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

Tonight's weather

BBC Weather

It will be dry and warm with patchy cloud and spells of evening sunshine.

Monday evening's weather map shows patchy cloud and warm temperatures
BBC

Though there'll be clouds drifting across the region tomorrow, it'll be dry with some warm sunny spells at times.  

Beatles legend Macca among 180 artists to sign US copyright petition

Billboard magazine

Following criticism of YouTube from artists such as Nikki Sixx and Debbie Harry, 180 musicians and songwriters including Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, Kings of Leon and Carole King have signed a petition calling for reform of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DCMA), which regulates copyright online.   

Paul McCartney
BBC

Their signatures appear in an advert running in Washington DC magazines Politico, The Hill and Roll Call this week, along with 19 organisations and companies - including major record labels - who are currently in negotiations with YouTube.   

Wirral South MP Alison McGovern pays tribute to Jo Cox

As Parliament is recalled for MPs to pay tribute to Jo Cox, the Labour MP killed last week, Wirral South MP Alison McGovern paid tribute to her friend and colleague.

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Firefighters rescue seagull chick

A seagull chick has been rescued and reunited with its parents by firefighters after it got stuck behind a toilet wall in Liverpool.

Seagulls in Liverpool
Getty Images

Crews had to remove wall panels in a first-floor male toilet block in a building on Great Homer Street on Sunday after discovering that a baby bird was stuck.

They took the chick outside to its parents which were in the area searching for it.

Art festival 'space bus' ready to hit the road

Three double-decker buses in Liverpool are being transformed into moving works of art for Liverpool Biennial 2016, with a so-called "space bus" to hit the road later this week.

Biennial bus with space design in pink and green
Liverpool Biennial/Arriva

The bus, designed by pupils from Childwall Sports & Science Academy with the help of professional artists, features coded messages from outer space for the future of Liverpool "to be interpreted by its citizens".

A child points to a picture on the bus of him and his classmates who designed the art work
Liverpool Biennial/Arriva

Liverpool Biennial partnered with Arriva to launch the artwork, which will be on the road from 9 July and throughout the festival of contemporary art.

Bravery award for police officers who rescued suicidal man from River Mersey

Two Merseyside Police officers who rescued a man attempting suicide in the River Mersey have been nominated for a Police Bravery Award.

In October 2014 PC Bradford and PC Logan-Sherratt braved icy waters and difficult conditions in the river to rescue a man who was stuck in deep water.

The constables will be recognised at the Police Bravery Awards on 14 July. 

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

This afternoon's top stories:

'Eyesore' abandoned house on Fearnhead Lane raises concerns over rats and squatters

Warrington Guardian

Fearnhead residents have expressed concerns over an abandoned house that is attracting rats and squatters and has been described as an "eyesore".  

Man found dead in Liverpool car park stairwell

A man has been found dead in Liverpool city centre in what police have described as an "unexplained" incident.  

The car park on the corner of Hale Street and Vernon Street
Google

Emergency services discovered the man in the stairwell of a car park in Hale Street at about 13:00 BST.

An area surrounding the stairwell was cordoned off as officers from Merseyside Police launched an investigation.

Huyton man in court over £250k cannabis haul on Isle of Man ferry

A man from Huyton has admitted possessing cannabis with a street value of £250,000 found hidden in his vehicle on a ferry arriving at the Isle of Man.  

Alex Conner, 50, was stopped by authorities at the ferry terminal in Douglas on Friday.  

Ferry
BBC

Children from Chernobyl visit Everton's Finch farm as part of UK visit

Children from Chernobyl have been at Everton's training ground Finch Farm in Halewood this morning as part of an annual trip to the UK.

Finch Farm
BBC

The group of 14 children stay with host families for four weeks every June in a project run by the Maghull and Ormskirk Chernobyl group. 

During their four week visit to Merseyside the group will visit Ormskirk Hospital, the Liverpool Dental Hospital and Burscough opticians for routine health checks that they don't receive in their home country.  

The children still live in places in Belarus which are contaminated with the nuclear fallout, the food grown in their area is grown in contaminated soil.

Double tragedy as stabbed student's sister is found dead

Liverpool Echo

A young Merseyside woman was found dead just three months after her brother was stabbed to death at university.  

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

  • A chronic schizophrenic from Bootle, who killed his mother and sister, is starting a life sentence
  • A Huyton man has admitted possessing cannabis with a street value of £250,000 found hidden in his vehicle on a ferry arriving at the Isle of Man
  • A group of children from Chernobyl has enjoyed a training session at Everton's Finch Farm

Clatterbridge selected to provide advanced brain tumour treatment

The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Trust has been chosen as one of 16 centres across the country to deliver advanced brain tumour treatment.

The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre
Clatterbridge Cancer Centre

The cancer centre already provides Stereotactic Radiosurgery & Radiotherapy (SRS/SRT) in partnership with The Walton Centre.  

Now the number of patients receiving this innovative treatment in Merseyside and Cheshire is set to more than double.

Travel: Accident at Windle Traffic Lights in St Helens

BBC Travel

A570 Rainford Road in St Helens is closed in both directions at Windle Traffic Lights because of an accident.

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Wind Farm centre in Wirral to create 75 jobs

A new maintenance facility is to be built in Wirral to serve offshore wind farms and it will create 75 jobs. 

Dong Energy has revealed the office and warehouse building at Seacombe will support its two offshore wind farms in the area.

New lease of life for former Merseytravel building

Liverpool Echo

An historic Liverpool building is set for a new lease of life - Beetham Court on Tithebarn Street has been described as "starting to decay" and "in need of modernisation".

Beetham Court on Tithebarn Street
Google

Football: Everton sign 18-year-old goalkeeper Chris Renshaw

Giulia Bould

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

Everton have made their first signing since Ronald Koeman took over as manager. 

Eighteen-year-old goalkeeper Chris Renshaw has joined them from Oldham Athletic on a three-year deal.

Man arrested over social media threats to North West MEP Sajjad Karim

A man has been arrested for making threats on social media to the North West Conservative MEP Sajjad Karim.  

Sajjad Karim
BBC

The MEP, a Remain supporter, reported the threats earlier this month. Police interviewed him on Friday following the attack on Jo Cox.

A 55-year-old man was later arrested in Harrogate by North Yorkshire Police. He has been bailed pending further investigations.

In pictures: Oxton's secret gardens opened for charity

Wirral Globe

Oxton's secret gardens opened to the public once again for charity on Sunday.  

Oxton garden
Carol and David Corran

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

  • A chronic schizophrenic from Bootle, who killed his mother and sister, has been given a life sentence
  • A man shot in the face by someone armed with a paintball gun in Liverpool has had eye surgery
  • St Helens is preparing a bid to stage a major event showcasing what's best about the north of England

Travel: Fallen tree closes Aughton Road

BBC Travel

Winifred Lane in Aughton is closed in both directions between the A59 Northway junction and the Town Green Lane junction because of a fallen tree.

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Family tears as chronic schizophrenic sentenced to life for mother and daughter killing

Phil Cooper

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

A chronic schizophrenic from Bootle who killed his mother and sister, has been sentenced to life at a secure mental hospital.

Bernadette Fox (left) and her daughter Sarah Fox
Merseyside Police

Peter Fox strangled his mother Bernadette before repeatedly stabbing his sister Sarah in April last year.

The bodies of 57-year-old Bernadette and 27-year-old Sarah were found at separate addresses in April last year.

He was sentenced to life at Ashworth Secure Mental Hospital, with a minimum term of 12 years two months

St Helens to bid for major northern England exhibition

St Helens is preparing a bid to stage a major event showcasing what is best about the north of England.

The move could see the town hold the first great Exhibition of the North in two years time.

The idea is to promote the best of art, culture and design across the north west, north east and Yorkshire. 

The council's cabinet will vote on whether to go ahead with the bid this Wednesday.

Peter Fox sentenced to life for mother and daughter killing

Andy Gill

Reporter, BBC North West Tonight

Peter Fox has been sentenced to life imprisonment with minimum 12 years seven months for killing his mother and sister in Bootle in April last year.

He will be detained at Ashworth Hospital.  

Peter Fox
Merseyside Police

Liverpool plans for fans tribute walkway at Anfield

Liverpool FC is planning a special walkway featuring fan tributes outside Anfield stadium.

Supporters would be able to buy a personalised granite stone in the Main Stand’s new public realm.

#LFC submits planning application for a specially designed walkway at Anfield: liverpoolfc.com/news/stadium-e…

#LFC submits planning application for a specially designed walkway at Anfield: liverpoolfc.com/news/stadium-e…

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

Man to be sentenced for killing mother and daughter in Bootle

Andy Gill

Reporter, BBC North West Tonight

I'm at Liverpool Crown Court where Peter Fox is to be sentenced for killing his mother and sister in Bootle in April last year.

Peter Fox
Merseyside Police

Merseyside asylum centre raises awareness of refugees' circumstances

The manager of a centre which helps asylum seekers on Merseyside says the vast majority of the public have little understanding of why they are here. 

It is national Refugee Week which has as one its aims to encourage greater understanding and overcoming hostility. 

Euan Roberts from Asylum Link Merseyside says "no-one chooses to become a refugee".

Will a Help to Buy Isa scheme help you buy in Merseyside and Cheshire?

Would-be-homeowners in large parts of England are being priced out of a government scheme to help first-time buyers, a BBC investigation has found.

There is a maximum purchase cap of £250,000 - but in some areas the average price of a starter home exceeds this.

Houses
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Weather: UV Levels high today

Hillsborough survivors' battle to clear their names at inquests revealed

Liverpool Echo

The behind-the-scenes battle of Hillsborough survivors fighting to clear their names at the inquests has been revealed.  

Woman found dead at Southport shop

A woman has been found dead at a Southport shop. 

Police say the death at Five Bury Road store isn't suspicious.

Festival to mark longest day under way in Liverpool

The Food For Real Film Festival is marking the longest day of the year in Liverpool today.

The event at Princes Park started this morning with a Yoga session at sunrise and celebrations will continue throughout the day.

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Travel: Fallen tree closes St Helens Road

BBC Travel

Islands Brow in St Helens is closed in both directions at the Hinckley Road junction because of a fallen tree.

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