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Summary

  1. Updates from Wednesday 12 Nov 2014
  2. More from 08:00 on Thursday

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Good night

That's all for Local Live for the night. The service returns at 08:00 on Thursday.

Coming up

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

On tonight's show we'll have a round-up of the evidence from the Hillsborough inquests in Warrington, where former police superintendent Michael Brookfield said it's a "ridiculous myth" that South Yorkshire Police blamed the people who died for the disaster.

The Hillsborough disaster
Hillsborough inquests

The inquests also heard from former Supt Roger Greenwood, who ran onto the pitch and ordered the referee to stop the match.

Traffic headlines

There are reports the M53 southbound exit slip road is closed, traffic is queuing as a result of an accident at Junction 9 (Ellesmere Port).

The East Lancashire Road is blocked in Culcheth after a three-vehicle accident.

Showers clearing up

Charlie Slater

Weather Presenter, BBC

Today's showers should clear away this evening to leave a largely dry night with clear spells.

BBC Weather
BBC

It will remain windy but also mild, and temperatures shouldn't dip below 9C (48F).

Roy's praise for Rooney

England manager Roy Hodgson has praised captain Wayne Rooney's resolve before he wins his 100th cap in Saturday's Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia.

Wayne Rooney and Roy Hodgson
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Croxteth-born Rooney, 29, made his England debut aged 17 in 2003 and is the country's fourth top goal scorer with 43.

But he has had six red cards, two for England, and Hodgson said he has an "incredible maturity and mental strength".

Santa Dash: council responds

Liverpool City Council has responded to complaints from organisers of this year's Santa Dash, who have been asked to pay more than £11,000 to the authority.

Santa Dash in Liverpool
BBC

The money is to offset the parking revenue the council will not receive when roads are closed for the event.

A spokesman said: "The city council will review this figure and if it is too high then we will adjust it and refund the difference."

'Save our green land'

Phil Cooper

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

I'm at Liverpool Town Hall where a protest was taking place ahead of a council meeting which could decide the future of Liverpool's green spaces.

Liverpool protestors
Other

Opposition councillors have criticised plans to sell off the land to property developers under proposals outlined in the city's local plan.

Robbers steal teen's motorbike

A teenager was punched and thrown to the ground in Warrington by robbers who stole his motorcycle.

North Avenue
Google

Police are appealing for information after the 18-year-old was injured in the attack, in North Avenue, on Friday night.

Hillsborough inquests: full story

Chris Long

BBC News

Here's

our full story from today's Hillsborough inquests.

Hillsborough victims
Other

A former police superintendent told the Hillsborough inquests it is a "ridiculous myth" that officers blamed those who died for the disaster.

Michael Brookfield, who chairs a police support group, said officers had shown "enormous grief" and "sympathy for the families".

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A row's broken out over the 10th annual Santa dash charity fun run in Liverpool.

Organiser Alan Rothwell says he's been handed a bill for £11,000 by the council to cover the loss of revenue from parking during the event, which takes place next month.

He says this didn't happen last year, and he's reconsidering whether to cancel next year's event if the charges remain.

What do you think?

Tom Mullen

BBC News

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.

Have you lost Pandora?

Tom Mullen

BBC News

We've had an unexpected visitor today here at Local Live HQ - Pandora the lost puppy.

Tom and puppy
Other

She's been rescued by Merseyside Dogs Home, where

her online profile has been viewed many thousands of times. But no one knows where she's from and she could be a victim of puppy trafficiking. Is she yours?

Student died from meningitis

An 18-year-old student found dead at her university halls of residence in Liverpool died from meningitis, police have said.

Alisha Bartolini
Merseyside Police

Alisha Bartolini, from Appley Bridge, near Wigan, was found at Liverpool Hope University accommodation in Taggart Avenue, Childwall on 1 November.

She had been to a Halloween party the night before.

Sturridge back in training

BBC Sport

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has returned to full training for the first time since damaging his hamstring while on England duty in August.

England striker Daniel Sturridge
PA

Sturridge, who scored 21 goals in 29 league games last season, was nearing a return to action last month before picking up a calf-strain.

Brendan Rodgers's side have won only four times in 14 matches without him.

Police 'let down' stabbed nurse

A Liverpool nurse stabbed 130 times in a brutal murder was "badly let down" by Greater Manchester Police, a watchdog said.

Katie Cullen and Iman Saeed Ghaefelipour
Greater Manchester Police

Katie Cullen's ex-boyfriend, Iman Saeed Ghaefelipour, attacked the nurse at her house in Stockport in October 2009.

Ms Cullen, 34, who worked at the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, contacted the force months earlier when he made a death threat.

But police withheld vital information about his past, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said.

Santa dash cash row

Rumeana Jahangir

BBC News

I'm looking into a story about how the annual Santa Dash fun run may be cancelled because of financial problems.

Santa Dash in Liverpool
BBC

Race organisers claim they have been asked to pay more than £11,000 to Liverpool City Council.

The money is to compensate for the parking revenue the authority will lose when roads are closed for the event. I'm awaiting a response from the council.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A row's broken out over the 10th annual Santa dash charity fun run in Liverpool.

Organiser Alan Rothwell says he's been handed a bill for £11,000 by the council to cover the loss of revenue from parking during the event, which takes place next month.

He says this didn't happen last year, and he's reconsidering whether to cancel next year's event if the charges remain.

Video stars for Children in Need

BBC Radio Merseyside

Check out

the special video we've made for Children in Need - featuring presenters and staff from across the station. Here's Jenny Summers mid-song.

Jennifer Summers
BBC

We think you'll agree producer Steve Coleman has made something truly special!

Everton player praised

Scotland boss Gordon Strachan has

told Everton's official website it's a "treat" to be able to call upon the services of Steven Naismith.

Steven Naismith and Gordon Strachan
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He said: "I think Steven is a treat for a manager because, when you pick him, you know fine well what you are going to get.

"He might not always be magnificent but he's workman-like with a touch of class at times."

Hillsborough inquests latest

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside

Giving evidence at the Hillsborough inquests this afternoon is former superintendent Roger Greenwood (pictured), who ran onto the pitch and ordered the referee to stop the match.

Roger Greenwood
Other

He's been speaking about his memories of the 1981 FA Cup semi final, which also saw a crush occur on the Leppings Lane terrace.

He said: "The cause was the people at the back. I suppose there were too many people at the back."

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

Work's getting underway on a £150m scheme to transform the Great Homer Street area of north Liverpool.

What's known as Project Jennifer has been held up by delays for more than a decade.

Suarez speaks out

Controversial former Reds star Luis Suarez was rarely out of the headlines during his time at Liverpool - and it looks like things haven't changed since his move to Barcelona.

Luis Suarez
Getty Images

Spanish newspaper

Sport includes extracts from the Uruguayan's autobiography in which he says "I was treated worse than a criminal" after his World Cup biting incident. He also talks about his "clandestine Barcelona talks".

Hague's politics lecture

Former Conservative leader and foreign secretary William Hague is to give a lecture on politics in Chester later today, followed by a question and answer session.

William Hague
Getty Images

Almost 200 students from the university and Chester's high school have applied to attend the event, at the university's Riverside Campus.

Comet scientist's Liverpool link

Liverpool Echo

A scientist behind today's attempted comet landing got

started on his physics career in Liverpool.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A former senior police officer has told the new Hillsborough inquests it's a "ridiculous myth" that South Yorkshire Police blamed the disaster on the people who died.

Nightclub future uncertain

Claire Hamilton

Political reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

The future of one of Liverpool's most famous nightclubs looks uncertain, as a planning application's been submitted for flats opposite.

The plans being considered by councillors in the city next week say developers wouldn't be able to build the flats in Wolstenholme Square until Nation (home of Cream) closes.

BBC Radio Merseyside understands that the developer owns the 3,000 capacity Nation and the neighbouring Kazimier.

Hedgehog thanks

Jo Krasner

Manager of the A Team

Ninety-year-old Alice Nash sent us these sweet knitted hedgehogs with a note to say thank you to our A Team volunteers.

Knitted hedgehogs
Other

The volunteers help BBC Radio Merseyside listeners with their problems. Last week we were at Liverpool Town Hall for the "Up for Arts" event, featuring a display of historical postcards.

Mrs Nash greatly enjoyed it and it was lovely to receive her note. Thank you!

Bright but blustery

Charlie Slater

Weather Presenter, BBC

Brighter weather at times with fairly blustery showers. Some of these

showers will be heavy and possibly thundery, particularly this afternoon. Temperatures will rise into the low teens.

Coming up on North West Today

Eleanor Moritz

North West Tonight

A senior police officer has told the jury in the new Hillsborough inquests that it's a "ridiculous myth" that South Yorkshire police blamed the people who died for the disaster.

Retired Det Supt Michael Brookfield wasn't on duty at the match itself but went to help police after the fatal crush in which 96 Liverpool fans died.

More on this story on BBC North West Today at 13:30 on BBC One.

Four-legged guest

Jessica Robbins

BBC Radio Merseyside

We've just welcomed a very special guest to the BBC Radio Merseyside studios - an

adorable cross-breed dog called Pandora.

Pandora
BBC

She's been rescued by Merseyside Dogs Home, and her profile on their website has been viewed more than 750,000 times, with 500 offers to re-home her. But no one knows where she's from.

Staff from the home will be talking to Simon Hoban on Drive later.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

Opposition councillors in Liverpool are joining forces to oppose proposals in the latest local plan to sell off or build on the city's green spaces.

They claim the Labour-led authority's trying to sneak proposals through, even though residents would vote against them if they could.

Rooney: 'I must win World Cup'

BBC Sport

England's Liverpool-born captain Wayne Rooney says

he will never be a Three Lions legend like Sir Bobby Charlton until he wins the World Cup.

England captain Wayne Rooney
PA

The former Everton forward needs seven more goals to eclipse Charlton as England's all-time leading scorer.

"Obviously I'm not going to be as big a legend as Sir Bobby Charlton," Rooney writes in Saturday's programme for England's Euro 2016 qualifier with Slovenia at Wembley.

On air

Roger Phillips

BBC Radio Merseyside

On today's show I'm looking at the future of Liverpool's green spaces, as opposition councillors condemn plans to sell them off under current proposals outlined in the city's local plan.

They want developers to look at brownfield sites instead, as an estimated 40,000 new homes will be needed in Liverpool by 2028. But are there sufficient brownfield sites to meet that demand?

I'll also be talking to Sarah Green from the End Violence Against Women Coalition as convicted rapist and footballer Ched Evans is expected to train with Sheffield United today.

Motorway blocked

The M6 northbound is reportedly blocked due to a police incident at Junction 21.

Couple rescued from fire

An elderly couple were rescued from a house fire in the Wirral this morning.

Eastham Village Road
Google

Firefighters were called to the blaze in Eastham Village Road, Eastham, at about 03:58.

The couple were led to safety from an upstairs bedroom, and treated in hospital for smoke inhalation. An investigation into the cause of the fire is under way.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

Councillors worried Liverpool's parks and open spaces could be used for future housing developments are demanding the sites are given greater protection.

What do you think?

Tom Mullen

BBC News

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.

New school opens in Parr

Leanne Harper

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

I'm at the opening of the first special school in the country built under new funding arrangements.

Mill Green School
BBC

Mill Green School has been built on the former Parr High School site in Parr, St. Helens at a cost of around £4.5m. It is funded under the coalition's Priority Schools Building Programme which replaced the Building Schools for the Future initiative.