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  1. Updates from Thursday 29 January 2015

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Local Live has finished for the day. Join us from 08:00 tomorrow for more news, sport, travel and weather updates.

Tonight's forecast

Eno Eruotor

Weather presenter, North West Tonight

Snow showers continue into the evening and it's going to feel bitterly cold.

the forecast

The wind chill factor will make highs of 4C (39F) feel colder.

Bootle road closure

BBC Travel

A crash involving two lorries means the A5058 Miller's Bridge in Bootle is closed and there is queuing traffic in both directions from the A5036 Regent Road junction and the A567 Stanley Road junction,

drivers are being warned.

Burglar to pay 1% of ill-gotten gains

Chester Chronicle

A burglar who was part of a gang who pocketed almost half a million pounds during a year-long crime spree raiding farms and even stealing canoes for disabled children -

will pay back less than 1% to victims.

RMS Lusitanian sinking remembered

A lifejacket, a shoe belonging to a small child, and letters from survivors will be some of the items on show as Merseyside Maritime Museum remembers the

sinking of RMS Lusitania.


Lusitania: life, loss, legacy - a new exhibition - opens at Merseyside Maritime Museum on 27 March.

The ship was torpedoed off the coast of Ireland by a German U-boat in 1915, killing 1,198 people. More information is


Anger after school meeting cancelled

Wirral Globe

Parents and students have

hit out after a meeting was cancelled, which had been aimed at giving them the chance to have their say on plans to temporarily suspend a Wirral sixth form next year.

'House of sin'

Tom Mullen

BBC News

John Lennon's Aunt Mimi, with whom he lived in Menlove Avenue, is said to have referred to his mother Julia's home -

which is going up for auction - as "the house of sin".

Lennon's sisters Julia and Jackie lived in the three-bedroom council house alongside their mother and her partner John "Bobby" Dykins - who never married.

Fugitive wanted for cash machine explosions

Liverpool Echo

A Merseyside fugitive

wanted over a string of 31 gas bomb attacks on UK cash machines is suspected of blowing up another 14 ATMs in Spain.

News on the hour

Graham Whyte

BBC Radio Merseyside

A teachers union says students have been "disadvantaged" by changes to GCSEs - as the latest league tables show schools in Knowsley are ranked bottom in the country.

Join us for more on this story and others at 17:00.

Traffic-busting bridge backed

Emma Stanley

BBC News

A new bridge is to be built across the Manchester Ship Canal in Warrington.

It is hoped the

high-level bridge, from the A56 Chester Road, will provide traffic relief to the town centre and open up land for development.

Manchester Ship Canal

The plan has been approved after the government confirmed it would invest an extra £15m into Cheshire and Warrington between 2016 and 2021.

Inmate found dead in cell

Graham Whyte

BBC Radio Merseyside

The Ministry of Justice has confirmed a prisoner has been found dead in his cell at Liverpool Prison. An investigation is underway.

Honda deal is 'ultimate dream'

BBC Sport

Jenny Tinmouth has described becoming a member of the Honda Racing team for the 2015 British Superbike Championship as her

"ultimate dream come true".

Jenny Tinmouth
Honda (UK)

The 36-year-old from Ellesmere Port became the first female to compete in the series in 2011 and remains the only woman to have done so.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

A senior ambulance officer says two ambulances crashed as they tried to get on and off the pitch at the Hillsborough disaster.

According to Alan Hopkins, who was South Yorkshire's deputy chief ambulance officer, a new wheelchair ramp had made the access onto the pitch narrower.

We will hear from our reporter at the Hillsborough inquests, Ben Schofield, in

the 16:00 news.

Angela Eagle v William Hague

Wallasey's Labour MP Angela Eagle and William Hague MP drew laughs from the Commons

during an exchange in business questions.

Shadow leader of the House Eagle highlighted Liberal Democrat Baroness Kramer's unfortunate gaffe while on a visit to Taipei. "She gave the city's mayor a watch, which is taboo in local culture because it suggests the recipient's time is running out. She should have given it to her party leader."

Angela Eagle in the Commons

William Hague got laughs of his own as he responded to Eagle. He said

Baroness Kramer's watch gaffe wasn't the best gift of the week.

That honour went to Ed Miliband, who received "the gift of

being defended by the noble lord Lord Kinnock". Hague said this was a "sure sign of impending disaster", to the mirth of Tory backbenchers.

Gossip on Reds transfers

BBC Sport

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is considering summer deals for Hannover midfield pair Lars Stindl, 26, and Leonardo Bittencourt, 21,

according to the Daily Star.

There is more about Rodgers midfield targets in

today's Gossip column.

Snow go for passengers

Sallie George

BBC News

tweets: Six hours on this plane and we are now getting off, having moved not one inch. #ManchesterAirport #snow

We were originally due to be on the delayed 09:15 to Newark but were among other passengers

stranded on the runway at Manchester Airport. We were told earlier our flight would be the first scheduled departure at 13:00 but it has not left yet.

More information is on the

severe weather live page we're running for the North West.

Film club starts tomorrow

The hills are alive - because Warrington Borough Council has

tweeted St Werburgh's film club is taking place tomorrow and The Sound of Music, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, will be
its first showing.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

Warrington's going to get a new high-level bridge spanning the Manchester Ship Canal.

The government's given the go-ahead for the £70m project following today's announcement of funding for Local Enterprise Partnerships across the country.

The bridge should relieve pressure at the Bridge Foot bottleneck and open up land for redevelopment. More in

our 15:00 bulletin.

Disability champion retires

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News

A crusading health and disability champion who founded Britain's biggest stroke club is

leaving Halton.

Coutinho hopes to score more

Reds No.10 Philippe Coutinho tells his club's website he has been staying behind for extra training at Melwood to work on

adding more goals to his game.

Philippe Coutinho

Snow-where to be seen

Not everyone has been experiencing a whiteout as this picture and comment from a BBC colleague Alan Clayton explains.

Wirral rain

Aye, the snow is fairly taking its grip here in Wirral, he writes.

Diverted to Liverpool Airport

BBC Radio Merseyside

Seven flights have now been diverted from Manchester to Liverpool Airport

because of snow. The runway has been closed.

Snow at Manchester Airport

Speke bus 'assault' appeal

CCTV stills have been released of two men

Merseyside Police wish to speak to after an alleged assault at a bus stop in Speke.

The two men police wish to speak to
Merseyside Police

The force released pictures of these two men after a report of an altercation involving two man at the bus stop on Speke Boulevard near to the junction of Speke Road, at about 10:10 on Saturday 17 January.

The victim, who suffered head injuries, was taken to hospital by ambulance but did not wait for treatment.

Ex-Tranmere striker returns

Nathan Middleton

BBC Sport

Tranmere Rovers have

re-signed striker Iain Hume on a six-month contract.

Iain Hume
Getty Images
Iain Hume scored five goals in 16 appearances for Kerala Blasters

Hume came through the youth system at Tranmere and made 176 appearances, scoring 37 goals.

The 31-year-old, who also had stints at Leicester, Barnsley, Preston, Doncaster and Fleetwood, is the third arrival at Prenton Park this week after

Adam Dugdale and Josh Thompson.

Beatles mum's home under hammer

Tom Mullen

BBC News

A former home of Beatles legend John Lennon's mother is to be sold at auction.

The semi-detached property on Blomfield Road, in Allerton, Liverpool was home to Julia Lennon in the 1950s and 1960s.

John Lennon with mother, Julia
Getty Images

Although John lived with his aunt Mimi in Menlove Avenue, he would regularly visit his mother and practise playing his guitar at her house.

It is due to

go under the hammer with a guide price of £120,000 at Liverpool Town Hall on 31 March.

Secondary school league tables

League tables for secondary schools across Merseyside are published today.

girl reading

The national picture is that the number of

state secondary schools in England considered to be underperforming has more than doubled in a year, according to official figures.

Wondering what the figures mean? The BBC News website looks at what

school performance data is and what it really means.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

A gun and machetes have been seized by Merseyside police after they sealed off a house in Wirral.

We will have more on this story and others in

our 12:00 bulletin.

Car park coated

Thanks to A180 Darts for

tweeting us this image of St Helens.

Snow in St Helens

Queues in Walton

BBC Travel

There is queuing traffic on the A59 Rice Lane inbound in Walton, Liverpool, at the A5098 Hornby Road junction, because of a burst water main and emergency repairs.

All the latest information is available


Two's company

The University of Liverpool Library

tweets its own snowy scene - ponies at Leahurst Campus.

Ponies at Leahurst Campus

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

Everton manager Roberto Martinez is hopeful Kevin Mirallas will be fit to face Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Kevin Mirallas
Getty Images

The Belgian International was taken off at half-time in their last game against West Bromwich Albion with a tight hamstring, after missing a penalty.

James McCarthy, Sylvain Distin and Darron Gibson also have a chance of being in the Blues squad, while Muhamed Bešić, who was also substituted with a foot problem, is back fully fit.

Snowstorm delays Hillsborough inquests

Liverpool Echo

A snowstorm at Birchwood Park in Warrington has

delayed the start of proceedings on day 133 of the Hillsborough inquests.

Snow halts flights at Manchester

BBC Radio Merseyside

Snow is affecting flights at Manchester Airport. The runway is closed and there will be no flights before 10:30.

Cocaine courier caught

Liverpool Echo

A Huyton drugs crook was caught at the wheel

with cocaine potentially worth almost £1m and £80,000 in cash.

Snow clearing at Manchester Airport

BBC Radio Merseyside

Manchester Airport said a "handful" of planes were forced to circle before landing earlier while one of their two landing runways was cleared of snow.

The operation to de-ice and clear the snow began around 07:00. The airport's snow team will then switch to clear the other runway so that the "flow rate" of landings will be reduced.

It is not expected to cause any major disruption, said a spokesman.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

Men across Merseyside are being encouraged to talk to their friends as part of efforts to tackle Prostate Cancer.

Thousands of men are diagnosed with the disease every year - but many ignore the symptoms.

Join us at 10:00 to hear from Owen Sharp, from Prostate Cancer UK.

Bookmakers robbery bid appeal

This is the man Merseyside Police wish to speak to, after an attempted robbery of the William Hill bookmakers at 206 Vauxhall Road, Vauxhall.

A raider, with his face covered and hood up, demanded a female member of staff hand over cash at just before 18:15 on Wednesday 13 January.

the man police wish to speak to
Merseyside Police

Officers said the worker "kept their cool" and called 999 immediately. The bookies was fitted with toughened security screens and the robber left empty-handed.

'Assault' at Blues' training ground

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

A 17-year-old suffered a neck injury in an alleged assault at Everton's training ground, police have revealed.

Investigations are ongoing, after the teenager was taken to hospital following the alleged assault at Finch Farm in Halewood.

Legal threat over name

St Helens Star

A Hollywood comedy club has failed to see the joke after threatening a St Helens event with legal action

over using the same name.

Snow in Liverpool

Tom Mullen

BBC News

The snow's started falling in Liverpool now. I can see it out of the window from my desk here at our Liverpool offices. I've tried to get a photo but there's not much to see just yet. Let's see how it develops.