Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.

Summary

  1. Updates from Thursday 12 February
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 tomorrow

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Goodbye

That's all from Local Live today but we will be back tomorrow for the day's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

Clear spells but windy

Clear spells may become more prevalent overnight as the southerly winds increase,

BBC Weather reports.

Weather forecast
|BBC

It will be a chilly start to the night, before temperatures lift by dawn with some showers likely.

Coming up

Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, North West Tonight

For six years the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic has been working in a deprived part of the city to bring music into children's lives.

The In Harmony project in Everton
BBC

The In Harmony project in Everton has boosted confidence and improved academic results. Now the Phil is starting to work with nursery children in the same area.

Watch

North West Tonight at 18:30 to find out more.

Heroin substitute stolen

The heroin substitute methadone has been stolen from a house in Birkenhead,

Merseyside Police said.

Methadone. Bottle containing the drug methadone and a measure of the drug in a beaker
Science Photo Library

A bottle containing some methadone was reported missing from a property in Whetstone Lane at about 09:30 on Wednesday.

Police are urging people to be cautious, warning it could be dangerous and can be fatal.

Chelsea and Everton charged by FA

BBC Sport

Both Chelsea and Everton have been charged by the Football Association after players from both teams were involved in an on-pitch incident.

The clubs are charged with failing to ensure their players conducted themselves properly during the game.

Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic will not face any further action over an incident involving Everton's James McCarthy in the 86th minute.

Hillsborough inquests latest

Andy Gill

BBC North West Tonight

Former South Yorkshire Police Federation secretary Paul Middup says he never gave Hillsborough stories to papers anonymously, the inquests have heard.

Paul Middup
BBC

Station entrance closure

The Water Street entrance to James Street train station in Liverpool will be closed for improvement works from Monday,

Merseyrail said.

St James train station
Merseyrail

It will reopen mid April but the train station will be open as normal and services will not be affected.

Passengers are urged to use the main James Street entrance buy tickets and access platforms.

Broken down van blocks tunnel

BBC Travel

reports there is a lane blocked and slow traffic at the Birkenhead Tunnel westbound in Liverpool, because of a broken down van.

Crypt stages play

Paul Burnell

BBC News

A new play co-written by professor from Edge Hill University is to be staged at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral's Lutyens Crypt on 27 and 28 February.

A scene from A Pound Of Flesh
Other

A Pound of Flesh interweaves the stories of two of Shakespeare's well-known characters, Caliban and Shylock.

It will also be performed at a castle used by the SS, Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was jailed and in New York.

Your views

Paul Burnell

BBC News

We've introduced BBC Local Live from our base in Liverpool to bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place.

Tell us what you think.

Hillsborough inquests latest

Ben Schofield

Hillsborough reporter

The jury at the Hillsborough Inquests have heard how the chief constable of South Yorkshire Police at the time of the disaster told officers "if anybody should be blamed, it should be the drunken ticketless fans".

The new inquests heard Peter Wright made the comment at a Police Federation meeting four days after 96 Liverpool fans were fatally injured.

News on the hour

BBC Radio Merseyside

The former secretary of the South Yorkshire Police Federation has told the Hillsborough inquests he had no meetings with the force's chief constable, before briefing the media about the disaster.

Paul Middup has been giving evidence at the hearings in Warrington.

More in our 17:00 bulletin.

Toll price rise rejected

BBC Radio Merseyside

Merseytravel has decided to freeze to tunnel tolls at a meeting today.

Last week it was proposed the cost could go up for some drivers - but the freeze has been agreed this afternoon.

Landmark exhibition opens

Some of the world's most famous landmarks have been captured in a new exhibition by

Knowsley artist Patricia McDonald (pictured).

Patrica McDonald
Knowsley Council

Latitude and Longitude, at the Huyton Gallery, is a collection of digital and traditional printmaking pieces based on images taken on the artist's trips to Australia, Japan, America, Berlin and Belize.

Mersey liner?

Paul Burnell

BBC News

You may think this is a scene from one of the great ocean-going liners from the White Star Line's heyday.

Daniel Adamson prom deck
DAPS

But actually it's a shot from 1936 of

the prom deck of The Daniel Adamson, which carried people and livestock between Ellesmere Port and Liverpool.

A project to restore the last remaining steam tug-tender ship moored in Merseyside has been awarded £3.8m by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Tranmere full-back doubtful to play

James Mountford BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

Full-back Danny Holmes is doubtful for Tranmere's game at York in League two on Saturday.

Ashley Richards of Swansea City closes down Danny Holmes of Tranmere during the FA Cup Third Round match between Tranmere Rovers and Swansea City at Prenton Park on 3 January
Getty Images

Centre-back Michael Ihiekwe will miss the game.

News on the hour

Megan Key BBC Radio Merseyside

The number of infant pupils in classes with more than 30 pupils has increased substantially across Merseyside and Cheshire in the past four years.

In Warrington, the figure has gone from 63 pupils in 2010 to 903 last year - that's more than a 1,300% increase.

Hillsborough inquests latest

Phil Cooper

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

The former secretary of the South Yorkshire Police Federation has stood by his claim that drunken Liverpool fans contributed to the Hillsborough disaster.

Hillsborough disaster
Getty Images

The jury at the inquests has been shown newspaper reports, in which Paul Middup claimed supporters were "tanked up" and spat on officers giving casualties the kiss of life.

These reports appeared in the Daily Mail, Daily Express and the infamous Sun article headlined 'The Truth' in the days after the disaster.

The court was also shown a TV interview Mr Middup gave, in which he described Liverpool fans as a "mob."

Worst speeding drivers

Paul Burnell

BBC News

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has lifted the lid on the worst examples of excessive speeding caught on safety cameras across England and Wales in 2014.

Speeding data
PA

In Liverpool one of the worst examples was the driver caught by a speed camera driving at 111mph on Prescot Road.

Bishop's statue in Warrington

A "statue" of Merseyside comedian John Bishop is being placed in Warrington's Golden Square shopping centre for shoppers to take fundraising selfies.

John Bishop
Getty Images

Every £1 donation will go to

Comic Relief.

News on the hour

Megan Key BBC Radio Merseyside

The former secretary of the South Yorkshire Police Federation has stood by his claim that drunken Liverpool fans contributed to the Hillsborough disaster.

The jury at the inquests has been shown newspaper reports, in which Paul Middup claimed supporters were "tanked up" and spat on officers giving casualties the kiss of life.

Body found is missing man

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

Police have confirmed that the body found on land off Leasowe Road yesterday has now been formally identified as missing 46-year-old Derek Jones from Leasowe.

Restoring past glories

Enthusiasts hoping to restore the last remaining steam tug-tender ship moored in Merseyside

have received £3.8m from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Daniel Adamson
John Slavin/DAPS

The Daniel Adamson Preservation Society (DAPS) hopes to return the craft to its heyday, as pictured here.

Man bailed in murder inquiry

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

A 30-year-old man arrested by police investigating the murder of Kevin Wilson has been released on bail.

Police said he was held on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice and theft.

Two men, aged 37 and 54, and a 37-year-old woman arrested yesterday on suspicion of murder remain in custody.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

The former secretary of the South Yorkshire Police Federation has told the Hillsborough inquests officers were "crying in his arms" on the evening of disaster.

Paul Middup is giving evidence at the hearings in Warrington.

Hillsborough latest

Phil Cooper

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

The former police officer and South Yorkshire Police Federation secretary is about to appear at the Hillsborough inquests.

Paul Middup
BBC

Paul Middup was quoted in The Sun's The Truth story.

You can hear more on

BBC Radio Merseyside.

Lennon document to be auctioned

Warrington Guardian

A draft statement from

John Lennon's former housekeeper is set to be sold at a Penketh auction house next month for an estimated £5,000.

Omega Auction, on Penketh Business Park, Liverpool Road, will be selling the item as part of a wider Beatles memorabilia auction on March 24.

Last year's wild weather

BBC Weather

Latest

tweets: On this day last year winds over 100mph were battering Wales & NW Eng. Thankfully all quiet today... Jo

Wild weather
Getty Images

Chelsea 'tried to sway ref'

BBC Sport

Everton manager Roberto Martinez accused Chelsea's players of trying to sway the referee during a bad-tempered 1-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge.

Roberto Martinez
AP

Willian's late winner came after Gareth Barry's red card and a fracas in which Branislav Ivanovic escaped censure for a clash with Everton's James McCarthy.

Coming up on North West Today

Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, North West Tonight

Cuts in forensic science spending have sparked fears that dangerous criminals might escape justice.

The government-owned Forensic Science Service closed three years ago and now police forces carry out much of the work in-house.

Watch more on BBC One at 13:30.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

A former police officer, who was quoted in The Sun's controversial article headlined The Truth, is to begin giving evidence at the Hillsborough inquests shortly.

Man wanted on warrant

Police are looking for 31-year-old Shaun Blackburn, who is wanted to appear at court over burglary and drug offences.

Shaun Blackburn
Merseyside Police

He is known to frequent the Liverpool and Kirkby areas.

Cannabis farm found

Paul Burnell

BBC News

Police found more than 300 cannabis plants at a rented property in Wavertree yesterday.

Cannabis farm in Wavertree
Merseyside Police

Police estimate the plants, found at the house on Stevenson Street, have an estimated annual yield of nearly £1.3m.

Detectives are keen to speak to a male and a female, described as Asian and in their late 20s to early 30s, who were seen leaving the house on foot at about 10.45 on Wednesday, just before police officers arrived.

Appeal over Neston crash

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

Police in Cheshire have emailed to say a man in his 80s died in a crash in Neston yesterday.

The man was driving a car which collided with a bus on Chester New Road at the junction of the A540 and the B5135.

He sadly died at the scene. Anyone who witnessed the incident is being urged to call police.

Throwback Thursday - spot the ball

Paul Burnell

BBC News

As I child I used to love the spot the ball competition newspapers used to run.

CBBC Spot The Ball
BBC

So I am very happy to see our colleagues from CBBC have revived this football tradition with a contest based on this week's Liverpool v Spurs match.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

The Mayor of Liverpool has told BBC Radio Merseyside he will vote against a tunnel toll rise - even though it is expected to be backed today by Merseytravel.

At a meeting later they are expected to agree to keep the price for Fast tag users the same but put up the toll for others by 10p to £1.80.

Hillsborough latest

Phil Cooper

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

A former police sergeant has told the Hillsborough inquests he asked for an exit gate to be opened near the Leppings Lane turnstiles, because he feared people could die in the crush outside.

Edward Higgins said fans warned him "somebody could be killed" if nothing was done and claimed Gate A was moving because of the pressure from the crowd.

He told the jury his request to open it, a few minutes before kick-off, was approved by Supt Roger Marshall - one of the senior officers on duty.

Historic tug pulls in £3.8m funding

Nafeesa Shan

BBC News

A project to restore the last remaining steam tug-tender ship moored in Merseyside has been awarded £3.8m.

Daniel Adamson
BBC
Daniel Adamson was built by Tranmere Bay Development Company as a working vessel

The Daniel Adamson, built in 1903, carried people and livestock between Ellesmere Port and Liverpool before being decommissioned in 1985.

A campaign by the Daniel Adamson Preservation Society (DAPS) saved the vessel from being scrapped in 2004.

Toll rise expected

Councillors are expected to back an increase in the Mersey Tunnel tolls when they meet later.

The price for Fast Tag users is likely to stay the same but other drivers face a 10p rise to £1.80.

Any decision has to be approved by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, which meets tomorrow.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

Three people from Merseyside are being questioned about the murder of 17-year-old Kevin Wilson, who was shot dead as he ran from a gunman on Smithdown Road at the weekend.