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Summary

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

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Good night

Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News

That's all from the Local Live team.

Have a fab Bank Holiday and join us for all your news, sport, travel and weather again from 08:00 on Tuesday.

Dry but winds by dawn

Kaye Forster

BBC Weather presenter

It will

stay dry overnight, with long clear spells at first. It will become increasingly cloudy, with winds picking up slightly by dawn.

Kaye Forster
BBC

There will be a frost in some rural spots, such as on the Wirral peninsula. Minimum temperatures will be around 6°C.

Coming up

Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, North West Tonight

On this evening's programme, we'll hear about how the testimony of a Chester rape victim found dead before her attacker's trial began has been used to convict him.

We're at the Hillsborough inquests, where Sir Norman Bettison tells the court he was "wrong" to issue a statement saying fans' behaviour "made the job of the police harder".

And we're remembering June Williams, the daughter of Chester Zoo founder George Mottershead, who has died at the age of 88.

Watch more on BBC One at 18:30.

Activists stock up on supplies

Marc Gaier

BBC Radio Merseyside

More food is being prepared for

activists inside the former Bank of England building in Liverpool's Castle Street.

Activists
BBC

Anti-capitalism group The Love Activists who have been occupying the building since 1 April were served with eviction notices earlier this week.

Hoylake Lifeboat Museum closes

Wirral Globe

Hoylake Lifeboat Museum has

closed its doors after funding problems. The museum opened in March 2011 after a community fundraising campaign.

Hoylake Lifeboat Museum
Google

Tributes to Chester Zoo's June Williams

Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News

People have taken to Twitter to express their sadness at

the death of June Williams, the youngest daughter of the founder of Chester Zoo.

Jane Lesley West

tweets: # Such sad news the remarkable June Williams daughter of the founder of Chester Zoo
@chesterzoo Family #sadloss #legacyleft

REJ

tweets: In loving memory of
#JuneWilliams
@chesterzoo
#OurZoo xx

Victoria Garvey

tweets: R.I.P June Mottershead & God bless.Xx Your Story will live on with
#OurZoo
#ChesterZoo
@ChesterZoo

UKIP candidate suspended over tweet

Danny Savage

North of England Correspondent, BBC News

Jack Sen, the UKIP candidate for West Lancashire who has been suspended by the party, tweeted to Liverpool Wavertree Labour candidate Luciana Berger: "You're about authentic Labour as Ed Miliband. Protect child benefits? If you had it your way you'd send the £ to Poland/Israel."

Tweet by Jack Sen
Twitter

A UKIP spokesman told the BBC that Mr Sen's tweet "in no way reflects the view of the party or any of our other hardworking, dedicated candidates".

BreakingUKIP suspend candidate over comments

BREAKING NEWS

UKIP have suspended their prospective parliamentary candidate for West Lancashire, Jack Sen.

He was accused of making anti-Semitic comments aimed at the Labour candidate for Liverpool Wavertree, Luciana Berger.

Latest headlines

Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News

Today's top stories on Local Live:

Road closures

BBC Travel

The B5419 Kingsway in Widnes is closed northbound between the Milton Road junction and the B5178 Leigh Avenue junction because of an accident.

And Hale Road in Ditton is closed in both directions due to a vehicle fire.

Keep up to date with

BBC Travel.

Arab arts festival programme revealed

Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News

Liverpool's Arab Arts Festival returns to the city on 6 June for nine days of music, dance, visual art, theatre and literature.

Reem Kelani
LAAF

Festival chairman Taher Qassim MBE says he is "delighted" with the line-up, which includes Yemeni rapper Amani Yahya and Palestinian singer Reem Kelani (pictured).

He says it has the "right balance of fun, positivity and entertainment, whilst opening up opportunities for audiences to consider serious subject matter and challenging work".

Gang jailed for drug dealing in Chester

Chester Chronicle

Four men from Chester and Ellesmere Port have been

sentenced to more than 13 years in prison for their part in a conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine in Blacon.

Train disruption

Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News

First TransPennine Express say a vehicle has hit a bridge at Trafford Park causing disruption to trains between Manchester Oxford Road and Liverpool Lime Street, which are being diverted via Eccles and won't be calling at stations between Deansgate and Liverpool Lime Street.

Liverpool former bank protest fenced in

Paul Burnell

BBC News

Bailiffs have

erected fences around an old bank building in central Liverpool where occupying protesters are threatening to lock themselves inside the vault.

Fences outside bank protest
Love Activists

Anti-capitalism group The Love Activists were served with eviction notices earlier this week at the former Bank of England site on Castle Street.

Chester Zoo founder's daughter dies

Rumeana Jahangir

BBC News Online

Here's more on the sad news that the youngest daughter of Chester Zoo's founder George Mottershead has

died.

June Mottershead
Chester Zoo

As a child, June Williams was often pictured alongside the zoo's animals in publicity shots for the popular tourist attraction in Cheshire.

The story of her childhood featured in the BBC television drama Our Zoo.

Liverpool hope for Sturridge answers

BBC Sport

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says they

hope to sort Daniel Sturridge's "underlying issues" with injury after sending him to the United States again.

Daniel Sturridge and Brendan Rodgers
PA

Taking over the page

Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News

I've taken over hosting the page from Jenny now and will be with you through to the close of play at 18:00.

I'll be bringing you more on Sir Norman Bettison's testimony at the Hillsborough inquests and on the tributes being paid to June Williams, the daughter of Chester Zoo founder George Mottershead.

If you'd like to get in touch, you can send me your photos or comments via

email,
Facebook or
Twitter.

Hillsborough inquests: Remark 'hurried and wrong'

Tom Airey

BBC News

The Hillsborough inquests has heard Sir Norman Bettison made the comment about fans' behaviour making the police's job "harder than it needed to be" in 2012 after the publication of the Hillsborough Independent Report.

Sir Norman told the inquests jury that at the time, he was "front and centre of the very serious allegation of cover-up and putting blame on the Liverpool fans for causing the deaths of 96 innocent people".

He said the remark had been "hurried, ill thought out and wrong".

BreakingHillsborough inquests: Sir Norman statement 'wrong'

BREAKING NEWS

Sir Norman Bettison says he was "wrong" to issue a statement saying fans' behaviour at Hillsborough "made the job of the police... harder than it needed to be" the day after a report into the disaster was published.

Sir Norman, who was chief constable of West Yorkshire Police at the time, told the inquests into the 96 deaths he "regrets" making the comments "in the terms that I did, on the day that I did".

Congestion in Cheshire

BBC Travel

There is congestion on the A55 in Cheshire between Junction 39 for the A41 at Sainsbury's and the Posthouse roundabout.

It's also busy further west on the A483 Wrexham Bypass northbound in Pulford.

Keep up to date with BBC Travel.

Mother's plea over Southport nightclub tragedy

Southport Visiter

The mother of a man who died after being punched outside a nightclub in Southport says: "If only

one person remembers Scott and withdraws from confrontation, then Scott's life will not have been lost in vain".

Latest headlines

Jenny Coleman

BBC Local Live

Today's top stories on Local Live:

  • The daughter of the founder of Chester Zoo, June Williams, dies at the age of 88.
  • Bailiffs erect fences around an old bank building in central Liverpool where occupying protesters
    threaten to lock themselves inside the vault.
  • The Hillsborough inquests hear Sir Norman Bettison deny attending a meeting where a senior officer allegedly told colleagues they were going to place the blame for the disaster on "drunken, ticketless" Liverpool fans.

Remembering the Reds' European glory

Jenny Coleman

BBC Local Live

Liverpool may be set to miss out on a Champions League place this season - but take a moment to remember this fantastic milestone in the club's history.

Liverpool vs Chelsea 2007
Getty Images

Today marks eight years to the day since the Reds reached their second Champions League final in three years with

a victory over Chelsea on penalties in the semi-final, second leg at Anfield.

Occupied Liverpool former bank fenced off

Marc Gaier

BBC Radio Merseyside

A fence has been erected outside the former Bank of England building in Liverpool's Castle Street, which has been occupied by activists since 1 April.

Activists in Liverpool
BBC

Watch a video of the

activists on balcony.

June Williams and the animals of Chester Zoo

Chris Long

BBC News

Chester Zoo have kindly sent over a couple of pictures of June Williams' younger years, when she lived amongst the animals her father George Mottershead brought together at the attraction.

June Mottershead
Chester Zoo

They show just how close she got to the animals. It must have been an interesting place to grow up.

Orrell Park crash was suspected road rage attack

Liverpool Echo

A driver was left fighting for his life today after his car was run off the road following a

suspected road-rage attack.

June Williams' story told in Our Zoo

Rumeana Jahangir

BBC News Online

The story of June Williams, the founder of Chester Zoo's daughter who has died at the age of 88, was told last year in

BBC One drama Our Zoo.

Our Zoo
BBC

The series showed how George Mottershead followed his dream to build what Mrs Williams described as a "zoo without bars".

June and George Williams in Our Zoo
BBC

Ten-year-old actress Honor Kneafsey played the young June, but the show also saw a cameo from the 88-year-old, who appeared alongside her own son George.

June Williams' remarkable childhood at Chester Zoo

Ellen Tsang

BBC News

As the daughter of Chester Zoo's founder George Mottershead, June Williams had a remarkable childhood and last year, she

spoke to me about it.

June Mottershead and Christy the lion cub
Chester Zoo

Mrs Williams, who has died at the age of 88, said that growing up in a zoo, she counted exotic beasts amongst her best friends.

She said her favourite was Christy, a lion cub she hand-reared until her father exchanged her for a polar bear, leaving her heartbroken.

Interactive Lusitania art trail opens

Jenny Coleman

BBC Local Live

A new multimedia art trail filled with animated paintings and soundscapes at

St George's Hall Heritage Centre in Liverpool has opened to tell the story of the tragedy of the Lusitania.

Lusitania in Liverpool
National Museums Liverpool

Wirral leisure centre reopens after stolen car crash

Wirral Globe

Woodchurch Leisure Centre will be

officially reopened next Wednesday - more than a month after a stolen car crashed into an outbuilding causing substantial damage.

Woodchurch leisure centre
Google

Watch: Charlie Adams on hitching a ride to Liverpool

BBC Sport

Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam reveals how he

hitched a ride in his friend's work van to meet Kenny Dalglish and sign for Liverpool.

Charlie Adam
BBC Sport

June Williams 'helped shape fabric' of Chester Zoo

Rumeana Jahangir

BBC News Online

Chester Zoo has paid tribute to June Williams, the daughter of the attraction's founder George Mottershead, saying

she "helped shape the very fabric of the zoo".

Director General Mark Pilgrim said the zoo has "lost such a great friend" and that the 88-year-old's "contribution, from those early days through to present time, cannot be underestimated".

Daughter of Chester Zoo founder dies

Steve Saul

Reporter, BBC North West Tonight

The daughter of the founder of Chester Zoo, June Williams, has died at the age of 88.

June Williams
BBC

Her father George Mottershead set it up in 1930 with just two goats and a monkey.

The critically acclaimed BBC drama Our Zoo that was aired last year was based on her life.

Hillsborough inquests: Sir Norman 'was not at blame meeting'

Tom Mullen

BBC News Online

The Hillsborough inquests have heard Sir Norman Bettison deny attending a meeting where a senior officer allegedly told colleagues they were going to place the blame for the Hillsborough tragedy on "drunken, ticketless" Liverpool fans.

Sir Norman Bettison
Julia Quenzler

The jury has previously heard evidence that such a police briefing was held two days after the disaster.

But Sir Norman, who was a chief inspector at the time, said he could say with "absolute confidence" that he was not at the described meeting at South Yorkshire Police headquarters in Sheffield.

Future of St. Helens Pets Corner uncertain

St Helens Star

The future of one of

Pets' Corner in Sherdley Park is under threat after the council refused to rule out closing it down as part of planned cuts.

Latest headlines

Jenny Coleman

BBC Local Live

Today's top stories on Local Live:

  • Fences are put up around an old bank building in Liverpool city centre after activists who took it over threaten to lock themselves inside the vault.
  • The dog that
    bit a six-year-old girl in Waterloo on Tuesday is a pit bull breed banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act, police say.
  • Sir Norman Bettison tells the Hillsborough inquests he remembers a lawyer for South Yorkshire Police saying the force should view itself as "the accused" following the disaster.

Fencing placed around occupied bank building

Marc Gaier

BBC Radio Merseyside

Workmen have begun erecting a mesh fence around the occupied former Bank of England building in Liverpool's Castle Street.

Fencing installed on Castle Street
BBC

This morning, Merseyside Police placed a dispersal zone around the former Bank of England branch, which has been occupied by activists since 1 April.

Southport shoplifter jailed

Southport Visiter

Samantha Louise Norris, 30, of Sefton Street in Southport

has been jailed after she pleaded guilty to one assault and a string of shoplifting charges.