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  2. Updates for Tuesday 21 April 2015

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Fine evening ahead

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After a

fine evening with late sunshine, a dry night will follow with clear skies allowing a touch of frost in some areas.

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However, cloud may increase a little by dawn.

Everton McCarthy boost

Everton manager Roberto Martinez is hopeful James McCarthy can recover from an ankle injury in time to face Manchester United at the weekend.

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The 24-year-old picked up the knock during the side's 1-0 win over Burnley on Saturday.

Martinez told evertontv the midfielder had "reacted very well" to treatment.

All change at Liverpool?

BBC Sport

BBC Sport reporter Ben Smith gives us the

latest insight into the comings and goings that could reshape Liverpool this summer.

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Italian side Juventus have been linked with a £50m move for Raheem Sterling.

Belgian international Divock Origi will join the club from his loan spell at Lille, while Manchester City's James Milner is also linked with a move to the Reds.

£60k to expand LGBT themed art

An art gallery in Liverpool has been awarded £60,000 to expand its collection of works representing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) themes.

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The Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool will receive the grant from the Art Fund to help bring LGBT stories to visitors through historic and contemporary art.

Charlotte Keenan, Curator of British Art at National Museums Liverpool, said she hopes to open up the collections to new audiences and incorporate LGBT narratives into permanent displays.

Coming up on NWT

Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, North West Tonight

Coming up on North West Tonight - a former senior South Yorkshire Police officer admits the force tried to collect evidence to "denigrate" Liverpool fans after Hillsborough.

And, a man wanted for his alleged role in the murder of a 25-year-old man from Liverpool, is apprehended in Spain.

Join us live from 18:30 on BBC One.

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Liverpool Football Club's plans to build high screens around their training ground

have been approved by the city council.

The Reds wants to stop people watching and filming sessions at their Melwood Drive complex.

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Liverpool City Council backed the club's proposals to install 4.5m (15ft) high retractable screens which would be closed during first-team training.

Burglary and fire probed

Rumeana Jahangir, BBC News

Police are appealing for information after a burglary and fire last week at a parade of shops in Merseyside.

At about 01:30 BST on Thursday, the One Stop convenience store on Hillside Road in Huyton was burgled.

Merseyside Police and the local fire service are investigating after a fire broke out and damaged nearby premises.

Hillsborough inquests

A senior police officer at Hillsborough has admitted a memo he wrote asking for evidence of "unruly behaviour"

was an attempt to "denigrate" Liverpool fans.

Terry Wain, an ex-chief superintendent who compiled a report for a public inquiry, accepted South Yorkshire Police had behaved "disgracefully".

Mr Wain told the inquests he could not remember sending the memo, written in July 1990.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

A retired senior South Yorkshire Police officer says his nature wouldn't have allowed him to get involved in a cover-up about the Hillsborough disaster.

Ex-chief superintendent Terry Wain has been giving a second day of evidence at the new inquests.

M62 lane closure

BBC Travel

One lane is closed and there's slow traffic on the

westbound M62 in Cheshire due to a broken down "abnormal load".

It's slow between junction 8 Burtonwood Road and junction 7 Rainhill Stoops.

Missing teenager

Police have appealed for help to find a 15-year-old who's missing from his home in Maghull.

Peter McDonald
Merseyside Police

Peter McDonald was last seen on 12 April at Maghull train station.

He is described as 5ft 7in tall, of medium build with green eyes. He has connections to the Southport area, police said.

Sandbank rescue

Three men have been rescued from a sandbank in the Manchester Ship Canal at Ellesmere Port.

Emergency crews were called to South Pier Road at about 14:50 BST after their dinghy drifted.

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Garry Sawdy, from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "They were very lucky to have been stranded on the sandbank without being hit by any of the large craft that frequent the canal."

Taking Wirral 'forward for the future'

Wirral Globe

Wirral's new chief executive says it is important to have a period of "listening, learning and talking" to make sure the authority has a plan to help the borough progress further.

In his first message to council workers, Eric Robinson - who formally took up his post on 7 April - said he wants to understand what the authority needs to do for the people of Wirral.

Fire broke out 'during burglary'

A large fire in Huyton which destroyed several shops broke out during a burglary at a convenience store, police said.

Fire at Hillside Road shops in Huyton
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blaze spread through the parade shortly after a group forced its way in to the One Stop store on Hillside Road in the early hours of Thursday.

Merseyside Police said a number of premises had to be demolished due to the scale of the damage.

Hillsborough statement changes 'went beyond' advice

Judith Moritz

North of England correspondent, BBC News

Ch Supt Denton has told the jury at the new inquests he was "surprised" to hear that officers whose statements were amended were not shown what had been changed.

He also said he was aware that, in some cases, the amendments to police statements "went beyond" those advised by solicitors.

The fact statements were being amended by South Yorkshire Police was known by West Midlands Police and Lord Justice Taylor, he added.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

A huge fire which gutted a row of businesses in Huyton last week started during a burglary, say police.

Four shops have had to be demolished after fire spread through the retail units in Hillside Road on Thursday.

'I was responsible for vetting statements' - Denton

Judith Moritz

North of England correspondent, BBC News

Ch Supt Denton says he understood police statements would have "hearsay, comment and opinion" removed - things "not admissible".

Of vetting statements, Ch Supt Denton told the Independent Police Complaints Commission last year, "I was overseeing this process and take full supervisory responsibility for it".

Ch Supt Denton added: "The hands-on task of amending them was carried out by (a team of officers) though I was consulted regularly".

'Force had duty to be open and frank' - Denton

Judith Moritz

North of England correspondent, BBC News

Ch Supt Denton was the officer who liaised with West Midlands Police during their 1989 investigation into the disaster.

He said he had "reservations" about the West Midlands force using South Yorkshire Police officers statements "as they contained confidential matters".

Coroner: "Did you have a view as to whether South Yorkshire Police as a public body had a duty to be open and frank with the public?"

Denton: "Of course, yes."

Ch Supt Denton says he would have reported the need to review police statements to a more senior officer - "probably Mr Wright" (South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable).

Senior officer arranged Thatcher visit

Judith Moritz

North of England correspondent, BBC News

Ch Supt Denton liaised with Downing Street to arrange the visit of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Home Secretary Douglas Hurd to Hillsborough on day after the disaster.

The day after Hillsborough, it was also decided that an external police force should investigate.

Ch Supt Denton was the South Yorkshire Police officer who liaised with West Midlands Police during their investigation into Hillsborough.

Ch Supt Denton questioned at Hillsborough inquests

Judith Moritz

North of England correspondent, BBC News

The next witness being sworn in at the new Hillsborough inquests is former Chief Superintendent Donald Denton.

The jury is told that Ch Supt Denton - who was in charge of "management services" at South Yorkshire Police - "played a part in the revision and review of witness statements".

He was not on duty on the day of Hillsborough but went to South Yorkshire Police headquarters on the evening of the disaster to assist control room staff.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

South Yorkshire Police tried to collect evidence to "denigrate" Liverpool fans before the original inquests into the deaths at Hillsborough.

The new inquests in Warrington have heard that former Chief Superintendent Terry Wain sent a memo to a detective asking him to find evidence of drunk fans and forged tickets.

Tinmouth 'over the moon'

Jenny Tinmouth said she is "over the moon" after completing her first two races with her new Honda Racing team.

Jenny Tinmouth
Honda (UK)

The Ellesmere Port motorcyclist posted 23rd and 30th-placed finishes at the second round of the British Superbikes championship (BSB) at Brands Hatch.

She brushed off the disappointment of her opening weekend at Donington Park a fortnight ago, where she crashed out of race one and technical issues forced her out of race two.

Tinmouth, who became the first female rider in BSB history in 2011 , signed a contract for this year's championship with Honda.

Hillsborough: Wain denies cover-up

Judith Moritz

North of England correspondent, BBC News

The new inquests into the Hillsborough disaster have resumed this afternoon in Warrington.

Ch Supt Terry Wain is being asked if he was ever a freemason. He says "absolutely no".

Terry Wain says he's proud of his police service, saying, "I loved every minute" and headed up the South Yorkshire Police investigation into the Yorkshire Ripper.

Asked if he was involved in a cover-up about Hillsborough Ch Supt Wain says "I wouldn't have allowed it. My nature wouldn't have allowed it."

Hillsborough: Police memo 'tried to denigrate' fans

A Hillsborough senior police officer has admitted a memo he wrote asking for evidence of "unruly behaviour" was

an attempt to "denigrate" Liverpool fans.

Hillsborough disaster
Hillsborough Inquests

Terry Wain, an ex-chief superintendent who was asked to compile a report for a public inquiry into the tragedy, accepted the move was "disgraceful".

Mr Wain told the inquests he could not remember sending the memo, written in July 1990.

Ninety-six fans died as a result of a crush at the 15 April 1989 match.

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News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

A former chief superintendent has agreed a memo he wrote attempted to "denigrate" the Liverpool fans who were involved in the Hillsborough disaster.

Terry Wain told the jury at the new inquests that the attitude of South Yorkshire Police had been disgraceful.

The memo was asking a detective to find evidence of drunkenness of the fans and of forged tickets.

Herbert undergoes brain surgery

Liverpool Echo

Celebrity hairdresser Herbert Howe is undergoing surgery for a brain tumour.

Herbert Howe
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The flamboyant crimper and charity champion began six hours of surgery at the Walton Centre at around 12 noon today and is expected to spend at least 48 hours in intensive care.

But true to form, he blow dried his own hair before going into theatre to make sure he looked his best.

Police appeal for help tracing John Teare

Merseyside Police are appealing for help to trace a 45-year-old man from Liverpool they want to speak to in connection with two burglaries.

John Teare
Merseyside Police

John Teare, 45, is described as being white, 6ft tall of a medium build with shaven dark brown hair and hazel coloured eyes.

He is believed to have links to the Speke and Anfield areas.

Can anybody love anybody?

Or are there still taboos?

Blood Wedding tells a tale of searing lust, love and rebellion to its limit.

Blood Wedding
Viktoria Begg

The performance runs at the Everyman Theatre from 21 - 25 April and includes a creative combination of British Sign Language interpretation, captioning and audio description.

B&Q to close warehouse axing 150 jobs

Liverpool Echo

Home improvements retailer

B&Q is to close its Runcorn warehouse operation with the loss of up to 150 jobs.

The closure is reported to take place on 31 July with plans for the workload to be split between other sites including in Doncaster.

News on the hour

Jessica Robbins

BBC Radio Merseyside

Sefton Council bosses have met with parents of children with special needs in the borough after concerns about the future of transport services.

A campaign was set up after parents received a questionnaire about the services offered to over 16s in the borough.

The council now admits one of the questions could have caused concern and should have been written differently.

Hillsborough: Bettison 'at heart' of police case

Judith Moritz

North of England correspondent, BBC News

Families' lawyer Mark George QC asks Ch Supt Wain: "Is it right that Norman Bettison was at the heart of the presentation of the South Yorkshire Police case?"

Wain: "We worked as a team."

Police took photos of cans and bottles on day of disaster

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

The jury at the Hillsborough inquests has been told that, at 17:55 on the day of the disaster, a police photographer was sent out to take pictures of discarded alcohol containers.

Ch Supt Terry Wain agrees that sending photographer to take pictures of cans and bottles was South Yorkshire Police 'starting to create a narrative' that fans were to blame.

Plot to smear fans 'disgraceful' - Wain

Judith Moritz

North of England correspondent, BBC News

The new inquests have been shown a memo written by Ch Supt Wain in preparation for the 1990 inquests.

The memo asks another officer to find evidence of unruly behaviour of fans: drunkenness, crowded pubs, forged tickets.

Mr Wain is asked by families lawyer Mark_George QC: "It looks as if this is clear evidence of an attempt to denigrate the fans?

Wain: "I must agree with you."

Mark George QC: "It's disgraceful, isn't it, that this was the attitude of South Yorkshire Police?"

Wain: "Yes. I'm not happy with it."

Horror writer honoured for 'outstanding' work

Wirral Globe

Liverpool-born horror writer

Ramsey Campbell is to receive an honorary fellowship from Liverpool John Moores University for an 'outstanding' contribution to literature.

Ramsey Campbell
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The 69-year-old author has received more awards for his work than any other author in the horror genre and has been praised by others writers including Stephen King and James Herbert.

Mr Campbell will receive his honorary fellowship during a graduation ceremony at the university in July.

News on the hour

Jessica Robbins

BBC Radio Merseyside

Sefton Council bosses say they will not be scrapping transport services for special needs children.

Concerned parents set up a campaign group over a questionnaire they were sent about changing the services offered to over-16s in the borough.

The council now admit one of the questions could have caused concern and should have been written differently.

Hillsborough latest

Judith Moritz

North of England correspondent, BBC News

Coroner: "The fact Gate C was opened was a very important matter.. something that had to feature in the report?"

Wain: "I'd have expected it to."

Wain report 'bad-mouthed' fans

Judith Moritz

North of England correspondent, BBC News

Ch Supt Wain says he "can't explain" why his report made no mention of the police failure to close the tunnel, delay the kick-off, or control the crowd outside ground.

Mr Wain also tells Mark George QC he doesn't know why his report excluded information from a sergeant whose statement had mentioned past tunnel closures.

Mark George QC: "You managed to find space in your report for 100 pages of police officers bad-mouthing Liverpool fans and not a single line about 'we lost control of the crowd - that's what caused this disaster'."

Wain: "I wasn't going to make that decision, Lord Justice Taylor was."