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  1. Updates for Tuesday 7 April 2015

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Good evening

Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News

That's all from the Local Live team. Join us for all your news, sport, travel and weather again from 08:00 on Wednesday.

Natasha Jonas
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I'll leave you with what Natasha Jonas says is the best thing about retiring from boxing, which I think we can all agree with.

"It will be nice to not have to get up and run at six o'clock every morning."

Coming up tonight

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

On tonight's programme, the latest on the disruption caused by the cancellation of ferry services between the Isle of Man and Liverpool.

And police launch an investigation into a Facebook page said to be mocking victims of the Hillsborough disaster.

The social networking site said it has taken the page down.

Watch more on BBC One at 18:30.

Natasha's tale of the tape

Natasha Jonas had the honour of becoming

the first British female boxer in history to qualify for the Olympics after she reached the semi-finals of the 2012 World Championships.

Natasha Jonas
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Taking bronze at the event in China added to the light-welterweight bronze she won at the 2011 European Championships. She went on to take silver at the European tournament in 2014.

The lightweight fighter had to drop down two weight divisions (8kg) to box at the Olympics as there was no welterweight category.

She was favourite to win gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games but lost to Australia's Shelley Watts in her opening fight after injuring her foot.

Care of drug user's baby criticised

Emma Stanley

BBC News

Support for a baby who died with traces of cocaine and other drugs in her body was "

ineffective", a report says.

Alder Hey Children's Hospital
Sue Adair

Liverpool Safeguarding Children Board found several agencies fell short in sharing information which could have highlighted the infant's vulnerability.

Social services were alerted five times to concerns over the family's alcohol use, domestic violence and neglect.

Dry with light winds

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather Presenter

Clear spells and light winds this evening will allow some areas of mist and fog to reform overnight, especially near the coast.

Charlie Slater
BBC

It will remain dry.

Douglas ferries off tomorrow

All tomorrow's sailings between Douglas and Liverpool have been cancelled, the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company has confirmed.

The firm says all passengers booked on the Manannan fast craft's 15:00 sailing to Liverpool will be automatically transferred to Ben-my-Chree's 19:45 sailing to Heysham.

And all passengers booked on the 19:15 sailing from Liverpool will be automatically transferred to the 02:15 sailing from Heysham on Thursday, and a coach transfer for foot passengers will be provided leaving at 21:00 on Wednesday.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

Developers have unveiled plans to renovate Wolstenholme Square in Liverpool city centre - and say a new venue will be found for one of the city's biggest club nights.

Nation, which host the popular Cream night, had been under threat of closure but Elliot Group says it will build a new space for the nightclub as well as 370 new apartments in its £40m development.

Hit-and-run murder trial

Liverpool Echo

A badger-baiter accused of murdering a dad-of-two in a hit and run attack

said he only intended "to scare" his friend.

Michael Haigh
Merseyside Police

Michael Haigh, 25, admits being the driver of a Jeep Cherokee which struck Ryan Kennedy and forced him into a wall in Gable View, Norris Green.

Budding footballer who became top boxer

Natasha Jones, who was Great Britain's first ever female Olympic boxer, took up boxing as a way of losing weight after her football career faltered a decade ago.

Natasha Jonas
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She was originally a budding footballer with a US scholarship, but was forced into a very successful change of direction due to injury.

"When I started boxing, I was an overweight, unemployed scally from Toxteth," she says.

"If you'd have told me then that I would win a world championship medal and compete in front of 10,000 people at the Olympic Games, I would never have believed it, so I am very proud to have achieved those things and done so well in the sport."

Serious attack in Chester

BBC Radio Merseyside

A serious assault of a man in Chester this weekend is being investigated by police.

Northgate Street
Google

Cheshire Police say a man suffered a fractured skull after the attack on Northgate Street in the early hours of Friday and have appealed for anyone who saw the incident to contact them.

Bunnymen's finest?

Paul Burnell

BBC News

Ian McCulloch, lead singer of legendary Liverpool band Echo And The Bunnymen, has

told The Guardian the best song he ever wrote was The Killing Moon.

Ian McCulloch
PA

He says he was out all night recording the track and his then wife was very upset when he rolled up the following morning, but her heart melted when he played her the song.

I suspect the alternative might have been a rendition of one of the band's earlier hits, Rescue.

Jonas 'proud' of GB's female boxers

Retiring Liverpool boxer Natasha Jonas says she is proud of Great Britain's development into a force in international women's boxing.

Natasha Jonas (in blue) boxing
Getty Images

"Britain has surpassed other countries that have been doing it longer than us," she says.

"We used to go to tournaments and we'd be lucky to reach the second round. Now we're coming away with medals."

The 30-year-old, who hopes to move into coaching, won bronze at the 2012 World Championships before reaching the quarter-finals at the London Olympics.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

Developers have unveiled plans to renovate Wolstenholme Square in Liverpool city centre - and say a new venue will be found for one of the city's biggest club nights.

Nation, which host the popular Cream night, had been under threat of closure but Elliot Group says it will build a new space for the nightclub as well as 370 new apartments in its £40m development.

Crackdown on Grand National ticket touts

There will be a crackdown on ticket touts and other illegal traders during this weekend's Grand National at Aintree, Liverpool City Council says.

Horses gallop past the Grand National stands
Reuters

There will be eight operations taking place in the city over the three-day racing event, including inspections of licensed premises for the sale of illicit alcohol and clampdowns on cherry picking and plying for hire in the taxi trade, a spokesman says.

The council's head of licensing John McHale says the authority wants to ensure people have "a safe and enjoyable time".

Spider monkeys born at Chester Zoo

Two Colombian black-headed spider monkeys have been born at Chester Zoo.

Spider monkey with mother
Chester Zoo

The monkeys, native to Colombia and Panama, arrived within a few days of each other to mum's Christine and Mary.

Chester Zoo's Claire Parry says both new mums "are taking great care of their little ones, spending lots of time cradling them".

Spider monkey with mother
Chester Zoo

Black-headed spider monkeys are classed as critically endangered in the wild, due to deforestation and hunting.

Plans for Wolstenholme Square revealed

Developers have unveiled plans to renovate Liverpool's Wolstenholme Square - and say a new venue will be found for one of the city's biggest clubnights.

Wolstenholme Square
Elliot Group

Nation, which hosts the popular Cream night, had been under threat of closure but Elliot Group says it will build a new space for the nightclub in its £40m development.

Plans for 370 apartments, as well as shops and cafes will also be included in the work.

Last year, protests were held over the future of the area - but Elliot Group says it has the backing of local businesses which will be affected by the work.

Cathedral shortlisted for tourism award

Liverpool Cathedral has been shortlisted for

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year in the Visit England Tourism Awards 2015.

Liverpool Cathedral
Liverpool Cathedral

It faces strong competition from Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, Shropshire's Ironbridge Gorge Museum, St Austell's Lost Gardens of Heligan and The Roman Baths & Pump Room in Bath, for the top prize, the winner of which will be announced at a ceremony in Gateshead in May.

The building's director of communications Stuart Haynes says the achievement of being nominated "is remarkable for a cathedral which is first and foremost a place of worship".

"It reflects our creativity and innovation and, above all, the value every member of our team place on welcoming over 500,000 visitors a year".

'Such a talented boxer'

Olympic middleweight Anthony Ogogo

tweets:
@TashaJonas Enjoy retirement girl. What a career. Such a talented boxer and the nicest person to boot. X

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

Developers have unveiled plans to renovate Wolstenholme Square in Liverpool - and say a new venue will be found for one of the city's biggest clubs.

Nation, which hosts the popular Cream night, had been under threat of closure but Elliot Group says it will build a new space for the nightclub in its £40m development.

Plans for 370 apartments, as well as shops and cafes will also be included in the work.

Wreaths laid for Rwanda victims

A woman who survived the Rwandan genocide 21 years ago has described living in Liverpool as "heaven".

Rwanda wreath laying
BBC

She was speaking at a wreath-laying in St John's Gardens in the city centre, attended by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, which marked the anniversary of the start of the massacre.

In just 100 days in 1994, approximately 800,000 people were slaughtered in Rwanda by Hutu extremists, who targeted members of the minority Tutsi community as well as their political opponents.

The woman asked not to be named because she is still worried about being traced by people who might want to harm her and her family.

'What a career'

Team England

tweets: What a career it was for boxer
@TashaJonas! Good luck in your retirement, we'll miss you!
po.st/NatashaJonas

Plans for Southport cafe

Southport Visiter

Costa Coffee is

seeking permission to create a seating area outside its new premises in Southport town centre.

Former KGN Extra store
Google

The firm is looking to move into the vacant unit previously occupied by the former KGN Extra store on the corner of Chapel Street and Eastbank Street, at 1A Chapel Street.

Bosses have submitted a planning application to Sefton Council's planning department.

'A pioneer and inspiration to many'

Jessica Creighton

BBC Sport

I went to

speak exclusively to Natasha Jonas about her retirement from boxing at her home club, the famous Rotunda ABC in Liverpool, and found there was an air of ease about her.

Jessica Creighton and Natasha Jonas
@JessCreighton1

She seemed happy with her decision and excited for the next chapter in her life.

She described boxing as "extremely tough" and spoke with honesty about not having the motivation to carry on, particularly with the foot injury she picked up at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Natasha is a pioneer in the sport and an inspiration to many.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

Social networking site Facebook says it's taken down a page that was said to be mocking the victims of the Hillsborough disaster.

Police are now investigation the page, which featured pictures from the 1989 tragedy along with offensive comments about people from Liverpool.

A spokesman for Merseyside Police says the force received information from members of the public and inquiries are underway.

Wirral Leisure Centre remains closed

Woodchurch Leisure Centre remains closed a week after a stolen car crashed into an outbuilding and caused a gas leak.

Woodchurch Leisure Centre
Google

The incident occurred at Carr Bridge Road facility last Tuesday.

Four young men were seen running away from the wrecked car in the direction of Noctorum.

Congratulations for Natasha

Team GB

tweets: World & European medals & a historic London 2012 outing, congrats on your career
@TashaJonas!
www.teamgb.com/news/history-m

Natasha Jonas
@TeamGB

Coming up

Eleanor Moritz

North West Tonight

On the programme this lunchtime, ferry services between the Isle of Man and Liverpool are still grounded, bringing more disruption for passengers.

The boat which usually sails the route has been damaged. It means many passengers have had to be diverted to the port of Heysham.

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

A 'beast' of a teacher

BBC Sport

In case you missed it,

Match of the Day joined Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho at a local school, where he has been teaching French to children as part of the club's community work.

Mamadou Sakho
BBC

The 25-year-old France international, who Brendan Rodgers has called "The Beast" says the project is also helping him learn English.

Warrington cinema plan revealed

Warrington Guardian

Plans for 'one of the largest modern cinemas' in the North West - including an IMAX screen - will be

at the heart of the new Bridge Street development in Warrington.

Plans for Warrington town centre
Leach Rhodes Walker

A council report to be debated next week says the cinema, to be run by one of the biggest cinema operators in the country, will have room for 2,000 seats in total and is understood to be around 10 screens in size.

The development of the site will cost around £107m.

News on the hour

Graham Whyte

BBC Radio Merseyside

Police are investigating a disturbance at Pontins Holiday Park in Southport involving around 15 people.

Officers were called to the site on Shore Road in Ainsdale just after 20:00 on Sunday night.

A 26-year-old man from Huyton was arrested on suspicion of assault and released on bail.

A 'great ambassador' for women's boxing

Great Britain's Olympic boxing champion Nicola Adams says retiring fighter Natasha Jonas has been "a brilliant campaigner and has done so much to progress women's boxing in this country".

Natasha Jonas
Getty Images

"She was the first woman to ever box for Great Britain, the first to qualify for the Olympics and the first to box at the Games, so she has achieved a lot and been a great ambassador for the sport," she said.

"I have trained, competed and travelled all over the world with Natasha for the last five years, so will be really sad to see her leave."

Ferry cancellations: Communication 'horrendous'

Paul Burnell

BBC News

Passengers left stranded in the Isle of Man after sailings were cancelled

have described the ferry company's communication as "horrendous".

Isle of Man Steam Packet ferry queues
BBC

All Manannan ferry sailings between Douglas and Liverpool have been suspended because of damage to its jet system caused by sea debris.

The Steam Packet Company said damage was "more extensive than first identified" and offered its apologies.

Ill gardener's tools replaced by neighbours

Liverpool Echo

A chronically ill gardener left devastated when thieves stole his allotment tools had his confidence in people restored

after strangers stepped in to provide replacements.

Mark Corkhill, who has motor neurone disease, had nearly £1,000 worth of tools and machinery, which help him to continue gardening despite his illness, stolen from his plot in Sefton Park last month.

Thomas Porterfield and Stephen Brookes, who own a home growing store, said they will replace everything that was taken and give the retired mechanic unlimited access to their supplies.

Boxing at Olympics 'was surreal'

Retiring boxer Natasha Jonas says not winning a medal at her home Olympics is the biggest regret of her career, but fighting there was her "wildest dream come true".

Natasha Jonas (in blue) boxing at London 2012
Getty Images

The Liverpudlian won bronze at the 2012 World Championships before

reaching the quarter-finals at the London Olympics.

She says London 2012 "will never be matched. It was surreal".

"I remember saying to my mum when I was four and watching the Olympics on the TV: 'Mum, mum, I'm gonna be there.' It took me 24 years but I still achieved it."

News on the hour

Graham Whyte

BBC Radio Merseyside

Police are investigating a Facebook page mocking victims of the Hillsborough disaster.

The page - which featured pictures from the 1989 tragedy along with offensive comments about people from Liverpool - has since been taken down.

A spokesman for Merseyside Police says the force received information from members of the public and inquiries are underway.

Man charged after Mersey escape attempt

Warrington Guardian

A suspected burglar, who allegedly attempted to escape from officers by jumping into the River Mersey,

has been charged.

The 38-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of burglary on Thursday after police were called out to a property on Bretton Avenue.

He tried to escape by swimming across the River Mersey but gave himself up and returned to land where he was treated by paramedics.

He is due to appear at Halton Magistrates Court on 16 April on two charges of burglary.

New home for lap dancing club

Lap dancing club X In The City is relocating from Lime Street to the former Fudge nightclub building on Wood Street.

Fudge, Wood Street, Liverpool
Colliers International

The building it currently occupies in Lime Street is subject to a compulsory purchase order as part of a £35m regeneration scheme. There is no date for the opening of the new premises.

Natasha Jonas retires from boxing

BBC Sport

Natasha Jonas, the first woman to box for Great Britain at the Olympic Games,

has retired 16 months before Rio 2016.

Natasha Jonas
Getty Images

The Liverpudlian won bronze at the 2012 World Championships before reaching the quarter-finals at the London Olympics.

The 30-year-old, who hopes to move into coaching, told BBC Sport: "I don't think I've got the hunger and dedication to achieve any more."