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  1. Updates on Thursday 4 August
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday 5 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 Friday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the region.

  2. Weather: Clear night in store

    BBC Weather

    Any showers should ease this evening to leave a largely dry night with clear spells and light winds.

    Weather

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  3. Funding cuts to St Helens healthcare services

    St Helens Star

    Fears over the deteriorating financial health of the NHS in St Helens have emerged as a body tasked with funding care set out plans to suspend some services

  4. Roadworks to close section of M56

    Chester Chronicle

    Part of the M56 will be subject to overnight closures for repair work at the Weaver Viaduct.

    Bridge maintenance and road resurfacing will shut the motorway between junctions 12 and 14 on 30 September, and each day from 3-5 October.

    The road will be closed from 20:00 to 06:00 the following morning.

  5. Bootle stabbing victim, 26, was 'targeted'

    A 26-year-old man who was stabbed in a "targeted" attack in Bootle remains in a stable condition after driving himself about five miles to hospital, police have said.

    Royal Liverpool

    The victim, who was stabbed in the head, arm and torso, made the 20-minute journey from Netherton Way to the Royal Liverpool Hospital despite his injuries.

    Det Ch Insp Gayle Rooney, of Merseyside Police, said: “It appears the victim was specifically targeted by the offenders, who it is believed are known to him, and witnesses have described two Mercedes vehicles being involved."

    Police cars surrounded the hospital earlier, but the hospital confirmed the A&E unit remains open for patients with urgent and serious conditions.

  6. Liverpool Somme hero remembered

    A commemorative stone is to be unveiled in memory of a Liverpool man who was awarded a Victoria Cross for his actions at the Battle of the Somme.

    Gabriel Coury VC

    Gabriel Coury earned his honour for his part in a rescue on 8 August 1916, near Arrow Head Copse, when he went out into the battlefield to bring back his wounded commanding officer to the trenches, despite being under heavy machine-gun fire.

    He was a second lieutenant in command of a half-company of pioneers attached to the 1/4th Battalion Kings Own (Royal Lancaster) Regiment at the time.

    A commemorative paving stone will be unveiled in his honour at Sefton Park Palm House on Monday, a century to the day since he was awarded the Victoria Cross.

  7. Travel: Three-vehicle crash causing delays on Knowsley Expressway

    BBC Travel

    A crash involving three vehicles is causing delays on the Knowsley Expressway, travelling southbound between Tarbock Island and the Speke Road junction.

    All lanes have reopened but there is congestion in the wider area.

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  8. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • Royal Liverpool Hospital says its A&E unit remains open to patients despite the site being cordoned off by police investigating an alleged stabbing earlier
    • Work to demolish the former Futurist Cinema in Liverpool city centre means Lime Street is closed until Monday evening
    • Supermarket giant Asda is to stop selling The Sun newspaper at 11 of its stores on Merseyside
  9. Hospital A&E unit remains open despite stabbing probe

    Royal Liverpool Hospital says its A&E unit remains open to patients, despite the site being cordoned off by police investigating an alleged stabbing earlier.

    Royal Liverpool Hospital

    Officers were called to the hospital after a 26-year-old man was reportedly stabbed in his legs and arms in an alleged assault in Bootle, before driving himself to the hospital.

    Forensic officers were examining the man's car and the scene of his arrival.

    A hospital spokesman said: “Our emergency department is still accepting patients with serious or urgent health matters.

    "[But] we urge patients with non-urgent health problems, to consider other health services such as walk in centres, GP, pharmacies or NHS 111.”

  10. Young tapir flies Solo for the first time at Chester Zoo

    Super-cute Malayan tapir calf Solo has taken his first steps outside at Chester Zoo.

    Malayan tapir

    At just over three weeks old, the tiny youngster was said to have "revelled" in his very first outdoor adventure under the watchful eyes of his mother Margery.  

    Malayan tapir

    He is the first of his species to be born at the zoo. Malayan tapirs are endangered and fewer than 2,500 are now thought to exist in their native South East Asia.  

  11. Asda to stop selling The Sun in 11 Merseyside stores

    Supermarket giant ASDA is to stop selling The Sun newspaper at 11 of its stores on Merseyside.

    Asda sign

    A spokesman for the company said the decision was taken after listening to customers, and the paper will be removed from sale in stores where there is little appetite to buy it.

    The paper has been unpopular in Merseyside ever since its controversial coverage in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster.

    ASDA says from tomorrow the paper will no longer be sold at stores in Walton, Huyton, Hunts Cross, Bootle, Sefton, Aintree, Breck Road, Orrell Lane, Garston, Penny Lane and Stoneycroft.

  12. Hospital cordoned off as police investigate stabbing

    Part of Royal Liverpool University Hospital has been cordoned off as police investigate a stabbing.

    Liverpool Royal Hospital

    Officers were called to the site after a 26-year-old was reportedly stabbed in his legs and arms in an assault, before driving himself to A&E.

    The man is now at the hospital where his condition is described as serious.

    Police said forensics officers will analyse both the victim's car and the section of the hospital where he arrived, in a search for evidence.

  13. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • Work to demolish the former Futurist Cinema in Liverpool city centre means Lime Street is closed until Monday evening
    • Supermarket giant ASDA is to stop selling The Sun newspaper at 11 of its stores on Merseyside
    • Merseyside's marine industry is planning to develop a new generation of solar powered barge to transport goods from the Liverpool 2 deep water container port to the Manchester Ship Canal
  14. Travel: Buses affected by Liverpool's Lime Street closure

    Some bus routes are also affected during work to demolish the former Futurist cinema building....

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  15. Road closures extended as Futurist cinema facade removed

    Liverpool's Lime Street will remain closed until Monday night as work to demolish the Futurist cinema continues, Liverpool City Council has said.

    The Futurist

    The demolition team are working to save as many of the architectural features as possible, so they are taking it down effectively by hand at the moment.

    What happens to these plaster mouldings – including the “Picturehouse” lettering  - will be up to the developer Neptune.

  16. Travel: Accident blocks A5300 Knowsley Expressway

    BBC Travel

    A5300 Knowsley Expressway in Tarbock Green is blocked and there is queuing traffic southbound between Tarbock Island and the A562 Speke Road junction because of an accident involving two cars and a campervan.

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  17. Weather: Dry and sunny - but still a chance of showers

    BBC Weather

    Not as windy as yesterday with plenty of dry and sunny weather around - but also a few showers which could turn heavy. High of 19C.

    BBC Weather

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  18. Violence outside Smokie Mo's shows men aim kicks at clubber's head

    Liverpool Echo

    Merseyside Police have released CCTV footage in a renewed appeal for information, after a man was assaulted and left unconscious in Liverpool city centre.

    Smokie Mo's attack
  19. Travel: Traffic light failure in Runcorn

    BBC Travel

    Motorists are urged to beware of a traffic light failure on the A56 Sutton Causeway in Frodsham, at the Clifton Road junction.

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