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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 22 April 2015
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates return from 08:00 on Thursday

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Paul Burnell

BBC News

Thank you for your company.

We're back tomorrow with the latest news, sport, travel and weather at 08:00.

Dry overnight

Dianne Oxberry

Weather presenter, North West Tonight

It will remain dry overnight with clear spells and light winds for most.

Weather graphic
BBC

Towards the east, areas such as Warrington, are likely to turn more cloudy by dawn. Minimum temperature: 3°C.

Probably more cloud tomorrow than on recent days, though still dry and bright with some warm sunny spells developing, particularly during the afternoon. Maximum temperature: 20°C.

Coming up

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

On tonight's programme, the mother of a newborn baby found abandoned in the toilet block of a Southport amusements arcade appears in court charged with attempted murder and child cruelty.

A Liverpool man is among four suspects charged with child sex offences as part of an investigation in Rochdale.

And we're in Knowsley to find out what it is like campaigning in a safe seat.

Join us at 18:30.

Court hears testimony from dead woman

Chester Chronicle

An alleged rape victim is giving evidence from beyond the grave because she committed suicide a week after claiming she had been kidnapped and raped by a man whom she assumed was a taxi driver.

A jury is watching the video-taped interview the 20-year-old woman, from Colwyn Bay, gave to police two days after the incident which took place in Chester in the early hours of August 10 last year.

The stairs of Cheshire's museums

Cheshire West and Chester Museums have been

tweeting pictures of one of the often overlooked aspects of their institutions - their staircases.

Among the buildings that have had their stairs showcased is the Grosvenor Museum in Chester, which - in turns out - has some pretty spectacular steps.

Grosvenor House stairs
@cwacmuseums

Waiting for a nibble

Ellesmere Port's Blue Planet Aquarium

tweets: Waiting for our Lemon Shark to bite.
#FeedingTime

Feeding time at Blue Planet Aquarium
@WilmaTheShark

Tuebrook man's next of kin sought

Liverpool Coroners' Office is trying to trace the next of kin of Stephen Joseph Wood, who died earlier this month.

The 56-year-old, who is believed to have children, was found inside his home in Sunlight Street, Tuebrook on 12 April.

Police say his death was not suspicious.

All lines reopened

Northern Rail

tweets: UPDATED: Following an earlier trespass incident between
#LiverpoolLimeStreet and
#EdgeHill all lines have now reopened.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

A former chief superintendent has denied there was a deliberate attempt by South Yorkshire Police to withhold officers statements about the Hillsborough disaster from a public inquiry.

Donald Denton, who oversaw the process of amending officers statements following the disaster, is giving evidence at the inquests in Warrington.

Pete Weatherby QC put it to him that there was a "train of evidence" about the police tactic of closing the tunnel to the Leppings Lane terraces that was "not provided to the Taylor Inquiry by South Yorkshire Police".

Mr Denton said there was "definitely nothing deliberate in withholding statements", adding "that is nonsense".

Jump threat man delays trains

Liverpool Echo

Trains in and out of Liverpool Lime Street were cancelled or delayed as a man threatened to jump from a bridge.

Merseyside Police were called at 13:15 after reports there was a man in a distressed state on a wall near the railway tracks at Edge Hill railway station.

Skelmersdale man wanted over assault

Detectives are trying to trace a 24-year-old Skelmersdale man they want to speak to about an assault last month.

Jamie Bamber
Lancashire Police

Jamie Bamber, also known as Jamie Hitchcock, is wanted in connection with an assault on a man at his home on 15 March, which left him seriously injured.

Sparrowhawk spotted in Southport

Southport Reporter

tweets: A sight u don't normally spot from your office window. A Sparrowhawk with its prey a pigeon in
#Southport Town Center

Sparrowhawk
@SouthportReport

Edge Hill trains still delayed

Northern Rail

tweets:
#EdgeHill Trains to and from Liverpool Lime Street may still be delayed by up to 60 minutes whilst services recover.

Who is the 'Shady Lady'?

Jenny Coleman

BBC Local Live

A mystery piece of artwork has appeared in Wirral - leading to suspicion on social media that it may be a Banksy.

Graffiti art in New Brighton
BBC

The graffiti, of a woman in a coat, has been nicknamed as the 'Shady Lady' as it appeared on a shaded wall on the side of a former garage in Albion Street in New Brighton.

What do you think? Let me know via

email,
Facebook or
Twitter.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

A former chief superintendent has denied there was a deliberate attempt by South Yorkshire Police to withhold officers statements about the Hillsborough disaster from a public inquiry.

Donald Denton, who oversaw the process of amending officers statements following the disaster, is giving evidence at the inquests in Warrington.

Pete Weatherby QC put it to him that there was a "train of evidence" about the police tactic of closing the tunnel to the Leppings Lane terraces that was "not provided to the Taylor Inquiry by South Yorkshire Police".

Mr Denton said there was "definitely nothing deliberate in withholding statements", adding "that is nonsense".

A494: One lane blocked

BBC Travel

One lane is blocked and there is queuing traffic on the A494, Aston Hill westbound between Queensferry and Buckley Turn Off because of a broken down car.

Campaign seeks more Ainsdale football pitches

Southport Visiter

A campaign has been launched to provide more pitches for football players in Ainsdale.

Southport and Ainsdale Amateurs AFC is asking as many people as possible to sign a petition calling on Sefton Council to allow them to play on the playing fields at the former Ainsdale High School site.

The land is currently earmarked for 243 new homes, after councillors voted through the borough's 15-year Local Plan in January.

Wavertree Road reopens

Merseytravel

tweets: Wavertree Rd as reopened following the earlier police incident, bus services will still be subject to possible delay and cancallation

Best of the UK weather

BBC Weather

We've got the best of the UK weather in the North West today with temperature reaching 17°C this afternoon.

BBC Weather
BBC

Abandoned baby discharged from hospital

A baby who was abandoned in a Southport amusement arcade last week has been discharged from hospital.

Baby found abandoned in Southport arcade
Merseyside Police

The girl was being looked after in Ormskirk Hospital. She is now in the care of Knowsley Local Authority, police say.

Her mother Nicola Glover, 29, of Hughes Avenue, Prescot has been charged with attempted murder and child cruelty. She has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at Liverpool Crown Court on 6 May.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

The former South Yorkshire Police chief who oversaw the process of amending officers' statements about Hillsborough says he can see 'no reason' why some of what was removed from the accounts was taken out.

Donald Denton is appearing at the inquests in Warrington and was today shown a handful of statements in which comments about police leadership, lack of manpower, and poor communications at Hillsborough were changed.

Rail: Delays due to trespass incident

BBC Travel

There are delays of up to 25 minutes on a number of services around Liverpool due to a trespass incident at Edge Hill.

The incident is affecting local service and national services, including those from Northern Rail, First Transpennine Express, Virgin West Coast, London Midland and East Midland Trains.

Keep up to date with BBC Travel.

Stolen car raid in St. Helens

Police are still searching two businesses in St. Helens that they believe may be involved in selling stolen cars and parts.

Raids in St Helens
BBC

Dozens of officers have carried out raids on two premises today along with police dogs and air support.

It is part of an operation involving police, St. Helens Council, the UK Border Force and Trading Standards.

Picton Road closed due to police incident

BBC Travel

Picton Road in Liverpool is closed in both directions between the Spofforth Road junction and the Botanic Road junction because of a police incident.

Keep up to date with BBC Travel.

Appeal for missing Peter McDonald, 15

Merseyside Police is appealing for information on the whereabouts of 15-year-old Peter McDonald.

Peter McDonald
Merseyside Police

Police say Peter is white, 5ft 7in, medium build with short dark wavy hair and green eyes and he was last seen wearing a black tracksuit, blue Nike 110 trainers and a black North Face coat and hat.

He is known to frequent the Southport area. Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

A former police chief, who oversaw the amending of officers statements after the Hillsborough disaster, has denied there was an attempt to "airbrush out an important part of evidence".

Mr Denton was asked about a letter which was sent to him by the solicitors for South Yorkshire Police, suggesting a section of an officer's statement about who should have been monitoring the numbers of fans on the Leppings Lane terrace should be removed.

He said he did not agree with a barrister's assertion that there was "an attempt to airbrush out an important part of the evidence if it hasn't already got out of the bag", but agreed it was absolutely unacceptable that the comments should have been removed without the officer's knowledge.

Firefirghters out and about in Warrington

Cheshire Fire

tweets: Warrington firefighters went out & about to highlight
#DrowningPrevention & Water Safety Week.
bit.ly/1yRTG2y

Cheshire Fire
Cheshire Fire

Baby April: Hospital has enough donations

Southport Visiter

Ormskirk Hospital has said it now has enough baby clothes for newborn April who was found abandoned in the toilets of a Southport amusement arcade last week.

Baby April was found in a Southport amusement arcade toilets
Merseyside Police

The hospital has received so many donations, it

has now asked people to stop giving as it doesn't need anything else.

Liverpool waterfront from the air

Today's main image is of Liverpool waterfront from the air and comes from the National Police Air Service based in Warton.

Liverpool waterfront
NPAS Warton

Many thanks to them for letting us use it. If you have a picture you think would make a great lead image, send it to us via

email,
Facebook or
Twitter.

Coming up

Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, North West Tonight

On the programme this lunchtime, the mother of a newborn baby found in a toilet in Southport appears in court charged with attempted murder and child cruelty.

And a 30-year-old man from Huyton is arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after the shooting of a 24-year-old man in Whiston two weeks ago.

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

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

The mother of a newborn baby found in a toilet in Southport has been remanded into custody after being charged with attempted murder and child cruelty.

Nicola Glover, 29, from Prescot appeared before South Sefton Magistrates earlier.

The baby girl, called April by officers, was discovered at Silcock's Amusement Arcade last week.

Hillsborough inquests latest

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

At the Hillsborough inquests, former Ch Supt Donald Denton has agreed that it was "not satisfactory" that the mention of the radio problems in 1988 was removed from an officer's statement.

The jury's seen how statements with comments about police leadership, lack of manpower, and poor communications at Hillsborough were changed.

Mr Denton said: "Because of the difficulties that were being experienced with the communications system there on the day, I would have thought that should remain in."

He has told the jury South Yorkshire Police's legal advisors were suggesting the changes, which were aimed at removing comment, opinion and hearsay.

Police operation in St. Helens

BBC Radio Merseyside

tweets: Police are carrying out a major operation targeting the suspected trade in stolen cars in St Helens

Police vans in St. Helens
BBC

Hillsborough inquests latest

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

The former South Yorkshire Police chief who oversaw the process of amending police officers' statements about Hillsborough has admitted he can now see "no reason" why some of what was removed was taken out.

The inquests jury's seen how statements with comments about police leadership, lack of manpower, and poor communications at Hillsborough were changed.

Retired Ch Supt Donald Denton was shown how one sergeant recalled that in previous years, a group of officers was stationed at a tunnel leading into the central pens. That part of his statement was crossed out and did not appear in later versions.

Mr Denton said: "I can't see any reason why this should have been taken out at all. That should have been left in."

Liverpool man charged with child sex offences

Tom Mullen

BBC News

A Liverpool man is among four suspects who have been

charged with child sex offences in Rochdale.

Abid Khan, 38, of Whitney Road, Liverpool, has been charged with three counts of sexual activity with a child.

The men are all due to appear at Bury and Rochdale Magistrates' Court on 28 April.

Three rescued from Ellesmere Port canal

Chester Chronicle

Three young people had to be rescued from the Manchester Ship Canal in Ellesmere Port after their dinghy got caught in a strong tide.

Crews from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service were called out to a sandbank at the canal just before 15:00 on Tuesday after reports three people had got into difficulty on the water.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

A retired South Yorkshire Police chief who oversaw the process of amending officers' statements about Hillsborough has acknowledged that facts were taken out of the accounts, as well as comment and opinion.

Former Ch Supt Donald Denton, who is appearing at the new inquests, says his team was told to remove hearsay evidence, even though it was being allowed into the 1989 Taylor Inquiry.

Abandoned Southport baby's mother charged

Tom Mullen

BBC News

The mother of a newborn girl found abandoned inside an amusement arcade's toilet block

has been charged with attempted murder and child cruelty.

Baby April was found in a Southport amusement arcade toilets
Merseyside Police

A search for the 29-year-old was launched after the baby was found at Silcock's Amusements in Southport, Merseyside, last Thursday.

Planning some lunchtime sun?

BBC Weather

It's perfect weather for a walk but be careful - UV levels are medium today and there are highs of 16°C.

BBC Weather
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