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Summary

  1. Updates from Monday 1 August
  2. News, sport, weather and travel will return from 08:00 on Tuesday

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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 from across the region.

Weather: Cloudy with outbreaks of light rain

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

It will be mainly cloudy, with some outbreaks of light rain or drizzle in the south. 

Dry in the north towards Southport, perhaps with some clear spells.

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Coming up: Southport student's hate crime death

Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, BBC North West Tonight

On tonight's programme, we hear from the mother of a Birkdale student murdered in a hate crime, who says she does not blame her son's killer.

We watch Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn hitting the campaign trail in Liverpool in his fight for re-election.

And we hear from Southport swimmer Fran Halsall on the eve of the Olympics.

Join us on BBC One at 18:30.

Artist chosen to honour women's rights campaigner

Eleanor Rathbone, one of Liverpool's greatest political figures, is to be celebrated in art as part of a national campaign marking the 70th anniversary of her death.

Lulu Quinn
Liverpool City Council

Artist Lulu Quinn (pictured) has been chosen to produce the pieces, which will be in the walled garden of Greenbank Park, formerly the estate of the Rathbone family. 

Rathbone, who lived from 1872-1946, was the first woman to be elected to Liverpool City Council, representing Granby Ward from 1909 to 1934.  

Quinn's work will feature three quotations taken from Eleanor's writings about women's suffrage, the family allowance bill and her campaigns for the rights of refugees.

Your pictures: Cloudscape over Southport

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher WeatherEyeSteve for uploading this image of a lovely cloudscape over Southport.

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Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  •  A man is jailed for life for the transphobic hate killing of a Southport student.  
  • Police launch an investigation after a nine-year-old boy died in a car crash in Cheshire
  • A man receives a life sentence for murdering a man in Cheshire

Homeless hostel celebrates success stories

Former residents of a homeless hostel have returned there for a celebration to say thanks for helping to turn their lives around.

Maria Burke
Alt Bank House

The event at Alt Bank House, which is run by Liverpool Housing Trust in Fazakerley, saw past clients share their inspirational stories with current residents.

“Days like this remind me that there’s hope and light at the end of the tunnel," said former resident Maria Burke (pictured above), who spent eight months at the home after her relationship broke down due to anxiety and depression.

Alt Bank House reunion
Alt Bank House

Pedalos set for Sefton Park return

Pedalos are returning to the lake in Sefton Park this summer.

Sefton Park peadalos
Liverpool City Council

A fleet of pedalos and rowing boats will be available for hire at the park’s lake during the summer, starting on Thursday.

They were introduced to the park in 2012 and are operated by charity Local Solutions. They will cost £5 per vessel to hire and will be available from Thursdays to Sundays between 11:00 and 16:00.

UKIP hopeful Steven Woolfe misses leadership deadline

BBC Politics

North West England MEP Steven Woolfe, seen as the frontrunner to succeed Nigel Farage as UKIP leader, has missed the deadline for submitting his nomination

Steven Woolfe
BBC

Mr Woolfe blamed technical issues with the site and insisted he was still in the race - but this has not been officially confirmed by the party.

'I blame the system' - mother of murder victim William Lound

The mother of William Lound has told his killer she doesn't blame him - she blames "the system which allowed it to happen".

William and Gigi Lound
North News/NNP

Maureen Lound from Birkdale, Southport, was speaking after Lee Arnold was jailed for a minimum of 23 years for stabbing her son to death in a transphobic attack in Salford.

"Arnold is a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic with a history of violence," she said. "He should not have been roaming the streets of Greater Manchester without supervision."

She added that her daughter Gini took her own life "almost certainly as a result of Arnold's crime".

The judge at Minshull Street Crown Court said he hopes the authorities will carefully consider criticism of the mental health care Arnold received.

Transphobic murder was 'brutal and premeditated', says judge

Dave Guest

Chief reporter, BBC North West Tonight

The judge who jailed Lee Arnold for life for the transphobic hate killing of student William Lound described it as a "brutal, premeditated, sustained attack".

William Lound
North News/NNP

Mr Lound, 30, from Birkdale, Southport, was stabbed to death by 37-year-old Arnold in Salford in February, "because of his sexual orientation", the judge at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court said.

His killer, who had been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic, was told he will serve a minimum tariff of 23 years and four months before he is eligible for parole.

Transphobic student killer jailed for life

A 36-year-old man who killed Salford student William Lound, who was from Birkdale, in a "brutal and premeditated" transphobic attack has been jailed for life.

Lee Arnold will serve a minimum tariff of 23 years and four months before he is eligible for parole, Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court heard.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A man's been given a life sentence for murdering a man in Cheshire
  • Police have launched an investigation after a nine-year-old boy died in a car crash in Cheshire
  • A final decision on the future of Chester's Roman amphitheatre has been delayed  

Man jailed for a minimum of 20 years for Runcorn murder

A man has been given a life sentence for murdering a man in Cheshire.

Slawomir Misiak
Cheshire Police

Slawomir Misiak pleaded guilty to the murder of 35-year-old Marcin Karolewski in Runcorn in April - both men were originally from Poland. 

The 38-year-old was told he will serve a minimum of 20 years in prison.  

Arrest made after car flips over on Parr Street

Warrington Guardian

A 35-year-old man has been arrested after a car flipped over on Parr Street on Sunday.  

Man, 25, taken to hospital with multiple injuries after falling off motorbike

Wirral Globe

A 25-year-old man has been taken to hospital with multiple injuries after falling off his motorbike in Woodchurch last night.

Chester's Roman amphitheatre decision delayed

Phil McCann

Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News

A final decision on the future of Chester's Roman amphitheatre has been delayed. 

Chester ampitheatre
BBC

In July Cheshire West and Chester Council said a deal to refurbish Dee House, an 18th Century building which sits on top of much of the site, could be completed.

But opposition councillors have triggered a review of the plan, meaning it will be at least September before the proposals can be approved.

Iconic new bridge inspires tomorrow's engineers

Runcorn and Widnes World

Halton's iconic new bridge has inspired local students - with almost 130 pupils from Saints Peter and Paul Catholic College taking part in an event at the Catalyst Museum in Widnes.

Mersey Gateway
Mersey Gateway

Woman arrested over death of man in Sefton is bailed

A woman, arrested in connection with the death of a man in Sefton, has been released on bail pending further inquiries.

The 33-year-old was questioned, after the man's body was discovered at a house on East Street in Waterloo in the early hours of Saturday.

The death is being treated as unexplained.

Travel: Birkenhead North car park closed overnight for resurfacing

Football: Danny Ings will feature in Liverpool friendly against Roma

Phil Cooper

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

Liverpool continue their preparations for the new season tonight with a friendly against Roma. 

Danny Ings
PA

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Danny Ings will feature, having sat out the 2-0 win over AC Milan at the weekend.  

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A nine-year-old boy has died in a car crash in Ellesmere Port
  • A Croxteth community association hopes a fresh bid to the National Lottery will safeguard its future
  • A final decision on the future of Chester's Roman amphitheatre has been delayed 

Croxteth community centre saved by housing association grant

A community centre that has been helping families in Liverpool since 1969 has been saved from closure after its National Lottery funding ran out earlier this year. 

Croxteth Gems Community Association has been thrown a lifeline by Cobalt Housing Association which has given it a £24,000 grant. 

Your pictures: Overcast skies over River Mersey

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Beach nut for uploading this image of a cloudy New Brighton this morning.

New Brighton
BBC

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Boy, nine, dies in Cheshire crash

A nine-year-old boy has died after a car overturned in Cheshire. 

Cheshire crash
@AndyMcLannahan

Police were called to the A5117 Elton, near to Hapsford Services area just before 16:00 yesterday where a dark blue Ford Focus had overturned on the carriageway.

The front seat passenger - a nine-year-old boy from Manchester - was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the vehicle, a 42-year-old and a rear passenger - a 15-year-old boy were taken to hospital.

Nine-year-old boy from Manchester dies in road accident

Chester Chronicle

A nine-year-old boy was sadly killed at the scene of a collision close to Elton yesterday afternoon (July 31).  

Southport fraudster ordered to pay back just £1

Southport Visiter

A Southport con man who swindled £76,000 has been ordered to pay back just £1.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with two shootings in Merseyside more than a year apart
  • A woman arrested over the death of a man in Sefton, has been released on bail
  • A community centre in Croxteth that lost its funding has been saved from closure

Liverpool announced as BBC Radio 1Xtra Live location for 2016

BBC Radio 1Xtra Live is back and heading to Liverpool for one night only at the Echo Arena. 

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Expect bass, beats and one of the finest line up's for 2016.  

Klopp wants more goals as Reds beat Milan

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has told his side they "need to finish" more often despite beating AC Milan 2-0 in the International Champions Cup.  

Goalscorer Divock Origi
EPA

Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino scored second-half goals in California at the weekend, but Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana missed chances.

Klopp's side play Barcelona at Wembley on Saturday, before opening their Premier League campaign at Arsenal on 14 August.

Man arrested over two shootings in Sefton a year apart

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with two shootings in Merseyside more than a year apart, police have said. 

Monfa Road, Bootle
Google

The 24-year-old, from Bootle, was held on Sunday after a man, aged 23, was shot in the arm in Crosby on 25 July. 

He is also being questioned over an incident in Monfa Road, Bootle, on 11 May last year in which a 29-year-old man was critically injured after being shot in the stomach.

Travel: Burst water main causing delays in Ormskirk

BBC Travel

There is queuing traffic on A570 Ormskirk Road in both directions in Scarth Hill between the A506 Liverpool Road junction and the Scarth Hill Lane junction because of a burst water main.

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Switch Island horror crash cop sacked from Merseyside Police

Liverpool Echo

A Merseyside Police officer who caused a horror crash at Switch Island has been sacked.

Viola Beach debut album released following crash tragedy

Chester Chronicle

Warrington band Viola Beach's debut album - recorded before all four members and their manager were killed in a car crash in Sweden - has been posthumously released.

Viola Beach
BBC

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with two shootings in Merseyside a year apart
  • A community centre in Croxteth has been saved from closure after its National Lottery funding ran out earlier this year
  • Liverpool continue their preparations for the new season with a friendly against Roma tonight

Travel: West Derby Street, Liverpool closed due to roadworks

BBC Travel

West Derby Street (A5047) in Liverpool closed in both directions between Low Hill junction and the Crown Street junction because of roadworks.

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Weather: Mainly dry day but risk of odd shower

BBC Weather

A bright start for most but turning increasingly cloudy through the day. Highs of 17C.

Weather forecast for Monday 1 August

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Good morning: Join us for today's live news coverage

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.