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  1. Updates for Wednesday 28 January 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates return from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Emma Stanley

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

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

Frequent snow showers

BBC Weather


It will be a windy night with frequent snow showers pushing in from the Irish Sea.

Weather forecast

Clearer spells will allow frost and icy stretches to develop, especially away from coasts.

Coming up

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

A container load of old and battered objects from half way around the world arrived in Chester today, to the delight of dozens of people.

Islands project at Chester Zoo

The artefacts from Indonesia include a boat, some roof tiles and several cages and they're to be used in a new £30 Islands project at Chester Zoo.


North West Tonight at 18:30 to find out more.

Costa charged with violent conduct

BBC Sport

Chelsea forward Diego Costa has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association following the Capital One Cup semi-final against Liverpool on Tuesday.

The Spain striker (pictured) is accused of stamping on Liverpool defender Emre Can in the 12th minute of the 1-0 victory.

Diego Costa
Getty Images

He faces a three-match ban and could miss Saturday's league match with Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.

The player has until 18:00 GMT on Thursday to respond to the charge.

Lorry spillage cleared

Cheshire Police

tweets: The spillage of #redbull on the M6 has been cleared. Seems we had pole position on this one over @redbullracing

Lorry shed its load on M6
NW Motorway Police

CCTV released after bus stop assault

Merseyside Police has

released CCTV stills of two men they would like to speak to about an alleged assault in Speke.

CCTV image
Merseyside police

A man was left with head injuries after an altercation at a bus stop at Speke Boulevard, near to the junction with Speke Road, on the morning of 17 January.

Police say he was taken to hospital by ambulance, but didn't wait for treatment or provide his personal details.

Congestion on M62

BBC Travel North West

BBC Travel

BBC Travel reports there is congestion on the M62 at Broad Green, with slow traffic in Queens Drive at The Rocket.

Heavy hail on motorways

NW Motorway Police

tweets: Heavy hail/sleet/snow/rain is falling on parts of the network. Lets arrive home safely tonight, slow down.

News on the hour

BBC Radio Merseyside

BBC Radio Merseyside can reveal Liverpool's mayor has asked developers to revise their plans that would see 27 trees removed to allow homes to be built on Sefton Park Meadows in South Liverpool.

Listen to BBC Radio Merseyside


Former bank given heritage status

One of

Liverpool city centre's most distinctive office buildings has been granted Grade II-listed status.

The former Midland Bank on Dale Street - which opened in 1971 - is noted for its "pop architecture" and its distinctive metallic panelling.

Former Midland Bank, 4 Dale Street, Liverpool
English Heritage

It is one of 14 across the country to be protected by English Heritage as part of a project to recognise post-war commercial buildings.

Teenager arrest over sex assault claim

Megan Key BBC Radio Merseyside

A 16-year-old boy from Runcorn has been arrested following reports of a sexual assault in the town.

The police say they're investigating an alleged attack on a 16-year-old girl last Friday afternoon in Town Park in Runcorn.

The teenager is in police custody and helping officers with their enquiries..

Men trapped after staircase blows away

Nine men have been rescued after a staircase blew away from a portable building in Knowsley, trapping them on the first floor.

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service were called to the site in Lees Road at around 09:10 GMT.

Firefighters used a short extension ladder to rescue the men.

Gorse burning in Formby

Firefighters will join The Wildlife Trust during a

controlled burn exercise on Freshfield Dune Heath in Formby.


The Wildlife Trust will carry out a controlled burn of two hectares of gorse, at a site that is not accessible to the public, as part of its conservation work on 4 February.

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service said it will use the opportunity as a training exercise to improve their knowledge of the area in the event of a fire.

News on the hour

Megan Key BBC Radio Merseyside

BBC Radio Merseyside can reveal Liverpool's mayor has asked developers to revise their plans that would see 27 trees removed to allow homes to be built on Sefton Park Meadows in South Liverpool.

Listen live to the 16:00 bulletin

Your views

Emma Stanley

BBC News

We've introduced BBC Local Live from our base in Liverpool to bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place.

Tell us what you think

Yellow warning for snow

The Met Office has issued a

yellow warning for snow across Merseyside tomorrow.

Yellow warning for snow
Met Office

It has warned there could be 5cm or more of snow in parts of northern, even at some lower levels and more than 15cm possible over higher ground.

Hillsborough inquests

Ben Schofield

Hillsborough reporter

South Yorkshire's chief ambulance officer said he would 'take all the credit' for the ambulance service's performance at the Hillsborough disaster if it was deemed a success, the inquests have heard.

But the deputy and assistant chief officers were told their 'heads are on the block' if the operation had not gone well, it was claimed.

Former Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer David Jones made the allegation while giving evidence at the new Hillsborough Inquests.

The jury heard ex-chief ambulance officer Albert Page denies the conversation took place.

Anfield regeneration jobs fair

A jobs fair has been announced in Anfield for residents to find out about employment and training opportunities connected to the regeneration of the area.

Anfield stadium development
Liverpool City Council

More than 25 organisations will have stands at the fair which is part of a commitment by the Anfield regeneration partners to help local people get jobs.

The event is taking place at the Isla Gladstone Conservatory, Stanley Park, on Wednesday January 28.

Bit windy out

Thanks to Dave Newby for sending in this picture of the waves at New Brighton today.

New Brighton in high winds
dave newby

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News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

The Hillsborough inquests have heard claims the head of South Yorkshire's Ambulance service told his deputies they would carry the can if it was deemed the emergency operation had failed.

Former Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer David Jones is giving evidence at the inquests in Warrington.

The jury's been told that overall boss Don Page pulled him and another senior officer into a meeting at around 18:00 BST on the evening of the tragedy.

Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin

Children's litter campaign

Emma Stanley

BBC News

Children from Murdishaw West School are chuffed to bits after being put on the right tracks to learn about environmental crime.

one of the signs
Halton council

Local children entered a poster competition showing how fly-tipping and environmental crime costs money which could be used on local projects instead.

The project is being run by the North Cheshire Railway users group and Halton Borough Council.

A Dream of Wilfred Owen

A play about the

Great War poet Wilfred Owen returns to Liverpool's St George's Hall in March.

Wilfred Owen
Getty Images

Known as the soldiers' poet, the story will be told from the perspective of Owen's ghost who will take the audience on a journey back to the time of World War One.

A Dream of Wilfred Owen has been written by Merseyside journalist David Charters, who has also published two books about Merseyside's history.

Another M6 update

NW Motorway Police say the

M6 should be fully open in a couple of hours following the earlier accident on M6 southbound between Holmes Chapel and Knutsford... here's a reminder why...

Accident on the M6
NW Motorway Police

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

The amount of money spent on providing social care for the over 65s has fallen by a quarter in the North West over the last 10 years.

Figures analysed by the BBC reveal our region is the second worst affected in England.

Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin

Tailbacks after M6 accident

NW Motorway Police

tweets: Update for RTC M6 J19/18 SB, tailbacks are reaching J20 M6.

Animal feed firm charged over death

Rumeana Jahangir

BBC News Online

A company is to be prosecuted over the death of a lorry driver who was buried under a stockpile of animal feed.

Seaforth Dock in Liverpool

Malcolm Harrison was working at the Cargill terminal at Liverpool's Seaforth Dock on 6 September 2012 when a mound of soya meal collapsed on him.

The 64-year-old, from Keighley in West Yorkshire, later died in hospital.

Following an investigation into his death, the Health and Safety Executive has brought criminal proceedings against Surrey-based Cargill.

Lennon home to be auctioned

Tom Mullen

BBC News

A Liverpool house once home to John Lennon's mother is going up for auction.

Blomfield Road, Garston, Liverpool

Although he lived with his aunt Mimi at a home in Menlove Avenue, a teenage Lennon would regularly visit his mother, Julia, at 1, Blomfield Road, in Garston.

Plans have been made for an auction to be held at Liverpool Town Hall on 31 March.

Tesco confirms local store closures

Supermarket giant Tesco has named the 43 stores it is closing across the country, a move that will see 2,000 staff lose their jobs.


The Express store in Liverpool Kensington, Metro shops in Bootle, Ormskirk and Runcorn and the Homeplus in Chester will all close.

The Express and Home Plus stores will close on 15 March with the Tesco Metros and Superstores on the list closing on 4 April.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

Tesco's confirmed five stores across the region will be closed down because of financial pressures - two are on Merseyside, two in Cheshire and one in Lancashire.

The Express store in Liverpool Kensington, Metro shops in Bootle, Ormskirk and Runcorn and the Homeplus in Chester will all close.

Tesco has already confirmed it's scrapping plans to build a new unit in Kirkby.

Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin

Wet and windy weather

This afternoon will be

cold with sunny spells and scattered rain or snow showers feeding in on the strong to gale force northwesterly winds.

wet and windy weather

These winds will be strongest around exposed coasts areas such as Hoylake.

Shed load of trouble on M6

NW Motorway Police say you can expect long delays on the

M6 southbound between Holmes Chapel and Knutsford... and here is why...

lorry shed its load
NW Motorway Police

Hillsborough memorial quilt created

Chester Chronicle

A woman from Ellesmere Port has

created a quilt as a memorial to the 96 people killed in the Hillsborough disaster.

Linda Whitfield sent out a request on social media for donations of Liverpool football shirts.

She soon had enough shirts to make a quilt in memory of those who lost their lives in the 1989 disaster.

Health Trust explores future

A Merseyside NHS Trust could be one of the first in the region to join forces with GPs to provide out-of-hospital care and reduce more of the pressures on A&E and other acute services.

Nurse on the ward

It is one of the options Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust said it would explore after receiving support from the NHS.

Coming up

Roger Phillips

BBC Radio Merseyside

From 12:00, I'll be discussing the cost of social care for the over 65s and a new scheme in Scotland where pregnant women are given shopping vouchers as an incentive to give up smoking.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

From next year, the government will cap the amount you can spend on care in your old age to £72,000 - to stop people wiping out their life savings.

It is something that happened to Viv Galley from Stockport, who said she spent everything she had on caring for her husband Bill who had Alzheimer's.

Listen live to the 12:00 bulletin

Gritters on standby

Cheshire East Council says the gritters are on standby as another spell of cold weather heads for the region.

Snow gritting vehicle
Getty Images

The council also says it would be nice to take a moment to check on vulnerable neighbours.

Merseyrail up and running


tweets: Services are disrupted on the Northern line - *** CLEARED NOW ***

Costa stamps 'accidental' - Mourinho

Diego Costa's alleged stamps during Chelsea's Capital One Cup semi-final win over Liverpool were "absolutely accidental", says boss Jose Mourinho.

Chelsea's Diego Costa and Liverpool's Martin Skrtel

Costa trod on Emre Can and Martin Skrtel in a second-leg tie that saw the Londoners progress after extra time.

Mourinho insisted the Blues striker was blameless. But Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers said: "He has this edge to him. With Emre Can, that was poor, I felt."

Animal feed firm prosecuted

Emma Stanley

BBC News

An animal feed company is to be prosecuted following the death of a lorry driver who was buried under a mound of feed.

Malcolm Harrison was working at the Cargill terminal at Seaforth Dock in Liverpool on 6 September 2012 when a stockpile of soya meal collapsed on him. The 64-year-old from Keighley died of his injuries in hospital.

The Health and Safety Executive is bringing criminal proceedings against Cargill plc on Health and Safety charges following an investigation into Mr Harrison's death.