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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday 8 December 2014
  2. More from 08:00 on Tuesday

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All times stated are UK

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Good night

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

Cat freed from cavity

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News

Firefighters used a thermal imaging camera to locate

a cat that was trapped behind a wall in Runcorn.

Coming up

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

New figures show that more people in the North West use food banks than anywhere else in the country. The statistics came from Britain's biggest food bank charity, the Trussell Trust, on the day that the Birkenhead MP Frank Field published an action plan to tackle hunger in the UK.

He co-chaired a Parliamentary inquiry, which found that delays in the payment of welfare benefits was the biggest cause of food poverty.

And one of the first ambulance staff to respond to the Hillsborough disaster has today told the inquests he was left 'without direction', after telling a superior officer people were dying.

Watch more on BBC One at 18:30.

Serious collision in Garston

A driver has been critically injured after her car was in collision with a bus earlier in Garston.

The accident happened at the junction of Banks Lane and Banks Road at 12:35, with a blue Vauxhall Astra and a single decker Ariva bus. The 68-year-old is in Aintree Hospital with critical injuries.

The bus driver, who is 45, is in a serious condition in the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. Three passengers suffered minor injuries.

Stabbed man named

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

A man who was stabbed to death at a house in Sutton has been named as 38-year-old David Butterworth.

Police said he died as a result of a single stab wound. A 28-year-old woman from the St. Helens area is being questioned on suspicion of murder.

His family said: "After the tragic loss of our son David, who will be sadly missed, the family request privacy to grieve him. 'David, you will always be in our hearts.'"

Garston road closed after accident

BBC Travel says Banks Road in Garston is closed in both directions between the Bank's Lane junction and the Brunswick Street junction, because of an accident involving a car and bus and recovery work.

Santa Dash helped ADHD charity

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

Liverpool-based charity The ADHD Foundation said more than 50 people ran the Santa Dash in its honour yesterday, raising £5,000.

Santa and the Mayor of Liverpool Erica Kemp
Erica Dillon

About 8,500 people ran 5km in Liverpool for their chosen charities. The ADHD Foundation said the money would be spent on counselling support to children affected.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A Merseyside man's been jailed for 17 years for attacking his wife with an axe and keeping her prisoner for three days.

Liverpool Crown Court heard June Churchill suffered a fractured skull and thought David Churchill was going to cut her head off.

Churchill 'violent and sadistic'

Rumeana Jahangir

Reporter

A man who attacked his wife with an axe and kept her prisoner for three days at a house in Maghull has been called a "violent and sadistic offender" by police.

David Churchill
Merseyside Police

David Churchill was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court to 17 years in prison, after admitting wounding, false imprisonment and arson with intent to endanger life.

Samuel Eto'o backs reading scheme

Everton star Samuel Eto'o is backing

a book donation scheme in Liverpool.

Samuel Eto'o
AP

He will donate copies of his own book, Birth of a Champion, in the hope that thousands of books will be handed in and distributed to children across the city to improve literacy levels and create a new generation of readers.

Testing pollution levels

Phil Cooper

BBC Radio Merseyside

I've been to Manor House Primary School in Frodsham were they have been testing levels of pollution near the school. It comes as MPs say parts of Merseyside are among almost 40 areas of the country breaching EU limits on air pollution, putting peoples' health at risk.

testing pollution
BBC

Liverpool and Birkenhead are identified as hot spots because of heavy traffic.

I met deputy head Sally Bedford and eco warriors Emily Stamp and Emily Cleland (pictured above).

What do you think?

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.

At a food bank

Andy Gill

BBC North West Tonight

I've been to a food bank in Birkenhead, which is where Frank Field is a constituency MP. He's co-chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger, which was set up over concerns about the number of people across the UK dependent on food banks.

One of the people who uses the food bank has spoken to BBC North West Tonight. You can watch my report, and interview, on

BBC North West Tonight on BBC One at 18:30.

Twelve plays of Christmas

Billy Butler

BBC Radio Merseyside

The Twelve Plays of Christmas went to the Everyman today. Little Red Riding Hood started last month and continues until January.

Francis Tucker and Adam Keast
BBC

I met Francis Tucker and Adam Keast (pictured above).

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A Merseyside man's been jailed for 17 years for attacking his wife with an axe and keeping her prisoner for three days.

Liverpool Crown Court heard June Churchill suffered a fractured skull and thought David Churchill was going to cut her head off.

Robin with a difference

Chester Zoo

tweets: Day 7: Not quite a Christmas robin but a pekin robin! Animal #AdventCalendar

Pekin Robin
Chester Zoo

BT sorry over service disruption

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

Homes and businesses in the Tuebrook area of Liverpool have been left without internet and landline services for more than a week after an underground cable was damaged.

A BT spokesman said: "Unfortunately other utilities are working in this area and their pipe and cable criss-cross the area where we need to dig up the road. so we need to wait until later this month to do the work.

"This work is presently scheduled for 22 December. It is regrettable when this type of disruption happens and we understand the frustration of people who have lost their service."

Pair attacked in St Helens

A father and son were attacked by a gang of youths armed with wooden sticks who set upon them in St. Helens last night.

David Battle
Merseyside Police

Police said David Battle, 56, and his son, 28, were on the corner of Westfield Street and Kirkland Street when they were attacked by a group of about six teenagers aged between 13 and 16.

Mr Battle was struck in the face and suffered a broken nose and facial injuries.

Bike and lorry crash

A motorcyclist has suffered serious leg injuries after colliding with a lorry in Huyton.

The accident happened on Wilson Road close to the junction with Stretton Way.

Thousands run Santa Dash

Nafeesa Shan

BBC News

About 8,500 people donned Santa suits at Liverpool's 10th annual Santa Dash - attempting to win the World Santa Challenge for having the most runners.

Santa Dash in Liverpool
Erica Dillon

Runners, some wearing blue Santa outfits in support of Everton, set off from the waterfront for the 5k race.

Curbing pavement cyclists

Cyclists caught riding on pavements in Birkenhead could be fined by neighbourhood police officers.

The crackdown comes in response to complaints from shoppers and business owners about the anti-social use of bicycles in pedestrianised areas.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A Merseyside man's been jailed for 17 years for attacking his wife with an axe and keeping her prisoner for three days.

Liverpool Crown Court heard June Churchill suffered a fractured skull and thought David Churchill was going to cut her head off.

Large waves expected

BBC Weather

tweets: 60-70mph winds expected Tues night - Fri. As well as gales, large (30-40ft) waves also expected in NW Scot. Jo

Stormy coastline
BBC

Fire strike advice

Firefighters in Merseyside will go on strike for 24 hours tomorrow and the fire service says non-union members will maintain an emergency response during the industrial action.

A spokesman said: "During any industrial action we always ask the public to take extra care and be vigilant, have working smoke alarms on each level of their home and we also urge people to take care with candles, Christmas lights and any Christmas decorations. We also urge people to take care when heating their home during the cold weather."

Body cameras for police

Nafeesa Shan

BBC News

Body cameras will be worn by Merseyside Police officers to give them "an extra pair of eyes and ears" while tackling crime over the festive period.

Merseyside Police officer wearing a body camera
BBC

All 500 cameras record in High Definition and will be "clearly visible" when they are used by officers patrolling town centres.

Mayor backs taxi claims

Liverpool Echo

Mayor Joe Anderson backed claims that

taxi giant Delta is unfairly "saturating" Liverpool and taking a living away from city-registered drivers as the row over the firm's expansion appeared to escalate this weekend.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

Chancellor George Osborne's confirmed that Merseyside will only be given greater devolved powers if an elected mayor is put into place.

The leaders of six councils in the Liverpool City Region have joined forces to push for more control over issues like transport, social care and housing.

Wintry weather

This photograph of a sleet-covered Hoylake was taken today by Ling Warlow.

Hoylake weather
Ling Warlow

Despite the cold, this tree is keeping warm as it has been wrapped up in wool by a local knitter joining in with the 'yarn-bombing' craze. We'd love to see your photographs, you can send them in on email to merseyside.locallive@bbc.co.uk

Testing pollution levels

Phil Cooper

BBC Radio Merseyside

I'm heading to Manor House Primary School in Frodsham were they have been testing levels of pollution near the school. It comes as MPs say parts of Merseyside are among almost 40 areas of the country breaching EU limits on air pollution, putting peoples' health at risk.

Liverpool and Birkenhead are identified as hot spots because of heavy traffic.

Accident on M6

There are reports of an accident on the M6 southbound between Junction 23 (Haydock) and Junction 22 (Newton-le-Willows) and a rolling roadblock is in place.

Emotional interview

Gary Millar

tweets: I got quite emotional at the end of Sean's interview whilst he played #TheTruce - such a nice man
@bbcmerseyside
pic.twitter.com/SyiHqtvkWg

Gary Millar and Sean Styles
Gary Millar

Coming up on North West Today

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

In the North West: the rise of the food bank. As MPs unite to tackle hunger - we'll talk to one of the report's authors. They've criticised benefits delays and "rip-off" power firms - as the scale of food bank use here is revealed.

And work's getting underway on the expansion of Liverpool's Anfield stadium. It will increase the ground's capacity to 54,000. The work - at a cost of £100m - is due to be finished during the 2016-17 season.

Watch more on BBC One at 13:30.

Hillsborough latest

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside

An ambulance worker at Hillsborough agrees he was left 'directionless' after spotting fans dying on the terraces.

Leslie Worrall was one of the first staff to go to the Leppings Lane end of the ground. The inquests jury heard he told a senior officer there were a number of dead bodies in the pens. But Mr Worrall says that he wasn't asked to declare a major incident or go to the police control box.

He's agreed he was left to act in isolation from the rest of his colleagues.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

An ambulance worker at the Hillsborough disaster agrees he was left 'directionless' after spotting fans dying on the terraces.

Leslie Worrall, who's giving evidence at the Hillsborough inquests, was one of the first ambulance staff to go to the Leppings Lane end of the ground. The jury's heard he told a senior officer there were a number of dead bodies in the pens.

At Fare Share warehouse

Jenny Summers

BBC Radio Merseyside

I've been to Fare Share's warehouse in South Liverpool to see the work they do diverting tonnes of food saved from landfill every year. Charlene Spencer showed me round.

An inquiry into food poverty in Britain, lead by Birkenhead MP Frank Field has found that 98 per cent of surplus food is thrown into landfill every year.

You can listen again to Breakfast on the

Iplayer.

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.

Vehicle fire on M53

There are reports of one lane blocked due to a vehicle fire on the M53 southbound at Junction 10 (Little Stanney).

One lane of the motorway is also blocked at Junction 3 due to an accident between Woodchurch and Moreton Spur.