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  1. More news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 tomorrow
  2. Updates for Wednesday 4 March 2015

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BBC Local Live will be back from 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather for Merseyside.

Overnight forecast

Sara Blizzard

Weather Presenter, BBC Weather

Staying mostly dry overnight with cloud gradually increasing from the northwest.

Sara Blizzard

Further south, clearer skies may lead to some frost patches. Becoming breezy with a low of 5C (41F).

Charity cash to be cut by £1m

Tom Mullen

BBC News

Liverpool City Council is expected to approve £1m in cuts to 58 community-focused charity organisations at its annual budget-setting meeting later.

Liverpool Town Hall

Funding for the authority's community resources unit will be reduced from £2m to £1m over the next financial year.

The funding helps charities and organisations such as Age Concern and the Citizens Advice Bureau.

Knowsley budget

BBC Radio Merseyside

Unions say more than 120 jobs could go at Knowsley Council after the authority approved its budget this afternoon.

Councillors have also agreed to freeze council tax. Knowsley is one of four councils in Merseyside and Cheshire to finalise its budget this evening.

Six vehicles seized

Cheshire Police

tweets: 6 vehicles been seized today so far, for non-payment of Road Tax, then released following payment to the Duty Garage

Bunnyman to play Citadel

Legendary Liverpool musician Ian McCulloch will be in town for

a solo gig at The Citadel this weekend.

Ian McCulloch
Getty Images

The Echo and the Bunnymen frontman, who formed the band back in 1978 with guitarist Will Sergeant and bass player Les Pattinson, makes his return to the venue on Saturday.

Everton coach Q&A

via Facebook

Everton Football Club posts: ‪#‎AskUnsy‬: Fancy putting a question to our Under-21s head coach and former defender David Unsworth for the next issue of the Everton magazine?
Submit yours here.

Questions so far range from "Who's the best player you've played with and why?" to a random one "How many beers can you glug in one session?"

News on the hour

BBC Radio Merseyside

Coming up in the news at 17:00: Four councils in Merseyside and Cheshire will set their budget this evening.

Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens and Halton councils will discuss cuts to services and a possible rise in council tax.

Council cuts protest

Marc Gaier

BBC Radio Merseyside

The GMB and Unite unions are demonstrating in Huyton against job losses at Knowsley Council, as it sets its 2015/2016 budget.

Unions demonstrate against job losses as Knowsley Council as it sets its budget

The unions say they're demonstrating over proposals to cut 127 jobs.

Cabinet member councillor Norman Keats proposes council tax freeze in the meeting, accusing the government of stealing from poor, telling protesters to direct their anger at them.

'Offering advice and support'

University of Liverpool

tweets: A PhD student was injured in an incident in a chemistry lab today. We are investigating how this occurred and offering advice and support

Cycle-to-school challenge

Almost 50 schools on Merseyside are taking part in a competition to get children cycling to school.

The Big Pedal competition is organised by cycling charity Sustrans and is intended to encourage children to ride their bikes.

The Big Pedal
The big pedal

Over the next three weeks, schools around the country will go up against each other to see who can use bikes and scooters the most on their commute to school.

Birthday greetings

Liverpool Echo

He's a Liverpool F.C. legend for many more than 64 reasons... happy birthday Kenny Dalglish!

Read more.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

In the news at 16:00: we'll hear from Labour councillor Steve Munby who says if there was a way to avoid cutting the budget of a domestic abuse support service - he would do it.

Weather snapshot

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Got plans over the coming days and want to know what the weather has in-store?

For the latest forecast for Merseyside visit BBC Weather.

Sara Blizzard

You can also keep up to date by

following the team @BBCWeather on Twitter.

Here's Sara (pictured) with a weather snapshot over the next five days.

Nurse suspended over 86 failings

Runcorn & Widnes World

A nurse at Warrington Hospital who faced 86 charges of poor patient care and treatment has been suspended for 12 months.

Grace Arkoh-Ankrah was accused of a general 'lack of competence' at a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) hearing last week.

Minister to decide on McGinty killers

Geraldine and Peter McGinty says they feel "let down again" over their son's murder following a recommendation to move his killers to an open prison.

Colin McGinty

Michael Brown and Gary Hampton were both jailed for a minimum of 16 years after stabbing 21-year-old Colin McGinty to death in 2001 in Bootle, Merseyside.

A request to move them from a closed prison is to be considered by the Parole Board, but the decision rests ultimately with minister Chris Grayling.

Read more on this story on BBC News.

Saints forced into changes

Phil Kinsella

BBC Merseyside Sport

St Helens will be forced into at least two changes for Friday's game at Wakefield.

St Helens v Castleford Tigers
Getty Images

Front row forward Kyle Amor was given a two-match ban by the RFL disciplinary panel. Half-back Travis Burns, was given a one-match ban - both were found guilty of offences in the game against Castleford last week. Both will be missing on Friday.

Amor will also miss the following game against Widnes.

Watch a Super League round-up on BBC Sport.

'Violent assault'

Merseyside Police say a post-mortem examination confirmed Roy Heyes (pictured) died after receiving multiple injuries "consistent with a sustained violent assault".

Roy Heyes
Merseyside Police

A 27-year-old man has been charged with the murder of Mr Heyes at his home in Kensington on Sunday.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

Our top story at 15:00: A barrister says claims his client told senior officers in South Yorkshire Police to put the blame for the Hillsborough disaster onto drunken, ticketless Liverpool fans, are "barefaced lies".


A 27-year-old man has been charged with the murder of Roy Heyes from Liverpool, who died at his home in Kensington on Sunday, Merseyside Police says.

First win of 2015

Phil Kinsella

BBC Merseyside Sport

Good news for Southport as they got their first win of 2015 with a

1-0 success over Halifax.

It moves them out of the conference bottom four.

Abuse victims 'will suffer in silence'

BBC Radio Merseyside

A victim of domestic abuse in Liverpool is warning more people will be forced to suffer in silence - because of cuts to the organisation that helped her.

South Liverpool Domestic Abuse Services' £34,000 grant from Liverpool City Council is being halved as the council tries to balance its books.

A full meeting of Liverpool City Council is held later to set the budget for 2015/16.

Happy birthday Kenny

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Happy birthday Kenny Dalglish! I'm sure he won't mind us pointing out that he's

64 today.

Kenny Dalglish
Getty Images

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

A former South Yorkshire Police officer says he and his colleagues were given a 'call to arms' to put the blame for the Hillsborough disaster 'where it belongs: on the drunken, ticketless Liverpool fans'.

Clive Davis has been giving evidence at the new inquests.

Match preview: Stoke v Everton

BBC Sport

Everton will assess left-back Leighton Baines, who missed the defeat to Arsenal after suffering a minor thigh injury.

Roberto Martinez
Getty Images

If Baines is unavailable, youngster Luke Garbutt will continue to deputise.

Christian Atsu remains out through illness, but is set to return to training on Friday.

Kick off is at 19:45 at the Britannia Stadium.

Coming up on North West Today

Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, North West Tonight

This lunchtime: The Hillsborough inquest hears how police officers were told to put the blame on "drunken, ticketless Liverpool supporters".

And we'll have more on the researcher who has been injured in an explosion at a chemistry laboratory.

Join us for the latest news on

BBC North West Today from 13:30.

Match preview: Liverpool v Burnley

BBC Sport

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is back in training following a hamstring injury but is unlikely to be risked for tonight's home game against Burnley.

Liverpool celebrate scoring against Manchester City
Getty Images

Glen Johnson has overcome illness and Mamadou Sakho is nearing a return after a hip problem, but Jordon Ibe remains out with a knee injury.

The match kicks off at 20:00 tonight at Anfield

Tranmere fans "entitled to boo"

Tranmere fans were "entitled to boo" their team after they suffered a third successive loss, says Rovers chairman Mark Palios.

Mark Palios

Defeat at home to Wycombe on Tuesday leaves Tranmere one spot above the relegation places.

"They're entitled to boo, of course they are," said 62-year-old Palios.

He told BBC Radio Merseyside: "They pay the money, they pay the wages and they demand a performance from the players, the board and the management team as well.

News on the hour

BBC Radio Merseyside

Coming up at 13:00: A barrister says claims his client told senior officers in South Yorkshire Police to put the blame for the Hillsborough disaster onto drunken, ticketless Liverpool fans, are "barefaced lies".

Former police inspector Clive Davis made the claim as he gave evidence at the Hillsborough Inquests.

Man 'exposed himself' near school

Southport Visiter

A man accused of exposing himself outside a school in Southport changed his plea to guilty midway through a trial.

Philip Louis Baxendale, 65, appeared at Liverpool Crown Court over an allegation he committed sexual offences near Greenbank High School for girls in Hillside, Southport.

Liverpool 'eye Villareal's Vietto'

BBC Sport Gossip column reports: Liverpool and Real Madrid have expressed an interest in 21-year-old Villarreal striker Luciano Vietto, who has a £7.25m release clause, according to the player's agent.

Luciano Vietto
Getty Images

Trains delayed

TransPennine Express

tweets: INFO:Signalling problems #Birchwood - #ManchesterOxfordRoad services have to run at reduced speeds. Delays likely,

Explosion road closures lifted

Leanne Harper

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

Within the last half hour, things have started to return to normal around the chemistry building at the University of Liverpool.

Oxford Street is now open to all traffic following the earlier explosion.

Rare baby rhino dies at Chester Zoo

A rare baby black rhino has died at Chester Zoo,

a month after she was born.

Kitani and Fara
Dave Thompson

Fara's birth was caught on film on 31 January

as her 17-year-old mother Kitani spun around during the delivery.

The calf was taken ill yesterday. A spokeswoman said it was "too early" to say how Fara died, adding that a post-mortem examination was being carried out.

Eastern black rhinos are critically endangered with only about 650 left in the wild.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

In the news at 12:00: A former South Yorkshire Police officer says he and his colleagues were given a "call to arms" to put the blame for the Hillsborough disaster "where it belongs: on the drunken, ticketless Liverpool fans".

Clive Davis has been giving evidence at the new inquests. We'll have the latest from our reporter Ben Schofield who is at the coroner's court.

Explosion: Smashed windows close-up

Andy Gill

BBC North West Tonight

We're filming at the scene of this morning's explosion but it's proved tricky getting a close-up photo of the damage caused at the university.

Here's a still image from our TV camera showing how the force of the blast blew out the windows of the chemistry lab.

Up-close smashed windows

The chemistry building is closed for the rest of the day as investigations into the cause are carried out.

Explosion shuts chemistry building

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Liverpool University's Robert Robinson building will be closed for the rest of the day to allow investigations into the cause of the explosion to be carried out.

The university tweets saying it expects the chemistry building to be open for lectures as usual from tomorrow.

BBC Travel map

BBC Travel report that diversions remain in place on surrounding roads. Oxford Street is closed between Grove Street and Mouth Pleasant junction.

Pre-season friendly

Liverpool Ladies took on Everton last night in a pre-season friendly at the Select Stadium.

The Reds beat Everton 1-0.

Read a full match report on the Liverpool website.

Explosion 'smashed windows'

Andy Gill

BBC North West Tonight

Here's a photo of smashed windows at the University of Liverpool's chemistry building where a male post doctoral student was injured in an explosion.

Smashed windows at the University of Liverpool chemistry building following an explosion

I'll have a full report on North West Tonight on BBC One from 13:30.