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Summary

  1. Off-duty PC death: Murder suspects quizzed
  2. Seal found in Merseyside field
  3. Reds manager eyes Champions League spot
  4. City part of DNA scheme to fight cancer
  5. Strong winds prompt travel warning
  6. Updates on Monday 22 December 2014

Live Reporting

By Julia Bryson

All times stated are UK

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Good night

That's all from the Local Live team. Join us for all your news, sport, travel and weather again from 08:00 on Tuesday.

BreakingBreaking news

Liverpool Echo

tweets: BREAKING: Two men have been charged with the murder of PC Neil Doyle in Liverpool city centre last Friday night - story to follow

Football club plans

St Helens Star

A football club has drawn up ambitious plans to help increase junior participation to get more youngsters playing the sport.

Coming up on North West Tonight

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

A seal - which made its way 20 miles inland to a field in Merseyside - is tonight undergoing assessment by vets at an RSPCA centre in Cheshire.

Seal in Newton-le-Willows
RSPCA

The grey seal was discovered next to a farm in Newton-le-Willows.

Watch more on BBC One at 18:30.

Cloudy and windy

Charlie Slater

Weather Presenter, BBC Merseyside

It will remain

cloudy and windy with outbreaks of rain, this heavy and persistent across northern parts of the region.

Weather grab
BBC

Another mild night for the time of year.

Gran caused husband's death

Liverpool Echo

A Southport gran caused the death of her husband of 40 years by apparently falling asleep at the wheel while driving.

Angela Bulteel, 72, was arrested after the death of 86-year-old Tony Bulteel who died two days after a minor crash on Cambridge Street, Southport, in February.

RSPCA 'baffled' over seal

Nafeesa Shan

BBC News

The RSPCA has said it remains baffled as to how a

5ft-long seal came to be stranded in a field in Newton-le-Willows.

Fire rescue
Merseyside Fire Service

RSPCA inspector John Brooks, who attended the incident, said: "This is the first time I have ever come across a seal in a field.

"Nobody knows how the seal got there. There is a brook nearby but that is only about three feet deep. If he followed the rivers and tributaries he could've travelled as far as 20 miles from the sea."

Reduced speed on Northern Line

Merseyrail has emailed to say due to a problem with line-side equipment at Sandhills, trains have to run at reduced speed on the Northern line.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A man from West Lancashire, who carried out a catalogue of sexual offences including rape, has been jailed for 24 years

The judge at Liverpool Crown Court told Eric Fenlon from Skelmersdale he hasn't shown "a jot of remorse or shame."

Tranmere's 'steady progress'

Mike Hughes

BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

Tranmere are back in the League Two relegation zone after the weekend's results.

Micky Adams
Getty Images

Rovers manager Micky Adams thinks they've made steady progress since he took over as manager.

"Somebody said it's not been spectacular," he said. "I defy anyone to take over a team that are at the bottom of the table and become spectacular all of a sudden.

"I've had to make steady progress with the players and me and my staff have worked really hard on the training ground to make small steps. That's all you can do when you're bottom of the table and we've done that. When teams play Tranmere Rovers they know they're going to get a game"

Skrtel posts head picture

BBC Sport

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has revealed

he required seven staples in the head injury he suffered during Sunday's 2-2 draw with Arsenal.

Martin Skrtel
Martin37skrtel

The 30-year-old had treatment on the touchline after being caught by Olivier Giroud's boot, but returned bandaged up to score a late equaliser at Anfield.

Seal taken to Nantwich

Merseyside Police has emailed to say the seal has been herded onto an RSPCA trailer and is to be taken to the wildlife hospital in Stapley Grange, Nantwich, for assessment.

It is said to be exhausted but once fully recovered it is hoped it will be released back into its natural habitat.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A man from West Lancashire, who carried out a catalogue of sexual offences including rape, has been jailed for 24 years

The judge at Liverpool Crown Court told Eric Fenlon from Skelmersdale he hasn't shown "a jot of remorse or shame."

Appeal over fire murder

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

Police have renewed appeals for information on the 20th anniversary of the death of a woman who was set on fire in a churchyard in Cheshire.

Tracey Mertens
Cheshire Police

Tracy Mertens, 31, from Rochdale, was abducted in Birmingham, doused in petrol and set alight in Eaton churchyard near Congleton on 23 December 199. She sustained horrific burns to her body and died 12 hours later.

Police are offering a £30,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

Train disruption

Due to poor rail conditions between Hunts Cross and Southport the Southport and Hunts Cross line is disrupted until further notice. This may mean delays of up to 10 minutes on these routes, Merseyrail said.

Stranded seal

This photograph of the seal in Newton-le-Willows was emailed in by Lawrie Thorpe. The sea mammal has now been rescued and is due to be released back into the River Mersey.

Seal in Newton-le-Willows
Lawrie Thorpe

If you'd like to send us a photo, you can email us at mersdeyside.locallive@bbc.co.uk. Thanks Lawrie!

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A grey seal has been taken for testing, after being rescued from a field in St Helens.

It is thought it got lost from the River Mersey, but kept going until it reached an area off Winnock Road.

Seal rescue underway

Simon Moffatt

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

Fire crews are in Newton-le-Willows rescuing a seal stranded in a field.

Seal rescue
BBC

The distressed sea mammal was found by a dog walker close to Newton Brook. The British Divers Marine Life Rescue Service said it is likely to have come from the Mersey before "getting lost".

Reds' 'recovery'

BBC Sport

Former Liverpool player Mark Lawrenson, who called the Reds "rudderless" just 11 days ago, believes Brendan Rodgers' side are now showing signs of recovery.

Martin Skrtel
PA

Woman, 72, dies after van crash

Tom Mullen

BBC News Online

A 72-year-old woman died shortly after the van she was driving was involved in a crash with two cars in Southport.

Cemetery Road, Southport
Google

The accident happened at the junction of Cemetery Road and Duke Street at about 08:50 GMT.

Police were called after the victim's Ford Transit collided with a Ford Kuga and a Jaguar S-Type car. She was taken to hospital but died a short time later.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

A Merseyside woman who lost her baby to a rare congenital heart condition is hoping as many people as possible sign up for a nationwide project to analyse people's DNA.

The Liverpool Women's Hospital is one of 11 centres in England which will look at the genetic code of tens of thousands of people to try to develop personalised drugs and diagnostic tests.

Wanted man

A 45-year-old man is wanted by police in connection with a number of distraction burglaries in Sefton.

Michael McDonough, 45, is described as white, 5ft 7in tall and of a slim build with shaven ginger hair and blue eyes.

Police said he has an Irish accent and is believed to have links to Bootle and Toxteth.

Coming up on North West Today

Andy Gill

BBC North West Today

I'm in Newton-le-Willows where a juvenile grey seal has been found in a field.

Seal in Warrington
BBC

The Marine Life Rescue tell me they've never seen one this far inland before.

You can watch more

Watch more on BBC One at 13:30.

Seal 'to be moved to Mersey'

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

A seal has been found in the middle of a field in Merseyside.

Sea in St Helens
Morley MCFC

Steve Marsh from British Divers Marine Life Rescue, has said the plan is to get it into a crate and take it to the River Mersey.

"It's not an easy job certainly because they are large animals, they can be quite aggressive and we do have people in our charity that can actually handle those large seals, but in this instance we are probably going to have to be using the fire brigade to help out," he said.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

Merseyside Police are working with marine experts to move a seal found in a field in St Helens

It is thought it swan through local brooks and a dog walker spotted it in Newton Le Willows earlier.

Warrington leads drinking arrests

Warrington Worldwide

Warrington tops

a "league of shame" for drink-driving arrests in the run-up to Christmas.

A total of 63 motorists have been arrested for drinking and driving - with 13 of them caught in Warrington.

Owen impressed by Skrtel

BBC Sport

Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen was impressed by Martin Skrtel's stoppage time header to claim a point for Liverpool against Arsenal at Anfield on Sunday.

Michael Owen
Getty Images

He

tweeted: "Not many better sights than someone attacking the ball and thumping a header into the onion bag!!!"

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

A 20-year-old man has been arrested over a stabbing outside a party in Fazakerley at the weekend.

The victim - who is also 20 - is now stable in hospital after the row on Grieve Road.

Seal in St Helens

Nafeesa Shan

BBC News

I'm looking into a story about a seal which was found by a dog walker in a field in St Helens this morning.

Seal in St Helens
Cheshire Police

Police have contained the seal - at first believed to be a sea lion - and representatives from the British Diver Marine Life Rescue Service are making their way to the scene.

The public are being advised to stay away from the area.

Hero foils ATM thief

Warrington Guardian

A painter and decorator from Warrington said he chased down a thief who had snatched a pensioner's money because "he wasn't going to stand by and watch someone pinching at Christmas".

Roadworks removed

Kat Mcdonald, BBC Radio Merseyside Travel

As the big Christmas getaway begins, the Highways Agency says it's doing its bit to help ease congestion on the roads in Merseyside and Cheshire.

It's removing roadworks on the M56, M6 and the East Lancs Road.

Sea lion in Warrington

Nicola Watkinson

tweets: Well I've seen it all now....There is an actual SEA LION at
@RedBankFarmShop a sea lion people!!!!

Sea Lion
Nicola Watkinson

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

A man from Huyton is still being questioned on suspicion of the murder of an off-duty police officer in Liverpool - and Merseyside Police have been given until this evening to hold him.

The 28-year-old was arrested on Friday when he handed himself in and a second man - who is 30 and also from Huyton - remains in custody.

Sea lion in Warrington

Cheshire Police

tweets: Officers currently responding to a report of a distressed Sealion in a field #Warrington

Cyclist stable after crash

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

A 64-year-old cyclist who was hit by a bus in Netherley on Saturday is in a serious but stable condition, police have said.

The man was struck on Wood Lane at about 08:45 and taken to Walton Hospital for treatment.

Swan seen on M6

North West Motorway Police tweeted there was a swan in the middle lane of the M6 at Lymm. The Highways Agency is on hand to help.

It

said: M6 J20 N/B NWMPG have site of the swan.
@HAtraffic_nwest are now doing a rolling rd block to assist with this swan on the M6.

Two quizzed over PC death

Chris Long

BBC News

Police are still

questioning two men on suspicion of murdering PC Neil Doyle.

PC Neil Doyle
Merseyside Police

The 36-year-old was with two colleagues when they were assaulted on Colquitt Street, Liverpool, during a Christmas night out on Thursday.

Two men from Huyton are being questioned.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

A man from Huyton is still being questioned on suspicion of the murder of an off-duty police officer in Liverpool - and Merseyside Police have been given until this evening to hold him.

The 28-year-old was arrested on Friday when he handed himself in, and a second man - who is 30 and also from Huyton - remains in custody.

Rodgers: Reds can finish top four

BBC Sport

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said his side can finish in the Premier League top four after their battling 2-2 draw against Arsenal yesterday.

Martin Skrtel and Rickie Lambert celebrate
EPA

Martin Skrtel, playing with a head wound, nodded an equaliser seven minutes into injury time at Anfield.