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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 19 October
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's all from BBC Local Live in Merseyside and west Cheshire, but we'll be back on Thursday from 08:00 to bring you more of the latest news, sport, travel and weather. 

  2. Weather: Fine and dry evening

    BBC Weather

    Dry and fine evening with some broken cloud. A cooler evening but another fine day tomorrow with good spells of sunshine.

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  3. Opera-singing paramedic video goes viral

    A video of a Merseyside paramedic singing Puccini's Nessun Dorma has gone viral.

    Lewis Quinn

    North West Ambulance Service worker Lewis Quinn was filmed singing the aria, made famous by Pavarotti, during his break. 

    The video has now been viewed online over 50,000 times.

    Watch it on BBC Radio Merseyside's Facebook page

  4. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  5. Trial begins for Cheshire anti-fracking protesters

    Katie Walderman

    North West Tonight reporter

    Eight anti-fracking campaigners have gone on trial charged in connection with a protest at a test drilling site in Cheshire.

    Anti-fracking banner

    Authorities moved to clear protesters from the site in Upton, near Chester, in January. 

    Several people were arrested and later charged with a variety of offences, including obstructing police and enforcement officers.

    All defendants deny the charges. A ninth defendant has had her trial postponed amid health problems.

    The trial, at Chester Magistrates Court, is expected to last a week.

    In February, energy company IGas said it had "decided not to progress" plans for commercial drilling at the site.

  6. Merseyside stars inducted into the National Football Museum's Hall of Fame

    Some of Merseyside's sporting stars will be inducted into the National Football Museum's Hall of Fame today. 

    Neville Southall at Everton

    Neville Southall, who made nearly 750 appearances for Everton, is being added to the list - alongside former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson. 

    Former Everton ladies players Rachel Unitt and Rachel Brown are also being recognised for their contribution to the game. 

  7. Labour upholds Eagle's abuse complaints

    BBC Politics

    Labour's governing body has upheld complaints by MP Angela Eagle that she and her staff were subjected to homophobic abuse and intimidation by local party activists.

    Angela Eagle

    The MP for Wallasey, who mounted a leadership challenge to Jeremy Corbyn, said a brick had been thrown through her constituency office window.

    Ms Eagle said she was pleased that the National Executive Committee (NEC) had supported her claims.

    Those responsible could face expulsion.

  8. Weather: Dry, fine afternoon

    BBC Weather

    Dry and fine afternoon with plenty of sunny spells. Lighter winds with highs of 14C.

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  9. West Lancashire councillors to vote on asking shops to stop selling The Sun

    Councillors in West Lancashire will vote later on whether retailers should be asked to stop selling The Sun newspaper. 

    The Sun

    Three Merseyside authorities have already officially supported the idea; Liverpool and Wirral councils and Merseytravel - which wants retailers to stop selling the paper at stations across the region.

    The newspaper has been widely boycotted in Merseyside because of its accusations following the Hillsborough disaster.

  10. Merseyside schools should be overseen by metro mayor, says MP

    Liverpool MP Steve Rotheram is calling on the government to hand over powers relating to the region's schools to the metro mayor. 

    Steve Rotheram

    A Regional Schools Commissioner currently oversees the system, but reports back to the Education Secretary in Westminster.

    Mr Rotheram, who will stand as Labour's candidate in the mayoral election next year, says the commissioner should be made answerable to the person chosen to represent the Liverpool City Region.

  11. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • Labour's governing body has upheld complaints by the Wallasey MP Angela Eagle that she and her staff were subjected to homophobic abuse and intimidation by local party activists 
    • A Cheshire man has been jailed for two years for sexual grooming - after driving from Ellesmere Port to Newcastle to meet what he thought was a 13 year old girl
    • Liverpool MP Steve Rotheram is calling on the government to hand powers over the region's schools to the metro mayor
  12. Calls for lung cancer care improvements to boost survival rates

    A new report is calling for a drastic improvement in lung cancer care to drive up survival rates. 

    Lungs

    The UK Lung Cancer Coalition - which includes the Liverpool-based Roy Castle Foundation - says figures for the UK are lagging behind other countries. 

    The report found that just 16% of patients who are diagnosed with lung cancer in England are alive five years after diagnosis.

  13. Angela Eagle welcomes Labour ruling on homophobic abuse

    Claire Hamilton

    Reporter, BBC Radio Mersesyide

    Labour's governing body has upheld complaints by the Wallasey MP Angela Eagle that she and her staff were subjected to homophobic abuse and intimidation by local party activists. 

    Angela Eagle

    Staff at Angela Eagle's Constituency party office complained about abusive calls and threats following her decision to stand against Jeremy Corbyn. 

    And a window at her constituency office building in Wallasey was smashed in July.

    A meeting last night of Labour's National Executive Committee (NEC) -attended by party leader Jeremy Corbyn - upheld the contents of the investigation report. 

    .Angela Eagle said: “It is now clear and accepted by the NEC that homophobic abuse was perpetrated by some members of the local Party; I will simply not tolerate it, and I know I have the backing of both Jeremy and union leaders when I say that there is no place for it in the Labour movement either.

    She added: "I am grateful that Jeremy Corbyn took the unusual step of both attending and speaking in the meeting and that he expressed sincere sympathy for both me and for my staff".

    The Wallasey Constituency Party remains suspended until January. 

  14. 'Lack of demand' for sites in plans to 'repopulate' Warrington town centre

    Warrington Guardian

    Plans to "repopulate" Warrington town centre will come to fruition despite the current "lack of demand" for retail and office space, according to council bosses

  15. Cheshire man 'tried to smash phone' when caught by paedophile hunters

    A Cheshire man confronted by internet paedophile hunters "fought like a pitbull" and tried to smash his phone to destroy evidence.

    Newcastle Crown Court

    Richard Hewitt drove from Ellesmere Port to Newcastle after arranging to meet what he thought was a 13-year-old girl.

    The 40-year-old had used an online teen chat room and sent messages asking for sex.

    He admitted attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming and was jailed for two years.