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

Weather: Clear spells tonight, sunny spells in the morning

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A dry night in store with plenty of clear spells and light winds.

A bright and warm morning with any early cloud soon burning away to give plenty of long sunny spells.

A mixed afternoon with sunshine and showers

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Orchestra to kick off LIMF Summer Jam in Sefton Park

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra will kick off Liverpool International Music Festival's Summer Jam this evening.

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Summer Jam, a free event held in Sefton Park on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, will also see names such as Sigma (live) Wretch 32 and Maverick Sabre perform.

Two dogs rescued from hot car in Southport

Two dogs have been rescued after being locked in a car in Southport in the hot weather.

They were spotted in Union Street on Thursday afternoon. 

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service are urging pet owners not to leave their dogs in parked vehicles in the warm weather as they overheat very quickly.

Rugby League: Who will finish at Super League summit?

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Three teams can finish Super League's regular season on top of the table - but will it be Hull FC, Wigan or Warrington?

Who will finish at Super League summit?

St Helens MP: Corbyn wanted to call my former SF councillor father 'in attempt to bully me'

St Helens MP Conor McGinn has accused Jeremy Corbyn of threatening to use his father - a former Sinn Féin councillor - in an attempt to "bully me into submission".

Conor McGinn
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Labour MP claimed the party's leader proposed phoning his father after an interview in which he said Mr Corbyn needed to "reach out beyond his comfort zone."

When asked about the claims a spokesman for Mr Corbyn said "it's untrue".

Mother warns of derelict site dangers after son fractures his spine

The mother of a boy who fractured his spine while trespassing is warning people not play in derelict buildings.

Kelly McCormick's 15-year-old son fell at least 20 ft from a skylight on to the concrete floor of a derelict building when he was trespassing on the Ravenhead Works site in St Helens with more than 40 other young people two weeks ago.

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Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A woman is arrested following a suspected abduction and assault of a man yesterday
  • Fire crews are damping down the site of a blaze at a garage in Price Street in Birkenhead
  • Wallasey Labour MP Angela Eagle accuses Jeremy Corbyn, of "stirring up trouble" after she said was afraid for her staff's safety

Football: Liverpool sign veteran keeper Manninger

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Alex Manninger
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Liverpool sign 39-year-old Alex Manninger on a short term contract, 15 years after his last game in the English top flight.

Woman arrested over suspected abduction and assault in Toxteth

A woman has been arrested following a suspected abduction and assault of a man yesterday evening.

Cedar Grove in Toxteth
Google

The man was left with cuts to his arms and head after it is believed he was dragged out of one car and into another by three men in the Croxteth Road area of Toxteth at about 17:45.

A 54-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of kidnap, assault and possession of class A drugs with intent to supply. She remains in custody for questioning.

Birkenhead roads to stay closed over weekend after fire

People living and working near the scene of a fire at a garage in Wirral have all been allowed to return.

Price Street fire
John Rogerson

Plumes of black smoke were seen billowing above the three storey brick building in Price Street in Birkenhead and nearby properties were evacuated while fire crews tackled the blaze. 

Price Street will remain closed between Duke Street and St Edward's Close over the weekend, while Building Control officers secure the site.

Six tonnes of rubbish removed from Bootle streets

About six tonnes of rubbish have been removed from the streets of Bootle as part of a crackdown on anti-social behaviour and environmental issues.

Rubbish in Bootle
Merseyside Police

Merseyside Police worked with organisations including Sefton Council and local housing agencies in the Hornby Road, Peel Road, Akenside Street and Gray Street areas over six weeks.

A range of sporting and community activities have also been taking place.

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Paul McCartney named UK's most successful albums artist

We don't know if there'll be room for it in his trophy cabinet what with the 21 Grammys, but Sir Paul McCartney has been handed what could well be his largest award - in recognition of being the UK's most successful albums artist of all time.

Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney

Sir Paul's shared a video message on his website to thank fans for their continued support after being honoured with the Official Charts Company's award on the day the album chart turns 60 years old. 

He said: "I remember when Please, Please Me went to number one, that was our first number one record, and it’s a beautiful feeling to suddenly get this, I mean it's amazing." 

Travel: Road closures in Birkenhead due to building fire

BBC Travel

Price Street in Birkenhead is closed in both directions between the Old Bidston Road junction and the Duke Street junction because of a building fire.

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Weather: Sunshine and showers in store

BBC Weather

There should be warm sunny spells this afternoon, but with a possibility of heavy thundery showers.

A mixed afternoon with sunshine and showers

100m cordon in place at large industrial fire in Birkenhead

Protest against plans to build on Liverpool green spaces

Residents in south Liverpool and Green Space campaigners are protesting in the city against a proposal to build houses on Allerton Priory Home Farm.

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A planning application has been submitted to the local authority by developers Redrow to build 160 "high quality" family homes on a 33-acre greenfield site.

Police investigate suspected abduction in Toxteth

Police have launched an investigation after a man was dragged into a car in Toxteth last night during a suspected abduction. 

It is believed he was assaulted by a gang of three hooded men on Cedar Grove. 

The victim was pulled from one car, attacked and then dragged into a second car, say police. 

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MP Angela Eagle accuses Corbyn of 'stirring up trouble'

Angela Eagle has accused the party leader, Jeremy Corbyn "stirring" up trouble among his supporters after she was "afraid" for her staff's safety.

The Wallasey MP and former leadership challenger has cancelled constituency meetings after receiving death threats at her constituency office.

She said Mr Corbyn had not condemned abuse directed against MPs critical of his leadership and allowed a "permissive environment" to flourish.

Angela Eagle
BBC

Mr Corbyn has said he regrets her remarks and insisted he had spoken out against abuse.

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Large fire breaks out at Wirral garage

A large fire has broken out at a garage in Wirral.

Plumes of black smoke are billowing above the three storey brick building in Price Street in Birkenhead.   

Twenty-five firefighters are at the scene - road closures are in place.

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Man, 25, dies after house fire in Runcorn

A 25-year-old man has died after a house fire in Runcorn.

Stonebarn Lane
@Cheshire Fire

He was treated at the scene in Stonebarn Lane on Wednesday before being taken to hospital by air ambulance.

The investigation into the cause of the fire is under way.

Crosby field transformed into wildlife sanctuary

Lunt Meadows Nature Reserve, near Crosby, has been transformed from fields of cereal to wet grasslands and reed beds.

Lunt Meadows Nature Reserve has been transformed from fields to wet grassland

It's proving very popular with birds, dragonflies and butterflies. There's even an archaeological dig!

It officially opens this Saturday so why not see what you can spot.

Travel: Crash blocks road near Shotwick

BBC Travel

Welsh Road is partially blocked and there is slow traffic in both directions near Shotwick because of a crash involving two cars.

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Ex-Tremeloes members Leonard Hawkes and Richard Westwood acquitted of indecent assault

Two former members of the 1960s pop group The Tremeloes have been acquitted of indecently assaulting a 15-year-old girl after a gig almost 50 years ago.

Richard Westwood and Leonard Hawkes, pictured in 1971
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Leonard "Chip" Hawkes, 70, and Richard Westwood, 73, were due to stand trial next year over allegations they assaulted the teenager in a hotel room in Chester in April 1968.

However, a judge at Reading Crown Court ordered both men be found not guilty.

It comes after prosecutor Owen Edwards said there was no evidence to offer.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Two former members of the 1960s pop group The Tremeloes are acquitted of indecently assaulting a 15-year-old girl after a gig almost 50 years ago
  • A man is left with cuts to his arms and head following a suspected abduction in Toxteth yesterday
  • Two dogs are rescued after being locked inside a car in Southport in the hot weather

Plans to replace 9,000 Liverpool street lights

Councillors in Liverpool will vote later on plans to replace more than 9,000 street lights with LEDs.

LED street light
BBC

It would be the second phase of a programme that started in 2014, and will cost £4m.

The council said the new lights will cut its energy bill by around £260,000 a year.

Man dragged into car in suspected abduction in Toxteth

A man has been left with cuts to his arms and head following a suspected abduction in Toxteth yesterday.

Cedar Grove
Google

Police received a report a man was dragged out of one car and into another by three men in the Croxteth Road area at about 17:45.

He was found injured in Cedar Grove at about 19:10.

Police have sealed off the area and have been searching addresses in Cedar Grove and Maple Grove.

Wallasey MP Angela Eagle cancels surgeries after death threat

Labour MP Angela Eagle has cancelled constituency surgeries after discussions with police in the wake of a death threat and an attack on her office.

Angela Eagle
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A spokesman for the MP said she will meet her constituents in Wallasey by appointment only.

Merseyside Police said its advice was given at the MP's request.

New Brighton Lifeboat station shut in training dispute

A lifeboat station is to close for several weeks due to a row between the RNLI and volunteer crew members.

RNLI
RNLI

New Brighton station, in Wallasey, on the Wirral, has been put out of action after 12 crew members were stood down in a dispute over training.

The RNLI said the lifeboat and hovercraft volunteers had "refused to commit" to a required programme.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Part of Liverpool was sealed off last night after a suspected abduction of a man in Toxteth
  • New Brighton RNLI station is to close for several weeks due to a row between the RNLI and volunteer crew members
  • Councillors in Liverpool will vote later on plans to replace more than 9,000 street lights with LEDs

Travel: Crash on M62 exit slip road

BBC Travel

A lane is closed on the M62 exit slip road at junction 7 at Rainhill Stoops because of a crash.

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Weather: Mixed day with rain and sunshine

BBC Weather

Outbreaks of showery rain for some today but there will be warm sunny spells about too.

Alexandra Hamilton presents the breakfast weather forecast on Friday 22 July 2016

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Jenny Coleman

Reporter, BBC Local Live

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