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

Weather: Outbreaks of rain

BBC Weather

Overcast with outbreaks of rain this evening. The rain heavy at times, remaining cloudy overnight, with further spots of rain or drizzle at times.

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Investigation into Everton fly-tipping site

An investigation is under way after thousands of tonnes of rubbish was illegally dumped at a site in Everton.

Home are being inundated with flies from the disused industrial site in Birkett Street.

The council is clearing the area and the Environment Agency is investigating.

Motorsport: Manchester speedway Aces look to end season in style

After a false start to life at their new £8m stadium, Manchester speedway side Belle Vue Aces are looking to end their season in style.

Very close to the racing - and very close to each other - are Aces' riders Steve and Ritchie Worrall.

Twins Steve and Ritchie Worrall, from St Helens, give each other the moral support they need to win

Travel: Crash in Birkenhead closes road

BBC Travel

A crash has closed Pemberton Road in Birkenhead causing heavy traffic in both directions between the Houghton Road junction and the Home Farm Road junction.

Plans for Warrington's Centre Park Link go on display

Revised plans for a major new link road in Warrington go on display today. 

Warrington Borough Council has revamped some of the original details for the proposed Centre Park Link scheme after more than 1,000 people gave their views. 

Centre Park Link plans
Warrington Borough Council

The project would see a new bridge across the River Mersey connecting Chester Road to the town centre.  

Latest headlines for Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A clean-up operation is under way to remove thousands of tonnes of illegally dumped waste in Everton
  • A man who burgled the homes of two pensioners in Liverpool is jailed for 10 years
  • Two men are charged with firearms offences after a gun was found at the back of a house in Liverpool

Opening picture recreated for Ellesmere Port museum's 40th anniversary

A picture of the opening weekend of the National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port has been recreated to mark its 40th anniversary.

Opening weekend in June 1976 (left) and 40th anniversary celebrations
Harry Arnold of Waterway Images/Chris Bacon

Many of the volunteers from 1976 (photographed, left) also appear in the picture taken over the weekend.

Head of Museums Graham Boxer said: “Our 40th anniversary gives us the opportunity to celebrate the amazing history of this site, its buildings, boats and waterways.

"But most importantly we’re recognising the people who’ve worked here over the centuries."

Two charged after Liverpool gun find

Two men have been charged with firearms offences after a gun was found near to a house in Liverpool.

Athol Street, Vauxhall
Google

Police found a firearm at the back of a property in Athol Street, Vauxhall, in March this year.

Two men, aged 27 and 31, have been charged with possession of a handgun and ammunition and possession of a firearm while prohibited. They are appeared in court earlier.

Clean up under way at Everton fly-tipping site

A clean-up operation has begun to remove thousands of tonnes of illegally-dumped waste in Everton.

Fly-tipping site in Everton
Liverpool City Council

Residents near the disused industrial site in Birkett Street had complained of an infestation of flies and odours, with many being forced to keep windows and doors shut.

The council is removing the waste and disinfecting the site over the next few days.

Man who burgled Liverpool pensioners is jailed for 10 years

A man who burgled the homes of two pensioners in Liverpool has been jailed for 10 years. 

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John Hargreaves, 51 and of no fixed address, was found in the bedrooms of the two residents in December last year. 

One of the victims - an 82-year-old woman - released a statement in which she said she was now too nervous to go out of her front door.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

  • A clean-up operation is under way to remove thousands of tonnes of illegally dumped waste in Everton
  • A man who burgled the homes of two pensioners in Liverpool has been jailed for 10 years
  • 'Britain's loneliest dog' finally finds a new home after six years in a Merseyside rescue centre

'Britain's loneliest dog' Freya finds new home

"Britain's loneliest dog" has finally found a new home after spending almost all of her life in a rescue centre.

Freya
Freshfields Animal Rescue

Freya has been cared for at Freshfields Animal Rescue near Liverpool since she was found as a six-week-old puppy.

The Staffordshire bull terrier, who has epilepsy, remained unclaimed but now rescue dog owners Ray and Jackie Collins, from Cheadle Hulme, Greater Manchester, have offered her a home.

Celebrity tributes to Caroline Aherne

Tributes have been paid to comedian Caroline Aherne, one of Britain's best-loved entertainers, who has died at the age of 52.

Caroline Aherne
BBC
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Friends and fellow entertainers have spoken on social media of their shock at her death. 

Aherne, who starred in Mrs Merton and The Royle Family, had battled cancer for most of her life, her publicist said.

Weather: Rain on the way this afternoon

BBC Weather

  Rain, heavy at times, will eastwards during the afternoon. 

A rainy evening across the region, with some heavy pulses in few places.

Through the night the rain will ease, though cloud will remain extensive.

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Angela Eagle MP: "I will resolve leadership issue"

Work to remove Everton illegal waste has started

Work has started to remove thousands of tonnes of waste illegally dumped on a site in Everton.

Lorries remove illegal waste in Everton
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Everton dump
Liverpool City Council

Residents near the disused industrial site in Birkett Street have been complaining of an infestation of flies and smells from the fly-tipping.

It is gradually being cleared and the rubbish is being sent to landfill sites in Cheshire. 

The owners of the yard, who did not dump the waste, were given until the middle of next month to remove it. The Environment Agency is investigating.

Rugby League: Lomax helps Saints edge Wakefield

BBC Sport

Johnny Lomax scores twice as St Helens edge to victory in a thrilling game of 14 tries at Wakefield.

Johnny Lomax
SWPIX.COM

Coach careers down embankment on M56 near Chester

Chester Standard

A coach careered down an embankment on the M56 near Chester this morning.

Woman, 50, left with broken nose and ribs in St. Helens attack

A woman has been left with a broken nose and ribs after an attack in St. Helens. 

Ice Bar, St Helens
Google

The 50-year-old was first assaulted by a group of three women at Lillies Bar on Westfield Street before she was attacked again at the Ice Bar on Ormskirk Street on 15 June. 

Police are now appealing for witnesses.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

  • Wallasey MP Angela Eagle says she will run against Jeremy Corbyn unless he quits
  • A woman has been left with a broken nose and ribs after an unprovoked attack in St Helens
  • Ricky Tomlinson has described his Royle Family co-star Caroline Aherne as an "absolutely amazing and wonderful woman"

Actor Ricky Tomlinson shares memories of comedian Caroline Aherne

Liverpool actor Ricky Tomlinson talks to BBC Radio Merseyside's Sean Styles about working with Caroline Aherne on comedy show The Royle Family.

The comedy writer and actress died from cancer at the weekend aged 52.

New Chief Constable of Merseyside Police Andy Cooke starts today

It's the first day on the job for new Chief Constable of Merseyside Police, Andy Cooke.

He has been a serving officer for more than 25 years and has held every rank in the Merseyside force 

Metal detecting enthusiast finds 700-year-old gold ring in farmer's field

Warrington Guardian

A metal detecting enthusiast uncovered a 700-year-old gold ring during an early morning hunt in a farmer’s field in Houghton Green.  

Travel: Fire engine crashes in Frodsham on way to M56 accident

BBC Travel

The A56 High Street in Frodsham is blocked and there is queuing traffic a the Fluin Lane junction because of an accident involving a fire engine on the way to the M56.

On the M56 there has been an accident between Junction 14 and Junction 12 eastbound.

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New Chief Constable for Merseyside Police

There's a new man in the top policing job on Merseyside this morning.

Andy Cooke
Merseyside Police

Andy Cooke takes over as Chief Constable replacing Sir Jon Murphy who has retired.  

He began his career on the beat around the Everton and Anfield areas of Liverpool and has worked his way through the ranks.  

He has been a serving officer for more than 25 years and has held every rank in the Merseyside force.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Wallasey MP Angela Eagle says she will run against Jeremy Corbyn unless he quits
  • A Southport man questioned on suspicion of supplying Class A drugs has been released on bail - a woman is still critically ill in hospital
  • More efforts are to be made by Liverpool Council to prevent people in the city becoming homeless

Angela Eagle: I'll run if Corbyn doesn't quit

Labour MP Angela Eagle says she will run against Jeremy Corbyn unless he quits.

Ms Eagle said she had enough support to mount a challenge to resolve the "impasse" in the party since MPs passed a vote of no confidence in the leader.

Wallasey MP Angela Eagle
BBC

Rugby League: Widnes end leeds' Super League defence

BBC Sport

Joe Mellor struck a dramatic late drop-goal as Widnes Vikings won at Super League champions Leeds to officially end the defence of their title. 

Joe Mellor
Rex Features

Woman still 'critical' as Southport Class A drugs suspect is bailed

A Southport man questioned on suspicion of supplying Class A drugs has been released on bail - while a woman remains critically ill in hospital. 

The 44-year-old was found at a house on Bridge Street on Saturday.

She was taken to hospital after suffering a suspected cardiac arrest.

Major route into Liverpool shut for £10m bridge repair

Work starts today on a £10m scheme to replace a damaged bridge on one of Liverpool's busiest commuter routes.

Great Howard Street
Google

Great Howard Street will remain open until the end of August, but then close for at least four months.

The work to replace it is part a wider £250m plan to upgrade the city's roads over the next few years.

University's tribute to 'immensely talented' Caroline Aherne

Liverpool John Moores University has tweeted a tribute to comedy writer and actress Caroline Aherne - who has died at the age of 52.

The star and writer of The Royle Family and The Mrs Merton Show studied drama at the university when it was known as Liverpool Polytechnic.

Caroline Aherne
PA
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Liverpool Council's pledge to help prevent homelessness

Liverpool City Council's pledging to do more to prevent people becoming homeless.

Homeless man
BBC

A new strategy is being adopted after 100 homeless or potentially homeless people were consulted along with different agencies.

The council says although it has had "significant success" in preventing people from becoming homeless, there is always more that can be done.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

  • Liverpool City Council is pledging to do more to prevent people becoming homeless
  • A Southport man questioned on suspicion of supplying Class A drugs is released on bail - a woman is critically ill in hospital
  • Work starts today on a £10m scheme to replace a damaged bridge on Great Howard Street in Liverpool

Travel: Rail disruption at Liverpool Moorfields

BBC Travel

Trains aren't stopping on Merseyrail Northbound at Liverpool Moorfields due to engineering works.

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Weather: Warm dry day but heavy rain later

BBC Weather

A dry start to Monday but fairly cloudy and there will be heavy rain at times later. Feeling humid with highs of 21C.  

BBC Weather
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Jenny Coleman

Reporter, BBC Local Live

Hello from Liverpool, I'm here with all your news, sport, travel and weather updates from across Merseyside and west Cheshire today. 

If you've got a story you'd like me to hear about or a photograph you'd like to share, you can contact me on email, Facebook or Twitter.