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  1. Updates for Thursday 5 February 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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That's all for today from the team. Join us tomorrow for more updates from 08:00 on the latest local news, sport, travel and weather.

Coming up on North West Tonight

Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, North West Tonight

In tonight's programme, we look at the reported rise in anti-Semitic incidents, including Liverpool where there were 27 incidents - up by 80% on the year before.

There is also the latest from the Hillsborough inquests, where the jury have heard police officers tried to shut a gate at the ground that flew open under pressure from the crowd on the terraces.

Join us at 18:30 on BBC One.

Dry but frosty

BBC Weather

weather chart screengrab

It will be

dry and cold with increasing cloud, although there will be some clearer spells towards the south. Frosty with overnight temperatures dropping to 1C and maximum temperature of 5C on Friday.

Students set for exhibition

Students from Wirral schools are to exhibit work at Lady Lever Art Gallery.

one of the exhibits

The exhibition features a diverse selection of works including paintings, photography and textiles by GCSE and A-level students from Prenton High School, South Wirral High School, St John Plessington Catholic College and Weatherhead High School.

Fresh Perspectives: Art from Wirral Schools opens on 8 February and runs until 19 April.

Record breaking run

Runcorn and Widnes World

Olaf the snowman, along with people dressed up as Elsa and Anna from Disney's Frozen, joined school children earlier today as 3,400 people helped

set a new Guinness world record at the Widnes Vikings stadium.

Frozen characters and school kids do workout
Runcorn and Widnes World

They set a new benchmark for the most number of people exercising to a fitness video, breaking the previous record of 2,958 set in China.

Great grandfather died in 'tragic accident'

Liverpool Echo

A Heswall great-grandfather who was hit by a car on Bonfire Night died in a "tragic accident," a coroner has ruled.

Mervyn Taylor, 88, a widower and retired accountant, was hit by a car after crossing halfway over Barnston Road, Heswall.

He was with his son Chris on their way for an evening drink in the Fox and Hounds pub opposite Chris' home.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

The police are trying to find a man from Southport after an elderly man was tricked out of thousands of pounds.

Officers say a supposed workman told the 65-year-old victim from Kingston Crescent that his roof needed repairing.

Armed robbery appeal

Rumeana Jahangir

BBC News Online

Cheshire Police is appealing for information after an armed robbery and assault at the Red Admiral pub in Runcorn.

They say two men broke in at about 00:45 on Sunday after getting in through an upstairs flat. The men took the victim to the office where he was threatened with a knife.

Top spot swots

Edge Hill University has been named

Best University Workplace by Times Higher Education.

Edge Hill University
Edge hill university

Vice-chancellor, Dr John Cater, praised the "enthusiasm and quality" of staff.

"We are delighted and extremely proud," he added.

Hillsborough inquests latest

Ben Schofield

Hillsborough reporter

Police officers at Hillsborough tried to shut a gate that flew open under pressure from the crowd on the terraces, the inquests have heard.

Getty Images

The gate at the front of pen three opened twice before kick off, according to PC Peter Smith.

Mr Smith told colleagues to stop trying to shut the gate after realising fans were being crushed.

Boy arrested for Anfield sex assault

Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News

More on the 14-year-old boy from Norris Green arrested in connection with the alleged rape of a 43-year-old woman at her home in Anfield.

He was

arrested on suspicion of sexual assault of the woman, described by police as vulnerable, in September.

Deidre's specs appeal

An opticians in Liverpool has launched a charity competition in memory of Coronation Street actress Anne Kirkbride.

the window display
Silverberg Opticians

Colin Dorricott from Silverberg Opticians said people often come into the practice and try on large spectacles and say: "I look like Deirdre Barlow!"

With the help of local artist David Knopov, they put together a window display, with an Andy Warhol-inspired picture of Deirdre in her famous oversized specs which they will raffle off for the Royal School For The Blind on 14 February.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

The police are trying to find a man from Southport after an elderly man was tricked out of thousands of pounds.

Officers say a supposed workman told the 65-year-old victim from Kingston Crescent that his roof needed repairing.

Holmes fit for home game

Mike Hughes

BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

Danny Holmes is fit and available again after injury for Tranmere's home game with Carlisle on Saturday.

Tranmere Rovers full-back Danny Holmes

Michael Ihiekwe is ruled out but recent signing Iain Hume comes into contention after receiving international clearance.

He says it's great to be back and part of things again at Tranmere after an absence of almost 10 years.

Airport's emergency exercise **

An emergency exercise is being staged at

Liverpool John Lennon Airport tonight.

Liverpool John Lennon Airport
Phil smith/geograph

The exercise, which starts at 21:30, helps the airport test and procedures in case of a full-scale emergency.

Personnel from the emergency services will all be participating but the airport will be operating as usual.

Liverpool to make fitness checks

James Mountford

BBC Radio Merseyside

Liverpool will check on the fitness of Lazar Markovic, Dejan Lovren, Marion Balotelli and Lucas ahead of Saturday's derby at Goodison Park.

Liverpool wing-back Lazar Markovic (centre) scores for his side at Sunderland

Teen arrested over attack

Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News

A 14-year-old boy from Norris Green has been arrested and bailed after being questioned by police over a serious sexual assault.

The attack on a 43-year-old woman happened inside a house in Anfield in September.

The teenager went into a Merseyside police station last night and was released on bail after he was questioned.

Local papers to fold

Emma Stanley

BBC News

Two Trinity Mirror titles - the Formby Times and Crosby Herald -

are to close from the end of March, the National Union of Journalists is reporting.

Newspapers being printed
Getty Images

As part of the proposal, a reporter role and two photographer roles will be cut.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

Aintree Hospital is to benefit from a new £1.2m government scheme to help elderly people as they leave hospital.

The Liverpool hospital is one of 29 nationwide to receive funding to pay for support for elderly patients with volunteers from the Red Cross on hand to take them home.

Hillsborough memorial 'lovely gesture'

BBC Radio Merseyside

Families of some of the Hillsborough victims say a memorial to the 96 at Goodison Park is a "lovely gesture."

Everton have confirmed it

they will unveil the commemorative plaque at the derby on Saturday.

Mary Corrigan, who lost her son Keith McGrath in the disaster, says the blue half of the city has always stood side by side with them.

Man arrested over shooting

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

Police have emailed to say a 26-year-old man who went to Aintree Hospital last night with a gunshot wound has been arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm. He is believed to have shot himself in the leg by mistake.

Lennon 'happy at Everton'

BBC Sport

Everton manager Roberto Martinez says Aaron Lennon is "very happy" at the club, despite looking miserable in some of the club's arrival photographs.

Aaron Lennon

The Toffees manager jokingly blamed the photographer and said he saw a "focused face - someone who was ready to train and perform".

Lennon will look to make an impact this weekend as Liverpool travel to Goodison Park in the Merseyside derby.

Woman rescued from car crash

Runcorn and Widnes World

A woman trapped in a car after a collision in Runcorn was rescued by firefighters.

Crews cut the roof of the vehicle to release her.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

Residents in Liverpool's Georgian Quarter are being warned they are putting themselves at risk of identity theft, because they are leaving their bins out.

Councillors think organised crime gangs have been sifting through rubbish looking for bank and credit card statements.

Frosty Chester

Chester looks pretty frosty this morning judging by this picture taken by I Dream of Pies Photography.

I Dream of Pies Photos

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Coming up on North West Today

Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, North West Tonight

In today's programme, the cost of taking a car through the Mersey Tunnels is likely to rise by 10p to £1.80 - except for those who use the Fast Tag system.

The price rise is being proposed by Merseytravel but will need to be approved by the Liverpool City Region Authority at a meeting next week.

Watch more on BBC One at 13:30.

Police appeal after assault

Emma Stanley

BBC News

Detectives in St Helens have released CCTV stills of five women they would like to speak to in connection with an alleged assault in the town centre in the early hours of Sunday 11 January.

CCTV images of the five women
Merseyside Police

A 49-year-old woman was subjected to a serious assault outside Bar 44 on Westfield Street at about 03:00.

Police said five women followed her from the bar and she was attacked, leaving her with a fractured cheekbone, broken nose and severe swelling and bruising to her face.

Help for the elderly

Aintree University Hospital is running a new partnership with the Red Cross to help frail and elderly patients after they return to their homes.

Carer helps the elderly

The scheme is a pilot as part of a national initiative, and will involve staff and volunteers accompanying patients home and seeing they are settled after they are discharged from the hospital.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

Residents in Liverpool's historic Georgian Quarter are being warned they could face fines if they leave their bins out for too long.

Council officials say there's been an increase in fly-tipping in the area.

Lord Mayor sings jazz

Liverpool Echo

The Lord Mayor of Liverpool said she was terrified about singing in front of an audience at the Everyman Theatre.

She sang jazz versions of the Sound of Music classic 'These are a few of my favourite things' and the Beatles' song 'Yesterday'.

Martinez on McCarthy

Mike Hughes

BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has rubbished suggestions that James McCarthy has suffered another injury setback and insists that he expects him to be available for Saturday's Merseyside derby.

Roberto Martinez
Getty Images

Reports had indicated McCarthy had aggravated the problem in training, ruling him out of this weekend's game.

Sprats your lot

Emma Stanley

BBC News

Black-headed gulls choose food most likely to be found in their immediate environment, with birds in urban areas of Merseyside selecting less natural foods than their rural counterparts, according to the

University of Liverpool.

Black-headed gull

Researchers studied the feeding habits of the gulls at 11 sites along the Merseyside coastline, from Liverpool to Southport, over the course of a month. They found a preference for a natural food source - in this case sprats - decreased as urbanicity increased.

Staying cold

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

BBC Weather says it's going to cloud over this afternoon.

weather map

We can expect some rain and sleet, so wrap up if you're heading out.

Halted Phoenix Nights show restaged

Tom Airey

BBC News

A performance of Phoenix Nights Live is to be rerun after Liverpool-born comedian Ted Robbins collapsed on stage on the opening night.

Ted Robbins

The show, on Saturday, was stopped after the 59-year-old fell to the floor at the 20,000-capacity Manchester Arena.

Kate Robbins said her brother had suffered a cardiac arrest but he is "on the mend" in hospital.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

Residents in Liverpool's Georgian Quarter are being warned they're putting themselves at risk of identity theft, because they're leaving their bins out.

Councillors think organised crime gangs have been sifting through rubbish looking for bank and credit card statements.

Liverpool's kit deal

Liverpool FC have announced sports apparel manufacturer New Balance as their

official kit supplier for the 2015/16 football season.

The club says the multi-year partnership has become the biggest kit supplier deal in its history.

Bin diving

Phil Cooper

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

I'm in Canning this morning finding out more about the risks Liverpool residents are taking by leaving their bins out.

Rubbish truck

It's thought they could become victims of bank fraud as organised crime gangs in the area are "bin diving" - where they sift through your rubbish looking for credit card statements.

It could be part of the reason for an increase in rubbish strewn around Liverpool's Georgian Quarter.

Coming up

Roger Phillips

BBC Radio Merseyside

On the phone in from midday I'll be hearing from Sefton Council Leader Peter Dowd about his views on a metro mayor and devolution for Liverpool.

Police called to RBS on Dale Street

Liverpool Echo

Police were called to the Royal Bank of Scotland this morning after a vault alarm was set off.

Three police cars came to the scene just before 9am this morning.

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New Brighton
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