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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday 16 February 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Lynette Horsburgh

All times stated are UK

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Good night

That's all from the Local Live team. Thanks for your company and join us again at 08:00 on Tuesday for all your news, sport, travel and weather.

Coming up

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

As the government's flagship welfare system rolls out from the North West, a claimant who helped promote Universal Credit now says it's flawed and a man from Wirral has been awarded over £13,000 in damages after a police officer forced his head onto a custody desk.

Get these stories and more on BBC One at 18:30.

Dry and frosty night

Sara Blizzard

Weather Presenter

Any remaining showers will soon clear

to leave a dry night with mostly clear skies.

Sara Blizzard
BBC

Light winds will allow temperatures to fall quickly, and a widespread frost is likely.

Plans to repair bombed-out church

Nafeesa Shan

BBC News

Work to repair crumbling stonework at Liverpool's bombed out St Luke's church will begin subject to the approval of funding from English Heritage.

Liverpool City Council will be asked to approve the £74,591 grant towards the £150,000 needed on 20 February.

St Luke's Church
Google

The council is funding the remainder from its Buildings at Risk fund.

Traffic latest

BBC Travel

reports very slow traffic on the M57 northbound between junction six A506 (Kirkby) and junction M58 (Switch Island) as well as junction seven (Sefton) westbound and A5036 Netherton Way, Liverpool.

There are also delays on the M56 eastbound at junction 12 A557 (Runcorn) due to an accident.

Train disruption

Merseyrail

emails: Due to safety checks being made at Old Roan the Ormskirk line is disrupted and all stations between Aintree and Maghull will not be served.

An estimate for the resumption of normal services will be provided as soon as the problem has been fully assessed.

Scammed pensioner wants conman's 'friendship'

A Wirral pensioner campaigning for a restraining order to be lifted against a man who was found guilty of conning her out of £7,500 said she still wants his "friendship and support".

Eight-seven-year-old Margaret said she knows the kind of person Terry Dixon, who was jailed in November for 27 months, was and that she doesn't regard herself as a victim.

She said she doesn't think the restraining order is fair on her.

News on the hour

Phil Cooper

BBC Radio Merseyside

A pensioner from Wallasey is campaigning to overturn a restraining order issued against a man convicted of defrauding her out of £7,500.

Terry Dixon was jailed for 27 months in November and banned from contacting his victim, Margaret, for five years.

CCTV of serious assault suspects released

CCTV images of two men wanted in connection with a serious assault in Runcorn have been released by police.

Two men police want to speak to
Cheshire Police

A 52-year-old man suffered a serious leg injury after a fight with three men in the Clarendon pub, Church Street at about 19:30 on New Year's Day.

Traffic latest

BBC Travel

reports there is still traffic congestion on the A565 Liverpool Road in both directions in Southport at the Pinfold Lane junction.

Johnson-Thompson's high jump record

BBC Sport

In case you missed it here's your chance to watch

Katarina Johnson-Thompson setting a new British high jump record on Saturday.

Katarina Johnson-Thompson
Getty Images

The 22-year-old heptathlete from Liverpool cleared 1.97m as she defended her British Indoor Championships title in Sheffield.

News on the hour

Phil Cooper

BBC Radio Merseyside

A pensioner from Wallasey is campaigning to overturn a restraining order issued against a man convicted of defrauding her out of £7,500.

Terry Dixon was jailed for 27 months in November and banned from contacting his victim, Margaret, for five years.

Four charged over cannabis factory

Four people have been charged after a

large cannabis factory was found in a former nightclub in Warrington.

Two men and two teenagers were arrested on Friday after officers searched the site of Club Wired on Mersey Street.

Cannabis factory
Merseyside Police

Police seized more than 1,600 cannabis plants estimated to have a street value of £1.5m.

Everton make living wage pledge

Phil Cooper

BBC Radio Merseyside

Everton Football Club have become the second top flight club

after Chelsea to agree to pay all permanent staff the living wage.

Goodison Park
Getty Images

Staff there will now earn at least £7.85 an hour - £1.35 more than the legal minimum.

CCTV of indecent exposure suspect released

A CCTV image of a man wanted in connection with an indecent exposure in Broadgreen has been released by police.

Man wanted in connection with indecent exposure
Merseyside Police

Two teenage girls were waiting at a bus stop outside PRM News in Queens Drive, close to the Rocket flyover, when a man riding a bicycle approached them and exposed himself on 12 November.

News on the hour

Phil Cooper

BBC Radio Merseyside

A Wirral pensioner is campaigning for a restraining order to be lifted against a man who was found guilty of conning her out of £7500.

Margaret, who's 87 and from Wallasey, first visited Terry Dixon in prison 28 years ago as part of her work trying to rehabilitate offenders.

Liverpool's 'triple swoop'

Daily Express

Liverpool are lining up a Serie A triple swoop in the summer. Brendan Rodgers' trip to Rome has seen the Reds linked with Miralem Pjanic but it seems he also wants Pjanic's Roma teammate Radja Nainggolan and Lazio forward Keita Balde Diao.

Miralem Pjanic
EPA

Everton Ladies sign King

Everton Ladies FC have announced their fifth signing of the season with the capture of midfielder Jess King, subject to international clearance.

The club say King moved from Liverpool to Canada to play for Trinity Western University Spartans while studying, but returns to Merseyside to join Andy Spence's Blues.

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St Helens gets £6m for enterprise

St Helens Star

Business expansion across the region is set to be given a further cash boost after St Helens Chamber was

awarded £6m through the Government's Regional Growth Fund.

News on the hour

Phil Cooper

BBC Radio Merseyside

A pensioner from Wallasey is campaigning to overturn a restraining order issued against a man convicted of defrauding her of £7,500.

Terry Dixon was jailed for 27 months in November and banned from contacting his victim, Margaret, for five years.

Work to start on bombed-out church

Nafeesa Shan

BBC News

I'm looking at a story on Liverpool's bombed-out church.

St Luke's Church
Google

Liverpool City Council says work is set to start on making the Grade II* listed St Luke's Church safe following damage caused by winter storms.

Rovers had 'wrong mentality'

Phil Kinsella

BBC Merseyside Sport

Micky Adams said

Tranmere Rovers' 2-0 defeat to York was disappointing but not fatal.

Micky Adams, Tranmere Rovers manager
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The Rovers boss said his side's "mentality was wrong", adding" "York were up for it and we weren't."

Mostly dry

Sara Blizzard

Weather Presenter

It'll be

mostly dry this afternoon with bright spells developing but also a few light showers.

Sara Blizzard
BBC

These are most likely to affect the Wirral and areas to the south of the Dee Estuary.

Maximum temperature: 8C (46F).

Coming up

BBC North West Tonight

Universal credit - the government's new welfare benefit piloted in the North West - is being rolled out to the rest of the country.

And fans of Phoenix Nights were treated to a surprise appearance by comedian Ted Robbins from his hospital bed at the rescheduled performance of the live show. The original show was stopped when he collapsed on stage.

Watch more on BBC One at 13:30.

Congestion in Southport

BBC Travel

reports there is congestion on A565 Liverpool Road in both directions in Southport at the Pinfold Lane junction.

Traffic latest

BBC Travel

reports the M6 exit slip road is closed northbound at junction 22 A49 (Newton Le Willows) because of a police incident.

News on the hour

Jessica Robbins

BBC Radio Merseyside

A Wirral pensioner is campaigning for a restraining order to be lifted against a man who was found guilty of conning her out of £7,500.

Liverpool rocks

"The most consistently exciting bands right now are from Liverpool," according to Simon Raymonde, boss of the Bella Union record label and one of the judges for this year's Get Into This award.

The shortlist for the award - dubbed the Scouse Mercury Prize - has just been announced on

GetIntoThis.co.uk.

Scammed OAP's campaign to quash restraining order

Liverpool Echo

A Wirral pensioner scammed by a fraudster who faked cancer to swindle away her pension wants to

quash a restraining order - because she is desperate to see him.

Thieves target Southport hotel

Southport Visiter

Burglars

broke into a Travelodge hotel in Southport and stole a haul of items including car keys belonging to guests.

Travelodge in Southport
Google

Halton council tax rise

Roger Phillips

BBC Radio Merseyside

As council tax is set to rise by 1.9% for people living in Halton I ask Mike Wharton, the finance boss at the Halton Borough Council, why there is such a hike on the show today.

Listen live on

BBC Radio Merseyside.

News on the hour

Jessica Robbins

BBC Radio Merseyside

People living in Halton face an increase in their council tax bill of 1.9%.

The decision's been announced by Halton Borough Council's executive board as they try to save £19m this year.

Trains 'back to normal'

Merseyrail

emails to say the disruption caused by a trespass incident at Kirkdale has now ended and services are no longer affected by this problem.

Fancy becoming a councillor?

Cheshire West and Chester Council are inviting people to put their name forward to become a councillor.

Chester Town Hall
Google

The election for all 75 members representing 46 wards for a four-year term, takes place on the same day as the general and parish elections on 7 May. See the authority's

website for more details.

Sturridge 'key' to Liverpool's form

The return of England striker Daniel Sturridge has been a

key reason behind Liverpool's impressive run of form, says manager Brendan Rodgers.

Daniel Sturridge
Getty Images

Sturridge, 25, scored as his side defeated Crystal Palace 2-1 on Saturday to move into the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Train delay

Merseyrail

emails: "Due to a trespass incident at Kirkdale the Northern line is disrupted.

"Train services through this station may be subject to disruption on all routes."

News on the hour

Jessica Robbins

BBC Radio Merseyside

Liverpool will find out tonight who they'll play in the last eight of the FA Cup.

Adam Lallana
Getty Images

Goals from Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana saw the Reds come from behind to beat Crystal Palace 2-1 in the fifth round tie on Saturday.