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  1. Updates on Thursday 26 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, weather and travel updates from across the region.

Weather: Lingering rain gradually clearing

BBC Weather

Any lingering rain across northern areas will gradually clear through the night.


Becoming dry with clear spells for many, however low cloud will continue to give fog over the Pennine hill tops. It will be a mild night.

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Drop-in GP service at Everton Road Health Centre to close

The drop-in GP service at Everton Road Health Centre, known as Mersey View, will close on 31 July, NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has announced.

Everton Road Health Centre

It says the two GP practices within the Health Centre are unaffected by the change.  

The CCG plans to trial two centres offering extended hours - 08:00-20:00 - later this year, which the group says will help deal with the patients from the closed drop-in service.

More on Omega planning application approval

Liverpool Echo

A major outline planning application, submitted by Omega Warrington Ltd (OWL), for the next stage of development on Omega South was given the green light last night by Warrington Council’s planning committee.  

Watch: history of Toxteth's terraced streets

Toxteth’s terraces - including the houses that made up the Turner Prize winning Granby 4 Streets project - are the focus of a BBC4 documentary tonight at 21:00.

Dan Cruickshank explores the original features of this terraced house.

In the second of Dan Cruickshank's three-part series 'At Home With The British', the history of the terraced house is explained.

In the programme, Carol shows him around her home in Cairns Street where she has lived for 48 years.

Two arrests over illegal money laundering during Sefton raids

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of illegal money lending and money laundering.

Police and Sefton Trading Standards recovered more than £8,000 cash and suspected counterfeit tobacco and cigarettes in a series of raids in Litherland, Bootle and Southport.

A 43-year-old man, from Litherland and a man, aged 42, from Southport are in custody for questioning.

Travel: Delays on M62 after two cars and a lorry crash

BBC Travel

There are severe delays on the M62 eastbound at junction 9 Winwick due to a crash involving two cars and a lorry on an exit slip road.

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Latest headlines from Merseyside and west Cheshire

This afternoon's top stories:

Coroner's office seeks Everton man's family

Liverpool Coroner’s Office is appealing for the public’s help in tracing the family of a man from Everton who has died.    

Alan Donnafee, aged 68, of Devon Court, Tynemouth Close died at home last Wednesday. Mr Donnafee previously lived in Fazakerley.

Ex-pupil and headteacher, 99, returns to school

Nearly half a century after she left Birkenhead High, Margaret Beddoes listens to pupils sing about aspiration and ambition. Margaret, who will turn 100 next week, was a pupil who became head of the juniors at the school.

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Travel: road in Cheshire partially blocked because of accident

BBC Travel

An accident involving two vehicles has partially blocked Whitchurch Road in Christleton is partially blocked and traffic is very slow in both directions between the Toll Bar Road junction and Sainsbury's.

Congestion is stretching back to the A51 Tarvin Road junction. 

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Five arrested for drugs offences in St Helens

Five men were arrested for drugs offences in the Parr area of St Helens yesterday.

Four of the men, aged between 39 and 42, from St Helens, were arrested on suspicion of possession of heroin with intent to supply and a 43-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of production of cannabis, police said.

HMP Kennet: government to close overcrowded prison

One of England's most overcrowded jails, which is in Merseyside, is to close next year.

HMP Kennet
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Secretary of State for Justice Michael Gove said HMP Kennet, near Maghull, will shut in July 2017.

A Merseyside MP has claimed the government sneaked in the closure of the Category C jail just before the parliament recess.

Bill Esterson, Labour MP for Sefton Central, tweeted there was "no chance for scrutiny" of the closure.

Latest headlines from Merseyside and west Cheshire:

This afternoon's top stories:  

Producer of Liverpool's UNESCO City of Music appointed

Kevin McManus has been appointed Liverpool’s Producer of UNESCO City of Music after leading on the city's successful bid.

Kevin McManus and Beatles statue
Liverpool City Council/BBC

Liverpool was awarded the UNESCO accolade in December due to music's "place in the heart of the city's life".  

Armed gang jailed for 23 robberies which netted £1.5m

A gang of armed robbers who stole up to £1.5m in a series of bank and post office raids in Merseyside, Cheshire and east Yorkshire have been jailed.  

Armed robbers
Merseyside Police

Barton Park Care Home 'requires improvement' according to CQC report

Southport Visiter

A Southport care home has been told it requires improvement by the Care Quality Commission.

LFC pre-season friendlies to kick off at Prenton Park


Liverpool FC has announced four UK friendlies to take place in July, kicking off the Reds pre-season programme against Tranmere at Prenton Park.

This is the schedule:

Tranmere Rovers v LFC, Friday 8 July, 19:00

Fleetwood Town v LFC, Wednesday 13 July, 19:00

Wigan Athletic v LFC, Sunday 17 July, 16:00

Huddersfield Town v LFC, Wednesday 20 July,  19:45

Magazine: I had to leave my partner to lose weight

Celena gained five stone (32kg) during the first three years of her relationship with her partner Pete. 

She describes how the couple, from Warrington, broke the cycle of unhealthy eating by spending 10 weeks apart.  

Celena and Pete

Weather: Rain clearing later

BBC Weather

The mist and murk will gradually lift through the course of the day, with rain turning lighter. It will remain largely cloudy, with light winds.  

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The changing face of Anfield stadium

Liverpool Echo

These images show the changing face of Anfield, as demolition work continues in the race to build the new main stand,

Giants may visit Wirral in 2018

Discussions are underway to bring the Giants to Wirral when they return to Liverpool during a year-long programme of cultural events in 2018.

Giants hug

Cllr Phil Davies, leader of Wirral Council, welcomed the move saying the area is "not short of fantastic and epic places for them to visit" and he knows that "Wirral will give them as warm a welcome as Liverpool has".

Latest headlines from Merseyside and west Cheshire:

This lunchtime's top stories: 

  • A Merseyside-based expert in substance misuse says a ban on selling so-called legal highs could drive the problem underground
  • The government has announced Kennet Prison in Maghull will close next summer
  • Plans for more than 1,000 houses next to the M62 in Warrington have been approved

Warrington homes plan approved

Plans for more than 1,000 houses next to the M62 in Warrington have been approved.

Omega Warrington Ltd

The Omega site near junction 8 will get 1,100 homes despite concerns from the Royal Mail that the extra traffic will delay the post at its nearby regional mail centre.  

Omega site

Football: Lukaku says will 'only listen to Everton offers out of courtesy'

Louis Tomlinson sang at Jamie Vardy's star-studded Cheshire wedding

Chester Chronicle

Louis Tomlinson reportedly gave a surprise performance at Jamie Vardy's wedding yesterday as the footballer married girlfriend Rebekah Nicholson at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire.

Wirral children launch a campaign to save their lollipop man

A group of children have launched a campaign to save their lollipop man in Bromborough after the council decided to remove their crossing patrol.

Lollipop man Tony Farrell with the children and organisers of the petition

The authority is redeploying 40 of their crossing patrols across the borough so lollipop man Tony Farrell at the busy junction on Allport Road will be moved.

Campaigners fear children's lives will be put at risk and have launched a petition urging the council to re-think its plan.  

Where and when Birkenhead children can get free meals in the May half-term holidays

Wirral Globe

Details of the latest ‘Feeding Birkenhead’ campaign have been released today.  

Maghull's HMP Kennet to close

HMP Kennet in Maghull is to close according to an announcement this morning by Michael Gove just before recess of Parliament. 

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In a written statement, Gove said: "I can announce today that the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) will not be renewing the lease with Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust for the site at HMP Kennet. The prison will therefore close by July 2017."

HMP Kennet is a Category C men's prison in Parkbourn.  

Weather: Dull and cloudy

Football: Sturridge misses England training

BBC Sport

Daniel Sturridge has missed England's training session ahead of the Euro 2016 warm-up match against Australia on Friday. 

Daniel Sturridge
Getty Images

The England camp haven't revealed what is wrong with the Liverpool striker - the reason given is simply an "unspecified knock".  

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:  

  • The Mayor of Liverpool confirms the giants will return to the city in 2018 
  • Liverpool City Council formally agrees to award the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster and former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish the Freedom of Liverpool
  • Spending on private firms to provide 999 ambulances in the North West trebles over three years, according to figures obtained by the BBC

Walton Centre patients design art for hospital

Patients at The Walton Centre have been helping to design a new permanent artwork for the hospital alongside a Liverpool artist.

Artist Mari-Ruth Oda and patient Sandra
The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust

Artist and designer Mari-Ruth Oda from Liverpool’s Bluecoat Display Centre toured the wards helping patients reflect on their lives in the six week ‘Making a Difference’ project. 

Sandra, who is on a pain management programme at the hospital said "it’s relaxed and informal" and she's "had a lovely time doing it".

Wirral Thai-boxer heading to Italy with team GB

Wirral Globe

A young Wirral Thai-boxer is celebrating after securing a place on team GB.  

Council awards Freedom of Liverpool to Hillsborough 96

Liverpool City Council formally agreed to award the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster and former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish the Freedom of Liverpool at a meeting last night.

Kenny and Marina Dalglish
Getty Images

Dalglish, who was manager at the time of the 1989 tragedy, ensured the club was represented at the fans' funerals.

Other key figures receiving the city's highest honour include the Rt Rev James Jones and Professor Phil Scraton.  

Deliberate fires in Ellesmere Port cause concern for life

Cheshire Fire Service is urging residents in Ellesmere Port to be vigilant after firefighters have had to deal with an increasing number of arson attacks on disused buildings.

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