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Summary

  1. Updates on 26 November
  2. More from 08:00 on Thursday

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All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's all for Local Live for the night. The service returns at 08:00 on Thursday. You can still reach the team at merseyside.locallive@bbc.co.uk.

Coming up

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

We've got the latest on the Steven Gerrard blackmail trial.

We'll hear more about the roll-out of Universal Credit to families on the Wirral.

And Brendan Rodgers looks ahead to a crunch night for Liverpool - and him - in the Champions' League.

Watch BBC North West Tonight at 18:30 on BBC One.

Emulate Berlin plea

Cities like Liverpool should emulate Berlin by throwing open empty buildings and unused land to artists and entrepreneurs, the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said.

"Leaving useful land in the north to languish is not only bad for business, it can hamper the success of an area in so many ways," he said during a visit to Berlin.

Damp and dull

Dianne Oxberry

Weather presenter, North West Tonight

More cloudy, dull and damp weather tonight with poor visibility on higher ground minimum temperature 5C.

Weather graphic
BBC

Thursday is a mainly cloudy mostly dry affair with light winds and maximum temperature of 9C - with limited brightness in parts.

Everton team news

Mike Hughes

BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

Everton have arrived in Germany for tomorrow night's Europa League game with Wolfsburg.

Leighton Baines didn't make the trip due to a hamstring injury. Aroune Kone is included in the squad.

Ebola donation pledge

BBC Radio Merseyside

The government says it will consider matching a £200,000 Ebola donation, made by Southport firm Inciner8 to provide incinerators to countries affected by the disease.

Reds winning friends

Coaches from the Liverpool FC Foundation have visited Bulgaria for training sessions with children ahead of the club's Champions League visit to Sofia for their game with Ludogorets.

Liverpool coaching session
Liverpool FC

Working with the British Embassy and Unicef, the coaches took two training sessions earlier in the Bulgarian capital, with 40 children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Disabled 'waiting' for benefits

Paul Burnell

BBC News

Half of Wirral's disabled people applying for the new Personal Independence Payment (PIP) are still waiting to receive a decision on their claim, Birkenhead MP Frank Field has claimed.

"These delays of weeks and months on end are causing untold misery to my constituents who are contacting me to say, 'I applied at the beginning of the year and I still haven't received a penny from them,'" Mr Field said.

The Labour MP tabled a parliamentary question to Department Work and Pensions Ministers asking when each person with an outstanding application should expect a decision.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

An investigation's begun into how a train driver suffered a severe electric shock on the tracks in Runcorn.

It happened in September when power cables were damaged and fell onto the rails.

Free sport sessions

Tom Airey

BBC News

Wavertree Sports Park will be hosting a series of free sports events for disabled adults tomorrow.

Wavertree
Google

Tennis, athletics, cricket, netball and cycling sessions will take place from 11:00 until 14:45. Registration is required.

What do you think?

Tom Airey

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.

Community's 'confidence in police

Merseyside's gay and lesbian community have a growing confidence in the way police tackle hate crime, a senior officer said as figures show there were more violent attacks in the last year.

The number of homophobic incidents has gone up by more than a fifth.

Ch Supt Rowley Moore said Merseyside is "one of just a few forces to have a dedicated investigation team" to deal with hate crime.

Sefton Meadows review

Claire Hamilton

Political reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

Plans to build housing on Sefton Park Meadows are under review.

Sefton Park
Sue Adair

Liverpool Council says it's waiting for independent panel to report before taking plans to build 15 villas any further.

The Green Spaces Review Panel isn't expected to report until next summer.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

An investigation's begun into how a train driver suffered a severe electric shock on the tracks in Runcorn.

It happened in September when power cables were damaged and fell onto the rails.

Train electric shock

Tom Mullen

BBC News Online

I've read the Rail Accident Investigation Branch's findings into an incident where a train driver suffered a severe electric shock in Runcorn.

The driver was treated by a doctor travelling on the train after power cables fell onto the tracks in September.

He was injured after getting out of the train to check for a marker on the track, in order to report his location.

Boyfriend stabbing charge

BBC Radio Merseyside

A 21-year-old woman has appeared in court charged with stabbing her boyfriend Kyle Farrell to death in Dingle, Liverpool, last week.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

The gay rights charity Stonewall says homophobic hate crime remains a "real issue" after new figures revealed an increase in the number of reported offences in Merseyside.

Sixty five attacks on people because of their sexuality were reported from the start of 2014 to October - up from 51 for the whole of 2013.

Emergency pothole repairs

BBC Travel reports slow traffic and one lane closed on the M53 northbound after a large pothole caused problems.

Emergency repairs to the road service are underway between Junction 8 for Ellesmere Port Docks and Junction 7 at Overpool.

On air later

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Boss backs Gerrard

Phil Kinsella

BBC Merseyside Sport

Ahead of the crucial Champions League tie against Ludogorets in Bulgaria tonight, the Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has defended captain Steven Gerrard following criticism.

Gerrard
PA

Rodgers says Gerrard is the

"best player he has ever worked with" and there is no sentimentality in his selection.

The Reds go into tonight's game 3rd in Group B with just two group games left.

Tiny turacos

Tom Airey

BBC News

Two tiny Firscher's turacos are being hand-reared at Chester Zoo after they were rejected by their mother.

Two turacos
Chester Zoo

Curator of birds Andrew Owen has stepped into the role of parent by taking them home and feeding them every few hours.

Due to their size, he has been using tweezers to carefully feed them small pieces of chopped fruit. The turacos are native to Kenya, Somalia and Tanzania.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

The gay rights charity Stonewall says homophobic hate crime remains a "real issue" after new figures revealed an increase in the number of reported offences in Merseyside.

Sixty five attacks on people because of their sexuality were reported from the start of 2014 to October - up from 51 for the whole of 2013.

The making of John Lennon

A new book claims John Lennon was a depressive tormented by an unhappy childhood, with the Beatles saving him.

John Lennon
Other

Social researcher and academic Francis Kenny says the band wouldn't have formed without those early days. The book is published on Friday.

Inquests not sitting

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside

The Hillsborough inquests in Warrington are not be sitting today, with the hearing expected to continue tomorrow.

Hillsborough disaster
Hillsborough Inquests

On Tuesday, former sergeant Michael Goddard told the jury

the "deletion" of a note about a radio conversation heard in the control box at Hillsborough showed someone there was "trying to cover things up".

Coming up

Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, North West Tonight

Liverpool need a repeat of City's heroics tonight if they are to stay in the Champions League.

Watch more on BBC One at 13:30.

Return of Educating Rita

Willy Russell's Educating Rita is to have its first professional production in Liverpool in 13 years to mark the 35th anniversary of the 1980 premiere.

Willy Russell and Julie Walters, pictured in 2003 and 1980 respectively
Getty Images

The play, about a university lecturer who tutors a working class hairdresser, will run at the Liverpool Playhouse from 6 February to 7 March.

Russell said he was "really delighted" to return to a venue with which he had "such a... fulfilling association".

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

The number of violent homophobic attacks recorded by Merseyside Police has gone up by more than a fifth.

The latest figures show 65 offences have been reported so far this year, compared to 51 in 2013.

M56 slip open

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Full police horse report

Earlier, we ran a story about a police horse in Merseyside as a study shows people trusted mounted officers more.

Leanne Harper went out to meet a police horse named after Sir Jon Murphy, the chief constable.

You can read the full Oxford University report

here.

Cheque for Cech?

BBC Sport

The Gossip column reports Liverpool are ready to sign a trio of big names to strengthen their squad in the January transfer window.

Petr Cech
Getty Images

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, Porto striker Jackson Martinez and Norwich winger Nathan Redmond are the targets,

according to the Metro.

Man held over 'threats to kill'

Tom Mullen

BBC News

Here's

our full story after a 35-year-old man was arrested by armed police on suspicion of making threats to kill at a house in Liverpool.

Moscow Drive, Tuesbrook
Google

Police surrounded the house in Moscow Drive, Tuesbrook, on Tuesday evening amid reports of a man armed with a knife.

Scouse of the Antarctic

Helen Jones

BBC Radio Merseyside

I met Lindzi Germain, Michael Fletcher and Mick Ledwich who're all starring in this year's Liverpool Royal Court Christmas Show Scouse of the Antarctic.

Helen Jones with cast of play Scouse of the Antarctic
BBC

What do you think?

Tom Airey

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.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

The number of violent homophobic attacks recorded by Merseyside police has gone up this year.

In 2012 there were 57 incidents. Last year, there were 51 but up to October this year there were 65 such crimes.

Writing Christmas cards

Helen Jones

BBC Radio Merseyside

Have you started writing your Christmas cards yet?

Or are you planning to go all technical and send an e-card?

The new Anglican Bishop of Liverpool is urging people to put pen to paper and send one the old fashioned way to help charities in the festive season.

So will you be writing and sending cards this year? Get in touch on

Facebook.

Champions League news

BBC Sport

Injured Italy striker Mario Balotelli

has not travelled to Bulgaria for Liverpool's Champions League tie with Ludogorets tonight.

Lambert
Getty Images

It means England forward Rickie Lambert is expected to retain his place in the team.

Manager Brendan Rodgers is likely to make changes from Sunday's 3-1 defeat at Crystal Palace, with defender Alberto Moreno expected to start at left-back.

M56 moving

Tom Airey

BBC News

Traffic is beginning to move on the M56 and on adjoining A roads in and around Runcorn after a lorry fire caused severe disruption this morning.

Lorry fire
Cheshire Fire

Cheshire Police said it will still take two to three hours to clear completely, so alternative routes may be quicker.