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Summary

  1. Updates on Thurs 20 Nov 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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That's all from Local Live for today. I'll be back with all your news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Friday.

Staying dry and frost-free

Charlie Slater

Weather Presenter

Most places will stay dry overnight but it will remain rather cloudy with some persistent hill fog developing.

Weather grab
BBC weather

Winds will be light and most places will be frost-free.

Cow on the motorway

BBC Travel reports the M56 motorway has been closed in both directions at Junction 15 for M53 because of a cow on the road.

Coming up on BBC One

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

A court has heard that a father of three died a "quite horrific death" when he became trapped in an industrial oven at a kayak factory in Cheshire.

Alan Catterall was killed in an oven that could reach 280°C at Pyranha Mouldings in Runcorn.

Also, I'm A Celebrity bosses have confirmed Liverpool actor Craig Charles has left camp after being told of the death of his brother Dean.

The Coronation Street star was told last night and didn't feature in the live show.

More on meningitis

Tom Mullen

BBC News Online

A second case of meningitis has been confirmed at Liverpool Hope University, three weeks after an 18-year-old student died from the virus.

Alisha
Merseyside police

The virus was detected at Hope Park Campus, where

18-year-old Alisha Bartolini (pictured) was found dead on 1 November.

Students living in the Austin Hall building at the campus have been given antibiotics as a precautionary measure.

They have also been invited to a vaccination session on Friday, Public Health England confirmed.

Snowflake trail launches

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

Twelve special snowflakes have been spread around Liverpool city centre for families to find on the

Snowflake Trail, which is launched this evening.

Snowflake trail on Marks and Spencers
Liverpool City Council

The snowflakes, which are in the several forms from sculptures to window vinyls, create a treasure hunt which will run until 28 December.

Each of the snowflake locations will offer a clue for families to solve. Those who successfully unwrap the riddles could win a £1,500 winter sun holiday. Pick up a map to take part.

Meningitis statement

Public Health England has emailed a statement on the case of meningitis in Liverpool.

It says: "Health protection experts from Public Health England are working with staff and students at Liverpool Hope University after a second confirmed case of meningococcal infection at the same halls of residence.

"An 18-year-old student is currently being treated in hospital and is recovering well."

BreakingMeningitis case confirmed

Tom Mullen

BBC News Online

A second case of meningitis has been confirmed at Liverpool Hope University, Public Health England has just said.

It comes after Alisha Bartolini, 18, was found dead at her student property in Taggart Avenue, Childwall, on 1 November. Tests showed she died of meningitis. I'll bring you more as I have it.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A jury's heard how an industrial oven in which a man was trapped and killed in Cheshire could reach 280°C.

Alan Catterall, 54, died at kayak company Pyranha Mouldings two days before Christmas in 2010.

Cheshire's tallest man

Chris Long

BBC News

All this talk of Cheshire Phoenix's new signing Paul Sturgess being the second tallest living Englishman set me thinking about another Cheshire giant, who towered over the area in the 16th Century.

Childe of Hale carving
Mike pennington

John Middleton was known as the Childe of Hale and while no record exists of his true height, a life-size impression of his right hand led to his height being estimated as 7ft 9ins.

That's two inches taller than Paul, so the basketball player still has a bit more growing to do to take the title of Cheshire's tallest man.

Chester's lights switched on

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

A lantern parade is taking place this evening to mark

the switching on of Chester's Christmas lights.

Lantern Queen
Cheshire West and Chester Council

Local choirs will be singing at four locations in the city and the lantern parade leaves the Town Hall Square at 19:00. The lights will illuminate as the parade passes by, led by the mystical Queen of Light.

Tallest basketball player joins Phoenix

Nathan Middleton

BBC Sport

The world's tallest basketball player has signed for British Basketball League side Cheshire Phoenix.

Paul Sturgess
Getty Images

Paul Sturgess, who is 7ft 7ins and wears size 20 boots, is the second tallest living Englishman.

Bus station plans

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

Plans for Chester's new bus interchange have moved a step closer as the council has appointed a contractor.

New bus interchange design
Cheshire West Council

If approved, the project will see the existing bus exchange moving from Princess Street to Gorse Stacks and could be completed by autumn 2016.

Tranmere complete signings

James Mountford

BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

Tranmere have completed the loan signings of Hull City pair Calaum Jahraldo-Martin (pictured) and Will Aimson.

Calaum Jahraldo-Martin
Getty Images

Jahraldo-Martin, an Antigua and Barbuda international, has made two first team appearances and has been a regular in Hull's under-21 side this season.

Aimson is a 20-year-old centre back who signed for Hull from Eastleigh three years ago.

Laser pen warning

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

Police are warning about the dangers of shining laser pens at aircrafts after a Warrington man was jailed for doing so in Warrington.

Laser shining at a helicopter
Cheshire Police

The aircraft was hovering 1,000ft above ground when the laser beam filled the cockpit with green light on two occasions, leaving the pilot and observation crew temporarily disoriented.

William Sprout admitted shining a light at an aircraft after equipment on the helicopter pinpointed where the laser was coming from. He was jailed for four months at North Cheshire Magistrates Court last week.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A jury's heard how an industrial oven in which a man was trapped and killed in Cheshire could reach 280°C.

Alan Catterall, 54, died at kayak company Pyranha Mouldings two days before Christmas in 2010.

Keane claims 'nonsense'

Mike Hughes

BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

Roberto Martinez has dismissed as "nonsense" Roy Keane's suggestion that Everton overstate players' injuries before they report for international duty.

Martinez
BBC

The Republic of Ireland assistant manager claims that midfielder James McCarthy and team-mate Seamus Coleman were put under pressure by Everton to protect themselves on international duty and that the Toffees always gave the impression players were "barely able to walk".

Three held after raids

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

Three people have been arrested and suspected drugs and counterfeit cigarettes seized during

police raids across Merseyside this morning.

Police raids
Merseyside Police

Officers from Liverpool, Sefton, Wirral, Knowsley and St. Helens searched 12 properties at about 07:00.

In Litherland, around 18,000 cigarettes and some tobacco were found and will now be subject to further enquiries by police and Trading Standards.

Christmas crime

Runcorn and Widnes World

Christmas shoppers are being warned to

watch out for criminals.

As part of their Blue Christmas campaign, Cheshire Police is carrying out high visibility patrols across Widnes and Runcorn.

Young players 'ok for Euro 2015'

England manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed that members of his senior squad, including Liverpool's Raheem Sterling,

will be available to under-21 boss Gareth Southgate for Euro 2015.

Raheem Sterling
AP

The young players are eligible for the finals in the Czech Republic in June, but the senior side have a Euro 2016 qualifier in Slovenia at the same time.

Hodgson said: "After Gareth picks his squad, I will pick mine. He can pick any under-21 who's available."

Gun amnesty

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

Cheshire Police are urging people to hand in any firearms or ammunition as part of a nationwide amnesty.

Gun
Cheshire Police

Anyone who wants to hand in a firearm has until 5 December to do so without being prosecuted for illegally possessing the weapon.

It is part of a national initiative which aims to reduce the number of illegal weapons across the country.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A jury has heard how a worker at a Cheshire kayak company died from severe burns when he became trapped in an industrial oven.

Alan Catterall - who was 54 - died two days before Christmas 2010 at Pyranha Mouldings in Runcorn.

Councillor wants adult playground

Chester Chronicle

A Helsby parish councillor is on a mission to get the village's large elderly population fighting fit by

creating an adult playground for them to use.

Councillor Terry O'Neill has applied to Active Cheshire for funding to compile a feasibility study into transforming a barren patch of land off Lower Robin Hood Lane into a community facility offering grown-up play and fitness equipment.

Police celebrate second award

Cheshire Constabulary say they are "celebrating a prestigious double" after its estates and facilities management team picked up another environmental award.

Emma Marvell and Karen Wickstead
Cheshire constabulary

The force was named Most Sustainable Public Sector Organisation in Emergency Services at the Public Sector Sustainability Awards ceremony on Wednesday.

It is the second award in little over a month for the team, led by Emma Marvell and Karen Wickstead, after they won the Sustainability and Environmental Impact award at the British Institute of Facilities Management Awards 2014 in October.

Oven worker death latest

Andy Gill

BBC North West Tonight

Andy

tweets: Co-worker who inadvertently trapped Alan Catterall in industrial oven in
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HIV figures released

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

An estimated 2,000 people in Merseyside and Cheshire are living with HIV.

The figures, produced by Public Health England, have been released ahead of the third annual HIV testing week, which begins on Saturday.

The organisation says around 500 of those with the disease may not know that they have it.

Firm fined over worker injuries

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

A topsoil supplier has been fined £80,000 after a worker lost the use of both his arms at its plant in Ellesmere Port.

Machinery
HSE

Piotr Chrzanowski had been helping to free a blockage on a conveyor belt in July 2013 when his hand became trapped, pulling him in.

Liverpool Crown Court heard Freeland Horticulture had failed to ensure a safe system of work was in place for clearing blockages, and workers had not received instructions or information on how to carry out this work.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

Liverpool Crown Court has heard how a worker at a Cheshire kayak company died from severe burns when he became trapped in an industrial oven that could reach temperatures of 280°C.

Alan Catterall, who was 54, died two days before Christmas 2010 at Pyranha Mouldings in Runcorn.

Weather outlook

BBC Weather

BBC Weather

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BBC

Bike theft appeal

Warrington Guardian

A couple planning to raise money for a dog charity by cycling the Transpennine Trail are appealing for help after one of their bikes was stolen in Warrington town centre.

Coming up

Carol Lowe

BBC North West Today

Coming up at 13:30, we'll be speaking to Andy Gill, who has more on the worker at a Cheshire kayak company who died when he became trapped in an industrial oven that could reach temperatures of 280°C.

Alan Catterall
Police handout

Alan Catterall, 54, died two days before Christmas 2010 at Pyranha Mouldings in Runcorn.

Thousands see top painting

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

More than 50,000 visitors have visited the exhibition showcasing entrants in the John Moores Painting Prize at the Walker Art Gallery.

Rose Wylie
BBC

The prize was won in September by Rose Wylie for her arresting PV Windows and Floorboards. Visitors still have one more week to see the exhibition.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A giant screen has been put up in Liverpool city centre showing ten people detectives believe could have information on robberies ahead of the Christmas shopping season.

It comes after Merseyside officers raided homes earlier targeting suspected thieves or those who buy stolen goods.

Searches have uncovered 18,000 suspected counterfeit cigarettes in Litherland.

Bulky waste charges

St Helens Star

The council are set to introduce charges to remove some bulky household items such as settees, fence panels and mattresses.

A giant of basketball

Basketball players are usually tall, but

Cheshire Phoenix's new signing really is a giant of the game.

Paul 'Tiny' Sturgess
cheshire phoenix

Paul 'Tiny' Sturgess is the world's tallest basketball player and the second tallest living Englishman.

The 7ft 8ins star made his name with the exhibition team Harlem Globetrotters but has played professionally in the US as well.

Phoenix coach John Coffino says Paul is a "unique and special talent that only comes along once in a lifetime".

Man died in kayak oven

Emma Stanley

BBC News

A factory worker died from severe burns when he became trapped in an industrial oven, a court has heard.

Pyranha Mouldings in Runcorn
BBC

Alan Catterall, 54, was cleaning the oven at Pyranha Mouldings Ltd in Runcorn when the incident happened in December 2010.

Wanted men

Marc Gaier

BBC Radio Merseyside

I've been out to see the big screen which police are using to try to trace 10 men wanted over a spate of thefts on Merseyside.

Chief Inspector Jenny Sims, of the north command team
BBC

Chief Inspector Jenny Sims, from Liverpool North command team, said: "Today's operation is about sending a clear message to the public that Merseyside Police will not tolerate offences like business robbery and thefts in the run-up to Christmas."

Worker tried to escape using crowbar

Andy Gill

BBC North West Tonight

Liverpool Crown Court has heard how Alan Catterall, who died when he became trapped in an industrial oven at a Cheshire kayak company, tried to escape using a crowbar.

The court was told the 54-year-old suffered severe burns and died from shock and that the first anyone knew that there was a problem was when smoke began pouring from the oven.

The prosecution say the oven was designed by Pyranga Mouldings with parts supplied by outside suppliers and the company caused Mr Catteral's death through gross negligence.

The company denies the charge. Two directors, brothers Peter and Graham Mackereth, and an independent electrical contractor, Paul Keddie, also deny health and safety charges.

Introducing the band

Mark Edwardson

North West Tonight

Mark

tweets: Next big thing?
@slydigsband SlyDigs from Newton Le Willows rehearse ahead of their gigs supporting The Who
@BBCNWT

Sly Digs
BBC

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

About 18,000 suspected counterfeit cigarettes have been found in police raids across Merseyside targeting thieves ahead of the Christmas shopping rush.