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  1. Liverpool council backs city-wide ban of The Sun newspaper
  2. Attempted murder charge over PC stabbing
  3. World premiere of new Beatles documentary to take place

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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 spells this afternoon, cooler later

    BBC Weather

    Some bright spells this afternoon, but becoming cooler later. Highs of 24C.

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    Video caption: Some bright spells this afternoon, but becoming cooler later.

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  3. Lancashire draw with leaders Middlesex

    BBC Sport

    Lancashire's fight to stay in the top tier of the county championship will go to their final match at Warwickshire after a draw with title-chasing Middlesex.


    The Red Rose are 14 points above the drop zone so will need to avoid defeat and amass six bonus points to be sure of safety.

    Leaders Middlesex draw with Lancashire


    Middlesex need to win their final match to secure a first Championship title since 1993 after drawing with Lancashire.

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  4. Council seeks cemetery feedback

    People served by Cheshire West and Chester Council are being asked for their opinions on the rules and regulations operating in its cemeteries.

    Overpool Cemetery

    Residents, undertakers and stone masons are being canvassed for their views on the size and type of memorials and other items placed on graves.

  5. 'Organised' gang jailed for bringing Class A drugs into Wales from Liverpool

    A drugs gang which ferried heroin and crack cocaine from Liverpool into north east Wales has been jailed.

    Mold Crown Court

    Mold Crown Court heard the gang brought Class A drugs into Mold, Flintshire, and rural areas for distribution on the streets.

    The seven were given jail terms ranging from 18 months to more than five years.

    Head of the gang, Kevin McMullen, 30, of Muirhead Avenue, Liverpool, engaged couriers to ferry the drugs and was jailed for five years and eight months.

  6. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  7. Man 'fighting for life' after Wallasey attack

    A man has been left "fighting for his life" after being attacked in Wallasey this morning.

    Emergency services found the 27-year-old with serious injuries to his head and body at a flat on King Street at about 10:15.

    A 31-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault.

    Quote Message: The occupant of the flat is currently fighting for his life, having suffered life-threatening injuries, and I urge anyone who may have information which could help us with our inquiries to come forward from Det Insp Paul Parry
    Det Insp Paul Parry
  8. Warrington Wolves supporters urged to chant and clap in tribute to superfan

    Warrington Guardian

    Warrington Wolves fans are being urged to chant and clap on the 36th minute of tomorrow night’s game with Wigan Warriors in honour of the club’s "most devoted fan", who recently died at the age of 36.  

  9. CCTV image of man wanted over Wirral petrol station robbery

    Police appeal for information after an armed robbery at a service station in Wirral on Wednesday.

    At about 05:00, a man armed with a knife entered Shell Service Station on Hoylake Road in Moreton.

    He jumped over the counter and punched a staff member, before stealing the staff member's rucksack and a number of cigarettes before making off towards Moreton Cross.

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  10. Football: Flashpoints of Liverpool and Chelsea's modern rivalry

    BBC Sport

    Ahead of their clash on Friday night, BBC Sport has taken a look at the modern rivalry that has sprung up between Liverpool and Chelsea.

  11. St. Helens health services chief stepping down

    The man who runs health services in St. Helens is stepping down from his role. 

    Professor Steve Cox is resigning as chief executive of the clinical commissioning group. 

    The organisation, which oversees the funding of NHS services, recently proposed to suspend all non-emergency operations for four months in a bid to plug a deficit of £12.5m.

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  13. Hillsborough Leppings Lane Gate C witnesses found

    Detectives leading a criminal investigation into the Hillsborough disaster have found eight of the 19 witnesses they were seeking.

    Hillsborough witness appeal

    Ninety-six fans were killed as a result of the crush at the football ground in Sheffield in April 1989.

    Police released images of men they wanted to speak to last month as part of Operation Resolve.

    Senior investigating officer Neil Malkin stressed the men pictured "had done nothing wrong".

  14. Kitchen fire at Old Swan flats caused by pan of food

    Firefighters were called to a kitchen fire at flats in Old Swan just before 13:50 on Wednesday.

    The incident on Edge Grove involved a pan of food and saw the kitchen, hallway and lounge damaged by smoke. No-one was hurt.

    Firefighters remained at the scene for about 30 minutes.

  15. Hillsborough: Liverpool boycott of The Sun wins council backing

    A campaign calling on retailers in Liverpool to stop selling The Sun has received the unanimous backing of city councillors.  

    The Hillsborough families backing the campaign
    Image caption: The Hillsborough families went to the meeting to back the motion

    The newspaper has been widely boycotted in the city due to its coverage of the Hillsborough disaster, which led to the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans.

    A motion put forward at Liverpool Town Hall on Wednesday night condemned the paper for printing "blatant lies".

    The Society of Editors said the motion was "stretching towards censorship"

  16. Travel: Debris on M56

    BBC Travel

    There is debris on the road on the M56 westbound between junction 12, Runcorn, and junction 14, Hapsford.  

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  17. Adult care in Liverpool 'at breaking point', service director says

    Liverpool City Council's director of adult social care Samih Kalakeche says the system for looking after vulnerable older people "is at breaking point" - blaming a shortage of care workers and ongoing budget cuts.

    Lack of resources often means patients are kept in hospital beds for weeks and sometimes months when they should be looked after in their homes or in their communities. 

  18. Football: Liverpool to miss deadline for disability access

    BBC Sport

    It is understood Liverpool are among a third of Premier League clubs set to miss their own deadline to meet basic access standards for disabled fans, campaigners say.

    Anfield's Main Stand

    Last year, the league promised to improve stadium facilities for disabled fans, stating that clubs would comply with official guidance by August 2017.

    Liverpool are set to miss the deadline, despite recently spending £100m to redevelop Anfield's Main Stand.

    The club has upgraded its facilities for disabled fans but the improvements do not yet go far enough to meet requirements. Liverpool did not comment on the claims when contacted.