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  1. Government to set up new housing zone at Wirral Waters
  2. Warrington charity travels to France for Paris terror attacks anniversary
  3. WW2 veteran's medal sent to Liverpool supermarket by mistake
  4. Updates on Friday 11 November

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

In the meantime, from all of us here in Liverpool, have a great weekend!

Weather: Bright afternoon but rain on the way

After a dry and cloudy start to the evening, wet and windy weather will arrive overnight, bringing strong to gale force winds along some coasts and locally heavy rain. 

A bright afternoon but rain on the way and a drizzly, damp weekend in store. Highs of 9C.

Tomorrow will be dull and damp at first but it will brighten up later.

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Police warn of two dispersal zones in Liverpool this weekend

Police have designated two dispersal zones in Liverpool this weekend, which allows them to make people engaging in anti-social behaviour leave the area for 48 hours.

One zone includes the Bronte estate near London Road and the other includes the area bound by Smithfield Street, Cockspur Street, Vauxhall Road, Midghall Street, Marybone and Tithebarn Street.

Police say they are cracking down on anti-social behaviour in the zones, which will be in operation from 18:00 until 18:00 on Sunday.

We have had reports of persistent incidents of antisocial behaviour including criminal damage to properties and vehicles and fireworks being thrown on the Bronte estate. In the Marybone area we have had reports of threatening and intimidating behaviour by groups of youths."

Inspector Steve HardyMerseyside Police

Ellia Arathoon's best friend calls on Ellesmere Port to celebrate her life at balloon release

Chester Standard

The best friend of Ellia Arathoon is asking for the Ellesmere Port community to “light up the sky” at a balloon release event this Sunday.

High-flying Tranmere host Chester

Promotion-chasing Tranmere welcome mid-table Chester to Prenton Park in the National League on Saturday.

While they are safely in the play-off places, Rovers are currently seven points adrift of leaders Forest Green.

Veteran finally gets Légion d'honneur medal after Costco mix-up

A World War Two veteran from Waterloo in Sefton has finally received his Legion D'Honneur medal.

Joe Carter was tracked down after a BBC Radio Merseyside appeal after an address mix-up meant his medal was sent to Costco in Liverpool by mistake.

Joe Carter

Staff at the supermarket kept hold of the medal, before handing it over to poppy seller Bill Sergeant from the Royal British Legion who contacted the radio station.

Mr Carter, who was part of the Normandy landings in 1944, was presented with the medal this afternoon.

Weekend closure of Birkenhead tunnel for replacement work

Wirral Globe

The Queensway Tunnel in Birkenhead will be closed from tonight for a weekend of essential maintenance work.

Queensway Tunnel

Baby girl born after mother's car hit by falling tree dies

A baby girl, born after her mother's car was struck by a falling tree in Wirral on Thursday, has died in hospital.

Arrowe Park Road

The woman was cut free from the Audi car on Arrowe Park Road near Landican Cemetery and was taken to Aintree Hospital with serious trauma wounds. She is expected to make a full recovery. 

The family say they would like to thank the emergency services and everyone, including members of the public, who came to her aid.

NHS boss 'would have been dismissed'

The former human resources director of a hospital trust would have been dismissed for gross misconduct had she not resigned, a panel has ruled. 

Southport and Formby General Hospital

Sharon Partington stood down after she was suspended by Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust following whistleblowing complaints last year.

The trust said it was "obliged to complete the disciplinary process".

Former chief operating officer Sheilah Finnegan, who has since retired, was cleared of misconduct.

Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

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M6 Cheshire southbound severe disruption, between J20 for A50 and J19 for A556.

M6 Cheshire - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J20, A50 (Lymm Interchange) and J19, A556 (Knutsford), because of a broken down vehicle. In the roadworks area.

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Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • An NHS disciplinary process into two senior managers at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust concludes that one would have been sacked had she not resigned
  • People in Liverpool are being asked to make sure money they give in street collections is going to genuine charities
  • A Légion d'Honneur medal destined for a Liverpool  World War Two veteran was instead received by staff at a supermarket

Liverpool Militant members among those applying to rejoin Labour

A group of 75 hard-left former Labour members, including leaders of the Militant Tendency, have applied to rejoin the party to help stop "further compromise and retreats" to "pacify the Blairites".

Jeremy Corbyn

 All the applicants have previously been expelled from the party, and among their number are members of the entryist Militant group's editorial board. 

They include Tony Mulhearn, one of the leaders of the Militant takeover of Liverpool City Council in the 1980s, former Labour MP Dave Nellist, and Peter Taaffe, whose application is likely to be turned down as he is the general secretary of the Socialist Party.

Mr Taaffe said Mr Corbyn's leadership provided an opportunity to rebuild Labour as a "clearly anti-austerity socialist party" and said he and those also reapplying want to "play their part" in the struggle to transform it. 

Warrington group to attend Paris attacks memorial events

A specialist support group from a Warrington peace charity will travel to France on Saturday ahead of the first anniversary of the Paris terror attacks.

candles at a makeshift memorial for Paris attacks
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Multiple attacks in the city in November 2015 left 130 people dead and hundreds more injured.

The UK Survivors Assistance Network, which is operated by the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace, will be attending memorial events on both Saturday and Sunday.


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The #BigThankYou is Britain's biggest celebration of sports volunteers and recognises the thousands of unsung heroes who give up their time to work tirelessly so others can enjoy many sport and fitness activities.  

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Weather: Dry and fine afternoon

BBC Weather

A dry and fine afternoon with plenty of sunshine. Highs of 8C.

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Liverpool street charity collections warning after reports of scams

People are being warned to check where their money is going, before donating to charity street collectors following a number of scams in Liverpool.

Collection tin

The council have been dealing with incidents of rogue traders in the city centre and outside football grounds who have been exploiting people's generosity.  

Cash for councils to help 'turbo-charge' home building

Government funding totalling £18m is being offered to councils in England to speed up building of up to 800,000 new homes on large developments.

Brownfield site

Authorities can bid for a share of the "capacity fund" to tackle planning issues that can hold up projects.

The creation of six new housing zones, including a site in Wirral, to support developing 10,000 new homes on brownfield sites was also announced.

Police apologise for tweeting during two-minute silence

Cheshire Police has apologised after tweeting during the Armistice Day two-minute silence at 11:00.

The force faced criticism on social media after tweeting an update at 11:01.  

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Heater 'caused couple's fire deaths'

A house fire in which a couple died was caused by a fan heater, Merseyside Fire and Rescue has said.

the burned out house

Firefighters were called to their home in Mather Avenue in Allerton, Liverpool on 25 October after a call from a passing motorist who had seen smoke.

The bodies of an "elderly couple" with "significant quantities of hoarded material" were found in the house.

A probe found the blaze was "probably started accidentally" as the heater was "too close to combustible materials".

A fire service spokesman said the house had been "stacked from ceiling to floor with little or no circulation space".

WW2 veteran whose Legion d'Honneur was sent to supermarket in error is found

Armistice Day is going to be even more memorable for a World War Two veteran from Liverpool.

Légion d'Honneur

It follows an appeal on BBC Radio Merseyside to help reunite Mr Joseph Carter with his Legion d'Honneur medal after it was mistakenly sent to Costco. 

Former soldier Joseph Carter was part of the Normandy landings in 1944.

Staff at the supermarket kept hold of the medal, before handing it over to poppy seller Bill Sergeant from the Royal British Legion, who will present it to Mr Carter this afternoon after successfully tracking him down.

The first thing Mr Carter said on hearing about the medal was "I bet you thought I was dead, didn’t you?"

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A two-minute silence is observed across Merseyside and Cheshire in memory of those who have died in conflicts all over the world
  • A Liverpool veteran is to be reunited with his Legion d'Honneur medal after it was mistakenly sent to a supermarket
  • A house fire which killed a couple in Allerton last month was caused by a fan heater, Merseyside Fire say

Travel: Police incident in Birkenhead

BBC Travel

Old Chester Road in Birkenhead is closed in both directions between the Farlow Road junction and the Green Lawn junction because of a police incident.

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WW2 veteran's medal delivered to supermarket by mistake

A war veteran's Legion d'Honneur medal was accidentally sent to a supermarket in Liverpool.

Bill Sergeant

Joseph Carter, who lived in L3, was awarded France's highest honour for his role in the Normandy landings in 1944. 

The medal was sent to the Waterloo Road branch of Costco in error, as it is near the site of Mr Carter's last-known address.

Staff there passed it on to the chairman of the Hale branch of the Royal British Legion, Bill Sergeant, who was selling poppies in the store. 

He hopes to find Mr Carter so he can deliver the medal before Remembrance Sunday.

Sefton recycled bottle art tribute to area's war dead

Sefton Council has posted a photograph on Instagram of a poppy made from plastic bottles to mark Armistice Day.

The photo of the tribute in King's Gardens, Southport, was taken by the borough's parks team.

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The council's statement, posted alongside the picture, reads:   

We Will Remember Them. This poppy made by recycling plastics feels like the perfect tribute to the resourcefulness of all of the brave Sefton residents, in particular those in combat, who took part in both World Wars and many more wars since.

Wirral falls silent for Armistice Day

Merseyside and Cheshire to observe two-minute silence

A two-minute silence will be observed across Merseyside and Cheshire at 11:00 to remember those who have died in conflict on Armistice Day.

The silence will begin at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month - the time in 1918 when the guns fell silent along the Western Front in Europe.

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Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A house fire - which killed a couple in Allerton last month - was caused by a fan heater, Merseyside Fire and Rescue says
  • Merseyside Police are investigating claims a man has been fraudulently selling poppys in Liverpool
  • A new "housing zone" is being set-up by the Government at Wirral Waters  

Fire which killed Liverpool couple 'was started by fan heater'

A house fire - which killed a couple in Allerton, Liverpool last month - was caused by a fan heater, Merseyside Fire and Rescue said.

House on Mather Avenue

The blaze on Mather Avenue prompted an investigation which found it was "probably started accidentally" because the heater was "too close to combustible materials".  

Travel: Accident on A41 in Cheshire

BBC Travel

The A41 Chester Road in Backford partially blocked in both directions between Backford Cross and the Whitby Lane junction because of an accident.

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New government 'housing zone' for Wirral Waters

A new "housing zone" is being set-up by the Government at Wirral Waters. 


It means the area will have priority in bidding for funding to help build new houses there. 

Housing Minister, Gavin Barwell, says the aim is to "speed-up building work". 

Councillor Matthew Bryan guilty of assault on bouncer

A councillor who sat on a licensing committee has been found guilty of assaulting a doorman at a bar in Chester.

Chester City magistrates

Cheshire West and Chester councillor Matthew Bryan, 30, received a 12-month community order from Chester City magistrates for common assault in an altercation in February.

The Upton councillor had denied hitting the doorman at the Kuckoo bar.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Seventy-four men from Merseyside and Cheshire called a helpline last year to help them stop viewing sexual images of children online, a charity says
  • A new "housing zone" is being set-up by the government at Wirral Waters - it means the area will have priority in bidding for funding to help build new houses there
  • A group from a Warrington charity will travel to France tomorrow ahead of the first anniversary of the Paris terror attacks

Travel: No Mersey Ferries service

BBC Travel

There is a replacement bus service running on Mersey Ferries due to technical problems at Liverpool.

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Weather: Mainly dry day with some bright spells

BBC Weather

A chilly start but a mainly dry day with some bright and sunny spells. Highs of 8C.

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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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