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  1. Updates on Wednesday 11 February 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather returns from 08:00 from Thursday

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BBC Local Live will be back from 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Merseyside.

Terror raids update

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

I've just spoken to North West Counter Terrorism Unit for an update, following the terror raids in Merseyside earlier today.

Photos of police raids across Liverpool

A spokesman tells me officers will remain at all five addresses in View Road in Rainhill, and Prescot Road and Holt Road in Liverpool for the time being, while inquiries continue.

You can read more on this story on BBC News.

Overnight forecast

Mel Coles

BBC Weather

The dry weather and light winds

will continue through the evening and overnight.

Mel Coles

It will remain cloudy for many, keeping temperatures above freezing with a low of 3°C (37°F).

Coming up

Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, North West Tonight

On North West Tonight, we'll be in Liverpool, where police are tonight questioning a 31-year-old man on suspicion of terrorist offences.

And we'll be looking back at Liverpool's win over Spurs - and Mario Balotelli's first Premier League goal since 2012 - last night.

Watch more on BBC One at 18:30.

Bus replacement service


tweets: Sunday: trains on the Liverpool - Huyton - Manchester line will be replaced by buses

Chelsea v Everton

Mike Hughes

BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

Everton head to Chelsea this evening - a venue they've not won at since a Paul Rideout winner back in 1994.

Aaron Lennon
Getty Images

Tim Howard may return in goal for the Blues after injury, but there are fitness doubts concerning Leighton Baines and James McCarthy.

Deadline day signing Aaron Lennon (pictured) could well play some part after coming off the bench in the Merseyside derby at the weekend.

Welcoming in the Chinese New Year

Port Sunlight's Lady Lever Art Gallery will be celebrating Chinese New Year with a host of free events and activities from 19 to 21 February.

Chinese lion dancing
NAtional museums liverpool

There will be live music and performances, including colourful lion and dragon dances, Chinese storytelling and calligraphy demonstrations.

There will also be afternoon drop-in craft workshops for families which will give children the chance to make masks, collages and Chinese zodiac animals.

'Paid enough to live on'

Birkenhead's MP Frank Field is calling on Liverpool and Everton to make sure their ground staff are paid enough to live on, following yesterday's announcement that the

Premier League is set to receive a £5.14bn windfall from TV deal.

Appeal for witnesses

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Police appeal for witnesses to come forward after a man died this afternoon when he was hit by a bus in the Toxteth area.

Read the full police statement online now.

Fracking 'could happen' in Cheshire

BBC Radio Merseyside

The company that carried out the test drills for methane in Ellesmere Port says fracking could happen on its sites in the North West in the future.

IGAS drilled for coal bed methane in the Cheshire town at the end of last year with positive results and also have permission to drill on a site at Upton in Chester.

LIPA graduate to lead War Horse

Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts have been in touch to say one of their graduates is to take over the lead role in the National Theatre's War Horse next month, less than a year after he finished studying.

War Horse at the Albert Hall

James Backway, who is 22 and from Croydon, graduated from the BA (Hons) Acting course in 2014 and has been cast as Albert Narracott in the production at the New London Theatre.

He will make his debut on 16 March as part of a new cast of 26 actors and 12 puppeteers.

News on the hour

Graham Whyte

BBC Radio Merseyside

Five addresses in Liverpool and St Helens are being searched in Rainhill, Old Swan and Kensington in an anti-terror operation.

Police are reassuring residents saying there's no current threat or evidence of an imminent attack.

Police thank patient drivers

Cheshire Police

tweets: For those who were affected by the A55 closure this morning. Thank you for your patience

A55 crash this morning
cheshire police

Man arrested in shooting probe

Police looking into the murder of a teenager in Liverpool have arrested a man on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice and theft.

Kevin Wilson
Merseyside Police

Kevin Wilson, 17, died in hospital after he was shot in the back in Wavertree on Saturday.

A post-mortem examination confirmed he died from a single gunshot wound.

Terror arrest: Newsagent speaks to BBC

Newsagent Tahir Hassan spoke to BBC North West Tonight after he was kept in his shop on Prescot Road while police raided a property next door at about 07:30 this morning.

Newsagent Tahir Hassan

He says "too many" police "broke the shutter, the door and I was told 'stay here, stay here'".

"Two hours I was here and no customers or anything."

Fatal crash investigated

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

A man has died after being hit by a bus in Wavertree at about 15:15 today.

Merseyside Police says investigators are at the scene on Smithdown Road carrying out inquiries.

No details about the man have been released at this stage.

'Avoid Smithdown Road'

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Police advise motorists to avoid Smithdown Road area in Toxteth after a fatal crash.

The road is closed in both directions from Lodge Lane to Gainsborough Road.

Everton commentary

Phil Kinsella

BBC Merseyside Sport

Everton could welcome back Tim Howard for

tonight's match at Chelsea and Stephen Naismith's been given the all-clear.

Aiden McGeady's out injured, however, while James McCarthy and Leighton Baines will be assessed.

You can hear full match build-up and commentary on BBC Radio Merseyside tonight from 19:00.

Pedestrian hit by bus

A pedestrian's been seriously injured after he was hit by a bus on Smithdown Road in Toxteth.

Emergency services are working to free the man following the collision which happened within the past hour.

Police say the road is closed between Lodge Lane and the Asda superstore. Motorists are being advised to avoid the area.

News on the hour

Graham Whyte

BBC Radio Merseyside

Anti-terrorist police are continuing to question a 31-year-old man arrested in a series of raids on Merseyside.

Five addresses in Liverpool and St Helens are being searched - in Rainhill, Old Swan and Kensington.

Terror arrest: Watch police statement

Merseyside Police

tweets: CounterTerrorism raids carried out in Merseyside ACC Chris Armitt reassures the local community via

Merseyside ACC Chris Armitt

Gainsborough Road closed

The A562 Smithdown Road in Liverpool is closed due to a serious accident.

BBC Travel warns of delays in the area following the incident between the Gainsborough Road junction and Welling Avenue.

Rafa's rant recalled

BBC Sport

February has seen a muted moment from Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, a touchline tussle involving Leicester manager Nigel Pearson and a defensive display from Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal.

Rafa Benitez
Getty Images

BBC Sport has looked back at how some other managers reacted when the mercury was rising.

It includes former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez's memorable "And that's a fact" rant.

Terror arrest: House raid

St Helens Star

tweets: Rainhill house raided by Counter Terrorism police

Fake ticket scam arrests

Paul Burnell

BBC News

Two men from Anfield have been arrested over an alleged ticket forging operation for Liverpool FC matches.

Anfield Stadium on a match night
Getty Images

Merseyside Police are investigating a scam where fans from all over the world never received tickets bought online while others received fake ones.

Printing equipment and other materials were seized in raids in Breck Road, Dewsbury Road and Harrow Road on Tuesday evening and two men, aged 27 and 29, are being questioned by detectives.

News on the hour

Graham Whyte

BBC Radio Merseyside

Anti-terrorist police are continuing to question a 31-year-old man arrested in a series of raids on Merseyside.

In the news at 15:00 we'll hear from Assistant Chief Constable Chris Armitt who says all steps are being taken to ensure public safety.

Hillsborough inquests latest

Phil Cooper

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

A doctor who tried to help fans in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster has told the inquests there didn't appear to be anyone in charge of resuscitating casualties.

Nicholas Kearsley went to the gymnasium at the ground when he saw supporters being carried across the pitch.

He recalled how the injured were laid on one side of the floor and those who were apparently dead on the other side.

But he said he wasn't aware of any medical help that was being given by any ambulance staff or doctors and that there appeared to be a lack of equipment to treat people as well.

Taught to save a life

Steve Saul

Journalist, BBC North West Tonight

School children as young as six across the North West are being given lessons on how to save the life of someone who's suffered a cardiac arrest.

Children practise CPR

It's part of new initiative called

Cardiac Smart led by the the North West Ambulance Service.

The service says thousands of lives could be saved if youngsters are taught basic life support skills and if more defibrillators were readily available.

Smiling for supporters

Liverpool assistant manager Colin Pascoe has praised Mario Balotelli after his

first Premier League goal for Liverpool saw them beat Tottenham at Anfield.

Mario Balotelli of Liverpool scores during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur
Getty Images

He said: "He works hard. He's had some knocks on his foot so couldn't get his boots on but he's kept going and deserved the goal."

Balotelli tweeted a picture of a happy face after the game and hit out at his critics saying "This smile is ONLY for those that always believe and support me".

News on the hour

Graham Whyte

BBC Radio Merseyside

Two men from Anfield have been arrested by police investigating the sale of fake tickets to fans attending Liverpool home games.

Officers say the men, aged 27 and 29, were held after complaints from hundreds of fans who had paid for tickets which didn't arrive or which turned out to be fake when they tried to get into the stadium.

Disruption after person hit by train

There is disruption on Northern Rail between Manchester Piccadilly and Warrington Central due to person being hit by a train between Birchwood and Warrington Central.

All lines are blocked while emergency services attend the incident and passengers are advised to use services via Newton-le-Willows and Warrington Bank Quay.

There's currently no estimate for when the line may reopen.

Hillsborough service details

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

More details on

the Hillsborough memorial service which will be held at Anfield on 15 April to mark the 26th anniversary of the disaster.

The service will start at 14:45 with access to the stadium from 13:00.

A minute's silence will be observed at 15:06 and the service will conclude with the singing of You'll Never Walk Alone.

Hillsborough inquests update

Phil Cooper

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

A former steward at Hillsborough has agreed he opened an exit gate at the Leppings Lane turnstiles which allowed thousands of fans into the ground under police direction.

Ian Marsh said he did not remember opening Gate C. In agreeing he had, he said he was not sure "where I got the authority [to open it] but I must have got it from somewhere or I wouldn't have".

The court in Warrington was shown footage of a police officer appearing to speak to Mr Marsh through a window in the gate before it was opened, which he agreed was his "authorisation" and evidence of a "police decision".

Fake ticket scam

Paul Burnell

BBC News

I am looking into the arrest of two men over an alleged fake ticket scam involving Liverpool matches.

More details to come soon.

Terror arrest: At the scene

Andy Gill

BBC North West Tonight

This is the scene on Prescot Road in Liverpool where a 31-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences.

Police scene on Prescot Road in Liverpool

I'll be live

on BBC One at 13:30 with more details.

Plane crash couple's deaths accidental

A verdict of accidental death has been recorded at the inquest into a Flintshire plane crash that killed two people.

Crash scene
Martyn Jones

Gary Vickers, 58, and Kaye Clarke, 42, from Chester died after their light aircraft nosedived as it came into land at Hawarden airport, Broughton, in November 2013.

An Air Accident investigation said the plane had run out of fuel.

Terror arrest: Police tow away car

Andy Gill

BBC North West Tonight

Police are about to tow away this silver Audi on Prescot Road from near the scene where

anti-terror officers arrested a man.

Police tow away car in Liverpool

Hillsborough inquests latest

Phil Cooper

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

A former steward at Hillsborough has admitted opening an exit gate at the Leppings Lane turnstiles, just moments before the disaster unfolded.

Ian Marsh initially claimed Gate C was opened by police officers about ten minutes before kick-off.

But the inquests in Warrington have heard a statement he gave to Operation Resolve last year, in which he said it now looks like he personally opened the gate himself.

Terror arrest: 'Communities rightly concerned'

Assistant Chief Constable Chris Armitt says communities are "rightly concerned" following

the arrest of a man on suspicion of planning acts of terrorism earlier.

Chris Armitt from Merseyside Police

However, he says people "should be reassured that we will act promptly and swiftly with partners in the protection of our communities where we believe risk exists".