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  1. Updates for Monday 27 April 2015
  2. Merseyside Live returns with more news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08.00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Jenny Coleman

All times stated are UK

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That's it for another day from the Merseyside Live team - thanks for your company.

Please join us from 08:00 on Tuesday for more news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the region.

Until then - goodnight!

Tonight's weather

BBC Weather

It will be rather windy tonight with showers - still heavy at times and wintry on hills in the north - continuing.


It will feel pretty cold, with a patchy frost developing in some areas.

Cold snap explained

Tom Mullen

BBC News

It's still nice and sunny outside, but are you wondering why it's turned so chilly?

BBC weather

Here's a good piece from the Independent, explaining how Arctic wind currents have sent the mercury plummeting - with the chance of temperatures falling below freezing over the coming days.

Coming up on North West Tonight

On tonight's programme at 18:30, a Cheshire teenager says he's "emotionally trashed" after he was caught in an avalanche on Mount Everest triggered by the earthquake in Nepal.

We'll have more on the story of a cherry-picker crane that has been used to remove packets of drugs and mobile phones from the roof of Altcourse prison in Liverpool.

And we'll also have the latest on Warrington Hospital, which has warned its staff that it's facing "one of the biggest challenges in its recent history" - a projected deficit of £15m.

Peaky Blinders returns to Liverpool?

There's some excitement in Liverpool following the spotting of Tom Hardy.


He's reportedly filming the third series of BBC Two's 1920s-set drama Peaky Blinders.

Although the story is inspired by Birmingham gang rivalry, the previous two seasons often filmed in historic Liverpool locations as much of the Midlands city's architecture was bombed out during World War Two.

What a difference a year makes...

Exactly 12 months ago, Luis Suarez was named PFA Player of the Year.

Luis Suarez

The Uruguayan scooped the coveted award just three months before confirming his move from Liverpool to Barcelona.

M53 woes

BBC Travel

There are severe problems if you're trying to get off the southbound M53 this evening.

The exit slip road at junction 2 (Moreton Spur) is closed because of roadworks and a diversion is in place

Hillsborough Inquests

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

The retired assistant chief constable who was in charge of the police investigation into the Hillsborough disaster says he was "extremely disturbed" and "concerned" when he first heard about police officers' accounts being changed.

Mervyn Jones, who's been giving evidence at the new inquests, says he only found out what was happening after the public inquiry into the disaster had started.

A detective reported to him on 23 May 1989 that he had received an anonymous phone call from someone claiming to be a South Yorkshire Police officer.

The caller told the detective that his statement had been "altered during a vetting procedure" and that he and some of his colleagues were concerned at what was happening.

Latest headlines

Today's top stories:

  • A Chester climber, stranded on Mount Everest when an earthquake in Nepal triggered an avalanche, is urging people to donate to aid agencies
  • Warrington Hospital says it will be £15m in the red by the end of the financial year
  • A former detective who amended police accounts about the Hillsborough disaster says he was ordered to remove anything that amounted to criticism of South Yorkshire Police

"Lucky to be alive"

BBC Radio Merseyside

A Chester climber stranded on Mount Everest when an earthquake in Nepal triggered an avalanche is urging people to donate to aid agencies to help with the relief effort.

Alex Staniforth has been evacuated to a base camp on the mountain and has tweeted to say he feels lucky to be alive.

Heading home?

There's no major traffic to report of (yet!) but you can check for updates on the

BBC Travel site.

map grab

Via Twitter

Calderstones Mansion

tweets: Monday briefing beneath the magnolia at the front of the mansion.

Cancer centre to be opened

Long-term cancer patient Margie Shields will open the doors to a new centre for cancer patients at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital on Thursday.

Royal Liverpool University Hospital

The Cancer Wellbeing Centre will provide complementary therapies to patients and carers so they can unwind during their treatment.

Ms Shields, who underwent a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer and was then treated for bone cancer, said: "You have concerns about going in, whether everything will turn out ok and hopefully, it does turn out ok."

Red Rose blooming

BBC Sport

Lancashire are well on top on day two of their County Championship match against Kent at Old Trafford.

Responding to the hosts' first innings total of 444, Kent have been reduced to 124-4 thanks to some excellent bowling from Kyle Jarvis. The Zimbabwean seamer has taken 3-20.

You can follow the match on BBC Local Radio -

please click here for details.

Care home concerns

BBC Radio Merseyside

The leadership of a care home in Sefton has come under criticism by the health watchdog.

The Care Quality Commission says the Riverslie Care Home must improve - and the leadership has been branded "inadequate" after the most recent inspection.

Managers of the care home will now have explain how they will improve the care on offer - and will be inspected again in the near future.

Paving stones commemorate centenaries of VC heroes

St Helens Star

One of the St Helens' Victoria Cross heroes from World War One has been

commemorated on the 100th anniversary of the day he earned the military honour.

St Helens

A paving stone was laid in honour of Frederick William Hall, one of the area's four Victoria Cross winners, at the war memorial in St Helens.

Memorial run

Wirral Globe

More than 100 people are expected to take part in a special

run this weekend in memory of Wirral teenager Rachelle Owen.

Rachelle Owen

Friends and family of the 16-year-old will gather at the West Kirby end of the Wirral Way on Sunday morning before setting off on an eight-mile run to Parkgate.

Rachelle, a student at Hilbre High School Humanities College, died on 17 April after she was hit by a train in Hoylake.

Hillsborough Inquests

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

A former detective who amended police accounts about the Hillsborough disaster says he was ordered to remove anything that amounted to criticism of South Yorkshire Police from the statements.

Retired Det Ch Insp Alan Foster told the inquests he was given a list of features that should be taken out - it included officers' opinions, speculations, expressions of emotion and personal feelings - as well as criticisms of individual officers and the police organisation on the day. Mr Foster says he was told those sorts of things weren't admissible at the public inquiry held after the 1989 disaster, in which 96 people were fatally injured.

A barrister representing some of the bereaved families here asked him if the real underlying purpose of the vetting process was to remove anything from the statements that was potentially embarrassing for South Yorkshire Police - Mr Foster says that's not how he interpreted his instructions.

Cyclist 'serious' after crash

Liverpool Echo

A 51-year-old cyclist was taken to hospital after

he was in collision with a car near the University of Liverpool..

Emergency services were called to Grove Street at about 11.40 BST after the collision between the bike and a Ford Mondeo.

The cyclist suffered injuries to his shin and pelvis after hitting the car's windscreen.


Southport Visiter

Formby's first ever

craft beer shop is set to become a 'micro pub' once a month.

The Bottle Tree on Church Road opened its doors five weeks ago - and is already proving popular amongst locals.

Latest headlines

Today's top stories on Local Live:

Via Twitter

Radio Merseyside

tweets: Council officer Pat Rice who helps support young people in crisis has been named Cheshire's Woman of the Year.

Pat Rice

WATCH: Patter of happy feet at Chester Zoo

The first Humboldt penguin chicks of 2015 have hatched from their eggs at Chester Zoo.

Watch them being weighed on BBC Radio Merseyside's Facebook page.

Penguin chicks at Chester zoo
Chester Zoo

Weighing only 68g, baby chick Panay - named after an exotic island in the Philippines - is the first of eight to hatch at the zoo.

Penguin chicks at Chester zoo
Chester Zoo

And see if you can spot them on the Chester Zoo

Penguin Webcam

Calderstones Big Dig

Calderstones Park is home to one of the oldest human monuments in Merseyside - the 5,000 year old Calder Stones.

And for the next two weeks, 40 volunteers are set to dig a little deeper and unearth more about the site's ancient history.

Calderstones Park


Calderstones Big Dig is a public excavation in association with the Reader Organisation and National Museums Liverpool and runs between Monday 27 April and Friday 8 May.

Cheshire firefighters join Nepal rescue

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

A team of firefighters from Cheshire are on their way to Nepal to help with the search and rescue operation following the earthquake which killed more than 3,000 people.

The six men, together with a rescue dog, will join an international team of 67 people who are looking for survivors.

The group is currently in India, and is expected to reach Nepal tomorrow.

View from police helicopter

NPAS Hawarden

tweets: View from the office of USS Vicksburg and TGC Göksu (Turkey) at Liverpool Dock.

View of USS Vicksburg and TGC Göksu (Turkey) in Liverpool
NPAS Hawarden

Hillsborough latest

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

A former South Yorkshire detective who amended police officers' statements about Hillsborough says he didn't intend to put pressure on those who objected to the changes to their accounts.

Retired Detective Chief Inspector Alan Foster is giving evidence at the new inquests.

He's told the hearing he was trying to explain to them why those changes were necessary ahead of the public inquiry.

Accident on M56

BBC Travel

M56 Cheshire: One lane closed and queuing traffic on M56 westbound between J14, A5117 (Hapsford) and J15 M53, because of an accident. Congestion to J12, A557 (Runcorn).

Keep up to date with BBC Travel.

Coutinho merits Team of the Year place

Philippe Coutinho's inclusion in the PFA Barclays Premier League Team of the Year yesterday was justified, manager

Brendan Rodgers told the Liverpool FC website.

PFA Premier League team of the year

Rodgers felt such recognition by the PFA was fully deserved for a player who has delighted fans since he joined from Inter Milan two years ago.

"I'm delighted for him. He has been absolutely brilliant in his time here and this season he has been a real catalyst for us."

Chester 'cash-for-crash' bus fraud

The ringleader of a gang who ran a "cash-for-crash" scam involving bus passengers

has been jailed for more than six years.

John Smith
Chester Police

John Smith, 42, from Connah's Quay, Deeside, staged seven collisions in Chester allowing more than 200 people to make false personal injury claims.

Everest climber's mum 'relieved'

The mother of a 19-year-old climber caught on Everest after the Nepal earthquake triggered an avalanche has spoken of her relief after he

tweeted he was "lucky to be alive".

Debbie Brooks, mother of Alex Staniforth from Chester, said: "We are all very worried but very relieved that Alex is unhurt and now at base camp after being stranded at Camp1 for 2 nights.

We just want to get him home now so we know he is safe. We are very sad for the families who have not been so lucky and our thoughts go out to the people of Nepal."

Crane collects drugs trapped on prison roof

Prison staff had to use

a "cherry picker" crane to remove packages of drugs and mobile phones which had become trapped on the roof.

HMP Altcourse

Parcels containing cannabis and so-called legal highs were removed at HMP Altcourse in Liverpool.

The contraband had become lodged on the 60ft (18m) roof after attempts were made to throw it over the prison walls.

Appeal after Runcorn arson attacks

Runcorn and Widnes World

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service is appealing for information after a

spate of arson attacks in Runcorn.

A number of fires on grassland, trees and bins last week were started deliberately.

First cup of the season

Phil Kinsella

BBC Merseyside Sport

... goes to Campfield, the local pub team from Everton who beat OJM in the final of The FA Sunday Cup at Ewood Park.

Named after the Old Campfield on Heyworth St, it was two goals from Steven Jones that gave them victory - in a match which was a first time appearance for both clubs.

Read the match report.

Latest headlines

Today's top stories on Local Live:

Crane removes drugs from prison roof

Tom Mullen

BBC News

I'm looking into a story about prison staff using a "cherry picker" crane to remove packages of drugs and mobile phones which had become trapped on the roof.

HMP Altcourse

Parcels containing cannabis and so-called legal highs were removed from the roof of HMP Altcourse in Liverpool, after attempts were made to throw it over the prison walls.

A prison spokesman said they have started using the crane as a deterrent, "a bit like police street patrols".

A bright afternoon

Charlie Slater

Weather Presenter

Blue sky and sunshine to enjoy today in the North West with just a couple of showers this afternoon. Staying cool, top temperature 9C

weather map

Delays between Liverpool and Norwich

BBC Travel

There are delays on the East Midlands Train service between Liverpool and Norwich of up to 20 minutes to to an obstruction on the line at Woodsmoor.

Keep up to date with BBC Travel.

Chester climber airlifted to safety

A 19-year-old climber from Chester, caught up in an earthquake-triggered avalanche on Mount Everest has been airlifted to safety.

Alex Staniforth

A spokesman for the rescue team said Alex Staniforth - who

tweeted earlier he was "lucky to be alive" - was airlifted back to Everest base camp earlier this morning after his tent and equipment were swept away.

He said Alex was "incredibly shocked" by the experience and "completely devastated at the tragic loss of lives of so many people, many whom he classed as friends both around Everest basecamp and in the region."

He is expected to be airlifted to Kathmandu over the next 24 hours before heading home.