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  1. Updates on Tuesday 23 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.

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

Weather: Warm and muggy night after the heat of Tuesday

After a lovely, warm day on Tuesday, there follows a muggy night with temperatures as high as 16C.

Temperatures overnight could remain as high as 16C

Mozart masterpiece screened in Southport outdoor cinema

Mozart's comic masterpiece, Così Fan Tutte, will be screened in Southport as part of the Outdoor Cinema season at Kings Gardens.

The screening will be of a production starring soprano Lesley Garrett, which was put on as part of the Garsington Opera season in June.

The 24 September showing, which will be free for all, will be preceded by family workshops.

Gardens open day will go ahead despite Duke of Westminster's death

Chester Chronicle

Eaton Hall Gardens open day takes place this Sunday as scheduled despite the recent death of the Duke of Westminster, who lived there most of his life.

Designer wanted to create mermaid statues for New Brighton trail

The organisers of New Brighton’s Mermaid Trail are seeking a designer to create six statues of the inspiration for the new walking route, the Black Rock Mermaid.

The mermaid is the subject of a local myth and was said to have been seen by sailors off Black Rock and near Leasowe Castle.

The New Brighton Coastal Community Team wants an artist to make six identical statues, which will be customised by children or local groups.

It is hoped the Mermaid Trail will be in place by spring 2017.

Child hit by car in Toxteth

A child has been injured after being hit by a car in Toxteth. 

It happened at the junction of Princes Road and Upper Hill Street. 

It is not thought the child has life-threatening injuries.

Forensic DNA sprays to be used tackling burglaries in St. Helens

Forensic DNA sprays are to be used in St. Helens to tackle burglaries, police have said.

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Householders are being offered the spray containing an individual DNA code, which makes it easier to return stolen items to their owners.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Wirral gold medalist hockey player Sam Quek says the Olympics were an "amazing experience" as she returns from Rio
  • A man is taken to hospital suffering from a head injury after being assaulted in a street in Wavertree
  • A child is in hospital after being hit by a car in Toxteth

Man suffers head injuries in Wavertree assault

A man is in hospital with head injuries following an assault in Wavertree earlier.

Junction of Earle Road and Webster Road
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Police were called to Earle Road at its junction with Webster Road at 12.30.

His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Travel: Queues on Cheshire main road

BBC Travel

There's heavy traffic and queues on the A51 westbound in Tilstone Fearnall between the Brains Lane junction and Red Fox traffic lights south of Chester.

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Football: Everton eye £15m Deportivo striker Lucas

Everton identify Deportivo La Coruna's Lucas Perez Martinez as the striker to provide support for Romelu Lukaku.

Lucas Perez Martinez
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Travel: Overturned vehicle on M58

BBC Travel

An overturned vehicle is causing disruption on the M58 eastbound between Junction 7 and Junction 3.

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Ellesmere Port Disney Princess pest spared jail over bizarre new offences

Liverpool Echo

A man who donned a Disney princess costume to pester unsuspecting women has avoided jail after leaving dozens of bras on driveways.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Wirral Council is to hold a civic reception to honour the borough's two Olympians - hockey player Sam Quek and cyclist Steve Cummings
  • A child is injured after being hit by a car in Toxteth in Liverpool
  • An investigation is under way into an arson attack at a Kirkby home

Liverpool Commonwealth Association tweet from Libation Ceremony

Liverpool Commonwealth Association have tweeted from the Libation Ceremony in Liverpool today for Slavery Remembrance Day.

The ancient spiritual ceremony, which involves an offering to commemorate and pay tribute to the enslaved, took place at the Albert Dock and followed the Walk of Remembrance through Liverpool.

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Police investigate arson attack at Kirkby home

An investigation is under way into an arson attack in Kirkby which led to a 25-year-old woman and her two young daughters needing hospital treatment for the effects of smoke. 

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Police say a wheelie bin was pushed against the door of a house in Tithebarn Lane just after 02:00 this morning and set alight.

Wirral to hold civic reception to honour Olympic heroes

The mayor of Wirral will invite Sam Quek and Steve Cummings to a civic reception to celebrate their achievements as part of Team GB’s historic Olympics.

Sam Quek
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Sam Quek won gold as part of the hockey team and Steve Cummings was a member of the cycling Road Race team.

Team GB finished second in the medal table with 27 golds, 23 silvers and 17 bronze medals.

Details of the civic reception will be announced soon.

Steve Cummings
Reuters

Two masked gunmen threaten shop staff in Widnes armed robbery

Staff have been threatened by two masked gunmen during an armed robbery at a shop in Widnes. 

One of the men attacked a member of staff inside the store on Ditchfield Road on Saturday evening before another threatened them with the weapon. 

After taking money from the till, they escaped towards Canterbury Road.

Wirral hockey gold medallist's unforgettable trip

Craig Stanley

Southport sign midfielder Craig Stanley on a one-month loan deal from National League rivals Lincoln City.

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Liverpool runner happy to 'finally' have bronze medal

Liverpool runner Anyika Onuora has shared a picture that illustrates how happy she is to "finally" be returning from an Olympics with a medal - namely a bronze for her part in the 4x400m relay.

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Woman kicked in head during robbery in Runcorn

Runcorn and Widnes World

A group of thugs have forced a woman to the ground and kicked her in the head during a robbery in Runcorn.

Your pictures: Blue skies on the Wirral coast

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Geecar03 for uploading this view of the Wirral coast today.

New Brighton
BBC

Have you got a photograph of the weather you would like to share? Why not join the BBC Weather Watchers and upload your report.   

Football: New Everton signings Williams and Bolasie likely to get full debuts

Giulia Bould

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

New Everton signings Ashley Williams and Yannick Bolasie are likely to get their full debuts at home to Yeovil in the League Cup second round tonight. 

The pair came off the bench in Saturday's win at West Brom but are to be given a chance to impress from the start against the League Two side.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A 19-year-old Tranmere fan is given a five-year football banning order after a fight between rival supporters outside Prenton Park
  • A man stabbed in his chest in a sword attack at Hunts Cross shopping centre in Liverpool is in a serious but stable condition in hospital
  • A Walk of Remembrance marking Slavery Remembrance Day takes place in Liverpool

Teen banned from football stadiums after fighting during Tranmere Rovers match

A teenager caught fighting with rival football supporters during a Tranmere Rovers match has been given a five-year football banning order.

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Nathanial Hannon became embroiled in the disturbance outside the Prenton Park stadium during an FA Cup tie against Lincoln City last October, Merseyside Police said.

The 19-year-old, of Raeburn Avenue, Eastham, was found guilty of a public order offence and sentenced at Wirral Magistrates Court. A second male was found not guilty.

Hannon was also handed a three-year conditional discharge and a fine of £665.

Walk of Remembrance passes through Liverpool

The Walk of Remembrance is under way in Liverpool marking Slavery Remembrance Day

libation ceremony - an ancient spiritual ceremony, which involves an offering to commemorate and pay tribute to the enslaved - takes place at Liverpool's Waterfront, by the Dr Martin Luther King Building on Albert Dock at 12:00.

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Wirral hockey star tries different career

Wirral's gold-winning hockey star Sam Quek tried her hand at a different career on the flight back from the Olympics in Rio.

Quek and fellow hockey player Laura Unsworth took a turn as cabin crew en route - whether they used their sticks to deliver the bread rolls is unknown.

Sam Quek and Laura Unsworth
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Warrington holiday scheme 'helps reduce crime', police say

A free holiday scheme in Warrington, now in its ninth year, has helped to reduce crime and antisocial behaviour by children over the summer, Cheshire Police say.

Victoria Park
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VPX has been running each week in Victoria Park during the school holidays and sees PCSOs and officers working alongside local organisations and charities with young people to offer sports, zorbing, face painting and craft activities.

Wirral hockey gold medalist Sam Quek tweets as she arrives back in the UK

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A 36-year-old man is stabbed by a man reportedly carrying a sword in a retail centre car park, police say
  • A business club in Liverpool set up to support women attracts over 200 members in its first year
  • A free holiday scheme in Warrington, now in its 9th year, helps reduce crime and antisocial behaviour by children over the summer, police say

Liverpool women's business club attracts over 200 in first year

A business club in Liverpool set up to support women has attracted more than 200 members in its first year.

The Women's Organisation, a Liverpool-based charity and social enterprise, set up the Business Club to help women make business connections and get professional advice and support. 

It said it is expecting more new joiners and is currently taking around 50 inquiries a week from women looking for advice on developing their business ideas.

Football: Reports Everton withdraw offer for Joe Hart

Merseyrail accused of discrimination by disabled passenger made to wait in box

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Merseyrail have been accused of disability discrimination after a passenger was left "humiliated" and "embarrassed" after being made to wait in a box while waiting for a train in Southport.

Football: Christian Benteke 'is not Lionel Messi,' says Damien Delaney

BBC Sport

Crystal Palace defender Damien Delaney has said new signing Christian Benteke "is not Lionel Messi" and will need support from the squad.

Christian Benteke
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Benteke, 25, joined the Eagles from Liverpool for a club record £27m.

The Premier League side have yet to win this season after losing 1-0 to both West Brom and Tottenham.

"We're not signing Messi, he's a good player but not a player who is going to get the ball and make things happen," Delaney told the Evening Standard.

Man 'carrying sword' in Hunts Cross Shopping Park attack

A 36-year-old has been stabbed by a man reportedly carrying a sword in a retail centre car park, police said.

Hunts Cross
BBC

Officers were called to "an altercation" in Hunts Cross Shopping Park in Liverpool at about 17:30 on Monday.

The injured man was stabbed in the chest and is in a serious condition in hospital.

A 38-year-old man from Wavertree has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and a 26-year-old woman on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Man who posted offensive image of Hillsborough banner on Facebook page sentenced

Liverpool Echo

A man who posted a photo of a vile banner branding Liverpool fans "murderers" alongside the date of the Hillsborough disaster on his Facebook page will carry out unpaid work as a punishment.

Travel: Crash on Bridgewater Expressway in Runcorn

BBC Travel

One lane is closed and there is queuing traffic on the Bridgewater Expressway eastbound in Runcorn because of a crash.

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