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  1. Updates on Wednesday 2 November
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates return from 08:00 on Thursday

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

Weather: Chilly, frosty night ahead

BBC Weather

It's looking like another cold night, with widespread frost, particularly in rural areas.

It's going to become more cloudy and there's a chance of a little light rain by dawn.

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City walls repair uncovers Roman tower

The previously undocumented remains of a Roman tower are found by workers repairing Chester's city walls.

Repairs at Northgate steps
AFP

The stone foundations at Northgate were found under a set of 19th Century steps, which had been declared unsafe.

Archaeologists believe the tower was one of a pair that once flanked the northern entrance to the Roman fort on which the city was founded.

Local councillor Louise Griffiths said the "vitally important" discovery would better understanding of the fort.

CCTV of missing Wirral mum released by police

Police investigating the disappearance of missing Wirral woman Anita Stevenson have released CCTV footage of the 39-year-old on the day she was last seen.

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Det Ch Insp Paul Denn, of Merseyside Police, said the force is "keeping an open mind" and "not ruling anything out".

Yesterday a 41-year-old man from Birkenhead was arrested on suspicion of her murder, but police are still continuing to search for her.

Ms Stephenson has not been seen since 18 October, and the footage shows her in the Albany Road area of Rock Ferry between 11:20 and 12:20 that day.

Hillsborough families' legal costs totalled £63.6m

Judith Moritz

BBC North of England Correspondent

Legal costs for the families of Hillsborough victims during the recent inquests totalled £63.6m, it has emerged.

Hillsborough disaster
Hillsborough inquests

The costs were paid by the Home Office, which also spent nearly £20m on lawyers for the former chief constable of South Yorkshire Police and eight other former officers.

Lawyers for the families received the same rates as for the police counsel, the BBC understands.

The inquests concluded in April that 96 fans were unlawfully killed in the disaster.

Police dog praised for Widnes drugs find

Labour MP Marie Rimmer confused over not proven verdict
Labour MP Marie Rimmer is cleared of attacking a Scottish independence campaigner on the day of the referendum.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Merseyside MP Marie Rimmer is cleared of attacking a Yes campaigner in Glasgow on the day of the Scottish independence referendum two years ago  
  • The family of a man who died following a botched operation on a broken leg was not told about an investigation into his death until 10 months afterwards, it has emerged
  • Two men, aged 37 and 38, are arrested on suspicion of murdering a missing Ellesmere Port woman  

Family not told of Southport NHS probe into fatal leg op

Here's a recap of one of our top stories today....

The family of a man who died following a botched operation on a broken leg was not told about an investigation into his death until 10 months afterwards.

Stuart Brunst
Irwin Mitchell

Stuart Brunst, 67, died following complications three weeks after the routine procedure at Southport District General Hospital in Merseyside.

A coroner concluded "neglect" contributed to Mr Brunst's death, in October 2015.

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust has apologised to the family.

MP cleared of assaulting Scottish referendum Yes campaigner

Merseyside MP Marie Rimmer has been cleared of kicking a Yes campaigner outside a polling station on the day of the Scottish independence referendum.

Marie Rimmer
BBC

The 69-year-old had travelled from St Helens to Glasgow to help her party campaign in the final days of the referendum and was stationed at Shettleston community centre on the day of the vote, where she handed out leaflets opposite independence activists.

She was accused of kicking Patricia McLeish outside the community centre on September 18 2014, but the case was found not proven following a trial at Glasgow Sheriff Court. 

The St Helens South and Whiston MP, who was a councillor at the time, was cleared of a second charge of acting in a threatening or abusive manner at the polling station earlier this week.

Ice slide attraction coming to Liverpool for Christmas

Liverpool Echo

A huge 45m ice slide will feature at Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival this year.  

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • The family of a man who died following a botched operation on a broken leg was not told about an investigation into his death until 10 months afterwards, it has emerged
  • Two men, aged 37 and 38, are arrested on suspicion of murdering a missing Ellesmere Port woman  
  • Councillors in St Helens call for action from the government to speed up the renovation of a school for children with special needs

Ellesmere Port £18m housing development given the go-ahead

Chester Chronicle

A major new £18m housing development to provide more than 170 new homes in Ellesmere Port will help create almost 300 jobs including 100 construction roles, according to developers.  

Liverpool housing estate was inspiration for Millions

As part of the BBC's Love to Read campaign - which celebrates reading for pleasure and aims to create a national conversation about books - Frank Cottrell-Boyce has spoken about how a housing estate in Liverpool inspired his book, Millions.

Frank Cottrell-Boyce explains how a Liverpool housing estate inspired the book, Millions

Roman gate tower uncovered during Chester Northgate works

Calls to speed up works on St Helens special needs school

Councillors in St Helens are calling for action from the government to speed up the renovation of a school for children with special needs. 

Penkford School
Google

Penkford School in Newton-Le-Willows successfully applied to the Education Funding Agency two years ago, but work at the site is yet to begin. 

A motion will be discussed by the council later today.

Weather: A sunny but chilly afternoon

BBC Weather

A dry and fine afternoon - feeling chilly but plenty of blue skies and sunshine. Highs of 10C.

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Medical director of NHS England backs Women's Hospital move

The medical director of the NHS in England says he would back proposals to relocate Liverpool Women's Hospital next to the Royal - provided patient care wouldn't be compromised. 

Women's Hospital
BBC

Clinicians say the controversial plans would reduce cross-town ambulance journeys when patients need acute services, saving time and money. 

Opponents argue it is a cost-cutting move by a debt-ridden trust - and will affect care. 

Sir Bruce Keogh, who is attending a conference of health leaders in Liverpool, says any decision must be patient-centered and not financially driven.

Families of Britons jailed in India 'beg' Theresa May for help

The families of six Britons, including a man from Chester, jailed in India are "begging" Prime Minister Theresa May to help with their case.

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The former British soldiers were jailed in India for firearms offences.

The men worked on an anti-piracy ship and were arrested in October 2013. They were jailed at a court hearing in January for five years.

Two men arrested on suspicion of murdering Ellesmere Port woman

Two men, aged 37 and 38, have been arrested on suspicion of murdering a missing Ellesmere Port woman.

Ellia Arathoon
Cheshire Police

Ellia Arathoon, 29, has been missing since 28 October and was last seen in the Cromwell Road area of Ellesmere Port.

She is described as being 5ft 3ins tall and of very slim build, with green eyes and dark shoulder length brown hair. 

Police are asking anyone who thinks they may have seen Ellia, or someone matching her description, to get in touch.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Leading cancer experts are meeting in Liverpool to discuss why cancer rates are increasing more rapidly in the city than anywhere else in the UK
  • The family of a man who died following a botched operation at Southport Hospital was not told about an investigation into his death until 10 months afterwards.  
  • The Medical Director of the NHS in England says he would back proposals to relocate Liverpool Women's Hospital next to the Royal - provided patient care wouldn't be compromised

MP calls for 'urgent action' to protect Birkenhead residents from 'yob attacks'

Birkenhead MP Frank Field is calling for "urgent action" to address a recent spate of "yob attacks" on buses in the north end of the Wirral town. 

MP Frank Field
BBC

Stones and other missiles have been thrown at the vehicles. 

Mr Field wants the council to improve its CCTV coverage of the area, and is calling on the police to do more to prevent the attacks. 

In a statement, Merseyside Police say "we are already doing lots of work with local schools to highlight the dangers of this behaviour". 

They are urging anyone in the community who has information to come forward.

Cancer rates in Liverpool are rising quicker than any other part of UK

Leading cancer experts are meeting in Liverpool to discuss why cancer rates are increasing more rapidly in the city than anywhere else in the UK. 

More than 2,500 people were diagnosed three years ago - if the trend continues, there could be 3,000 new cases every year by 2020. 

The Liverpool Cancer Inequalities Research Network (LCIRN) has been set up to look at cancer diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

Man rescued from Chester canal after five jump in water

Chester Chronicle

A man was taken to hospital after being rescued from a deep water lock on the Shropshire Union canal in Boughton, Chester.  

Football: Liverpool striker Danny Ings to miss rest of season

BBC Sport

Liverpool striker Danny Ings will be out for up to nine months with a knee injury that requires surgery.

Danny Ings
Getty Images

The former Burnley forward, 24, sustained the injury to his right knee during last week's EFL Cup fourth-round win over Tottenham.

It is not the same knee in which he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in October 2015 that sidelined him for seven months.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said: "To say we are gutted would be an understatement".

Severe congestion: M6 Cheshire northbound

BBC Travel

M6 Cheshire northbound severe congestion, at J21 for A57 affecting J19 for A556.

M6 Cheshire - Queuing traffic on M6 Thelwall Viaduct northbound at J21, A57 (Woolston). All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J19, A556 (Knutsford).

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Man wakes up to find machete attack victim in his bungalow with his 'bicep hanging off'

Liverpool Echo

A taxi driver has spoken of his terror when the bloodied survivor of a lunchtime machete attack walked into his home.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Family not told of Southport NHS probe into fatal leg operation

The family of a man who died following a botched operation on a broken leg was not told about an investigation into his death until 10 months afterwards.

Stuart Brunst
IRWIN MITCHELL

Stuart Brunst, 67, died following complications three weeks after the routine procedure at Southport District General Hospital in Merseyside.

A coroner concluded "neglect" contributed to Mr Brunst's death, in October 2015.

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust has apologised to the family.

Travel: Congestion on M53

BBC Travel

There is queuing traffic and heavier than usual traffic on the M53 southbound between Junction 4 at Bebington and Junction 6 at Hooton.

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Disabled social care varies across Merseyside and north Cheshire

New research shows a "wide discrepancy" in the level of social care offered to disabled people across Merseyside and North Cheshire. 

Adult social care
BBC

Leonard Cheshire Disability say NHS figures from 2009 to 2014 show more people were supported in Wirral and St Helens - but the six other councils in our area recorded cuts. 

Services in Warrington have been reduced by almost a half, and the number of people being helped in Liverpool has fallen by almost a third.

Four Liverpool men charged with murder of Rhyl man

Four Liverpool men have been charged with the murder of a man in North Wales.

Mark Mason
Family photo

Mark Mason, 48, who was from Rhyl, died after being stabbed at a car park in Marsh Road, Rhyl on Thursday 27 October.

The men are Anthony Francis Baines, 30, Jake Melia, 21, James Davies, 20, and Mark Ennis, 30. 

They are due to appear before Llandudno Magistrates on Wednesday.

Anita Stevenson: Man held on suspicion of murdering missing Wirral woman

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a Wirral mother who went missing two weeks ago.

Anita Stevenson
Merseyside Police

Police said they are "increasingly concerned" about Anita Stevenson, 39, who was last seen by her partner at their home on 18 October.

Det Ch Insp Paul Denn, from Merseyside Police, said her disappearance was "completely out of character".

A 41-year-old man from Birkenhead is being questioned by police on suspicion of her murder.

Travel: No Mersey Ferry Service

BBC Travel

The Mersey Ferries service at Liverpool is still suspended due to repair works.

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Weather: Fine and dry day but feeling colder

BBC Weather

A chilly start but it should be largely dry and fine day. Feeling colder with highs of 11C.

Weather for Liverpool
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Jenny Coleman

Reporter, BBC Local Live

Hello from Liverpool, I'm here with all your news, sport, travel and weather updates from across Merseyside and west Cheshire today. 

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