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Summary

  1. Updates for Monday 13 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Jenny Coleman and Rumeana Jahangir

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight

Rumeana Jahangir

BBC News Online

That's it for today but please join us tomorrow for more news, sport, travel and weather across Merseyside.

We're back at 08:00. See you then.

A cloudy evening

BBC Weather

Remaining cloudy and breezy this evening and overnight.

weather chart
BBC

Many places will stay dry, but there could be some patchy light rain and hill fog over higher ground. Cloud cover will lead to a fairly mild night.

Match preview: Liverpool v Newcastle

BBC Sport

Liverpool against Newcastle is a fixture that normally guarantees goals - it is 130 and counting now in Premier League meetings, with not a single goalless draw.

Steven Gerrard, center, celebrates scoring with teammates Lazar Markovic, left, and Jordon Ibe
Getty Images

The last stalemate these sides produced was 41 years ago - despite the starting line-ups that day including a certain Kevin Keegan and Malcolm Macdonald.

Kick-off is at 20:00.

Fake gun used on election canvasser

A man has been charged after a Conservative election canvasser was allegedly threatened with a fake gun.

Wayne Hudson, 55, of Berwyn Avenue in Hoylake, Merseyside is charged with possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

The alleged incident happened when the canvasser was out campaigning for the Tories' Esther McVey in the Wirral West constituency on Sunday.

Motorbike stolen at gunpoint

A woman had her motorbike stolen at gunpoint on Friday afternoon.

Old Moss lane
Google

The 21-year-old was approached at Old Moss Lane in Downholland by two men wearing ski masks on a yellow off-road motorcycle.

One man, reported to have a Liverpool accent, pulled a silver hand gun out of his pocket and demanded the bike which has since been recovered.

Police are appealing for information.

Coming up

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

In tonight's programme, we look at how a Cheshire woman, who was diagnosed with an incurable cancer that inspired her neighbours to record a fundraising video of "Amazing Grace", is due to undergo surgery thought to be unique in the UK.

We'll also preview tonight's match between Liverpool and Newcastle.

M56 traffic

BBC Travel

One lane is closed on

M56 eastbound between junction 14 (Hapsford) and junction 12 (Runcorn), because of a vehicle hitting a bridge.

Sakho to miss FA Cup semi-final

BBC Sport

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has been

ruled out for up to four weeks with a hamstring injury.

Mamadou Sakho
Getty Images

It means the France international will miss tonight's Premier League clash with Newcastle as well as Sunday's

FA Cup semi-final with Aston Villa at Wembley.

Sakho, 25, is also ruled out of league games against West Brom, Hull and QPR.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

The police say a man is still in hospital with "serious life-changing" injuries after a shooting in Whiston on Friday evening.

Four people were arrested and have been released on bail after the attack on Copperwood Drive.

Police say they now know that shots were fired from only one car.

Academy trust 'worst performing'

Chester Chronicle

The University of Chester Academies Trust (UCAT) has been branded

the worst performing academy chain in new Department for Education research on academies and local authority schools.

It currently sponsors nine schools, including academies at Ellesmere Port and Northwich.

UCAT responded that it was working "to secure rapid and sustainable improvement for all its academies and this is already bearing fruit".

Researchers find Icelandic crust

University of Liverpool

tweets: Our researchers have discovered a fragment of continental crust under south east
#Iceland.
news.liv.ac.uk/2015/04/13/fra

'Tree Of Lost Soles' chopped down

Rachael Connors

BBC News Online

Warrington Borough Council

has apologised for chopping down a piece of abstract public art known as the "Tree of Lost Soles".

Tree Of Lost Soles
Chris Gillespie

The tree stump was decorated with shoes, trainers and boots and was situated in the Woolston area of Warrington.

The council said the tree's "unauthorised removal" should not have happened and it would now be replaced.

Locals have put a sign on the remaining stump labelling it the "lost tree".

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

The police say a man is still in hospital with "serious life-changing" injuries after a shooting in Whiston on Friday evening.

Four people were arrested and have been released on bail after the attack on Copperwood Drive.

Police say they now know that shots were fired from only one car.

Man charged over Hoylake firearm disturbance

Wirral Globe

A man has been charged with possessing an imitation firearm following a disturbance in Hoylake on Sunday afternoon.

Householders around Berwyn Avenue said they were asked to stay away from their homes while police secured the area.

A 55-year-old Hoylake man was arrested and later charged with possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Name your BBC Music unsung hero

As part of BBC Music Day - which will see events taking place nationwide on 5 June - the BBC also wants to find the nation's unsung music heroes.

Choir
Getty Images

BBC Music wants to hear about anyone who stands out for their dedication to music, such as someone who supports young musicians or has set up a community choir.

The opportunity to nominate opens today and closes on 24 April.

Full details are on BBC Music.

Hillsborough anniversary marked with silence

Liverpool Echo

Liverpool will fall silent for a minute to

mark the 26th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

Liverpool fans
Getty Images

A minute's silence will be observed at 15:06 on Wednesday - the exact time the semi-final was stopped in 1989 - to remember the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the disaster.

Liverpool council said flags on civic buildings would be flown at half-mast and bells across the city, including at the Town Hall and Municipal Building, would be rung 96 times.

The Lime Street media wall will display an image of those who lost their lives in a visual tribute to the 96.

Train disruption

BBC Travel

There is disruption on Arriva Trains Wales between Bidston and Wrexham Central due to a broken down train at Shotton.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

As Tesco pays out £9m in compensation to two local councils after scrapping plans to build new supermarkets, BBC Radio Merseyside understands Knowsley can't make a similar claim.

Kirkby town centre had been promised a store in 2006 but earlier this year the supermarket giant shelved the plans because of financial pressures.

The local authority had already sold the land by Cherryfield Drive to Tesco - and it has emerged there was no legally binding development agreement so they can't claim compensation.

Community replace chopping down artwork

Warrington Guardian

Residents have taken matters into their own hands after a popular artwork was chopped down.

Tree of Lost Soles
Google

A sign has appeared on what remains of the Tree of Lost Soles on Manchester Road in Woolston which reads 'stump of the "lost" tree' after the well-loved piece of abstract art was removed on Thursday.

Warrington Borough Council admitted on Friday that they were responsible for the tree being removed.

Liverpool is 'leading cruise destination'

Liverpool is making a name for itself as a leading cruise destination,

according to The Telegraph.

Cruise liner on River Mersey
BBC

The newspaper highlights how the city's resurgence as a passenger port reaches its zenith as it hosts Cunard's 175th anniversary bash in May, when the company's three ships sail into what is regarded as their spiritual home for a three-day celebration.

It also says the popularity is due to the fact ships moor "in front of Liverpool's striking landmark buildings [and] just a few minutes' walk from the city centre".

No complaint after man knocked over

Tom Airey

BBC News

A man who was pictured online being knocked over by an Aintree racegoer

has declined to make a complaint to police.

Man knocked over
YouTube

Officers said the 63-year-old man from Skelmersdale suffered bruising and sore ribs after a "man collided with him" on Ormskirk Road on Thursday evening.

A 34-year-old man from Formby voluntarily attended a police station and was interviewed under caution.

Police inquiries into the incident remain ongoing.

Burst pipe closes Queens Road

BBC Travel

The B5280 Queens Road in Southport is closed in both directions between the B5245 Manchester Road junction and the Alexandra Road junction because of a burst water main.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

Knowsley Council's promising residents it is working with Tesco to sell off the land the supermarket giant had earmarked for a huge retail park in Kirkby.

It's emerged the authority won't claim compensation for the failed development - after two other councils were awarded £9m.

Tesco backed out of the project for the town because of financial pressures.

Primark and M&S to open at Broughton

Chester Chronicle

Major fashion retailer

Primark is to open a store in Broughton Shopping Park.

Broughton Shopping Park
Google

Located in 39,100 square feet of the former BHS unit, shopping park bosses say Primark will enhance existing fashion offering, which already includes New Look, River Island and Next.

M&S Foodhall will take over another section of the old BHS site, which has been divided into several parts and Outfit are set to move into a new store in 2016.

Everton draw Notts County in FA Cup

BBC Sport

Last year's beaten finalists Everton, the only WSL 2 side left in the competition, will face top-flight side Notts County

in the semi-finals of the FA Women's Cup.

Everton in 2014 FA Women's Cup final
Getty Images

Everton beat third-tier Charlton on penalties in their quarter-final, while Notts County thrashed Aston Villa 5-1.

This year's final, on 1 August, will be the first to be held at Wembley.

Everton are the only former winners left in this year's competition. Chelsea will play Manchester City in the other semi-final.

Traffic light failure at The Rocket

BBC Travel

There is disruption at The Rocket because of traffic light failure at the A5058 Queens Drive, Wavertree junction with Bowring Park Road A5080.

It is affecting traffic both ways and road users are asked to approach with care.

Liverpool set for BBC Music Day

BBC Music has announced

the inaugural BBC Music Day, a nationwide celebration of music which will take place on 5 June.

Craig Charles
BBC

Liverpool will host one of the ear-catching events as part of the International Mersey River Festival.

BBC Radio Merseyside Introducing's Dave Monks and BBC Radio 2's Janice Long will be bringing a host of new Liverpool music to the stage through the day, before BBC Radio 6 Music's mighty Craig Charles Funk And Soul Show closes the party out.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

Knowsley Council has revealed it won't claim compensation from Tesco after it backed out of plans to build a new store in Kirkby.

The supermarket giant scrapped the plans because of financial pressures after it bought the land by Cherryfield Drive in 2006.

It is thought there was no legally binding development agreement in the sale so the authority won't claim compensation, but is working with Tesco to find a new retailer to buy the space.

Liverpool v Newcastle team news

BBC Sport

Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe will return after six weeks out with a knee injury, but Mario Balotelli (illness) and Adam Lallana (groin) are likely to miss out tonight as

Liverpool take on Newcastle at home.

Liverpool FC
Getty Images

Emre Can is back from suspension but Martin Skrtel and Steven Gerrard complete bans, while a hamstring injury rules out Mamadou Sakho.

Kick off is at 20:00 and you can

listen live on BBC Radio Merseyside on 95.8FM, DAB and online.

Pollen and the weather

BBC Weather

tweets: How does the weather influence the
#pollen count? Louise explains:
bbc.in/1O6gqgv Jo

Pollen and the weather
BBC

Four taken to hospital after Tranmere crash

Wirral Globe

Four people required hospital treatment after two cars collided in Tranmere.

Fire crews were called to Derby Road just before 08:00 on Sunday.

Two men, aged 19 and 20, and a 64-year-old woman were taken by ambulance to the Royal Hospital in Liverpool. A 65-year-old man was taken to Arrowe Park Hospital.

No complaint over Aintree video

The 63-year-old man who was

filmed falling into the road after an Aintree racegoer appeared to deliberately knock him over has decided not to complain to police.

Man knocked over
YouTube

The Skelmersdale man, who suffered bruising around his eye and sore ribs after falling to the ground, was spoken to by officers about the video footage, taken on Ormskirk Road on Thursday evening.

Merseyside Police said he "declined to make any allegation or report of assault in relation to this incident".

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

As Tesco pays out £9m in compensation to two local councils after scrapping plans to build new supermarkets, BBC Radio Merseyside understands Knowsley can't make a similar claim.

Kirkby town centre had been promised a store in 2006 but earlier this year the supermarket giant shelved the plans because of financial pressures.

The local authority had already sold the land by Cherryfield Drive to Tesco - but it has emerged there was no legally binding development agreement so they can't claim compensation.

Rovers try to contain virus

Phil Kinsella

BBC Merseyside Sport

Tranmere Rovers are trying to prevent a virus from spreading amongst their squad.

George Green, Adam Dugdale and Ian Hulme all missed Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Southend after coming down with the bug.

Rovers remain inside the bottom two in League Two by a point with just four games to go.

Howard's way begins at the Arena

Singer-songwriter Ben Howard

kicks off his UK tour at the Liverpool Echo Arena tonight.

Ben Howard
BBC

The Brit Award winner will play seven arena shows in April. His Liverpool show is the only one in the North West.

Snakes rescued in Wirral fire

Firefighters rescued two snakes following a fire at a flat in Wirral.

Crews went to Big Meadow Road in Woodchurch at about 20:20 on Saturday.

Hard wired smoke alarms had activated and alerted a neighbour to the fire. The snakes were removed and taken to a place of safety.

Missing 15-year-old found

Merseyside Police

tweets: UPDATE: 15yr-old Talia Tasker, recently reported as missing, was found safe and well yday in Ellesmere Port. Thanks for sharing the appeal

Saints keep pace in Super League

BBC Sport

St Helens kept pace with Super League leaders Leeds with

victory at Huddersfield Giants to stay just four points off the Rhinos.

Huddersfield v St Helens
SWPIX.COM

St Helens began the game six points off the pace at the top of Super League following Leeds' win at Salford but they ended a three-match losing run to get their campaign back on track.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

More than 1,000 health care workers are in Liverpool for a major union conference looking at the state of the NHS.

The three-day Unison at the BT Convention Centre brings together nurses, midwives, paramedics, occupational therapists and hospital cleaners.