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  1. Updates from Friday 26 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.

Weather: Dry with odd mist or fog patches

BBC Weather

It'll be mostly dry overnight, winds will become light allowing perhaps for the odd mist or fog patch in some locations.

North West weather forecast for Friday 26 August 2016

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Rugby League: Look back at how Warrington Wolves made it to Wembley

BBC Sport

Ahead of Warrington Wolves' appearance in the Challenge Cup Final tomorrow, take a look back at the 56-12 mauling of Wakefield Wildcats that earned them their place.

Challenge Cup highlights: Warrington Wolves 52-12 Wakefield Wildcats

Labour conference in Liverpool set to go ahead

Labour's party conference in Liverpool looks set to go ahead next month after a row over security was resolved.

G4S
PA

question mark had been hanging over the annual gathering after G4S said it was now too late for it to step in and organise protection arrangements.

Labour's general secretary Iain McNicol said OCS Group, the "existing provider of security services at ACC Liverpool", will now carry out the task of providing security at the conference.

Travel: Heavier than usual traffic on M56

BBC Travel

There is slow traffic and heavier than usual traffic on the M56 westbound between Junction 11, Preston Brook and Junction 12, Runcorn.

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Rare Beatles gig posters go on show

International Beatleweek Festival 2016 is here and this year's seven day music festival dedicated to John, Paul, George and Ringo includes a rare collection of early Beatles gig posters.

Rare collection of early Beatles gig posters on show at festival

They're the work of poster artist Tony Booth - his first ever exhibition, more than 50 years after the Mersey Beat era.  

Football: Can doubtful for Reds' trip to Spurs

BBC Sport

Liverpool midfielder Emre Can is doubtful with an ankle injury for Saturday's game against Tottenham Hotspur, while Divock Origi will be assessed after suffering cramp against Burton.  

Divock Origi
AFP/Getty Images

Sadio Mane missed the defeat to Burnley last weekend with a shoulder injury but returned in midweek and is available.

Midfielder Philippe Coutinho is doubtful with a stiff hamstring and may not be risked.

Tottenham players celebrate

Tottenham 1-1 Liverpool

Tottenham fight back to earn a point against Liverpool at White Hart Lane thanks to a second-half strike from Danny Rose.

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Travel: Train delays due to trespassers on railway at Birkdale

BBC Travel

Train services have been disrupted on the Southport and Hunts Cross line due to trespassers on the railway at Birkdale.

Services on that line will now start and terminate at Formby.

Disruption is expected until 17:45.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A man whose body was found after a blaze that killed a number of horses in Formby was a "pleasure to be around", his family says in a tribute
  • Mersey Ferries remain suspended following a technical fault this morning
  • Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says the party's conference in Liverpool next month will "go ahead" despite issues around security for the event

Football: New arrivals could start in Everton v Stoke City clash

BBC Sport

Everton manager Ronald Koeman could hand first Premier League starts to new arrivals Ashley Williams and Yannick Bolasie, but Seamus Coleman remains out with an ankle injury.

Mark Hughes (left) and Ronald Koeman
Mike Hewitt

James McCarthy, Darron Gibson and Tom Cleverley are deemed "small doubts" by Koeman but could still feature.

Swiss playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri could return from an ankle injury for Stoke.

This preview will be followed by live coverage of Saturday's Premier League game between Everton and Stoke City.

Travel: Technical problem stops Mersey Ferries service

BBC Travel

There is no service on Mersey Ferries at Liverpool due to a technical problem. The service remains suspended until further notice.

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Wirral boat repairer devastated after workshop burned to ground

Wirral Globe

A Wirral engineer has spoken of his devastation after vandals burned his boat repair shed to the ground.

Thousands respond to Sefton's consultation on future plans for borough

Sefton Council says thousands of people have responded to a consultation about what the borough should look like in 2030.

Lord Street, Southport
Mike Pennington/Geograph

Throughout June and July, over 3,500 people living and working in Sefton gave feedback on a range of topics including tourism, jobs and transport. 

The council says the views will be used to help shape the future of the borough and guide its long term plans.

Labour party conference will 'go ahead', says leader Jeremy Corbyn

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said the party's conference in Liverpool next month will "go ahead" despite issues around security for the event

Jeremy Corbyn
BBC

He told reporters the party were "sorting out the security arrangements".

Asked if the provider would be Showsec - a firm opposed by the GMB over union recognition - Mr Corbyn said the party would "announce it when the decision's been made".

Man found dead in Formby fire was 'pleasure to be around'

A man whose body was found after a blaze that killed a number of horses was a "pleasure to be around", his family has said in a tribute.

Andrew Coogy
Merseyside Police

Andrew Coogan, also known as Coogy, was found in stables at Shorrocks Hill Country Club in Lifeboat Road, Formby, yesterday.

He had been with the horses in a stable which destroyed in the fire.

A statement from the family said: "Coogy was loved by his family... he helped so many people along the way and was a pleasure to be around."

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said the party's conference in Liverpool next month will "go ahead" despite issues around security for the event
  • Sefton Council says thousands of people have responded to a consultation about what the borough should look like in 2030
  • Warrington Wolves are gearing up for the Challenge Cup final at Wembley tomorrow

Spirit of Rio in Liverpool as Brazil-themed parade arrives in city

Liverpool is celebrating the return of Olympians arrive back on British soil with a Brazil-themed parade in the city centre.

Brazilian parade
Liverpool One
Brazilian parade
Liverpool One

A carnival band and Samba dancers paraded through Liverpool One - but don't worry if you missed it as there is second parade at 16:00.

It starts in Paradise Street and will pass through to Paradise Place to South John Street where there will be a red, white and blue confetti finale.

Have you seen missing St Helens man Darren Hillman?

Police are appealing for help finding a missing St Helens man.

Darren Hillman, 27
Merseyside Police

Darren Hillman, 27, who is originally from Wigan, was last seen at around 09:00 today on Peasley Cross Lane and has not been seen or heard from since. 

Extensive inquiries have been ongoing to locate him.

He is described as white, 5ft 10in tall, with brown hair and of medium build. He also has a scar to the left side of his head. 

Members of the public are advised not to approach Darren, but to contact police if they see him.

Rugby League: Boost for Wolves as Joe Westerman ruled fit for final

Warrington have been given a boost with the news that loose forward Joe Westerman is fit for Saturday's Challenge Cup final against his former club Hull FC at Wembley.

Joe Westerman
SWPIX.COM

Westerman has recovered from the ankle injury he suffered in the Super League victory against Castleford last weekend.

Petition launched to stop asylum hostel plans

Runcorn and Widnes World

Controversial plans to transform a former care home in Widnes into a hostel for asylum seekers have triggered a wave of opposition from some residents and businesses.

Lilycross Care Centre
Google

Liverpool's Great Howard Street to close on Tuesday for bridge works

The A565 Great Howard Street in Liverpool will close next week as a £10m scheme to replace a damaged bridge gets under way.

A565 Great Howard Street
Google

The bridge carries traffic over a disused railway line - Liverpool City Council say it is key to the new Liverpool 2 deep water scheme.

The route will be closed from 05:00 on Tuesday in both directions between Chadwick Street and the Mini garage. Work is expected to go on into 2017.  

Weather: Sunny afternoon ahead

BBC Weather

A lovely sunny afternoon with plenty of blue sky and highs of 21C.

Weather forecast for Friday 26 August

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Your pictures: Sun breaking through in Southport

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher WeatherEyeSteve for uploading this image of the sun trying to break through the clouds in Southport.

Southport sky
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. 

Challenge Cup Final: Warrington Wolves gear up for Wembley

Warrington Wolves are gearing up for the biggest game of the rugby league calendar, as they head to Wembley for the Challenge Cup final tomorrow.

Warrington Wolves
SWPIX.COM

Only Hull FC - one of the most consistent teams this season - stand in the way of the Wire lifting the trophy for the ninth time.

Listen to live coverage on BBC Radio Merseyside - kick off is 15:00.

Shotgun found in Walton house search

A shotgun and bullets have been found at a house in Walton, Liverpool.  

Curtis Road
Google

It was discovered during a search on Curtis Road. 

The weapon and five shells were found - the gun is now being tested to see if it has been used.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Travel: Mersey Ferry still suspended due to technical fault

The Mersey Ferry service has been suspended this morning due to technical fault. It was due to resume at 12:00, but there is still a problem, according to Merseytravel.

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Weather: What's in store for the bank holiday weekend?

BBC Weather

Cereal bar opens in Liverpool in aid of homeless charity

A new cereal bar has opened in Liverpool in aid of a homeless charity.

REX on Bold Street has opened a "Pay as You Feel Cafe and Cereal Bar" in aid of Liverpool Homeless FC. 

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Customers can choose from tea, coffee and a selection of cereals - and are asked to donate to the charity.

Liverpool Homeless FC uses football to help social integration and provide a support network for people facing homelessness in the city.

Police secure closure on 'hub for anti-social behaviour'

St Helens Star

Police have secured a closure order on a property in St. Helens which had become a hub for anti-social behaviour including drug-taking.  

Football: Southport sign Lincoln defender Howe

BBC Sport

Southport sign defender Callum Howe on a one-month loan deal from fellow National League side Lincoln City.

Callum Howe
Rex Features

The 22-year-old has joined after Sandgrounders defender Chris Doyle was ruled out with a long-term knee injury.

Howe came through the youth system at Scunthorpe but he failed to make an appearance at the Iron and moved to Lincoln in 2015.

Liverpool cycling boosted economy by £1.1m, British Cycling says

British Cycling says investment in recreational cycling in Liverpool has boosted the local economy by £1.1m.

Cyclists in Liverpool
BBC

Schemes like the City Bikes, as well as improved cycle routes, mean that more people are getting on their bikes - and it's saved the city over £720,000 in health care costs.  

Travel: Mersey Ferries due to resume at 12:00

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Football: Why Liverpool are still a work in progress

Martin Keown

Former England defender on BBC Radio 5 live

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp
Getty Images

Jurgen Klopp is rightly getting plaudits for the feel-good factor he has generated at Liverpool, but if you judge him on his choice of central defenders then he is far less convincing.

The Reds manager made a lot of changes over the summer in what is a specialist position, which is fair enough when you think about the issues his side had there last season.

Unfortunately for Klopp, from what I have seen, the players he has brought in are not better than the ones who have left.

Read more on the BBC Sport website

Murder arrests after double stabbing

Three people from Liverpool, including a 15-year-old boy, have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man was found dead in Lancashire.

Hazel Avenue, Darwen
Google

The 42-year-old suffered stab wounds in a property in Hazel Avenue, Darwen, at about 16:15 on Thursday.

A woman, 42, is in a stable condition in Blackpool Victoria Hospital after also being stabbed, police said.

A 23-year-old man and two boys, aged 15 and 16, are being questioned in custody.

Travel: Mersey ferries not running due to technical problem

BBC Travel

There is no service on the Mersey Ferries at Liverpool due to a technical problem.

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G4S 'rejects Labour conference security offer'

Security giant G4S says it has rejected a last-minute approach by Labour to cover its annual conference in Liverpool.

G4S
PA

G4S - which Labour previously voted to boycott - said it was contacted this week but could not take on the "large, complex" job at short notice.

It comes amid a stand-off between the GMB and another security firm, Showsec, over union recognition.