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  1. Updates on Wednesday 17 December 2014
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Cloudy and mild night

It will be cloudy and mild overnight with an increasing westerly wind and gales developing in places,

BBC Weather reports.

Weather forecast

There will be some rain too, mainly on windward-facing hills, and some hill fog.

Coming up

Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, North West Tonight

"Unreliable" and "not seaworthy" are among the words used to describe the so-called yellow duck marine that sank on Merseyside's waterfront last year.

The sinking duckboat
Peter Beesley

More than 30 passengers and crew were on board the sightseeing vehicle when it began taking on water.


North West Tonight we also have coverage of the Hillsborough inquests and Liverpool's Capital One Cup quarter final away to Championship leaders Bournemouth.

Woman jailed over drink-drive death

Chester Chronicle

A woman from Holywell

has been sentenced to seven years in prison after being found guilty of death by careless driving while over the prescribed alcohol limit.

Cherries clash: Head to head stats

BBC Sport

  • Liverpool are unbeaten in all five previous meetings with Bournemouth - all cup matches (W3, D2).
  • The Reds won 2-0 at Bournemouth in the fourth round of last season's FA Cup, Victor Moses and Daniel Sturridge with the goals.
  • Two of the three cup ties hosted by Bournemouth have finished level after 90 minutes.

Read more team stats by clicking here.

Ambulance delay raised with PM

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

The prime minister has promised to look into an incident in Halton, which saw a 78-year-old woman wait an hour-and-a-half for an ambulance.

She was bleeding after a fall at home and her MP Derek Twigg told David Cameron it was typical of the health service under the coalition.

Mr Cameron said his criticism was unfair.

Hillsborough PC 'pressured by chiefs'

Paul Burnell

BBC News

A police officer

feared his statement about the Hillsborough disaster would be "spirited away" if he did not accept changes to it, the inquests have heard.

Maxwell Groome told the jury "a sort of paralysis" had hit the police control room during the 1989 FA Cup semi-final.

Hillsborough disaster
Hillsborough inquests

The PC said senior officers did not want the junior ranks undermining South Yorkshire Police's command structure.

He described a meeting with a chief inspector during which he was told what needed to be removed from his account.

Bournemouth: 'We don't fear Liverpool'

Tom Mullen

BBC News

We've heard plenty from the Liverpool camp ahead of tonight's tricky tie away at Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup. But what do the Cherries make of their chances?

Tommy Elphick
Getty Images

Popular captain and Liverpool supporter Tommy Elphick has

told the Bournemouth Daily Echo his team will respect Liverpool - but won't be in awe of them.

Elphick, 27, who played in Bournemouth's match against Liverpool in January, said "It would be foolish to be in awe of them. They have a wealth of talent and an amazing squad so you have to respect them."

Sturridge to have rehab with Red Sox

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge will

spend Christmas in Boston in a bid to speed up his return from injury.

Daniel Sturridge
Getty Images

The 25-year-old has already spent time in Los Angeles working on his thigh injury and will now link up with medical specialists at baseball team Boston Red Sox.

He has played only three league games this season and is not expected to return to action for several weeks yet.

Cup clash date announced

Tranmere Rovers

tweet: Tranmere's FA Cup 3rd round tie v Swansea City will take place on Saturday 3 January, kick off 3pm at Prenton Park…

Wrong documents cause flight delay

A UK-bound flight has been delayed after a passenger boarded without the correct documentation, an Easyjet spokesman confirmed.


All passengers on the flight to Liverpool were taken off the aircraft shortly before take off from Madrid airport in Spain at about 14:35 GMT.

Passengers with the correct documents were later able to re-board the plane causing a delay of about an hour.

Charity gift for grieving family

Leanne Harper

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

Earlier today I spent some time with the Colleran family, from Huyton, who lost their six-year old son Bobby in a road accident two months ago.

Colleran family

They have received a Christmas hamper from Merseyside Police Federation Charitable Trust.

Bournemouth v Liverpool

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is

expected to name his strongest possible team for the League Cup quarter-final tie against Liverpool later.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers shakes hands with Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe during last season's FA Cup tie between the two clubs
Ian Walton

Howe has rotated his squad in previous rounds, but top scorer Callum Wilson is in line to make his first League Cup start for the Cherries.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will retain Brad Jones in goal after

dropping Simon Mignolet "indefinitely".

Merseyside train line closures

Network Rail Northern Programme

tweets: #Liverpool The line btwn Liverpool Lime Street & Manchester Victoria/St Helens Central will be closed 27-28 December

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

At 17:00: A Merseyside mother who lost her six-year-old son in a road accident just eight weeks ago says people's kindness will help the family get through Christmas.

Drugs snatched in handbag theft

Police are warning anyone who finds powerful prescription drugs stolen from a woman in Liverpool to hand them in.

Lark Lane, Liverpool

The tablets, including Diazepam and Tramadol, were in the woman's bag when it was snatched from her shoulder in Lark Lane on Monday.

The medication is potentially dangerous and should be handed into a police station or pharmacy.

Drivers warned to avoid road

Drivers are being warned to avoid a section of Elton Head Road in St Helens because of a suspected chemical leak earlier.

It's thought to have come from an industrial site nearby.

Chemical leak at warehouse

Firefighters have been called out to a chemical leak at a business site in St Helens.

Elton Head Road

Merseyside Fire and Rescue was called to a warehouse in Elton Head Road, in Lea Green, just after 12:20. A cordon is in place and staff have been evacuated.

People living nearby are advised to keep windows and doors closed as a precaution.

Hillsborough 'blame shift' meeting

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside

A police officer has told the Hillsborough inquests he believes the match commander and other senior officers met after the disaster to try to shift blame.

Fans climbing out of the terrace pens
Hillsborough inquests

Former South Yorkshire PC Maxwell Groome said Ch Supt David Duckenfield met other officers on the Sunday after the 1989 disaster.

He told the jury he believes Mr Duckenfield was a Mason who was a "grand master" of a "particularly influential lodge" and met with other officers who were also Masons.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A Merseyside mother who lost her six-year-old son in a road accident just eight weeks ago, says people's kindness will help the family get through Christmas.

Listen live to the 16:00 bulletin.

Goalkeepers seek end to feud

Lawrence Barretto

BBC Sport

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard

says he now accepts former United States team-mate Brad Friedel did not block his move to Manchester United in 2003.

Tim Howard
Getty Images

The claim emerged in Howard's autobiography, which alleged Friedel, then playing for Blackburn, refused to endorse his application with a letter of support.

Friedel called the claim "complete garbage" and demanded an apology. Howard, 35, has now said: "I have decided to take Brad at his word."

Lorry breakdown causing delays

BBC Travel is reporting disruption to traffic between the A567 Bridge Road in Litherland and Hawthorne Road in Liverpool, due to a broken down lorry.

Give us your feedback

Tom Mullen

BBC News Online

What do you think of BBC Local Live? We'd like

your feedback about this service.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A special memorial service to remember sex workers who have been murdered on Merseyside has heard more needs to be done to end violence against them.

The event was held at the Armistead Centre in Liverpool which, along with Merseyside Police, has played a leading role in helping to improve protection.

Listen to the 15:00 bulletin.

Sex worker tells of ordeal

BBC Radio Merseyside

Tune in at 15:00 to hear from a former Liverpool sex worker who was once left for dead.

She has been at a memorial service held for prostitutes murdered on Merseyside. The event was held at the Armistead Centre in Liverpool, which has played a leading role in helping to improve protection for sex workers.

Woman injured in bag-snatch attempt

Police investigating an attempted robbery in Widnes at the weekend are appealing for the public's help.

Greenway Road

A 47-year-old woman was walking along Greenway Road, near St John′s Church, when a man tried to snatch her handbag at about 23:30 on Saturday.

She managed to keep hold of the bag but fell over in the struggle, bruising her arms. The offender is described as white, 5ft 6in, and wore dark clothes and a baseball cap.

PC criticism 'deleted from statement'

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside

A police officer who helped carry a dead fan off the pitch at Hillsborough says he feared his statement about the disaster would disappear if he did not accept changes being made to it.

Hillsborough disaster
Hillsborough inquests

Former South Yorkshire PC Maxwell Groome's original statement included criticism of senior officers at the ground. He also said that the control room seemed to have been hit by a sort of paralysis.

Those thoughts and others were deleted from his statement. He says he was told about the changes during an hour-long meeting. He was told that if he didn't accept them, the statement wouldn't be sent off to either the public inquiry or the initial inquests. The latest inquests continue.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A former driver on the Duckmarines in Liverpool claims he told bosses about the vehicles' technical issues before two of them sank.

A report has revealed they were "poorly maintained" and didn't meet the required standards, with the Marine Accident Investigation Branch saying it is fortunate no-one drowned.

Listen to the 14:00 bulletin.

School targets unusual record

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A Merseyside school is attempting to break a rather unusual world record later.


North Liverpool Academy's hoping to have more than 1,000 people dressed as Dalmatians.

They're raising money for the Police Dogs Benevolent Fund. The current record is 450.

Johnson and Balotelli out for Reds

BBC Sport

Liverpool remain favourites to progress in tonight's tricky Capital One Cup tie away at Championship high-flyers Bournemouth - but they will be unable to call on the services of at least two players.

Glen Johnson
Getty Images

Right-back Glen Johnson, who came off with a groin injury during the Reds' defeat to Manchester United, is likely to be out for about a month. Mario Balotelli is also sidelined.

Women in the church

Tom Mullen

BBC News

The issue of women in the clergy has always been a controversial topic within the Church of England. Here are some key facts about women in the Church.

Bishop facts
Getty Images

Savage support for Reds boss

Under-pressure Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers must keep his job, but the club should sell striker Mario Balotelli and buy a defender,

according to Robbie Savage.

Brendan Rodgers
Getty Images

Rodgers has been criticised after a start to the season that has left the Reds 11th in the Premier League and out of the Champions League.

But Savage said: "Rodgers is the man that deserves to take them forward."

News on the hour

BBC Radio Merseyside

In the

13:00 news bulletin: A former driver on Liverpool's yellow duckmarines has told BBC Radio Merseyside the vehicles were an accident waiting to happen.

Hillsborough update

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside

The Warrington inquests have continued with evidence from former South Yorkshire Police PC Maxwell Groome.

Hillsborough clock

Mr Groome said that during a morning briefing, match commander David Duckenfield said there was "no provision" for the kick-off of the FA Cup semi final to be put back.

Mr Groome says Mr Duckenfield also said "under no circumstances" was anyone allowed off terraces on to the perimeter track.

Calls to scrap 'bedroom tax'

Marc Gaier

BBC Radio Merseyside

It is claimed 10,000 households on Merseyside are suffering because of the government's changes to housing benefits.

Today, Labour MPs will again call on the Coalition to abolish the policy they describe as the bedroom tax. A vote will take place in Parliament later, on a proposal to abolish it.

Roadworks update

St Helens Council

tweets: ROADWORKS UPDATE - Foxwood, Rainhill Traffic control measures (Stop and Go sign) in place to repair dangerous manhole…

Royal visitor

Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner's office has

published a YouTube video of Princess Anne's visit to officially open the region's new joint police and fire command and control centre.

Princess Anne
Merseyside PCC / YouTube