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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday 4 December 2014
  2. More from 08:00 on Friday

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All times stated are UK

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Good night

That's all for Local Live for the night. The service returns tomorrow at 08:00.

Coming up on North West Tonight

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

On tonight's programme, preparing for a new dawn. Liverpool announce the £100m redevelopment of Anfield will start next week.

And a senior ambulance officer - who was one of the first to go to the Leppings Lane terraces at Hillsborough - has admitted he made a series of failings on the day of the disaster. Paul Eason has spent another full day giving evidence at the inquests in Warrington.

Watch more on BBC One at 18:30.

Lovely lighthouse

Steven Howard took this picture of Perch Rock Lighthouse at New Brighton. It was used as England's Big Picture on the BBC news website today.

Perch Rock Lighthouse
Steven Howard

Email your pictures to merseyside.locallive@bbc.co.uk.

Presenter to work for council

The TV presenter and environmentalist Simon O'Brien is to chair a strategy group set up by Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson to examine the use of the city's green spaces.

The former Brookside actor will also help to formulate the local plan and advise the council on how to make Liverpool a more sustainable city.

Homeless support plea

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

Liverpool people are again being asked to support local charities which help homeless people rather than give money to street beggars.

A campaign began last Christmas called "Your Kindness Could Kill" warns that many of those who beg are vulnerable and often have drug or alcohol addictions.

Drink driving figures

Cheshire Police

tweets: In December 2013 157 people were arrested in Cheshire for Drink Driving #DontDrinkandDrive #BlueChristmas #Think #NoneForTheRoad

Liverpool from on high

Check out the view from Radio City's tower in Liverpool today.

Liverpool view
Discount VW Audi Centre

Do you have a picture you'd like to share? Email merseyside.locallive@bbc.co.uk and we'll share the best on Local Live.

Anfield expansion

Ian Ayre, the chief executive officer at Liverpool, has said the news that work on the stadium will begin next week is an "important milestone" for the club.

Liverpool players past, present and future
LFC

He told

BBC Radio Merseyside: "This solution was one that the owners and everybody felt was the right one. Staying at Anfield, the historical home of Liverpool Football Club and finding a solution that was economically viable for the club and in its long-term interests was at the heart of that."

Mr Ayre is pictured above with manager Brendan Rogers alongside players past and present.

Very slow in Speke

BBC Travel says there's very slow traffic on Knowsley Expressway southbound in Speke around the A562 Speke Road junction. In the roadworks area.

News on the hour

Graham Whyte

BBC Radio Merseyside

Liverpool says expansion of Anfield stadium will not only "improve" the club's prospects but the area as a whole.

Work on the £100m extension begins on Monday following years of delays and comes after the club bought up the final properties it needed.

Patchy rain and drizzle

Sara Blizzard

Weather Presenter, BBC

A few clear spells for a time will allow a patchy frost and perhaps some transient fog.

Weather
BBC

Otherwise, it will be largely cloudy with patchy rain or drizzle pushing down from the northwest overnight, clearing to the south after dawn.

Man wanted over drugs plot

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

Police are trying to find a Liverpool man who was part of a gang that tried to smuggle up to 40 tonnes of drugs into the UK.

Francis Brennan
BBC

Paul John Scott, 32, is wanted over the plot to import cocaine from South America hidden inside tins of fish and wooden pallets.

The Guardia Civil in Spain would also like to talk to Scott about the murder of British national Francis Brennan (pictured) in Alicante earlier this year.

Over the limit

PCSO Mike Gray

tweets: Yesterday a female was arrested in #Shotton for providing a roadside breath test of 147! Over 4x the legal limit!!

Breathalyser
PCSO Mike Gray

Craig to play 007

Tim Masters

Entertainment correspondent, BBC News

Daniel Craig will play 007 for the fourth time in the film Spectre, which is to be released in the UK next October.

Daniel Craig with co-stars Lea Seydoux (l) and Monica Bellucci
Reuters

The actor, who was born in Chester and grew up in neighbouring Wirral, will be part of the 24th official James Bond film, to be directed by Sam Mendes.

He will star alongside Lea Seydoux and Monica Bellucci, pictured.

No barrier to dance

Marc Gaier

BBC Radio Merseyside

A wheelchair is no barrier to dance. A troupe from Cambodia perform at Sandfield Park Special School in Liverpool.

Wheelchair dance
BBC

I was there to watch. You can hear my report on Drive.

On air

Paul Salt

BBC Radio Merseyside

Liverpool FC will begin construction work on the Anfield stadium redevelopment on Monday.

The Reds have already been working to clear houses around the ground in preparation for the development, which will see an extra 13,000 seats added to the main stand and Anfield Road end.

And how bad are you at parking? A new Facebook page which points the finger at shoddy drivers has taken the internet by storm and most of them are from Southport.

News on the hour

Graham Whyte

BBC Radio Merseyside

Liverpool says expansion of Anfield stadium will not only "improve" the club's prospects but the area as a whole.

Work on the £100m extension begins on Monday following years of delays and comes after the club bought up the final properties it needed.

Polar express

Merseyrail is offering people the chance to win a ride on its Christmas-themed train, a treat usually reserved for railway staff and their families.

Polar Express
Merseyrail

This year, the train is decorated on a Disney, Space and The Simpsons theme and has music, dancing and face painting on board.

To enter, follow

@Merseyrail on Twitter and tweet them the name of your favourite Christmas film, including the #merseyrailpolar in the tweet.

Remembering the Lusitania

The centenary of the sinking of the Lusitania will be marked next year with an exhibition at Merseyside Maritime Museum.

Lusitania
Getty Images

Lusitania: life, loss, legacy opens on 27 March and tells the story of the city's most-loved ship and the passengers and crew aboard on the tragic last voyage.

The Cunard luxury liner was torpedoed with the loss of 1,198 lives during World War One - at least 600 had links with Liverpool.

School energy drinks ban

St Helens Star

The number of pupils on detention dropped by a third at a secondary school after high energy drinks were banned.

Cole Stockton assessed

James Mountford

BBC Radio Merseyside

Tranmere Rovers striker Cole Stockton will be assessed for the FA Cup tie at Oxford this weekend. The 20-year-old has a thigh injury.

Cole Stockton
Empics

Rovers have received clearance for all of their loan players to play in the FA Cup this weekend.

Local TV launch

Paul Burnell

BBC News

Liverpool's newest local televison station begins broadcasting later on today when Bay TV goes on air.

Bay TV staff
Bay TV

Bay TV will be transmitted from studios in Toxteth and will broadcast each day from 06:00 to 23:00, reaching more than 930,000 homes across Merseyside.

News on the hour

Graham Whyte

BBC Radio Merseyside

Liverpool says expansion of Anfield stadium will not only "improve" the club's prospects but the area as a whole.

Work on the £100m extension begins on Monday following years of delays and comes after the club bought up the final properties it needed.

Fire alarm raised

Warrington Worldwide

A smoke alarm alerted a Warrington man to a fire in his house after he had gone to bed - and as a result saved the property from suffering severe damage.

Balotelli injured, but Coutinho fit

BBC Sport

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says striker Mario Balotelli is still injured and "still very much a Liverpool player" and adds that he expects playmaker Philippe Coutinho to recover from a knee problem for Saturday's match against Sunderland.

Philippe Coutinho
Getty Images

What do you think?

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

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

what you think.

Hillsborough inquests

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside

Senior ambulance officer Paul Eason agreed that he "failed to properly assess the situation in the pens", that he "failed to declare a major incident at the earliest opportunity", and that he "failed to relay all the relevant information" to ambulance control.

He accepted "partial responsibility" for failing to "organise and impose command and control from the outset". The jury has heard him say that: "under extreme circumstances we all did the best that we could".

At around 15:03, he and a colleague noticed something was happening at the opposite end of the pitch and started walking to the Leppings Lane terraces to see what was going on.

A barrister representing families who lost loved ones in the disaster described it as a "leisurely stroll".

News on the hour

Graham Whyte

BBC Radio Merseyside

Liverpool Football Club's to begin expanding Anfield stadium next week.

The £100m project follows years of delays and comes after the club bought up the final properties needed to extend the Main Stand - increasing the ground's capacity from 45,000 to 59,000.

Car theft gang jailed

Liverpool Echo

A Merseyside "chop-shop" gang, who handled more than £1.4m worth of stolen cars,

have been jailed for 10 years.

Cloudy and cool

Sara Blizzard

Weather Presenter, BBC

It will remain mostly cloudy this afternoon with the odd spot of light rain or drizzle possible, however there's a small chance of some brighter interludes around Prescot and St Helens before dusk.

Maximum Temperature: 6C (43F).

Performing for DaDaFest

Marc Gaier

BBC Radio Merseyside

A group of deaf artists from Cambodia are visiting for DaDaFest.

Dancers from Epic Arts
BBC

They've been at Southfield Park School in West Derby where they performed for 75 students and held a workshop for sixth-formers.

All you need is love

Paul Beesley, tour guide and BBC Radio Merseyside producer is guiding on the Magical Mystery Tour today and the couple in the photo became engaged at Strawberry Field.

Engaged at Strawberry Field
BBC

This photo was taken just after Craig went down on one knee to propose to Deborah. Luckily, she said yes! The couple are visiting Liverpool from Stoke-on-Trent.

Coming up on North West Today

Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, North West Tonight

In today's programme, we bring you the news that work to expand Liverpool's Anfield ground will begin on Monday.

The capacity will increase by around 13,000 seats to 59,000. It's part of a wider plan to regenerate the area at a cost of £260m.

Watch more on BBC One at 13:30.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

A court has ruled a North West girl is not legally entitled to compensation because her mother drank too much alcohol when she was pregnant.

Lawyers for the now seven-year-old argued the drink had caused severe brain damage when she was born.

Anfield views

Phil Cooper

BBC Radio Merseyside

I've been speaking to people who live and work near Anfield following news that work will begin on Monday to increase the stadium's capacity from about 45,500 to 59,000.

John Page
BBC

John Page (pictured) runs a barbers by the stadium on Walton Breck Road, but his business will now have to go. He's not against the expansion but would like more support from the club.

The wider plans to regenerate the Anfield area include proposals to build 250 new homes and a 100-bed hotel, and to demolish 296 homes.

Man in court over bus incident

A 39-year-old man has been charged in connection with an incident where a woman was allegedly inappropriately touched on a bus travelling through Dovecot in September.

He is due to appear before Liverpool and Knowsley Magistrates' Court later this month.