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Summary

  1. Consultation to raise Liverpool council tax by 10% proposed
  2. Birkenhead man jailed for killing sick dog with shovel
  3. Levy to be introduced at Liverpool bars, pubs and clubs
  4. Updates on Thursday 10 November

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

Weather: Scattered showers ease for dry evening

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Showers will ease later this evening, leaving most places dry with some clear spells.

Temperatures will drop, with frost and some fog patches possible by the morning. Lows of 1C.

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Chester's Watergate Bridge to be restored

The Watergate Bridge in Chester, which forms part of the city walls, is to be restored.

Chester's Watergate Bridge
Cheshire West and Chester Council
Chester's Watergate Bridge in 1888
Cheshire West and Chester Council

The Grade I listed red sandstone bridge has been supported by scaffolding since 2012 and has cracks in the masonry, Cheshire West and Chester Council said.

The £500,000 repair work will fix and waterproof the stonework, install additional lighting and improve access by adding handrails.

The work is planned to finish in May 2017.  

The current arch was constructed in 1790, replacing an earlier mediaeval gate, which was described at the time as ‘’dangerously ruinous’.

Football: Tranmere teenager makes international debut

Tranmere Rovers player Josh Solomon-Davies has returned from international duty, after becoming the first overseas player to represent St Lucia at Under-20s level.

Josh Solomon-Davies
Tranmere Rovers

The 16-year-old left the Caribbean nation for Birkenhead at the age of six - but, a decade later, has returned to make his debut in St Lucia's Under-20 World Cup campaign.

Unfortunately, the side lost their games against Haiti and Trinidad and Tobago, but earned a 1-1 draw against Cuba.

The team's technical director Ces Podd said despite the losses, he had been impressed with Solomon-Davies' contribution.

He said:

Josh’s personality and the fact that he valued the opportunity to represent his country was a major factor why he was immediately accepted and embraced by the squad.

His performance on the field in an international tournament of the highest level was a credit to himself and the coaches at Tranmere Rovers. This will certainly not be his last international call up.

Latest headlines from Merseyside and west Cheshire

  •  A Cheshire councillor is given a year's community order after being found guilty of common assault  
  • A Birkenhead man who battered his sick dog to death with a shovel after failing to kill it with an overdose is jailed for four months
  • Council tax bills in Liverpool could rise by up to 10% in 2018 if people in the city agree to pay more to fund social services

Liverpool bar and club 'late night levy' plans approved

A late-night levy on Liverpool's bars and clubs is to be introduced after councillors voted to approve the plans.  

Liverpool at night
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The scheme will be trialled from next April, this will then be reviewed after a year. The main aims are to support the police in their after-hours activities, and to enhance the cleansing operation across the city in response to the litter generated by late night revellers.’’

SpokesmanLiverpool City Council

The impact on the trade will be highly significant because this doesn't just cover the city centre, it covers the length and breadth of Liverpool.

Karl BarryIndependent licensing consultant

Artwork marks centenary of Harold Wilson's birth

A piece of artwork has been unveiled at Kirkby library to mark the centenary of the birth of the former Labour Prime Minister and Huyton MP Harold Wilson. 

MP George Howarth at the exhibition
BBC

The piece, called With Thanks to Harold, is made up of photographs of 100 people from Merseyside who have benefited from his policies. 

The work explores five of Wilson’s most important political acts - equal pay for women, the Open University, “White Heat” of technology, fair labour for Dockers, and the decision to remain out of the Vietnam War.

I can remember as a schoolboy Harold Wilson standing in elections, being trailed by camera crews... that was my inspiration personally."

George HowarthLabour MP for Knowsley

Birkenhead cook's role in equal gender pay fight

BBC Business News

The story of Julie Hayward, a Birkenhead cook helped in the fight to close the gender pay gap, is included in a BBC Business feature about the issue.

Julie Hayward and fellow workers
Liverpool Echo

Julie Hayward started as an apprentice at Cammell Laird shipyard at the age of 16 and when she and her fellow apprentices completed their training, the three men in the group got a pay rise - but Julie didn't.

She discovered that they were classed as craftsmen, while she was considered a labourer.

A tribunal called in an independent expert who analysed the different roles and then ruled that the work was indeed of equal value

Despite the ruling, this was only the start of Julie's legal battle. Finally in 1988, more than four years after she started her equal value claim, the House of Lords found in Julie's favour.

Read more about her story here.

Football: Everton fan groups agree with manager that 'Lukaku must leave'

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Everton boss Ronald Koeman was right to suggest Romelu Lukaku needs to leave the club to fulfil his potential, say Everton supporters' groups.

Koeman and Lukaku
Rex Features

Koeman told Belgian newspaper HLN that Lukaku, 23, has potential "greater and higher" than his current club.

George McKane, a founding member of Everton Supporters' Trust, said Koeman is acting in Everton's best interests.

"It makes a pleasant change for someone to tell the truth," he told BBC Sport.

"What he's saying is what a lot of Evertonians are thinking."

Birkenhead man beat his poorly dog to death with shovel

A man who battered his ill dog to death with a shovel after failing to kill her with an overdose has been jailed for four months.

Shovel used by Graham Williams
RSPCA

Graham Williams, 60, from Birkenhead, admitted feeding his pet German shepherd aspirin and paracetamol before the "brutal and barbaric" attack.

RSPCA inspectors found the dog, called Yarna, dead and half buried in his garden.

The animal charity said he decided to end the 11-year-old dog's life as she had a "melon-sized" tumour.

Latest headlines from Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A Birkenhead man who battered his sick dog to death with a shovel after failing to kill it with an overdose is jailed for four months
  • Police arrest 15 people in early morning raids in St Helens as part of an investigating into drug dealing
  • Council tax bills in Liverpool could rise by up to 10% in 2018 if people in the city agree to pay more to fund social services

Sefton Council to vote on campaign to stop sales of The Sun

Councillors in Sefton will vote next week on whether to support a campaign asking retailers to stop selling the Sun.

The Sun newspaper
PA

A motion is being considered at a full council meeting next Friday. 

Wirral, Liverpool and West Lancashire councils have already to voted to support the campaign, which was launched in protest at the paper's coverage of the Hillsborough disaster.

Late-night levy approved by Liverpool councillors

A late-night levy on Liverpool's bars and clubs is to be introduced after councillors voted to approve the plans.

Liverpool by night
BBC

The charge will be introduced in April and will help pay for policing in the city centre and street cleaning.

Original proposals to charge up to 800 venues between £299 and £4,400 were scrapped in March after concerns they would not raise enough revenue to produce "significant improvements".

The fee would depend on the rateable value and use of the premises.

Weather: Sunny spells and heavy showers

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An afternoon of sunny spells and heavy showers. Highs of 10C.

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Liverpool student Sarah Jayne wins BBC Comedy Classroom award

Liverpool student Sarah Jayne wins BBC Comedy Classroom award

A student from Archbishop Blanch School in Liverpool has won a comedy award in a BBC competition for schools. 

Sarah Jayne won the stand up comedian of the year category in the BBC Comedy Classroom Competition. 

It was designed as a secondary school based competition and literacy initiative, with the aim of encouraging teachers and students around the UK to "have a write laugh" in the classroom through comedy writing.

Watch Sarah Jayne on North West Tonight on BBC One at 18:30 tonight.

Rugby League: England prop James Graham fit to face Kangaroos

BBC Sport

England prop James Graham will return for the crucial Four Nations match against Australia in London on Sunday.  

James Graham
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Maghull-born Graham missed Saturday's 38-12 win over Scotland with a knee injury.

But coach Wayne Bennett said: "He'll be playing. He'll be right to go. It's important to have him back. He brings a lot. He'll be good for us."

England need to beat Australia on Sunday to stand a chance of reaching the final at Anfield on 20 November - although points difference could come into play.

Round the clock emergency care could be axed as A&E faces budget cuts

Runcorn and Widnes World

Warrington Hospital’s A&E department could be downgraded by health bosses due to budget cuts and possibly no longer open around the clock.  

Liverpool 10% tax rise: Mayor says choice is to 'cut services or ask for more money'

Liverpool residents are to be asked if they are willing to pay more council tax.

The city's mayor, Joe Anderson, said a reduction in funding from central government means the council won't be able to fund adult social care or children’s services without raising more cash.  

Jo Anderson
BBC

Mr Anderson said a budget consultation would begin next week and, if people were supportive of the move, a referendum would be held on the proposed rise.

Any referendum, at a cost of about £300,000, would take place alongside the city region mayoral election next May. 

He said:

The only solution we've got is to cut services or ask for more money. We can ask for more money from the government, but they are not listening, or I can ask for more money from the people from the city which will help protect those services.

Would they support an additional 5%, making it just under 9% council tax increase? We’re asking, would they go even further to 10%?

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Police arrest 15 people in St Helens after early morning raids as part of an investigating into drug dealing
  • Council tax bills in Liverpool could rise by up to 10% in 2018 if people in the city agree to pay more to fund social services
  • A woman is taken to hospital after a tree falls onto her car in Wirral

Woman in hospital after tree falls on car in Birkenhead, Wirral

A woman in her 30s has been taken to hospital after a tree fell onto her car in the Wirral.

She had to be cut free from the wreckage of her Audio on Arrowe Park Road - close to the roundabout junction with Thingwall Road. 

It happened at about 08:00 this morning.

The road is still closed to clear away the fallen tree and the vehicle.

Criminals targeting businesses in run up to Christmas targeted by police

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Criminals hoping to steal from shops, bookmakers, pubs and other businesses in the run up to Christmas are facing a crackdown by Merseyside Police.

LJMU gets government money for degree apprenticeships

Liverpool John Moores University is being awarded a share of a multi-million pound government fund to expand degree apprenticeships.

Liverpool John Moores Univeristy
Google

The university will use the money to offer more professionally-accredited qualifications in subjects like policing and engineering from next September.  

Severe disruption: M56 Cheshire westbound

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M56 Cheshire westbound severe disruption, at J9 for M6.

M56 Cheshire - M56 lane blocked on exit slip road to M6 westbound at J9, M6 (Lymm Interchange), because of temporary road sign in the road and sandbag on the road.

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Police arrest 14 in St Helens drugs raids

Police have arrested 14 people have been arrested in St Helens following early morning raids as part of an investigating into drug dealing.

Raid in St Helens
Merseyside Police
Raid in St Helens
Merseyside Police

Over 100 officers were involved in targeting 16 addresses in the city centre and Thatto Heath which are currently still being searched.  

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Police have arrested 14 people in St Helens following early morning raids as part of an investigating into drug dealing
  • Council tax bills in Liverpool could rise by up to 10% in 2018 if people in the city agree to pay more to fund social services
  • A driver has been injured after a tree fell onto a car in Birkenhead, Wirral

Travel: Tree falls on car in Birkenhead

BBC Travel

There is queuing traffic on Arrowe Park Road in both directions in Birkenhead between the Landican Road junction and the Arrowe Brook Road junction after a tree fell on a car in Birkenhead.

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Supporters of Hillsborough families in their fight for justice to receive civic honours

Individuals who helped Hillsborough families with their 27-year fight for justice are to be recognised with a civic honour.

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Liverpool City Council agreed to give Citizen of Honour awards to individuals who have made a "significant contribution" in helping the campaign to overturn the original Hillsborough inquests and exonerate the behaviour of Liverpool fans in the 1989 disaster.  

A list of names is currently being compiled, said the authority.   

Liverpool bars, pubs and clubs to pay late-night levy

Bars, pubs and clubs in Liverpool which serve alcohol after midnight will have to pay a levy from next spring. 

Councillors voted last night to approve the plans. 

Drinks being poured
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The money raised will go towards the cost of policing and street cleaning. 

A council committee had put the plans on hold last March after concerns about whether the income generated by the plan would significantly improve policing the city's late night economy. 

Councillor Christine Banks, Chair of the licensing committee, says it will generate extra income to ease the pressure on the council.

Liverpool residents could face 10% increase in council tax

Council tax payers in Liverpool will be asked whether they'd be prepared for a 10% increase in their bill in order to protect social services.

Liverpool Town Hall
David Dixon

The city's mayor, Joe Anderson, said a reduction in funding from central government means the council won't be able to fund adult social care or children’s services without raising more cash.

The council is not allowed to raise council tax by more than 3.99% - half of which is ring-fenced for social services - without holding a local referendum.

In a budget consultation next week, residents will be asked if they are willing to pay more.

Mayor Anderson added that any referendum, at a cost of about £300,000, would take place alongside the city region mayoral election next May.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • The Mayor of Liverpool says he'll ask be asking residents whether they'd support increasing council tax above 3.99% - which could mean a referendum on the issue
  • Bars, pubs and clubs in Liverpool which serve alcohol after midnight will have to pay a levy from next spring
  • Liverpool John Moores University is being awarded a share of a multimillion-pound government fund to expand degree apprenticeships

Travel: Crash closes M53 lanes

BBC Travel

Two lanes are closed and there is queuing traffic on M53 southbound between junction 4 at Bebington and junction 5 at Eastham because a crash involving two cars.

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Weather: Chilly with occasional showers

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A chilly start with occasional showers through the day, turning heavy at times, but perhaps the odd spell of sunshine too. Highs of 9C.

Chilly start but bright with some showers, turning heavy at times. Highs of 9C.

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