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

Weather: Dry evening and milder night

BBC Weather

A dry evening but cloud will soon thicken as patchy rain slowly drifts across the region through the night. It will be breezy, but a milder night than of late.

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Bikes, drugs and cash recovered in Birkenhead

Five suspected stolen scrambler bikes, more than two kilos of suspected drugs and around £7,000 were seized by police following a search in Birkenhead.

Stolen bikes
Merseyside Police

A 26-year-old man was arrested after the search at Grange Mount and is being questioned by officers.

Thousands of beetles released in Liverpool park to combat lake weed

Three thousand beetles have been released on to lakes in Croxteth Hall in Liverpool to combat a grass like weed which has taken over the water surfaces.

Weevil
Croxteth Hall

The Stenopelmus rufinasus (weevils) have been released as a natural way to combat the the dense azolla weed as they eat it. 

Visitors are warned not to walk on lakes surfaces as they will fall through the weed, which has a solid grass like appearance, into the water.

Winsford businessman jailed for supply of unsafe campervan

Chester Chronicle

A businessman has been put behind bars for supplying an unsafe campervan in Cheshire.

Drugs arrest after cannabis find in Bootle

A man has been arrested after cannabis with a street value of approximately £300 was found at a house in Bootle.

Cannabis
Merseyside Police

Boxes containing the drug, scales and other drug supply paraphernalia were seized at a house in Monfa Road.

A 22-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cannabis.

A 31-year-old man has been interviewed under caution on suspicion of possession of a controlled drug after a bag of cannabis was found at another property in the same street.

Reports of racial abuse of staff since Brexit at Liverpool University

Some families 'considering legal action' after Chilcot report findings

A man whose nephew was killed in the Iraq war has revealed some families are considering legal action following the publication of the Chilcot report.

Ben Nwak
Family

Corporal Ben Nowak, 27, was killed in 2006. His uncle Michael McEvatt, from Speke, was in London to hear Sir John Chilcot deliver the findings and said he hoped the legal teams "do the right thing and bring somebody to account for what happened to these young men and women".

"Not just Ben, there was a lot of people killed, civilians and all on both sides for something that shouldn't have happened," he said.

The families of some of the 179 British troops killed in Iraq have said the official report confirms their view that they died unnecessarily as it concluded that peaceful alternatives were not exhausted before the 2003 invasion.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • The report into the Iraq war in which 10 Merseyside soldiers died says Tony Blair overstated the threat posed by Saddam Hussein, sent ill-prepared troops into battle and had inadequate plans for the aftermath
  • Five suspected stolen scrambler bikes, more than two kilos of suspected drugs and around £7,000 were seized by police following a search in Birkenhead
  • Liverpool City Council is set to fund improvements at Everton's Finch Farm training ground, in return for increased rent

Chilcot report marks 'second worst day' in life of father whose son died in Iraq

The father of a 21-year-old soldier from Warrington who was killed in Iraq says the release of the Chilcot report into the conflict marks the second worst day of his life.

Kingsman Alex Green
MOD

Kingsman Alex Green died in January 2007 after he was shot during a mission in Basra.

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has said he takes full responsibility for mistakes made over the Iraq war after the Chilcot report found the 2003 invasion was "not a last resort".

Kingsman Green's father Bill Stewardson said: "I have pinned my existence on the fact that Alex was an honest and intelligent young man who went through the rigorous requirements of being graded good enough to pull on a British military uniform.

"And you do expect the people who take the decisions to be of the same grade. That turned out not to be the case, and it's really really shook me."

Liverpool Biennial arts festival looks at city's past, present and future

Liverpool's Biennial festival returns to the city this week for three months of art events across the city.

This year's festival focuses on stories and histories of Liverpool’s past, present and future.

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Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • The report into the Iraq war in which 10 Merseyside soldiers died concludes the government chose to join the 2003 invasion before all peaceful options had been exhausted  
  • Liverpool City Council is set to fund improvements at Everton's Finch Farm training ground, in return for increased rent
  • Police are investigating after a hat used in a threate production of a Roald Dahl book was stolen from an exhibition in Southport

'Green gyms' unveiled in Knowsley parks

Fifteen new outdoor gyms have been installed in parks across Knowsley.

Fitness instructor Juanita Steel (far right) shows guests at the launch how to use the green gym equipment
Knowsley Council

The "green gyms", funded by a £350,000 grant from Public Health England, are aimed at encouraging more people to get active and involved with sport for free.

The gyms in Halewood Park, Memorial Park, Old Rough Park and St John’s Millennium Green feature static bikes, bench presses and steppers.

Man wanted after hat used in show of Roald Dahl's book stolen from Southport exhibition

A man is wanted by police after a hat that was used in a theatre production of a book by Roald Dahl was stolen from an exhibition in Southport.

CCTV of hat thief
Merseyside Police

The dark purple hat, which was on loan from another museum, went missing from a display at the Atkinson Art Gallery and Library in Lord Street at about 11:00 on Saturday.

The hat
Merseyside Police

Police have released a CCTV picture of a man described as approximately 60 years of age, balding with grey hair at the sides. He was believed to be carrying a number of bags.

Football: National League fixtures released

BBC Sport

The fixtures have been released for the new National League season.

Prenton Park
BBC

Tranmere Rovers will play Bromley away on the opening day. 

Chester have a trip to Gateshead while Southport go to just-relegated Dagenham and Redbridge

Care Home rated good by Care Quality Commission following neglect findings

Warrington Guardian

A Warrington care home has been rated good by the Care Quality Commission after it came under fire when neglect was found in the care of a 75-year-old resident.

Callands Care Home
Google

Football: Liverpool defender set for drug ban hearing

BBC Sport

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho will plead his case against a ban for a failed drugs test to Uefa on Thursday.

Sakho has made 28 appearances for France, but was not selected for Euro 2016
Getty Images

The 26-year-old tested positive for a 'fat burner' pill in March.

He served a provisional 30-day ban, missing the Europa League semi-final and final, but that was not extended as European football's governing body investigated whether the substance was actually prohibited.

Liverpool council to fund improvements to Everton training ground

Claire Hamilton

Reporter, BBC Radio Mersesyide

Liverpool City Council is set to fund improvements at Everton's Finch Farm training ground, in return for increased rent. 

Finch Farm
BBC

The council bought the land for £13m in 2013 - it has leased it to the club on a long-term deal.

A report being considered by the city council's cabinet on Friday said Everton has asked it to fund the improvements which include a recuperation suite and mini stadium. 

Richard Kemp, leader of Liverpool's Liberal Democrats, said the plans "need closer scrutiny".

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • The report into the Iraq war in which 10 Merseyside soldiers died concludes the government chose to join the 2003 invasion before all peaceful options had been exhausted  
  • The leader of Liverpool's Liberal Democrats says plans for the council to fund improvements to Everton's training ground "need closer scrutiny"
  • Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho will have his appeal against a suspension for a failed drugs test to UEFA's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body heard tomorrow

Football: Everton and Liverpool academies to play in EFL Trophy

Man and dog to kayak 100-miles from Hull to Warrington for charity

A volunteer for the RSPCA will spend a week kayaking with his dog Max to raise money for the charity's Warrington, Halton and St Helens branch.

John Oakley and Max
RSPCA
Max
RSPCA

John Oakley will be making the journey from Hull to Warrington - about 100 miles - with Max who he adopted from the RSPCA.

They will be camping alongside the canals during the week long journey starting on 18 September in Goole and finishing on 24 September at the London Bridge Inn in Appleton, Warrington.

Wirral man, 100, in internet reconnection plea

A 100-year-old man is pleading with BT to have his internet reconnected after it was accidentally cut off almost seven weeks ago.

Bob Aston
BBC

Bob Aston, from Trepassey Residential Home in Heswall, Wirral, is still paying for the service that he has been unable to use since 19 May.

He said he has made a number of calls to BT and is getting nowhere. 

BT apologised and said it will try to "get things fixed quickly".

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A man from Liverpool whose nephew was killed in the Iraq war hopes someone will be "held to account"  when the long-awaited Chilcot report is published later
  • A man is left with leg and body injuries after a concrete roof collapsed on top him in Wirral
  • Liverpool city council is set to fund improvements at Everton's Finch Farm training ground in return for increased rent

Massive firework celebration on the River Mersey for Bonfire Night announced

Liverpool Echo

People in Liverpool and Wirral are set to enjoy a massive firework celebration on Bonfire Night with a huge display on the River Mersey.

Football: Are Everton keen on Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel?

Man in hospital after concrete roof collapses on him in Wirral

A man has suffered leg and body injuries after a concrete roof collapsed on him in Wirral.

Roof collapse
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service

Fire crews along with the search and rescue team were called to the house in Ashfield Road, Bromborough, on Tuesday.

The 33-year-old is being treated at Arrowe Park Hospital after falling two metres before he became trapped under the rubble.

Travel: Slow traffic after crash in Wirral

BBC Travel

There is slow traffic on New Chester Road in both directions in Birkenhead between the Port Causeway junction and the New Chester Road junction.

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Iraq Inquiry: Family hope someone will be 'held to account'

A man from Liverpool whose nephew was killed in the Iraq war hopes someone will be "held to account" when the long-awaited Chilcot report is published later. 

Corporal Ben Nowak, 27, was killed in 2006 and his uncle Michael McEvatt, from Speke, has travelled to London to hear the report's findings - he spoke to BBC Radio Merseyside presenter Tony Snell earlier about the questions the families want answering.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A man from Liverpool whose nephew was killed in the Iraq war hopes someone will be "held to account"  when the long-awaited Chilcot report is published later
  • A man is in hospital after a concrete roof collapsed on him in Wirral
  • A 100-year-old man from Wirral is begging BT to repair his internet connection, after it was accidentally cut off almost seven weeks ago

Weather: Mostly fine, dry day

BBC Weather

A bright start but it will cloud over. It should stay dry although there's still risk of some spots of rain. Highs of 18C.

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Good morning: Join us for today's live news coverage

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. 

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