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Summary

  1. Updates from Tuesday 2 August
  2. News, sport, weather and travel returns from 08:00 on Wednesday

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

  2. Weather: Cloudy with outbreaks of light rain

    Dianne Oxberry

    Weather presenter, BBC North West Tonight

    It will be cloudy this evening with outbreaks of light rain in places.

    Weather graphic

    Most parts should become dry later and it will be a warm and humid night.

    Wednesday morning will be mostly dry, though intermittent light rain is possible. It will become windy during the afternoon, especially in coastal areas such as Southport, with outbreaks of rain which could be heavy at times.

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  3. Coming up: New centre for army veterans opens

    Annabel Tiffin

    Presenter, BBC North West Tonight

    On tonight's programme, we visit a treatment centre being set up in Liverpool aimed specifically at military personnel and their distinct problems.

    We bring the latest on Liverpool Lime Street's regeneration.

    And we hear about plans which could transform Chester's Roman amphitheatre.

    Join us on BBC One at 18:30.

  4. Fresh view of Lime Street regeneration

    New images showing the future of Lime Street have been released by Liverpool City Council.

    Lime Street regeneration

    The £39m is set to go-ahead after the Court of Appeal rejected a bid by SAVE Britain’s Heritage to overturn planning permission.

    Lime Street
  5. Ormskirk machete attack: Man, 44, detained under Mental Health Act

    A 44-year-old man has been detained under the Mental Health Act after he attempted to attack another man with a machete in Ormskirk

    He is being held in a secure unit following the incident on Ruff Lane near to Edge Hill University this morning. 

    Police say there were no injuries and are appealing for witness to get in touch with them.

  6. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • Regeneration of Liverpool's Lime Street is set to go ahead after the Court of Appeal rejected a legal challenge from conservationists
    • A 44-year-old man is detained under the Mental Health Act after an attempted machete attack in Ormskirk
    • Three men deny shooting a teenager dead in Vauxhall last Novermber.
  7. Rare birds hatch at Chester Zoo

    Seven chicks from a species of critically endangered birds have hatched at Chester Zoo.

    Northern Bald Ibis chick

    The zoo is celebrating the arrival of the northern bald ibis chicks, which have been bred for release into the wild.

    The species is threatened by hunting, habitat loss, pesticide poisoning and an increase in construction works around their nesting sites.

  8. Three deny killing Liverpool teenager

    Three men have denied murdering teenager Lewis Dunne, who was shot dead in Liverpool in November.

    Dunne

    Lewis was shot  on a canal towpath in the Vauxhall area of the city.

    Jake Culshaw, 25, of Birkenhead, and brothers Paul and John Martin from Walton, aged 25 and 20, entered the plea via video link from HMP Manchester. 

    They were remanded in custody with a trial date set for October.

  9. Liverpool mayor questions industrial strategy

    The World at One

    BBC Radio 4

    The Northern Powerhouse was a flagship policy to redress the North-South economic imbalance with the initial focus on Manchester.

    In a recent speech, Theresa May hinted that she wanted to help all of the UK's cities, not just a few.

    Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson told Martha Kearney that he wanted clarity on Mrs May's industrial strategy.

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    Video caption: Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson wants clarity on Theresa May's Northern Powerhouse policies.
  10. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • Regeneration of Liverpool's Lime Street is set to go ahead after the Court of Appeal rejected a legal challenge from conservationists
    • A 44-year-old man has been detained under the Mental Health Act after an attempted machete attack in Ormskirk
    • People living in Wirral could soon have their bin collections reduced to every three weeks
  11. Gang jailed for dealing Class A drugs worth £9m

    Two Liverpool men who ran a gang responsible for dealing more than £9m of Class A drugs across Merseyside have been jailed.

    Stephen Kelly, 44, from Whitfield Road was sentenced to 15 years and four months and David Seddon, 43, from Lunt Road was sentenced to 11 years.

    Six couriers who moved the drugs received sentences between 21 months and seven years.

  12. Three jailed for firearm offences in Sefton

    Three men who took photos and videos of themselves posing with weapons, one of which showed a man taking drugs off the barrel of a shotgun, have been jailed for firearm offences on Merseyside.

    Clarke Mercer Graham sentencing
    Clarke Mercer Graham sentencing

    Malcolm Graham, 19, from Southport, was sentenced to 11 years at Liverpool Crown Court for possession of a self-loading pistol, ammunition and ammunition without a firearms certificate and two counts of wounding.

    Lewis Clarke, 18, from Formby, was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years for possession of a self-loading pistol, ammunition and intent to cause fear of violence.

    Adam Mercer, 22, of Bootle, was sentenced to three years for affray, and possession of a firearm without a firearms certificate.

  13. Driver bailed following high-speed police chase

    St Helens Star

    A motorist arrested on suspicion of driving at speeds of up to 70mph on a 15-minute rampage through Newton and Warrington has been released while investigations continue.  

  14. Watching Coldplay's Viola Beach tribute was hard, relatives say

    Relatives of the Warrington band Viola Beach have told the NME that watching Coldplay's tribute to them at Glastonbury was hard.

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    Chris Martin led his bandmates in a rendition of Boys That Sing, a song that Viola Beach recorded shortly before they died in a car crash in Sweden.

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  15. Wirral residents are asked to choose bin option

    Residents in Wirral are being asked to choose between reducing bin collections to every three weeks - or halving the size of their general waste bin. 

    Green bin

    The council is trying to reach a target of recycling 50% of all household waste by 2020 - to avoid government fines for putting rubbish in landfill.  

  16. Football: Ashley Williams would be 'great' for Everton

    BBC Sport

    Signing Swansea's Ashley Williams for £10m would be "great business" for Everton, according to former Toffees star Pat Nevin.

    Ashley Williams

    The Wales and Swans captain is reported to be close to agreeing a move to Goodison Park after eight years at the Liberty Stadium.