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  1. Updates from Thursday 22 September
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Friday 23 September

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for Merseyside and west Cheshire have now ended, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Friday with more of the latest news, videos, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Weather: Showers and turning chilly

    BBC Weather

    There may be a few showers near the coast overnight, but elsewhere it will be dry. 

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    Becoming chilly later, with a very localised grass frost possible in sheltered parts.

  3. CCTV witness appeal in Mzee Mohammed death probe

    The police watchdog has released an image of a woman who may have key evidence about the lead up to the death of a teenager who was detained by police in Liverpool.

    Witness

    Mzee Mohammed, 18, was seen with a knife "behaving erratically" at the Liverpool One shopping centre in July. 

    The Independent Police Complaints Commission believes the woman "witnessed events inside the Chips A-Go-Go kiosk outside John Lewis" on the evening of the teenager's death.

    "She identified herself to security staff attending to Mr Mohammed as a medical professional" but "did not provide any direct assistance" a spokesman said.

    The woman is not under suspicion of having committed any offence but may be able to provide valuable information, he added.

  4. Football: Everton boss expects tough test at Bournemouth

    BBC Sport

    Blues boss Ronald Koeman says he's expecting a challenging afternoon on the south coast as the Toffees prepare to face Bournemouth on Saturday.

    Ronald Koeman

    Last season's fixture finished 3-3 with Everton taking a 3-2 lead deep in injury time only to concede a 97th-minute equaliser.

    "Against different systems, you have to be prepared. Bournemouth are a strong team who like to play football," Koeman said.

    Striker Romelu Lukaku has been training alone following a knock, but is expected to train with the squad tomorrow, Koeman added.

  5. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • Doctors at Liverpool's Alder Hey children's hospital are warning of the potentially deadly risk of button batteries following a rise in the number of children suffering injuries after swallowing them  
    • A Wirral man who attacked his ex-girlfriend with a golf club - breaking her arm - has his prison sentence doubled at the Court of Appeal
    • Health officials in Cheshire are warning of tough times ahead as they try to find £16m in savings
  6. Sentence doubled for Wirral man who broke girl's arm with golf club

    A Wirral man who attacked his ex-girlfriend with a golf club, breaking her arm, has had his prison sentence doubled at the Court of Appeal, the Attorney General's Office said.

    Scales of justice

    Ross Abercrombie, 29, from Moreton, was convicted of causing grievous bodily harm with intent at Liverpool Crown Court and jailed for three years in June.

    Following a referral by Solicitor General Robert Buckland QC, the court ruled that the original sentence was unduly lenient.

    After the ruling, he said:

    Quote Message: The victim’s elbow was fractured by the offender, who was already on bail for harassing her... I am glad the Court has agreed that this dangerous and violent offender should spend longer in jail.”
  7. Button batteries pose 'deadly' risk to toddlers, say Merseyside doctors

    Doctors at Liverpool's Alder Hey children's hospital are warning of the potentially deadly risk of button batteries, following a sharp rise in the number of children suffering severe injuries after swallowing them.

    Button batteries burning a hole in ham

    Dr Kate Parkins, a paediatric consultant at Alder Hey said they've seen a range of injuries and two youngsters have died. 

    If accidentally swallowed, the small, round batteries can get lodged in the oesophagus and burn a hole through its lining.

    She is urging parents to keep the batteries away from toddlers.

  8. Beatles legend shares new track promoting peace and hugs

    Ringo Starr has shared a new song Now the Time Has Come, which was recorded in partnership with the United Nations especially for the UN's International Day of Peace.

    Ringo Starr

    "Making this record was incredibly personal for me,” the former Beatles drummer said. 

    “Against the backdrop of war or social unrest, I always turned to music as a refuge. I hope this record can offer people solace and inspire them to do all they can to bring peace to their communities.”

    The song was part of the social-media #HugForPeace campaign to promote non-violence through hugging.  

    Starr posted a video recorded in the studio on his Facebook page.

  9. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • A Wirral man who attacked his ex-girlfriend with a golf club - breaking her arm - has his prison sentence doubled at the Court of Appeal
    • Doctors at Liverpool's Alder Hey children's hospital are warning of the potentially deadly risk of button batteries following a rise in the number of children suffering injuries after swallowing them  
    • Two proposals are shortlisted to run Liverpool's bombed out church, which was damaged in an air raid in World War Two
  10. Paul Hollywood: "I'm staying where I belong"

    Wallasey-born Paul Hollywood has reiterated his loyalty to Bake Off in a tweet, following his decision to stay with the show when it moves to Channel 4.

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  11. Last chance to see exhibition of Merseyside war photographer's work

    Tomorrow will be the last chance to see an exhibition of work by Liverpool photojournalist Tim Hetherington, who was killed in a mortar attack in Libya in 2011.

    Liverpool John Moores University is hosting the exhibition at the John Lennon Art and Design Building in Duckinfield Street.

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  12. Knowsley tops table for babies born to unmarried parents

    Almost three in four babies in Knowsley are born outside marriage or a civil partnership - the highest proportion in the UK.

    Baby smiling

    Blaenau Gwent in Wales and Blackpool are other areas topping the list for children born to unmarried parents, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). 

    Harrow in London has the lowest rate in the country, with roughly one in five born outside marriage.

    Knowsley holds the top spot with 74.8% of babies - the average for the whole of the UK is 48%.

  13. Weather: Brighter with sunny spells

    BBC Weather

    The afternoon is looking brighter with some sunny spells expected and most places staying dry.

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    Video caption: Sunny spells with most places staying dry

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  14. Police treating car fires as arson attacks

    Police believe two car fires in the Allerton area of Liverpool may have been arson attacks.

    Police tape

    The fires happened on Monday night on Cedar Close and caused damage to a Porsche and a Range Rover. 

    Two men were seen running away from the close towards Calderstones Park after the fires broke out.

  15. Football: Reds striker back in training after 'a few issues'

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has not trained this week as he has had a few "issues" since Friday's win at Chelsea, but will do so today, manager Jurgen Klopp has said.

    Daniel Sturridge

    "Sturridge should train today. Lallana and Gini [Wijnaldum] will be ready. Joe Gomez is doing well but he's not team training yet." 

    Looking ahead to Saturday's match against Hull, he added: "We are 100% aware of the difficulties we could have in this game. I know we will be ready."