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  1. Updates from Tuesday 16 August
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates return 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: Fine, dry and sunny

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A lovely evening in store with lots of sunshine and a light warm breeze.

Weather forecast for Tuesday 16 August

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Haseeb Hameed Lancashire

Teenager Haseeb Hameed becomes the first Lancashire batsman to score two centuries in the same Roses match.

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Football: Follow coverage of National League ties

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There are three games featuring local sides taking place in the National League later and you can follow live coverage on the BBC Sport website by following the links below:

Barrow v Chester (kick-off at 19:45)  

Boreham Wood v Tranmere Rovers (kick-off at 19:45)

Macclesfield v Southport (kick-off at 19:45)

Motorcyclist injured in Southport collision

A motorcyclist has been injured in a collision with a car in Crossens near Southport. 

Police say it happened at the Plough roundabout and it was thought the motorcyclist had broken both legs.

Marine Drive has been closed in both directions between the Marshside Road junction and the Preston New Road junction, causing congestion.  

Chester man on trial accused of raping woman in city portable toilet

Chester Chronicle

A man "wore a smirk on his face" as he was caught raping a woman in a portable toilet, a court heard.

Michael Warham: Fourth arrest in teen stabbing probe

A fourth person has been arrested by police investigating the stabbing of a Liverpool teenager in a street in Shrewsbury.  

Michael Warham was found injured in Wayford Close on 1 August

Michael Warham, 16, was found in Wayford Close in Meole Brace on 1 August and later died in hospital.

An 18-year-old man, also from Liverpool, was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and later released on bail, West Mercia Police said.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Police are trying to identify a man whose body was found on a Wirral beach

Ringo Starr becomes great-grandfather

Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr has become a great-grandfather at 76.

Ringo Starr
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Billboard reported that his granddaughter, Tatia Starkey, and her partner Adam Low welcomed a son, Stone Zakomo Low, on 14 August.

Tatia is the daughter of Ringo's son, Zak - who has drummed with Oasis and The Who.

Rail services from Ormskirk cancelled or delayed

BBC Travel

A broken down train at Kirkdale is causing disruption to some Kirkby and Ormskirk lines.

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Rare endangered zebra born at Chester Zoo

A rare Grevy’s zebra, a species highly endangered in the wild, has been born at Chester Zoo.

Rare Grevy’s zebra
Chester Zoo

The foal arrived in the early hours of Monday morning to mum Florence and dad, Mac.

Keepers are yet to determine the sex of new arrival and so a name has not yet been chosen.

Rare Grevy’s zebra
Chester Zoo

Sadie Hartley: Jury in murder trial retire until tomorrow

Cricket: Hameed creates Lancashire history

Scott Read

BBC North West cricket commentator

Haseeb Hameed has become the first Lancashire player in history to score two centuries in a Roses match against Yorkshire.

Commentary on Haseeb's second century
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Overweight people

A plan to limit the number of fast food takeaways in Liverpool is proposed by the city council in a bid to tackle obesity.

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Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A man's body has been found off the Wirral coast this lunchtime
  • Merseytravel says it will do "all it can" to ensure that people across the county have a bus stop within 400m of their home
  • Liverpool have rejected a bid from Crystal Palace for striker Christian Benteke, BBC Sport understands

Merseytravel says it will "do all it can" to keep bus stops within 400m of homes

Merseytravel says it will "do all it can" to ensure people across the county have a bus stop within 400m of their home. 

The pledge comes as it conducts a review of bus services.

Police investigating after man's body found on Wirral beach

Police are investigating after the body of a man was found on a Wirral beach this lunchtime. 

Wirral Coast
El Pollock

They say the man was found on Moreton Shore, near Leasowe Lighthouse and taken back to New Brighton. 

They are treating his death as unexplained.

Scrambler bike suspect 'tried to change clothes in Asda's George' to escape police

Liverpool Echo

A scrambler bike suspect reportedly ran into Aintree Asda ’s George clothing department and attempted to get changed to throw police off the scent. 

Wirral-born pianist calls for shorter classical shows to attract younger audiences

Mark Savage

Music reporter

Pianist Stephen Hough has called for classical concerts to be overhauled to attract younger audiences.

Stephen Hough
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Performances should be shorter with no interval, the Wirral-born musician argues, while orchestras could drop their formal dress code.

Hough, who plays the BBC Proms next week, says the lack of new audiences has become critical.

"It's important to address this issue if we want to refresh the experience of hearing great classical music live without resorting to gimmicks."

Weather: Slap on the sunscreen, it's a hot one

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North West charities to share part of £7m Big Lottery Fund

Charities in Merseyside and Cheshire have been given a share of nearly £7m from the Big Lottery Fund. 

DaDaFest, Steps to Freedom in Liverpool, Liverpool Domestic Abuse Service and the Health and Energy Advice Team are among those benefiting.

About £6.7m from the Big Lottery Fund is being shared among organisations in the North West.

Morgan Knowles

St Helens back-rower Morgan Knowles and centre Matty Fleming sign new contracts with the Super League club.

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Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A woman is recovering in hospital after an alleged attack in Liverpool city centre early this morning
  • Two men are being questioned after officers were called to reports of two men armed with a gun riding a scrambler bike in Liverpool
  • A previously hidden Liverpool's St George's Hall is being opened up to visitors for the first time in over 160 years

Sadie Hartley murder trial: Jury retires to consider verdicts

Jurors in the case of a woman accused of murdering her love rival have retired to consider their verdict. 

Sadie Hartley
Family of Sadie Hartley

Sadie Hartley, 60, was stunned with a cattle prod and stabbed 40 times in Helmshore, Lancashire, on 14 January.

Ms Williams of Treborth Road, Blacon, Chester, and co-defendant Katrina Walsh, 56, of Hare Lane, Chester, deny murder.

Lord Justice Turner completed his summing up earlier before sending the jury out at Preston Crown Court.

Warrington cycling scheme to receive over £400,000 government funding

Warrington Council has been given over £400,000 of government funding to provide cycle training schemes for children aged five to 14.

Child cycling
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The extended Bikeability programme will run at schools in the borough for the next three years and will allow younger children to learn the basics and those moving on to secondary school to gain independence by cycling to school and college.

Cricket: Lancashire's Kerrigan confident of Roses success

BBC Lancashire Sport

Lancashire head into the final day of their Championship Roses clash leading Yorkshire by 204 runs at Old Trafford.  

Lancashire's Simon Kerrigan

Lancashire will resume their second innings on 70 without loss after bowling the visitors out for 360.

Spinner Simon Kerrigan picked up three wickets and believes they can force a win today. 

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Sadie Hartley: Jury retire to consider verdict in murder trial

Dave Guest

Chief reporter, BBC North West Tonight

I'm at Preston Crown Court where the jury in the Sadie Hartley murder trial have retired to consider their verdict.

Sarah Williams and Katrina Walsh deny killing Ms Hartley at her home in Lancashire.  


Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A woman has head and face injuries after an alleged attack in Liverpool city centre early this morning
  • Two men are arrested after reports of two men armed with a gun riding a scrambler bike through Aintree
  • Warrington Council are given over £400,000 of government funding to provide cycle training schemes for children aged five to 14

Arrests after men seen with gun on scrambler bike in Liverpool

Arrests have been made after two men were seen with a gun on a scrambler bike in Liverpool.

The bike was first seen in Whitefield Drive in Kirkby last night - it was then spotted in Maghull before it was abandoned near Switch Island. 

A search of the area was carried out and a car and a scrambler bike were seized.

A 17-year-old boy and a 25-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm and unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle.

Travel: Congestion in Liverpool city centre

BBC Travel

There is very slow and heavier than usual traffic on Parliament Street northbound between the Chaloner Street junction and the Wapping junction.

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Merseytravel admits budget cuts could mean longer walk to bus stops

Liverpool Echo

Merseytravel’s chairman has admitted some people could face longer walks to bus stops as huge budget cuts begin to bite.

Missing Wirral man found 'safe and well'

Missing Wirral man John Benson, 57, has been found safe and well in Liverpool. 

Police have thanked the public for their help.

Woman assaulted in Liverpool city centre

A woman has suffered head and facial injuries after being assaulted in Liverpool city centre.

Vernon Street, Liverpool

She was found by emergency services after they were called to Vernon Street just before 04:00.

The 38-year-old woman was taken to hospital for treatment. Her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.The area has been cordoned off while inquiries are carried out.

St George's Hall's 'lost' tunnel revealed

Parts of St George's Hall in Liverpool are being opened up to the public for the first time in over 160 years.

The Footman Tours will take visitors down to the recently discovered "lost tunnel" below the Grade I listed building.

Public allowed in "lost" tunnel for first time in 160 years

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Two men are being questioned by police after a suspected gunman was spotted on a scrambler bike in Aintree
  • Part of St George's Hall in Liverpool is being opened up to the public for first time in more than 160 years
  • Charities across Merseyside and Cheshire are given a share of nearly £7m from the Big Lottery Fund

Travel: Crash in Liverpool city centre

BBC Travel

Vernon Street in Liverpool is closed in both directions at the Dale Street junction and the Tithebarn Street junction because of a crash.

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Weather: Dry and fine

BBC Weather

A warm and sunny Tuesday! It will feel very pleasant with highs of 23C. 

North West weather forecast for Tuesday 16 August 2016

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