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  1. Updates on Wednesday 7 January 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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Goodnight all

That concludes Merseyside's Local Live updates for Wednesday.

Join us again at 08:00 GMT on Thursday for all your news, sport, travel and weather.

Tonight's weather

BBC Weather

Latest

It's going to be

wet and windy this evening on Merseyside.

Weather
BBC

The rain should clear by around midnight, with the wind easing a little by dawn.

Coming up on NWT

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

On this evening's North West Tonight - three men appear in court charged with the murder of a Merseyside teenager who was found stabbed to death.

And Los Angeles Galaxy confirm Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will be joining them in July.

Watch more on BBC One at 18:30.

Drug equipment found at arson house

Tom Airey

BBC News

Firefighters sent to a suspected arson at a house in Walton found equipment which can be used to grow cannabis.

Crews tackled the blaze on Buchanan Road at 04:45 GMT and discovered heater lamps and ducting.

No cannabis plants were found.

'Future LA Galaxy midfielder' interview

Tom Airey

BBC News

LA Galaxy's TV channel has posted its

first interview with Liverpool's Steven Gerrard.

Gerrard
GALAXY TV

Speaking to Galaxy TV, the 34-year-old, said it was "the right time for a new challenge".

The midfielder will play for the Major League Soccer club

after his contract at Anfield expires.

Pensioner jailed for drug dealing

Tom Mullen

BBC News Online

I'm looking into a story about a pensioner who began using cocaine after becoming convinced he had cancer.

Roger Bishop
Lancashire Constabulary

Roger Bishop, 66, ended up becoming a dealer - and was today jailed for seven years after he admitted being concerned in the supply of cocaine and possessing heroin with intent to supply.

Bishop, of Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire, was eventually caught while returning from a drug run to Liverpool, with around 1lb (500g) of heroin in his vehicle, Preston Crown Court heard.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

Council tax in St. Helens could be set to rise by just under 2%.

The authority's holding a cabinet meeting to consider its budget for the next financial year.

Listen live to the bulletin.

Fire service recruiting

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service is

recruiting for on-call firefighters for Knutsford Fire Station on Mobberley Road.

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service firefighter
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service

Potential recruits need to be at least 18 and must live or work close to the fire station and have a real interest in the fire and rescue service and helping in the community.

BMW appeal

Tom Airey

BBC News

Police are trying to trace the driver of a BMW involved in a fatal crash near Southport on Tuesday evening.

A 46-year-old man died and two women suffered serious injuries when a Peugeot and a Toyota crashed on Southport Road, Scarisbrick.

Police said a silver or grey BMW was seen being driven recklessly at the time of the collision and failed to stop at the scene.

Blood donors needed

Wirral Globe

Wirral blood donors are being urged to make a donation this month following a drop in life-saving supplies over the Christmas and New Year period.

The National Blood and transplant service says heavy demand for blood and many people taking extended holidays have seen stock levels fall.

Man sought after 'frightening ordeal'

Merseyside Police has issued CCTV images of a man they believe may have vital information after a "very frightening ordeal" in Liverpool city centre last year.

CCTV image of a man on a bike
Merseyside police

Two women, aged 19 and 18, were assaulted and one was robbed as they walked home along London Road in the early hours of 17 November. A man on a bike had followed them across a car park before grabbing one of them.

The offender then assaulted the 18-year-old woman and grabbed her handbag before both women managed to get away from the offender and he ran off.

Dumbledore the seal 'stable'

Emma Stanley

BBC News

Dumbledore the seal has undergone further x-rays and treatment for pneumonia and his condition is "stable but serious".

Dumbledore the seal
RSPCA

The young adult grey seal was admitted to

RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre for specialist treatment after he was found in a farmer's field in Newton-le-Willows on 22 December.

The centre's manage Alison Charles said he was "still on antibiotics for pneumonia and has little appetite but we are hoping he will start to make an improvement soon".

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A cruise ship passenger is in a stable condition in hospital after being rescued from a liner in the River Mersey.

The emergency happened just 30 minutes into a voyage to the Canary Islands.

Listen live to the bulletin.

Chuffed to bits

Halton Borough Council and the North Cheshire Railway Users Group proved a project to spruce up a railway station was on the right tracks after

winning a national award.

Halton Borough Council's Executive Board Member for Transportation, Cllr Tom McInerney and Community Development Officer Kerry Fairchild
Halton Borough Council

More than 40 young people all involved in the National Citizen Scheme worked alongside volunteers to turn a piece of scrubland into a garden to commemorate World War One.

Rescue on the Mersey

BBC Radio Merseyside

A cruise ship passenger is stable in hospital after a rescue mission in the River Mersey on Monday.

The Porth Dinllaen
Turbine Transfers

The liner had only just departed the Liverpool Cruise Ship Berth, carrying 900 passengers en route to the Canary Islands, when the female passenger was taken ill.

The Porth Dinllaen, designed specifically for fast crew transfers for those working on the Liverpool 2 project, came to the rescue and quickly disembarked both the sick woman and her husband, taking them to a waiting ambulance on the shore.

Electricity fault affecting traffic

Emma Stanley

BBC News

St Helens Council is reporting an electricity fault on Warrington Road junction with Norlands Lane, Rainhill, close to the Rainhill Stoops island, Junction 7 on the M62.

The council warns two-way temporary traffic signals will be in operation from 18:30 tonight and will be there during the peak periods for the next two to three days until the fault is resolved.

Delays can be expected and motorists should try to find an alternative route.

Calling all artists

Chester's Grosvenor Museum will hold its annual

Open Art Exhibition from 12 March.

The show gives artists in the area a chance to show their work in a public exhibition that runs until 17 June.

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News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A Wirral woman's been jailed for eight months for stealing more than £10,000 from a charity she ran.

Lynn Donovan's crimes took Wirral Resource Centre and Toy Library to the brink of closure.

The 43-year-old was told it was a "gross breach of trust and a betrayal of those who donated money" to the organisation, which supports children with complex needs.

Listen live to the bulletin.

Teen murder accused in court

Emma Stanley

BBC News

Three men have appeared in court charged with murder after a teenager was found dead in St. Helens on New Year's Day.

Jordan Campbell
family

Jordan Campbell, 17, was found at a flat in Tickle Avenue and a post-mortem examination found he died from a single stab wound.

Daniel Joseph Wiltshire, 25, of Newton-le-Willows, Ruben Thomas Hoather, 22, of St Helens and Anthony Mark Wood, 32, of Thatto Heath all appeared at Liverpool Crown Court. They were further remanded in custody until 24 April when they are expected to enter pleas.

Liverpool Ladies snap up trio

BBC Sport

Women's Super League champions

Liverpool have announced three signings ahead of the new season, which begins in March.

Ingrid Ryland, Satara Murray and Line Krogedal Smorsgard
Liverpool Ladies on Twitter

American central defender Satara Murray, 21, joins from North Carolina Tar Heels, having previously played for Washington Spirit, and full-back Ingrid Ryland arrives from Norwegian Toppserien side Arna-Bjornar.

The 25-year-old is joined by her countrywoman and Klepp IL striker Line Krogedal Smorsgard, 27.

MP to step down

St Helens The Reporter

Dave Watts, the Labour MP who has represented St Helens in Parliament for the past 17 years,

is to step down from frontline politics at the next election.

Dave Watts
BBC

He told local party members of his decision during a series of meetings over the weekend.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

As it is confirmed Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will join the Los Angeles Galaxy in July, former Everton player Kevin Kilbane says the midfielder deserved to be treated better at Anfield.

Listen live to the bulletin.

Young blue eyes

Billy Butler

BBC Radio Merseyside

Local lad George Gallagher, 22, won this weekend's BBC One programme

Frank Sinatra: Our Way. His prize? To sing at the Frank Sinatra centenary concert later this year.

George Gallagher
BBC

He'll be on the show between 14:00 and 16:00 and singing live.

The animals went in two-by-two

BBC Radio Merseyside's Steve Coleman spent time with Chester Zoo as they made their

annual count of animals.

Giraffes at Chester Zoo
BBC

The zoo also had 1,432,867 humans visit in 2014.

No Hillsborough inquests today

The BBC's North of England correspondent Judith Moritz

tweets: #
Hillsborough Inquests are off today but will sit tomorrow, say the court.

Coming up on North West Today

Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, North West Tonight

The MP for Sefton Central, Bill Esterson, calls for the compulsory labelling alcohol with warnings about the dangers to unborn babies.

The MP will present a bill in the Commons later and says at least one in 100 babies are born with brain damage because their mothers drank during pregnancy.

And we have the latest on Steven Gerrard as his move to LA Galaxy is confirmed by the American club's coach.

Watch more on BBC One at 13:30.

Galaxy confirm Gerrard move

BBC Sport

Liverpool captain

Steven Gerrard will join the Los Angeles Galaxy in July, according to the club's coach.

Steven Gerrard
Getty Images

Bruce Arena told the LA Times that the Major League Soccer side will make an official announcement on Wednesday.

Galaxy president Chris Klein described former England midfielder Gerrard, 34, as "the perfect fit".

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

It has been confirmed Steven Gerrard will join LA Galaxy this summer.

The coach of the MLS side Bruce Arena's revealed the Liverpool captain's signed a deal with them and he will arrive in July.

Listen live to the bulletin.

Witnesses sought in 'unprovoked attack'

Emma Stanley

BBC News

Detectives in Liverpool are appealing for witnesses following "a completely unprovoked attack" on two women in the city centre in the early hours of 29 December.

Merseyside Police say the women, aged 40 and 48, had hailed a taxi on Victoria Street and as one of them was about to get in, she was grabbed by a woman who pushed her to the floor and kicked and punched her. When the victim's friend tried to intervene, she was thrown to the floor and knocked unconscious.

A police spokesman says the attacker then went off in the taxi and the two women were taken to the Royal Liverpool University Hospital with extensive bruising.

The Voice's 'really comfy' chairs

The BBC talent show

The Voice returns this weekend with judges Tom Jones, Will.i.am, Ricky Wilson and new judge Rita Ora.

Marvin Humes
PA

Host and former JLS singer Marvin Humes told BBC Radio Merseyside's Sean Styles it's "great to be with the contestants' friends and families" and revealed the famous red spinning chairs "are really comfy and have little cup holders".

McLaughlin makes Telford move

BBC Sport

AFC Telford United have signed

Everton's teenage defender Ben McLaughlin on a month's loan.

Ben McLaughlin
Empics

The 19-year-old right-back is a replacement for Ryan Higgins, who has completed his expected move to Chester.

A&E pressures

Roger Phillips

BBC Radio Merseyside

I'm talking to Dr Rob Barnett, secretary of the Liverpool Local Medical Committee, about the pressures on the A&E departments.

You can listen to me live on

BBC Radio Merseyside.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

There's a possibility the Giants could be returning to Liverpool in 2016.

Mayor Joe Anderson's due to hold talks with the company involved later this month.

The marionettes were here in 2012 and again last year when an estimated one million people lined the streets to see the three-day event called Memories of 1914.

Listen live to the bulletin.

Windy weather warning

BBC Weather

tweets: Wind gusts could exceed 100mph in places on Thurs night / Friday morning.

weather warning
BBC

Read the full weather warning

here.

Leon on the mend

BBC Radio Merseyside

Gogglebox star Leon Bernicoff has thanked people for their well wishes after he spent a night in hospital.

The 80-year-old is now back at home and has revealed he is gradually recovering.

He stars on the Channel 4 show, which films people as they watch the TV, with his wife June.

A51 open again

Cheshire Police

tweets: The A51 #
Tarvin has now re-opened following an earlier collision.

Crumpet crisis

Chester Chronicle

Almost

100 crumpets were stolen from a primary school in Saltney.

The crumpets were destined to feed 60 breakfast club pupils at Wood Memorial CP in Saltney, but quick-thinking staff cooked up an alternative breakfast.

crumpets
Thinkstock

Headteacher Ceri Williams branded the incident "the great crumpet crisis" but said luckily cooks were able to pull together a selection of healthy alternatives before the children arrived.

Catch up on Everton's FA Cup drama

You can

watch highlights from Everton's dramatic FA Cup third round match at Goodison Park last night.

Lukaku scores Everton's equaliser
BBC

Look out for Romelu Lukaku's injury time volley which avoided a fifth successive defeat for Roberto Martinez's side.