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  1. Updates from Thursday 27 October
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 on Friday 28 October

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

  2. Birkenhead town centre regeneration project scrapped

    Claire Hamilton

    Reporter, BBC Radio Mersesyide

    Plans for a £30m redevelopment of Birkenhead town centre have been scrapped.

    Europa Pools leisure centre

    The project was due to regenerate the town's market and rebuild the Europa Pools leisure centre, pictured, with restaurants, a food court and a hotel also proposed.

    Wirral Council said it was still negotiating with developers Neptune, but was now also talking to other firms.

    Council leader Phil Davies said the decision was linked to "more ambitious" development opportunities.

    The scheme was announced as part of wider plans to reinvent Birkenhead as one of the North's most desirable places for businesses to invest.

  3. Plans for new Aldi supermarket and care home

    Warrington Guardian

    Plans to build a £10m development in Westbrook, Warrngton, including an Aldi supermarket and a specialist care home, have been submitted.  

  4. Cricket: School rules teenage spinner out of Sri Lanka tour

    BBC Sport

    Teenage spinner Sophie Ecclestone will miss England's upcoming tour of Sri Lanka because of school commitments.

    The 17-year-old, from Chester, took 2-28 on her one-day international debut in the West Indies earlier this month.

    Sophie Ecclestone

    England need one win from the final three ODIs in Sri Lanka to qualify for the 2017 World Cup, which they host.

  5. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • Plans to regenerate Birkenhead town centre have been scrapped as Wirral Council confirms negotiations with developer Neptune have ended
    • A fire at a block of flats in Liverpool in which 18 people, including four children, were rescued is being treated as suspicious by police
    • Police say a man who killed in a Liverpool charity shop yesterday was a 36-year-old from Salford
  6. Labour party investigating 'claims of anti-Semitism'

    The Labour Party's confirmed it has launched a formal investigation into claims and of anti-Semitism and "uncomradely behaviour" in the Liverpool Riverside constituency. 

    The branch's AGM will be postponed as a result, but party meetings can still take place. 

    Some constituency party members have denied allegations that anti-Semitic comments were made at a meeting earlier this year. 

    The investigation is expected to report back to the party's ruling National Executive Committee in January.

  7. Croxteth community police officer honoured

    Community police officer Robby Pritchard - aka Robby the Bobby - received a surprise presentation at Croxteth Sports Centre to mark his early retirement next year.

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  8. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • A fire at a block of flats in Liverpool in which 18 people, including four children, were rescued is being treated as suspicious by police
    • Police say a man who killed in a Liverpool charity shop yesterday was a 36-year-old from Salford
    • There are increasing concerns about 14-year-old Jade Roberts who has been missing since Saturday
  9. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A5049 Merseyside both ways

    BBC Travel

    A5049 Merseyside both ways severe disruption, at B5189 Green Lane.

    A5049 Merseyside - A5049 West Derby Road in Liverpool closed and very slow traffic in both directions at the B5189 Green Lane junction, because of an overturned vehicle.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  10. Weather: Overcast conditions expected

    It will be murky with a lot of cloud around. Highs of 15C.

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    Video caption: It will be murky with a lot of cloud around. Highs of 15C.
  11. Have you seen missing teenager Jade Roberts?

    Merseyside Police say they are increasingly concerned about the well being of a 14-year-old girl who has been missing since Saturday. 

    Jade Roberts

    Jade Roberts was last seen in Widnes, but spends time in Liverpool City Centre, Walton, Anfield and Kensington. 

    She is around 5ft 7in, slim with long brown hair and was wearing a blue coat.

  12. John Lennon MBE return letter valued at £60,000

    Read more about the letter John Lennon wrote to the Queen explaining why he was returning his MBE.

    John Lennon

    It was found tucked in a record sleeve from a £10 car boot haul and valued at £60,000 at The Beatles Story in Liverpool yesterday.  

  13. Hillsborough journalist given posthumous award for organ donation

    An award-winning investigative journalist who was on the Hillsborough Independent Panel has been given a posthumous award for saving lives in her death.

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    Video caption: Investigative journalist Katy Jones gets the Order of St John Award for organ donation

    Katy Jones worked on Granada's World in Action and ITV's Bafta-winning Jimmy McGovern drama documentary Hillsborough, as well as creating the BBC's Ten Pieces. She died from a brain haemorrhage in 2015.

    She has been honoured with the Order of St John Award for organ donation.

    Her husband Mike Spencer said her family were "immensely proud of her".

  14. Plaque unveiled at Dame Beryl Bainbridge's former Formby home

    A blue plaque has been unveiled at the former home of Dame Beryl Bainbridge in Formby.

    The writer lived at 47 Ravenmeols Lane in Formby and went on to describes the house, her family and their relationships with each other in her novel, An Awfully Big Adventure. 

    She died in 2010 aged 77. The plaque was organised by the Formby Civic Society.

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  15. Eighteen people, including four children, rescued from Liverpool flats fire

    Merseyside Fire now say 18 people have been rescued from a fire at a block of flats on Hampstead Road in Fairfield. 

    Flat fire at Hampstead Road in Fairfield

    Firefighters were called to the four-storey building on Hampstead Road in Fairfield just after 12:30 this morning.

    Four children were among those taken to safety - and eight people needed hospital treatment. 

    The ground floor and first floor hallway were damaged by the blaze - police are treating the fire as "suspicious".

  16. Sky lanterns banned from Cheshire West council land

    Phil McCann

    Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News

    Cheshire West and Chester Council has become the latest authority to ban the release of sky lanterns on its land.

    Orange sky lanterns being released

    Critics say the small wire and paper balloons, also known as Chinese lanterns, present a fire risk and are a danger to wildlife and livestock.

    Councils in nearby Cheshire East, Stockport and Tameside have introduced similar rules.

    Councillors will also write to the government asking ministers to bring in a national ban.

  17. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    • Police say a fire at a block of flats in Liverpool - in which 18 people were rescued - is being treated as suspicious
    • A letter John Lennon wrote to the Queen when returning his MBE has turned up at a Beatles memorabilia valuation day in Liverpool - and is valued at £60,000
    • Sky lanterns have been banned from council-owned land in Cheshire West and Chester