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  1. Updates for Tuesday 10 February
  2. News, sport, weather and travel returns from 08:00 on Wednesday

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That's all for today but join us tomorrow for more updates on news, sport, travel and weather.

Dry but dull

Dianne Oxberry

Weather presenter, North West Tonight

A dry but dull and cloudy night with poor visibility and light winds, dropping to a minimum of 2°C.

weather chart

There's a dull and grey start to Wednesday but brighter spells could develop at times though they will be limited. Maximum temperature 6°C.

'Asylum apartheid'

Matt Precey

BBC News

Parts of north west England are receiving

a disproportionate number of asylum seekers, says Liverpool's mayor.

Joe Anderson warned of "community cohesion" problems as a result of the government's private contractor Serco sending too many to some areas.

He told BBC Radio 4's File on 4: "There seems to be a sort of asylum apartheid operating where certain cities are the ones that are taking the unfair share."

Rush-hour traffic

BBC Travel

Smithdown Road in Liverpool remains closed after a taxi crash earlier.

There's slow traffic in both directions between the A5058 Queens Drive Mossley Hill junction and the Crawford Avenue junction.

Coming up

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

On North West Tonight, Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson says the city's being expected to take far more than its fair share of asylum seekers.

We've got time-lapse pictures showing building work on the new Royal Liverpool Hospital - a year after construction began.

And we look at the fly-tipping problem in the city's picturesque Georgian Quarter.

Watch more on BBC One at 18:30.

Road repairs warning

Warrington Guardian

Motorists should brace themselves for a traffic headache as roadworks are scheduled in Great Sankey for the next six weeks.

Resurfacing work will take place on Liverpool Road/Old Liverpool Road and Sankey Bridges from A562 Penketh Road (Penketh Lane Ends) to Barnard Street from 9.15am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday and some Sundays from 8am to 6pm.

Dig for history

There'll be a chance to get a

sneak preview of a major archaeological dig in Liverpool's Calderstones Park on Thursday.

Calderstones Park

The Big Dig is planned from 27 April to 8 May and hopes to unearth hidden history in the park, which is named after Merseyside's earliest human monument, the Neolithic Calderstones.

Ready to Get Digging will take place from 14:00 to 16:00 in the Mansion House and give visitors an insight into the day in the life of an archaeologist.

Rovers' striker misses match

BBC Sport

Tranmere Rovers striker Cole Stockton is expected to miss tonight's League Two clash at Newport after picking up a knock at the weekend.

Cole Stockton
Getty Images

Centre-back Michael Ihiekwe has returned to training after a knee injury but will not feature.

Square plans reconsidered

Liverpool Echo

Controversial plans to build apartments near the Kazimier, Nation and Pleasure Rooms nightclubs are going back before councillors after it was discovered developers were ordered to pay £56,000 too much as part of the deal.

Cream club
Liverpool Echo

The Wolstenholme Square plans initially threatened the future of the popular clubs, but were approved in November after developers made a last minute change to their proposals.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

The inquest into the death of a young boy who was hit by a van and killed in Liverpool has recorded a verdict of accidental death.

Bobby Colleran, 6, from Huyton was knocked down in West Derby in October last year.

Former gymnast forgives bullies

BBC Newsbeat

Former gymnast Beth Tweddle says

she's forgiven online bullies who attacked her during a Twitter Q&A last year.

beth tweddle
Getty Images

The 29-year-old, who trained at the City of Liverpool gym, was targeted as she answered questions during a show about women in sport.

"I think it's always difficult when it's attacking how you look because there is not a lot you can do about changing that," she told Radio 1.

Seacombe funk

Chris Long

BBC News

Pupils at Riverside Primary School in Seacombe have been busting their best Bruno Mars moves and taking part in an Uptown Funk-soundtracked playground flashmob.

Pupils at Riverside Primary School in Seacombe

The school has put

the video of the children dancing to the track, which has been a huge global hit for singer Mars and producer Mark Ronson, online to show off their talents.

Olympian to lead bike record bid

Rumeana Jahangir

BBC News

Multiple Olympic cycling medallist Rob Hayles will attempt to

break the world cycling speed record in September.

Rob Hayles training on a bike

The Portsmouth-born Olympic medallist, who lives in Derbyshire, will join Warwickshire nurse Natasha Morrison and Reading sales executive Ken Buckle in the bid that is backed by the University of Liverpool.

They will challenge the male and female records at the World Human Power Speed Challenge on a recumbent bike called ARION1 in Nevada in the US.

Memorial details to be released

The arrangements for this year's Hillsborough memorial service will be released tomorrow by Liverpool FC.

Hillsborough memorial
Getty Images

Details will be given on where to obtain tickets for the 26th annual service, which will take place on Wednesday 15 April, and how it will fit around the club's stadium expansion work.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

The inquest into the death of a young boy who was hit by a van and killed in Liverpool has recorded a verdict of accidental death.

Bobby Colleran, 6, from Huyton was knocked down in West Derby in October last year.

Council's cuts meeting

Mairead Smyth

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

Wirral Council meets this evening to decide its budget for next year.

We will also find out how much residents will have to pay in council tax.

I will be there tonight and will provide you with updates on tomorrow morning's Breakfast with Tony Snell programme.

Taxi hits lamppost

BBC Radio Merseyside

A taxi driver has been taken to hospital after his cab hit a lamppost on Smithdown Road, leaving the road closed between Penny Lane and Grant Avenue.

Suspicious driver sought

Police hunting a driver who tried to entice a teenage girl into his car in Merseyside have issued an e-fit of the man.

Suspicious driver
Merseyside Police

The man drove past the girl a couple of times at about 20:30 on 10 January as she walked along Moss Lane in Litherland.

He wound down his window and told her to get into the car but she ignored him. The man got out of the car and she ran off.

Accident closes road

BBC Travel

Smithdown Road is closed in Liverpool between Queens Drive, Mossley Hill and the Crawford Avenue junction because of an accident.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

Patrols have been stepped up in Litherland after a Merseyside man was shot in his lower back last night.

The 20 year old was injured on Chelsea Road and is recovering in hospital.

Anfield rising

Liverpool owner John W Henry

tweets: Progress.

Anfield building site
John W Henry

Peace in the park

Paul Burnell

BBC News

If this wonderful shot of a robin does not make you feel peaceful and reflective, nothing will.

Calderstones Park
Warren Millar

Many thanks to

photographer Warren Millar for this gorgeous picture from Calderstones Park.

Council borrowed £113m for bridge

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News

Halton Council borrowed £113m in 2014-15 for the Mersey Gateway project.

New bridge
Mersey Gateway

The funds are the local authority's contribution towards the construction costs of the bridge.

Jordan's on the cover

Liverpool FC

tweets: Vice-captain Jordan Henderson is the cover star of the official
#LFC matchday programme this evening...

Jordan Henderson

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

A Merseyside man shot in his back last night in Litherland is helping police with their investigation.

The 20-year-old was injured on Chelsea Road and he's recovering in hospital.

Hospital 'fast taking shape'

Work on the new Royal Liverpool is "progressing well on schedule", the hospital's NHS trust say.

The Royal Liverpool Hospital building site

The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust say the £335m complex is "fast taking shape since construction started in February 2014" and its lift cores and tower cranes are "dominating the skyline at the foot of Edge Lane".

The hospital, which is due to open in 2017, will contain the ophthalmology, renal dialysis, radiology and emergency departments and will be the biggest in the UK to provide all single en-suite bedrooms on each inpatient ward.

A nice Potter tea

A St. Helens-based tea company has been swamped with orders after a name-check by Harry Potter author JK Rowling.

JK Rowling tweet

The best-selling writer said Lancashire Tea was her favourite brew when answering questions from fans on her Twitter account.

Company director Paul Needhan said they had "probably sold in one day what we would have sold in a month" as a result.

Coming up

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

On North West Today, we will be hearing why the Mayor of Liverpool thinks the city has too many asylum seekers.

We will have the latest on two shootings in Merseyside which have taken place over the last 72 hours.

And there's a bird's eye view of the new Royal Liverpool Hospital taking shape.

Watch more on BBC One at 13:30.

Riders chosen for record attempt

Rumeana Jahangir

BBC News Online

I'm hearing that the University of Liverpool has chosen the riders to pilot their attempt to break the fastest human-powered vehicle world record in the Nevada desert in September.

University of Liverpool velocipede
university of liverpool

I'll have more details on this later.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson says the city's having to deal with an unfair share of asylum seekers and other areas across the country must do more to help.

He says Liverpool will always be a city of sanctuary for people fleeing persecution but taking in too many will stretch already hard-pressed services.

Litherland shooting

Rumeana Jahangir

BBC News Online

A man is recovering in hospital after

being shot in the lower back in Litherland.

Chelsea Road

Officers were called at 20:15 on Monday to reports a man had been shot outside a house on Chelsea Road.

They found a 20-year-old with pellet wounds. Police say his injuries are not life threatening and are "consistent with a shotgun discharge".

Accident closes road

BBC Travel

There are reports of problems in Bebington, as the Port Causeway has been closed in both directions between the Fairway Road North and Thermal Road junctions because of an accident.

Hillsborough inquests latest

Phil Cooper

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

A former steward has told the Hillsborough inquests he asked for an exit gate to be opened at the Leppings Lane end, because of a crush which was taking place outside the ground.

Malcolm Bain, who was working at exit gate C on the day of the disaster, told the hearing in Warrington he was concerned the gate could fall on top of him and his colleagues because of the pressure from the fans outside.

But the jury also heard an extract from his 1989 statement where he said an order had been given for the gate to be opened.

On air

Roger Phillips

BBC Radio Merseyside

On today's programme, we're discussing the comments from Joe Anderson, who's said a disproportionate numbers of asylum seekers are being sent to cities in the North of England, creating what he calls "asylum apartheid".

We will also hear why the European Court of Human Rights has ruled the rights of more than 1,000 prisoners were breached when they were prevented from voting in elections.

And there will be the latest from the Hillsborough inquests.

Listen now.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

Patrols have been stepped up in Litherland after a man was shot in his lower back last night.

The 20-year-old was injured on Chelsea Road and is recovering in hospital.

Liverpool airport Czech-in

Czech Airlines has announced it is to run twice-weekly flights from Liverpool to Prague starting on 18 May.

Czech Airlines plane
Public domain

The flights, which leave at 08:55 on Mondays and Fridays, will be the airline's only UK flights.

Hospital update

The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust

tweets: Listen out to
@bbcmerseyside later today on
#newRoyal progress a year into construction

Jessica Robbins

Mourn the dead donkey

Warrington Guardian

Crowds have turned out to say goodbye to one of the town's most loved pets.

Bobo the donkey was Walton Hall Children's Zoo's oldest residents and adored by generations of youngsters before his sad death in December.

Rubbish ideas wanted

Paul Burnell

BBC News

A Merseyside-wide search has begun for community and voluntary groups, not-for-profit enterprises and schools with visions to transform the region's recycling.

Recycling bin
Getty Images

Merseyside Waste and Recycling Authority is offering a share of a £110,000 community fund for the eight "brightest and greenest schemes" across Merseyside and Halton.

Applicants have three weeks to register interest and must prove how they will reduce, reuse or recycle household waste, cut carbon emissions and deliver job and volunteering opportunities and other benefits.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

Work will start on the new £50m development in Warrington today - a brand new manufacturing base for online retailer The Hut Group.

Colin Daniels, chief executive of the Warrington Chamber of Commerce, thinks the town is now a powerhouse of the Northern business hub.