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The Beatles' first contract with Brian Epstein to be auctioned

The Beatles' first contract with manager Brian Epstein is expected to sell for about £300,000 at auction.

The Beatles
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Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and their first drummer Pete Best signed the document on 24 January 1962, before achieving worldwide fame.

"[Epstein] stopped them eating on stage," Gabriel Heaton, a specialist at the Sotheby's auction house, said.

"He made sure they played the songs properly and coherently, and he got them bowing at the end of a set."

Liverpool Youth Offending Service receives 'good' rating

Liverpool's Youth Offending Service (YOS) has been rated "good" with some "outstanding" areas following an official inspection.

Liverpool YOS
Liverpool City Council

But the HM Inspector of Probation report found its out-of-court processes were "inadequate" and required improvement.

The YOS offers support to young offenders aged between 10 and 18 as well as the victims of their crimes.

A team of inspectors examined every aspect of the team's work in March.

Weather: Sunny spells and showers

BBC Weather

The rain should continue to peter out to leave sunny spells and a few showers through the rest of this afternoon.

Highs of 17C.

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Ambulance crews battled to save man who fell into lake

Police say the man who died after falling into Windermere earlier this week was 57 and from Heversham, near Milnthorpe.

Emergency services were called to Glebe Road, one of the busiest tourist areas in the Lake District, just before 13:00 on Wednesday, and medical staff from the ambulance and air ambulance tried in vain to save the man's life.

Police say the coroner has been informed, and they have no reason to be suspicious about the man's death.

Robbie Williams invests in Liverpool arts school LMA

Robbie Williams has bought a stake in Liverpool performing arts academy, LMA.

Robbie Williams and LMA students

The ex-Take That star, who mentored the centre's LMA Choir during his time as an X Factor judge, will help the academy to expand globally, starting with the launch of a London campus.

He said he hoped to "motivate the next generation of pop stars".

Williams will hold a 20% stake, becoming a co-owner alongside founders Richard and Simon Wallace, and former Tesco chief executive Terry Leahy.

Weather: More rain on the way, then brightening up

BBC Weather

A cloudy and wet start with persistent and heavy rain in places.

Rain should gradually ease and clear during the day with some sunny spells expected this afternoon.

Highs of 17C.

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Weather: Rain expected to ease

BBC Weather

This afternoon should see rain easing and becoming more intermittent - although it will remain rather cloudy.

A cool day in store, with highs of 12C.

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Homes flooded and travel disrupted by rain

Homes have been evacuated, motorists stranded and trains cancelled as flooding has hit the North West and other parts of England.

Firefighters in flood water
Warwickshire Fire and Rescure Service

The Environment Agency has issued 25 flood warnings and 64 alerts across the country.

The majority are across the Midlands and North West, although warnings are also in place near Whitby and in south-east London.

The Met Office has given yellow warnings for rain across Manchester, Liverpool and the North East.

Liverpool to host Norwich in Premier League opener

BBC Sport

The 2019-20 Premier League season will start with Champions League winners Liverpool hosting promoted Norwich City on Friday 9 August.

Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk with team holding trophy
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Champions Manchester City will open the defence of their title the following day with a trip to West Ham, while Burnley host Southampton and Everton travel to Crystal Palace.

For the first time in Premier League history, the clubs will get a short mid-season break in February.

The opening weekend will also see Manchester United hosting Chelsea on 11 August.

Wirral hospital warns of motorway flooding

Patients and visitors attending a hospital in Wirral have been warned to avoid a motorway junction due to flooding.

Wirral NHS Hospitals Trust, which runs Arrowe Park Hospital, has warned patients to avoid Junction 3 of the M53.

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Flooding causes rail disruption in Wirral

More trains have been cancelled this morning due to overnight flooding in Wirral.

Standing water on railway tracks

Merseyrail said water had to be pumped away from the tracks at Hooton last night, but heavy rain overnight has affected Chester and Ellesmere Port services again.

The company has published an amended timetable.

It means rail replacement buses are running to Rock Ferry, resulting in delays and cancellations into Liverpool.

Standing water is also causing problems on many of the region's roads.

Parkgate Road in Chester remains closed due to a flood and it is also causing problems on the M53.

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Weather: Another wet day in store

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy this morning with widespread rain becoming persistent and heavy in some areas.

BBC Weather forecast for the North West of England

The Met Office has issued a yellow flood warning, which is in place until 12:00.

But the rain should ease this afternoon and become more intermittent. A cool day, with highs of 13C.

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Let's talk about six, baby!

If you're on the stadium tour at Anfield this summer, look out for an upgrade to the players' tunnel!The most successful British club in European football shared this photo showing off its new tally of European Cup / Champions League wins...

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Police hunt bus attacker over screwdriver stabbing

Detectives are continuing to hunt a man after a bus passenger was critically injured when a man stabbed him in the back with a screwdriver in Liverpool.

Police at Queen Square station

Emergency services were called to Queen Square station yesterday morning after the victim was stabbed on the 10B service.

He is improving in hospital so is no longer critical.

The attacker was described as white with grey hair, aged about 50 to 60, wearing beige trousers and a black jacket with his hood up.

Eleven Liverpool tower blocks have Grenfell-type cladding

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Eleven towers in Liverpool have been found to have the same type of cladding that covered Grenfell Tower, council inspections have confirmed.

Heysmoor Heights
Cladding on Heysmoor Heights was found to be unsafe

Seventy-two people died when a fire destroyed the west London tower in June 2017.

Revelations about the flammability of its cladding led to checks being ordered on tower blocks more than 18m high across the country.

Liverpool City Council has now completed checks on 220 towers, an officer at the council's first housing select committee told the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

Liverpool has 11 towers under "a notice to remediate”, the council's private sector housing licensing manager Louise Connelly said.

Four of the these were under notice to replace the cladding - work that should be completed by November, a council spokesman added.

Severe disruption: M53 Merseyside both ways

BBC News Travel

M53 Merseyside both ways severe disruption, from J4 for A5137 Brimstage Road to J5 for A41 New Chester Road.

M53 Merseyside - One lane closed on M53 in both directions from J4, A5137 (Bebington) to J5, A41 (Eastham), because of emergency repairs. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M53 Merseyside northbound

BBC News Travel

M53 Merseyside northbound severe disruption, at J3 for A552 Woodchurch Road.

M53 Merseyside - M53 exit slip road partially blocked and it's slow northbound at J3, A552 (Woodchurch), because of flooding.

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

Premier League transfers: Which squads need major surgery this summer?

BBC Sport

With the season over and the transfer window open, Premier League clubs are set to open their wallets and start spending.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Jurgen Klopp
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But when you are shopping for anything, it's a good idea to look at what you've already got in order to work out what you need.

In analysing the profiles of all 20 squads, we picked out six clubs facing a particularly interesting transfer window - including Liverpool, Manchester United and Burnley.

In short, Liverpool are expected to stick mostly with what they have, Manchester United will need more than one transfer window to get the team back on track and Burnley, as ever, have their own way of building a squad.

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Bus passenger stabbed with screwdriver

A bus passenger was critically injured when a man stabbed him in the back with a screwdriver.

Queen Square bus station stabbing

The victim was travelling on a 10B service in Liverpool when he was attacked at about 11:00 BST near Queen Square bus station, police said.

He was taken to hospital where his condition was described as critical.

No arrests have been made and Merseyside Police is appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

Virgin plans cheaper Liverpool-London trains

Virgin Trains plans to launch a new hourly rail service between London and Liverpool after it lost its franchise on the West Coast Mainline.

Fares on the new service would be "at least 10% cheaper" than those offered by competitors and passengers would be guaranteed a seat, according to the firm.

A Virgin train

Virgin will cease running the route from May 2021 after it was disqualified by the government from bidding for the new franchise in a pensions dispute.

Before any new service - stopping at Lichfield, Tamworth, Nuneaton and Liverpool South Parkway - is approved, Virgin will have to prove it can generate new demand.

North West weather: Wet and breezy

BBC Weather

Most parts of the region will see plenty of rain throughout Tuesday.

A brisk north-easterly wind will mean temperatures struggle to highs of 13C.

North West weather: Wet and breezy
The Mayor of Liverpool demands answers to the latest problems at the stalled hospital.
The Mayor of Liverpool demands answers over new problems at the un-built Royal Liverpool Hospital.

Mayor demands inquiry into hospital 'shambles'

Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson has said having to rebuild three floors at the already delayed new Royal Liverpool Hospital is a "shambles".

Joe Anderson

A structural review by Arup has found flaws left by construction giant Carillion, requiring three of 11 floors to be strengthened.

The Department of Health has been contacted for a response on behalf of Carillion, which collapsed in January last year leaving debts of about £1.5bn.

In 2010 the government took away the right of local authorities to inspect buildings in the private sector. That is why I'm calling for an inquiry into why this was allowed to happen.

Joe AndersonLiverpool mayor

Pickford surprised to take penalty against Switzerland

BBC Sport

Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford admitted he was surprised to be asked to take the fifth penalty in England's shootout win over Switzerland in the Nations League.

Jordan Pickford

Pickford fired past opposite number Yann Sommer before saving Josip Drmic's kick as England finished third.

"The gaffer [Gareth Southgate] in extra time went 'number five', and I went 'oh wow'," he said.

"I'm not a normal penalty taker but I just relaxed and trusted my ability."

Royal Liverpool Hospital: Structural flaws at £335m hospital

Three floors at a stalled new hospital must be rebuilt because of "complex" structural flaws left by construction giant Carillion, a review has found.

Royal Liverpool Hospital

Building work at the already delayed new Royal Liverpool Hospital was halted in February last year after Carillion's collapse.

The review by structural engineers from Arup found three of eleven floors require strengthening.

The hospital was originally due to open in March 2017.

Today's weather: Don't forget your brolly!

Today will start out sunny for most of the region but rain will move in later. The further north of the region will stay drier for longer. Highs of 18C.

The North West's weather forecast for Monday 10 June 2019

Weather for Monday 10 June 2019

The North West's weather forecast for Monday 10 June 2019
A Liverpool cleaner has been awarded with a BEM for his service to the community.
The street cleaner is known in the Liverpool community for his upbeat outlook.
A Liverpool cleaner has been awarded with a BEM for his service to the community.
The street cleaner is known in the Liverpool community for his upbeat outlook.