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  1. Updates on Friday 13 May
  2. Merseyside Live returns at 08:00 on Monday with more news, sport, travel and weather updates

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Our live coverage for the day has now ended, but we will return at 08:00 on Monday with more news, sport, travel and weather.

Weather: Dry and cold night ahead

BBC Weather

It will be a dry and colder night across the region with variable cloud and clear intervals. As the temperatures tumble, even a local grass frost may develop by dawn.  


Coming up on North West Tonight

Stuart Flinders

Presenter, BBC North West Tonight

Coming up on North West Tonight at 18:30:

  • More than 4,000 people sign a petition calling for horses to be taken off land in Merseyside and rehoused
  • The 96 fans who died at Hillsborough will be posthumously granted the freedom of Liverpool - the city's highest civic honour

Broken-down vehicle closes lane on M62

BBC Travel

One lane is closed due to a broken-down vehicle on the M62 eastbound between Junction 7 at Rainhill Stoops and Junction 8 at Burtonwood Road.

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'Ill-treated' horses claim sparks probe

The RSPCA is investigating after six horses were found in a field in an alleged poor condition.

Horses in Tarbock Green
Natalia White

The horses' owner, John Davey, said he is co-operating with the charity and denied claims they were being ill-treated on land in Tarbock Green.

Police worried about missing 15-year-old boy from Wirral

Police say they are becoming "increasingly concerned" about a missing 15-year-old boy from Wirral.

Martane Butler has been missing since Tuesday when he was seen in the New Ferry area.

Martane Butler
Merseyside Police

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

This afternoon's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

  • Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says the campaign for justice over the Hillsborough disaster will benefit the whole country since it will result in a "fairer society"
  • A man rescued from the crush at Hillsborough 27 years ago says he 99% sure he has tracked down the man who helped save his life
  • The Royal Liverpool Hospital apologises for any distress caused to a woman who was asked to breastfeed her baby in a private room

Neighbouring nightclubs in Warrington town centre shut down following court hearing

Warrington Guardian

Two town centre drinking hotspots have been shut down – just days after police raided one of the nightclubs overs concerns linked to serious crime and drugs.  

Fifty three degrees north

Hillsborough survivor Joe Smith talks about his 'hero' appeal

Hillsborough survivor Joe Smith talks about his appeal to find the man who saved his life.

Travel: Congestion in Runcorn

BBC Travel

There is queuing traffic on the A557 Weston Point Expressway southbound in Runcorn between Runcorn Widnes Bridge and the A5126 Weston Link junction, in the roadworks area.

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Football: David Unsworth to take temporary charge of Everton

David Unsworth says it was the "proudest moment" of his life when he was asked to take temporary charge of Everton for this Sunday`s match against Norwich. 

David Unsworth

He and Joe Royle are looking after the blues while the search continues for a replacement for Roberto Martinez.

He said: "Who wouldn’t want this job? I have massive aspirations to be a manager, this is the only place I want to manage. Whether that happens now or further down the line, who knows."

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

  • The 96 Hillsborough victims are to get the freedom of Liverpool along with Kenny and Marina Dalglish
  • The Independent Police Complaints Commission is to investigate a former South Yorkshire Police press officer's claims she was asked to 'spin' reports of the Hillsborough inquests to favour the force
  • David Unsworth says it was the "proudest moment" of his life when he was asked to take temporary charge of Everton for this Sunday`s match against Norwich

Views sought on Kirby bus plans

Merseytravel are seeking views on plans for new and extended bus routes in Kirby.

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Cocaine binge mum who stabbed sleeping friend also attacked nurse in Mathew Street

Liverpool Echo

A mum-of-two who knifed a sleeping friend in the neck during a cocaine binge previously attacked a nurse in Mathew Street.

Cunard Building to celebrate centenary

Cunard's Queen Elizabeth cruise ship will arrive in Liverpool on Saturday 2 July to celebrate the centenary of the Cunard Building.

The building on the Pier Head opened on 12 June 1916. 

The Cunard Building

Wirral-born celebrity chef Simon Rimmer to open new pub and restaurant in West Kirby

Wirral Globe

Wirral-born celebrity chef Simon Rimmer to open new pub and restaurant in West Kirby.

Football: Jurgen Klopp holds pre-match press conference

Jurgen Klopp has held a press conference ahead of next week's Europa League final against Sevilla.

Klopp press conference

Travel: one lane closed on M62

BBC Travel

One lane is closed due to a broken down vehicle on the M62 eastbound between junction 7 A57 Warrington Road / A557 Watkinson Way / A570 St Helens Linkway (Rainhill Stoops) and junction 8 Burtonwood Road.

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Football: Who should replace Roberto Martinez at Everton?

BBC Radio 5 Live

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez could be the "perfect" candidate to replace Roberto Martinez at Everton despite his previous stint at Liverpool according to former England defender Danny Mills.

Chris Waddle, Danny Mills and Jermaine Jenas assess the candidates for the Everton job.

Travel: Rail disruption at Liverpool Moorfields

BBC Travel

Trains are not stopping on Merseyrail Northbound at Liverpool Moorfields due to engineering works.

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Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

Football: Frank de Boer is keen on Everton job, says brother Ronald

BBC Sport

Frank de Boer is interested in becoming Everton boss and is the "right man for the job", says the Dutchman's brother.

Frank de Boer

But Ronald de Boer added: "It's not up to him to make the move, that's up to the club."

The Toffees have also been linked with Southampton boss Ronald Koeman and Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez following Roberto Martinez's sacking.

Lady Gaga to play Cilla Black in biopic

Lady Gaga will play Cilla Black in a new film based on the life of soul singer Dionne Warwick.

Lady Gaga and Cilla Black
Getty Images

The biopic, based on Warwick's autobiography, will cover an early period in her career in the 1960s.  

Travel: M56 roundabout closure this weekend

Calls for Kenny Dalglish to be knighted

Glasgow City Council is calling for Kenny Dalglish to be knighted in recognition of the role he played in the wake of the Hillsborough disaster. 

Kenny Dalglish
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The leader of the authority Frank McAveety says the former Liverpool manager played a central role with the victims' families in their quest for truth and justice.

Senior Cheshire police officers back on the beat

Senior police officers in Cheshire are back on the front line today to find out just what life`s like for bobbies at the sharp end.


The county's chief constable Simon Byrne says you can't lead a successful organisation "just by sitting behind a desk".

He says the initiative isn't a gimmick but sends an important message to police officers and the public that the force is "committed to improving the service".

Cancer patient names boat after Wirral nurse

A Wirral nurse has had a model boat built and named in her honour by one of her cancer patients.

Jeffery Prout and Sue Byrne
Wirral NHS

“The Sue Byrne” was built by patient and retired builder Jeffery Prout as a way of showing his thanks for the care he received from her.   

Diagnosed in 2014 with prostate cancer, Jeffrey suffers from complex symptoms and community nurse Sue has developed a close friendship with Mr Prout and his family from Woodchurch.

Mr Prout’s wife, Cathy said: “He’s always pleased to see her - she lifts him up, gives him something to aim for. She has such an excellent bedside manner. He trusts her one hundred per cent.”

Your pictures: Hazy skies over St Helens

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Teery's Tower for uploading this picture of a hazy St Helens skyline.

St Helens

Although it will feel cooler than yesterday temperatures will reach a warm 18C today.

Have you got a weather report you would like to share? Why not join BBC Weather Watchers

Power cut shuts shops at Broughton Retail Park

Chester Chronicle

A power cut has caused the closure of some shops at Broughton Retail Park.  

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

Weather: Bright warm day but clouding over later

Travel: Rail delays between Shotton and Neston

BBC Travel

There are delays of up to 30 minutes on Arriva Train Wales between Shotton and Neston due to signalling problems.

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Football: Liverpool & West Ham could face Europa League play-off

BBC Sport

West Ham and Liverpool could face a play-off to determine who qualifies for the Europa League.

Liverpool v West Ham
Getty Images

The Hammers lie sixth in the Premier League before the final round of matches, while Liverpool are eighth.

The Reds also play Sevilla in the Europa League final knowing that a win would secure a Champions League place.

If they have to qualify for Europe through the league, there is a scenario that has both clubs level on points, goal difference and goals scored.

Light Night returns to Liverpool

Liverpool's museums, theatres and art galleries are extending their opening hours tonight for the city's annual Light Night.

Light Night Liverpool
Matt Thomas

The arts festival is designed to get more people involved in the city's cultural activities.  

Hillsborough: IPCC to investigate South Yorkshire Police 'spin' claims

The police watchdog has launched an investigation after a former South Yorkshire Police press officer claimed she was asked to "spin" news during the Hillsborough inquests.

Hayley Court

Hayley Court claimed she was asked to encourage the media to report evidence favourable to the police, including that fans were partly to blame.

Football: Everton search for a new manager after sacking of Roberto Martinez

After the sacking of Roberto Martinez - attention is now turning to who the next Everton manager will be. 

Roberto Martinez

The Spaniard left the club after a poor season, which has seen the blues slip to 12th in the premier league table.

Frank de Boer is the bookies favourite, but the likes of Mark Hughes and Manuel Pellegrini are also thought to be in the frame.