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Summary

  1. Two held on suspicion of helping convicted murderer escape custody
  2. Fly-tippers caught dumping tonnes of illegal waste near Liverpool dance school jailed
  3. Vikings v Warriors tie switched to Widnes after Storm Doris postponement
  4. Updates on Friday 24 February

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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 Monday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the region.

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Anita Stevenson's family dispute police findings

Wirral Globe

The family of a Wirral mother disagree with police findings that her death was not suspicious.

PSA boss 'gives Vauxhall UK plant assurances'

Carlos Tavares, the boss of France's PSA Group, has given assurances to the Unite union about UK plants following a potential deal to buy carmaker Vauxhall.

PSA chief executive Carlos Tavares
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PSA Group, which makes Peugeot and Citroen cars, wants to buy General Motors' Vauxhall and Opel businesses.

Vauxhall employs 4,500 staff at plants at Ellesmere Port and Luton.

Couple jailed for 'some of the most despicable crimes against children' police have ever seen

St Helens Star

A couple who committed “some of the most despicable crimes against children” police have seen, have been jailed for sex offences and child cruelty .

Jurgen Klopp: Strange world decisions

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has waxed lyrical on some major decisions that have puzzled him recently.

Jurgen Klopp
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At his Friday press conference he pinpointed Brexit, Donald Trump and now the sacking of Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri. 

The German manager said: "Am I surprised that things like this can happen? No. Not just in football.

"There have been a few strange decisions in 16/17 - Brexit, Trump and Ranieri."  

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A man and woman  have been arrested  by detectives investigating the escape of a convicted murderer in Liverpool
  • Two serial fly-tippers caught on video dumping illegal waste - including asbestos - near a children's dance school  have been jailed

Body found near Southport Promenade

Merseyside Police are investigating the "unexplained death" of a man who was found on the Promenade in Southport.

The promenade in Southport
Google

The emergency services were called to an address on the sea front just after 13:40 on Thursday.

They found the body of a man, believed to be in his 50s, at an address on the Promenade.

Cricket: Praise for Lancashire batsman's Lions century

Lancashire have been praising batsman Liam Livingstone, who bagged himself a century for England Lions in the match against Sri Lanka A earlier.

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Man beaten for challenging comment made to woman

A 19-year-old man suffered severe injuries to his head and face after being beaten by two men in Liverpool city centre, police say.

Merseyside Police say the man was injured after he challenged two men on Church Street at 04:10 on Thursday 16 January who had made a comment about a woman he was chatting to.

Both men, aged about 20 and of smart appearance, then attacked him leaving him needing hospital treatment.

Lawro predicts: Leicester 0 Liverpool 2

Mark Lawrenson

Former Liverpool defender

I made my original prediction for this game before Ranieri's exit and, although I have not changed the score, the situation makes it more difficult for Liverpool.  

Riyad Mahrez and a Georgio Wijnaldum
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There is no doubt there will be more of a unified effort from the Leicester team, whether their new manager is in place or not. It always happens.

I still think Liverpool will win, if they play like they did against Tottenham. It suits the Reds when they press teams all over the pitch, and that is definitely the way forward for them.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A man and woman have been arrested by detectives investigating the escape of a convicted murderer in Liverpool
  • Two serial fly-tippers caught on video dumping illegal waste - including asbestos - near a children's dance school  have been jailed
  • The boss of France's PSA Group,  has given assurances to the Unite union  about UK plants following a potential deal to buy carmaker Vauxhall  

Grand National: Sam Quek takes fellow Ladies Day ambassadors on Liverpool tour

Wirral's Olympic gold winner Sam Quek is taking fellow Aintree Ladies Day ambassadors Katie Walsh and Laura Wright on a tour of Liverpool ahead of this year's Grand National.

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Fly-tippers jailed for dumping asbestos near dance school

Two serial fly-tippers caught on video dumping illegal waste - including asbestos - near a children's dance school have been jailed .

David Smith and George Kevin Parry
Liverpool City Council

Two serial fly-tippers caught on video dumping illegal waste - including asbestos - near a children's dance school have been jailed.

George Parry, 55, and David Smith, 53, dumped tonnes of builders' waste outside the school in Liverpool.

At Liverpool Magistrates' Court, the men, both of Aspes Road in West Derby, each pleaded guilty to four counts of fly-tipping.

Liverpool City Council said fly-tipping cost it  more than £1m a year .

Weather: Dry and bright afternoon

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A dry afternoon with some cloud and bright spells but rain is on the way later. Highs of 8C.

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Vauxhall: Union leader says meeting with Peugeot 'open and positive'

The head of the Unite union Len McCluskey has described his first meeting with the Peugeot boss Carlos Tavares, over the possible takeover of Vauxhall, as "very open and relatively positive".

Vauxhall
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Fears have been raised over the future of the Ellesmere Port plant, if the deal does go through

Mr McCluskey said he was "pleased" about some of the assurances that he was given over the current agreements in place there.

Rugby League: Wigan postponement 'caught us by surprise', say Widnes

Wigan Warriors' decision to postpone the match with Widnes following Storm Doris "caught us by surprise", a Vikings spokesman has said.

Warriors' "home" Super League fixture against Widnes was been switched to the Vikings' Select Security Stadium  17 hours after Wigan postponed the game.

It will now go ahead there at 20:00 tonight .

The Widnes spokesman said officials worked "into the early hours" to get the game on.

He said:

One option was to seek a rescheduling of this fixture at a later stage of the season. In our opinion, that was not a tenable option in light of the physical challenges of already having the Easter weekend fixtures and a second short turnaround weekend to facilitate the mid-season international.

That left us with two options: to leave the matter in the hands of the RFL Board and pursue our club being awarded the two points. However, there is no guarantee that such an outcome would be achieved, which would leave us back in the starting position of having to accommodate a rescheduled fixture.

We therefore deemed it in the best interest of the club to work with the Stadium management and take on this fixture; I am immensely grateful for their support in facilitating this at such short notice.

He added that tickets for the original match would be refunded on Monday and a flat rate of £10 for adults and no charge for children would apply tonight.

Roads: One lane closed on M56

BBC News Travel

One lane is closed on the M56 eastbound in Cheshire and there is queuing traffic and long delays due to recovery work after an accident involving a lorry.

Delays between Junction 14 at Hapsford and Junction 12 in Runcorn. 

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Two men, who were caught dumping tonnes of illegal waste near a children's dance school in Liverpool, have been jailed
  • The head of the Unite union has described his first meeting with the Peugeot boss, over the possible takeover of Vauxhall, as "very open and relatively positive"
  • Wigan Warriors' "home" Super League fixture against Widnes has been switched to the Vikings' Select Security Stadium , after Storm Doris weather made the DW Stadium unplayable

Storm Doris: Wigan Warriors v Widnes switched to Vikings' home

BBC Sport

Wigan Warriors' "home" Super League fixture against Widnes tonight has been switched to the Vikings' Select Security Stadium.  

The DW Stadium
Rex Features

The decision yesterday to postpone the game  because of Storm Doris  has been reversed and the game is back on.  

The change comes after heavy rain left standing water on the pitch at the DW Stadium.

Liverpool budget: 5% council tax increase and £90m cuts rubber stamped

Liverpool City Council's cabinet has rubber stamped proposals to increase council tax by almost 5% from April. 

The authority has also agreed to make further cuts of £90m over the next three years .

The full council vote takes place on 8 March.

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Storm Doris: Merseyside fire attended 177 incidents yesterday

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service says its crews attended 117 incidents related to Storm Doris yesterday.

Fallen tree in Liverpool
Mike Doran

The incidents included collapsed buildings, fallen trees, dislodged signage, unstable roof tiles and chimneys.  

Two fly-tippers caught dumping illegal waste, including asbestos, jailed

Two serial fly-tippers from Liverpool who were caught dumping tonnes of illegal waste have been jailed. 

George Parry, 55 and David Smith, 53 left the trade waste, which included asbestos, yards from a children's dance school in Norris Green.

David Smith and George Parry dumped material containing asbestos in Liverpool

They were caught after surveillance by Liverpool City Council and Merseyside Police. 

The men, both of Aspes Road, West Derby, each pleaded guilty to four counts of fly-tipping at Liverpool Magistrates Court.  

Parry was sentenced to 20 weeks and banned from driving for a year, Smith was jailed for 12 weeks. 

Each has to pay £580 in fines and costs.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A man and woman  have been arrested   by detectives investigating the escape of a convicted murderer in Liverpool
  • A man has been injured in a shooting after three men on scrambler motorbikes opened fire on a car in Liverpool
  • The government is rejecting calls for a discount for motorists who regularly travel from Cheshire to Liverpool and will use the new Mersey Gateway crossing

Orphaned red squirrel kitten recovering after being found Ainsdale forest

A red squirrel kitten is recovering with Wildlife Trust officers after being found on the forest floor at Ainsdale National Nature Reserve in Merseyside.

The four-week-old male squirrel is now being looked after by Red Squirrel Field Officer Rachel Miller who says he was found on the ground with a "bloody nose, freezing cold and covered in lice".

Red squirrel kitten
The Wildlife Trust
Red squirrel kitten
The Wildlife Trust
Red squirrel
Peter Smith

She said: 

The first priority was to get him warmed up and then rehydrated.

After three days of TLC he now has a lot more energy and a good appetite. He weighed just 89g but now weighs 93g so is putting on weight already."

The red squirrel is native to Britain, but the species remains under threat because of disease and competition for food from the larger non-native grey squirrels.

Severe accident: M62 Merseyside eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 Merseyside eastbound severe accident, at J7 for A57 Warrington Road.

M62 Merseyside - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M62 eastbound at J7, A57 (Rainhill Stoops), because of an accident.

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

Wavertree shooting: Earle Road remains cordoned off

This is the scene in Earle Road in Wavertree where a man was injured in a shooting last night.

Scene at Earle Road, Liverpool
Lucy Isherwood

The 40-year-old victim from Walton is being treated for shoulder injuries.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

Roads: Fallen tree closes A49 in Cheshire

BBC News Travel

The A49 Tarporley Road is closed in both directions due to fallen tree between Junction 10 of the M56 for Stretton Roundabout and Grimsditch Lane.

Man injured in Wavertree targeted shooting

A man has been injured in a shooting after three men on scrambler motorbikes opened fire on a car. 

The Earl Marshall pub on Earle Road, Liverpool
Google

The 40-year-old man is being treated for wounds to his shoulder after the attack in Earle Road, Liverpool at about 20:30 GMT on Thursday. 

The victim, from Walton, lost control of his car as a result of the shooting and crashed into an unoccupied black car, police said. He then ran into The Earl Marshall pub where he was given medical treatment. 

Police urged witnesses to come forward with information about the shooting, which they believe was a targeted attack.  

Severe disruption: A49 Cheshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A49 Cheshire both ways severe disruption, between M56 J10 and Grimsditch Lane.

A49 Cheshire - A49 in Stretton closed in both directions between Stretton Roundabout and the Grimsditch Lane junction.

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

Murderer Shaun Walmsley's escape: Two arrested

A man and woman have been arrested by detectives investigating the escape of a convicted murderer in Liverpool.

Shaun Walmsley
Merseyside Police

Shaun Walmsley, 28, was getting into a cab with prison officers outside Aintree Hospital when he was sprung from custody by two armed men.  

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A man and woman have been arrested  by detectives investigating the escape of a convicted murderer in Liverpool
  • A man has been injured in a shooting after three men on scrambler motorbikes opened fire on a car in Liverpool
  • Police raid suspected brothels as part of crackdown on human trafficking and modern slavery

Roads: Slow on M56 in Cheshire

BBC News Travel

There is slow traffic on the M56 eastbound due to earlier accident between Junction 14 for Hapsford and Junction 12 for Runcorn. 

Weather: Mainly dry but warning of ice

BBC Weather

A much calmer day than yesterday with lighter winds, a good amount of dry weather and even some sunshine for a time. That said, there are still a couple of isolated showers to look out for with highs of 8C (46F).

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