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

Weather: Drier after blustery showers

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Tonight will see a drier period of weather. Overnight, temperatures will drop but it will be a bright start to the day tomorrow.

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Three warthog piglets make debut at Chester Zoo

Three tiny warthog piglets, named after Harry Potter characters, have made their debuts at Chester Zoo.

New warthogs at Chester Zoo

The piglets, which have been revealed as two girls and one boy, have been called Hedwig, Nagini and Aragog in tribute to some of the animals at the famous school of witchcraft and wizardry.The trio arrived to mum Tamzin and dad Magnum on 9 June after a six month pregnancy.

Home care providers accuse Wirral and Liverpool councils of offering 'unacceptable' wages

A home care provider has accused two Merseyside councils of offering "unacceptable" wages to carers.

Home carers
Andrew Bennison

Mears Group is ending its contracts with Wirral and Liverpool councils over their proposed hourly pay rates of £12.92 and £13.10 respectively.

The United Kingdom Homecare Association recommends home carers are paid a minimum hourly rate of £16.70.

Wirral Council said it had raised its fees while Liverpool said its rates reflected the national minimum wage.

Vegan restaurant that promised to end world hunger closes 'without paying staff'

Liverpool Echo

A vegan restaurant which promised to “eradicate world hunger by 2040” closed without paying staff their last month’s wages.  

Football: Liverpool accept Norwich City bid for winger Sergi Canos

BBC Sport

Norwich City have had a £2.5m bid accepted by Liverpool for winger Sergi Canos, reports BBC Radio Norfolk.

Sergio Canos
Rex Features

The 19-year-old former Barcelona youth player spent last season on loan in the Championship with Brentford, where he scored seven goals in 39 appearances.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Switch Island to be reviewed after safety complaints

The Highways Agency has agreed to review the layout of Switch Island on north Merseyside after complaints about safety.

M57 approach to Switch Island
Google

It follows the opening of the £20m Thornton bypass with many motorists saying an already busy junction is difficult to negotiate.

Warning over green weed covering Warrington canal water

People are being urged to take care on a canal in Warrington as green weed has covered the water.

Great Sankey Canal has been taken over by the azolla fern which has covered the water's surface. 

The fern arrived in this country 90 years ago and spreads quickly, Dave Boyer from the council, explains.

Concrete roof collapses on man in Bromborough

A man was rescued after he became trapped underneath concrete slabs when he fell through a roof.

He fell about two metres (6 ft) when a jackhammer gave way while he was working on a shed in Ashfield Road at about 08:45.

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Firefighters lifted the concrete slabs off the man’s legs and upper body. He was checked by paramedics before being taken to Arrowe Park Hospital.

Drugs worth £20,000 found in Bootle after burglary report

Drugs with a street value of about £20,000 have been found following reports of a burglary in Bootle. 

Officers were called to the house in Seaforth Road just before midnight on Sunday, after receiving reports two to three men armed with baseball bats had forced their way into the house.

Police seized around a kilo of class A drugs.

A 36-year old woman was arrested and has been released pending further inquiries.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A woman from Chester paralysed her love rival with a cattle prod before stabbing her victim with "demonic savagery", a murder trial hears
  • Hundreds of teachers have marched through Liverpool city centre to protest against levels of pay, conditions in schools and cuts in government funding
  • Drugs with a street value of about £20,000 have been found following reports of a burglary in Bootle

Parliament must decide on Article 50 process, says Liverpool EU law expert

Select Committee

Parliament

MPs on the Treasury Committee have been hearing evidence on the UK's future economic relationship with the European Union.

University of Liverpool's EU constitutional law specialist Professor Michael Dougan said there needs to be "strong parliamentary affirmation" of the Article 50 process to leave the EU.

Professor Michael Dougan
BBC

He said: "I think many people are looking to Parliament... to make a political judgement about the most important decision that this country makes for a very long time."

The European Union Act 2011, passed by the Conservative-Lib Dem coalition government, stipulates that many EU rule changes "can only be taken by a national referendum" and an act of Parliament.

"Bizarrely, the question of leaving the EU was left out," Prof Dougan observed - but said it would be "bizarre, if not altogether perverse" if Parliament was not required to decide on the process of Brexit.

'Stolen' scrambler bike found in Liverpool

A suspected stolen scrambler bike has been found in Liverpool.

Scrambler bike
Merseyside Police

Police sized a Honda off-road scrambler bike in Ackers Hall Avenue in Knotty Ash after being called to reports of youths riding the bikes in Finch Lane at about 15:15 on Sunday.

The rider ran off - but one of the group returned to throw bricks at the police vehicle, causing damage but no injuries. Police are appealing for information. The seizure was part of Operation Brookdale which aims to tackle illegal and nuisance use of off-road bikes.

Rugby League: Widnes sign Wigan prop Greg Burke

BBC Sport

Widnes Vikings have signed Wigan Warriors prop Greg Burke on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

Greg Burke
SWPIX

Wirral teenager threatened with hammer by armed gang

Wirral Globe

A Wirral teenager was threatened with a hammer by an armed gang in Bebington on Friday evening.

Church Road, Bebington
Google

Weather: High pollen levels in the North West today

BBC Weather

BBC Weather
BBC

'Viking war chant' opens rally in Liverpool for teachers strike

A National Union of Teachers rally in Liverpool was opened with a Viking war chant made famous by Iceland football fans at Euro 2016.

Teachers in the region are taking part in a national one-day strike over funding, pay and workload.

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Teenager arrested over Fazakerley golf club attack

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested after two men were attacked by a gang armed with golf clubs in Fazakerley.

One man suffered a broken nose and the other was left with arm injuries following the assault in Longmoor Lane last Thursday evening.

The teenager is being questioned by detectives.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A jealous and obsessive woman paralysed her love-rival with a "cattle prod" stun gun before killing the businesswoman with "demonic savagery", a murder trial hears   
  • Hundreds of teachers are marching through Liverpool city centre as part of their one day strike
  • A 16-year-old boy is arrested over an attack on two men by a gang armed with golf clubs in Fazakerley

Murder accused used 'cattle prod' stun gun in 'demonic savagery' killing

A jealous and obsessive woman paralysed her love-rival with a "cattle prod" stun gun before stabbing and slashing the businesswoman with "demonic savagery", a court heard.  

Sadie Hartley
Lancashire Police

Sarah Williams shot Sadie Hartley, 60, in the head on the doorstep of her home in Helmshore, Rossendale in January before stabbing her 40 times.

Ms Williams, 35, from Chester, had been in a past relationship with Ms Hartley's partner. She denies murder.

She recruited Katrina Walsh, 56, also from Chester, to help her with the "murderous mission" who kept a "revealing" diary as they hatched the plot, Preston Crown Court heard. Ms Walsh also denies murder.

No comment over Wallasey MP Angela Eagle's Labour leadership challenge

Norman Smith

Assistant political editor

Wallasey MP Angela Eagle has said she won't be commenting on a Labour leadership challenge today.

The former business secretary has said she will run against Jeremy Corbyn unless he steps down.

Mr Corbyn has made a direct appeal to the party to "come together" after a week in which he lost the support of the majority of his MPs.

Angela Eagle
BBC
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Hundreds of Merseyside and west Cheshire schools affected by teachers strike

More than 300 schools in Merseyside and west Cheshire are affected by a one-day strike by teachers over a dispute about school funding, pay and workload.

A total of 132 schools are closed and 213 are partially shut, with Liverpool and Warrington being the worst affected.

Cathy Fitzgerald-Taher, from the National Union of Teachers, said the strike is over a "crisis" in the teaching profession as well as "pay and funding".

Teachers march through Liverpool city centre as part of national strike

Hundreds of striking teachers have walked through Liverpool city centre this morning as part of a national one-day strike.

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Wirral paedophile jailed for 14 years for abusing two girls

Liverpool Echo

A paedophile who stole the innocence of two little girls when he raped one and sexually abused the other was jailed for 14 years.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Some schools across Merseyside are closed today as teachers join colleagues across the country in a one-day strike
  • New figures show Merseyside Police investigated 77 allegations of officers or staff breaching data regulations between 2011 and 2015
  • Around 6,000 schoolchildren will attend an event in Liverpool later, aimed at getting youngsters interested in science 

Event to inspire children to study science takes place in Liverpool

Around 6,000 schoolchildren will attend an event in Liverpool later, aimed at getting youngsters interested in science.

Children doing science
BBC

Big Bang North West is being held at the Exhibition Centre. 

Young people will take part in activities - and organisers said they hope to be able to plug a skills gap, by encouraging more to think about a career in technology and engineering.

Merseyside Police investigate 77 data breaches

Merseyside Police investigated 77 allegations of officers or staff breaching data regulations between 2011 and 2015, new figures show.

Police Headquarters
Google

Privacy campaigners Big Brother Watch says - in one case - an officer was accused of passing information about the address of a sex offender to someone outside the organisation.

Merseyside Police say the actions described in the report "seriously undermine the good work undertaken by the majority of officers and support staff", adding it will not tolerate any abuse of position.

Warning as grass like weed covers canal in Warrington

Residents are being urged to take care in Sankey Valley Park in Warrington as a mat of green weed has made parts of the canal look like the neighbouring fields. 

The water surface can appear solid and look like grass or a stone path, the council said.

Visitors should take care not to allow children or pets to attempt to walk on the canal as they will fall through the floating weed into the water.

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Some Merseyside schools close as teachers stage one-day strike

Some schools across Merseyside are closed today as teachers join colleagues across the country in staging a strike.

Teachers striking
Reuters

Members of the NUT are walking out in a row over pay, conditions and school funding.

Some of them will join a march through Liverpool city centre this morning.

Parents are asked to check directly with their children's school to find out if they are affected.

Travel: Derby Road closed due to crash

BBC Travel

Derby Road in Liverpool is closed and there is slow traffic in both directions at the Bankfield Street junction because of a crash.

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Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Some schools across Merseyside are closed today as teachers join colleagues across the country in a one-day strike
  • New figures show Merseyside Police investigated 77 allegations of officers or staff breaching data regulations between 2011 and 2015
  • Around 6,000 schoolchildren will attend an event in Liverpool later, aimed at getting youngsters interested in science 

Weather: Cloud will clear for a sunny day

BBC Weather

A cloudy start, with some spots of light rain but it will clear and we are in for a sunny day. Highs of 17C.  

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Jenny Coleman

Reporter, BBC Local Live

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