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  1. Updates from Wednesday 10 August
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday 11 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 Thursday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the region.

Weather: More rain on the way...

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Here's a final look at the forecast now, with further outbreaks of rain expected through the night. 

But it should feel milder than recent nights.

Weather forecast for Wednesday 10 July

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Coming up: Father's plea for forgotten soldier's freedom

Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, BBC North West Tonight

On tonight's programme we hear from the father of a former soldier from Merseyside who's in jail in India. He's calling for the new Foreign Secretary to do more to bring his son back home. 

We also hear from the man picked to be Labour's candidate in the Liverpool City Region Mayoral election - Walton MP Steve Rotheram.

And we explain why you will soon be seeing teddy bears sitting on the seats at a Rugby League stadium....

Join us on BBC One from 18:30

Delayed rail work 'to begin in 2017'

Delayed work to upgrade the railway line between Wrexham and Chester will start in March.

Arriva Trains Wales train in Cardiff
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The project, which will see the track double between Rossett and Saltney junction, was given the go-ahead in October 2013 and originally set to be finished by 2015.

North Wales AM Mark Isherwood said: "I am delighted that a date has now been given, although it is disappointing it has taken so long."

Network Rail has been asked to comment.

Police investigate suspected gang shooting

Merseyside Police are investigating a suspected shooting in Kirkby earlier between "two groups of males".

Mossdale Road, Kirkby
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A force spokesman said the force received calls about an incident in Mossdale Road at about 14:00.

Officers believe a gun was fired but the suspects had fled by the time patrols arrived.

House-to-house inquiries are taking place.

'Don't buy the Sun' protest at Tesco

Campaigners are staging a protest against the Sun newspaper outside Tesco in Liverpool's Hanover Street.

Don't buy the Sun protest
BBC

A spokesman for the group, called Total Eclipse of the Sun, said they are opposed to the tabloid following its controversial coverage of the Hillsborough disaster.

Don't buy the Sun protest
BBC

It comes after ASDA decided to stop selling the paper at several stores around the city.

Father's plea to save son from Indian jail

The father of a former soldier from Merseyside being held in jail in India is calling for the new Foreign Secretary to do more to get his son back home.

Father of ex soldier from Merseyside in jail in India wants Foreign Secretary to do more

Paul Towers is one of six Britons who were jailed for carrying guns while working for an anti-piracy company in the Indian Ocean in 2013. 

His father wants Boris Johnson to intervene.

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Steve Rotheram: Mayoral role 'would be a good fit for me'

Labour's newly-elected candidate in the Liverpool City Region Mayor race has said there is "no other job" he would quit being an MP for.

Steve Rotheram
BBC

Steve Rotheram, who will resign as MP for Liverpool Walton if he wins the election in May, said he was attracted by the "devolution" powers of the mayoral role.

"Everybody knows how passionate I am about Liverpool and the city region, so it seemed like an obvious fir for me," he added.

Read the full story here

Wirral hospital trialing new prostate cancer treatment programme

A groundbreaking trial which could see prostate cancer patients receive their treatment in just five days is being carried out at the Clatterbridge Centre in Wirral.

The Clatterbridge Centre, Wirral
BBC

Patients currently have to undergo around eight weeks of treatment, but doctors are now looking at whether five radiotherapy sessions could be as effective as surgery.

Who is the new Duke of Westminster?

The seventh Duke of Westminster, Hugh Grosvenor
AP

Here is a profile of Hugh Grosvenor, who has become the seventh Duke of Westminster following the sudden death of his father.

Along with his title, the duke inherits the family's country seat, Eaton Hall in Cheshire.

Police probe after shots fired at house

An investigation is underway after shots were fired at a house in Netherton.

Police tape
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Officers were called to Waterside just after 23:00 last night, Merseyside Police said.

Damage was caused to the front door of a property, but no-one was injured. 

Patrols have been stepped up in the area.

My Story: Beth Tweddle on gymnastics

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Former world champion and Olympic and Commonwealth Games medallist - and Cheshire native - Beth Tweddle recalls her career in gymnastics.

Beth Tweddle
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Travel: Broken down lorry closes M57 lane

BBC Travel

One lane is closed on the M57 northbound at junction 1 for the M62 because of a broken down lorry.

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Culture secretary urges Liverpool to bid to host Commonwealth Games in 2026

The new culture secretary has urged Liverpool to bid to host the Commonwealth Games in 2026.

Karen Bradley
BBC

Karen Bradley was in the city yesterday, where she made her maiden speech at the Philharmonic Hall. 

Last week the Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said he had written to the government outlining the city's intention - and said a formal bid could take a year to prepare. 

Ms Bradley said she's seen "first hand" the difference the games made to Glasgow and Manchester.

Analysis: A key victory for Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party?

Carole Walker

Political correspondent

Steve Rotheram's victory in Liverpool further strengthens Jeremy Corbyn's grip on the Labour party.

Steve Rotheram
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He's a parliamentary aide to the Labour leader who was one of the first to congratulate him.

Jon Lansman, of the grassroots Momentum campaign which supports Mr Corbyn, said the result was a "victory for democracy".

Mr Rotheram won almost 60% of the vote in the second round to secure Labour's nomination.

Given Labour's grip on local politics, he's almost certain to become the first elected mayor of the Liverpool City Region, giving Mr Corbyn an important ally in a powerful devolved role.

The new mayor will oversee transport, planning, post-16 education and wield a £900m investment fund.

Mayoral candidate Steve Rotherham wants North West Powerhouse boost

Liverpool Metro Mayor candidate Steve Rotheram said he is sending "a strong message" to Prime Minister Theresa May about plans with his Manchester counterpart Andy Burnham to develop a "North West Powerhouse".

Steve Rotheram MP named as Labour's mayoral candidate for Liverpool City Region

Weather: Cloudy increasing with rain likely

BBC Weather

Cloud will increase this afternoon and it'll feel breezy with patchy outbreaks of rain.

Weather forecast for Wednesday 10 August

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Southport and Ormskirk hospital chiefs face disciplinary hearings

Three senior staff at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust are to face disciplinary hearings after being suspended over whistleblowing claims.

Southport Hospital
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Southport and Ormskirk Hospital chief executive Jonathan Parry and three others were suspended a year ago.

The trust would not confirm which staff would faced the hearings, but said one person had no case to answer and would return to work.

Race for Metro Mayor: 'Don't expect a cliffhanger'

A University of Liverpool British and Irish politics professor has made an astute observation about the region's metro mayor election race....

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Analysis: What does mayoral nomination mean for Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson?

Claire Hamilton

Reporter, BBC Radio Mersesyide

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson had made no secret of his desire to be Metro Mayor. After all, it was he who lobbied hard for the role to be created in the first place. 

Joe Anderson
BBC

Now left "heartbroken" following MP Steve Rotheram's nomination, he will remain in his current role after being re-elected for a second term in May. 

There is a possibility that in February 2017, Liverpool City Council could vote to abolish the role of city mayor.

But that would require a two thirds of members voting for the council to change the system. 

If it did happen, it would mean a return to the old system of council leader and cabinet. 

Meanwhile, Mr Rotheram has said he would continue in his current roles, both as MP for Walton and as Jeremy Corbyn’s parliamentary private secretary “for the time being”.

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Lucian Berger tweets congratulations to Steve Rotheram

Steve Rotheram: 'I want to maximise benefits of devolution'

Claire Hamilton

Reporter, BBC Radio Mersesyide

Victorious Steve Rotheram has given his first interview after selection as Labour's candidate for mayor of the Liverpool City Region.

Steve Rotheram on being named as Labour's mayoral candidate for LCR

The MP said he wants to work with the region's leaders to "maximise the benefits of devolution".

Factfile: Mayoral candidate Steve Rotheram

Steve Rotherman Lord Mayor of Liverpool
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  • The former bricklayer was elected to the Commons as Liverpool Walton MP in 2010
  • He had previously served as a Liverpool city councillor for eight years
  • Was Lord Mayor of Liverpool during the city's Capital of Culture year in 2008
Steve Rotheram
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'Heartbroken' Joe Anderson congratulates Steve Rotheram

Breakdown of votes that led to Steve Rotheram Labour candidacy win

Steve Rotheram was chosen Labour's candidate for next year's Liverpool City Region mayoral election after a two round voting system.

Breakdown
Labour

One candidate needed at least 50% of the vote to be elected but the Walton MP failed to achieve this in the first round, as the table shows.

MP Luciana Berger was eliminated and the second preference choice on the ballot paper was divided up and those votes saw the 54-year-old beat Joe Anderson in the second round.

The turnout was 72.6%.

MP Steve Rotheram 'deeply honoured' to be named Labour's mayoral candidate

Steve Rotheram has said he is "deeply honoured and humbled" to be elected as Labour's mayoral candidate in the Liverpool City Region.

Steve Rotheram
BBC

He beat current elected mayor Joe Anderson and former frontbench MP Luciana Berger to be selected to fight the election next year. 

Mr Rotheram, a parliamentary aide to the Labour leader, said he was "deeply honoured and humbled" to be picked and pledged to "stand up for ordinary people".

MP Steve Rotheram tweets thank you to supporters

Labour leader congratulates Steve Rotheram on mayoral candidacy

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who is a close ally of Steve Rotheram, has congratulated him on winning the mayoral candidacy for the Liverpool City Region.

Mr Rotheram beat current elected mayor Joe Anderson and former frontbench MP Luciana Berger to be selected to fight the election next year.

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Turnout of 72% sees Steve Rotheram named as Labour's mayoral candidate

The turnout of the election that saw Steve Rotheram voted Labour's candidate in next year's Liverpool City Region mayoral election was 72%.

Steve Rotheram
BBC

Speaking at the ACC Liveprool he said he and Andy Burnham will create a North West Powerhouse if they are elected.

Andy Burnham was selected as Labour candidate for Manchester mayor yesterday.

MP Steve Rotheram named as Labour mayoral candidate

Steve Rotheram
BBC

Labour has named Steve Rotheram as its candidate for next year's mayor election in the Liverpool City Region.

The Walton MP beat Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson and Wavertree MP Luciana Berger in a vote of Labour members in the region.

The region covers Liverpool, St Helens, Knowsley, Sefton, Wirral and the Cheshire borough of Halton.

The other parties have yet to decide their candidates for the election on 4 May 2017.

BreakingSteve Rotheram named as Labour mayoral candidate for Liverpool City Region

Labour has named Steve Rotheram as its candidate for next year's mayor election in the Liverpool City Region.

Announcement due for Labour candidate for Liverpool City Region mayor

Claire Hamilton

Reporter, BBC Radio Mersesyide

Expectant crowd at ACC Liverpool for announcement of Labour candidate for Liverpool City Region mayor.

Crowd at ACC Liverpool
BBC

Labour mayoral candidate for Liverpool City Region to be announced

Labour is set to announce its candidate for next year's mayoral election for the Liverpool City Region.

MPs Luciana Berger and Steve Rotheram, along with the city's mayor Joe Anderson, have been competing for selection by local party members before voting closed on Friday.

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Duke of Westminster dies aged 64

Billionaire landowner and philanthropist the Duke of Westminster has died aged 64, his estate said.

Duke of Westminster, Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor
PA

Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, whose family seat is at Eaton Hall in Eccleston, also owned the Liverpool One Shopping Complex.

He was taken ill suddenly on his estate in Lancashire yesterday - and died at the Royal Preston Hospital. 

The duke's fortune was estimated at $10.8bn (£8.3bn) by Forbes magazine, making him the world's 68th richest person and the UK's third.

Failing care home shuts down

Runcorn and Widnes World

A Runcorn care home is being shut down after failing to provide adequate care for vulnerable residents.

Labour mayoral candidate to be announced for Liverpool City Region

Labour is set to announce its candidate for next year's metro mayor election in the Liverpool City Region.

Luciana Berger, Steve Rotheram and Joe Anderson are on the shortlist
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Local MPs Luciana Berger and Steve Rotheram, along with the city's mayor Joe Anderson, have been competing for selection by local party members before voting closed on Friday.

The region covers Liverpool, St Helens, Knowsley, Sefton, Wirral and the Cheshire borough of Halton.

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