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  1. Updates for Tuesday 28 April 2015
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates return from 08:00 on Wednesday

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Rumeana Jahangir

BBC News Online

That's all from the team for today - please join us tomorrow for more news, sport, travel and weather from across Merseyside and Cheshire.

Chance of rain

BBC Weather

A band of rain will spread slowly south-eastwards overnight.

weather chart

The rain will be heavy at times, with some hill snow possible. Most places becoming dry by dawn.

Coming up

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

On tonight's programme, the Red Cross says it believes three people from the region are missing after the earthquake in Nepal.

We'll also hear about a senior police officer who, having led the West Midlands Police inquiry into South Yorkshire Police conduct after the Hillsborough disaster, has admitted he could have launched an investigation into whether changes to officers' statements perverted the course of justice.

And there will be more about the discovery of a cannabis farm at the former Cheshire mansion, Daresbury Hall.

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

Missing Southport 81-year-old found

Southport 81-year-old John Munnelly, who had been missing since 22 April, has been found safe and well, Merseyside Police say.

Mr Munnelly was found in the Bootle area this afternoon.

Couples wanted for BBC weight loss show

Warrington Guardian

Are you and your other half struggling to lose weight?

The BBC is launching a new TV series and is

looking for couples from Warrington to take part.

Producers would like to hear from couples who would be willing to work with a team of experts to get fit, lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle.

Public meeting over Wirral fire plans

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service

tweets: A public meeting on West Wirral fire cover proposals starts at 6.30pm onApril 28 at Holy Cross Church community rooms, Woodchurch,CH49 7LS.

Photographer returns to discuss Toxteth life

Photographer Tricia Porter will return to Liverpool 40 years after she

photographed the city to talk about her project at the Bluecoat Arts Centre.

boy eating meal
Tricia Porter

Her black-and-white photos depicting 1970s life in Toxteth are currently on display at the venue.

The project came about when Porter met her future husband David, then a student at Liverpool University, who was keen to document the changing community. She will speak about her work on 16 May and 18 June.

Liverpool assess Moreno for Hull game

BBC Sport

Liverpool will assess full-back Alberto Moreno, who missed the draw at West Brom because of a knock,

for tonight's game.

Alberto Moreno

The Reds are unsure if injured striker Daniel Sturridge will play again this season, while Mamadou Sakho and Lucas Leiva are also ruled out of this game.

Firefighter arrives in Nepal

BBC North West Tonight

tweets: .
@CheshireFire say one of its team has arrived in Nepal to help with the rescue efforts

Latest updates

Rumeana Jahangir

BBC News Online

Today's top stories on Local Live include:

  • The senior police officer who led the West Midlands Police inquiry into South Yorkshire Police conduct after the Hillsborough disaster says he could have launched a separate investigation into perverting the course of justice over how officers' accounts were changed.
  • Following this weekend's earthquake in Nepal, a 19-year-old from Chester has been moved to safety after being caught in the avalanches on Mount Everest.
  • Tributes are being paid to a BBC television producer who also served on the Hillsborough Independent Panel.

Hopkins celebrated at Hope

Scriptwriter Jimmy McGovern, best known for TV dramas such as Hillsborough, Cracker and the recent BBC series Banished, will speak about another Liverpool-based writer - Gerard Manley Hopkins - at Liverpool Hope University later.

Gerard Manley Hopkins

A day of events titled

"Hopkins at Hope" has been celebrating the Victorian poet, who was also a Jesuit priest at St Francis Xavier's parish in Everton between 1879 and 1881, and will culminate with McGovern's talk at 18:30.

The manuscript of one of Hopkins' best known poems, Felix Randal - about the death of a blacksmith - is dated 28 April, which led to the university choosing the date to mark his life and work.

Police appeal to find missing Southport man

Police are appealing for the public's help in tracing a missing man from Southport.

John Munnelly
Merseyside Police

John Munnelly, 81, was last seen on the morning of 22 April on Park Road.

He has gone missing before, has slept outside in the past and is known to frequent Southport, Preston, Liverpool and Bootle.

Glass murals commemorate WW1 soldiers

Glass murals reflecting on local soldiers' experience in World War One are on display in Warrington.

Warrington artist Emma Brown
Ceidiog PR

The scenes, which depict home life during WW1, were painted live in front of shoppers at the town's

Golden Square shopping centre by local artist Emma Brown.

Emma will return for another live art event on 8 and 9 May, when she will paint scenes of fighting at the Second Battle Of Ypres, which took place in 1915.

The project was commissioned by Culture Warrington, with additional funding from Arts Council England and Warrington Borough Council.

Huge cannabis farm found

BBC North West Tonight

tweets: Huge cannabis farm discovered in Daresbury Hall,an empty stately home in Cheshire.Police say haul was worth £750,000

Cannabis at Daresbury Hall
Cheshire Police

Reds spend £770m since last title

BBC Sport


Gossip Column carries the report that Liverpool have spent £770,340,000 on 190 players since they last won the title.

Bruce Grobbelaar and Glenn Hysen of Liverpool
Getty Images

The story, from

the Daily Express, comes exactly 25 years after they won the last league crown on 28 April 1990.

Hospital's £15m deficit investigated

Tom Mullen

BBC News

Here's a story you may have seen being discussed over the last 24 hours.

Warrington Hospital is expecting to suffer a £15m budget shortfall - amounting to "one of the biggest challenges in its recent history".

Warrington Hospital

Health watchdog Monitor has begun an investigation amid concerns about the unit's finances.

And chief executive Mel Pickup has written to staff to explain the need to "find new ways to reduce our operating costs".

Hillsborough inquests latest

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

The senior officer who led the West Midlands Police inquiry into South Yorkshire Police conduct after the Hillsborough disaster has agreed he could have launched an investigation into perverting the course of justice over how officers' accounts were changed.

fans on Lepping Lane

Mervyn Jones, who is giving evidence at the new inquests into the 96 deaths, said the process of vetting and amending the recollections "frustrated the search for truth" at the Taylor Inquiry.

Mr Jones said he knew hearsay and opinion were being taken out of the statements, but did not know facts were removed as well.

The jury has also seen a letter from Mr Jones in which he claimed that fans drinking ahead of football matches might be a "Liverpool characteristic".

Hoole woman's mum killed in Nepal tragedy

Chester Chronicle

A Hoole woman has lost her mum in the earthquake that has killed thousands of people in Nepal.

Maya Shyangba Hyolmo, 30, is originally from a village called Sarka Thali Helambu which is in the Sindhupalchok region of the country, a few kilometres north east of the capital Kathmandu.

Tributes paid to Hillsborough drama producer

Rumeana Jahangir

BBC News Online

Tributes have been paid to

a BBC television producer who also served on the Hillsborough Independent Panel.

Katy Jones

Manchester-based executive Katy Jones, who previously worked on Jimmy McGovern's ITV drama about the 1989 football disaster, died on Friday aged 51.

She also worked for ITV's World in Action programme and, in recent years, produced education content for the BBC.

Widnes gym closed due to power failure

Liverpool Echo

A Widnes gym is currently temporarily

closed due to a power failure resulting from a damaged transformer.

Users of the Widnes branch of PureGym, on Earle Road, were told via Twitter on Monday that the premises would be closed for the rest of the day due after losing power through "unforeseen circumstances".

Latest updates

Today's top stories on Local Live include:

  • Chester-raised ventriloquist Keith Harris, best known for his act with Orville the Duck,
    dies aged 67
  • Liverpool fans plan to boycott the Hull game tonight in protest at the £50 ticket price
  • Activists occupying former Bank of England building on Castle St in Liverpool city centre are given 24 hours to leave

Cannabis farm found at former Cheshire mansion

Rumeana Jahangir

BBC News Online

A cannabis farm has been discovered at a former mansion in Cheshire, police have said.

Daresbury Hall
Andy Davies / Geograph

About 600 cannabis plants - estimated to have a street value of £750,000 - were found in an annexe building of Daresbury Hall.

Acceptable banter or a real slip up?

It was a year ago that

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard slipped over in a match against Chelsea - a moment which some say cost Liverpool the Premier league title - and songs taunting the midfielder about it have rung round terraces ever since.

A Manchester United fan site Full Time Devils has taken things one step further by marking the anniversary with a

spoof video of a health and safety officer warning people of slipping hazards around Liverpool.

Don't slip video
You Tube

But is it just a bit of fun or have they pushed things a step too far? Let me know what you think on

Facebook or

Papers served to activists

BBC Radio Merseyside

tweets: These are the papers served on homeless activists occupying the old Bank of England building in

Papers served on homeless activists in Liverpool

Chester twins win internet photo removal battle

Chester Chronicle

Twins from Chester have won a battle to have an

image of themselves removed from the internet after they were falsely linked to a story about estranged siblings unknowingly 'flirting' on dating site Tinder.

The photograph of Sean and Jeremy Telford first appeared in the Chester Chronicle in 2013 when the duo were at The King's School to pick up their A Level results. They were pictured alongside fellow twins Lucy and Alistair Simmonds.

A Dutch journalist used the photograph to "illustrate" his story of a brother and sister reuniting after chatting on the dating website Tinder.

Mapping the polls

Election 2015

BBC News has gathered together

a map of constituency-level opinion polls which looks at where close battles are being fought with just over a week to go before the general election.

Map of polls in Merseyside and Cheshire

Like all polls, these are snapshots, rather than a prediction of what will happen on 7 May and are subject to a +/-3% margin of error, which may tip the result in some cases.

Warrington winner of painting challenge

A nationwide search for Britain's best amateur artists, called

The Little Painting Challenge, has resulted in a winner from Warrington being chosen by a panel headed by How to Train Your Dragon author Cressida Cowell.

Nathaniel by Tim Matthews

Tim Matthews won the Over-16 Experienced category with his portrait of his son Nathaniel.

Two other winners were also chosen - Amelia Johnson from Kent, who took the seven to 15-year-old prize, and Matlock's Charlotte Wood, who won the Over 16 beginner category.

The winners will have their works displayed at the Whitworth gallery in Manchester along with 1,000 other entries and you can

read more about them here.

A Sad night at the Kazimer?

Glasgow band The Twilight Sad bring their indie-rock anthems to Liverpool for a show later.

The Twilight Sad
The Twilight Sad

The critically-acclaimed trio, who swell to a five piece for live shows, are currently touring their fourth album Nobody Wants To Be Here and Nobody Wants To Leave and play the Kazimer this evening.

Runcorn bridge partially blocked

BBC Travel

The Runcorn Widnes Bridge is partially blocked and there is queuing traffic northbound between the B5155 Greenway Road junction and the A557 Queensway junction because of an accident.

Congestion is to the A558 Daresbury Expressway junction and to the A557 Weston Point Expressway junction.

Keep up to date with BBC Travel.

Formby father and son arrested after drugs raid

Southport Visiter

A father and son have been arrested after drugs raid at a house in Formby.

At around 07:15 this morning, officers from the Sefton Neighbourhood Support Team executed a Misuse of Drugs Act Warrant at a property on Ditchfield.

During the course of the search officers recovered what's believed to be a quantity of Class A drugs and cannabis, along with a quantity of cash.

Castle Street activists given notice to leave

BBC Radio Merseyside

tweets: NEWS: Activists occupying former Bank of England building on Castle St in Liverpool city centre have been given 24 hours to leave by a judge

Hillsborough panel member dies

Television producer Katy Jones, who was

a member of the Hillsborough Independent Panel, has died at the age of 51.

Katy Jones

The mother-of-two was the factual producer of Jimmy McGovern's Hillsborough drama documentary, for which she won a BAFTA, and produced a number of other award-winning factual dramas, including Tony Marchant's The Mark of Cain, Simon Beaufoy's Yasmin and Neil McKay's RIP Boy.

She had been working with BBC Learning. The department's head Sinead Rocks said she was a "hugely talented programme maker and journalist [who] was passionate about education and learning - her enthusiasm, energy and determination knew no bounds".

Her husband Mike Spencer said her family were "immensely proud of Katy's television career [and] she was also a fabulously caring wife and mother".

Latest updates

Jenny Coleman

BBC Local Live

This lunchtime's top stories on Local Live include:

  • The Chester-raised ventriloquist Keith Harris, who was best known for his act with puppet Orville the Duck,
    dies aged 67.
  • A large cannabis farm has been found at the former country house Daresbury Hall.
  • A group of Liverpool fans plan to boycott the game at Hull tonight in protest at the £50 ticket price at the KC Stadium.

Saints winger scores Try of the Week

BBC Sport

Watch this week's Super League Show Try of the Week -

an 80-yard stunner from St. Helens' Tommy Makinson.

St. Helens' Tommy Makinson scoring against Widnes

The winger ran the length of the field to score a spectacular try for the Saints in Friday's 34-16 win over Widnes Vikings.

The victory moves St. Helens to within four points of league leaders Leeds Rhinos.

The Vamps return to Liverpool

The Vamps return to Liverpool tonight as part of their UK tour.

The Vamps

The British four-piece band, who played the EchoTwo in October, are at the main

Echo Arena, with support from Union J.

Celebrities pay tribute to Keith Harris

Celebrities from the world of entertainment have been paying tribute on Twitter to ventriloquist Keith Harris,

who died today aged 67.

Keith Harris and Orville the Duck

Keith Chegwin

tweets: So sad. A great entertainer and all round nice man Keith Harris has passed away. Best wishes to his family at this sad time. RIP x

Les Dennis

tweets: So sad to hear of the death of Keith Harris. RIP.

Paddy McGuinnes

tweets: RIP Keith Harris. A part of my childhood gone.

Accident in Childwall

BBC Travel

There is queuing traffic on Childwall Valley Road at the Barnham Drive junction because of an accident involving a bus and a car.

Keep up to date with BBC Travel.

Nurse who drank alcohol on duty banned

Liverpool Echo

A nurse who drank alcohol while on duty at Wirral's Arrowe Park Hospital will be

banned from the profession for life, a watchdog ruled.

Patricia Moorhouse had her nursing licence suspended for six months last year as punishment for mixing alcohol with orange juice during a five-hour shift.

But the Nursing and Midwifery Council has now turned her suspension into a lifetime ban after finding Moorhouse "has at no time admitted that she has had a problem or accepted responsibility for those actions".

Orville the Duck ventriloquist Keith Harris dies

Ventriloquist Keith Harris has died aged 67, his agent has


Keith Harris and Orville

The entertainer, who grew up in Chester, was best known for his television shows featuring Orville the Duck and Cuddles the Monkey.

East Lancs congestion at Haydock

BBC Travel

There is traffic congestion on the A580 East Lancashire Road in Haydock, affecting traffic in both directions in the roadworks area.

Keep up to date with BBC Travel.