

    BBC Weather

    Northern parts will be cloudy with rain or drizzle this evening. Elsewhere, we should see bright spells with isolated showers, but clouding over with drizzle overnight.

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    Video caption: BBC Weather with Charlie Slater 28 July 2016 1300
  3. Councillor defends authority's 48 second meeting

    A member of the cabinet at Sefton Council has defended the authority after a recent meeting lasted less than a minute.

    Bootle Town Hall

    Councillors took just 48 seconds to approve the £2.9m Southport Town Centre Heritage Lottery bid, and the Sefton borough sports field strategy. 

    The Liberal Democrats have called for "more transparency", but Paul Cummins, cabinet member for adult social services, said opposition councillors had plenty of opportunity to voice concerns before the plans were rubber-stamped.

  4. Latest headlines for Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner confirms outgoing Chief Constable David Crompton will not be sacked after being suspended following the Hillsborough inquests
    • A member of the cabinet at Sefton Council defends the authority after a recent meeting lasted less than a minute 
    • A 66-year-old man is recovering after being stabbed in Wirral 
  5. Man, 66, stabbed in Wirral

    A 66-year-old man has been taken to hospital after he was stabbed in Wallasey.

    Crosfield Road

    The victim was found with a knife wound to his abdomen in Crosfield Road last night, Merseyside Police said.

    His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.    

  6. Tattooist apologises for bungled Hillsborough tattoo

    Liverpool Echo

    A tattooist who bungled a tribute to the Hillsborough victims has said his “head was not in the right place”.  

  7. Travel: Congestion on M6

    BBC Travel

    Very slow traffic on M6 southbound between J19, A556 (Knutsford) and J18, A54 (Middlewich) due to an accident.  

    Congestion to J20, M56 (Lymm Interchange).  

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  8. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner confirms out-going Chief Constable David Crompton will not be sacked
    • A pensioner is recovering after being stabbed in his Wirral home
    • Police discover a cannabis farm with an estimated street value of £2m per year at a Liverpool property
  9. £2m cannabis farm found in Liverpool

    A cannabis farm with an estimated street value of £2m a year has been found by police in Tuebrook.

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    Officers found nearly 500 plants after being called to a property on Knoclaid Road following a report of suspicious behaviour. 

  10. The candidates' debate

    Labour's Liverpool City Region Mayoral candidates will debate in public again in Huyton tonight. It's the latest in a series of hustings for Labour Party members. 

    Image caption: Candidates Luciana Berger MP, Steve Rotheram MP and Joe Anderson

    The three candidates, Joe Anderson, Luciana Berger MP and Steve Rotheram MP will present their vision for the area and take questions to help party members choose their candidate for May's election.  

  11. South Yorkshire's chief constable 'should be sacked'

    Calls have been made for South Yorkshire Police's chief constable to be fired after it emerged he was not facing dismissal for misconduct.  

    David Crompton

    David Crompton was suspended after the Hillsborough Inquests due to "eroding trust and confidence" in the force.  

    Police and Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings said Mr Crompton would be required to either retire or resign.

    But Liberal Democrat peer Lord Scriven said he should be sacked and accused the PCC of lacking "backbone".

  12. Weather: Rain set to ease in afternoon

    BBC Weather

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    Video caption: BBC Weather with Charlie Slater 28 July 2016 1300

    Rain will ease through the afternoon, but persist in the north. However, drier and brighter conditions likely developing in the south with isolated heavy, possibly thundery, showers later.  

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  13. How Liverpool's river pilots have kept ships and crew safe for 250 years

    The Liverpool Pilotage Service has been guiding ships in the River Mersey for 250 years, working in all sorts of dangerous conditions.

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    Video caption: The river pilots have been meeting ships in the River Mersey for 250 years.

    Captain Chris Booker explains their fascinating work and the pride the pilots feel at being awarded the Freedom of the City today.  

  14. You wait for one work of art and three come along at once...

    Three buses will be turning heads in Liverpool after being given an eye-catching new look.

    Liverpool Biennial

    The Arriva double decker city buses have been re-designed by artists for Liverpool Biennial - the largest festival of contemporary art in the UK - which is running until 16 October.

    One of the buses, called “Hello Future Me” and also known as the “Space Bus,” has been designed by Year 7 pupils from Childwall Sports & Science Academy.  

  15. Hero rescues woman from Chester canal near homeless hostel

    Chester Chronicle

    A hero leapt into a Chester canal to rescue a woman who had jumped in shouting "I don’t want to go back to prison".  

  16. Boys attacked by teens in balaclavas outside Aigburth chip shop

    Liverpool Echo

    Two boys had their bikes stolen after being attacked by teenagers wearing balaclavas outside an Aigburth chip shop.

  17. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner confirm out-going Chief Constable David Crompton won't be sacked
    • Liberal Democrats in Sefton accuse the council's cabinet of a lack of transparency after its most recent meeting apparently lasted 48 seconds
    • Liverpool confirm they'll be playing their reserve matches at Tranmere Rovers this season