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Summary

  1. Updates from Tuesday 2 August
  2. News, sport, weather and travel returns from 08:00 on Wednesday

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

Weather: Cloudy with outbreaks of light rain

Dianne Oxberry

Weather presenter, BBC North West Tonight

It will be cloudy this evening with outbreaks of light rain in places.

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Most parts should become dry later and it will be a warm and humid night.

Wednesday morning will be mostly dry, though intermittent light rain is possible. It will become windy during the afternoon, especially in coastal areas such as Southport, with outbreaks of rain which could be heavy at times.

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Coming up: New centre for army veterans opens

Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, BBC North West Tonight

On tonight's programme, we visit a treatment centre being set up in Liverpool aimed specifically at military personnel and their distinct problems.

We bring the latest on Liverpool Lime Street's regeneration.

And we hear about plans which could transform Chester's Roman amphitheatre.

Join us on BBC One at 18:30.

Fresh view of Lime Street regeneration

New images showing the future of Lime Street have been released by Liverpool City Council.

Lime Street regeneration
Liverpool City Council

The £39m is set to go-ahead after the Court of Appeal rejected a bid by SAVE Britain’s Heritage to overturn planning permission.

Lime Street
Liverpool City Council

Ormskirk machete attack: Man, 44, detained under Mental Health Act

A 44-year-old man has been detained under the Mental Health Act after he attempted to attack another man with a machete in Ormskirk

He is being held in a secure unit following the incident on Ruff Lane near to Edge Hill University this morning. 

Police say there were no injuries and are appealing for witness to get in touch with them.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Regeneration of Liverpool's Lime Street is set to go ahead after the Court of Appeal rejected a legal challenge from conservationists
  • A 44-year-old man is detained under the Mental Health Act after an attempted machete attack in Ormskirk
  • Three men deny shooting a teenager dead in Vauxhall last Novermber.

Rare birds hatch at Chester Zoo

Seven chicks from a species of critically endangered birds have hatched at Chester Zoo.

Northern Bald Ibis chick
Chester Zoo

The zoo is celebrating the arrival of the northern bald ibis chicks, which have been bred for release into the wild.

The species is threatened by hunting, habitat loss, pesticide poisoning and an increase in construction works around their nesting sites.

Three deny killing Liverpool teenager

Three men have denied murdering teenager Lewis Dunne, who was shot dead in Liverpool in November.

Dunne
Family of Lewis Dunne

Lewis was shot  on a canal towpath in the Vauxhall area of the city.

Jake Culshaw, 25, of Birkenhead, and brothers Paul and John Martin from Walton, aged 25 and 20, entered the plea via video link from HMP Manchester. 

They were remanded in custody with a trial date set for October.

James Caton

National League side Southport make two more signings, adding winger James Caton and defender Joe Kearns.

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Liverpool mayor questions industrial strategy

The World at One

BBC Radio 4

The Northern Powerhouse was a flagship policy to redress the North-South economic imbalance with the initial focus on Manchester.

In a recent speech, Theresa May hinted that she wanted to help all of the UK's cities, not just a few.

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson told Martha Kearney that he wanted clarity on Mrs May's industrial strategy.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Regeneration of Liverpool's Lime Street is set to go ahead after the Court of Appeal rejected a legal challenge from conservationists
  • A 44-year-old man has been detained under the Mental Health Act after an attempted machete attack in Ormskirk
  • People living in Wirral could soon have their bin collections reduced to every three weeks

Gang jailed for dealing Class A drugs worth £9m

Two Liverpool men who ran a gang responsible for dealing more than £9m of Class A drugs across Merseyside have been jailed.

Stephen Kelly, 44, from Whitfield Road was sentenced to 15 years and four months and David Seddon, 43, from Lunt Road was sentenced to 11 years.

Six couriers who moved the drugs received sentences between 21 months and seven years.

Underground salt mine race called off in Cheshire

Chester Chronicle

Plans to host a unique underground 10k run in Winsford in Cheshire have been scuppered.  

Three jailed for firearm offences in Sefton

Three men who took photos and videos of themselves posing with weapons, one of which showed a man taking drugs off the barrel of a shotgun, have been jailed for firearm offences on Merseyside.

Clarke Mercer Graham sentencing
Merseyside Police
Clarke Mercer Graham sentencing
Merseyside Police

Malcolm Graham, 19, from Southport, was sentenced to 11 years at Liverpool Crown Court for possession of a self-loading pistol, ammunition and ammunition without a firearms certificate and two counts of wounding.

Lewis Clarke, 18, from Formby, was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years for possession of a self-loading pistol, ammunition and intent to cause fear of violence.

Adam Mercer, 22, of Bootle, was sentenced to three years for affray, and possession of a firearm without a firearms certificate.

Attempted machete attack near Edge Hill University

Lancashire Evening Post

A man has been detained after trying to attack another man with a machete in Ormskirk.

Ruff Lane, Ormskirk
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Driver bailed following high-speed police chase

St Helens Star

A motorist arrested on suspicion of driving at speeds of up to 70mph on a 15-minute rampage through Newton and Warrington has been released while investigations continue.  

Watching Coldplay's Viola Beach tribute was hard, relatives say

Relatives of the Warrington band Viola Beach have told the NME that watching Coldplay's tribute to them at Glastonbury was hard.

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Chris Martin led his bandmates in a rendition of Boys That Sing, a song that Viola Beach recorded shortly before they died in a car crash in Sweden.

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Wirral residents are asked to choose bin option

Residents in Wirral are being asked to choose between reducing bin collections to every three weeks - or halving the size of their general waste bin. 

Green bin
BBC

The council is trying to reach a target of recycling 50% of all household waste by 2020 - to avoid government fines for putting rubbish in landfill.  

Football: Ashley Williams would be 'great' for Everton

BBC Sport

Signing Swansea's Ashley Williams for £10m would be "great business" for Everton, according to former Toffees star Pat Nevin.

Ashley Williams
Huw Evans Picture Agency

The Wales and Swans captain is reported to be close to agreeing a move to Goodison Park after eight years at the Liberty Stadium.  

Travel: Accident on M62 slip road

BBC Travel

The M62 entry slip road is closed and there is slow traffic at Junction 9 for the A49 (Winwick) because of an accident.

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Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A £39m regeneration of Liverpool's Lime Street is set to go-ahead after an appeal rejected
  • Residents in Wirral are being asked to choose between reducing bin collections to every three weeks - or halving the size of their general waste bin 
  • A post mortem examination is due to take place after a body was found in a wooded area in Widnes

Liverpool's £39m Lime Street regeneration appeal rejected

A £39m regeneration of Lime Street in Liverpool is set to go-ahead after the Court of Appeal rejected a bid to overturn planning permission.

Lime Street plans
Charlie Coleman

The scheme will see the eastern side of Lime Street developed for commercial, retail and leisure uses with hotel and student accommodation. The facade of the former Futurist cinema will not be saved.

SAVE Britain’s Heritage claimed Liverpool City Council had breached planning guidance by failing to notify the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee.  

The Lord Justices agreed with the original ruling in January 2016 that the city council had acted appropriately.

Liverpool City Council signs up to skin cancer pledge with charity

Liverpool City Council has joined forces with a leading cancer charity to sign the first ever skin cancer pledge.

Doctor examining mole
Thinkstock

It means the council's public health team will work closely with Cancer Research UK over the coming years to ensure that skin cancer awareness is on the health agenda. 

In 2001, around 45 people were diagnosed with malignant melanoma in Liverpool - that figure has now risen to about 90 people every year.

Football: Liverpool US tour ends in defeat by Roma

BBC Sport

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits they "weren't at their best", after losing their final friendly on the tour of America to Roma. 

Liverpool v Roma
Getty Images

The Reds were beaten 2-1 in St Louis yesterday. Klopp, though, says he isn't too concerned 

Sometimes as a manager you have to accept things and tonight I can accept it because I know why - 13 days in the USA and the hardest circumstances tonight at the end, after a lot of intensive sessions and then this wet heat. It was not too easy.

Liverpool's next game is against Barcelona at Wembley on Saturday.

More reaction on BBC Sportsday

Wirral teenager visits all Tube stations in brother's memory

A 13-year-old boy has completed a challenge to visit all the London Underground stations in one day in memory of his older brother.

Alasdair Clift received a certificate recognising his achievement from Mark Wild managing director of London Underground
PA

Alasdair Clift, from Wirral, took on the "Tube Challenge" after his brother Adam, 17, died from lymphoma in March.  

Teenager robbed at gunpoint in Kirby

Police are looking for three teenagers who threatened a 14-year-old boy in Kirkby with what was believed to have been a shotgun.

The boy was fishing at Mill Dam Park when he was approached by the group yesterday.

They took his mobile phone - he was not injured in the incident.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Jeremy Corbyn has called for a Labour Party that "works for all" while addressing a crowd of thousands in Liverpool
  • Police have described the robbery of a 14-year-old boy at gunpoint in Kirkby as "despicable"
  • Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits they "weren't at their best", after losing their final friendly on the tour of America to Roma 

Viola Beach set for posthumous number one

The debut album from Viola Beach - the Warrington band killed in a car crash in February - looks set to reach number one in the album chart.

Viola Beach's debut album is currently leading the chart by around 6,000 sales
BBC

All four members of the band and their manager Craig Tarry died when their car plunged into a canal in Sweden.

Body found in search for missing Widnes teenager

Police searching for a missing teenager from Widnes have found a body in a wooded area in the town.

Officers say the clothing and description matches that of 19-year-old Connor Green - who hasn't been seen since the weekend.

His family have been informed. There are no suspicious circumstances around the death.

Travel: Roadworks in Runcorn

BBC Travel

Two lanes are closed on the Daresbury Expressway westbound in Runcorn between the east and west turn-off because of long-term roadworks.

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Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Jeremy Corbyn has pledged more investment for Merseyside, while addressing thousands of people at a rally in Liverpool
  • Police searching for a missing teenager from Widnes have found a body in a wooded area in the town
  • Liverpool City Council has joined forces with a leading cancer charity to sign the first ever skin cancer pledge

Thousands turn out for Jeremy Corbyn in Liverpool

Jeremy Corbyn has pledged more investment for areas such as Merseyside, while addressing thousands of people at a rally in Liverpool.

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn addresses thousands of supporters in St George"s Square
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Jeremy Corbyn Rallies Supporters In Liverpool
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Mr Corbyn spoke at St George's Plateau as part of his Labour leadership campaign, and told the huge crowds he wants a Labour party that works for all.

Thousands of people have joined the party since MPs challenged Mr Corbyn.

Jeremy Corbyn rallies supporters In Liverpool
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Weather: A dull, cloudy, overcast day

BBC Weather

A dull and cloudy day with some occasional light showers and drizzle. Not much in the way of bright weather with highs of 20C.

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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.