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Summary

  1. Escaped killer Shaun Walmsley taken to Aintree hospital in taxi, the BBC understands
  2. UKIP donor stands by 'sick to death of hearing about Hillsborough' comment
  3. Liverpool announce plans to leave Melwood training ground
  4. Updates on Wednesday 22 February

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World Club Challenge winners Wigan fight back from 14 points down to beat Widnes Vikings in Super League.

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Live updates for Merseyside and west Cheshire have finished for the day, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Thursday with more of the day's news, sport, travel and weather.  

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A 21-year-old man has been remanded in custody charged with stabbing another man in Seel Street in Liverpool City Centre on New Year's Day - he will appear at Liverpool Crown Court on 22 March. 

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As it stands, there are potentially only three clubs with the necessary financial clout and space in their squad to pull off such a deal.

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Police said he was taken to hospital after the incident at about 14:00.

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Reasons why hospital trust investigation took so long must be made public, MP says

The whistle-blowing accusations that led to the sackings of senior figures at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital and the reasons why the investigation into them took so long should be made public, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has said.

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Jonathan Parry, the chief executive of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, was suspended on full pay last year for gross misconduct following complaints from whistleblowers and later dismissed, while Sharon Partington, director of human resources retired before allegations about her were ruled upon.

The decision to dismiss both has been upheld after an appeal, which Ms Cooper said she was "pleased" about, but she added she had written to the hospital trust "requesting that they now take the opportunity to answer all the outstanding questions on this case".

For a start, what are the accusations leading to disciplinary action and dismissals? Why was the process so lengthy? And what is the cost of the investigation and disciplinary action?

As a taxpayer-funded service, there are legitimate public interest concerns the trust has to satisfactorily address and I would encourage them to do so in as open and transparent a way as possible.

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UKIP donor 'sticks by' Hillsborough post

A UKIP donor has said he "sticks by" a tweet he was "sick to death" of hearing about the Hillsborough disaster.  

Arron Banks posted the remarks last week after UKIP chief Paul Nuttall apologised for false claims he lost close friends in the 1989 tragedy.

He told BBC Radio 5 live: "I know the people up in Liverpool probably get hot under the collar for those comments, but... I stick by what I said."

He also accused Labour of "politicising" the disaster.

The Labour Party is yet to respond.

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Southport and Ormskirk hospital sackings upheld after appeal

The sacking of a hospital trust chief executive and director of human resources has been upheld after an appeal.

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Jonathan Parry, the chief executive of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, was suspended on full pay last year for gross misconduct following complaints from whistleblowers and later dismissed.

The director of human resources Sharon Partington retired from the trust before the end of the disciplinary procedure, but a panel found had she stayed, she would have been dismissed.

An independent panel reviewing the dismissals as part of an appeal process found both decision to be correct.

Liverpool mayor tweets letter sent to Home Secretary

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson has tweeted a letter he has written to Home Secretary Amber Rudd demanding "an urgent investigation" into the escape of convicted murderer Shaun Walmsley from Aintree University Hospital yesterday.

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Cash boost for Liverpool Huntington's disease charity

A Liverpool charity that helps sufferers and the families of those with Huntington's Disease has received a £300,000 grant.

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The Huntington's Disease Association in Liverpool is the only charity in England and Wales dedicated to supporting those affected. 

The money was donated by the Lancashire Freemasons.

There are currently more than 400 cases of Huntington's on Merseyside, and a further 560 cases across the North West.

Liverpool in £50m move from Melwood training ground

Liverpool are planning to move their training ground as part of a £50m project to redevelop their academy site.

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The Premier League club are proposing to sell the Melwood facility in West Derby, where the first team has trained since the 1950s.

The project - a joint enterprise between the club and Knowsley Council - will move training to the Kirkby site.

If the redevelopment is approved, it could be completed by 2019.

On-the-run killer 'escaped from taxi'

Armed men helped murderer Shaun Walmsley escape as officers were putting him in a taxi at Aintree University Hospital, the BBC understands.

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Walmsley, 28, was getting into the cab with prison officers at the time of the escape.

The getaway car, a gold-coloured Volvo, had lain in wait in a road near the hospital, police said.

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Police have released images of the getaway car and asked anyone with information to get in touch.

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson has called for an "immediate inquiry" into what happened.

Three-year football ban for man who threw missiles at Merseyside derby

A 38-year-old man has been given a three-year football banning after throwing missiles and smoke canisters at Goodison Park during a derby match between Everton and Liverpool, police say.

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A number of items were thrown and discharged, between both sets of supporters, during the game on 19 December.

Season ticket holder Andrew Fowler, from Frodsham, pleaded guilty to the offence of throwing an item at a designated sporting event and was given the banning order and a fine.

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Tranmere remain four points behind leaders Lincoln as Andy Cook's early double earned them a 2-1 win over Boreham Wood last night.

Police across country join search for 'highly dangerous' escaped prisoner

Police forces across the country have joined the search for a "highly dangerous" convicted killer who escaped prison guards during a hospital visit in Liverpool yesterday.

Shaun Walmsley, 28, was serving a life sentence at HMP Liverpool for his part in a stabbing in Aintree in 2014.

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He had been for an appointment at Aintree Hospital yesterday afternoon when two armed men ambushed the prison officers he was with and forced them to release him.

The three then escaped in a gold-coloured Volvo.

Det Supt Natalie Perischine said:

Walmsely is a highly dangerous individual, who was convicted of a vicious and savage murder.

He took the life of a young man in a frenzied attack and in doing so, ruined the lives of his victim's family and friends.

We will be relentless in our pursuit of Walmsley and the men who helped him to escape and we need the public's help to find him and put him back behind bars.

Police are warning the public not to approach Walmsley if they see him.

Liverpool mayor calls for 'immediate inquiry' after convicted murderer escapes

The mayor of Liverpool is calling for an "immediate inquiry" after a drug-dealing murderer was helped by two men to escape after a hospital appointment.

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Described as dangerous by Merseyside Police, 28-year-old Shaun Colin Walmsley fled from outside Aintree University Hospital as he was getting into a vehicle with prison officers. 

Joe Anderson, said he is "angry and incredibly shocked" by the "serious security breach", and is currently waiting for a full briefing into what happened.

He said: 

We have to call for an inquiry into what has gone on and what has happened - I am going to write to the Home Secretary.

This is somebody who is a convicted murderer who could well be in my city or anywhere else. We don't know whether he has got out to be part of any drug disputes in the city.

The Labour mayor added it was a "tense time" in the city of Liverpool following recent murders and that to him, it looks like Walmsley had been able to plan the escape well in advance.  

UKIP donor Aaron Banks stands by 'sick to death of Hillsborough' tweet

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The millionaire UKIP donor Arron Banks has told 5 live's Emma Barnett that he "sticks by what I said" when he tweeted he was "sick to death" of hearing about Hillsborough

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He was talking to 5 live Daily, in his first broadcast interview since his controversial tweets a week ago defending the UKIP leader candidate Paul Nuttall. 

Mr Nuttall had admitted a claim on his website that he'd lost close friends in the disaster were false

Mr Banks said: 

It's a Labour smear campaign. Yes, I am sick to death of hearing about Hillsborough. The politicisation of it by the Labour party is atrocious.

I know the people up in Liverpool probably get hot under the collar for those comments, but as far as I'm concerned, I stick by what I said.

Man's body found near bridge in Warrington

A man's body has been found near to the Kingsway Bridge in Warrington this morning. 

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Detectives were called to Howley Lane near to Warrington Rowing Club at 07:30. 

Emergency services are at the scene and police are currently trying to establish the circumstances of the death but say it doesn't appear to be suspicious.

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Plans to cut funding to Cheshire schools to be discussed by MPs

Plans to cut funding for schools in west Cheshire will be discussed by MPs later - it comes after warnings teachers and subjects could be cut and a four-day week introduced.

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Pupils in Cheshire used to get some of the lowest levels of basic funding per head in England. 

But when the government brought a new funding system in late last year to make things more fair, pupils in Cheshire West, along with Sefton, found their funding cut even further. 

Schools in the rest of Merseyside and Warrington are due to get increases. 

Now there are warnings it could lead to teachers and assistants in West Cheshire being cut, non-essential subjects being scrapped and even a new schedule where pupils work from home for one day a week.

Chester MP Chris Matheson will call on the government later to go back to the drawing board.

Liverpool plan to move training ground to Kirkby site

Liverpool and Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council have announced plans for a £50m redevelopment of the Reds’ Academy site in Kirkby.

The club is looking to bring First Team and Academy football training facilities together on one site.

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The proposal includes the construction of a new combined training centre, the redevelopment of the existing facilities at the Academy and designs to convert the main pitch into an indoor pitch.

A public consultation will be held on 8 March at Northwood Community Centre, Kirkby between 14:00 and 20:00.

Liverpool announce they are leaving Melwood Training Ground

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Liverpool have announced they are leaving Melwood Training Ground in West Derby - they have been at the venue since the 1950s.

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An agreement worth £50m has been set up between the club and Knowsley Council which will see the Reds' first team operations move into the existing academy base in Kirkby, which will be expanded. 

The plans also include work on the land around the training base to benefit the local community.

The logic behind the move will be to have all of the club's teams on one site and mirrors Everton's move from Bellefield to Finch Farm 10 years ago. 

The plans will be subject to public consultation but the club hope to complete the work by the summer of 2019.

Liverpool killer Shaun Walmsley in armed escape

A convicted murderer is on the run after armed men helped him escape during a hospital visit in Merseyside.

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Shaun Walmsley, 28, is one of four men serving life sentences for a fatal stabbing in Aintree in 2014.

He fled from outside Aintree University Hospital as he was getting into a car with prison officers.

Merseyside Police said two men, believed to be armed with a gun and a knife, assisted in the escape.

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