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  1. Updates on Friday 2 December
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will return from 08:00 on Monday

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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 Monday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the region. 

Weather: Dry and bright this weekend

BBC Weather

Cloud will thicken tonight, with some light rain arriving from the east. It should be a frost free night for many areas.    

Largely dry and bright on Saturday, with some sunny spells likely.

Highs of 7C.

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Rare turtle hatches at Chester Zoo

A rare Chinese three-striped box turtle has hatched at Chester Zoo.

Chinese three-striped box turtle
Chester Zoo

Satsuma, named after both its colour and size, weighed a tiny 18g when it emerged, following an 85-day incubation period.

The species - which is native to China, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam - is critically endangered and said to be one of the world's  top 10 most threatened turtles.

Ben Baker, team manager of lower vertebrates and invertebrates, said:

The Chinese three-striped box turtle is one of the most beautiful turtles in the world. Sadly though, they are a victim of their good looks and have undergone a monumental decline in recent years due to overexploitation for the southern Asia food markets.

Hopefully our new little arrival can help us to shine a spotlight on the issues that the species is faced with and bring some fresh hope in the fight to haul it back from the brink.

Chinese three-striped box turtle
Chester Zoo

Care home committed to safety of patients

A spokesman for the care home where Maureen Umosoh was a resident has said it will "do all we can to make sure nothing like this can happen again".

Ms Umosoh walked out of Beechwood Specialist Care Centre in Aigburth following a fire alarm last year. Her body was later found in Garston Docks. 

An inquest into her death today concluded the home could not have prevented her leaving after the doors had been unlocked. 

The spokesman said:

Maureen was much loved by everyone at our home and nearly a year on is still missed by staff and residents alike. Our thoughts and sympathies are with her family at this difficult time.

Balancing the need for safe evacuation during a fire alarm, providing a safe and secure environment for residents and also respecting people’s rights is a very important responsibility.

The coroner and jury, having carefully considered all the evidence, agreed that the home had managed this risk in a reasonable and practical way and could not have prevented this tragic event.

Our priority at all times is the health and wellbeing of the people we support. We will continue to work closely with colleagues at the CQC and the Continuing Healthcare team, to do all we can to make sure nothing like this can happen again.

Football: Bournemouth v Liverpool

BBC Sport

Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana has returned to training after a groin injury and could be involved in Sunday's Premier League game between Bournemouth and Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp and Eddie Howe

There's a full preview of the game on the BBC Sport website, but here's what Match of the Day's Simon Brotherton had to say about the clash:

Bournemouth have now lost three of their last four league games, but I thought they played well at Arsenal last week despite missing several players - the 3-1 scoreline not telling the full story of the game at all.

Jack Wilshere's return to the side will help their cause, but so will Adam Lallana's likely return from injury for Liverpool. His presence is likely to be even more important now Philippe Coutinho is out.

This should be a good, open game which is likely to suit Liverpool as they try to extend their unbeaten run to 12 matches.

Alder Hey trust developing vision for 'vibrant and welcoming Springfield Park'

Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust has spoken about plans to build 400 homes on its former site in West Derby.

A spokeswoman said:

The new Alder Hey in the Park hospital was built on Springfield Park and, as part of a land swap with Liverpool City Council, the parkland will be reinstated and enhanced when the old hospital is demolished over the next two years.

As part of this development, Alder Hey is also working with the council to create new buildings encircling the parkland that will provide overviews of the park and help to make it a safe and welcoming space.

In partnership and consultation with our local community, we have developed a vision for this new vibrant and welcoming Springfield Park and we intend to give local residents, children and schools a say in how this space is developed and run.

Football: Everton v Man Utd

BBC Sport

James McCarthy is available for Everton's home clash with Manchester United on Sunday after recovering from hamstring trouble.  

James McCarthy
Tony McArdle - Everton FC

There's a full preview of the game on the BBC Sport website, but here's what Match of the Day's Steve Bowers had to say about the clash:

Both managers have been publicly critical of their teams in recent weeks and both are in need of a Premier League victory.

That's something Jose Mourinho has experienced only twice in the last 10 games, although the midweek League Cup win and performance was a timely reminder of what Manchester United are capable of when they convert their chances.

Their need for consistency is there for all to see.

That's something Ronald Koeman managed at the beginning of his first season with Everton, but just one win in eight subsequent matches has left him concerned.

Woman who died after walking out of care home 'failed by system'

The family of a woman whose body was found nine days after she walked out of a care home in south Liverpool say they've been failed by the system.

Maureen Umosoh
Merseyside Police

Forty-nine-year-old Maureen Umosoh was a resident at the Beechwood Specialist Care Centre in Aigburth, which looks after adults with physical and mental illnesses.

She walked out on 18 December last year almost immediately after a fire alarm unlocked the doors. Her body was later found in Garston Docks. 

A pathologist said the probable cause of death was hypothermia. 

Today, an inquest jury concluded the home could not have prevented her leaving after the doors had been unlocked. 

The hearing was told hours before walking out, a psychiatrist recommended that Mrs Umosoh be placed in supervised one-to-one care.

Latest headlines from Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • The family of a vulnerable woman who died after walking out of a care home in south Liverpool say they still want to know how she was allowed to leave
  • Plans to build 400 homes on the site of the former Alder Hey Children's Hospital in West Derby are submitted
  • Police are questioning a man over a number of stickers with Nazi slogans which were posted in south Liverpool and Knowsley

Former Alder Hey hospital homes plan submitted

Plans to build 400 homes on the site of the former Alder Hey Children's Hospital in West Derby have been submitted.

Alder Hey Children's Hospital in 2005
Sue Adair/Geograph

The application includes shops and an area of parkland which will replace the section of Springfield Park that was given over to the new hospital. 

Football: Klopp has no plans to sell Sturridge

BBC Sport

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says striker Daniel Sturridge is not for sale - and neither is any other member of the first-team squad.

Daniel Sturridge

After struggling for first-team football, the England international has been linked with a January move to Premier League rivals West Ham.

Sturridge has yet to score in his nine top-flight appearances this season, of which only four have been starts.

"There is absolutely no thought to sell any player from the first-team squad," said Klopp.

"I don't think it would make sense."

Driver disregarded duty of care to killed woman, grieving mother says

The mother of a woman who was killed when her boyfriend crashed a car she was travelling in has said he "disregarded" his duty of care to her daughter.

Elizabeth Buckley
Merseyside Police

Elizabeth Buckley died after Thomas McDonough crashed on Thornton Road in Higher Bebington on 2 December 2015.

Speaking after McDonough was sentenced to 40 months in prison, Ms Buckley's mother Karen Kujawa said:

Thomas McDonough had a duty of care towards Elizabeth when she got in his car which he disregarded.

Elizabeth had her whole life in front of her. She was beautiful inside and out. She lit up the room with her smile. She was funny, quirky, loyal and clever. She had it all taken away from her on that night. Our life is a poorer place without her in it.

The parents of all young drivers have a responsibility to ensure that their children have the skill and experience when driving and that the cars that they are driving are within their capabilities. If this is adhered to then perhaps there would be less deaths of young people in road incidents and Elizabeth might be alive today.

Lost grey seal found stranded in Liverpool ice rink

A young grey seal has been found stranded at an ice rink in Liverpool.

The disorientated male pup was spotted at Liverpool's Ice Festival at Pier Head on Wednesday morning and was coaxed back into the water.

RSPCA animal welfare officer Matt Brown said he was uninjured but needed help finding his way.

New baubles for Koeman after fans see red

Everton manager Ronald Koeman has changed the colour of decorations on his Christmas tree after Toffees fans saw red.

Ronald Koeman

The Dutchman, 53, was inundated with complaints that his baubles were in the red of arch-rivals Liverpool rather than the blue of Everton.

Koeman quickly changed them to a non-controversial white... and tried to avoid taking responsibility.

He explained in his weekly pre-match news conference: "A big mistake of my wife, I'm a Blue but I do like a glass of red wine."

Koeman had earlier posted a snap of his tree on Twitter.

Ronald Koeman's tree

Cold comfort for Liverpool's homeless

A cold weather shelter for the homeless in Liverpool is to open more often, the council has announced.

Homeless person

Previously, it has only opened when temperatures fell below 0C on three consecutive nights.

But now the shelter, based at St Stephen's Church, will open whenever the mercury dips below 2C.

The move is designed to help up to 20 rough sleepers who refuse to go into temporary accommodation, said Liverpool City Council, which provides 750 beds for homeless people.

Police seek man over Warrington petrol station armed robbery

Witnesses are being sought to a robbery at a petrol station in Warrington last Saturday.  

A man demanded money while brandishing a weapon at the garage on Liverpool Road in Sankey at about 19:15 on 26 November.

He stole some cash and cigarettes before making off on foot.

Police said they want to hear from anyone with information about the man, who is described as white, in his early 20s and about 6ft tall.

Driver jailed over crash which killed girlfriend

A driver has been jailed for 40 months for causing the death of his passenger in a high speed crash in Higher Bebington a year ago.

Thomas McDonough
Merseyside Police

Thomas McDonough, 22, of Pensby Road, Thingwall admitted causing Elizabeth Buckley's death by dangerous driving at Liverpool Crown Court yesterday.

Ms Buckley died shortly after McDonough's car crashed on Thornton Road on 2 December 2015.

Speaking after sentencing, Sgt Peter Hulme said:

It is clear from our investigation that McDonough’s actions behind the wheel were a reckless attempt to impress his passenger and had he not accelerated in the way he did, we believe this collision would have been avoided.

The incident has had a devastating effect on all those involved and serves as a reminder to all drivers, the speed limit is there for a reason so stick to it.

Latest headlines from Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A man is arrested over stickers with Nazi slogans that were put on lampposts in south Liverpool and Knowsley
  • A petition is started to save a charity cafe which supports new mums and babies at the Countess of Chester Hospital
  • The mother of a woman who was killed when her boyfriend crashed his car in Higher Bebington says he "disregarded" his duty of care to her daughter

Petition started to save charity cafe at Chester hospital

A petition's been started to save a charity cafe which supports new mums and babies at the Countess of Chester Hospital.

Countess of Chester Hospital
Dennis Turner/Geograph

Over the last 25 years, it's raised about £2m to pay for new facilities like the bereavement suite and overnight rooms for parents with sick children to stay.

Now the the NHS trust in charge of the hospital has given the cafe nine weeks notice - it will be taken over by their own caterers.

Former midwife Pat Daniels founded the charity - she says they provide so much more than food and drink.

The hospital's chief executive has praised the work of Ms Daniels and said the trust want to still work with the charity after the cafe is taken over.

Man arrested over Nazi slogan stickers posted on signs in Liverpool and Knowsley

A 29-year-old man has been arrested over a number of offensive stickers with Nazi slogns on them, which were posted on lampposts and street signs in south Liverpool and Knowsley.

The stickers, which began appearing in November, said "You are entering a Nazi controlled zone".

The man, who is from the Childwall area, was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of possession of racially inflammatory material which is intended or likely to stir up racial hatred and publishing or distributing written material which may stir up racial hatred.

Liverpool mayor raises temperature for cold weather shelter opening

Liverpool's cold weather shelter for rough sleepers is to extend its opening times, following the recent drop in temperatures. 

The centre usually opens when it is predicted to fall below freezing for three nights in a row.

However, Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson has raised the threshold to 2C.

The shelter at Stephen's Church on Crown Street was set up to help anyone who refuses temporary accommodation through the winter months.

Latest headlines from Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Liverpool's cold weather shelter for rough sleepers is to extend its opening times, following the recent drop in temperatures.
  • Union officials campaigning for better wages for staff at Liverpool's Adelphi Hotel are holding a demonstration this morning
  • A £400,000 cannabis farm is discovered by police in Halewood

Football: Liverpool can cope without Coutinho, goalkeeper says

BBC Merseyside Sport

Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet insists Liverpool have enough quality in their squad to cope with the absence of Philippe Coutinho over the busy Christmas period.

Philippe Coutinho

The Brazilian won't play again until the New Year, after damaging ankle ligaments.

Mignolet says it's up to others in the squad to step up in the meantime.

Union protest at Adelphi over wages

Union officials, campaigning for better wages for staff at Liverpool's Adelphi Hotel, are holding a demonstration this morning.  

Adelphi Hotel
Britannia Hotels

Workers have been balloted for strike action and could walk out over Christmas and New Year if their working conditions do not improve.

The RMT union is organising the protest over wages and an end to zero hours contracts.

Fresh funding hope for new Warrington West station

Warrington Guardian

Warrington Borough Council have made a fresh bid for funds to build the proposed station at Chapelford.

Liverpool cold weather homeless shelter to open more often

Liverpool Echo

Liverpool's cold weather homeless shelter will open more often this winter rather than wait for three consecutive nights below freezing.


Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A £400,000 cannabis farm is found by police in Halewood
  • Liverpool's cold weather homeless shelter is to open more often this winter
  • Fans at Everton's home game against Manchester United this weekend will be able to get a free heart check-up

£400,000 cannabis farm found in Halewood

A 54-year-old man has been arrested after police found a cannabis farm of 100 plants in Mackets Lane, Halewood.

Mackets Lane, Halewood.
Merseyside Police

The Halewood man was arrested  on suspicion of cannabis production and abstracting electricity.

Merseyside Police are conducting a two-week crackdown on cannabis production and this was the third farm found on 1 December.

Weather: Cloudy with chance of sunny spells later

BBC Weather

Cloudy start with a chance of a few showers but brighter sunny spells later. Drizzle tonight. Highs of 9C

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