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  1. Updates for Monday 30 March 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates return at 08:00 Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Rachael Connors

All times stated are UK

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Good night

That's all from Merseyside's Local Live team for Monday.

We'll be back tomorrow morning from 08:00 with all your news, sport, travel and weather- do join us then.

Batten down the hatches

BBC Weather


Gale force winds and heavy rain are expected this evening and overnight with temperatures down to to 3C.


Forecaster Sara Blizzard says there'll be winds of more than to 30mph. There is a risk of localised damage from these winds and for minor disruption to travel.

Chester FC secure 50 year future

BBC Sport

Chester Football Club have secured a 50-year lease on Swansway Chester Stadium.

Swansway Chester Stadium
Getty Images

It follows the news of the extension of Steve Burr's contract the board last week. The club said it will now press ahead with plans for improvements to the stadium.

Going quackers?

After the success of the Superlambananas and penguins, Liverpool will host an army of giant ducks this summer.

Duck trail ducks

The sculptures are 7ft and 20 of them will be placed across the city - with each celebrating events in Liverpool's history.


Duck Trail will run from May until June, and help to raise money for a cancer charity.

Southport Jazz Festival line up

Southport Visiter

The full line up for the

Southport Jazz Festival has been announced.

Digby Fairweather

Digby Fairweather (pictured), James Morton Quartet, Pee Wee Ellis, Craig Milverton, Riot Jazz Brass Band and the Joshua Cavanagh-Brierley Group are among the perfomers at the festival which runs from Friday 8 to Sunday 10 May.

Cheshire Police officer crashed patrol car into HQ gates

A policeman who crashed a patrol car through

the gates of Cheshire Police HQ to confront his boss has avoided jail.

Cheshire Police HQ in Winsford

PC Kevin Szabo, 40, from Prestatyn, North Wales was an Iraq war veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, Liverpool Crown Court heard.

He was off work with stress and depression when the incident happened on 29 January 2014.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

In the 1700 headlines: A man has been charged with murder after an assault in Widnes earlier this month.

Stephen Duggan - who's 27- was remanded in custody.

Alison Wilson, 36, was attacked in Widnes on 7 March. She later died from her injuries.

Liverpool Passion Plays


Liverpool Passion Plays start tonight using the spaces of Liverpool Cathedral to re-enact the events of Holy Week.

Liverpool Cathedral

Performed over five nights, each performance combines drama, liturgy and music, and will use the whole cathedral, guiding the audience members around the space of the building to watch - and at points even become part of - the re-enactment of Christ's Passion.

Man seriously injured in Chester attack

Chester Chronicle

A 60-year-old man is in hospital with serious injuries following an early hours incident in Chester City Centre.

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of assault following the affray, which happened near KingKabs taxi firm on Bridge Street at about 12.30

Widnes murder charge

A man has been charged with murder following an assault in Widnes earlier this month.

Alison Wilson
Cheshire Police

Alison Wilson, 36, was attacked in Widnes on 7 March and died from her injuries days later.

Stephen Duggan - 27 and from the Widnes area- was remanded in custody at Liverpool Crown Court.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

In the 1600 bulletin: A lollipop man in Bootle says he won't quit his job, despite being hit by a man with a water pistol.

George Earley had to go to hospital for treatment after the attack in June last year.

Robert Benjamin, 31, was given an 18 month suspended jail sentence for the attack.

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Rachael Connors

BBC News Online

Darren Moston caught this squirrel on camera in Walton Gardens in Warrington. He thinks the squirrel has musical talent and is playing the flute although admits it more likely to be munching on a snack.

Darren Moston

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Wartime wallet back with family after 100 years

St Helens Star

A wallet that was thrown to a friend by a soldier after going over the top during World War One has been reunited with relations in St Helens after nearly 100 years.

After remaining in the hands of a Lancashire family for almost a century, the wallet - which contained postcards and photographs - has been handed back to the son of one of the soldier's sisters.

Suarez: Liverpool's the only English team I'd play for

BBC Sport

Luis Suarez says

Liverpool is the only team he would play for in England if he ever returned to the Premier League.

Suarez left the Reds for Barcelona last summer and was back at Anfield on Sunday for an all-star charity game.

Luis Suarez
Getty Images

He told Liverpool TV: "If I ever play in England again I will play for the Liverpool team and not another team. "I've missed the fans. They know they are in my heart."

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

In the 15:00 bulletin: Police are investigating a suspected arson attack which took place at house in Skelmersdale on Sunday.

Lancashire Police saysthe house was unoccupied at the time but think accelerant was poured upstairs and was deliberately set alight.

Officers want to speak to anyone who was in Egerton just before 17:00 on Sunday and believe two men may have been involved in the attack.

Via Twitter


tweets: A couple of pics of the new @merseygateway bridge taken this afternoon.

Liverpool One says sales up 15%

Liverpool Echo

Retailers at the £1bn Liverpool One development have seen sales increase by 15% in the first quarter of this year.

Liverpool 1

Grosvenor, owner of the city centre complex, also says footfall for the same period is up 4% adding that 22 new brands at the centre had contributed to the figures.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

In the 14:00 bulletin: The chief constable of Cheshire Police says a new list of pledges to the public will make his officers more accountable.

A number of commitments have been published as part of the

"We're here for you" initiative.

They include reminders to officers that they must reflect local needs, and police by consent.

Wind warning

BBC Weather


The Met Office has issued a 'be aware' warning for strong winds on Merseyside. The yellow warning has been issued from 19:00 today until 19:00 on Tuesday.

BBC Weather graphic

Women's Footballer of the Year award

BBC Sport

The BBC has announced a new award to celebrate the top female footballers currently competing in one of the world's fastest-growing sports.

BBC Women's footballer of the year

Fans are being given the chance to vote for the

BBC Women's Footballer of the Year - the first award of its kind hosted by a global broadcaster.

Light Night Liverpool returns

The one night arts and culture festival returns to Liverpool on 15 May from 16:00.

Light Night Liverpool
Light Night Liverpool

The festival is staged across more than 50 locations at venues including St George's Hall, Central Library, The Bluecoat, FACT, Liverpool Cathedral, Camp and Furnace, and Constellations.

Full listings.

Coming up on TV

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

A new board to organise transport in Liverpool during major events in the city is to be set up.

It follows complaints about overcrowding on buses and trains at last year's Giants Spectacular.

Watch more on BBC North West Today at 13:40 on BBC One.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

In the 13:00 bulletin: We've already had the Superlambananas - now an army of giant ducks is heading for Liverpool.

Twenty seven-foot-tall sculptures will be on display around the city from May until June before being auctioned off for charity in July.

The Duck Trail will commemorate special events in Liverpool's history.

Water pistol drive-by attack

Liverpool Echo

A dad drenched a 72-year-old lollipop man in a

water pistol drive-by attack then hit the pensioner so hard he knocked out two of his teeth.

Wallasey exposures CCTV appeal

Merseyside Police have released CCTV stills of a male they want to speak to in connection with two indecent exposures in Wallasey, Wirral on Sunday, 8 March.

CCTV of Wallasey exposure man
Merseyside Police

The first incident occurred on Earlston Road, at about 17:15 and the second incident occurred on Rowson Street at about 17:50. On both occasions a male exposed himself to women who had been walking in the area before running away.

Anyone who recognises the man is asked to contact police.

Halton homeless services secured

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News

Vital support services to help vulnerable people in Halton have been secured for the next three years.

Housing association Plus Dane in partnership with Shap has been awarded a new contract to help people at risk of homelessness due to mental health or behavioural issues live independently.

They have been running the service, commissioned by Halton Council, since 2012.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

In the 12:00 bulletin: The chief constable of Cheshire Police says a new list of pledges to the public will make his officers more accountable.

A number of commitments have been published as part of the

"We're here for you" initiative.

They include reminders to officers that they must reflect local needs, and police by consent.

Hillsborough inquest

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

Peter Hayes, the former Deputy Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police is giving evidence.

He says the police match-day commander Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield could have asked another officer to run FA Cup semi-final if he had 'any doubt of any kind'.

Mr Hayes also says officers writing "aide-memoire reports" was 'a "common sense approach" and that he "never thought" about a lack of audit trail.

Easter travel

TransPennine Express

tweets: INFO: Travelling over Easter? Check our engineering page for details of works at the weekend

Councillors appalled at 'McVey Murderer'

Wirral Globe

Police are investigating after graffiti was scrawled across the front of Hoylake Town Hall bearing the slogan: "McVey Murderer."

Esther McVey

With the general election campaign now officially underway, the leader of Wirral Council Conservative group said he was ''shocked and appalled'' by the incident and that the "misogynistic bullying'' of Esther McVey should be brought to an end.

The Wirral West MP and employment minister has been the subject of several personal slurs in recent weeks.

Hillsborough inquests: Prank of 'no consequence'

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

Former Deputy Chief Constable Peter Hayes at South Yorkshire Police has said that a 'prank' involving junior officers was of 'no consequence' in Chief Superintendent Brian Mole's move from Sheffield to Barnsley.

Conflicting explanations have been given during the new inquest so far for Brian Mole's move to a post in Barnsley - one witness has said it was for "career development" and another said it was fallout over how he handled a prank by officers on a new recruit.

David Duckenfield took over as Hillsborough commander when he was made head of South Yorkshire Police's 'F' Division three weeks before the semi-final - his first experience of policing a sell-out crowd at the venue.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

In the 11:00 bulletin: More on the special group set up up in Liverpool to make sure the city can cope with big tourist events.

Hillsborough inquest

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

Former Deputy Chief Constable Peter Hayes is giving evidence today. He is the most senior surviving member of South Yorkshire Police management from 1989.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

In the 10:00 bulletin: The Association of Teachers and Lecturers Annual Conference begins in Liverpool today.

Today's agenda includes increasing workload pressures and the misuse of zero-hours and term-time-only contracts.

Man given community order for indecent images

St Helens Star

A man has been given a community order after

pleading guilty to taking 337 indecent photographs of children and possessing one extreme pornographic image.

Barry Donohue, 49, from Fountain Place in Whitfield, Manchester pleaded guilty to the charges at St Helens Magistrates' Court. The offences were carried out in St Helens between April 2010 and June 2014.

Grand National: Female jockey can win at Aintree

BBC Sport

Jockey Katie Walsh gives her thoughts on

whether a woman can still land the big prize, competing against the men and the day she led in a National winner.

Katie Walsh at Aintree Racecourse

Katie Walsh was 12 metres away from becoming the first female jockey to win the Grand National at Aintree.

"I thought I was going to win - just me, just Katie, not the first woman, just Katie Walsh," she says of her historic third-placed finish on Seabass in 2012.