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  1. Updates for Tuesday 24 March 2015
  2. Local Live will return at 08:00 on Wednesday with more news, sport, travel and weather for Merseyside

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Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News

That's all from the Local Live team for now - thanks for your company today.

Please join us again from 8am tomorrow morning for the latest news, sport, travel and weather from around Merseyside.

Evening forecast

BBC Weather


Showers will ease away with clear skies developing. Light winds will then lead to a cold night, with the risk of frost, and some localised mist patches.

Evening weather Merseyside

Armed robber gets 18 years

Southport Visiter

A masked raider who subjected a Parbold self-employed businessman and his wife to a terrifying gang robbery ordeal in their own home has

received an 18-year sentence.

Don't forget your road closure!

The Chester Chronicle

tweets: Don't forget that the A41 southbound in Backford is closed until 8pm tonight.

MEP's top honour

Arif Ansari

Political editor, North West

North West of England MEP Dr Sajjad Karim has won Pakistan's highest honour, "joining ranks with the British Queen and Nelson Mandela".

Dr Sajjad Karim
Not specified

He has been awarded the Sitara-i-Qaid-i-Azam in Islamabad by Mamnoon Hussain, the President of Pakistan.

Coming up

Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, North West Tonight

On the programme tonight, the funding crisis which could mean Liverpool's Women's Hospital has to merge to survive, and a Huyton man appears in court charged with the murder of off-duty police officer Neil Doyle in Liverpool.

Please join us if you can over on

BBC One at 6.30pm.

Skrtel denies violent conduct

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel

has denied a charge of violent conduct over an alleged stamp on Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.

David De Gea and Martin Skrtel
Getty Images

The incident happened in injury-time during the Reds' 2-1 Premier League defeat at Anfield on Sunday.

The Slovakian, 30, was charged on Monday and faces a three-match suspension, but claims the incident was accidental and not intentional.

Boy, 9, gets starring role

A nine-year-old schoolboy from Widnes is to take centre stage in a musical at Brindley Arts Centre in Runcorn from 9-12 April.

Sam Ryan
Halton Council

Sam Ryan, from Heathfield Park, is a student at Natalie Dignum Theatre School.

He said he was very excited to clinch the lead role in Her Benny - a rags-to-riches tale of an orphan who becomes a gentleman.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

The chief executive of Liverpool's Women's Hospital has told BBC Radio Merseyside the future of the hospital is not under threat despite a report which found the trust will be "financially unviable" after next year.

The organisation is facing a deficit of more than £2m this year.

Man in court over PC's murder

Emma Stanley

BBC News

A third man accused of murdering off-duty Merseyside PC Neil Doyle in December has appeared at Liverpool Crown Court.

PC Neil Doyle
Merseyside Police
PC Neil Doyle had been a police officer for 10 years

Timmy Donovan, formerly of Huyton, has been extradited from Germany.

He was remanded in custody until a plea-and-case management hearing on 8 June.

Kim Cattrall continues park battle

BBC Radio 4

Kim Cattrall
Kim Cattrall

Liverpool-born actress Kim Cattrall says she is still

"battling" to save Sefton Park Meadows.

The Sex And The City star told BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour: "What is going on in Liverpool would never happen in London. This is the people's land.

"There are lots of other real estates they could use. Why they have to take our parks... I don't understand."

Wirral Norovirus plea

People who may have Norovirus are being warned not to visit hospitals, GP surgeries or other NHS premises to prevent its spread.

NHS Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group want infected people to stay at home and seek advice from either the NHS 111 service, their GP practice or pharmacy.

Organised crime payback

Southport Visiter

tweets: Southport gangster Paul Lawler has been ordered to
pay back just £1 after proceeds of crime hearing.

Paul Lawler
Southport Visiter

Hillsborough inquests

Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News

The Hillsborough inquests won't be sitting again tomorrow due to juror illness.

The coroner's court in Warrington
Julian Quenzler

It is hoped they will resume on Thursday.

Unilever VP takes over innovation

BBC Radio Merseyside

A senior figure at Unilever in Liverpool will take charge of the city region's innovation board which is responsible for bringing more investment to the area.

Dr Jonathan Hague is the vice president of open innovation at the healthcare product company. He will take over from the Vice Chancellor of Liverpool University Sir Howard Newby.

Disruption continues

BBC Travel North West

One lane is still closed on M53 northbound between J12, A55 (Chester) and J11 M56, because of emergency repairs.

Travel incident

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

A man arrested on suspicion of murdering PC Neil Doyle in Liverpool in December will appear in court this afternoon.

Merseyside Police say Timmy Donovan - who's originally from the Huyton area - has been extradited from Germany and will be at Liverpool Crown Court.

'Despicably and cowardly'

Police have described the murder of Stephen Bennett (pictured) as a "despicable and cowardly" attack.

His killer John Philip Dyer, 25, has been

given a life sentence with a minimum 21 years after repeatedly stabbing him in the back.

Stephen Bennett
Merseyside Police

Det Insp Phil Mahon said: "This was a despicable and cowardly attack on a man that resulted in his death. There is no place in our communities for people who commit such violent and horrendous crimes."

Lane closures

BBC Travel North West

Two lanes are closed and there is queuing traffic on the M6 northbound at junction 21A M62 (Croft Interchange)

reports BBC Travel.

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Liverpool is 5th best-rated destination in the UK - behind London, Edinburgh, Llandudno, and Torquay.


tweets: TripAdvisor have rated Torquay and Llandudno as better UK destinations than Liverpool. I would rather live homeless in Seaforth than Torquay.

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News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

  • A man arrested on suspicion of murdering PC Neil Doyle in Liverpool in December will appear in court this afternoon
  • The chief executive of Liverpool's Women's Hospital has told BBC Radio Merseyside there's no risk to patients - despite financial problems at the trust

Norovirus halts visiting at hospital

Arrowe Park Hospital has suspended all visiting because of an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug Norovirus.

The Wirral hospital said an increasing number of people have been turning up at A&E with sickness and diarrhoea and is now asking them to stay away unless it is a genuine emergency.

"As we are dealing with Norovirus inside the hospital, and to prevent the public bringing the bug in to us from the local community, visiting is temporarily suspended at Arrowe Park Hospital until further notice."

Q&A: Norovirus

PC Doyle murder: Extradition

A man has been extradited from Germany after being arrested on suspicion of murdering PC Neil Doyle.

PC Neil Doyle
Merseyside Police

The off-duty officer, 36, died following an incident in Liverpool city centre in the early hours of 19 December.

Timmy Donovan, 30, also known as Timmy O'Sullivan and originally from Huyton, will appear at Liverpool Crown Court this afternoon.

Two men are already

awaiting trial after denying Mr Doyle's murder last week.

Golf pep talk

Europe's Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke says he is thinking about asking Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard to speak to his side ahead of their bid for an unprecedented fourth straight victory over the United States at Hazeltine next year.

Steven Gerrard celebrates while playing for Liverpool

Clarke's predecessor Paul McGinley arranged for Sir Alex Ferguson to address his team at Gleneagles last year - and is now considering using Gerrard in the same way.

"There are a few people that I am thinking about. We'll see. He is a real legend. If I were to do something like that, he would be someone I would consider."

L8 Unseen

Images and films of Liverpool 8's diverse community are to feature in a new exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool.

There are at least 54 nationalities living in the small area of south Liverpool.

L8 Unseen exhibition
Othello De' Souza-Hartley

The L8 Unseen exhibition, opening 3 April, tells the "hidden stories" of young local entrepreneurs, successful businesswomen, international sports champions, teenagers, octogenarians, and more.

Racist abuse appeal

Merseyside Police have released CCTV pictures of two young men they want to speak to after a shop owner was racially abused in Southport.

CCTV photos of racial abuse
Merseyside Police

He asked the pair to leave before they shouted insults and threw things around at the Daly Mart store on Duke Street at about 22:50 on Thursday 12 March.


BBC Travel North West

One lane is closed on the M53 northbound between J12 (A55 Cheshire) and J11 (M56 Stoak) because of emergency repairs.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

  • The chief executive of Liverpool's Women's Hospital insists there won't be any cuts to clinical staff - despite the trust facing a deficit of more than £2m.
  • A Merseyside man who killed a friend by repeatedly stabbing him while high on a cocktail of heroin and alcohol has been jailed for life

Football fans thanked

BBC Radio Merseyside

Liverpool and Manchester United fans have been praised by the head of Merseyside Police for their "responsible" behaviour during Sunday's match.

Vauxhall murder: Life sentence

A man has been sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of the murder of another man in Vauxhall.

John Dyer
Merseyside Police

John Dyer, 25, was given a minimum term of 21 years for stabbing 28-year-old Stephen Bennett to death

in September 2014.

Dyer's father, 52-year-old John Baden Dyer was given a one year sentence suspended for two years for assisting an offender.

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Email or tweet @bbcmerseyside

Liverpool has been named 5th best rated UK destination by TripAdvisor.

Mrs Jetset Corell

tweets: Liverpool is pretty cool #TripAdvisor #travelchat ❤️

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Tell us what you think. Is London really better?

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Women's hospital 'not funded properly'

The chief executive of Liverpool Women's Hospital has said the trust does not get enough money from the NHS to maintain its staffing levels.

Liverpool Women's Hospital
Sue Adair

Last year, the hospital invested over £1.4m in recruiting more midwives and neonatal nurses leaving it with a £2m funding deficit.

Bosses are now considering several options including merging with another trust, or moving to a new location.

Kathryn Thomson told BBC Radio Merseyside: "The staffing levels we aspire to, which we believe are more appropriate for a great patient experience, are not affordable for the tariff that is actually set down by the NHS nationally."

Future of women's hospital considered

Liverpool Women's Hospital is considering options including moving to a new location after being told the trust will be "financially unviable" after next year.

Chief executive Kathyrn Thomson has denied the hospital's future is under threat despite the organisation facing a deficit of more than £2m.

Specialist women's services in the city moved into the new £30m hospital in 1995.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

The chief executive of Liverpool's Women's Hospital has denied it's under threat despite facing a deficit of more than £2m this year.

It follows a report which found the trust will be "financially unviable" after next year.

Travellers set up camp in Warrington

Warrington Guardian

Victoria Park, Warrington

Travellers have set up camp in Victoria Park, Warrington.

Warrington Borough Council and Cheshire Police are working to resolve the situation after at least nine caravans moved onto the park over the weekend.

'Beach Boy' kicks off UK tour in Liverpool

Brian Wilson, founding member of the Beach Boys and one of the world's most revered figures in pop music will

start his UK tour at the Echo Arena in September.

Brian Wilson

Rolling road block

BBC Travel North West

Slow traffic on M56 westbound between J12 (Runcorn) and J14 (Elton) because of a police incident.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

  • A plane carrying 148 people has crashed in the French Alps
  • Liverpool and Manchester United fans have been praised by the head of Merseyside Police for their behaviour at Sunday's match

Halton gamblers 'lost £3.4m' on machines

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News

Gamblers in Runcorn and Widnes

lost £3.4m on fixed odds machines last year, says the Campaign For Fairer Gambling (CFG).

Betting terminal

A spokeswoman said games on betting terminals, especially roulette, have brought 'dangerously addictive gambling' to the UK's high streets.

'Eyes and ears'

Merseyside Police are encouraging the public to "be the eyes and ears" of their communities after

a 75-year-old man was jailed yesterday for child sex offences.

Paedophile Maurice McCullough was caught after two people reported to police he was with a 13 year-old girl in Sherdley Park in St Helens.