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  1. Merseyside Live returns on Tuesday at 08:00 with more news, sport, travel and weather updates
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By Bronwyn Jones

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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 Tuesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates from across the region. Have a fantastic bank holiday weekend!

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  • Two men are jailed for life for the murder of Liverpool teenager Vincent Waddington

Weather: Dry night ahead

BBC Weather

It will be generally dry this evening with late spells of sunshine across the region. Overnight will remain dry, with light winds and clear spells. 

However, patches of low cloud, mist and fog may develop later.  

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Tricia Porter: How creativity is transforming Liverpool's communities

Drug raids in Warrington

Warrington Guardian

Police have struck at a number of suspected drug dens in the town as part of the force's continued crackdown on the supply of illegal substances.  

Sefton Council libraries awarded £99,000 arts council grant

A new programme building partnerships with creative organisations and using arts to engage with communities across Sefton libraries has been awarded £99,000 funding.

Sefton Council successfully applied for the Arts Council England grant to help fund the new two-year project called Creative Transitions. 

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

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

Travel: Accident causes St Helens delays

BBC Travel

Traffic is queuing on A58 Blackbrook Road eastbound in St Helens between the Boardmans Lane junction and the Worsley Street junction, because of an accident.  

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Watch: Paul McCartney speaks to John Wilson about his career

BBC Radio 4

In this filmed version of Mastertapes, Paul McCartney talks to John Wilson about his career and answers questions from the audience at Maida Vale studios.

Two men are sentenced to life for murder of Vincent Waddington

Two men have been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Vincent Waddington.   

Luke Kendrick and Ryan Bate
Merseyside Police

Luke Kendrick was this afternoon sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 25 years. Ryan Bate was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 24 years.Both were also sentenced to six years imprisonment for wounding which will run concurrently.  

Rugby League: Four players to return for Wolves

BBC Sport

Warrington Wolves have four players returning from injuries as they search for a first win in three games tonight.  

Chris Sandow

Chris Sandow is fit after tearing his hamstring in April, Brad Dwyer is back for the first time since March, while Rhys Evans and Ryan Atkins also return.

Rob Burrow and Brett Delaney are back in Leeds' squad after missing the 40-8 defeat by Wigan on Magic Weekend.  

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

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

Unlikely find for Cheshire Police

Sound City music festival to kick off tomorrow

Here's the line-up for Liverpool's Sound City, which kicks off tomorrow:

Liverpool Sound City

Tony Bellew: Real life 'Rocky' set for title bout

BBC Sport

Liverpool-born Tony Bellew describes his Congolese opponent Ilunga Makabu as the "most avoided and dangerous cruiserweight in world boxing", ahead of their bout for the vacant WBC cruiserweight title at Goodison Park on Sunday.

Police hope murder conviction gives family 'sense of justice and closure'

Det Insp Nick Price, of Merseyside Police, said he hopes the conviction of two men in connection with the murder of Vincent Waddington gives his family "some sense of justice and closure".

He described it as a "difficult and complex investigation". 

Police are appealing for the public's help in finding David Ungi, 24, who they believe has information about Mr Waddington's death.    

Liverpool FC want to build special players’ exit at Melwood due to fans gathering outside

Liverpool Echo

Liverpool FC bosses want to build a dedicated players' exit at Melwood - because of the number of fans congregating outside. 

Two guilty of Vincent Waddington murder

Two men have been found guilty of the murder of Vincent Waddington who was shot dead in a street in Garston in July last year.

Vincent Waddington
Merseyside Police

The 18-year-old was found with serious gunshot wounds after a crash between a car and a scrambler bike in Banks Road, Garston, on 14 July.

Luke Kendrick, 26 and Ryan Bate, 24, will be sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court at 14:15.

Three youths seen on roof of asbestos-contaminated building in Runcorn

Police were called to a building in Runcorn after three youths were spotted on the roof. 

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There was asbestos at the scene so the three had to be decontaminated after coming down. 

East Lane is currently closed from Holt Lane to Southway while police officers deal with the incident.

Hillsborough 'justice' knickers removed from Amazon

Hillsborough-branded underwear available to buy at Amazon has been taken off sale following complaints.

Underwear for women about the justice campaign was being sold on Amazon

The undergarments for women feature "truth" and "justice" mottos used by campaigners after the 1989 disaster in which 96 fans were unlawfully killed.

Charlotte Hennessy, whose father died, said it was "distasteful" and Walton MP Steve Rotheram said "commercialising" the disaster was a "reprehensible act".

Online retailer Amazon said the products were "no longer available".

Psychedelic display dome opens on St George's Plateau

Teacher to run marathon to fund trip of a lifetime for Liverpool pupils

Liverpool science teacher Emma Warke is running the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon this weekend to help send pupils from the King’s Leadership Academy on the trip of a lifetime.

Emma Warke
Rich Media

Emma, who teaches physics at the Dingle Vale school,  wants to help pay to send pupils on a volunteering trip to Kenya. 

“We’re hoping to take between ten and twenty pupils to work in the slums of Kenya,” she said. 

“They’ll be working with children aged between three and 15 helping with sports, games and activities. They’ll also be helping to renovate classrooms and carry out basic repairs."

Weather: Dry and warm

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

  • A woman who lost her father at Hillsborough says she feels insulted after branded underwear about the disaster was put up for sale online
  • A 15-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of a man in Widnes
  • A special company set up to deliver savings to two of Cheshire's councils ended up costing more than it saved

Disney Magic cruise ship makes first visit to Liverpool

Football: Allen unsure of future at Anfield

BBC Sport

Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen says his future at Anfield could depend on the chances he is given in pre-season.

Joe Allen
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Allen has one year left on his Liverpool contract and started only 19 games in the entire campaign.

"I think it hinges on the pre-season plans and what exactly the club are hoping to do, everything comes into that," Allen explained. "As a footballer you want to play every minute of every game. That's been the challenge for me."

Warrington canoeist has Rio preparations rocked by airline

An Olympic canoeist from Warrington fears his Rio preparations may have suffered a serious setback after his new boat was damaged beyond reasonable repair in airline transit. 

Johny Akinyemi

Johny Akinyemi's custom-made kayak was lost on his return from a training trip to Brazil and when he was reunited with the new £1,540 Galasport Rad, he discovered it had a large crack on the underside.   

Akinyemi, who was born and raised in Cheshire but competes for Nigeria through his father's heritage, said "it couldn't have happened at a worse time... it's touch and go whether I'll be able to get another in time."

MP calls for those selling Hillsborough branded clothing to stop

A Merseyside MP has called on those selling Hillsborough branded clothing - including underwear - online to stop their operation immediately. 

Hillsborough pants

Knickers with "96", the eternal flames and even victims' faces on were for sale on Amazon. The site has now stopped the makers selling them but the pictures remain online.

Other items still for sale include hoodies, crop tops and hats. Liverpool Walton MP Steve Rotheram wants the sellers to stop immediately.   

Football: Hodgson confirms Sturridge out of Euro 2016 warm-up

BBC Sport

Roy Hodgson has confirmed Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge will miss tonight's Euro 2016 warm-up game against Australia at the Stadium of Light. 

Daniel Sturridge
BBC Sport

The striker has been sidelined with a knock, though the England boss won't reveal the exact problem.  

The match is the second of three warm-up games before Euro 2016, which starts on 10 June in France.  

Photos capture moment horse wanders into Birkenhead bar

Liverpool Echo

Have you heard the one about the horse that walked into a bar?  

Family of shot teen renew appeal for information

The family of a teenager killed in Liverpool have issued fresh appeals for information about his murder. 

Fresh appeal over Kevin Wilson murder

Kevin Wilson, 17, was shot at the junction of Smithdown Road and Holmes Street in February last year. He died in hospital a short while later. Thirteen people have been arrested in connection with his death. Police are urging anyone with information to come forward.