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  1. Updates on Monday 29 December 2014
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Martin Coldrick

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

That's all for today from BBC Local Live in Merseyside.

I'll be back again from 08:00 on Tuesday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates.

Liverpool v Swansea

BBC Sport

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet will replace Brad Jones, who has a thigh injury.

Forward Fabio Borini is available after suspension but defenders Dejan Lovren, Glen Johnson and Jon Flanagan remain sidelined through injury.

Go here for match preview and all the latest team news.

A cold and frosty night

It'll be another cold night across the region with clear skies and also areas of low cloud, mist and freezing fog, mainly east of Liverpool.

Weather outlook

Temperatures will again drop below freezing allowing a frost with a minimum temperature of about -4C (25F)

Tomorrow will be another dry day with sunny spells, but it will be fairly cloudy in places with some fog patches lingering and a top temperature of about 8C (46F)

Moody Hilbre Island in focus

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Thanks to Damian Waters for sending in this moody picture he's taken of Hilbre Island, Wirral, in all its wintry glory.

Hillbre Island
drum images/damian waters

We always love to feature the best pictures you've taken of West Yorkshire. Why not

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Stranded seal 'very sorry for himself'

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

More on Dumbledore the seal who was found last week in a field in Newton-le-Willows, some 20 miles from the sea

and who is now being treated by the RSPCA for pneumonia.

Dumbledore the seal
Cheshire Police

Sue Levings, from the RPSCA, says: "He is much more settled now and still looks very sorry for himself, but other than that he is quite lively.

"He is still very poorly but hopefully with further care and attention he will continue to make a good recovery."

De-icing car stolen from driveway

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

A car was stolen on Sunday morning just moments before its owner was about to put his baby in the vehicle, Merseyside Police have said.

The black Vauxhall Astra, registration DC1 4HAX, was stolen from the driveway of an address on Ravenfield Close, Halewood,

as it was being de-iced by its owner with the keys in the ignition.

The owner of the car unsuccessfully tried to stop the offender from driving off. Neither he nor the baby were injured in the incident, police say.

Can you help boy find lost present?

Liverpool Echo

A devastated schoolboy is desperately hoping for the return of his favourite Christmas present

after losing his Titanic toy on a bus.

Fund raises money for PC's family

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

A fund launched last week in memory of PC Neil Doyle

has already raised more than £12,300.

Neil Doyle
Merseyside Police

The fund was launched after Merseyside Police said it had been "overwhelmed" by the number of people wishing to make a donation in memory of the off-duty officer, 36, who was allegedly attacked while on a night out in Liverpool last week.

In response, the force has set up a web page where members of the public can donate to

the Constable Neil Doyle Memorial Fund. His family will decide later how the proceeds will be used.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A total of 190 people have been arrested across Cheshire by police trying to catch those evading justice.

As part of the operation, the force sent Christmas cards to the last known addresses of people who've failed to show up in court.

'Lost' seal suffering from pneumonia

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

A seal which was "lost" in a farmer's field in Merseyside about 20 miles from the sea

has been diagnosed with pneumonia but is continuing to make good progress, the RSPCA has said.

Dumbledore the seal

The grey seal, known as Dumbledore, was rescued near Newton-le-Willows on Monday 22 December, and was taken to RSPCA East Winch in Norfolk for treatment.

Sue Levings, from the RSPCA, says: "Dumbledore has undergone X-rays which thankfully have shown no signs of [him] being shot - which was one of our worries. However, vets have found he is suffering from pneumonia and he is currently receiving treatment for that."

Torres joins Atletico Madrid on loan

BBC Sport

Former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres

has agreed to return to Atletico Madrid on loan from AC Milan until the end of the 2015-16 season.

Fernando Torres

Torres, 30, returns to Spain seven-and-a-half-years after leaving his boyhood club to join Liverpool.

He joined Serie A club Milan from Chelsea, who paid a then

British record transfer fee of £50m in January 2011.

Fog warning for drivers

North West Motorway Police

tweets: Large areas of the region now covered in a blanket of fog please take care and drive to the conditions.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

Administrators in charge of collapsed delivery firm City Link

have confirmed they're planning "substantial" redundancies.

More than 100 staff at the company's depot in Warrington are set to lose their jobs on New Year's Eve.

Southport let McDonald go

BBC Sport

Conference strugglers Southport have allowed defender Clayton McDonald to leave the club

after playing 13 games on non-contract terms.

Clayton McDonald
Getty Images

The 26-year-old joined Southport in September following a month with League Two side Tranmere Rovers.

The ex-Walsall, Port Vale and Grimsby man's final match for the Sandgrounders was their Boxing Day loss to Wrexham.

MP criticises Network Rail over chaos

BBC Business

Liverpool Riverside Labour MP Louise Ellman, who chairs the Commons Transport Select, says she's not happy with

Network Rail's engineering over-runs that led to Kings Cross and Paddington stations being closed for longer than expected at the weekend.

Crowds at Finsbury Park station

She has told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "If Network Rail decide to close part of the system down at a busy time of year, they have to be absolutely sure it's going to work as planned and it is going to re-open as planned.

However, she declined to criticise Network Rail's chief executive for being on holiday while the work was going on.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A mother who found out she was losing her job on Christmas Day has told BBC Radio Merseyside how heartbreaking it was to discover the City Link depot in Warrington was closing down.

Lifeboat service's 'major assets' stolen

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

More on the news that two rescue quad bikes

have been stolen from Southport Lifeboat over the night of 26-27 December.

Broken lock

The bikes were only recently purchased at a total cost of about £15,000 and are used in about half of all call-outs.

Operations Manager Tony Masters says: "We use them in the dunes and the marshes. We also use them to launch our smaller inshore lifeboat, so they're a major asset".

Martinez rues 'tough' times

BBC Sport

Roberto Martinez has warned Everton they need to find some momentum after suffering a third straight defeat.

Roberto Martinez

The Blues

lost 3-2 at Newcastle on Sunday, leaving them 12th in the table.

Martinez says his side must cut out the mistakes: "We've haven't had momentum all season. We've had good moments, then we didn't have continuity with good results. That's what we have to have now. It's a tough period and we need to make sure we stick together and become stronger".

Motorway delays warning

BBC Travel News reports there's congestion on the M6 southbound between J23, A580 (Haydock) and J22, A49 (Newton Le Willows).

Drivers in the area are being warned to expect delays.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

A Merseyside man says he has no idea when his son will be allowed to leave India - even though gun-running charges against him have been dropped.

Paul Towers was working on an anti-piracy support vessel which strayed into Indian waters.

Cost of smoking revealed

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

The true cost of smoking's being revealed in a new campaign launched in Liverpool today to try to get more people to give up in the new year.


It shows the damage the habit causes to the body including bones, muscles, brain, teeth and eyes.


Roy Castle Fag Ends community stop smoking service is running a series of events over the next month to help people.

Woman injured during car shooting

BBC News Online has more on

the "targeted" shooting of a 25-year-old woman in Liverpool at the weekend.

She was sitting in a car with her boyfriend, also aged 25, in Maryport Close, Everton at about 17:40 on Sunday when a shot was fired.

The woman was treated for a cut to her head and has since been discharged from hospital.

Newlove killer murder conviction review

Warrington Guardian

A teenage killer who was part of the gang who beat Fearnhead father-of-three Garry Newlove (pictured) to death

is set to have a conviction for murder reviewed.

Garry Newlove
cheshire police

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

Extra police are on the streets of Merseyside after two shootings in the space of two hours last night.

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Safety fears after quad bikes stolen

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Crew members at Southport Lifeboat fear someone could die on Sefton's coast

after two brand new rescue quad bikes were stolen from the charity's headquarters on Boxing Day night.

Lifeboat service quad bikes
Southport lifeboat

More than half of the call-outs for the service involve the all-terrain vehicles as they're ideally suited to the coastal landscape.

Senior Coxswain Keith Porter says: "It's a big blow financially, but it's also a big blow because there's now, in effect, no cover over the Christmas-New Year period."

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

Extra police are on the streets of Merseyside after two shootings in the space of two hours last night.

The first, at 17:40, left a 25-year-old woman with a cut head after her car was fired at by two men on Maryport Close in Everton.

Listen live to the 10:00 bulletin for more.

Flying butler to the mega-rich

Liverpool Echo

A Merseyside woman has become the world's first flying butler for the mega-rich, booking her place in the aviation record books

as she joins the crew on board Etihad Airways' new Airbus A380 superjumbo jet for its inaugural commercial flight from London Heathrow to Abu Dhabi.

Commuter ferries reminder

Mersey Ferries

tweets: We are not running any commuter services today. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

City Link staff wait for job news

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

More than 100 staff at the City Link depot in Warrington

are expected to hear this week if they've lost their jobs after the company went into administration on Christmas Day.

City Link vans

The founder of the private equity company Better Capital, which owns the collapsed UK parcel delivery service City Link,

has said there was no way to save the company.

Customers with parcels at City Link have been advised to reclaim them today.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

Police are investigating two shootings in two areas of Merseyside in under two hours last night.

Extra patrols have been sent out onto the streets of Everton and Litherland as a result.

Listen live to the 09:00 bulletin for more.

Halifax 0 - 2 Chester

BBC Sport

Matty Brown and Tom Peers scored

as Chester ended Halifax's three-match unbeaten run at home in the Conference.

The visitors, lively in the early exchanges, took the lead when Brown headed Kane Richards' cross into the bottom-right corner early on.

James Bolton went close to equalising with a well-struck long-range effort, while Scott Boden hit the crossbar for Halifax late on.

Investigations launched after shootings

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

Police are investigating two shootings in two areas of Merseyside in under two hours last night.

The first shooting was at 17:40 and left a 25-year-old woman with a cut head. She was in a car with her boyfriend on Maryport Close in Everton when two men fired at them in what detectives believe was a targeted attack.

A short time later, at 19:20, a man was shot in his arm in Litherland. The 25-year-old says he got into a row with another man who then fired a shotgun on the towpath near to Cookson's Bridge Pub.

A cold day with sunny spells

It'll be a frosty start followed by a dry and cold day with some sunny spells.

Weather forecast

However, any isolated freezing fog patches may linger throughout the day, especially in rural areas on the Wirral.

Winds will stay light with a top temperature of about 5C (41F).

Good morning

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Hello and welcome to BBC Local Live for Merseyside on Monday 29 December 2014.

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