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  1. Updates on Friday 29 July
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday 1 August

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

  2. Weather: Rain easing through the evening

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    Video caption: North West weather forecast for Friday 29 July

    The rain will ease through this evening, but with the risk of an isolated shower or two.  

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  3. Coming up....

    Roger Johnson

    Presenter, BBC North West Tonight

    On tonight's programme we'll hear about a posthumous album released by Warrington band Viola Beach, who were killed in a car crash earlier this year.

    And we learn how a street in north Liverpool was decked with flowers during the 1966 World Cup.

    Meanwhile, former Everton star Wayne Rooney tells us why he is supporting Liverpool's Alder Hey Hospital.

    Join us at 18:30 on BBC One

  4. Car fans heading for Bolesworth Castle festival

    Thousands of car and music fans will be heading to Cheshire's Bolesworth Castle this weekend for a three-day motoring festival.

    Chris Evans
    Image caption: BBC presenter Chris Evans

    CarFest North 2016, which runs from today to Sunday, is the brainchild of Warrington-born BBC broadcaster and former Top Gear host Chris Evans.   

    The sold-out event, which raises money for BBC Children in Need, is a celebration of all things motors and also features live music from Will Young, Bryan Adams and The Coors.

  5. Firefighters rescue horse trapped in ditch

    Firefighters rescued a horse which fell 6ft (1.8m) into a water ditch in Chester.

    Rescued horse

    Crews stabilised the horse's head using straw which allowed a vet to sedate the animal, which had fallen on its side.

    The fire crews then attached a harness to the horse and lifted it safely out of the enclosure, with the help of a farm vehicle.

  6. Lost 1966 World Cup radio commentary found

    Lost BBC radio commentary of England winning the World Cup has been found - 50 years on from the team's triumph.

    World Cup 66

    Frank McFarlane, who went to Worcester College for the Blind, had recorded the match on reel-to-reel tape by holding a microphone near to a pocket radio.

    Mr McFarlane, from Wirral, mentioned this at a school reunion to a BBC Radio 5 live listener, who was "99% certain" the station had lost the audio - and got in touch with the corporation.

  7. World Cup 1966: Why the Brazilians came to our street

    Paul Burnell

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    it's 50 years since England hosted the 1966 World Cup, when the streets around Goodison Park had all kinds of decorations festooning the neighbourhood.

    Kenny Leary, whose mother lived in Claudia Street, has described his memories from those heady days.

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    Video caption: Liverpool's 1966 World Cup welcome
    Claudia Street
  8. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • Merseyside Police promise "robust action" after shots were fired at a house in Bootle in what is thought to have been a case of mistaken identity
    • A sacked Merseyside police officer described as the "inside man" in a plot to burgle cannabis farms is jailed for seven years
    • The debut album from the Warrington band Viola Beach is posthumuosly released
  9. Campaigners press shops to stop selling The Sun

    A campaign group trying to persuade shop owners across Merseyside to stop selling The Sun newspaper says support for its cause is growing every day. 

    The Sun

    Total Eclipse of the Sun says 114 businesses have already agreed to stop taking copies of the paper since the group was set up following the Hillsborough inquests. 

    Morrisons in Speke recently announced it was removing The Sun from its shelves following a protest at the store - and this weekend the group is taking its campaign to Sainsbury's on Prescott Road. 

  10. Murder suspect told police 'it looks bad'

    woman accused of murdering her love rival told police "it looks really bad" as she was questioned about her movements by murder squad detectives, a court hears.  

    Sadie Hartley

    Sadie Hartley, 60, was stunned with a cattle prod and stabbed at her home in Helmshore, Lancashire, on 14 January.

    Sarah Williams, 35, and her friend, Katrina Walsh, 56, are said to have spent 17 months plotting to kill Ms Hartley, Preston Crown Court heard.

    The pair, both from Chester, deny murdering the mother-of-two.

  11. Corrupt PC jailed over cannabis plot

    A police officer who sold details of suspected cannabis farms in a plot to steal and supply drugs is jailed for seven years.

    Barry Parkinson

    Barry Parkinson, 46, from Liverpool, was convicted of burglary, supplying drugs and admitting misconduct in public office at an earlier hearing.  

    Parkinson, of Beechburn Crescent, was convicted with three other Liverpool men - his friend Robert Sloan, 45, Shaun Blackburn, 32, and David Gould, 53.  

  12. Travel: Broken down vehicle blocking M56 lane

    BBC Travel

    One lane is blocked on M56 westbound at J15 M53, because of a broken down vehicle.  

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  13. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • Merseyside Police promise "robust action" after shots were fired at a house in Bootle in what is thought to have been a case of mistaken identity
    • Sacked Merseyside police officer described as the "inside man" in plot to burgle cannabis farms is jailed for seven years
    • The debut album from the Warrington band Viola Beach has been posthumuosly released
  14. Rock hyrax pups born at Chester Zoo

    Four baby rock hyraxes have been born at Chester Zoo.

    Chester Zoo
    Image caption: Rock hyrax pregnancies last more than seven months
    Chester Zoo
    Image caption: Rock hyraxes in the wild live in Africa and along the Arabian Peninsula

    The quartet of pups, one male and three female, arrived weighing between just 250g and 290g.

    Although similar in appearance to the Guinea pig, rock hyraxes are more closely related to the elephant than any other species on Earth - sometimes referred to as "the elephant’s cousin" as a result of a genetic link. 

  15. Metro mayor hustings: Northern Powerhouse plans criticised

    Claire Hamilton

    Reporter, BBC Radio Mersesyide

    Labour candidates for mayor of the Liverpool city region have criticised plans for a Northern Powerhouse. 


    Party members on Merseyside are preparing to vote on who they want to run in the metro mayor election in May 2017. 

    Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson joined MPs Steve Rotheram and Luciana Berger in a hustings on Thursday night. 

    They agreed George Osborne's idea to unify northern cities into an economic force needed firm government backing.   

  16. Got a spare £1m to buy a Porsche?

    Chester Chronicle

    Like cars, and have a spare £1m floating around to indulge your passion? 


    Well that’s how much you’ll need to buy the rare hypercar which is gracing a Cheshire Oaks showroom with its presence.  

    A 918 Spyder – the fastest, most advanced Porsche road car ever – is currently on sale at Porsche Centre, Chester for a whopping £1,080,000.

    Click here to see the car.

  17. Liverpool gearing up for Pride 2016

    The seventh annual Liverpool Pride event takes place this weekend with a range of vibrant and colourful activities planned across the city.

    Liverpool Pride
    Image caption: Liverpool Pride is now in its seventh year

    The event is part of the city's annual celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender culture.

    The party carries on over the weekend with the 2016 theme being "Liverpool Icons".  

    Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service
    Image caption: Merseyside firefighters will be joining in the celebrations at Liverpool Pride this year. Wearing their uniforms, they will join Saturday's march

    This year the festivities are moving to a new home in St George's Quarter, including St George's Hall, St John's Gardens, William Brown Street and The Plateau - which is the starting point of Pride's centrepiece march on Saturday.  

  18. Wirral snapper remembers World Cup 1966, 50 years on

    Paul Burnell

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    A Wirral-based photographer has described his memories of England's 1966 World Cup final - when he could not get rid of his spare ticket for the game.

    World Cup Final 1966

    A collection of Tom Lutton's shots from the England vs West Germany match are part of an exhibition marking 50 years since the clash.

    Mr Lutton said he found it a challenge trying to sell the ticket which his father could not use.

    Tom Lutton

    “I tried to sell it twice in London but the touts were not interested, I think they thought I was a policeman as I was tall with short hair," he recalled.  

    “I was all on my own on Wembley Way and eventually I met a father and son who wanted to swap a ticket so they could be together, and we found my spare ticket matched up with one of their's.

    "I went into the ground and found my spot was the best as I was behind the goal where Geoff Hurst scored his third goal, and I was able to take photographs"

  19. Weather: Rain easing through the afternoon

    The rain will ease through the afternoon with sunny spells developing, but with the risk of an isolated shower or two.  


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  20. Latest headlines from Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • A campaign group trying to persuade shop owners across Merseyside to stop selling The Sun newspaper says support for its cause is growing every day
    • Merseyside Police want to find two men seen on a scrambler bike around the time a house was shot at in Bootle in what's believed to be a case of mistaken identity
    • St Helens hopes of hosting the Great Exhibition of the North in 2018 have been dashed