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  1. Updates from Friday 23 September
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Live updates for Merseyside and west Cheshire have now finished, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with more of the latest news, videos, sport, travel and weather. 

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Weather: Dry and pleasant evening

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It should remain pleasant going into the evening, with a dry start to the night in store. Turning cooler later.

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New £3m fire station opening in 2017

Chester Chronicle

A controversial £3m fire station built in the green belt at Mollington near Chester is expected to open early next year.

Liverpool City Council plan to sell 150-year-old Municipal Buildings

Municipal Buildings on Dale Street could be sold off by Liverpool City Council as part of a bid to make £90m of savings over the next three years.

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If the plans are approved, the 640 employees who work in the 150-year-old Grade II* listed building will move to other existing council sites such as the Cunard Building.

The One Stop Shop would be relocated to St John’s Market.

The council has used the building since the 1860s but says it is "a very costly building to run and maintain" and the authority "no longer have the staff numbers to justify retaining it."

This is a listed building and I want to reassure people that it will be protected and we will ensure that its future use protects its unique architectural features."

Councillor Malcolm KennedyCabinet member for regeneration

Cricket: Lancashire survive relegation

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 Lancashire have survived relegation at the end of a dramatic day.

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Durham have beaten Hampshire by six wicket at the Ageas Bowl sending Hampshire into Division Two - and the result means Lancashire remain in Division One.    

Hillsborough witness appeal generates dozens of leads

An appeal to trace 19 people in connection with a criminal investigation into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster has generated 41 leads.

Fans pictured at Hillsborough
Operation Resolve

Ninety-six Liverpool fans died as a result of the crush at a FA Cup semi-final at Sheffield Wednesday's football ground.

A spokesman for Operation Resolve said the appeal had resulted in possible identifications for 16 of the people but they were not suspected of wrongdoing.

Mum's concern over rise in school run accidents

The Liverpool mother of a boy who died after being hit by a van has described drivers' behaviour on the school run as "horrendous" after statistics revealed a rise in traffic incidents. 

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Department for Transport figures showed there were 68 road accidents involving parents taking children to and from school  on Merseyside in 2015 - an increase from 51 in the previous year.

Joanne Colleran's son Bobby was six when he died after being hit outside his school at Blackmoor Park Infants in West Derby in 2014. 

She said: "One of the big issues is people speeding. People are always in a rush, they just seem to have no patience and no consideration for the pedestrians."  

Latest headlines from Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Detectives leading a criminal investigation into the Hillsborough disaster say they may have found 16 of 19 witnesses they were seeking
  • Police investigating the death of a man whose body was discovered at a building site in Liverpool city centre say the incident is not being treated as suspicious
  • Liverpool City Council announces plans to sell the 150-year-old Municipal Buildings in the city

Liverpool Biennial to tour work around north west

Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art has won funding to take this year's artworks around the north west.

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Arts Council England pledged just under £160,000 to the Biennial to work with venues across the region to exhibit work.

It has included a granite boulder in Toxteth, a laser beam installation in Toxteth Reservoir, and an Ancient Greek-inspired fountain by Betty Woodman at the waterfront.

Rita McBride's Portal. Installation view at Toxteth Reservoir at Liverpool Biennial 2016
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The Biennial has just over three weeks left until it closes on 16 October.

Building site death 'not suspicious', police say

Police have confirmed the death of a man whose body was found at a building site in Liverpool city centre earlier is not being treated as suspicious.

Emrgency services were called to the site in Kings Dock Street at about 08:00 this morning.

Sefton care home rated inadequate to close

A Merseyside care home for adults with learning difficulties and autism is to close permanently after a critical report by the Care Quality Commission. 

Melling Acres care home
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The CQC revealed staff at Melling Acres near Kirkby had been seriously assaulted by residents, but management played down the attacks and brushed them under the carpet. Residents also said they didn't feel safe. 

The watchdog rated the home "inadequate" and put it into special measures earlier this month.

Craegmoor, which runs the home, says it's working to support families and residents to find new homes:

In the best interests of the people we support, we have taken the difficult decision to close Melling Acres permanently... We are extremely sorry for the disruption this may cause to those entrusted in our care, but I believe this is the best way forward."

Sarah HughesChief executive, Craegmoor

Man stabbed in Toxteth attack

A man has been cut across the head in a what police believe was a targeted attack in Toxteth.

Miles Street
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Police responded to reports a man had been stabbed in Miles Street at around 19:50 BST on Thursday and found him suffering from lacerations.

He was taken to hospital where his injuries were described as "not life-threatening". Det Sgt Martha Allbutt said it was "a serious assault that could easily have resulted in life threatening injuries" and appealed for witnesses.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Detectives leading a criminal investigation into the Hillsborough disaster say they may have found 16 of 19 witnesses they were seeking
  • Police are investigating the "unexplained" death of a man whose body is discovered at a building site in Liverpool city centre
  • Liverpool City Council announces plans to sell the 150-year-old Municipal Buildings in the city

Delegates arrive in Liverpool for Labour Party conference

Delegates are arriving in Liverpool for the Labour Party conference.

Labour conference venue
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Echo Arena
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The leadership election result will be announced at the arena and convention centre tomorrow, with Jeremy Corbyn expected to secure more votes than his challenger Owen Smith

The conference runs until Wednesday and there are more than 500 fringe events going on around the city.

Cricket: Anxious wait for relegation-threatened Lancashire

BBC Sport

Lancashire have been left waiting to find out if they will be relegated after Warwickshire beat them by 237 runs.

The team remains in danger of going down to Division Two, with the outcome of relegation rivals Hampshire's game at home to Durham in the balance.

They need Durham - who are currently 83-1, chasing 296, with 47 overs left - to bat out for the draw or beat Hampshire.

Police watchdog reveals 132 officers and staff have not provided witness account

The team investigating the Hillsborough disaster has revealed there are 132 police officers and staff who have not yet provided them with a witness account.

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The Independent Police Complaints Commission said 64 are from the South Yorkshire force while 68 are from West Midlands Police. 

Some have not responded to the IPCC, some could not be traced and others were unable to provide an account for reasons such as poor health.   

The IPCC said further efforts will be made to persuade the group to engage with them but admits retired officers aren't compelled to do so.

Alan Turing court files on display in Chester

Court files recording details of World War Two code-breaker Alan Turing's convictions for homosexual acts have gone on display for the first time.  

Alan Turing
Science Photo Library

One of the documents, to be displayed at Chester Town Hall, shows the mathematician admitted "acts of gross indecency" at a trial in 1952.

He then underwent chemical castration.  

Helen Pickin-Jones, chair of Chester Pride, said: "Just a few simple lines of text reveal the appalling treatment of one of our national heroes."

Hillsborough Leppings Lane Gate C witnesses identified

Detectives leading a criminal investigation into the Hillsborough disaster have said they may have found 16 of 19 witnesses they were seeking.

Hillsborough clock
BBC

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

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

They were seen on CCTV images at about 14:50, at the stadium's Leppings Lane end near Exit Gate C when it opened, and could provide valuable information.

A statement from Operation Resolve said officers had received "41 different possible identifications" relating to 16 of the images released.

"We are now in the process of contacting and meeting these people to get their full account,"  the statement added.

Police investigate spate of indecent exposure incidents

Police are investigating three indecent exposure incidents in Liverpool.

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A woman was walking with her family on Thursday when a man in his 40s or 50s exposed himself near the junction of Rice Lane and Brook Road in Walton. 

He was white, wearing a baseball cap, black t-shirt and walked with a walking stick.

Police are linking the incident with two previous reports. On 28 July a man exposed himself and made suggestive comments to a 14-year-old girl near Long Lane, Fazakerley, and on 21 August there was a similar incident in Aintree, on the loopline between Warbreck Moor and Montgomery Road. 

Insp Sarah Jones, of Merseyside Police, said said the victims were left extremely shaken.

School's new football hub officially opened by Chris Foy

St John Bosco Arts College's new £1m football hub has been officially opened by former Premier League referee Chris Foy.

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Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Police are investigating the "unexplained" death of a man whose body is discovered at a building site in Liverpool city centre
  • Liverpool City Council announces plans to sell the 150-year-old Municipal Buildings in the city
  • A Merseyside care home for adults with learning difficulties and autism is to close permanently after a damning report by watchdog the Care Quality Commission

Travel: Bus accident closes Allerton Road in Liverpool

BBC Travel

An accident involving a bus has closed Allerton Road in Liverpool, with very slow traffic moving eastbound from the Allerton Road junction to the Speke Road junction.  

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Body found at Liverpool city centre building site

Police are investigating the "unexplained" death of a man whose body was discovered at a building site in Liverpool city centre this morning.

Kings Dock Street
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The body was found at around 08.05 BST at a building site in Kings Docks Street and the death is being treated as unexplained, police said.

The scene has been cordoned off for forensic examination.

'Crime hub' house shut down by police

A Liverpool house considered to have become "a hub for criminality and anti-social behaviour" has been closed for three months, Merseyside Police said.

11 Prenton Green
Merseyside Police

Liverpool Magistrates court granted a closure order for 11 Prenton Green in Speke, meaning nobody can enter the premises for three months under threat of arrest.

It follows a firearms incident on 7 September and the arrest of two men from the Speke area.  

Cricket: Lancashire fighting relegation threat

BBC Sport

Lancashire have begun their final battle to avoid relegation to division two of the County Championship.

Steven Croft of Lancashire bowls during day one
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They have just resumed their second innings against Warwickshire on 28 for 3, needing another 319 for victory.  

If Hampshire beat Durham, the losers of this game will go down.

However, Lancashire would stay up at Warwickshire's expense if they force a draw and Hampshire win.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Police are investigating the "unexplained" death of a man whose body is discovered at a building site in Liverpool city centre
  • Wirral council reveals a company is engaged in "detailed discussions" to manage the proposed Hoylake golf resort
  • Liverpool City Council announce plans to sell Municipal Buildings

School's new football hub to officially open

A Liverpool school's new £1m football hub which will be used by a range of community groups is being officially opened this morning. 

St John Bosco Arts College pitch
St John Bosco Arts College
St John Bosco Arts College pitch
St John Bosco Arts College

The floodlit artificial pitch and pavilion at St John Bosco Arts College has been funded with help from the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund.

The school aims to increase female participation in the sport by more than 40% and is working with the Football Foundation and Liverpool FA on a five-year development plan to reach the target.

Chester charity says funding 'tighter than ever' on 30-year anniversary

A Chester-based charity providing care and support for people with disabilities says funding is now tighter than at any time in its 30-year history. 

Dial House
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Dial House helps with applications for benefits, runs a Shopmobility scooter loan service and drop-in cafe - and is marking its 30th anniversary this year.

Director Jeanette Dodd says they have to be more imaginative now in how they raise money: 

There are not so many grants available any more, not a lot of funding from the normal statutory bodies so we have to find ways of being self-funding.

Delegates arrive for Labour Party conference

Around 11,000 delegates are arriving in Liverpool for the Labour Party conference this weekend. 

Corbyn and Smith
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The leadership election result will be announced tomorrow at the city's Arena and Convention Centre. 

The party's women's conference will then start, followed by the full conference on Sunday.

There are also a number of fringe events taking place around the city, including talks and rallies by groups such as Momentum, The Fabian Society, The Co-operative Party and Progress.

Hillsborough 96 and Dalglish honoured

The 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster and former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish have been awarded the Freedom of Liverpool.

The Hillsborough victims' families, Prof Phil Scraton and Kenny and Marina Dalglish with their freedom medals
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Scrolls bearing the name of each victim were presented to their families along with a medal to denote the city's "highest honour".

Dalglish's wife Marina was also honoured, as were the former Bishop of Liverpool, and Prof Phil Scraton.

Their medals were presented during a ceremony at St George's Hall.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Relatives of the 96 Hillsborough victims praise Liverpool City Council for awarding their loved ones the Freedom of the City
  • Around 11,000 delegates are arriving in Liverpool for the Labour Party conference this weekend
  • A new £1m football hub at a school in Liverpool is being officially opened this morning

Weather: Bright day after cool start

BBC Weather

After one or two early showers and a rather cool start, most places will have a dry bright day with plenty of warm sunshine. Highs of 18C

Weather forecast for Friday 23 September 2016

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