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Summary

  1. Two people come forward following a fresh appeal for Hillsborough witnesses
  2. A Merseyside climber trekking in Nepal hopes to find out when he can fly home
  3. Experts on domestic violence meet in Liverpool to discuss the problem
  4. Spring switch-on for town with one of the "worst" Christmas trees in Britain
  5. Updates for Wednesday 29 April 2015

Live Reporting

By Lynette Horsburgh

All times stated are UK

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Good night

Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News

That's all from the Local Live team. Join us for all your news, sport, travel and weather again from 08:00 on Thursday.

Coming up

Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, North West Tonight

On North West Tonight: A lawyer admits making "mistakes" after advising police how to edit statements about the Hillsborough disaster, dramatic scenes as homeless activists resist being evicted from a Liverpool building and Helen Jones, who's standing for re-election as Labour MP for Warrington North, has been taken to hospital after being attacked by a dog while out canvassing.

Watch more on BBC One at 18:30

'Worst tree' town's festive switch-on

A town with one of the "worst" Christmas trees in Britain is to switch on its replacement eight months ahead of time.

The 2014 tree, surrounded by metal barriers in Liscard, Wirral finished seventh in the

13 Worst Christmas Trees in Britain poll on Buzzfeed.

The festive display was spruced up after residents complained on Facebook that the town "deserved better".

Possible thunder

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather Presenter

This evening and overnight will see further showers move eastwards across the region.

The showers are likely to turn heavy and possibly thundery at times, before slowly become more isolated towards dawn, and confined to the east around Warrington and Runcorn.

Charlie Slater
BBC

It's not so warm - with a minimum temperature of 3C/37F.

Activists take in supplies

BBC Radio Merseyside

The activists occupying the old Bank of England building in Liverpool are taking in supplies for the night.

Activists take in supplies for the night
BBC

Naked patient photo doctor avoids the sack

Liverpool Echo

A doctor's

secret stash of naked photos of patients was uncovered when a colleague swiped though his iPod.

A nurse discovered the pictures belonging to former Wirral medic Dr Christopher Brett Valentine, 52, while going through the picture gallery on a staff night out.

Latest updates

Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News

Here is the latest news from across Merseyside:

  • Activists are still inside a former bank building in Liverpool despite a court order to say they must leave
  • Two people are arrested after a six-year-old girl suffered serious injuries when she was bitten by a dog in Sefton
  • Former Tranmere Rovers striker Delroy Facey is jailed on match-fixing charges

Traffic latest

BBC Radio Merseyside

Traffic is building up on the A59 in Aintree and the M57 at Switch Island as well as the M6 at junction 23 Haydock Island.

'Lies prevent truth' of girl's death

Warrington Guardian

Police

"failings" and "lies" from witnesses will prevent the last hours of tragic 16-year-old schoolgirl Ellie Jones' life coming to light, an inquest heard.

Ellie Jones
cheshire police

Ellie

died in hospital after being taken ill at a friend's house in the Longford area of Warrington early in May 2013.

Five charged over drug raids

Five people have been charged with drugs related offences following a series of dawn raids in Chester and North Wales, said Cheshire Police.

Appeal for lost dog owners

Police are appealing for the owners of a dog found running on County Road, Kirkby yesterday to come forward.

Lost dog
Merseyside Police

Sgt Julian Hanley who rescued the Shih Tzu dog from the road said he has got a "lovely nature".

She urged the owners to contact Knowsley animal wardens who are currently caring for him.

Activists in bank demand mayor meeting

Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News

Activists who have barricaded themselves inside a former bank building in Liverpool have demanded a meeting with Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson.

The group called The Love Activists took over the old Bank of England building last week and were using it as a homeless shelter.

A judge told the group they would have to leave by 13:00 but when police arrived the group shut themselves inside.

Redknapp's Liverpool dream

Former QPR and Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp says

managing Liverpool would have been his dream club.

Harry Redknapp clapping
Getty Images

The 68-year-old, whose son Jamie played for the Reds, told BT Sport presenter Claire Balding: "It's a fantastic atmosphere, when that crowd before the game, when they sing, and the atmosphere, 'You'll Never Walk Alone'.

"I just think it's an incredible place and a great football club."

Girl suffers dog bite

Paul Burnell

BBC News

Two people have been arrested after a

six-year-old girl was bitten by a dog.

street
BBC

Merseyside Police said the girl suffered serious facial injuries in the attack in Waterloo on Tuesday evening.

A police spokesman said the girl was in a stable condition in Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Liverpool.

Via Twitter

Castle Street protest: Activists' supplies pulled up by rope

Andy Gill

BBC North West Tonight

Police have now approached the occupied

former Bank of England in Liverpool twice. An eviction order is in place against the activists.

supplies on rope
BBC

Supplies for people in the building are being taken in by rope.

Latest updates

Rumeana Jahangir

BBC News

Here is the latest news from across Merseyside:

  • Police have made attempts to enter a former bank building in Liverpool that is occupied by political activists protesting at the plight of the homeless
  • Two people have been arrested after a six-year-old girl suffered serious injuries when she was bitten by a dog in Sefton last night
  • A team from Cheshire Fire Service has arrived in Nepal to help in the aftermath of Saturday's earthquake

Via Twitter

Bike seized by police

tweetgrab
Twitter

Bank protest

Police are still at the scene of a protest at a historic bank building in Liverpool city centre.

activist on balcony with flag
BBC

The Love Activists group have been using the old Bank of England site on Castle Street as a shelter for homeless people since 1 April. But they were told yesterday they must be out of the building by 13:00 today.

An activist called Ruby, who is inside the building, told BBC Radio Merseyside: "We're putting up a level of peaceful resistance. We're not quite sure how it's going to end but obviously it's going to end very soon because they didn't give us a chance really to fight this - we were denied any sort of judicial voice."

Merseyside mini-derby

The senior sides may have battled it out against each other this season, but tomorrow it's the turn of Everton and Liverpool's Under-21 sides to slug it out for local pride.

Goodison Park
Getty Images

The Toffees will be looking to avenge a narrow 2-1 defeat in last month's reverse fixture as they bid to escape the relegation scrap in the Barclays U21 Premier League table.

Bank protest

Activists have barricaded themselves into a former bank building in Liverpool city centre and set off smoke bombs outside.

The Love Activists group took over the old Bank of England building last week and were using it as a homeless shelter.

Yesterday a judge told the group they would have to leave by 13:00 BST - but when police arrived the group shut themselves inside.

We will keep you posted about any developments.

NW election debate

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

Here's the panel for this evening's BBC North West Tonight Election Special debate. It will be shown on BBC One at 22:50.

You're more than welcome to add your thoughts using #GE2015NW.

election panel
BBC

We will have a special live page on the BBC News website from 22:30.

Limpar wins great adventure

Liverpool Echo

Everton FA Cup hero Anders Limpar has been

crowned the emotional winner of a Swedish TV reality show.

Anders Limpar
Getty Images

The former Blues star, 49, was the winner of "The Greatest Adventure" - a show which sees a number of celebrities pitched into the Scandinavian wilderness where they have to compete in a series of challenges.

Hohaia retirement

BBC Sport

St Helens half-back and 2008 World Cup winner

Lance Hohaia has retired from rugby league with immediate effect.

Lance Hohaia
SWpix.com
Lance Hohaia last played for St Helens in the win at Huddersfield on 12 April

Hohaia, 32, helped Saints to the 2014 Super League title but lasted just two minutes of the Grand Final after being

punched twice by Wigan's Ben Flower.

The Kiwi

joined from New Zealand Warriors ahead of the 2012 season on a four-year contract.

Dog bites politician

Paul Burnell

BBC News

It's an occupational hazard endured for years by posties and paper boys, but now a

politician has discovered the dangers of dogs while out canvassing.

Helen Jones
BBC

Helen Jones, Labour's candidate for Warrington North, tweeted: "Classic election injury - bitten by a dog, currently in A&E."

BBC News understands Ms Jones has had an X-ray and anti-tetanus jab.

She won the seat in Cheshire by 6,771 votes at the 2010 general election. You can see the

full list of candidates here

Via Twitter

Cheshire firefighters help Nepal earthquake effort

Cheshire Fire and Rescue have

tweeted an image of the devastation in Nepal after Saturday's earthquake.

tweet grab
Cheshire Fire

A crew of six firefighters and their dog have arrived in the country to help the International Search and Rescue (ISAR) effort.

Flares at Castle Street building

Andy Gill

BBC North West Tonight

There have been dramatic scenes this lunchtime as bailiffs prepare to evict activists who've been occupying a historic former bank in Liverpool city centre since 1 April.

Activists occupying former Bank of England building in Liverpool set off flares
BBC

They set off flares at the Castle Street building. Police officers arrived at the scene and went to the side door but then came away.

Coming up

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

Coming up in North West Today at 13:30:

New pictures of potential witnesses who may have helped the victims of the Hillsborough disaster, activists who took over a former bank in Liverpool are told to leave the building, and Helen Jones - who is standing for re-election as Labour MP for Warrington North - is taken to hospital after being attacked by a dog while out canvassing.

Activists set off smoke flares

Marc Gaier

BBC Radio Merseyside

Activists who took over a former bank in Liverpool have set off smoke flares outside the building.

The Love Activists group have been using the old Bank of England site on Castle Street as a shelter for homeless people.

A judge has ordered them to leave by 13:00.

Sunshine and showers

Charlie Slater

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

There'll be sunshine and showers throughout the afternoon, though these showers will mostly remain quite isolated.

Charlie Slater
BBC

It's a bit chilly - with the maximum of 11C/52F being a touch below average for this time of year.

Latest updates

Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News

Here is the latest news from across Merseyside:

  • A girl has suffered serious injuries after being attacked by a dog in Walton last night
  • The lawyer who advised South Yorkshire Police that officers' statements about Hillsborough should be edited before being submitted to the public inquiry tells the inquests he probably would have been uneasy about the process if he had thought more about it
  • St Helens utility player Lance Hohaia has announced his retirement with immediate effect.

Girl seriously injured in dog attack

A six-year-old girl has suffered serious injuries to her face and mouth after she was attacked by a dog in Waterloo last night.

Police said she was taken to Alder Hey Children's Hospital where she remains in a stable condition.

A 19-year-old man and a 17-year-old woman from Crosby have been arrested on suspicion of offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act, including owning/being in possession of a banned breed dog and allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control and obstruct police.

Drug dealer 'threatened PC with dagger disguised as pen'

Liverpool Echo

A Liverpool drug dealer

threatened to stab a policeman with a dagger disguised as a ballpoint pen.

Stephen Lynch, 36 and from Lower Breck Road in Walton, brandished the stiletto knife as officers tried to arrest him.

He has been locked up for eight years for a raft of crimes in Carlisle, including supplying crack cocaine and possession of an offensive weapon.

Election 'dog bite' injury

Labour's candidate for Warrington North, Helen Jones, has just

tweeted: Classic election injury - bitten by a dog, currently in A&E.

Former Warrington North MP Helen Jones
BBC

Hillsborough Inquests latest

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

The lawyer who advised South Yorkshire Police that officers' statements about Hillsborough should be edited before being submitted to the public inquiry says he probably would have been uneasy about the process - had he thought more about it at the time.

Peter Metcalf is appearing at the new inquests into the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans at a 1989 FA Cup semi-final.

We're playing for our future - Rodgers

BBC Sport

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says everyone at Anfield is

"playing for his future" as he admitted striker Mario Balotelli is "struggling".

Brendan Rodgers
PA

The Reds slumped to defeat at Hull on Tuesday, a third loss in five league games, and the Italy forward left the field with a foot injury on 65 minutes.

Balotelli was heckled by home fans as he made just 22 touches in the match.

No Worst, There Is None

Former Coral guitarist Bill Ryder-Jones and artist Marco Lawrence are joining up to create an art display at Liverpool's Calderstones Mansion House, which has been inspired by Victorian writer Gerard Manley Hopkins' poem "No Worst, There Is None".

Calderstones Mansion House
Sue Adair

Hopkins, considered one of the greatest English poets of the era, was a Jesuit priest in an Everton parish between 1879 and 1881.

The project will see Ryder-Jones compose a brand new piece of music for the installation on 28 May.

Hillsborough Inquests

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

Lawyer Peter Metcalf, who advised South Yorkshire Police following the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, is continuing to give evidence at the inquests into the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans.

Peter Metcalf
BBC

We will bring you updates throughout the day.

Lancashire makes £800k profit

BBC Sport

Lancashire have announced a

profit of £793,000 for the last financial year.

old trafford
Getty Images

It is a drop on 2013's £3.5m profit, although their Old Trafford home did host a lucrative Ashes Test that year.

Having previously reported four years of losses, a £45m regeneration of the ground - which now also hosts functions and concerts - has enabled the club to make a profit two years in a row.