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Seventh man charged over shooting death

A seventh man has been charged with murder following the shooting of a 21-year-old man on Merseyside.

Miguel Reynolds
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Miguel Reynolds, from Manchester, was shot dead on Assissian Crescent in Netherton, Sefton, in June 2018.

Joseph McKeever, 28, of Howard Florey Avenue in Netherton, has also been charged with conspiracy to possess a firearm and ammunition, and conspiracy to commit robbery.

He is scheduled to appear at Liverpool Magistrates' Court on Friday.

Boy, 14, seriously hurt in stabbing

A 14-year-old boy has been seriously injured in a stabbing in Chester.

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The incident happened at about 15:00 BST in Old Dee Bridge, Handbridge, Cheshire Police said.

The victim has been taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital for treatment, but police have given no further details.

A 15-year-old has been arrested.

Old Dee Bridge was closed while an investigations was launched.

Care home failings 'due to Brexit'

A Merseyside care home where residents had to "bawl and shout" for help has blamed understaffing caused by "Brexit uncertainties" and economic austerity.

Mariners Park Care Home
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Mariners Park Care Home in Wallasey has been rated as "Requiring Improvement" by the Care Quality Commission.

Inspectors said residents had to wait an hour to be taken to the toilet and some were left in bed until midday.

The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) was not always followed to protect vulnerable people's human rights, the CQC said.

Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire southbound severe disruption, from J18 for A54 Middlewich Road Middlewich to J17 for A534 Old Mill Road Sandbach.

M6 Cheshire - One lane closed on M6 southbound from J18, A54 (Middlewich) to J17, A534 (Sandbach), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

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M6 Cheshire southbound severe disruption, at Sandbach Services.

M6 Cheshire - M6 lane closed on slip road from the services southbound at Sandbach Services, because of a lorry that's broken down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: A553 Merseyside westbound

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A553 Merseyside westbound severe accident, from A554 Bidston Link Road to Reeds Lane.

A553 Merseyside - A553 Fender Lane in Bidston, Birkenhead closed westbound from the A554 Bidston Link Road junction to the Reeds Lane junction, because of an accident.

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

Gunshots fired at group in Bootle

Detectives are investigating a "targeted shooting" after shots were fired at a group in Bootle.

Two men on a motorbike stopped on Hawthorne Road between Earl Road and Sussex Street before one of the men fired in the direction of the group, Merseyside Police said.

There are no reports of anyone being injured following the shooting at 20:00 BST last night.

While the investigation is in its early stages, police are treating it as a targeted shooting, Det Insp Paul Nilsen said.

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Housing development halted after man falls from height

A man is in hospital in a critical condition after falling from height at a building site for a new housing estate in Nantwich, Cheshire.

The air ambulance was sent to the Stapeley Water Gardens site on Wednesday morning, said the ambulance service.

Barratt Homes said building work had stopped as it worked with the Health and Safety Executive to establish what had happened

Severe disruption: A5090 Merseyside both ways

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A5090 Merseyside both ways severe disruption, from A5098 Aintree Road to A5057 Merton Road.

A5090 Merseyside - A5090 Hawthorne Road in Bootle closed in both directions from the A5098 Aintree Road junction to the A5057 Merton Road junction, because of a police investigation. Traffic is coping well.

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Severe disruption: A5 Shropshire both ways

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A5 Shropshire both ways severe disruption, from A495 to A483.

A5 Shropshire - A5 in Oswestry blocked and it's heavy in both directions from Whittington Roundabout to Mile End Roundabout, because of a police investigation.

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Seventh man held in murder investigation

A seventh man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering Miguel Reynolds in Sefton last year.

Miguel Reynolds
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Mr Reynolds, from Manchester, was fatally shot in Assissian Crescent, Netherton, Sefton in June 2018.

Six men were charged with his murder last week.

Merseyside Police said a 28-year-old man, from Netherton, has been arrested on suspicion of murder and conspiracy to rob.

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Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire southbound severe disruption, from J18 for A54 Middlewich Road Middlewich to J17 for A534 Old Mill Road Sandbach.

M6 Cheshire - Two lanes closed on M6 southbound from J18, A54 (Middlewich) to J17, A534 (Sandbach), because of a lorry that's broken down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Liam Kelly murder: Fresh appeal on 15th anniversary

Kevin Parle
Merseyside Police

A fresh plea has been made to help find a man suspected of shooting dead a teenager 15 years ago.

Kevin Parle is suspected of killing 16-year-old Liam Kelly on 19 June 2004, and Merseyside Police have renewed an offer of a £20,000 reward for information.

Liam Kelly
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Liam was shot in the chest and arm as he tried to get away from two men who confronted him outside a house on Grafton Street, Dingle, Merseyside.

Three other people have been convicted for his murder and jailed, but Mr Parle remains at large, police said.

He is known to have links to the Torrevieja area of Spain's Costa Blanca.

Det Chief Insp Mark Baker said: “Loyalties and peoples circumstances change, making me hopeful that we will bring Liam’s family justice.”

Lucy Hargreaves
Merseyside Police

Police also want to question Mr Parle over the August 2005 murder of Lucy Hargreaves who was shot dead at her home in Walton, Merseyside, before the house was set alight.

Your photos: Dry but cloudy scenes across the Midlands

BBC Weather Watchers

The forecast was for a drier day and we look to have got that in the West Midlands with a lot of cloud around, according to many of the photos from our local BBC Weather Watchers today.

These three are from users Ryan Lewis in Rubery, Worcestershire, Terry Eyre in Leek, Staffordshire and Marguerite in Ellesmere, Shropshire:

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Man held over screwdriver stab attack

A man has been arrested after a bus passenger was stabbed in the back with a screwdriver, said Merseyside Police.

The suspect, 58, was arrested on suspicion of assault on Monday and released on bail.

Queen Square, Liverpool
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Police said the victim was travelling on a 10B service near Queen Square in Liverpool when he was attacked at about 11:00 BST on 11 June.

Three more schools set to join academy trust

Three more schools are to join one of Shropshire's largest academy trusts.

The Marches in Oswestry already runs five schools in the county and it's now looking to take over the Shrewsbury Academy, the Grange Primary School, and Longland school in Market Drayton.

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Parents can find out more about the plans at a series meetings on 24 June.

Mill's crown appeal short of target with days to go

An appeal to raise £26,000 to repair a cast iron crown at the top of an historic mill is less than halfway towards its target, with just three days to go.

The crown on Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings was originally created 122 years ago to celebrate Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee, but the ironwork is now cracked and the paint is peeling.

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Historic England, which received a grant of more than £20m from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the latest phase of the work, said it needed to find more money through its own fundraising.

It plans to use the £26,000 to take the crown to a conservation workshop and have it repaired and repainted in its original colours.

So far the appeal has received £8,458 from 165 supporters.

Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire northbound severe disruption, at J20 for M56 J9.

M6 Cheshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound at J20, M56 J9 (Lymm Interchange), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

Yesterday: Inside Danny Boyle's world without The Beatles

Paul Glynn

Entertainment reporter

Imagine there's no Beatles. It's easy if you try.

Easier still if the award-winning writer/director team of Richard Curtis and Radcliffe-born Danny Boyle do the bulk of the hypothesising for you, as they have in their new film, Yesterday.

The Beatles
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The movie sees struggling singer-songwriter Jack Malik wake up after an accident caused by a global power outage to a world that has forgotten all about John, Paul, George and Ringo.

Curtis told the BBC he enjoyed writing a joke about how an internet search for "Oasis" in a Fab Four-free universe no longer throws up the Beatles-borrowing Mancunian rock 'n' roll band, but merely a description of "an isolated area of vegetation in a desert".

Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis
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Boyle said seeing EastEnders actor Himesh Patel singing well-known hits would make audiences "think about the song being re-discovered or re-presented to you".

A special screening of the film is due to take place in Liverpool tonight.

Merseyside Police unit to target teen crime

Merseyside Police will set up a unit dedicated to stopping young people becoming involved in violent crime, the area's police commissioner has said.

On Monday, a BBC investigation revealed Liverpool teenagers are being offered up to £1,000 to stab other youngsters.

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Commissioner Jane Kennedy said the new Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) will "bolster the response to serious violence and knife crime".

It will be supported by £3.37m from the government's Serious Violence Fund.

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, from J16 for A500 Stoke-On-Trent to J15 for A500 D Road.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and it's slow on M6 southbound from J16, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) to J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent), because of a lorry that's broken down.

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

Severe accident: A5 Conwy both ways

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A5 Conwy both ways severe accident, near The Goat Inn.

A5 Conwy - A5 in Maerdy closed and queues in both directions near The Goat Inn junction, because of an accident.

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Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

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M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, from J16 for A500 Stoke-On-Trent to J17 for A534 Old Mill Road Sandbach.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound from J16, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) to J17, A534 (Sandbach), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: M56 Cheshire westbound

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M56 Cheshire westbound severe accident, at J11 for A56 Chester Road.

M56 Cheshire - One lane closed and queues on M56 westbound at J11, A56 (Preston Brook), because of an accident.

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