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  1. Health leaders to prioritise elderly care as figures reveal sharp rise in hospital debt
  2. Police are stepping up patrols in Kirkby after two teenagers were stabbed
  3. Romanian airline Blue Air to set up base at John Lennon Airport creating 70 jobs

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

  2. Weather: Mostly dry night, but feeling chilly

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    It should be a dry night in most parts of the region, but some patchy cloud is possible in hilly areas.

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    Video caption: Weather forecast for Monday 3 September

    The odd mist patch could form during clearer spells and it will feel chilly.

  3. Hillsborough survivors 'deserve official tribute'

    Calls have been made for survivors of the Hillsborough disaster to be formally honoured for their efforts in helping people who were caught up in the fatal crush.

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    Ninety-six football fans died in the 1989 disaster at Sheffield Wednesday's stadium during an FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.

    Last month those who died were awarded the Freedom of the City in Liverpool, but there has never been an official tribute for the survivors.

    Dan Gordon, brother of the late Hillsborough campaigner Anne Williams, said: "It's well overdue to have some sort of recognition for the survivors.

    "I think this is the right time to do it. If we could just get something that shows our appreciation for what they've done to help us get justice and acknowledge what they went through that terrible day."

    A spokesman for Liverpool City Council said: “The council has always given its full support to the Hillsborough families and survivors, and we welcome suggestions and ideas about what else we could do to recognise those whose lives were touched by the tragedy.”

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  5. Absconded prisoner prompts police search

    A prisoner with has absconded from jail, promoting a police search.

    Mark Hannon

    Christopher Hannon has committed violent offences in the past and has links to Cheshire.

    The 58-year-old, fomerly of Manchester, went missing from HMP Kirkham in Lancashire on Saturday.

    Police have urged people not to approach Hannon and to contact officers.

  6. RSPCA 'appalled' by boiling water dog attack

    An RSPCA inspector has said she was left "appalled" by the "vile behaviour" of a man who poured boiling water on his girlfriend's pet dog.

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    Mark Simon Sharp, from Speke, Liverpool, was jailed for 16 weeks and banned from keeping animals for 15 years earlier, after admitting causing unnecessary suffering to the animal, called Daisy. 

    RSPCA inspector Claire Fisher said: “Her owner, who is no longer with Sharp, was absolutely horrified when she learnt of the full extent of the horrors inflicted on her beloved dog.

    “This prolonged period of cruelty appalled me, especially when I learned of the extent of poor Daisy’s injuries - broken pelvic bones, broken ribs and third degree burns, all sustained over a period of four months."

    Insp Fisher added that Daisy has since been re-homed with a "loving" owner.

  7. Man who poured boiling water on dog is jailed

    Andy Gill

    Reporter, BBC North West Tonight

    A man who poured boiling water on a dog and broke several of its bones has been jailed for 16 weeks and banned from keeping animals for 15 years.

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    Mark Simon Sharp, 34, from Liverpool, was sentenced at the city's magistrates court after he admitted causing unnecessary suffering to his girlfriend's spaniel, called Daisy.

    Sharp told the court he had been depressed and was being treated for mental illness.

    He added: "I still can't believe in my heart I could hurt anybody or anything. I'm just not that kind of person." 

    The court heard the dog had extensive blistering from the burns, its pelvis was broken in two places and it had nine broken ribs.

    District Judge Wendy Lloyd said she accepted he had problems but the dog's injuries were numerous and severe.

  8. Latest headlines from Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • Blue Air announces Liverpool John Lennon Airport as its eighth European base, creating up to 70 new jobs
  9. Up to 70 new jobs to be created at Liverpool Airport

    Up to 70 new jobs are being created at Liverpool Airport as the Romanian carrier, Blue Air, announces the site will be its eighth European base.

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    It will open links to Rome, Milan and Hamburg and add more flights to Alicante. 

    The airport's chief executive Andrew Cornish said he hoped the move would boost investment in the area.

  10. Football: Ex-Reds defender Song in hospital after 'stroke'

    BBC Sport

    Former Liverpool and Cameroon footballer Rigobert Song is in hospital after reportedly suffering a stroke.

    Rigobert Song

    Song, 40, played 137 times for his country and had a spell with West Ham, as well as the Reds,

    A member of Song's family told the BBC he was "unconscious" when he was taken to a hospital in Yaounde after suffering a "cerebral attack".

  11. Weather: Sunny spells in store

    BBC Weather

    After a chilly start there should be some long sunny spells into the afternoon, but the breeze will be fresh, especially along the coast.

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    Video caption: Weather forecast for Monday 3 September