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Summary

  1. Dismissal proceedings start for South Yorkshire Police chief after Hillsborough inquests
  2. Swiss town Basel gears up for influx of Liverpool fans ahead of Europa League final
  3. Heroin, cannabis and cocaine worth an estimated £16m seized in Liverpool
  4. Man charged with murder after incident at Claremont Farm fishing lake in Wirral
  5. Suspected arson attack in Southport investigated by police
  6. Updates on Tuesday 17 May

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By Jenny Coleman

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Our live coverage across the day

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: Showery rain

Dry at first this evening, but cloud and showery outbreaks of rain will arrive through the evening. 

Weather
BBC

During the second half of the night heavier rain will spread in from the west.    

Largest rodent gives birth to pups

A capybara - the world’s largest rodent species - has given birth to four pups at Chester Zoo.

Capybara
Chester Zoo

Mum Lochley gave birth to her first two youngsters at about 07:30 with the third and fourth arriving just before 11:00.   

Sometimes referred to as the giant guinea pig, the capybara comes from South America and can grow up to 1.5m (4.9ft) in length, the zoo said.  

Cheshire 'pop star' online groomer given eight-year sentence

A man who groomed children online by pretending to be a pop star and modelling agent has been jailed at Chester Crown Court.

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AP

David Harmes, 19, of Regent Street, Ellesmere Port contacted his victims on Skype and claimed to be in a boy band to appeal to youngsters.  

LGBT network launched by fire service

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service has launched a new Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender network for staff today on International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia.   

Today we proudly launch our #LGBT network 'Fireproud' for #IDAHOT2016 bit.ly/22eSbW1 .@may17IDAHOT #Pride

Today we proudly launch our #LGBT network 'Fireproud' for #IDAHOT2016 bit.ly/22eSbW1 .@may17IDAHOT #Pride

Suspected arson attack in Southport

Firefighters have attended a blaze in Southport following a suspected arson attack.

Castle Walk
Google

Police were called to an address on Castle Walk just after 07:30 to reports of a fire at a flat, which is being treated as "suspicious". 

No one was injured.

Man injured outside pub in West Derby

A man has been admitted to University Hospital Aintree with a head wound, Merseyside Police said.  

Muirhead Avenue East
Google

The 43-year-old arrived at the hospital in Fazakerley at about 12:45 after an incident outside The Lingmell Inn on Muirhead Avenue East in West Derby. 

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of assault and the road has been closed from Lingmell Avenue across the front of the pub to Muirhead Avenue East to allow a search of the area.  A suspected air weapon has been recovered.

Rail engineering firm to create 600 jobs in Widnes

Rail engineering giant Alstom is creating 600 new jobs as part of a £25m development in Widnes. 

The company has been granted planing permission for a 30-acre site in the town which will be home to a new technology centre. 

It will provide research and development and training as well as carrying out essential maintenance work on the region's trains.

Queen unveils memorial to the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment

The Queen has unveiled a new memorial to those who died while serving with the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment.

Queen unveils Lion of England statue
PA

She laid a wreath at the Lion of England bronze statue at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire after a service earlier.

Since the regiment was set up in 2006, its soldiers, who are recruited from across the north west, have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan where 32 have died.

Could new Everton stadium help Commonwealth Games bid?

Liverpool Echo

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said a new Everton ground could play a key role in bringing the Commonwealth Games to the city.  

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

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

  • Merseyside Police warn Liverpool fans about fake tickets which are being offered for Wednesday's Europa League final in Switzerland

Drugs worth '£16m' could be 'biggest ever' haul

The North West's regional organised crime unit, Titan, says that a drug seizure in Liverpool could be their biggest ever. 

Drugs in £16m haul
Merseyside Police

Officers discovered the haul, with a street value of at least £16m, at a house in Wavertree and an apartment in Liverpool city centre. 

The drugs are believed to be cocaine, heroin and cannabis. Two men have been arrested.      

Dismissal proceedings start for South Yorkshire Police chief after Hillsborough

South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has begun the process of dismissing the suspended chief constable David Crompton.

David Crompton
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Chief Constable Crompton was suspended on 27 April following the Hillsborough inquests.

The BBC understands PCC Dr Alan Billings has now completed the first two stages of the dismissal process.

Indecent exposure in Liverpool Central

A man indecently exposed himself to an 18-year-old woman on a train in Liverpool on Friday, British Transport Police said. 

The victim said the man approached her while she waited on the platform at Waterloo, before sitting next to her on the train and exposing himself as the train arrived at Liverpool Central at around 6:30.

Officers are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact them.    

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

Football: Top of the Klopps

BBC Sport

He's only been at Anfield for seven months but Jurgen Klopp has already been quite an impact, taking his side to two cup finals and entertaining us all royally along the way.

Watch 10 of Klopp's finest Liverpool moments as his side prepare to face Sevilla in the Europa League final in Basel on Wednesday.

Listen to live commentary of the Europa League final on BBC Radio Merseyside from 19:45 on Wednesday, 18 May.

Jurgen Klopp: Top 10 Liverpool moments

Football: Anticipation building in Basel ahead of Europa League final

Travel: Police incident closes Liverpool road

BBC Travel

Lingmell Road in Liverpool is closed in both directions at the Muirhead Avenue East junction because of a police incident.

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Hillsborough: Police Federation holds a minute's silence

The annual conference of the Police Federation has held a minute's silence in memory of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster in which 96 people were killed. 

The chairman said it is right that the police should be held to account for what happened. 

But Steve White said a distinction had to be drawn between the actions of a minority of senior officer decades ago and the behaviour of the majority of police officers today.

Football: Thousands of Liverpool fans start arriving in Switzerland

Thousands of Liverpool fans are expected to begin arriving in Switzerland this afternoon, ahead of tomorrow's Europa League final. 

A large security operation is in place-, and police have told BBC Radio Merseyside they are aware of a scam involving fake tickets.

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Rugby League: Widnes Vikings coach backs squad to find Super League form

BBC Sport

Widnes head coach Denis Betts is confident his squad will find their form after a seven-match losing streak in Super League.

Widnes Vikings
Rex Features

Their recent run is in contrast to the way they started the season with six victories from their first seven games.  

Hillsborough must be 'touchstone', May tells police

The Hillsborough disaster should be a "touchstone" for everything police do, Home Secretary Theresa May has told the Police Federation annual conference.

All officers must "never forget" the 96 fans who died in the April 1989 tragedy and put professionalism at the heart of every decision, she told officers.

Theresa May
BBC

Travel: Congestion in Runcorn

BBC Travel

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

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'Suspicious' suitcase found in Warrington

A safety cordon was put in place in Warrington after suspicions were raised about a suitcase left outside a church. 

Cheshire Police said they received reports of a "suspicious suitcase" left outside Holy Trinity Church in Sankey Street at 10:07 today. 

Warrington
BBC

A spokeswoman said: “A cordon was put in place while officers attended the scene to check the package which, thankfully, turned out to be empty.

“We are grateful to the member of the public for their vigilance in reporting this."

Travel advice to fans in Basel for Liverpool game

Football fans travelling to Basel for the match against Liverpool and Sevilla tomorrow night have been given advice from Liverpool Football Club. 

Jurgen Klopp
BBC

Fans with tickets are being asked to arrive at St Jakob-Park Stadium early. 

Those without tickets are advised not to travel to the stadium but to watch the game at public viewing areas organised by UEFA.

New Wirral mayor Cllr Pat Hackett takes up the chains of office

Wirral Globe

Wirral's new mayor was formally elected and took up the chains of office at a ceremony at Wallasey town hall on Monday evening.  

Football: Coupe UEFA on display in Basel

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Today's top stoires in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

Police investigate Europa League fake tickets

Police have been made aware of a prolific operation selling fake tickets for the Europa League final. 

Fake ticket
BBC

In some cases Liverpool fans have paid as much as £800 for a pair of the passes - which are part of a sophisticated set up so they look almost identical to real tickets. 

Officers have been notified of an influx of fakes being sold on Merseyside.

The latest vision of how the Bridge Street redevelopment will look

Warrington Guardian

New images of how the Bridge Street redevelopment in Warrington will look have been released.  

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: Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp make the front pages in Basel

Drugs worth '£16m' seized in Wavertree and Liverpool city centre

Drugs with an estimated street value of £16m have been seized in Liverpool, police said.

£16m drug find in Liverpool
Merseyside Police

Titan, the north-west organised crime unit, said 160kgs (352lbs) of drugs were found on Monday.

They were uncovered in a house in Stradbroke Road, Wavertree, from a van parked nearby and a Liverpool flat.

Watch: Nearly 3,000 Liverpool fans to travel to Basel for Europa League final

Nearly 3,000 Liverpool fans are due to travel to Switzerland for the Europa League Final against Sevilla tomorrow night. 

An extra 14 flights have been scheduled from Liverpool Airport and the community in Basel have been preparing to welcome the travelling fans. 

Liverpool fans travel ahead of final

Golf: Jurgen Klopp considered to help Europe with their Ryder Cup defence

BBC Sport

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is the latest football manager being considered to help Europe's defence of the Ryder Cup this September.

Jurgen Klopp
BBC Sport