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  1. Updates on Wednesday 17 August

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  1. Wigan's Anthony Gelling scores against St Helens

    Anthony Gelling scores a hat-trick as Wigan end St Helens' seven-match winning run to go second in the Super 8s table.

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

  3. Final preparations being made for Southport Flower Show

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    Video caption: Organisers finalise their preparations for Southport Flower Show, which opens tomorrow
  4. Warrington councillor wants drive-through packaging markers to trace litter bugs

    The leader of Warrington Borough Council wants the registration numbers of those buying fast food from drive-through restaurants printed on packaging so they can be traced if it is later dropped as litter.

    Used fast food cartons

    Councillor Terry O'Neil has criticised what he calls our "throw-away society" and called on residents to help clean up litter around the town. 

    He believes his idea should be national policy.

    Quote Message: If I find that carton in the area that I live, I pick it up and see what the registration is and give it to the police and our enforcement unit... it would save money in the long-run. from Cllr Terry O'Neil Leader of Warrington Borough Council
    Cllr Terry O'NeilLeader of Warrington Borough Council
  5. Police search for missing Knowsley woman Michelle O'Brien

    Police are appealing for the public's help in tracing a Knowsley woman who has been missing since last Thursday.

    Michelle O'Brien

    Michelle O'Brien, 35, was last seen at about 15:30 on Milton Avenue in Whiston.

    She is described as white, 5ft 3in tall, of stocky build, with blonde, wavy collar length hair worn half up and half down. 

    She has two tattoos on her left arm and one on her neck. Michelle is known to frequent Whiston, Prescot, Huyton, Liverpool city centre and Hindley in Greater Manchester.

  6. RSPCA warning after heron tangled in fishing line dies

    The RSPCA is warning anglers to make sure they dispose of their fishing lines after a heron had to be put down after becoming tangled in the wire.

    The heron was rescued from a lake near Burtonhead Road, St Helens last week and was taken to the RSPCA’s Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre in Cheshire but had to be put down due to the severity of its injuries.

    Lake in Burtonhead Road

    The centre's manager Lee Stewart it is "frustrating" and "difficult" to see an animal suffering "because of anglers carelessly disposing of their fishing litter".

    "Discarded lines and hooks can easily snag water birds and other wildlife, causing terrible injuries... all it takes is a little thought and care and an animal’s life could be saved,” he said.

  7. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  8. Sadie Hartley killing: Women jailed for murdering love rival

    A woman who stabbed a love rival to death in a "cold-blooded" murder plot she orchestrated with a friend has been jailed for a minimum of 30 years.

    Sarah Williams and Katrina Walsh

    Sarah Williams, 35, stunned Sadie Hartley with a cattle prod and stabbed her 41 times in an "orgy of violence".

    She attacked Ms Hartley, 60, at her home in Helmshore, Lancashire, in a bid to win back ex-lover Ian Johnston.

    Her accomplice, Katrina Walsh, was also jailed for life with a minimum term of 25 years.

  9. Sadie Hartley murder: Killing was 'brutal, evil and cowardly attack'

    Sadie Hartley's partner Ian Johnston broke down halfway through speaking outside the court after her killers had been jailed for life.

    Quote Message: No sentence imaginable can ever replace Sadie and everything she lived for. She was kind, loving, thoughtful, intelligent and the best friend anyone could have.
    Quote Message: The brutal, evil and cowardly attack perpetrated against defenceless Sadie tore into our families, friends and the communities we live in. There can be no forgiveness for such vile behaviour.
    Quote Message: I need to reflect, grieve for Sadie and hopefully find the means to rebuild my life.
  10. Sadie Hartley murder: Judge comdemns 'planned and rehearsed' murder

    In sentencing Sarah Williams and Katrina Walsh for the murder of Sadie Williams, the judge Mr Justice Turner told them the businesswoman had "died for your amusement".

    He said:

    Quote Message: The meandering and over-elaborate planning served to heighten your pleasure by deliciously postponing your ultimate and inevitable gratification.
    Quote Message: Doubtless, the features of secret agent-style intrigue carried with them elements of fantasy but this was no harmless world of make-believe, it was a game of death.
    Quote Message: I am in no doubt that her murder was planned and rehearsed down to the finest detail.
    Quote Message: The murder method you adopted involved not only taking a knife to the scene but invading your victim's home at night and slaughtering her like an animal by first incapacitating her with a massive electric shock to the head and then hacking and slashing her to death with almost unimaginable ferocity.
  11. Sadie Hartley murder: 'Premeditated act against a defenseless lady'

    Speaking outside Preston Crown Court, Det Sup Paul Withers from Lancashire Police said Sarah Williams and Katrina Walsh's crime "was a premeditated act against a defenseless lady".

    Det Sup Paul Withers
  12. Sadie Hartley murder: The scene outside the court

    Dave Guest

    Chief reporter, BBC North West Tonight

    I'm at Preston Crown Court where the media is awaiting family reaction to jailing of killers Sarah Williams and Katrina Walsh.

    Media outside Preston Crown Court
  13. Sadie Hartley murder: 'My mum will never see me get married or meet my children'

    Ahead of the sentencing at Preston Crown Court today, Sadie Hartley's children read out victim impact statements.  

    Sadie Hartley

    Williams showed no emotion and Walsh sat with her head bowed as Sadie Hartely's daughter Charlotte told the court:

    Quote Message: I cannot explain how much pain this has brought to my family. The two women who murdered my mum plotted for months. I don't know how a human being can do this to another.
    Quote Message: My mum will never see me get married or have a chance to meet my children.

    Her son Harry described Walsh and Williams as "utterly dangerous creatures".

    The jury of 8 women and 3 men deliberated for seven hours and nine minutes before returning a guilty verdict at the end of the seven-week trial.