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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 22 January 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Tom Mullen

All times stated are UK

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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.

Coming up

Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, North West Tonight

On tonight's programme, NHS inspectors have put two GP surgeries in the region into special measures after they were rated as inadequate by the Care Quality Commission.

generic shot of Doctor with stethoscope
BBC

We'll also have the latest from the Hillsborough inquests where there have been emotional scenes as a former senior police officer asked for proceedings to be temporarily halted after he was shown video of the disaster.

And the challenge of feeding kids on a budget - a competition has been launched for school chefs to create a two course meal for just £1.60 a head - we'll find out who won.

Cold spell continues

It will be mainly dry with clear spells for many tonight so there will be frost and patchy fog. It will be very cold where snow lies and temperatures will drop to about -1C even for towns and cities.

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BBC

Tomorrow will start very cold but bright, however cloud will build later in the morning and outbreaks of rain will slowly spread throughout the afternoon, perhaps giving some snow across the higher ground again.

Temperatures will reach a maximum of 6C.

Slow on M57

There's

very slow traffic on the M57 northbound between junction six, leading to the A506 (Kirkby), and junction seven, linked to M58 at Switch Island.

Animal antics

Just for fun, Knowsley Safari Park has posted

this picture of a mystery animal on Twitter. Can you name the species?

Mystery zoo animal
Knowsley Safari Park

Storytellers honoured by Hope

BBC journalist Lyse Doucet and acclaimed film-maker Ken Loach received honorary doctorates from Liverpool Hope University earlier today.

Lyse Doucet and Ken Loach in graduation gowns
Alan Edwards

They were praised for highlighting "the plight of the disinherited" ahead of the ceremony at the city's Metropolitan Cathedral.

Ms Doucet has reported from the Middle East and North Africa for more than 20 years, while Mr Loach is best known for directing Cathy Come Home, Kes and The Wind That Shakes The Barley.

Cilla Black wins phone hacking pay-out

Chris Lansdown

BBC News

Singer Cilla Black is among celebrities to have settled phone-hacking claims for "substantial" damages, the High Court has been told.

Cilla Black
Getty Images

Her son Robert Willis, actor Darren Day, EastEnders star Jessie Wallace and singer Peter Andre also settled claims, all against Mirror Group Newspapers.

Their barrister David Sherborne said their privacy was "grossly violated" by the newspapers, "solely for profit".

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A Liverpool doctor who runs a practice that is among the first in the country to be put in special measures says it's been a very difficult time but things are getting back to normal.

Dr Srinivas Dharmana's practice on Queen's Drive in Walton is one of only three in England to be identified by the Care Quality Commission as having serious problems.

The health watchdog says it's safety and effectiveness are inadequate, and it's also not caring enough.

Listen live to the 17:00 bulletin.

Batsman signs for Lancashire

BBC Sport

In cricket, Lancashire have

signed South African batsman Alviro Petersen.

Alviro Petersen
Getty Images

The right-handed batsman has represented South Africa in Test, One Day International and Twenty20 cricket, with a Test average score of 34.88.

He has agreed a two year deal.

Police search

Merseyside Police

tweet: Recognise this male or landscape gardening van? Connected to a robbery in Birkenhead #Call101
bit.ly/1t25IDb

Burglary suspect
Merseyside Police

Sturridge return imminent?

Tom Mullen

BBC News

Reds goalscoring ace Daniel Sturridge has hinted that a first team appearance may not be too far away - after posing for a

Facebook photo alongside fellow striker Mario Balotelli.

Daniel Sturridge and Mario Balotelli
Daniel Sturridge/Facebook

The England international, who scored 21 goals last season, is back in training after recovering from calf and thigh injuries, and manager Brandan Rodgers has described his return as "critical" for the team.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A Liverpool GP practice is one of the first in the country to be put in special measures.

The surgery on Queen's Drive in Walton is one of only three in England to be identified by the Care Quality Commission as having serious problems.

Listen live to the 16:00 bulletin.

Bus timetable changes

Merseytravel

tweets: Planned changes to public transport 25 - 31 January
ow.ly/HGoQM

Feedback

Tom Mullen

BBC News Online

What do you think of BBC Local Live? We write all the news, sport, travel and weather updates in our newsroom here in Oxford

and would like to find out your views about the service.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

Researchers at the University of Liverpool have worked out that the Ebola virus becomes more lethal as it jumps between species.

They saw that it doesn't affect animals' immune system at first, but becomes more severe as soon as it's transmitted. It is hoped this could help develop treatments.

Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin.

GP surgery in special measures

BBC Radio Merseyside

NHS inspectors have put

a Liverpool GP surgery into special measures after finding worrying failings.

The

Care Quality Commission rated Dr Srinivas Dharmana's family and general practice in Walton as inadequate in terms of how safe, effective, well-led, caring and responsive it was - the five key metrics it uses to judge health service providers' performance.

The chief inspector of general practice, Prof Steve Field, said: "It is disappointing that we have found any to be inadequate, but it is important that those practices are offered help at the earliest opportunity to improve."

Hillsborough update

Phil Cooper

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

A former police officer on duty on the day of the Hillsborough disaster has described how there were two bodies jammed in a gate at the front of the Leppings Lane terrace.

Hillsborough disaster
Getty Images

Retired Ch Supt John Nesbit has told the Warrington inquests how people were already dead by the time he arrived at that end of the ground.

He said he told his colleagues to form a chain to pass bodies from the terrace to the pitch.

Coming up

Billy Butler

BBC Radio Merseyside

Today we're talking stamps. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Cheshire-born Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Beatles stamps
Thinkstock

Over the past 50 years the people, places and familiar images of North West England have appeared on numerous special stamps including the Liverpool Steeplechase and the Beatles.

We'll be speaking to the illustrator of the stamps - Grahame Baker-Smith.

Join us now.

Crime falls 7%

Crime is continuing to fall in Cheshire, with the county recording the third largest reduction in crime across England and Wales,

according to statistics released today.

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BBC

Figures for the 12 months ending in September 2014 show an overall reduction in crime of 7% compared to the previous 12 months.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A GP practice in Liverpool has become one of the first in the country to be put into special measures by inspectors.

Dr Dharmana's General Practice in Walton has been labelled inadequate by the Care Quality Commission following an inspection in October last year. It says it has serious concerns for patient safety there.

Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin.

Sheridan late for awards

Tom Mullen

BBC News

It was a bitter-sweet night for Cilla Black actress Sheridan Smith at

the National Television Awards last night.

Sheridan Smith kissing her award
PA

Despite winning top drama performance, the star couldn't accept her award - because she was stuck in traffic, in the back of a cab.

Backstage she was visibly emotional, saying: "I was crying at the back of the car. My mum is livid because she really wanted to be on camera if I won."

Police seize uninsured bike

Cheshire Police

tweet: Rider of 650cc Suzuki now walking while his bike gets a ride to the Police Pound. No Insurance No Ride. #BeSureInsure

Time-keeping tales

Paul Salt

BBC Radio Merseyside

After Cilla Black actress Sheridan Smith was late for the TV awards last night, I asked you to tell us your best stories about being late for big events or nearly missing things.

Leanne Williams has been in touch

on Facebook. She said: "I was once 2 hours late for my own birthday party that I organised. I just didn't organise the bus times."

Raheem's relishing Reds role

Liverpool ace Raheem Sterling insists he is thriving in the central striker role for the Reds - and the youngster intends to hone his attacking instincts further over the coming months.

Willian and Raheem Sterling
Getty Images

The 20-year-old

told the club's official website: "I want to learn as much as I can, and I'm enjoying it at the moment. It's good for me. I have personal goals, but I don't want to share them in case I don't reach them."

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

Cilla Black is one of four celebrities who have today accepted "substantial damages" from Mirror Group Newspapers for phone hacking.

Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin.

Coming up

Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, North West Today

On today's programme we'll hear from the doctor's union, which has criticised the decision to "name and shame" two North West GP surgeries rated "inadequate".

Doctor generic
Thinkstock

Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission raised serious concerns about Dr Dharmana's surgery in Liverpool and Dr Michael Florin's practice in Sale. It's the first time the watchdog has taken this step.

We'll also have the latest from the trial of Fred Talbot, the former TV weather presenter accused of sexually abusing schoolboys. We're on BBC1 from 13:30, or you can watch by

clicking here.

Burglars steal 'priceless' heirloom

Merseyside Police

tweet: Appeal: Burglary on Childwall Valley Road. Priceless heirloom stolen leaving family devastated
bit.ly/1zyzNfM

Stolen heirloom
Merseyside Police

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

A GP practice in Liverpool has become one of the first in the country to be put into special measures by inspectors.

Dr Dharmana's General Practice in Walton has been labelled inadequate by the Care Quality Commission following an inspection in October last year. It says it has serious concerns for patient safety there.

Listen live to the 12:00 bulletin.

Coming up

Roger Phillips

BBC Radio Merseyside

Anti-smoking campaigners have welcomed the government's move to try to introduce a change in the law to force the sale of all cigarettes in standardised packaging in England.

Cigarettes on sale
Getty Images

MPs are expected to get a free vote before the general election. On today's show I'll be hearing from the chairman of the British Medical Association, Dr Mark Porter, who says it's a sensible move.

We'll also have my usual phone-in, and the latest from the Hillsborough inquests in Warrington.

You can listen here

Your views on cigarette packs

Marc Gaier

BBC Radio Merseyside

The government has set out a timetable for introducing plain cigarette packaging in England - and MPs will be asked to approve regulations for unbranded packets before the general election.

Cigarette packs
PA

I'm going to be speaking to people around Merseyside today to find out their views. What do you think?

Contact us via

email,
Facebook or
Twitter

Question Time

Tom Mullen

BBC News

Merseyside-born deputy UKIP leader and North West MEP Paul Nuttall will be among the guests on BBC1's Question Time tonight.

He will sit on the panel alongside Labour MP Diane Abbott and Independent editor Amal Rajan.

Hendo 'clashed with Costa'

BBC Sport

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson and Chelsea striker Diego Costa had to be separated after confronting each other in the tunnel at the end of Tuesday's Capital One Cup semi-final first leg,

according to the Gossip column.

Liverpool vs Chelsea
Getty Images

Meanwhile, Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero says the signing of Blues striker Samuel Eto'o, 33, is being held up because "nobody can figure out who is in charge at Everton".

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

Plans are being made to fly a Liverpool man back to the UK so they can question him about the murder of a police officer in the city.

Timmy Donovan, 30, from Huyton, was arrested in Germany yesterday as he tried to board a flight back to the UK.

Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin.

£3m project reveals priory treasures

Nafeesa Shan

BBC News

Here's

our full story about a £3m restoration project which is seeing archaeologists remove hundreds of Victorian tiles from the floor of a medieval priory in Cheshire.

Excavation at Norton Priory Museum in Runcorn
BBC

Hillsborough inquests

Phil Cooper

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

I'm in Warrington to hear today's evidence at the Hillsborough inquests, where we're expecting to hear from former chief superintendent John Nesbit.

His role on the day of the 1989 FA Cup semi-final involved security and match day safety.

Time-keeping woes

Paul Salt

BBC Radio Merseyside

Actress Sheridan Smith missed winning a National Television Award for her role in Cilla last night, because she was stuck in traffic. So this morning we want you to tell us your stories about being late for big events or nearly missing things.

Paul Salt
BBC

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