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Summary

  1. Man shot dead in 'cold-blooded' attack outside Wavertree chip shop
  2. Merseyrail train guards balloted for strike action
  3. Plans to regenerate an area of Liverpool to be unveiled
  4. Updates on Thursday 2 February

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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: Mild but windy

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Staying mild, rather windy and often cloudy for the much of the night with outbreaks of rain. Through the early hours, skies will gradually clear, meaning it should turn colder. 

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Mostly dry through much of the morning with some bright spells. Cloud will thicken through the afternoon with wet and windy weather spreading from the south later.  

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He's not got a ticket after his ride...

A man cycled from South Korea to watch Liverpool FC play but when he got there he could not get a ticket.

Jungyu Lee cycled from South Korea to watch Liverpool FC play

Jungyu Lee set off in June and travelled through 12 countries to get to Anfield for the Reds' Premier League game against Chelsea on Tuesday night.

He ended up watching it in a pub instead.

The club have now offered him a ticket to watch Jurgen Klopp's men take on Tottenham on Saturday.

Football: Klopp praises crowd for 'outstanding atmosphere'

BBC Sport

Jurgen Klopp told a press conference today that Liverpool were spurred on by the fans at Anfield during their 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Tuesday.

Jurgen Klopp shouting from the sideline
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Even when you a perfect side, which we are not, you still lose football games, nobody wins every game. We felt the power of positive energy. The atmosphere was outstanding. It helps, everyone who wants to help is very welcome. It makes life easier if you have a good feeling and can go for it.

On Saturday, the Reds face Marco Silva's Hull, who managed to hold onto a 0-0 draw at OId Trafford last night. 

"It's an interesting challenge (for Silva) I'm impressed. It's interesting to watch. We know how to play them. Now we have to show it," he said.

Klopp confirmed there are no new injuries but said a few players are carrying "knocks".

Helen McCourt: Mother's campaign for a change in the law

Should killers be denied parole if they refuse to reveal location of victims' bodies?

The mother of Helen McCourt, who was murdered almost 30 years ago at the age of 22, has led a campaign to do just that.  

Her daughter's killer has never revealed where her body is.

On Friday, 'Helen's Law' will be considered in Parliament. It proposes to deny killers parole if they don't reveal where victims' remains are.

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John Lennon and Yoko Ono biopic announced

The Hollywood Reporter

A new film documenting the love story of former Beatle John Lennon and Yoko Ono is in the works.

John and Yoko in bed in an Amsterdam hotel room protesting about the Vietnam War
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Producer Michael De Luca is working with the Japanese artist on an as-yet untitled feature which would tell the story of her relationship with the former Beatle, as well as their anti-war efforts.

The pair famously staged a "bed in" in an Amsterdam hotel room in protest about the ongoing Vietnam War.

De Luca said:

The story will focus on ripe and relevant themes of love, courage and activism in the US - with the intention of inspiring today’s youth to stand up for and have a clear vision for the world they want.

John and Yoko singing
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The Theory of Everything writer Anthony McCarten and Immersive Pictures’ Josh Bratman are also on board for the production.  

Library losses spark resignation call

Bosses at the loss-making company that runs Warrington's libraries and leisure centres should resign, an MP has said.  

Orford Jubilee Park, Warrington
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Livewire Warrington, which in 2012 took over the borough's libraries, leisure services and lifestyle services, was £454,880 in the red by March 2016, twice the deficit of 12 months earlier.

Warrington North MP Helen Jones said the board should "take responsibility".

A spokesman for the firm blamed a rise in costs but insisted a "robust deficit recovery plan" had been put in place.

Police seek car in meat market murder probe

Police investigating the death of a man killed in a shooting after going to a gym at a meat market say they want to trace a car they believe the gunman was driving.

CCTV of car
Merseyside Police

Thomas Baker, 44, died of gunshot wounds after being shot in the head in the car park of the Phoenix gym in Prescot Road, Old Swan, on Friday. 

Police believe the gunman was driving a silver VW Polo, which had its number plates obscured.

After the shooting, the car travelled down Prescot Road, Balmoral Road, Molyneux Road and Queens Road and would have driven past the North Liverpool Academy and St Domingo Vale in the direction of Everton Valley, police said.

Det Supt Mark Guinness appealed for witnesses and anyone with dashcam footage to contact police, saying:

The roads would have been quite busy at the time and it is possible that motorists may have had to take evasive action to avoid a collision with this car.

Fire chiefs’ pay rise a ‘slap in the face for Cheshire firefighters’

Chester Standard

Fire chiefs in Cheshire have come under fire for pocketing salary rises while the service is tasked with making £3.8 million of savings by 2020.

Five men arrested after Widnes drugs find

Five men have been arrested after drugs were found in Widnes. 

Police raided a property in Baron Close last night and found what is believed to be class A drugs. 

Three men aged 18, 51 and 41, from Widnes, a 26-year-old, from Bootle, and 27-year-old man, from Garston, have been arrested and released on bail.

Boy, 15, missing from Liverpool

A 15-year-old boy is missing from Liverpool.

Eddie Burton
Merseyside Police

Eddie Burton, from Walton, was last seen in Chirkdale Street on 14 January.

Extensive inquiries are being carried out to establish his whereabouts. 

He is described as white, 5ft 6in tall, of slight build, with dark brown cropped hair, brown eyes and a pale freckled complexion.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

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Crimestoppers launch campaign to tackle Liverpool gun crime

Crimestoppers has launched a campaign in Liverpool to encourage people to anonymously report information about gun crime.

It follows the fourth fatal shooting on Merseyside since April last year.

Yesterday a man was shot dead in a "cold-blooded, targeted attack" outside a chip shop in Wavertree.

From today, the Crimestoppers will be taking ad vans round the region, to try to encourage members of the communities affected by gun crime to contact them.

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Rugby League: Smith breaks leg on St Helens debut

BBC Sport

St Helens scrum-half Matty Smith breaks his leg in his first game for his new club in their friendly against Widnes.

Matty Smith
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Merseyrail train guards balloted for strike action

Workers on Merseyrail are to be balloted for industrial action in a dispute over the role of guards, a union has said.

Train
Merseytravel

The firm plans to introduce a new fleet of 52 driver-only-operated trains from 2020. 

None of the permanent guards or guard managers would be forced to quit their employment, the company added. 

The RMT union said 220 guards it represents would be balloted for strike action.  

Shed scheme helps women combat loneliness

BBC North West Tonight

Women in Cheshire have picked up tools and taken to a shed to learn DIY - but also to get support for loneliness.  

Women in sheds

They are taking part in an experiment run by Age UK, which has previously helped men to learn new skills and offer them company.  

Weather: Cloudy and breezy afternoon

BBC Weather

A cloudy and breezy afternoon. Feeling mild with some bright spells. Highs of 11C.

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Roads: Accident on Longmoor Lane in Liverpool

BBC Travel

A506 Longmoor Lane in Liverpool is closed eastbound between the Seeds Lane junction and rthe Signal Works Road junction becuase of an accident.

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Police search Croxteth Park as part of gun crime crackdown

Merseyside Police have been searching Croxteth Park as part of a crackdown on gun crime.

Police search
BBC

The planned search comes just hours after a man was shot dead on Grosvenor Road in Wavertree in what officers are calling "a cold-blooded, targeted attack".   

Last week, 44-year-old Tommy Baker died after being shot outside a gym in Old Swan.

Extra officers are on the streets of Wavertree - while police wait to talk to a 19-year-old man who went to hospital with a gun shot wound last night.

Man shot dead outside Wavertree chip shop 'known to police'

Andy Gill

Reporter, BBC North West Tonight

A man who was killed in a shooting outside a chip shop in Liverpool was known to police, it has emerged.

Chip shop
BBC

Aaron Lewis, 26, from Toxteth was shot three times outside Anna Jungs in Grosvenor Road, Wavertree, at about 19:00 yesterday.

He was taken to Aintree Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Police said the latest shootings are a "serious escalation" of gang violence and one of the problems they are seeing is a lot of new weapons being used in the area.

Man shot dead in outside Wavertree chip shop named

A man shot dead in a "cold-blooded, targeted attack" outside a chip shop has been named.

Grosvenor Road, Wavertree, Liverpool,
BBC

Aaron Lewis, 26, was shot three times outside Anna Jungs in Grosvenor Road, Wavertree, Liverpool, at about 19:00 yesterday.

He was taken to Aintree Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Police said the shooting was related to organised crime and asked for any witnesses to contact them.

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Football: Koeman understands Hughes' 'frustration' over equaliser

BBC Sport

Everton manager says that he can understand Mark Hughes's frustration with his side's goal but overall felt a 1-1 draw was a fair result against Stoke City.

Roads: Congestion in Liverpool

BBC Travel

There is heavy traffic in West Derby Street eastbound in Liverpool around the Mount Vernon junction in the roadworks area.

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The new property trap affecting thousands

When Katie Kendrick bought her home in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire three years ago it was supposed to be her "forever home".

Katie Kendrick
BBC

The house was leasehold - meaning she owned the property for the length of her lease agreement - but claims she was told by the sales representative that because of the long lease it was "as good as freehold"; a property owned outright.

She says she was told she would be able to buy her freehold after two years - believing it would cost between £2,000 and £4,000.

But a year-and-a-half later, she received a letter from Bellway saying her freehold had been sold to an investment company, which was now quoting £13,300 for her to buy it.

Now she says it is "the biggest mistake I've ever made"

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Revolving theatre plan for Liverpool regeneration

Multimillion-pound plans to regenerate a run-down area of Liverpool, which could create up to 2,500 jobs are being unveiled today.

Plkans for "Ten Streets" off Regent Road
Liverpool City Council

The "Ten Streets" off Regent Road are being earmarked as a new hub for creative and tech companies.

The vision for the district, which contains a mix of historic dock warehousing and industrial buildings, also includes a new performance venue with a revolving auditorium.

It would also include new squares and public spaces over the 125 acre area.

Football: Stoke City 1-1 Everton

BBC Sport

Everton stretched their unbeaten run in the league to six matches, with a one-all draw at Stoke last night.

Stoke City 1-1 Everton
Reuters

Peter Crouch scored his 100th premier league goal, before Ryan Shawcross deflected Seamus Coleman's cross into his own net.

Merseyrail 'committed to avoiding a strike', says Managing Director

The Managing Director of Merseyrail says the company remains committed to avoiding a strike by its workers, over a row about its new fleet of driver-operated trains. 

Merseytravel train
Merseytravel

Jan Chaudhry Van der Velde says they are "keen to continue negotiations" with the RMT - despite a meeting yesterday ending without agreement. 

The union says it has "safety concerns" over the loss of guards on services, Merseyrail says the new trains will be safer than the current fleet.

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Man shot dead outside Wavertree chip shop

A man has been shot dead in a "cold-blooded, targeted attack" outside a chip shop in Liverpool.

Anna Jungs on Grosvenor Road
Google

The 26-year-old from Toxteth was attacked outside Anna Jungs on Grosvenor Road, Wavertree, at about 19:00 on Wednesday.

He was taken to Aintree Hospital with serious gunshot wounds here he was later pronounced dead.

Weather: Showery start but drier later

BBC Weather

A dull, drizzly start but this afternoon should be drier. Breezy with highs of 12C. More from BBC Weather

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