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  1. Updates on Wednesday 20 July
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday 21 July

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

Weather: Mostly dry and warm, cooler tonight

BBC Weather

It should stay mostly dry this evening though there is a risk of a shower or two - feeling very warm with highs of 25C.

We're in for a clear night, but it will feel much fresher than last night with temperatures dropping to 15C.

Charlie Slater BBC afternoon weather 20 July 2016

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Football writer quits The Times after criticising Hillsborough coverage

Liverpool Echo

Football writer Tony Barrett has quit The Times weeks after criticising the newspaper’s failure to acknowledge the Hillsborough inquest verdict on its front page.

Isle of Man backs funding for £3.5m ferry terminal in Liverpool

Funding for a new £3.5m Isle of Man ferry terminal in Liverpool has been approved by the Manx parliament.

Princes Half Tide Dock
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The existing facility at the Pier Head landing stage is "nearing the end of its operational life", an infrastructure spokesman said.

Construction of a new terminal, half a mile away (800m) at Princes Half-Tide Dock, is subject to planning permission.

Minister Phil Gawne said Liverpool is the island's "most popular sea route".

Man arrested after cannabis farm discovered in Wirral

A cannabis farm with more than 200 plants has been discovered by police at a property in Wirral.

Cannabis farm
Merseyside Police

It was found after officers attended the address in Magazine Road, Bromborough, earlier today, Merseyside Police said.

A 33-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of cultivation of cannabis.

Rare Kenny Everett recordings found

Rare recordings of eccentric Merseyside-born radio DJ Kenny Everett broadcasting in the 1970s have been unearthed.

Kenny Everett
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The programmes, presumed lost, were recorded by Everett for an early Portsmouth commercial station called Radio Victory.

They feature his trademark homemade sound effects and jingles.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • New figures show tourism in the Liverpool City Region generated more than £4bn last year
  • MP Angel Eagle's local Wallasey Constituency Labour Party is suspended amid allegations of bullying
  • An organisation which delivers social care in Liverpool is warning it may soon struggle to help some of the most vulnerable people in the city

Liverpool tourism generated £4bn last year, figures show

New figures show tourism in the Liverpool City Region generated more than £4bn last year.

Liverpool skyline
BBC

The research, commissioned by the Local Enterprise Partnership, also found the visitor economy supports over 50,000 jobs - with over 56 million day visitors and almost five million staying visitors in 2015.  

Police warning after car stolen in Rainhill

Merseyside Police is warning the public to not leave keys on view after a car was stolen in a burglary in Rainhill early this morning.

A VW Golf was taken from a drive on St James Mount and police believe the offenders forced entry to the property through a side window and reached inside to take the keys.  

Missing Beatles demo found by Cilla Black's family after 52 years

A long lost Beatles demo disc sent to Cilla Black has been rediscovered after 52 years.

Cilla Black
PA

Black had a UK Top 10 hit with the Lennon-McCartney penned It's for You in 1964 which was produced by George Martin at Abbey Road Studios. 

Paul McCartney had recorded his own version for her to listen to, but it then went missing. 

The owner of the Beatles Shop in Mathew Street, Liverpool, said he was "shaking with excitement" when he realised one of the items a relatives brought it in to be valued was the missing 1964 recording. 

Black, who made her name as a pop singer in the 1960s before becoming the host of hit TV shows Blind Date and Surprise Surprise, died in August at the age of 72.

£1.2m refurb for Liverpool mental health centre

Mental health services in Liverpool have received a boost thanks to a £1.2m refurbishment of a support centre.

Crown Hub
BBC

Crown Hub offers support to people experiencing problems such as depression, anxiety and social isolation.

The refurbished building features more space and a new cafe leading out on to a patio and garden. There are also meeting rooms which can be hired by community organisations.

Angela Eagle: 'No place' for bullying and intimidation in Labour

Wallasey MP Angela Eagle has said "bullying, intimidation, misogyny and homophobia have no place in the Labour Party".

MP Maria Eagle
BBC

She was speaking after her local Wallasey Constituency Labour Party was suspended, with the group under investigation over complaints of bullying and intimidation.  

The former Labour leadership contender said: "It is right that the national Labour Party now investigate this behaviour.

"I hope that the issues can be resolved, and that we can have an active, inclusive and effective local Labour Party that can tackle the real problems faced in our local community."

Football: Liverpool sign Estonia defender Ragnar Klavan from Augsburg

BBC Sport

Liverpool have signed defender Ragnar Klavan on a three-year deal for 5m euros (£4.2m) plus add-ons from German club Augsburg.

Ragnar Klavan
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The Estonia captain, 30, has 112 caps for his country and made more than 100 times for Augsburg after arriving from Dutch club AZ in 2012.

He is the Reds' fifth summer signing.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • New figures show tourism in the Liverpool City Region generated more than £4bn last year
  • MP Angel Eagle's local Wallasey Constituency Labour Party is suspended amid allegations of bullying
  • Two teenagers are arrested over an attack in St Helens which left a man with fractured eye socket and nose

St Helens attack: Teenagers arrested after man left with fractured eye socket

Two Liverpool boys have been arrested over an attack on a man in St Helens that left him with a fractured eye socket and nose. 

The victim was found by Asda on Kirkland Street in the early hours of Sunday. 

A 15-year-old from Wavertree and a 16-year-old from Kensington have been bailed while the investigation continues.

Chair of Wallasey CLP 'astonished' at suspension

Claire Hamilton

Reporter, BBC Radio Mersesyide

It appears the committee members of the Wallasey Constituency Labour Party only discovered the branch had been suspended when journalists got in touch this lunchtime. 

The chair Kathy Runswick says she is "astonished" at the suspension which follows complaints of bullying and intimidation. 

Vice chair Paul Davies, who denies any intimidation took place, told the BBC no allegations had been put to the local party.

He said the only indication the CLP had been suspended was the secretary finding she was unable to log into her Labour account this morning.

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Chester man killed by train as he pleaded with ex-partner to take him back

Chester Chronicle

A man was on the phone to his ex-partner making one last desperate plea for her to take him back when he was killed after being hit by a train, an inquest heard.

Meet Merseyside's new police dog

A former stray has just become one of Merseyside Police's newest police dogs.

Venus is a 15-month-old Belgian Shepherd who came from a rescue home in Manchester.

Now, after 13 weeks of training she's ready to begin her crime-fighting career. Here she is with handler PC Marc Williams. 

Venus and PC Marc Williams
BBC

Wallasey MP Angela Eagle thanks supporters

Angela Eagle has thanked her supporters after pulling out of the Labour leadership race.

Angela Eagle
BBC

On her website Angela 4 Labour Leader, the Wallasey MP posted a message thanking people for their "faith" in her.

She has ended her bid for the party's leadership and backed ex-shadow work and pensions secretary Owen Smith in his challenge to Jeremy Corbyn.

I'd like to thank everyone who put their faith in me. I will always do everything I can for the Party I love. Owen Smith will make a great Leader for Labour and a great PM. He has the values, vision and policies we need to take on the Tories.

Wallasey Labour group suspended: Background to decision

Claire Hamilton

Reporter, BBC Radio Mersesyide

The Wallasey Constituency Labour Party - Angela Eagle's local party group - has been suspended. Here's a bit more background behind the decision.

The group is under investigation after complaints of bullying and intimidation.

Angela Eagle
BBC

In practical terms this means the CLP can’t meet under any circumstances. 

At the moment, most Labour group meetings are suspended while the leadership contest takes place. 

Other CLPs will be able to meet in certain exempt situations – such as nominating a leadership candidate or tabling a motion for the party conference. 

While this investigation is ongoing, the Wallasey CLP cannot meet at all.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • MP Angela Eagle's local group the Wallasey Constituency Labour Party is suspended
  • Police are called to rescue a dog found in a parked car in stifling heat in Southport
  • A new mental health treatment and support hub opens in Liverpool later

BreakingMP Angela Eagle's local Labour group suspended

Claire Hamilton

Reporter, BBC Radio Mersesyide

In the last few minutes we have heard the Wallasey Constituency Labour Party - Angela Eagle's local party group - has been suspended.

A North West Labour spokesman said: “Any complaints of bullying or intimidation and allegations of misconduct are always taken very seriously.”

Angela Eagle
BBC

Mystery of M6 motorway bridge 'Vote Pies' revealed

Colin Paterson

Entertainment Correspondent, BBC Radio 5 live

It's puzzled drivers on the M6 in Cheshire for more than 25 years, but now the people responsible for the graffiti urging people to "Vote Pies" have owned up. 

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The words were sprayed on to a motorway bridge between junction 18 and 19 in the mid-1980s by the Liverpudlian band The Pies.

They're now releasing a debut album called The Best of Pies.

Dog rescued from car in Southport on hottest day of the year

Police were called to rescue a dog found in a parked car on the hottest day of the year in Southport yesterday.

The greyhound was spotted at the back of the Bold Hotel on Lord Street just before 20:00.

The pet is recovering from heat exhaustion at a local vets and the owners will be spoken to, police said.

Have your say over Liverpool Women’s Hospital future

Liverpool Echo

NHS chiefs are holding a series of public meetings to gather views on the future of Liverpool Women’s Hospital.

Liverpool Women's Hospital
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From the scene: Liverpool warehouse fire

Fire crews are still at the scene of a warehouse fire in the Kirkdale area of Liverpool.

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Around 45 firefighters were needed to get the flames under control in Redfern Street.

A large amount of waste material and the roof of the building was on fire, but no one was hurt.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A new mental health treatment and support hub opens in Liverpool today

Football: Liverpool to close deal for Estonian defender

Giulia Bould

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

Liverpool are expected to sign Estonian centre back Ragnar Klavan from German club FC Augsburg later.

The defender has now completed his medical.

Ragnar Klavan
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Travel: Rail disruption at Liverpool Moorfields

BBC Travel

Northbound trains aren't stopping at Liverpool Moorfields due to engineering works.

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Fire crews battle Kirkdale warehouse blaze overnight

Fire crews have spent the night dealing with a blaze at a warehouse in Kirkdale in Liverpool. 

Up to 45 firefighters were needed to get the flames under control on Redfern Street. 

It involved a large quantity of waste material and the roof of the building was well alight.

Rio 2016: Wirral's Steve Cummings selected for GB road race team

BBC Sport

Wirral 's Steve Cummings has replaced Peter Kennaugh in the Great Britain's men's road race team for the Rio Olympics.

Steve Cummings
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British Cycling said Kennaugh, 27, has "struggled for form" since breaking a collarbone in a crash at the Tour of California in May.

Cummings, 35, won stage seven of this year's Tour de France.  

Southport woman who died in canal tragedy is named

Southport Visiter

A Southport woman who died in a tragic canal boat accident has been named by police

Man, 34, charged following incident at Birkenhead library

Wirral Globe

A 34-year-old man has been charged with criminal damage following an incident at Birkenhead library.

Birkenhead Library
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Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Wallasey MP Angela Eagle has withdrawn from the Labour leadership contest
  • Fire crews have spent the night dealing with a blaze at a warehouse in Kirkdale, Liverpool
  • A new mental health treatment and support hub opens in Liverpool today

Angela Eagle drops out of Labour leader race

Wallesy MP Angela Eagle has pulled out of Labour's leadership race and backed ex-shadow work and pensions secretary Owen Smith in his challenge to Jeremy Corbyn.

Angela Eagle
BBC

The ex-shadow business secretary said she was dropping out "in the interests of the party" and would back Mr Smith "with all her might and enthusiasm". 

Weather: Heavy and thundery downpours, but staying warm

BBC Weather

Warnings of heavy rain for the North West

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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. 

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