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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday 30 December 2014
  2. More updates from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Martin Coldrick

All times stated are UK

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BBC Local Live has finished for the day. The service will be back with more news, sport, travel and weather form 08:00 on Wednesday.

Cold and frosty night

Charlie Slater

Weather Presenter, BBC North West

Tonight temperatures will fall quickly in places after dark, but with increasing amounts of cloud and strengthening winds through the early hours, frost will be patchy by morning with a minimum temperature of about 1C (34F).

Weather outlook
BBC

New Year's Eve will be a breezy day. Cloud will continue to build, perhaps bringing outbreaks of rain at times.

It'll be less cold than in recent days with a top temperature of about 9C (48F).

Chester's long-legged new arrival

More on the happy news that staff at Chester Zoo are celebrating the Christmas birth of Zahra the giraffe - all 6ft (1.8m) of her.

Zahra
BBC

The curator of mammals at Chester Zoo, Tim Rowlands, says: "Giraffes give birth standing up and the calves fall about 6ft - so they really do come down to Earth with a bump. But we're happy to report that our new, not-so-little, youngster is doing well and is already confident on her long legs."

And, you can take a look at the new arrival right now as

the BBC North West Tonight team have been down to the zoo to grab some footage.

Three arrested over car shooting

Three men have been arrested after a

25-year-old woman was injured in a shooting in Liverpool.

The victim was sitting in a car with her boyfriend in Maryport Close, Everton, at about 17:40 on Sunday when a shot was fired.

She was treated in hospital for a minor head injury.

Ferry timetable changes

Mersey Travel

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Frozen animator turns hand to horror

Liverpool Echo

A bootle-born animator whose jaw-dropping special effects lit up the box office smash Frozen

is making a bold new horror movie.

A570 busy but moving

BBC Travel says the A570 St Helens Linkway in St Helens is busy but moving at the B5204 Elton Head Road junction.

Mersey Gateway work to 'intensify'

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Construction of the new Mersey Gateway Bridge in Runcorn and Widnes is

set to "intensify" in January 2015 as new work gets under way in a number of different locations.

Artist's impression of Mersey Gateway bridge
Mersey Gateway

As a result, drivers and pedestrians are likely to be affected as

roadworks and closures are introduced at several sites, the Mersey Gateway Project has warned.

Hugh O'Connor, general manager for Merseylink, said: "Next year is going to be an extremely busy year for construction in the river and on land in both Runcorn and Widnes, and these roadworks and closures are essential to make sure car users, pedestrians and workers stay safe."

Near Year focus on domestic abuse

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

Domestic abuse specialists will accompany police officers on Merseyside over the New Year so victims get immediate support.

It's hoped the extra measures will help the force deal with violent incidents caused by drinking tomorrow night.

Callouts will be attended by detectives with expertise in domestic abuse.

Pub raises £2,000 for charity

St Helens Star

Staff and customers at The Wellington Pub in Prescot have

raised £2,000 in support of Cancer Research UK and local charity Willowbrook Hospice.

Guest of honour, actor Ricky Tomlinson, presented the £1,000 cheques at the annual Pensioners' Christmas Lunch at The Wellington.

The last turkey in the shop?

via Facebook

BBC Radio Merseyside has posted this somewhat odd sight

on Facebook, caught on camera by the station's editor Sue Owen this morning.

Turkey on speed camera
BBC

She says: "It's not a sight you see everyday. In fact it's not a sight you'd ever see! Apart from if you're driving along the A41 in the Wirral.

"The last turkey in the shop becomes the first turkey on a speed camera! The mind boggles!!"

Road closed after accident

BBC Travel reports that Church Road in Liverpool is closed and there's slow traffic in both directions between the Heathfield Road junction and the A562 Smithdown Road junction because of an accident involving two cars.

Drivers in the area are being warned to expect some delays.

Jewellery stolen in robbery

Andy Ball

BBC Radio Merseyside

A large amount of Indian jewellery's been stolen from a house in Knowsley. The victim, a 75-year-old man, was shoved to the floor and threatened by a group of men demanding money after he opened his front door to them on Saturday evening.

The men escaped with cash and 22-carat gold jewellery, which is described as very distinctive. Police are asking pawnbrokers to be on the look out for it.

Three men from St Helens have been arrested in Prescot in connection with the incident and released on bail.

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Pictures of the year

The BBC News team have picked out a selection of their favourite pictures taken during the past year around the United Kingdom.

Some are dramatic moments, others have a touch of humour, but all

sum up the past 12 months.

Chelsea Pensioner Albert Willis plants a poppy at the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red evolving art installation at the Tower of London
Chris Jackson/getty images

Get recycling in Liverpool

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

It may not quite be the 12th day of Christmas, but Liverpool City Council

is already reminding people how to get rid of their Christmas trees once the last of those pesky needles has dropped.

Christmas tree and baubles
BBC

The council says trees can be recycled at a dozen sites.

These include Everton Park, Sefton Park, Otterspool Promenade and Woolton Road and will be available until the last week in January.

Dry, chilly afternoon

It will be a dry and chilly afternoon, with some crisp sunshine.

Quite windy as well, with highs of 5C (41F).

Rescued seal eats first meal

BBC Radio Merseyside

Dumbledore the seal, who was found stranded in a field on Merseyside, has eaten his first meal since being rescued.

Dumbledore the grey seal
RSPCA

Specialists treating him in Norfolk say it shows he's feeling a lot better.

The animal was diagnosed with pneumonia yesterday, a week after being discovered in Newton-le-Willows.

Slow traffic on A5058

BBC Travel says there's slow traffic on the A5058 Queens Drive in Walton at the A580 Walton Hall Avenue traffic lights junction.

Liverpool Ladies captain's new deal

BBC Sport

Liverpool Ladies captain Gemma Bonner

has signed a contract extension with the Women's Super League champions.

Gemma Bonner
Empics

The England defender, 23, played in all 14 league games as the Reds clinched their second successive crown in 2014, securing the title on goal difference on the final day of the season.

Liverpool pipped Bonner's former club Chelsea to retain the crown.

Warning for drivers as town work starts

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Work on the £80m regeneration of Northwich town centre starts on 5 January,

meaning road closures and car park closures in the area, the council has said.

The Barons Quay and Leicester Street car parks will close from 5 January. The Marks and Spencer car park will still be open and accessible from Barons Quay Road.

Meanwhile, additional long-stay parking will be provided, free of charge, at the Cumberland car park and the Old Council Depot. The currently disused car park on Leicester Street will also be re-opened.

Motorway delays warning

BBC Travel reports there's queuing traffic on the M53 northbound between J11 M56 and J10, A5117 (Little Stanney).

Drivers in the area are being warned to be prepared for delays.

'Increasing concern' for missing man

More on the police appeal for help in finding Mark Williams, 57,

who's been missing from the Upton area of the Wirral since about 15:30 yesterday.

Mark Williams
Merseyside Police

Mark is described as white, about 6ft tall and of medium build. He has short brown hair and was last seen wearing a black woolly hat, a black jacket and jeans and he has difficulties with speech.

He's currently believed to be in Birkenhead.

Police say they're becoming "increasingly concerned" about his whereabouts and anyone who knows where he may be is asked to contact police.

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Howard out with calf injury

BBC Sport

Everton say goalkeeper Tim Howard

will be out for between five to six weeks with a calf injury.

Tim Howard
AFP/getty images

American Howard, 35, was replaced at half-time during the Toffees' 1-0 home defeat against Stoke on 26 December.

Newlove murder conviction to be reviewed

Phil Cooper

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

A man jailed for the murder of Warrington dad Garry Newlove (pictured) is to have his conviction reviewed next year.

Garry Newlove
cheshire police

Mr Newlove was kicked and beaten to death when he confronted a group of drunk teenagers outside his home in Warrington in 2007. Jordan Cunliffe was 16-years-old

when he was sentenced to life in prison in 2008 along two others under the joint enterprise law.

Cunliffe's mother Janet has always maintained his innocence. The Criminal Cases Review Commission has agreed to look at the case - it doesn't have the power to overturn a verdict, but could refer it back to the Court of Appeal.

Liverpool's cream controversy

BBC Sport

The FA Cup final of 1996 was an unremarkable 1-0 win by Manchester United,

but will be remembered for the cream-coloured Armani suits worn by the Liverpool players.

Liverpool players on the Wembley pitch before the 1996 FA Cup final
(C) British Broadcasting Corporation

The outfit has been chosen by the BBC Sport team as one of the FA Cup's 50 greatest moments.

Police targeted op nets 190

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

A total of 190 arrests have been made by Cheshire Police in

a Christmas crackdown on people attempting to evade justice.

The force sent Christmas cards to the last known addresses of those who have failed to appear at court but also to people wanted by officers investigating crimes or who have been named as suspects.

The operation ran from 17 to 24 December and included Neighbourhood Policing Units and Cheshire Police's Major Investigation Team.

Rare giraffe makes debut

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

A rare Rothschild's giraffe has made her debut at Chester Zoo.

Zahra the giraffe
chester zoo

The 6ft (1.8m) calf was born in the run-up to Christmas to mum Aiofe and dad Meru. Keepers have named the new arrival Zahra, meaning "flower" in Swahili.

Rothschilds are one of the world's most endangered subspecies of giraffe, with recent estimates suggesting there are less than 1,100 left in the wild.

Racism probe officers 'avoid sack'

A BBC investigation reveals thousands of police officers have been accused of racism in the past five years,

including a dismissal on Merseyside.

Almost 800 complaints were upheld against officers in the UK since March 2010, estimates suggest. Twenty officers were dismissed.

Forces in the UK received complaints against more than 6,600 officers.

Liverpool 4 - 1 Swansea

Phil Dawkes

BBC Sport

Liverpool moved to within five points of the top four as their recent upturn in form continued with

an emphatic victory over Swansea at Anfield.

Adam Lallana
Getty Images

It has been a year of two halves for Liverpool, who began 2014 with drive, purpose and a 16-game unbeaten run to take them to within a whisker of an unexpected Premier League title, but in the last few months have been characterised by doubt and inconsistency.

Man arrested over pub assault

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

A man has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting another man outside a pub in Liscard Village on Saturday which left the victim with a serious head injury, police have said.

The incident happened at about 17:00 outside the Royal Oak pub when a 24-year-old man from Wallasey was punched by another man. The victim was taken to Arrowe Park hospital where he is in a stable condition.

A 35-year-old man from Leasowe in Wirral was arrested yesterday in connection with the incident and has since been released on bail pending further police inquiries.

Appeal over missing man

BBC Radio Merseyside

Have you seen Mark Williams?

Mark Williams
Merseyside Police

Merseyside police are asking for help as they search for the missing Wirral man.

The 57-year-old was last seen on Monday afternoon getting off a train at Birkenhead Park train station.

No commuter ferries reminder

Mersey Ferries

tweets: We are not running any commuter services today. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. River Explorers will start at 11am from Pier Head.

Slow traffic on A580

BBC Travel reports there's slow traffic on the A580 East Lancashire Road in Knowsley at Knowsley Industrial Park.