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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 Thursday 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: Dry with clear spells

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It will be dry with clear spells allowing temperatures to become cooler than last night.

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Weather forecast for Wednesday 31 August

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Green Party's Tom Crone enters Liverpool City Region mayor contest

The Green Party have put forward Tom Crone, the group's leader on Liverpool City Council, to contest the Liverpool City Region mayoral election.

Tom Crone
Green Party

The Liverpool City Region comprises the city and St. Helens, Knowsley, Sefton, Wirral and Halton in Cheshire. The election is due to be held next May.

Mr Crone said he was "honoured to be chosen" for "what will be one of the biggest electoral challenges ever for the party" and would focus on "democracy and accountability, greener forms of transport and economy and the environment." 

He added:

I realise we do not start this contest as favourites but I also know politics has undergone massive change in this country over the past few months and all of the predictions of pundits and pollsters have been cast into the melting pot.

I hope to show the Greens are an up-and-coming force to be reckoned with, bringing common sense to the political arena.

Man and woman taken to hospital after Birkenhead crash

A man and a woman have been taken to hospital after their motorcycle collided with a car on Hoylake Road in Birkenhead.

It's thought the male driver has chest injuries and his passenger has a broken shoulder.

Football: England Women's Under-19 midfielder Zoe Tynan dies aged 18

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England Women's under-19 midfielder Zoe Tynan has died, aged 18.  

Zoe Tynan
PA

According to the Liverpool Echo, Tynan died after being hit by a train at West Allerton station in Merseyside on Tuesday.

British Transport Police said an 18-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene and are not treating the death as suspicious.

Cheshire Fire shares photos of new Penketh station

Cheshire Fire Service has tweeted pictures of the new Penketh Fire Station on Widnes Road in Warrington.

It is due to open this year.

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Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Tributes are paid to a former Everton Ladies youth footballer who has died
  • A turtle called Clyde that was stolen yesterday from the Blue Planet Aquarium in Ellesmere Port is returned
  • A buyer is found for Merseyside's local TV station, Bay TV after it went into administration

Clubs pay tribute to footballer Zoe Tynan

Football clubs are paying tribute to Zoe Tynan who has died.

The 18-year-old spent six years with Everton’s Centre of Excellence before joining Manchester City and most recently, AFC Fylde.  

Everton called her a "fantastic person" while Fylde said she was "a hugely talented player".

It is really sad news to hear about Zoe’s passing... she contributed a lot to the Club while a youth player and she will be sorely missed."

Andy SpenceEverton Ladies manager

We all want to remember Zoe in the best possible way. A hugely talented player with the best possible attitude and an immensely likeable character. Our thoughts are with all of her family at this sad time.”

Luke SwindlehurstFylde Ladies Manager

'Restorative justice' after turtle theft

Cheshire Police have confirmed the safe return of Clyde the turtle to Blue Planet Aquarium in Ellesmere Port and say they have completed their inquiries.

Police said they have spoken to the three women who dropped Clyde off today and "in line with the aquarium’s wishes, the incident has been resolved through restorative justice", which allows the rehabilitation of offenders through reconciliation with victims.

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Buyer found for Merseyside's Bay TV

A buyer has been found for Merseyside's local television station, Bay TV - the channel went into administration just a week ago.

Bay TV
Bay TV

Made Television, which runs TV stations in Bristol, Cardiff, Leeds and the North East, has announced it is taking over the business - subject to approval from the regulator Ofcom.

The station will be renamed Made in Liverpool.

Former Everton Ladies footballer Zoe Tynan dies

Zoe Tynan, who spent six years with Everton's Centre of Excellence, has died.

Zoe Tynan
AFC Fylde

Tynan, who was also an Under-19s player with England, left for Manchester City Women in 2015.

The 18-year-old, who completed a switch to FA Women's Premier League side Fylde Ladies earlier this month, recently took part in a training camp run by England youth coach Mo Marley.

She said:

This is truly awful news and we were all so sad to hear of Zoe's passing.

Zoe has been involved in our squads for a number of years and was not only a very talented midfielder, but a hugely-liked and popular member of the team.

Tributes paid to 18-year-old footballer from Liverpool

Tributes are being paid to a talented 18-year-old footballer from Liverpool who died yesterday. 

Zoe Tynan was a former pupil at Calderstones School and had previously played for Everton and Manchester City ladies. 

She had recently signed for AFC Fylde.

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Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A second man is arrested on suspicion of attempted rape following an incident in Wavertree on Saturday
  • A buyer is found for Merseyside's local television station, Bay TV, which went into administration last week
  • A turtle called Clyde that was stolen from the Blue Planet Aquarium in Ellesmere Port yesterday is found "safe and well", police say

Stolen turtle Clyde returned to Cheshire aquarium

Clyde the turtle has been returned to the Blue Planet Aquarium in Ellesmere Port.

boy stole the 20cm (8in) mud turtle yesterday and police were concerned it could die without specialist care. 

Police say it was returned "safe and well".

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Travel: Accident closes Hoylake Road in Wirral

BBC Travel

A553 Hoylake Road in Birkenhead is closed in both directions at the Gautby Road junction because of an accident.

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Weather: Mainly dry afternoon

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Dry overnight with some clear periods at times and light winds.  

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Weather forecast for Wednesday 31 August

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Clyde the turtle found after being stolen from Blue Planet Aquarium

Teenage swimmer rescued from New Brighton Marine Lake

Wirral Globe

A 17-year-old boy was taken to hospital yesterday after becoming unwell while swimming in New Brighton, Wirral.

Jail for hit-and-run pair who lured victim out of pub and on to road

St Helens Star

A man was seriously injured when he was run over after being “lured” on to a road in Newton-le-Willows by a young woman he had met on Facebook, a court heard.  

Your pictures: A rainy morning in Liverpool

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Bob Riach for uploading this image of a drizzly morning in Liverpool today.

Liver buildings
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.

Plan for Walton Breck Road regeneration in Anfield revealed

Plans to rebuild a high street next to Liverpool's stadium in Anfield have been revealed by the city council.

The proposals for Walton Breck Road in north Liverpool form the latest phase of a £260m regeneration of the area.

Walton Breck Road artist impression
LIVERPOOL CITY COUNCIL

If approved, derelict buildings would be demolished or rebuilt and the road would be narrowed to make the area more pedestrian friendly.

Liverpool's deputy mayor Ann O'Byrne said the "ambitious" plan would "make a massive difference to the area".

Anfield Square artist impression
LIVERPOOL CITY COUNCIL

Clyde the turtle stolen from Blue Planet Aquarium in Ellesmere Port

A boy climbed into a tank at an aquarium to steal a turtle which he hid under his jumper, police said.

Clyde the turtle
Cheshire Police

The 20cm (8in) mud turtle, known as Clyde, was taken from Blue Planet Aquarium in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire at about 17:30 on Tuesday.

"The boy was completely soaked and had no top on, which may have attracted your attention," said Det Sgt Rob Grantham of Cheshire Police.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Plans are unveiled to rebuild an entire high street next to Liverpool's Anfield stadium
  • A boy climbed into a tank at Blue Planet Aquarium in Ellesmere Port to steal a turtle, police say
  • Police in Wirral are trying to trace a motorcyclist who may have suffered serious injuries when his bike crashed into a shop in Birkenhead  

Developer reveals plans for 202 new homes in Skelmersdale

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Designs for 202 new homes on land east of Whalleys Road in Skelmersdale have been revealed.

Revolver artist Klaus Voormann on The Beatles and 'mop tops'

Jim Clarke

BBC North West Tonight

Fifty years ago, The Beatles released Revolver, an album which saw them move into a more experimental musical world. 

Klaus Voormann
Klaus Voormann

The band's manager Brian Epstein wanted an album cover that would help fans make the journey with their musical heroes. 

So the band called on an old friend to help - graphic designer and musician Klaus Voormann.

He spoke to me about that cover, inspiring the band's famous "mop tops" and life beyond The Beatles.

Police search for motorcyclist hurt in Wirral crash

Police in Wirral say they are trying to trace a motorcyclist who may have suffered serious injuries when his bike crashed into a shop yesterday. 

Officers say the man left the scene after hitting the building in Grange Road West, Birkenhead at about 18:00.

Witness say the man appeared to have a significant head injury and officers are concerned for his welfare.

Teenager starts blog to raise awareness of bowel cancer

A teenager from West Lancashire who was diagnosed with bowel cancer has started a blog to raise awareness of the symptoms in young people.

Hannah Lyson
Hannah Lyson

Hannah Lyson, 19, from Burscough near Ormskirk uses her website to share her experiences of diagnosis and treatment - as well as raising funds for the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre.  

Person dies after being hit by train at West Allerton

Liverpool Echo

A person died after being hit by a train at West Allerton in Liverpool yesterday.

Number of prison officers falls in North West falls

The number of prison officers in the North West has fallen in the last year.

Prison
BBC

Figures seen by the Howard League for Penal Reform showed that there are 64 fewer officers working in our region's prisons compared to last year. 

It also found that there are 45 fewer officers working at HMP Liverpool in June this year, compared to 2013.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Plans to rebuild an entire high street next to Anfield football stadium are revealed by Liverpool City Council
  • The number of prison officers in the North West has fallen in the last year
  • A mud turtle is stolen from the Blue Planet Aquarium in Ellesmere Port 

Turtle theft: CCTV image from Blue Planet Aquarium released

Police have released a CCTV image of a woman they want to speak to following the theft of a turtle from the Blue Planet Aquarium in Cheshire.

CCTV image released after Blue Planet Aquarium turtle theft
Cheshire Police

The aquarium in Ellesmere Port reported the theft at about 17:30 yesterday.

DS Rob Grantham said: “Our investigation has so far established that a young boy managed to get into the tank and remove the turtle. 

"The boy was completely soaked and had no top on, which may have attracted your attention if you had been there. 

The boy appeared to be carrying something under a jumper, which we believe was the turtle known as Clyde."

More pictures of the plans for Walton Breck Road

This is the before and after pictures of how Walton Breck Road could look in the latest phase of £260m development works in Anfield.

Plans for Walton Breck Road
Liverpool City Council
Plans for Anfield
Liverpool City Council

The proposals would see derelict shops buildings demolished or rebuilt, pavements widened and new public spaces created.

Local family to restore Warrington landmark to help 'uncover its history'

A Warrington landmark is going to be restored to its former glory, after being bought by a local family who want to uncover its history. 

The Manna House, Penketh
Google

The Manna House on Warrington Road in Penketh, which has been used as an infant school and a church meeting house, has sat unused for almost two years. 

New owners Andy and Jade Mulholland plan to turn the 19th Century building into a high-end function venue.

Police warning after turtle stolen from Blue Planet Aquarium

A turtle stolen from the Blue Planet Aquarium in Cheshire is likely to die without specialist care, police have warned.

Clyde
Cheshire Police

The turtle, known as Clyde, was taken from the Blue Planet Aquarium in Ellesmere Port on Tuesday.

Police are investigating the theft of the reptile, which is 20cm long.

Cheshire Police said they were "keeping an open mind on the circumstances at this time".

Man with 48 indecent images of children escapes prison sentence

Warrington Guardian

A 32-year-old man who denied having a sexual interest in children despite possessing 48 indecent images of children aged between one and 10 years old has escaped an immediate jail sentence.

Plans for high street next to Anfield stadium revealed

Plans to rebuild an entire high street next to Anfield football stadium have been revealed by Liverpool City Council.

Anfield football stadium plans
Liverpool Council
Anfield football stadium plans
Liverpool Council

The proposals for Walton Breck Road form the latest phase of a £260m regeneration scheme for the area.

If approved, derelict buildings in the area would be demolished, new public spaces would be created, and the road would be narrowed to make the area more pedestrian-friendly.

Travel: Burst water main in Runcorn still causing problems

BBC Travel

South Parade in Runcorn is closed in both direction between the Sandy Lane junction and the Lydiate Lane junction because of a burst water main.

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Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Plans to rebuild an entire high street next to Anfield football stadium have been revealed by Liverpool City Council
  • The number of prison officers in the North West has fallen in the last year
  • Warrington landmark The Manna House in Penketh is to be restored to its former glory

Weather: Showers will clear for a brighter afternoon

BBC Weather

A showery start to the day in the North West but things will improve later with some sunny spells - but still the chance of the odd shower. Highs of 20C.

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BBC Weather for North West England on 31 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. 

If you've got a story you'd like me to hear about or a photograph you'd like to share, you can contact me on email, Facebook or Twitter.