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

Weather: Cloudy with outbreaks of rain

BBC Weather

The evening will be cloudy with outbreaks of rain moving across from the west.

Thursday's weather map for Liverpool shows rain
BBC

The rain will gradually clear away in the early hours of tomorrow but scattered blustery showers will return and get heavier in the afternoon.

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New £3.5m agricultural college plan for Croxteth Country Park

Plans for a new £3.5m agricultural training college in Croxteth Country Park have been unveiled.

Artist's impression of new agricultural training premises
Myerscough College
Blueprint for Myerscough College new agricultural training premises
Myerscough College

The Myerscough College site includes three animal studies blocks along with stabling for more than 20 horses, aviaries and pens for goats, alpacas and hens.

The plans will be assessed by the council and if approved, work is expected to be completed by September 2017.

Man and woman jailed for shotguns burglary

A man and woman who broke into a 76-year-old man's home and stole eight shotguns have been jailed.

Muhammed Ahmed (left) and Amanda Morris (right)
Greater Manchester Police

Amanda Morris from Southport, and Muhammed Ahmed from Leigh, burgled the flat in Leigh, Greater Manchester, where the weapons were legally held by the victim.

Football: Coutinho voted Liverpool's player of the year

Man charged with causing death by dangerous driving

A man has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving after a pedestrian died in Liverpool city centre.

Peter Douglas, 72, from Stockbridge Village, Knowlsey died after being hit by a car in King Edward Street in September 2015.

The 21-year-old from Ormskirk has been bailed to appear at Liverpool Magistrates Court on 24 August.

Teenager arrested for cybercrime offences

A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of computer hacking, blackmail and fraud after a social media account was allegedly hacked and ransom was asked for.

Keyboard
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The 16-year-old boy was arrested at his family home in Croxteth, Liverpool, at about 7:30 by officers from Titan, the North West regional anti-crime unit and Merseyside Police.

Police said someone in another part of the country who had many thousands of followers on Instagram was allegedly hacked then asked to pay a ransom in return for access to their account.

Latest headlines for Merseyside and west Cheshire

This afternoon's top stories: 

  • Former minister for Merseyside Lord Heseltine says he believes it is possible for the result of last week's EU referendum to be reversed
  • The last remaining college to offer A-Levels in Knowsley is given permission by the government to close its sixth form

Travel: Lane blocked after crash on M57 northbound

BBC Travel

One lane is blocked and there is slow traffic on the M57 northbound between junction 2, Prescot, and junction 3, Stockbridge Village, because of a crash.  

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Sefton Park sex attack investigated

A section of Sefton Park in Liverpool has been sealed off while police investigate a report of a sex attack.

A woman was found in a distressed state close to the car park in Croxteth Drive or near to the lake in the park at around 23:00 on Wednesday.    

A 39-year-old woman is in hospital and will speak to officers later.

Eagle may delay leader bid 'to give Corbyn time to quit'

Angela Eagle looks set to launch a bid for the Labour leadership but a source close to her told the BBC Jeremy Corbyn "still has time to do the right thing".

Angela Eagle
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Mr Corbyn has rejected an attempt by Labour's deputy Tom Watson to persuade him to stand down.

But Ms Eagle, who joined a mass walkout of frontbenchers, is thought unlikely to launch a leadership bid today.

Latest headlines for Merseyside and west Cheshire

This afternoon's top stories: 

  • Former minister for Merseyside Lord Heseltine says he believes it is possible for the result of last week's EU referendum to be reversed
  • A section of Sefton Park in Liverpool is sealed off as police investigate a report of a sex attack

Steve Prescott: Late rugby star's pioneering surgery saves lives

Pioneering surgery that the late rugby league star Steve Prescott underwent for a rare form of abdominal cancer is saving lives.

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Prescott had been diagnosed with pseudomyxoma and volunteered to trial a multi-organ transplant. It was successful but he died from complications three weeks later in 2013.

His widow Linzi and doctors at Oxford Transplant Centre reveal the legacy left by the St Helens and Hull player.

'Not real dinosaurs' used in heritage trail

Educational group Big Heritage has been forced to reassure Chester residents that its latest installation will not feature real live dinosaurs.

Dinosaurs
Big Heritage

It comes after news it would be co-ordinating a dinosaur-themed heritage trail around the city was met with concern that real dinosaurs should be kept in the zoo rather than be let out onto the streets. 

In a post to Facebook, it said it had had a comment from somebody claiming they didn't believe in dinosaurs, pointing out they are scientifically proven to have existed!

The heritage trail features fossils found in Merseyside and Cheshire on display in shops around the city, fact boards around the streets and an animated dinosaur model walking through the city later this summer.

Angela Eagle: Corbyn 'still has time to do right thing'

Laura Kuenssberg

BBC political editor

A source close to Angela Eagle says "Jeremy Corbyn still has time to do the right thing".

They‘ve told the BBC that she will stand to be Labour leader, and will challenge him if necessary, but hopes that he will go of his own accord.

She has the names, they say, and is confident she can be a unity candidate.

Closure ends Knowsley's A-level provision

Halewood Academy in Knowsley has been given permission by the government to close its sixth form, leaving the borough with no A-level provision.  

Halewood Academy
Google

The sixth form will shut in August 2017, despite education chiefs pledging earlier this month to ensure Knowsley does not become a "no A-level borough".  

Governors had argued the current sixth form was not "financially viable".

I understand the difficult situation the trust is in. After careful consideration, I have agreed their request to close the sixth form

Lord NashParliamentary undersecretary of state for schools

Eagle 'delays' leadership challenge announcement, BBC understands

Wallasey MP Angela Eagle looks set to delay an announcement that she is launching a leadership challenge for the Labour party, BBC Radio Merseyside understands. 

Angela Eagle
PA

She had been due to make a statement at 15:00, but it is understood she will not make an announcement today.

Euro 2016: Joe Allen trains ahead of Wales' quarter-final match against Belgium

Headteacher to step down weeks after Wirral school branded ‘inadequate'

Liverpool Echo

The headteacher of a struggling Wirral school is stepping down just weeks after it was branded "inadequate" by Ofsted.

Drug dealer jailed over heroin ring

A drug dealer from Merseyside has been jailed for three years after a police investigation into the supply of large quantities of heroin into Cumbria.  

Steven Wong
Cumbria Police

Steven Wong, 20, of Osborne Road, Tuebrook, Liverpool, and his father John, who was jailed last year, were both couriers for a gang in Carlisle carrying heroin from Merseyside. 

Four men from Carlisle have already been jailed for their part in the operation. Two more Merseyside men will be sentenced later.

Concern for missing man

Police are searching for Ronald McKenna, who has been missing from Beechwood since Sunday. 

Ronald McKenna
Merseyside Police

Mr McKenna, who has links to Birkenhead, was last seen at his mother’s home in Arley Close at about 17:00. 

He is white, 5ft 9in with short greying hair. He was last seen wearing a grey-coloured hooded top.      

Latest headlines for Merseyside and west Cheshire

This afternoon's top stories: 

  • Merseyside Police believe a man in hospital with a back injury was shot as he walked through Litherland.  
  • The former shadow business secretary and Wallasey MP Angela Eagle is due to announce she will challenge Jeremy Corbyn 
  • The outgoing Chief Constable of Merseyside Police says it is right that his successor is an officer who is from the local area  

Merseyrail 'punctual and reliable', say 91% of passengers

Merseyrail has topped the regional operators' National Rail Passenger Survey, being given 90% for overall satisfaction. 

Merseyrail
Merseyrail

Thebi-annual survey is conducted by independent consumer watchdog, Transport Focus.

Police investigating dangerous driving incident caught on film

St Helens Star

Merseyside Police confirmed they are investigating an incident of dangerous driving on the East Lancs Road which was captured on film earlier this month.  

Lack of mental health support across the north west highlighted

Huge numbers of people across Merseyside, Cheshire and the rest of the North West are struggling to get the mental health support they need in every day life, a leading mental health charity has found.

Man on bench
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MIND says almost one in three people admit they regularly feel alone and almost half say they struggle without the support of people around them.

The organisation is launching a new online resource called "making sense of peer support" offering advice on where to find help.   

Police seek man over alleged assault

Merseyside Police is appealing for help to find 44-year-old John Robert O’Neill.

John Robert O'Neill
Merseyside Police

Officers wish to speak with Mr O’Neill, of no fixed abode, in connection with an allegation of assault dating back to January 2016. He is known to frequent the Bootle area.

Man shot in Rimrose Valley Country Park

A 31-year-old man has been treated in hospital with a back injury after being shot in the early hours of the morning in Litherland, police said.

Rimrose Valley Country Park
Google

He told officers he had been walking through Rimrose Valley Country Park when it happened at 00:45.

Detectives are now trying to find the exact scene of the incident. The injured man is not currently helping police with their enquiries.    

Latest headlines for Merseyside and west Cheshire

This morning's top stories:

  • A man has been shot in the back in a country park in Litherland, police say
  • The outgoing Chief Constable of Merseyside Police says it is right that his successor is an officer who is from the local area

Police and Crime Commissioners 'have too much power'- Sir Jon Murphy

The outgoing Chief Constable of Merseyside Police has criticised the system of Police and Crime Commissioners because it places too much power in the hands of one person. 

Sir Jon Murphy
BBC

Sir Jon Murphy is stepping down this week, after 41 years of service. 

He told BBC Radio Merseyside he has a good working relationship with the commissioner here, Jane Kennedy, but he thinks it can too easily be used for political gain in other parts of the country.  

Chester and Ellesmere Port canal conservation area scheme

Chester Chronicle

A conservation area is being proposed along the Shropshire Union Canal in Chester and Ellesmere Port.  

Everton illegal waste removal begins

Work is beginning to remove thousands of tonnes of illegally dumped waste from a site in Everton. 

Everton Waste
Liverpool City Council

A plague of flies near a yard on Birkett Street is making life "intolerable" for local residents, the council said. 

It is believed the waste was dumped by a criminal gang operating across the north west. 

Road closed after Liverpool overturned car crash

A crash involving two cars has closed Park Road in Liverpool. One vehicle is on its roof.

Park Road
Google

The road is now shut between Harlow Street and North Hill Street near the Tesco store.

Skrtel apology over Klopp insult

Martin Skrtl says his social media was being managed by 'a close friend'.

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Eviction warning over Wirral's illegal scambler bike riders

Merseyside's Police and Crime Commissioner has issued a stark warning to parents in Wirral, who's children illegally use scrambler bikes, saying families could be evicted from their homes if they repeatedly cause anti-social behaviour. 

Bikes after raids
BBC

A total of 44 bikes have been seized during an operation targeting scrambler bikes this month. 

Jane Kennedy says the use of scrambler or off road bikes will not be tolerated.  

Former Britain's Most Wanted turns life around to land job at Jamie Carragher academy

Liverpool Echo

A Mersey drugs lord once crowned Britain's most wanted claims to have transformed his life and has been offered a job as a tutor and lecturer at the Jamie Carragher Sports and Learning Academy.

Wallasey MP Angela Eagle to challenge Corbyn for Labour leadership challenge

Wallasey MP Angela Eagle will challenge Jeremy Corbyn for the Labour leadership later, the BBC has been told

Angela Eagle and Jeremy Corbyn
BBC

It is understood the former shadow business secretary has the support of the 51 MPs needed to mount a challenge.

Ms Eagle is one of 20 members of the shadow cabinet to have quit since Sunday, after which MPs approved a motion of no confidence in Mr Corbyn. He told supporters in London he was determined to "carry on". 

Together we can be very strong ...it is mobilising people, mobilising free thinking...in order to concentrate on policies to improve the lives of everybody in our society...that is why we contested the leadership of the party a year ago and that is why I'm very proud to be carrying on with that work.

Jeremy CorbynLabour Leader

Liverpool council in talks with potential festival gardens investors

Liverpool City Council is in discussions with four investors about plans to redevelop the former International Festival Gardens site, the city's mayor has said.

Liverpool Festival Gardens
BBC

Architects revealed plans yesterday for new docks - featuring restaurants, shops and a water park - as well as up to 3,000 new properties.

Joe Anderson said he was confident uncertainty following the vote to leave the EU would not put developers off the size of the project.

Latest headlines for Merseyside and west Cheshire

This morning's top stories:   

  • Work is beginning to remove thousands of tonnes of illegally dumped waste from a site in Everton
  • Merseyside's Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy tells parents in Wirral whose children illegally use scrambler bikes they could face eviction from their homes