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  1. Updates on Friday 16 January 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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BBC Local Live will be back from 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather for Merseyside.

Wintry showers to come

Clear spells and further wintry showers are forecast this weekend, which will fall as snow over higher ground and possibly also at lower levels during the early hours of Sunday.

Sara Blizzard

A fairly widespread frost will develop tonight, with a risk of localised icy patches.

Coming up on TV

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

On BBC One at 18:30, we'll have the latest on the arrest of a

Southport teenager in connection with cyber attacks on Playstation and Xbox.

There's the first safety certificate granted for a proposed fracking site in the region.

And we've heard about warnings of possible snow on the way too.

Vigil after Tesco pull-out decision

Campaigners are gathering in Kirkby "for a candlelit vigil" after Tesco announced it's to pull out of the town centre regeneration.

The group say they are angry and frustrated towards their council and the supermarket.

The proposals for redevelopment were approved in 2011.

First for Kirkby, who've organised the vigil, are calling for a halt to the demolition of 72 properties and want Knowsley Council to look at a

"homes for £1" scheme similar to Liverpool's.

Man wanted by police

Do you recognise this man?

Police want to speak to the 21-year-old after a knifepoint robbery and assault in Bristol

Kamari Harrison
Police handout

Kamari Harrison, 21, has links to the Toxteth area of Liverpool and police believe he could be in the area.

Other reasons for Welsh Streets decision

A letter giving the reasons for Eric Pickles' decision to stop the demolition of Welsh Streets includes:

  • Wider heritage value of the Welsh Streets area
  • Impact on nearby listed buildings and a conservation area
  • Design issues including local character, history and distinctiveness
  • National policy on bringing back empty homes into residential use

Read the story in full on BBC News.

Pickles not available for comment

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

Liverpool City Council has always insisted it's better for the area to demolish the derelict Welsh Street properties and put new ones up.

Mayor Joe Anderson says because the idea was approved by the independent inspector he's surprised by

today's announcement.

Eric Pickles has refused BBC Radio Merseyside's request for an interview on this story.

People 'milling around'

Phil Cooper

BBC Radio Merseyside

Ambulance man David Wilson made three trips to Hillsborough on the day of the disaster.

The court heard a previous statement from him, in which he said there was nobody controlling a number of people who were "milling around", obstructing access to the pitch.

He said the congestion was even worse on his second trip and there were no senior officers to tell them where the casualties were. All three of the victims who he rushed to hospital died.

GP surgery 'best in county'

Chester Chronicle

The Knoll in Frodsham is the

best GP surgery in Cheshire West and Chester - at least as far as patients are concerned.

'Fantastic homes'

A campaigner says developers have been "rebutted and ignored" by Liverpool City Council offering to renovate homes on Welsh Streets.

SAVE Director Clem Cecil says: "They are fantastic terraced houses and houses that people live across the country in happily."


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What's going on at Welsh Streets?

Here's a summary of the story we've been running today on BBC Local Live.

Summary of Welsh Streets story
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News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

In the news at 17:00 we'll have more on the decision to save the Welsh Streets.

A heritage group

who've fought to protect the houses claim the future can still be bright, after a senior government minister vetoed their demolition.

Ringo's house saved

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

The house Beatle Ringo Starr was born in is among the houses on the Welsh Streets to be saved following Eric Pickles' announcement.

House Ringo Starr grew up in

Should the houses stay or go? Well opinion has been divided for many years.

Have your say on the BBC Merseyside Facebook page.

Welsh Streets demolition stopped

Read more on BBC News, as plans to demolish homes on Liverpool's Welsh Streets are stopped by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.

Welsh Streets, Liverpool
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Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said Mr Pickles' decision to overrule the plan was a "kick in the teeth" for residents.

Stories we're working on

Christian Spooner

News editor, BBC Radio Merseyside

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

In the news at 16:00: A candlelit vigil's currently being held in Kirkby after Tesco announced it's to pull out of the town centre regeneration.

More on this story and others in the news bulletin shortly.

Everton team news

via Facebook

Everton Football Club posts: TEAM NEWS: Distin and Hibbert face fitness tests, McGeady is suspended, while McCarthy, Gibson, Howard and Osman are ruled out of Monday's game against West Brom.
Read more.

'Significant arrest'

Read more on BBC News about a Southport man who has been arrested in connection with a Sony and Xbox hack.

Peter Goodman, national policing lead for cybersecurity at the Association of Chief Police Officers, says: "This is a significant arrest... of a UK citizen suspected of engaging in serious and organised cybercrime on the national and international stage."

Festive drink-drive arrests fall

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News

Drink drive arrests over the festive season have

fallen by 25 per cent compared to last year, Cheshire Police announced today.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

In the news at 15:00 on BBC Radio Merseyside: There's anger in Liverpool this afternoon after

plans to build new homes in the Welsh Streets were blocked by a senior government minister.

Shortly we'll hear from Irene Milson, chair of the local residents association.

Government decision 'dishonourable'

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

The plan to knock down the rows of terraced houses of the Welsh Streets has split the community for more than a decade.

Welsh Streets, Liverpool
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The Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson has condemned Eric Pickles' decision calling it "unacceptable and dishonourable".

High suicide rates

BBC North West Tonight

Blackpool, Knowlsey and St Helens have some of the highest suicide rates in the region, according to latest figures.

Across Cheshire and Merseyside suicides are increasing, according to the

charity CALM.

It features in a new BBC documentary looking at rates among young men. It includes Jake Mills from Liverpool who was supported by the group.

Coastguard call centres 'restructured'

Crosby's Coastguard co-ordination centre

closes today.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency's restructuring its system and will now operate from 10 outposts across the country.

Coastguard call centre in Merseyside which has been closed down

Work that used to be done on Merseyside is being transferred to north Wales as part of a big restructuring scheme.

Former rescue manager at Crosby Sue Todd insists people on Merseyside will still be protected.

News on the hour

BBC Radio Merseyside

In the 14:00 news bulletin: An ambulance man who responded to the Hillsborough disaster has told the inquests there were no senior officers to direct them when they arrived at the stadium.

New signings available

Phil Kinsella

BBC Merseyside Sport

Tranmere are at home to Accrington tomorrow in League Two.

Tranmere signings Lee Molyneux and Rob Taylor
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Rovers are still trying to get out of the bottom two, despite some encouraging recent results.

New signings Lee Molyneux and Rob Taylor (pictured l-r) are both available and look set to be included in Mickey Adams' squad.

'Horror' of cockle picker deaths

A coastguard from Liverpool

has spoken about the "horror" of one of their rescues, as its local control station closes.

Mike Roberts and Coastguard rescue of the 2003 Chinese cockle pickers in 2004
BBC / getty

Mike Roberts, 74, was part of the attempted rescue of 24 Chinese cockle pickers from Morecambe Bay in 2004.

The cocklers were working at night to send money back to their families, but were swept out to sea by the rising tide.

Call for action at M58 blackspot

Southport Visiter

Following a second death at an accident blackspot on the M58 last month, a mother who lost her only son in the same place

has said the Highways Agency is "messing with people's lives."

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

In the news at 13:00 on BBC Radio Merseyside: We'll hear from a resident who lives near the Welsh Streets in Liverpool who's "disgusted" by Eric Pickles' decision to overrule plans to demolish homes.

Mary Huxham says people have become ill from living in the houses due to damp.

'Nobody controlling access to pitch'

At the Hillsborough Inquests

Phil Cooper

BBC Radio Merseyside

An ambulance man, who took his vehicle onto the pitch at Hillsborough, has told the inquests it was "mayhem" when he arrived at the ground.

David Wilson rushed one of the victims, Lee Nicol, to hospital - the teenager later died.

Mr Wilson told the court there was congestion outside the stadium, and the jury heard claims there wasn't anybody controlling the number of people who were obstructing access to the pitch.

Sony cyber attacks: What happened?

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

An 18-year-old man from Southport has been arrested following cyber attacks on Sony Playstation and Xbox last year.

What happened? In December

Sony's online Playstation store was hacked. When users tried to log on they were greeted by the message "Page Not Found! It's not you. It's the internet's fault" (pictured).

Page not found - Playstation Sony
Playstation sony

And in August Sony's PlayStation Network was forced offline for a day.

Electronic devices seized

South East Regional Organised Crime Unit says it has seized a number of electronic and digital devices after arresting an 18-year-old from Boundary Street, Southport this morning.

Police say they have have arrested the man as part of an investigation into "swatting" and computer hacking offences.

Craig Jones, head of the Cyber Crime Unit at SEROCU, said: "We are still at the early stages of the investigation and there is still much work to be done."

BreakingCyber attacks arrest


An 18-year-old from Southport has been arrested in a joint British and FBI-led operation following cyber attacks on Sony PlayStation and Xbox systems.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

In the news at 12:00, our top story is Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has overruled plans to demolish homes in Liverpool's Welsh Streets - even though the proposals had been recommended for approval by an independent planning inspector.

Inquiry on Welsh Streets

A public inquiry was called in 2013 into the plan to demolish about 280 homes on the Welsh Streets to make way for a £15m development.

Liverpool's Welsh Streets
Getty Images

The planning process froze in July 2013, hours after local councillors had approved the proposals, for the Communities Secretary Eric Pickles to consider whether an inquiry was needed.

The Department for Communities and Local Government ordered the hearing after deciding the plan for Toxteth "may conflict with national policy".


Communities Secretary Eric Pickles overrules plans to demolish homes in Liverpool's Welsh Streets, reports BBC Radio Merseyside.

Appeal to trace 'confused' woman

Police are searching for a 77-year-old "confused" woman in Warrington after she went missing from her home.

Margery Selby
cheshire police handout

Margery Selby was last seen leaving her home on Moss Side Lane in Rixton yesterday afternoon.

Cheshire Police asks anyone who sees her to dial 101.

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Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

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