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  1. Updates on Monday 9 May
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Tuesday

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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 updates from across the region.  

Weather: Dry night, showers tomorrow

BBC Weather

A warm, dry and breezy evening to come followed by a mild night.

Tuesday weather
BBC

Cloudier in the south with some showers tomorrow, possibly heavy and thundery at times, but some brighter spells too.

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Blitz recalled at bombed out church

Here are some scenes from the shows recalling the 1941 May Blitz in Liverpool.

St Lukes sound and light
BBC

The bombed out St Luke's Church, which was destroyed in the blitz, was a giant screen for archive footage accompanied by images and audio from Friday to Sunday.

St Lukes
BBC

Cheshire MP: Rise in food bank use by children is 'disgraceful'

An MP says it's "disgraceful" that a Cheshire food bank has seen a 13% rise in the number of children using it over the past year. 

Justin Madders
House of Commons

Justin Madders, Labour MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, told the House of Commons there had been a 6% overall increase in people using the food bank and asked Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb if it was linked to welfare benefit cuts.

Mr Crabb said "there has been no overall increase in the use of food banks in the past year" and that the "average price of food has fallen".

Fire risk warning after cannabis farm blaze

Police are urging people to pass on information about cannabis farms after one caught fire in a terraced house in Wavertree last night.  

Cannabis farm
Merseyside Police

The fire service were called to the three-bed mid-terraced property at about 23:55 after a nearby resident called 999. They said it was caused by an electrical fault.

Sgt Kevin Coakley said it had put "a large number of innocent people’s lives at risk and their homes too". An investigation is under way.  

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

  • A hospital trust apologises to the family of a woman from St Helens who died following hysterectomy errors
  • Health officials in Liverpool launch a campaign tackling tooth decay by publicising brands with high amounts of sugar
  • A teenager is in a serious but stable condition in hospital after being stabbed in Liverpool last night

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Hospital trust apologises after woman dies following hysterectomy errors

A hospital trust has apologised to the family of a woman from St Helens, who died after her bowel was stitched to her abdomen following a hysterectomy. 

Sixty-two-year-old grandmother Valerie Collins died in January 2012, a month after undergoing the procedure at Liverpool Women's Hospital. 

The error wasn't spotted until it had caused an infection that was "out of control." 

In a letter, staff at the trust told Ms Collins' family that they are "deeply sorry", and that the issues have been discussed with senior staff and reviewed as part of a formal investigation.

Soft drinks named in tooth decay battle

Health officials in Liverpool are tackling "an alarming level" of child tooth decay in the city by publicising brands with high amounts of sugar. 

Poster
Liverpool City Council

A new campaign names leading brands such as Lucozade, Coca-Cola, Tropicana, Capri-Sun and Ribena - warning how many sugar cubes are in each drink. It will target hospitals, GP surgeries, children's centres and hospitals. 

About 2,000 children in the city will have had tooth extractions by the age of five, health chiefs say.

Your pictures: Birkenhead Park bathed in sunshine

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher spenner for this picture of the Swiss Bridge in Birkenhead Park in today's sunshine.

Birkenhead Park
BBC

Have you got a weather photo or report you'd like to share? Why not join the BBC Weather Watchers website.

Ducks
BBC

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

  • Hospital trust apologises to the family of a woman from St Helens after hysterectomy errors
  • A teenager is in a serious but stable condition in hospital after being stabbed in Liverpool last night
  • A man thought to have fallen from a railway bridge in St Helens has now died  

Friends of Merseyside woman who died from skin cancer promote sun safety

A group of friends who set up a skin cancer awareness foundation in memory of a friend who lost her life to the disease is backing a nationwide awareness campaign encouraging people to stay safe in the sun.

Clare Daly's friends
Clare Daly Foundation

Clare Daly died in December 2015 from melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer – she was just 29 years old.

Her friends and family set up the Clare Daly Foundation in her memory to help raise awareness in the fight against melanoma and are now backing North West Cancer Research’s #suncreamselfie campaign.

Teenager serious after Liverpool stabbing

A teenager is in a serious but stable condition in hospital after being stabbed in Liverpool last night. 

The 17-year-old was found by a member of the public after a confrontation between two gangs outside a house in Almonds Green, West Derby. 

Detectives believe the knifeman made off towards Hayman's Green on one of two distinctive scrambler bikes seen in the area - one was red or orange and white, the other was green and white. 

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident which happened at about 19:40.  

Watch again: Hillsborough

BBC Two

Hillsborough is an in-depth, moving account of Britain's worst sporting disaster in which 96 men, women and children were killed, hundreds injured and thousands traumatised.  

Shankly gates at Anfield
BBC

Beginning with that fateful day, 15 April 1989, the film details the horror of the tragedy, told through the experiences of those directly involved: fans, survivors, family members and police officers. Many speak publicly for the first time.  

Watch: Hillsborough

Man avoids jail for performing sex acts while watching girls in shopping centre

Warrington Guardian

A "family man" has avoided a jail sentence for repeatedly performing sex acts in town centre shops while he watched unsuspecting young girls.

Abnormal load travelling westbound on M56 may cause delays

Chester Chronicle

An abnormal load is slowly and ever so carefully making its way down the M56 .

The vehicle - which is most likely carrying one of the Frodsham Wind Farm turbines - joined the westbound carriageway at junction 9 and will leave the junction 14 turn-off at Hapsford.

Your pictures: Blue skies over New Brighton, Wirral

Thanks to BBC Weather watcher geecar03 for uploading this picture of bright blue skies over New Brighton in Wirral today.

Have you got a weather photo or report you'd like to share? Why not join the BBC Weather Watchers website.

New Brighton
BBC

Remembrance service for bereaved parents at Arrowe Park Hospital

Wirral Globe

A memorial service for bereaved parents will take place in the chapel at Arrowe Park Hospital next week.  

Remembering Cheshire's 20,000 WWI fallen

This July sees the centenary of the Battle of the Somme - one of the bloodiest battles in human history -  in which more than 1m men were killed or wounded. 

Battle of the Somme
PA

An estimated 20,000 men from Cheshire died in the First World War - and now a small team of volunteers is researching them for a special roll of honour. 

The Cheshire County Memorial Project will see each man researched to feature in a film online.

Travel: Rail disruption at Liverpool Moorfields

BBC Travel

Trains aren't stopping on Merseyrail Northbound at Liverpool Moorfields due to engineering works.

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Rugby League: Widnes into the Challenge Cup quarter-finals

BBC Sport

Super League side Widnes Vikings held off a comeback from Championship outfit Halifax to reach the last eight of the Challenge Cup.  

Charly Runciman
SWPIX.COM

Man found near railway bridge in St Helens dies

A man thought to have fallen from a railway bridge in St Helens has now died. 

Police were called to the bridge on Haresfinch Road, St Helens at 09:00 this morning following reports of an injured male in the road. 

His death isn't thought to be suspicious and investigations are continuing.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

Travel: Accident in Walton

BBC Travel

One lane is closed and there is slow traffic on Walton Hall Avenue at the Queens Drive junction because of an earlier accident and traffic light failure.

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Police warn of drawing pins on Cheshire cycle paths

Man arrested after high speed car chase through Clock Face

St Helens Star

A man has been arrested after a high speed police car chase yesterday morning.  

Former St Helens players mark 50 years on from 'glorious' season

It has been 50 years since the glorious season of 1965/1966 when St Helens Rugby League team were triumphant in winning a total of four trophies.   

Saints exhibition
BBC

In honour of the anniversary, Central Library in the town has invited past players from the Saints squad of '66 to attend a special event, allowing members of the public the opportunity to hear about their memories of the season first hand. 

Appeal after altercation outside Broughton Nando's between man and woman

Chester Chronicle

Witnesses to an altercation between a man and woman outside Nando's at Broughton Retail Park in Cheshire are being sought by police.  

Cheshire man dies in North Wales crash

A 50-year-old man from Cheshire died in a crash in Gwynedd, North Wales on Sunday.

Police incident at railway bridge in St Helens

Haresfinch Road in St Helens is closed while police deal with an incident at the railway bridge. 

It is between Kingfisher Drive and Hill Street. 

College Street is also closed and drivers are asked to avoid the area.

Haresfinch Road
Google

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

  • Public health officials in Liverpool name and shame leading brands of soft drinks in a drive to tackle tooth decay and obesity
  • A Wirral man has been charged after a bouncer was stabbed in the stomach in Birkenhead 
  • A major counter-terrorism exercise is due to be staged at The Trafford Centre and in Newton-le-Willows tonight  

Travel: More disruption in St Helens due to police incident

Weather: Clear skies for a bright and sunny day

Drivers voice safety fears over Switch Island and Thornton Bypass junction

Southport Visiter

Motorists have voiced their frustration with confusing road signs and markings where Switch Island meets the new £20million Thornton Bypass.  

Travel: Police incident in St Helens

BBC Travel

The A571 Haresfinch Road in St Helens is close din both directions between the Kingsfisher Drive junction and the Hill Street junction because of a police incident.

More from BBC Travel

Liverpool songwriting duo front BBC radio show about secrets of songwriting

BBC World Service

For more than four years a musical duo from Liverpool has been interviewing famous songwriters for their podcast to find out how they go about writing their best tunes. 

Simon Barber and Brian O'Connor
Matt Thomas

Simon Barber and Brian O'Connor - known as Sodajerker - have presented a special BBC World Service programme talk about what they learned about songwriting from the stories they gathered. 

Listen to The Secrets of Songwriting and hear the complete Sodajerker podcasts on their website here

10 violent incidents that show why police chiefs see north Liverpool as top priority

Liverpool Echo

Six months of violence on the streets of north Liverpool have led senior police officers to label the area its top priority.