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  1. Updates for Monday 26 January 2015

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Good evening

That's all for today from BBC Local Live in Merseyside.

We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the region.

Man killed over £10 debt

A Wirral man who punched a friend over a £10 debt has been jailed for five years and four months for his manslaughter.

Joseph Inglesby
Merseyside Police

Liverpool Crown Court heard Joseph Inglesby, 38, from Wallasey, struck 61-year-old Robert Higgins, causing him to hit his head on a shop shutter in Tuebrook. He died in hospital several months after the attack.

Weather warnings

BBC Weather


Warnings of snow and ice have been issued

for the north of England later this week.

The Met Office said snowfalls could hit parts of the UK from Wednesday morning until Thursday evening.


Snowfalls of 3-10cm are possible, even at low levels.

Liverpool match details


tweets: LFC's FA Cup fourth round replay with Bolton will be played on February 4. Kick-off is 7.45pm GMT, live on BBC.

Liverpool Bolton

Blues' fixtures kick-off at Villa

The fixtures for Everton Ladies' FA Women's Super League 2015 season have been announced, with the Blues kicking off against Aston Villa

on Wednesday 18 March.

Everton Ladies
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Coming up on North West Tonight

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

Coming up at 18:30 - a prison officer at HM Prison Liverpool recovers after being stabbed by an inmate.

And, as the Merseyside-based Health and Safety Executive turns 40, we have our first of two special reports.

Join us live on BBC One.

Tonight's weather

BBC Weather


After an early dip in temperatures, the clear spells will be displaced by

increasing amounts of cloud through the night.

BBC Weather

This cloud will produce some patchy drizzle in some areas.

M57 traffic

BBC Travel reports it's getting busy on the northbound side of the M57 in Kirkby.

There's congestion between junction 6 for the A506 and junction 7 for the M58.

Mourinho: 'We'll bounce back against Reds'

Jose Mourinho has refused to dwell on Chelsea's shock FA Cup exit to Bradford as he eyes a Wembley final at the expense of Liverpool tomorrow night.

Jose Mourinho
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Mourinho, who today celebrates his 52nd birthday, labelled Saturday's 4-2 loss to League One Bradford a "disgrace" and pledged to bounce back in the Capital One Cup semi-final against the Reds.

He said: "The next game is the most important one. It's the good thing that, when you lose, you have to focus immediately on the next game. You don't have a lot of time to be moaning or analysing what happened in the bad one. Let's move and let's think about the next one."

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A Wirral man who punched a friend over a £10 debt has been jailed for more than five years for his manslaughter.

Joseph Inglesby struck Robert Higgins, causing him to hit his head on a shop shutter in Tuebrook last year.

Listen to the 17:00 bulletin live here.

Danger driver appeals against jail term

Southport Visiter

A retired stockbroker jailed for causing the death of the wife of a Southport man when his vintage Mercedes left the road in North London

is appealing against his sentence.

Cup classic remembered

BBC Sport

As Liverpool prepare for a tough Capital One Cup semi-final at Chelsea tomorrow, we've been

taking a look back at a classic clash between the two teams in 1997.

Chelsea vs Liverpool 1997

The Londoners scored four second-half goals to overturn a 2-0 deficit against the Reds at Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup 4th round.

Robbie Fowler and Stan Collymore put the Reds ahead, before substitute Mark Hughes scored and Gianfranco Zola fired in a brilliant equaliser. Two goals from Gianluca Vialli then won the match for the Blues, who would go on to lift the trophy that season.

Students urged to have meningitis vaccine

Public Health England is urging students in Merseyside and Cheshire to ensure they have the meningitis vaccine.

Alisha Bartolini
Merseyside Police

The advice comes as a new term gets under way, and two months after 18-year-old Hope University student Alisha Bartolini (pictured) died from the infection.

Merseyside consultant Dr Anjila Shah said: "As the protection offered by the infant vaccine wanes over time we are recommending university freshers get a booster as soon as possible, even if they received it as a young child."

Cigarette sparks skip fire

Cheshire Fire

tweets: Skip fire in Congleton caused by cigarette. Please ensure you put it out right out, follow our safety advice

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A Liverpool supporter who survived the Hillsborough disaster says he saw a police officer trying to push his brother back into a pen as he tried to escape the crush.

Terence Mills has been giving evidence at the new inquests.

Listen live to the 16:00 bulletin.

More news coming your way

The late regional TV news bulletin is getting longer - starting tonight.

Annabel Tiffin and Roger Johnson

The BBC has doubled the amount of time for the North West Tonight update which follows the 22:00 news. The news and weather will now end at 22:45.

The change - which will run until the beginning of June - is intended to ensure that BBC audiences receive the best coverage of the main issues, both nationally and locally, ahead of the General Election.

Date announced for cup replay

BBC Sport

Liverpool's FA Cup replay at Bolton will take place next Wednesday with a 19.45 kick-off, and will be shown live on the BBC.

Preparing for snow

Simon Moffatt

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

Here's a picture from the inside of Wirral's new salt dome in Birkenhead as gritting teams prepare for a predicted flurry of heavy snow later this week.

Birkenhead salt dome

The Met Office has issued a weather warning for the North West, with high winds and icy conditions expected throughout Wednesday and Thursday.

Police 'pushed fans back into terrace'

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside

Sheffield Wednesday's club photographer at the time of the Hillsborough disaster says he saw police officers pushing fans back into the terrace as they tried to escape the crush.

The 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster

Giving evidence at the new inquests in Warrington, Stephen Ellis said he saw fans trying to climb over the fence at the front of the pens - but police officers, including one named in court as PC Illingworth, were trying to push them back.

The fans who did manage to escape at first didn't seem to be injured. Then, after it emerged that something was wrong, Mr Ellis said the police moved from "containment" into "rescue" and started helping fans off the terrace.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

Wirral Council has opened its new salt dome in Birkenhead to help keep the borough's roads gritted through the rest of winter.

It's based in Cleveland Street and is shaped like an igloo, and replaces some old depots which were in poor condition.

Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin.

Female bishop ordained

John Harrison

BBC News

Anglicans in the Diocese of Chester have a new assistant bishop - the first woman to be ordained to this ministry in the Church of England.

Bishop Libby Lane surrounded by other bishops

The Reverend Libby Lane, 48,

has been ordained as the new Bishop of Stockport in front of more than 1,000 people.

The Church formally adopted legislation last November to allow women bishops, in a move which ended a centuries-old tradition of exclusively male bishops.

Sturridge to face Chelsea?

Tom Mullen

BBC News

Here's a bit more from Brendan Rodgers' news conference this morning. The Reds boss indicated there could be a chance of seeing Daniel Sturridge play some part in tomorrow's Capital One Cup semi-final against Chelsea.

Daniel Sturridge and Brendan Rodgers
Getty Images

"We'll see how he is today," he said. "He had a training session with the team yesterday and he trained very, very well. It was as comfortable as he's looked."

But Rodgers added: "We won't risk it, that's for sure. He's been out for a long time, so we just need to make sure he is ready and feels ready."

Scout leader guilty of abusing boys

BBC Radio Merseyside

A Merseyside scout leader has been convicted of sexually abusing two teenagers.

A jury at Liverpool Crown Court took less than an hour to unanimously convict Gavin Owen of two charges of sexual assault, which happened after he invited the boys over to his house.

Unknown to the jury, 37-year-old Owen, of Heathfield Close, Formby, is already awaiting sentence after admitting possessing thousands of indecent images of children. He will be sentenced next month.

Is this your dog?

Cheshire West and Chester Council

tweets: Is this your Jack Russell? He was found in Ellesmere Port on Saturday.

Jack Russell dog

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A child protection expert has called it "very worrying" that one of James Bulger's killers has reportedly been able to sign up to an online dating agency.

Newspaper reports say Jon Venables, 32, who was jailed for a second time in 2010 after downloading child abuse images, has joined the website under a new name

Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin.

Snow way to drive

NW Motorway Police

tweets: Weather forecast for Arctic conditions later in the week. Here's one we stopped earlier in the month!

Snowy car
NW Motorway Police / Twitter

'Balotelli is 'a good boy' - Rodgers

BBC Radio Merseyside

Brendan Rodgers insists

Mario Balotelli isn't heading for the Anfield exit - despite the Liverpool manager telling his striker he needs to improve in training.

Mario Balotelli
Getty Images

The Italian was left out of the 0-0 draw with Bolton at the weekend, prompting speculation Balotelli could leave before the end of the January transfer window.

But Rodgers said: "That's simply not the case. He's a good boy who wants to fight for his opportunity."

Prison officer hurt in knife attack

BBC North West Tonight

A prison officer at HMP Liverpool has been taken to hospital after being attacked with a home-made knife.

Merseyside Police say the guard suffered minor chest injuries last night.

It comes after three prison officers were injured in a disturbance at Walton jail earlier this month.

Crime den closed down

Widnes Police

tweet: This is what happens if you use your home for crime, ASB and disorder. House now closed for 3 months #HereForYou

Boarded up home
Widnes Police

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

Lawyers for a group of Hillsborough families have thanked a Liverpool fan who tried to help five casualties at the disaster.

Michael Bradley, who has been giving evidence at the new inquests in Warrington, gave first aid to four unconscious fans, one of whom came round and another who started breathing again.

Listen live to the 12:00 bulletin.

Clare's Law questions

Phil Cooper

BBC Radio Merseyside

I'm looking into

new figures which show that only one in 10 Clare's Law requests from Merseyside women have been granted.

The legislation allows them to ask if their partners have a violent history. MP Hazel Blears says police need better guidance on how to use it.

The scheme was was rolled out across England and Wales last March following a campaign by the family of Clare Wood - who was killed by her former boyfriend in 2009.

Traffic light failure causing delays

A traffic light failure is causing disruption in both directions at the Burlington Street junction in Liverpool,

BBC Travel reports.

BBC travel

Motorists are urged to approach the area with care.

Coming up

Roger Phillips

BBC Radio Merseyside

More than 100 people a day with mental health problems are having their benefits stopped due to sanctions, according to an investigation by the Methodist Church in Britain.

On today's show we'll hear from Paul Morrison, a policy adviser for the Methodist Church.

I want to know, if somebody has been declared unfit for work, should their benefits be stopped for reasons such as turning up late for an appointment?

Listen to the show between 12:00 and 14:00.

Sturridge 'a happy man' training again

BBC Sport

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has returned to full training ahead of his much-anticipated comeback to the Reds' first team,

the Gossip column reports.

Daniel Sturridge
Getty Images

Sturridge, who has not featured for the Reds since the 3-0 win over Tottenham in August, played a major part in the club's title challenge last season.


tweeted on Saturday: "First day of training today with the boys. I'm a happy man."

Man, 67, tells of burglary ordeal

Simon Moffatt

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

A 67-year-old Liverpool man has told of the moment he took on an armed burglar during a break-in at his home.

David Clague

David Clague was stabbed in the leg in a scuffle at his home in Queens Drive, Walton, but managed to restrain the attacker until police arrived.

Mr Clague said: "I'd seen the knife but I thought I could get it off him. I don't think you have time to be scared."

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

Lawyers for a group of Hillsborough families have thanked a Liverpool fan who tried to help five casualties at the disaster.

Michael Bradley, who has been giving evidence at the new inquests in Warrington, gave first aid to four unconscious fans, one of whom came round and another who started breathing again.

Listen live to the 12:00 bulletin.