1 October 2014 Last updated at 03:55 ET

£130m police station plan unveiled Merseyside Police

A £130m plan to overhaul police stations across Merseyside could see some bases moving into community centres and libraries.


Roger MarshallHillsborough kick-off delay ‘regret'

A former police superintendent tells the Hillsborough inquests of his "profound regrets" at not requesting a delay to the kick-off of the 1989 FA-Cup semi final.

The Manannan fast-craft in Douglas harbourFerry firm to operate extra sailings

The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company says it will operate 48 additional seasonal sailings to Liverpool next year.

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    Bromborough disruption ended 14:19:

    Merseyrail has emailed saying the disruption caused by signalling problems at Bromborough has now ended.

    Services are no longer affected by this problem.

     
  2.  
    Legendary theatre director 14:07: Billy Butler BBC Radio Merseyside

    We will be talking about legendary theatre director Joan Littlewood - she would have 100 this month but who was she?

    Liverpool Everyman

    I will find out more about the Everyman's "Fun Palace" this weekend being held in her honour!

     
  3.  
    news on the hour 13:50: Alex Dibble BBC Radio Merseyside

    A former police superintendent who was on duty on the day of the Hillsborough disaster has denied South Yorkshire Police made "gross errors" in planning for the match.

    Roger Marshall, who was in charge of policing fans outside the Leppings Lane turnstiles, has been giving evidence at the new inquests.

    To hear more listen live to the bulletin at 14:00.

     
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    What do you think? 13:29: Nafeesa Shan BBC News

    What you think of BBC Local Live? We'd like your feedback about this service, which we produce from our base in Liverpool.

     
  5.  
    More on police station bid 13:25: Claire Hamilton political reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    In light of Merseyside Police's new plan to move some stations into community buildings, when was the last time you went into a police station?

    It's clear our communities don't have the same need for Victorian buildings, and many aren't fit for 21st century policing.

    I understand the old police authority may have been looking at similar plans up to a decade ago, but no action was taken.

    The community station I visited in St. Helens appears to work well for those it serves.

     
  6.  
    Police station plans 'unclear' 13:20: Tom Mullen BBC News Online

    A councillor has criticised a £130m plan to overhaul Merseyside's police stations for a "lack of clarity".

    Simon Shaw, who sits on the Merseyside Police and Crime Panel, said: "They talk about things like 'neighbourhood patrol hubs', but what exactly does that mean in real life?

    "Will these community stations be open all the time, or only for five hours per week? We don't know precisely what is being proposed."

     
  7.  
    Fresher this afternoon 13:12: Sara Blizzard Weather Presenter, BBC

    Later this afternoon it will be sunnier and drier and fresher conditions will steadily encroach from the north west.

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    Coming up on North West Today 13:07: Annabel Tiffin Presenter, North West Tonight

    A senior officer tells the Hillsborough inquests some fans bear responsibility for the crush which developed outside the ground before 96 people died.

    Former Supt Roger Marshall has also defended his assertion that some fans had been drinking, saying alcohol did affect their judgement.

    And Liverpool continue their Champions League return against FC Basel this evening.

    Watch more on BBC One at 13:30.

     
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    news on the hour 12:59: Jessica Robbins BBC Radio Merseyside

    Plans to close down ageing police stations across Merseyside will be put to you the people who use them from today.

    Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin.

     
  10.  
    Prime Minister's Liverpool hotline 12:55: Nafeesa Shan BBC News

    Did you know when Prime Minister Winston Churchill visited Liverpool in 1941 he had his own private hotline and secret telephone box, enabling him to stay in touch with the government?

    Churchill's Liverpool phone hotline

    I didn't.

    Churchill was concerned about tackling the growing menace of German U-boats.

    This command centre with 400 staff, hidden below the streets of Liverpool city centre, played a vital role in the Battle of the Atlantic.

     
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    M56 lane blocked 12:50:

    There is a report the M56 westbound lane is blocked on the exit slip road due to a broken down vehicle at Junction 10, Stretton.

     
  12.  
    Hillsborough 1988 overcrowding 12:41: Ben Schofield BBC Radio Merseyside

    The senior police officer in charge of Liverpool fans outside Hillsborough has said overcrowding at the turnstiles the year before the disaster may have been a precursor to what happened in 1989.

    Fans entering through Gate C

    But former superintendent Roger Marshall did not accept the 1988 FA Cup semi-final was a near-miss, the inquests' jury heard.

    He said the match had not been recognised as a precursor to the disaster at the time.

    A barrister for the Hillsborough families said in 1988 there was congestion outside the turnstiles and overcrowding on the terraces.

     
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    on air later 12:36:

    Everyman and Playhouse tweets: @NickBagnall & @paddyhughes89 will be on @bbcmerseyside at 3pm today talking about #LivFunPalaces bbc.co.uk/radiomerseyside

     
  14.  
    Pensioner's fire rescue 12:24:

    A pensioner from Liverpool has said she owes her life to three teenagers who rescued her from a house fire.

    Ellie, Elle and Kieran

    Sylvia Flynn was watching television in her living room unaware that a chip pan fire had engulfed her kitchen.

    But three 15-year-olds spotted the flames as they walked past.

     
  15.  
    Kyle Armor's biggest match 12:18: BBC Sport

    St. Helens forward Kyle Amor says the Super League play-off semi-final against Catalans will be the biggest match he has played in rugby league.

    Amor joined Saints this year from Wakefield and it will be the first time he has featured in the latter stages of the play-offs.

    "It's something I've not done before, so personally it's probably the biggest 80 minutes of my career," he told BBC Radio Merseyside.

     
  16.  
    Talking police reform 12:11: Roger Phillips BBC Radio Merseyside

    Merseyside's Police and Crime Commissioner has set out radical plans for the future of the force - which includes relocating most local police stations over the next 10 years.

    Jane Kennedy's launching a public consultation on the plans, which she believes will save money and get more bobbies on the beat.

    I've been talking to Chief Constable Jon Murphy about the plans and he told me why he wanted to make changes to the basic command units.

     
  17.  
    Libraries consultation 12:08:

    Dates have been set for more the public meetings to discuss the future of 11 community libraries in Liverpool.

    Liverpool's Central Library

    They could be at risk of closure as the council has to make savings of £2.5m to its libraries budget.

     
  18.  
    Rolling road block on M6 12:03:

    There is a rolling road block and emergency repairs on M6 Northbound between Junction 22 (Newton-le-Willows) and Junction 23 (Haydock).

     
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    News on the hour 11:58: Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    The former superintendent who was in charge of Liverpool fans outside of the Hillsborough stadium has admitted the police "lost control completely" after 14:30 on the day of the disaster.

    Roger Marshall has started giving a second day of evidence at the Hillsborough inquests.

    Listen live to the bulletin at 12:00.

     
  20.  
    At boxing press conference 11:53: James Mountford BBC Radio Merseyside

    tweets: At @EchoArena ahead of @TonyBellew v @NathanClev press conference. @BBCWalesSport @bbcmerseysport

    Boxing match press conference
     
  21.  
    Sean Styles' welcome back 11:43: via Facebook

    Charmaine Reynolds posts: Welcome back Sean. We have all missed you. SO glad you are feeling better. (Helen and Salty did a brilliant job . . . but they aren't Sean!)

    Gill Powell posts: Welcome back Sean!! I sure have missed you xx

     
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    Hillsborough police 'lost control' 11:34: Ben Schofield BBC Radio Merseyside

    A former superintendent has told the Hillsborough inquests police "lost control completely" on the day of the 1989 FA Cup semi-final.

    Roger Marshall

    Roger Marshall, who watched CCTV footage from 14:35 during the hearing, also said people were "pushing".

    Ninety-six Liverpool fans died following the Liverpool v Nottingham Forest game.

     
  23.  
    Electric robin 11:23:

    Mike Doran took this picture of a robin on the line near Freshfield station.

    Bird on a line

    Do you have a picture you'd like to share? Email merseyside.locallive@bbc.co.uk.

     
  24.  
    McVey relaxed about donor 11:18:

    David Cameron delivers his big speech to the Conservative Party conference in the next hour - where he'll promise to protect spending on the NHS in England.

    Esther McVey

    It comes after UKIP announced the defection of a Tory donor - Arron Banks - who runs the insurance firm "Go Skippy".

    But a Conservative minister and Wirral West MP - Esther McVey - insists her colleagues are relaxed about it.

     
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    Sturridge 'will not be fit' for England 11:05:

    Brendan Rodgers has warned England not to pick Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge for their forthcoming Euro 2016 qualifying matches.

    Daniel Sturridge

    He said: "If we're talking about players being picked for international duty then they need to be fit. Daniel certainly won't be fit."

    Roy Hodgson will name his squad tomorrow but the striker misses tonight's Champions League clash with FC Basel.

     
  26.  
    News on the hour 10:58: Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    Merseyside Police's chief constable has told BBC Radio Merseyside he's 100% behind plans to close down ageing stations and put them in community centres instead.

    Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy has announced the £130m plan as its revealed only 12 of their 78 stations are actually open to the public.

    To hear more listen live to the bulletin at 11:00.

     
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    Glad to be back 10:52: Sean Styles BBC Radio Merseyside

    I forgot to say I'm back!!!

    Sean Styles and Harriet Gulliver

    And even Hattie's happy about it! Thanks for all your well wishes and thanks to Helen Jones and Salty for doing such a good job while sitting in for me.

     
  28.  
    Liverpool city silhouettes 10:41:

    Paul Hunt wished us good morning with this stunning picture of the Liverpool skyline.

    Liverpool skyline

    Do you have a picture you'd like to share? Email merseyside.locallive@bbc.co.uk.

     
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    At the Hillsborough inquests 10:30: Andy Gill BBC North West Tonight

    tweets: At new #Hillsborough inquests in #Warrington where Supt Roger Marshall continues to give evidence. Updates here & @BBCNWT 1.30/6.30 #LFC

     
  30.  
    Everton prepare for clash 10:25: Phil Kinsella BBC Merseyside Sport

    Everton will be travelling to Russia later for tomorrow night's Europa League group match with Krasnodar.

    Kevin Mirallas celebrates after scoring against West Brom

    Kevin Mirallas is unlikely to be in the squad because of the hamstring injury he picked up at Anfield.

     
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    Presumed dead law change 10:19:

    A law that makes it easier for families to deal with the affairs of people who are missing and presumed dead has comes into force in England and Wales today.

    Kevin Fasting

    The new law will allow the families to apply for a Certificate of Presumed Death.

    It will help people such as the family of Kevin Fasting, 49, (pictured) who left his home in 2003, never to return.

     
  32.  
    Police station plan conference 10:15: Jessica Robbins BBC Radio Merseyside

    I'm at a press conference about the £130m plan to overhaul police stations across Merseyside.

    Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy and Chief Constable John Murphy

    The proposals could see some bases moving into community centres and libraries.

     
  33.  
    Turn back time 10:09: Sean Styles BBC Radio Merseyside

    I'm back and I'd like to know what decade would you live in if you had the choice?

    In a recent poll one third of people surveyed said they would rather be living in the 60s- and a lot of the people who were asked weren't even born at the time!

    If I had the choice to go back I'd prefer to stay right where I am thank you very much.

    What do you think? Call 0151 709 9333 or text 81333 with Mersey before your text.

     
  34.  
    Man bailed after M53 crash 10:04:

    A lorry driver arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after a crash on the M53 has been bailed, Merseyside Police said.

    M53 crash

    The 60-year-old man had been involved in a collision with eight other vehicles near Woodchurch in Wirral yesterday.

    A 51-year-old man died at the scene and another is in a critical, but stable, condition in hospital.

     
  35.  
    News on the hour 09:57: Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    The senior police officer who called for exit gates at the Hillsborough stadium to be opened is continuing to give evidence at the new inquests.

    Yesterday, former Supt Roger Marshall admitted he'd made mistakes on the day of the disaster and that he "profoundly regrets" not asking for the kick-off to be delayed.

    The hear more listen live to the bulletin at 10:00.

     
  36.  
    Rodgers warning on Sturridge 09:43: BBC Sport

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has warned striker Daniel Sturridge will not be fit enough to play for England in this month's Euro 2016 qualifiers.

    Daniel Sturridge and Brendan Rodgers

    Sturridge, 25, has been sidelined since suffering a thigh strain while on England duty at the start of September.

    He did not travel for tonight's Champions League tie at FC Basel.

     
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    Chester trains disrupted 09:39:

    Merseyrail emails to say due to signalling problems at Spital the Chester and Ellesmere Port line is disrupted.

     
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    Ferry firm to operate extra sailings 09:33: Mark Edwards BBC News Online

    The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company will operate 48 additional sailings to Liverpool next year, it has announced.

    The Manannan fast-craft in Douglas harbour

    The new schedule also includes extra year-round services to Heysham, as well as winter services to Birkenhead and seasonal Dublin and Belfast crossings.

     
  39.  
    Canada geese cull U-turn 09:28: Warrington Guardian

    Birdwatchers have praised water giant United Utilities after they have announced a raft of measures to deter Canada geese from the area - without killing them.

    Canada Geese

    The U-turn follows outrage over 60 birds being killed at the Lingley Mere site in Great Sankey during the breeding season in July this year.

     
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    Save our lollipop lady 09:16: Tony Snell BBC Radio Merseyside

    People in New Ferry in Birkenhead are campaigning to keep their lollipop lady Kath Kerr.

    Lollipop lady Kath Kerr

    Her job is under threat due to council cuts.

     
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    £130m police station plan unveiled 09:05: Tom Mullen BBC News Online

    A £130m plan to overhaul police stations across Merseyside could see some bases moving into community centres and libraries.

    Sir Jonathan Murphy and Jane Kennedy

    Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy wants updated equipment and easier access for the public.

     
  42.  
    News on the hour 08:57: Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    A huge plan to close old police stations in Merseyside and move officers into community centres and libraries has been unveiled.

    Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy wants updated equipment and easier access for the public.

    To hear more listen live to the bulletin at 09:00.

     
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    Jack-knifed lorry blocks road 08:46:

    BBC Travel says Ormskirk Road, southbound at Aintree is blocked due to a jack-knifed lorry - affecting traffic towards Liverpool from the M57 and M58.

     
  45.  
    Attempted murder charge 08:40: Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    A Kirkby man has now been charged with attempted murder after a drive-by shooting in Everton five months ago.

    Two men were fired at on the corner of Lance Close and Landseer Road in April and one was shot in the face.

     
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    Earning from creative pursuits 08:34: Jimmy McCracken BBC Radio Merseyside

    A new study suggests a third of people in work are earning money from creative pursuits outside the office or factory - and many of them would love to make it their main job.

    cakes

    I've been to see Laura Worthington who started a bakery in her kitchen in Liverpool.

    They were delicious!

     
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    Motorist killed in M53 crash 08:20:

    A man was killed in a crash involving a lorry and eight other vehicles on a Merseyside motorway.

    M53 crash

    The victim, aged in his 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident, which happened on the M53 near Woodchurch, Wirral, at about 10:30.

    A female passenger in the Citroen car, also in her 40s, was taken to hospital.

     
  48.  
    £130m police station plan unveiled 08:15: Tom Mullen BBC News Online

    A £130m plan to overhaul police stations across Merseyside has been announced, and could see some bases moving into community centres and libraries.

    Sir Jonathan Murphy and Jane Kennedy

    The project will see aging police stations close, others replaced or refurbished, and some move into community buildings.

    Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy (pictured with chief constable Sir Jonathan Murphy) said the 10-year scheme would save £2.5m each year on running costs.

     
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    Cloudy with patchy rain 08:09: Sara Blizzard Weather Presenter, BBC

    There will be a fair amount of cloud with some patchy rain at times but it will be dry for much of the time, BBC Weather reports.

    Weather forecast

    Later in the afternoon, sunnier, drier and fresher conditions will steadily encroach from the North West.

     
  50.  
    New on the hour 08:00: Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    A huge plan to close old police stations in Merseyside and move officers into community centres and libraries has been unveiled.

    Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy wants updated equipment and easier access for the public.

    To find out more listen live to the bulletin at 08:00.

     
  51.  
    Good morning 08:00: Nafeesa Shan BBC News

    Hey everybody you've got me today to give you the day's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

    The caffeine has kicked in and I can see daylight too now hurrah! So let's get cracking.

    If you'd like to get in touch send me an email at merseyside.locallive@bbc.co.uk, tweet @bbcmerseyside or post me a message on Facebook.

     

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