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  1. Updates for Friday 17 April 2015
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will return from 08:00 on Monday

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Enjoy the weekend

Tom Mullen

BBC News

That's all from the Local Live team today. Thanks for joining us and sending your comments and feedback.

Have a good weekend and do join us again on Monday, when the service resumes at 08:00.

A clear but cool evening

Sara Blizzard

Weather Presenter

It looks like a fine evening is in store, remaining dry and largely clear overnight.

BBC Weather

However, despite an easterly breeze, temperatures might dip low enough for a touch of frost in some rural areas. For the most part, temperatures shouldn't drop below 5°C.

Coming up

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

On the programme this evening, we're in Bootle, where police have launched a double murder investigation after the bodies of two women were found in houses a few streets apart.

We're in Southport for the latest on the newborn baby who was abandoned in the toilets of an amusements arcade and her mother, who was found after a police search.

And we look forward to Liverpool's FA Cup semi-final clash with Aston Villa on Sunday.

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

Lallana admits he 'must do better'

BBC Sport

Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana, 26, has admitted his performances for the club have not lived up to his £24m fee,

the BBC Sport gossip column reports.

Adam Lallana
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Teen cautioned over veteran attack

St Helens Star

A teenager who allegedly kicked a war veteran in the back

has been given a caution.

Bridge removal to close M53 for the weekend

Paul Burnell

BBC News

Wirral's motorway closes later for 55 hours as part of a project to repair a slip road and install a new bridge.

M53 motorway

The work at Junction 2 of the M53 at Moreton will begin at 22:00.

One of the bridges which carry the junction slip roads over the motorway will be removed in preparation for a new bridge deck installation.

The motorway will be closed southbound between junctions one and three and at junction two northbound until 05:00 on Monday.

Why FA Cup semi-finals are a 'must watch'

BBC Sport

"The FA Cup final? A no-brainer - Liverpool v Arsenal." Think again.

1990 FA Cup semi-final between Crystal Palace and Liverpool

In the 1990 FA Cup semi-final, Liverpool led 3-2 against Crystal Palace with five minutes to go. After Andy Gray equalised, Alan Pardew buried an injury time header to Red disbelief and Eagles delirium.

Favourites Liverpool will take nothing for granted on Sunday when they head to Wembley for their clash with Aston Villa.

New flights to Majorca

Good news for holidaymakers - Liverpool Airport has announced it will be running a new flight to Majorca next year.

Thomson Airways jet

The Thomson Airways service to Palma will run every Tuesday for 26 weeks from 16 May 2016.

Abandoned baby's mother found

Rumeana Jahangir

BBC News

Here's our

full story after the mother of a newborn baby girl abandoned inside an amusement arcade toilet block was found.

Abandoned baby April
Merseyside Police

Police said she was discovered in Merseyside.

The baby, who has been named April by hospital staff, was found inside the disabled toilets at Silcock's Amusement Arcade on Neville Street, Southport at about 19:00 on Thursday.

Bootle double murder investigation

Tom Mullen

BBC News

Here's a photo from the scene of

the Bootle double murder investigation.

Bootle murder probe

We'll bring you more updates as soon as we have them.

News on the hour

Graham Whyte

BBC Radio Merseyside

Police have launched a double murder investigation after the bodies of two women were discovered on Merseyside.

Detectives are yet to establish a motive, but believe the killer may have been known to the victims - who were found at two addresses in Bootle.

Mac joins Twitter

Former Reds favourite Gary McAllister

has joined Twitter.

Gary McAllister
Getty Images

The former Scotland international said: "Hello twitter I'm late to the twitter party but I'm finally here!"

Bootle murders: Press conference

Steve Saul

Journalist, BBC North West Tonight

I'm now at Merseyside Police headquarters waiting to hear from officers after two women are found murdered at separate houses in Bootle.

I'll bring you more as soon as I have it.

BreakingAbandoned baby's mother found

Police say the mother of the baby girl, who has been named April by hospital staff, was found "within the Merseyside area" and is currently receiving medical treatment.

Merseyside Police

Supt Claire Richards said: "I would like to thank the local community, the online community and the media for their assistance in this matter."

BreakingBreaking News

The mother of a newborn baby found abandoned inside a toilet block in an amusement arcade in Southport has been found, Merseyside Police say.

Goodison Park to host FA Cup semi

Goodison Park will host the FA Women's Cup semi-final between Everton and Notts County on 3 May at 14:00.

Everton Ladies

The Blues qualified after

beating third-tier side Charlton 4-3 on penalties last week.

Chelsea will take on Manchester City at Wycombe Wanderers in the other semi on 4 May.

This year's final will be played at Wembley Stadium for the first time in the competition's history, on 1 August.

Eleven charged after drug-dealing raids

Merseyside Police

tweet: Following execution of 17 warrants yesterday, 11 people have been charged with conspiracy to supply controlled drugs

Oglet to get £50,000 facelift

Work has started to give the Mersey Estuary in Hale a £50,000 facelift - including resurfacing work, vegetation clearance and information boards.

Halton Borough Council

The Oglet was a busy port in the 17th century and is adjacent to Liverpool John Lennon Airport, on the shore of the River Mersey.

The funding is part of the WREN project - a not-for-profit business that awards grants to community projects.

The project covers the stretch of the Mersey estuary which is a site of special scientific interest due to the intertidal flats and saltmarshes that provide feeding and roosting sites for large populations of water birds.

Returning to normal service

Tom Mullen

BBC News

We will bring you more on the investigation into the Bootle murders when we have it.

In the meantime, we will return to our usual mix of news, sport, weather and travel.

News on the hour

Graham Whyte

BBC Radio Merseyside

Merseyside Police have begun a murder investigation after the bodies of two women were discovered in Bootle overnight.

Detectives say they are yet to establish a motive, but believe the killer may have been known to the victims.

Heading to Bootle

Steve Saul

Reporter, BBC North West Tonight

I'm on my way to Bootle, where police are investigating the murders of two women, who were discovered at properties just two streets apart.

I'll bring you more information as I have it, and we'll have a full report this evening on

North West Tonight.

Double murder probe after bodies found in Bootle

Paul Burnell

BBC News

The bodies of two women have been discovered at properties on Sefton, prompting a double murder inquiry.

Worcester Road in Bootle

A woman in her 20s was found dead at an address in Worcester Road, Bootle, at 21:15 on Thursday after police heard concerns for her safety.

The body of the second woman, who was in her 50s, was found in a property on Brookhill Road at 04:00 this morning.

Officers believe the suspect was known to both victims. The deaths are being treated as suspicious.

Double murder probe: What we know so far

Tom Mullen

BBC News

I've just spoken to Merseyside Police, who say house-to-house inquiries are being carried out as part of the murder investigation into the deaths of the two women in Bootle.

Things are at a very early stage, they say, but they have confirmed they believe the deaths are linked. Brookhill Road and Worcester Road, where the two bodies were found, are just two streets away from each other.

At this stage, we don't know who the victims are or what - if any - relationship existed between them.

Police believe murders are linked

Police believe the murders of the two women in Bootle are linked.

The cause of their deaths has not yet been established and post mortem examinations are due to be carried out later.

Det Supt Tim Keelan said: "The investigation into these deaths is at an early stage and although the motive is unclear at this time, officers believe the offender may be known to the victims."

BreakingDouble murder investigation launched

Merseyside Police say the women were discovered at two addresses in Bootle.

Officers were first called to Worcester Road at about 21:15 last night amid concerns for a woman's safety. They found a woman believed to be in her late 20s with multiple injuries.

At about 04:00 this morning, police went to a property in Brookhill Road, where they discovered the body of woman in her 50s.

BreakingBreaking News

Merseyside Police have launched a murder investigation after the bodies of two women were discovered in Bootle on Thursday night.

Raheem and Philippe having a laugh

Liverpool FC

tweets: PHOTO:
@sterling31 and
@Phil_Coutinho share a laugh during training at Melwood on Friday morning

Liverpool FC training session
Liverpool FC Twitter

News on the hour

Graham Whyte

BBC Radio Merseyside

Police searching for the mother of a newborn baby abandoned in Southport have

released a CCTV image of a woman they'd like to trace.

The baby was found in the disabled toilets of Silcock's Amusement Arcade on Neville Street just before 19:00 last night. Named April by officers, she's being cared for at Ormskirk Hospital.

Eleven in court after drugs raids

Liverpool Echo

Eleven people are in court today

after being charged following drugs raids in Liverpool yesterday.

Police recovered hundreds of kilos of cannabis and seized two Audis and a Mercedes in the dawn raids.

The warrants were carried out at addresses across Old Swan, Huyton and in the city centre, and 15 men and one woman, aged between 22 and 58 were arrested.

Arrowe Park fails on waiting time targets

Wirral Globe

Figures published today by NHS England show accident and emergency

waiting time targets have been again missed at a Wirral hospital.

Arrowe Park Hopspital

The proportion of patients seen within the government maximum of four hours at accident and emergency departments in England is below the target of 95% again - they have not been met since 28 September.

For Arrowe Park, the latest figures show just 80.2% of patients were seen within four hours.

Man arrested over Whiston shooting

A 37-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following a shooting in Whiston last Friday, Merseyside Police say.

The man, who is from the Huyton area, remains in police custody.

The victim of the shooting is still in hospital in a stable condition.

Sunday bus changes


tweets: There are more changes to bus services on Sunday, check if your route is changing here

Thanks to Sean

Roy Castle Lung Cancer

tweets: Thank you to
@bbcmerseyside presenter Sean Styles for helping us raise awareness of lung cancer today

BBC Radio Merseyside's Sean Styles
Roy Castle Foundation

News on the hour

Graham Whyte

BBC Radio Merseyside

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson is facing criticism for using the city council's lawyers to start a personal legal battle with a school he used to work for.

It has emerged the publicly-funded legal team was instructed to write a letter over the decision to terminate his contract at Chesterfield High in Crosby.

Mr Anderson had worked there as a learning mentor.

Saints scrum-half could return against Rhinos

BBC Sport

St Helens scrum-half Luke Walsh could make his first start tonight after playing his first game since July 2014 in the win at Huddersfield last week.

Luke Walsh

Saints' only change to the squad is centre Josh Jones replacing Matt Dawson, who has an ankle injury.

Kick off is at 20:00 and you can

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

Abandoned baby CCTV appeal

Merseyside Police have released a picture of a woman they want to trace after a newborn baby was left abandoned in Southport on Thursday.

CCTV of woman in arcade
Merseyside Police

Officers believe the woman pictured may have information that could help them with inquiries and would urge her or anyone who recognises her to contact them.

The baby was found inside the disabled toilets at Silcock's Amusement Arcade on Neville Street at about 19:00 on Thursday.

It is thought the birth was unsupervised and there is concern for the mother's health.

St. Helens businesses optimistic over growth

St Helens Star

Businesses across St Helens are feeling increasingly optimistic about a growing economy, the first Quarterly Economic Survey conducted by St Helens Chamber for 2015 has shown.

The results suggest

over half of all respondents expect profits to improve over the next 12 months, with manufacturing firms upping their investment budgets in response to increased confidence.

Coming up

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

On the programme this lunchtime, we're in Southport, where a search is underway for the mother of a newborn baby girl who was found in an amusements arcade.

Merseyside Police

Baby April, as she has been named by hospital staff, was found abandoned inside the disabled toilets at Silcock's Amusement Arcade on Thursday.

And we're in Liverpool, where the Roy Castle Foundation prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

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

Sturridge faces online abuse

BBC Sport

Returning to the story about

the level of abuse posted about Premier League clubs and players on social media, the Kick it Out study found that Mario Balotelli - who faced the most abuse - was not the only Liverpool player singled out.

Daniel Sturridge

Striker Daniel Sturridge faced the third highest number of discriminatory posts - some 1,600, with about 60% being about sexual orientation.

The club itself was also the target for abuse 19,000 times between August 2014 and March 2015, second only to Premier League leaders Chelsea.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

As Merseyside Police appeal for a new mother to get in touch with them, it is confirmed a baby born in a toilet in Southport is doing well in hospital.

The newborn was found inside Silcock's Amusement Arcade on Neville Street at 18:50 on Thursday and it is believed the birth was unsupervised.

Officers decided to call the girl April and she's being looked after by nurses at an Ormskirk Hospital, but there's concern for the mum who could now need medical help.