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  1. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Wednesday 15 June 2016

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

Weather: Showers easing to leave dry night

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Any showers will gradually fade through this evening to leave a relatively dry night with some clear spells, though perhaps some mist or fog patches too.

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Watch: Widnes drive-by shooting drugs gang filmed driving dangerously

Members of Widnes-based gang that were behind a series of drive-by shootings which left one man paralysed have been filmed riding dangerously on the roads.

Footage has been released following a joint operation involving Cheshire and Merseyside police which uncovered a safe house where guns and cash were stored in Widnes in 2015.

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Tests revealed that one of the weapons, a Glock pistol, had been involved in four drive-by shootings between September 2014 and April 2015 in the Speke, Whiston and Huyton areas.

The group of 12 men and one woman were jailed at Liverpool Crown Court earlier.

Four arrested over psychoactive substance supply in Cheshire

Four people have been arrested on suspicion of supplying psychoactive substances or so-called legal highs after they were banned under new legislation last month.

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Three men, aged 69, 38 and 29, and a 61-year-old woman were arrested following reports of suspicious behaviour near to the B&Q store in Winwick, Cheshire on Friday.

They have been released on bail pending further inquiries.

It is the first arrests on suspicion of psychoactive substance supply that Cheshire Police has made since the law came into force.

Watch: Heavy rain causes flash flooding in Cheshire Oaks

Chester and Ellesmere Port hit by flooding

Chester Chronicle

Chester and Ellesmere Port hit by flooding, thunder and lightning.

The Environment Agency has issued a flood alert for the Weaver catchment including Nantwich, Frodsham, Crewe, Winsford and Northwich.

Football: 'I believe in our ability', tweets new Everton boss Ronald Koeman

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Thirteen members of a Widnes-based drugs gang who were behind a series of drive-by shootings are jailed
  • A decision on a "Hillsborough Law" to ensure legal funding for bereaved families at inquests where police are involved is put on hold
  • Ronald Koeman says he is "excited to be the new Everton manager" after signing a three-year deal at Goodison Park

Travel: Cheshire road affected by flooding

BBC Travel

There is slow traffic and the road is just passable in both directions in Saughall, Cheshire, between the M56 junction and Backford Cross, because of flooding.  

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Weather: Warning issued for heavy rain

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for rain until 21:00 in Cheshire.

Heavy showers, some thundery, are expected and there is the possibility of localised flooding and travel disruption and lightning.

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Widnes drugs gang linked to drive-by shootings jailed

Thirteen members of a Widnes-based drugs gang, who were behind to a series of drive-by shootings including one which left a man paralysed, have been jailed.

Firearm recovered in Widnes
Merseyside Police

Four shootings took place between September 2014 and April 2015 in the Speke, Whiston and Huyton areas.

Police found including three firearms and drugs paraphernalia during a raid at a flat in Widnes in April 2015.

Ammunition recovered in Widnes
Merseyside Police

The group of 12 men and one woman were jailed for offences including conspiracy to possess firearms and conspiracy to supply heroin. Two men were handed life sentences while the others were given jail terms between two to 14 years at Liverpool Crown Court.

Ammunition recovered in Widnes
Merseyside Police

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Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

Football: Ronald Koeman's first social media post as Everton manager

Cilla Black's Lowry paintings fetch nearly £700k

Three paintings by LS Lowry, which were owned by Cilla Black, have fetched nearly £700,000 at a Sotheby's auction.

Family Group was sold for £353,000, The Black Church - a 50th birthday gift from her husband Bobby - fetched £245,000 and The Spire £100,000.

The Black Church was 50th birthday gift from Cilla's husband
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Man bailed after Liverpool roof stand-off

A man who made his way on to the roof of a pub in Liverpool city centre after escaping police custody has been released on bail.

He got on to the top of the building in Renshaw Street on Sunday evening but agreed to climb down after a couple of hours.

Police arrested him on suspicion of drugs offences.

'More trouble is inevitable', says football hooliganism expert

A group of "well-trained" Russian hooligans were behind the violence in Marseille when Russia played England in a Euro 2016 match, prosecutors say.  

The 150 Russian football supporters "were well prepared for ultra-rapid, ultra-violent action" and were able to evade arrest, a city prosecutor said.  

Speaking from France, Dr Joel Rookwood, from Liverpool, teaches fandom and hooliganism at Southampton Solent University and said he believes more trouble is inevitable.

Hooligansim expert Dr Joel Rookwood says 'more trouble is inevitable'

Liverpool man witnessed Russian thugs 'leave man for dead' in Marseille

Liverpool Echo

A Woolton hairdresser described the moment a man was attacked by Russian thugs in Marseille before "leaving him for dead".

Watch: Facts about new Everton boss Ronald Koeman

Ronald Koeman: Everton appoint ex-Southampton boss as manager

Weather: High pollen levels in the North West today

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'Hillsborough Law' decision delayed

A decision on a "Hillsborough Law" to ensure legal funding for bereaved families at inquests where police are involved has been put on hold.

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The government said any decision should await a report being written by the former bishop of Liverpool James Jones.

Andy Burnham, who called for the law, criticised the failure to include it in the Policing and Crime Bill.

He said it was wrong Margaret Aspinall had to use compensation for her son's death towards the "fight for justice".

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Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

'Same funding for everyone', says Hillsborough campaigner Margaret Aspinall

Margaret Aspinall, whose son James died in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, has said "everyone is entitled to the same funding" after BBC News learned South Yorkshire Police spent at least £2.1m on the Chief Constable's costs during the Hillsborough inquests. 

An attempt to give bereaved families "parity of funding" with the police at future inquests was defeated in parliament last night.

Reaction from Hillsborough families over South Yorkshire Police legal bill

Second teenager remanded in custody, charged with murder of Widnes dad

Runcorn and Widnes World

A second teenager charged in connection with the murder of a Widnes dad appeared at Chester Crown Court yesterday.  

Travel: Broken down lorry causing disruption on M56

BBC Travel

The M56 exit slip road at junction 14 is closed because of a broken down lorry.

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Football: Ronald Koeman is new Everton manager

BBC Sport

Ronald Koeman is confirmed as Everton's new manager on a three-year deal.  

The former Southampton boss said Everton is a club with a "great history and real ambition", while chairman Bill Kenwright called the Dutchman his "number one target".

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Man, 42, continues to be questioned on suspicion of murder over two Anfield deaths

A 42-year-old Liverpool man remains in custody today as he is questioned on suspicion of a double murder in Anfield.

Cathedral Road, Anfield
BBC

The women, believed to be a mother and daughter, were found at a house in Cathedral Road. 

Merseyside Police are treating it as a domestic related incident.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

Travel: Slow on Liverpool road due to temporary lights

BBC Travel

There is very slow traffic on Scotland Road in Liverpool at the Stanley Road junction because of temporary traffic lights.

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Football: Everton confirm appointment of Ronald Koeman as manager

Everton confirm the appointment of Ronald Koeman as manager on a three-year contract to June 2019.

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Football: Everton appoint ex-Southampton boss as manager

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Everton have confirmed Ronald Koeman as their new manager on a three-year deal.

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The Toffees will pay about £5m compensation for the 53-year-old, who leaves Premier League rivals Southampton after two years in charge.

Everton have been without a manager since sacking Roberto Martinez just before the end of the 2015-16 season.

South Yorkshire Police spend £2.1m on chief's Hillsborough costs

South Yorkshire Police spent at least £2.1m on legal fees representing its suspended Chief Constable David Crompton during the Hillsborough inquests, the BBC has discovered.

Chief Constable David Crompton
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Mr Crompton's barrister alone was paid over £1m to represent him.

Several victims' families complained to the police watchdog about Mr Crompton's conduct during the inquests.

Infographic of Hillsborough police chief costs
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'Pile-driver din is driving us round the bend', say sleepless Wirral householders

Wirral Globe

An energy company building a massive new wind farm off Wirral's coast has promised to "review" its working hours after noise from a giant pile-driver drove residents round the twist.

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Vigil for Orlando nighclub shooting victims held in Liverpool

Liverpool held a vigil last night to remember those who died in the Orlando nightclub shooting.

St George's Hall was lit up in rainbow colours and crowds gathered to hold a minute's silence and light candles.

Mayor Joe Anderson was among the speakers.

Crowds gathered at St George's Hall in Liverpool
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Vigil at St George's Hall
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Crowds at Liverpool vigil
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Mayor Joe Anderson
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Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

Weather: Mixed day with some heavy rain

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A cloudy start with some showers. There will be some sunshine on and off but generally a mixed day and more heavy rain on the way. Highs of 18C.

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