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  1. Updates on Friday 5 August
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday 8 August

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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 to kick things off for another week of news, sport, weather and travel.

Viola Beach
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We'll leave you with the happy news that Warrington band Viola Beach’s posthumous debut album has topped the album charts.

Weather: Dry and sunny weekend in store

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Some late sunshine should pop through the clouds to end the day ahead of a dry and sunny weekend.

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Friday's weather in Liverpool - bright and warm
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Charity's apology as care home closes amid inspection failings

The charity Scope has apologised to residents of a care home for disabled adults in Cheshire which it is closing after an unannounced Care Quality Commission inspection found significant failings. 

Harbour Close in Runcorn
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Twelve people have been living at Harbour Close in Runcorn, which had previously been given a rating of "good" by the watchdog. 

The charity says it's working hard with local councils to identify new homes for the people there. Scope's executive director of services, James Watson-O'Neill, said there had been "significant issues" in the last couple of weeks.

James Milner retires from international football

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Liverpool midfielder James Milner has retired from international football with England.

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Milner, 30, who played for England 61 times, had a discussion with new England boss Sam Allardyce recently.

"I wish Sam, the players, staff and supporters success in the future,” he said.

Viola Beach expected to top chart with posthumous album

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Viola Beach, the Warrington band who were killed in a car crash in Sweden, look set to top the album charts later today, after what would have been their debut album was released in their memory. 

Viola Beach could top album chart

All four members of the band and their manager died in February when their car plunged from a bridge into a canal near Stockholm.  

Earlier today the brother of guitarist River Reeves, Finn, and sister of drummer Jack Dakin, Lauren, spoke to BBC Arts correspondent David Sillito about the prospect of a number one album. 

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A Wirral man denies murdering a man at a fishing lake on a farm in Bebington
  • There is "no doubt" the Labour Party conference will go ahead in Liverpool next month after questions were raised about security for the event, a party spokesman says
  • The charity Scope apologises to residents of a care home for disabled adults in Cheshire which it is closing after an inspection found significant failings

'No threat of cancellation' of Labour conference in Liverpool

There is no threat of this year's Labour conference in Liverpool being cancelled after questions were raised about security arrangements for the event, a party spokesman has said.

A leaked letter passed to the Huffington Post suggested the party didn't have a security firm signed up for the event, but the spokesman said there was  "no doubt" about it going ahead.

Liverpool's Arena and Convention Centre
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Following the party's decision to boycott security firm G4S, it is in conversations with just one bidder - Showsec - for the event at Liverpool's Arena and Convention Centre next month. 

But leaked documents say the company is involved in a dispute with the GMB union over whether staff can be unionised, raising questions over how Labour will resolve the issue.

In pictures: Portuguese and Spanish frigates in Liverpool

Here are some more pictures of two frigates from the Portuguese and Spanish navies, which are berthed at Liverpool Cruise Terminal today.

Spanish Mendez Nunez
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View from Alvares Cabral
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The Alvares Cabral and Mendez Nunez are paying a courtesy visit on their way to deployment in the North Sea.

Football: Klopp gives injury update ahead of Barcelona friendly

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Liverpool play Barcelona at Wembley on Saturday before travelling to Germany to face Mainz, who are one of Reds boss Jurgen Klopp's former clubs.

Jurgen Klopp
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"Marko Grujic is now back and Joel Matip is available too. Lucas is doubtful," said Klopp.

"The game against Mainz could be, intensity wise, more than Barcelona. It’s a big game for them. It’s good."  

On transfer activity, he added: "Maybe one or two things can happen." 

Jumping spider found in Liverpool park for first time in Britain

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A hairy jumping spider never seen before in Britain has been spotted in a Liverpool park.

Festival gardens
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Portuguese and Spanish ships in Liverpool

Two frigates from the Portuguese and Spanish navies are berthed at the Liverpool Cruise Terminal.

Rear Admiral Luis Enrique Delgado (commander of SNMG1) with the respective ship commanders Paolo Simoes and Francisco Asensi.
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Pictured above are Rear Admiral Luis Enrique Delgado, and commanders Paolo Simoes and Francisco Asensi.  

Portuguese Marines
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And Portuguese marines are wearing formal dress to welcome the VIPs on board.  

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A Wirral man denies murdering a man at a fishing lake on a farm in Bebington
  • Elderly people in Cheshire are being warned about a telephone scam where fraudsters are posing as internet providers
  • Two frigates from the Spanish and Portuguese navies berth in Liverpool on a courtesy visit, ahead of their deployment in the North Sea

Network Rail explain Liverpool and Wirral railworks

Network Rail have been giving more details about engineering work, which will affect rail connections between Liverpool and Wirral next year.

The concrete bed underneath the track needs replacing. There will be disruption between January and June, with no connections across the Mersey at all for eight-and-a-half weeks.

Network Rail say it is complex work which is why it will take so long.

Insight into Jeremy Corbyn's campaign around the UK

Jonny Dymond follows the Corbyn campaign

Jonny Dymond follows Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's campaign to Brighton and Liverpool.

Rugby League: St Helens announce profit for 2015

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Langtree Park
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Super League side St Helens announce a profit of more than £30,000 for the 2015 financial year.

Man denies murder after Wirral fishing lake death

A man charged with murder following an alleged fight at a fishing lake in Merseyside has pleaded not guilty.

Claremont Farm on Clatterbridge Old Road
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Barry O'Reilly, 37, of Birkenhead, died after the incident at Claremont Farm on Clatterbridge Old Road in Spital, Wirral, on 15 May. 

A post-mortem examination ruled the preliminary cause of death was drowning, Merseyside Police said.

Christopher Davies, 28, of Town Lane, Higher Bebington, pleaded not guilty via videolink from prison at Liverpool Crown Court earlier. He will remain in custody until a trial is due to begin on 7 November.

Voting ends in Labour race for Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor

Voting has ended in the ballot to select Labour's candidate for the role of Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor.

Wavertree MP Luciana Berger, Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson and Walton's Steve Rotheram
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Party members on Merseyside and in Halton have to choose between Wavertree MP Luciana Berger, Walton's Steve Rotheram and the Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson.

The successful candidate will be announced next week and they'll run in the city region mayoral election next May.

Three Merseyside men jailed over Scotland ATM raids

Three Merseyside men who blew up cash machines in Scotland and stole around £130,000 have been jailed.

Explosives were used to sabotage some of the cash machines
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Robin Vaughan, Joseph McHale and Kevin Schruyers used a dangerous mixture of oxygen and acetyline to blow up the ATMs in Aberdeenshire, Edinburgh's High Court heard. 

Vaughan was sentenced to 11 years, McHale to 12 years and six months and Schruyers to 13 years.

They were arrested when the police investigation led to Liverpool, where a number of Scottish bank notes with the edges cut off to remove signs of the red security dye started to circulate in Merseyside.  

Football: Liverpool v Barcelona

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Philippe Coutinho
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Follow live text, images and social media as Liverpool take on Barcelona at Wembley in the International Champions Cup, with a 16:30 kick-off tomorrow.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Three Merseyside men who blew up bank cash machines in Scotland and stole around £130,000 are jailed
  • A 30-year-old woman is arrested after another woman was assaulted in Liverpool city centre
  • The Tall ships are coming back to Liverpool in 2018 to celebrate 10th anniversary of Capital of Culture year, it is announced

Woman held over Liverpool city centre assault

A woman has been arrested after another woman was allegedly assaulted in Liverpool city centre in the early hours of the morning.

Police tape
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The 32-year-old victim was taken to hospital with facial injuries at about 02:30, and has since been discharged. 

A 30-year-old woman from Liverpool is being questioned on suspicion of assault, police said.

An area outside Liverpool Cathedral has been cordoned off for a forensic investigation to be carried out.

Festival celebrates Liverpool business, culture and wellbeing

A festival celebrating all that's special about the Liverpool City Region returns takes place this weekend at the Pier Head.

Business, culture, food and wellbeing are the themes for the event, which saw over 27,000 visitors attend last year.

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Runcorn's new £4m Norton Priory Museum set to open

Runcorn's new £4m Norton Priory Museum opens this weekend.

Norton Priory Museum
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Norton Priory Museum
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A Heritage Lottery Fund grant has also allowed for the complete conservation and relighting of the medieval undercroft building.

A spokesman for the new museum says it will give visitors a greater insight into the building's 900-year history.

Hunt for Birkenhead man wanted in connection with alleged break-in

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Police are appealing for the public’s help in tracing a 34-year-old man they would like to speak to in connection with an allegation of burglary in Birkenhead.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • The Tall Ships are returning to Liverpool in 2018, with 30 of the world's largest sailing vessels arriving over the May Bank Holiday weekend
  • A woman in her 20s is in hospital after she was assaulted in Liverpool city centre in the early hours of this morning
  • A man was stabbed in the side on in a street attack in Birkenhead

Man stabbed in the side in Birkenhead street attack

A man in his 20s is being treated in hospital after he was stabbed in the side on Argyle Street in Birkenhead early this morning.

Police say his injuries are not life-threatening.

Muhamed Besic

Everton midfielder Muhamed Besic is ruled out for six months after injuring a knee during Wayne Rooney's testimonial.

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Travel: Traffic light failure in Liverpool city centre

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There is traffic light failure on North John Street in Liverpool at the Vicoria Street junction.

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Halton 'most expensive in North for renting room'

Halton is the most expensive place in the North to rent a room in a house in relation to average salary, a BBC investigation has found.

Rental signs
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Analysis shows the average rent of a one-bedroom property in almost half of all districts, boroughs and cities would cost more than 30% of the median take-home salary for the area.

Renting a room in a house across the North West and North East falls within 30% of take-home pay everywhere except Halton in Cheshire, where it is £520 a month on average. 

Major route in Cheshire closed southbound after crash

A crash on the A49 between Weaverham and Cuddington in Cheshire has led to a police warning to avoid the area, as the southbound road is closed.

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Tall ships to return to celebrate 10th anniversary of Capital of Culture year

The Tall Ships are set to return to Liverpool in 2018 to mark the 10th anniversary of the city's time as European Capital of Culture.

The city will welcome the 30-strong fleet along the waterfront during the late spring bank holiday weekend in May 2018.

Woman in hospital after Liverpool city centre assault

Upper Duke St in Liverpool is cordoned off after a woman was assaulted in the early hours of this morning. 

It happened around 02:30 this morning - the victim, who is in her 20s, has been taken to the Royal Liverpool Hospital for treatment.  

Upper Duke Street
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Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A woman is in hospital after being assaulted in Liverpool in the early hours of this morning
  • The Tall Ships are set to return to Liverpool in 2018 to mark the 10th anniversary of the city's year as European Capital of Culture
  • Runcorn's new £4m Norton Priory Museum opens tomorrow

Travel: Argyle Street, BIrkenhead closed due to police incident

BBC Travel

Argyle Street in Birkenhead is closed directions between the A552 Borough Road junction and the A553 Conway Street junction because of a police incident.

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Weather: More settled with sunshine and showers later

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It's going to be a better day today with a ridge of high pressure making things more settled.

Daytime temperatures a maximum of 20C, with a risk of showers during the afternoon.

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. 

If you've got a story you'd like me to hear about or a photograph you'd like to share, you can contact me on email, Facebook or Twitter.