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  1. Updates on Friday 5 December 2014
  2. More from 08:00 on Monday

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Good night

That's all for Local Live this week. We'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather updates on Monday. Have a nice weekend!

Coming up on North West Tonight

Beccy Meehan

North West Tonight

On tonight's programme, the St. Helens school which swapped energy drinks for water and saw a vast improvement in behaviour.

And Liverpool's Mario Balotelli is fined by the FA for a recent posting on Instagram.

Watch more on BBC One at 18:30.

Cold, frosty and foggy

Sara Blizzard

Weather Presenter

Staying dry and clear for much of the night with a widespread frost developing, and some isolated patches of fog. However southern parts around Cheshire may see some showers and temperatures may remain above zero thanks to cloud cover.

Minimum Temperature: -4C (25F)

Liverpool FC news

Mike Hughes

BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been charged by the Football Association following alleged racist and anti-Semitic comments he posted on social media.

He has until 6pm on 15 December to respond to the charge.

And after a supposed disappointing start to the season, a win for Liverpool over Sunderland tomorrow could take them within two points of the top four.

Philippe Coutinho and Joe Allen will need fitness checks and it remains to be seen whether Steven Gerrard is rested again..

Facing St Nicholas

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

An image of St Nicholas has been revealed by academics from Liverpool John Moores University using the latest 3D technology.

St Nicholas image
LJMU

Professor Caroline Wilkinson said: "This is the most realistic appearance of St Nicholas based on all the skeletal and historical material. It is thrilling for us to be able to see the face of this famous 4th century Bishop."

Police body cameras

Christmas party-goers are being warned to be on their best behaviour or risk being filmed by police.

Officers patrolling Liverpool and man Merseyside town centres will be wearing cameras attached to their bodies, after the force bought 500 new devices.

Police say they are an extra pair of eyes and ears for officers dealing with challenging situations such as alcohol-fuelled disorder and domestic violence.

Taxi demonstration

According to police sources, the demonstration in Liverpool city centre causing delays around Dale Street is a go-slow by taxi drivers. It's not clear if the demonstration is linked to the opening of the Delta taxi office in the centre of Liverpool.

Demonstration causes delays

BBC Travel says a demonstration is causing traffic delays on Dale Street in both directions in Liverpool between the Exchange Street East junction and the Dale Street junction.

News on the hour

Graham Whyte

BBC Radio Merseyside

Mario Balotelli has been charged by the FA in relation to a recent posting on social media.

It is alleged the Liverpool player breached a rule in that his posting was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper.

Paedophile jailed over rapes

Tom Mullen

BBC News

A paedophile has been jailed for 17-and-a-half years for the historical sexual abuse of two boys.

Mark Ward
Merseyside Police

Mark Ward admitted 20 counts of sexual abuse, which happened between 1979 and 1982 - and 1992 and 1995 - including two rapes indecent assault.

The 53-year-old, from Netherton, was given consecutive sentences of 10 and seven-and-a-half years for the rapes. Sentences for the other offences, ranging from four to nine years, will run concurrently.

Supporting small shops

Paul Salt

BBC Radio Merseyside

Do you use the small independent shops in your area? They can make the difference between a High Street feeling special - or just like any other.

Well tomorrow is "small Business Saturday" - and one of its aims is to encourage us all to revisit our little specialist shops.

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.

Bogus police warning

After bogus police officers targeted elderly people in St. Helens asking them to withdraw cash, Merseyside Police said there had been other incidents in West Midlands and London in recent months.

Supt Louise Harrison said: "All these offences are very similar and we believe they are all linked.

"I would like to reassure people that incidents like these are comparatively rare but when they do happen they can have a big effect on the victims."

Elderly targeted by bogus police

Bogus police officers have targeted elderly and vulnerable people in St. Helens phoning and asking them to withdraw large amounts of cash from their accounts.

On Tuesday, a woman in her 70s was phoned by a man purporting to be a Det Con from Hammersmith. He told her someone had tried to access her account and she needed to withdraw the rest of the money so it could be checked for fingerprints.

She withdrew the cash and a man arrived claiming to be a courier acting for the police. A similar incident happened in Clock Face on Wednesday involving a woman in her 80s. Around £2,500 was taken from her account as the bank became concerned.

Balotelli charged over Instagram post

BBC Sport

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been charged by the Football Association for a post on social media which appeared to contain anti-Semitic and racist references.

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli
Getty Images

The player has until 18:00 on 15 December to respond to the charge.

BreakingBalotelli charged

BREAKING NEWS

Mario Balotelli has been charged by the FA in relation to a recent posting on social media.

It is alleged the Liverpool player breached FA Rule E3[1] in that his posting was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper.

Formby crash

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

One lane of the Formby by-pass remains closed after a crash between a lorry, a skip wagon and a van.

The collision happened just after 11:30 near the BP petrol station and the Freshfield roundabout heading towards Liverpool.

The road was closed entirely while the vehicles were recovered. Police said there were some injuries but no-one was seriously hurt.

News on the hour

Graham Whyte

BBC Radio Merseyside

A man from Skelmersdale has been found guilty of stabbing a Polish neighbour to death.

Liverpool Crown Court heard 29-year-old Kevin Saunderson had been drinking and threatening to attack a foreigner. He stabbed 40-year-old Dariusz Ryba several times with a 22-inch machete.

Coming up on Drive

Paul Salt

BBC Radio Merseyside

A Haydock school that banned energy drinks has seen the number of pupils being given detention plunge by a third.

And if you're thinking of living it up in our town centres across Merseyside this Christmas, you'd better be on your best behaviour or risk having everything captured on camera.

Because from tonight, more police officers on patrol will be using state-of the-art body cameras.

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This gorgeous photo of Crosby beach has been sent in by Steve Bird.

Crosby
Steve Bird

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City set for Santa Dash

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

More than 9,000 people dressed as Santa are set to run a

5k dash around Liverpool on Sunday.

Santa Dash
Other

The charity fun run starts at the Pier Head and winds its way through the city centre, finishing outside Liverpool Town Hall.

It has caused controversy this year, as a row broke out between organisers BTR and the council over parking charges.

After eight challenge

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Kenny doing the After Eight challenge
Kenneth Dalglish

News on the hour

Graham Whyte

BBC Radio Merseyside

A man from Skelmersdale has been found guilty of stabbing a Polish neighbour to death.

Liverpool Crown Court heard 29-year-old Kevin Saunderson had been drinking and threatening to attack a foreigner. He stabbed 40-year-old Dariusz Ryba several times with a 22-inch machete.

Campaign over Meols road

Wirral Globe

Road safety campaigners have called on the government to invest in the completion of work on a busy stretch of road in Meols.

School investment announced

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

Two Liverpool schools are to be refurbished and partly rebuilt at a cost of about £13m as part of Mayor Joe Anderson's Schools Investment Programme.

Artist's impression of renovation at St Francis Xavier's (SFX) in Woolton.
Liverpool City Council

Bellerive FCJ College in Princes Park will get a £5.6m teaching and sixth form building on Aigburth Drive, and St Francis Xavier's (SFX) in Woolton will be given a £7.6m science block, a sports hall, and changes to the music department and main entrance.

Buses diverted

Buses will be diverted in Liverpool city centre on Sunday morning because of the Santa Dash, Merseytravel has said.

The charity run is due to finish at about midday.

Christmas countdown

Claire Minter

BBC Radio Merseyside

We start the 12 plays of Christmas today with a trip to Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park! Here's Chris Maloney, Nicola McAllister and Reece Douglas from the show Cinderella.

12 days of Christmas
BBC

News on the hour

Graham Whyte

BBC Radio Merseyside

A man from Skelmersdale's been found guilty of stabbing a Polish neighbour to death.

Liverpool Crown Court Kevin Saunderson had been drinking and threatening to attack a foreigner.

Warrington in second round of FA Cup

BBC Sport

Pick out some of the players and teams to watch out for in

this weekend's second round of the FA Cup. They include first round giant-killers Warrington.

Coming up

Beccy Meehan

North West Tonight

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has until 18:00 tonight to explain his social media post to the FA.

There were calls for an investigation over an Instagram picture that was deemed racist and anti-Semitic. The post was deleted and an apology tweeted, Balotelli claims the post was meant to be 'anti-racist.'

Watch more on BBC One at 13:30.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

A man from Skelmersdale's been found guilty of stabbing a Polish neighbour to death.

Liverpool Crown Court heard Kevin Saunderson had been drinking and threatening to attack a foreigner.

Formby crash

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

A lorry and two cars have crashed on the Formby by-pass heading towards Southport.

The carriageway is blocked and ambulance crews are at the scene. We are expecting the by-pass to be shut for some time.

Sturridge to LA?

BBC Sport

According to the

BFootball Gossip Column, Liverpool have sent England striker Daniel Sturridge, 25, to Los Angeles to step up rehabilitation from a thigh injury.

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge
EPA

Serious accident in Formby

The Formby by-pass southbound is closed, due to a serious accident at Southport Road / Southport Old Road. Traffic is very slow in the area.

Drink-driving limit

Roger Phillips

BBC Radio Merseyside

Stricter rules on drinking and driving have come into force in Scotland today as the current limit is almost halved. We'll be speaking to Neil Greig from the Institute of Advanced Motorists, who says changing the law is the right decision.

You can listen live to

BBC Radio Merseyside.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

It's believed Mario Balotelli has handed over evidence of abuse he's suffered online to the Football Association as he tries to avoid a charge of posting an allegedly anti-Semitic and racist message on Instagram.

The Liverpool striker has been given until 18:00 to respond to the FA over his "Super Mario" picture.

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.