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Live updates for Merseyside and west Cheshire have finished for the day, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the region.

Weather: Breezy with scattered showers

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Scattered showers will continue through this evening and the first half of the night. Some will be on the heavy side, although they may ease slightly.  

Weather forecast for the North West

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St George's Hall unveils portrait of the Queen

A portrait of the Queen, commissioned by St George’s Hall in Liverpool to celebrate her 90th birthday, has been unveiled.

Artist Robert Newbiggin from Southport with his portrait of the Queen
Peter Carr

The portrait, painted by artist Robert Newbiggin from Southport, will be displayed in the Heritage Centre in St George's Hall.

Painted in oils, the portrait took Mr Newbiggin, a former boxer, six weeks to complete.

Two pugs stolen during burglary in Prescot

Two pugs have been stolen in a burglary in Prescot.

Pugs
Merseyside Police
White Mercedes
Merseyside Police

A number of males broke into a house in Lawton Road at about 18:30 yesterday, stealing the dogs and the keys to a white Mercedes car. 

Police are appealing for information.

Kerry Katona's husband cleared of assault

Assault charges against the estranged husband of former Atomic Kitten singer Kerry Katona have been dropped after the Crown offered no evidence.  

George Kay
PA

George Kay, from Warrington in Cheshire, was charged with assault by beating and possessing a banned weapon after an alleged row at their home in Crowborough, East Sussex.

The 36-year-old had denied both charges following the incident last September.

Weeds cover Cheshire canal water

Green weed has covered parts of a canal in Cheshire so it looks like the neighbouring fields.

Azolla weed covers the canal
Warrington Borough Council

The floating Azolla weed, which is not native to Britain and is not poisonous, can appear solid and look like grass or a path on the canal in Sankey Valley Park, Warrington, the council said.

It has spread from garden and ornamental ponds to the wider countryside and people are being urged to take care and they should not allow children or pets to try to walk on the canal water.

Wallasey MP Angela Eagle avoids Labour leadership questions

Wallasey MP Angela Eagle remained tight-lipped about any potential leadership ambitions today.

Angela Eagle outside her home
BBC

It is understood she has the support of the 51 MPs needed to mount a challenge for Jeremy Corbyn's leadership.

Avoiding all reporters' questions about Labour, the former shadow business secretary said simply: "I’m not making any statements today I’m just going to work."

But when asked if she would comment on Conservative divisions, she replied: "Don't tempt me."

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • The UK is marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, with families of soldiers from Merseyside attending services in Liverpool and Wirral
  • A third man is charged with murder following the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Lewis Dunne in Liverpool
  • A cannabis farm capable of producing a £2m yield is seized by police in Everton

Travel: Crash closes lane on M53 southbound

BBC Travel

One lane is closed and traffic is queuing on the M53 southbound between junction 11 for the M56 and junction 12, Chester, because of a crash.

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Four-year-old girl injured after being hit by bike

A four-year-old girl sustained a head injury after being hit by a bike in Walton this morning.

The cyclist fell off his bike, which was then in collision with the child - causing the girl to suffer a one-inch cut to her head, police said.

Merseyside Police are seeking witnesses to the incident, which happened at about 10.25 BST on County Road at the junction with Pym Street. 

The cyclist - who left the scene on his bike in the direction of Spellow Lane without exchanging details - is described as white, in his 60s, of stocky build and with grey stubble.

£2m cannabis farm seized by police in Everton

A cannabis farm capable of producing a £2m yield each year has been seized in Everton.

Cannabis farm
Merseyside Police

About 520 plants were discovered at a property above a shop in Breck Road after police were alerted by a member of the public on Wednesday night.Five rooms had been adapted for the growing drug and the electricity supply had also been tampered with, Merseyside Police said.  

Paedophile jailed after hiding internet searches

Liverpool Echo

A paedophile is back in jail after deleting his internet history to hide searches for "young children".  

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • The UK is marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, with families of soldiers from Merseyside attending services in Liverpool and Wirral
  • A third man is charged with murder following the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Lewis Dunne in Liverpool  
  • A cannabis farm capable of producing a £2m yield is seized by police in Everton

Football: Balotelli makes Reds return

BBC Sport

Mario Balotelli will return for training with Liverpool this weekend, with his Anfield exit still to be agreed.

Mario Balotelli
Getty Images

Balotelli scored just one Premier League goal in his first season with the Reds and was loaned to AC Milan for all of last season. 

But despite being linked with moves to the Chinese Super League and Turkey, the future of the 25-year-old Italian remains uncertain.

Liverpool man believes great uncle caught on film in Somme trench

A Liverpool man believes a a soldier captured on film in a trench at the Somme may be a distant relative.

John Sharrock
PA

John Sharrock, 61, spotted the man in a television programme a few years ago. 

He believes that the man seen in footage carrying a wounded comrade down a trench bears a strong family resemblance to his own father who was named in honour of his uncle.

John Sharrock's relatives
PA

Mr Sharrock has travelled to Thiepval with his wife, Jane, from their home in England to honour his great uncle Private Percy Harwood, who served in the King's Liverpool Regiment  and died on September 19, 1916.

Football: Everton-linked goalkeeper signs for Palace

BBC Sport

Marseille keeper Steve Mandanda, who has been linked with a move to Everton, has signed for Crystal Palace.

Steve Mandanda
Getty Images

Liverpool church service marks Somme centenary

Here's some video from today's service to mark the Somme centenary at St Nicholas Church in Liverpool.

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Could you spot fake masterpieces in Merseyside galleries?

Millions of pounds worth of masterpieces have been removed from art galleries and replaced with forgeries for the sake of a new TV series - with galleries in Merseyside featuring.

Masterpieces challenge
PA

Seven paintings by British artists have been removed from museums around the UK in a bid to see if the visiting public can spot the imposters among the collections.  

A fake will be hidden among the Golden Age English Portraiture section of the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight, Wirral, and at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, a copy will be hidden among paintings of Animal and Sporting Art from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Fake! The Great Masterpiece Challenge will be shown on Sky Arts in 2017.

Weather: Showers making way for sunny spells

BBC Weather

It's developing into a cool day, with outbreaks of showers in Liverpool. But there's still a good chance of sunny spells later.

BBC weather
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Veterans don WW1 uniform for Somme centenary commemoration

Veterans assembled in First World War uniform at St Nicholas Church as Merseyside remember the Battle of the Somme. 

Veterans
BBC

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • The UK is marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, with families of soldiers from Merseyside attending services in Liverpool and Wirral
  • A third man is charged with murder following the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Lewis Dunne in Liverpool  
  • Police are searching for a gang of up to 10 men who attacked two men with golf clubs in Fazakerley

Travel: Accident closes lane on M53

BBC Travel

An accident on the M53 has closed one lane, travelling northbound between junction two and junction one, at the Wallasey tunnel approach.

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Third man charged over murder of Lewis Dunne

A third man has been charged over the the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy in Liverpool. 

Lewis Dunne
Family

Lewis Dunne was found on a towpath near Burrows Court in Eldonian Village, Vauxhall, on 15 November 2015.   

John Martin, 20, of Ince Avenue in Walton was charged today with murder and remains in custody to appear before South Sefton Magistrates Court on Tuesday. 

Why was first day of Somme battle such a disaster?

BBC iWonder

The first day of the Battle of the Somme, in northern France, was the bloodiest day in the history of the British Army and one of the most infamous days of World War One.

Somme
PA

But why was 1 July 1916 such a disaster?

In pictures: Battle of the Somme

BBC News UK

The Battle of the Somme was one of the bloodiest of World War One, with more than one million people killed or wounded. It lasted five months as the British and French Armies fought the Germans on a 15-mile front.  

Somme
PA
Somme
PA
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Wirral to mark Somme centenary with memorial service

Events across the UK and France are marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, with families of Merseyside soldiers gathering for a service at the Grange Hill war memorial in West Kirby later.  

Grange Hill war memorial
Peter Miller/Geograph

Why was the first day of the Battle of the Somme such a disaster?

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • The UK is marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, with families of soldiers from Merseyside attending a services in Liverpool and Wirral
  • Police are searching for a gang of up to 10 men who attacked two men with golf clubs in Fazakerley
  • From today, adults involved in serious accidents across Merseyside and Cheshire will be taken to a major trauma centre at Aintree Hospital

Liverpool mayor meets fellow politicians to plan EU referendum response

Giulia Bould

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson is meeting political leaders from across the region today to try to deliver a united response to last week's vote to leave the European Union.

Referendum ballot papers
AFP

Mr Anderson wants to reduce any potential impact on funding for the city. 

He's already said Brexit could lead to loses of up to £400m.

Football: Reds' new signing officially registered

Joel Matip has been officially registered as a Liverpool player, finalising his transfer to the club.

Joel Matip
Getty Images

The defender's long-term contract with the Reds has begun following the conclusion of his previous deal with Bundesliga side FC Schalke, the club's official website reports.

Veterans demand medal for Merseyside Falklands war hero

Hundreds of Falklands War veterans will march in London later to call for a Merseyside soldier to be posthumously recognised for bravery.

Cpl Stewart McLaughlin
Family

Cpl Stewart McLaughlin, a 27-year-old paratrooper, was killed leading charges towards Argentine machine-gunners in the Battle of Mount Longdon in 1982.

His family said a citation from 3rd Battalion Parachute Regiment was submitted for a medal but it was lost.

The Army has previously said there were opportunities to address

Hunt for gang after men attacked with golf clubs

Giulia Bould

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

Merseyside Police are searching for a gang of up to 10 men who attacked two men with golf clubs in Liverpool.

Police tape
BBC

It is believed the victims got into a row before they were assaulted near a takeaway on Longmoor Lane, Fazakerley, at about 21:00 last night.

One has suffered a face injury while the second has a broken arm.  

Football: Reds striker 'open' to Palace move

BBC Sport

Liverpool striker Christian Benteke is open to a move to Crystal Palace as his first-team prospects at Anfield could be even more limited following the arrival of Sadio Mane, the BBC Gossip column reports.

Christian Benteke
Getty Images

Merseyside families join Somme centenary commemorations

Events across the UK and France are marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, with families of Liverpool soldiers gathering for a service at St Nicholas Church this morning.

Huyton war memorial
BBC

Some 20,000 men died on 1 July 1916 - and more than a million were killed in the months that followed as the First World War continued.