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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday 17 November
  2. More from 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

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Good night

That's all for Local Live for the day. The service returns at 08:00 on Tuesday. You can still email us at merseyside.locallive@bbc.co.uk.

Coming up

Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, North West Tonight

Two teenagers have been arrested after racist graffiti was found at a school in Merseyside - following the death of one of its pupils.

Messages appeared at Maricourt Catholic High School in Maghull and a nearby park at the weekend. The 17-year-old and 18-year-olds are being questioned on suspicion of racially aggravated criminal damage.

And Liverpool and Manchester have won a joint bid to plant thousands of wild flowers at separate sites in the cities.

Watch more on

BBC One at 18:30.

Traffic headlines

BBC Travel says there's stop-start traffic on Dunnings Bridge Road northbound in Sefton at the M57 Junction 7 Switch Island junction.

Traffic is also queuing on Church Road in Litherland due to a three-vehicle accident at the junction of Hawthorne Road.

Tunnel closure

The Queensway (Birkenhead) Mersey Tunnel will be closed for essential maintenance works between 21:00 and 06:30 each night from tonight until Thursday.

Tributes after racist graffiti death

Tom Mullen

BBC News

Here's

a full update on the death of 15-year-old Erick Maina.

Erick maina
BBC

The head teacher of Maricourt Catholic High School in Maghull has paid tribute to him, as detectives continue to investigate racist graffiti apparently linked to the death.

North West Tonight's award

Luke Ellis, BBC

tweets: Here it is! @BBCNWT's @RTSNW award for Best Regional News Programme for #Hillsborough.

RTS award
BBC

Cloudy and chilly

Sara Blizzard

Weather Presenter

It will remain rather cloudy in eastern parts overnight with patchy hill fog and perhaps the odd spot of drizzle.

Western parts will see more in the way of clear spells which will allow it to turn quite chilly.

Antiques Roadshow in Liverpool

More than 3,000 eager visitors descend on St George's Hall in Liverpool, where Michael Aspel and the team are in for a busy day.

Amongst the finds uncovered are tiles thrown in a skip worth hundreds of pounds, a rare medal given to suffragettes who went on hunger strike, plus two of the largest paintings ever featured on the show.

The programme is on air on BBC Two at 17:20.

Balotelli injury

Mike Hughes

BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

Mario Balotelli should be fit for Liverpool's game at Crystal Palace on Sunday, despite suffering a hamstring injury while on international duty with Italy.

Balotelli
Getty Images

He picked up the injury in training on Friday and returned to Melwood to have the problem assessed.

The hamstring injury isn't as bad as was initially thought and he should be fit for the game at Selhurst Park.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A Merseyside school's paid tribute to a 15-year-old pupil, who was found dead on Saturday, saying they've lost a "popular, bright and intelligent young man.

Tributes to student

Andy Gill

BBC North West Tonight

I'm at Maricourt Catholic High School where tributes have been paid to Erick Maina, who was found dead at his home in Fazakerley.

Tributes to Erick Maina
BBC

Two people are being questioned after racist graffiti linked to the 15-year-old's death was found written on the ground near the school.

Seadrill jobs

Simon Moffatt

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

One of the world's leading offshore deep-water drilling companies is setting up its new global service centre in Liverpool, creating 90 jobs.

Seadrill will be based on Mann Island with its offices fully operational by next summer.

The company owns and operates 53 offshore drilling rigs and employs more than 10,000 people across five continents.

Hillsborough latest

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside

An experienced match commander at Hillsborough offered to run the police operation before the FA Cup semi-final but was turned down, according to his former wife.

Hillsborough memorial gates
PA

Chief Supt Brian Mole was transferred from Sheffield to Barnsley on 27 March 1989, just weeks before the 15 April FA Cup semi-final.

Mr Mole had commanded the 1987 and 1988 semi-finals at the stadium.

Margaret Topley, his wife at the time, told a jury he offered to command the match but he was rejected.

Tribute to Erick Maina

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

A head teacher paid tribute to "popular and well-liked pupil" Erick Maina, who was found dead at his home in Fazakerley.

Police are questioning two people over racist graffiti linked to the death of the 15-year-old, written on the ground near Maricourt Catholic High School.

Brendan McLoughlin said: "He represented his peers as form captain and was a member of the school council. He was a bright and intelligent young man, always polite and co-operative.

"Our prayers and thoughts go to Erick's family to whom we send our deepest sympathy."

Keane wants Martinez talks

BBC Sport

Roy Keane believes Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill should meet with Everton boss Roberto Martinez to discuss ongoing fitness issues around James McCarthy and Seamus Coleman.

Roy Keane and Seamus Coleman
Inpho

McCarthy has missed the Republic's last three Euro 2016 qualifiers and Coleman sat out last month's game in Germany.

Tribute to Erick Maina

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

A 15-year-old boy who was found dead at his home in Fazakerley has been named as Erick Maina.

It comes as police have arrested a second person over racist graffiti linked to his death, which was daubed on the ground at a park near the school he attended, Maricourt Catholic High School.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A Merseyside school's paid tribute to a 15-year-old pupil, who was found dead on Saturday, saying they've lost a "popular, bright and intelligent young man".

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.

Street renamed after Roy Castle

Roy Castle Lung Cancer

tweets: We're very excited and proud to have re-named Liverpool's Castle Street 'Roy Castle Street' for the next few weeks

Roy Castle St
Roy Castle Foundation

Christmas tree arrives

Liverpool's Christmas tree has arrived in the city centre and will be lit up this evening at about 17:45.

Christmas tree in Liverpool
BBC

The tree will be lit by Jack Frost for the launch of the Snowflake Trail.

The trail features snowflake sculptures, light projections, street art and magical window displays which can be traced around the city centre.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

The former wife of the Hillsborough match commander who was transferred before the disaster says her husband offered to police the match but was turned down.

Margaret Topley was married to Chief Superintendent Brian Mole at the time of the disaster.

Racist probe after death

Paul Burnell

BBC News

Police are investigating racist graffiti about a 15-year-old boy who was found dead on Saturday.

The boy, who was a pupil at Maricourt Catholic High School in Maghull, was found dead at a house in Fazakerley.

Strike talks

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

Talks will be held today aimed at preventing a strike by 800 workers at the Jacobs Biscuits factory in Aintree.

Members of the GMB union voted in favour of industrial action recently in a dispute over sick pay.

Runcorn queues

BBC Travel says there's queuing traffic on Weston Point Expressway southbound in Runcorn between Runcorn Widnes Bridge and Runcorn. In the roadworks area.

More on Sean Long's return

BBC Sport

Sean Long has returned to Super League champions St Helens after joining new head coach Keiron Cunningham's backroom staff on a two-year contract.

The 38-year-old had been working in a consultancy role at Salford but owner Marwan Koukash indicated Long had requested to leave the Red Devils.

The former Great Britain scrum-half spent 13 seasons as a player at Saints.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A 17-year-old from Bootle is being questioned after racist graffiti linked to the death of a teenage boy was discovered.

The 15-year-old died in Fazakerley at the weekend.

Wildflower project is a winner

Rumeana Jahangir

A project to

transform parts of Liverpool and Manchester with wildflowers has won £120,000 in lottery funding following a national vote.

Wildflower project
Big Partnership

Seeds will be sown in Everton Park, Liverpool and Hulme and Moss Side after their joint bid was revealed as the flagship scheme for England.

Cloud lifting

Sara Blizzard

Weather Presenter

Cloud will lift and break through the day to give some

bright or sunny spells, especially in the west. Winds will also become lighter.

Liverpool by night

Claire Minter

BBC Radio Merseyside

I went on a photography course at the weekend and I enjoyed taking some great snaps of the city.

Liverpool wheel
BBC

I was learning from West Kirby photographer Jon Hall, who helped me capture the light beautifully.

If you'd like to share your photos of Merseyside, you can send them to us using the red Get Involved tab at the top of the page.

Coming up on North West Today

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

A barrister representing families who lost loved ones at the Hillsborough disaster has said the police officer in charge inside the stadium failed to show leadership as the disaster unfolded.

Keeping the home fires burning; how a new gas facility in Cheshire will keep us warm this winter.

And blooming marvellous. How Liverpool and Manchester joined forces to win funding for new wildflower meadows.

Boy's death linked with graffiti

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

Police are linking the death of a 15-year-old boy with racist graffiti found near a school in Maghull.

The force confirmed in a statement that the specialist Sigma hate crime team is investigating the graffiti at Maricourt School and nearby Balls Wood Park following the death.

A 17-year-old from Bootle has been arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated criminal damage in relation to the graffiti and he is being interviewed by detectives.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

A 17-year-old from Bootle is being questioned after racist graffiti linked to the death of a teenage boy.

The 15-year-old died in Fazakerley at the weekend.

Defending taps

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

Liverpool City Council defends its decision to install taps which can cost over £3,000 in its new offices in the Cunard building.

The leader of the Liberal Democrats, Richard Kemp, says it's an outrageous abuse of taxpayers' money.

But Mayor Joe Anderson says Richard Kemp is talking rubbish. He says the taps are boiler-chillers which are cheaper to run and service than water coolers and kettles.

Officer 'failed' to show leadership

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside

The senior police officer in charge inside the stadium during the Hillsborough disaster "failed" to show "leadership", the inquests heard.

Former Supt Roger Greenwood was accused of trying to shift blame after the disaster.

But the retired officer told the jury: "I sit here in peace" and that he didn't fail and his actions helped to save lives.

Boy critical after crash

Bronwyn Jones

BBC North West

A 13-year-old boy is in a critical condition following a crash between two motorbikes in a Merseyside park.

Rimrose Valley Park
Raymond Knapman

The collision happened at about 19:15 on Saturday evening in Rimrose Valley Park on Beach Road in Litherland.

The boy was taken to Alder Hey Hospital with serious head injuries and a broken leg. A 16-year-old boy suffered serious fractures to his legs in the incident.

Winning wildflowers

BBC North West Tonight

tweets: Joint Liverpool/Manchester project wins national competition to set up new wildflower areas.

bit.ly/11v0zHp

Wildflowers
BBC