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  1. Updates for Wednesday 15 April 2015
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates return from 08:00 on Thursday

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Good evening

Emma Stanley

BBC News

That's all from the Local Live team today.

Be sure to join us for all your news, sport, travel and weather again from 08:00 on Thursday.

I'll leave you with an image from the Hillsborough memorial service, on the day that Liverpool united to remember the 96 victims of the disaster.

96 balloon at Anfield

Remaining cloudy

BBC Weather

This evening will remain rather cloudy across the south with some light and patchy rain in places.

weather map

It will be clearer further north, with a ground and local air frost developing by dawn.

Coming up

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

On North West Tonight, we'll be live at Anfield to reflect on this afternoon's memorial service on the 26th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

Flowers next to the Hillsborough memorial

We'll also take a look at the NHS across the region in the lead up to the General Election.

And we'll find out about the photographer who's been commissioned to capture life on the railways.

Join me for more on BBC One at 18:30.

Cannabis farm found in Pensby

Police have seized 126 cannabis plants from a house on Somerset Road, Pensby.

Cannabis plants
Merseyside police

The discovery was made after a member of the public reported a strong smell of cannabis coming from the house on Tuesday morning.

Officers found the plants, with an estimated annual yield of around £500,000, in various stages of growth, as well as sophisticated hydroponic growing equipment. The electricity was also found to have been illegally bypassed.

M53 diversion at weekend


tweets: There will be a diversion in place on M53 over the weekend, if using Wallasey Tunnel pls allow extra time

New look for play park

Children have been celebrating the arrival of the new-look play area at Court Hey Park in Huyton.

Children testing out the new play area
Knowsley Council

A £96,000 facelift has seen the refurbishment of an existing area in a wooded area of the park to include rope swings, moving logs, climbing nets and a cradle swing.

It was designed by children and young people.

Bridge Street cinema plans passed

Warrington Guardian

A masterplan paving the way for one of the region's "largest modern cinemas" - including an IMAX screen - at the heart of the new Bridge Street development

was passed on Monday.


The council's executive board approved the revised £107m plan tipped to rejuvenate Bridge Street, which will have room for 2,000 cinema seats and 10 screens.

Ex-carer stole £5k from couple

Tom Mullen

BBC News

A former carer who stole more than £5,000 from an elderly couple has been jailed for 12 months after

the victims' daughters used hidden cameras to catch her.

Rebecca Calder

Rebecca Calder, 24, withdrew the money from the disabled couple's account in amounts of up to £300 at a time, Greater Manchester Police said.

But she was caught after hidden CCTV showed her stealing cash at the couple's home in Warrington, Cheshire.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

People across Liverpool fell silent this afternoon to remember the victims of the Hillsborough disaster.

Today marks 26 years since 96 Liverpool fans were killed in the tragedy.

Thousands of people were at Anfield for the service - fans of the club, survivors of the disaster and families of those who died.

Mariners new manager 'honoured'

Sean Hessey says he is "honoured and privileged" to have been appointed the new manager for Marine FC.

Sean Hessey
Marine FC

Since he took control of team affairs at the end of February, the Evo Stik Premier League side have lost just one game out of 10.

Marine currently lie in 22nd place with two games remaining.

On Saturday, they are at home against relegated Belper Town and the final game on 25 April is away to promotion contenders Blyth Spartans.

Try a triathlon

A scaled-down triathlon event is coming to Liverpool next weekend.

Go Tri

The GO TRI 1000 are manageable distances and the idea is to encourage people to have a go and take up the multi-sport challenge.

The event on

26 April at Liverpool Aquatics Centre is a 500m (20 lengths) swim and a 5km run around the sports park.

Sterling - will he stay or will he go?

BBC Sport

Ben Smith rounds-up the

latest news regarding Raheem Sterling's future at Liverpool.

Raheem Sterling: Will he stay or will he go?
Getty Images

The England international has turned down a £100,000 a week offer from the Reds with Manchester City at "the head of the queue" to sign the 20-year-old.

Sterling has been making front page news this week off the pitch and his future on the field is still uncertain.

Teens bailed over Mr Smiths fire

Seven teenagers arrested on suspicion of arson after the fire at Mr Smiths in Warrington have been released on bail.

Mr Smith's fire

Five boys and two girls - aged between 15 and 17 - were arrested yesterday afternoon. The police say they're still carrying out further investigations.

Green fingers and the long arm

Merseyside Police Allerton

tweets: PCSO Neil attended the open day at the Marshan road community garden

PCSO at garden opening

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

People across Liverpool fell silent less than an hour ago to remember the victims of the Hillsborough disaster.

Today marks 26 years since 96 Liverpool fans were killed in the tragedy.

Thousands of people were at Anfield for the service - fans of the club, survivors of the disaster and families of those who died.

Back to our usual service

As the Hillsborough memorial service finishes at Anfield, so we return to our regular Local Live coverage.

We will continue to bring you reaction to the service and the minute's silence, along with the usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather.

You'll Never Walk Alone closes service

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

The Kop sings You'll Never Walk Alone as the Hillsborough memorial service comes to an end.

Kops singing

Remembering the 96

Manchester City FC

tweets: Twenty-six years on Manchester City's global family remembers the 96.

Margaret Aspinall addresses the service

Andy Gill

BBC North West Tonight

There are huge cheers and a standing ovation as Margaret Aspinall addresses the Hillsborough memorial service.

She says there are more MPs here than usual, before thanking the families who have struggled for 26 years to "get where we are today".

Sue Johnston reads Beatles lyrics

Andy Gill

BBC North West Tonight

At the Hillsborough memorial service, former Brookside actress Sue Johnston read the lyrics of The Beatles song In My Life before embracing Margaret Aspinall and Trevor Hicks, who both lost children at the disaster in 1989.

How Hillsborough affected the UK

Liverpool FC

tweets: How the events of April 15, 1989 at Hillsborough affected the entire United Kingdom

Map of Hillsborough victims' home towns

'There shall be no more pain'

Andy Gill

BBC North West Tonight

I'm here at the Hillsborough memorial service, where the minute's silence was punctuated only by small noises from small children.

Former Everton player Graham Stuart said in the first reading that "they will fly upon wings like eagles".

He was followed by ex-Reds striker John Aldridge, whose reading included the line: "There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away".

Remembering with 'a band of brothers'

Speaking outside the ground, Liverpool fans shared their reasons for attending the Hillsborough memorial service.

One fan said: "It is a good day and a sad day, if it makes sense - the atmosphere is sad but you're not forgetting the 96."

A second said: "You get all sorts of supporters coming though - United fans, Everton - its good for them to come and show their respects as well."

Another fan added: "We are a band of brothers - it is sort of a nice thing to come here every year because all of us are mourning altogether, but it is an emotional day too."

Blues join Reds in remembering Hillsborough

An Everton fan was pictured paying his respects at the Hillsborough memorial, just one of many from the blue half of the city who joined in with the minute's silence.

Everton fan at Hillsborough memorial

'Never forgotten'

Former Liverpool winger Luis Garcia

tweets: 26th Aniverssary for the 96 who will never be Forgotten. #JFT96

Luis Gracia shirt

Liverpool players pay respects

Liverpool players past and present are at the Hillsborough memorial service at Anfield.

Liverpool players past and present

Bells toll for Hillsborough victims

Rumeana Jahangir

BBC News

Bells in Liverpool have tolled 96 times as the city remembers those who died 26 years ago in the Hillsborough disaster.

They rang during a minute's silence at 15:06 BST, the moment the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest was halted on 15 April 1989.

The media wall at Lime Street station showed images of the 96 victims of the crush at Sheffield Wednesday's stadium.

Victims' families and players are attending a memorial service at Liverpool's Anfield stadium.

Thoughts with the families

Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen

tweets: Thoughts today are with the 96, their families and all affected by the tragedy. Hillsborough Memorial Service:

Liverpool falls silent to remember Hillsborough 96

Liverpool is falling silent to observe a minute's silence in memory of the

96 men, women and children who lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster.

Hillsborough victims

Bells will toll 96 times during the silence, which is being observed at the exact moment the match was halted in 1989.

'Thinking of you all'

Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler

tweets: Tough day today for many..... including the families of the 96.... Thinking of you all

Names of the 96 read out

Andy Gill

BBC North West Tonight

tweets: Names of the 96 now being read out.
@BBCNWT 6.30

The Kop at Hillsborough Memorial Service

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

A service to remember the 96 victims who died at Hillsborough 26 years ago today is underway at Anfield.

Thousands have gathered at the home of Liverpool FC - including relatives of those who died, survivors, and fans who want to show their support for those most deeply affected by this tragedy.

Many of those at the ground have been dressed in Liverpool shirts and wearing a red carnation in memory of the 96.

The silence will be observed in the city centre as well - flags will be flown at half mast and bells at the town hall will ring 96 times.

The Kop applauds Hillsborugh families

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

The Kop at Anfield applauded the families of victims of the Hillsborough disaster as they made their way to their seats for the memorial service.

The Kop at the Hillsborough Memorial Service

'Resilience and determination'

Andy Gill

BBC North West Tonight

The Reverend Kevin Bolton has opened the service with the question, "is there life after Hillsborough?"

He says there is because of the resilience and the determination shown by the families of the 96 victims.

Listen to the service

BBC Radio Merseyside

We will be bringing you updates from this afternoon's Hillsborough memorial service and there'll be highlights of the service from 19:00 this evening.

Flowers at Anfield

Listen on 95.8FM, on DAB and online.

Service begins

Andy Gill

BBC North West Tonight

The Hillsborough memorial service at Anfield has now begun. Here is a picture of the order of service.

Cover of order of service

'Gone but never forgotten'

Huyton-born QPR midfielder Joseph Barton

tweets: Gone but never forgotten... #JFT96

Dalglish, Ayre and Rodgers pay their respects

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

Former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish, the club's chief executive Ian Ayre and current manager Brendan Rodgers laying flowers at the Hillsborough memorial.

Kenny Dalglish, Liverpool Football Club Chief Executive Ian Ayre, and manager Brendan Rodgers laying flowers at Hillsborough memorial

Stephen Gerrard arrives at service

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard arriving at the Hillsborough Memorial service. His 10 year-old cousin

Jon-Paul Gilhooley was one of the 96 who died.

Steven Gerrard arriving at the Hillsborough Memorial service