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Summary

  1. Updates from Tuesday 10 March 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Lynette Horsburgh

All times stated are UK

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

Coming up

Andy Gill

BBC North West Tonight

On tonight's show the first day of evidence at the Hillsborough inquests from the officer in charge of policing at during the 1989 disaster.

David Duckenfield arriving at court
PA

Former Ch Supt David Duckenfield told the court he "signed the [operational] order" so "must accept responsibility" for the planning deficiencies.

Also, Knowlsey Council is among the seven in England accused of failing to do enough to protect children from "abuse and neglect".

Watch more on BBC One at 18:30

Hunt for teen over assault and thefts

An appeal for an 18-year-old Wavertree man wanted in relation to an assault and thefts has been launched by police.

Officers would like to speak to Alan Evon who is described as being white, 5ft 8in tall, of slim build with short dark brown hair and blue eyes and has links to Wavertree and Bootle.

Police boss 'accepts responsibility' for match plans

Tom Mullen

BBC News Online

The match commander at Hillsborough has said he "must accept responsibility" for signing off match-day plans for the ill-fated FA Cup semi-final that contained several "deficiencies".

David Duckenfield
Getty Images

Former Ch Supt David Duckenfield

has been giving evidence to the new inquests into the 1989 disaster.

He said: "I was the chief superintendent on the day. I signed the [operational] order, so I must accept responsibility."

Hundreds of sex offenders missing

Hundreds of convicted sex offenders have gone missing from across the UK, including three from Merseyside, according to police records.

Figures released by 39 forces under the Freedom of Information Act show 396 sex offenders are currently wanted because their whereabouts are unknown.

IGas signs £30m shale gas deal

UK shale firm

IGas has signed a £30m gas deal with Switzerland's Ineos in a tie-up designed to expand IGas's exploration efforts.

The deal will give Ineos access to sites beyond the ones it currently operates in Scotland.

Grangemouth petrochemical plant
Getty Images

Ineos has also pledged an additional £138m to help IGas expand its shale gas operations in the North West and East Midlands.

Three arrests over Halewood stabbing

Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News

Three teenage boys have been arrested over a

stabbing which left a 16-year-old boy critically ill on Okell Drive, Halewood last night.

Two 17-year-olds, one from Huyton, the other from Kirkby and a 16-year-old from Halewood have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

News on the hour

Phil Cooper

BBC Radio Merseyside

A former chief superintendent, who was in charge of policing at Hillsborough, has accepted there were deficiencies in the police's match orders for the day.

David Duckenfield told the inquests he accepted responsibility for the shortcomings.

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Warrington peace charity gets £150K

A Warrington charity which supports those affected by terrorism and conflict is to receive £150,000 from the government.

Johnathan Ball and Tim Parry
PA

The

Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace will use the money to provide tailored, long-term support for victims and survivors of terrorist incidents.

The foundation was established by the parents of Tim Parry, 12, and Johnathan Ball, three, (pictured) who lost their lives in the 1993 Warrington IRA bombing.

Free school's further setback

Warrington Guardian

A multi-million pound building work project at the town's first free school King's Leadership Academy has

stalled after the lead contractor went into administration.

ACE disco organisers find new bar

BBC Radio Merseyside

The organisers of a weekly disco for people with learning disabilities in Liverpool have found a new venue - after they were told it could no longer be held at the Lime Kiln.

The Lime Kiln
Google

The bar owners pub chain J D Wetherspoon said the disco was infringing upon their daytime business and now Active Community Enterprise (ACE) has taken the disco next door to the Walkabout bar.

Cold clear skies

Charlie Slater

Weather Presenter

It will soon turn cold beneath the clear skies, with a patchy frost developing.

Charlie Slater
BBC

Winds remaining generally light, but turning breezy along the coast by dawn.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

The man who was in charge of the police operation on the day of the Hillsborough disaster has admitted it was a serious mistake for him to take on the role.

David Duckenfield was appointed match commander just a few weeks before the FA cup semi-final, despite having no experience of planning for football matches.

Hillsborough inquests adjourned

Judith Moritz

North of England correspondent, BBC News

David Duckenfield has completed his evidence for the day.

Former South Yorkshire Police Chief David Duckenfield arrives to give evidence at the Hillsborough Inquest
Getty Images

The inquests in Warrington resume on Wednesday at 10:00.

Hillsborough police chief giving evidence

The Star

The former police officer David Duckenfield is giving evidence all week.

He gave the order to open gates allowing 2,000 fans massing outside the turnstiles into the ground in the minutes before the fatal crush.

He also later wrongly told FA officials a gate had been forced open, comments repeated and publicised by the press.

Police chief's 'responsibility' for lack of planning

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

When asked about "deficiencies" in planning, David Duckenfield tells the inquests: "I was the Ch Supt... so I must accept responsibility."

Flexibility on kick off delay

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

Mr Duckenfield tells the inquests he "probably should have been" more flexible when it came to the issue of delaying the kick off.

'No offer' of help from predecessor

Paul Burnell

BBC News

David Duckenfield has told the jury he was

adamant his predecessor Brian Mole did not offer to help him in his new role, as has been claimed earlier in the inquests.

David Duckenfield
Reuters

The match commander at the Hillsborough disaster also said he was not told about a previous crush at Hillsborough during the 1981 FA Cup semi-final between Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Fan numbers on day

Tom Mullen

BBC News Online

David Duckenfield said he had "no intelligence" from Merseyside to suggest anything other than the "normal regular flow-rate of fans coming into the ground" on the day of the Hillsborough tragedy.

Method of pens being filled by fans

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

Mr Duckenfield said he only found out about the method of pens being filled by fans "finding their own level" at the Hillsborough stadium on the day of the FA Cup semi-final match in 1989.

Court sketch of David Duckenfield
Julia Quenzler

Officers above pens should have monitored the numbers in them, Mr Duckenfield said.

'No contingency' plan at Hillsborough

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

David Duckenfield told the inquests there was no contingency plan to deal with a large build up of fans in Leppings Lane.

The former match commander says there should've been one.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

The match commander on the day of the Hillsborough disaster has apologised for any failings in the police planning for the match.

But former Ch Supt David Duckenfield insists officers didn't tell him anything about the stadium which caused him concern.

Cordons should have been 'seriously' considered

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

When asked about putting cordons to filter fans in Leppings Lane at the Hillsborough stadium, match commander David Duckenfield told the inquests "we should have thought about it seriously".

Hillsborough inquests

Judith Moritz

North of England correspondent, BBC News

Mr Duckenfield told the inquests he didn't see the safety certificate for the Hillsborough ground before the disaster on 15 April 1989.

The match commander at the time of the tragedy said he visited the ground on 1 April but only looked inside the stadium, not outside.

'Didn't see risk of overcrowding... at time'

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

David Duckenfield says he didn't see a risk of overcrowding in pens at the time of the Hillsborough disaster.

The match commander told the inquests he gave it '"no thought" but with hindsight he accepts this was a risk.

Mr Duckenfield admits there was potential for a bottleneck of fans in Leppings Lane which he did not appreciate at the time.

Liverpool Echo

David Duckenfield told the Hillsborough inquests he should have spent more time at the Sheffield Wednesday stadium prior to the match and said "if there was a failing,

I apologise".

Hillsborough inquests

Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News

The officer in charge of policing during the Hillsborough disaster David Duckenfield is resuming his evidence at the new inquests in Warrington after a break for lunch.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

The match commander on the day of the Hillsborough disaster says he wasn't told about a crushing incident, which happened at the Leppings Lane end of the ground, in 1981.

Former Ch Supt David Duckenfield is giving evidence at the new inquests.

Terrace 'pens'

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

David Duckenfield tells the court he had "no experience of pens" (terraced enclosures) from his time policing at Bramhall Lane.

The officer in charge on the day of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster had policed football matches at Bramall Lane in the 1970s but was "not in control".

Hillsborough inquests

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

Mr Duckenfield tells the inquests he was not told about crushing at the Hillsborough ground in 1981.

Hillsborough disaster
Getty Images

He told the new inquests had he known, he would have monitored the pens "very closely".

Coming up

Andy Gill

BBC North West Tonight at the Hillsborough inquests

The man in charge of policing at the Hillsborough disaster has told a court that with hindsight he "wasn't the best man for the job".

Former Ch Supt David Duckenfield has been giving evidence at the new inquests into the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans at an FA Cup semi final in Sheffield in 1989.

Watch more on BBC One at 13:40.

'Disappointed'

Tom Mullen

BBC News Online

David Duckenfield has told the inquests he expected an introductory meeting with his predecessor Brian Mole, but was "disappointed" when this did not happen.

The match commander at the Hillsborough inquest said he felt Mr Mole was "jealously guarding" his relationship with Sheffield Wednesday FC after leaving his role.

Layout of Hillsborough

Judith Moritz

North of England correspondent, BBC News

David Duckenfield said at the new inquests of his planning for the 1989 match at Hillsborough: "If there was a failing I apologise."

BBC North West Tonight's

Andy Gill tweeted more - saying the apology was in response to whether he should have spent more time getting to know layout of Hillsborough.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

The man who was in charge of the police operation on the day of the Hillsborough disaster has admitted it was a serious mistake for him to take on the role.

David Duckenfield was appointed match commander just a few weeks before the FA cup semi-final, despite having no experience of planning for football matches.

'Wrong man for the job' says police chief

Yorkshire Post

The match commander on the day of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster today admitted he was "probably

not the best man for the job on the day".

Hillsborough inquests

Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News

We have a second court impression of David Duckenfield who was the match commander on the day of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.

David Duckenfield
Julia Quenzler BBC

The former chief superintendent is giving evidence at the new inquests into the 96 deaths of Liverpool fans as a result of the crush at the Hillsborough ground during the Liverpool's FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest.