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  1. Updates on Tuesday 12 July

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By Jenny Coleman

All times stated are UK

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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.  

Liverpool John Moores Univeristy graduation ceremonies under way in Liverpool

Students throw mortarboards as they graduate in Liverpool.

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Weather: Light showers but some sunny spells

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Chester nightclub voluntarily closes for a fortnight after concerns

Chester Chronicle

Operators behind Rosies nightclub in Chester have voluntarily agreed to a two-week closure to usher in stringent measures following police concerns about alcohol-related crime and disorder.  

Northern rivals to unite after 'Brexit' threat to economies

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson and Greater Manchester's Interim Mayor Tony Lloyd have pledged a new working partnership "in response to the challenges of last month's Brexit vote" and to ensure the "Northern Powerhouse" remains a key government commitment.

Liverpool
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"It's vitally important that Government negotiate a settlement which gives the best possible deal for cities, especially those in the North," said Mr Anderson.      

Mr Lloyd said: "Brexit has created lots of threats for our successful business in Greater Manchester such as our financial sector, and we need to make sure that government remembers to negotiate a settlement which is as good for jobs and peoples here, as it is for the City of London."     

Widnes road blocked leading to long delays

BBC Travel

Victoria Road in Widnes is blocked and there's very slow traffic in both directions between the Ashley Way junction and the Waterloo Road junction.  

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Carer caught on camera slapping dementia patients is jailed

Liverpool Echo

A bullying carer caught on CCTV slapping two elderly dementia patients was jailed for six months.  

Murder accused 'bought stun gun in Germany'

Two women accused of murdering a businesswoman in her home bought a 500,000 volt stun gun and some pepper spray in December last year, Preston Crown Court has heard.    

Sadie Hartley
Family of Sadie Hartley

Sadie Hartley, 60, was stunned with a cattle prod and stabbed at her property in Rossendale in January. 

Katrina Walsh, 56, and Sarah Williams, 35, both from Chester, deny murdering the mother-of-two.  

Anna Schanz from Security Discount Germany, a company based in Darmstadt, told the court via videolink that Ms Williams had wanted to buy a one million volt stun gun but the pair bought a 500,000 volt one, as well as two or three cans of pepper spray. 

Mrs Shanz told the court she had demonstrated how to use the stun gun.

Two scrambler bikes seized in Merseyside

Two scrambler bikes have been seized by Merseyside Police after a warrant was executed in the Lower Lane area.

The force has carried out a recent crackdown on off-road bikes being driven dangerously or associated with anti-social behaviour.

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Campaigner denies lying about MP assault claim

A pro-Scottish independence campaigner has denied that she lied about an MP assaulting her on the day of the Scottish independence referendum two years ago.

Marie RImmer
BBC

Patricia McLeish was asked by defence lawyer Liam Ewing if she had made the whole thing up as part of a political campaign and replied: "Certainly not."

Marie Rimmer, MP for St Helens and Whiston, is on trial at Glasgow Sheriff Court accused of assaulting Miss McLeish outside a Glasgow polling station on 18 September 2014.

Parking charges for Warrington Hospital staff doubled

Warrington Guardian

Parking charges for staff at Warrington Hospital have nearly doubled, with some facing the prospect of paying close to £500-a-year for their space.  

Warrington Hospital
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Family fears for Wirral man still missing

Merseyside Police is re-appealing for the public's help in finding a Wirral man who went missing from home nearly a fortnight ago.

Simon Watson
Merseyside Police

Simon Watson, 45, was last seen in person at 17:00 on 29 June on Holm Lane in Prenton. He was later seen on CCTV in a bank in Birkenhead on 2 July. Police and Simon's family are becoming increasingly concerned for his welfare.    

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Wallasey MP Angela Eagle says Jeremy Corbyn must do more to "get control" of supporters who abuse and threaten MPs after her constituency office was targeted
  • The leaders of Liverpool and Manchester City Regions confirm they are working together to ensure the Northern Powerhouse is a key government commitment
  • Police are re-appealing for the public's help in finding a Wirral man who vanished from his home almost two weeks ago

Man comes forward after teenager train attack appeal

Wirral Globe

British Transport Police have today confirmed that a man has come forward following their CCTV appeal.  

Football: Everton to rename Goodison Park stands after club legends

Everton have announced they'll be re-naming the Gwladys Street stand after Howard Kendall and the Park Stand after Sir Phillip Carter.

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Labour leader condemns attack on Angela Eagle's constituency office

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has condemned the attack on Angela Eagle's constituency office in Wallasey.

He said it was "extremely concerning that Angela Eagle has been the victim of a threatening act." 

Damage to Angela Eagle's office
BBC

Ms Eagle announced her intention to challenge Mr Corbyn after resigning from the shadow cabinet. Mr Corbyn said other MPs "are receiving abuse and threats".  

He said: "As someone who has also received death threats this week and previously, I am calling on all Labour Party members and supporters to act with calm and treat each other with respect and dignity, even where there is disagreement. 

Weather Watchers: Cloud coming in over Wirral

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Capt for uploading this photo of a very cloudy Wirral coast this morning.

Wirral
BBC

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Southport 'neighbour from hell' jealous of bigger house, court hears

Southport Visiter

A Southport woman made her neighbours' lives hell after she found out their loft conversion would make their house bigger than hers, a court heard.

Terriers sign Liverpool keeper Ward

BBC Sport

Championship side Huddersfield Town sign Liverpool and Wales goalkeeper Danny Ward on a season-long loan deal.

Danny Ward
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Danny Ward

Terriers sign Liverpool keeper Ward

Championship side Huddersfield Town sign Liverpool and Wales goalkeeper Danny Ward on a season-long loan deal.

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Travel: Moorfields station work almost finished

Birkenhead MP Frank Field receives Fellowship from LJMU

Birkenhead MP Frank Field has received an Honorary Fellowship from Liverpool John Moores University today.

MP Frank Field revives LJMU fellowship
BBC

The Labour MP has been honoured for his "outstanding contribution to the Liverpool city region and its constituents".   

Wallasey MP Angela Eagle 'disgusted' by attack

Liscard Councillor Bernie Mooney said Angela Eagle's staff came into the office on Tuesday morning and found a brick had been put through the window. 

Angela Eagle
BBC

It was the first physical attack on the building, but she said Ms Eagle had been subjected to "hundreds of vile, horrid emails and messages on the phone".   

She described her as "a very popular MP in Wallasey" and people in the area are "absolutely mortified" by the attack.

Another member of staff who had spoken to Ms Eagle was told by the MP she was "disgusted" by what had happened and "worried for her staff."

Football: Everton rename stands in honour of Kendall and Carter

BBC Sport

Everton are to rename two of their stands after former manager Howard Kendall (left) and ex-chairman Sir Philip Carter.

Howard Kendall and Sir Philip Carter
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The two worked together during the club's most successful period in the 1980s when the Toffees won two league titles, the FA Cup and the European Cup Winners' Cup within three seasons.

The two stands behind the goals will become known as the Howard Kendall Gwladys Street End and Sir Philip Carter Park Stand.

Kendall, who had three spells as Everton boss, died last October, aged 69. Carter died in April 2015, aged 87.

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Brick thrown thorugh window at Angela Eagle's office

This is the boarded up window at Angela Eagle's constituency office in Wallasey, Wirral today, after a brick was thrown through it last night.

Last week her office staff disconnected phones because of the abuse and threats being directed at the MP.

Angela Eagle's office
BBC

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • The Wallasey MP Angela Eagle's Merseyside office has been attacked overnight
  • Birkenhead MP Frank Field has received an  Honorary Fellowship from Liverpool John Moores University
  • Everton Football Club have announced they will be re-naming two stands at Goodison Park in honour of Howard Kendall and Sir Phillip Carter

Window smashed at Labour MP Angela Eagle's Wallasey office

A window has been smashed at the constituency office of Labour leadership challenger Angela Eagle.

Angela Eagle and her constituency office
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The building in Manor Road, Wallasey, was targeted between 17:00 last night and 09:00 this morning.

No-one was thought to be at the property at the time. Merseyside Police is investigating.

Maria Eagle tweets after her sister's consituency office is attacked

Liverpool Biennial 'space buses' hit Merseyside streets

Have you spotted any of the Arriva Space Buses currently driving around the city? 

Three double-decker buses have been transformed by artists and children as part of the Liverpool Biennial arts festival - look out for them in and around Liverpool and Wirral.

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Merseyside Police investigate incident at Angela Eagle's office

Merseyside Police said it is investigating reports of criminal damage at Angela Eagle's office in Manor Road, Wallasey.

Angela Eagle's Wallasey office
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It is believed that between 17:00 on Monday and 09:00 today, damage was caused to the front ground-floor window of an office.

The incident was reported to Merseyside Police at 09:55 today.

BreakingWindow smashed at Angela Eagle's Wallasey constituency office

A window has been smashed at the constituency office of Labour leader challenger Angela Eagle.   

The incident happened at Ms Eagle's constituency office in Manor Road, Wallasey.   

No-one was thought to be in the building on Monday night.  

Ms Eagle announced her intention to challenge Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn after resigning from the shadow cabinet.  

Her parliamentary office confirmed a front window was smashed at the Wallasey office.  

Is Angela Eagle ruthless enough to be a leader?

Speaking on Radio 4 this morning MP for Wallasey Angela Eagle says "politicians ought to be human beings".

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Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Birkenhead MP Frank Field and Chief Executive of HS2 Simon Kirby, are to receive Honorary Fellowships from Liverpool John Moores University later
  • Sixty-three dairy farms in Cheshire have closed in the past three years
  • Jurgen Klopp says he is "delighted" with the way Danny Ings has come back after his long-term injury  

Football: Tranmere player called up for World Cup qualifier

Tranmere Rovers scholar Josh Solomon-Davies has been called up for St Lucia's Under 20 squad for a World Cup qualifying game.

Josh Solomon-Davies
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The 16-year-old Right Back, from Wirral, is one of seven new scholars at the club's academy.  

Stan Ambrose on music, community and 'standing outside the box'

Tributes continue to be paid to BBC Radio Meresyside's longest serving presenter Stan Ambrose who has died aged 86.

He was the star of the local folk music scene and a radio presenter for almost 50 years. 

Here he talks about a life filled with music, community and "standing outside the box". Footage courtesy of Adrien Kapronczai.

Police investigate suspected Walton shooting

Merseyside Police are continuing to investigate suspected gun shots heard in Walton. 

Residents in the Carisbrooke Road and Arundel Street area reported hearing a loud bang on Sunday evening that sounded like a gun being fired. 

It is thought the weapon may have been fired from a silver car towards a group of people.

Sixty-three Cheshire dairy farms shut in three years

One in 10 dairy farms in England and Wales has closed since 2013 - with Cheshire among the top five counties hardest hit.

Cow in field
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Sixty-three dairy farms in Cheshire have closed in the past three years. 

Low milk prices mean many farmers now struggle to cover the cost of production.

Angela Eagle on the online 'Corbynista meme'

MP for Wallasey Angela Eagle has been speaking on BBC Radio Four's Today programme about how she is different to Jeremy Corbyn.

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