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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday 22 August
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates 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.

In the meantime, you can get in touch via emailFacebook orTwitter.

Weather: Dry evening but early morning rain

It will be a dry evening, though cloud will increase overnight bringing outbreaks of rain for many during the early hours.

Weather forecast for Monday evening

Man who failed to clean up after dog gets £700 bill

Liverpool Echo

A St. Helens man has been hit with a £700 bill after failing to clean up after his dog.  

Drugs warning ahead of Creamfields Festival

Festival-goers at Creamfields in Cheshire are being warned by police that drugs won't be tolerated.

Insp Stewart Sheer said searches are a "condition of entry" and drug dogs will be used at the site entrances.

The festival begins in Daresbury on Thursday.

Home health agency in Southport rated inadequate

A home health agency in Sefton has been rated inadequate and put in special measures by the Care Quality Commission.

Community Care Direct
Google

The report said Community Care Direct in Southport has made "some improvements" since the last inspection, but the service was not safe.

Police appeal after Weaverham shed fire

Police say a shed was set on fire over the weekend in Weaverham and are appealing for witnesses to get in touch.

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The blaze caused significant damage and led to an adjoining shed catching fire too.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Merseyside's Police and Crime Commissioner says the force may not have enough armed officers to deal with a possible terror attack
  • A man from Liverpool appears in court charged with the murder of a 16-year-old from the city earlier this month
  • A home health agency in Sefton has been rated "inadequate" and put in special measures by the Care Quality Commission

Zoo zebra gives birth in front of visitors

Visitors at Chester Zoo got a surprise on Sunday when an endangered Grevy's zebra gave birth to a foal.

Nadine the zebra with her new foal
Chester Zoo

Nadine the zebra took 40 minutes to give birth after a 14-month gestation.

Firefighters share video of Widnes blaze

Firefighters were called to a blaze in Widnes yesterday evening. 

Crews were called on Alder Avenue just before 17:15 where an outbuilding was on fire.

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New Brighton body: 'No suspicious circumstances', police say

Merseyside Police have confirmed there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a pensioner from Knowsley whose body was found in Wirral last week.

The 77-year-old from Stockbridge Village was spotted by New Brighton lighthouse. 

It is thought his death was caused by drowning.

Travel: Queues on the M6 from Haydock

BBC Travel

There are queues and traffic is heavier than usual on the M6 southbound between Junction 23 at Haydock and Junction 21a at Croft Interchange.  

Football: Everton's Galloway joins West Bromwich Albion

Everton's 20-year-old defender Brendan Galloway has joined West Bromwich Albion on a season-long loan.

Galloway signed for Everton from MK Dons in the summer of 2014 and made 21 appearances for the Toffees in the previous two seasons.

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Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A Liverpool man appears in court charged with the murder of a 16-year-old in Shrewsbury
  • Police are urging witnesses to get in touch after a car was involved in two crashes in one day in Southport
  • A consortium led by a Chinese investment company is interested in buying a stake in Liverpool Football Club, according to media reports

Huge 230 tonne generator moved from Liverpool to Kearsley

Have you passed this on the road today and wondered what it is? 

Well, it's a 230-tonne generator which is being moved from Liverpool to Kearsley power station in Greater Manchester - and with a top speed of 15mph, let's hope you don't get stuck behind it.

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Merseyside PCC concerns over terror firearm officers' Manchester base

Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy has expressed concern that firearms officers recruited with extra cash to deal with terror attacks will be based in Manchester.

Jane Kennedy
BBC

She fears that will "draw experienced officers away from Merseyside" and that it would lead to an "increased response time" in the event of an attack.

Travel: Accident on M56 in Cheshire

BBC Travel

There is queuing traffic on the M56 eastbound between Junction 12 at Runcorn and Junction 11 at Preston Brook because of an earlier accident.

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Liverpool Biennial: Open Eye gallery extends opening hours

Police seize illegal bike as part of summer crackdown

This is the latest illegal bike police have seized as part of Operation Brookdale, the annual summer campaign to target the criminal and anti-social use of off-road bikes on Merseyside. 

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Weather forecast for Monday 22 August

Weather forecast for Monday 22 August

Man appears in court on murder charge

A man's appeared in court charged with the murder of a 16-year-old in the Meole Brace area of Shrewsbury.

Declan Graves, who is 19 and from Dymchurch Road in Liverpool, will be held in custody until his trial at Stafford Crown Court in February.

Stafford Crown Court
BBC

Michael Warham, from Liverpool, was found by a member of the public with a stab wound in Wayford Close on 1 August and died later in hospital.

New Brighton body: 'No suspicious circumstances', police say

Merseyside Police say there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a pensioner from Knowsley whose body was found in Wirral.

The 80-year-old from Stockbridge Village was spotted by New Brighton lighthouse a week ago. 

It is thought his death was caused by drowning.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Merseyside Police say there are "no suspicious circumstances" surrounding the death of a 80-year-old man in Wirral
  • A dog has been rescued from a house fire in Kensington
  • A consortium led by a Chinese investment company is interested in buying a stake in Liverpool Football Club, according to media reports

Travel: Merseyrail Northern line disrupted as passenger taken ill

Weather: Summer weather returns this week

Super League: Melbourne Storm centre Ryan Morgan to join St. Helens

Liverpool advice centre sees numbers double after becoming independent

More people are being helped by a centre in Liverpool since it became independent of the national Citizens Advice Bureau network. 

Liverpool Citizens Advice says the number of clients doubled within a month of it taking over in May.

Their research shows the average client is a single, white British man aged between 45 and 59 and the majority are contacting the centre about changes to benefits.

David Daley General Adviser at LCA says since setting up accounts on Facebook and Twitter, more people are now aware of the help available and are getting in touch via social media.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A dog has been rescued from a house fire in Kensington in Liverpool
  • Street art is being used to deter under-age drinking in Runcorn  
  • A consortium led by a Chinese investment company is interested in buying a stake in Liverpool Football Club, according to media reports

Slavery reports rise fivefold, Salvation Army says

The number of modern slavery victims in the UK is increasing according to the Salvation Army

Woman looking out of window
BBC

It runs the Government contract to care for victims and now supports five times as many people each year as it did in 2012.

They are cared for at a number of safe houses, including one in Liverpool.

Bowling club votes to allow women members for first time in 122 years

St Helens Star

A bowling club which has been running for more than 120 years has voted to allow women to become members.  

Super League: Widnes run in seven tries against Wakefield

BBC Sport

Widnes eased to victory with seven tries against Wakefield, although both sides were unable to reach the top four.

Patrick Ah Van
Rex Features

Chinese firm 'eyes Liverpool FC stake'

A consortium led by a Chinese investment company is interested in buying a stake in Liverpool Football Club, according to media reports.

LFC
Reuters

Runcorn street art to curb under-age drinking

Street art is being used to deter under-age drinking in Runcorn. 

Halton trading standards and Cheshire Police officers have painted pavements outside off-licences and supermarkets in Murdishaw with a message warning that it is an offence to buy alcohol for under 18s. 

It follows interviews with young drinkers who say they ask adults outside shops to buy it for them.

Dog rescued in Kensington fire

Merseyside firefighters rescued a dog from a house fire in Kensington.

Rawlins Street
Google

A tumble dryer sparked the blaze on Rawlins Street in Fairfield early on Sunday. 

The nine-year-old old pet was pulled to safety and was given oxygen to revive it.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Merseyside firefighters have rescued a dog from a house fire in Kensington
  • More people are being helped by a centre in Liverpool since it became independent of the national Citizens Advice Bureau network
  • Street art is being used to deter under-age drinking in Runcorn