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  1. Updates on Thursday 18 August
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates return from 08:00 on Friday

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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: Bright and sunny spells

    BBC Weather

    A bright and sunny afternoon but cloud over will increase later. Highs of 24C.

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    Video caption: Weather forecast for Thursday 18 August

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  3. Wirral teen who got nine A*s at A-level says grades were a 'bonus'

    A teenager from Wirral who is celebrating achieving nine A* grades at A-level said the qualifications are a "bonus" as he enjoyed all his subjects so much.

    Daniel Lawson and his school

    Daniel Lawson, 18, who attended Calday Grange Grammar School in West Kirkby said he was "pleased and relieved" and his family are "very proud".  

    Quote Message: I was incredibly nervous... I thought I was borderline to get my offer of two A*s and an A... I would have been happy just to meet my offer

    After being accepted to study Medicine at Magdalene College at the University of Cambridge, he said "everything else was just icing on the cake.

  4. Sir Paul McCartney working on a new album

    Sir Paul McCartney fans hungry for a new album shouldn't have too long to wait... the singer's just confirmed he's back in the studio working on a new album, after signing a new worldwide record deal with Capitol Records. 

    Paul McCartney

    Macca seems very happy about it too, as he and the label have history.

    Quote Message: This is genuinely exciting for me. Not only was Capitol my first US record label, but the first record I ever bought was Gene Vincent's Be-Bop-A-Lula on the Capitol label.

    Expect to hear more from Macca's back catalogue soon too, as they've got plans in the works to be announced next year. 

  5. Travel: St Paul's Road in Rock Ferry closed

    BBC Travel

    St Paul's Road in Rock Ferry is closed and there are delays in both directions at the New Chester Road junction because of an accident.  

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  6. Wirral teenager celebrates nine A* grades at A-level

    A teenager from Wirral is celebrating breaking his school's record by achieving nine A* grades at A-level. 

    Daniel Lawson

    However, Daniel Lawson, 18, who attended Calday Grange Grammar School in West Kirkby, thinks the qualifications "are not the be all and end all". 

    A-levels are "important to get you to certain places" but the point is "to do what you enjoy", he said.

  7. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • Labour's annual conference in Liverpool could be cancelled in a row over security - according to a trade union
    • Rare chalices, a tabernacle and cash have been stolen from a church in Newton-le-Willows
    • Actress Linda Gray, best known for her long-running role as Sue Ellen Ewing in US soap opera Dallas, is to join the cast of Channel 4's Hollyoaks
  8. Warrington police show off new baseball-style caps

    Earlier this year, Cheshire Police announced the force was abandoning the traditional bobby's helmet for new all-purpose baseball-style caps.

    The new headgear for Cheshire's boys in blue is being introduced across the county - and it's just arrived in Warrington, where there seems to be something of a constable's catwalk.

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  9. Tall ship marks Liverpool Royal Mail connection for 500th anniversary

    A tall ship has arrived in Liverpool as part of the celebrations for the Royal Mail's 500th anniversary. 

    The TS Royalist, which closely resembles a packet ship that would once have sailed from the city, arrived at the Albert Dock dock from Scotland flying a specially commissioned sail in honour of the occasion. 

    Rhys Jones from the Royal Mail says they wanted to highlight the historical importance of Liverpool to the postal service.

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  10. Football: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp backs under-fire Alberto Moreno

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists he will not be swayed by recent criticism of Reds left-back Alberto Moreno.  

    Alberto Moreno
  11. St. Helens students celebrate A-level success

    Students across St. Helens have collected their A-level results today 

    Overall, 98.6% of entries in St. Helens were graded at A* to E, higher than the national average of 98.1%.

    Student at Rainford College
  12. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • Labour's annual conference in Liverpool could be cancelled in a row over security - according to a trade union
    • Rare chalices, a tabernacle and cash have been stolen from a church in Newton-le-Willows
    • Actress Linda Gray, best known for her long-running role as Sue Ellen Ewing in US soap opera Dallas, is to join the cast of Channel 4's Hollyoaks
  13. Travel: Accident involving three cars and pedestrian in Liverpool

    BBC Travel

    There is slow traffic on Smithdown Road outbound in Liverpool near the Thornycroft Road junction because of an accident involving three cars and a pedestrian.

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  14. Knowsley Council tweet congratulations to A-level and BTEC students

    Knowsley Council have tweeted congratulations to students finding out their A-level and BTEC results today.

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    The A-level students will be among the last to study for the qualifications at schools in the borough, as in April, academy governors agreed to close Halewood Academy sixth form, the last institution to offer the examinations.  

  15. Rare chalices stolen from church

    Rare chalices, a tabernacle and some cash have been stolen from a Merseyside church.

    Ss Mary and John RC Church, Newton-le-Willows

    Police said thieves smashed a ground floor window to enter St Mary's & St John's Roman Catholic Church in Crow Lane East in Newton-le-Willows.

    They made off with seven silver chalices, a gold chalice and a gold-coloured dome-shaped tabernacle.

    Det Con Roy Waller appealed to the burglars' consciences to return the haul, adding: "The items are rare and distinctive and would be almost impossible to replace."