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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 14 January 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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Good night

That's all from today's Local Live team. The service resumes tomorrow from 08:00.

Gales and rain forecast

Mel Coles

BBC Weather

Here's an updated weather forecast for the rest of the evening. It's looking like a very windy night with gales, especially near the coast.

BBC weather
BBC

There may also be a spot of rain and wintery showers.

Severe weather warnings remain in place for the wider North West. Temperatures shouldn't drop below 5°C (41°F).

Coming up

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

On tonight's show, we're at the Hillsborough inquests in Warrington, where a former ambulance man has told the court

the situation was so bad that he had to "play God" in deciding who to treat.

We have the latest on the arrest in Tenerife of a Liverpool drug trafficker who led a gang that supplied vast amounts of heroin to the South West of England.

And we have highlights from Everton's thrilling penalty shoot-out FA Cup defeat to West Ham.

Watch more on BBC One at 18:30.

Call for Peace Centre support

Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson

tweets: Council tonight will hear my call for Warrington's Peace Centre to be supported by Central Gov. A necessity in times of global conflict.

Man attacked outside takeaway

A 28-year-old man has been suffering blurred vision since he was punched repeatedly in an attack by two men outside at a St. Helens takeaway, Merseyside Police say.

Officers have appealed for witnesses to the attack, which took place outside Cafe Carlos in Westfield Street around 03:30 on Sunday.

Police say one man pushed the victim outside of the takeaway before the other punched him.

Wolves make Crusaders link

BBC Sport

Super League side Warrington Wolves have announced

a dual-registration partnership with League One side North Wales Crusaders.

Warrington Wolves
Getty Images

The deal will mean Warrington's players who are not in the match day squad can get game time at the Welsh side.

Illegal immigrants seized

NW Motorway Police

tweet: 2x illegal immigrants detained on the M62 at Rainhill and en route to custody.

Run For The 96 expanded

A new version of the Run For The 96 Hillsborough charity run will take place this year to allow wider community participation as well

as a lasting tribute to the disaster victims.

A run starting and ending at Stanley Park will take place on Sunday 19 April, the day after the 70 mile two-day run from Sheffield to Liverpool is completed.

Founding organiser Dom Williams said: "Things have now evolved and we now have an event for all."

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

The son of former Liverpool manager Roy Evans has quit his job after his company did a deal with The Sun.

Stephen Evans, who was at Hillsborough as a 14-year-old, has been working as a sales executive for a used car website.

When his employer entered a partnership with the newspaper, he decided he could not continue in his role.

Listen live to the bulletin.

Guide dog attacked

Police are investigating after a guide dog was attacked by another dog in Norris Green.

Ushi the guide dog
Merseyside police

A 55-year-old blind woman was walking close to Scargreen Avenue with her Labrador, called Ushi, on Monday afternoon when the dog was set upon by a "black Staffordshire Bull terrier type breed", police say.

A spokesman said Ushi suffered injuries to her ribs and ears and is now recovering at her owner's home.

Wanted man 'hands himself in'

Nafeesa Shan

BBC News

A man jailed for helping the gunman who murdered Liverpool schoolboy Rhys Jones

has handed himself in to police for allegedly breaching his licence.

Melvin Coy was released on licence in 2011 having served half of his sentence for assisting an offender after the 11-year-old was shot in Croxteth in 2007.

Coy was jailed for seven years for helping to destroy evidence. Police say the 31-year-old "presented himself at a police station in Merseyside".

Snow on the way?

Tom Mullen

BBC News

All the talk has been of snow this week, as

severe weather warnings remain in place for the North West.

Snow
Getty Images

There have already been flurries in Newcastle, the Peak District and across Wales, but we're yet to spot a single snowflake here at Local Live HQ.

Will Merseyside and Cheshire be lucky and miss the white stuff? Keep us posted via

email,
Facebook or
Twitter.

Hillsborough inquests

A former ambulance man has told the Hillsborough inquests

the situation was so bad that he had to "play God" in deciding who to treat.

Andrew Lawson described the "complete chaos" on the pitch after the crush.

The coroners' court in Warrington also heard he left the ambulance service after telling bosses they got it "completely wrong" at the 1989 tragedy.

Mr Lawson said it became "pretty clear that any concerns [he] had were not appreciated" by his superiors.

Coming up on Drive

Simon Hoban

BBC Radio Merseyside

They've been campaigning tirelessly in their local areas but tonight Liverpool's green space campaigners are uniting to protest outside the town hall.

Sefton Park
Google

It's a full council meeting so members of Save Walton Hall Park, Save Woolton Woods, Save Sefton Park Meadows and Keep Calderstones Green are coming together to urge officials to rethink plans to build on the city's green spaces.

Our reporter Jessica Robbins will bring us the latest.

We're on air now.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

The son of former Liverpool manager Roy Evans has quit his job after his company did a deal with The Sun.

Stephen Evans, who was at Hillsborough as a 14-year-old, has been working as a sales executive for a used car website.

When his employer entered a partnership with the newspaper, he decided he could not continue in his role.

Listen live to the bulletin.

Telephone connections restored

BBC Radio Merseyside

Landline connections have been restored in Chester after

a flood at a telephone exchange.

BT said the problem was affecting lines in parts of Cheshire and North East Wales, with some people in the north of Chester unable to reach the emergency services.

Police cars rammed

Liverpool Echo

A suspected burglar rammed two police cars in a desperate bid to evade capture.

The drama unfolded on a quiet residential estate in Huyton yesterday evening and led to three men being arrested.

Wanted man back in custody

A man who was jailed for helping the gunman who murdered 11-year-old Liverpool schoolboy Rhys Jones and wanted for breaching his licence has handed himself in to police.

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, walked into a Merseyside Police station earlier, the force say.

Everton unveil new signings

After announcing the departure of striker Nikita Parris to Manchester City earlier,

Everton Ladies have unveiled two new signings.

Danielle Lea, Andy Spence and Megan Alexander
Everton ladies

Danielle Lea and Megan Alexander have been captured to help the Blues in their bid to return to the top flight at the first time of asking.

Defender Lea joins from Manchester City while Alexander, who can play anywhere down the left, has arrived from Liverpool.

Hospital phone lines down

The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

tweets: Update: the telephone lines are still down. This is an issue with an external BT exchange. It is affecting the Chester and Northwales area.

It's not cricket

Southport Visiter

The chairman of the Liverpool and District Cricket Competition has expressed concern that local players are abusing opponents on Twitter and

showing dissent to umpires via social media.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A former ambulance man has told the Hillsborough inquests he had to "play God" when deciding which casualties to treat on the pitch.

Listen live at 15:00.

Crash arrest man bailed

Paul Burnell

BBC News

A 56-year-old man from Southport, arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after a fatal head-on crash, has been bailed.

Andrew Birch, 46 and from Skelmersdale, died when his Peugeot collided with a Toyota on Southport Road in Scarisbrick on 6 January.

Hillsborough inquests latest

Phil Cooper

BBC Radio Merseyside

The jury at the Hillsborough inquests has heard from a former ambulance officer, who told his bosses the organisation "got it completely wrong."

Hillsborough pitch scene
Getty Images

Andrew Lawson, who was working in his second job as a waiter at Hillsborough when the disaster unfolded, said there was "complete chaos" on the pitch as he tried to treat casualties.

He told the court when he criticised the response of the ambulance service a few days later, it was made "pretty clear that any concern I had was not appreciated".

Mr Lawson left the service soon after and said it had been "made to be known I shouldn't have been there on the day, I shouldn't have got involved [and] I should have stayed well away".

999 lines hit by flood

Tom Airey

BBC News

People in Chester may not be able to dial 999 on a landline after a flood at a BT exchange affected lines in the city.

Cheshire Police are warning residents of potential problems with 999 emergency calls and 101 non-emergency calls.

BT hopes a full service can resume by 17:00.

A century of lending

St. Helens Libraries

tweet: Happy Birthday Thatto Heath Library 100 today!

Banner at Thatto Heath Library
@STHLibraries

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

BT has apologised to customers in Chester for the loss of landline services.

Connections are down because of a flood at one the company's exchanges.

Listen live at 14:00.

Mystery time

Billy Butler

BBC Radio Merseyside

On today's show, my guest is author Trevor Marriott, who promises to uncover some of the myths and mysteries that have fascinated us all for years.

Trevor has dug deep into such stories as the Bermuda Triangle, the Yeti, mermaids and spontaneous human combustion.

Edge Hill tunnels
BBC

Maybe he can cast some light on Edge Hill's famous tunnels (pictured), which were built by eccentric businessman Joseph Williamson in the early 19th century. No-one is sure why they were ever built and I'm still baffled by their existence.

Listen live from 14:00.

Flood causes phone issues

Chester Chronicle

A flood at the Chester telephone exchange is

the cause of a problem with phone lines in Chester, Tattenhall, Saughall, Huxley, Broxton, Bunbury and North East Wales this morning.

01244 and 01829 are among the dialling codes which have been affected but BT estimate normal service will resume this afternoon.

Jewell 'did not quit by consent'

BBC Sport

Liverpool-born football coach Paul Jewell is taking legal advice following

his sudden departure from West Brom after just a week.

Paul Jewell
Getty Images

Jewell told BBC Sport his exit was "not by mutual consent" and the matter is now in the hands of his lawyers.

Coming up

Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, North West Tonight

On North West Today, an off-duty ambulance officer tells the Hillsborough inquests he had to "play God" when deciding which victims to treat.

And tens of thousands of phone lines around Cheshire go down following a flood at the Chester telephone exchange.

Watch more on BBC One at 13:30.

Prison attack probe

Liverpool Echo

A full scale investigation is underway over a violent prison

attack which left three officers hospitalised.

The male guards needed medical treatment after violence broke out at Walton prison last Monday.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

BT customers in Chester are without phone lines because of a flood at the city's telephone exchange.

The Countess of Chester Hospital is experiencing difficulties and has tweeted that if people need to contact them urgently, they should use its online enquiry form.

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service is advising residents to dial 999 from mobiles if there is an emergency.

Listen live to the bulletin.

Winter sunset

It's so beautiful, it could almost be a poster, so many thanks to Bernie Mulla for this shot of the sunset over West Kirby last night.

West Kirby sunset
Bernie Mulla

If you would like to showcase your shots, please

email us.

Phone problems

Cheshire Police

tweet: If you live in the Chester area you may find you have a problem with your phone line BT are aware and are working to resolve the issue

Heavy rain expected

BBC Weather

Latest

A brighter interlude will follow this morning's showers, but heavy rain, perhaps preceded by snow on the hills, and associated gales, locally severe, will arrive in the west by evening.

Weather graphic
BBC

Tonight, rain will quickly spread eastwards, becoming heavy at times. It will be very windy with gales, locally severe, especially across exposed coasts and hills.

Rain will clear Ellesmere Port by dawn with isolated showers following.

Hillsborough inquests latest

Phil Cooper

BBC Radio Merseyside

An ambulance officer, who responded to the Hillsborough disaster, has told the inquests the scene at the stadium was "total chaos".

Anthony Shaw treated Andrew Devine, who survived the tragedy but was left with serious injuries.

Mr Shaw told the hearings in Warrington there was nobody in charge assessing patients when he arrived at the ground.

Tories election line-up

In the 19th century, 10 out of the 11 parliamentary seats in Liverpool were held by the Conservative Party, but the last Tory MP was Malcolm Thornton, who was elected for Liverpool Garston in 1979 - although he later moved to Crosby.

Liverpool Tory candidates
Conservative Party

Undaunted, the party

has named its candidates for the city's five seats, one of which is the safest Labour seat in the country.

They are Martin Williams, who will stand in Garston and Halewood; Jackson Ng, who will contest Liverpool Riverside; Ed McRandal, who runs in Liverpool West Derby; James Pearson, who goes in Liverpool Wavertree; and Norsheen Bhatti, who will try and take that aforementioned safest Labour seat, Liverpool Walton.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

Liverpool green space campaigners are bringing their fight to the city centre this afternoon as they unite to protest outside tonight's full council meeting.

Members of Save Walton Hall Park, Save Woolton Woods, Save Sefton Park Meadows and Keep Calderstones Green are coming together to urge the council to rethink plans to build on the city's green spaces.

Listen live to the bulletin.