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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday 8 January
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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That's all from the Local Live team.

Join us for all your news, sport, travel and weather again from 08:00 on Friday.

Gales and rain

BBC Weather reports the winds will start to pick up again this evening with gales, severe in places, as a band of rain rattles through - some heavier bursts over any higher ground. It'll clear by the early hours. Lows of 6°C (43°F).

Weather forecast
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Coming up on North West Tonight

Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, North West Tonight

A consultant who was working at Sheffield's Northern General Hospital on the day of the Hillsborough disaster tells the inquests they didn't have enough doctors to cope with the number of patients.

The former Cavern Club owner Ray McFall, who helped launch the career of The Beatles, dies at the age of 88.

And we meet two ponies who are recovering from near starvation after being found abandoned in Wirral.

Watch more on BBC One at 18:30

CCTV of head-on crash released

CCTV footage has been released of the moments leading up to a crash in Scarisbrick which killed a man and seriously injured two women.

CCTV footage of moments before crash
Lancashire Police

Andrew Birch, 46 and from Skelmersdale, died when the Peugeot Horizon he was travelling in hit a Toyota Carina in a head-on collision at about 18:00 on Tuesday on the A570 Southport Road near The Villa Cafe.

It is believed that a stolen grey BMW 335D M Sport was involved in a dangerous overtake manoeuvre, causing the other two vehicles to collide, before driving off towards the direction of Southport.

Travel latest

BBC Radio Merseyside

reports queuing traffic on A557 Weston Point Expressway southbound in Runcorn between the A5126 Weston Link junction and Runcorn.

There is also congestion on Southport Road, Thornton and there is slow moving traffic on the A565 Crosby Road, Sefton as well as delays on the M62 due to an accident between Junction 11 (Birchwood) and 12.

Kirkby Tesco scrapped

Claire Hamilton

Political reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

BBC Radio Merseyside has learned supermarket chain Tesco has decided not to build a major new retail outlet in Kirkby town centre.

Earlier today the retailer announced it was shelving plans to open a further 49 new "very large" stores across the country.

It's just been announced the store planned for Kirkby, which was originally part of Everton's plans to move to Knowsley, is one of them. Knowsley Council leader Ron Round said he's "extremely disappointed".

Line drawn under Gerrard exit

BBC Sport

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has attempted to draw a line under

the debate over whether the club did enough to keep Steven Gerrard.

Brendan Rodgers
PA

The Reds captain, 34, was offered a new deal in November but has opted to end his 25-year Anfield stay and will join Los Angeles Galaxy in July.

Rodgers said: "Everything is said on the situation that needs to be said."

BBC Radio Merseyside

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#tesco confirm they are NOT going ahead with Kirkby store. Hear
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News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

The jury in the trial of a Runcorn firm accused of corporate manslaughter after one of its employees died in an industrial oven has retired to consider its verdict.

Alan Catterall, 54, from Halewood became trapped in the oven at Pyranha Mouldings' factory in 2010.

The firm denies the charge.

Listen live to the bulletin.

Petition over bank closure

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

Business leaders in Neston are fearing for its future as a major bank prepares to pull out.

A petition's been launched urging NatWest to reconsider plans to shut its branch in the town in March.

It will mean customers will have to travel to Heswall or Ellesmere Port, but the bank insists it is all down to a drop in customer numbers.

Rodgers: Focus on football

BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

Brendan Rodgers admits Steven Gerrard will leave a void at Liverpool when he moves on in the summer but says it's a chance for other players to prove their worth at Anfield.

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard
LA Galaxy

The Reds boss has been speaking for the first time since his captain revealed he would have signed a new contract if he'd been offered one after the World Cup.

Rodgers said he just wants everyone at the club to concentrate on the football.

Cruise liner expansion plans

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

Liverpool City Council's considering buying the temporary cruise liner terminal at the Pier Head while it works on securing a permanent home for the facility.

A report being looked at by councillors tomorrow recommends purchasing the floating structure, which it's currently renting, and extending it to accommodate more passengers.

Fifty-four ships are expected this year bringing with them over 80,000 passengers - a 40% increase on 2014.

Hospital sorry for 12-hour wait

Arrowe Park Hospital has apologised after an injured disabled man had to wait more than three hours for an ambulance then spend nine hours in Accident and Emergency.

John Terry and his sister Pam maddock
BBC

Sixty-two-year old John Terry, who has epilepsy and mobility and memory problems, fell and cut his head on Monday at his flat in Wallasey.

Arrowe Park Hospital said there were "extreme demands" on its A&E department and Mr Terry was one of 240 patients seen and treated that day.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

The jury in the trial of a Runcorn company, accused of corporate manslaughter after one of its employees died in an industrial oven, has retired to consider its verdict.

Fifty-four-year-old Alan Catterall from Halewood became trapped in the oven at Pyranha Mouldings' factory in 2010.

The firm denies the charge.

Cardiac casualties 'treated as dead'

A hospital consultant working on the day of the Hillsborough disaster has told the inquests

some cardiac arrest patients were "treated as dead".

Hillsborough disaster
Hillsborough Inquests

James Wardrope told the jury he decided to send "four or five" casualties to a temporary mortuary because of the sheer numbers of emergency admissions.

Had a "major incident" been called earlier, he said, the Northern General Hospital could have prepared better.

The jury heard 56 patients were admitted to the hospital within 45 minutes.

Kirkby accident

BBC Travel

reports the A506 Valley Road, Kirkby is closed and there is very slow traffic in both directions between the Whitefield Drive junction and the Kirkby Row junction because of an accident.

Rail electrification 'sooner than planned'

Catherine Lee

BBC News

Train passengers in the north of England will have access to more seats, despite the loss of some stock to the south, the transport minister has said.

People buying tickets
EPA

Patrick McLoughlin said there would be additional trains or more carriages on some TransPennine Express and Northern routes.

In addition,

the electrification of trains on the Manchester Victoria to Liverpool, and Liverpool to Preston routes will be rolled out faster than previously planned.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A consultant who treated patients at a Sheffield hospital following the Hillsborough disaster has told the inquests doctors were "on the back foot" because a major incident wasn't declared by the emergency services.

James Wardrope said there could have been four or five more doctors available to treat patients, had the warning been issued.

High winds warning

NW Motorway Police

tweets: High winds expected from midnight this evening. Please check before you travel, particularly if you drive a high sided vehicle.

Bright and breezy

Chris Fawkes

BBC Weather

BBC Weather reports it will be a bright and breezy end the day with sunny spells and an isolated shower possible around Hoylake or Crosby at first this afternoon. Wet and windy conditions will arrive by late evening.

Chris Fawkes
BBC

Maximum temperature: 8C (46F)

Full story: Beatles champion dies

Ian Youngs

Entertainment reporter, BBC News

Former Cavern Club owner Ray McFall, who helped launch the careers of The Beatles, has died.

Paul McCartney at The Cavern
Getty Images
The Beatles played at The Cavern Club almost 300 times over two-and-a-half years

McFall owned the Liverpool club in the 1960s, changing it from a jazz venue to a rock 'n' roll club and booking Merseybeat bands like The Beatles.

The Fab Four went on to play at the legendary basement venue 292 times.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A consultant who was working at Sheffield's Northern General Hospital on the day of the Hillsborough disaster has told the inquests patients arriving in a state of cardiac arrest were treated as dead.

James Wardrope said he took the decision to send "four or five" patients to a temporary mortuary instead of the resuscitation area because of the large number of victims arriving at A&E.

Listen live to

BBC Radio Merseyside

Taxi driver robbery appeal

Merseyside Police

tweets: CCTV Appeal - can you help to id a man officers would like to speak to re: robbery of a taxi driver, call 101
bit.ly/1tML5WL

Man people want to speak to
Merseyside Police

Abandoned ponies 'getting better'

Jimmy McCracken

BBC Radio Merseyside

I'm at Horse Sense in Wirral finding out about the progress of two starving ponies found abandoned at the side of the M53 motorway on New Year's Day.

Ponies
BBC

Blues and Twos, as they've now been named, are getting fitter every day, says chair of the equine sanctuary Amy Pirie.

She says the pair were in a "very emaciated state" and malnourished but they have now got a glint in their eyes and "even getting a bit bolshie with us now".

Coming up on the programme

Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, North West Tonight

The region's reaction to the victims of the Paris attack by masked gunmen on Charlie Hebdo magazine's office.

And how ponies left starving and emaciated at the side of a Wirral road are being nursed back to health.

Watch more on BBC One at 13:30.

Southport's 5-1 Cup win

Phil Kinsella

BBC Merseyside Sport

Southport are into the semi-finals of the Liverpool Senior Cup courtesy of beating Burscough 5-1 last night to join Bootle in the semi-finals.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

A consultant who was on duty at one of Sheffield's hospitals on the day of the Hillsborough disaster has told the inquests that victims arriving in a state of cardiac arrest were treated as dead.

James Wardrope says the Northern General Hospital didn't have enough staff available and a major incident plan wasn't implemented by South Yorkshire Police.

Listen live to

BBC Radio Merseyside

'Welcome to La La land'

BBC Sport

LA Lakers' Kobe Bryant has sent a message welcoming Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard to Los Angeles, after LA Galaxy confirmed the midfielder will join them in July.

Kobe Bryant
AP

In the video message, NBA player Bryant tells the former England player: "I've been a fan of yours for a very, very long time" and that he hopes this means "bringing another championship to the Galaxy.

"I'm sure it will".

Some cardiac arrest fans 'treated as dead'

Phil Cooper

Hillsborough Inquests

A consultant on duty at one of Sheffield's hospitals on the day of the Hillsborough disaster has told the inquests that victims arriving in a state of cardiac arrest were treated as dead.

Dr James Wardrope said the Northern General didn't have enough staff available to deal 56 patients admitted within 45 minutes and that it hadn't received a major incident warning from police.

He told the jury he had a decision to make and opted to treat patients who had suffered cardiac arrest as dead and send to them to a temporary mortuary when normally they would be taken to a resuscitation room.

Your views

Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News

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Tell us what you think.

Coming up

Roger Phillips

BBC Radio Merseyside

In the first hour of today's phone in, I'll be focusing on the shootings at the Charlie Hebdo magazine office in Paris in which 12 people died.

Masked gunman fire their weapons outside the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo's office
AP

I'll be speaking to someone who teaches at the University of Paris and spends his time in both Liverpool and Paris. Then, between 1-2pm I will be discussing education.

Please call me on 0151 709 9333 or text 81333 with Mersey before your text and join in.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

A consultant who was on duty at one of Sheffield's hospitals on the day of the Hillsborough disaster has told the inquests that victims arriving in a state of cardiac arrest were treated as dead.

James Wardrope says the Northern General Hospital didn't have enough staff available and that the major incident plan wasn't implemented by South Yorkshire Police.

Listen live to

BBC Radio Merseyside

Paris shooting tribute

BBC Radio Merseyside

The flag at Merseyside Police headquarters is at half mast today in a mark of respect for the victims of the Charlie Hebdo magazine massacre in Paris.

Merseyside Police headquarters
Merseyside Police

The force also held a two-minute silence for the 12 people killed at the office of the satirical magazine including two police officers.

Earlier today, a gunman shot dead a policewoman in southern Paris.

Tribute to former Cavern owner

BBC Radio Merseyside

Tributes are being paid to the former Cavern Club owner Ray McFall who has died.

John Lennon
Getty Images

McFall was the first person to book the Beatles and was held in high regard by the Fab Four.

John Keats, one of the club's current directors, told BBC Radio Merseyside: "The Beatles invited Ray McFall to go to New York with them on their first trip to America - the way I look at it, that was a nod to what Ray McFall had done for the Beatles."

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

The former owner of Liverpool's famous Cavern Club who first booked The Beatles to play there has died.

Ray McFall took over the venue in 1959 and transformed it from a jazz club to the home of rock and roll.

Listen live to

BBC Radio Merseyside.