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  1. Updates for Tuesday 31 March 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates return from 08:00 Wednesday

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.

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

Near head-on collision causes delays

Liverpool Echo


crash has led to traffic problems at the junction of Leeds Street and King Edward Street in Liverpool city centre.

Police said they were called shortly after 3.30pm after a black Fiat Punto collided with a silver Vaxhall Vectra.

Liverpool Echo

No-one was hurt.

Amsterdam route 'significant'

BBC Radio Merseyside

A new flight route has been announced from Liverpool John Lennon Airport to Amsterdam Schiphol.

Liverpool John Lennon airport

Beginning in September, the Flybe service will run three times a day.

Liverpool's business leaders say the resumption of an air link offering worldwide connections via Amsterdam will be a "game changer" locally.

Ashes: Lancashire & Middlesex seek Siddle & Voges cover

BBC Sport

Lancashire and Middlesex are looking to replace Peter Siddle and Adam Voges respectively

after the pair were called into Australia's Ashes squad.

Peter Siddle
Getty Images

Fast bowler Siddle (pictured), had agreed to join the Red Rose from the beginning of the season until the end of July.

But he is set to miss most of the County Championship season, along with 35-year-old batsman Voges.

Crash causing disruption

BBC Travel

M56 Cheshire - There has been an accident on the M56 between Junction 15 (M53) and Junction 14 (Hapsford).

The road is partially blocked and there is very slow traffic eastbound.

Stay up to date on the

BBC Travel page.

Jenny Tinmouth revved up for new season

Chester Chronicle

After years of battling against the odds as a privateer,

Jenny Tinmouth says she can't wait to get back in the saddle as she gears up for her biggest season of British Superbikes to date.

Jenny Tinmouth
Honda (UK)

Ellesmere Port racer Tinmouth will take to the grid on competitive machinery at Donington Park this weekend after she was signed up by Honda at the beginning of the year.

News on the hour

Jessica Robbins

BBC Radio Merseyside

In the news at 17:00:

The former deputy chief constable of South Yorkshire Police says officers working under him tried to raise the profile of evidence that blamed fans for the Hillsborough disaster.

Peter Hayes, who's giving evidence at the new inquests, says it happened as the force prepared for the first inquests into the 96 deaths.

Council to tackle anti-social behaviour

Southport Visiter

A £10,000 action plan to tackle anti-social behaviour in Ormskirk is set to be discussed by the licensing and gambling committee this week.

In 2014, councillors considered imposing an Early Morning Restriction Order for the town centre to address the issue of late night disruption, but eventually decided against this and to look at other options instead.

The council consulted Ormskirk residents group, Lancashire Police and Edge Hill University and has now come up with a range of options.

Hillsborough inquests latest

South Yorkshire Police tried to "raise the profile" of evidence that blamed the fans for the Hillsborough disaster before the first inquests, a jury has heard.

Peter Hayes, the force's deputy chief constable at the time, led the team preparing the police force for Lord Justice Taylor's public inquiry in 1989.

Mr Hayes told the new inquests that it was felt fans' behaviour had not been recognised but denied trying to "mislead" the inquiry and that he was part of a "cover-up".

Lorry driver smuggled drugs in wine bottles

Liverpool Echo

A Merseyside van driver was

caught trying to smuggle £8m worth of drugs into the UK hidden in wine bottles.

Lee Dyer, 40, was found out after the National Crime Agency investigated his trips from St Helens, where he lives, to the Netherlands.

School reverses charity badge ban

Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News

A school that took 40 pupils out of lessons for defying the school's uniform code has

lifted its ban on charity badges.

Grange School, Runcorn

Students at Grange School in Runcorn were segregated on Friday after refusing to remove yellow Marie Curie daffodil symbols from their blazers.

Head teacher Barry Carney said he has lifted the ban on charity pin badges after discussions with pupils.

Roads closed because of wind

Three roads in Liverpool city centre have been closed amid concerns over an unsafe building.

Liver Street

Strong gusts have raised concerns over the cladding on the John Lewis car park on Liver Street.

Police have also closed Liver Paradise and part of Hanover Street as a precaution.

News on the hour

Jessica Robbins

BBC Radio Merseyside

The former deputy chief constable of South Yorkshire Police says officers working under him tried to raise the profile of evidence that blamed fans for the Hillsborough disaster.

Peter Hayes, who's giving evidence at the new inquests, says it happened as the force prepared for the first inquests into the 96 deaths.

More gales likely

BBC Weather


Winds only gradually easing overnight, with further gales likely. Showers continuing, with further localised accumulations of snow possible across the hills. Feeling cold, especially in the brisk winds.

BBC Weather

Free heart screenings at Carmel College

St Helens Star

Students at Carmel College had free heart screenings as part of campaign by the family of an ex-student who died from a hidden defect.

James Nicholas died in October 2012, four days before his 22nd birthday due to an undetected heart condition.

Chester Zoo's tiger triplets named

The three Sumatran tigers born at Chester Zoo last week have been named Jaya (meaning 'victorious'), Topan ('hurricane') and Kasarna ('beautiful melody') for the female cub.

Sumatran tigers
Chester Zoo

About 8,000 votes were cast to name the one female and two male cubs officially sexed by zoo staff last week.

The tigers, classed by conservationists as "critically endangered", were born on 2 January to eight-year-old tigress Kirana.

Toxteth mum murder accused to stand trial

Liverpool Echo

A man accused of murdering Toxteth mum Kay Diamond is

set to stand trial this September.

The body of 44-year-old Ms Diamond was found in a flat at Greenheys Gardens on the morning of 28 February this year.

A post-mortem examination revealed she died from head injuries.

Gibraltar family 'found with wounds'

The bodies of two children have been removed from a property in Gibraltar where they were found dead along with a couple.

Floral tributes in Gibraltar
Getty Images

A 31-year-old British man, believed to have been from Liverpool, a Spanish woman, 37, a four-year-old girl and a six-week-old baby girl all "had wounds to their bodies" said local police.

It is believed they were all members of the same family. The force said it was not currently in a position to release the identities of those who died.

News on the hour

Jessica Robbins

BBC Radio Merseyside

The former Deputy Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police said officers working under him tried to raise the profile of evidence that blamed fans for the Hillsborough disaster.

Peter Hayes, who is giving evidence at the new inquests, said it happened as the force prepared for the original inquests into the 96 deaths.

New venue for Chester Pride

Chester Chronicle

The third annual Chester Pride festival

has a new venue for 2015.

The festival, which celebrates equality, diversity and support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, will this year be held on Saturday 3 October in Castle Square.

Beth Tweddle on women in sport

BBC Sport

Can young women reclaim back sport as their own?

Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle answered a range of questions about tackling some of the perceived barriers to participation in physical activity.

Beth Tweddle
Getty Images

"I had a big injury when I was 12 years old and it was later found out that it could have been career-threatening," she told the

Girls Get Inspired Q&A.

She joined Olympic swimmer Hannah Miley, and International footballer Gemma Fay to talk frankly about what it takes to be a women in sport.

High winds see taxi hit by hoarding

Liverpool Echo

A taxi was hit by a hoarding blown from a building as high winds hit the Chinatown area of Liverpool.

A cabbie called for police assistance after the hoarding hit his hackney cab at the junction of Berry Street and Knight Street at around 12.30.

No action taken over 'wicked lie'

No disciplinary action was ever taken against the Hillsborough match commander for his "wicked lie" about the disaster, the inquests have heard.

David Duckenfield claimed Liverpool fans "forced" their way into the ground when, in reality, he had ordered a gate be opened to let them in.

Peter Hayes

Former South Yorkshire Police Deputy Chief Constable Peter Hayes (pictured) told the new inquests the "disgraceful" lie warranted a "disreputable conduct" investigation.

News on the hour

Jessica Robbins

BBC Radio Merseyside

Police in Gibraltar have given some more information about the family found dead in a flat there yesterday.

A 31-year-old British man thought to have been from Liverpool was found with stab wounds, along with a 37-year-old Spanish woman, a young girl and a six-week-old baby.

School allows charity badges

BBC Radio Merseyside

A school in Runcorn has relaxed a ban on pupils wearing cancer charity pin badges.

Students at The Grange were disciplined last week for wearing badges supporting Marie Curie Cancer Care.

The school is now sending out letters to parents informing them that for the time being, children are allowed to wear them.

Police arrest boy after indecent exposure

Liverpool Echo

Police have

arrested a 13 year-old boy after a flasher approached a woman in Walton Hall Park on Sunday evening.

Walton Hall Park

The teenager was arrested yesterday on suspicion of indecent exposure. He has now been bailed.

Coming up

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

On the programme this lunchtime, we hear from some of the Hillsborough victims' relatives on the first anniversary of the new inquests starting.

An investigation continues after a man, thought to be from Liverpool, was found dead with stab wounds in an apartment in Gibraltar.

And winds of up to 70mph have been causing widespread disruption across the region.

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

The bog chorus?

Press Association

Sir Paul McCartney has revealed where he finds inspiration to finish writing some of his songs - in the toilet.

Sir Paul McCartney

The 72-year-old star, who penned his first song when he was 14, told Q magazine: "The trick is to go off on your own and finish it.

"Go into the toilet - toilets are good. Separate yourself."

Longer hours for recycling centres

St Helens Star

People in St. Helens will have

the opportunity to recycle more from 1 April as the town's waste centres open an extra three hours a day.

The two recycling centres at Junction Lane in Newton-le-Willows, Ravenhead on Burtonhead Road will now be open from 8am to 8pm seven days a week.

The centre on Tasker Terrace in Rainhill will be open from 9am to 6pm on Saturdays and from 9am to 3pm on Sundays.

News on the hour

Phil Cooper

BBC Radio Merseyside

The jury at the Hillsborough inquests has heard no disciplinary action was taken against the police match commander for telling a lie as the disaster was unfolding.

The former deputy chief constable of South Yorkshire Police, Peter Hayes, is continuing to give evidence.

Our reporter Ben Schofield says Mr Hayes agreed with a lawyer for some of the families that David Duckenfield should have faced disciplinary proceedings for his conduct on the day.

New station art


tweets: What do you all think of the new artwork feature at Hamilton Square station?

Hamilton Square artwork

Former policeman banned from driving

Chester Chronicle

An off-duty Ellesmere Port police officer who crashed a cop car into the gates at the Cheshire force headquarters in a bid to have a showdown with his bosses

was suffering from a mental illness, a court heard.

Kevin Szabo, 40, of Waterfall Road, Prestatyn, was accused of driving a Vauxhall Astra dangerously from Ellesmere Port police station to the Cheshire Police headquarters in Winsford on 29 January 2014.

Szabo, who pleaded guilty to a charge of dangerous driving, wept in the dock as the court was told he had been sacked by Cheshire Police and his marriage has broken down.

The Recorder of Liverpool, Judge Clement Goldstone QC, banned Szabo from driving for two years and gave him a 12 month community order with supervision.

Warriors v Saints is 'biggest derby'

BBC Sport

St Helens captain Jon Wilkin says their upcoming game at Wigan is

the "biggest derby" in rugby league.

Wigan v St Helens

The two teams on Good Friday for the first time since Saints beat the Warriors in the 2014 Grand Final.

Safe stolen from Widnes garden centre

Runcorn and Widnes World

Police are appealing for information following the theft of a safe from a Widnes garden centre on Monday night.

It was taken from Rivendell Nurseries in Mill Lane, Bold between midnight and 02:00.

Cheshire Police have asked anyone with information to contact them.

News on the hour

Phil Cooper

BBC Radio Merseyside

The former South Yorkshire Police deputy chief constable says the lie told by the match commander David Duckenfield at Hillsborough was serious enough to prompt disciplinary action.

But the Hillsborough inquests have heard no action was taken by the force.

Police investigate Warrington deaths

Warrington Guardian

A police investigation has been launched after

two people were found dead at a house in Bewsey, Warrington.

The death of a 53-year-old man and a 41-year-old woman is currently being treated as unexplained by officers, who discovered the bodies on Monday.

Man taken ill after Bangface festival dies

Southport Visiter

A 25-year-old man who was

left in a critical condition after collapsing in Southport has died.

Officers were called to Pontin's Holiday Park, Shore Road, Ainsdale on Friday 20 March after the man, who had been found collapsed, was admitted to hospital.

It is understood the man was attending Bangface, a three-day music festival held there.

Chester: A55 westbound

BBC Travel

The A55 at J38 Chester is closed on the exit slip road westbound at the A483 Posthouse roundabout because of a police incident.