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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday 6 June
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Tuesday 7 June

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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, weather and travel from across the region.

Weather: Muggy night and rain warning in store

BBC Weather

There'll be plenty of dry and clear weather this evening and it may feel muggy for some as temperatures remain high. 

Tuesday's weather for Liverpool shows evening remains warm
BBC

But that's all set to change tomorrow as the Met Office has issued a yellow warning for rain in Merseyside and Cheshire with heavy and thundery downpours in the afternoon.

Veteran West End playwright Peter Shaffer dies aged 90

The Guardian

Liverpool-born playwright Sir Peter Shaffer, whose critical and popular successes in the West End and Broadway included Equus, Amadeus, and The Royal Hunt of the Sun, has died aged 90.

Man found dead in Southport lake identified

Police believe they have identified a man whose body was found in Southport Marine Lake on Saturday.

Southport Marine Lake
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He is believed to be a 58-year-old man from the Merseyside area, and officers are now attempting to trace his next of kin.

Dog walkers trapped by rising tide on Wirral coast

A couple and their dog were rescued after being cut off by the tide on the Wirral coast.

New Brighton Hovercraft H-005 Hurley Spirit returning to New Brighton shore after rescue
RNLI/Bob Warwick

The couple and their pet, Daisy, were trapped on a sandbank near Leasowe Lighthouse, with the RNLI New Brighton hovercraft responding to a call at 21:30 on Sunday.

Lifeguard Graham Sale said the couple were saved in time, but warned of the dangers of the quickly-rising tide.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

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

Doreen Collyer: Australia shark death woman had emigrated from UK

A grandmother who died in a shark attack off the Australian coast had emigrated from the UK five years ago, it has emerged.

Former University of Chester lecturer Doreen Collyer, 60, was scuba diving in Perth when she was attacked on Sunday.

It is thought she was killed by a 16ft (5m) great white shark, ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) has reported.

Doreen Collyer
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Missing Southport woman Heather Rimmer found safe and well

Southport Visiter

A missing Southport woman, who had been missing since being in Hey Amigos bar in Southport on Saturday, has been found safe and well

Plans for Liverpool Fruit, Veg and Flower Market unveiled

A plan to secure the future of Liverpool's Fruit, Vegetable and Flower Market has been unveiled. 

Liverpool's Fruit, Vegetable and Flower Market
Google

Under the proposals, the market in Old Swan would move from Edge Lane to a new, as yet undecided site, including facilities designed to attract new traders and customers. 

The current site will be redeveloped to include a police building -replacing the one on Smithdown Lane - space to rebuild St Cuthbert's Catholic Primary School and new homes on a brownfield site. 

The report will be considered by the council's cabinet on Friday.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

  • A "devoted and loving" British grandmother has been killed in a shark attack off the coast of Australia, according to reports  
  • Mother of 22-year-old woman from Sefton who died after taking what's thought to have been an ecstacy-type drug has paid tribute to her daughter
  • Cheshire Police is using a new roadside testing kit as it begins its annual crackdown on drink and drug drivers

Travel: Accident on M56

BBC Travel

One lane is closed and there is queuing traffic on the M56 eastbound between Junction 15 and 14 beacuse of an accident.

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Annual drink and drug driving crackdown launched in Cheshire

Cheshire Police has begun its annual crackdown on drink and drug drivers. 

Police test driver
BBC

The initiative, which this year coincides with football's Euro 2016 competion, is set to run until 10 July and will see officers target drivers who they believe may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.  

Travel: Congestion in Runcorn

BBC Travel

There is heavy traffic on A557 Weston Point Expressway eastbound in Runcorn between the A5126 Weston Link junction and Runcorn.

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Wirral charity calls for more support for carers

A charity which provides support to carers in Wirral is calling on the government to invest more money in the system. 

Research carried out nationally has found almost half of carers have struggled financially, while 51% say they've let a health problem of their own go untreated. 

The findings have been released as part of National Carers Week.

Shotgun found buried in garden in Halewood

Liverpool Echo

A shotgun was found buried in a garden in Halewood.

Police were alerted after a member of the public reported the discovery of what appeared to be a shotgun buried in a garden in Tarleton Close on Saturday afternoon.  

Cilla Black's mansion goes on sale for £4.35m

The eight-bedroom mansion owned by Cilla Black has been put on the market for £4.35m, 10 months after her death. 

Cilla Black and her son Robert
BBC

The house in Denham, Buckinghamshire, is set on 17 acres of land and boasts an indoor pool and spa, paddock, tennis court and a detached two-bedroom cottage with its own garage.

The 72-year-old singer, who was born in Liverpool, died in August 2015 after falling and hitting her head at her villa in Spain.

Your pictures: Perfect weather across the region

BBC Weather Watchers

Perfect day for sailing! Thanks to Weather Watcher dawstop for this photo of Hightown - and there's not a cloud in the sky in Aughton where temperatures are up to a whopping 25C.

Hightown
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Aughton
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Cheshire woman, 60, killed in Australian shark attack

A "devoted and loving" British grandmother has been killed in a shark attack off the coast of Australia, according to reports.

Sign warning of shark sighting
Reuters

University lecturer Doreen Collyer, 60, was scuba diving off the coast of Perth, Western Australia, on Sunday morning when she was reportedly attacked.

It is thought she was killed by a 16ft (five-metre) great white shark, according to ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

Husband pays tribute to "devoted and loving" Doreen Collyer killed in Australian shark attack

The husband of Cheshire woman Doreen Collyer, who was killed in a shark attack in Australia, has paid tribute to a "devoted grandmother, mother and loving wife".

Ms Collyer and her husband David, originally from Chester, moved to Australia around five years ago, broadcaster ABC said.

Mr Collyer said in a statement: "Doreen was a beautiful person and everyone loved her. She was a devoted grandmother, mother and loving wife."

Her diving partner managed to pull her from the water but she died of her injuries at the scene, it was reported.

Football: Ronald Koeman edges closer to Everton

Weather: High pollen levels today

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

  • Mother of 22-year-old woman from Sefton who died after taking what's thought to have been an ecstasy-type drug has paid tribute to her daughter
  • A woman diver from Chester has been killed in a shark attack in Australia
  • Carla Lane's funeral will be held on Thursday at Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral

Tribute to drug death clubber 'beautiful' Stephanie Shevlin

The mother of a 22-year-old woman who died after taking drugs on a night out in Cheshire has paid tribute to her "beautiful and bubbly girl".

Stephanie Shevlin had been to the Box nightclub in Crewe on Saturday when she became ill. She died later in hospital.

Stephanie Shevlin
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University pays tribute to Cheshire woman killed in shark attack

The University of Chester has paid tribute to "hugely valued and loved member of staff" Doreen Collyer, who has been killed in a shark attack in Australia.

The 60-year-old worked at the Faculty of Health and Social Care for 15 years before moving to Australia.

In a statement Professor Annette McIntosh-Scott, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Care, said she will be remembered as someone with "a real commitment and passion for teaching and child healthcare - her students were at the heart of all she did".

The BBC understands Mrs Collyer had move do Australia to be near her children.

Football: Toffees to raid Palace for defender?

BBC Sport

Everton will target Crystal Palace defender Scott Dann, 29, as their first signing for about £15m should manager Ronald Koeman leave Southampton for Goodison Park, the BBC Sport Gossip column reports. 

Scott Dann
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Weather: Enjoy the sun .... while it lasts

Sun worshippers will do well to make the most of today's brilliant weather - as it will all change tomorrow for parts of the region with a Met Office yellow alert for rain.

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Carla Lane's funeral to be held at Liverpool Cathedral

A funeral for the late TV scriptwriter Carla Lane will take place at Liverpool Cathedral on 9 June, from 14:00.

The service will take place in the main cathedral.

Carla Lane
BBC

Woman killed in Australia shark attack 'used to live in Cheshire'

A woman killed in Australia by a great white shark used to live in Cheshire and taught at the University of Chester, according to reports.

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Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

  • A 22-year-old woman from Merseyside has died after taking what is thought to be ecstasy at a nightclub
  • An investigation is under way into the cause of a fire at a derelict pub in Liverpool
  • A missing six-year-old was found safe and well after a search on Formby Beach involving police, the coastguard and fire crews

Merseyside woman dies after taking ecstasy in nightclub

A 22-year-old woman who died after taken what's thought to be ecstasy at a Crewe club has been named as Stephanie Shevlin from Merseyside.

Police believe she suffered an adverse reaction after taking the drug MDMA while at The Box nightclub. 

The Box nightclub
Google

Your pictures: Sunshine and flowers

BBC Weather Watchers

Our Weather Watchers have been out and about this weekend and sunshine and flowers seems to be the theme!

Thanks to Alan Rowlands for sending in this pic of Ness Garden's yesterday and Sarah Lou's photo of flowers in Frodsham.

Ness Gardens
Alan Rowlands
Sarah Lou
BBC

Have you got photos of the weather you'd like to share? Join the nation's favourite conversation and add your reports to the BBC Weather Watchers website.

Police appeal after woman is sexually assaulted in New Ferry

Wirral Globe

Merseyside Police are appealing for information after a woman was sexually assaulted in New Ferry.  

Boxing: Liam Smith eyes Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez after successful title defence

BBC Sport

Liam Smith set his sights on Mexico's Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez after defending his WBO light-middleweight title with a second-round knockout of Predrag Radosevic in Liverpool.

The Liverpool fighter felled Radosevic with a left hook to the body and the Montenegrin failed to beat the count.

Smith won the WBO title against John Thompson in October
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EU referendum: Inside the voters' battleground in Walton

With less than three weeks to go before the UK votes in the EU referendum, how is the debate playing out on the ground?

Jonny Dymond visits Walton in Liverpool on a tour of the country for Radio 4 News and the PM programme.  

Open mic night in Walton
BBC

Crash near Wallasey tunnel causes Monday morning chaos for commuters

Liverpool Echo

A car which crashed into a barrier on the main approach road to the Wallasey tunnel this morning caused massive disruption to rush-hour motorists.  

Missing boy, 6, found 'safe and well' after Formby beach search

Merseyside Police, the coastguard and fire crews were called to Formby Beach on Sunday afternoon to search for a missing six-year-old. 

The boy disappeared at about 16:00, and was found safe and well a couple of hours later.

Formby beach
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