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  1. Updates on Tuesday 19 April
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Wednesday

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

Weather: Dry and sunny before dusk

Dianne Oxberry

Weather presenter, BBC North West Tonight

This evening will be dry with some good sunny spells before dusk.

Weather graphic
BBC

This will lead to a dry night, but it will become cold with a touch of frost in rural spots and perhaps a few fog patches around the Wirral.

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Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, BBC North West Tonight

On North West Tonight at 18:30:

'Missing' World War Two bomber pilot from Liverpool to be honoured

A bomber pilot from Liverpool who has been listed as missing in action since World War Two is to be honoured after his final resting place was discovered.

Jack Cromarty
Rebecca Own

Pilot Officer John Donald Range Cromarty, 22, whose Lancaster Bomber was shot down in 1944 over Berlin, had been buried as an "unknown soldier".

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has since confirmed his identity. His grave in Berlin will be rededicated on 27 April.

Football: Liverpool v Everton game is the "derby of the people"- Klopp

Ian Kennedy

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

Jurgen Klopp has described tomorrow's Liverpool v Everton game as the "derby of the people".

Jurgen Klopp
BBC Sport

The Liverpool manager will experience the fixture for the first time since taking over at Anfield.

Klopp says handling the emotions and pressure of another big game will be a "real challenge".

Bones find house woman forced out

Liverpool Echo

 A Norris Green woman was forced from her home after rumours swirled following the discovery of bones in her garden, neighbours said.

Southport nursery plant space rocket seeds

Children at the Southport YMCA nursery are planting rocket seeds that were sent to the international space station to see whether their trip will affect the way they grow.

Children planting seeds
BBC

Schools across the country will plant the seeds as part of the project, which was launched by the UK Space Agency and the RHS Campaign for School Gardening.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

  • Knowsley has the highest proportion of people claiming working-age benefits for at least three of the past four years
  • A Southport cafe run by Autism Ventures is nominated for two national awards
  • Jurgen Klopp describes tomorrow's Liverpool v Everton game as the "derby of the people"

Football: Rearranged Merseyside derby comes at 'interesting time'

Liverpool v Everton (Wed, 20:00 BST)

Ian Kennedy

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

This rearranged Merseyside derby comes at rather interesting timing for both clubs. For Everton, just days before their FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United, while for Liverpool it has been squeezed ahead of the visit of Newcastle and their Europa League semi final against Villarreal.

Merseyside derby
Getty Images

Everton’s poor home record has put pressure on Roberto Martinez, but would winning the next two games change everything? It will be interesting to see if Martinez puts out his strongest side given their Wembley date on Saturday.

For Jurgen Klopp, it's his first taste of a derby. Villarreal is a massive tie, and winning the Europa League would get them into the Champions League. Big decisions for the managers.

Hermaphrodite rescue kitten Bellini finds new home

A hermaphrodite rescue kitten which left rescuers at a loss over how they should refer to it has been rehomed.

Bellini
PA

Nine-week-old Bellini was initially thought to be male after being found dumped aged just a few days old.  

Woman, 77, hit by open top bus at Albert Docks

A 77-year-old woman who was walking along the Albert Docks has been hit by an open top bus.

Gower Street
Google

Firefighters were called to Gower Street near to the Britannia Pavilion at about 14:10.

They helped paramedics by setting up airbags as a precaution while the woman was treated at the scene before she was taken to Royal Liverpool University Hospital for further checks.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

  • Knowsley has the highest proportion of people claiming working-age benefits for at least three of the past four years
  • A Southport cafe run by Autism Ventures is nominated for two national awards
  • Jurgen Klopp describes tomorrow's Liverpool v Everton game as the "derby of the people"

Knowsley highest in Britain for working-age benefits over four years

Giulia Bould

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

The Department for Work and Pensions has revealed Knowsley tops the list of those getting benefits for the longest over the past for years. 

The number of people claiming was 11,220 people - that works out as just over 15% of the local population in 2015, though the figure is down from 2014. 

Liverpool has a similar number though the city did see a drop slightly on the previous year. 

The total number of people in Britain claiming working-age benefits for at least three of the past four years is 2.3m - a small drop of 0.3% on the previous year.

Football: Connolly and Davies could play in tomorrow's Merseyside derby

Ian Kennedy

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

Roberto Martinez has hinted youngsters Callum Connolly and Tom Davies could be involved in tomorrow's Merseyside derby.

Callum Connolly
BBC Sport

They made their Everton debuts at the weekend, and have been training with the first team squad this week - rather than playing with the under 21s. 

Martinez says they're ready to help the team if needed.

Warning after bogus water company caller stole money in Huyton

A warning has been issued to residents in Huyton to be aware of bogus callers after a man - claiming to be from a water company - stole money from a pensioner's home. 

Police said he appeared convincing and had an ID badge facing his chest when the elderly man allowed him into his property in Highclere Crescent on Monday. 

While claiming to check the water the man managed to take some cash.

Teenager remains in critical condition after serious collision in Glazebrook

Warrington Guardian

A motorcyclist continues to fight for his life in hospital following a serious crash in Glazebrook last week.

Football: Liverpool in for £30m-rated Batshuayi

BBC Sport

After being put off by the £75m price being bandied about for Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Liverpool are considering switching their sights to Marseille forward Michy Batshuayi according to the Daily Mirror.

Michy Batshuayi
Rex Features

The 22-year-old, who has scored 24 goals in 52 games this season, is also interesting Tottenham, West Ham and Juventus.  

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Your pictures: Blue skies over Wirral

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher geecar03 who uploaded this photos of bright blue skies over New Brighton in Wirral this morning.

New Brighton
BBC

Have you got a weather picture you would like to share? Why not upload your report to the BBC Weather Watchers website.

Travel: Roadworks area causing congestion in Runcorn

BBC Travel

There is slow traffic on the Weston Point Expressway eastbound in Runcorn between the Weston Link junction and Runcorn in the roadworks area.

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Weather: Feeling warmer before the chilly weather returns

Burglars "kick open door" of Widnes home

Two men kicked open the front door of a house during a burglary but fled empty-handed after seeing someone inside, police said.

They broke into the property in Tibbs Cross Lane in Bold Heath, Widnes at about 14:15 on 14 April.

The men drove away in a silver Jaguar XJ. Anyone with information is asked the contact police.

Police appeal for help to find Warrington man

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

  • Residents in Huyton are warned to be aware of bogus callers after a man - claiming to be from a water company - stole money from a pensioner's home
  • A Southport cafe run by Autism Ventures is nominated for two national awards
  • Tony Bellew tweets a date for his "dream" fight at Everton's Goodison Park in May

Boxing: Tony Bellew tweets date for his 'dream' Goodison Park fight

Tony Bellew has tweeted the date of his "dream" fight at Goodison Park.

Tony Bellew
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Liverpool City Council now needs to approve one last piece of paperwork but Bellew says he is confident his world title fight will happen in the stadium.

Southport cafe which supports people with autism is shortlisted for two awards

A Southport cafe that offers training and support for people with autism has been shortlisted for two national awards.

A Great Little Place
Google

A Great Little Place in Hoghton Street is in the running for Sandwich Designer of the Year and the Independent Cafe Retailer of the Year Award.

Hoylake promenade toilets earmarked for bistro have been demolished

Wirral Globe

A disused toilet block on Hoylake promenade once earmarked for a cafe and bistro has been demolished.

Hoylake toilets
Google

Liverpool man wanted by police over firearms offences

Police are appealing for help to find a man who may have information in relation to firearms offences.

James Edward Brown
Merseyside Police

Detectives say 27-year-old James Edward Brown, whose last known address was Gloucester Road North in Tuebrook, could have vital information after a number of guns were found by officers in industrial units at Studholme Street, Kirkdale last November.

Travel: Disruption at Liverpool Moorfields

BBC Travel

Trains aren't stopping at Liverpool Moofields on Merseyrail northbound due to engineering works.

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Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

  • Road and rail links to the Port of Liverpool will come under the spotlight during a Commons debate later
  • Police warn residents in Huyton to be aware of bogus callers after a man, claiming to be from a water company, stole money from a pensioner's home
  • A Southport cafe that offers offer training and support for people with autism is shortlisted for two national awards

Travel: Emergency repairs closes lane on Queens Drive in Walton

BBC Travel

One lane is closed and there is very slow traffic on Queens Drive in Walton westbound between the Walton Hall Avenue junction and The Mons traffic lights because of emergency repairs.

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Cannabis farm worth £3m found above Liverpool shop

A cannabis farm with a street value of more than £3m has been found above a Liverpool shop.

Cannabis plants
Merseyside Police

Police found about 800 plants in a flat above the shop in Prescot Road, Fairfield.

A 44-year-old man and two women aged 24 and 26 have been arrested on suspicion of cannabis production and abstracting electricity.

Football: Klopp looks forward to first Merseyside derby

BBC Sport

Before his first Merseyside derby on Wednesday, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopphas sat down for an interview with ex-Liverpool defender Jim Beglin and former Everton captain Kevin Ratcliffe at the Liverpool Echo.

Jurgen Klopp
Getty Images

The German says he's "really happy" about facing Roberto Martinez's side as "I don't have to think about finding the right words" for his players because they are so focused on the game.

Klopp, who also talks about his own experience of derbies in Germany, says the Evertonians he has met in the city have been "pretty friendly" so far.

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England's Big Picture from St Helens

Each day BBC News England features a photograph sent in from across the country- Today's big picture was sent in by Emily Green who took a photo of this "strange, but beautiful sky" in St Helens.

St. Helens
Emily Green

If you have a picture you'd like to share, email england@bbc.co.uk, post it on Facebook or tweet it to @BBCEngland. You can also use Instagram - #englandsbigpicture.

Travel: Overturned car at Childwall Five Ways

BBC Travel

There is very slow traffic on Queens Drive between the Dunbabin Road junction and Childwall Five Ways roundabout because of an overturned car.

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Port of Liverpool transport links to be discussed in Parliament

Road and rail links to the Port of Liverpool will come under the spotlight in a Commons debate later.

The giant Megamax cranes loom over boats on the River Mersey at the Liverpool2 terminal
Peel Ports

Bootle MP Peter Dowd is opening a debate amid concerns over increasing freight on the roads and ageing rail connections. 

He has concerns over the state of the branch line which takes goods in and out of the docks towards the main line.

Travel: Vehicle fire closes lane on M62

BBC Travel

One lane is closed on the M62 eastbound at junction 10 because of a vehicle fire.

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Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:

  • Road and rail links to the Port of Liverpool will be discussed in a Commons debate later
  • A warning is issued to Huyton residents after a man claiming to be from a water company stole money from a pensioner's home
  • A Southport cafe that offers offer training and support for people with autism is shortlisted for two national awards

Weather: Bright sunny day feeling warm

BBC Weather

A cold but bright start to the day. We'll see plenty of sunshine this afternoon and feeling fairly warm with highs of 13C.

BBC Weather
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