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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday 6 February 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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That's all from Local Live this week. We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with more news, sport, travel and weather updates.

News on the hour

Lucinda Moore

BBC Radio Merseyside

In the 18:00 news bulletin: Police have warned anyone involved in fights after the

derby match they could find themselves subjected to a football banning order - even if they weren't at the game.

Coming up

Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, North West Tonight

On the show tonight, the transport secretary admits that 30-year-old Pacer trains which were supposed to be getting scrapped may still be running in Merseyside for some time to come.

Also, plans for a metro mayor for Merseyside look to be dead in the water.

And Merseyside police are warning football fans that strict segregation will be enforced at tomorrow evening's derby match.

Watch more on BBC One at 18:30

Everton v Liverpool team news

BBC Sport

Looking ahead to tomorrow's derby game,

BBC Sport says Everton could give a debut to Aaron Lennon, who joined the club on loan from Tottenham on the final day of the transfer window.

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard celebrates scoring against Everton
Laurence Griffiths

Midfielder James McCarthy is set to return after six weeks out with a hamstring injury.

Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge could make his first club start since August, having played twice as a substitute since his comeback from injury. There are slight injury doubts over Lazar Markovic, Adam Lallana and Lucas.

New chief executive appointed

Wirral Borough Council has appointed its new chief executive.

Eric Robinson is currently deputy chief executive and director for people at Staffordshire County Council.

It's not yet known when the former social worker will formally take up his post.

Illegal tooth whitening dentist's fine cut

Liverpool Echo

The boss of a private medical clinic fined £15,000 for carrying out unlawful dentistry

had the amount he had to pay reduced on appeal.

Tranmere pitch inspection

Tranmere Rovers have called a pitch inspection for tomorrow morning ahead of the home game against Carlisle.

A Tranmere fan
Getty Images

There are concerns about the Prenton Park pitch surviving the freezing conditions, despite it being covered all week.

Village race day

A 10K and family race day returns to Port Sunlight on Sunday 1 March.

Previous race in the village
PAul francis cooper

The 10K race offers runners of all levels the chance to participate in two loops of the flat course, alongside a 5K race and a 1K fun run for children.

The

village of Port Sunlight was built from 1888 by Lever Brothers for the workers in its Sunlight soap factory and contains 900 grade II listed buildings.

Slow traffic

BBC Travel

BBC Travel

Traffic is slow on the M58, at the M6 J26 Orrell interchange. It is busy coming in from Wigan and Skelmersdale.

There is also heavy traffic on the M57 all around Switch island, as is the Runcorn-Widnes bridge in both directions.

Collymore captures the Mersey

Former Liverpool footballer Stan Collymore

tweets: The Mersey. What an incredibly beautiful day in Liverpool.

View of the Mersey
Stan Collymore/Twitter

Looking for love in Southport

Southport Visiter

A man has been looking for love in Southport by

holding a "will date anyone sign".

Traffic accident in Warrington

Cheshire Police

tweets: Van and cycle road traffic collision on Wilson Patten Street Warrington, expect delays

Puppy attacker's sentence reduced

A man who broke the front legs of a puppy in a "brutally violent" attack which led to it being put down has had his sentence reduced on appeal.

Stefan McCormick
Merseyside Police

Stefan McCormick, 23, of Devonshire Road, Prenton, who is already serving a 20-month sentence for hitting his ex-partner, has had his 24-week jail term reduced to 20 weeks at Liverpool Crown Court.

Woman's helicopter rescue

BBC Radio Merseyside

A police helicopter was used overnight to help a woman who became lost in field in Sefton in sub-zero temperatures.

She was found near Brickwall Lane and paramedics treated her for hypothermia before taking her to hospital.

'Don't do as much work as us'

Earlier this week, Times writer and food critic Giles Coren said the Leeds restaurant scene was "rubbish" and Liverpool's "was worse", adding he would

rather leave the country than eat out of London.

food graphic
BBC

Today Paul Askew, owner of the Art School Restaurant in Liverpool, told BBC Merseyside he believed critics didn't think about regional diversity.

He said: "They love nothing more than to tell us how backward we are, but they don't do as much work as us into what our local diners are looking for."

News on the hour

Lucinda Moore

BBC Radio Merseyside

In the 17:00 news bulletin: The mayor of Liverpool's accused Merseyside Police of sending "mixed messages" about fans' behaviour at the Everton/Liverpool derby.

Joe Anderson now wants everyone to get on with the controversial late kick-off time and enjoy the game.

Cold and cloudy

BBC Weather says it will be cold, generally dry and fairly cloudy later with some clear spells at times. Patchy frost and fog are likely where skies clear. Some light, patchy outbreaks of rain remain possible.

Weather forecast
BBC

Cheshire 'to get 200 more PCs'

Cheshire's police and crime commissioner has promised nearly 200 new officers on the beat, in his new budget.

Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner John Dwyer
BBC

John Dwyer also says there'll be more visible patrols, new technology and a focus on child sexual exploitation, rape and domestic abuse funded by a £3 council tax rise.

Last chance to see Warhol exhibition

This weekend is people's last chance to see an exhibition by Andy Warhol.

Portraits of Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol
PA

Transmitting Andy Warhol features more than 100 artworks at

Tate Liverpool and ends on Sunday.

Mayor to mark centenary

Mayor of St Helens Geoff Pearl will join veterans at Jubilee Barracks on 14 February as the 5th Battalion, South Lancashire (Prince of Wales Volunteers) Regiment, commemorates the centenary of its entry into World War One.

Soldiers in the trenches
other

The Territorial unit, then based at Mill Street barracks, St Helens, was sent to France on 13 February, 1915 - landing at Le Havre before moving to the front line the following day.

During the conflict men from the 5th saw action across the Western Front including Ypres, the Somme, Menin Road Ridge and Cambrai - where they suffered heavy casualties during a German counter attack in November 1917.

News on the hour

Lucinda Moore

BBC Radio Merseyside

The mayor of Liverpool's accused Merseyside Police of sending "mixed messages" about fans' behaviour at the Everton/Liverpool derby.

Joe Anderson now wants everyone to get on with the controversial late kick-off time and enjoy the game.

Hillsborough inquests

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

A doctor who volunteered to treat injured fans at Hillsborough has told the inquests it seemed to take an "awfully long time" to organise taking casualties to hospital.

Dr Brian Timney, a registrar psychiatrist, was watching the FA Cup semi-final match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest in the Spion Kop.

Man pleads guilty to cyber attacks

Nafeesa Shan

BBC News

A 51-year-old man has admitted carrying out cyber attacks which resulted in more than 300 websites, including crime prevention sites, being taken offline.

Ian Sullivan, of Farmer Place, Bootle, Merseyside, pleaded guilty to 21 counts of an unauthorised or reckless act with intent to impair computer operations, at Liverpool Crown Court on Thursday.

In 2013, business and public sector websites were targeted to make servers or networks unavailable. No sensitive information was obtained.

Police hunt burglary suspect

Merseyside Police has issued

CCTV images of a man officers want to speak to following a burglary at a house in St Helens last month.

CCTV images
Merseyside police

Officers were called to a house in Dalehead Place by a 23-year-old woman reporting she had come home to find a man had forced entry into the property on 9 January.

The offender tried to climb out of a window with a laptop, but the occupier managed to prise the computer out of his hands and the man escaped empty-handed.

Betts proud of Widnes comeback

BBC Sport

Widnes Vikings head coach Denis Betts has

spoken of his pride in his players after they came from behind with 12 men to secure a draw with Wigan.

Widnes players
SWpix.com

In Super League's opening game, the Vikings had Patrick Ah Van sent off for a swinging arm on Josh Charnley when they were trailing 10-0.

Widnes also lost captain Kevin Brown with a concussion, but came back from 22-12 down in the second half to draw. "To say that I'm proud of them would be an understatement," said Betts.

News on the hour

Lucinda Moore

BBC Radio Merseyside

The Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, has urged Merseyside Police to stay quiet after he claims they gave "mixed messages" about the behaviour of fans

at the derby.

Police have also ruled there will be strict segregation at tomorrow's game meaning Reds and Blues can't sit together at Goodison.

Fast Tag lanes 'slow drivers down'

Liverpool Echo

Merseytravel has issued a reminder about its new Fast Tag only toll lanes in the Wallasey tunnel,

after reports they were actually slowing traffic because they were not being used properly.

Entrance to Kingsway Tunnel
chris croft/geograph

The new designated lanes at the toll plaza were introduced on Monday following feedback and suggestions from tunnel users, in a bid to reduce queuing times for commuters with Fast Tags - special pre-paid devices that are attached to car windscreens.

Pacer trains may still have role

Richard Moss

Political editor, North East & Cumbria

The prime minister said they were history, but 30-year-old Pacer trains

may not disappear from the North's railways.

Pacer train
BBC

The trains, introduced on to our railways in the 1980s as a quick fix for the lack of rolling stock, currently run on routes in Manchester, Merseyside, Lancashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire, Teesside, Northumberland and Cumbria.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin agreed they have had their day but said replacing them "won't happen overnight".

Hillsborough inquests latest

Ben Schofield

Hillsborough reporter

The Hillsborough inquests have been told a Nottinghamshire police officer recalled seeing other police officers "throwing" fans trying to escape from the pens back into the crowd.

Hillsborough disaster
Getty Images

Adrian Brazener was a sergeant sent from Nottinghamshire to act as a spotter among the Nottingham Forest fans that day.

Part of a statement the officer wrote in 1989 was read to the court in which he described many policemen throwing people back into the crowd who were apparently trying to get on to the pitch.

News on the hour

Lucinda Moore

BBC Radio Merseyside

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson has accused Merseyside Police of sending "mixed messages" about fans' behaviour

at the Everton/Liverpool derby.

Police have already warned that anyone involved in fights after tomorrow's big game could find themselves with a football banning order.

M6 motorway now clear

Cheshire Police

tweets: Thank you for your patience during slow traffic and congestion at j21 on the M6 - the carriageway is now fully clear.

Derby day travel

Merseytravel

tweets: Going to Goodison for the Derby tomorrow? You can catch @MTSoccerbus from 3.30pm from Sandhills station

Motorway clear after accident

BBC Travel

BBC Travel

All lanes have now reopened following the earlier accident on M6 northbound at J21 A57 / B5210 (Woolston).

But

BBC Travel warns traffic is very slow moving in both directions.

Coming up

Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, North West Tonight

On North West Today this lunchtime, the government admits ageing pacer trains will still run on some local routes in the North West before they're finally phased out.

Watch more on BBC One at 13:40

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

The Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, has accused Merseyside Police of sending "mixed messages" about fans' behaviour

at the derby.

Police have already warned anyone involved in fights after tomorrow's big game could find themselves with a football banning order.

Motorway bridge repairs start

Work has started on a

£2.8m project to restore junction 2 of the M53 after it became weakened with age.

traffic generic
PA

The Highways Agency (HA) work at Moreton, west of Birkenhead, involves removing weight restrictions and reinstating lanes at the junction.

The HA is warning of disruption while the works take place - over the next four to five months.

No kidding

Year of the Goat celebrations are to take place in Liverpool's Chinatown on Sunday 22 February, the city council has announced.

A child in a traditional Chinese costume
AP

The streets will be filled with Chinese markets, street parades and family activities.

Last year 15,000 visitors enjoyed the Chinese New Year celebrations in the city.

Mum 'overwhelmed' at campaign support

Liverpool Echo

A Wirral mum who is campaigning to change the law to protect babies from a deadly bacteria

says she has been "overwhelmed" by the level of support shown by the public.

Journalist Carrie Evans, 31, who went to St Mary's College in Wallasey, had a trouble-free pregnancy until her daughter died during delivery just days before her due date after developing an infection in her lungs.

Transport secretary in the city

BBC Radio Merseyside

The transport secretary has said he wants more companies to invest in the area on the scale of Peel Ports during a visit to Liverpool today.

Patrick McLoughlin
BBC

Patrick McLoughlin was shown around the £300m

Liverpool 2 project which will allow the next generation of super-sized vessels to come up the River Mersey by the end of the year.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

Anyone involved in fights after

tomorrow's derby game could find themselves subjected to a football banning order - even if they weren't at the game.

Merseyside Police have told us their match-day operation will cover the whole region, especially pubs screening the Everton - Liverpool fixture.