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Summary

  1. Updates from Thursday 19 March 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Tom Airey

All times stated are UK

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Please join us at 08:00 on Friday for more news, sport, weather and travel from across Merseyside.

Coming up on North West Tonight

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

On tonight's programme, we will have more on the honours awarded to Hillsborough campaigners Margaret Aspinall and Trevor Hicks at Buckingham Palace today.

We'll also have more from Jodrell Bank in Cheshire where BBC Stargazing Live is looking ahead to tomorrow's eclipse.

Dry but cloudy

BBC Weather

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There will be clear spells for most at first, but cloud will steadily spread from the northwest to leave many parts generally cloudy by dawn.

weather chart
BBC

It will be mainly dry with light winds, though a little light rain possible later.

Licensing scheme for landlords

Landlords who privately rent out properties in parts of Birkenhead and Wallasey will have to obtain a license from July.

houses in liverpool
PA

They will need to show basic safety checks have been carried out, as part of five-year scheme from Wirral Council.

The "selective licensing" scheme will be implemented in Egerton North, Birkenhead South, Seacombe Library and Egremont Promenade South.

Everton team news

BBC Sport

Everton defender John Stones and winger Aiden McGeady return to the squad for the second leg of their last-16 Europa League tie at Dynamo Kiev.

McGeady is back after missing nine games, while Stones has missed two.

Kevin Mirallas is out with a knock from the first leg, which Everton won 2-1.

Kevin Mirallas
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The match starts at 18:00 UK time.

Concrete slab thrown at train

A train driver narrowly

avoided being seriously hurt when a concrete slab was thrown through his cab window.

British Transport Police said a large man wearing a black beanie hat was seen hurling the slab from a footbridge near Meols Cop railway station in Southport at about 21:35 last night.

They are appealing for information, adding the train driver was left extremely shaken although they said it was "astonishing" he escaped without injury.

Community cinema launches

A new community cinema based in the old magistrates' court in Victoria Street, Liverpool will launch tonight.

Victoria Street, Liverpool
Google

A Small Cinema was developed in partnership with local film programmers, writers and volunteers who hope the venue will host independent film makers and events.

@asmallcinema

Steve Gerrard invests in Liverpool bar

Southport Visiter

Steven Gerrard has invested in new

Vincent themed bar in Liverpool city centre.

Steven Gerrard
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Missing man appeal

Police are appealing for information on missing Liverpool man Ian Long, who was last seen by his sister in Hesketh Bank, Lancashire, on 5 September.

It is believed he may have stayed with friends in recent months and may have been in Kirkby in January. He is also known to have connections to Southport, and Skelmersdale in Lancashire.

He is described as white, 5ft 7in tall, slim with dark brown hair, although he often shaves his hair off completely.

Antiques Roadshow in Liverpool

Over 1,200 people brought along their treasures to Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral last September when the Antiques Roadshow visited the city.

Fiona Bruce
BBC

Exciting finds included a medieval merchant's ring, a vintage barber's chair and a collection of items belonging to the captain of the first ship to rescue survivors from the Titanic.

The programme is screened this Sunday, 22 March, on BBC One at 20:00.

Heading home?

BBC Travel

BBC Travel

The A5267 Cambridge Road in Southport continues to be closed southbound between the A565 Preston New Road junction and the B5244 Cambridge Road junction, because of a sewer collapse and emergency repairs.

There are also queues on the A483 Wrexham Bypass in Pulford, Cheshire, before Posthouse Roundabout near the roadworks.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

A policing expert has told the Hillsborough inquests it was "incompetent" not to have a cordon in place outside the stadium to filter fans towards the turnstiles.

Douglas Hopkins also said it should have been "very obvious" that the kick off should be delayed when the crowd built up.

Listen live at 17:00 for more.

Hillsborough award 'for all families'

Hillsborough campaigner Trevor Hicks has said he received his CBE from the Queen on behalf of all those

who lost their loved ones in the tragedy.

Margaret Aspinall and Trevor Hicks
PA

"It is our day in many respects but we do share it with all the other families and we must remember there are a few people who have died [since the tragedy] and they are not here to see the progress we have made," he said.

Mr Hicks, who is President of the Hillsborough Families Support Group (HFSG), received the award along with its chair Margaret Aspinall.

Ukraine air strike extended

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

Hundreds of Everton fans could be stuck in Ukraine as Lufthansa pilots extend their strike.

Fans who have travelled to Kiev for the Blues' Europa League match this evening could now struggle to fly home from Kiev.

Two charged after drugs raids

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News

A pair have been charged with conspiracy to

supply class A drugs following Widnes raids.

St Helens v Warrington

Warrington are making the short journey to St Helens tonight in Super League.

Hooker James Roby returns after his knock and forward Kyle Amor is back from suspension.

James Roby of St Helens in action during the Super League match between Warrington Wolves
Getty Images

Listen live on BBC Radio Merseyside 95.8FM, on DAB and online from 19:30. Kick off is at 20:00.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

A policing expert has told the Hillsborough inquests it was "incompetent" not to have a cordon in place outside the stadium to filter fans towards the turnstiles.

Douglas Hopkins also said it should have been "very obvious" that the kick off should be delayed when the crowd built up.

Listen live at 16:00 for more.

Search for Croxteth man

Police are trying to trace a 21-year-old man from Croxteth who is wanted on recall to prison.

Dean Gibbons
Merseyside Police

Officers said Dean Gibbons, who was jailed for aggravated theft of a motor vehicle last year, failed to comply with his license release conditions.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

An independent panel says Liverpool's combined authority should take back control of the area's bus network.

The Commission on Environmental Sustainability - set up by Mayor Joe Anderson almost two years ago - says "local political boundaries must be put aside".

Beep beep, beep beep, yeah!

Chris Long

BBC News

While researching a piece I'm writing about Liverpool's roads, I happened across

this image on Google Street View of a somewhat fabulous car being driven along The Strand.

Yellow car on The Strand
Google

Sadly, it's no good for what I was after, but it's such a great motor, I couldn't bear not sharing it.

Liverpool cannabis arrests

Two people have been arrested after police found a quantity of cannabis in Liverpool.

Officers were on patrol in Huyton and saw a man "throw something over a fence". A 17-year-old male was later arrested for a drugs offence.

Police then searched a property on Dymchurch Road, Speke. A 51-year-old woman was held for a drugs offence and on suspicion of possession of a firearm.

How will Budget 2015 affect you?

It's been 24-hours since the

Budget, and as the
politicians squabble about who has the answer to improving the economy, you can now see how the changes made will affect your household finances with the
BBC Budget calculator.

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News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

Two Hillsborough campaigners have been honoured by the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

Margaret Aspinall and Trevor Hicks have collected CBE's for their work with Hillsborough Family Support Group.

Listen live at 14:00 for more.

Coming up

BBC North West Today

Coming up on

North West Today, two key Hillsborough campaigners are given their CBEs at Buckingham Palace.

And Stargazing Live continues at Jodrell Bank in Cheshire.

Hillsborough campaigners honoured

Tom Airey

BBC News

Hillsborough campaigners Trevor Hicks and Margaret Aspinall have

receive their CBE's from the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

They have been honoured for their work with Hillsborough Family Support Group.

Margaret Aspinall's son James, 18, and Trevor Hicks's daughters Sarah, 19, and Victoria, 15, were among the 96 who died as a result of the 1989 disaster.

Mother in court over stabbing death

St Helens Star

A St Helens mother

accused of stabbing her partner to death has appeared in court to deny his murder.

Amanda O'Shaughnessy, 29, is charged with murdering David Butterworth at their home on Tilbrook Drive in Sutton on Sunday, 7 December.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

An expert in policing says the match commander at the Hillsborough disaster "should not have been put in that position".

Join me at 13:00 for more.

Allotment work underway

BBC Radio Merseyside

tweets: Work's underway on new community allotments in Dingle in south Liverpool
@lpoolcouncil

Work is underway on new community allotments in Dingle
BBC

'Smart Driveway' system

BBC News School Report

A series of car crashes on the road outside his Merseyside house led Dan to develop a system to alert him to anyone pulling on to his drive.

Dan
BBC

He aims for his "Smart Driveway" system to help him understand why accidents occur.

The Liverpool Studio School pupil has

spoken to BBC School Report about his project.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

An expert in policing says the match commander at the Hillsborough disaster "should not have been put in that position".

Doug Hopkins, who worked at football grounds for the Met in the 1980s, has told the inquests David Duckenfield didn't have enough experience for the role.

Join me at 12:00 for more.

Everton pitch concerns

BBC Sport

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has

expressed concern over the state of the pitch in Kiev for Everton's second leg of their last 16 Europa League tie.

His side were unable to train on the pitch at the Olympic Stadium yesterday as it was under protective covers.

Covered pitch
BBC

Everton have a 2-1 first leg lead, with the match kicking off at 18:00 UK time.

Cab abuse incident

Merseyside Police have released CCTV of a man they are hoping to trace after a Hackney cab driver was racially abused in Walton last year.

CCTV
Merseyside Police

Officers said after the cab arrived at County Road on 2 September, the passenger was abusive and threatened the driver with violence.

Sewer collapse

BBC Travel North West

BBC Travel

Emergency repairs are underway on the A5267 Cambridge Road, Southport due to a sewer collapse.

The road has been closed, with diversions in place.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

Hillsborough campaigners Margaret Aspinall and Trevor Hicks are travelling to Buckingham Palace, where they will be given CBE's later.

Liverpool's Lord Mayor, councillor Erica Kemp, will also receive a CBE.

Join me at 11:00 for the full story.

CBEs for Hillsborough campaigners

Tom Airey

BBC News

Hillsborough campaigners Margaret Aspinall and Trevor Hicks are to receive CBEs at Buckingham Palace.

They are being honoured for their services to the bereaved Hillsborough families.

Hicks and Aspinall
BBC

Ms Aspinall's son James, 18, and Mr Hicks' daughters Sarah, 19, and Victoria, 15, died in the disaster.

Cheshire M53 traffic

BBC Travel North West

BBC Travel

One lane is closed and there's queuing traffic on the M53 southbound at junction 12 for Chester.

It's due to an accident involving three vehicles.

Southport MP question

Mairead Smyth

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

The sun is shining in Southport this morning and I'm asking if people here can name their local MP ahead of the General Election.

Southport
BBC

Can you? No cheating please.