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  1. Two found dead at city centre flat
  2. Hospital trust faces £5.5m deficit
  3. Hillsborough inquests told of new recording
  4. New free school approved
  5. Updates for Monday 9 March 2015

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By Gavin Bevis

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

Paul Burnell

BBC News

That's all from Local Live in Merseyside today, we'll be back with news, travel, weather and sport updates on Tuesday at 08:00.

First drug driver held

Warrington Guardian

A man suspected of using cannabis before getting behind the wheel of a car has been arrested under a new drug driving law.

The 27-year-old driver was caught by officers while travelling along the M62 westbound between junction 10 and 11 in Warrington on 6 March.

Best day of the week

Dianne Oxberry

Weather presenter, North West Tonight

Showers and cloud will clear this evening to a dry and cold night minimum temperature 0c.

Tuesday is one of the best days of the week with tons of sunshine and lighter winds maximum temperature 9c

Star says son bullied after hacking

Rumeana Jahangir

BBC News Online

Former Coronation Street star Shobna Gulati says her son was bullied at school and ran away from home because of stories Mirror Group journalists wrote after hacking her phone.

Shobna Gulati

The actor, currently starring in Mama Mia at The Empire Theatre in Liverpool, told the High Court the hacked voicemails were "deeply personal."

Prisoner denies inmate's murder

Paul Burnell

BBC News

A prisoner accused of the murder of a fellow inmate at Liverpool's Altcourse prison (pictured) has denied the allegation.

HMP Altcourse
Sue Adair

Keir Owen Michael, 41, appeared at Liverpool Crown Court via videolink and pleaded not guilty to murdering Darren Ashcroft in November last year.

He also denied wounding another prisoner on the same date.

Michael was remanded in custody for trial next month.

Coming up

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

On tonight's programme we hear about the Merseyside mum who won her employment tribunal saying she was forced out of her job at the Trades Union Congress after returning from maternity leave.

Esther McVey

We will hear about a Westminster spat where Wirral West MP Esther McVey (pictured) claims she was verbally abused by a Labour rival on a visit to Merseyside.

And there will be the latest from the Hillsborough inquests.

Listen live at 18:30.

Maternity claim against TUC

A mother from Southport, who said she was forced out of her job at the Trades Union Congress (TUC) after returning from maternity leave, has won her case against the organisation.

Catherine McClennan, from Ainsdale, said she was stripped of her responsibilities at work following the birth of her third child.

Details have just emerged about an employment tribunal which ruled in her favour earlier this month.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

Police officers investigating the Hillsborough Disaster may have found a recording of the order being given to open exit gates at the stadium.

The jury at the Hillsborough inquests were told officers had isolated background speech in a recording from the police control box.

Stargazers braced for partial eclipse

Paul Burnell

BBC News

Being a bit of an astronomy geek, I'm really looking forward to next week's partial solar eclipse.

Eclipse graphhi
Liverpool Astronomical Society

So many thanks to

Liverpool Astronomical Society for details of the BBC Stargazing Live event the society is hosting on 20 March at its Leighton observatory, Pex Hill, Cronton.

"Come along and see a partial (90%) eclipse of the Sun. View through special telescopes," the society has said. The maximum eclipse in Merseyside will be at 09:30.

Russell Crowe top to be auctioned

St Helens Star

A special T-shirt worn by Johnny Vegas on last week's Graham Norton show to mark the recent visit of Russell Crowe to St Helens will be

auctioned for Comic Relief - with the backing of the Hollywood film star.

Crufts death

Simon Hoban

BBC Radio Merseyside

Coming up on Drive, we speak to the Garston woman who entered her Bichon Frise in Crufts and said she wouldn't let her out of her sight for a moment.

It follows the death of an Irish setter at the competition over the weekend. Jagger collapsed on Friday after being taken back to Belgium, where he lived.

Join us live at 16:00 on BBC Radio Merseyside.

Huyton shooting latest

Paul Burnell

BBC News

Detectives from Merseyside Police's Serious Organised Crime Unit are now investigating the shooting in Huyton on Sunday, the force has said.

Lyme Cross Road

A 24-year-old man is in hospital after being shot in the leg on Lyme Cross Road last night, shortly after a car crashed into a house on the same road.

His condition is not thought to be life-threatening.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

Liverpool nightclub Garlands is to reopen in two months after a police raid closed it because of alleged drug dealing.

The venue on Eberle Street was shut down last month - and staff there have said the police action and closure came as "a terrible shock".

Sensory room opens

Wirral Globe

A charity helping children with cerebral palsy has opened a

new state-of-the-art sensory room at its premises in Liscard.

Stick'n'Step's new facility, which cost £8,000, was opened by the mayor, Cllr Steve Foulkes, during a ceremony on Friday.

Man with the mohican

He was the man who inspired David Morrissey to be an actor but to people in Liverpool, from the late 1970s to the early 1990s, Roger Hill was known as the Man with the Mohican.

Roger Hill

Hill's period as director at the Everyman Youth Theatre is being told by his former Radio Merseyside colleague Janice Long in a BBC Radio 4 documentary.

Listen live at 16:00.

Red Nose Day

Claire Minter

BBC Radio Merseyside

In the past two years, Comic Relief has funded more than 450 projects in the North West and this year we're asking you to

make your face funny for money!

Rochelle and Marvin Humes

At BBC Radio Merseyside we want you to share your funny face photos - whether it's you, your children or grandchildren or even a pet - for a gallery on Friday.

Email them to or upload them to

our Facebook page.

Club to 'get its house in order'

Tom Mullen

BBC News Online

More on the

Garland's story on the BBC News website, the club has been told to "get its house in order" after it was closed by police last month.

Garlands nightclub protest

Officers stormed Garlands on 12 February while 200 people were inside.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

Liverpool nightclub Garlands is to reopen in May, but only after its owners agreed to a number of Merseyside Police conditions.

The venue on Eberle Street in the city centre was shut down last month after a police raid.

Classic bus day returns

Southport Visiter

West Lancashire classic bus day is set to return later this month, with eight buses from the Merseyside Transport Trust collection operating two routes from Burscough Bridge.

Hillsborough latest

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

More from the Hillsborough inquests, where a former South Yorkshire Police sergeant has denied he gave instructions to open an exit gate at the Hillsborough stadium before the disaster.


A jury watched footage showing John Morgan being swept through exit gate C at the ground when it was opened at 14:52.

Mr Morgan said he had walked to the gate because he was "puzzled" it was not opening.

But he said he did not instruct stewards or his fellow officers to open it.

Ex-Toffee Ebbrell returns

Former Everton midfielder John Ebbrell

has returned to the club as an academy coach.

John Ebbrell in action in 1996
Getty Images

The 45-year-old played more than 250 times for the Toffees and was part of the squad that won the FA Cup in 1995.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

A former South Yorkshire police sergeant has denied that he ordered his colleagues to open an exit gate at Hillsborough and allow fans inside.

John Morgan is giving evidence at the new inquests in Warrington.

Pair charged after drug raids

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Two people

have been charged with drugs offences after a series of police raids in Liverpool.

A 31-year-old man from Speke and a 17-year-old will appear in court later this month, while seven other men arrested after the raids have been bailed.

Kitchen fire tackled

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News

Firefighters tackled a

smoke-filled kitchen in Widnes.

Coming up

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

We have more on the future of one of Liverpool's most iconic nightclubs, Garlands, which has been told it can re-open in May. The club was closed last month after drugs were found there.

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

The long and winding queue

Jessica Robbins

BBC Radio Merseyside

This was the queue of people outside Liverpool's Echo Arena this morning wanting to buy tickets for the Paul McCartney concert in May.

Ticket queue

One man I spoke to had been waiting since 13:00 on Sunday afternoon.

The concert is one of only three UK dates in McCartney's Out There tour. He'll also be performing in London and Birmingham.

Hillsborough police radios 'in shocking state'

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

A former sergeant has told the Hillsborough inquests that police radios were "in a shocking state" on the day of the disaster "to the point of being useless".

John Morgan also said there had been a greater emphasis in the pre-match briefing on not allowing fans out of pens unless there was a medical emergency compared to the previous year.

Becoming drier

BBC Weather


The weather is

becoming drier through the afternoon, perhaps with some late brightness.

BBC weather

Garlands to reopen

Jimmy McCracken

BBC Radio Merseyside

Liverpool nightclub Garlands has been ordered to "get its house in order" before it reopens on 21 May.

The venue

was closed for three months in February following a drugs raid, but the city council has decided against permanently withdrawing its licence.

Scrambler bikes

Merseyside Police St Helens South

tweets: Multiple reports of scrambler bikes being used in the Parr area. Please call 101 if you have any information on the rider.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

The chief executive of Arrowe Park has blamed Wirral's ageing population for the high demand on their services after it emerged the trust running the unit is being investigated because of its "worsening" financial state.

Your views

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

What do you think of BBC Local Live? We'd like

your feedback about this service.

Watch: FA Cup action

BBC Sport

If you didn't catch Liverpool's FA Cup quarter-final against Blackburn Rovers yesterday, you can watch the highlights

on the BBC Sport website (UK only).

Liverpool v Blackburn graphic

New free school approved

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

A school in Chester is one of 49 new free schools that have been

approved by the government.

David Cameron and Nicky Morgan on a school visit
David Cameron, pictured with Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, will promise an expansion of free schools

Christleton International Studio in Chester will be sponsored by Christleton High School, in partnership with Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

David Cameron is promising the Conservatives will open another 500 free schools in England if they win May's election.

Assault accused due in court

Ross McKee

BBC News

We've got more on the story of

a teenager being charged with attacking a 24-year-old Irishman near Concert Square in Liverpool.

Merseyside Police said the man was found with a head injury in an alleyway between Fleet Street and Seel Street in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Wirral line disruption

Merseyrail are running a rail replacement service between West Kirby and Birkenhead this week,

due to planned engineering work.

On Sunday, the rail replacement bus will run between West Kirby and Liverpool all day.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

A street in Huyton is closed off as Merseyside police investigate a shooting that took place just after a car crashed into a house in the same road.

The 24-year-old man was fired at on Lyme Cross Road last night.

Hillsborough sergeant to give evidence

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

Former police sergeant John Morgan is giving evidence at the Hillsborough inquests today.

John Morgan

Mr Morgan, who had "very considerable experience" of policing the ground, was deployed in front of the Leppings Lane turnstiles.

Hospital trust faces £5.5m deficit

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

Arrowe Park Hospital's chief executive says Wirral's ageing population is to blame for increased demand on services after it emerged the trust running the unit is being investigated over its "worsening" financial state.

Wirral University Hospital Trust is forecasting a deficit of up to £5.5m and the health regulator has been called in.