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  1. Updates on Tuesday 3 May
  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 with patchy cloud

BBC Weather

Tonight will be dry with patchy cloud and light winds. Any prolonged cloud breaks, along with light winds, will allow it to turn chilly.

Tuesday evening's weather in Liverpool

Another bright start tomorrow but cloud will increase by the afternoon.

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Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, BBC North West Tonight

On North West Tonight at 18:30:

  • Two people are arrested and a police warning issued following the death of Liverpool teenager Faye Allen after taking ecstasy at a Manchester club
  • The sister of Hillsborough victim Gary Church goes to the stadium after refusing to visit where her brother died

McCartney to play US 'mega-festival'

Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan have been confirmed for the line-up of a US this October.

Paul McCartney

Called Desert Trip, the three-day event will take place at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, California - the site of the Coachella music festival.

Hillsborough: Trevor and Jenni’s Journey

Hillsborough campaigners Trevor and Jenni Hicks return to Leppings Lane at Sheffield Wednesday FC for the first time since their teenage daughters died following a crush in the 1989 disaster.

This clip is from the hour-long documentary Hillsborough: Trevor and Jenni’s Journey has been released following the conclusion of the inquests which found fans were unlawfully killed. You can listen to the full programme on BBC Radio Merseyside tonight at 19:00.

Trevor and Jenni Hicks return to Hillsborough together for the first time

Men jailed for fake police kidnapping

Three men have been jailed for posing as police in a car with blue flashing lights and kidnapping a businessman.

Nathan Parry
Dyfed-Powys Police

Car valet Nathan Parry, 37, of Ellesmere Port, was described as the "brains" behind the offence and jailed for 12 years at Caernarfon Crown Court. Andrew Ballantyne, 36, and David Staff, 34, both from Chester, were "willing lieutenants" and each locked up for seven years.

The 33-year-old victim was handcuffed in a stolen Audi in a four-hour ordeal.

Motorists urged to avoid Switch Island after crash

Motorists are being advised to avoid Switch Island following a crash involving a motorbike and a 4x4 vehicle. The motorcyclist has been taken to hospital after he suffered serious multiple injuries in Ormskirk Road at about 15:35. Police have closed a number of roads leading on to Switch Island and lengthy delays are possible. The closures are expected to remain in place for several hours.

Latest headlines for Merseyside and west Cheshire

This evening's top stories:   

Travel: Crash closes Ormskirk Road and Dunnings Bridge Road in Aintree

BBC Travel

Ormskirk Road and Dunnings Bridge Road in Aintree are closed and traffic is very slow in both directions between the Copy Lane junction and Switch Island because of a crash involving a car and a motorbike.

A diversion is in place via Northern Perimeter Road and it's causing congestion on the M57 to junction 6 for Kirkby.

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Police warn of 'double dose' ecstasy tablets after death of teenager

Woman dies after being hit by car in Billinge

A woman has died after being hit by a car in Billinge. 

She was struck at the junction of Birchley Road and Martindale Road at about 12:30. 

Carr Mill Road has been closed from Billinge to its junction with East Lancashire Road while investigation work is carried out. Merseyside Police are appealing for witnesses.

Seaforth's Montgomery House tower block finally comes down

People living near a 15-storey tower block in Merseyside that has taken nine days to be demolished are to be allowed to return to their homes.

Montgomery House

The two vacant high-rise buildings in Seaforth were due to be demolished simultaneously on 24 April.

But both remained standing after the controlled explosion before Churchill House collapsed soon afterwards.

A second attempt to bring down Montgomery House failed before it was decided to take it down in stages.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

Cheshire PCC Elections 2016: From badger baiting to drugs crime

The geography of Cheshire might make it seem like a hard place to win an election.

Cheshire Police patrol car

Those trying to become the next police and crime commissioner (PCC) must discuss badger baiting and speeding on country lanes alongside drugs and antisocial behaviour.

The county is large physically and socially diverse.

It means votes are needed from corners of the county that might not appear to have much in common with each other.

Warrington's electoral system changing to tackle 'short-termism'

The people of Warrington can get used to fewer elections after this year.

Warrington Town Hall
Geograph/Steve Daniels

For the first time, all of the council's seats will be contested in one go on Thursday, with the next election not due until 2020.

Until now, most years have seen elections for one third of the borough's councillors.

Sick and disabled struggle with benefit delays, claims Halton charity

Runcorn and Widnes World

Sick and disabled people in Halton are struggling with delays in benefit payments, claims an advice charity.

Woman bailed in Liverpool shooting death probe

A woman arrested over the fatal shooting of a man in Liverpool has been released on bail.

Mark Hillman
Merseyside Police

Mark Hillman, 26, was shot twice in the back and found on a pavement in Lloyd Close, Everton, on Wednesday.

He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A 39-year-old woman from Everton questioned on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder has been released pending further enquiries, Merseyside Police said.

Man arrested after van driver 'shot at'

A man has been arrested following reports a van was shot at in Walton.

The driver claims he was forced to swerve when a man wearing a balaclava fired two shots at the vehicle in Buchanan Road.

A 23-year-old man from Walton has been arrested on suspicion of affray and possession of a firearm.

St Helens suspect charged with attempted murder after man found unconscious

St Helens Star

A 26-year-old St Helens man has been charged with attempted murder following an alleged assault in Runcorn.

Drug death teenager is named

A 17-year-old girl who died after taking ecstasy has been named.  

Victoria Warehouse in Trafford

Faye Allen died yesterday after it is thought she suffered an adverse reaction to a form of the drug known as Mastercard, police said. She had been on a night out at the Victoria Warehouse in Trafford, Greater Manchester.

A man, 19, and woman, 20, from the St Helens area, have been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a class A drug.

Weather: Bright day ahead, but chance of showers

Hillsborough-row force names new boss

South Yorkshire Police has appointed its second interim chief in a week after the fall-out from the Hillsborough inquests.

David Crompton
Getty Images

North Yorkshire Chief Constable Dave Jones steps in after David Crompton's suspension in the wake of the jury's conclusions that the 96 victims were unlawfully killed.

Mr Crompton's initial replacement, deputy Dawn Copley, stood down after her appointment was criticised.

Mrs Copley had been investigated over her conduct with another force.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

South Yorkshire Police appoints new temporary Chief Constable

South Yorkshire Police has appointed a new temporary Chief Constable, while a permanent successor to David Crompton, who was suspended following the Hillsborough inquests, is sought.

Dave Jones, who is currently the Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police, will take up the role. 

It follows a decision by Dawn Copley to stand down as acting Chief Constable last week after it emerged her conduct at a previous force was being investigated.

Families of jailed seafarers to meet Foreign and Commonwealth officials

The families of six seafarers detained in India - including Ray Tindall from Chester and Paul Towers from Bootle - are to meet Foreign and Commonwealth officials later to look at what action the British Government is taking.

Indian authorities said weapons and ammunition on board had not been properly declared

The men were imprisoned for illegally possessing weapons while on anti-piracy duty.

The men have been refused leave to appeal by the Indian courts.

Travel: Congestion on Commercial Road in Liverpool

BBC Travel

There is queuing traffic on Commercial Road southbound in Liverpool between the Lambeth Road junction and the Paul Street junction.

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Two arrests over teenager's drug death

Two people have been arrested over the death of a teenager who took ecstasy.

Mastercard ecstasy
Greater Manchester Police

The 17-year-old girl died in hospital after it is believed she had taken the type of drug known as Mastercard at Victoria Warehouse in Trafford, Greater Manchester yesterday.

A 19-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman from the St Helens area have been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a class A drug.

Merseyside PCC candidate David Burgess-Joyce was sacked by Soca

A candidate for Merseyside's police and crime commissioner was sacked by the former Serious and Organised Crime Agency (Soca), it has emerged.

David Burgess-Joyce

Tory councillor David Burgess-Joyce was "dismissed for misconduct", Soca's successor organisation the National Crime Agency (NCA) said in a statement.

Labour MP Angela Eagle said she was "incredibly concerned" and urged him to consider resigning as a councillor.

Mr Burgess-Joyce has rejected allegations of any wrongdoing.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:  

  • Trevor and Jenni Hicks, whose daughters died in the Hillsborough disaster, return to the stadium for the first time together
  • The Conservative candidate for Merseyside's Police and Crime Commissioner denies claims he was sacked from a previous job at the Serious Organised Crime Agency for gross misconduct
  • The families of two local seafarers who were jailed in India over arms offences are to meet with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Travel: Rail delays after passenger illness

BBC Travel

There are delays on Merseyrail between Bootle Oriel Road and Southport due to passenger illness.

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Merseyside marks 75th anniversary of May Blitz

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the worst night of bombing Merseyside experienced during the May Blitz of 1941.

Castle Street
Stewart Bale / National Museums Liverpool

Two thousand people died over the course of the week, the city lost many key buildings, and Bootle was almost obliterated with 85% of the housing destroyed. 

The anniversary will be commemorated this evening at Liverpool Cathedral in a BBC Radio Merseyside event, the Merseyside Blitz: An Unconquered People.

Rugby League: Saints come from behind to win at Castleford

BBC Sport

St Helens scored four of their five tries after the break as they came from behind to win at Castleford.

Castleford Tigers 20-30 St Helens
BBC Sport

The 2014 Super League champions were twice behind before finally seeing off depleted Castleford at the Jungle.

Travel: Congestion around Water Street in Liverpool city centre

BBC Travel

Two lanes are closed on George's Dock Gates southbound in Liverpool between the Water Street junction and the Brunswick Street junction because of a broken down lorry.

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Man attacked with machete in Wirral

A man has been stabbed in the back by a group of men armed with a machete in Wirral.

Police believe the 25-year-old from Birkenhead was attacked when his car came into contact with another vehicle in Upton yesterday evening. 

Two 40-year-old men, from Bebington and Upton, have been arrested on suspicion of assault and affray. The victim is being treated in hospital.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

  • Trevor and Jenni Hicks, whose daughters died in the Hillsborough disaster, return to the stadium for the first time together
  • The Conservative candidate for Merseyside's Police and Crime Commissioner denies claims he was sacked from a previous job at the Serious Organised Crime Agency for gross misconduct
  • A man is stabbed in the back in Upton after being attacked by a group men armed with a machete