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Summary

  1. Updates from 1 December 2014
  2. More from 08:00 on Tuesday

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 Tuesday. You can still reach the team at merseyside.locallive@bbc.co.uk.

Coming up on North West Tonight

Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, North West Tonight

The Government today promised the biggest investment in the region's roads for more than 40 years.

With the General Election just six months away, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg came to the North West this morning to pledge spending on new schemes to ease congestion. So which projects are going to be funded? I've been taking a closer look.

Watch more on BBC One at 18:30.

Fire rescue 'demo'

St Helens The Reporter

Firefighters performed

a rescue demonstration following a mock car crash at a St. Helens school.

Missing teenager appeal

A 15-year-old girl from Knowsley is missing from home and police have begun an appeal.

Chelsea Carr
Merseyside Police

Chelsea Carr, aged 15, was last seen by her grandmother 21 November at their home in Halewood. She was reported missing on Wednesday and was spotted in Wavertre Road on Saturday, but hasn't been in touch with her family.

Anyone with information should call police on 101.

Kings Dock view

Kev Hannigan emailed this view over The Wirral from the Kings Dock by his friend Liam Delaney.

Liverpool waterfront
Liam Delaney

If you send your pictures to merseyside.locallive@bbc.co.uk we'll share our favourites on Local Live tomorrow.

Carols on the bus

Christmas Carols will be sung on the number 53 bus from Crosby Village into Liverpool tomorrow morning.

The Crosby Capriol Singers will be on board to spread a bit of early Christmas cheer. Arriva said they will start on the 11:12 service.

Formby pub shortlisted

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

A Formby pub has reached the final four in the Campaign for Real Ale's (CAMRA) Pub of the Year award.

The Freshfield
Greene King

The Freshfield was whittled down from thousands of pubs around the country.

Saving lives

Andy Gill

BBC North West Tonight

"We get to that hand so much quicker before it goes under the wave", the RNLI chief tells me about the new Hoylake lifeboat.

Lifeboat
BBC

Watch more on

BBC One on North West Tonight at 18:30.

Cloudy and cold

Charlie Slater

Weather Presenter, BBC

It will remain cloudy this evening with

patchy rain turning a little more persistent for a time overnight. Cloud and rain will tend to clear from the northwest later with clearer and brighter conditions following.

Frost
BBC

Minimum Temperature: 2C (36F)

Four-vehicle accident

A four-vehicle accident on the M53 at Junction 2 means traffic is slow at Moreton Spur, according to

BBC Travel.

News on the hour

Graham Whyte

BBC Radio Merseyside

The Hillsborough inquests have heard how a lawyer representing South Yorkshire Police after the disaster suggested that four police inspectors should "review" evidence they gave to a judge-led public inquiry.

Peter Metcalf, who worked for Hammond Suddards, wrote to the force's deputy chief constable saying the officers should reconsider what they had told the inquiry about who should monitor the terraces.

Children in 'fire' show

Hundreds of schoolchildren packed into Chester Cathedral this morning for a performance inspired by the history of the fire and rescue service.

Children at Chester Cathedral
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service

The show, called

Heroes with Grimy Faces, told the story of the evolution of the firefighter and their duty to society.

What do you think?

We've introduced Local Live from our base in Liverpool. Let us know

what you think.

Robbery attempt

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

Staff at a bookmaker's in Huyton managed to hide from an armed robber and he left empty-handed.

Police said the man threatened staff with a knife at the shop on Kingsway on Sunday and demanded cash, but they hid in the back of the shop and he fled.

Officers believe he is linked to two other robberies at a pharmacy on Kingsway on Thursday and Saturday.

Hillsborough latest

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside

A lawyer representing South Yorkshire Police after the Hillsborough disaster made a "completely inappropriate" suggestion that four officers should "review" evidence they gave to a judge-led public inquiry, the new inquests have heard.

The four officers had given evidence at the Taylor Inquiry, overseen by Lord Justice Taylor in 1989.

Peter Metcalf wrote to the force's deputy chief constable asking for the officers to look over a transcript of their evidence about who was responsible for monitoring the number of fans on the terraces.

The lawyer asked them to check if what they said gave a "true flavour of what they meant to say". He also included a draft statement the officers could sign if they did want to clarify their evidence.

Stunning Otterspool

Daniel Hayes took this stunning picture of the Mersey at Otterspool.

Otterspool
Daniel Hayes

Do you have a picture you'd like to share? Email merseyside.locallive@bbc.co.uk.

Liverpool flags row

Paul Salt

BBC Radio Merseyside

We're talking about the cost of going to the match, as a group of Liverpool fans take a stand about ticket prices.

They've decided not to fly any of their traditional flags at home games until club management meet them over what they claim are sky high ticket prices.

You can hear more on

BBC Radio Merseyside until 18:00.

News on the hour

Graham Whyte

BBC Radio Merseyside

The Hillsborough inquests have heard how a lawyer representing South Yorkshire Police after the disaster suggested that four police inspectors should "review" evidence they gave to a judge-led public inquiry.

Peter Metcalf, who worked for Hammond Suddards, wrote to the force's deputy chief constable saying the officers should reconsider what they had told the inquiry about who should monitor the terraces.

What a city!

Tony Snell

BBC Radio Merseyside

What a city! Thank you Speke for the donations for the

BBC Radio Merseyside toy appeal.

toy appeal
BBC

Rare turkeys born

Eleven rare turkeys have been born at Walton Park Children's Zoo in Warrington.

Turkeys
Walton Park

Zoo ranger Peter Cookson Dean said Bourbon reds normally only have four or five chicks and their mum had been the perfect parent.

"She has been the perfect mum," he said. "Turkeys are not usually good parents but she made her own nest, and hatched them out all by herself."

Man killed in crash named

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

A 65-year-old man who died in a crash in Fazakerley has been named as William Tillston from the Norris Green area.

Police said the car he was driving collided with a Volvo, which is believed to have been travelling on the wrong side of the road.

Officers are appealing for two men who left the Volvo after the crash to come forward.

Mercian's mascot

Phil Cooper

BBC Radio Merseyside

Here's some of the soldiers in Runcorn from the Mercian Regiment with their ram, which is the regimental mascot.

Ram
BBC

The children waving their flags seem rather taken by the mascot.

Lifeboat at Hoylake

Jimmy McCracken

BBC Radio Merseyside

I was in Hoylake where the new lifeboat was launched today.

Lifeboat
BBC

Crowds gathered to watch the launch.

News on the hour

Graham Whyte

BBC Radio Merseyside

Soldiers from the Cheshire-based Mercian Regiment have paraded through the borough following their return from an exercise in eastern Europe.

Around 60 soldiers from the 2nd Battalion marched through Runcorn and Widnes earlier - and they hope it'll encourage new recruits.

Atomic Kitten Tour

Liverpool Echo

Atomic Kitten are

set to hit the road again with a world tour next summer to celebrate their 15th anniversary.

Airport backs Heathrow

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

Liverpool John Lennon Airport is backing Heathrow's expansion plans and urged others to follow suit.

Heathrow
Getty Images

It has joined Aberdeen, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford and Newcastle airports to argue that the so-called London Airports debate is not just about London but about the aviation industry as a whole.

Tranmere player's surgery

Ian Kennedy

BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

Tranmere's Will Aimson has had surgery after breaking his leg in Saturday's home game against Portsmouth.

Aimson, who's on loan from Hull City, fractured his tibia and fibula in a first-half collision with Danny Holmes.

Chocolate frogs

Chester Zoo

tweets: It's the 1st of December. It's day 1 of our animal #AdventCalendar. Here's a real-life chocolate frog to start off!

Chocolate frogs
Chester Zoo

News on the hour

Graham Whyte

BBC Radio Merseyside

Almost half a billion pounds is to spent improving roads on Merseyside. Schemes include a new junction on the M56 to serve Runcorn and upgrades to the M53 turning it into a smart motorway by opening up the hard shoulder.

Hundreds of toys donated

Sean Styles

BBC Radio Merseyside

Our toy appeal at Speke Retail Park is here until 4. Hundreds of toys have been donated already.

toy appeal
BBC

I'm with the team, including Snelly (with the microphone), Jenny Summers (second left) and my producer Harriet Gulliver. (Pictured left.)

Liverpool growth success

BBC North West Tonight

A Price Waterhouse Cooper report puts Liverpool in the top five cities for growth between 2011 and 2013.

It says the balance between public and private sector jobs is improving.

Ram-raid at shop

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

Two masked men

ram-raided a shop on Aigburth Road early today, smashing the glass frontage and dragging a cash machine from inside.

Police said they reversed a car into Brothers News to get to the cash machine, but failed to get the money out and drove off towards Speke.

At the lifeboat launch

Jimmy McCracken

BBC Radio Merseyside

I'm in Hoylake where the new lifeboat is being launched today. Crowds of people joined the launch to watch the moment.

lifeboat launch
BBC

Coming up on North West Today

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

On North West Today, the government announced details of a £800m road building plan, with routes into the port of Liverpool being upgraded.

And Network Rail says ongoing severe disruption on the trains across the north west is because of cable damage. Services to Manchester, Liverpool and Preston are likely to be affected until this afternoon.

Watch more on BBC One at 13:30.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

The government has announced details of what it's calling the biggest road building plan in England for decades, and routes into the Port of Liverpool will be upgraded.

Eighty projects across the country will share £15bn, with £800m going to the North West.

Mercian parade

Phil Cooper

BBC Radio Merseyside

The streets of Runcorn were lined with people as the Mercian Regiment paraded through the town with a ram, which is the regimental mascot.

parade runcorn
BBC

Horse rescued from canal

St Helens Star

Firefighters rescued a horse that had fallen into a canal.

Two fire engines and a search and rescue team were called to Wargrave Road, Newton-le-Willows at about 1.40pm on Sunday.

New deal for Gerrard

BBC Sport

Midfielder Steven Gerrard, 34, has been offered a new deal by Liverpool, says manager Brendan Rodgers.

Steven Gerrard has been offered a new contract
Getty Images

The Reds boss has also denied talk of a rift between himself and his captain, whose current deal finishes at the end of this season.

Mud rescue exercise

Coastguard and firefighters took part in a mud rescue training exercise at West Kirby beach this weekend.

The exercise yesterday morning simulated two people being stuck near to West Kirby marine lake.

Gary Wright, coastguard rescue officer, said: "We hope to carry out further joint training exercises like this involving other emergency services, to continue to build on our existing strengths and capabilities."