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  1. Updates for Friday 6 March 2015

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By Emma Stanley

All times stated are UK

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Good night

That's all from Local Live today and for the rest of the week. We'll be back on Monday from 08:00 for the day's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

Hope you have a good weekend.

Coming up

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

A woman from Liverpool whose dog attacked a blind woman's guide dog has been ordered to pay more than £360 in fines and costs after appearing in court.

Ushi, the guide dog that was attacked
BBC

Shaness Boyd admitted being in charge of a dangerously out of control dog when guide dog Ushi (pictured) was injured.

Watch

North West Tonight at 18:30 to find out more.

Mild and frost-free

It will be rather cloudy but generally dry tonight, although light rain could still affect northern and western areas.

weather forecast
BBC

It will be windy, particularly in the north but staying mild and frost-free.

Tomorrow temperatures are expected to reach 13C with lots sunshine in some areas.

Gerrard CCTV row ex-officer jailed

This is the police officer who seized CCTV footage of a street scuffle as a "tool to blackmail" Liverpool footballer Steven Gerrard.

Helen Jones
Merseyside Police

Helen Jones, 32, obtained footage of the row involving Mr Gerrard by "flashing her warrant card" to the boss of a Formby bank in August 2013.

The former PC admitted misconduct in a public office at a previous hearing. She was jailed for 22 months at Preston Crown Court.

Two charged after gun and gang raids

A teenage boy and a 31-year-old man have been charged with possession of a class B drug after

Merseyside Police carried out raids yesterday.

Officers raided eight properties in Wavertree and Toxteth in a crackdown on gun and gang crime.

The 17-year-old boy is due to appear at Liverpool and Knowsley Youth Court on 17 March. The 31-year-old man from Speke is due to appear at Liverpool Magistrates' Court on 23 March.

Gold for Johnson-Thompson

Liverpool's Katarina Johnson-Thompson won the European Indoor pentathlon title with a British record of 5,000 points.

The 22-year-old ran a personal best of 8.18 seconds in the 60m hurdles and cleared 1.95m in the high jump to lead on 2,259 points after two events.

Katarina Johnson-Thompson
Getty Images

A 12.35m throw in the shot put dropped her to second but a 6.89m leap won the long jump and an 800m of two minutes, 12.78 seconds set a new British best.

Johnson-Thompson broke Jessica Ennis-Hill's record of 4,965.

Nazi salute fan banned

Jennifer Scott

BBC Local Live

An Aston Villa fan who

gave a Nazi salute at a German police officer has been banned from football for three years.

Anfield
PA

Jason Southall, 44, from Walsall, had denied a charge of racially aggravated harassment after the incident at Anfield last September.

Apprentices join Mersey Gateway project

Emma Stanley

BBC News

Merseylink has hired six apprentices to work on the

Mersey Gateway project - four in construction, one in accountancy and one in quantity surveying.

Merseylink's general construction apprentices Ian Ratcliffe, Sean Teeling, Kyle Crane and Matthew Shaw
Merseylink

The new recruits have all secured paid apprenticeships with the construction consortium, which is building Halton's new six-lane toll bridge, linking Runcorn and Widnes.

Hillsborough Inquests latest

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

Some stewards left their post at Hillsborough because of "aggressiveness" from Liverpool supporters, the inquests have heard.

Hillsborough disaster
Getty Images

Paul Burman also said he feared for his safety while policing the West Stand, above the terraces where crushing occurred. The retired sergeant insisted Liverpool fans were the "worst" he had policed.

However, he was accused of being "more concerned about himself" than the casualties.

MP Field criticises hospital trust

The Labour MP for Birkenhead has said "thank goodness" to the news the health regulator is investigating Wirral University Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Frank Field
BBC

Frank Field said if the trust

was a private company "it would have been wound up long ago".

News on the hour

BBC Radio Merseyside

The trust that runs Arrowe Park Hospital in Wirral is being investigated by the health regulator.

Monitor says finances at the Wirral University Hospitals Trust have worsened - after it announced it was forecasting a deficit of up to £5.5m for the year.

Off-licences back booze battleplan

Five off-licences in Birkenhead have become the first to sign up to a new campaign aimed at reducing the availability of low-cost, high-strength alcoholic drinks in the area.

People looking at alcohol on the shelves in a shop
AP

They are backing the Reducing the Strength campaign, a voluntary scheme designed to stop or reduce the number of shops selling high-strength beers and ciders cheaply.

Woman fined for having out of control dog

Megan Key BBC Radio Merseyside

A Liverpool woman has been prosecuted under a new law designed to protect assistance dogs.

Shaness Boyd, 29, from Norris Green, was fined £110 after admitting having a dog dangerously out of control.

Rose Hill, whose guide dog was injured in the attack by the Staffordshire cross, says it was the first time she and Ushi had been out alone.

Man exposes himself to jogger

Nafeesa Shan

BBC News

A man exposed himself and tried to grab a woman who was out jogging in Warrington,

Cheshire Police said.

The woman was at the junction of Enfield Park and Stirrup Close at about 19:00 on Thursday when she saw a man standing near a bus stop.

She managed to escape and the man drove off erratically in a grey car almost hitting her, police said.

Huyton card theft

Emma Stanley

BBC News

British Transport Police officers have released a

CCTV image of a man they wish to speak to after a wallet was stolen from Huyton Railway Station last month.

CCTV image
British transport police

The victim had dropped his wallet at the station where it was picked up by two men. One of the debit cards was then unsuccessfully used at a store in Wavertree.

Gerrard PC 'let force down'

Paul Burnell

BBC News

A police officer

jailed for trying to blackmail Liverpool footballer Steven Gerrard with seized CCTV footage "let the force down", Merseyside Police said.

Helen Jones
PA

Helen Jones, 32, was jailed for 22 months by Preston Crown Court after admitting misconduct in a public office.

Det Ch Insp Andy O'Connor, of Merseyside Police, said Jones' behaviour was unacceptable, adding: "We are quite clear, no officer is above the law."

News on the hour

Megan Key BBC Radio Merseyside

The trust that runs Arrowe Park Hospital in Wirral is being investigated by the health regulator.

Monitor says finances at the Wirral University Hospitals Trust have worsened - after it announced it was forecasting a deficit of up to £5.5m for the year.

Guilty plea over guide dog attack

Andy Gill

BBC North West Tonight

I'm at Liverpool Magistrates' Court for the case of woman whose dog attacked a visually-impaired woman's guide dog in January.

Shaness Boyd, 29, of Holmrook Road, Norris Green, has pleaded guilty to charges of owning/being in charge of a dog dangerously out of control causing injury to an assistance dog.

House fire did not kill teacher

St Helens Star

A retired head teacher of Brookfield High in Kirkby

died from natural causes before a fire engulfed his home, an inquest has heard.

The hearing at St Helens Town Hall was told Roy Nelson, 75, had fallen at the time of his death and this had inadvertently caused the fire to start in his home on Holford Way, Newton-le-Willows on 14 December.

New lifts for Formby Station

Work has started on a

£1.6m scheme to provide two new passenger lifts at Formby station.

Formby station
Raymond Knapman/geogrpah

Due for completion in late summer, the lifts will give access from the booking hall to the platforms.

Men hunted over jewellery theft

Emma Stanley

BBC News

Police in Scotland have released CCTV images of two men they want to speak to in connection with a theft from a jewellers in Dundee on 6 February.

CCTV images
Police scotland

Detectives believe the men are from Liverpool and have asked anyone with information to contact them.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

The health regulator says it's investigating finances at the trust which runs Wirral's Arrowe Park Hospital.

Wirral University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is currently forecasting a deficit of up to £5.5m for the year.

But Paul Chandler from Monitor says patients shouldn't be concerned by today's intervention.

Johnson-Thompson pentathlon success

BBC Sport

Liverpool's Katarina Johnson-Thompson is currently

second in the pentathlon at the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Prague - after winning her first two events.

Katarina Johnson-Thompson
Getty Images

She ran a personal best in the 60m hurdles, and then cleared 1.95m in the high jump, but struggled in the shot put.

Missing man sought

A man who has been missing from home for six months is being sought by police.

Ian Long
Merseyside police

Ian Long, 41, from Liverpool, was last seen by his sister at an address on Honeysuckle Road in Hesketh Bank on 5 September but has not made contact with family members since. Police believe he stayed in the Kirkby area in January.

Plaque for 'forgotten' men

Tom Airey

BBC News

A plaque is to be unveiled in Widnes on Saturday to honour 62 local men who died during World War One but were not listed on the town's cenotaph.

The new memorial follows researcher Michael McNicholas spotting the omission while he worked on a book about the war.

A service starts at 12:00 in Victoria Park.

Culcheth head teacher resigns

Warrington Guardian

The head teacher of Culcheth High School has resigned for "personal reasons" less than one year after taking up the post.

Culcheth High School
Google

David Terry, who has previously worked at The Sutton Academy in St Helens and was once named head teacher of the year, has stepped down with immediate effect.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

The trust which runs Arrowe Park Hospital in Wirral is being investigated by the health regulator.

Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is currently forecasting a deficit of up to £5.5m for the year.

Gerrard CCTV row ex-officer jailed

Nafeesa Shan

BBC News

A police officer who

seized CCTV footage of a street scuffle as a "tool to blackmail" Liverpool footballer Steven Gerrard has been jailed.

Helen Jones, 32, obtained footage of the row involving Gerrard by "flashing her warrant card" to the boss of a Formby bank in August 2013.

Steven Gerrard
PA

The former PC admitted misconduct in a public office at a previous hearing.

At Preston Crown Court Jones, of Colchester Close, Chatham, Kent, was jailed for 22 months.

Coming up

Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, North West Tonight

I'll bring you more on the investigation which is being launched into the finances of two of the region's hospital trusts - Lancashire Teaching Hospitals and Wirral University Teaching Hospital.

It's launched investigations to see what can be done to improve things on behalf of patients.

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

Good Omens for writing centre

Fantasy author Neil Gaiman gave a talk to launch the University of Liverpool's Centre for New and International Writing last night.

Neil Gaiman
Getty Images

He later

tweeted his thanks to the 1,000 people who attended the sold-out lecture.

Hospital boss 'disappointed'

Lucinda Moore

BBC Radio Merseyside

More on the story about Arrowe Park Hospital being investigated over its finances, by the health regulator Monitor.

Chief executive of Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, David Allison, said: "My colleagues and I across the trust are disappointed that despite our best efforts our regulator has felt it necessary to open this investigation.

"However we remain determined to sustain an excellent service for our patients and our public, with safe, quality care at its core."

News on the hour

Graham Whyte

BBC Radio Merseyside

The health regulator says it's investigating finances at the trust which runs Wirral's Arrowe Park Hospital.

Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is currently forecasting a deficit of up to £5.5m for the year.

Crash mum 'over the moon' at tyre law plan

Liverpool Echo

A Liverpool mum who has

campaigned tirelessly for stricter laws over tyres has welcomed Labour's plan to introduce new legislation.

Michael Molloy
BBC

Frances Molloy, who lost her 18-year-old son Michael in a coach crash in September 2012, has led a campaign to change the law to make it illegal for buses and coaches to use tyres that are more than 10 years old.

Via Twitter

Merseyfire

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Home sweet home

Chester, Aigburth and the waterfront in Liverpool are some of the best places to live according to a survey by the Sunday Times.

Liverpool waterfront
PAul buckingham/geograph

The publication's annual rating of where to live draws on data such as crime rates, house prices and school performances.

The three areas have made it into the top 50 urban places to live in the UK and the overall winner will be revealed on Sunday.

Dry and mild

Could spring be in the air?

BBC weather says this afternoon will be generally cloudy, but dry with sunny spells, mainly across the southern parts like Ellesmere Port.

Daffodil
BBC

It will be breezy with winds strengthening but remaining mild.

News on the hour

Graham Whyte

BBC Radio Merseyside

An influential group of MPs led by Liverpool Riverside's Louise Ellman says driverless cars will be on the road within 10 years - and it's crucial the government starts thinking about what that will mean for the UK now.

The Commons Transport Committee says it's not clear yet who would be liable following a crash or how drivers will be trained and licensed.

Macca's back

Paul McCartney is to play his first concert in Liverpool in three years.

Paul McCartney
AP

The 72-year-old's world tour will see him play a range of Beatles classics as well as newer songs at the Echo Arena on 28 May.

Sefton council tax rise

BBC Radio Merseyside

Council tax bills in Sefton are going up by almost 2% - which is about 50p a week for an average band D property.

The council agreed its budget last night, looking to save more than £55m over the next two years.

Hillsborough inquests latest

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

A retired police officer who was a sergeant on duty at the Hillsborough disaster says one of the central pens was full an hour before kick off.

Hillsborough
Hillsborough inquests

Paul Burman, who's appearing at the Hillsborough inquests, led a group of officers in the West Stand directly above the terraces, and said fans weren't "packed in like sardines", but that the pen was "sensibly full".

By kick-off more fans had made it into the pen, but Mr Burman told the jury he didn't think it was dangerous.