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Summary

  1. Murder arrest over prisoner death
  2. Witnesses to 1990 rape sought
  3. John Lennon's guitar to be sold
  4. Updates on Friday 14 November 2014

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All times stated are UK

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That's all from BBC Local Live for this evening. I will be back with you from 08:00 on Monday with more news, sport, travel and weather updates from across Merseyside.

Dry but chilly

Charlie Slater

Weather Presenter

It will be largely dry across the region with light winds.

BBC weather
BBC

Where skies clear, mist or fog patches may form and it will be chilly, especially across the east.

Showers may edge into Cheshire towards dawn.

Coming up on North West Tonight

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

Three people from the same Liverpool family are jailed for benefits fraud worth more than £200,000.

And a prisoner has died after a suspected attack by another inmate at a Merseyside jail.

We'll also be bringing you more updates on our Children in Need appeal from around the region.

Baines out of England squad

Ian Kennedy

BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

Everton defender Leighton Baines has withdrawn from the England squad to face Slovenia tomorrow and Scotland next week. Baines picked up an injury in training today.

Leighton Baines
Getty Images

Family of benefit cheats jailed

Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News Online

A family of three from Liverpool have been

jailed for fraudulently claiming more than £200,000 of benefits.

Danielle Bennett, 30, and her parents Samuel and Patricia Bennett, both 64, were jailed for 30 months, nine months and 27 months respectively.

They all pleaded guilty to benefit fraud at Liverpool Crown Court.

Protesters arrested

Jessica Robbins

BBC Radio Merseyside

This was the scene earlier at Ellesmere Port as four people obstructing the entrance to a shale gas exploration site were arrested.

Fracking demo
John McNamara

Cheshire Police say they're dealing with anti-fracking protestors on Merseytown road - it comes after company iGas told BBC Radio Merseyside test drilling will start within the next few weeks.

The four were arrested for aggravated trespass on Merseytown Road. There will be a protest at the site by anti-fracking groups tomorrow.

Trains delayed at Chester

Merseyrail has emailed to say that due to an operating incident at Chester, the Chester line is disrupted.

Train services running through this station may be cancelled or terminated at and started back from Hooton. Disruption is expected until 18:00.

Death jail had violence warning

The Liverpool prison where an inmate has been arrested on suspicion of murdering another prisoner was

the centre of a report warning about the levels of prison violence in October.

The HM Inspectorate of Prisons report warned levels of violence were "rising sharply" because of gang issues and the availability of drugs at HMP Altcourse.

McColls fined

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A business has been convicted of failing to protect its employees after six violent robberies in Wirral.

Four different branches of Martin McColls Limited were broken into between April 2011 and January 2012.

The convenience store and newsagent firm was fined £150,000 and ordered to pay nearly £80,000 for breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A prisoner's been arrested on suspicion of murdering another inmate at Liverpool's Altcourse jail.

M6 closed

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

The M6 motorway is closed in both directions between junctions 22 and 23 - Newton-le-Willows and Haydock - because of a chemical spill from a lorry.

Fire crews were called to the incident at 15:30, and motorway police say the motorway is expected to remain closed for a long period of time.

Drivers are being urged to take alternative routes.

Philharmonic reopens

Rumeana Jahangir

BBC North West News Online

The Liverpool Philharmonic Hall has reopened to visitors after completion of part of a £14m refurbishment.

Liverpool Philharmonic
Mark McNulty

Originally designed by Liverpool architect Herbert Rowse, the Grade II-listed building first welcomed audiences in 1939 but was closed in May for a revamp of the main concert hall and auditorium.

Found my fez

Claire Minter

BBC Radio Merseyside

Claire

tweets: Thanks to Maureen in New Ferry for loaning Doctor Who her fez. Only one item to find on the
#Pudsey Treasure Hunt.

Minty in a Fez
BBC

Beautiful day

Museum of Liverpool

tweets: Well it's turned into a glorious Liverpool November day...
#itsliverpool

Museum of Liverpool
Museum of Liverpool

Benefits cheats jailed

Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News Online

Samuel Bennett, Patricia Bennett and their daughter Danielle Bennett, from Croxteth Park, have been jailed after admitting falsely claiming £226,000 in benefits.

I'll bring you more as I have it.

Stolen medal

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

Anyone who finds an OBE medal belonging to the head of Liverpool's Royal School for the Blind is being urged to return it.

School sign
BBC

Joe Byrne's medal was stolen along with computer equipment, cash and some of the children's medical supplies.

Clare Geraghty, acting head at the Wavertree school, said she hopes somebody hands it in.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A prisoner's been arrested on suspicion of murdering another inmate at Liverpool's Altcourse jail.

Prisoner death

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

A prisoner has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a 35-year-old man at Liverpool's Altcourse Prison.

Altcourse
Sue Adair

Merseyside Police said they were called at about 11:10 this morning and the victim was taken to hospital but later died.

A 41-year-old prisoner from the prison has been arrested on suspicion of murder. We will bring you more as we have it.

Children 'harmed by drinking'

Wirral Globe

New figures released by alcohol campaign group Drink Wise suggest that more than 12,000 Wirral children of the age 16 and under may have been harmed by someone else's drinking.

M6 accident

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

One lane is closed on the M6 and there is very slow traffic due to accident involving three vehicles.

The incident happened northbound between junction 21 A57 / B5210 (Woolston) and junction 21a for the M62.

Weekend weather

Charlie Slater

Weather Presenter

tweets: Mainly dry this weekend with a couple of showers to look out for. Here's the outlook...

BBC weather
BBC

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

Two men are starting eight-year jail terms for dragging another man into a street in Chester and threatening to disfigure him if he didn't give them £5,000.

The victim, who's 56, was pulled from his own bed on Cherry Road in Boughton in June, thrown down the stairs, and had a knife put to his throat.

Sherlock's fiddle

Jimmy McCracken

BBC Radio Merseyside

I've been to Harmonics Music Shop in Crosby, on the hunt for a fiddle as part of Pudsey's treasure hunt.

Jimmy McCracken
BBC

I'm out and about until 18:00 this evening, meeting people who have benefited from Children In Need.

Pupil becomes youngest commodore

Weatherhead High School emailed to say pupil Georgia Barratt has become the country's youngest commodore.

Lesley Bainbridge and Georgia Barratt
Weatherhead high school

The title is awarded to any officer assigned to command more than one ship at a time.

The school says Georgia worked very hard organising and fundraising for Bridgewater Motor Boat Club in Runcorn, including hosting charity dinners, organising six cruises and promoting information about the North West canal system.

Assistant head Lesley Bainbridge says Georgia "will be a great inspiration to many of our students at Weatherhead".

Protest in Ellesmere Port

Jessica Robbins

BBC Radio Merseyside

Cheshire Police say they're dealing with anti-fracking protestors who've blocked the entrance to a shale gas exploration site in Ellesmere Port.

On Monday, iGas told BBC Radio Merseyside it would begin test drilling on the site at Merseyton Road within a few weeks.

This morning, two people apparently locked themselves to the perimeter fencing. Groups opposed to the process say they'll stage a solidarity protest there tomorrow.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

An OBE medal awarded to the head teacher at Liverpool's Royal School for the Blind has been stolen during a break-in which also netted thieves a quantity of computer equipment.

Joe Byrne, who's recovering from a heart attack, was given the honour for his work for mainstream and special education.

Baines says England behind Roy

BBC Sport

Everton defender Leighton Baines, 29, says England's players are united in their desire to see manger Roy Hodgson offered a new contract, the

Daily Telegraph reports.

Leighton Baines
Reuters

Climbing club

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

Here's Pudsey and the people from local Children In Need Project, On This Roc.

On This Roc
BBC

It's a climbing club set up for blind children, which uses Awesome Walls and The Climbing Hangar in Liverpool.

Nordic walking

Runcorn and Widnes World

A former heart consultant and a nurse have helped hundreds of patients to improve their health - through a unique outdoor exercise.

Retired cardiologist Ted Rose, aged 56, and his wife, Elizabeth Kerley, aged 54, are qualified Nordic Walking instructors.

Coming up on North West Today

Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, North West Tonight

The new Anglican Bishop of Liverpool, the Right Reverend Paul Bayes, will be officially installed in his new post tomorrow.

And more on the Gretsch 6120 guitar that once belonged to John Lennon which is up for auction.

Good Samaritan search

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

Police are trying to trace a couple who helped a teenage rape victim after she was attacked in Runcorn in 1990.

The victim - who was 15 at the time - reported the incident to police earlier this year and enquiries have been ongoing since then.

Officers have now widened their search for the pair as it is believed they may have now moved out of the area.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

Staff at the Liverpool's Royal School for the Blind are appealing for the return of sentimental items following a break in at their premises in Wavertree.

Thieves took a quantity of computer equipment which they say is replaceable.

Ross to cost £60m

BBC Sport

Manchester City have been told they will have to pay a British-record transfer fee of £60m to sign midfielder Ross Barkley, 22, from Everton, according to the

Manchester Evening News.

Ross Barkley
Reuters

Lighting up Warrington

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

A Snow White-themed lantern parade will make its way through Warrington next month, showcasing lanterns made by the local community.

Ice Queen
Culture Warrington

The event on 11 December will travel through the town centre and end at a family event at Parr Hall.

The town is also set to light up for a laser show on 29 November. The Lights in the Sky Show will see lasers projected on buildings and water in the town, all set to music.

New bishop, new shirt

Andy Gill

BBC North West Tonight

Andy Gill

tweets: New Bishop of
#Liverpool
@paulbayes installed tmrw. Here with his
#Ormskirk Jnrs football shirt.
@BBCNWT 1.30

Bishop of Liverpool
BBC

Court cell fire

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

Fire crews were called out to a fire in a cell at St. Helens Magistrates Court this morning.

The call, at 10:20, was to a small electrical fire possibly caused by a fan or air conditioning system. We will bring you more details as we have them.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

Detectives investigating a rape in Runcorn almost 25 years ago want to track down a couple who came to help the distressed teenage victim.

The girl - who was 15 at the time - was assaulted at a house near Halton Road in 1990 and she escaped before flagging down a passing car.

Future of Kazimier

Liverpool Echo

A meeting is to be held next week at Liverpool Town Hall to discuss the future of Wolstenholme Square.

Labour councillor Michelle Corrigan and members of the public will meet on Tuesday to discuss plans to redevelop the square, which may impact the future of Nation and The Kazimier.

On a hunt for Pudsey

Sherlock Holmes and Dr Who (aka Jimmy McCracken and Minty) are in Ainsdale on a Treasure Hunt for Pudsey.

Jimmy, Pudsey and Minty
BBC

From there, they will be out and about across Merseyside, Wirral and Cheshire visiting fundraisers and projects that have already benefited from your charitable donations.

Keep an eye out for them!