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  1. Updates on Monday 12 January 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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Today's Local Live updates have now finished. Tuesday's updates will start at 08:00.

Fading showers

Showers in the south will fade to leave a clear and cold evening before showery outbreaks of rain, sleet and hill snow spread east.

There'll be a widespread frost and the risk of ice for many, with a minimum temperature of 0C (32F).

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Tuesday sees sunshine and blustery, scattered wintry showers, occasionally heavy, with hail and thunder. Some snow is possible, mainly on hills, and it will feel cold.

Coming up on TV

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

We will be looking at the conviction of a Runcorn kayak-making firm for corporate manslaughter after the tragic death of a worker shut inside an oven.

And we will be hearing about the aftermath of Tesco's decision to abandon a plan to build a superstore in Kirkby, despite buying land for the past 10 years.

Join me at 18:30.

Woman dies after being hit by car

Liverpool Echo

A pensioner has died in hospital after being hit by a car in south Liverpool.

The 70-year-old passed away last night following the incident in Garston, in which

a 77-year-old man was also seriously injured.

No fears over derby drinking

The editor of a Liverpool fanzine has criticised

moves by Liverpool City Council and Merseyside Police to move the kick-off for next month's Merseyside derby from teatime to earlier in the day.

The Premier League confirmed today the change could not take place and Gareth Roberts, Editor of Anfield Wrap, said the attitude of the police and council did not create a positive image of the city.

"Everton and Liverpool have evening games without any trouble - the police and the council seem to think people will be drinking all day. A lot of fans have families they won't be drinking."

Flushing away poverty

Skelmersdale is about to be crowned the UK's first Toilet Twinned Town in a quirky new scheme to recognise fundraising to combat poverty.


The accolade will be awarded on Sunday by the local charity initiative

Toilet Twinning, which encourages people to "twin their loo" and fund a latrine in a poorer country.

The idea was dreamed up by the Reverend Chris Spittle, vicar of St Paul's Church in the Lancashire town, who said: "It's a fun way to make a difference and tackle a really serious global issue."

Dogs sniff out illegal tobacco

Two dogs have been praised for sniffing out more than 8,000 illegal cigarettes and 1.6kg of tobacco in the past week.

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Trading Standards

The dogs, called Ozzie and Alfie (pictured), helped seize the products in

raids carried out by Trading Standards officers across Cheshire.

Severe weather warning

The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for the rest of the week in the North West.

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Motorists are urged to be vigilant, with snow, wind and ice all forecast for tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday.

Read a full round-up of the weather warnings here.

'Enormity of incident'

Phil Cooper

BBC Radio Merseyside

Miles Davidson said he had treated people on the pitch, before going to the gym and discovering two lines of dead bodies which was where the enormity of the incident had struck him.

He admitted had a major incident plan been declared earlier, the hospital could have been better prepared and he could have been sent to the ground sooner.

Hillsborough latest

Phil Cooper

BBC Radio Merseyside

A doctor who rushed to treat casualties at the Hillsborough disaster has told the inquests he had "missed the boat" because he had not got there until almost an hour after the crush.

Miles Davidson, who was working at the Northern General Hospital at the time, told the court that when he had arrived at Hillsborough just before 16:00 there had been no organisation by police officers.

Vikings sign Welsh star

Ian Kennedy

BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

Widnes Vikings have

signed 24-year old Welsh International prop forward Gil Dudson from Wigan Warriors on a two-year deal.

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Dudson starts training with the club this week.

Shark-birth picture 'unique'

Victoria Gill

Science reporter, BBC News

A remarkable photograph of the live birth of a thresher shark has cast light on the lives of these elusive, vulnerable fish.

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The image, taken during a research dive in 2013

and now published in the journal Coral Reefs, is believed to be the first record of a birth in this species.

Lead researcher Dr Simon Oliver, from the University of Chester,

told BBC News this was also "the first record of any oceanic species giving birth".

Hospital 'grateful for patience'

Wirral Globe

Wirral health chiefs have

thanked the community for their patience in what has been a stressful and busy time for the borough's hospitals.


What do you think of BBC Local Live? We'd like your

feedback about this service.

Overturned lorry chaos

BBC Travel reports the A483 Wrexham Road is closed in Chester, with traffic queuing southbound between Posthouse roundabout and Belgrave roundabout, due to an overturned lorry and fuel spillage. There is congestion on the A55 to J39.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A kayak making company has been convicted of corporate manslaughter after a Runcorn factory worker died after becoming trapped in an oven.

Listen live to the 17:00 bulletin.

On air

Simon Hoban

BBC Radio Merseyside

The televised derby match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison will go ahead on a Saturday teatime in February,

despite the wishes of the police and council. Have profits come before public safety?

Listen live to the show.

Hunt for man who helped Rhys killer

Nafeesa Shan

BBC News

A man jailed for helping the gunman who murdered 11-year-old Liverpool schoolboy Rhys Jones is

wanted for breaching his licence.

Rhys Jones

Melvin Coy was released on licence in 2011 having served half his sentence for assisting an offender after Rhys was shot in Croxteth in 2007.

Coy, 31, is wanted on prison recall for committing further offences and displaying poor behaviour, police said. He was jailed for seven years for helping to destroy evidence.

Classic cup clash

BBC Sport

Remember when Liverpool broke Luton's hearts in an FA Cup classic at Kenilworth Road?

Luton vs Liverpool

BBC Sport are

taking a look back at the 2006 clash in their FA Cup archive.

Luton were leading 3-1 after 53 minutes and appeared to be on the verge of a famous giant killing. But a Liverpool fightback swung the game with some memorable goals.

Colleague due to marry daughter

Nafeesa Shan

BBC News

Kayak manufacturer Pyranha Mouldings has been convicted of corporate manslaughter after Alan Catterall, 54, became trapped and died in

an industrial oven at its factory in Runcorn, Cheshire in 2010.

During the five-week trial, the jury heard Mr Catterall went inside the oven to scrape up dripped plastic when another worker, who was due to marry his daughter, turned the oven on without realising his colleague was inside.

Mr Catterall tried to use a crowbar to escape after the doors locked automatically, trapping him inside, with his calls for help going unheard.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A firm which makes plastic kayaks has been convicted of corporate manslaughter over the death of a worker who became trapped in an industrial oven in Runcorn.

Listen live to the 16:00 bulletin.

Firm convicted of man's oven death

Nafeesa Shan

BBC News

A kayak manufacturer has been found guilty of corporate manslaughter after a worker died when he became trapped in an industrial oven.

Alan Catterall

Alan Catterall, 54, suffered severe burns when he was trapped at the Pyranha Mouldings factory in Runcorn, Cheshire, in 2010.

Peter Mackereth, the firm's technical director and designer of the oven, was convicted at Liverpool Crown Court of a breach of the Health and Safety Act.

Warning over Facebook pics

Southport Visiter

Police have warned people to

ensure their social media privacy settings are secure after images of children in the county have been used on a Russian website.

Martinez: 'No move for Coleman'

BBC Sport

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has ruled out Seamus Coleman leaving the club in a January transfer move, and said there had been no contact from any clubs over striker Samuel Eto'o.

Seamus Coleman
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The Blues boss also said the squad to

face West Ham tomorrow for a place in the FA Cup fourth round will be the same as the one which earned a point against Manchester City on Saturday.

"The attitude and desire from the players can never be questioned," said Martinez, who talked about having a great second half of the season.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

The Premier League has ruled the Merseyside derby next month will remain a 17:30 kick-off.

Officials have confirmed the time will not be changed - and Everton are happy to host the match because they don't think there'll be any safety issues.

Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin.

Award for Loach's 'distinctive vision'

Chris Long

BBC News

Veteran film-maker

Ken Loach is to be awarded an honorary doctorate from Liverpool Hope University for "his distinctive and humane artistic vision".

Ken Loach

Loach has a long association with the city and has worked with some of its most famous actors, directing Ricky Tomlinson in Raining Stones; Crissy Rock in Ladybird, Ladybird; Ian Hart in Land and Freedom; and John Bishop and Mark Womack in Route Irish.

He also made a documentary, called The Flickering Flame, about a strike at Liverpool Docks in the mid-1990s.

Hillsborough latest

Phil Cooper

BBC Radio Merseyside

Here's more from today's hearing at the Hillsborough inquests. Ambulance driver Kevin Early recalled how he tried to resuscitate several casualties outside the Leppings lane end of the stadium.

Hillsborough clock

He also said he saw fans giving CPR to other fans and he agreed with a barrister, representing ten of the families, that that suggested the emergency teams were overwhelmed by the numbers there.

Later Dr Miles Davidson, who came to the ground from the Northern General Hospital, recalled how there was no great organisation when he arrived just before four o'clock.

HGV overturns

Cheshire Police

tweet: Overturned HGV A55 Post House RAB Jct with A483. Police, Amb & HA in attendance. Road closure in place - expected until 16:00-17:00.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

An ambulance driver who tried to resuscitate Liverpool supporters at Hillsborough has admitted the emergency services were completely overwhelmed by the scale of the disaster.

Kevin Early has been giving evidence at the new inquests and described witnessing fans trying to resuscitate casualties.

Listen to the 14:00 bulletin.

Coming up

Billy Butler

BBC Radio Merseyside

Today we'll be talking holidays. January is traditionally the busiest month of the year for bookings with about 12.5 million sunseekers expected to start looking for summer deals.

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But the Civil Aviation Authority is warning families looking for beach bargains to make sure their trip is ATOL protected before they book.

ATOL can help customers secure refunds in the event of travel companies going bankrupt, or other sudden events.

Listen to the show from 14:00.

Hillsborough police probe update

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has issued its latest update on the progress of the Hillsborough investigation.

The Hillsborough disaster
Inquest handout

Click here to read the full update.

No change for derby kick-off

Chris Long

BBC News


our full story on the news the Premier League has decided not to bring forward the kick-off time for next month's Merseyside derby.

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Merseyside derby

Police and council chiefs wanted the match to be played earlier amid concerns about disorder among fans, but the league has said the time will not be changed.

Push to help abandoned horses

Andy Gill

BBC North West Tonight

The RSPCA says it's looking after 740 abandoned horses in England and Wales - with a third of them here in the North West.

Abandoned horse

I'll have more for you on North West Tonight, after I spoke to people at a horse sanctuary here in Merseyside.

News on the hour

BBC Radio Merseyside

In the 13:00 news bulletin: The Premier League has ruled the Merseyside derby next month will stay as a 17:30 kick off.

Warning over bike thieves

Merseyside Police

tweet: Two more attempts to steal motorcycles in Ford over the weekend. Owners - be aware.

Coming up

Roger Phillips

BBC Radio Merseyside

Have you noticed that bus services where you live are getting worse? Are there fewer buses than there were a few years ago?

Liverpool bus

According to the Campaign for Better Transport, council support for local bus services has been radically reduced in the past year.

I'll be hearing from the campaign's Martin Abrams soon.

You can listen to the show now by clicking here.

£1 pub could come to Merseyside

Simon Moffatt

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

Merseyside could soon be getting its first Pound Pub. Cuffs Bar, in Wavertree, will be the fourth in the country to become part of the brand.

Half pints would be available from £1 and pints from £1.50.

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