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Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday 3 February 2015
  2. News, sport, weather and travel returns from 08:00 on Wednesday

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That's all from Local Live for today. We will return from 08:00 on Wednesday with more news, sport, travel and weather updates. Hopefully you'll join us then.

Dry cold night

BBC Weather reports a generally dry and cold night for most areas, with a widespread, locally severe frost.

Weather forecast
BBC

However, a weakening band of light sleet and snow will move south overnight, mainly affecting northern hills, leading to the risk of icy patches.

Coming up

Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, North West Tonight

On tonight's programme: Saturday's Merseyside derby will go ahead at 5:30 despite warnings from the police there could be trouble.

Merseyside Police went to court this morning arguing for an earlier start to give fans less time in the pub before kick-off.

Find out more about this story on

North West Tonight at 18:30.

Netball World Cup 'prestigious'

The head of England Netball is "thrilled" the 2019 World Cup will be held in Liverpool.

England Netball v Australia
Getty Images

The city was named as the host for the competition, which has only been staged in the country twice before - in 1963 and 1995.

Joanna Adams, CEO of England Netball, said: "Having worked with Liverpool to host major global tournaments previously, we have a proven track record of being able to stage such a prestigious event and we look forward to welcoming the netball world to the North West."

Delays likely in Warrington

Cheshire Police

tweets: We are currently dealing with an incident on Folly Lane, Warrington - delays likely. Please factor this in to your journey this afternoon

Sex assault investigation appeal

Merseyside Police are appealing for two males to come forward as part of an inquiry into the sexual assault of a 43-year-old woman in Liverpool.

CCTV images
Merseyside Police

The pair are believed to be teenagers and are thought to have "vital information" after the vulnerable woman was attacked at her flat in Anfield on 24 September.

Twelve males aged between 12 and 19 and a 15-year-old girl have been arrested and have been bailed pending further inquiries.

Road to close for resurfacing

Keckwick Lane from Runcorn Road to Delph Lane in Runcorn will be closed for three days for resurfacing,

Halton Borough Council has said.

Road closed sign
BBC

It will be shut after midnight on 12 February. Diversions will be in place.

Crash causes M6 queues

BBC Travel

reports there is queuing traffic in the M6 northbound between Junction 21A, the Croft Interchange, and Junction 22 Newton-le-Willows because of a car accident.

All lanes have reopened.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

An ambulanceman who collected casualties from the pitch at the Hillsborough disaster says he couldn't see any coordination between senior ambulance officers and their counterparts in the police.

Tony Edwards has been giving evidence at the Hillsborough inquests.

Derby kick-off challenge cost

Merseyside Police say it has cost them £3,000 to appeal against the 5:30 GMT kick-off for the derby on Saturday.

Romelu Lukaku and Alberto Moreno
Getty Images

The force

withdrew a legal challenge against a late start due to concerns it would increase the risk of alcohol-fuelled disorder.

During discussions at South Sefton Magistrates' Court earlier, Everton agreed to further segregation arrangements.

Police close Birkenhead road

BBC Travel

reports Old Chester Road in Birkenhead is closed in both directions between the Fairfield Road and the St Paul's Road junction because of a police incident.

Tunnel pre-paid lanes monitored

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

Merseytravel say they will monitor the success of their pre-pay booths in the Wallasey Tunnel.

From this week, there will be Fast Tag priority lanes for those who have pre-paid.

It's hoped it will speed up queues and if it proves successful, more will be put into action in the Birkenhead Tunnel.

Mental health exhibition

Warrington Council

tweets: A local artist will launch a brand new exhibition exploring mental health issues this weekend at Warrington Museum
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News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

An ambulanceman who collected casualties from the pitch at the Hillsborough disaster says he couldn't see any coordination between senior ambulance officers and their counterparts in the police.

Tony Edwards has been giving evidence at the Hillsborough inquests.

Liverpool to host 2019 World Cup

BBC Sport

Liverpool has been named as the host city for the Netball World Cup in 2019.

Australia win the 2011 World Netball Championships
Getty Images

The championship is held every four years and has only been in England on two previous occasions - Birmingham in 1995 and the first ever tournament in Eastbourne in 1963.

The 2019 event will be staged at the ACC Liverpool, although dates have yet to be confirmed.

M62 fire

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service

tweets: Firefighters Extinguish Car Fire On M62 Near Broadgreen
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Roses are red...

Wirral Council's four central libraries are to host poetry workshops on Valentine's Day.

The free sessions, held from 10:00, are open to children aged over 8. Wallasey Central Library is also hosting a session open to adults.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

An ambulanceman who drove to collect casualties from the pitch at Hillsborough says he's been plagued by the memory of leaving a girl behind who was being resuscitated.

Tony Edwards has continued giving evidence at the Hillsborough inquests in Warrington.

Fire safety push

Tom Airey

BBC News

Merseyside fire officers will be visiting homes in St. Helens offering safety advice after they found the body of a woman at a house.

The 73-year-old was found dead in the property on Birchfield Street, Thatto Heath, on Thursday.

It is suspected the fire that killed her was caused by an open flame gas fire and started accidentally.

Hillsborough inquests latest

Ben Schofield

Hillsborough reporter

An ambulance man who attended the Hillsborough disaster says he's been plagued by the memory of leaving a girl on the pitch who was being resuscitated.

Tony Edwards said: "In my head - and it has been for 20-odd years - has been that somebody was resuscitating what I took to be a girl.

"They were doing that fairly effectively and I believe I left that person, those people resuscitating... in the knowledge that no other vehicle was coming on to support them and I have had to live with that."

He's also told the jury he felt very isolated on the pitch and that he saw no coordination between senior ambulance officers and senior police.

Coutinho signs new contract

Ian Kennedy

BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho has signed a new long-term contract.

Philippe Coutinho
Reuters

The 22-year-old signed the deal at the club's training ground Melwood today.

He was signed from Inter Milan in January 2013 and has made 81 appearances for the club, scoring 10 goals.

Lennon an 'important asset'

BBC Sport

Everton boss Roberto Martinez says new loan signing Aaron Lennon will be

an "important asset to our squad".

Aaron Lennon
EvertonFC

The club have secured the 27-year-old Tottenham winger until the end of the season.

Speaking on

Everton's website, the manager said his "pace and trickery will fit in well at Goodison".

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

UKIP's deputy leader Paul Nuttall has confirmed he is going to stand in the Bootle constituency.

The current Labour MP Joe Benton is retiring at the General Election in May.

Mr Nuttall, who is a MEP for the North West, grew up in the town and says that is part of the reason he decided to stand there.

Firefighters wanted

Tom Airey

BBC News

Cheshire Fire Service is

looking for on-call firefighters to work on a part-time basis.

Firefighters
PA

It is expected you would be called out about two or three times a week, with no previous experience required.

The fire service said you can have another job "until the call comes, then you become a professional firefighter".

Liverpool nets World Cup

Tom Airey

BBC News

Liverpool will host the Netball World Cup in 2019.

Netball bid team
Liverpool City Council

The city has won the right to host the 15th staging of the tournament, with matches taking place at the Echo Arena.

Helen Grant, Minister for Sport, said: "Not only is it a major coup for the city, but for the country as a whole."

Coming up

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

On North West Today - Merseyside Police abandoned a court attempt to have the kick-off time for the Everton v Liverpool derby changed.

The match will now go ahead as planned at 17:30 on Saturday.

Join us live at 13:30.

Why so glum, Aaron?

BBC Sport

The reasons for Aaron Lennon not smiling for the camera after his move to Everton was confirmed are yet to be discovered, but

Sportsday suggests it might be because of some recent dental work.

Aaron Lennon
Evertonfc

The winger signed on loan from Tottenham until the end of the season, but the

official Everton photos show the 27-year-old looking seemingly less than delighted to be on Merseyside.

If you've got a suggestion for what's causing Aaron to look so glum, let us know via

email,
Facebook or
Twitter.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

The Merseyside derby will kick-off at 17:30 on Saturday, after police dropped their legal challenge to have the tie brought forward.

Merseyside Police claim the late start will increase the risk of alcohol-fuelled disorder.

Derby time challenge withdrawn

Nafeesa Shan

BBC News

Merseyside Police has

withdrawn a legal challenge against a late kick-off at Saturday's derby.

Romelu Lukaku and Alberto Moreno
Getty Images

The force applied to change the 17:30 start due to concerns it would increase the risk of alcohol-fuelled disorder, but Liverpool City Council had refused to amend Goodison Park's ground safety certificate to allow an earlier start.

During discussions at South Sefton Magistrates' Court, Everton agreed to further segregation arrangements.

Hillsborough inquests resume

Judith Moritz

North of England correspondent, BBC News

The Hillsborough inquests are sitting in Warrington today, with evidence continuing from ambulanceman Anthony Edwards.

Ambulance footage was shown at the Hillsborough inquests
Other

Mr Edwards, who was crewing a South Yorkshire ambulance, was

the first paramedic to reach the casualties of the disaster in 1989.

Aaron, Aaron, give us a grin

Andy Burnham, Labour MP for Leigh,

tweets: Getting the feeling that our new signing is not entirely made up with his move to Merseyside

Aaron Lennon
EvertonFC

Latest on derby time appeal

Phil Cooper

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

Merseyside Police argued the late kick-off time will increase the risk of alcohol-fuelled disorder, but Liverpool City Council refused a request to amend the safety certificate for Goodson Park last week.

This potentially could have brought the kick-off time forward to earlier in the day.

The appeal against that decision was due to be heard here this morning, but after nearly an hour of discussions outside court, lawyers for the police revealed they were withdrawing their case.

A meeting is now due to take place later this week between police, the council and club officials to discuss how to plan for this fixture in future.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

An appeal against the Merseyside derby kick-off time has been withdrawn.

Police are concerned the 17:30 start could heighten the risk of disorder.

Cahill heads for China

BBC Sport

Former Everton star Tim Cahill has joined Shanghai Shenhua,

despite an offer to join ex-boss David Moyes at Real Sociedad.

Cahill
Getty Images

The Australia international has joined the Chinese side after leaving Major League Soccer club New York Red Bulls.

Several clubs were interested in signing the 35-year-old, including Moyes's La Liga side.

Merseyside derby appeal withdrawn

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

Merseyside Police has withdrawn its legal appeal against the Merseyside derby kick-off time.

The match, at Goodison Park, will kick-off at 17:30 on Saturday as scheduled.

Stolen property reunion bid

A chainsaw is among the stolen high value tools and gardening equipment

Merseyside Police are trying to reunite with their owners.

Chainsaw
Merseyside Police

Officers found the items after searching a property in Old Chester Road, Birkenhead in August and September last year.

A 22-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of burglary has been bailed pending further police inquiries.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

A court hearing is underway as Merseyside Police try to get the late kick-off for the derby match changed.

Officers are worried the 17:30 start heightens the risk of disorder in Liverpool.