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Summary

  1. Updates on Tues 25 November
  2. More from 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

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Good night

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

Coming up

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

On North West Tonight we will be looking at the six job centres - five in Wirral, one in Warrington - which began offering Universal Credit to families from today with parents able to claim it for the first time.

We will hear from the Hillsborough inquests where a former sergeant based in the control box at the ground has spoken about an alleged cover-up.

Watch more on BBC One at 18:30.

Accident in Childwall

There are queues on Queens Drive (Wavertree) northbound in Childwall at the Thingwall Road junction, because of an accident involving two cars earlier. All lanes have been re-opened, but congestion stretches to the Bowring Park Road junction.

Stunning sunset

Nigel Davies's son Michael, who's at Liverpool University, took this atmospheric picture of Liverpool Cathedral.

Sunset
Michael Davies

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Presents stolen

Tom Airey

BBC News

Two men have been charged after a large number of children's Christmas presents were stolen in Warrington.

Police said a burglary took place at an address on Poplars Avenue on Thursday evening.

Some of the presents have been recovered. A 30-year-old and a 28-year-old are due before Chester Crown Court next month.

Traffic headlines

A lane is closed on the M53 northbound on an exit slip road to the M56 eastbound, due to an accident at Junction 11 of the M56.

On the M6, a lane is closed and there are queues northbound at Junction 20 (Lymm Interchange) because of a broken down vehicle.

Reader David Pyke emails to remind motorists to use dipped headlines in bad light.

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.

Beautiful end to the day

Paul Burnell

BBC News

There seems to be truly stunning sunset tonight.

Wirral sunset
Nigel Davies

So many thanks to Nigel Davies for this shot taken from his garden in Upton.

If you have any snaps you wish to share any time please

email us.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A man's been arrested after a car chase with police in Liverpool.

The pursuit led to a crash with a family driving another vehicle.

Balotelli will miss match

Ian Kennedy

BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

Liverpool's Mario Balotelli will miss tomorrow's crucial Champions League tie in Bulgaria against Ludogorets.

Balotelli
Reuters

The striker has been hampered by a groin injury, and didn't travel with the rest of the squad.

Jordan Henderson, though, has recovered from illness and is back in the squad, along with full back Jose Enrique.

Here comes the rain

Dianne Oxberry

Weather presenter, North West Tonight

Wet weather is spreading north overnight to all parts. Minimum temperature 5C.

Weather graphic
BBC

Lingering much of the day tomorrow. Cloudy all day too but milder at 8C.

Golf gear recovered

Tom Airey

BBC News

Police have seized stolen golf equipment taken during raids in the Prenton and Birkenhead areas of the Wirral.

Golf gear
Merseyside Police

During warrants carried out at nine addresses earlier this month, police found clubs, bags and a giant golf ball signed by golfers at the Open 2014.

Eight men, aged between 16 and 43, have been arrested on suspicion of burglary. Police are now appealing to trace the owners of the equipment.

Celebrating Liverpool's colours

Ian Kennedy

BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

Merseyside Sport tonight will reflect on the night Liverpool wore an all-red strip for the first time - 50 years ago today - we'll be hearing from Gordon Milne, who played in that game against Anderlecht.

Liverpool FC in the 1963/64 season
Getty Images

Listen to

BBC Radio Merseyside from 18:00.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A man's been arrested after a car chase with police in Liverpool.

The pursuit led to a crash with a family driving another vehicle.

Illegal fuel plant

Lynette Horsburgh, BBC News

A suspected diesel laundering plant capable of "evading millions of pounds in duty" has been found on Merseyside.

The plant, discovered at an industrial unit in Bootle last Thursday, was found during an investigation into the theft of fuel from commercial pipelines.

Pat Curtis, from HMRC, said: "Every illegal diesel laundering operation typically generates tonnes of toxic waste and robs UK taxpayers by evading fuel duty."

Note's deletion 'stinks of cover-up'

Chris Long

BBC News

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", a former sergeant has told the inquests.

Hillsborough
Hillsborough inquests

The jury heard the discussion about closing the Leppings Lane tunnel gates "disappears" from later versions of CCTV operator PC Trevor Bichard's log.

Michael Goddard, who was the radio operator in the control box, agreed the "deletion... stinks" of a cover-up.

Train delays in Bootle

Merseyrail emails to say due to a passenger being taken ill between Bootle Oriel Road and Bank Hall the line is blocked. Train services through these stations may be subject to disruption on all routes. Disruption is expected until 16:00.

Bantam battalions

Helen Carter

BBC Local Live

A plaque to commemorate a group of men deemed too short to fight in World War One only to then be called into service is to be unveiled in Birkenhead.

Birkenhead Town Hall
Alan Murray-Rust

The Cheshire Bantams were raised on 30 November 1914 from men who had previously been rejected for failing to meet the Army minimum height standard of 5ft 3in.

The cast bronze memorial will be unveiled on Sunday at Birkenhead Town Hall.

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.

Police chase crash

Tom Airey

BBC News

A car being chased by police in Wavertree has crashed into another vehicle, injuring two people.

Scene of crash
Google

The silver Audi A3, which police believe to have been stolen, hit a black Audi A6 at the junction of Queens Drive and Rocky Lane at about 12:15.

A man and a woman, who were travelling in the black car, were taken to hospital with minor injuries. Two young children, in the car, were unharmed.

Vikings fined

BBC Sport

Widnes Vikings have been fined £20,000 by the Rugby Football League after

fans ran onto the pitch following August's Challenge Cup semi-final defeat by Castleford Tigers.

Pitch invasion at Castleford
Swpix.com

The Vikings lost the match 28-6 at Leigh Sports Village. Police and stewards had to intervene to stop spectators from the Widnes section.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

An investigation has been launched after a car being chased by police in Liverpool smashed into another vehicle, injuring a man and woman.

Two young children were unhurt.

Winter warning

Cheshire Police

tweets: DON'T leave your car unattended whilst defrosting during the winter. As a consequence we receive lots of reports of stolen vehicles

Lighting up Chester

Tom Airey

BBC News

The plans for Chester's annual lantern parade have been announced.

Lanterns
BBC

The event, taking place on Thursday, starts at 19:00 outside the Forum Shopping Centre and will end at the Christmas Market in the Town Hall Square.

Primary Schools taking part include Tarporley Church of England, Horn's Mill Primary, Boughton Heath and Newton Primary.

On air

Claire Minter

BBC Radio Merseyside

If you like your celeb gossip you'll enjoy Billy Butler's interview with author and broadcaster Iain Johnstone who has worked with them all, including Stanley Kubrick, Clint Eastwood and Barbra Streisand.

You can listen live here.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A former South Yorkshire Police sergeant who was on duty inside the control box during the Hillsborough disaster says the disappearance of an entry from a fellow officer's log "stinks" of a cover up.

The new inquests have been hearing from Michael Goddard.

Shatner boldly denies rumours

Tom Mullen

BBC News

I've been looking into a funny story about Star Trek actor William Shatner, who has denied rumours he is to host Frodsham's Christmas lights switch-on this weekend.

William Shatner
Hot Sauce TV

Pranksters

tweeted a picture of Mr Shatner, with a signed "quote" reading "I'm very excited to be coming to Frodsham".

But the bemused US actor confirmed the enterprising advert was false.

Meeting film makers

Helen Jones

BBC Radio Merseyside

Sixty years ago, three young men from Wirral saved ten shillings a week each to make a film.

Swan Movie makers with Helen Jones
BBC

Since then, Swan Movie Makers has produced more than 150 films. Two of the founding members, Angus and Peter, joined me on the show today.

Coming up

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

One of the biggest changes to benefits payments - Universal Credit - is being extended, and piloted in the North West. From today parents will be put onto the benefit for the first time. It will be tested at six at six job centres on the Wirral and in Warrington.

Watch more on BBC One at 13:30 on North West Today.

Your thoughts on Universal Credit

Roger Phillips

BBC Radio Merseyside

The government's big welfare reform, Universal Credit, is being extended - allowing parents to claim it for the first time.

The single payment - which merges six working age benefits - had previously only been available to single people and couples. For now the change will only apply in the North West of England, and there are five centres on Wirral.

What do you think? Let us have your thoughts, please. Get in touch on

Facebook or by calling 0151 709 9333.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

A former sergeant who was on duty inside the police control box at the Hillsborough disaster says the "deletion" of part of a fellow officer's log "stinks" of a cover-up.

The Hillsborough inquests have heard how a note recording a radio conversation between two officers talking about closing a tunnel leading to the Leppings Lane terraces "disappears" from later versions of the log.

Rare sponge crab found

Tom Airey

BBC News

A rare sponge crab has gone on display at the Blue Planet Aquarium after it was donated by a fisherman.

Sponge crab
Blue Planet Aquarium

The crustacean's unusual name refers to the fact they hold living sponges on top of their shells as a method of camouflage.

Sponge crabs are more commonly seen off the West coast of Africa or in the Mediterranean, the aquarium said. It was discovered in North Wales.

Testing Roger Phillips

Sahir House

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Roger Phillips
BBC

Accident closes Queens Drive

There are reports Queens Drive (Wavertree) is closed in both directions due to an accident, involving two cars at Thingwall Road / Rocky Lane.

Hillsborough update

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside

A former sergeant who was on duty inside the police control box at the Hillsborough disaster says the "deletion" of part of a fellow officer's log "stinks" of a cover-up.

Hillsborough stadium
Getty Images

Michael Goddard told the jury in Warrington that it appeared: "Someone within the control box is trying to cover things up, bit underhanded".

He was one of six officers inside the box during the build-up to the match, and he denied being complicit in any police cover-up. The inquests continue.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

A former sergeant who was on duty inside the police control box at the Hillsborough disaster says the "deletion" of part of a fellow officer's log "stinks" of a cover-up.

The Hillsborough inquests have heard how a note recording a radio conversation between two officers talking about closing a tunnel leading to the Leppings Lane terraces "disappears" from later versions of the log.

Water main update

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

United Utilities has told

BBC Radio Merseyside that water supplies are returning to normal in Birkenhead after a water main burst on Borough Road.

The incident meant thousands of homes were without running water this morning.

Slab in road

North West Motorway Police

tweets: We are en route to the Knowsley Expressway reports of a large piece of concrete in the carriageway.