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Summary

  1. Man and horses found dead in Formby fire
  2. Creamfields gets under way in Daresbury later
  3. Spate of arson attacks in Runcorn are investigated
  4. Wirral restaurant named in the Good Food Guide's top 10
  5. Updates on Thursday 25 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 Friday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the region.

Weather: Dull, cloudy and thundery later

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

It's a dull and cloudy afternoon for many with heavy, thundery downpours later this evening.

Temperatures will drop to 14C in the early hours.

Weather forecast for Thursday 25 August 2016

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Posthumous Russian honour for WW2 veteran

A World War Two veteran from Newton-le-Willows has been given a posthumous Russian military medal.

Medal and family of war veteran
St Helens Council

Arthur Lawrence served on the Arctic convoys helping to carry supplies to Russian forces fighting the Germans on the Eastern front amid heavy attacks from enemy submarines.

Mr Lawrence was due to be honoured in June but died weeks before the ceremony.

His family attended a presentation at St Helens Town Hall earlier where they received the Ushakov medal on behalf of Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Further South Yorkshire Police property searches for Hillsborough inquiry

Further searches of South Yorkshire Police property are to be carried out as part of the investigation into the Hillsborough disaster.

Previous efforts have already uncovered police notebooks from 1989.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said further searches need to take place to see if there are materials which may help current lines of inquiry.

In April an inquests jury concluded the 96 fans who died at Hillsborough were unlawfully killed at the football ground in Sheffield in 1989.

Police 'know' identity of Formby fire victim

Police investigating a fire in which a man and about 10 horses were killed have said they know who the victim is.

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The man has not yet been formally identified by Merseyside Police following the fire, which broke out at about 05:40 at Shorrocks Hill in Formby.

His body was found in a stables along with the horses.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Police and fire investigators are working to find the cause of a blaze at the former Shorrocks Hill Country Club in Formby
  • Further searches of South Yorkshire Police property will be carried out as part of the investigation into the Hillsborough disaster
  • An appeal is launched for information following a robbery at a petrol station in Warrington

Travel: Queues near Creamfields festival site in Cheshire

BBC Travel

There are queues on Chester Road in both directions at Daresbury, Cheshire, near the Creamfields site, between Delph Lane and Park Lane junctions.

The four-day festival begins today and ends on Bank Holiday Monday.

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Liverpool's Lime Street closes for three weeks as £39m works start

Part of Liverpool's Lime Street will close for up to three weeks from next Tuesday while the demolition of the site around the Futurist cinema is completed.

Lime Street
BBC

The city council was given the go ahead to carry out the work by the Court of Appeal earlier this month.

Protesters had disputed claims that the facade couldn't be saved. 

The entire site is being cleared as part of a £39m redevelopment plan.

Football: Oxford secure deal for Everton's Ledson

BBC Sport

Oxford United sign Everton midfielder Ryan Ledson on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Ryan Ledson
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Ledson, 19, made one senior appearance for the Toffees in the Europa League against FK Krasnodar in 2014 and has been capped by England Under-19s.

He spent the second half of last season on loan at Cambridge United.

Chester's Roman amphitheatre 'should not' be excavated

The British Archaeological Trust has said it is against efforts to excavate all of Chester's Roman amphitheatre.

Chester's Roman amphitheatre
BBC

Half of the site was uncovered in the 1960s while the other half is underneath a derelict listed Victorian building.

Council officials want to sell the building, but over 12,000 people have signed a petition calling for a public consultation.

The trust says the remains should be preserved underground.

Police incident closes major through route in Warrington

A major through route in Warrington is closed due to an ongoing incident, Cheshire Police has said.

The A49 from Bridgefoot to Chester Road is shut and drivers are urged to avoid the area.

Appeal after robbery at Warrington petrol station

An appeal has been launched for information following a robbery at a petrol station. 

A man armed with a golf club went into the filling station in Wilderspool Causeway, Warrington, at about 01:00  on Tuesday threatening the cashier and demanding he hand over money and cigarettes. 

The man was wearing dark clothing and had a baseball cap and scarf covering his face.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

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Creamfields: Police warn festival goers of drugs and weapons searches

Police are warning people heading to Creamfields in Cheshire not to attempt to bring drugs or weapons into the site.

They say there will be there will be searches and sniffer dogs at the four-day event in Daresbury.

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Football: 'It wouldn't matter if he was playing on the moon'

BBC Sport

Wales captain Ashley Williams remains committed to international football despite his move from Swansea City to Everton, says Chris Coleman.

'It wouldn't matter if he was playing on the moon'

Wirral restaurant named in Good Food Guide top ten

A Wirral restaurant has been named in the top ten in the country in the Good Food Guide. 

Fraiche in Oxton is ranked 10th in the list of the country's 50 best eateries.

It is the only restaurant on Merseyside to make the list.

Formby fire: Man found in stables, not caravan police say

Police said the body of a man found in a fire at Shorocks Hill in Formby was in discovered in the stables, not a caravan as first thought.

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Rugby League: The plumber leading Wolves at Wembley

Nathan Middleton

BBC Sport

When Chris Hill leads out Warrington Wolves in Saturday's Challenge Cup final against Hull FC at Wembley, it will be one of two things that he can celebrate this week.

Chris Hill
SWpix.com

England prop Hill, one of the most destructive forwards in rugby league, combines his skipper duties at Wire with running Premier Plumbing Ltd.

"It was just something I've always been interested in stemming back from school," the 28-year-old told BBC Sport.

"It is something for after rugby as well and hopefully it is running itself by then and I can sit back and relax. If not, I can get on the tools and work through it." 

Clever India secures A* in advanced maths... aged 14

Liverpool Echo

A 14-year-old Liverpool student India Jones who landed a grade A maths GCSE at just 13 has gone one step further and received an A* in further maths.

Formby fire: Investigators at scene where body and dead horses found

Investigators are at the scene in Formby where a man's body was found in a fire at a stable.

Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service is looking into the cause of the blaze where "about ten" dead horses were also found in Lifeboat Road.

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Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Police and fire experts are working to find the cause of a fire at the former Shorrocks Hill Country Club in Formby
  • Liverpool's Lime Street will close for up to three weeks from next Tuesday as demolition of the Futurist cinema is completed
  • Creamfields gets under way in Daresbury today

Formby fire: Latest pictures from Shorrocks Hill after man and horses found dead

These are the latest pictures from the scene of a fire in Formby where the body of a man and a number of horses were found dead.

Shorrocks Hill Country Club
BBC
Police vans at Shorrocks Hill Country Club
BBC

The body was found by firefighters tackling blaze at Shorrocks Hill Country Club in Lifeboat Road.

A joint investigation between Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue is under way.

Liverpool's Lime Street to close for three weeks

Liverpool's Lime Street will close for up to three weeks from next Tuesday while the demolition of the former Futurist cinema is completed.

The Futurist
Alamy

The city council was given the go ahead to carry out the work by the Court of Appeal earlier this month. 

Protesters had disputed claims that the facade couldn't be saved as part of a £39m redevelopment plan.

Plans for three-storey town house complex to be built in West Kirby

Wirral Globe

Plans for a two and three-bedroom housing complex to be built in West Kirby have been submitted.

Formby fire: Shorrocks Hill cordoned off by police

Shorrocks Hill Country Club in Formby is cordoned off by police after a fire destroyed a caravan and stables.

The body of a man and "about ten" horses were found dead by emergency services after reports of a fire at stables in Lifeboat Road in the early hours of this morning.

Scene at Shorrocks Hill where body and "about ten" dead horses found

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A body and "about ten" horses are found dead after a fire in Formby
  • Creamfields gets under way in Daresbury later
  • Police are investigating three arson attacks in two days in Runcorn

Formby fire: Scene where body and 'about ten' dead horses found

This is the scene at Shorrocks Hill in Formby after a fire destroyed a caravan and stables in the early hours of this morning.

The body of a man and "about ten" horses were found dead by emergency services after reports of a fire at stables in Lifeboat Road.

Shorrocks Hill Country Club fire
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Shorrocks Hill Country Club fire
Formby Bubble

Firefighters were called to Shorrocks Hill Country Club at about 05:40 and an investigation into the man's death and the cause of the fire is under way.

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Body and 'about ten' dead horses found in Formby fire

A body and "about ten" horses have been found dead after a fire in Formby.

Lifeboat Road, Formby
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The body of a man and the horses were discovered in stables, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service has said.

Firefighters were called to Shorrocks Hill Country Club in Lifeboat Road after reports of a fire at the stables at about 05:40.

An investigation into the man's death and the cause of the fire is under way.

Police investigate spate of arson attacks in Runcorn

Police are investigating three arson attacks in two days in Runcorn.

The first incident took place on Tuesday at about 23:20 near to the shops on Halton Brook Avenue, followed by two on Wednesday - one outside a block of flats on Sycamore Road at about 01:40 and another on garages on Thorn Road at about 01:50.

Cheshire Police said they are not ruling out the possibility the incidents could be linked and are appealing for anyone with information to get in touch.

Knowsley Council tweets good luck message to GCSE students

Knowsley Council has tweeted a good luck message to students collecting their GCSE results today.

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This is the first year students won't be able to go on to study A-levels in the borough - the government approved the closure of the area's only sixth form offering the qualification in April.  

Creamfields music festival begins in Cheshire

Dance music festival Creamfields gets under way in Cheshire today. 

Creamfields 2012
BBC

About 70,000 people are expected at the four-day event in Daresbury, which has 28 stages and over 200 acts.

Calvin Harris, Tiesto and Avicii are some of the big names playing the event this weekend.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Dance music festival Creamfields gets under way in Daresbury later, with headline sets from Calvin Harris and Avicii due across the weekend
  • A Wirral restaurant is named in the top ten in the country in the Good Food Guide
  • Police are investigating a spate of arson attacks in Runcorn - after three incidents in two days  

Travel: Broken down vehicle on M53

BBC Travel

There is a broken down vehicle causing problems on the M53 northbound between Junction 5 for Eastham and Junction 4 for Bebington.

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Paisley, Klopp, Shankly

Jurgen Klopp hopes to draw on the experience of past Liverpool managers and oversee a sustained period of success at the club.

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Weather: A showery day with chance of thunderstoms

BBC Weather

We are in for showers today and possible thunderstorms. It will feel warm and there'll be some sun in the rain breaks. Highs of 20C.  

Charlie Slater BBC breakfast weather 25 August 2016

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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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