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Summary

  1. More news, sport, weather and travel on Monday from 08:00
  2. Updates on Friday 27 February 2015

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Good night

Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News

That's all from the Local Live team. Hope you have a fab weekend!

Join us for all your news, sport, travel and weather again from 08:00 on Monday.

Wind and rain

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather Presenter

Tonight cloud will spread to all parts overnight, bringing some outbreaks of rain around dawn for the Wirral.

Charlie Slater
BBC

Southerly winds will also become strong, before easing again by dawn.

Minimum temperature: 4C/39F.

Coming up

Graham Liver

North West Tonight

On tonight's show the end of the line for the dreaded pacer, a judge at Liverpool Crown Court admits he was wrong to stop a robbery trial because a Muslim witness swore on the Bible and not the Koran and Liverpool City Council challenge Eric Pickles' decision on blocking the Welsh Streets project.

Watch more on BBC One at 18:30.

Tranmere team news

Phil Kinsella

BBC Merseyside Sport

Tranmere face a massive game in the League Two relegation battle on Saturday.

Rovers travel to Cheltenham Town who are currently in the bottom two and Micky Adams' side are only three points above them.

Tranmere have signed Preston North End striker Jordan Hugill in time for the game on a one-month emergency loan deal.

Three bailed over Formby firearm

Three people arrested in connection with a loaded firearm at a house in Formby on Wednesday have been released on bail, said Merseyside Police.

A novel idea

Libraries across St Helens will be hosting a range of activities to celebrate World Book Day on 5 March.

reading to children
BBC

There will be arts and crafts, quizzes and dressing up as book characters across the borough.

The day celebrates authors, illustrators, books and encourages children to enjoy books.

Judge admits Muslim Bible oath error

Chris Long

BBC News

A judge who stopped a trial because a Muslim witness had sworn an oath on the Bible has

said he should have accepted the man's evidence.

Recorder Patrick Thompson discharged a jury yesterday after he discovered Kerim Kurt had sworn on the New Testament and not the Koran.

The attempted robbery case at Liverpool Crown Court will now be retried.

Bus company in administration

BBC Radio Merseyside

Merseytravel says it's been informed a bus company which runs services in the region is to go into liquidation.

Ace Travel is expected to stop running routes this Sunday.

A spokesperson for Merseytravel said there'll be some disruption over the next few days, but added that it's looking at options for the immediate future of the services.

Serving up Scouse

Virgin Trains Liverpool

tweets: Less than 1 hour to go before we service the very first bowl of Scouse ever on a @VirginTrains #WhosHungry #GlobalScouseDay

Paul Hollywood's Scouse Pie
BBC

Train cancelled after staff assault

Liverpool Echo

A member of staff was

attacked as a train approached Liverpool Lime Street station.

Liverpool Lime Street
Raymond Knapman/Geograph

As crew members responded to reports of yobs on board the 05:39 GMT Manchester Victoria to Liverpool train - a member of staff was attacked just before 7am.

Train officials confirmed the incident forced them to cancel the 06:57 service to Preston - as officials dealt with the "disruptive passengers".

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Support for family businesses

BBC Radio Merseyside

Families businesses in Merseyside and Cheshire will now be able to get support with the running of their organisation.

Families in Business - a national group that helps with legal and financial advice - is opening a north west division in Liverpool later.

It says it will be to help the people behind the 300 local businesses that can often feel isolated and undervalued.

Trust fined over asbestos fibres

A Liverpool NHS Trust has been fined

£10,000 after it emerged its workers may have been exposed to potentially-deadly asbestos fibres, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has said.

Royal Liverpool Hospital
Google

The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust was prosecuted by the HSE after the fibres were discovered in the basement of its offices at Derwent House on London Road in January 2013.

Liverpool Magistrates' Court heard that the organisation had failed to act on a survey carried out in 2006 which identified that an area of the basement may contain asbestos, and recommended that its condition should be properly assessed.

News on the hour

Phil Cooper

BBC Radio Merseyside

A judge has admitted he should take the blame after a trial collapsed at Liverpool Crown Court.

The case was halted when it emerged a Muslim witness had sworn on the Bible, instead of the Koran.

Bus replacements

Merseytravel

tweets: Sunday: a rail replacement bus will run between Sandhills & Southport
http://ow.ly/JFQ4f

Hillsborough inquests latest

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

The relationship between the chiefs of the police and ambulance services in South Yorkshire broke down after the Hillsborough disaster, the inquests have heard.

Albert Page, who was chief ambulance officer, was not "prepared to sing from the same hymn sheet as the police" about the causes of the disaster.

Mr Page also said a major incident could have been declared at the ground as the match was kicking off.

#TheDress

Liverpool Echo

tweets: What colour do you see? Liverpool lecturer explains why #TheDress is causing confusion.
http://bit.ly/1DhNLPU

Dress
Other

Why Welsh Streets?

Emma Stanley

BBC News

The Toxteth area known as the Welsh Streets got its nickname as the streets were built and lived in by Welsh workers in the late 19th Century.

Ringo Starr
PA

The terraced houses, next to Princes Park, are named after Welsh towns, villages and valleys.

Beatles drummer Ringo Starr was born in one in July 1940 - 9 Madryn Street.

St Helens team news

BBC Sport

In tonight's Super League match against Castleford Tigers St Helens are without centre Jordan Turner after he suffered a concussion in the World Club Challenge loss to South Sydney Rabittohs.

St Helens
SWpix.com

Paul Wellens and Andre Savelio drop from the squad with Lance Hohaia, Greg Richards and Matty Dawson coming in.

News on the hour

Phil Cooper

BBC Radio Merseyside

A judge has admitted he should take the blame after a trial collapsed at Liverpool Crown Court.

The case was halted when it emerged a Muslim witness had sworn on the Bible, instead of the Koran.

Motorist to stand trial over cyclist death

St Helens Star

A man is set to face trial this May after denying

causing the death of a father-of-three by dangerous driving.

Michael Rollason, aged 39, is accused of killing 47-year-old cyclist Terry Brown while behind the wheel of a Vauxhall Astra in February last year.

McCartney home sells for £150,000

Tom Mullen

BBC News Online

The Liverpool

childhood home of Beatles legend Paul McCartney has sold for £150,000 at auction.

Paul McCartney's childhood home in Speke, Liverpool
Entwistle Green

The terraced house in Western Avenue, Speke, was where the musician lived with his parents from 1947 until the mid-1950s.

McCartney's mother Mary worked as a midwife at the time, and the family are said to have been well known in the community.

Challenge to Welsh Streets decision

Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News

Liverpool City Council is to stand up against "unacceptable political interference" from Whitehall.

Madryn Street
Google

The authority's cabinet member for housing councillor Ann O'Byrne said: "The long-suffering residents of the

Welsh Streets have now been waiting more than a decade for new homes."

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles vetoed the plans in a bid to preserve its "Beatles heritage" as the site includes Ringo Starr's birthplace.

News on the hour

Phil Cooper

BBC Radio Merseyside

Liverpool City Council's confirmed it will appeal the government's decision to halt the demolition of the Welsh streets - calling it a stand against "unacceptable political interference from Whitehall".

Last month Eric Pickles stopped the authority's proposals to knock down terraced properties, claiming officials hadn't exhausted all possibilities - even though an independent inspector disagreed.

Hillsborough inquests latest

Ben Schofield

Hillsborough reporter

The jury at the Hillsborough inquests has heard how the relationship between the head of the ambulance service and South Yorkshire Police broke down after the disaster.

Hillsborough disaster
Hillsborough inquests

Albert Page has been questioned about a meeting he had with the chief constable at the time, Peter Wright.

Hospital finances investigated

Runcorn and Widnes Worrld

An investigation has been launched into the finances of Halton and Warrington Hospitals, the

Runcorn and Widnes World reports.

Halton General Hospital
Sue Adair/Geograph

Health regulator Monitor will seek to understand why the trust's finances have deteriorated and whether it has a credible plan to improve them.

Police investigate bus incident

Emma Stanley

BBC News

Merseyside Police is appealing for witnesses following an incident on a bus they have described as a "hate crime".

Police said a 35-year-old Chinese man boarded the 79c Arriva bus travelling from Childwall to Widnes on 19 February at Score Lane.

While on the bus at around 17:30 GMT, five to 10 males boarded and began to verbally and physically abuse him. A woman, who was on the bus at the time, intervened and the men got off.

News on the hour

Phil Cooper

BBC Radio Merseyside

Residents living in Liverpool's Welsh Streets are worried a legal challenge by the council will just stall any development of their area.

The city council has confirmed it will appeal the government's decision to halt the demolition of houses there - last month Eric Pickles stopped the authority's proposals to knock down the terraced properties saying other refurbishment options hadn't been considered.

Harriet Harman in Wirral

Marc Gaier

BBC Radio Merseyside

I've been in Wirral where Harriet Harman's pink bus pulled up outside Overchurch Community Centre.

Harriet Harman in Wirral
BBC

The Labour deputy leader met local women to discuss election issues, and chatted to our very own Roger Philips. You can

listen again on iPlayer.

Sunny afternoon in store

BBC Weather tells us it will be mostly fine and sunny this afternoon, before rain spreads in overnight.

weather map
BBC

Thicker cloud will tend to spread into western areas such as the Wirral by dusk.

Coming up

Beccy Meehan

North West Tonight

I'll be bringing you more on the changes to rail travel promised by the Department For Transport.

It wants to scrap the 30-year-old "clapped out" Pacer trains that run on railways in northern England.

Join me for more on BBC One at 13:35.

Charges in drug operation

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

Ten of the 11 people arrested as part of the ongoing operation looking at drug dealing in Liverpool nightclubs have been charged. The 11th man has been released on bail while investigations continue.

Republik
Google

Fourteen homes were searched in our region - and a large amount of ecstasy was found at one. Last week Garlands, Republik and the Lomax were all raided in Liverpool city centre.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

Liverpool City Council has confirmed it will appeal the government's decision to halt the demolition of the Welsh streets - calling it a stand against "unacceptable political interference from Whitehall".

Last month Eric Pickles stopped the authority's proposals to knock down terraced properties, claiming officials hadn't exhausted all possibilities, even though an independent inspector disagreed.

Hanover Street closure

Emma Stanley

BBC News

Hanover Street in Liverpool city centre will be

closed for eight weeks from Sunday for essential gas main replacement works, the council says.

Hanover Street
Google

This project will see the Victorian cast-iron gas mains replaced with plastic mains to resolve a number of historic leaks on the main and an ongoing leak at the junction with Seel Street.

Students' dementia pledge

Jessica Robbins

BBC Radio Merseyside

A primary school in Merseyside has pledged to make all of its pupils "dementia friends".

Holy Family Catholic Primary School students
Holy Family Catholic Primary School

Holy Family Catholic Primary School in Toxteth has pledged to help create a dementia friendly generation.

Students said they want to help people with dementia who may experience loneliness and social exclusion.

Attack on train conductor 'filmed'

Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News

An attack on a train conductor on the 5:39 Manchester to Liverpool service was filmed by a passenger, British Transport Police (BTP) said.

BTP said the assailant is believed to have got off the train at Earlestown.

It said officers are currently studying footage of the incident filmed on a mobile phone and CCTV as part of their investigation.

Council challenge future of Welsh Streets

Paul Burnell

BBC News

Liverpool City Council is to appeal a decision by local government secretary Eric Pickles to turn down the proposed regeneration of the Welsh Streets.

Madryn Street
Google

The Planning Application from Plus Dane - that threatened to demolish all but 40 houses on the fiercely contested site - was

blocked in January.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

A man's body's been found in the water at Carr Mill Dam in St Helens.

Merseyside Police is investigating and say at this stage his death is unexplained.