Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.

Summary

  1. Updates for Monday 23 March 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Local Live has finished for the day. We'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Tuesday.

Cloud coming

BBC Weather

Latest

There will be clear spells at first this evening, but cloud will spread down from the north west to leave many parts cloudy by dawn. It will stay dry with light winds.

Overnight lows of 3C (37F).

Field complaint

The Green Party is to investigate a complaint from the Birkenhead Labour MP Frank Field, who claimed a Green party activist tried to photograph him after he

collapsed at a public meeting earlier this month.

Frank Field MP
BBC

It's alleged the man tried to take pictures while Mr Field was unconscious and being treated by paramedics.

Green party leader Natalie Bennett said she had referred the serious complaint to the Regional Council which will investigate.

Amphetamine van driver jailed

A St Helens van driver who attempted to smuggle liquid amphetamine with a potential street value of almost £8m into the UK has been sentenced to five years in jail.

Lee Dyer, 40, was stopped at the Channel Tunnel terminal in Coquelles last year by Border Force officers as part of a National Crime Agency investigation.

They found boxes containing more than 100 wine bottles containing liquid which tested positive for amphetamine. Dyer admitted importing controlled drugs, at a hearing last month.

Search for stolen snakes

Police are warning snake-lovers about a large number of stolen royal pythons which may be offered for sale in Merseyside.

A total of 38 non-venomous snakes, including eight pregnant females and 11 young snakes, were taken from a flat on Greenfield Road, in St Helens, on 16 March.

Stolen snake
Merseyside Police

Two men were seen leaving the flat with two sacks before driving off in a dark coloured vehicle.

Hospital visiting restrictions

Lucinda Moore

BBC Radio Merseyside

Arrowe Park Hospital is restricting visiting on five wards after an increase in the number of people coming into A&E with symptoms of norovirus.

A trust spokesperson says it will not be possible to visit patients on wards 21, 24, 25, 26 and 27 except for exceptional circumstances until further notice.

Paedophile jailed for 10 years

Marc Gaier

BBC Radio Merseyside

A 75 year-old online paedophile who groomed a young girl from St Helens to have sex with him has been jailed for 10 years at Liverpool Crown Court.

Maurice McCullough first pretended to be a 16-year-old boy to befriend his victim. He was caught when they were spotted together in Sherdley Park in St Helens.

Wirral towns 'most desirable'

Three Wirral towns have been named in the top 10

most desirable places to live in England, according to a new study.

Wallasey
Google

Bebington topped the list by the Centre for Economic and Business Research, which also included Wallasey (pictured) and Eastham.

Work starts on tower transformation

Liverpool Echo

Work has begun on the

£8m transformation of Liverpool's landmark Marwood Tower block.

The building, on land between Great Homer Street and Kirkdale Road, will be turned into into 81 apartments for over 55s.

Marwood Tower
Google

News on the hour

BBC Radio Merseyside

In the 17:00 news bulletin: Listen for a

round-up of the day's top stories.

Workers moved over safety fears

Chester Chronicle

Migrant workers have been

removed from a property in Sealand over safety fears.

Several buildings on Deeside Lane were shut down on Sunday following a joint operation between Flintshire County Council, North Wales Police, the Red Cross, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service and government health and immigration teams.

Geraghty set to miss Grand National

BBC Sport

Barry Geraghty is set to miss the Aintree Grand National on joint-third favourite The Druids Nephew after suffering a hairline leg fracture.

Barry Geraghty
Getty Images

The 35-year-old is set to be out for four to eight weeks following a fall at Downpatrick on Sunday.

St Helens bank robbery

Tom Airey

BBC News

Three men took cash from a St Helens bank during a raid this morning.

Lloyds TSB
Google

Police said the gang, who had their faces covered, targeted Lloyds TSB Bank on Ellamsbridge Road at 09:05.

No-one was injured during the incident. The scene has been cordoned off, with crime scene investigators at the site.

News on the hour

BBC Radio Merseyside

In the 16:00 bulletin: A 75 year-old man who went online to groom a young girl from Merseyside for sex has been jailed for 10 years.

New look for BBC News website

By now you probably will have noticed the BBC News website looks a little different on desktop computers, as it moves to a new responsive design.

Responsive site
BBC

The new site adapts its layout depending on what type of device it is being used on.

Find out more here.

Gerrard social media reaction

BBC Sport

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard was

praised by many on social media for his quick response to his rapid red card against Manchester United.

Steven Gerrard
PA

Retired former Southampton and Stoke defender Danny Higginbotham

tweeted: "Great that Gerrard has come out and spoken. No excuses, just honesty."

"That's how you deal with doing something stupid. Very honest and classy apology from Gerrard,"

posted journalist Piers Morgan.

Republik licence revoked

A Liverpool nightclub that was shut after a drugs raid will remain closed after its licence was revoked at a council meeting, police said.

During a police search in February, "numerous bags" of suspected Class A drugs were found at Republik on Bold Street.

Republik
Google

The operation was part of a wider push to tackle drugs in city nightspots.

Man critical after collapsing at Pontins

Southport Visiter

A man is in a

critical condition after being taken ill at Pontins Southport Holiday Park.

It is understood the 25-year-old was attending Bangface, a three-day music festival held there over the weekend.

News on the hour

Lucinda Moore

BBC Radio Merseyside

The Green Party is to investigate a complaint from the Birkenhead Labour MP Frank Field over claims a Green party member tried to photograph him after he collapsed at a public meeting earlier this month.

It is alleged the man was disruptive and tried to take pictures while Mr Field was unconscious and being treated by paramedics.

Police cuts warning

Tom Airey

BBC News

Merseyside's Police and Crime Commissioner has warned hundreds of jobs will be lost and neighbourhood services will be at risk if cuts to Merseyside Police continue.

Police tape
PA

Jane Kennedy said the force had 7,276 police officers, staff and PCSOs in 2010. By 2019 there will be 4,444.

She added if cuts continue at the current rate, the force "will not be able to match the expectations of the public".

Everton's 'strong performance'

BBC Sport

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has praised his side's "strong team performance" as the club

got back to winning ways against QPR.

Seamus Coleman (pictured) helped the Toffees to a 2-1 win which moves them nine points clear of the Premier League drop zone and up to 13th place.

Coleman
Getty Images

The manager said a positive result was required after the team's painful Europa League exit last week at the hands of Dynamo Kiev.

Management plan for 'large-scale' funerals

Rachael Connors

BBC News Online

Councillors are to discuss how best to manage large-scale funerals after

one for a traveller from Cheshire attracted hundreds of mourners.

Holy Trinity Church in Blacon and Chester Crematorium were packed for the service marking 54-year-old Elton man "Pudgie" Evans's life on 30 January.

Holy Trinity Church
Google

Cheshire West and Chester Council and Cheshire Constabulary worked together to manage the funeral.

Wirral towns 'most desirable'

Three Wirral towns have been named in the top 10

most desirable places to live in England, according to a new study.

Eastham
Google

Bebington topped the list by the Centre for Economic and Business Research, which also included Eastham (pictured) and Wallasey.

News on the hour

Lucinda Moore

BBC Radio Merseyside

In the 14:00 bulletin: Merseyside's police and crime commissioner is warning that hundreds of police jobs will be lost and neighbourhood services will be at risk if government cuts continue.

Jane Kennedy says she has decided to publish an official "sensitive" document to let the public know about the figures.

In pictures: Wirral Egg Run

Wirral Globe

Thousands of bikers took to the streets on Sunday for Wirral Egg Run tribute ride-out 2015.

Check out the Wirral Globe photo gallery.

Wirral Egg Run 2015
BBC

Child exploitation

Merseyside Police

tweets: Any child can be exploited no matter what gender, culture, race or background #listentomystory
bit.ly/1xrz8wS

£300 fine for dropping cigarette

Southport Visiter

A Sefton woman has been

fined £312.55 after dropping a cigarette end outside a pub in Lord Street, Southport.

Lord Street Southport
Google

She is one of six people ordered to pay penalties of hundreds of pounds each as Sefton Council continues its zero tolerance crackdown on littering.

Suarez on scoresheet

BBC Sport

Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez

scored the winner in one of the world's biggest football fixtures last night.

Luis Suarez
Getty Images

The 28-year-old's strike gave Barcelona a 2-1 win against rivals Real Madrid in El Clasico.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

In the 13:00 bulletin: A 75-year-old man who groomed a 12-year-old Merseyside girl online so she would have sex with him is expected to be sentenced this afternoon.

Maurice McCullough first pretended to be a 16-year-old boy to befriend his victim. He was caught when they were spotted together in Sherdley Park in St Helens.

Paedophile jailed for years of abuse

Runcorn and Widnes World

A Widnes paedophile has been

jailed for eight years for attempting to rape a young girl and sexually abusing her for four years.

Anthony Parton, 47, of Cunningham Road, Ditton, was sentenced at Chester Crown Court after admitting a string of historic sexual abuse.

Lallana injury news

BBC Sport

Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana has

pulled out of the England squad for their upcoming matches.

Adam Lallana
Getty Images

The midfielder's groin injury flared up in the 2-1 defeat by Manchester United on Sunday.

He will miss the Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania on Friday and the team's friendly in Italy four days later.

Bebington is best

Tom Airey

BBC News

A small Wirral town is the most desirable place to live in England, according to a new study.

The report, by the Centre for Economic and Business Research, said Bebington residents enjoyed the ideal balance of being able to live close to their place of employment, good schools and high employment.

Bebington
Google

So residents, what's brill about Bebington? Please get in touch on

email,
Facebook or
Twitter.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

In the 12:00 bulletin: A 41-year-old woman has been charged with drinking and driving after a car crash in West Derby.

One man remains in hospital with serious head injuries after the Barnfield Drive incident on Sunday.

Pullover please

North West Motorway Police

tweets: Debris removed from J21 M6 NB a quantity of ladies clothing. Traffic was having to skirt around it

Bridge traffic detectors to be discussed

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News

Halton councillors are due to meet this Wednesday to

decide whether to give their backing to an updated bridge tolls order to allow for motorists to be charged via high-tech detectors as they cross.

Boy, 4, keyed car

Liverpool Echo

A hidden CCTV camera caught the moment a

four-year-old boy keyed a man's car on a Merseyside street.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

In the 11:00 bulletin: A man remains in hospital with serious head injuries after a three-car crash in West Derby over the weekend.

A woman was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving after the incident on Barnfield Drive.

Safety visits after fatal fire

Hundreds of Southport homes have been offered safety advice after a fatal house fire in the area.

Fire visits
MERSEYFIRE

An 89-year-old man died after a small electric fire set bedding alight at a Poulton Road property on 10 March.

During the visits, smoke alarms were fitted in some homes and safety checks were carried out.

Gerrard sees red

Phil McNulty

Chief football writer

Undoubtedly the main talking point in the clash between Liverpool and Manchester United was Steven Gerrard's brief and explosive intervention that led to him taking responsibility for the 2-1 defeat.

Gerrard red
Getty Images

But

what was behind Gerrard's moment of madness?

Appeal two years on from murder

Police investigating the murder of a man shot multiple times in a "targeted attack" are appealing for information after the second anniversary of his death.

Scene of shooting
BBC

Karl Bradley, 31, was found dead in the garden of a house on Penshaw Close, West Derby, on 22 March 2013.

The previous evening, officers received reports of shots heard at about 23:00.