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  1. Updates on Tuesday 6 January 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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Coming up on NWT

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

Coming up on North West Tonight - two Merseyside Police officers are investigated by the police watchdog over allegations they abused their position to sexually exploit women.

And we get the latest on where Liverpool's Steven Gerrard is heading at the end of the season.

Watch more on BBC One at 18:30.

Hillsborough flame moves to cathedral

As part of the temporary relocation of Anfield's Hillsborough memorial, the eternal flame has been taken to Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral.

Hillsborough eternal flame memorial at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral

It will reside in the cathedral while work is carried out on the stadium and will be returned when the existing memorial is reinstated.

Islands preview

Following their visitor numbers announcement, Chester Zoo has given us a glimpse of what their new Islands site is going to look like.

Zoo view
Chester Zoo

The £30m development is due to open later this year and will house species including tigers, crocodiles and orangutans.

Man shot in buttocks

A man has been shot in the buttocks in an attack in Bootle this afternoon.

Daniel Close

Police went to reports of gun shots being heard near Hornby Boulevard and a house window being damaged in Daniel Close at about 13:30 and found the injured 21-year-old, who was taken to hospital for treatment.

Det Ch Insp Tom Keaton said his injuries were not thought to be life-threatening and officers believed he had been the victim of a targeted attack.

Hillsborough memorial move

Hillsborough families have attended a private service at Anfield this afternoon.

Temporary Hillsborough memorial at Anfield

The service, led by Liverpool Football Club's chaplain, was to mark the Hillsborough memorial's temporary relocation while stadium expansion work is carried out.

The club is placing the existing memorial near the Shankly Gates in safe storage during the expansion. The temporary memorial is at the entrance of the Centenary Stand.

Elderly man cut free

Tom Airey

BBC News

An 88-year-old man needed to be cut free after the car he was travelling in crashed and overturned on a Formby Bypass roundabout this afternoon.

Firefighters rescued the man near the junction with Liverpool Road, Formby, at about 15:20 GMT.

He was then taken to Aintree Hospital by ambulance.

Berahino battle

BBC Sport

The BBC Sport gossip column reports Liverpool are ready to do battle for the £20m signature of West Brom striker Saido Berahino (
via the Independent).

Getty Images

The 21-year-old scored four goals for the Baggies in their FA Cup 7-0 demolition of Gateshead last weekend.

News on the hour

Graham Whyte

BBC Radio Merseyside

A Merseyside MP claims he isn't being allowed to access a report into a murder at Altcourse Prison in Fazakerley.

Steve Rotheram, MP for Liverpool Walton, told the Commons he has not been able to access the findings of an inquiry carried out following the killing of a 35-year-old prisoner two months ago.

Listen live to the bulletin.

Officer injured in Remembrance brawl

Liverpool Echo

A Royal Navy engineer dislocated a police officer's thumb after drunkenly lashing out at him outside a Merseyside Royal British Legion social club on

Remembrance Sunday.

Rovers extend Thompson loan

Ian Kennedy

BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

Tranmere Rovers have extended Josh Thompson's loan deal from Colchester United until 24 January.

Josh Thompson
Getty Images

The centre back signed for Rovers in October and has made six appearances for the club.

Zoo figures

Chester Zoo

tweets: We counted animals & now we've totted up visitors. A huge 1,432,867 came in 2014, an all-time record. Thank you all!

Chester Zoo

Blustery Wirral

Paul Burnell

BBC News

The cast of ITV drama Broadchurch are not the only people who like a good walk on the beach.

Red Rocks beach
Eric Wells

We're grateful to Eric Wells, of West Kirby, for this wonderful shot from his bracing walk on Red Rocks beach earlier today.

Introducing the Beast

Tom Airey

BBC News

AFC Wimbledon striker Adebayo Akinfenwa showed off some silky skills against Liverpool last night and even bagged a goal against the team he's supported since he was small - which as anyone who saw the match will know was quite a while ago.

Adi Akinfenwa
BBC Sport

BBC Sport has pulled together

ten things you might not know about the striker they call 'The Beast', including the fact he inspired 39,000 tweets during the FA Cup tie.

News on the hour

Graham Whyte

BBC Radio Merseyside

Liverpool Walton MP Steve Rotheram claims he's being denied access to a report into a murder at Altcourse Prison in Fazakerley.

The inquiry was carried out following the killing of a 35-year-old prisoner two months ago.

Listen live to the bulletin.

Locked-in couple rescued

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News

Firefighters came to the rescue of a couple who became locked in the living room of

their first floor flat in Runcorn.

Happy anniversary

Paul Burnell

BBC News

Always one to keep on the right side of the boys in blue, I would like to congratulate Merseyside's chief constable on 40 years in the force.

Merseyside Police Chief Constable Sir Jon Murphy

Sir Jon Murphy joined the force as a cadet in 1975 and spent three years in the force support group, during which time he worked on the 1981 Toxteth riots.

Last year, he was knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours for services to policing.

He will be reflecting on this milestone with Radio Merseyside's

Simon Hoban after 16:00.

Gerrard 'close' to LA Galaxy deal

Ben Smith

BBC Sport

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is on the brink of finalising

an 18-month deal to join Los Angeles Galaxy.

Steve Gerrard
Getty Images

The 34-year-old is expected to sign a contract worth about £6m, making him one of the highest earners in Major League Soccer.

An announcement is expected this week following Friday's shock news that Gerrard would quit Liverpool at the end of the season.

He will be available to join the Galaxy once his Reds contract expires in June.

Weird hotel souvenirs

Warrington Guardian

Where would you find unsigned divorce papers, 10 hazard cones and an artificial leg?

The answer is a hotel chain's

bizarre list of 'left behinds' in Warrington.

News on the hour

Graham Whyte

BBC Radio Merseyside

Hillsborough families have gathered at Liverpool Football Club to watch the eternal flame in the memorial to their loved ones transferred to the city's Anglican Cathedral.

Listen live at 15:00.

MP's seaside prosperity call

Southport's MP is calling for greater support for coastal towns to ensure they benefit from economic recovery.

Southport promenade
Jeff Buck/Geograph

Liberal Democrat John Pugh is leading a debate later in the wake of a new report on the impact of economic growth on seaside resorts.

He said the tourism and leisure industry is faring better in the South than in the North West and he also believes there has been too much concentration on city deals and the extra funding they command.

Replacing Stevie G

Phil McNulty

Chief football writer

When Steven Gerrard suffered a rare blemish in the middle of his latest masterclass, AFC Wimbledon's fans pounced on the topic that will dominate Liverpool's agenda between

now and the day he takes his leave.

Steven Gerrard books Liverpool's place in round four of the FA Cup with both goals in their 2-1 win at AFC Wimbledon
Getty Images

Grant cuts warning

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News

Halton Council leader councillor Rob Polhill has blasted the Government over the

latest hit to the borough's finances.

Mr Polhill called the local authority's grant settlement, revealed on 18 December, 'very poor'.

PC murder accused in court

Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News

Two men have appeared in court

accused of murdering an off-duty policeman on a Christmas night out.

PC Neil Doyle
Merseyside Police

PC Neil Doyle, 36, was attacked near the Aloha Club in Liverpool on 19 December.

Andrew Taylor, 28, of Cherry Tree Road, Huyton and Christopher Spendlove, 30, of Brandearth Hey, Stockbridge Village appeared via videolink from prison at Liverpool Crown Court.

They will next appear in court on 20 March for a plea hearing. A provisional trial date has been set for 22 June.

News on the hour

Graham Whyte

BBC Radio Merseyside

Hillsborough families are gathering at Anfield to watch the eternal flame in their loved ones' memorial transferred to Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral.

Listen live to the bulletin.

Sunny afternoon

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather Presenter

It will be mostly dry this afternoon with sunny spells and an occasional shower.

Weather presenter

It will stay dry with clear spells and light winds overnight allowing temperatures to fall close to freezing.

Cargo wreck found

The wreck of the cargo ship Cemfjord, which sank in the Pentland Firth on its way to Runcorn, has been

located on the seabed.

Cemfjord sinking

Eight crew members perished in the sinking.

Dog starver jailed

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News

A dog owner from Runcorn who left a Great Dane to starve to death in a caravan toilet

has been sentenced to 14 weeks in prison.

Coming up

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

Coming up on North West Today, we have the latest on the two Merseyside Police officers who are being investigated over claims they abused their position to sexually exploit women.

And as people across the country are urged to use pharmacies and walk-in centres because of the current demand on hospitals, Liverpool GPs ask patients to think twice before going to A&E.

Watch more on BBC One at 13:30.

Rafa to return?

BBC Sport

Former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez could replace Brendan Rodgers at the end of the season, admitting he has offers on the table and is unsure of

his future at current club Napoli.

Rafa Benitez
Getty Images

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

The eternal flame in memory of the 96 Hillsborough victims will be moved from Anfield to Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral later.

Listen live to the bulletin.

Gig memories

The Farm's Peter Hooton

tweets: Can't believe this was 7 years ago - the very first gig at the
@EchoArena the week before the official opening!

Pete Hooton gig pic
TheFarm/Peter Hooton

Micky on the shortlist

Phil Kinsella

BBC Merseyside Sport

Tranmere's Micky Adams has been shortlisted for the League Two Manager of the Month award for December.

Micky Adams

Rovers picked up two wins and a draw as well as beating Oxford United in the FA Cup.

The winner will be announced on Friday.

Hillsborough memorial move

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside

The eternal flame in memory of the 96 Hillsborough victims will be moved from Anfield to Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral later as part of the ground's redevelopment.

Hillsborough memorial

Families of those who lost loved ones will gather by the Shankly Gates for a private service led by Liverpool's club chaplain at 14:00.

A lantern from the eternal flame will be used to light a candle in the memorial chapel at the cathedral.

Hillsborough families will also be shown the new temporary memorial at the Centenary Stand. The club says the existing memorial will be put in storage until the redevelopment is finished at the start of the 2016/17 season.

Hospital waiting times

Paul Burnell

BBC News

If you want to pick your way through the current debate about hospital waiting times then our colleagues on BBC Health have produced

this handy online guide.

Hospital graphic

According to the guide, overall A&E admissions are down this week at the Royal Liverpool Hospital with 87.2% of people being seen within four hours.

Carra's warning

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher

tweets: Liverpool struggled for goals this season their top scorer is going to MLS next season!!!!!!

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

The police watchdog is investigating claims two Merseyside Police abused their positions to sexually exploit young women.

Listen live at 12:00.

Everton goalkeeper retires

BBC Sport

Everton Ladies and England goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis has

announced her retirement from football.

Rachel Brown-Finnis
Getty Images

The 34-year-old made her England debut at 16 and won 82 caps. She played at two World Cups and

the 2012 Olympics for Great Britain.

Brown-Finnis, who has been with Everton since 2003, will become a club ambassador.

"It is simply down to the amount of pain I suffer with my knee and back over the course of a season," she said.

Travel boss grilled

Roger Phillips

BBC Radio Merseyside

Merseytravel helps keep the region on the move, but how do you think it is performing?

Liam Robinson, chair of Merseytravel, will be in the hot seat from 12:00 to 13:00 to answer your questions.

Listen at 12:00.

New £10m cancer centre

Liverpool Echo

Liverpool's health authority has pledged to invest nearly £10m in a

new cancer centre for the city.