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  1. Updates on Monday 18 July

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By Jenny Coleman

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Updates for Merseyside and west Cheshire have now ended but we'll be back from 08:00 on Tuesday with the latest news, videos, sport, travel and weather.  

Weather: Warm and muggy night in store

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

After a day filled with sunshine, it looks like we're in for a warm, muggy and uncomfortable night across the region with light winds.  

Some patchy cloud may develop in places later in the night.

Coming up...

Roger Johnson

Presenter, BBC North West Tonight

On tonight's programme we'll take a closer look at a report which has revealed pre-school boys in St Helens are least likely to attain key learning skills.

Dog kayak challenge

And we have a lovely report about a Warrington man who's embarking on a 100-mile charity kayak adventure - with his trusty pet dog, Max, coming along for the ride.  

Super League: Warrington overcome tiring Castleford

BBC Sport

Warrington solidify their Super League top-four place with a second-half blitz of Castleford.

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Warrington Wolves

Reds linked with £20m swoop for Toon midfielder

BBC Sport

Liverpool are chasing Newcastle's Netherlands midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, 25, with the Reds looking to negotiate a £20m deal, the BBC Sport Gossip column reports.

Georginio Wijnaldum
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Students return after St Helens campus evacuation

St Helens Star

Students have returned to St Helens College's town centre campus following an evacuation earlier.

Inside the secretive world of drugs boss Ron Fitzgibbon

Liverpool Echo

“Moody” vehicles, remote control cars and encrypted phones - this was the lifestyle drugs kingpin Ron Fitzgibbon pursued in a bid to evade cops.

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Travel: Gas leak causing rush-hour delays

BBC Travel

Emergency repair work to a gas leak is causing congestion in Midghall Street in Liverpool, with one lane closed near the junction with Vauxhall Road.

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Liverpool hotter than where?!?!

It's been a scorching sunny day across the region, but how does today's weather compare to other parts of the world?


Try this fun comparison tool

Fishing suspended after algae discovered in Liverpool lake

Angling and other activities at Newsham Park lake has been suspended from today after blue-green algae was discovered there, Liverpool City Council has said.

Newsham Park lake
Mike Pennington / Geograph

Tests by the Environment Agency have confirmed the presence of the algae, which grows in certain weather conditions and can be hazardous to pets and wild animals.

Man and dog kayak from Hull to Warrington for RSPCA

A man and his pet dog are kayaking 100 miles to raise money for the RSPCA.

Meet Chester Zoo's latest cute addition

Chester Zoo has welcomed its first ever Malaysian tapir calf

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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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Cannabis farm worth £177k found in Fairfield, Liverpool

Merseyside Police are investigating after a cannabis farm worth £177,000 was found inside a flat in Fairfield.

Cannabis plants
Merseyside Police

The 44 plants were discovered on Edge Lane early this morning and the electricity was also found to have been illegally bypassed. 

Officers are now dismantling the growing equipment.

Warrington South MP David Mowat tweets about new role as junior health minister

Warrington South MP David Mowat has been promoted to junior health minister in the latest round of appointments by new prime minister Theresa May.

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More jail time for wife who splurged drug lord husband's riches on botox, handbags and haircuts

Liverpool Echo

The wife of a convicted drugs baron who splurged cash on botox, cosmetic dentistry and expensive salon cuts faces extra jail time - after failing to pay back her criminal riches

Labour leadership challengers to pitch for support from MPs

Labour leadership challengers, Wallasey MP Angela Eagle and Owen Smith, are to hold a hustings later to pitch for support from their parliamentary colleagues. 

Angela Eagle and Owen Smith,

The two MPs have both launched bids to replace Jeremy Corbyn but Mr Smith feels only one of them should stand against the leader in the final vote. 

He has indicated he will withdraw from the contest if the Merseyside MP wins more support.

Police and RSPCA investigate reports of seal attack in Warrington

Warrington Guardian

Officer have been assisting the RSPCA with the Warrington seal following reports youths have been throwing objects at the animal.

Liverpool Mayor joins northern leaders in letter to PM over Brexit plans

Liverpool's Mayor has signed a joint letter demanding the North of England is guaranteed a voice when Brexit negotiations begin. 

Joe Anderson

Joe Anderson - along with leaders in Manchester, West Yorkshire, Sheffield and the North East - are calling for a meeting with new Prime Minister Theresa May as soon as possible. 

They want to ensure the needs of the North aren't overlooked when Britain begins the process of leaving the EU.

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Wirral pupils study Hillsborough disaster and families' fight for justice

Pupils at a school in Wirral will study the Hillsborough disaster today. 

Hillsborough disaster

South Wirral High in Eastham will examine the struggle for justice the families have faced since the tragedy in 1989. 

Teacher Graham Jones has also launched a petition calling for the disaster to be included in classes up and down the country.

Super League: Saints beat Giants to boost top-four hopes

BBC Sport

St Helens defeat Huddersfield in Giants boss Rick Stone's first game in charge of Super League's bottom club.

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Rick Stone
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Cheshire Oaks plans 21st birthday makeover

Chester Chronicle

Cheshire Oaks is set to give itself a massive makeover as a 21st birthday present. 

Cheshire Oaks

St. Helens man has eye socket and nose fractured

A man is in hospital with a fractured eye socket and nose after a gang attacked him in St. Helens in the early hours of Saturday. 

The victim - who is in his 20s - was found by Asda on Kirkland Street at 04:00. 

Police have released images of a number of people in the area at the time.

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Nice attack: St Helens Council to hold minute's silence

St Helens Council will hold a minute's silence at 11:00 for people affected by the Nice attack last week.

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St Helens has biggest early years gender gap in country, report finds

Boys are falling behind girls in early years education, with the gap widest in St Helens, figures show.

School children

Boys are nearly twice as likely as girls to have fallen behind by the time they start school, a report says.  

Save the Children says a quarter of boys in England - 90,000 - started reception class struggling to speak a full sentence or follow instructions.

The gap between boys' and girls' EYFS scores was widest in St Helens, where 31% of boys did not reach the expected level compared with 14% of girls.

Free Thinking: Liverpool Art Biennial

BBC Radio 3

Matthew Sweet and the critic, Natalie Haynes report from Liverpool where art has taken over the city. 

Liverpool Biennial

They talk to the artists, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Betty Woodman and Krzysztof Wodiczko as well as the Biennial director, Sally Tallant and the poet and 2015 New Generation Thinker Sandeep Parmar, who is curating a literary programme for the festival.

Listen again: Liverpool Art Biennial

Merseyside and Cheshire betting shops offer advice for safe and responsible gambling

Betting shops across Merseyside and Cheshire are telling punters never to bet more than they can afford to lose.

Gambling machine

It is part of Gamble Aware Week - the industry's campaign to encourage safe and responsible gambling. 

It coincides with the introduction of new mandatory alerts for gaming machine players on how much they're spending and the time they're playing.

Travel: Traffic light failure on Rice Lane, Liverpool

BBC Travel

There is traffic light failure on A59 Rice Lane in Liverpool at the A5098 Hornby Road junction.

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Warrington South MP David Mowat has been promoted to junior health minister

The Warrington South MP David Mowat has been promoted to junior health minister in the latest round of appointments by new Prime Minister Theresa May.

David Mowat

Also promoted is Merseyside-born Thérèse Coffey who becomes a junior minister at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.  

Cyclist Chris Boardman's mother dies after bike collision

Tributes are being paid to the mother of Wirral Olympic cyclist, Chris Boardman, who has died after a cycling accident in north Wales.  

Boardman family
Chris Boardman

Mrs Boardman, who competed in cycling races in her youth, was taken to hospital with serious injuries following the collision in Connah's Quay, near Deeside, on Saturday.

Chris Boardman said she was "the most positive, outgoing person you could ever hope to meet".

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Tributes are being paid to the mother of Wirral Olympic cyclist, Chris Boardman, who has died after a cycling accident in north Wales
  • Warrington South MP David Mowat is promoted to junior health minister by Prime Minister Theresa May
  • A man is in hospital with a fractured eye socket and nose after a gang attacked him in St. Helens in the early hours of Saturday

Weather: Sunny spells later and feeling warm

BBC Weather

Cloudy start but sunny spells later

Travel: Gas leak repairs close lane on Vaxhaull Road, Liverpool

BBC Travel

One lane is closed on A5038 Vaxhaull Road into town in Liverpool at the Midghall Street junction because of gas leak and emergency repairs.

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Good morning: Join us for today's live news coverage

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.