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Summary

  1. New £45m Merseyside Police base plan approved
  2. New strategy to tackle homelessness launches in Liverpool
  3. Vulnerable children 'failed' by Liverpool children's services
  4. Updates on Wednesday 7 September

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Live updates for 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.  

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Lukaku to leave Toffees?

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, 23, has hinted that he will move away from the club next season,says Dutch paper Sport Wereld. 

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The Belgium international turned down Italian champions Juventus in the transfer window to continue under new Toffees manager Ronald Koeman.  

Weather: Blue skies and sunshine this afternoon

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Expect an afternoon of blue skies and sunshine. It will stay warm but there will be the odd bit of cloud about. Highs of 25C.

Weather forecast for Wednesday 7 September

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Wirral medical centre re-opens after maggot infestation forced closure

St Helens Star

A Wirral medical centre has re-opened to the public more than a week after closing its doors because of a maggot infestation.  

Merseyside trust chosen to help drive digital NHS services

A Merseyside health trust has been chosen as one of 12 that will receive up to £10m to become a "global exemplar" in digital technology.   

Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals
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The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals Trust will be expected to "pioneer best practice, knowledge and digital expertise" for the NHS internationally in return for the funding.

By "recognising that most people are using mobile technology to access health information" and responding to changes in technology, the trust can "be at the forefront", director of information technology at the Royal, David Walliker, said.  

Travel: M62 blocked due to accident

BBC Travel

The M62 is blocked due to an accident involving a lorry and traffic is queuing in both directions between junction 7 for St Helens Linkway and junction 8 for Burtonwood Road.

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Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A 28-year-old man is charged with murder after remains were found in Ellesmere Port in 2013
  • A special service is held at Anfield to mark the repositioning of the Hillsborough memorial
  • Care of vulnerable children in Liverpool is criticised, following an inspection

Turning down the screams at a Beatles gig

Son of The Beatles producer Sir George Martin explains how they remixed Hollywood Bowl

The Beatles album Live at the Hollywood Bowl, featuring the band's shows in Los Angeles in the mid-1960s, was the first but also the last time the band was officially recorded in concert.

First released in 1977, and overshadowed by the sound of screaming fans, it has never been re-issued until now.

Giles Martin, the son of The Beatles late producer Sir George Martin, remixed the album at the Abbey Road Studios and gives an example of how they managed to reduce the screams.

Tesco staff in St Helens face job cuts as 24-hour opening is shelved

St Helens Star

Tesco staff in St Helens could face redundancy after the supermarket giant announced changes to the way its stores operate.

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Service held as Hillsborough memorial moved

Hillsborough memorial
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A special service has been held at Anfield to mark the Hillsborough memorial being moved to a new home. 

The plaque with the names of the 96 has been placed on the newly named 96 Avenue as part of the project to build a new main stand.

It was stored in the memorial chapel of Liverpool Cathedral for 18 months while the work was carried out.

Wirral hospice plan for new centre in Liverpool

Bosses at Claire House Children's Hospice in Wirral said plans to open a new centre in West Derby will help them reach more youngsters who need their support in Liverpool.

Claire House Children's Hospice expansion plans

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A 28-year-old man is charged with murder after remains were found in Ellesmere Port in 2013
  • A special service is held at Anfield to mark the repositioning of the Hillsborough memorial
  • Care of vulnerable children in Liverpool is criticised, following an inspection

Your pictures: Lovely day for a dog walk in Rainhill

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher TimRum for uploading this image of a Rainhill in St Helens this morning.

Rainhill
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Travel: Crash on New Chester Road in Wirral

BBC Travel

New Chester Road in Bebington, Wirral is closed northbound at the Boundary Road junction because of a crash.

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Murder charge over Frenchman's death

A 28-year-old man has been charged with murder after remains were found at a house in Ellesmere Port in 2013.

Christophe Borgye
Cheshire Police

Christophe Borgye, 36, from France, had been reported missing four years earlier before being discovered hidden in the out building of a property on Hylton Court. 

Manuel Wagner, a German national who lives in Toxteth, is due to appear at Chester Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.

Two men were jailed for life for the killing of Mr Borgye in 2014.

Man in court over burglary bid at Wayne Rooney's home

A man has appeared at court charged with the attempted burglary of Wayne Rooney's home in Cheshire.

Wayne Rooney
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Robert McNamara, 24,of Newby Farm Crescent, Scalby, Scarborough, stood in the dock at Cheshire Crown Court during a brief appearance.

The alarm at the England captain's property in Prestbury was reportedly triggered on 3 August as the charity tribute game took place at Old Trafford between Manchester United and Rooney's first club Everton.

Mr McNamara was bailed until a further hearing on 27 October.

There's a giant, inflatable Felix the Cat in Liverpool's Walker Art Gallery

Who is this peeping over the balcony at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool?

Yes - it's a giant, inflatable Felix the Cat of course!

It's part of two installations by Turner Prize-winning artist Mark Leckey to be displayed at the gallery as part of a new exhibition. 

Zoo Logic by Mark Leckey runs from 9 September 2016 until 26 February 2017.

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Giant, inflatable Felix the Cat
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Warrington 'stand-alone' libraries to close in £0.5m cuts

All of Warrington's "stand-alone" libraries could close as part of plans to save more than £500,000.

Library
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Warrington currently has 11 libraries, with eight in their own buildings. It is these eight which would shut under plans which have been put out to consultation.

Some of them will be replaced with new libraries in neighbourhood hubs and wellbeing centres, but others in places like Lymm and Stockton Heath will be replaced with lockers where books can be picked up and deposited. 

Operator Livewire insists all this means library provision in the borough will actually increase.

Three immigration offenders arrested at Ellesmere Port M53 Ford garage

Chester Chronicle

Enforcement officers have arrested three immigration offenders following an operation at a garage in Cheshire.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • An inspection finds failings in the way vulnerable children are cared for in Liverpool
  • All of Warrington's "stand-alone" libraries are due to close, as part of plans to save more than £500,000
  • Liverpool City Council launches a new forum to tackle homelessness and reduce rough sleeping in the city

Rugby League: Widnes Vikings winger out for season

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Stefan Marsh
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Widnes Vikings centre Stefan Marsh will miss the rest of the season due to a knee injury picked up in last week's victory over Wigan Warriors.

The 26-year-old, who joined Widnes from Wigan in 2012, will await a decision on whether he now requires an operation.

Head coach Denis Betts told the club website: "We're assessing him this week but the early signs mean he will definitely miss the rest of this year."

Anger after fly-tippers target car park of former Wirral pub

Wirral Globe

The car park of a former Wirral pub has been turned into a dumping ground by fly-tippers.

Plans for new Roman history attraction in Chester

Chester
Google

A new attraction based on Chester's Roman history could be built as part of the Northgate redevelopment of the city centre. 

A review is being held to decide on the best location for the attraction, but the proposals are in the early stages.

Visitor who smuggled drugs and sim cards into Risley Prison is jailed

Warrington Guardian

A 40-year-old man who tried to pass mobile phone parts, sim cards and so-called legal highs to an inmate at Risley Prison has been jailed for six months.

HMP Risley
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Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • An inspection finds failings in the way vulnerable children are cared for in Liverpool
  • Preventing people becoming homeless is at the centre of a new strategy launched by Liverpool City Council today
  • Merseyside's police commissioner agrees to build a new £45m Liverpool base for the force by 2020

Vulnerable children 'failed' by Liverpool's children's services

Phil Cooper

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

Failings in the way vulnerable children are cared for in Liverpool including those at risk of being sexually exploited have been found by inspectors.

The inspection uncovered some children had to wait for weeks before receiving effective interventions to reduce harm, in some cases there was a lack of urgency in speaking to victims after allegations had been made.

The inspection was carried out by the Care Quality Commission, Ofsted and Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary. 

Liverpool City Council, Merseyside Police and other agencies were committed to protecting and improving the lives of vulnerable children and young people, the report said.

Councillor Barry Kushner, the cabinet member for children's services, said: "Plans are in place to tackle the issues and we have already made some of the changes before the publication of the report."

New strategy to tackling homelessness in Liverpool launched

Homeless man
BBC

Preventing people becoming homeless is at the centre of a new strategy launched by Liverpool City Council today.

It includes looking at new ways to tackle the problem and reducing rough sleeping.

Liverpool's cabinet member for housing Councillor Frank Hont said the authority's outreach teams working alongside homeless shelters and other agencies are doing a good job.

Merseyside Police plan for new £45m Liverpool HQ approved

Sketch of new police HQ and photograph of Canning Place HQ
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Merseyside's police commissioner has agreed to build a new £45m Liverpool base for the force by 2020.

Jane Kennedy said a new building in Scotland Road would be around £800,000 cheaper than refurbishing the existing 1970s' Canning Place site.

The force hopes to recoup £9m from the sale of the current HQ and Allerton Police Station in south Liverpool.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Merseyside's police commissioner agrees to build a new £45m Liverpool base for the force by 2020
  • An inspection finds failings in the way vulnerable children are cared for in Liverpool
  • Preventing people becoming homeless is at the heart of a new strategy launched by Liverpool City Council today

Travel: Overturned car in Rainford

BBC Travel

Rainford Road is partially blocked and there is queuing traffic southbound between the Lodge Lane junction and the Ormskirk Road junction because of an overturned car.

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Weather: Another humid and warm day

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A cloudy start with some mist but is should brighten brighten up later. Feeling humid and warm. Highs of 24C.

Weather forecast for Wednesday 7 September

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Jenny Coleman

Reporter, BBC Local Live

Hello from Liverpool, I'm here with all your news, sport, travel and weather updates from across Merseyside and west Cheshire today. 

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