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  1. Updates on Monday 20 February
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates 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 more of the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

Weather: Rain to clear

BBC Weather

Rain will clear leaving many places dry for the night but some patchy rain around. Mild and frost free night with winds easing. Lows of 8C.

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Beatles reunite

The two living members of the Beatles have teamed up for the first time in seven years.

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Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr were in the studio together over the weekend, working on Ringo's latest album.  

Ringo also tweeted pics of guitarist and former Eagles member Joe Walsh and bassist Nathan East.  

Woman seriously injured in Southport

A woman has been found with a serious head injury at a house in Southport

Grundy Close
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A woman was taken to hospital after being found at a property in Grundy Close at about 02:15 on Saturday.

Her condition is described as serious. The house is being forensically examined.

A 46-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and was later released on police bail.

Film director David Yates honoured

Lord Mayor of Liverpool Roz Gladden presented film director David Yates with an official scroll as he was added to the roll of Citizens of Honour.

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There is and has always has been a tremendous beating heart that for me defines Liverpool. It starts with the people – their energy, humour, kindness, and sheer indefatigable spirit makes you feel like anything is possible.

Making films here has always been a joy because of it. And I’m touched and proud to be welcomed back once more as an honoury citizen - not many awards are able to bring you home in quite the same special way as one like this.

David Yates

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Two UKIP officials resign from the party, claiming senior figures showed  "crass insensitivity" about the Hillsborough disaster
  • A Porsche previously owned by The Beatles' George Harrison which was almost scrapped for parts is to be auctioned
  • Liverpool Ladies will face Everton Ladies in the Women's FA Cup fifth round

Man charged over Liverpool shopping centre sex assaults

A man is due to appear in court charged with two counts of sexual assault.

The allegations relate to a 16-year-old girl and a 45-year-old woman at St Johns shopping centre on 18 January.

A 33-year-old man is due to appear at Liverpool and Knowsley Magistrates' Court later.

UKIP regional chairman 'not calling for Nuttall's resignation'

UKIP's regional chairman for Merseyside has told BBC Radio Merseyside that he is not calling for leader Paul Nuttall to resign.

Paul Nuttall
AFP

Adam Heatherington quit the party this morning along with UKIP's branch chairman for Liverpool, Stuart Monkham, after accusing Mr Nuttall of being unprofessional and party donor Arron Banks of "crass insensitivity" over the Hillsborough disaster.

Mr Nuttall said he was sorry last week for false claims on his website that he had lost close friends in the 1989 tragedy. Mr Banks later tweeted he was "sick to death" of hearing about Hillsborough. 

Mr Heatherington told the BBC he would not support UKIP with Banks as its backer but said he still backed Paul Nuttall as party leader despite his Hillsborough error:

He should have took it down sooner - it's been on his website for some time... he shouldn't have actually said those things and he needs to apologise."

Adam Heatherington

Tom Jones 'relishing' woodland concerts

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Sir Tom, who is also going to be performing in woodland in Cheshire and Staffordshire, has said he loves performing in these unusual locations. 

Tom Jones
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He said: "I had a great time being part of the Forest Live concerts last year, so I am delighted to be coming back again and performing in three more of these beautiful woodland locations. 

"It’s important that people are aware of our forests and come to enjoy them, so I hope you can join me!"    

Football: Merseyside derby in Women's FA Cup

BBC Sport

There's going to be a Merseyside derby in the Women's FA Cup with Liverpool Ladies taking on Everton Ladies in the fifth round on 19 March. 

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George Harrison's Porsche to be sold at auction

A Porsche previously owned by The Beatles' George Harrison which was almost scrapped for parts is to be auctioned.

Raj Sedha bought the car for parts in 2003, not realising it had been owned by the former Beatle
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The 37-year-old Porsche 928 was owned by Harrison when he lived in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, was sold to Raj Sedha, from Leeds, in 2003.

Mr Sedha was about to dismantle the car before his wife looked in the logbook to find it had been owned by Harrison.

The car is expected to fetch up to £20,000 in Stockport on 17 March.

Council tax to rise while services cut, says LGA

Nearly every local authority in England is planning to raise council taxes this year but council leaders are warning services still face "deep cuts".

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Last week it was announced council tax in Liverpool is to rise by 4.99% and some councils have warned libraries, bin collections and other services will still face funding gaps.

The Local Government Association says the cost of care for increasing numbers of elderly people is forcing up bills.

The government insists it is giving more money to councils.

Kraft Heinz drops Unilever takeover bid

Kraft Heinz has abandoned its offer to buy Unilever, which has sites on Merseyside.

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Reuters

The Anglo-Dutch Marmite maker rejected the US food giant's bid on Friday, saying it saw "no merit, either financial or strategic" in Kraft's offer, worth about $143bn (£115bn).

Unilever has a plant, research centre and IT hub at Port Sunlight in Wirral.

Severe disruption: M53 Cheshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M53 Cheshire northbound severe disruption, at J9 for A5032.

M53 Cheshire - One lane closed on M53 northbound at J9, A5032 (Ellesmere Port), because of a broken down mini bus and recovery work. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Two UKIP officials resign from the party, claiming leader Paul Nuttall and donor Arron Banks showed "crass insensitivity" about the Hillsborough disaster
  • Police search for three masked men who may have been armed with a shotgun during a robbery at a Wirral pub
  • A man is arrested after a car crashed into two garden walls in Birkenhead

Roads: Crash on New Chester Road, Cheshire

BBC News Travel

A lane is blocked and traffic is queuing due to a crash on New Chester Road northbound near Hooton Road and Hooton Green in Cheshire. 

The congestion is affecting Welsh Road to Ledsham Road.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time.

The helter skelter story of the Cavern Club

It has been shut down, demolished, and rebuilt, but Liverpool's Cavern Club remains an icon of pop history.

Cavern club exterior with queue
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As it celebrates its 60th year, those who were there in its heyday recall its evolution from subterranean jazz club to international music Mecca.

Two women holding hands in the Cavern, doing the 'Cavern stomp' dance
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Spring is on the way...

Warrington woman killed in flat blaze

A woman has died in a fire at a flat in Warrington.

Ashley Close, Warrington
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The blaze broke out in the ground floor of the property in the town's Ashley Close shortly after 20:00 on Saturday.

Firefighters found the woman in a bedroom. She was confirmed dead at the scene.

An investigation into the cause of the fire has been launched but there are not believed to be suspicious circumstances.

Three masked gunmen raid Wirral pub

Wirral Globe

Three masked gunmen armed with a shotgun left staff badly shaken after they raided a Wirral pub.  

Rugby League: Wolves' first win for an English club over Australia since 2012

BBC Sport

Warrington Wolves achieved the first win for an English club over Australian opponents since 2012 as they beat Brisbane Broncos in the first match of the 2017 World Club Series.

Kevin Brown played for England in the 2016 Four Nations before joining Warrington
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Kevin Brown excelled on his Wire debut, scoring a try in the second minute.

Ryan Atkins and Matty Russell helped the hosts into a 20-0 lead and Tom Lineham also crossed before half-time.

Declan Patton added 11 points with the boot, while Corey Oates, James Roberts and David Mead replied for Brisbane.

Man arrested after Birkenhead crash

A man has been arrested after a crash in Birkenhead.

Overturned car with severe damage
Merseyside Police

A car was involved in a crash in Norman Street on Thursday and the driver failed to stop for police.

A 21-year-old, from Birkenhead, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle, dangerous driving, driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence and having no insurance.

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UKIP officials quit in Hillsborough row

Two UKIP officials have resigned from the party, claiming leader Paul Nuttall and donor Arron Banks showed "crass insensitivity" about the Hillsborough disaster.  

Paul Nuttall
AFP

Mr Nuttall said last week he was "sorry" over false claims that he had lost close friends in the 1989 tragedy.

Mr Banks later tweeted he was "sick to death" hearing about Hillsborough.

Liverpool and Merseyside branch chairs Stuart Monkham and Adam Heatherington called the actions "unprofessional".

Appeal over Anfield assault

Police investigating reports of an assault in Anfield are appealing for information.

William Hill bookmakers on Priory Road
Google

A teenage boy was found injured outside William Hill bookmakers in Priory Road shortly after 20:25 on Friday.

His injury is "consistent with a sharp instrument being used", police said.

He was taken to hospital and his injury is not thought to be life-threatening.

Former homeless man starts first job in Chester

After years of sleeping rough, David Simons has overcome his addictions and is celebrating not only his 32nd birthday, but also getting a job at a garden centre in Chester. 

Football: Tranmere push ahead, Chester hammered

BBC Sport

In the National League this weekend, Tranmere maintained their push for promotion with a 2-0 win at Eastleigh on Saturday

Second half goals from Ben Tollit and James Norwood earned them three very valuable points.

Chester were hammered 4-2 at Maidstone. It's their fourth consecutive defeat. 

Southport ended a run of five straight defeats, getting a point from a 0-0 draw at Woking.

Museum of Liverpool to reopen

After being closed for seven weeks the Museum of Liverpool is set to reopen today. 

Museum of Liverpool exterior
BBC

It shut its doors on New Year's Eve last year so building work could be carried out for the "safety and security of collections and visitors". 

The tourist attraction on the city's waterfront went to the High Court in 2013 to recover costs to fix problems with the steps, terraces and ceilings.

The £72m museum opened in 2011.  

UKIP officials resign over Nuttall Hillsborough comments

Two senior Merseyside UKIP officials have resigned over the handling of false claims about Hillsborough made on the website of leader Paul Nuttall.

Paul Nuttall
PA

Last week the UKIP leader admitted that claims on his website that he had lost a close friend in the disaster were false.

The resignation of UKIP's Branch chairman in Liverpool and the chairman of their Merseyside branch will come as a blow to Mr Nuttall, who is currently campaigning to become an MP in the Stoke by-election.  

Stuart Monkham and Adam Heatherington admit their timing is "unfortunate" but say "it's the only honourable thing they could do to disassociate themselves from UKIP''.

They've criticised the "unprofessional" approach and the "crass insensitivity" from high profile people including party donor Arron Banks.

UKIP officials in Merseyside say they are expecting further resignations in protest.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Two senior Merseyside UKIP officials resign over Paul Nuttall's handling of controversy about Hillsborough
  • A taxi driver is arrested on suspicion of drug-driving after an elderly man was critically injured in a crash and later died
  • After being closed for seven weeks the Museum of Liverpool is due to reopen

Weather: Cloudy with drizzle

BBC Weather

After a cloudy start, outbreaks of rain and drizzle will quickly spread, clearing towards the end of the afternoon. There will also be gusty westerly winds but it will be mild.

Highs of 13C.

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