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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday 11 December 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Julia Bryson

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight

That's all for Local Live in Merseyside on Thursday - thanks for your company and interaction today.

The service returns at 08:00 on Friday. You can still reach the team by email on merseyside.locallive@bbc.co.uk.

Rain spreading overnight

Dianne Oxberry

Weather presenter, North West Tonight

That's about it from us for tonight - before we go, though, here's the latest weather forecast...

Rain arrives from the west tonight but within that there will be some snow for the higher routes but that could fall as sleet or wet snow at low levels too.

Weather graphic
BBC

When that clears ice will be the next problem with temperatures around -1C.

Friday starts icy and chilly then it is another windy day of sunshine and lively showers with hail and snow at higher levels. Maximum temperature 5C.

Arrests after diesel laundering plants closed

Two men from Wirral and one from Liverpool

have been arrested after the authorities closed down two diesel laundering plants, capable of producing up to 26,000 gallons (120,000 litres) of illegal fuel a day.

Diesel laundering plant
Hmrc

HMRC officers raided a site in Birkenhead last week, where 2,000 gallons (9,000 litres) of illegal diesel were seized along with chemicals and equipment.

Coming up

Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, North West Tonight

Group winners Everton wrap up the first stage of the Europa League at home to Russian side Krasnodar tonight with manager Roberto Martinez set to shuffle his line up.

Meanwhile, Liverpool fans have been meeting with club officials to discuss the price of match tickets at Anfield. Last month, supporters held up banners at the game against Stoke, showing how the cost of a seat had risen from £4 in 1990 to £43.

And tonight's Christmas Star is Phil Colebourne who has been a volunteer at Wirral Coastal Park for nearly 35 years working in all sorts of weathers.

Watch more on BBC One at 18:30

Van stolen containing medication

A van stolen in Liverpool contains a quantity of prescription medication which could be dangerous or even prove fatal, said Merseyside Police.

The white Ford Connect van was taken by two men at about 14:15 on Lower Lane - they then made off in the direction of the city-centre.

The medication consists of a quantity of tablets for the treatment of nerve pain and blood pressure as well as painkillers.

Blues boss prepares 'experimental' line-up

It's just a few hours now until Everton's Europa League clash with Russian side Krasnodar.

Roberto Martinez
Getty Images

Blues boss Roberto Martinez intends to "celebrate" the club's progress into the tournament's knockout phase by naming an experimental line-up.

The Toffees have already secured their place in Monday's last-32 draw, and defender Tyias Browning, 20, full-back Luke Garbutt, 21, and forward Conor McAleny, 22, are all set to feature.

Sterling 'to snub £70k deal'

BBC Sport

Meanwhile, our colleagues on the BBC Sport website have been busy.

The latest edition of their

football Gossip column reports Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling, 20, is set to turn down a new Liverpool deal worth £70,000 a week.

Raheem Sterling
Getty Images

Record number of ships

BBC Radio Merseyside

Given that we've just mentioned trains and automobiles, we are busily going for the hat-trick by finding a story about planes. In the meantime, however, here's one about yet another form of transport...

A record number of cruise ships are set to visit Liverpool next year.

So far, 54 vessels have signed up to spend time on the Mersey in 2015 - the most since the terminal opened in 2007.

An estimated 80,000 people will visit the city as a result.

Slow traffic in Bootle

BBC Travel reports congestion both ways on the A5038 Southport Road Bootle at the Mons traffic lights.

Trespasser delays trains

A trespasser on a stretch of Merseyside railway caused delays to trains between Formby and Southport this afternoon. Services got back to normal about an hour ago.

News on the hour

Phil Cooper

BBC Radio Merseyside

Merseyside Police is appealing for elderly and vulnerable people in St Helens to watch out for a phone scam where people claiming to be the police ask for bank account details.

Bogus police telephone scam

Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News

I'm looking into a telephone scam in which bogus police officers have conned thousands of pounds out of people in St Helens.

Police said the gang has targeted four "elderly and vulnerable" people since 2 December and tricked two into withdrawing money from their bank accounts.

Tranmere injury blows

James Mountford

BBC Radio Merseyside

Tranmere midfielder Jason Koumas is set to miss the next few weeks with an Achilles injury.

Jason Koumas
Getty Images

The 35-year-old midfielder scored in last week's FA Cup draw at Oxford but was injured in training.

Goalkeeper Peter Brezovan, who has a finger injury, also misses Saturday's trip to Dagenham and Redbridge although on-loan striker Shamir Fenelon is hoping to recover from a virus.

Carol Service

Pauline McAdam, BBC Radio Merseyside

Our annual carol service takes place this Friday at Liverpool's Metropolitan Cathedral from 19:30.

There are still some tickets available from the BBC shop in Hanover Street. They cost £5 and all proceeds go to Children in Need.

Coming up

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

On North West Tonight we'll be hearing the latest on the campaign by Liverpool fans against the rising cost of watching their heroes.

We'll be highlighting which Merseyside Council is considering a late night levy on pubs and clubs.

And we'll reveal our latest Christmas Star - this time it's a man who works in all weathers to maintain a Wirral beauty spot.

Watch North West Tonight at 18:30.

LFC prices discussed

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

The price of tickets to watch Liverpool FC is to be discussed by club officials and fans groups later.

Some supporters are unhappy about recent increases at Anfield.

What do you think? Do you get good value for money from your club? Or have you stopped going altogether?

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. Please

tell us what you think.

Doggy appeal

Cheshire West Council

tweets: Is this your dog? He was found in the Ellesmere Port area on Tuesday.

Discovered dog
Cheshire West Council

News on the hour

Phil Cooper

BBC Radio Merseyside

Merseyside Police is appealing for elderly and vulnerable people in St Helens to be on their guard against a phone scam, in which bogus detectives ask people to withdraw money from their bank accounts.

Bus lane fines

Warrington Worldwide

Warrington is preparing to fine drivers who "trespass" in bus lanes, a Conservative councillor has learned.

A review of bus lanes across the borough will be carried out - and then enforcement will be introduced - starting in the Birchwood area.

Safe havens at fire stations

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

All community fire stations in Liverpool are to become safe havens, where people can go if they feel threatened, intimidated or in danger. It's hoped it will reassure those out alone.

Trapeze artiste's London leap

A circus performer from St Helens has been named as one of 32 recipients of a BBC Performing Arts Fund fellowship.

Rebecca Lyon
Charma Force

Rebecca Lyon will spend the next year at Jacksons Lane the multi-arts venue in Highgate North London with a reputation for fostering contemporary circus performance skills.

"With the help of the Jacksons Lane team I will be able to explore which area of creating circus I'd like to focus in on in my future," she said.

Litter louts fined

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

Three people have been fined after being seen to drop litter in St. Helens.

Litter on street
BBC

Fines of £75, £195 costs and a victim surcharge of £20 were each received after the council's new environmental wardens spotted the litter louts in the town centre.

Man jailed for murder

Runcorn and Widnes World

A man who smiled after stabbing his 'precious' girlfriend to death with wine bottles and a knife has today been jailed to life imprisonment.

David Hoyle, aged 39, from Bradford, was found guilty of the murder of mum Rebecca Bamber at her home in Mersey Road, Widnes, after a seven day trial.

News on the hour

Phil Cooper

BBC Radio Merseyside

The director of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine is backing calls for antibiotics to be used more sparingly to halt the number of infections becoming immune to the treatment.

Happy Birthday Leighton

Everton

tweets: Happy birthday Leighton Baines! The Blues left-back is 30 today! #EFC

Leighton Baines
Everton FC

Word from a wise guy

Billy Butler

BBC Radio Merseyside

Part-time rock star and full-time legend, Pete Wylie joins us on the show before his gig this weekend at The Zanzibar Club.

The man behind Wah will also play us something Christmassy.

The 12 Plays of Christmas heads to Ellesmere Port Civic Hall where their Panto Aladdin starts next week.

Listen live.

Driving in bad weather advice

North West Motorway Police
tweets:

weather warning
North West Motorway Police

News on the hour

Phil Cooper

BBC Radio Merseyside

Police believe three men behind a bank robbery in Neston last night could have carried about a similar robbery in the area back in November.

Ferry crossings re-routed

Mark Edwards, BBC Isle of Man

Gales in the Irish Sea forced the cancellation of this morning's early ferry from the UK to the Isle of Man.

Ferry
BBC

The Steam Packet Company's 08:45 sailing from Douglas to Heysham was rerouted to Birkenhead and departed 45 minutes early.

The

Isle of Man Met Office has predicted gusts of up to 50 mph (80km/h) in the Irish sea dropping into this evening and overnight.

Free buses on Christmas Day

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

Merseytravel is offering free bus services on Christmas Day, to help people visit their loved ones in hospital or to spend time with their friends and family.

Buses will operate a limited service from around midday until about 18:00 on routes serving hospitals across Merseyside.

Coming up on North West Today

Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, North West Tonight

I'll have a round-up of all the news in the North West on BBC One at 13:30 as victims of the former DJ Ray Teret cheered and shouted "monster" as he was jailed for 25 years for rape and indecent assault.

Chester discontent over tickets

Phil Kinsella

BBC Merseyside Sport

There's lots of discontent about Chester announcing next week's FA Cup replay will be all-ticket and a statement

went on club website last night.