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Summary

  1. We will be back from 08:00 on Tuesday with more news, sport, travel and weather from across Merseyside
  2. Updates for Monday 20 April 2015

Live Reporting

By Jenny Coleman and Lynette Horsburgh

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight!

Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News

That's all from your Local Live team for today.

It would be great if you could join us again at 08:00 on Tuesday for news, sport, travel and weather from around Merseyside.

Until then, though, goodnight!

Dry with clear skies

It will be a dry evening and night with largely clear skies.

The winds will remain light and it will turn rather cold in rural locations with a touch of frost and perhaps the odd mist patch forming, especially likely on the Wirral.

Charlie Slater
BBC

Minimum temperature: 1C/34F

Coming up at 18:30

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

We'll have the latest on the man who has been arrested in London on suspicion of murdering his mother and sister in Bootle.

Bernadette Fox (left) and daughter Sarah Fox
Merseyside Police

A former chief superintendent denies telling police officers to put the blame for the Hillsborough tragedy on "drunken, ticketless Liverpool" fans at the inquests.

And is it all in the head for the Reds? Question marks over Liverpool's big game mentality as they fail to reach the FA Cup final.

Watch more on BBC One at 18:30

Hillsborough inquests

Ben Schofield, BBC Radio Merseyside

A draft report about the Hillsborough disaster "exaggerated" how late fans turned up at the stadium on the day, a senior officer involved in writing it has admitted.

Former Ch Supt Terry Wain oversaw the team which wrote the report, which was being prepared for a public inquiry into the tragedy.

A jury heard how the report stressed the importance of alcohol on fans' behaviour on the day. But it did not include many references to senior officers losing control or criticism of police leadership.

Ninety-six Liverpool fans died after the terrace crush on 15 April 1989

Anger over Saughall traveller convoy

Chester Chronicle

Angry residents living near a Saughall cycle path which has been "taken over" by a convoy of travellers are at the end of their tether as

the encampment enters its fourth day.

More than half a dozen caravans arrived on the land, situated on the Welsh border with Sealand, last Friday afternoon - causing chaos for those living nearby who claim the noise and litter issues are becoming unbearable.

But much of the anger has been directed at Sustrans North West, the charity who own the land and North Wales Police, who have told the community they are unable to act unless the landowners make an attempt to remove the convoy.

M6 delays

BBC Travel North West

There is traffic congestion on the M6 junction 23 A580 East Lancashire Road in both directions at Haydock,

reports BBC Travel.

Hillsborough officer denies fan blame plot

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

An ex-senior police officer has

denied telling fellow officers to put the blame for the Hillsborough tragedy on "drunken, ticketless Liverpool" fans.

Hillsborough disaster
Hillsborough Inquests

Ch Supt Terry Wain was responding to

a claim from ex-inspector Clive Davis that he made the order at a briefing two days after the disaster.

Mr Wain said he did not instruct officers to gather evidence against supporters and denied knowing Mr Davis at the time.

Latest headlines

BBC Radio Merseyside

A man has been arrested on suspicion of the murders of his mother and sister on Merseyside.

Bernadette Fox, 57, died of asphyxiation and her 27-year-old daughter Sarah was stabbed to death at separate addresses in Bootle last week.

Peter Fox, 26, was arrested earlier at Euston in London.

Coming up

Simon Hoban

BBC Radio Merseyside

A young girl from Warrington is the face of a campaign to make more children aware of what to do in an emergency.

Elleemae Addison from Great Sankey, was aged five at the time, called 999 when her mother Loretta had a epileptic fit.

I'll be speaking to her proud and grateful mother on

BBC Radio Merseyside.

Bouncer accused of killing was 'threatened'

Southport Visiter

A bouncer who struck a man outside a Southport nightclub - who later died after suffering brain injuries - says he had

threatened to stab him.

What has gone wrong at Liverpool?

BBC Sport

After Liverpool's FA Cup semi-final defeat by Aston Villa, Brendan Rodgers has become the first Anfield boss since the 1950s not to win a trophy in his first three seasons in charge.

Liverpool fans
Getty Images

But

where has it gone wrong? And will Rodgers still be on Merseyside next season?

Teens attack man outside Wallasey shop

Liverpool Echo

A man has been left in hospital after a gang of teenagers knocked him to the floor and kicked him repeatedly outside Bargain Booze in Wallasey.

The assault took place on Victoria Road at around 19:00 last night and involved a large group of teenagers who targeted the 46-year-old.

Drugs seized in Southport raid

Southport Visiter

Suspected Class A drugs were seized after

police raided a home in Southport.

Police executed a search at a house in The Grange, Churchtown, on Sunday.

A force spokesman said a 28-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of burglary offences.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

A man has been arrested on suspicion of the murders of his mother and sister on Merseyside.

Bernadette Fox, 57, died of asphyxiation and her 27-year-old daughter Sarah was stabbed to death at separate addresses in Bootle last week.

Peter Fox, 26, was arrested earlier at Euston in London.

Meeting to discuss Wirral fire stations merger

The future of the fire service in West Wirral will be considered at a public meeting today.

Upton fire station
Google

The potential merger of the West Kirby and Upton stations and the building of a new station at Saughall Massie Road will be discussed.

It is the first public meeting and takes place as part of the 12-week public consultation, which runs until 18 May.

The meeting starts at 18:30 at the St Mary's Centre on Saughall Massie Road. You can read more about

the Mersey Fire proposals here.

Speed checks on Allerton road

Merseyside Police Allerton

tweets: Officers this morning carried out a speed check along Halewood Rd, L25. Six drivers driving in excess of 30MPH.
#slow

Merseyside Police carrying out speed check
Merseyside Police

Watch: Activists occupy Liverpool building

Liverpool Echo

Activists are

occupying an historic Liverpool city centre building for a third day today.

The old Bank of England
Google

The protestors, calling themselves 'Love Activists', entered The Old Bank of England Building on Castle Street at around 03:00 on Saturday morning.

They want the building to be used as a centre for the homeless.

Hillsborough: Report 'stressed influence of alcohol'

Judith Moritz

North of England correspondent, BBC News

The court have been looking at a draft version of the report which South Yorkshire Police submitted to the Taylor Inquiry into the Hillsborough disaster.

The report mentioned the amount of alcohol drunk by Liverpool fans and former Ch Supt Terry Wain agreed it stressed the influence of alcohol.

Mr Wain denied that there was a deliberate decision to exclude criticism of police and include criticism of fans in his report.

Reasons to be cheerful

BBC Sport

This should cheer Brendan Rodgers up - more than half of you answering a BBC Sport poll asking who should manage the Reds next season reckon he's still the right man to be in the Anfield hot seat.

Brendan Rodgers
BBC

That said, a quarter of you think it'll be Jurgen Klopp. Is that just wishful thinking, Liverpool fans?

Full results of the poll are here.

Tweeting about Lower Lane

Merseyside Police Lower Lane

tweets: The Lower Lane Police Station twitter account is now live! Please follow us for news and events in your area.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

Friends of a mother and daughter who were killed in Bootle are helping to raise funds to pay for their funerals.

More than £1,000 has already been donated in memory of 57-year-old Bernadette Fox and her 27-year-old daughter Sarah - they were found dead at two separate addresses in Bootle last week.

Police in London have arrested a man on suspicion of their murders. Peter Fox, 26, was detained at Euston Station this morning and is being brought back to Merseyside for questioning.

Art installed at station

Arts organisation Metal Culture

tweets: Artist
@dajope installs the next image in his series to be displayed at Edge Hill Station.
#artinliverpool

Edge Hill station art
@MetalLiverpool

Police appeal after Runcorn robbery

Police are appealing for witnesses following a robbery in Runcorn on Friday.

A 34-year-old man was assaulted by a man on the steps leading from Hankey Street at about 11:00.

The man stole a money tin with a distinctive £50 note design on it, police said, and is described as white and about 6ft with dark hair.

He was said to be wearing a pale blue puffer coat and dark combat trousers and ran off towards Percival Lane.

Last day to register to vote

Sefton Council

tweets: Are you registered to vote? Today is the last day & it's really easy to do online
#GE2015
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Flights diverted to Liverpool due to drone

Five flights were diverted to Liverpool John Lennon Airport from Manchester after

a drone was spotted close to the flight path.

One of the runways had to be closed for 20 minutes after the sighting, leading to four international and one local flight being sent to Liverpool, where they landed just after noon.

They were travelling from Keflavik in Iceland, Faro in Portugal, Copenhagen in Denmark, Barcelona in Spain and Southampton.

A spokesman from Manchester Airport said Greater Manchester Police had carried out a search with a police helicopter following the sighting but nothing was found. The runway has now re-opened.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

A retired South Yorkshire chief superintendent has strongly denied a claim he plotted to put the blame for the Hillsborough disaster onto drunken, ticketless Liverpool fans.

Terry Wain is giving evidence at the new inquests.

Today, Mr Wain said he wasn't involved in Hillsborough at that time and that he never made such a claim.

He said he didn't know why the former officer would say something like that - but he said he was angry that his unblemished character has been destroyed by, as he said, "an idiot like that".

Ukranian children visit fire station

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service

tweets: A group of children from Ukraine visited Chester Fire Station as part of their UK holiday.
bit.ly/1Hnrxl0

Children at Chester fire station
@CheshireFire

Man's body found in Chester canal

An investigation has begun into the death of a man whose body was found in the Shropshire Union Canal in Chester on Sunday.

Shropshire Union Canal
Google

The body of 64-year-old Nigel Jones, from Chester, was found in the waterway opposite Queens Place in the early hours.

Det Sgt John Lyons said Mr Jones was last seen in the Oddfellows Arms on Frodsham Street at about 23:30 on Saturday and police were "trying to establish the circumstances" surrounding his death.

Watch: Merseyside FA Cup derby classic

On BBC iPlayer,

Guy Mowbray looks back at famous FA Cup semi-finals, including the 1977 Liverpool v Everton game at Maine Road. And if you don't want to know the result, look away now...

Liverpool's Emlyn Hughes captained Paisley's side to a 3-0 win over Everton in the 1977 FA Cup semis
Getty Images

The game finished 2-2, though the scoreline doesn't tell the whole story, as the game is remembered for the goal that never was - Everton's Brian Hamilton had a late strike controversially disallowed by referee Clive Thomas.

Liverpool went on to beat Everton 3-0 in the replay, but lost in the final to Manchester United.

Coming up

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

On the programme this lunchtime, Peter Fox is arrested in London over the murders of his sister and mother in Bootle last week.

Bernadette Fox, who was 57, died of asphyxiation and her 27-year-old daughter Sarah had been stabbed repeatedly. They were found at two separate addresses on Thursday.

And an up-and-coming Lancashire cricket star smashes an amazing 350 off just 138 balls in a club match in Cheshire.

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

Boom in Merseyside cannabis production

Southport Visiter

A

boom in cannabis production on Merseyside has seen crime mobs set up large-scale drug factories - and use any means necessary to keep them guarded.

Organised gangs are targeting premises across Merseyside to harvest cannabis on an industrial scale.

Over 400 police busts took place in 2014.

News on the hour

Jessica Robbins

BBC Radio Merseyside

Friends of a mother and daughter murdered in Bootle are helping to raise funds to pay for their funerals.

Bernadette Fox and Sarah Fox
Merseyside Police

More than £1,000 has already been donated in memory of 57-year-old Bernadette Fox and her 27-year-old daughter Sarah - they were found dead at two separate addresses in Bootle on Friday.

Peter Fox, 26, was detained at Euston station this morning and is being brought back to Merseyside for questioning.

Check out the UV levels

BBC Weather

tweets: A lovely sunny day for most of us. If you're thinking of heading outside, here's a look at the UV levels. Jo

UV Levels
BBC

What's been your worst day at work?

Jenny Coleman

BBC Local Live

Pity the poor Caldy cricketers who were on the wrong end of a world record when

batsman Liam Livingstone hit an amazing 350 against them. As bad days at the office go, it has to rank as one of the worst.

Liam Livingstone
Getty Images

It set me thinking - have you got a similar story, where your bad day at work became a very good one for someone else?

Let me know your tales of working woe via

email,
Facebook or
Twitter.

Mum of murder victim to testify at parole hearing

Liverpool Echo

The mum of murder victim Helen McCourt is to

testify at her killer's parole hearing.

Marie McCourt says Ian Simms should remain behind bars until he reveals where he dumped Helen's body.

Hillsborough: Wain denies 'blame the fans' claim

Judith Moritz

North of England correspondent, BBC News

At the Hillsborough inquests, former Ch Supt Terry Wain has denied he told a meeting of officers after the disaster that they would "place blame on drunken ticketless Liverpool supporters".

He also denied his officers went to find the evidence to support putting the blame on Liverpool fans.

The jury has previously heard a claim from another police witness - Insp Clive Davis - that Mr Wain said blame was to be placed on Liverpool supporters.

Regarding that claim, Mr Wain said: "I feel angry, I do. 32 years unblemished character and an idiot like that comes and destroys it."

Hillsborough: Evidence of fans behaviour gathered

Judith Moritz

North of England correspondent, BBC News

The Hillsborough inquests jury hears how in a meeting between senior officers and lawyers after the disaster, Deputy Chief Constable Peter Hayes mentioned fan behaviour, including drinking.

Asked if police planned to to gather evidence on fan misbehaviour, former Ch Supt Wain said: "About fan behaviour, not necessarily misbehaviour".

News on the hour

Jessica Robbins

BBC Radio Merseyside

Police in London have arrested a man on suspicion of the murders of a mother and daughter in Merseyside. The 26-year-old was detained at Euston Station this morning.

He was named as Peter Fox by police and was arrested on suspicion of both murders by police at Euston this morning after a tip-off.

He is now being brought back to Liverpool for questioning.

Hillsborough: Investigation 'not a witch hunt'

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

Former Ch Supt Terry Wain told the Hillsborough inquests that his team were told their task wasn't to "investigate actions" or "establish blame in any way", and their work was "not a witch hunt.

The inquests heard officers asked about fans' mood and the work of stewards, but nothing specific about police. Mr Wain said this was "not a deliberate omission".

The questionnaire also asked for officers' "fears, feelings and observations" from the day of the disaster. Mr Wain said he did not "think there's anything significant" in those words.