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  1. Updates on Tuesday 31 May
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Wednesday

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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 Thursday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the region.

Weather: Cloudy evening

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Some late sunny intervals at first but overall it will be rather cloudy and those clouds will persist into the morning.

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Coming up

Roger Johnson

Presenter, BBC North West Tonight

On North West Tonight at 18:30:

  • We hear about the impact of a crash that left eight girls injured outside Belvedere School after an 80-year-old woman pleaded guilty to five counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving
  • We discuss the race to be Metro Mayor for the Liverpool City Region after Luciana Berger, the MP for Liverpool Wavertree, announces her candidacy

Rare ducklings hatch at Chester Zoo

A quartet of rare and very cute white-winged ducklings have been snapped paddling at Chester Zoo for the first time.

White-winged ducklings
Chester Zoo
White-winged ducklings
Chester Zoo

They hatched on 14 May and were caught on camera leaving the nest and enjoying a dip with their mum.

It's thought there are as few as 350 of this Asian duck species left in the wild - they are normally found near swamps and woodlands but destruction of forests and wetlands means they are under threat.

Boxing: Champion Tony Bellew eyes fresh challenges

Tony Bellew says he's achieved his dream by becoming the WBC cruiserweight champion of the world - but he's still got the drive for more.

The Evertonian beat Ilunga Makabu at Goodison Park to claim the title on Sunday. 

Now he is eyeing up a showdown with Russian Denis Lebedev.

Boxer Tony Bellew wins WBC title

Your pictures: Blue skies over the River Dee

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Dee Watcher for this stunning picture of the River Dee from Heswall in Wirral.

Heswall
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Two children rescued from lake at Crosby Marina

A boy and a girl were rescued after getting into difficulty in the water at Crosby Marina earlier.

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The children were pulled from the lake shortly before 14:30 and taken to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. Their condition was described as "conscious and stable" but they will remain on the ward over night.

Merseyside Police are speaking to witnesses at the marina to establish how the children ended up in the water.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

This afternoon's stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

  • A teenager who shouted racist abuse at Everton players during an FA Cup match is banned from matches for five years
  • Part of Lime Street in Liverpool will remain closed until next week because of the condition of the futurist cinema, Liverpool City Council says

Part of Lime Street to remain closed until Monday

Part of Lime Street in Liverpool is to remain closed until Monday due to the condition of the derelict former Futurist Cinema, Liverpool City Council have said.

Futurist
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In April, safety inspectors found that the condition of the building, which closed in 1982, had deteriorated and structural experts fear the entire facade could collapse. 

To prevent any risk to the public the road will remain closed in both directions between Skelhorne Street and Copperas Hill.  

Travel: Lorry breakdown causes queues on Dunnings Bridge Road

BBC Travel

A broken down lorry is causing delays on Dunnings Bridge Road in Bootle, with one lane closed and queues moving westbound between the Heysham Road and Park Lane West junctions.

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Belvedere Academy crash: Driver, 80, to be sentenced tomorrow

An 80-year-old woman who admitted dangerous driving after a crash that left eight schoolgirls injured in Liverpool will be sentenced tomorrow.

Norma Stokes
Liverpool Echo

Norma Stokes, of Booker Avenue, Allerton, admitted five counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving following the collision, which happened outside Belvedere Academy in February.

The girls' families told Liverpool Crown Court of the trauma the crash had caused, including how the girls are now "deeply anxious" and suffer from "terrible pain".  

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

  • An 80-year-old woman has admitted five counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving after a crash near Belvedere Academy in Liverpool
  • A man accused of wearing a T-shirt that was offensive to victims of the Hillsborough disaster is charged with a public order offence
  • A teenager who shouted racist abuse at Everton players during an FA Cup match has been banned from matches for five years

Football: Merseyside teams prominent in Euro 2016 squad

BBC Sport

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is among six players from Liverpool and Everton to be named in Roy Hodgson's 23-man England squad for the 2016 European Championship in France.

Daniel Sturridge
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Reds skipper Jordan Henderson also made the cut, as did Everton's Ross Barkley. 

BBC Sport has the full squad details

Belvedere Academy crash: Injured girl's family tell of ordeal

North West Today

The family of a girl left with traumatic brain injuries after she was hit by a car outside a Liverpool school have said the girl who went to school that day "no longer exists".

Schoolgirls injured outside Belvedere Academy

Liverpool Crown Court heard the family's statement as Norma Stokes, 80, admitted causing injury by dangerous driving.

Eight girls were hurt in the crash outside Belvedere Academy in February.

Teen banned from matches over Everton racist abuse

A teenager who shouted racist abuse at Everton players during an FA Cup match against Carlisle United has been handed a five-year football banning order.

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Owen Newbury, 18, from Silloth in Cumbria, was also ordered to carry out 140 hours' community service and pay £145 in costs.

The abuse was directed at Toffees players after striker Arouna Kone celebrated scoring the opening goal in the fourth round tie at Brunton Park in January, Carlisle magistrates heard.

Tributes to Marbles campaigner and former Knowsley MP

The leader of the British campaign to return the Parthenon Marbles to Greece, Eddie O'Hara, will be remembered for his "commitment to the cause", campaigners said.

Eddie O'Hara and Marbles
BBC

The former Merseyside MP and university lecturer, who studied Classics at Oxford University, has died aged 78.

He became chairman of the British Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles (BCRPM) in 2010.

A huge loss to his family and friends and to the UK Marbles campaign, which he has steered with such passion and erudition.

Dr Tom FlynnBCRPM

Weather: Enjoy today's sunshine as it will be cloudier tomorrow

Plans to move Liverpool Women’s Hospital confirmed

Liverpool Echo

NHS bosses have confirmed their plans to relocate Liverpool Women’s Hospital to a new site next to the Royal Liverpool Hospital.  

Liverpool Women's Hospital
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Boxing: Tony Bellew's Rocky fairytale that came true

Ben Dirs

BBC Sport

The inside of Tony Bellew's head must have been a wild place on Monday morning. What's real? What's fantasy? Did that actually happen?  

BBC Sport's Ben Dirs caught up with the newly crowned WBC cruiserweight champion.

Tony Bellew
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Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

Your pictures: Warming up in Rainhill

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher TimRum for this pic of a perfect May day in Rainhill, where temperatures are expected to reach 19C today.

Rainhill
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Belvedere school crash: Woman, 80, admits dangerous driving

An 80-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to five counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving following a crash that left a group of school girls injured.

Belvedere school crash
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Eight girls, aged between 11 and 16, were hurt in the collision outside Liverpool's Belvedere Academy in February.

Norma Stokes admitted the charges at Liverpool Crown Court and will be sentenced at a later date.

Luciana Berger: Second MP enters Mersey mayor race

A second Labour MP from Liverpool has entered the race to be the first Metro Mayor for the Liverpool City Region.

Luciana Berger
BBC

Luciana Berger, MP for Liverpool Wavertree, follows neighbouring Steve Rotheram MP  for Walton, who revealed his candidacy last week.

Liverpool's directly elected mayor Joe Anderson also announced his plans to stand on Thursday.

Boxing: David Haye responds to Tony Bellew's challenge

Former heavyweight boxing world champion David Haye has responded to Tony Bellew's request for a fight. 

After winning the WBC World cruiserweight title at Goodison Park, the Liverpool boxer called out Haye, who has now released a message on his Instagram account saying he'd be happy to accept.

David Haye
Instagram

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

  • Wavertree MP Luciana Berger is the latest Labour politician to join the race to become Metro Mayor for the Liverpool City Region
  • A man accused of wearing a T-shirt that was offensive to victims of the Hillsborough disaster is charged with a public order offence
  • Warrington's first purpose built bus-only road opens today to ease congestion on a busy commuter route through the town

Travel: Debris on M56

BBC Travel

One lane is blocked on the M56 westbound between junction 14 at Hapsford and junction 15 for the M53 because of debris on the road.

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Man charged after wearing offensive Hillsborough T-shirt

A man accused of wearing a T-shirt that was offensive to victims of the Hillsborough disaster has been charged with a public order offence.

Man wearing offensive T-shirt
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The 50-year-old from Worcester is due to appear in court in July.

Wavertree MP Luciana Berger enters Liverpool Metro Mayor race

Wavertree MP Luciana Berger is the latest Labour politician to join the race to become Metro Mayor for the Liverpool City Region.

Luciana Berger
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She is hoping to secure the party's nomination later this year, before the election in May 2017.

She faces competition from Walton MP Steve Rotheram and city mayor Joe Anderson.

Football: England's Daniel Sturridge returns to training

BBC Sport

Will Daniel Sturridge make Roy Hodgson's Euro 2016 squad?  

The 26-year-old striker returned to training with England on Monday, on the eve of the final 23-man squad announcement for Euro 2016.

Daniel Sturridge
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Travel: Congestion on Knowsley Expressway

BBC Travel

There is queuing traffic on the Knowsley Expressway southbound in Hough Green at the Speke Road junction. Congestion is to Tarbock Island.

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Warrington bus-only road to open

Warrington's first purpose built bus-only road aimed at easing congestion on a busy commuter route through the town opens later.

Warrington bus lane
BBC

The new link connects Birchwood Way from the Faraday Street roundabout to Ordnance Avenue, allowing shorter and faster bus journeys between north and south Birchwood.

The lane is fitted with automatic number plate recognition cameras and drivers who aren't allowed to use it are being warned they could face a £60 fine.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

  • Wavertree MP Luciana Berger is the latest Labour politician to join the race to become Metro Mayor for the Liverpool City Region
  • A man accused of wearing a T-shirt that was offensive to victims of the Hillsborough disaster is charged with a public order offence
  • Warrington's first purpose built bus-only road opens today to ease congestion on a busy commuter route through the town

Weather: Breezy but warm day

BBC Weather

A bright start this Tuesday morning although it will be breezy. Turning cloudier through the day but feeling warm with highs of 20C.

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Jenny Coleman

Reporter, BBC Local Live

Hello from Liverpool, I'm here with all your news, sport, travel and weather updates from across Merseyside and west Cheshire today. 

If you've got a story you'd like me to hear about or a photograph you'd like to share, you can contact me on email, Facebook or Twitter.