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  1. Updates on Wednesday 27 July
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Thursday 28 July

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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 Thursday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the region.

Weather: Dry, cool night ahead

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

It's looking like a dry night with some clear spells developing, before cloud thickens from the west by dawn. It'll be cooler than recent nights.

Weather forecast for 27 July

Coming up....

Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, BBC North West Tonight

On tonight's programme we'll bring you more on the 300th anniversary of the birth of James Brindley, one of the early canal engineers who worked on the Bridgewater and Trent & Mersey canals. 

James Brindley
Canal & River Trust

We'll also have a full round-up of news and sport from across the region.

Join us on BBC One from 18:30

Man admits sending death threats to MP Luciana Berger

A man has admitted sending death threats to Merseyside Labour MP Luciana Berger.

John Nimmo admitted two counts of sending a message causing anxiety or distress
PA

The Liverpool Wavertree MP was sent a number of emails, including one which said she would "get it like Jo Cox", South Tyneside magistrates were told.

John Nimmo, 28, admitted two counts of sending a message causing anxiety or distress. He was remanded to be sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court on 24 August.  

Reds left-back completes £3m Bournemouth move

BBC Sport

Bournemouth have signed Australia international defender Brad Smith from Liverpool for a reported £3m fee.

Brad Smith
Rex Features

The left-back made four Premier League appearances for Liverpool last season, including in a 2-1 win at Bournemouth.  

Brad Smith

Smith completes Bournemouth move

Bournemouth sign Australia international defender Brad Smith from Liverpool for a reported £3m fee.

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Motorbike stolen from Southport

The bike was stolen from a garage on Marsden Road, police said. 

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Who lives in a house like this?

Chester Chronicle

Step inside a £1.8m Italian townhouse on the banks of the Dee. 

Man City approach Everton for Stones

BBC Sport

Manchester City are in talks with Everton over the possible signing of John Stones, who it is thought would cost about £50m.

John Stones
Getty Images
John Stones

Guardiola confirms interest in Stones

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola confirms the club are trying to sign Everton and England defender John Stones.

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Latest headlines for Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Birkenhead MP Frank Field is calling for an inquiry into Hermes UK after parents caring for their seriously ill child are told to return to work "immediately" or lose their courier delivery rounds
  • One of Knowsley's newly-elected Liberal Democrat councillors, Carl Cashman, is seeking the party's nomination to be its candidate for metro mayor for the Liverpool city region

In pictures: £500k Cannabis farm find

Merseyside Police have revealed more photographs of the cannabis farm as part of an appeal for information....

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£500k cannabis farm found after blaze breaks out in flat

A cannabis farm with a street value of £500,00 was found at a Liverpool flat after a fire broke out.

Cannabis found
Merseyside Police

Firefighters were called to the address in Prescot Road, Fairfield, after the blaze was reported on Monday. 

Merseyside Police said a "cannabis factory" was found in the second floor flat.

Our communities can help us stop these groups from turning houses and flats into potential death traps.

Sgt Kevin CoakleyMerseyside Police

Yacht rescued from dangerous conditions near Hilbre Island

Hoylake RNLI Lifeboat has been called out to a yacht in difficult weather conditions off the Dee estuary. 

Ketch Michette in poor weather
RNLI/Peter Ruddell

The skipper of the vessel called the coastguard at about 05:00 when the weather and sea conditions worsened.

Photo detail Ketch Michette under tow
RNLI/Peter Ruddell

The yacht, which was travelling to Liverpool, was safely towed to Tranmere.

Newly-elected councillor wants to run for metro mayor

One of Knowsley's newly-elected Liberal Democrat councillors is seeking the party's nomination to be its candidate for metro mayor for the Liverpool city region.

Carl Cashman
Carl Cashman

Carl Cashman won the Prescot North seat in May's local elections, and is the party's group leader at Knowsley Council. 

Other Liberal Democrats are expected to put their names forward in the coming weeks, with party members selecting their candidate by November. 

The mayoral election takes place in May 2017. 

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A man admits sending death threats to Labour MP Luciana Berger  
  • One of Knowsley's newly-elected Liberal Democrat councillors is looking to be nominated as its candidate for Metro Mayor
  • Everton Under-21s will play Bolton, Cheltenham and Blackpool in the English Football League Trophy 

Chester's Victorian camera obscura brought back to life

A piece of Victorian technology has been brought back to life in Chester after lying unused for decades.

Camera Obscura
BBC

The camera obscura is situated on top of the 14th Century Water Tower on the city walls and uses lenses to project a 360 degree view of the city.

It offers panoramic views of landmarks including the town hall and Telford's Warehouse.

Set up by the Victorians, it eventually fell into disrepair but has been reinstalled by Cheshire West and Chester Council.

Rugby: Warrington to host St Helens in first game of Super 8s

James Mountford

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

Warrington will host St Helens in the opening fixture of the Super 8s. 

Warrington v St Helens
Rex Features

The fixtures for the remaining seven matches of the season have been revealed in the last hour. 

The Langtree Park game will be on 4 August, while Widnes start with a long trip to France to play Catalans on the 6th.

Full listings on BBC Sport

Pedestrian seriously injured in Prescot hit-and-run collision

A 22-year-old man was left with serious injuries after he was struck by a vehicle in a hit-and-run collision in Prescot.

Police tape generic
BBC

The victim suffered a broken wrist, kidney damage and cuts and grazing to his legs, back and arms.  

Merseyside Police is appealing for witnesses after the incident, which happened between 01:00 and 04:00 on 17 July on Cross Lane, close to the junction with Florida Way.

Outdoor cinema returns to Southport

Southport's outdoor cinema returns next month, with three Hollywood blockbusters to be screened in King’s Gardens over the summer and into autumn.

Southport outdoor cinema
Sefton Council

It's open to eveyone, with a suggested donation of £2 to the Friends of King's Gardens to help put on future events.

Visit the Kings Gardens website.

Boy, 16, held after dramatic Liverpool police chase

Liverpool Echo

A teenage boy was arrested after a dramatic police chase through the streets of Liverpool.

Man admits making MP death threats

A man has admitted sending death threats to Labour MP Luciana Berger.

Luciana Berger
PA/Gareth Fuller

The MP for Liverpool Wavertree received a number of emails on 8 July, with one message allegedly telling her she would "get it like Jo Cox did", South Tyneside magistrates were told.

John Nimmo, 28, of Moreland Road, South Shields, admitted two counts of sending a message causing anxiety or distress.

John Nimmo

Man admits making MP death threats

A man pleads guilty to sending Labour MP Luciana Berger death threats.

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Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A man from Merseyside has been speaking to children in Warrington about the dangers of playing on railway lines after surviving an accident as a boy  
  • The new Northern Powerhouse minister will visit Liverpool during his first official tour of northern England later

Wirral's Dome of Home to feature on the Hairy Builder

BBC Two

New Brighton's impressive Catholic church, nicknamed the Dome of Home, will feature in tonight's episode of the Hairy Builder, featuring Hairy Biker Dave Myers.

Dome of Home
BBC

A symbol of hope to sailors returning from the battle of the Atlantic during the Second World War, the church is now crumbling and undergoing massive repairs. 

Dave Myers
BBC

The programme will also cross the Mersey and discover the secrets that lie beneath Liverpool's Metropolitan Cathedral.

Tune in on BBC Two at 18:30

Football: Everton opponents revealed in EFL Trophy draw

James Mountford

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

An Everton under-21s side will play Bolton, Cheltenham and Blackpool in the newly-established English Football League Trophy.

EFL Trophy logo
EFL

League One and Two teams will play 16 academy sides from the Premier League and Championship.

Everton will play each team once in the group stage, home or away before the top two teams going to a knockout stage.  

However, Liverpool rejected the chance to take part in the tournament along with Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham and Newcastle. 

Railway dangers explained by man who survived electric shock ordeal

A man from Merseyside has been speaking to children in Warrington about the dangers of playing on railway lines.

250 people from North West injured on railway tracks

Tom Crosby, from Merseyside, nearly died when he grabbed an overhead cable carrying 25,000 volts when he was 14.

He suffered massive burns and lost all skin on his face.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • The new Northern Powerhouse minister will visit Liverpool during his first official tour of northern England later
  • Parents are being warned children are almost twice as likely to trespass on the railway in the summer than in the winter
  • Everton will find out their opponents in the English Football League Trophy when the draw is made in the next hour

Morals and values letter sent to education secretary post Brexit

An open letter about teaching morals and values has been sent to the education secretary following a meeting organised by Liverpool Hope University after the UK voted to leave the European Union.

Liverpool Hope University
Google

More than 37 education professionals signed the letter to Justine Greening dated today calling for a renewed commitment to teaching PSHE, Citizenship and Religion in post-Brexit Britain.

It warns such lessons are already “increasingly being squeezed out” by time pressures for core academic subjects, and there are "dangers of some schools misinterpreting the need to promote fundamental British values in ways which close down meaningful discussions".

Northern Powerhouse Minister to visit Liverpool later

The new Northern Powerhouse minister will visit Liverpool later during his first official tour of the North.

Andrew Percy
BBC

Andrew Percy's tour will take him along the M62 via Hull and Manchester. 

Here, he'll meet local civic and business leaders to discuss the progress being made on the Liverpool City Region's devolution deal.

Travel: Congestion on County Rod, Liverpool

BBC Travel

There is slow traffic on County Road in both direction in Liverpool between the Wilburn Street junction and the Weldon Street junction.

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Parents warned about children trespassing on North West railways

Parents are being warned children are almost twice as likely to trespass on the railway in the summer than in the winter.

British Transport Police has revealed there were 270 incidents of young people trespassing in the North West last summer - leading to more than 200 hours of delays to trains.

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Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • The new Northern Powerhouse minister will visit Liverpool today during his first official tour of the North
  • Parents are being warned children are almost twice as likely to trespass on the railway in the summer than in the winter
  • A rare Victorian camera obscura is brought back to life in Chester after lying unused for decades

Weather: Cloud will clear for a sunny afternoon

BBC Weather

A wet start to the day but it will start to dry out. A cloudy morning before a sunny afternoon. Highs of 19C.

Weather forecast on Wednesday 27 July 2016

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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. 

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.