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Weather: Dry night with a chance of mist

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It will be a dry night, with some clear spells at first.

Weather forecast for Tuesday 20 September 2016

The cloud will thicken through the night, with a few pockets of mist reforming in rural spots. Overnight temperatures down to 13C.

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Paper boy, 13, saves elderly woman from fire

A schoolboy from Kirkby has been hailed as a hero after saving an elderly woman from a house fire during his paper round.

Marie and William Roughley

William Roughley, 13, raised the alarm after he noticed a smell of smoke through the letter box. 

He told his mum, Marie, who was waiting for him in the car and together they managed to put the flames out.

Football: Klopp says EFL Cup is 'really important'

BBC Sport

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says the EFL Cup is "really important" to him, and the Reds' run to the final last year "helped them a lot", as his side prepare for tonight's third-round tie at Championship side Derby at 19:45. 

Jurgen Klopp
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Klopp is set to name a strong side, while forward Roberto Firmino could return after missing Friday's win at Chelsea and midfielder Emre Can is available again after an ankle problem.

The only previous meeting in the competition between the two sides was in October 1977 - Liverpool won 2-0 at Anfield.

Travel: Slow traffic on Knowsley Expressway

BBC Travel

There is slow traffic on the Knowsley Expressway southbound in Tarbock Green between Tarbock Island and the Speke Road junction. In the roadworks area.

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Who inspired you as a kid?


BBC Radio Merseyside

Here's 14-year-old Mason with his choice.

Kilgarth School in Birkenhead has been working with inspirational people to offer advice to pupils - boys with emotional, social and behavioural difficulties.

Mason with his choice

Restaurant fined over mice infestation

A city centre restaurant has been fined £14,000 after inspectors found an infestation of mice in the kitchen.

Mice droppings were also said to have been found in the head chef's office
Liverpool City Council

The owners of Red Hot World Buffet in Liverpool One shopping centre pleaded guilty to 10 health and safety breaches after mice droppings and beetle larvae were found during an inspection.

Passepartouts Ltd were also ordered to pay £7,816 costs after admitting health and safety failures at Liverpool Magistrates' Court. 

The restaurant closed in June and the owners are now in administration.

Football: Everton striker Romelu Lukaku rested for cup tie

BBC Sport

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku will be rested for tonight's EFL Cup third-round tie with Championship side Norwich at Goodison Park.

Romelu Lukaku has scored four goals in his past two matches

Recent signing Enner Valencia is set to make his first Toffees start in place of the Belgian, who was substituted at the weekend with a toe problem.

Portugal forward Nelson Oliveira, a summer signing from Benfica, could make his Norwich debut.

Midfielder Alex Tettey (hip) is a doubt while winger Matt Jarvis (knee) is out.

ITV Rhys Jones drama will 'focus on gangs', fears councillor

A Liverpool councillor says he fears a TV drama about the murder of schoolboy Rhys Jones will portray part of the city in a negative light.

Rhys Jones Sport Complex

The 11-year-old was killed in 2007 when he was caught in the cross-fire of a gang dispute in Croxteth.

ITV has commissioned the four-part programme, called Little Boy Blue, and says it has the support of Rhys Jones' parents. 

Peter Mitchell said the council had worked tremendously hard to change the image of the area including building the Rhys Jones Sport Complex (pictured above):

My fear is the media portrayal will be about the gang culture and something that's not recognisable in our communities now.

Peter MitchellCllr, Croxteth ward

Farmer's sunflowers a boost for birds, bees and charity

A farmer from Merseyside has come up with a novel way to help the birds and bees... and raise money for charity.

Farmer hopes to not reap what he has sown

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A Liverpool councillor says he fears a TV drama about the murder of schoolboy Rhys Jones in Croxteth will portray the area in a negative light
  • Wirral Council's chief executive insists the care of vulnerable children remains their top priority - despite a report which branded the service "inadequate"
  •  A schoolboy from Kirkby is hailed a hero after saving an elderly woman from a house fire during his paper round  

ITV say they have support of Rhys Jones's parents for new drama

The makers of a television drama about the murder of Liverpool schoolboy Rhys Jones say they have the support of his parents.

Rhys Jones

The 11-year-old was shot dead as he walked home from football practice in Croxteth in 2007. 

ITV has commissioned a four-part programme called Little Boy Blue. 

In a statement, the broadcaster said the factual drama is based on careful research.

Watch: First swimming lesson for Chester Zoo’s new otter pups

Chester Zoo has caught its five newborn Asian short-clawed otter pups on film enjoying a swim outside of their den for first time.

Learning to swim is a real family effort. Mum Annie and dad Wallace have both been working together... they’ve been taking them by the scruffs of their necks and dropping them in at the deep end."

Fiona HoweAssistant otter team manager

Wirral's Sam Quek 'frustrated and disappointed' over records hack

Weather: Dry afternoon with clear spells

BBC Weather

It will be a dry afternoon with some clear spells. 

The cloud will thicken through the night  with a few pockets of mist reforming.

Weather forecast for Tuesday 20 September

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Countess of Chester Health Park gets £14m child and adolescent mental health unit

Chester Chronicle

A £14m state-of-the-art building has been completed at the Countess of Chester Health Park ready to house child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) for young people from across England.  

'Ale's well' in preparations for Labour conference in Liverpool

Liverpool is taking final preparations for the Labour Party conference, which begins this weekend.

Corbyn or Smith pumps
The Republic of Liverpool Beer Company

The Arena & Convention Centre (ACC) Liverpool said it is the largest conference it has hosted since opening in 2008, with more than 11,000 delegates expected. 

The Republic of Liverpool Beer Company has even brewed two special ales to preview the occasion - Corbyn's Cask and Citizen Smith IPA.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Wirral children's services failings 'unacceptable', says council chief

"Widespread and serious failings" in Wirral's children's services highlighted in a report by Ofsted have been described as "unacceptable" by the council's chief executive. 

Wirral council building
Stephen Richards/Geograph

In the report, leadership and management, the experiences and progress of care leavers and the services provided to children who need help and protection were all rated as "inadequate". 

Chief Executive Eric Robinson, said the failings "are unacceptable" and it is "absolutely vital we put them right as quickly as possible." 

The council said a £2m improvement plan includes more effective training and development for staff and recruiting and retaining social workers.

Social workers are constantly being asked to do more, with much less... but we need to create the right environment for our staff, and give them the right tools to do their jobs well."

Julia HassallDirector of children's services

Anna Friel joins cast of new McGovern drama in Liverpool

Filming has begun in Liverpool on Jimmy McGovern’s new drama with Anna Friel joining Sean Bean in the cast, Prolific North reports.

Anna Friel
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Friel will play a single mother living with her three children and mother in the drama, provisionally called Broken, which is being produced by LA Productions for BBC One.  

Samantha Quek medical files released by Fancy Bears

BBC Sport

Wirral Olympic gold medallist Samantha Quek is among among the latest British athletes to have medical files made public by hackers. 

Samantha Quek

The British hockey player was among 26 athletes - including Mo Farah, Helen Glover and Justin Rose - whose details were published by the Fancy Bears hack team on Monday.

The records mostly detail therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs), which allow banned substances to be taken for athletes' verified medical needs. There is no suggestion athletes named are involved in any wrongdoing.

Wirral grandad completes 39 scuba dives for 93rd birthday

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Smoking rates in England fall but Liverpool remains high

Figures show smoking rates in England are now the lowest on record, with 16.9% of adults describing themselves as smokers compared with 19.3% in 2012.

Graph of smoking rate statistics showing Liverpool as fourth

However, there are wide variations across the country - and a north-south divide.

Liverpool has the fourth highest rate of smoking with just over 23 in every 100 adults, according to figures released by Public Health England ahead of the “Stoptober” campaign starting on 1 October.

Hull has the highest rate - almost 27%, while Wokingham has the lowest at 9.5%.

Cricket: Crucial clash in Lancashire's final game

BBC Sport

Lancashire go into their final game of the season at Warwickshire still needing 11 points to be certain of avoiding the drop.

The Red Rose travel to Edgbaston as one of three teams who could still go down, with their hosts and Hampshire also involved in the relegation scrap. 

Everton and Liverpool in EFL Cup action

Everton are aiming to make it six successive wins when they play Championship side Norwich City at Goodison Park later in the third round of the EFL Cup tonight.

They'll have to do without star striker Romelu Lukako, who has a toe injury. Enner Valencia looks set to come into the side.

Romelu Lukako
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Liverpool also have Championship opposition as they go to Derby. Loris Karius will make his full Liverpool debut in goal.

Children's services in Wirral branded 'inadequate' by inspectors

Children's services in Wirral have been rated "inadequate" after "widespread and serious failures" were found.

Ofsted found investigations into abuse "are not always compliant" with guidelines, poor record management and inadequate services for care leavers.

Inspectors said senior leaders were aware of issues but a "corporate failure" over recruitment meant they were not addressed. 

Wirral Council said £2m was being invested to improve the service.

Council's warning over waste disposal cowboys

Warrington Council is warning people about the dangers of using social media to find companies or individuals offering to take away their rubbish. 

The authority claims cowboys are posing on Facebook as legitimate companies, and then fly-tipping on to streets and green spaces around Warrington. 

If the waste is ultimately traced back to residents, they will themselves be held liable and face fines of up to £50,000.

Hackers will 'put young athletes at risk', says Olympian Samantha Quek

BBC Sport

Young athletes' health could be at risk as a result of hackers leaking their medical records, says Olympic gold medallist Samantha Quek. 

Samantha Quek.
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The British hockey player from Wirral was among 26 athletes whose details were published by the Fancy Bears hackers on Monday.

It showed she was given permission - a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) - to use an otherwise banned drug to treat her asthma.

Quek says she feels "violated" and says the hackers have wrongly linked TUEs to cheating.

And she warned: "Young athletes coming through will be scared to use a TUE."

Football: Tranmere Rovers assistant manager Paul Carden takes interim charge

BBC Sport

Assistant manager Paul Carden has taken charge of National League side Tranmere Rovers on an interim basis following the sacking of Gary Brabin on Sunday.

Paul Carden
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The ex-Southport manager, 37, joined Brabin's staff at Prenton Park in July.  

He will be assisted by first-team coach Shaun Garnett and head of academy and recruitment Lee Jones.

Travel: Gas leak closes lane on Winwick Road

BBC Travel

One lane is closed on Winwick Road northbound in Warrington near the Owen Street junction because of a gas leak and emergency repairs. 

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Weather: Sunny spells turning cloudy later

BBC Weather

After a chilly start it will gradually clear to leave a fine morning with some good spells of sunshine. 

Turning a little cloudier through the afternoon though with highs of 17C .

Weather forecast for Tuesday 20 September

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