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  1. Updates on Friday 29 July
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday 1 August

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

Weather: Rain easing through the evening

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Roger Johnson

Presenter, BBC North West Tonight

On tonight's programme we'll hear about a posthumous album released by Warrington band Viola Beach, who were killed in a car crash earlier this year.

And we learn how a street in north Liverpool was decked with flowers during the 1966 World Cup.

Meanwhile, former Everton star Wayne Rooney tells us why he is supporting Liverpool's Alder Hey Hospital.

Join us at 18:30 on BBC One

Car fans heading for Bolesworth Castle festival

Thousands of car and music fans will be heading to Cheshire's Bolesworth Castle this weekend for a three-day motoring festival.

Chris Evans
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BBC presenter Chris Evans

CarFest North 2016, which runs from today to Sunday, is the brainchild of Warrington-born BBC broadcaster and former Top Gear host Chris Evans.   

The sold-out event, which raises money for BBC Children in Need, is a celebration of all things motors and also features live music from Will Young, Bryan Adams and The Coors.

Firefighters rescue horse trapped in ditch

Firefighters rescued a horse which fell 6ft (1.8m) into a water ditch in Chester.

Rescued horse
Cheshire Fire Service

Crews stabilised the horse's head using straw which allowed a vet to sedate the animal, which had fallen on its side.

The fire crews then attached a harness to the horse and lifted it safely out of the enclosure, with the help of a farm vehicle.

Lost 1966 World Cup radio commentary found

Lost BBC radio commentary of England winning the World Cup has been found - 50 years on from the team's triumph.

World Cup 66
PA

Frank McFarlane, who went to Worcester College for the Blind, had recorded the match on reel-to-reel tape by holding a microphone near to a pocket radio.

Mr McFarlane, from Wirral, mentioned this at a school reunion to a BBC Radio 5 live listener, who was "99% certain" the station had lost the audio - and got in touch with the corporation.

World Cup 1966: Why the Brazilians came to our street

Paul Burnell

Reporter, BBC News Online

it's 50 years since England hosted the 1966 World Cup, when the streets around Goodison Park had all kinds of decorations festooning the neighbourhood.

Kenny Leary, whose mother lived in Claudia Street, has described his memories from those heady days.

Liverpool's 1966 World Cup welcome
Claudia Street
Getty Images

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Merseyside Police promise "robust action" after shots were fired at a house in Bootle in what is thought to have been a case of mistaken identity
  • A sacked Merseyside police officer described as the "inside man" in a plot to burgle cannabis farms is jailed for seven years
  • The debut album from the Warrington band Viola Beach is posthumuosly released

Campaigners press shops to stop selling The Sun

A campaign group trying to persuade shop owners across Merseyside to stop selling The Sun newspaper says support for its cause is growing every day. 

The Sun
BBC

Total Eclipse of the Sun says 114 businesses have already agreed to stop taking copies of the paper since the group was set up following the Hillsborough inquests. 

Morrisons in Speke recently announced it was removing The Sun from its shelves following a protest at the store - and this weekend the group is taking its campaign to Sainsbury's on Prescott Road. 

Murder suspect told police 'it looks bad'

woman accused of murdering her love rival told police "it looks really bad" as she was questioned about her movements by murder squad detectives, a court hears.  

Sadie Hartley
Family of Sadie Hartley

Sadie Hartley, 60, was stunned with a cattle prod and stabbed at her home in Helmshore, Lancashire, on 14 January.

Sarah Williams, 35, and her friend, Katrina Walsh, 56, are said to have spent 17 months plotting to kill Ms Hartley, Preston Crown Court heard.

The pair, both from Chester, deny murdering the mother-of-two.

Corrupt PC jailed over cannabis plot

A police officer who sold details of suspected cannabis farms in a plot to steal and supply drugs is jailed for seven years.

Barry Parkinson
Merseyside Police

Barry Parkinson, 46, from Liverpool, was convicted of burglary, supplying drugs and admitting misconduct in public office at an earlier hearing.  

Parkinson, of Beechburn Crescent, was convicted with three other Liverpool men - his friend Robert Sloan, 45, Shaun Blackburn, 32, and David Gould, 53.  

Travel: Broken down vehicle blocking M56 lane

BBC Travel

One lane is blocked on M56 westbound at J15 M53, because of a broken down vehicle.  

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Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Merseyside Police promise "robust action" after shots were fired at a house in Bootle in what is thought to have been a case of mistaken identity
  • Sacked Merseyside police officer described as the "inside man" in plot to burgle cannabis farms is jailed for seven years
  • The debut album from the Warrington band Viola Beach has been posthumuosly released

Rock hyrax pups born at Chester Zoo

Four baby rock hyraxes have been born at Chester Zoo.

Chester Zoo
Chester Zoo
Rock hyrax pregnancies last more than seven months
Chester Zoo
Chester Zoo
Rock hyraxes in the wild live in Africa and along the Arabian Peninsula

The quartet of pups, one male and three female, arrived weighing between just 250g and 290g.

Although similar in appearance to the Guinea pig, rock hyraxes are more closely related to the elephant than any other species on Earth - sometimes referred to as "the elephant’s cousin" as a result of a genetic link. 

Metro mayor hustings: Northern Powerhouse plans criticised

Claire Hamilton

Reporter, BBC Radio Mersesyide

Labour candidates for mayor of the Liverpool city region have criticised plans for a Northern Powerhouse. 

Hustings
BBC

Party members on Merseyside are preparing to vote on who they want to run in the metro mayor election in May 2017. 

Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson joined MPs Steve Rotheram and Luciana Berger in a hustings on Thursday night. 

They agreed George Osborne's idea to unify northern cities into an economic force needed firm government backing.   

Got a spare £1m to buy a Porsche?

Chester Chronicle

Like cars, and have a spare £1m floating around to indulge your passion? 

Porsche
BBC

Well that’s how much you’ll need to buy the rare hypercar which is gracing a Cheshire Oaks showroom with its presence.  

A 918 Spyder – the fastest, most advanced Porsche road car ever – is currently on sale at Porsche Centre, Chester for a whopping £1,080,000.

Click here to see the car.

Liverpool gearing up for Pride 2016

The seventh annual Liverpool Pride event takes place this weekend with a range of vibrant and colourful activities planned across the city.

Liverpool Pride
Liverpool Pride
Liverpool Pride is now in its seventh year

The event is part of the city's annual celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender culture.

The party carries on over the weekend with the 2016 theme being "Liverpool Icons".  

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service
Merseyside firefighters will be joining in the celebrations at Liverpool Pride this year. Wearing their uniforms, they will join Saturday's march

This year the festivities are moving to a new home in St George's Quarter, including St George's Hall, St John's Gardens, William Brown Street and The Plateau - which is the starting point of Pride's centrepiece march on Saturday.  

Wirral snapper remembers World Cup 1966, 50 years on

Paul Burnell

Reporter, BBC News Online

A Wirral-based photographer has described his memories of England's 1966 World Cup final - when he could not get rid of his spare ticket for the game.

World Cup Final 1966
Tom Lutton

A collection of Tom Lutton's shots from the England vs West Germany match are part of an exhibition marking 50 years since the clash.

Mr Lutton said he found it a challenge trying to sell the ticket which his father could not use.

Tom Lutton
BBC

“I tried to sell it twice in London but the touts were not interested, I think they thought I was a policeman as I was tall with short hair," he recalled.  

“I was all on my own on Wembley Way and eventually I met a father and son who wanted to swap a ticket so they could be together, and we found my spare ticket matched up with one of their's.

"I went into the ground and found my spot was the best as I was behind the goal where Geoff Hurst scored his third goal, and I was able to take photographs"

Weather: Rain easing through the afternoon

The rain will ease through the afternoon with sunny spells developing, but with the risk of an isolated shower or two.  

Weather
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Latest headlines from Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A campaign group trying to persuade shop owners across Merseyside to stop selling The Sun newspaper says support for its cause is growing every day
  • Merseyside Police want to find two men seen on a scrambler bike around the time a house was shot at in Bootle in what's believed to be a case of mistaken identity
  • St Helens hopes of hosting the Great Exhibition of the North in 2018 have been dashed

Travel: Broken down vehicle slows M6 traffic

BBC Travel

Slow traffic is reported on the M6 southbound between J21a, M62 (Croft Interchange) and J21, A57 (Woolston), because of a broken down vehicle. The congestion stretches to J23, A580 (Haydock).  

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Labour leadership contender Owen Smith to hold rally in Liverpool

Liverpool Echo

Labour leadership contender Owen Smith is set to hold a rally in Liverpool on Saturday.

Jeremy Corbyn, Owen Smith
bbc

The Welsh MP is due to speak to supporters in Camp and Furnace on Saturday at 14:00, ahead of rival Jeremy Corbyn visiting the city on 1 August.  

Viola Beach's debut album finally released

The debut album by Viola Beach is finally released, featuring songs recorded before all four band members were killed.

Viola Beach
Viola Beach

The group and their manager died when their vehicle plunged off a bridge in Sweden in February.

The album is a collection of tracks put together during their short career, many of which were destined for an EP rather than a full-length release.  

Liverpool hospitals rated as 'good'

The NHS trust that runs Liverpool's Royal and Broadgreen hospitals has been given a rating of good. 

Liverpool Royal
Stephen Richards/Geograph

The Care Quality Commission particularly praised the end of life care service as outstanding. 

But concerns were raised about the amount of time it took for patients at A&E to be treated and then discharged.  

Echo journalists take industrial action

Staff at the Liverpool Echo are set to take industrial action today over concerns about changes to the paper. 

Liverpool Echo
BBC

The National Union of Journalists says owners Trinity Mirror have increased workloads on its members by making redundancies. Chris Morley from the NUJ says they're particularly worried about the type of stories being covered online.

A spokesperson for Trinity Mirror says the changes are "vital to their evolving newsbrands" - and that the proposals which have led to strike action will see a net loss of two roles in Liverpool, and no compulsory redundancies.

One week left to decide on Labour candidate

Labour members on Merseyside have just a week left to vote for the person they want to be the party's candidate for Metro Mayor of the Liverpool city region.

Hustings
BBC
Walton MP Steve Rotheram, (left), Luciana Berger, (right), who represents Wavertree and Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson, (second from right)

Last night in Huyton the three contenders - Walton MP Steve Rotheram, Luciana Berger, who represents Wavertree and Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson answered questions from Knowsley’s Labour members.

The questions ranged from transport and education to the superport currently under construction in Liverpool.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A campaign group trying to persuade shop owners across Merseyside to stop selling The Sun newspaper says support for its cause is growing every day
  • Liverpool's Royal and Broadgreen hospitals have been rated as good by the Care Quality Commission
  • The debut album by the Warrington band Viola Beach will be released posthumously today

Liverpool man arrested in Magaluf after gun stolen from cop's hotel room

Liverpool Echo

A Liverpool man was arrested in Mallorca after a gun was stolen from a police officer’s hotel room.

Magaluf
Getty Images

Spanish press today reported that two thieves slipped across a balcony and entered the Civil Guard officer’s room at a resort in Magaluf.  

John Stones: Pep Guardiola confirms Man City interest in Everton defender

BBC Sport

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed he is interested in signing Everton defender John Stones.  

John Stones
Getty Images

It is thought Everton want £50m for the 22-year-old, who came close to joining Chelsea last summer.

"Everyone knows we are going to try," said Guardiola after Thursday's friendly win over Borussia Dortmund in China. 

Huge wind turbines bound for Liverpool Bay

State of the art wind turbines with a diameter bigger than the London Eye are being assembled at Belfast Harbour.

Wind turbine parts
BBC
The 32 turbines are destined for the sea off Liverpool.

The 32 turbines are being put together and fitted out before being shipped out horizontally on a specialist vessel to the 40sq km site in Liverpool Bay.

Once running, they will generate enough electricity for about 230,000 homes.

Homes evacuated after suspected chemical incident

Merseyside fire crews were called to deal with a suspected chemical incident in Kirkdale last night. 

Fire service
PA

Homes on Delamore Street were evacuated while specialist firefighters wearing breathing apparatus removed a solvent. 

It took four hours to give the area the all clear.  

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A campaign group hoping to persuade shops on Merseyside to stop selling The Sun newspaper following the Hillsborough inquests says support is growing 
  • Politicians hoping to be chosen as Labour's candidate for Metro Mayor of the city region have a week left to win votes
  • Merseyside fire crews spent four hours dealing with a suspected chemical incident in Kirkdale last night

Travel: Traffic lights out in Aintree

BBC Travel

Traffic light failure on the A59 Ormskirk Road in Aintree at the Topham Drive junction is causing disruption. Approach with care.  

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Weather: Patchy rain clearing to leave sunny spells

BBC Weather

It'll be a bright start in the north with patchy rain in southern parts. The rain will ease through the afternoon with sunny spells developing, but with the risk of an isolated shower or two.

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