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  1. Officer 'heard Hillsborough tunnel order'
  2. Children's centres facing closure
  3. Man dies in 1,000ft mountain fall
  4. Gerrard faces semi-final fitness check
  5. Updates for Monday 19 January 2015

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By Gavin Bevis

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's all from the Local Live team. Join us for all your news, sport, travel and weather again from 08:00 on Tuesday.

Staying cold

Tonight will be very cold again with a hard frost and a risk of icy patches.

Liverpool weather

One or two freezing fog patches are also possible in prone spots.

Children's centre closures 'dreadful'

BBC North West Tonight reporter Andy Gill

tweets: Parents @ 1 of closure threatened #
Liverpool Children's Centres say it'd be "dreadful, a real shame" @

Rocky scenes shot at Goodison

A crew from the latest instalment of the Rocky movie franchise will be filming supporters at Everton's home game against West Bromwich Albion this evening.

Sylvester Stallone
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Creed stars Everton-supporting boxer Tony Bellew alongside Sylvester Stallone, and fans have been asked to stay in their seats at half-time so cameras

can capture footage of Goodison Park at its loudest.

Coming up

Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, North West Tonight

Coming up on North West Tonight at 18:30, is the north-south divide bigger than ever? A study by the Centre for Cities group has found that for every 12 jobs created in southern England only one job was created in the rest of the country.

Liverpool Council announces plans to close 10 of the 17 children's centres it operates, despite vocal campaigns to keep as many centres open as possible.

And praise for Mersey Care Health Trust which has adopted an American model to help prevent suicides.

War artefacts sought for archive

Patrick Toosey from the Wirral is backing an initiative that asks people to hunt out any artefacts passed down by relatives who were prisoners of war in the Far East during World War Two.

Patrick Toosey with the sword

The COFEPOW charity - Children and Families of Far East Prisoners of War -

is keen to track down any mementoes from people held in captivity so an archive can be created.

Mr Toosey's father, a Brigadier, brought back a Samurai sword from one of his Japanese captors.

He said: "When I was a child, my father didn't mention the war and what he went through, but this sword is now a permanent reminder to me of his suffering."

A556 closed near Knutsford

Cheshire Police are currently dealing with a

serious collision on the A556 at Bucklow Hill, near Knutsford.

The collision involves one vehicle, which has collided with a tree close to Bucklow Hill Garage on the northbound carriageway.

The road is currently closed in both directions from the A50 Warrington Road, to the Bowden Roundabout.

The road is expected to be closed for several hours and motorists are advised to avoid the area.

Officer 'heard tunnel closure order'

Phil Cooper

BBC Radio Merseyside

A police officer heard an order to close the tunnel to the central pens at Hillsborough where the fatal crush happened, the inquests have heard.

Leppings Lane end at Hillsborough
Hillsborough inquests

Sgt Derek Miller told the jury he heard the instruction on his radio, but did not know who it had come from.

Another officer previously told the inquests he could have closed the entrance had he been warned about the number of fans coming into the ground.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

Liverpool City Council has announced plans to close 10 of its 17 children's centres, with the loss of 63 jobs.

The local authority says the move is necessary as it strives to save £156m over the next three years.

Mayor Joe Anderson said government cuts of £173m since 2010 had given the council "no choice".

Have you seen David?

Police are looking for a Sefton man

who has been missing for more than month.

David Walsh
Distributed by police

David Walsh was last seen on Seeds Lane in Aintree on 14 December. Anyone with information is asked to call 101.

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Hillsborough run launched

A new run has been launched in Liverpool in memory of 96 football fans who died in the Hillsborough disaster.

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Organiser Dom Williams wanted to set up a "legacy event" and hopes the 5K event, which takes place on 19 April, will become an annual community fundraiser.

Mountain fall man named

Police have named a man who died in a fall at Helvellyn at the weekend as David Barrow, 63, from Widnes.

Mr Barrow fell 1,000ft from the Lake District mountain on Saturday.

Soldiers on parade

Mercian Regiment soldiers will parade in Chester on Saturday before they are deployed to Kenya.

The Mercian Regiment on parade
The Mercian Regiment

More than 60 soldiers from A Company, 2 MERCIAN will also exercise their right to the freedom of the town, beginning the march outside Chester Castle at 11:30 GMT.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

Ten of Liverpool City Council's 17 children's centres are to close, with the loss of 63 jobs.

The authority said it had no option as it needed to save £156m over the next three years.

Services will be concentrated on the most disadvantaged areas of the city.

Children's centres facing closure

BBC News Online has more on

plans to close 10 children's centres in Liverpool.

The list includes centres in Anfield, Wavertree and Stoneycroft.

'Puppy dog eyes'

via Facebook

After looking at the

BBC's dog map, Becki Cookson posted this picture of her four-year-old shih tzu Chester.

Becki Cookson

She wrote: "Can never say no to those puppy dog eyes."

Lost seal Dumbledore dies

A lost seal

found in a field in Merseyside just before Christmas has died, the RSPCA says.


The adult grey seal, named Dumbledore, had appeared to be recovering from pneumonia after being found in Newton-le-Willows on 22 December but he died on Saturday after his condition worsened.

Blues face Baggies

Phil Kinsella

BBC Merseyside Sport

Everton are back in action tonight looking to end a winless run that now stands at seven games.

The Blues, who have slipped to 13th in the Premier League,

will be without suspended Aidan McGeady when they face West Bromwich Albion at Goodison Park.

Rebecca Ferguson scam duo to stand trial

Liverpool Echo

A Southport

couple accused of targeting Liverpool singer Rebecca Ferguson in an alleged accountancy scam are to stand trial this summer.

Rebecca Ferguson

Rachel Taylor, 53, and Raymond Taylor, 61, both of Forest Road in Southport, appeared at Liverpool Crown Court earlier for a short pre-trial hearing.

In total they face six fraud charges.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

Ten of Liverpool City Council's 17 children's centres are to close, with the loss of 63 jobs.

The authority said it had no option as it needed to save £156m over the next three years.

Fowler to teach footballers

Chris Long

BBC News

Former Liverpool and England striker

Robbie Fowler is to open a college to provide students with "a great academic and football education".

Robbie Fowler
Getty Images

The Fowler Education and Football Academy will take 60 further education students aged from 16 to 19 and will open on Merseyside later in 2015.

The students will be coached to Premier League standards and get qualifications in entrepreneurship, coaching, personal training and lifeguarding.

Suicide care rethink 'will save lives'

BBC Radio Merseyside

Dr David Fearnley, medical director at Mersey Care NHS Trust, said he hoped its fresh approach to dealing with suicidal people would lead to a reduction in the number of people killing themselves.

He said: "A bit like when people have chest pain or a stroke, hospitals put all they can around that person to make them safe and get them better.

"We believe suicide deserves the same respect and intensity."

Mourinho's Gerrard regret

After Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho described failing to sign Steven Gerrard a few years ago

as his biggest transfer regret,
BBC Sportsday Live has been asking readers to share their greatest sport regrets.

Steven Gerrard
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Harry Clark

tweeted his regret was going home at half-time when Liverpool were losing 3-0 to AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League final.

On air

Billy Butler

BBC Radio Merseyside

Nearly 290,000 people in the North West are suffering from coronary heart disease - the nation's single biggest killer and leading cause of heart attack.

This afternoon we're joined by a senior cardiac nurse from the British Heart Foundation.

Listen live.

Robbie to open football college

Chris Long

BBC News

I'm looking into the story that former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler is to open a college to coach and teach aspiring footballers.

Robbie Fowler
Getty Images

The Fowler Education and Football Academy - that's FEFA, in case you hadn't noticed - will take 60 students aged from 16 to 19.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

Newsreader, BBC Radio Merseyside

People going on winter walks are being urged to take great care after a Widnes man

fell 1,000 ft to his death in the Lake District.

'Policing errors' at Hillsborough

Phil Cooper

BBC Radio Merseyside

A former sergeant has told the Hillsborough inquests there were serious errors in policing on the day of the disaster.

Sgt Derek Miller recalled hearing a specific order to "close the gates to the centre pen".

The inquests have previously heard from another officer, who said no such order was made.

The entrance to the tunnel remained open, allowing fans on to the overcrowded terrace.

Thai death: Murder accused cleared

BBC Radio Merseyside

The family of a Liverpool man who died in Thailand have told us a man charged with his murder has been cleared.

Darren Taylor had lived in the country for three years before he died in 2013.

James Durnan was accused of pushing him from a sixth-floor balcony in Bangkok but has been acquitted.

Dog quiz

You've probably seen the BBC dog map -

well now you can take the quiz.

Alaskan Malamute
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How well do you know man's best friend? Try these seven questions and find out.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

A man from Widnes has died in the Lake District after slipping on snow and falling almost 1,000ft from a ridge on Helvellyn.

He had been trying to help a friend who had also fallen.

The pair are thought to have been experienced climbers.

Fire blamed on electrical fault

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News


suspect an electrical fault caused a blaze at a Widnes warehouse yesterday.

Green joins tour

BBC Sport

Wallasey darts player Robbie Green has earned himself a place on the PDC circuit in 2015.

Robbie Green
Getty Images

The 40-year-old won his card

via the Qualifying School Order of Merit.

Suicide provision praised

BBC Radio Merseyside

Mersey Care NHS Trust is being praised for leading the way when it comes to helping those who are so depressed they want to commit suicide.

The trust's new approach, inspired by a similar scheme in Detroit, sees "at risk" patients closely monitored, with support and advice given to their families too.

PC recalls Hillsborough 'mayhem'

Phil Cooper

BBC Radio Merseyside

A former police officer has told the Hillsborough inquests there was "mayhem" outside the Leppings Lane turnstiles.

Sgt Derek Miller said he was shocked when he saw what he thought were "several thousand" fans trying to get into the ground.

He told the court he heard the order to open one of the exit gates, after a request had been made by Supt Roger Marshall outside the stadium.

But he said there were no police officers blocking the tunnel entrance to the central pens on the Leppings Lane terrace once supporters had reached the inner concourse.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

A man from Widnes has died in the Lake District after slipping on snow and falling almost 1,000 ft from a ridge on Helvellyn.

He had been trying to help a friend who had also fallen.

Blaze at animal food warehouse

Firefighters put out a blaze at warehouse storing a large quantity of animal feed

last night.

Four engines were sent to the fire, near to Regent Road in Kirkdale, which was reported at about 21:45 and took just under three hours to put out.

Dog day

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

According to the BBC's dog map - compiled using microchipping data - the most popular place in the UK for shih tzus is Liverpool.

Two shih tzus
Getty Images

You can

browse the map here - and remember to send pics of your marvellous mutts to

Farm sessions for pupils

Children in Merseyside are being taken pond dipping to promote environmental awareness.

Pond dipping
Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority

The sessions are among a range of activities being run at Larkin's Farm in Croxteth since it won an £18,600 grant to put on educational sessions.