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  1. Police appeal for information 15 years after murder of Liverpool man
  2. Wirral woman found injured at the bottom of stairs now 'critical'
  3. £5m to be spent on new fleet of eco-friendly buses across Merseyside
  4. Cleaners at Merseyside's HM Revenue & Customs offices begin strike

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Live updates from Merseyside and west Cheshire have finished for the day, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Tuesday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the region.  

Weather: Showers continuing overnight

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BBC Weather

Showers will tend to ease this evening, becoming confined to Southport and other coastal parts.

Elsewhere it will remain largely dry with light winds and clearer spells.

Showers will tend to ease this evening

Tuesday will see a mix of bright spells and showers through the day.       

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Liverpool named official host for Armed Forces Day 2017

Liverpool has been named as the official host of the national event for Armed Forces Day in 2017.  

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It will coincide with the International Mersey River Festival and activities will take place across the weekend of 24/25 June.

The celebrations are a chance for the public to show their support and appreciation for the Armed Forces, from current serving troops to families, veterans and cadets.

Meet Chester Police's newest recruit

Let's hope Police Dog Buddy won't find the training too "woof"...

Thanks for your help in naming one of our newest recruits. He has now been named.....Please meet PD Buddy 💙 .

Thanks for your help in naming one of our newest recruits. He has now been named.....Please meet PD Buddy 💙 .

John Lennon classic car goes up for auction

A classic car once owned by Beatles legend John Lennon could sell for up to £265,000 when it goes up for auction. 

The musician bought the 1956 Austin Princess limousine in August 1971 and used it the following year in a film to promote his album Imagine. 

John Lennon car
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The car still features five aeroplane seats Lennon added.

John Lennon car
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Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Police are investigating a suspicious fire at a house in Bootle, with local reports suggesting a petrol bomb may have been involved
  • A mother whose son was shot and killed by a gang of masked men in Liverpool says she has been through "15 years of hell"
  • Around 100 local residents stage a protest against a huge warehouse development planned on green space in Haydock

Chief Coroner says families deserve financial help for Hillsborough-style legal battles

Legal aid should be provided for families at inquests in which the government pays for lawyers to represent police officers or other state employees, according to the Chief Coroner for England and Wales. 

Andy Burnham
BBC

Peter Thornton QC will include the recommendation in his annual report.

Shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnhan, who has been campaigning for the change in the wake of the Hillsborough inquests conclusions, said: "It is wrong that the police and other public bodies are able to throw around public money like confetti hiring top QCs when bereaved families have to scratch around for whatever support they can get. 

"Far too often, inquests are intimidating and distressing for families still raw with grief.

"Public money should be spent on helping people get to the truth, not on protecting backs in the public sector."

Coroner's office seeks Wallasey man's family

Liverpool Coroner’s Office is appealing for the public’s help in tracing the family of a man from Wallasey who has died.  

John Morgan, 61, died at his home address in Magazine Lane on Sunday.

Police release e-fit in Wirral rape investigation

Officers are looking for a man who attacked a woman as she was walking along Wallasey Bridge Road in Wirral

E-fit of a man we want to speak to in connection with a rape investigation in Wirral. goo.gl/L16zgn

E-fit of a man we want to speak to in connection with a rape investigation in Wirral. goo.gl/L16zgn

Police investigate 'petrol bomb' house fire in Bootle

Lucinda Moore

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

Police are investigating a suspicious fire at a house on Merseyside, with local reports suggesting a petrol bomb may have been involved.

Police tape generic
BBC

Part of Seaforth Road in Bootle has been closed from its junction with Derby Road down to the shopping parade following the blaze at the terraced house earlier this afternoon.

Merseyside Police said the cause of the fire was not yet known.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Police are investigating a suspicious fire at a house in Bootle
  • A mother whose son was shot and killed by a gang of masked men in Liverpool says she has been through "15 years of hell"
  • Around 100 local residents stage a protest against a huge warehouse development planned on green space in Haydock

Rugby: Updated Saints' Super 8s fixtures explained

St Helens Star

The Super League will now split into the Super 8s and Middle 8s after the conclusion of this weekend’s final round of fixtures.  

St Helens
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Football: Liverpool's Allen to have Stoke medical

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Joe Allen
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Wales midfielder Joe Allen will have a medical at Stoke on Monday ahead of a £13m move from Liverpool.

Travel: Fire in building closes road in Bootle

BBC Travel

A fire in a building has left Seaforth Road in Bootle closed in both directions between the Sandy Road junction and the A565 Crosby Road South junction.

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£5m boost for greener bus journeys on Merseyside

Almost £5m is to be spent on a new fleet of environmentally friendly buses across Merseyside. 

Electric bus
BBC

The Department for Transport is awarding Merseytravel the cash for 72 biomethane, electric or hybrid vehicles. 

Only London is to receive a bigger chunk of money.

Football: Ex-Liverpool defender Kolo Toure signs for Celtic

Chris McLaughlin

BBC Sport Scotland

Celtic have completed the signing of former Liverpool defender Kolo Toure on a one-year deal.

The 35-year-old was signed by Brendan Rodgers at Anfield, but found his options limited under Jurgen Klopp.

Kolo Toure
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Protest in Haydock over plans to build warehouse on farmland

People are protesting in Haydock against plans to extend one of its industrial estates.

The development would see a warehouse built on a greenfield site at Florida Farm.

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'Beautiful' new park to be created in Liverpool

A stretch of vacant land is to be transformed into a "beautiful" new park in Liverpool, the city's mayor Joe Anderson has said.

Joe Anderson
Liverpool City Council

The eight acre piece of land, which borders Kirkdale Rail station, consists of woodland and grassed areas with wildflowers and wildlife.

It will be made into a maintained park with the provisional name of Melrose Meadows.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A mother whose son was shot and killed by a gang of masked men in Liverpool says she has been through "15 years of hell"
  • Almost £5m is to be spent on a new fleet of environmentally friendly buses across Merseyside
  • A Wirral woman is in a critical but stable condition after she is found injured at the bottom of stairs in Wallasey

Football: England boss Allardyce names Reds legend as assistant

BBC Sport

New Three Lions manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed Liverpool legend Sammy Lee will be his assistant with England.

Speaking at a news conference at St George's Park this morning, the former Bolton, Newcastle and Sunderland boss said: "I will rely on his international experience. He will join me."  

Sam Allardyce
Reuters

Travel: Liverpool Moorfields revamp finished

Refurbishment works on platform two are finished and all trains are now stopping at the station....

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Body is found in search for missing Prenton man

Wirral Globe

Merseyside Police say officers investigating the disappearance of 45-year-old Simon Watson from Prenton have found the body of a man.

HMRC cleaners start two day strike over pay and hours

Cleaners at Merseyside's HM Revenue & Customs offices are set to go on strike for two days in a row over pay and hours. 

HMRC
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Members of the PCS union, who are employed by the contractor ISS, say their hours have been cut since the introduction of the National Living Wage earlier this year. 

The walkout will affect offices in Bootle and Liverpool.

Mother's appeal 15 years after Liverpool shooting

Richard Clayton and Belgrave Road
Merseyside Police/Google
Richard Clayton was chased down the street

A mother whose son was shot and killed by a gang of masked men in Liverpool says she has been through "15 years of hell".

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Police investigating the murder of Liverpool man Richard Clayton make a fresh appeal for information on the 15th anniversary of his death
  • A Wirral woman is in a critical but stable condition after she was found injured at the bottom of stairs in Wallasey
  • Cleaners at Merseyside's HM Revenue & Customs offices are set to go on strike in a row over pay and hours

'Despicable' raid on couple in garden

Beaconsfield Road
Google

Three men armed with a metal bar threatened a couple sitting in their back garden on Saturday before stealing watches and jewellery in Liverpool.

Woman, 36, found injured at bottom of stairs in Wirral

A Wirral woman is in a critical but stable condition after she was found injured at the bottom of a flight of stairs in Wallasey. 

Poulton Road
Google

The 36-year-old was discovered with a head injury in the early hours of Sunday at a house on Poulton Road. 

A man and a woman from the area have been arrested as officers investigate.

Rugby League: Widnes hand Dragons sixth straight loss

BBC Sport

Stefan Marsh
Rex Features

Widnes win their final regular season Super League game to sentence Catalans Dragons to a sixth consecutive defeat.

Croxteth Crew killer back in court over £4.6m prison heroin plot

Liverpool Echo

Notorious gangland thug Liam Duffy is set to be sentenced for his role in a multi-million pound drugs plot run from his jail cell, reports the Liverpool Echo.

Fresh appeal 15 years after Aigburth shooting

Police investigating the murder of a Liverpool man are making a fresh appeal for information on the 15th anniversary of his death. 

Belgrave Road
Google

Police say it was around 20:00 on the evening of 25 July 2001 when Richard Clayton was attacked. 

Two men in a green Ford Mondeo pulled up close to him on Belgrave Road in Aigburth - before a masked man got out and started firing shots.

The 30-year-old ran to a house to try to escape but collapsed and died. 

His killers have never been brought to justice and detectives are urging anyone with information to get in touch.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Police investigating the murder of Liverpool man Richard Clayton make fresh appeal for information on 15th anniversary of his death
  • Wirral woman in a critical but stable condition after she was found injured at the bottom of stairs in Wallasey
  • Cleaners at Merseyside's HM Revenue and Customs offices are set to go on strike in row over pay and hours

Travel: Congestion in St Helens due to roadworks

BBC Travel

There is heavy traffic on A58 Prescot Road in both directions in St Helens between the Freckleton Road junction and the Underhill Road junction in the roadworks area.

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Weather: Dry morning but a chance of showers later

BBC Weather

A dry morning before a cloudy afternoon with some showers at times. Feeling cooler with highs of 19C.  

BBC weather forecast for Monday 25 July

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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. 

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