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  1. Updates from Thursday 11 August
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday 12 August

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  1. Our live coverage across 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: Cloudy with occasional rainy outbreaks

    Dianne Oxberry

    Weather presenter, BBC North West Tonight

    It will be rather cloudy for many tonight, with occasional outbreaks of light rain or drizzle throughout.

    Weather graphic

    The combination of a brisk breeze and thick cloud cover will ensure a mild night.

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  3. Serial handbag snatcher jailed

    A man who admitted snatching handbags from elderly women in Merseyside has been jailed for seven years and four months.

    Peter Mellor

    Peter Mellor, 41, of Courtenay Road, Waterloo, admitted three charges of robbery and one of theft at Liverpool Crown Court.

    Merseyside Police said he stole bags from four women in the Crosby area - including one who he had thrown to the ground.

    Det Con Jamie Dean said: "These were particularly nasty incidents in which Mellor targeted elderly or vulnerable women.

    "What was even more shocking was these incidents frequently took place during the daytime and often in busy residential areas."

  4. Sadie Hartley: Murder accused's alleged motive 'does not stand up to scrutiny'

    The alleged motive for a woman accused of murdering a love rival "does not stand up to scrutiny", a jury was told.

    Sadie Hartley

    Sadie Hartley, 60, was stunned with a cattle prod and stabbed 40 times in Helmshore, Lancashire, on 14 January.

    The prosecution claims Sarah Williams, 35, murdered her so she could have her partner, Ian Johnston, to herself.

    But defence barrister, Gordon Cole QC, said it made no sense for her to cut off the "financial lifeline" provided by her long-time lover, David Hardwick.

    Ms Williams of Treborth Road, Blacon, Chester and co-defendant Katrina Walsh, 56, of Hare Lane, Chester, deny murder.

  5. Liverpool mayor 'should be scrapped', Lib Dems and Greens say

    BBC Politics

    Liverpool should not have its own mayor following next year's elections for a post covering the whole city region, opposition councillors have said.

    Joe Anderson

    The Liberal Democrats and Green Party said the role, currently held by Joe Anderson, should be scrapped as it will duplicate much of the city region mayor's remit.

    A petition has been launched aimed at sparking a referendum, which could lead to the return of a council leader and cabinet model.

    However, the Labour Party said the Lib Dems were ignoring public support for a mayor.

  6. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • The first black footballer to play for Liverpool turns down an MBE nomination, saying it would be "a betrayal" to Africans who suffered at the hands of the British Empire
  7. Three held over St Helens man's resort death

    Liverpool Echo

    Three people have been arrested in connection with the death of a St Helens man in Scarborough.

  8. Rubgy League: Widnes Vikings CEO wants rule change

    BBC Sport

    Super League clubs chasing a play-off spot should all start on zero points again in the Super 8s competition, Widnes chief executive James Rule has said.

    Widnes sit seventh in Super League, 10 points off the top four places

    Currently, teams in the Super 8s and third-tier Championship Shield carry over points from the regular season.

    However, The Qualifiers, often referred to as the Middle 8s, start fresh on zero for their seven matches.

    "I would change it. The interest in the Middle 8s is because of the jeopardy," Rule told BBC Radio Merseyside.

  9. Who else said "no thanks" to honours?

    The first black footballer to play for Liverpool, Howard Gayle, has turned down an MBE nomination, saying it would be "a betrayal" to Africans who suffered at the hands of the British Empire. 

    Honours

    Here are some other notable people who've snubbed honours:

    • LS Lowry - the painter turned down a total of five honours, including an OBE in 1955, a CBE in 1961 and a knighthood in 1968 
    • Benjamin Zephaniah - the poet spurned an OBE in 2003 saying it stood for colonial brutality and slavery 
    • David Bowie - the music legend turned down a CBE in 2000 
    • Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders - the comedy duo refused OBEs in 2001 
    • John Lennon - the Beatles legend returned his MBE four years after accepting it in 1965 in protest against the Vietnam and Biafran wars 
    • JG Ballard - the writer rejected a CBE saying he was opposed to the "preposterous charade" of the honours system
  10. Howard Gayle MBE snub: Facebook users praise decision

    Facebook users have reacted to Howard Gayle's decision to decline an MBE for his work tackling racism. 

    Howard Gayle

    The former Liverpool star was hailed "a man of principle", and Kevin Edgar added: "Takes a lot of mental strength and self belief that Howard. Standing up for what you believe has real dignity too."   

    Paul Al-Naqib said: "So sad that a history of oppression can still have a negative effect today... years after.

    "You are a good honest man... many crumble and forget their morals when presented with their pieces of silver. You'll always be Sir Howard Gayle of Tocky to me."

  11. Firearms arrests near Goodison Park

    Two men have been arrested on suspicion of possessing firearms after armed officers stopped a car near Goodison Park in Liverpool.

    Spellow Lane and Walton Lane junction

    A car was stopped at the junction of Spellow Lane and Walton Lane just after 18:00 last night.

    The men are also being held on suspicion of the unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle.

  12. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • The first black footballer to play for Liverpool turns down an MBE nomination, saying it would be "a betrayal" to Africans who suffered at the hands of the British Empire
  13. First black Liverpool football player rejects MBE

    The first black footballer to play for Liverpool has turned down an MBE nomination, saying it would be "a betrayal" to Africans who suffered at the hands of the British Empire.

    Howard Gayle Liverpool 1981

    Howard Gayle, 58, was born in Toxteth and made his Reds debut in 1977.

    He said he had to decline the nomination, for his Show Racism the Red Card campaign work, as his ancestors would be "turning in their graves".

    The Cabinet Office said it did not comment on individual cases.

  14. Weather: Drizzly afternoon

    BBC Weather

    A drizzly afternoon and feeling breezy.

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    Video caption: Weather: A drizzly afternoon

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  15. 'Save Rapid Hardware' petition reaches over 1,000 signatures

    Liverpool Echo

    A petition to save the former home of Rapid Hardware has collected over 1000 signatures after campaigners compared it to the Futurist Cinema.

    Former Rapid building
  16. Beatles sculptor to create Cilla Black statue

    The sculptor behind Liverpool's latest Beatles statue will create a statue of singer and TV personality Cilla Black who died last year at the age of 72.  

    Cilla Black in 2004
    Beatles statues

    Andy Edwards was approached by Cilla Black's family, who were impressed with his bronze statues of the Fab Four at Liverpool's Pier Head.

    The statue will be created at Castle Fine Arts Foundry in Wales and is due to be completed in early 2017.  

  17. Have you seen missing 14-year-old Destiny Marston?

    Police are appealing for help as they search for a teenager who has been missing from Ormskirk for four days.

    Destiny Marston

    Fourteen-year-old Destiny Marston was last seen in the town's McDonalds restaurant around 17:00 on Sunday. 

    She is described as white, slim , 5ft 2in with long, light brown hair and was wearing a grey hooded top, jeans and white trainers.

  18. Former Liverpool star turns down MBE

    The first black footballer to play for Liverpool has turned down an MBE nomination, saying it would be "a betrayal" to Africans who suffered at the hands of the British Empire.

    Howard Gayle facebook

    Howard Gayle, 58, was born in Toxteth and made his Reds' debut in 1977.

    He said he had to decline the nomination for his Show Racism The Red Card campaign work as his ancestors would be "turning in their graves".  

  19. Football: Woodgate joins Liverpool scouting team

    BBC Sport

    Jonathan Woodgate

    Former Leeds United, Newcastle and Middlesbrough defender Jonathan Woodgate has joined Liverpool as a scout focusing on Spain and Portugal.

    The centre-back also played for Real Madrid.