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Summary

  1. Updates on Fri 28 November
  2. More from 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Get involved

That's all for Local Live. We're back at 08:00 on Monday, but until then you can still reach the team by email at merseyside.locallive@bbc.co.uk.

Coming up on NWT

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

Coming up on North West Tonight, we've got the latest on the Hillsborough Inquests - where one of the first aiders who tried to save fans has been giving evidence.

We'll review Everton's Europa League success last night and look ahead to a crunch weekend for Liverpool.

Join us live at 18:30 on BBC One.

Cloudy and dry

Sara Blizzard

Weather Presenter

It will remain cloudy and mainly dry for most overnight, with a few clear spells possible in the west.

Weather
BBC

There will also be the risk of some further patchy light rain or drizzle over the Pennines at times.

Time capsule toys

Andy Gill

BBC North West Tonight

A time capsule of toys and books from World War Two has been revealed in a Liverpool church.

Toys from the time capsule
BBC

You can find out more

on BBC One at 18:30.

Everton row

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

Councillor Ann O'Byrne has rejected claims that Liverpool City Council deliberately let Walton Hall Park deteriorate, to allow it to be developed by Everton.

It comes after an independent report outlined the benefits of regeneration there, saying more than 1,000 jobs could be created if the club's plans go ahead.

Gerrard bribe PC 'faces jail'

Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News

A corrupt policewoman is facing jail after seizing CCTV footage of a street fight to be used as a "tool to blackmail" Liverpool footballer Steven Gerrard.

Steven Gerrard
PA

Helen Jones, 33, a PC with Merseyside Police, obtained the footage by "flashing her warrant card" to the manageress of a bank.

She admitted misconduct in a public office and will be sentenced in January.

Anger over incinerator noise

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News

Furious residents are continuing their fight for action over noise and steam at the Runcorn incinerator.

World Aids Day service

A Liverpool church will be dedicating its Sunday service to HIV awareness this weekend.

Church
Google

St Bride's Anglican Church, on Percy Street, will decorate the columns on the front of the building with a large red ribbon.

The church will screen the short film Now+Then: Three decades of HIV in Merseyside and a poem written for World AIDS Day will be read.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A first aider's told the new Hillsborough inquests about the moment he jumped into the pens to help people in the crush, saying he knew what he had to do.

After hearing Philip Saxton's evidence the coroner in Warrington said no-one could have done more.

Buildings scoop design awards

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

Two Liverpool buildings have been recognised nationally for their architectural excellence.

Central Library
Liverpool City Council

Liverpool Central Library and Four Oaks Primary School in Everton have been given awards from The Society for Construction and Architecture in Local Authorities (SCALA).

Masked raid in St Helens

A masked man who threatened a shop owner at knifepoint is wanted by police.

The man raided MNS Late Shop in Cooper Street, St Helens, on 19 November but police say he may live locally.

Free Art Friday

Simon Moffatt

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

It might be Black Friday, but here in Liverpool it's also Free Art Friday, where more than 50 pieces of art are being left on the streets for people to find.

Free Art Friday
Free Art Friday

The items have been placed on County Road in Walton, and inside shops and bars nearby. Festival co-ordinator Pamela Sullivan is hoping people find them, take them home and make them their own.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A first aider's told the new Hillsborough inquests about the moment he jumped into the pens to help people in the crush, saying he knew what he had to do.

After hearing Philip Saxton's evidence the coroner in Warrington said no-one could have done more.

Cannabis factory fire

A fire broke out at a cannabis farm above a cafe in Aintree this morning.

Cannabis at house
Merseyside Police

Police were called to the flat in Warbreck Moor this morning and found 302 cannabis plants being grown which they estimate to be capable of producing up to £1.2m worth of cannabis in a year.

A 65-year-old man was also rescued from the flat next door and taken to hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

Coming up on Drive

Simon Hoban

BBC Radio Merseyside

It's Black Friday today, and billions of pounds have been spent in stores and online as people try to take advantage of price cuts in the run up to Christmas.

I've been out speaking to some of them to see if they've bagged any bargains.

You can hear more on

BBC Radio Merseyside from 16:00.

M56 closure

If you're heading home from work early, you might be interested in this latest travel update: One lane of the M56 eastbound has been closed due to accident between junction 14 at Hapsford and junction 12 at Runcorn.

Your views

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.

Lantern Parade

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

Cheshire West and Chester Council

tweets: Some lovely photos from a great night at the Chester Lantern Parade, take a look
http://buzz.mw/bgy2n_f @ChesterXmas

Lantern parade
Cheshire West and Chester Council

Blood donors wanted

Simon Moffatt

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

There's a fresh call for people to give blood in the run up to Christmas to make sure supplies don't run low.

About 4,500 donations are needed in Merseyside to ensure life-saving treatments can go ahead.

But, as Christmas Day and Boxing Day fall ahead of a weekend, there are fears fewer people will be able to donate.

Liverpool without Balotelli

BBC Sport

Liverpool are again without Mario Balotelli because of a hamstring strain, so fellow forward Rickie Lambert will continue to lead the line.

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli (right) and Reds boss Brendan Rodgers
Reuters

Manager Brendan Rodgers must decide whether to keep faith with out-of-form goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

Run for James

St Helens The Reporter

Friends and family of a

young St Helens man who died of an undiagnosed heart defect are set to take on a Park Run in his memory this weekend.

James Nicholas's dad, Kevin, and several of the 21-year-old's friends are set to complete the Victoria Park run this Saturday as part of Cardiac Risk in the Young awareness week.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

The campaign group Save Walton Hall Park says the projection of new jobs in the area - if there's a big regeneration scheme - is misleading and won't happen.

It comes after an independent panel said more than 1,200 people could find work if Everton build a stadium there.

Actor 'locked up' for charity

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

Actor Paul Barber has been 'arrested and locked up' - but it's all in the name of charity.

Paul Barber
Police

The Only Fools and Horses star, who played Denzil, was 'stopped' by police in Liverpool One this morning and taken to Belle Vale police station, where he joins other celebrities who are being put in the cells

to raise money for the Prince's Trust.

Green savings

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

The Pyramid Shopping Centre in Birkenhead has slashed its annual energy bill by £26,000 after investing in green technology.

Birkenhead Shopping Centre with the Pyramids Shopping centre behind
Sue Adair

A heating upgrade and new LED lights have helped cut costs.

Hillsborough latest

Ben Schofield

Hillsborough reporter

A volunteer first aider who was awarded the British Empire Medal and honoured as a hero of the Hillsborough disaster has described his decision to jump into one of the pens in order to help casualties.

Philip Saxton was at the game with the St John Ambulance service and said he was the first to climb over a pitch-side fence into pen three.

He told the jury at the Hillsborough inquests he pulled fans out of the pen and also tried to help around 15 others who had been taken on to the pitch.

Ninety-six Liverpool supporters died after being fatally injured during a crush on the Leppings Lane terraces at Hillsborough in April 1989.

Edge Hill award

Bronwyn Jones

BBC North West

The vice chancellor of Edge Hill University, John Cater, said he was "delighted and extremely proud" after it was named

University of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards.

Edge Hill University staff
Edge Hill University

Edge Hill was recognised for high rates of student satisfaction and graduate employment as well as its contribution to "transforming lives" in the region.

Freedom of Liverpool

The Merseyside branch of the War Widows Association of Great Britain is to be awarded the Freedom of the City of Liverpool.

Formed in Liverpool 43 years ago, the association is now a national organisation fighting for and supporting Britain's "forgotten women".

Members of the association will receive the honour at Liverpool Town Hall on Monday.

More speak of college woes

Liverpool Echo

Students and former teachers at The City of Liverpool College have spoken out about problems there in recent years.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A volunteer first aider says he jumped into pen three as the Hillsborough disaster was unfolding because he saw fans were deteriorating in front of him.

Philip Saxton told the jury at the new inquests he was the first to climb over a pitch-side fence into the pen.

Everton move may 'create 1,250 jobs'

Rumeana Jahangir

BBC News

The building of a new Everton stadium could create up to 1,250 permanent jobs and 1,000 homes, a report has claimed.

Everton's Goodison Park stadium
Getty Images

The study, commissioned by Liverpool City Council, said the move from Goodison Park could take up to 50% of the 130-acre Walton Hall Park.

Campaigners said the report ignored the "major" issue of traffic and parking.

Coming up on North West Today

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

Coming up on the programme, the gun surrender in Merseyside has led to more than 120 weapons being handed in to police. And we will hear more from the Hillsborough inquests, where St John's Ambulance hero Philip Saxton has been giving evidence.

Watch more on BBC One at 13:30.

Hillsborough inquests

Ben Schofield

Hillsborough reporter

The jury at the inquests into the 96 people who died in the Hillsborough disaster has heard from Philip Saxton, a St John Ambulance first aider who was honoured as a hero of the day and awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) for what he did.

The coroner thanked Mr Saxton and said: "Nobody could have done more. That's all I can say."

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

A volunteer first aider says he jumped into pen three as the Hillsborough disaster was unfolding because he saw fans were deteriorating in front of him.

Philip Saxton told the jury at the new inquests he was the first to climb over a pitchside fence into the pen.

Meningitis case

Phil Cooper

BBC Radio Merseyside

As it emerges a seven-year-old from Sefton is being treated for a form of meningitis, I'll be speaking to Public Health England about the risks.

The child, who goes to Our Lady of Walsingham school in Netherton, is said to be recovering well after receiving treatment for a probable meningococcal infection.

McCarthy assessed

Everton's James McCarthy is being assessed after he suffered another hamstring injury during

the 2-0 win in Wolfsburg last night.

James McCarthy
Getty Images

The result means the Blues will now qualify for the last 32 of the Europa League top of their group.

Thailand case delayed

Andy Gill

BBC North West Tonight

The family of Liverpool man Darren Taylor, who died in Thailand last June, has said a verdict in the case of a man accused of killing him has been delayed until January.

The 34-year-old, originally from Walton, fell from the balcony of his sixth-storey flat in Bangkok.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

A seven-year-old child from Merseyside is recovering at home after being treated for a form of meningitis.

Health bosses say the child, who goes to Our Lady of Walsingham School in Netherton, suffered a probable meningococcal infection.

Winter Watch in Chester

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

The Winter Watch Parade - a Chester tradition dating back to the 1400s - will return to the city

on 4 and 11 December.

Chester Winter Watch
Cheshire Council

Setting the Watch marked the keys to the city being handed over from civic leaders to the watch, or early police force, before a banquet to celebrate Christmas took place.

This year it will see fire-breathers, sword fighters and musicians take over the city streets from 19:00.

Weight-loss surgery

St Helens The Reporter

More than 30 obese patients were referred for weight-loss surgery last year at an estimated cost of £225,000 to taxpayers.

Figures recorded by the Health and Social Care Information Centre show that 33 people were referred for surgery in St Helens 2012/13 - the second highest number per person in the North West with only Blackpool seeing higher numbers.

Oil spill closes road

The A5058 Miller's Bridge has been closed both ways due to an oil spillage between Regent Road and Hawthorne Road.

Police said a 40 gallon drum of oil spilled onto the road closing it at about 10:30. It is expected the road may remain closed for several hours.