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  1. Updates on Thursday 19 February 2015
  2. News, sport, weather and travel returns from 08:00 on Friday

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By Alex Homer and Tom Mullen

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight Merseyside... wherever you are

That's it from Local Live for today. We're back on Friday from 08:00 GMT with more news, sport, travel and weather. We hope you can join us then.

Tonight's weather forecast

BBC Weather


Any lingering rain will soon ease away in a southeasterly direction, leaving a mostly dry night with clear spells.

However, the strengthening westerly breeze is likely to bring showers in over the Irish Sea by dawn, with them turning wintry across the hills.

The weather forecast by the hour for Thursday 19 February 2015

Europa League action

BBC Sport

Everton fans in Berne

Everton are about to kick-off their Europa League last 32, first-leg tie in Switzerland against Young Boys.

You can follow the full live text commentary on this game on the

BBC Sport website now.

Liverpool host Turkish outfit Besiktas from 20:05 GMT.

World Club Series: Warrington Wolves v St George Illawarra

Rugby league now, and prop Anthony England comes in for Ben Evans in

the only change to the Warrington squad that won at Hull.

Ben Creagh and Joel Monaghan

Australian international Ben Creagh (left) and Joel Monaghan will captain their teams on Sunday.

Next of kin appeal

An appeal has been launched to trace the next of kin of a 51-year-old man who died in Liverpool last week.

Stephen Richardson, from Cumberland Avenue in Wavertree, died at home on Thursday, 12 February.

There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

Anyone who can help is asked to call Oliver Knaggs at Liverpool Coroner's office on 0151 225 5062.

Post office burglar sentenced

Southport Visiter

Police are hunting a post office burglar who

failed to appear at Liverpool Crown Court.

In his absence in December, Kurtis Rowson was sentenced to three years in prison for the raid on the post office on Square Lane, Burscough on 12 June, 2014.

An arrest warrant has been issued for the 24-year-old, who has connections in the Walton Vale and Kirkby areas of Merseyside.

Childwall crash warning

BBC Travel

BBC Travel

Drivers are warned one lane is blocked and there is slow traffic on the B5178 Childwall Road outbound in Childwall between the Abbeystead Road junction and the A5058 Queens Drive (Wavertree) junction, because of a crash involving two vehicles and a lamp post.

Your views on The Snowdrop

via Facebook

Thanks for your comments on the new look for The Snowdrop ferry.

Barry Wain

posts: "On a dull day like today the colourful Snowdrop will bring a splash of colour to the grey River Mersey. We just need Frank Green to transfer the colours of the ship to canvas."

Lee Gandy

wrote: "Absolutely shocking that. Should of used the money to bring home the original Royal Iris. Just look at her !!"

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

The owners of Liverpool nightclub Garlands have no plans to appeal a

judge's decision to close it for three months.

Fugitive drugs trafficker cover blown

Tom Mullen

BBC News

The BBC understands a fugitive drugs trafficker from Liverpool - who spent 12 years on the run - was arrested when he presented a false Irish passport and refused to reveal his true identity when confronted by Dutch officers.


the full story.

Mabel tackles dog fouling

Chester First

A secret weapon has been unveiled by council chiefs in their fight against irresponsible dog owners -

a Newfoundland named Mabel.

Cheshire West and Chester Council's new "poster girl" will help officers tackle dog fouling in the borough by attending events and visiting schools to spread the word about good dog ownership.

Lallana 'left sour taste' at Saints

Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana says if he is jeered and booed on Sunday when he returns to Southampton for the first time since leaving, he will take it as the fans "missing him" playing at St Mary's.

Adam Lallana
Getty Images

Lallana spent 12 years at the Saints before a £25m move to Anfield last July.

The 26-year-old former Saints captain told

BBC Radio Solent: "I regret the way I left. I regret bits and pieces of how it happened and it got nasty. It was sad the way it happened."

Read the full story

No to any development

BBC Radio Merseyside

Jan Pell, the vice chair of the Save Sefton Meadows campaign, says the group opposes any kind of development there despite the fact Redrow is expected to downsize its plans for homes on the site.

Earlier we revealed Redrow is expected to reduce its original proposal on Sefton Park Meadows to build 34 executive homes and remove 27 trees, to about 20 homes and to remove one mature tree.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

Det Supt Tim Keelan, who is responsible for child protection for Merseyside Police, tells us the two boys who were molested by scout leader Gavin Owen, were left psychologically damaged by his actions.

Church goes under hammer

Wirral Globe

A popular Hoylake church could soon be redeveloped after

the building goes up for auction next month.

Is Europe League worth the hassle?

Does a Europa League campaign hinder domestic performance?

BBC Sport graphic

As Everton, Tottenham and Liverpool prepare for ties in the last-32, BBC Sport has studied 10 seasons since the Europa League introduced group stages.

Liverpool excelled domestically when void of Europa distraction last season, Manchester United's league form has improved without any European action this, so is the Europa League worth the hassle?

Read the full story

PCs stripped girl 'to prevent harm'

Police officers who removed the clothes of a 14-year-old girl did not breach her rights, a court has ruled.

Royal Courts of Justice

The teenager, who had a history of mental health problems, was arrested by Merseyside Police in Birkenhead in 2010 for being drunk and disorderly.

Court of Appeal judges said female police officers acted "legitimately" in stripping the girl because they feared she could use her underwear to hang herself.


the full story.

Two-car crash in Allerton

A 50-year-old man was cut from his car after a two-car smash in Allerton,

tweets Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service

Both drivers were checked by paramedics at the scene on Booker Avenue at 11:00,

said the service.

Most-wanted fugitive arrested

A suspected drug trafficker from Liverpool has been captured in Amsterdam after being on the run for 12 years,

according to the National Crime Agency.

Scott Coleman, aged 40, from Walton, was charged with possession with intent to supply heroin but failed to appear for trial at Edinburgh Crown Court and fled to Spain in 2003.

Scott Coleman
National Crime Agency

Coleman was detained by officers from Amsterdam Police last week. They were able to confirm his identity as a result of joint working with the National Crime Agency.

He was

put on an international most-wanted list in 2008.

Blue noses for Everton charity

Everton's game against Leicester City this Sunday has been designated as the official birthday fixture of Everton in the Community.

Matt Dawson
Matt Dawson

To celebrate, the club's official charity has launched its first ever Blue Nose Day and produced limited edition #eitc27 blue noses for fans to wear at the game in show of their support.

News on the hour

Andy Ball

BBC Radio Merseyside

A three-year-old girl has suffered serious head injuries after she was hit by a car in St Helens this afternoon.

Emergency services were called to Blackbrook Road after reports she had been struck by a Ford Focus.

She has been taken to Alder Hey Children's Hospital.

Fugitive arrested after 12 years

Liverpool Echo

A most wanted Merseyside fugitive was today under arrest in Holland

after 12 years on the run.

Scott Coleman, 40, fled the country in 2003 after skipping bail when charged with serious drugs offences.

He had been living in southern Spain for a number of years, authorities believe, before moving to Holland using fake identity documents.

Bikes bought by Blues legend stolen

BBC Radio Merseyside

Bikes worth over £6,000 bought for a community group by ex-Everton player Duncan Ferguson have been stolen from a police station in Sefton.

Duncan Ferguson
Getty Images

Merseyrail disruption

via Facebook

Wirral newsbeat

posts: "Merseyrail alterations to services at James Street.

"Due to an obstruction on the line at James Street the Wirral line is disrupted.

"Impact: Train services running through this station may be terminated at and started back from James Street."

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

A Merseyside scout leader has been jailed for four and a half years for sexually molesting two teenage boys and making or possessing thousands of images of child porn.

38 year old Gavin Owen from Formby showed no emotion as the judge passed sentence at Liverpool Crown Court this morning.

Jailed scout leader was 'arrogant'

Tom Mullen

BBC News

A scout leader showed "arrogance" and "no remorse", said a judge jailing him for four-and-a-half years for molesting two teenage boys and having thousands of child abuse images.


the full story about Gavin Owen, of Formby.

News on the hour

Jessica Robbins

BBC Radio Merseyside

An appeal court judge has criticised Merseyside Police for a decision by officers to remove the clothes of a distressed 14-year-old girl who had just been arrested and was tearing her hair out and banging her head against her cell wall.

More on this story and others shortly.

Van flattens traffic lights

Wirral Globe

Traffic lights on a busy Birkenhead road were

knocked flat after an accident yesterday.

Police had 'no other option' regarding club

Merseyside Police have

said they had no alternative but to push for the three-month closure of Garlands nightclub, which was
granted by magistrates yesterday.

Chief Supt Jon Ward, said: "Sadly, we have been given no option but to take this action. Over the last few months officers have found that Class A drugs and other substances were being dealt within the club.

"Whilst recognising that Garlands is well-known within the city no premises is above the law. My number one priority is to make sure people coming into the city remain safe and are not exposed to the dangers that drug dealing presents."

No plastic pitch fears for Martinez

BBC Sport

Everton boss Roberto Martinez believes his side will cope with the artificial pitch they will play on in Thursday's Europa League last-32 first-leg tie against Swiss side Young Boys.

The Toffeemen trained on a similar surface used by Widnes Vikings ahead of the tie.

Martinez said: "We have done our preparation right. We have been working on that sort of surface and I feel we are ready.

"It is not an excuse or a reason for us not to be able to compete in the game."

Support for closed club

Liverpool Echo

Support for the Lomax club is growing ahead of a court hearing next week calling for its closure.

More than 1,000 supporters

are set to protest this weekend while an online petition has been signed by 2,274 people.

Police raided the city centre club in the early hours of Valentine's Day and applied for an order to shut it down due to concerns about the availability of drugs.

Day centre may be spared

Southport Visiter

Brookdale, a specialist day centre in Southport, looks to have

won a campaign against its closure.

Running like clockwork

Chester Chronicle

While we were not exactly running like clockwork...

A ticking cover

will be flung over scaffolding surrounding the Eastgate Clock in Chester to show visitors what they are missing - as well as the time.

Chester Clock
Philip Pankhurst/Geograph

Technical difficulty

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Sorry we just missed our usual news on the hour update - there was a minor technical hitch here. Hopefully we're now back to normal...

Scout leader mugshot released

Tom Mullen

BBC News

I'm working on that story about scout leader Gavin Owen, who has been jailed for molesting two teenage boys and possessing child abuse images.

Gavin Owens
Merseyside Police

Merseyside Police have released this photograph of the 38-year-old, taken at the time of his arrest.

Judge's 'concerns' about girl's custody treatment

"PD", who had a history of mental health problems, had been arrested for being drunk and disorderly outside a kebab shop in Argyle Street, Birkenhead.

She was handcuffed because of her uncontrolled aggression before being taken to Wirral police station.

Three female officers removed her clothes and put her into a gown. Her pants were removed, supposedly because it was feared she could use the elastic to hang herself. CCTV from the cell showed her ripping her hair out and banging her head against the wall - evidence, it was argued, showed she felt degraded.

Lord Justice Pitchford, Lord Justice Lewison and Lord Justice Fulford unanimously rejected all grounds of challenge to the police action and said preventing the girl from harming herself was "a legitimate aim" and there was no room for finding it was disproportionate.

Judge has 'concerns' about girl's custody treatment

Merseyside Police's decision to remove a distressed 14-year-old girl's clothes after her arrest has prompted concern in the Court of Appeal.

The force said they did so in order to protect the Liverpool girl, referred to as "PD", from harm.

While Lord Justice Pitchford ruled the police's action on 16 September 2010 did not amount to a breach of her human rights, he said: "I am bound to express concern that it should have been thought appropriate immediately to remove the clothes of a distressed and vulnerable 14-year-old girl without thought for alternative and less invasive measures to protect her from herself."

Scout leader jailed

Owen, who had been a volunteer at a scout group for more than a decade, was found guilty of abusing both boys after a four-day trial. He molested the two teenagers on separate occasions after inviting them to his home.

Before assaulting one of the boys, described in court as vulnerable, Owen gave him whiskey.

In a separate case, Owen admitted possessing or making thousands of images of child abuse . These were discovered when police searched his home after receiving a tip-off from authorities in Canada.

BreakingScout leader jailed

A Merseyside scout leader has been jailed for four-and-a-half years for sexually molesting two teenage boys and making or possessing thousands of images of child sexual abuse.

Gavin Owen, 38 and from Formby, showed no emotion as the judge passed sentence at Liverpool Crown Court this morning.