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  1. Updates on Thursday 12 May
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Friday

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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, travel and weather updates from across the region.

Weather: Fine with plenty of sunshine

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A fine evening to come with plenty of late sunshine.

Weather
BBC

Many places will stay dry and clear overnight with patchy cloud developing over higher ground. Staying mild.

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Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, BBC North West Tonight

On North West Tonight at 18:30:

  • Who will take charge at Goodison Park after Everton sacked manager Roberto Martinez?
  • A plane crash at Chris Evans' Carfest event in Cheshire last August was caused by pilot error, an Air Accident Investigation report concludes

Liverpool's Uefa match will be on giant screens at Arena

Liverpool Football Club is to screen its Uefa Europa League match next week on giant screens at the Echo Arena.

Jurgen Klopp and Daniel Sturridge
Rex Features

Supporters who were unsuccessful in Monday’s match ticket ballot will have first option on purchasing up to two tickets for the screening on 18 May.

Wirral nursing home closes after watchdog finds alarming catalogue of failures

Wirral Globe

A Wirral nursing and residential home has closed after a shocking catalogue of failures was discovered by the UK care watchdog.

Rose Brae
Google

Harry Potter motorbike and sidecar to be displayed

The motorbike and sidecar belonging to Hagrid, Harry Potter’s loyal friend and Hogwart’s gamekeeper, goes on display at the Museum of Liverpool next week.

Harry Potter's bike and sidecar
Warner Bros Entertainment Inc

The vehicle, originally owned by Harry’s godfather Sirius Black, features in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1. 

Its big moment comes in a scene as Harry and Hagrid embark on a chase that was filmed in the Birkenhead Queensway tunnel.

It will be on display from 16 May until 9 June.

Everton cancels end of season awards after Martinez sacked

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

This afternoon's top stories:

Everton statement on Martinez's departure

In a statement the club said: "Everton Football Club regrets to announce that Roberto Martinez has left his position as First Team Manager with immediate effect.  

"The Chairman and the Board of Directors would like to place on record their thanks for the dedication and commitment Roberto has shown during his three seasons with the Club.   

"Roberto has been a great ambassador for the Club, conducting himself, at all times, with the utmost integrity and dignity.   

"He secured the Club its highest ever Premier League points total, a place in the last 16 of the Europa League and appearances in both domestic cup semi-finals.   

"He has also played a key role in the development of several young players, managing their progression to the Everton First Team and International honours."

Everton confirm the sacking of manager Martinez

Hillsborough: Questions about 'huge institutional flaws' says Labour's Tom Watson

Labour's deputy leader Tom Watson says there are still questions to be answered about what he calls the "huge institutional flaws" which became apparent in the wake of the Hillsborough disaster. 

The party is trying to gain support for a package of measures aimed at reforming the criminal justice system. 

Travel: Lane closed in Liverpool due to emergency repairs

BBC Travel

One lane is closed at Lime Street southbound in Liverpool between the Queen Square bus station junction and the  Lime Street junction, because of emergency repairs. A diversion is in place.

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Football: Four Merseyside-based players named in Euro 206 squad

Four Merseyside-based players have been named in Belguim's provisional Euro 2016 squad. 

Simon Mignolet
Rex Features

Liverpool's Simon Mignolet, Christian Benteke and Divock Origi feature along with Everton's Romelu Lukaku. Kevin Mirallas is on a seven man standby list.  

CarFest crash: 'No evidence' of plane problem

A pilot who died at an air display lacked experience on a certain type of jet aircraft, a report has concluded.

Kevin Whyman, 39, was killed when his Folland Gnat aircraft crashed during a CarFest festival in Cheshire last year.

Carfest
BBC

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

  • Everton have sacked manager Roberto Martinez - an official announcement is expected at some point today
  • Labour's deputy leader Tom Watson says there are still questions about "huge institutional flaws" which became apparent in the wake of the Hillsborough disaster
  • Research by a thinktank has revealed half of the population of Merseyside and Halton still don't know what the plans are for a metro mayor

Hillsborough search: Man's appeal to trace his hero

A man who survived the Hillsborough disaster in 1989 is appealing for help in finding a stranger who he says saved his life.

Joe Smith
BBC

Joe Smith told the BBC: "It brought up a lot of memories of the day which have always been there. 

"It's only when I saw the footage I realised this guy has pulled me out and put me on his shoulders and helped me and assisted me finding the people I was with me and assured me everything was going to be okay."  

Police seize Class A drugs and £2,000 cash from Southport home

Southport Visiter

Merseyside Police has made a number of arrests and recovered drugs and cash after an operation targeting organised criminals in the Bootle, Southport and Kirkdale areas last night into this morning.

Weather: Enjoy the sunshine - we are in for a cooler weekend

Football: Martinez sacked - follow the reaction

BBC Sport

So with Roberto Martinez sacked by Everton, who comes next?

Roberto Martinez
Reuters

Frank de Boerleft his post as coach of Ajax earlier today but the Dutchman's agent Guido Albers says no contact has been made with Everton.

Follow BBC Sportsday for all the reaction

Football: Martinez sacked by Everton

Roberto Martinez has been sacked as Everton manager - and the club are expected to officially confirm his dismissal imminently.  

Roberto Martinez is sacked

Football: Everton sack Roberto Martinez after three years in charge

BBC Sport

Everton have sacked manager Roberto Martinez after three years in charge.

Roberto Martinez
EPA

Martinez's side, 12th in the Premier League, were beaten 3-1 by champions Leicester on Saturday and lost 3-0 at Sunderland on Wednesday.

The Toffees lost in the semi-finals of the FA Cup and League Cup this season.

Football: Everton to sack Martinez

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer

I understand the decision to sack Roberto Martinez was taken yesterday and all that remains is for the official announcement.

Roberto Martinez
PA

Everton have produced three dismal away performances in succession in the Premier League, losing 4-0 at Liverpool, 3-1 at newly-crowned champions Leicester City and 3-0 at Sunderland on Wednesday.

They also lost the FA Cup semi-final to Manchester United.

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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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Football: Martinez departure 'moves closer'

BBC chief football writer Phil McNulty believesRoberto Martinez'sdeparture from Everton is close to be finalised...  

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Football: Everton boss faces fans' protests as sack looms

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer

Everton boss Roberto Martinez will face fans' protests at the club's end-of-season awards dinner - as the possibility grows he will lose his job.

Everton fan holds sign which reads "Adios Roberto"
Reuters

The Toffees are currently 12th in the Premier League but have won just one of their last 10 league games.  

Fears over air quality in Merseyside and Cheshire

The British Lung Foundation has said the number of towns and cities breaching standards for the smallest pollution particles is "deeply concerning".

Liverpool, Warrington and Birkenhead have been named by the World Health Organisation for breaching safe levels for fine particles in the air.

Counter terrorism exercise comes to a close

A counter terrorism training exercise which began in the Trafford Centre and went on to Newton-le-Willows has come to a close.

Trafford Centre
Police

The exercise was designed to test the response to a major terrorist incident, and involved thousands of people from regional and national agencies. 

It received criticism yesterday after the acting suicide bomber shouted "Allah Akhbar" (God is great) while detonating a fake device. 

Historic Cork Merchant's building may be demolished to make way for fire training tower

Liverpool Echo

An historic Liverpool building could be knocked down to make way for a fire service training tower.

Historic Cork Merchant's building
Google

Latest headlines in Mersesyide and west Cheshire

Today's top stories in Mersesyide and west Cheshire:

  • A HIllsborough survivor - who was just eight at the time of the disaster - has started a social media appeal to find the man who rescued him from the crush
  • Merseyside-based car manufacturer, Jaguar Land Rover, has revealed it is looking to recruit 1,000 former armed forces personnel by the end of 2020
  • Liverpool, Warrington and Birkenhead have been named in a list of towns and cities breaching pollution standards

Walking stick waving grandad jailed after stabbing visitors to Formby

Southport Visiter

A disabled grandad who threatened four visitors to Merseyside with a walking stick before producing a knife, stabbing one in the buttock and slashing another’s stomach is jailed.

Weather: Lovely warm, sunny day ahead

Travel: Obstruction on M57

BBC Travel

There is an obstruction in the road on the M57 northbound at Junction 2 for the A57 for Prescot.

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Runcorn drug dealer jailed for three years

Runcorn and Widnes World

A Runcorn drug dealer convicted of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs, heroin and cocaine has been jailed for three years.

Football: Frank de Boer has left Ajax

BBC Sport

Frank de Boer has left his role as head coach of Ajax.

The former Netherlands international's agent linked the Dutchman with Everton recently.

Speculation continues about the future of their manager Roberto Martinez, whose team have won only one of their last 10 league matches.  

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

  • A Liverpool-based cancer charity is calling for a rethink of plans to reject a new lung cancer drug for widespread NHS use
  • A Southport cafe, which provides training and support for people with autism, is in the running for two national awards this evening 
  • A man who survived the Hillsborough disaster in 1989 is appealing for help in finding a stranger who he says saved his life

Southport cafe which supports people with autism in running for two awards

A Southport cafe which provides training and support for people with autism is in the running for two national awards this evening. 

A Great Little Place
Google

A Great Little Place on Hoghton Street has been shortlisted for Sandwich Designer of the Year and the Independent Cafe Retailer of the Year.  

Football: End of the road for Martinez?

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer

Everton's latest dismal defeat at Sunderland may well be the end of the road for manager Roberto Martinez.

Roberto Martinez
BBC

The Catalan has been under huge pressure in the face of growing supporter unrest and fans' groups are planning to lobby Everton's end of season awards night at St George's Hall in Liverpool tonight to demand his removal.

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Travel: Accident on Dunnings Bridge Road

BBC Travel

Dunnings Bridge Road is partially blocked and there is very slow traffic westbound between the Park Lane West junction and the Netherton way junction because of an accident involving a car and a bike.

Congestion is to Switch Island.

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CarFest crash: 'No evidence' of plane problem

A pilot who died at an air display lacked experience on a certain type of jet aircraft, a report has concluded.

CarFest crash
Adam Ignatowicz

Kevin Whyman, 39, was killed when his Folland Gnat aircraft crashed during a CarFest festival in Cheshire last year.