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  1. Updates from Friday 12 August
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday 15 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.

Thanks for joining us and have a fantastic weekend.

Weather: Rain overnight but dry and bright weekend

BBC Weather

Some rain will push in overnight but the weekend should bring some bright spells amongst the cloud.

Liverpool's Futurist demolition in full swing

There's not much left of the former Futurist picturehouse in Liverpool, where demolition work began last week as part of a £35m Lime Street regeneration scheme.

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Shooting party cancelled at Duke of Westminster's estate

Chester Chronicle

An event to mark the start of the grouse shooting season due to have been hosted today at the Duke of Westminster’s Abbeystead estate has been cancelled following his untimely death earlier this week.

Liverpool plans for new cruise terminal move forward

A proposal to move forward with plans for a new cruise terminal in Liverpool are set to be approved.

A liner in Liverpool
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The council wants to build a new two storey terminal on reclaimed land on the River Mersey and develop a pick-up and drop-off area at Princes Parade

The new report seeks approval to assess and survey the site and begin the procurement process for a technical team to advise the council.

It said liners generate an estimated £6.5m a year for the local economy and thatthe number of vessels visiting Liverpool since it became a turnaround facility in 2012 have doubled to 61. 

The plans will be considered by the cabinet next Friday. 

The former Princess Jetty in a poor state
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Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Liverpool moves ahead with plans for a new cruise terminal    
  • One of Liverpool's main city centre roads could be cut from eight lanes to four as part of a £45m transport scheme
  • Residents in a village in Sefton say they want answers from the NHS over the future of their GP surgery, amid uncertainty about the facility's lease 

Liverpool motorist still driving despite clocking up 51 points

A motorist in Liverpool is still on the road despite clocking up 51 penalty points, figures published from an insurance company show.

Generic motorway
BBC

There are currently about 8,600 drivers in Britain who have 12 or more points on their licence, but are still legally allowed on the roads, according to Esure.

Drivers with 12 points usually face a six month ban but magistrates can use their discretion if an offender can prove that losing their licence would cause them "exceptional hardship".

Football: Everton v Tottenham Hotspur preview

BBC Sport

Everton signing Ashley Williams won't feature after starting pre-season late.

Everton boss Ronald Koeman
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Seamus Coleman and Romelu Lukaku are doubts with respective ankle and heel injuries, but Phil Jagielka is fit after overcoming a hamstring problem.

There will be live coverage of Saturday's Premier League game between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur.

Sefton GP surgery's future uncertain

The future of a GP surgery in Sefton is uncertain after the building's lease was allowed to overrun.

Hightown village surgery
Google

Residents in Hightown say they want answers from NHS England, which has not yet made a decision on whether to renew the lease on the village surgery. If it closes, patients would be forced to travel to Crosby, Thornton or Formby. 

Tony Leo, from NHS England, said the lease expired in August 2014 and "negotiations with the landlord are ongoing" to "ensure valuable public money is being used in the best way possible". 

“Unfortunately a recent rental payment was not made in time due to a technical error and NHS Property Services have apologised for this," he said.

Services are not affected and "no decision will be made without full patient involvement,” he added.  

Rio 2016: Second place for Katarina Johnson-Thompson in hurdles heat

BBC Sport

Great Britain's Katarina Johnson-Thompson finishes second in her heat of the 100m hurdles in a time of 13:48secs.

Katarina Johnson-Thompson
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All the latest from Rio 2016

Rare tarantulas bred in world first at Chester Zoo

The spiders have never before been bred in captivity and very little is known about them

Keepers at Chester Zoo have become the first in the world to successfully breed Montserrat tarantulas in captivity.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • One of Liverpool's main city centre roads could be cut from eight lanes to four in a £45m transport scheme
  • Residents in a village in Sefton say they want answers from the NHS over the future of their GP's surgery  
  • A grandfather from Runcorn walks 100 miles to raise money for care home that looked after his wife

Travel: Traffic light failure on M53 exit slip road

BBC Travel

There is a traffic light failure on the M53 exit slip road at junction 4 for Bebington on the roundabout.

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CCTV appeal after yobs vandalise Woodvale centre

Southport Visiter

Volunteers at a community centre have posted CCTV on Facebook after yobs vandalised their notice board.  

Weather: Bright spells but clouding over later

BBC Weather

Weather forecast for Friday 12 August

It's looking like a bright afternoon but clouding over later. Highs of 19C.

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Warrington Hospital acts on order to improve

Warrington Guardian

Warrington Hospital says it has completed all recommended actions made by the Care Quality Commission after it was ordered to improve by the healthcare regulator.

Warrington Hospital
Google

Football: Everton target Kone asks to leave Sunderland

BBC Sport

Lamine Kone
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Sunderland defender and Everton target Lamine Kone tells boss David Moyes that he wants to leave the club.

The 27-year-old Ivorian, who is a target for Everton, joined the Black Cats in January and helped them avoid Premier League relegation last season.

Kone says his decision comes after the club failed to offer him the improved deal that they said they would.

"It is therefore with much regret that I can only assume that I do not figure in David Moyes' future plans," he said.

Over 900 drivers caught speeding in Cheshire crackdown

More than 900 people were caught speeding on Cheshire's roads during a month long police campaign. 

Rural road
BBC

Police targeted rural locations across the county after concerns were raised by local communities. 

In the last year, more than 40 people have been killed and over 400 people seriously injured on Cheshire's roads. 

Grandfather walks 100 miles to raise cash for care home

A 75-year-old man from Runcorn who walked 100 miles to raise money for the care home that looked after his wife will today present them with a cheque for £3,000.

John Timms
BBC

John Timms decided he wanted to raise money for St Lukes, a specialist dementia home, as a way of thanking them for the way they cared for his late wife, Marian. 

The money will be used to fund new activities for residents, and build a new sensory garden.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • One of Liverpool's main city centre roads could be cut from eight lanes to four in a £45m transport scheme
  • A Runcorn grandfather walks 100 miles to raise money for care home that looked after his wife
  • Over 900 people were caught speeding on Cheshire's roads during a month long police campaign, police say

Travel: Roadworks close West Derby Street in Liverpool

BBC Travel

West Derby Street in Liverpool is closed in both directions between the Low Hill and Crown Street junctions because of roadworks.

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Phone-in: Have your say on plans for a £45m lanes shake-up in Liverpool

Plans to cut one of Liverpool's main city centre roads from eight lanes to four have been announced today.

The Strand
Liverpool City Council
The Strand would be more cycle-friendly in the scheme

The £45m transport project would give The Strand greater pedestrian space, a new cycleway and key junctions removed.

But what do you think of the plans? Join the debate on BBC Radio Merseyside's phone-in.

Listen Live between 12:00-14:00

Rio 2016: Two Merseyside athletes in action today

Two Mersyeside athletes are competing today at the Rio Olympics as the track and field events get under way.

Katarina Johnson-Thompson
BBC Sport

Liverpool's Katarina Johnson-Thompson takes part in the heptathlon, while Southport's Michael Rimmer is in the 800 metres.

Athletic events start at 13:30

Your views on Liverpool's £45m city centre lanes shake-up

Plans for a £45m scheme to improve traffic flow and boost transport links in Liverpool city centre has been unveiled by the council. 

But it seems some people aren't too pleased - what do you think? Tell us on Twitter or join the debate on Radio Merseyside's Facebook page

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Proposed changes under £45m plan for Liverpool city centre roads

The Strand
Google

Here are the eight areas that would be transformed if £45m plans to improve traffic flow and boost transport links in Liverpool city centre get the go-ahead:

  1. St George’s Plateau - new event space: To be created using the northbound lanes of Lime Street
  2. The Strand: New four lane highway, new cycleway and improving pedestrian links
  3. New city bus hub: To be established near Queen Square bus station
  4. New city coach park: Create an off-street facility and rest area for drivers
  5. New Canning Dock bridges: Four new bridges to link Salthouse Quay, opposite Albert Dock, with Mann Island
  6. New Moorfields entrance: Upgrade to Moorfields station and surrounding public area
  7. Brownlow Hill: Upgraded public area and new cycle links from Lime Street station to the Knowledge Quarter
  8. Dale Street: Public space revamp and a new east-west cycleway from Lime Street station to Waterfront

Football: Everton boss looking to sign new players

Phil Cooper

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

On the eve of the new Premier League season, Everton manager Ronald Koeman has said he's still looking to sign up to four new players.

Ronald Koeman
BBC Sport

The Blues boss is mulling over his options for tomorrow's opener against Spurs at Goodison.

There are fitness doubts over Romelu Lukaku and Seamus Coleman - and Ashley Williams isn't ready to play.

Koeman also knows what a test it'll be against a side that challenged so hard for the title last season.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A section of road along Liverpool's waterfront could be reduced to two lanes in each direction as part of a £45m scheme
  • Figures published by an insurance company show a motorist in Liverpool is still driving despite clocking up 51 penalty points
  • Everton manager Ronald Koeman says he's still looking to sign up to four new players

Super League: Leaders Hull thrash Widnes

BBC Sport

Leaders Hull FC dominated at the Select Security Stadium to comprehensively beat Widnes Vikings in the Super 8s.

Fetuli Talanoa
Rex Features

Fetuli Talanoa crossed for three of the visitors' seven tries, as seventh-placed Widnes failed to score.

Jordan Abdull, Mahe Fonua, Stephen Michaels and Dean Hadley all also scored tries in a rampant Hull victory.

Vikings have now lost two consecutive games in the Super 8s, while Hull bounced back after their loss to Castleford on 5 August.

Plan to cut lanes on Liverpool's Strand as part of £45m project

Plans for The Strand
Liverpool City Council

One of the busiest routes through Liverpool city centre could be cut from eight lanes to four as part of a £45m plan.

Liverpool City Council has unveiled eight potential projects to "transform" the way people move around the city. 

Plans for The Strand
Liverpool City Council

They include halving the number of lanes for traffic on The Strand, and creating a large events space at St George's Plateau.

Councillor Malcolm Kennedy has dismissed suggestions the idea for The Strand could cause more congestion saying the proposals, which are due to go before the council's cabinet next Friday, will make the city centre "more cycle and pedestrian friendly".

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A £45m scheme to improve traffic flow and boost transport links in Liverpool city centre is unveiled by the council
  • A grandfather from Runcorn will hand over the money he raised from a 100-mile walk to a care home that looked after his wife 
  • Everton manager Ronald Koeman says he's still looking to sign up to four new players

Weather: Dry and fine day

BBC Weather

Another fairly mild start to a mainly dry day with some good spells of sunshine. Highs of 19C.

North West weather forecast for Friday 12 August

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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. 

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