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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday 13 November 2014
  2. More from 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Julia Bryson

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's all for BBC Local Live for the night. The service returns at 08:00 on Friday and you can still reach the team at

merseyside.locallive@bbc.co.uk.

Photo from the scene

Marc Gaier

BBC Radio Merseyside

Here's what the building collapse in Wallasey looked like:

Collapsed building
BBC

Coming up on North West Tonight

Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, North West Tonight

The police commander who stopped the match at Hillsborough tells the inquests it will stay with him for the rest of his life.

And an air accident investigation's found a plane crashed near Chester, killing the pilot and his partner, after it ran out of fuel.

Lallana 'tried too hard'

Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana admits he tried too hard to impress in his attempts to settle in at Anfield.

Adam Lallana
Getty Images

The 26-year-old, currently with England preparing for their Euro 2016 qualifier at home to Slovenia, has struggled to replicate the form which saw the Reds pay Southampton in the region of £25m for his services in the summer.

Cordon lifted in Wallasey

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

Residents of King Street in Wallasey have been allowed back into their homes after two buildings collapsed there last night.

The council-owned former shop and flat came down at 19:40.

Hillsborough officer 'did his best'

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside

A senior police officer who was in charge of policing inside the Hillsborough stadium has defended his actions on the day saying: "I did my best in the circumstances".

Former superintendent Roger Greenwood told the Hillsborough inquests that when he first saw fans being "squeezed" on the terraces, he thought the situation was "recoverable".

The jury saw photographs taken just after 15:00 on the day that showed Mr Greenwood standing in front of the central pens and near fans who died.

City 'won't lose Santa Dash'

BBC Radio Merseyside

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson insists the city won't lose the Santa Dash race even if the organisers pull out due to high charges.

Santa Dash
BBC

Family 'ripped apart'

St Helens Star

The mother of a 13-year-old sexual abuse grooming victim has said

her family has been "ripped apart" by the events.

Ian Croston, 49, of Whiston, was last week found guilty of three charges of sexual activity with a child and sentenced to seven years in prison.

Man hurt by hoarding

Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News

A man has been injured by falling hoarding in Liverpool city centre.

The

North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) said the man in his 30s was hit by hoarding outside Accessorize in Parker Street at about 15:00.

He was taken to Royal Liverpool University Hospital but the NWAS said it doesn't know the extent of his injuries.

Weather update

Any

remaining rain will clear this evening, with drier and clearer conditions developing for a time.

weather
BBC

However, towards dawn further heavy rain and very strong winds will follow from the south west.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A Liverpool man, who mugged an 11-year-old girl for her mobile phone, has been told his prison term will stand. Judges in London rejected Thomas Steadman's appeal.

What do you think?

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

We've introduced BBC Local Live from our base in Liverpool to bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place.

Tell us what you think.

At Heswall Golf Club

Jessica Robbins

BBC Radio Merseyside

I've been to Heswall Golf Club after a series of arrests have been made in connection with 11 burglaries at golf clubs. So far, 18 arrests have been made following raids at 25 addresses.

Hewswall Golf Club
BBC

Travel update

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

Traffic has been restricted to 50 mph on the M6 Thelwall Viaduct between Junction 20 at Lymm Interchange and Junction 21 for Woolston, because of strong winds.

There is also congestion on the Queensway southbound in Widnes.

Revamped Philharmonic

Simon Hoban

BBC Radio Merseyside

I've been to the Liverpool Philharmonic to see the revamped hall ahead of its reopening tonight.

Philharmonic
BBC

There's still more to do but enough has been completed to begin holding concerts again and the main foyer and bar area have had a facelift.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A Liverpool man, who mugged an 11-year-old girl for her mobile phone, has been told his prison term will stand. Judges in London rejected Thomas Steadman's appeal.

Tranmere news

James Mountford

BBC Radio Merseyside

Tranmere boss Micky Adams has been speaking to BBC Radio Merseyside ahead of Saturday's trip to League Two high-flyers Luton Town.

Danny Woodards
Getty Images

The game is unlikely to see the return of Danny Woodards or Jason Koumas.

The pair played in a reserve match yesterday but the weekend will come too soon for them. Eliot Richards is also missing due to injury but Armand Gnanduillet and Janoi Donacien are available again.

'I saw buildings collapse'

Tom Mullen

BBC News

Passer-by Alan Sharp described the "almighty crash" when

two buildings collapsed in Wallasey last night.

Alan Sharp
BBC

He said: "All the dust and all the rubble was coming towards me, so I had to hide in the bus stop to stop it going in my face.

"All the rubble came into the middle of the road. If anyone had been walking past, they would've been killed."

Ferries suspended

The Mersey Ferry service has been suspended temporarily due to high winds.

Seacombe Ferry Terminal
Steve Daniels

Among the lions

Liverpool defender Jose Enrique visited Knowsley Safari Park this week. He

tweeted: Thanks a lot to @KnowsleySafari for make me have this amazing experience and let me be that close to the lions.

Jose Enrique at Knowsley
Jose Enrique

Knowsley Safari Park

replied: #LFC @Jesanchez3 @AmyJaine visited us this week! They're spreading the word on #WhenTheBuyingStops. @SpaceforGiants

Crack house to be shut

Warrington Guardian

A

crack house in Longford is set to be closed today, Thursday, after a police raid saw more than £1,000 worth of crack cocaine and heroin recovered.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

The senior police officer who was in charge inside the Hillsborough stadium says he believed the situation was recoverable when he first saw fans being squeezed inside the pens.

But former superintendent Roger Greenwood, who's appearing at the new inquests into the disaster, says it got so much worse he decided the match should be abandoned.

Hillsborough latest

Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News

A senior police commander inside Hillsborough has told the inquests

how he stopped the match as the disaster unfolded.

Footage shown to the Hillsborough jury
Hillsborough Inquests

Former superintendent Roger Greenwood became emotional and the court took a break after he described trying to radio the police control room before running on to the pitch.

After pulling someone out of the pens, Mr Greenwood said he still thought the situation was "recoverable".

Transgender service

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

People who have died because of violent transphobic hate crime will be remembered at a service at St Bride's Anglican Church in Percy Street, Liverpool on Sunday.

International Transgender Day of Remembrance is an annual event to raise awareness about violence and prejudice against people who are transgender.

Live in Wirral plea

Liverpool Echo

Wirral council has been urged to insist that its new chief executive lives in the borough.

Wallasey Town Hall
Geograph

The move comes as the authority begins its search for a replacement to take over when current council boss Graham Burgess retires at the end of the year.

McCarthy returns to Everton

Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy has been ruled out of Friday's Euro 2016 qualifying match against Scotland due to a hamstring injury.

James McCarthy and Republic of Ireland team doctor
Inpho

The Everton player (left), who was born in Scotland, is to return to his club for treatment after undergoing a scan on Wednesday evening.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

The Mayor of Liverpool says he'll look again at the charges for loss of parking handed out to the organisers of the Santa Dash charity fun run.

A row over a bill for £17,000 has prompted Alan Rothwell to say he'll pull his firm BTR out of the city after this year's event.

Two rescued after fire

Mersey Fire

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Inquests briefly adjourned

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside

The Hillsborough inquests were briefly adjourned this morning after former Superintendent Roger Greenwood became emotional as he recalled running onto the pitch to stop the match.

Raids across Merseyside

Police have so far made 18 arrests after carrying out warrants at 25 addresses across Merseyside.

The early morning raids are part of Merseyside Police's three-month long operation that began in September.

The 18 people have been arrested for various offences including burglary, robbery and possession of drugs and two cannabis farms were uncovered in Sefton and Liverpool North.

Coming up

Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, North West Tonight

On BBC North West Today, the police commander who stopped the match at Hillsborough tells the inquests it will stay with him for the rest of his life.

And an air accident investigation's found a plane crashed near Chester killing the pilot and his partner after it ran out of fuel.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

The senior officer in charge of policing inside Hillsborough on the day of the disaster has described the immediate aftermath as "utter chaos."

The inquests had to break earlier when Superintendent Roger Greenwood became emotional as he spoke about the moment he ran onto the pitch and stopped the match.

Liverpool traffic

This picture, taken by Graham Hazeldo, shows traffic travelling past the Liver building. If you'd like to see your picture here you can get in touch by clicking the Get Involved tab above.

Liverpool
Graham Hazeldo

Mayor donates charges

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson has said the money which would have been raised from the Santa Dash parking charges will be donated to Alder Hey Children's Hospital.

He said in a statement: "Previously we have been able to support events of this kind, but the council simply cannot subsidise a private company when we are trying to balance the funding needs of services."

The mayor said he would be "delighted" if Santa Dash organisers BTR match the donation.

Buildings collapse update

Tom Mullen

BBC News

Here's

our full story about two buildings collapsing in Wallasey, prompting people to be evacuated from surrounding homes.

Collapsed buildings in Wallasey
Phil Owen

A spokesman for Wirral Borough Council said an investigation into the cause of the collapse is continuing today.

Hillsborough 'chaos'

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside

Former Superintendent Roger Greenwood told the inquests into the Hillsborough disaster the immediate aftermath was "utter chaos" and would remain with him for the rest of his life.

The Hillsborough disaster
Inquest handout

Mr Greenwood, who was a match commander at the Sheffield stadium in 1989, watched footage taken at the match just after 15:00 and said: "It's impossible to portray in writing or I think from the screen - you don't have the sound - as to exactly what that situation was like.

"It was utter chaos, it was an emergency, an emergency that I had never witnessed before - and will remain with me and has done for the rest of my life."

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

Early morning raids in Wirral have targeted known criminal gangs after 11 burglaries at golf clubs across the borough in the past six months.

The searches follow a three-month long operation.

Martinez for Liverpool?

BBC Sport

The Gossip Column is reporting that Liverpool are preparing a £30m move for Porto striker Jackson Martinez, 28.

World Cup 2014: Jackson Martinez scores Colombia's third
BBC Sport

Hillsborough inquests

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside

The inquests into the Hillsborough disaster have been hearing from former Superintendent Roger Greenwood (pictured).

Former Supt Roger Greenwood arriving at the Hillsborough Inquests
BBC

The jury has been shown footage of Mr Greenwood in front of pen three at 14:38.

He said it was "nothing that caused any alarm bells at that stage."