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Summary

  1. Ex-police chief speaks at Hillsborough inquests
  2. Man charged with murder of woman at flat
  3. HMP Altcourse overcrowded, says report
  4. Suspect questioned over Kensington murder
  5. Updates for Monday 2 March 2015

Live Reporting

By Lynette Horsburgh

All times stated are UK

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Good night

Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News

Well that's all from the Local Live team for today. Join us for all your news, sport, travel and weather again from 08:00 on Tuesday.

Garlands' licence hearing set

Liverpool Echo

Liverpool nightclub

Garlands will have its future decided at Liverpool town hall on Monday.

Garlands nightclub
BBC

The Eberle Street business is currently serving a three-month closure order after a huge raid by Merseyside Police investigating drugs supply in Liverpool's clubland.

Coming up

Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, North West Tonight

Tonight on the show, a former chief constable of Merseyside denies suggestions at the new inquests that he tried to help senior South Yorkshire Police officers involved in the Hillsborough disaster by saying they did a "professional" job.

Watch more on BBC One at 18:30

Missing man appeal

Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News

An appeal for a missing 41-year-old man from Liverpool has been launched by police.

Ian Long
Merseyside Police

Ian Long was last seen by his sister at an address on Honeysuckle Road, Hesketh Bank, on 5 September and has not made contact with his family since.

It is believed he may have stayed with friends in recent months and is thought to have stayed in Kirkby in January.

Your views

Lynette Horsburgh

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.

Everton and Chelsea fined £30K

BBC Sport

Chelsea and Everton have both been fined £30,000 by the Football Association for failing to control their players during their Premier League fixture on 11 February.

Branislav Ivanovic and James McCarthy
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Hillsborough inquests

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

A former police constable said he felt

"intimidated" by Ch Supt John Nesbit into changing his Hillsborough disaster statement, the inquests have heard.

Hillsborough disaster
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Adrian Daley told the jury he was ordered at a meeting to remove two parts of his account, where he wrote he had "no direction" during the 1989 tragedy.

Mr Nesbit denies the meeting happened.

Canal victim named

Liverpool Echo

A 55-year-old man whose body was found in the Leeds-Liverpool canal in Bootle on Sunday was

named locally as John Cook.

Warnings of snow and ice

Anna Church

BBC Weather Presenter

There is a yellow warning of snow and ice from 18:00 tonight until 10:00 Tuesday.

The weather will stay windy overnight and wintry showers will continue to feed across the region and snow could accumulate in some parts of Merseyside.

Anna Church, BBC weather presenter
BBC

Cold under clear spells with some icy stretches.

Minimum temperature: 0C/32F

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

The former chief constable of Merseyside says his officers told him the crowd outside the Hillsborough stadium was so tightly packed that a police horse was lifted off its feet.

Sir James Sharples made the remarks to the new Hillsborough Inquests in Warrington.

On air

Simon Hoban

BBC Radio Merseyside

One of Liverpool's longest-established shopping areas is getting a clean-up to try to revive it and attract new businesses to the area.

County Road
BBC

With financial help from the Mary Portas fund, local business people and residents around County Road in Walton will be picking up litter, dumping rubbish in skips and having their say on how to improve the shopping experience for the people that live there.

Listen live to

BBC Radio Merseyside.

Man jailed for killing brother

Liverpool Echo

A Skelmersdale man who killed his brother after he tried to stab him during a drink-fuelled day of fighting in Southport was

jailed for nearly five years.

Mark Lowe
Merseyside Police

MPs to debate pet road death law

Tom Mullen

BBC News Online

A campaign calling on the Highways Agency to

identify pets killed on major roads and inform their owners will be debated in Parliament later.

Jude Devine with Harvey
Other

More than 122,000 people signed

an e-petition calling for new legislation called Harvey's Law after a pet owner was informed about her poodle Harvey's death, four months after he was found dead on the M62 in Liverpool.

Rail disruption

Merseyrail

tweets: Services have now resumed on both the New Brighton and West Kirby lines but may still be delayed for the next 30 minutes.

It comes after a signal fault between Birkenhead North and Bidston.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

The former chief constable of Merseyside says his officers told him the crowd outside the Hillsborough stadium was so tight that a police horse was lifted off its feet.

Sir James Sharples made the remarks to the new Hillsborough Inquests in Warrington.

Rock 'n' Roll Marathon

Leanne Harper

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

Liverpool's Rock 'n' Roll Marathon is set to return this summer, this time as a three-day festival of music and running.

Rock and Roll Marathon launch
BBC

The event - which includes a marathon, half marathon, 5k and one-mile run - starts on 12 June.

I met race director Rob Griffiths, Gary Jones, who will be taking part in the half marathon while pushing his son Ben in a buggy, and Councillor Wendy Simon this morning to talk about it. You can hear more on

BBC Radio Merseyside from 16:00.

PC gives evidence from police desk

Liverpool Echo

Ground-breaking technology was used to allow a police officer to give evidence at Sefton Magistrates' Court -

via a videolink from his desk at a Marsh Lane police station.

The evidence was given in the case of 20-year-old Ben Baxendale, from Gordon Road, Seaforth, who used threatening behaviour against his mum.

Hillsborough inquests

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

The former chief constable of Merseyside Police says officers dealing with the Hillsborough disaster were calm and controlled, despite their shock.

Hillsborough disaster
Getty Images

Sir James Sharples told the new inquests he was at the FA Cup semi-final as a guest of Sheffield Wednesday and watched the start of the match from the directors' box.

He said after the crush on the terraces he went to the police control box about four or five times.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

The government needs to "get a grip on a prison system in crisis" - according to campaigners - as new figures reveal Liverpool's Altcourse jail is running at 142% of its capacity.

The Howard League for Penal Reform says the unit in Fazakerley has over 1,100 inmates even though it's only designed for 794.

Cooker fire warning

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service

tweets: Never leave cooking unattended! Firefighters in Warrington dealt with a cooker fire yesterday.
bit.ly/1vSeVPY

Burnt food in blacked out oven
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service

Vikings can build on first win

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

Widnes Vikings hooker Lloyd White

believes his side can "kick on" after their first win of the 2015 Super League season.

Lloyd White
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Lloyd White scored four tries and kicked four goals in a personal haul of 24 points against Wakefield

White, 26, scored four tries as the Vikings thrashed Wakefield 56-18.

Your face in lights

Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News

Do you fancy having your face emblazoned on to Liverpool's Three Graces?

Liverpool Waterfront
Carl Yeates

To celebrate the arrival of the three Cunard Queens in May, faces will be projected on the buildings from 22:00 on the May Bank Holiday as part of a project called Amazing Graces.

If you want your name in lights see

one-magnificent-city for more details.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

Liverpool's Altcourse jail is overcrowded, with some inmates being forced to share cells designed for just one person - according to a report which claims the unit in Fazakerley is operating at 142% of its capacity.

The Howard League for Penal Reform has put out figures showing how the UK's prison population is increasing, while the number of places for them falls.

Drink spike victim 'stable'

Warrington Guardian

A man who had his drink spiked is now in a stable condition after officers came to his aid and rushed him to hospital.

Police found him on a bridge on Sankey Way on Sunday morning intending to jump in front of a train at Bank Quay Station and it transpired his drink had been spiked.

Two crashes in Cheshire

Chester Chronicle

Motorists faced congestion this morning (Monday, March 2) due to

two crashes in rural Cheshire.

Coming up on North West Today

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

Nearly 6,000 children in the North West had decaying teeth removed according to the latest NHS figures.

Child brushing teeth
PA

It's the highest rate in the country outside London, and includes 1,800 children under the age of five. Tonight's Inside Out North West programme investigates why tooth decay is such a problem in the region.

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

Arrests over street brawl

Liverpool Echo

A number of people were arrested following

an early-hours brawl on a Liverpool street.

Violence broke out on Victoria Street, in Liverpool city centre, at around 4:20.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

A murder investigation is underway after a man's body was found in Kensington last night.

Two women raised the alarm on Boaler Street when they couldn't get in touch with a friend.

County Road rejuvination

Jimmy McCracken

BBC Radio Merseyside

I've been to one of Liverpool's longest-established shopping areas this morning - Walton's County Road.

Cakes from County Road
BBC

Now, people and businesses around there are getting together to clean it up and bring life back into this once thriving district. These cakes are from The Patisserie, one of the newly-opened businesses in the area.

You can find out more on

drive tonight with Simon Hoban.

Hillsborough inquests

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

A former South Yorkshire Police constable says he was intimidated by a senior officer into changing his statement after the Hillsborough disaster.

Adrian Daley, who helped rescue injured fans from the terraces, told the new inquests he was asked to remove two parts of his statement by Ch Supt John Nesbit, both of which referred to how he wasn't given direction by senior officers on the day.

Your views

Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News

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

Tell us what you think.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

Liverpool's Altcourse jail is overcrowded, with some inmates being forced to share cells designed for just one person.

That's according to the Howard League for Penal Reform, which claims the unit in Fazakerley is operating at 142% of its capacity.

Cold, windy but some sun

Anna Church

BBC Weather Presenter

The weather is unsettled again with sunny spells and showers, some of which will be heavy and wintry, although these should ease for a time through the afternoon.

Anna Church, BBC weather presenter
BBC

It will be windy with possible gales in exposure and will feel cold.

Maximum temperature: 6C/43F

Tributes to dead woman

Liverpool Echo

Tributes were today paid to

"beautiful" and "lovely" murder victim Kay Diamond.

The 44-year-old mum died from a "blunt force trauma to the head" at a flat in Greenheys Gardens, Toxteth, on Saturday, police said.

'Complex benefits leading to food poverty'

BBC Radio Merseyside

West Cheshire Foodbank in Chester is calling on the government to publicly accept food poverty is a growing problem.

Food at a foodbank
BBC

The

Cheshire Hunger Report - a study by a group of charities and the University of Chester - has found one of the main reasons people are being forced to ask for help is because of delays in accessing employment and support allowance.

Listen again to

Tony Snell in the Morning on BBC Radio Merseyside.

Road closure

BBC Travel

The A56 Warrington Road in Bridge Trafford has been closed and there is slow traffic in both directions between the B5132 Ince Lane junction and the Plemstall Way junction because of an accident involving a vehicle and a cyclist,

reports BBC Travel.

Blind woman refused passport

The Daily Mail

A blind woman claims she was refused a passport because her eyes were out of focus in her picture.

Alexandra Carter from Wigan, said she feels discriminated against after officials at Liverpool Passport office rejected her application because they said she did not have a "neutral expression".

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

A Liverpool care home has been told to make urgent improvements - or legal action will be taken against it.

Speke Residential Care Home was ordered to make changes last year but a second inspection found management haven't made changes.

Liverpool 2-1 Man City

Philippe Coutinho scored a stunning winner as Liverpool dented Manchester City's Premier League title defence with a narrow victory at Anfield.

Philippe Coutinho
AFP

Jordan Henderson's curling effort put the Reds ahead before Edin Dzeko finished off a slick move to equalise.