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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. 

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

Weather: Rain arriving overnight with heavy bursts

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It will be dry at first this evening, but outbreaks of rain will soon spread. Some brief heavy bursts are likely, but the rain should start to clear.

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School worker who appeared to joke about suicide bombers on Facebook suspended

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A member of staff at a West Lancashire school who appeared to joke about Muslims wearing the burka on Facebook has been suspended.

Labour candidates' Northern Powerhouse plea

Labour's candidate to be the mayor of the Liverpool City Region has called on the prime minister not to abandon the Northern Powerhouse project.

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Steve Rotheram, MP for Walton, made the plea in a joint letter with his friend and fellow Merseysider Andy Burnham, who is running to be Manchester's mayor.

The pair made a plea to improve transport in the region stating: "There can be no Northern Powerhouse without major investment in transport."

Mrs May has vowed to press ahead with the Northern Powerhouse plan.

Liverpool's 'yellow brick road'

Eberle Street in Liverpool has received a touch of the Wizard of Oz with its own yellow brick inspired road.

The design is part of a £1.5m revamp of the area around Stanley Street with the designs inspired after a consultation with local businesses. 

It is a collaboration between Liverpool Business Improvement District, the city council and designers BCA Landscape and Amey.  

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Minute's applause for dead footballer

A minute's applause is to be held at top flight football games to honour Zoe Tynan who died when she was hit by a train.

Zoe Tynan, left, in action for Everton during her time at the club's Centre of Excellence
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The FA has asked all clubs in the Women's Super League and Premier League to mark her death at their matches.

The Fylde Ladies midfielder, 18, and former Everton player died at West Allerton station in Merseyside on Tuesday.

British Transport Police has said there were no suspicious circumstances.

New fire truck for Liverpool airport unveiled

A new $1m (£750,000) fire truck for Liverpool John Lennon airport has been unveiled

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Liverpool John Lennon Airport

The 42-tonne fire fighting vehicle is called the Oshkosh Striker and carries 12,000 litres of water in its tank which can be sprayed out as far as 90m in under two minutes.

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Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A woman is being treated in hospital after she was shot in the leg in with an airgun in Liverpool
  • The owner of a dog says she's "distraught" after her pet was stolen from her garden and stabbed to death in Walton
  • A TV documentary tonight will reveal how the police caught two Chester women jailed for the murder of Sadie Hartley in Lancashire

Dog owner appeals for help to catch her pet's killers

The dog, called Turbo, was stolen before being stabbed to death in the Walton Park area on 24 August.

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Travel: Slow traffic on M56 eastbound

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There is slow traffic on the M56 eastbound between junction 14, Hapsford and junction 12, Runcorn, because of a crash, which is now on the hard shoulder. 

There is congestion to junction 15.

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Labour mayoral candidate calls on Theresa May to support Northern Powerhouse

Andy Burnham has demanded the prime minister honours the Conservatives' promises to the north of England at the last general election.

MP"s Andy Burnham (R) and Steve Rotheram
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The Labour MP and metro mayoral candidate for Greater Manchester, alongside his Labour counterpart in Liverpool, Steve Rotheram MP, said Theresa May pulling the plug on the Northern Powerhouse agenda would be, "as big a betrayal as the 1980s when Margaret Thatcher pulled the plug on our industries". 

The two MPs, elected by the Labour Party to stand as their candidates in the new mayor posts for the Manchester and Liverpool city regions, suggested a "summer of speculation" had cast doubt about the new prime minister's commitment to the idea.

Mrs May has vowed to press ahead with the Northern Powerhouse plan.

Police investigate dog stab death in Liverpool

Police are investigating after a dog was stolen and stabbed to death in Liverpool.

The dog, called Turbo, was killed in the Walton Hall Park area on 24 August after being taken from the garden of a property in Glaslyn Way.

Merseyside Police is working alongside the RSPCA to establish the full circumstances of the incident and inquiries are ongoing.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A woman is being treated in hospital after she was shot in the leg in with an airgun in Liverpool
  • The owner of a dog says she's "distraught" after her pet was stolen from her garden and stabbed to death in Walton
  • A TV documentary tonight will reveal how the police caught two Chester women jailed for the murder of Sadie Hartley in Lancashire

Weather: Cloudier afternoon but some bright spells

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A mainly dry afternoon with sunny spells but becoming cloudier and a chance or rain. Highs of 20C.

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Weather forecast for Thursday 1 September 2016

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Woman shot with airgun in Liverpool

A woman is being treated in hospital after she was shot in the leg with an airgun in Liverpool. 

The woman suffered minor injuries after being injured in Stuart Road, Walton this morning.

Part of the road is cordoned off while a forensic examination takes place.

Super League: Wigan Warriors v Widnes Vikings

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Widnes welcome back half-back Tom Gilmore, who is in contention for a recall after recovering from a shoulder problem sustained in April, as they take on third-placed Wigan at the DW Stadium tonight.

Tom Gilmore
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Merseyrail's set up 'mini libraries' at stations to get people reading

Commuters using Merseyrail's Wirral network are being encouraged to make their journeys pass a little quicker by taking advantage of a book exchange programme.

Library at Port Sunlight station
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Literacy organisation Read Now Write Now has set up "mini libraries" of donated books at six stations and are hoping to expand across the whole network.

After reading, its hoped the books will be returned and people will add to the collection.

Southport hotel in charity-run coffee shop first

A hotel in Southport is thought to be one of the first in the country to open a coffee shop run by a charity.

The Ramada, Southport
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The Ramada has offered space in its lobby to Autism Ventures, which offers training and support for people with autism through it's cafe, A Great Little Place.

The cafe's also been shortlisted for regional and national business awards.

TV documentary shows investigation into Sadie Hartley murder

A TV documentary will reveal the police case surrounding the murder of a woman from Lancashire  - and how they arrested two women from Chester who were later jailed for the killing.

Sarah Williams, left, and Katrina Walsh, right
Lancashire Police

Sarah Williams stabbed Sadie Hartley more than 40 times in her own home - while Katrina Walsh helped her plan the brutal attack.

Last month they were both put behind bars after being found guilty of murder. 

The programme shows footage of the police interviews including the moment Walsh revealed her friend was the killer.

You can see the documentary The Murder of Sadie Hartley on ITV tonight at 21:00.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dog was taken from its owner's garden and stabbed to death in Liverpool
  • A TV documentary tonight will reveal the police case surrounding the murder of Lancashire woman Sadie Hartley - and how they arrested two Chester women - later jailed for the killing
  • A 19-year-old man from Toxteth is charged with assault following an attack on a woman in Wavertree, Liverpool

Aintree University Hospital's new A&E unit to officially open

The second phase of a new state of the art unit at Aintree University Hospital's A&E department is being officially opened today.

Aintree University Hospital
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The £35m Urgent Care and Trauma Centre includes a new minor injury treatment unit, as well as a 20-bed unit that provides specialist care for frail, elderly patients.  

American bulldog Turbo stabbed to death in Liverpool

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dog that was taken from its owner's garden and stabbed to death in Liverpool.

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Attackers took the American bulldog named Turbo from Glaslyn Way to the entrance of Walton Hall Park where it is thought he was stabbed three times.

Turbo's body was then left behind his owner's fence, the RSPCA said.

Man charged after Wavetree roof incident

A man has been charged after a man was on a roof in Liverpool.

Police were called to an incident in Wavertree, Liverpool on Monday.

The 19-year-old from Toxteth has been charged with four offences of burglary, one of burglary other, handling stolen goods, possession of a controlled drug and two counts of resisting an arrest.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dog was taken from its owner's garden and stabbed to death in Liverpool
  • A 19-year-old man from Toxteth is charged with assault following an attack on a woman in Wavertree
  • Sefton Council may become the latest local authority to start building houses if plans are agreed by councillors this morning

Dog stabbed to death near Liverpool park, RSPCA says

A dog has been found stabbed to death near a Liverpool park.

Gate at Walton Hall Park
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The male white American bulldog, named Turbo, was found dead with stab wounds at 22.30 on 24 August near Walton Hall Park. 

The RSPCA said he had last been seen by his owner at 20:30 in his garden in Glaslyn Way, where it is thought he was taken from.

The bulldog's body was discovered in Cavendish Drive behind the owners garden fence. The RSPCA has launched an investigation.

Travel: Crash on East Lancs Road

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There is slow traffic on East Lancashire Road in both directions in Kirkby at Knowsley Industrial Park because of a crash.

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Man, 19, charged with assault after Wavertree attack

A man has been charged with assault after an incident in Wavetree on Saturday.

The 19-year-old, from Toxteth will appear at Liverpool Magistrates Court this morning. A second man also arrested in connection with this incident has been released on bail pending further inquiries.

Plans for new fleet of Mersey ferries to be discussed

Plans to bring in a brand new fleet of Mersey ferries will be discussed later as part of a new strategy for the service over the next 20 years.

Mersey Ferry
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Committee members at Merseytravel will also consider commissioning a naval architect to help in their design. 

It is hoped the new ferries will bring down running costs and allow them to better cater to the leisure and event market. 

The current fleet, with vessels over 50 years old, currently costs around £2.3m a year to operate.

Football: England U19 midfielder Zoe Tynan dies aged 18

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England Under-19 Women's and Fylde Ladies midfielder Zoe Tynan has died, aged 18.

The former Everton and Man City player died at West Allerton station in Merseyside on Tuesday, British Transport Police said.

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Tynan's death is not being treated as suspicious.

Her family paid tribute to a "vibrant, generous and fun-loving girl", who was "a dedicated athlete, never happier than when she had a ball at her feet".

Sefton Council considers building its own houses

Sefton Council may become the latest local authority to start building houses if plans are agreed by councillors this morning. 

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A report being considered at a cabinet meeting suggests establishing a housing development company to meet demand for new housing in the borough. 

Liverpool City Council agreed to set up a similar company last month.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Sefton Council may become the latest local authority to start building houses if plans are agreed by councillors this morning
  • The second phase of a new unit at Aintree University Hospital's A&E department is being officially opened later 
  • A Southport hotel is thought to be one of the first in the country to open a coffee shop run by a charity  

Weather: Mainly dry and fine but rain later this afternoon

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A dry and fine start with some sunshine. Towards the end of this afternoon it'll become breezy and the rain will arrive. Highs of 19C.

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