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By Jenny Coleman

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

Weather: Dry night, rainy morning

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It'll be dry this evening but cloud will thicken overnight with rain returning by morning.

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Huyton Dog's charity search launches foster care scheme

This is Holly, she's poorly and has cancer, but the Dogs Trust in Huyton is hoping someone could offer a little special time and a foster home for short stays.

Dog's Trust

The charity's Home from Home fostering scheme is being rolled out across the region in the hope of giving dogs of all ages, shapes and sizes the chance to be looked after in a temporary home whilst they wait for their forever family to adopt them.   

Football: Liverpool referee will be match official at Euro 2016 final

Jake Collin from West Derby (pictured right) will be one of the match officials for the Euro 2016 final in Paris on Sunday. 

Jake Collin (right)
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He's been selected as one of the assistant referees for the big game.

Mark Clattenburg will referee the game after also officiating in this year's FA Cup final and Champions League final.

Offensive Hillsborough T-shirt was 'banter'

A man who wore an offensive T-shirt relating to the Hillsborough disaster said it was 'banter' with Liverpool-supporting friends.

Paul Grange, 50, of Worcester, admitted a public order offence and was fined £600 by magistrates.

Paul Grange

Everton in talks with Utrecht over a deal for striker Sebastien Haller

The Daily Mail

Everton have opened talks with Utrecht over their striker Sebastien Haller.

Travel: Partial blockage on Runcorn Expressway

BBC Travel

The Weston Point Expressway in Runcorn is partially blocked and there's queuing traffic northbound at Runcorn Widnes Bridge because of a broken down lorry. 

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LJMU lecturer wins award for children's fiction

A novel written by a Liverpool John Moores University lecturer has won an award for children's fiction.  

Horatio Clare
Caroline Flinders

Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot by Welsh writer Horatio Clare is about a young boy who seeks help from wild animals in the woods to break his father's depression.

Clare was announced as the winner of the 2016 Branford Boase Award on Thursday evening and said winning the prize, which is given annually to a debut novel, "means the world to me".

Tour de France 2016: Wirral's Steve Cummings wins stage seven

BBC Sport

Wirral's Steve Cummings has won stage seven of the Tour de France after an impressive solo ride on the final climb saw him win by more than a minute.  

Steve Cummings celebrates winning stage seven of the Tour de France

Cummings' success means four of the first seven stages of this year's Tour have been won by Britons, with Mark Cavendish victorious in three.

Body of boy, 17, found in Haydock woods

St Helens Star

A teenage boy was found dead in woods in Haydock yesterday.

Thumbs up from 100-year-old Bob as BT gets him back online

You may remember Bob, 100 years young and lost without his internet connection for the last seven weeks. 

Well after Radio Merseyside and plenty of you got on to BT to get it sorted, they've been out, fixed it, and we hooked up with him online for a quick chat!

100-year-old Bob gets back online after social media highlights his plight

Play 'daisy chains' instead, says council parks cut report

A council in Merseyside considering plans to close dozens of play parks has suggested children "make daisy chains" instead.  

Daisy chain

Sefton Council has proposed removing play equipment, fences, paths and bins in up to 140 parks in a new report

It recommends making Sefton's parks more "natural" in order to save money and suggests children make "dens, daisy chains" and "environmental art". The council needs to make savings of £64m after already cutting £120m since 2010.

Mayor hopeful Steve Rotheram vows no borough will be left behind

Steve Rotheram has vowed to represent every part of the Liverpool City Region if he is elected its mayor next year.

Steve Rotheram
Steve Rotheram

Launching his manifesto, the Liverpool Walton MP and political aide to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn vowed no borough would be left behind by devolution.

Labour's candidate will be chosen next month, with Mr Rotheram running against Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson and Wavertree MP Luciana Berger. The date for the mayoral election has been set for 4 May.  

Ringo Starr still won't sign autographs

He may have been surrounded by dozens of fans helping him celebrate his 76th birthday but that didn't mean Ringo Starr has softened his position on autograph hunters.

Ringo Starr
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The former Beatles drummer staged an open concert outside the Capitol Records Building in Los Angeles, and urged people around the world to say "peace and love" at midday. 

He said: "I don't autograph. All autographs are on stuff that I've (done). One of my paintings or something I'm involved with, and it goes to charity. 

"It doesn't just go out there for other people to sell."

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Liverpool's Hope Street to close all next week for graduates' celebrations

One of Liverpool's major roads is to close all next week to allow university graduates a chance to celebrate. 


Hope Street will shut from 06:00 to 20:00 Monday to Friday between Mount Pleasant and Duke Street.

Graduation ceremonies from John Moores University are taking place at the Anglican Cathedral - and it's hoped the closures will allow a festival atmosphere.

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Steve Rotheram vows 'no borough will be left behind' in Metro Mayor manifesto

Labour MP for Liverpool Walton, Steve Rotheram, says no borough should be left behind when more political powers are devolved to Merseyside as he unveiled his manifesto to take charge of the Liverpool City Region. 

Steve Rotheram
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Bidding to win his party's nomination to contest the new Metro Mayor position, Mr Rotheram said he will build new homes across the six boroughs, protect green spaces and parks and be a "lean, low-cost" metro mayor.   

He says he would "work collaboratively to take the six districts forward with no borough left behind", adding "it's not about being a Liverpool politician, it's about having that reach outside".

Art work appears on streets of Liverpool for city festival

Spotted any odd objects on the streets of Liverpool this week? Chances are they could be part of the Liverpool Biennial arts festival which starts this weekend.

This sculpture by artist Sahej Rahal is behind the Town Hall on Exchange Flags.

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Pop-up newspaper for city's Remain voters

A new "pop-up" paper aimed at the 48% of people who voted to stay in the European Union has hit news-stands in Manchester and other 'Remain' cities.

The New European

The New European went on sale in London, as well as other pro-Remain areas such as Liverpool, Manchester and the south of England.

Matt Kelly, launch editor of the weekly venture, said : "I believe the 48% who voted to Remain are not well served by the traditional press and that there is a clear opportunity for a newspaper like The New European that people will want to read and carry like a badge of honour."

Man pleads guilty to wearing offensive Hillsborough t-shirt

A man from Worcester has pleaded guilty to wearing a t-shirt mocking the Hillsborough victims.

Offensive Hillsborough t-shirt

Paul Grange wore the offensive top to a Worcester pub - it compared the tragedy to pest control. 

He's been fined and made to pay court costs of £795 at Worcester Magistrates Court . 

The 50-year-old says he's lost his home, job, friends and family since he wore the t-shirt.

Escaped Southport man found and returned to prison

Southport Visiter

A Southport man who absconded from prison has been found.  

Weather: Sunny spells this afternoon but staying blustery

BBC Weather

Radioactive waste to be stored at Capenhurst

Radioactive waste from decommissioned nuclear submarines is to be stored at Capenhurst Nuclear Services in Cheshire, it has emerged.


The Ministry of Defence made the decision following a public consultation.

The nuclear components are from 18 redundant submarines and nine still in service.  

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A man from Worcester's pleaded guilty to wearing a t-shirt mocking victims of the Hillsborough disaster
  • Ninety staff walked out for an hour at Liverpool prison this morning as part of unofficial action in protest at planned changes to the way they work
  • Liverpool City Council has agreed to fund £4m improvements at Everton's training ground

Travel: Rail disruption at Liverpool Moorfields

BBC Travel

Trains aren't stopping on Merseyrail Northbound at Liverpool Moorfields due to engineering works.

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Angela Eagle: If Jeremy Corbyn doesn't resign, I'll stand against him

Angela Eagle

Labour former minister Angela Eagle has reiterated her warning to party leader Jeremy Corbyn that he must resign.

Speaking this morning she said: 

Jeremy Corbyn needs to resign. He's losing support in the country. He needs to do the right thing. And if he doesn't, I will stand against him."

Ms Eagle would not answer any further questions.  

Wirral man, 100, has internet connection fixed after social media highlights his plight

A 100-year-old Wirral man has finally had his internet connection fixed after it was cut off in May.

Bob Aston had complained to BT for weeks after he couldn't get online, and after his plight was shared on social media engineers finally fixed it for him this morning.

Bob Aston

Wife's heartbreaking bid to turn off husband's life-support as driver sentenced for near-fatal crash

Liverpool Echo

A wife told of her desperate bid to end her husband’s suffering as the driver who nearly killed him falls to be sentenced today.  

Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool manager signs six-year contract extension

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has signed a new six-year deal, with the club's owners saying it would have been "irresponsible" not to offer him a long-term contract.

Klopp joined Liverpool in October, initially agreeing a £15m deal to 2018 that has now been extended until 2022.

Jurgen Klopp with Liverpool team
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Liverpool Council to fund £4m improvements at Everton training ground

Liverpool City Council has agreed to fund £4m of improvements at Everton's training ground. 

Finch Farm

The authority bought Finch Farm - which is actually in Knowsley - three years ago, and rents it to the club. 

Critics say there has been a lack of transparency around the deal - but Liverpool's Mayor Joe Anderson says it represents great value for money.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Liverpool City Council has agreed to fund £4m of improvements at Everton's training ground
  • Ninety staff walked out for an hour at Liverpool prison this morning as part of unofficial action in protest at planned changes to the way they work
  • More complex heart surgery will be carried out at Liverpool's hospitals, after an NHS review

Ninety staff walk out at Liverpool prison in protest over planned changes

Ninety staff walked out for an hour at Liverpool prison this morning as part of unofficial action in protest at planned changes to the way they work. 

HMP Liverpool

Those working in jails across England and Wales claim they've been "undermined and ignored" by the proposals - but the Prison Service insists the welfare of staff is one of its key priorities.  

Men jailed for six years over £5m drugs conspiracy

Two men who were involved in a conspiracy to supply drugs worth £5m have been jailed.

James Rushe, 55, of Moore, Cheshire, and Mark Fishwick, 47, of Penwortham, Preston, were both sentenced to six years at Liverpool Crown Court for conspiracy to supply a controlled drug.

James Rushe (left) and Mark Fishwick
Merseyside Police

Rosies nightclub in Chester closed by police

Chester Chronicle

Police have closed Rosies nightclub in Chester for up to 48 hours with an application being made today which could see it shut for as long as three months. 

Hillsborough legal teams recognised at Legal Aid Laywer awards

This is the list of the Hillsborough legal teams that were given the Outstanding Achievement award at last night's Legal Aid Laywer of the Year Awards.

Hillsborough legal teams