• Our Merseyside Correspondent Andy Bonner has this report:

A man has been charged with the murder and possession of an offensive weapon following the death of pub landlord, Christian Thornton, 49.

Lee Abbott appeared at Warrington Magistrates' Court earlier today, Tuesday August 13, where he was remanded in custody.

Police received reports of the serious assault on Sunday August 11 near the Hammer and Princers pub in Liverpool Road.

Despite efforts, the 49-year-old died at the scene having sustained serious stab wounds.

The 35-year-old is next set to appear at Liverpool Crown Court on the morning of Thursday August 15.

A 39-year-old woman who was also arrested as part of the investigation has been released under investigation.