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  1. Updates on Wednesday 25 March 2015
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That's all from the Merseyside Live team for today - thanks for your company.

We'll be back at 8am on Thursday to bring you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather from across the region.

Until then, have a fantastic evening!

Evening forecast

BBC Weather


Skies will cloud over this evening, with rain spreading from the west and persisting overnight. Some snow is likely on hills for a time.


Red Missed?

BBC Sport

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel

will serve a three-match ban after being found guilty of stamping on Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea.

But Skrtel will face no action over an Instagram post that appeared to mock the verdict.

Coming up on North West Tonight

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

In tonight's programme, we have more on the kayak manufacturer which has been fined £200,000 after it was convicted of corporate manslaughter following the death of a Halewood father-of-three in an industrial oven.

We'll also look at the story of an influential parliamentary group that says improving northern rail links from Liverpool and Manchester would be better for the economy than the HS2 high-speed link.

And a national charity is raising concerns that an overhaul of sexual health services in Chester could lead to more unwanted pregnancies.

Hope you can join us at 6.30pm on BBC One.

Women's organisations thanked

The achievements of local women's organisations - including educational bodies and the sexual assault referral centre Safeplace - will be celebrated at Liverpool Town Hall on Friday.

Councillor Emily Spurrell said: "As a culmination of the campaigns and events which took place for International Women's Day, we just wanted to take a moment to say 'thank you' and express how much we appreciate the work they do."

Rush-hour traffic... far, according to our checks with

BBC Travel, it looks to be relatively average for his time of day. Let's hope it stays that way!

Tickets please...

Merseytravel say there will be an "improved" bus service between St Helens and Widnes from Monday.

Instead of the two services functioning independently, operators Halton Transport and Arriva will work together to run the 17 and 33 services.

Tickets issued by either company will be valid on all buses on the services.

More details here.

Travellers ordered to move on

Warrington Guardian

A group of travellers which set up camp in Warrington's Victoria Park over the weekend

have been ordered to vacate the area.

Victoria Park, Warrington

Council bosses have served the travelling community with a notice to move on from the land by Friday.

At least nine caravans are understood to have parked up at the site.

New park to open in city

Liverpool's newest park will be officially opened on Sunday - just as the clocks go forward and the days get longer.

Mayor and kids at Alt Meadow
Liverpool City Council

More than 2,000 trees, nearly 4,000 shrubs and about 2,100 wetland plants have been planted at Alt Meadows, near the River Alt.

It's been created on a 20-acre site in Croxteth and will be opened by Mayor Joe Anderson.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

A Runcorn company found guilty of corporate manslaughter after an employee burnt to death in an industrial oven has been fined £200,000.

Alan Catterall died after becoming trapped at kayak maker Pyranha Mouldings just before Christmas in 2010.

The firm and its technical director were also guilty of health and safety breaches. He was fined £25,000 pounds and given a suspended jail term.

From Venice with love

The works of artists including JMW Turner, Walter Sickert and Frank Brangwyn will be on show from May at the Lady Lever Art Gallery as part of a Picturing Venice exhibition.

Turner's painting of Venice
Getty Images

Curator Charlotte Keenan says the gallery is a "fitting setting" because its founder William Hesketh Lever was involved with some of the early Venice Biennales that showcase international contemporary art.

Supporting bookworms of the future

Getting young people to read for pleasure can be a hard ask but 23 Liverpool schools have won an award for their success.

Kids reading

The schools will receive the Liverpool Reading Quality Mark at a special celebration in Liverpool's Central Library, after they were praised for their creativity in promoting reading.

The award is part of the City of Readers campaign, which aims to make sure every child leaves primary school able to read.

Campaign sees 10,000 join bone marrow register

Liverpool Echo

Ten thousand people have now

signed up to the bone marrow register in response to a campaign to save the life of Litherland boy Finn McEwen.

Finn, seven, has bone marrow failure, which cannot be treated by chemotherapy, meaning a transplant is his only hope for a full recovery.

City to welcome tennis trickster

Iranian tennis trickster Mansour Bahrami is set to entertain crowds at Liverpool's International Tennis Tournament this June.

Mansour Bahrami
Getty Images

Nicknamed the Court Jester, his feats include holding six tennis balls while playing and has been described by tournament director Anders Borg as being almost on a par with John McEnroe "as one of the most popular legends on the circuit".

More star names are due to be announced for the event at Liverpool Cricket Club in Aigburth from 18-21 June.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

A Runcorn company has been fined £200,000 after it was found guilty of corporate manslaughter following the death of an employee in an industrial oven.

Alan Catterall, 54, died after becoming trapped at Pyranha Mouldings - just two days before Christmas in 2010 - with no means of escape and no way to raise the alarm.

Man jailed for jewellers robbery

Chester Chronicle

A 28-year-old man has been

sentenced to 12 years behind bars for the robbery of a city centre jewellery store seven years ago.

Boodles, Chester

Rait Raidla fled to Estonia following the raid on Boodles on Eastgate Street in January 2008, but was arrested by the authorities there on 6 October last year, following an investigation by Cheshire Police.

Breakdown closes lane

BBC Travel

BBC Travel

One lane is closed on the M57 northbound between J3 Stockbridge Village and J4 Knowsley, because of a broken down vehicle.

Work on new bridge to start in autumn

Work on replacing the Great Howard Street bridge in Liverpool is expected to start this autumn after the city council was successful in a bid for funds.

Great Howard Street bridge

The bridge and adjacent tunnel support the A565. Structural assessment showed it needed to be replaced.

The Department for Transport has awarded £8.5m towards replacement costs, which total £10m. Work on the new bridge work is expected to last about a year.

Development aimed at wind companies

Liverpool Echo

A complex of office and warehouse accommodation, including

laboratory, research and development space will open this summer in Birkenhead.

Abbey Street, Birkenhead

Developer Capital & Centric is creating Lightbox in Abbey Street with the accommodation being targeted at small to medium-sized enterprises within the offshore wind sector.

Hard hat report from Alder Hey

Leanne Harper

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

Exactly two years since work began on the new Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, I've been along to see how the construction is getting on at Springfield Park. This will be the new atrium.

Alderhey hospital

The new hospital is due to open in September.

You can hear more on BBC Radio Merseyside's

Drive with Simon Hoban.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

A Runcorn company found guilty of corporate manslaughter after an employee burnt to death in an industrial oven has been fined £200,000.

Alan Catterall died after becoming trapped at kayak maker Pyranha Mouldings just before Christmas in 2010.

The firm and its technical director were also guilty of health and safety breaches. He was fined £25,000 pounds and given a suspended jail term.

Council crackdown on rogue landlords

Wirral Globe

A scheme to

raise standards for privately rented properties in Wirral is to be introduced in parts of Birkenhead and Wallasey.

Wirral Council has approved the "selective licensing" proposals, which were subject to extensive consultation with more than 20,000 residents, landlords and agents invited to participate.

The New One to miss Grand National meeting

BBC Sport

The New One is

out for the season with a spinal issue and will not defend his Aintree Hurdle title at the Grand National meeting next month.

The New One with trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies

"He's got a 'kissing spine' but he'll be OK in time. He won't need an operation but we'll give him a break," said trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies.

Council to refuse footbridge over deadly crossing

Southport Visiter

Sefton Council's planning chiefs are

opposing the construction of a bridge over a level crossing in Formby, where a young woman was killed trying to save her dog.

Last year, 22-year-old Yasmin Jones was killed on the crossing as she attempted to save one of the dogs she was walking from being hit by an on-coming train.

Does your town fit your personality?

Does your personality fit where you live in Merseyside? You have been telling us what you think of

the BBC iWonder test via the BBC Radio Merseyside
Facebook page.

Composite BBCiWonder personality test
Getty Images

Christine Wildridge: "Mid Suffolk? But I hate flat places !,,"

Cate Hamilton: "Are you KIDDING? I am from Jersey but love the South coast but also further north and Liverpool too.....and I got the SHETLAND ISLANDS!!!! Forget it!!!"

Catherine Renfry: "I think where you are brought up shapes your personality. Its a chicken and egg situation again."

Arrests made in raids

Merseyside Police have arrested three people after searching several homes in Sefton in raids targeting people they believed were involved in organised crime.

Raids in Sefton
Merseyside Police

Operation Abbeyville led to officers executing five warrants in Bootle, Netherton, Ainsdale and Southport.

The arrests included a variety of offences including possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply, burglary and abstracting electricity.

Man in hospital after three-car crash on M53

Wirral Globe

A man was taken to hospital with minor injuries

after a car flipped over near junction four of the M53 during this morning's rush hour.

Firefighters were called out to reports of a three-car crash on the southbound carriageway at around 08:00.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

  • A Runcorn company found guilty of corporate manslaughter after an employee died in an industrial oven has been fined £200,000
  • A project which aims to turn around the lives of troubled families in Wirral- the intensive family intervention programme - is being expanded.

Skrtel banned over De Gea incident

BBC Sport

Liverpool defender

Martin Skrtel will serve a three-match ban after an independent Football Association disciplinary panel rejected his appeal against a violent conduct charge.

Martin Skrtel stamps on David De Gea

The Slovakian stood on David De Gea in the last seconds of Liverpool's 2-1 home defeat by Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday.

Bikeathon open for entries

Entries are now being accepted for Wirral's 17th charity

Bikeathon, which takes place on 21 June.

The event, in aid of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, starts at 09:30 in Arrowe Country Park, Upton.

Cyclists can follow a 15 or 28 mile route across the peninsula.

Council hails 'troubled families success'

BBC Radio Merseyside

Wirral Council's cabinet member for children and family services, Tony Smith, has said about 900 "troubled families" in the area have been helped by a special project aimed at getting them into work and school.

Mr Smith said: "We're talking about families where, in the past, we had numerous agencies going in there.

"What we've done is have a key worker to go into the families and coordinate everything there, work with the family on a daily basis and connected better with the family."

Coming up

Beccy Meehan

North West Tonight

On the programme this lunchtime, a Runcorn kayak makers convicted of corporate manslaughter after a father-of-three from Halewood who died in an industrial oven have been fined £200,000.

And a committee of peers says the Government has yet to make a convincing case for the planned high-speed rail link between the North West and London.

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

Halton GP appointment wait

Runcorn and Widnes World

A shortage of GPs in Halton has left

residents struggling to get appointments.

A new report by patient watchdog Healthwatch Halton has revealed that six out of 10 patients are not happy with the length of time they are allocated when they eventually get to see a doctor.

Skrtel to serve three-match ban

BBC Sport

tweets: Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel will serve a three-match ban after his appeal against a violent conduct charge was rejected. More to follow

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

A project aimed at changing the lives of struggling families in Wirral is being branded a success.

The council-run Family Intervention Programme has been working with more than 900 families, who have problems such as truancy, anti-social behaviour and unemployment.

Two thirds of those who have used the service have returned to work, and their children back in school.

Autistic society to open new £1m home

Wirral Globe

A new home for people with severe autism

will be officially opened in Wirral next week to mark World Autism Awareness Day.

The £1m development, on Wirral Autistic Society's Raby Hall site in Bromborough, has been funded by a two-year long Lifetime Appeal.

Lunchtime forecast

BBC Weather


Dry and sunny this afternoon before the rain arrives later. Highs of 9°C. Skies will cloud over this evening ready for a wet night as it drops to 2°C.

Merseyside weather
BBC Sport

Oven death firm fined £200,000

Tom Airey

BBC News

A kayak manufacturer has been fined £200,000 after a worker became trapped and died in an industrial oven in Cheshire.

Alan Catterall, 54, tried to escape using a crowbar but suffered severe burns at the Pyranha Mouldings factory in Runcorn in 2010. He died of shock.

The company was found guilty of corporate manslaughter and two health and safety breaches in January.

Oven death prosecution 'should serve as warning'

Cheshire Police say the sentence given to Pyranha Mouldings and the firm's director Peter Mackereth over the death of employee Alan Caterall should "serve as a warning to other employers that they have a duty of care to protect those who work for them".

Det Insp Gary Smith says Mr Caterall's death was a "tragedy", which had led to "a long and complicated investigation spanning many years".

He added that the guilty verdict had been the first time the Cheshire force had "successfully prosecuted a company for corporate manslaughter under the new legislation".

Firm director must 'live with consequences'

The managing director of a Runcorn company found guilty of corporate manslaughter after an employee died in an industrial oven has been fined £25,000 and given a suspended sentence.

Alan Catterall

Pyranha Mouldings was also fined £200,000 after being

found guilty of charges under the Health and Safety at Work Act following Alan Caterall's death in 2010.

Sentencing Peter Mackereth, Mr Justice MacDuff said: "You don't need me to tell you how far short of your duty you fell.

"It was repeatedly brought home to you in the trial. You will have to live with the consequences of your actions for the rest of your life."