Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.


  1. Three due in court over St Helens murder
  2. Cunard 175th anniversary events planned
  3. Pensioner run over by own car in Leasowe
  4. Water outage closes Childwall school
  5. Updates on Monday 5 January 2015

Live Reporting

By Alex Homer

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Good evening

Local Live has finished for the day. We'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday.

Join us then.

Historic clock's origin

The clock on Eastgate Bridge was originally installed to commemorate the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897.

Chester clock
Philip Pankhurst/Geosquare


£500,000 restoration begins today.

Mike Jones, leader of Cheshire West and Chester council, said the work was postponed until after Christmas to avoid disruption over the festive period.

Coming up on North West Tonight

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

Three men charged with the murder of Jordan Campbell in St Helens have appeared in court.

The 17-year-old was found with a stab wound at a flat in the Parr area on New Year's Day.

Daniel Wiltshire, Ruben Hoather and Anthony Wood - who are all from St Helens - have been remanded in custody.

You can

watch more on BBC One at 18:30.

Road closures for restoration

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

To allow the scaffold to be built around Chester's Eastgate Clock safely, the road for 15m either side of Eastgate Bridge will be closed from 10.30-16:00 Monday to Friday.

Chester clock plaque
John Turner/Geosquare

Traffic diversions are in place around the city.

Tonight's forecast

Sara Blizzard

Weather Presenter

We've seen some decent breaks in the cloud and it's been a milder day.

There will be a little bit of patchy rain coming in from the North West later and the night time temperature will be dropping down to a minimum of 6C (43F).

Sara Blizzard reads the forecast

More about the outlook for the next few days is


Reds to face giant striker

Tom Mullen

BBC News

AFC Wimbledon may be one of the Football League's smaller clubs - but Liverpool will come face to face with one of the biggest players during tonight's FA Cup third round clash.

Adebayo Akinfenwa
Getty Images

AFC's giant striker Adebayo Akinfenwa tips the scales at 16 stone and once boasted that he can bench-press 180kg - a weight equivalent to almost three Raheem Sterlings.

Fibre broadband in more homes

Another 10,000 Cheshire homes and businesses are expected to have access to fibre broadband by summer 2017 as a result of a £6m project signed between four Cheshire councils and BT.

Broadband lights

It is expected to take fibre broadband coverage in Cheshire to more than 400,000 homes and businesses when BT's commercial roll-out of the technology is also taken into account.

Work will start on the planning of the additional network in autumn 2015, according to Halton Borough Council.

Southport 'Spiderman' jailed

Southport Visiter

Southport prisoner James Gelling

who leapt over a 12ft-high dock and fled from a court after being refused bail has now been jailed.

News on the hour

Graham Whyte

BBC Radio Merseyside

The fashion retailer, Bank, which runs 84 stores - mainly through the Midlands, North of England, including Merseyside and Cheshire, and Scotland - has announced it is to go into administration. It will continue trading while a buyer is sought.

More on this story and others in our 17:00 bulletin.

Mayor defends Merseyside devolution

Paul Burnell

BBC News

Critics of plans to devolve more powers to Merseyside are bringing the

area into disrepute, says Liverpool's mayor.

Joe Anderson
Getty Images

Joe Anderson said council leaders

agreed a few weeks ago, and with "no preconditions", a Liverpool City Region devolution deal similar to that backed by Greater Manchester councils.

MP's social media demands

BBC Radio Merseyside

MP for St Helens North Dave Watts has told us the increasing demands of social media is one of the reasons why he is stepping down in May.

Life-saving equipment to remember runner

Liverpool Echo

A life-saving defibrillator has been donated by the council for use in a Liverpool park

in memory of a runner who collapsed and died during a community 5k event.

McCarthy out for Blues

BBC Radio Merseyside

Roberto Martinez has confirmed James McCarthy is likely to miss tomorrow's FA Cup clash with West Ham at Goodison.

James McCarthy

However John Stones and Kevin Mirallas are available.

News on the hour

Graham Whyte

BBC Radio Merseyside

Residents of Liverpool are welcoming plans to set up two more alcohol-free zones in the city.

At 16:00 we hear from a man who launched a petition demanding action after seeing a fight in the street last summer. It has so far been signed by 700 people.

Is this a new Blues Belieber?

Despite the Blues' travails this season, it looks like they've won a fan in global pop star Justin Bieber.

Justin Bieber in an Everton shirt

The celebrity posted these photos

on Twitter of himself playing football in Everton's white and purple kit.

School to reopen on Wednesday

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Liverpool City Council said the water supply outage at The King David school campus in Childwall was discovered first thing this morning.

A spokesman said texts were sent to parents at 09:45 when it became apparent that they were not going to be able to fix it quickly.

The school has apologised and said that parents had been really understanding.

They have now located the fault and the school will reopen on Wednesday - parents are being contacted by text message to let them know.

Reds' fans look away now

Paul Burnell

BBC News

Our colleagues on the BBC Sport website are running the whole of Liverpool's humiliating defeat by the "Crazy Gang" of Wimbledon in the

1988 FA Cup Final 1-0 defeat.

Liverpool v Wimbledon
Getty Images

I think Vinny Jones's early challenge on Steve McMahon is one of the scariest tackles I have ever seen.

Couple and toddler's escape

Chester Chronicle

A couple and their two-year-old child escaped as

fire ripped through their flat in Chester, say firefighters.

Cunard's Mersey display

Nafeesa Shan

BBC News

Cunard's three cruise liners will sail in a "carefully choreographed" display for the

175th anniversary celebrations of the company founded in Liverpool.

The Queen Mary 2, the Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria

Liverpool City Council said the Queen Mary 2, the Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Victoria will meet on the River Mersey for the first time in May

News on the hour

Graham Whyte

BBC Radio Merseyside

A 27-year-old Merseyside man - with a string of convictions - has been jailed for a year for escaping from a magistrates' court.

James Gelling - who's fled a court hearing before - scaled 12ft high glass panelling, kicked a dock officer, knocked out a loose ceiling panel and then smashed his way through an electronically controlled door causing £2,500 worth of damage.

Work begins on historic clock

Tom Mullen

BBC News Online

Here's a bit more about

the work which began on Chester's historic clock today, as part of a £500,000 project.

Chester clock
Dave Pickersgill/Geograph

Scaffolding is being erected around the clock, which was installed on Eastgate Bridge to commemorate the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897.

The road either side of the landmark will be closed from 10.30-16:00 GMT Monday to Friday for up to eight weeks.

Giants documentary

Joe Anderson tweets: If you missed the brilliant Giants programme on @bbcmerseyside over the xmas period, you can listen to it here.

Giant girl in Liverpool
Getty Images

Full criminal fortune 'hidden'

Liverpool Echo

Authorities chasing the illicit fortunes of Liverpool's notorious Fitzgibbon crime family suspect their drug-dealing profits

could be buried in hidden assets.

Bridal store with a difference

Warrington Guardian

A newlywed from Latchford decided to break with tradition when she opened her new bridal store, after

struggling to find the gown of her dreams.

Views sought on station merger

A consultation on plans to merge fire stations in Wirral closes today. Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service

tweeted to encourage people working and living in the area to have their say.


The idea is

a draft proposal to close West Kirby and Upton fire stations and build a new station in a more central location on Frankby Road, Greasby, as an alternative to the outright closure of West Kirby.

News on the hour

Graham Whyte

BBC Radio Merseyside

Liverpool Council has put forward plans for two more alcohol-free zones in the city.

The ban would cover streets around West Derby Road and the A57 Kensington Road.

Arrests after Seaforth assault

Two teenage boys have been

arrested on suspicion of an assault near The Claremont pub, Sandy Road, Seaforth.

The 28-year-old victim of the attack, which took place on Friday, remains in hospital in a stable condition.

The victim was treated for injuries to his arm "consistent with knife wounds", said police. The two boys arrested today were aged 13 and 16.

Your views

Alex Homer

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.

Tell us what you think.

Back to work blues?

Knowsley Safari Park

tweets: Feeling the back-to-work dread? Here's a snap of one of our giraffes to cheer you up!

Knowsley Safari Park

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

A Wirral pensioner is now stable in hospital after he was run over by his own car.

The 83-year-old had been working on his vehicle in his driveway in Leasowe when it happened.

More on this and other stories in our 13:00 headlines.

Basketball results

BBC Sport

In the BBL Championship, Cheshire Phoenix outplayed the Giants. Catch up with

the rest of the results.

Appeal over missing husband

Concerns are growing for the welfare of a man who was last seen by his wife at about 10:00 on New Year's Eve.

Adam Whitehurst, 34, is missing from the Churchtown area of Southport.

Adam Whitehurst

He is 6ft 1in and was last seen wearing a dark grey thick North Face jacket with a hood, dark grey/blue tracksuit bottoms and brown loafer shoes. He was riding a red mountain bike.

Have-a-go hero

Wirral Globe

A woman was

rescued by a neighbour using a ladder after unattended candles set fire to a sofa at her Moreton home.

Coming up later

Billy Butler

BBC Radio Merseyside

Formally of the Dubliners, Sean Cannon is hitting the road again with the Dublin Legends - they visit St Helens and New Brighton in March.

Graeme Garden and Barry Cryer

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue comes to the Empire next weekend - Graeme Garden, former Goodie, who is pictured here with fellow panelist Barry Cryer, also joins me on
today's programme. Tune in from 14:00-16:00.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

A spectacular visual projection is to take place in Liverpool, as part of Cunard's 175th anniversary celebrations in May.

One element of the event in May will be called Sea of Faces - and will involve hundreds of people who live and work in the city beamed on to waterfront buildings.

More on this in our 12:00 bulletin.

Divock Origi to return

BBC Sport

Liverpool are set to pay Lille £3m to bring striker Divock Origi back to Anfield this month,

according to the BBC Sport Football Gossip Column.

Divock Origi of Liverpool
Getty Images

The 19-year-old Belgium international is currently on a season-long loan at the French club from Brendan Rodgers's side.

Water outage closes school

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

The King David School campus in Childwall has no water supply and will not be open today, Liverpool City Council warns.

Parents of primary school children are asked to pick children up as soon as possible from Beauclair Drive. High School children will be sent home at 10:25.

The council said parents had been informed by text message and would be contacted again when it was known when the school would reopen.

Eastgate Clock restoration begins

The £500,000 restoration of Chester's Eastgate Clock and Bridge begins today. The start of the project will see a scaffold built around the structure.

The clock
Cheshire West and Chester Council

The work will then see the famous clock encased in protective plastic whilst specialist contractors William Anelay, carry out restorations to sections of its ornamental ironwork.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

As a Merseyside debt adviser warns 2015 could be even worse for low-income families in our region - we hear from one man from Southport on the stress of falling behind with your bills.

Tune in from 11:00.